"IT'S PRINCESS DAY!!!! I'M HAVING BREAKFAST WITH THE PRINCESSES!!" My daughter's voice pierced the silence of our hotel room...at 6:00am, on the dot.
"Ugh," my son sighed, and rolled back over. "I hate princesses," he groaned.
I'd be lying if I said that I hadn't seen this coming. I had planned two days at Magic Kingdom: one focused on princesses and fantasy, and the other centered around pirates and adventure; the night before, I'd shared this plan with the kids. Naturally, I had assumed that Sadie would be fonder of the first day and that the second day would appeal more to Jack, but I was confident that there would be lots for each of them to appreciate on both days. I also knew, however, that Jack's personality would prevent him from from having a positive attitude about anything that didn't initially appeal to him. Sure enough, when the envelope from Cinderella arrived the evening before, inviting the kids to attend a royal breakfast the next morning at her castle (that's right--you can actually eat in the castle!), Jack's chagrin set in.
|Ready to meet the princesses!|
Consequently, as I helped Sadie put on her princess dress and crown that morning, we were treated to the enchanting background noise of Jack's moaning. I had to remind myself of the resolution I'd made two nights before at the Wilderness Lodge; regardless of how much time and energy I'd invested in making this the most magical trip ever darn it, the kids were still kids, and I needed to accept the fact that they were not going to be happy every single minute. So, I ignored the whining, and off we went to Magic Kingdom!!
The Contemporary Resort is within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom, so we decided to take the walkway to the park. Once again, I was absolutely astounded by the friendliness of the Cast Members that we encountered. Everyone from the concierge desk to the grounds crew on the walkway greeted Sadie with a "good morning, princess" and told Jack to "have a magical day". By 7:30am, we'd passed through Magic Kingdom security and were on our way to the front gates**. We took a moment to gaze at the Main Street Train Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad, our excitement building as I read the words aloud: "Let The Memories Begin!"
|The Main Street Train Station|
Tip Time: All four parks offer character breakfasts that begin about an hour before regular park opening. Not only is this a truly magical way to start your day, but you get to be one of the few people to enter the park before it opens to the general public. Nothing quite compares to walking down a virtually empty Main Street at Magic Kingdom or strolling through Epcot's World Showcase by yourselves. Moreover, if you finish eating in time, you get to be the first in line for the #1 attraction on your list!
|Sadie, with the castle all to herself|
For the next five minutes, Jack and Sadie did something that would be impossible during the other 13 hours and 50 minutes that the park was open that day. They skipped around the Forecourt, throwing their heads back in pure joy, completely free. It was, without a doubt, one of my favorite moments of the whole trip.
|I'm gonna run around!|
|Jack, "slapping fins" with Ariel|
Next Up: Staying Ahead of the Crowds in Fantasyland
|Sadie and her favorite princess|
The Magic Minus the Mayhem