"Why dear, I'm your Fairy Godmother."
If you have read any of my fellow Disney Sisters’ post, they will all say that their role was the best. BUT I am biased and would have to say that mine was the most magical and wonderful role! And it all starts with a little assignment from the Fairy Godmother.
My role was a “Fairy Godmother-in-training” who was sent by THE Fairy Godmother to learn how to become an actual Fairy Godmother. Eventually, every Fairy Godmother-in-training “graduates” from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and is sent out into the world to find their own princess to help. I learned how to do different hairstyles, makeup, and nails for princesses ages 3-12 and for princes ages 3-12. I was trained by one of the first ladies to be hired when the Boutique opened – she has been a big part of the media promotion for the Boutique. So needless to say, when I found out this special Fairy Godmother was my guide, I freaked out a little bit inside!
The day-to-day routine at the Boutique was to greet the princess with a curtsy, introduce myself as her Fairy Godmother-in-training, have her pick a hairstyle, color of her eyeshadow, lip gloss, and nail polish and then proceed to make her “transformation” happen - all while talking to her and telling her stories about Disney princesses and their friends. I used “jellyfish jelly” from my friend Princess Ariel to style their hair and talked about how the Seven Dwarfs were so nice as to provide jewels from the diamond mine for the tiara I was to put in their hair.
Every princess brought their own magic to every transformation. My favorite part about every transformation was at the very end, right before I turned their chair around to face the mirror for them to see their reflection. I gave them a shield to hold up to their face while I asked them to close their eyes and make a wish. Then I took my magic wand and sprinkled pixie dust all over them while singing a special song:
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo
May all my princess’s wishes and dreams always come true
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo
This role was one of ups and downs, but anytime I could make a princess or their family laugh or smile, was enough magic for me.
I had a couple of “Make A Wish” princesses and those were my absolute favorite. For those of you who don’t know what “Make A Wish” is, it is an organization that partners with Disney to give a child with a serious illness or disease one wish to spend how ever they like. They are special VIPs of the Disney parks.
One princess in particular was battling cancer and had started to lose some of her hair. She chose the “Diva” hairstyle because it was a hair piece that had long hair coming down from of the back of it. There wasn’t much hair to pull onto the top and cover with the hairpiece but I tried my best and kept talking to her to keep her mind off of being embarrassed. Her family look so happy to just be there taking it all in with her. When I was done, before I spun her around, I made her mom close her eyes, too. When that princess opened her eyes and saw that long hair streaming down from the top of her hair, the biggest smile grew on her face as she marveled at herself in the mirror. When I said how beautiful she looked, she gave me the biggest hug and thanked me for making her pretty again. I then responded that she has always been beautiful and that she didn’t need my help to see that. Her mom just burst into tears and gave me the biggest hug. That experience showed me what my role was really about: reminding little girls how beautiful they were and that they were princesses worthy of magic.
This role as a Fairy Godmother-in-training taught me so many things but most of all it taught me how to love with your whole heart and that magic is still alive in the world. You just have to find it.