Is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Worth the Big Buck$? Just Ask a Cheap$kate Princess


Updated for 2016!

Rolling change, clipping coupons, eating at home…whatever it takes to get to Disney World is what many of us will do. But sometimes you just have to put financial thought aside and go for “the splurge.” A Disney Splurge occurs when a cheapskate finds an event so fabulous, it’s oh so worth it to spend the extra money.

We checked with the Cheapskate Princess fans on Facebook to get their opinion about the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Walt Disney World. Prices start at a minimum of $59.95 before taxes, and that’s also before any dresses, extra accessories, or purchasing of special photos. Did the Cheapskate fans think it worth the extra money? Would they go back? Did they have any words of wisdom for those who haven’t decided to take the plunge and make the splurge?

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Kristin speaks for a lot of Disney Moms when she says, “The moment your little one turns to see herself in the mirror makes it worth it.”

Jennifer states emphatically, “Yes completely!! It’s magical the way they transform the children!! They feel like a real princess when they are done being pampered!!”

Tanya, who splurged for the special boutique photos, tells us, “I think it’s worth it to see how special my daughter feels as a princess. The Cast Members play into it by calling them ‘Princess’ through out the park.”

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LeAnn took her daughter to the Boutique at a location where we’ll all be envious…a Disney Cruise ship!  “We just went on the Fantasy ship and actually booked it for my daughter and my son ended up doing the captain Mickey outfit… Yes, expensive, but they had a fantastic time. It’s totally worth it!”

Lyndsey gives us some info and the thumbs up,”Worth every penny! The Downtown Disney location is not any cheaper than the Magic Kingdom. They are the same price, and Cast Members play into it there as well. We have done it at both locations, and they are both nice.”

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All About the Memories

Kathy loved it for her granddaughter. “Indeed it is… The memories my 6-year-old granddaughter will keep with her from her day at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will last her a lifetime!! Precious!!”

Kim tells us, “Absolutely worth it! A MAGICAL memory, one of the best from our trip. We went to the BBB at DTD and the ‘Princess Parade’ to the carousel was adorable!!”

Sherie says, “Definitely! The year we did it with my daughter was the year they were picking families to do special things in the park. We came out of Cinderella’s castle and were picked to walk in the parade. We got to march down Main Street with her in her Belle dress and hair and makeup done waving to everyone! Magical!”

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Kim Merlo's adorable little Princess Jasmine

Kim Merlo’s adorable little Princess Jasmine

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Khara, “I can’t wait to do it with my daughter… she’ll finally be old enough on our next trip. The past three trips, I’ve bought tiaras, a bun hairpiece, princess gown pajamas, light-up shoes from the Disney Store, and spray glitter. We had our own BBB in the room! Didn’t break the bank and she could dress up every day! I’ll still bring down her princess stuff even if we do BBB.”

Kimberly is already making plans to go again, “It’s so worth it. My 5-year-old daughter did it last year and became the Little Mermaid bride. This year we are going back, and she wants to be Cinderella. She is so excited to do it again!”

Kathleen, “We will be going there for the third time this summer. My daughter will be twelve when we go and she is soooo excited. They do such a great job, and the photo pass person during takes awesome pics (as well as the ones I take). This is a present from my parents, her aunt, and us, so we are able to go all out and do the photo session too. The pictures are just gorgeous. We go to Magic Kingdom when we are done and she is loves being all dressed up like a princess.”

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Not So Into The Whole Idea

There are those Disney fans that are not so into the idea of splurging for the Boutique.

Kim tells us, “Those slicked back hairdos are awful looking!

Annette laments, “I have two boys. They don’t like to be pirates, but they deserve to have that kind of experience too. I feel the boys get left out. They deserve to feel special too!!!”

Khara, who is gearing up to take her daughter, has a suggestion for Annette. “Your boys can do a “Knight’s Package” at BBB!  My friend’s son did it and LOVED it. They get a sword and shield and get their hair spiked and colored. I actually saw a dad and his daughter… dad did the knight’s package and daughter did the princess one… sooo adorable!”

Candace votes no. “I say no. Not for the price. It’s worth it for the wow princess factor, so yes, if money is no object. But please don’t let them do the colored hair extensions. It’s not cute. LoL”

Marisa also concurs with a no vote. “No. Three kids equals mommy and daddy completely broke! Two daughters at Bibbidy Boutique and then my son doing Pirates League. Geesh. They make enough money off of us in that park.

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Tips from the Cheapskate Princess Fans

What suggestions do the Cheapskate Princess fans have for those of you as of yet undecided to spend the money?

Buy your dress and accessories ahead of time

Tara says, “We purchased our favorite princess dress on Amazon before arriving and brought it with us. That really saved on the cost. When at BBB we only paid for the hair/make-up package and it was totally worth it. They absolutely spoil the girls, and my daughter felt so special. The treatment, the photos, and the the trip over to the photo studio, which was FREE, thrilled her. Those were some of the best pictures. We scheduled her appointment right before dinner at Cinderella’s castle, and it added so much magic to that experience. It’s a must-do in our opinion, and we’d probably even do it again.”

Be a Disney PrincessDisney Dad Bill says, “Absolutely worth it. Bring your own dress and extras to save money on the add -ons.

Last christmas, on the way out of BBB walking down Main Street just ahead of a parade, a girl asked my DD for her autograph.

Without hesitation my DD signed her autograph book and the Photopass photographer caught it. All made possible by BBB.”

That’s Bill’s daughter featured at the top of the page at the Magic Kingdom, and here she is signing autographs.

Disney princess signs autographs


Kids can help out with the cost

Angie tells us, “The year we went, my daughter asked for Disney gift cards so that she could do it. Of course, we also helped her so that she could do the whole experience. She was five at the time and loved every minute of it. She kept saying, ‘I love being a princess!!'”

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Rachel Hakkarainen reports on the difference between the locations, “Downtown Disney has more room to wait in than MK. They both accept walk-ins; can you imagine in the Magic Kingdom, all the people just waiting for an open spot?  I think if you do it once, it is worth it. We took our daughters for their first trip to WDW, and we did this for them. They were very uncomfortable since it was July 2nd. It was very hot and their hair was tight, but the LOVED the attention…”

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Jenny Eubanks and her precious Disney Princess Ashley

Jenny Eubanks and her precious Disney Princess Ashley

Maybe it’s not an “every trip” experience, but try it once

Dawn says, “It is definitely worth doing once. It’s a once in a lifetime, memory-filled experience. And the Cast Members totally play into it. One fun time was while waiting for Spectromagic, a Cast Member seemed thrilled to be in the presence of the Princesses, and she asked for their autographs.  She fawned all over them. Soooo fun!”

I’m going to side with Stephanie who said, “Glad I have two boys. Lol!” I have three pre-teens, and I am pretty grateful every trip that we didn’t drag costumes and make up to the parks with us. Arriving with diapers and fresh undies was tough enough some trips when they were still into watching Disney Movies on the eight hour ride to Orlando. I won’t go into details about the trip I left all my daughter’s clothes sitting on the upstairs couch, necessitating a new Wal-mart wardrobe just outside Orlando. I can’t imagine buying Disney Pirate and Princess costumes, and then paying for hair and make-up.”

So cheapskates, what do you think? Is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique worth scrimping and saving for tickets and then the extra splurge for the pleasure of seeing your little princess or pirate transform into a Disney creation right before your eyes?

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  1. Heather Love says:

    We did the BBB for my daughter’s Sweet 16 and it was wonderful! We purchased our own tiara and didn’t do the dress. We had the cheapest package and they were amazing. I wanted to do it myself 🙂 Every female wants to feel like a beautiful princess at least once in her life and the staff make it fun. We also enjoyed watching the younger girls as they truly became a princess. These are memories and precious memories for sure. The staff told us about a 92 year old who wanted to do the BBB!! Yes and that is awesome! I want do it but haven’t gotten the nerve yet. I will one day hopefully before I am 92 🙂

  2. Tina says:

    When my daughter saw the BBB on the planning video she wanted to do it. My jaw dropped to the ground when I saw the price. My mother said she wanted to give her a $50.00 Disney Gift card so she can do it. So I booked the first appointment of the day at the castle. It was really cool to walk into the park before it opens. She loved being turned into a pricess. I bought her a Rapunzel dress from the Disney Store online when they were 25% off. So she had nice dress to wear without paying an arm and a leg for it. I think of the girls that were there when we were there only one bought a dress there. So like 95% bring their own dresses. The castle can not fit many girls so it fills up fast. It was so worth it. She still wears the tierra they gave her. Oprah says spend your money on experiences not things. This experience was worth more than any stuffed toy she would have wanted.

  3. Tanya says:

    Just a note on the boutique photos….they were not extra! If you add them to your Disney photo pass photos! So it’s not a splurge to do it, it’s tucked away in the boutique shop across the way next to the fountain. And we always bring our dress from home!

  4. Caitlin says:

    They didn’t have the BBB when I was younger (I’m 17 almost 18) but I would of loved to go all out from hair to dress if I could of! My mom definitely would of said no if I asked on the spot at MK or DTD but if I asked ahead of time (before the trip) I know she would of set up a money jar from me. That could help with your little girls in the future. Set up a jar (a lot of fun if you let them decorate it however they like) and have them do helpful things around the house or whenever you see them do something without being asked/being polite to another sibling etc to earn money. That way it’s planned ahead of the trip, they’re learning responsibility and manners, and you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank. I also love the idea of buying a dress off of amazon or when they’re on sale but it would also be fun to surprise them with the dress the day they go to the BBB. There’s tons of ways to make the BBB an option to everyone -planning ahead is key. Like most things in Disney. I can’t wait to take my daughter someday. Knowing my luck I’ll have all sons lol.

    • Amanda says:

      Excellent suggestions! Planning ahead is key. I’m think if they re-do Downtown Disney, maybe they’ll put in a salon for us older “kids!” Thanks for stopping by…A. Major

  5. Rackley says:

    We are doing Disney this summer, and all of our girls LOVE princesses. Do you know if there is a package for nails and make-up only? My girls will have natural twists in their hair, and a slicked back bun will not be possible for them. Thanks for your blog. You have been very helpful!

    • Julie C says:

      And I know this response to your post is 2 years too late, but they do know how to handle African-American hairstyles. My daughter’s hair was in individual braids and they just pulled them back into a bun and glittered it. It looked really cute and she just couldn’t get enough of herself!

      • Amanda says:

        Better late than never, Julie C! I need to add that into the article. Glad you both had fun! And thanks for reading…~A.

      • Shawn B says:

        Thanks for the comments. I was about to cancel my appointment (next week) because I wasn’t sure what they could do with my daughters hair (thick and course). I was planning to put her hair in braids or twist for our trip, so I hope it works out!

  6. Cacie says:

    This is a silly question, but do you bring different shoes to wear with the dress.

  7. Mary says:

    I just discovered this site, today, and we go to Disneyland every year in California and I am disappointed that the BBB in DL doesn’t have much for boys…some hair gel, a sword and shield…not really a “transformation” I would be thrilled to have the pirate option…I have been hesitant to go to BBB for my daughter because there’s no equivalent for her brother! Hope Disneyland starts getting more stuff for boys, like WDW :/

  8. Julie C says:

    We bought our daughter’s dress from The Little Dress-up Shop ( They have designs for all the Disney princesses. They were a lot cheaper and way more comfortable than the ones Disney sells.

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