Is Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Worth The Money?

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This conversation has happened at least four times in the last year….

Me: “I could just buy everything in the Disney Store. There’s something so magical about going in there.”

Other mum: “Me too! And have you seen there’s a boutique in Harrods where they turn little girls into Disney Princesses?”

Me: “YES! The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. It looks AMAZING. But have you seen how much it costs?”

Other mum: “Yes…. do you think it’s worth the money?”

This, dear readers, is a question I have pondered lots recently. Is it sheer INSANITY to pay between £100 and £1000 for an hour of fun or is it impossible to put a price on ACTUAL MAGIC?

In case you haven’t heard of it (where have you been etc) the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique transforms little people into a Disney princess (or a knight if you prefer) with a hairstyle, nail polish, face paint and a brand new princess outfit. The transformation is done by a Fairy Godmother In Training and you leave with a regal sash and a large photo of your little one, sitting on a large throne (plus other stuff like princess make up, shoes and toys if you choose a more expensive package).

I took my four year old along to try out the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in order to find out if it’s worth the money (the things I do for you guys….) and here’s what happened.

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When you arrive at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique reception on the fourth floor of Harrods,  the staff greet you with the warmth and humour you would expect from a Disney experience – one lady knelt down to the four-year-old’s level and called her a princess, which got big smiles from all of us. She was given a lanyard with her name on it and an electronic tag which we were told would buzz when they were ready for us. “It’s magic!” said the lady and the four-year-old totally believed her. Five minutes (and a lot of “When will it buzz?” questions) later, it buzzed and we headed back.

There, we met our Fairy Godmother In Training, Heather. She was just BRILLIANT, kneeling down to chat to the four-year-old, calling her Princess and asking her if she was ready for her magical transformation. She led us through some doors and we were faced with a magical mirror. The four-year-old had to say a magic word to make the Fairy Godmother appear in the mirror and then again to make the doors open into the Boutique. All the time, the Fairy Godmother In Training was fantastic at chatting to the four-year-old, and making her really believe that actual magic was taking place and that she was making it all happen with her magic words!

Inside the Boutique, there were lots of little girls being transformed and we were shown to our area – there’s a lovely sofa area opposite each salon chair, for family members to sit in, so we plonked ourselves down to watch…

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After choosing a hairstyle from a book (she went for the half updo with curls) and a face paint design from another book (she went for classic roses) it was time to put on the princess gown. Our Fairy Godmother In Training led us to a changing room, but when she opened the door, it was empty. Sad faces all around. But after a quick magic spell by the four-year-old, when we looked again, a beautiful dress and pair of shoes had appeared!

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Golden princess shoes

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We had the Frozen themed Coronation experience – priced at £300 –  so the outfit was Anna’s beautiful Coronation dress and a gorgeous pair of gold sparkly shoes. The other options for a Frozen experience are Snow Queen (where they are transformed into Elsa – cost £300), Adventurer (where they are transformed into Anna in the winter outfit she buys from Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna – cost £300) or The Collection (where you can choose between the three and can take all three home – cost £750).

The non-Frozen options are: Knight (they get a Knight t-shirt and sword – cost £50), Courtyard (they get a princess t-shirt and tutu skirt – cost £100), Crown (they can choose between six deluxe princess dresses – cost £200), Castle (same as Crown but they get the princess t-shirt, toys and a princess suitcase too – cost £500) or the mother of all princess packages, Royal (they get to choose between three exclusively designed ball gowns, the t-shirt, toys, the suitcase, a crystal Cinderella slipper and a photo album from the day – cost £1000).

But anyway, back to our day…. we popped the dress and shoes on her (the shoes were a bit small but our Fairy Godmother In Training was very quick to get us a larger size) and she sat back in her salon chair, ready to be transformed. As the Fairy Godmother In Training painted her nails (alternate pink and purple, since you asked) and curled her hair and painted roses on her face, she chatted away, asking about the four-year-old’s favourite princess and singing Frozen songs.

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She asked the four-year-old about pre-school and who her friends were. Other Fairy Godmothers In Training came by, and cooed over the four-year-old’s sparkly shoes and joked around, asking if she was getting a princess beard and moustache painted on. Every moment she was in that chair, the four-year-old felt special.

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Once the sparkly tiara was in place, then came the big reveal – the Fairy Godmother In Training span her around to face the mirror, and the four-year-old actually gasped and laughed as she saw a real princess looking back at her. After a few photos by the balcony and Christmas tree, she went to her royal coach and then her throne for a few more photos (you get to keep the photo on the throne and can buy lots of others).

Upon leaving, we were given a bag of goodies – an Olaf soft toy, Anna and Elsa dolls, a small make up bag, a scroll and a large photo. But the best thing we left with was a huge smile on each of our faces.

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So was Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique worth the money? It’s SUCH a tricky one, because £300 for just over an hour’s experience is a lot. But… it was so utterly magical and special. The four-year-old hasn’t stopped talking about it, and it was so lovely to watch her completely enthralled by the magic of it all. She really did believe that she was casting magic spells and making things happen.

So my verdict is this… if you have a princess obsessed child, then get a few relatives to club together to pay for this. It’s a lot of money but it is something a child will remember for a long time. Making a day of it will elongate the experience – spend some time wandering around Harrods, eat at the Disney café (also on the fourth floor – their Mickey shaped pizza is fab) and even head over to Hyde Park for a run around.

So for a birthday or special occasion, I say… yes, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is worth the money.

Find out more and book over on the Harrods website.

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14 Comments

  1. November 17, 2014 / 10:23 pm

    I’ve never heard of this place!

    My daughter would have loved this! Lucky daughter of yours to go!

  2. November 17, 2014 / 11:10 pm

    What a wonderful post Alison – looks like G had a blast and she looks gorgeous! I for one think its a lot of money too but like you say if family club together it’s a wonderful treat – Miss M is 2 so I have a few years to save up!!

    Plus no one ever said looking like a princess was cheap… – I think Harrods are onto a winner here!
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  3. Kat
    November 17, 2014 / 11:21 pm

    My 5 year old daughter & I Loved the boutique. She had the courtyard experience which was great. Money well spent!! A month later she’s still wearing her lanyard to swimming lessons! A great day out finished off with a trip to the disney cafe. Since going quite a few friends have booked to go and I’ll definately be taking my younger daughter next year x

  4. November 18, 2014 / 7:33 am

    I know if I had a princess-obsessed child I’d be seriously thinking about parting with the big bucks to do this – perhaps in place of a birthday party. For that sort of money I’d be expecting a VERY attentive service and a lot of attention to detail, from your experience it sounds like you got just that.
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  5. November 18, 2014 / 8:09 am

    it does look amazing – I think it’s definitely a birthday treat and I have already spent £200 on a room and hiring Anna and Elsa for Eliza’s birthday in January so it wouldn’t be much different by the time I buy food. I will book for her 5th birthday as I think she will be more able to appreciate it then but it does look magical!
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  6. November 18, 2014 / 10:42 am

    Oh my goodness Alison, my girls are never seeing this blog post! They would both LOVE this and there’s no way I could justify paying for both of them to do it. It truly looks like a lovely magical experience though, I just need N to grow out of princess stuff so I can take E, haha! x
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  7. November 18, 2014 / 11:40 am

    Wowzers – F would absolutely love this, but I have to say – £300 is a lot of money! I think I’d leave it as a present for the grandparents to invest in!!
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  8. November 18, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    Just wow. What an amazing treat for a little one. If mine were a little bit older I think it would be super fun to treat them to this – both my son and daughter! It is expensive yes, but would make a really special gift. I’m guessing you enjoyed it just as much as G? xx
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  9. November 18, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    As with most Disney things it is ridiculously expensive, but they do magic like no other place does and for that one off experience I would pay the price. It looks so fantastic and G is a very lucky gal xxx
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  10. November 18, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    *sigh* My head says no. Just like it says no to anything that’s a ridiculous amount of money (it is really isn’t it?). But having a 6 year old and a 4 year old obsessed with Minecraft and Spider-Man My heart sees the other side – the side where you want to give them the most magical experience ever.

    Saying that, just thinking about spending that on a tiddler makes me want to throw up in my mouth.
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  11. November 20, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    Wowsers, this looks AMAZING although it is a crazy amount of money! I agree at clubbing together with others to buy the experience as it really is a hell of a lot of money! Glad G had a fabulous time 🙂 xx
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  12. November 21, 2014 / 9:41 pm

    Blimely that is very expensive but it does sound totally amazing. What I do wonder though is what do they do with Afro/ very curly hair? I really wish it was a bit more reasonable I’d love to do this for both my girls. Thanks for the very informative review. Xxx

  13. December 8, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    This is so interesting, I thought it was a waste of money till my friends twins went, one is disabled like Grayson and they made it just pure amazing for them both, it was lovely to see them transformed into a world even for an hour that did not involve hospital apts, feeding tubes and being shipped off to a relative.

    I think your little girl will remember this for life and to me there is no price that isn’t worth paying for that happiness.

    Thanks for sharing her day xx
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  14. David
    October 22, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    we were in Disney Florida earlier this year and it was for our daughter and 1/2 the price

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