Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. This experience allows your child to get absolutely pampered. Hair, nails, basic make up – the works, and glitter. So. Much. Glitter.
This extremely popular experience is available in the castle at Magic Kingdom (hardest to get and often runs behind), Disney Springs and the Grand Floridian Resort.
We sprung for this for my daughter’s first park experience. There are several package levels starting at $75 on up to more than $450. (yikes!) You can also do a photo package after your little one is dressed up.
We booked my daughter at Disney Springs, which offered at the time a Princess parade for all salon guests for the day. This honestly is what my daughter enjoyed most. Right in the front of the parade with a banner waving to her adoring fans. It also included a free ride on the carousel there. I am not sure if any of this is still included as this was before the redevelopment of the area. We also did the photo shoot because for this trip, we sprung for the photo pass and these photos were included.
To save money, we bought a dress ahead of time. I purchased it at the Disney store on sale. The boutique offers exclusive versions of princess dresses, but my daughter didn’t care. A new dress was a new dress as far as she was concerned. The overall experience was pleasant and the salon attendants aka fairy godmothers kept it fun, but honestly my daughter just wasn’t that into it. It’s not something I would do again. That said, I would absolutely recommend having your child dress up in the parks at least one day as she received special treatment all day when she did so, which added a lot of magic to our trip.
The second salon experience called The Pirates League. Located in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom this salon was something that was much less known, (and less expensive!) but something my daughter enjoyed much more. And it was open to adults. Sadly, perhaps for these reasons, it closed in 2020, but I am hoping something equivalent becomes available. My daughter got a mermaid makeup application which was very unique. The theming of this salon was fantastic, and really felt like you were right in the middle of Pirates of the Caribbean. In addition, the pirate attendants were great and really hammed it up. At the end you did some initiation and found a treasure. It was a lot of fun, and my daughter absolutely loved it.
There are other more limited spa experiences for both kids and adults available at the Grand Floridian.