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?
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.”
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.”
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!”
Make Your Plans to Go…Again
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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!!'”
Make reservations during cooler weather
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…”
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?
Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you booking your princess an experience she’ll never forget, or doing her hair yourself, whatever works for your budget!
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