Did you know that Magic Kingdom has an actual Barber Shop right on the inside of the park where you can make reservations to have either yours or your child's haircut? Neither did I, until my husband mentioned it! Anybody of any age or hair type can obtain services offered here, however, they focus on first haircuts the most. Which worked out perfect for my family as we were planning to take our son to get his first haircut, but what better place to do that than Disney?!
Now $25 for a baby's haircut is a bit pricey in my opinion, mainly because we could get the same service done here at home for $10. You also have to have park tickets to attend this barbershop. However, I thought to myself we already have park tickets, and how many kids can actually say they had their first haircut at Disney?! So I decided to do it! I called to make the reservation and was highly disappointed to find out that they were booked for the day. Upon walking into the park, we spotted the Barber Shop to the left of Main Street, and I told my husband that I was going to stop in and see if they would take my number incase someone cancelled. Lucky me, someone had cancelled their appointment right before I walked in! So we scheduled my son for 12:20 and went upon our day.
We came back for my son's appointment not really knowing what to expect. The room is actually rather small, with only 3 stations for haircuts. They have a tiny little bench waiting area against the window which is big enough to fit maybe 5 people. There was only two people cutting hair when we arrived and they were both already with someone. The bench area was already full, but I decided to stand and wait by the door instead of stepping outside. It was really hot when we were there, and I figured my little guy would do better waiting in the AC than out in the heat. Once a seat became available we sat down, and waited for our turn. I would say we waited probably 15-20 minutes after our scheduled appointment time before we were called. The cramped area did make for an unpleasant wait, but we didn't let it get our mood down. Just know if you're going with your family, they may want to find something else to do while you wait.
I was super nervous on how this event was going to go. I'm not going to lie, with me becoming a stay at home mom my son is very clingy to me, and doesn't do well with strangers. I was sure we were about to have a complete melt down. One so severe that they wouldn't be able to cut his hair and I would leave embarrassed as everyone stared at my screaming child in my arms. This was not the case at all! The cast member was SO sweet, and though my son did fuss a little in the beginning, she made a space for me on the chair with him, handed him a light up toy, and just slowly began to work with him until he was comfortable. Between the toy and I distracting him she began to work on his hair. Anytime he would notice what was going on she would stop and hand him a sticker for being "so good", and then continue.
The haircut itself took probably 15-20 minutes, and then once she was completed my son got to take his own little photoshoot. She had us all laughing and just enjoying this milestone in his life, that we didn't notice anyone else in the crowded room.
Was it worth it?
Once the haircut is complete the cast member gets a certificate to signify your child's first haircut in Disney. They get this cute little white drawstring bag with Mickey's face and mickey confetti on it, and they gather the curls and place them inside the bag. Next the grab the mickey ears that say First Haircut on the back and they do the complete mini photoshoot, making your child laugh all while telling you the best angles to grab with your phone. Then you get all those things handed to you in a bag for you to keep! If you're a sentimental mom like me, this alone will make the experience worth it. I will be making a shadow box with my son's items.
It didn't end here though, they also have "Pixie Dust" bottled up. They looked at my daughter and told her that they got a secret message from Tinkerbell and that she had asked that they give my daughter a little magic with the Pixie Dust. Her face lit up with joy and she hopped over to the cast member to have the "Pixie Dust" (confetti) added to her hair. This extra little kindness meant the world to me as they made my daughter not feel left out on what was going on.
So was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY! I would highly recommend anyone going down to Magic Kingdom with a child that is in need of a first haircut to stop in and see them. However, I would suggest planning ahead and booking an appointment well enough in advance to guarantee your spot. I was very lucky to have gotten a spot that was just cancelled.
As many of you may have seen in the About Section, I am actually expecting our third and final child; another boy. We will definitely be making arrangements for him to have his first haircut here as well.
I hope you found this blog informative and helpful when it comes to making a decision on having your child's haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop in Magic Kingdom!
Main Street Mommy