Like many 5 year olds, our daughter is all about princesses. She watches endless Disney princess movies, wears princess dresses and tiaras every day, has pretend royal weddings (to her Dad, her brother, the dogs…. anyone who will participate), reads books, etc, etc, etc. When we decided to do a SE USA road trip, we knew we had to visit Orlando to let her be a princess at Disney World for a day.
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The first thing we did was to look for Disney princess themed hotels rooms. We decided on a Little Mermaid room at the Walt Disney Art of Animation hotel. Our daughter LOVES Ariel and we knew she’d be super excited about it. She loved all the character replicas throughout the hotel and the Little Mermaid touches within our room. It’s a splurge for us given our usual accommodation choices, but it was well worth it to see her so excited.
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We then reserved a table at Cinderella’s Royal Table. This is one of the hardest reservations to get, so we booked it exactly 183 days ahead of time (We stayed at a Disney hotel which enabled us to book a few days ahead of the 180 day window for the general public). We chose to have one of the latest breakfast seatings as our kids love breakfast foods and it would double as an early lunch for them.
The event begins with a visit with Cinderella. Our daughter was bursting with excitement for a chance to meet her favorite Disney princess! Given how popular she is, I was pleasantly surprised with how much time she took with our kids. Cinderella made sure that each of our children had a special visit.
Shortly thereafter, we were taken upstairs to the main dining room. Our daughter was given a fairy wand, while our son was given a plastic sword (thanks for arming our 3-year old Disney!). While we were eating our meal, we were visited by four additional Disney princesses: Snow White, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Jasmine and Ariel. Each of them was a pleasure and made our daughter feel extra special.
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The food was very good and the experience for our daughter was excellent. This is a pricey outing, but we felt it was worth it for such special memories. If you have to pick just one, make it this one as it is the best princess experience at Disney World.
Our first FastPass selection on Day 1 was Enchanted Tales with Belle. This cute little attraction is very well done, giving a few parents and a lot of kids the chance to play a small role in a skit featuring a Disney actress playing Belle. Our daughter got chosen to play Chip in the little skit and she was beside herself with excitement. Despite being a little nervous, she played her little part perfectly. Once the skit was over, all the kids got to meet Belle and get their picture taken. Our daughter was thrilled!
After lunch, we went to Cinderella’s castle to watch the Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire stage show. We got there about 10 minutes early and were able to get a spot very close to the front. The show featured many Disney classic characters (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, etc.) but our daughter was most excited about the modern characters, including some of her all-time favorites like Rapunzel (with Flynn Ryder), Tiana, Anna, Elsa and of course, that lovable snowman Olaf.
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The Festival of Fantasy Parade in the late afternoon was a big hit. The show featured every single one of our daughter’s favorite princesses. It had Ariel, Rapunzel, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Anna, Elsa, Tiana, Snow White and Cinderella. The parade was made extra special with the VIP seats we got by reserving the parade dining package at Tony & Tina’s Italian restaurant. The package was worth every penny in my opinion.
Note: One princess attraction at the Magic Kingdom we didn’t do was the Princess Fairytale Hall. We chose to skip this as you get to meet either Cinderella & Elana or Rapunzel & Tiana. Given we already made reservations to Cinderella’s Royal Table, we didn’t want the risk of our daughter realizing the Cinderella’s weren’t the same people.
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We are grateful to Walt Disney World for their generosity during our visit. All opinions are our own.