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Old 03-16-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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How Strict on Age for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique?

I know it says ages 3-12, but how strict are they on the ages? Do they give leeway within a few weeks/months? Do they actually ask the child's age while you are there?
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:23 PM   #2
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Any age person can get a makeover at BBB. Unless that has changed recently??? Maybe they mean guests 3-12 can wear the costumes???
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:05 PM   #3
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It was changed recently (how recently I can't remember) to exclude adults from the makeover process. If the website says it's for ages 3-12 (whatever the reason), then it's for ages 3-12. If your child is less than 3 or older than 12, she should not participate.
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I don't really see how a kid who is 2 years, 11 months and 2 weeks going is any different than a 3 year old going. Does anyone have actual experience and not just an opinion?
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:11 PM   #5
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I don't really see how a kid who is 2 years, 11 months and 2 weeks going is any different than a 3 year old going. Does anyone have actual experience and not just an opinion?
You might not see a difference, but for whatever reason, Disney does. Technically, they could ask to see the child's park ticket to make sure she is of age. Honestly, the best option for a little one is the Harmony Barber Shop. They do really cute styles with color and glitter for about a third of the price of BBB. Also, the BBB styles are pulled VERY tightly and rough on young children's hair.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:18 PM   #6
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They let my daughter last year on the evening before her 3rd birthday ONLY because this was the ONLY appointment available for our entire stay and It was chance that we called when a cancelation was going through. It was a 645pm appointment, the park closed at 10 and her birthday was the following day. So I guess if its a day they MAY let it go. But I wouldnt try any earlier or later (if the child is turning 13 etc)
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I don't really see how a kid who is 2 years, 11 months and 2 weeks going is any different than a 3 year old going. Does anyone have actual experience and not just an opinion?
DO you consider her 3 and buy her a ticket?

Disney policy is BBB is for children 3-12. From what I have been told it has to do with the makeup not being tested on younger children.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:45 PM   #8
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Go for it! No, they don't ask to see a park ticket. A few years we went the week before my daughter's 3rd birthday, and honestly I never even gave it a second thought when I booked her appt. I'm sure they say 3-12 y/o because for the most part 2 years old aren't capable for sitting still for the 45min to get the makeover done. It's does take some time. As long as you know she can sit still for that long, you'll be fine.

Don't worry about all the people around here that are going to harass you about it! It's truly not a big deal!
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Hmmm...I had never heard the age limit before. I thought they still allowed adults even. I knew there was an age limit on costumes bc of not wanting older girls to be confused as characters. That is why we were going to make unofficial outfits for my older girls (by unofficial, I mean you will be able to tell what princess is their favorite, but it won't look anything like the princess costumes.) My 13 year old daughtet already saved up to have her hair done. I will have to ask about that when I call.
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I think it's important to remember also that they don't just do hair. They use makeup, and I'm sure for liability reasons they don't want that makeup on a child under 3's face. It's near their eyes too, so I personally would worry about my child rubbing it into their eyes at that age. Also, that's a TON of hairspray and stress to be putting on a young child's hair. The age of three isn't arbitrary. They pick an age where they feel the child is mature enough to listen to parents, physically grown enough to not have severe skin issues caused by makeup and with hair thick enough to handle the stress they put on it. Not to mention, again, this could be a liability thing depending on what products they use.

IMHO, go to the Harmony Barber Shop. It will be more unique, less strain, no makeup and faster, not to mention a fraction of the price! Also, when the Fairy Godmother in Training asks your little one how old she is, what will she say? If she says two, are you willing to risk being asked for a park ticket? For the record, I've been to the BBB, and this is a question asked (not in a forceful way, just in a getting to know you way) before they start doing anything (as the FGMT combs through to check for lice, etc.).
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We took our Dgd in jan 2011 when she was 2. We didnt realize there was an age requirement. She didn't turn 3 till march and they never questioned us about her age. Even now at 4 she is very tiny and could pass for under 3, her 2.5 yr old sister who was a micro premie is the same size. She loved it!
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We were told that the reason for the age restriction is that the make-up that they use has a "3 and up" marking on the product. This is the case with almost all the children's make-up items you would buy anywhere. I do not know if they would allow your child to participate if you told them her age or not but I do know from experience that if you ask 5 different Cm's a question, you will get 5 different answers so be prepared if an on the phone CM says yes, a on site one still may say no. I also do know that asking a child their age is a VERY common conversation starter with little ones and it is VERY likely that if you child is going to be asked her age even if it is not intended to exclude her from the experience.

So use all the information here and make your own decision.
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Go for it! No, they don't ask to see a park ticket. A few years we went the week before my daughter's 3rd birthday, and honestly I never even gave it a second thought when I booked her appt. I'm sure they say 3-12 y/o because for the most part 2 years old aren't capable for sitting still for the 45min to get the makeover done. It's does take some time. As long as you know she can sit still for that long, you'll be fine.

Don't worry about all the people around here that are going to harass you about it! It's truly not a big deal!
the policy has changed from a few years ago, and now they actually DO check. I don't think to OP is going to get her kid in without a park ticket.
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I just called BBB reservations earlier this week b/c I had misplaced one our confirmation numbers. When I was on hold, the information that plays while you wait said BBB is for "3 and up" not 3-12. I haven't checked the written information, but thought I would share that with the person whose 13 year old was planning to go.

As for the park ticket, the only time I could think of anyone asking for the park ticket for a BBB appointment is if your appointment is for a pre-opening appt. at MK. Noone is going to ask for a ticket at DTD. You can go to DTD without ever going into the parks and wouldn't even need to have a ticket or plan to go to the parks to make an appt. there.
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I just called BBB reservations earlier this week b/c I had misplaced one our confirmation numbers. When I was on hold, the information that plays while you wait said BBB is for "3 and up" not 3-12. I haven't checked the written information, but thought I would share that with the person whose 13 year old was planning to go.

As for the park ticket, the only time I could think of anyone asking for the park ticket for a BBB appointment is if your appointment is for a pre-opening appt. at MK. Noone is going to ask for a ticket at DTD. You can go to DTD without ever going into the parks and wouldn't even need to have a ticket or plan to go to the parks to make an appt. there.
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