Precious. That is the best word I can use to describe our experience at The American Girl Store & Bistro in Orlando, Florida. After tossing around a couple of options my daughter decided that she wanted to spend her 6th birthday visiting The American Girl Store in Orlando. She has never been to the store before and to be honest she doesn’t have American Girl dolls. My daughter has the version from Target. However, she somehow started receiving the magazines a couple of months ago and her love of everything American Girl began. We decided an American Girl Birthday would be a fun way to remember her special day. She decided she wanted to have her doll’s hair done and have a lunch together with mama at the Bistro.
Before You Go
I would suggest you make a reservation ahead of time. We visited on a Monday so the crowd was relatively low. However I talked to many of the employees who shared that both the doll hair salon and the bistro are typically reservation only on the weekends. It would be terrible to arrive and not be able to do all the experiences they have to offer.
The Doll Hair Salon
*** Before we went I was concerned because my daughter did not have an official American Girl doll. Do not worry. The store will allow dolls from other stores. However they will ask you to sign a disclosure before they work on your dolls hair. If you have a non American Girl doll they also will not paint their nails or pierce their ears.
Our first appointment was at the hair salon. The sweet employee invited my daughter to choose which hair style she would like her doll to have. They have a couple of different pages to choose from depending on the style of hair your doll has (curly, straight, etc.).
The employee then took my daughter’s doll and placed her in a hair salon chair-again, precious. She then brushed and styled the doll’s hair. Next, she was allowed to choose what color hair ribbon she wanted for her doll.
One of the things my girl was looking forward to the most about our day was shopping at the store. Between our hair appointment and Bistro appointment we had about 45 minutes so we decided to tour the store. You can see our tour and our experience at the doll salon and Bistro in our YouTube video below.
My suggestion is to have in mind a budget that you will follow before you walk in the door. Even better it might be good idea to discuss it with your child before going in. We all know when those sweet little eyes are looking up at you it’s difficult to say “no” 🙂
I already had in mind that we were going to allow her to buy a Bitty baby. It is something she has been eyeing for a while so I knew once she saw them in person she would want one. There are so many precious dolls and accessories that it is difficult to choose. To get an idea of some of the things you will find at the store you can check out the selections below. You might even want to buy your girl something special before you make the trip.
Birthday Celebration At The Bistro
We worked up quite an appetite by shopping the store. I had booked the birthday celebration. As mentioned above I booked it over the phone but there is an option to book online. Here is the link to book at the Orlando Bistro. While we chose the birthday celebration there are other options like Bitty Baby Deluxe Birthday Celebration, Wellie Wishers Birthday Celebration, Deluxe Birthday Celebration, and Wellie Wishers Deluxe Birthday Celebration. You can see the descriptions of all these choices in the link above. I will describe the package we purchased below.
The Birthday Meal
The birthday celebration is $21 for adults and $31 for children. At first I was hesitant about spending that kind of money for a meal. However, after the fact I was so happy I did. I was amazed with the quality and amount of food we received. Each person was allowed to choose an appetizer, a main dish, and then we were given a piece of a 6″ Publix cake and ice cream. You are also given the remaining cake to take home with you.
For appetizers we had fruit fondue platter which came with two small banana muffins and yogurt to dip the fruit in. Our other appetizer was pretzel balls with cheese. As you can see in the picture below the presentation of the food was just as nice as the taste of the food. For the main dish my daughter chose the chicken fingers which came with macaroni and cheese and fruit. I chose the turkey club which came with french fries. Both dishes were a great portion size and we both had a large portion of left overs.
After we finished the main dish our waitress came out and announced to the restaurant that it was my daughter’s birthday and she asked everyone to sing along. It was a sweet time for my daughter.
Why the extra $10?
You may be wondering why there is a $10 difference between the adult pricing and child pricing. In addition to the food, the child receives a goody bag that has a “Let’s Celebrate” shirt for your 8″ doll, a plastic balloon for your doll to hold, a birthday activity book, a birthday bag for your doll, and stickers (see image below).
In addition to the goody bag my daughter was given a little plate and cup for each of her dolls that we were allowed to take home. She was also given a “Let’s Celebrate” crown for herself and one of her dolls. The napkin rings also doubled as hair ties and we were also allowed to take those home. She was also given a birthday sticker to wear.
Where To Stay
There are so many fantastic places to stay near the American Girl Store in Orlando. However, if you are looking for the ultimate American Girl experience then you will want to check out Rosen Shingle Creek or right at the mall, The Florida Hotel. Both of these hotels offer special packages to make your visit to American Girl a trip she won’t soon forget.
In my opinion we could not have picked a better place to celebrate my daughter’s 6th birthday. In addition to being a special way to celebrate her birthday it was also some precious mother-daughter time. I’m pretty sure it will be a birthday that she will always remember.
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