I loved this day. I do not think I am equipped to describe the sheer magic of this day. But will try. Its long, so bear with me. Today was the day for K's "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique" appointment, or "princess makeover", as she calls it. Our appointment was at 9:30, and since we had been getting up late, K and I let the boys sleep in and went on our own.
She did great while getting her hair and makeup (and nails!) done, and the staff members were wonderful with her, calling her "Princess Kadence".
I did not realize beforehand, but the package included a photo shoot. I was a little concerned because K is so fickle when it comes to the camera. She's a total ham some of the time, but most often it's, "Don't take my picture! Delete it!!" Needless to say, I was a bit apprehensive. Thankfully, I was wrong. Her photographer was amazing. She got great pictures, and had Kadence cracking up the entire time. She was phenomenal, and I really really wish I remembered her name so I could tell the people at Disney how great she was.
Since we had some time before our lunch, we decided to go to Town Hall and meet the princesses. What a perfect day to do so when K is dressed as one of them! Since it was "Love Week" at Disney, not only did we meet Cinderella, Aurora and Rapunzel, but we also met the Princes! They were all great with Kadence, and they gave her Valentine Cards.
From there we headed to our lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table. I would be lying if I said lunch was just for Kadence. This mama has wanted to eat in the castle as long as I can remember! Lunch was good, dessert was AMAZING. We had a blast during our "girls lunch", and the princesses were sweet as could be. It was a fantastic experience.
Side note- if you are there with your family and Princess Jasmine comes out, please do not yell, "HO-LY SMOKES" as though you are in a strip club or something. I'm looking at you, man at lunch with your daughters!
After lunch, we met up with the boys, taking it easy and enjoying the park. We didn't have any real plans until dinner time, so we hit up a few rides, met Tiana and Naveen (who were just incredible with the kids), and I got the famous Dole Whip. Luis got a coke float, and I have to say, his was SO much better than mine. So much, in fact, that I kind of ate most of his while mine sat there melting. Sorry, honey.
At the advice of my friend Lori, we made reservations for dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern so we could walk out onto the parade route for the Electrical Parade. It was a great choice. The food was soooooo good. It is served "family style" so we didn't have to order, they just brought us tons of Thanksgiving-type food. The baby
tons of macaroni.
We walked right outside and waited for the electrical parade. During my insane amounts of pre-trip planning, I came across a tip that said to bring your own glow sticks to the parade, rather than buying all the light up stuff from the parks. We did, and it was a huge hit. The kids had a great time giving out glow sticks to those around us, and all the nearby kids were appreciative. The parade was incredible. And Gavin, he was the best. Every time a float would come by, he would scream out who was on that float. My favorite was: "CAPTAIN HOOOOOOK....IT'S CAPTAIN HOOK!!" He was literally shaking with excitement.
I thought our night would be over after the parade, but boy was I wrong. We went back over to Fantasyland and saw the line for Enchanted Tales with Belle had only a 25 minute wait- every other time we saw it the wait was at least 45 minutes. This show was, how do the cool kids say it- totes adorbs. The kids each got to participate in the show. Kadence was Maurice, Belle's Horse, and Gavin was a plate- the cutest plate you ever did see! Belle was beautiful, and I don't care what the haters say, her new dress is gorgeous! She was so sweet with all the kids; mine still talk about their experience with the attraction/show/meet and greet.
We were just about done for the night, but decided to hop on a ride or two since the park started to clear out. We happened upon the carousel and saw a short line to see both Mary Poppins and Bert. Yes, we met her at Epcot, but come on, it's Mary Poppins. We were last in line to see her, and after we got a photo, she asked the nearby Cast Member (read this in a British accent): "Are these our last friends?" When she found out we were, she invited the kids to ride the carousel with her! What?! We were all ready to get on, but poor Kadence couldn't go (she had to use the restroom). Gavin and I rode with them though. It was...magical. I mean, who gets to do that?! Certainly not someone like me or my family! And for a girl who grew up loving the movie, well, I probably enjoyed the ride to an embarrassing level!
Shortly after, we headed back to the resort, with the kids passing out in the car. That was truly a night that I didn't want to end. I enjoyed writing about it so much because it gave me a chance to relive everything. This day will truly go down as one of the best days of my life with my family. I loved every second of this day.