When I say our Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Makeovers, I mean Imogen and Abigail’s. I dare say being the Dad in our family I’d get too much attention in a princess makeover.
Last summer we were in Walt Disney World, for what could be the last time for a long while. As a result we decided that if there was something we wanted to do we’d do it. On too many previous visits we’d “save it for next time”. One of the experiences our kids wanted to do was get a princess makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Imogen done it before, but Abigail had been too young.
Part of our holiday package, included two gift cards with $100 on each. So we decided that the kids could do what they wanted with it. This way it was kept fair and they could make some choices with out us putting too much opinion into it. If they wanted a $20 key ring, so be it!
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Reservations
As an experienced Disney holiday maker, there are so many memes that jump out to sum up this part of the holiday.
“One does not simply walk into the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique without a reservation!”
Disney’s experiences and restaurants can be booked out around six months before you even land in Florida! So, this means you need to have a game plan earlier than you may think. Also where do you want to go for your BBB makeover. Disney have opened up three of them at the resort. Your choices are Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel, the Disney Store at Disney Springs (previously Downtown Disney) or on the ground floor of Cinderella Castle. One of the three books out very quickly. So, I was up at silly o’clock making reservations 180 days before our holiday.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Packages
After basically trying to reserve any day in our holiday with guest relations, we eventually got 4pm on our First day. Not really the best timing as I knew the kids would be suffering from jet lag, but it was now or never… At Cinderella Castle anyway.
We arrived for our reservation a head of time, but due to the popularity and labour intensity of this experience, we had an hour to wait. We weren’t alone others were waiting around the entrance way to be called through. This gave the kids time to decide which of the four packages to go for. They range from make up, face gems and a hairstyle all the way up to the $189 full package which includes a princess dress.
Imogen decided to go for the Crown package, which included nail polish, make up, face gems a sash, tote bag and a hairstyle of your choice (out of three styles off a card). She chose the fairytale princess style.
Abigail went for the courtyard package which was the same as Imogen’s, but included a BBB t-shirt, tutu and coloured hair streaks. Abigail chose the pop princess hairstyle. Which the fairy godmother in training (stylist), pre warned us that it was a more natural looking hairstyle. Imogen’s style was more pageant queen in comparison.
The makeover takes between half an hour and an hour. Through out this time a photographer is circling the room taking snaps of the transformation process. The photos are stored on a photo pass card, which is an optional photo package you can pay for, if you want to keep the photos. Or to view online for 60 days after the photo is taken, it is free. Personally we pre bought the photo pass deal, as we think it is worth it.
Here are a selection of before and after photos of our Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique hairstyles.
Bare in mind these are UK girls that are not used to the heat and have been on a very long first day in Floridian humidity.
The makeover starts with the hair do. The hair is coated in lots of “Jelly Fish Gel”, for the Disney Diva and Fairytale Princess. This is a work of art. When the hair is finished there is not one hair out of place. It also will stay in for a few days easily. Abigail’s Pop Princess was more natural in look and involved twisting the hair into little bunches (being a Dad I’m not even sure if this is the right term!).
The Make up and nails followed the hair styling. Our kids had had their nails done before their holidays with Gel ( those in the know, know what this means), which meant the nail varnish was skipped over.
However the crowning glory is the Pixie Dust.
Believe it of not the pixie Dust doesn’t hurt, even though Abigail is really concentrating on keeping her eyes closed. Last time we were at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, I had a little Pixie Dust added. It’s funny at first, but it gets everywhere. If you have daughters, you’ll know what it’s like hoovering out glitter from the back seats of the car!
It all boils down to the transformation and revelation. The Fairy Godmother in Training spins the chair around to show you your new princess look, in the large mirror.
This is the photo of Abigail in the Mirror seeing here new makeover for the first time. That is an excited face!
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Bonus
As part of the whole make over package, not only do you get a photographer snapping away all the time. Adding photos to a photo pass card. But you can then nip across the courtyard into a more formal photo shoot. Again these photos are all added to photo pass. Or you can purchase a print if you wish.
In terms of an experience that girls really enjoyed themselves and they do come away with a little bag of goodies. The Gelled hair last for ages, which was a good job as I think we were on the Seven Dwarves Mine Train later that day! In the build up to our holiday it was one of the things that they both were excited about. Price wise it isn’t that bad. Imogen brought her own Elsa dress from home, which really saves a lot of cash on the experience. Abigail got her T-Shirt and Pink Tutu, which she wore quite a bit.
I know next time we go Abigail is wanting to become a princess again. Imogen may be verging onto being too old.