Celebrate World Princess Week at a Disney Destination: Our Top 5 Enchanting Experiences!
Calling all royalty enthusiasts and fairy tale lovers! World Princess Week is here and what better way to honor this magical occasion than by immersing yourself in the enchanting world of Disney. At Castle Coaches Travel, we believe in making dreams come true, and there is no better place to do so than at a Disney destination.
In this blog post, we'll unveil our top five ways to celebrate World Princess Week in style at a Disney destination, ensuring an unforgettable and royal experience for you and your loved ones.
World Princess Week: What Is It and Where to Celebrate
First things first, what exactly is World Princess Week? World Princess Week is a globally celebrated event that takes place every August (World Princess Week 2023 runs from August 20 to 26), dedicated to honoring the courage, kindness, and independence embodied by Disney's beloved princess characters. It's a time to embrace the magic of these iconic characters and their timeless stories that continue to inspire people of all ages. While World Princess Week is celebrated around the world, there's no better place to immerse yourself in the princess magic than at Disney destinations. Whether you choose to visit the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, Disneyland® Resort in California, or even set sail on a Disney Cruise Line adventure, the options for enchantment are endless.
1. Meet & Greets with Princesses:
Prepare to be starstruck as you come face-to-face with your favorite Disney princesses. From Cinderella's sparkling gown to Ariel's mermaid tail, these meet-and-greet experiences allow you to interact, take photos, and make cherished memories with the princesses who have captured your heart.
Meeting the Disney Princesses are easily some of the most popular and memorable character interactions, because of this, they can take a decent chunk of time out of your day. However, for wannabe royalty, we think it’s definitely time well spent.
For the most part, the Disney Princesses aren’t out and about greeting guests constantly throughout the day. They need their beauty rest, after all. The easiest way to check which princesses are holding court each day is by looking at either the My Disney Experience app for Disney World or the Disneyland app. Here you can see a list of all the princesses currently making an appearance, as well as where you will find them with times, if applicable. There are some character locations where princesses make appearances basically all day long, others for set times in the day. At Disneyland® Resort, you will find many characters don't have set times or locations and just wander around, which we find extra magical as you never know who will pop up. There are many spot you can save meet Princesses during a meal, but we will touch on this later.
Official locations where Disney Princess can be found throughout the day include: Walt Disney World
Agrabah in Adventureland – Jasmine
Ariel’s Grotto in Fantasyland – Ariel (Ariel from the animated story)
Enchanted Glade Gazebo in Liberty Square – Merida
Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland– Cinderella, Tiana and two visiting princesses (typically Rapunzel and Elena of Avalor)
France Fragrance Gardens Gazebo in World Showcase’s France Pavilion – Princess Aurora
France Promenade in World Showcase’s France Pavilion – Belle (sometimes accompanied by Beast)
Germany Wishing Well in World Showcase’s Germany Pavilion – Snow White
Morocco near the Waterfront in World Showcase’s Morroco Pavilion – Princess Jasmine
Royal Sommerhus in World Showcase’s Norway Pavilion – Anna and Elsa
Great Hall of China in in World Showcase’s China Pavilion – Mulan
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Animation Courtyard inside Walt Disney Presents– live-action Ariel
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Character Landing in Discovery island – Moana
Discovery River Lagoon in Discovery Island – Pocahontas
Near “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland – live-action Ariel
Royal Hall located in Fantasyland
Disney Cruise Line
You will often find Tiana, Snow White, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel and even Moana on some ships. Locations and times will be available in the Navigator App once onboard.
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
It can be SO hard to take photos with Moana at Disney Parks since she’s a rare character. But she’s easy to find at Disney Aulani Resort in Hawaii!
2. Princess Tea on Disney Cruise Line:
Embark on a magical journey aboard the Disney Cruise Line and indulge in a royal tea party fit for a princess. For an added fee, children ages 3 to 12 can sip tea, nibble on delectable treats, and share stories with beloved princesses as they regale you with tales from their kingdoms. The fanciful menu includes a selection of herbal teas and 2 delicious courses—one sweet and one savory. Plus, every child will leave with a distinguished assortment of gifts as a keepsake of their teatime experience. Cost is $220 per child and $69 per adult and despite the high price – it often sells out before any other onboard activities or port adventures, other than the elusive cabanas on Castaway Cay. In fact, if you’re not at least a Castaway Club silver member, you may not even get the chance to book a spot.
Reservations can be booked within the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App/ DCL Website once one is paid in full and the specific Onboard Booking Window has opened. Please note that this special experience is designed for children ages 3 to 12 and their parent(s) or guardian, solo adults are not eligible for this event.. Children in attendance ages 13 to 17 will be charged the adult price. This elegant and immersive experience is a must for both young and young-at-heart princesses.
3. Princess Themed Rooms at Disney Resorts:
Extend the magic beyond the parks by staying in princess-themed rooms at select Disney Resorts. Imagine tucking in for the night in a room adorned with motifs from your favorite fairy tales. From royal bedspreads to enchanting décor, these accommodations let you live out your princess fantasies even in your downtime. Certain Disney resorts offer rooms styled after some of your favorite Disney Princesses. Of course, there aren’t too many of them available. So, be sure to make your reservation early to take advantage of these storybook accommodations. Disney resort hotels with regal rooms include:
Walt Disney World
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Moana-inspired rooms with nods to Moana and her animal friends, Pua and Hei Hei, as well as a giant accent wall themed after Maui’s tattoos
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside – Royal Guest Rooms hosted by Princess Tiana filled with regal details inspired by various Disney Princess movies
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid-themed rooms overflowing with immersive accents like coral-shaped furnishings and a seashell-like headboard
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – Bright and airy 5th-sleeper rooms lightly inspired by The Little Mermaid with themed artwork and an aquatic color scheme. Important to note, there is a very limited number of this room type and only a request can be made, which is never a guarantee.
Disneyland Hotel – Fairytale Suite dazzling with luxurious fabrics and silhouettes, princess-inspired artwork, a beautiful hand-cut mosaic of a stylized Sleeping Beauty Castle and even an appearance by Tinker Bell
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Wish – All Inside, Oceanview and Verandah staterooms are themed to one of the following: Cinderella, Frozen, Princess and the Frog, Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid or Moana. The stories are infused into the design, which allows everyone to feel magical and to believe that dreams come true. If a specific theme is desired, that will determine the category and deck to book. These are all details that Castle Coaches Travel will ensure are taken of.
Concierge Staterooms on the Disney Wish – Disney storytelling soars to new heights inside these rooms that feature a premium level of service. Stay in either a Tangled-inspired cabin with a private verandah or one of the 7 specially themed staterooms that pay tribute to The Little Mermaid and features floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to sea.
Royal Suites on the Disney Wish –Four royal suites that celebrate the gilded world of Disney Animation’s “Sleeping Beauty,” with two Princess Aurora Royal Suites and two Briar Rose Royal Suites. Each pair includes a single-floor option and a two-story configuration, the first of their kind for the Disney fleet.
Concierge Wish Tower Suite on the Disney Wish – two-story Funnel Suite (the first suite inside a funnel on a Cruise Ship). The two-story suite has three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchenette, 4 bathrooms, and stunning views. It is lightly themed to Disney’s Moana.
4. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique:
Guests between the ages 3 to12 can transform into a Disney princess with the help of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Located in various Disney parks, this enchanting salon offers makeovers that turn little ones into pint-sized princesses and princes. Choose your royal look, from hairstyles to makeup, and let the magic unfold before your eyes. Too old for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? Not to worry! Insider Tip: Head to Sir Mickey's and ask a cast member for some pixie dust! This extra magic is free of charge and available for all ages!
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations include:
Walt Disney World
Fantasyland with the entrance right by the backside of Cinderella Castle Learn more and for pricing and packages.
Fantasyland with the entrance right by the backside of Sleeping Beauty Castle Learn more and for pricing and packages.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Dream – Deck 5 Mid
Disney Magic – Deck 10 Fwd
Disney Fantasy – Deck 5 Mid
Disney Wish – Deck 4 Mid
Disney Wonder – Deck 10 Fwd Learn more and for pricing and packages.
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
While not called Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Aulani also offers magical makeovers at HI Style Studio. Boys and girls ages 3-12 can choose from a variety of packages, which include hairstyling, makeup, costumes and accessories – all infused with hints of Hawaii and a playful sense of Disney fun. Your keiki can even style in the fashion of your favorite wayfinding adventurer Moana of Montunui, who happens to drop by just outside the studio from time to time to say hello. Painted Sky: HI Style Studio is located in the Waiʻanae Tower, just outside of Laniwai Spa. Learn more and for pricing and packages.
5. Dining Locations with Princess Characters:
Savor delectable cuisine in the company of Disney princesses at special dining locations. Whether it's an enchanting breakfast, a royal lunch, or a regal dinner, you can dine like royalty and share memorable moments with your favorite princess characters. Imagine this: you're enjoying a delectable meal, and suddenly, your favorite Disney princess walks up to your table, ready to engage in conversation, pose for photos, and create unforgettable memories. Character dining allows you to savor every bite of your meal while seamlessly transitioning into magical interactions with iconic characters. No need to queue up for meet-and-greets separately – it's all seamlessly integrated into your dining experience. On top of that, the restaurant may even immerse you in the princesses’ stories with a highly themed dining room, making your meal even more enchanting.
Character dining experiences can happen differently from resort to resort and even restaurant to restaurant. At Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, princesses typically come straight to your table allowing some one-on-one time with you and the rest of your party. However, at the Disneyland® Resort in California, the one and only princess meal, you will generally need to go to them. Either way, we think Disney Princess dining is a fun (and delicious) way to celebrate World Princess Week. Keep in mind that dining is subject to availability and can be booked starting 60 days before arrival for length of stay at Disney World and starting 60 days from a specific date at Disneyland. Characters can always change as well. For extra magic, be sure and pack those prince and princess dresses to wear!
Princess dining experiences at Disney World and Disneyland include:
Walt Disney World
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion – Enjoy a Scandinavian-inspired family-style meal alongside appearances by princesses like Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella and Snow White
Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland – Indulge in an upscale American-style prix-fixe breakfast, lunch or dinner in Cinderella Castle and table-side visits from Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Jasmine and Snow White.
Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Be transported to an enchanted forest while enjoying a prix-fixe menu of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs-inspired dishes and appearances by Snow White, the Evil Queen, Dopey and Grumpy
Be Our Guest Restaurant – Step into the story of Beauty and the Beast at this French-inspired restaurant which boasts elaborately designed dining rooms styled after the animated film and possible sightings of the Beast. Important to note, you won't find Belle here, just Beast, but the location is stunning and is fit for any princess.
Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel – Greet the morning with a decadent three-course breakfast and appearances by princesses like Mulan, Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, Aurora, Rapunzel, Ariel, Tiana and Pocahontas.
Making Your Princess Dreams Come True with Castle Coaches Travel
At Castle Coaches Travel, we understand that planning a Disney vacation can be overwhelming, especially when you want to make the most of events like World Princess Week. That's where we come in. Our expert travel advisors are well-versed in all things Disney and can curate a personalized itinerary that ensures you don't miss out on any of the enchanting experiences. From securing dining reservations with princesses to helping you maximize your lightning lanes for meet-and-greets, we'll handle the details so you can focus on living out your princess dreams.
World Princess Week is the ultimate opportunity to embrace your inner royalty and revel in the magic of Disney. With meet-and-greets, princess tea parties, themed rooms, makeovers, and dining experiences, your journey will be nothing short of enchanting. Let Castle Coaches Travel be your guide to a truly royal celebration, ensuring that your World Princess Week at a Disney destination is a fairy tale come to life.
Contact us today to start planning your unforgettable adventure!