By the time we got checked into our rooms and unpacked on Sunday, we were too tired to head to a park, so we relaxed and swam instead. So Monday morning after a good night sleep, we woke up early to head to Disney World. Lilypad Princess couldn't wait to go to Mickey's House and see Cinderella's Castle, so we knew our first day would be spent at the Magic Kingdom.
The Magic Begins
We decided to take the ferry across so that LP could get her first view of Cinderella's Castle from the boat as we crossed.
the first glimpse of the castle
She was awestruck by the site, all she could do was whisper when we asked what she saw.
LP's reaction to the castle
Our first stop once we were through the gates was, of course, Cinderella's Castle. Lilypad Princess was even more in awe of it up close. She posed for a few pictures in front of it, danced around to the music that was playing, and chased her shadow all around it.
a princess and her castle
Cinderella or Peter Pan?
Let The Meetings Begin
As we walked around the side of the castle, we ran into our first Disney Characters. It wasn't Mickey or Minnie, or even Cinderella, but Lady Tremain, Anastasia and Drizella. (For those of you not completely up to date on your Disney characters, they are the stepmother and stepsisters in Cinderella). Lilypad Princess had been telling me for weeks that we were going to meet the stepmother and the stepsisters at Disney World, but I had been telling her that they wouldn't be there. I didn't think they were "big" enough characters to be at the parks, but there they were, the very first ones we met. LP couldn't wait to get up there, until Lady Tremain called her Cinderella. Suddenly LP looked down at her dress and got a little nervous, and who could blame her. I think she was expecting them to rip apart her dress and tell her to go clean the floors.
Not long after that, we found the place to meet Cinderella, Belle and Aurora. We happened to be the first in line, so all three princesses not only spent alot of time with Lilypad Princess, but left their places to help get her attention to the camera. She was awestruck from the moment we walked into the room. She could hardly even speak to Cinderella she was so in shock, but by the time she made it to Belle she found her voice and yelled "Belle" as she ran arms open for a hug. I'm still surprised she never knocked over a princess with her enthusiastic hugs.
second meeting with Belle later in the day
We also managed to meet Mickey and Minnie on the first day, making Lilypad Princess one very happy little girl. Auntie La bought her an autograph book, she loved bringing it up to everyone and asking them to sign a page for her.
(There are lots more character meeting photos to share, I think I'll make a post with those another day.)
A Year Of A Million Dreams
The theme at Disney this year is the Year of a Million Dreams. Each day prizes are handed out throughout the park and cast members create "magical moments" for the guests. We hadn't even been in the Magic Kingdom for an hour when Lilypad Princess received her first magical moment prize, face painting. LP was told she could choose any of the face paintings she wanted, of course she went right for the Cinderella one. Here she is checking out the results in the mirror.
Rides and Shows
We made it on almost all of the rides we wanted to do at Magic Kingdom that first day. Dumbo, Pirates of the Caribbean and Small World all waited until the second trip, but I think they were the only ones. Lilypad Princess loved the Barnstormer Rollercoaster, especially because Nana taught her to scream on it. Any excuse for screaming is good in LP's book. The Teacups were also a big hit, although I left that one up to Lilypad Dad, PopPop, Nana, and Auntie La to take her on.
The shows were as a big a hit as the rides. Belle's storytime was a favorite, as was Mickey's Philharmagic 3-D movie.
LP & PopPop watching Phiharmagic together
A Few More Photos
Here are a few more of my favorite photos from day 1 at the Magic Kingdom. It truly was a magical day watching the excitement through LP's eyes.
on our way on the ferry
watching cartoons while waiting for Mickey and Minnie
the first meeting with Mickey and Minnie
big hugs to thank you for the wonderful trip
part of Woody's Roundup
hugs for LaLa