Sunday, July 3, 2011

First (and Second) Haircuts at Magic Kingdom's Harmony Barber Shop

First haircuts are a special event in our society, and what better way to celebrate the occasion than a special trip to Walt Disney World to have your little ones first haircut at Magic Kingdom's Harmony Barber Shop!  Now, granted this makes for one expensive haircut...but, if you are planning a trip anyway, why not?!

My son, Connor, was born with a lot of hair, and everyone expected us to cut it long before he turned one, but I had always wanted the Magic Kingdom first haircut, so we just kept letting it grow in hopes that something affordable would come along that could get us to WDW before we couldn't put the cut off any longer.  Luckily, something did, and in November of 2010 we made a Thanksgiving week trip to Orlando along with my parents. (If you can get grandparents to go on your first family trip it is a BLESSING!).  We made Connor's haircut appointment about a week before our trip by calling 407-WDISNEY, and that was that!  We had our appointment for our first morning there with no problems making the reservation at all.  

We headed to Magic Kingdom early that morning to get in a few rides and enjoy our first trip with Connor prior to our haircut.  Magic Kingdom was pretty empty, which made for a great stroll down Main Street; U.S.A, and no wait on Dumbo the Flying Elephant, (of course Dumbo had to be his first ride).  Then we headed to Harmony Barber Shop, which is located on Main Street between the Emporium and the Fire Station.  It is tucked away into a little corner, and just screams nostalgia when you see it.  Such a sweet place!  There are three barber's chairs located inside, as well as an L-shaped bench to wait on and a small cash register.  The wall shelves are filled with First Haircut Mickey ears, Mickey hair glitter, colored hair gels, as well as more traditional barber shop odds and ends.

We only had to wait about 5 minutes for our appointment, and then Connor was introduced to Rex, who would be cutting his hair.  Rex was wonderful!  He gave Connor a bunch of stickers, and then assisted Connor in sticking the Mickey stickers all over himself.  When Connor was thoroughly occupied he sprayed Connor's hair down and got to work, and never minded when Connor got wiggly.  (Harmony Barber Shop is not equipped to wash hair, so arrive with your kiddos already clean).  Rex chatted easily with us as we watched, never minded the four people with various cameras in a clearly small space, was great at distracting Connor with stickers and light chasers; the man has the patience of a saint and he was just a wonderful man.  He made the experience such a joy, and so completely worth the trip!  When he was finished Connor looked like a little boy, not my baby!  He was presented with his special First Haircut Mickey Mouse Ears, and a certificate from the barber shop.  The whole package was right around $20.00, and included the ears and certificate.  Probably one of the best bargains on Disney property.  It was such a special experience for all of us, and I am so glad we waited to get his first cut at Disney.  It is a memory I will cherish always.

In June of this year I brought 29 teenage theatre students to Disney to participate in Disney Performing Arts and Y.E.S workshops, and of course had to bring Connor along too!  Since October he has had four additional haircuts, and was due for another.  We had an equally enjoyable experience with Harmony Barber Shop the second time around.  Our stylist in June was Beverlene, and she was just as wonderful as Rex.  Connor sat perfectly still this time around, as he is now a pro at getting his hair cut.  The cost for the cut was less than $20, which is the same as pay for a kids cut around here anyway.  No ears this time, but stickers galore!  I don't think we will ever make it to Disney again without getting Connor's hair cut while we are there!

Next time you are planning a trip, consider Harmony Barber Shop for a special haircut.  They do first haircuts, kids cuts, and adult cuts too!  Prices are really reasonable, and it is a whole lot of fun!

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