A wee bit of fairy dust #1: Disney Princess tales

During our recent visit to Disneyworld, I decided (privately) that going to character meet-and-greets would be very low down on our priority list.

I mean, there are people who are willing to queue for hours at the Disney parks in order to take photos and obtain autographs from their favourite characters. The longest of these queues, of course, belongs to the Disney Princesses.

The Disney Princess franchise is a Big Deal, and there are people who buy into it hook, line and sinker. From the minute you step into the parks, every single Disney cast member will begin greeting all the little girls as ‘Princess’ and all the little boys as ‘Little Prince’. And the kids love it. They really do.

You can even bring your children to a special beauty parlour where fairy godmothers (with wands and everything) will transform them into miniature princesses or knights complete with hairstyling, makeup, nail art and accessories!

Fortunately for me, Little E, although she does love all things princess-y and had a lot of fun identifying all the different mini-princesses flouncing around the parks, is completely disinterested in dressing up in the costumes herself. (She did have the opportunity to try on an official Disney princess dress once at a friend’s birthday party. Although she thoroughly enjoyed posing in that sparkly, spangly thing for the duration of the group photo taking , she immediately afterwards requested to change back into her party dress as she found the costume “too spiky”. Since then, she’s never shown interest in store-bought princess dresses.)

We did manage to meet with all the Disney Princesses in the end, much to Little E’s delight. This is all due to some beautifully done wrangling on the part of A Becky Lee.

Firstly, A Becky Lee chose to celebrate her birthday at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot Center, which boasts not only a wonderful Norwegian buffet spread, but also the opportunity to dine in the company of several Princesses.

Secondly, A Becky Lee managed to wrangle us some extra Fastpasses (yay), which meant that we could use some of our Fastpasses at the Magic Kingdom to skip the queues and visit with the more sought after princesses at the Princess Fairytale Hall. Woohoo!

Little E is so happy!

Little E is so happy to see all the princesses! Look at that smile!

I have to say, the princesses really work SO hard to make every child feel absolutely special. Honestly, the way they look at you and talk to you, you really do feel like they have come out of their castles just to meet you, and only you.

Goodness knows how they maintain their composure, tirelessly smiling and trilling in sweet voices, whilst being pawed at all day long by hundreds of children with their sticky, sticky little jam hands. The most amazing thing to me was that each of those princesses politely asked Little E for a hug (sometimes two!) before saying goodbye, even though she was happy to leave them alone.

Oh yes, they were so charming that even J decided that he wasn’t going to stand by quietly and watch Little E chatting with these lovely girls all by herself. Oh, he got right in there and asked to be part of the picture – eventually screwing up the courage to ask his favourite princess if she would take a picture with him!

Guess which princess is J's favourite?

Guess which princess is J’s favourite?

Visiting the princesses at the Princess Fairytale Hall was a different experience, because there were Princess Wranglers present who helped to keep things nice and orderly so that the ladies could concentrate on being sweet and charming (and not have to deal with pushy parents or children who wanted to hog their time). Additionally, it means waiting in the cool, cool air-conditioning and it was very obvious that the princesses are clearly much more comfortable in the hall than outdoors.

I am very thankful that we managed to use our Fastpasses for this because the regular queues were absolutely horrendous. The line to see Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from the movie ‘Frozen’ was 3 hours long when we visited – and we were told by the Princess Wranglers that during peak holiday periods, the waiting time can go up to 5 and a half hours! Incredible! Hats off to any parent who has queued for that long for anything at Disneyworld!

It is during this trip that I found out that Rapunzel is Little E’s favourite princess. I was quite surprised by this revelation – Little E has talked about nobody but ‘Ice Girl’ ever since she watched ‘Frozen’ – so I was shocked when I took her to the pin-trading store at Epcot Center and she passed over all the Elsa pins in their glittery glory for a simple Rapunzel pin hidden in a corner.

Little E with Rapunzel

Little E with the highly esteemed Rapunzel

Needless to say, Little E was excited beyond all reason when she saw Rapunzel. She started dancing in the queue and didn’t stop until Rapunzel waved to her. Then, she was utterly star struck and immobile as the princess walked towards her to take her hand. I still have no idea what they talked about during their meet and Little E is keeping their conversation a secret. The two of them were whispering to each other and in the end, Rapunzel gave her a very close cuddle before posing for pictures.

Now if you ask Little E what her favourite part of the trip was, she’ll tell you that it was meeting the Disney Princesses. So, I’m very glad that we made time for that in the end. It was worth seeing the big smiles on both J and Little E’s faces!

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27 thoughts on “A wee bit of fairy dust #1: Disney Princess tales

  1. Reblogged this on Owl Fly Away and commented:

    A visit with the Disney Princesses at DisneyWorld was unexpectedly magical! Check out our experience with the Princess crew over at Owls Well (as well as some tips on how to avoid the ridiculously long queues).

  2. Awwww Little E looks so thrilled and happy with all the princesses! Honestly, I can’t quite tell the princesses apart. Good on you for knowing who they’re all supposed to be!

    • Rapunzel? From Tangled? She wears a lilac and pink dress, and has a little green chameleon. It’s Tiana from ‘Princess and the Frog’ who wears pale green, and Merida from ‘Brave’ who wears dark green. 😉

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  5. To be honest, as a mum of 2 boys, I don’t know my Disney Princesses that well. But I can imagine getting to meet ANY Disney character without much of a queue is just way too cool. And the photos of Little E hugging and getting hugged by the princesses are just priceless.

    • Oh yes, Mickey Mouse and his pals, the Pixar characters, even the Cars all have lines for their meet-and-greets too and you can use your fastpasses on the more popular ones. Apparently, Gaston from Beauty and the Beast is a real hit! He’s super fun to talk to.

      But seriously, I know my Disney Princesses because at one point in my childhood, I loved them all too and I couldn’t wait to share the Disney movies with my kids. My favourite princess is Ariel. Well, that is, until Rapunzel came along.

      • I loved the Little Mermaid too! But somehow, I never quite caught on the obsession over the princesses. I’m more into the songs and the animation, not so much the characters. Maybe that’s why I have never taken a photo with the characters at Disneyland, unless I manage to catch one with no queue. :p

  6. The Elsa of Frozen really looks identical to the cartoon! I got to say these Disney’s Princesses are very professional in making the children happy. It is definitely an imagination come true for them.

  7. How can one resist the Disney magic!! I’ve promised the dragonlady she’s going to see Elsa this time when we head to the one in HK in Nov again.

    p.s. I’m very bummed over the stronger USD. have been thinking of going to the one in Orlando. hope to make it happen before the kids start primary school!

  8. I would love to meet the princesses too! You did right by making it come true to little E, look at her smiles 😀 All worth it! Visiting DisneyWorld Orlando is on my bucket list. Hope to bring the kids when AJ is older. But the long flight will be a torture 😛

    • You should go with her! I saw lots of daddies in the lines and they seemed to have as much fun bantering with the princesses as watching their daughter’s faces light up.

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