Is a Walt Disney World Character Couture Makeover Worth it?

Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Cinderella sat Ivy Trellis salon in Grand Floridian Resort

When it comes to visiting Walt Disney World (WDW), I’m the first in my family to pack my suitcase with red and white polka dot shirts and glittery accents. I’m also that girl that peeks into Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and wished she could get a Disney-style makeover. Until now. A recent visit to a Disney World Character Couture makeover showed me you can have the best of both worlds – the ability to channel your inner Disney Princess and still look adult-ish.

Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Cinderella Waterfall Braids
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Waterfall Braids. Photo Credit: Steven Locke

So, what exactly is a Character Couture makeover, where can you get one, and what does it cost? Additionally, is a Character Couture makeover worth the effort and money? Here’s the scoop.

What’s a Character Couture Makeover?

A quick answer is this: think Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for adults.

To go into detail, Character Couture makeovers are fun, one-hour sessions in select WDW salons. Using your own clothing cues, the luxury experience is taking Disney bounding up a notch.

As for which Disney characters you can choose, the answer is endless. I tried to look them up before I visited but to no avail and here’s why: you pick your character inspiration and your stylist works the magic. When I was chatting with mine (and listening to the stylist next to me) they take your hair color and texture into consideration to create your best possible look.

Yes, YOUR. No two are ever the same. How about that for creative? During my visit, I wanted to be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. And I was. I even had the chair-spinning mirror reveal just like in Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: husband approval!
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World – looks like Mr. Locke approves!

What Character Couture Makeover Packages Are There?

At the time this post was written, there are three:

Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: intricate braids and all the glitter!
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: intricate braids and all the glitter! Photo Credit: Steven Locke

Storybook Style

Includes a Disney-character inspired hairstyle.

Cost: Children ages 4-12 $50, Adults $80

Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Channeling Cinderella for a beautiful makeup look!
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Channeling Cinderella for a beautiful makeup look! Photo Credit: Steven Locke

Magical Makeover

Disney character-inspired hair and makeup

Cost: Children ages 4-12 $75, adults $105

Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Channeling Cinderella with silver and blue Jamberry nails.
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Channeling Cinderella with silver and blue Jamberry nails. Photo Credit: Steven Locke

Timeless Transformation

The works: Disney character-inspired hair, makeup, and nails.

Cost: Children ages 4-12 $90, Adults $120

Tip: My stylist gave me one Jamberry nail on each hand and painted the others to match. Of course, your stylist may do things differently.

Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Loving the final Cinderella look!
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Loving the final Cinderella look! Photo Credit: Steven Locke

When Are the Best Times to Get a Character Couture Makeover?

Here’s my take. If you’re planning a full day in the park, try to book a Character Couture package first thing in the morning. That way you have a full day to show off your look.

I also like the idea of having a Character Couture makeover on Disney party days, Dapper Day, and even when Disney Bounding.

Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: The tiara for the final touch.
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: The tiara for the final touch. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

How Do I Book a Character Couture Makeover?

Call 407-939-7727 to make your Disney princess makeover appointment and ask for the Character Couture experience.

Where Are the Character Couture Makeovers?

At this time there are four locations featuring Character Couture Makeovers:

  • La Vida Salon at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Ship Shape Salon at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
  • Ivy Trellis Salon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
  • Salon by the Springs at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Cinderella Waterfall Braids
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Waterfall Braids. Photo Credit: Steven Locke

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Tips for a Character Couture Makeover?

Yes, several:

Pick out your character before you go. Bring your clothing options and change into them a little before your appointment.

Go with dry hair. Each stylist has one hour to transform you. The more time she spends on basic styling, the less time she’ll have to add the pixie dust!

When it comes to makeovers with makeup application, it includes a heavy focus on the eyes. Please arrive with foundation, concealer, and powder already applied if that’s your bag. If you like to use a setting spray, please bring your own. I didn’t see any in use during my visit.

Is a Character Couture Makeover Worth It?

One word answer: Yes! I loved every moment of my visit. Secondly, I was surrounded by friends that were getting makeovers, so that’s something for you to consider as well. It would make a fun girls day out or birthday party celebration, too. Additionally, think hard ticket events in Magic Kingdom like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party & Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Yep.

Honestly, I’m already thinking about what character I want to channel next.

Some Character Couture Inspiration

Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Cinderella and my friend, Renee, as Gaston.
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Cinderella and my friend, Renee, as Gaston. Photo Credit: Steven Locke

How about Gaston? Renee is killing it!

Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Buzz and Woody.
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Buzz and Woody. Photo Credit: Patty Holliday

Buzz and Woody? Tania & Patty were perfect for the Toy Story Land opening! Special thanks to Patty from My No-Guilt Life for the cute pic!

Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Belle.
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: Belle. Photo Credit: Sherry Boswell

Aww, and Belle. I’m loving Sherry’s awesome curls and tiara. Thanks to Sherry Boswell from SherryBoswell.com for the gorgeous photo!

Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: My friend, Nasreen, as Ursula the Sea Witch.
Disney Character Makeover at Walt Disney World: My friend, Nasreen, as Ursula the Sea Witch.

And Nasreen as Ursula? I’m digging it!

Disclosure: I was graciously hosted by Walt Disney World and Ivy Trellis Salon at Grand Floridian Resort. All opinions are my own!

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4 Thoughts to “Is a Walt Disney World Character Couture Makeover Worth it?”

  1. Asking for a friend

    Did you have to go to your appointment with your hair washed, or can they do that for you before they style your hair?

    1. Hi! Your hair needs to be washed and dried before you visit. Thanks for popping by the site! Karyn

  2. Teresa

    Thank you for the great article. I’ve been trying to find a good article about the Character Couture makeover and couldn’t find one until now. It looks like a lot of fun!

    1. Thank you so much! It really was an amazing time and I’d go again in a hot minute. – Karyn

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