Disney's Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: What's It Really Like?

Shimmery makeup. Fancy 'dos. Perfect polishes. These are things that you expect at any makeover encounter. Disney takes the female rite-of-passage even further and delivers the unexpected. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (sometimes erroneously referred to as the Bippity Boppity Boutique) is a fun experience that all little princesses should enjoy on a Disney vacation.

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The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: Steps To Becoming A Princess

Danger selected the Ariel costume from the boutique. When we checked in, the hostess took the dress and had it ready for Danger in a changing area. I helped her get dressed and then brushed out any visible tangles before we headed out to Danger's special seat.

Our Fairy Godmother-in-training, Thanh, carefully combed Danger's hair and worked it into a high braided bun. She used quite a bit of gel (so that it would hold all day at the Disney Parks.) Then she placed the hairpiece on top and teased it to perfection.

The makeup came next. The colors were very soft, and Danger was able to select her favorite colors for her eyes and lips.

The two nail polish choices - sparkly blue and pink - were lovely, and of course my little Danger chose the pink one. (She got to take home both after the visit!)

The Fairy Godmother-in-training applied a face gem and sash, then said the words, "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo! May all your dreams and wishes come true!" and with those magic words and a dash of pixie dust, Danger's transformation was complete.

After we finished, Danger was whisked away to have some special portraits taken (and the pictures are so adorable that I framed them!)

What to expect at Disney's Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Expectation vs. Reality

I expected to spend a bit of money on this experience. That's just something that us ladies accept after years of $25 lip gloss qualified purchases. I expected my daughter to look like a little doll after the experience, and she most certainly did. I also fully expected to be let down a little from having high expectations. (I wasn't!) 

But what I didn't expect?

I didn't expect to be so fully immersed in the Disney Cinderella story. The Fairy Godmother-in-training spoke a little about Cinderella and magic, but the real surprise came when she waved the wand and transformed Danger before turning her toward the mirror. That small detail really helped to tie in the story to the experience. I could see that even though Danger had been carefully attended to for over an hour at that point, all of the preparation escaped her mind when the "magic" entered.

I didn't expect to feel my heart swell with joy as I watched my daughter sit so carefully and make decisions regarding her appearance. I knew she would have a good time, but I didn't consider what the experience would be like for me.

I certainly didn't expect to cry... but I did. Not a big sobbing mess of a cry, but small tears of joy and pride and thankfulness escaped my eyes as I thanked Thanh for all that she did for my daughter.

Disney's Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique brought so much happiness and excitement to our day. I will never forget the many BIG grins that my daughter directed at the mirror once her final look was revealed. My only regret is that my husband was unable to travel with us. I bet he would've been proud, too.

Has your daughter visited the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? I'd love to hear about her experience!