One very special experience for every child is a first hair cut.  You might be surprised to learn that you can arrange to have a first hair cut (or any hair cut for that matter) at a real barber shop on Main Street USA?  This is a hidden gem inside Disney’s Magic Kingdom.  Elizabeth at the Take The monorail web site has written a fine article about planning for this special event (Source).

Where The Magic Happens

If you have ever been to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, you know that the entrance is Main Street USA – the idealized version of a typical small American city in the early 1900s.  Here you can visit a bakery, a confectionery, and plenty of gifts shops.  Did you know that you can also visit a working barber shop?

After you pass beneath the train station, stay to the left.  In the corner, next to the Emporium, you will see a barber pole.  That’s the Main Street Barber Shop.

A Special Hair Cut

Any time a child gets a first hair cut it is a special experience.  It is even more special when it takes place in the Magic Kingdom.  In addition to the hair cut itself, your child will receive a certificate, a lock of hair, and also as very cool Mickey Mouse ears hat with the words “first haircut” written on it.

Hair Cut Tips

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Plan to arrive first thing in the morning, as soon as the park opens.

Plan to wait.  The barber shop is popular and normally there is a line.  If you get into the line, resist the temptation to get out with the hopes that the line will be shorter later on in the day.  It probably won’t be.

Plan to keep an eye on your child’s mood.  Plan the hair cut for early in your vacation.  If your little prince or princess is in a bad mood and isn’t going to sit still for the twenty minutes or so the haircut takes, consider pushing the event off until the next day.

The Barber Shop on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom

The Barber Shop on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom

Plan your timing as best you can.  A first haircut might be needed after six months, or after eighteen.  Generally speaking, the one year mark is a good target.  And you might even be able to plan a first birthday and a first hair cut for the same trip!