Many thanks to Disney for sponsoring us for this lifetime event.
When I told fellow Disney friends and bloggers that I was headed to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, 95% of the people I told wondered if they were going to be able to do Elle’s hair correctly.
Don’t be shocked. This is real life for us kids and people with thicker hair textures. We often wonder if stylists will be able to handle our afros, curls, kinks and tangles.
Before I get to the answer, can I tell you how I BETTER get “Best Mom of the Year” award from Elle? The second I got the media email announcing this event, I knew she was about to have the best time of her life. In a world where parents want their kids to be SO incredibly STEM-focused and go against the whole “princess thing”, my daughter is happily and unapologetically into the princess life.
And I leave her alone because um, she’s happy.
I’ve always wanted to take her to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Springs but I figured it would be more fun when she was a bit older and could really enjoy it. The truth though? Age has nothing to do with it. If you’ve got a kid who is reallllly into princesses, they will LOVE this experience. These magical makeovers are perfect for kids between the ages of 3 and 12.
Disney not only invited us out to enjoy the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Springs but we were also going to get the chance to learn more about Disney’s Dream Big, Princess initiative.
Should we talk about cost first?
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is located at two places at Walt Disney World Resort. You’ve got a location at Disney Springs and also have a location in Cinderella’s Castle. There are several packages and since we’re talking about Disney here, you can expect your child to have the BEST experience no matter which package you select. They start at $64.95 and this will give you a hairstyle, makeup, a princess sash and nail polish. The most expensive package is The Princess Signature Dress Collection and that luxury experience starts at $450. Elle’s experience was a combination of all of the packages.
Wait…makeup! For kids?
People think that just because I’m a beauty blogger, that I’m okay with my little girl wearing makeup. I’m not, y’all. I am not. I asked Elle’s Fairy Godmother in Training about the makeup and she happily showed me a cute little palette with lots of parent-approved shades and not so pigmented eyeshadows.
But I’m getting ahead of myself a bit.
The second you walk into Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, your child is treated like royalty. Honestly, I haven’t EVER had this kind of experience at a spa or salon (except of course at Senses Spa located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort). Once Elle gets checked in, she was led to a waiting room where THEE Fairy Godmother greets guests from a mirror on the wall.
Elle’s dress hung in the dressing room and by now she and I are both GEEKING out.
She quickly gets into her dress and is led into the salon where her very own Fairy Godmother in Training introduces herself and talks to Elle about what will happen next.
Honestly, I feel like our Fairy Godmother in Training was SPECTACULAR. She was kind, personable and met Elle’s energy perfectly. Parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Whether your child has special needs, allergies or needs to have certain considerations, trust me when I say, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will do all that they can to make sure your child has a wonderful experience.
And in Elle’s case, they did.
Can we talk about her hair now though?
I am happy to announce that Elle’s Fairy Godmother in Training did an EXCELLENT job on Elle’s hair. Though I had my concerns, I wanted to sit and watch to see how she would perform before I said anything. She did a spectacular job sweeping Elle’s hair gently into a bun and securing it without any tugging at all.
Parents of kids with hair similar to Elle’s, ASK questions. Ask about the products and keep the Fairy Godmother in Training in the know about do’s and don’ts. They will absolutely listen.
The entire experience is magical. Elle couldn’t stop smiling because every other second, she was presented with something new and exciting. The BEST part was watching her reaction.
Part of our experience including getting the chance to learn more about the Dream Big, Princess.
This is Disney’s attempt to change what people may think about the traditional princess idea – that princesses aren’t just stereotypically girly and feminine as they wear dresses and wait for their prince to come and save them. NOPE. Dream Big, Princess tells kids that princesses can look like anyone, be anyone and more importantly, their options are not limited.
I tell this to Elle countless times and I’ve limited her consumption of princess movies so that I can make sure she and I can have a dialog about them in a way that she can understand.
Dream Big, Princess is also doing some fantastic things for International Day of the Girl and supporting couldn’t be any easier. Get more information here.
In the meantime, if we can answer any questions about Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, don’t hesitate to let us know. Elle is still floating from what was surely one of the biggest highlights of her little life.
FTC Disclosure: Elle and I were invited to this event as members of the press and our experiences were covered. All thoughts opinions are my own.