Monday, August 31, 2015

Harmony Barber Shop




My 1st Haircut Mickey Ears, and a mesh bag of hair clippings
With children, Walt Disney World trips can be full of lots of "firsts"- such as the first time they meet Mickey, the first time Cinderella Castle comes into view around the corner, or the first time their head finally hits that height stick for the attraction they've anxiously been waiting to ride.  These are all great scrapbook-worthy moments that we can treasure for years to come.  You may not realize that there's another milestone you can celebrate in a magical way: their first haircut!

Tucked away just off Main Street USA next to the Emporium is the Harmony Barber Shop.  This is a real working barber shop, and has become a traditional first-stop on our visits.  Whether you need a trim, a cut, or some pixie dust, they can send you off in style and ready for a fantastic vacation!  The Dapper Dans and other residents of Main Street have been known to stop by, making it an extra-special experience.

The trained cast members are state-licensed cosmetologists, and can accommodate male and female guests of all ages.  The prices are reasonable, especially considering the location.  Current pricing (2015): Adult Haircut- $19, Child's Haircut- $15, My First Haircut Package- $19.

Commemorative certificate to celebrate the occassion
Our first visit to the barber shop was for the My First Haircut Package.  This is a child's haircut, with a few extra touches to commemorate the memorable occasion: a Mickey Ear hat with "my first haircut" embroidered on the back, a certificate dated and signed by the barber, and a little mesh bag with hair clippings for that baby book at home.

When we took our son at 10 months for his first haircut, there was hardly a hair on his head (little did we know that he STILL wouldn't need a haircut for another year!).  Nevertheless, we were bound and determined to celebrate this milestone in a Disney way.  Cast member Michel was absolutely fantastic- taking lots of care to find a tiny bit of hair to snip away (needing all but a magnifying glass to do so).  He was gentle and entertaining, taking great pride in his work and treating all of his guests with great care and enthusiasm.

He carefully tucked away the few wisps into the mesh bag and made a big production out of presenting the souvenir ears and certificate.  These alone are worth the cost!  A few performers stopped by fresh from the morning Trolley Show, solidifying the fact that this may be the most magical barber shop on Earth.

Wonderful cast members make the Disney differrence!
We've gone back every year since, and all of my son's "official" haircuts have been with Michel (I manage a few scrappy trims in between Disney World trips).  As we go through the squirmy ages, we're always impressed with how well the cast members interact with children.  Who wouldn't mind getting their hair cut when there are spinning toys to be played with?  As a bonus, we always seem to walk away with a yard-long strip of Mickey Stickers.  Score!

I love the fact that this is a tradition for us.  It's so great to watch our son grow and experience the Disney magic in new ways each visit.  We have a few staples, such as this haircut, which tie all of our trips together and record the story of his childhood.  Both the memories and photos are priceless to me, and this is one activity that we'll always make time for to officially begin our trip right.

The Harmony Barber Shop takes reservations by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.  While I definitely recommend this, we've actually had good luck by walking in.  If you don't have a reservation, make it your first stop of the day, and they'll let you know if there's availability.

This is definitely an experience I suggest you check out on your next visit.  They're very quick and efficient, so it won't take up too much of your vacation time.  It's a great way to start your trip; they'll make sure you're "neat and pretty" and ready to make memories!

Carissa

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