On a recent family holiday to America in April, my daughter celebrated her 5th Birthday. Her rather extravagant birthday present was a transformation into a Disney Princess. She is very much into everything girly and LOVES the Princesses. She was super excited and couldn’t wait for her transformation. As she wash’t having a birthday party this year, and we can’t see ourselves getting back to America anytime soon, we purchased the Castle package for her.
Upon arriving, she was allowed to choose which Princess she wanted to be. Of course it was Elsa from Frozen, but of course it was sold out. We knew this was more than likely going to be the case as staff in all the Disney stores we had visited throughout the States had already told us it was sold out. Her next choice after what felt like 3 hours of deliberation was Sleeping Beauty.
Her dress was placed in a change room, but upon putting it on, she changed her mind… The staff were wonderful and she was allowed to pick again… This was the Aurora dress, the one she didn’t end up liking.
Her next choice was Rapunzel, which thankfully she was happy with. So once she was dressed, a gown was placed over the top and she sat in her salon chair. Her Fairy Godmother then did her hair, make up and nails. (She got to choose her hair style too)
She had to blow on her nails and then say “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” – the magic made her nails dry. She loves saying this now when painting her nails at home.
A little more magic with her new wand (part of the package, along with the tiara) to open the curtain revealing her transformation. This was a priceless moment – the look on her face was just so special. She was a Princess!!!
With her transformation complete, she now had a photo session. This did involve a little bit of a wait, and then another wait for the photos. It was very busy in the Boutique, and a little bit of a production line, but to be honest, Annie didn’t notice at all. It was heaven in her eyes.
Our Little Man became a Knight. This involved him getting his hair done – which he was NOT impressed with. He has long hair and hates it being brushed, unless it is with a soft bristle brush.
A little bit of Mickey glitter, a sword and a shield and all his worry in the world was gone.
After we had the photos in hand, (again part of the package) we were taken to the castle to meet the Princesses. This made the $US 200 worth every penny!!! We got to bypass the queue which the sign said was about 2 hours long. We had our own entry as well.
After a knock, knock, knock, we were taken inside. Annie was thrilled to see Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty. I was happy to see how much time and attention the characters gave to the children. It really was magical. (So wish I had have had this experience when I was little)
Next was Mulan – she was so sweet. She asked who they wanted to see next and Jack said Aerial. So she made them close their eyes, held their hands, and walked them to her. It was so so sweet. I couldn’t believe that they could make the experience so personal.
The whole Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience was amazing, and something Annie will remember forever I’m sure. Although the Castle Package is expensive, I really think it was worthwhile. Annie loves all the bits and bobs she got to keep and still wears her dress up!!!
For more information head to the disneyland website – and be sure to book… this books out quickly!!!