We did a lot of research ahead of time and learned that there are two locations in Disney World. There's a boutique in Downtown Disney and one in the castle at Magic Kingdom. We wanted to do the Magic Kingdom location and heard that you should try and make that reservation at your 180 day mark. So on our 180 mark I woke up at 7 am and called the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and scheduled for the very first appt time (8am) so that we could then do breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table at 9:30. Score!
When you reserve your time they also want to know what package you want. Since my daughter is princess crazy we decided to go all out and let her pick her dress there and go with the biggest package, The Castle Package. Another option would have been for us to bring a dress with us to save some money. You can check out all the packages and prices HERE.
One of the big perks to scheduling an appt before the park is officially open is walking down Main Street and up to the castle with almost no one else in the park. Makes for some awesome pictures! We were also greeted at the castle base by the Fairy Godmothers in training!
This is what it looked like as we walked to the castle!
The Fairy Godmothers in Training waiting for all the princesses!
We were then escorted by our Fairy Godmother in Training into the magical boutique where my daughter was presented with all of the available dresses. When we were there she could pick from Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Merida, Tinkerbell, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, and Sofia. We were hoping for an Anna or Elsa costume... but no such luck.
Once she made her dress selection we were taken to the dressing room. I was sent in with her to change her into her dress (at least one adult has to be there... but really, you don't want to miss this!). Once she was dressed she was taken to a chair where there was a huge mirror behind her. Her entire transformation took place with her back to the mirror so that it was a huge surprise to see herself when she was all done!
The process consisted of choosing a hairstyle from several selections and then getting hair, make-up, and nails done. Then they finished the treatment with those magical words... Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo... and the sprinkling of pixie dust!
And then it was time for the final magical reveal!
I felt that the entire experience was beyond magical. Your daughter will be treated like a princess from the moment they walk in. My daughter hates having her hair brushed so she wasn't a huge fan of the hair styling. Of course she did choose the most time consuming style and would guide her to get the basic bun next time. But she loved having her make-up and nails done. And then felt like such a princess afterwards!
By booking the first appt and making our breakfast reservation for an hour and half later we allowed ourselves time to go out and do some pictures in front of the castle. If we waited until later in the day when they tend to run behind we probably would have been running to breakfast with no time for photos.
And then we got to see Snow White at breakfast which was just perfect!
Some questions I had before and during our visit: Memory Maker Photographers were snapping pics throughout the process... totally worth the price of the package! Tipping of the Fairy Godmothers is allowed. You can have several people in the boutique to watch but it does start to get tight as more families arrive. They say to bring your own comb but then they do give you one (I brought mine just in case).
She lasted in her dress for a couple of hours but as it go hotter she wanted to take it off. I had a simple sundress underneath so that I could just take the dress off. Then I went to a gift shop and had the dress sent back to the hotel so I didn't have to lug it around all day.
In my opinion the experience was worth every penny!