“We would like to plan a trip to WDW next Oct. My daughter will be 12. She loves that she can still be a kid at Disney and wants to dress like a princess one evening while we are there. She is 5’3″ right now. Do you have any suggestions on how to make her a princess? We were also thinking of family themed costumes for my husband, then 9 year old son, daughter and myself. Do you have a few suggestions for that too?”.
The first obvious choice if your 12 year old wants to become a Princess for the day would be a trip to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in either the Magic Kingdom or Down Town Disney. Here she can be transformed by her Fairy Godmother in-training into a a Fairytale Princess, Disney Diva or Pop Princess. This experience of course comes at a price, ranging from approx $55 up to almost $190 and it is always best to book as soon as you can (call (407) 939-7895). If money is no object or you’re on the Disney Dining Plan try to book in at Cinderellas Royal Table or Ashkerhaus to dine with the Princesses too.
If this is not suitable for your daughter, then you can buy Princess dresses and accessories in the Parks and at DTD. Again, this is not an inexpensive task but as you would expect the merchandise is excellent quality. If Disney prices are a little out of reach then you can get some real bargains in places like Walmart and Super Target. We got our 2 year old a Rapunzel dress in Walmart for about $18 and when she met Rapunzel at the Magic Kingdom wearing it you could not tell it had not been purchased from the Parks or The Disney Store. Another tip if you’re watching the pennies is to try one of the Disney Store Outlets at The Premium Malls on International Drive. We got a Tiana dress for just $8 and our pre-schooler loves it. You can always get wands and crowns too, they sell these everywhere from the dollar stores to the accessories at BBB.
One idea is to get the Princess Minnie ears hat. This is beautiful and for an extra $3 you can get her name embroided on it too. We got our from the shop after you exit the Princess (and Mickey) meet and greet in the Town Square Theatre in Magic Kingdom, Curtain Call Collectibles. As I only have a 2 year old, I’m not sure if 5’3″ is big or small for a 12 year old (I was 5’7″ at 12 but haven’t grown since lol) but everywhere we saw dresses for sale had a wide range of sizes right up to adult. As you are planning to go next October I’m guessing you will be there for Halloween or at least for Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party nights, as you mention dressing your whole family in themed costumes. For this, you can do almost anything! As long as it is family freindly you can really go to town with costumes at these events and people really do. Some ideas might come from thinking about each of the themed areas at The Magic Kingdom. For example, you could be Cowboys and Cowgirls from Frontierland, you could be Pirates or Explorers from Adventureland, Space Travellers or Aliens from Tomorrowland, Fairytale Characters (like your Princess) from Fantasyland … the list is endless.