Updated August 18, 2017
We visited Anna and Elsa’s Boutique a few days after it opened and I have lots to tell you about it! Located in Downtown Disney, it has a lot to offer the Frozen fans. As a timely replacement for the former Studio 365, the boutique is open to children aged 3-15.
We had two little girls who received makeovers – one Elsa and one Anna – and they were thrilled with the results.
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What You Can Expect
The boutique includes every bit of Frozen goodness you can imagine. The shop is fully stocked with dresses and shirts and every bit of merchandise you could possibly want. Plan ahead and consider my suggestions in my princess post for where to find your dress and what else to do in preparation for any princess adventure if you want to save time and money.
The experience is fun, but much different from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, which I’ll detail later in this post. It’s a more casual experience. The cast members – both at the register and performing the makeovers – are in jeans and t-shirts. This could change, of course, with time, but for now, it feels very low key.
The cast members did a great job with the makeovers and they each took about 45 minutes. We had 3:20pm appts and were seen shortly after. The staff was super friendly and they remembered me from previous visits when I was stalking the place to see when it was going to transition from Studio 365 to Anna and Elsa’s Boutique. I was totally impressed with every cast member.
There were several cast members observing the makeovers because this is such a new experience, that not everyone has been trained on the routine. We didn’t mind it at all. It was nice to see the ‘back story’ of how these things come together, actually. Remember, we were there day 4 after opening.
Take a look at the actual makeover:
The girls chose a tiara and the hair strand prior to sitting down.
The happy girls:
And, we spotted this cute Olaf, too, and his mom let me take his photo:
Take a look at the photos here to see what the boutique looks like.
What You’ll Take Home
Just like the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, you’ll take home all of your makeover supplies like your brush, nail polish, and makeup. Our girls received these items in a white gift bag with tissue. The BBB provides a cute drawstring bag that can be used again and again.
We had a 3:20pm appointment and we were seen just a few minutes after that time. One of the stylists was on break, so we were happy to wait, since we wanted both Elsa and Anna to experience it together. Lainey (my daughter) is a BBB veteran, but Ainsley (my friend’s daughter) was a newby. We wanted it all to be perfect.
The timing took about 45 minutes – actually longer than I had anticipated – but I suppose the hairstyles warranted that. They’re both complex and they took a lot of work. But, the end result was darling.
How and When to Make Your Reservation
- Call ahead to make your reservation at (714) 781-STYLE (7895) 60 days in advance. This boutique is busy and there’s a lot of people trying to get reservations. Days fill up. Call asap to make your appointment.
- I recommend making any and all makeover reservations for early morning so that you can enjoy your final product for as much time as possible. My daughter had her first at Anna and Elsa’s at 3:20pm only because we visited after school one day. If I were visiting from out of town, I would make an early morning appointment – as soon as the shop opens for that day – before entering the park.
- Think about how your schedule plays out and what you want to accomplish, but keep in mind that the earlier you enjoy the makeover, the more time you’ll get to enjoy the final product.
A Comparison to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
First, it’s important to know that the BBB (Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique) is located inside Disneyland and requires park admission. Anna & Elsa’s Boutique is located in Downtown Disney and does not require park admission.
I’m a big fan of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, so I knew this would be something I would compare it to.
If you’re old school Disney (like me), choose the BBB. If you have a Frozen fan who cannot live without everything Frozen, choose Anna and Elsa’s Boutique. The experience will not be the same as the BBB, but your princess will not understand the difference.
As I sat and compared the two experiences (after 4 BBB qty here at DLR and 1 BBB at WDW), I made notes on how I would explain the differences. Simply put, the magic of the BBB is not as easily seen at Anna and Elsa’s Boutique. Perhaps it will come with time. We were there, remember, only 4 days after opening.
But, the BBB includes old school Fairy Godmother costumes on the cast members performing the makeovers instead of jeans and t-shirts at Anna and Elsa’s Boutique. The final presentation is nothing short of magical at the BBB, in comparison to the simple, “Ok, girls, let’s say ‘Let it Go!'” before they’re turned around to see the final reveal.
It just feels different.
Plus, the PhotoPass photographers are not there, so you won’t have the opportunity to purchase photos later on if you desire. I like that option at the BBB.
Some Final Thoughts
*I love that the pricing for these makeovers is affordable and compared to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, they’re a steal! Makeovers at the BBB start at $59.
*You can still become Anna or Elsa if you choose the BBB, but your style will not reflect those on the girls in this post. They will be in the traditional bun that the BBB offers for each princess.