January 31, 2014

Tips for visiting the Disneyland Bibbity Bobbity Bootique

A few weeks back we visited the Bibbity Bobbity Bootique at Disneyland to celebrate Kayla's 5th birthday.  It was fantastic and everything a Disney Princess loving little girl could want.  Always one to be looking for tips on how to have a smooth experience, I've got some Bibbity Bobbity Bootique tips to share with you that you probably haven't heard elsewhere.

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Call at least 2 weeks in advance, more if it's a peak travel time

File this under DUH, but good to know for all things Disney.  Yes, you need a reservation.  I mean maybe there is a chance you could show up and they won't be fully booked but that's unlikely...and who wants a sad, disappointed princess?  When you call you'll get a reservation number and be able to have some basic questions asked.

You don't have to have your package selected at that point.  Which is really nice.  If you're not planning to have your child pick out an outfit then plan for 30-45 min of your day to be spent at your appointment.  We were told that you can only have two adults accompany the child into the Bibbity Bobbity Bootique for styling over the phone, but when we arrived that rule didn't seem to apply.

Find the best deal in the packages

Let's be honest, everything at Disneyland is inflated when it comes to pricing.  After obsessively carefully reviewing the Disneyland Bibbity Bobbity Bootique packages I determined that Crown Package made the most sense in terms of experience and budget.  It included Kayla's choice of hair style (more on this later) makeup application and having her nails painted.  It did not include a dress or an extra photo experience.  I'll explain why I skipped those...

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The Bibbity Bobbity Bootique dresses 
are not the same as the Disney Store dresses 

Say what?  I know.  Shocking, but true!  The dresses sold in the Bibbity Bobbity Bootique are definitely a step above the ones you find in other retail stores, but not nearly the same as the Disney Store ones.  The princess dresses in the Bootique rely more on glitter and less expensive decorations while the Disney Store ones have more detailed/custom feeling embellishments.  Call me crazy, but I pay attention to details when paying $50-$80 for a costume...for a child.

Since Kayla had her heart set on the impossible to find Disney Store Elsa from Frozen dress we decided to just bring her in her Target version and wait until they re-release the Elsa dress in the Disney Store.  A little lesson in patience that is going better than I imagined!

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Know that some of the hair style choices are interesting... 

I have no better way to put this.  When your child hops into the styling chair they are given a choice of 4 hairstyles to choose from.  Call me conservative, call me boring, call me right on.  A couple of the options remind me of teased 80's hair that is made from neon colored extensions and planted right on top of your child's head.

If this floats your boat, then awesome!  If not and you don't want to be THAT mom who says NO at the happiest place on Earth but you still want um...non crazy looking family photos at Disneyland plan your Bibbity Bobbity Bootique visit a little later in the day.  It might be a good break for everyone from walking and standing in lines.  Plus, it will give you time to get some "normal" photos before.  Much to my shock and relief Kayla chose the ballerina style bun with a tiara.

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If you're weary of glitter or your child is sensitive to it 
say something before they start styling

At the end of the hair styling your stylist will sprinkle fairy dust all over your child.  Which generally speaking is adorable and awesome.  I bit my tongue as an out of the closet glitter hater...it just gets everywhere.  They take great care to make sure no hairspray, glitter or anything unpleasant ever gets in your child's eyes by using this cool, clear plastic face shield for the moments when they apply those products.  Since it's clear kids seem to be fine with it and not get freaked out.

However, it's something to just be aware of if you have a child with sensitivities or one young enough that they will put their fingers all over their hair and then touch their eyes.  By the end of our trip our whole party had gotten their share of fairy dust transfer, including most noticeably my husband who had Kayla on his shoulders and hugging the side of his head.  I did enjoy that aspect of it :)

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Swag Alert - Wait until after your appointment to buy things in the Bibbity Bobbity Bootique!

What I didn't realize and LOVE is that all of the things the stylist will use on your child go home with them. This includes a little makeup palette, two colors of super quick drying nail polish, the comb and brush used on their hair (yay for good sanitary practices) and then a few goodies like a princess sash that they get to wear out of the Bootique and a little drawstring backpack to hold it all.  

If your child chooses the same hairstyle Kayla did they will also (obviously) leave with the tiara in their hair and a pretty little Disney clip in the back.  Both of these are reusable and make great souvenirs.  Kayla was so enamored with all of this that she could have cared less about what was in the actual store outside the styling area and we were happily on our way to meet the princesses.  

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Have any other tips to share?  I know some of you do!  I'd love to hear them...otherwise happy trip planning.  This really was the best bang for our buck in Disneyland and Kayla will never forget it.  She even graced Buzzfeed in her pricess-ified look!
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