In July, my daughter and I jumped at the opportunity to join my parents at Disneyland. The last time we were there was back when Zoey had Frozen fever and we took her to see the Frozen exhibit at California Adventure. She was about one years old, so our fun was somewhat limited. This time around she met all the height requirements for the rides excluding the Incredicoaster and Indiana Jones. Her favorite ride turned out to be The Haunted Mansion- she loves creepy things, so this ride was right up her alley. We had an excellent time- we made memories that will last her a lifetime and spent much needed time with family.
One of my worries when we arrived was that Zoey would want to load up on souvenirs (Disneyland is expensive!). Luckily for me, she was more interested in riding rides and meeting up with characters than browsing the stores. She did not ask for much, she purchased a pair of Minnie Mouse ears and seemed to be content. That is, until she talked to a little girl who had a princess makeover earlier in the day. After that, it’s all she talked about for the first two days. In case you are not familiar with the makeover: the park has a shop called the Bippity Boppity Boutique that gives children either a princess or a knight makeover.
Disneyland has made getting an appointment super easy by letting you book appointments online and it gives you a list of package prices, etc. The starter princess makeover starts around $75, it includes hairstyling, glitter, makeup, a sash, and a keepsake bag. The prices go up from there so unless you can convince your daughter to get a Knight package (starts at $20) expect to pay a good chunk of change for this experience. It’s better to rip the Band-aid off now so you don’t choke when you see the prices at the park.
Zoey wanted the whole experience, so we opted for the Castle package which includes a princess dress, hairstyle, accessories, makeup, glitter, sash, keepsake bag, and a photo session in Cinderella’s carriage. After a quick phone call to my stunned husband (he stopped listening after hearing the cost ha!) we decided to go for it for a few reasons:
- She is only 5 once, the magic is still very real.
- She did not ask for anything other than ears.
- We have a hard time saying no, I admit it. She’s an awesome kid.
Once the appointment was set, a confirmation email was sent to me with directions to the boutique and gave a rundown on what to expect.
At our appointment, we were met by a fairy godmother who went through the packages and hairstyles with us, once we decided we paid upfront. Afterward, she led Zoey around to show her the outfits available. Zoey chose princess Ariel from the Little Mermaid; her size was confirmed, and we were directed to another fairy godmother who would be preforming the transformation.
Zoey’s fairy godmother led her into the boutique’s dressing rooms where an Ariel outfit was magically waiting for her after helping the fairy godmother say the magic words. The magic in Zoey’s eyes was priceless as she looked upon the princess dress that seemed to pop up out of thin air. She quickly dressed and was led to a salon chair to begin the rest of the makeover. The fairy godmother was patient and kind, she answered all of the questions Zoey had, and did an amazing job. She put Zoey’s hair up in a half bun half down style and added a red hair piece. She finished up the hair with a spritz of magic glitter. Once hair was done the fairy godmother added some princess makeup and revealed a beautiful princess in her magic mirror. Zoey sat in awe, she genuinely believed she was Ariel and could not stop looking in the mirror.
She was then met by a royal photographer and taken to a princess photoshoot in Cinderella’s carriage. It was the cutest set up, and the photographers were really nice and captured Zoey’s amazing personality. Once we were done with photos the royal photographer led us to the front of the line at the princess meet and greet! We were able to meet and take pictures with Aurora, Ariel, Cinderella and Belle. That concluded our actual makeover experience, but the magic did not stop there- for the rest of the day whenever Zoey passed a cast member they would bow and call her “Your highness” or “Princess Ariel”. Each time, Zoey’s face would beam with happiness. She was a princess, at last.
$200 is a lot of money, it could pay numerous bills or feed a family of four for two weeks. I get it, my husband and I are paying off debt and that $200 could have gone to that cause. That said, this experience was worth every cent to us. Since my husband left for work, Zoey hasn’t quite been the same so seeing the huge smile on her sweet face was all we needed to know that we made the right decision. Personally, I feel we got our money’s worth. We received a high quality Ariel dress, accessories that weren’t made of plastic, keepsake photos that cannot be replicated, a Bippity Boppity Boutique sash, an amazing hairstyle, the brushes and combs that were used on her hair, leftover makeup and an entire day of various cast members who stopped to bow or greet her as a princess.
If you are sitting on the fence, I say go for it! They will never be this little again. It’s been months and Zoey is still rambling on about her amazing princess makeover at the Bippity Boppity Boutique!