Since we already had been to all the parks and it was our last day of vacation, Ryan and I really wanted to do everything this day on our own schedule. We allowed ourselves to sleep in a bit, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and get ready and head out when we felt ready.
A second trip to Magic Kingdom ended up being on the itinerary – there were a couple rides that we still hadn’t done, and I wanted to do some souvenir shopping for family (and myself, duh). This also was the day before my birthday, so I was keeping my fingers crossed that I could meet a few of the princesses/more characters … and thanks to my husband, I did!
But, first things first – we just had to go on It’s a Small World. Ryan couldn’t remember if he ever went on it when he first was there as a kid, and even though it’s really old and really ridiculous, I insisted that it was a right of passage for any Disney-goer. I’m not sure if Ryan would agree with me now that he’s experienced this ride’s glory, but it did give us a good laugh.
Once we got out of there, it was time to eat … however, I spotted Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters across the way and since I had never even seen them out before, I convinced Ryan to stand in line (again) to meet them. Halfway through that line, it was announced that they were leaving and Fairy Godmother would be out shortly – even better! The blow to Ryan’s ego was lessened when we befriended the nicest couple from Canada, and we carried on a great conversation while we patiently waited.
When she asked what my name was, she quickly corrected me. “No, no, no my dear. It’s Princess Karly.” I, then appropriately responded, “Oh, well you need to tell my husband that!” So, she had Ryan come over and engaged us both in the conversation. She was the cutest lady I’d ever seen/met.
For the final stop of the Princess Parade, I was beside myself with excitement that my favorite-ever princess, Sleeping Beauty, was out. I had met her once at Disneyland and the last time I was at Disney World with my parents, but this one in particular was extra special. She literally looked like she had been plucked out of the cartoon, and I think I was just feeling nostalgic since it was my birthday. I was complete nerves when it was my turn to see her!
Ryan was such a good sport about all this – I appreciated so much that he humored me and let me have my moment and fun with the princesses. He even held my purse and stood to the side to take pictures. He’s even the first to admit that these are some of his favorite memories because of how excited and happy I was – I chose a winner, I tell you!
wanted to show how much air I got on this jump. I didn’t even know I
could jump that high, ha!
We weren’t done with the characters quite yet … our final meet and greet of the day was with Winnie the Pooh and friends! We had seen him and Tigger out earlier in the week, but since Rabbit was out with them this day, too, we figured we had to take advantage.