Was your darling daughter one of those tweens who helped make that "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both World Concert" film such a smash this past weekend? If she just can't get enough of Ms. Montana, then you may want to schedule a trip to Disney's Hollywood Studios in the not-so-distant future.
Why For? Well, because the Walt Disney World Resort is looking to expand its super-popular chain of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques (You know? Those Disney Princess-themed beauty parlors? The first of which opened at Downtown Disney's World of Disney superstore back in April of 2006, while the second opened inside of the Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle this past September). And the current plan calls for yet another of these establishments to be built inside of the studio theme park.
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Only this time around, you won't find Belle, Ariel or Jasmine-themed makeovers on the menu. But -- rather -- your daughter will be able to choose a hair style or an outfit that will then make her look like Gabriella or Sharpay from the "High School Musical" films. Or -- better yet -- Hannah Montana herself.
Yep, Disney's Hollywood Studios is going to put a decidedly show-bizzy slant on its version of the "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique." And just like its Disney Princess-themed predecessors, this beauty shop will offer several different types of makeovers. With price points ranging from $50.00 (for a Hannah Montana-style wig and a quick make-up touch-up) to just shy of $250 (For an over-the-top Sharpay-style makeover. Complete with a tiny plush dog to place in your purse. Which will -- of course -- perfectly coordinate with your new outfit).
Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans in "High School Musical 2." Copyright 2007 Disney. All Rights Reserved
Though Disney has yet to officially announce this new retail establishment for the Studios, I'm told that Ms. Cyrus was briefed on the project when her concert tour made a stop in Orlando late last month and quickly gave her approval. I've also heard that these WDW officials invited Miley to come cut the ribbon when this Disney Channel-themed shop officially opens its doors sometime in late 2008 / early 2009.
And for those of you who are saying that a beauty shop that only offers "High School Musical" and "Hannah Montana" -themed makeovers & merch is sure to fail as soon as these movies & TV shows fall from favor ... Well, from what I understand, the staff at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be working closely with the Disney Channel to make sure that this theme park's newest retail establishment will be directly tied in with all of that cable channel's upcoming releases. Which means (in theory) that this shop will also feature clothes & hair styles that then take their inspiration from "Camp Rock," "High School Musical 3" and "Cheetah Girls 3."
Emily Osment (L) and Miley Cyrus (R) give Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson a makeover on the Disney Channel hit, "Hannah Montana." Copyright 2007 Disney. All Rights Reserved
So what do you folks think? Will you welcome this addition to Disney's Hollywood Studios? Or are you bothered by the idea that WDW visitors will soon be able to pay upwards of $250 to turn their daughters into mini-Mileys?
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Heaven forbid Disney actually adds anything to the parks that anyone over the age of ten wants to do.
Well, older guests *can* get things done at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, if they really want.
I think that this is a great idea. Granted, you can buy a Hannah Montana wig at Walmart for $9.99, but it'll be fun for the girls...now more older girls will be interested in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (or whatever this one will be called). It's a smart business move by Disney, IMO.
Milk it, milk it milk it, milk it 'til it runs dry. These high profit producers will allow Disney to do and build things that do not have as high a profit. Like the Lottery (which Andy Rooney refers to as "a tax on the stupid"), I am happy to have people who will pay so much for something that will wash off in a day subsidize the cost on new construction and themeing. I am sure that one day we'll look at Hannah wigs as we do coonskin caps.
"I am sure that one day we'll look at Hannah wigs as we do coonskin caps."
Those coonskin caps also make a ton of money for the Walt Disney Company.
Well analogized, Moonliner.
I am glad to see that people are starting to understand that Disney can't spend money on new attractions if it doesn't have the money.
Princesses, HSM, HM, Tinkerbell, etc all bring HUGE amounts of money into the Disney coffers. And the more they have, the more they will be willing to spend it on the next BIG, AWESOME attraction.
Also something like this in a struggling park (like the studio park), will help management see that once they are there, we need more stuff for them to do.
You know... would it be so hard for them to come up with something in the same vein for boys? (and yes, I know that the brother of a BBB guest can get thier hair all moussed up), but how about a Prince dress up or pirate, or something?
The makeover idea definitely fits well with the Hollywood Studios park. I think if they do it right they could attract women of all ages, not just HM-&-HSM-loving tweens. If you think about the BBB, they do not name the styles after specific princesses. They should do the same here, offer a range of looks some of which which may be inspired by the current sensations but not explicitly named for them.
I sense fail.
Princesses are classic. Hannah Montana and HSM will be gone before you know it. Another couple of years at the most.
Disney is striking while the iron's hot, and I have no problem with that. As a 20 year old male, this holds no real appeal to me, but I'm sure it does to a lot of young girls out there, so I say good for them.
Agreed, atom. Anything that gets such a huge immediate fad-like following like HSM and HM is going to be short-lived, in my opinion.
I say go for it. It'll just delay some of the rivals all vying with you for fastpasses and a spot in a low-wait line. And you can tell who is and who is not an absolute shmuck by just looking at the parents of that little girl with the pricey makeover. Wouldn't that be handy? ;)
Disney's going to take all that cash they make on these flash-in-the-pan gimmicks and spend them on top-notch attractions and theming?
Suuuuuuurre they will.
I wonder if they will offer the portrait package (like the Princess option). What little tween wouldn't want to get all decked out then go to a "photo shoot". Thank goodness my daughter is just a liitle bit younger than the target audience. It would cost me a small fortune.
I say good for Disney. If crazy parents, like me, are willing to pay, charge'em! Besides, the more money Disney makes the more money they are willing to throw bak into the parks. Even better, the more tweens in the makeover boutiques, the less on the lines for the rides... we all win!
To clarify my earlier comment, which i think blackcauldron85 missed my point, it seems(as far as I can tell)that most of the additions to the parks anymore are geared toward little kids. Like all the Nemo attractions and the makeover places. Not much new for the over 13 crowd.
And the money they make on these gimmicks being used on new attractions? Yeah, right. Aside from Expedition Everest, no thought or creativity is put into theming any further than what current or upcoming movie or tv show the attraction can be tied to.