Disney World’s Harmony Barber Shop – A Magical First Haircut

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Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, U.S.A.
Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, U.S.A.

When planning our most recent Walt Disney World trip, we knew the crown jewel would be the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for our two daughters. It was something we had anxiously waited for and now it was finally going to happen. But, as we sat contemplating our other activities, my one year old son played on the floor in front of us. Not born bald, yet not born with the flowing locks some other children escape with, he was looking a bit shaggy for the first time. Though allowing him to cultivate a perfectly feathered mane of epic proportions entered my brain, I quickly yielded to my wife’s suggestion: as Disney fans, what better way to enhance our upcoming trip than to get our son’s first haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, U.S.A.?

We had stopped into the Barber Shop on one previous occasion, just to check it out. Located at the beginning of Main Street, near where the Festival of Fantasy parade exits and around the corner from the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom stop in the firehouse, it is a small space with only four barber chairs and limited seating to wait. At that time—which was early May—we could hardly peak our heads in the door due to the number of people waiting for a trim. With this in mind, I went ahead and made an advanced reservation. I knew the day we would be in Magic Kingdom was a day it had a 7:00 PM closure, so I tried to make a reservation for as late as possible, thinking we could stop by for the haircut on our way out of the park. Unfortunately, the latest reservation available was for 5:15 PM. It would have to do.

We arrived around 5:00 PM and were surprised to find only one other customer in the Barber Shop, and they were just finishing up. Now, we did go during one of the slowest times of the year—early September—so I’m not really sure if the norm is closer to when we stopped by in May, or this occasion. To be safe, like most things, I would recommend making a reservation. For reservations, call 1-407-WDW-PLAY (393-7529).

There is definetly an old time feel at the Harmony Barber Shop.
There is definetly an old time feel at the Harmony Barber Shop.

Don’t let the barber shop stereotype deter you—it was an all female staff cutting hair that day, and they offer cuts for both men and women, boys and girls. Adult cuts will cost $19.00, while children cost $15.00. An added option for children is the First Haircut package, which includes a cut and comes with complimentary Mickey ears that read “My First Haircut” on the back. The cost was $18.00, which I felt was a great value as the cost to get our daughter’s first haircuts at our local Cartoon Cuts was $17.99 and obviously did not include a set of Mickey ears.

Though excited for our son to get his first haircut, we were concerned that he would not make it an enjoyable experience for anyone within earshot. He had already had two breakdowns earlier that day, and dinner time was inching dangerously close. We warned our barber that things may not go smoothly, to which she smiled and reassured us everything would be fine. She whipped out a few Mickey Mouse and Cars toys, which did well to distract him for most of his cut. She was very gentle with him, clearly having been in this situation numerous times before. After the first few snips our barber stopped to gather the cut locks and hand them over to us to commemorate the event. She quickly went back to work and before we knew it, it was all over. He had not only behaved, but was reluctant to relinquish his thrown—and new toys. While our son was still seated in the barber’s chair–and distracted–our barber presented him with his commemorative Mickey ears, and gently put them on his head. We were also given a certificate of recognition for his first haircut. The haircut took approximately 10 minutes and our bill was exactly $18.00 (ed. – Disney’s web site lists this package at $19). TIP: You can pay for your haircut via credit card, but if you want to leave a tip for your barber you will need to have cash handy as you will not be able to add it on to the total amount charged.

The finishing touch on your child's first haircut.
The finishing touch on your child’s first haircut.

All in all…it was a haircut. It’s not the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, nor is it the Pirates League. I actually thought the Harmony Barber Shop could have been themed a little better, to be honest. I probably would not take the time out of my vacation to get my own haircut there, but that speaks more to my feelings on how precious time is while at Walt Disney World. That said, I felt this was a truly great value for a unique Walt Disney World memory. The haircut was good, and the Cast Members were very attentive to my son. The milestone in my son’s life, though small, was enhanced for us by knowing it came on Main Street, U.S.A.

The details

  • Call 407-WDW-PLAY for reservations. Walk-ins are also accepted but expect a wait.
  • Kids’ (12 and under) cuts – $15, adults’ cuts – $19, My First Haircut package – $19, all plus gratuity and tax. Colored gels and hair glitter are available for an extra charge.
  • These are cuts only, no shampoo.
  • There is a $10 charge for no-shows for reservations if you don’t cancel 24 hours ahead of time.
  • The hours for Harmony Barber Shop are not posted online and do vary, but are generally 9 or 10 AM to 5 or 6PM.

John Scanlan

Lover of camping, Walt Disney World, and craft beer. I also love to write. One day I put it all together and started www.fortwildernessblog.weebly.com. Sometimes, when I'm feeling exceptionally saucy, I write cime novels. For proof, check out my personal website, www.johnfscanlan.weebly.com. You can also find me on Twitter at @ftwildernessguy.

9 thoughts on “Disney World’s Harmony Barber Shop – A Magical First Haircut

  • November 5, 2014 at 8:56 am
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    At age 35, I get my hair cut at Disney world all the time. I have a very basic bob with a bit of stacking in the back to get rid of the heaviness.

    They do an absolutely fantastic job. All of the workers, have been doing hair for decades. One of those cheap places where they might ruin your hair.

    The best part of the hair cut is that I get pixie dusted at the end. So many people are jealous and want to know, but I always just say a run in with Tink.

    If you are an adult, who is upset that you can not get into the BBB, this is a great cheap alternative to get some Disney magic. (You also get stickers)

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    • November 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm
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      Too bad they don’t do beard.

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    • November 7, 2014 at 8:11 am
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      Hi Julia.

      I haven’t had my haircut there, but they were excellent with my son. I was very surprised by the reasonable prices as well. Thanks for your comment!

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    • November 7, 2014 at 8:15 am
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      My son has a ways to go before inquiring about a shave, so I didn’t look into it. No hot towels either, I’m afraid.

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  • November 6, 2014 at 12:44 am
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    All three of our kiddos have had their first haircuts on Main Street. I love that they give a certificate, Mickey confetti, and a curl that I can keep in the scrapbook; and where else can you get a set of Mickey ears with a haircut? The ladies that work there even remembered us on our last visit, which I found amazing, considering how many heads they see in a year’s time. Call me sentimental, but our kids HAVE to spend their first birthday at the Magic Kingdom, and HAVE to get their first haircut on Main St. If we ever have a fourth, we’ll spend their first day there, too.

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    • November 7, 2014 at 8:17 am
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      Hi Susan. I agree, the extras and knowing your child’s first haircut was on Main Street is what really sets this apart from just a regular old trim. Thanks for your comment.

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  • November 6, 2014 at 6:53 am
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    I heard it may be closed for refurbishment in 2015… do you know if this is true and what dates?

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  • November 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm
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    My two sons and I had our hair cut at The Harmony on Father’s Day this year. We had reservations and all three of us where in the chairs at the same time. My wife buzzed around the room taking photos. It was an amazing day!

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