Magic Kingdom has officially bippidi bobbidi boo’d Castle Couture from a merchandise location into an extension of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. On our park walk recently, we noticed some new curtains up in the corner of the store where the dressing rooms were located, but their purpose remained a mystery until we tried to wander into the store today, and instead of being greeted by merchandise Cast Members, we were stopped at the door by a Fairy Godmother In Training (AKA a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Cast Member) asking if we had a reservation.
The pictures above were taken yesterday, versus the picture below taken today. The Castle Couture location is being used for check ins for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique reservations, and the curtains are extra changing rooms for princes and princesses to start their transformations, before being taken to the original BBB location inside Cinderella Castle for finishing touches with hair and makeup.
According to the Cast Members, this change is going to be permanent. An update to the information on the Magic Kingdom Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location on the My Disney Experience app appears to support the claim that this is going to stick around, too.
With Castle Couture transitioning into more space for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, that means that it is no longer accessible to Guests without a BBB reservation (we were promptly kicked out after taking that one picture from today). I personally am very upset with this development, because Castle Couture was home to one of my favorite little bits of magic in the Magic Kingdom. Aurora’s dress is on display inside the shop, and periodically there is audio of Flora and Merryweather continuing their “make it pink, make it blue” debate, with the lighting on the dress changing it back and forth from blue to pink.
Castle Couture was already home to a small photo studio location featuring Cinderella’s Pink gown that was used for photo shoots of princesses that had completed their transformation to be ready for the ball, so the full transformation into an extension of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique does make logistical sense.
There’s no word on if the scrim that has been up around the outside of this location has any correlation to this change, but if this is indeed permanent, my bet would be yes and we might see some signage change once the scrim finally does come down.
We’ll continue to keep you updated on these changes as they develop, and I hope you were able to sneak one last peek at the Princess dresses on display before they became an exclusive experience. If you were hoping to purchase any of the princess dresses or accessories without a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique reservation, all of them are still available across the street at Sir Mickey’s.