We let the girls pick one souvenir each trip, to allow them a token to treasure while avoiding playroom overflow. It has become a special tradition to watch the girls make a careful decision, weighing options throughout the week, then falling in love with that thing they choose to take home.
This year, there was no question from Day One: Sophie wanted a Tangled dress. She held out until the last day, partly due to availability of her size. Michael was so thrilled to track down the purple dress, then bring it to her in front of the fancy mirrors at the boutique in Sleeping Beauty's castle. Flash forward twelve years to prom!
When she posed in her lovely gown in front of the store, she started acting inexplicably uncomfortable. Apparently, Snow White's evil stepmother had been making mean faces behind my back as I snapped photos! At first, Sophie was naturally unsure of the visitor, but they quickly became friends.
Millie also chose a dress-up, with help from Daddy, an Ariel-themed tutu skirt. You can see her wearing it proudly as she visits the princesses in their little "home" tucked beside Small World.
For our character breakfast, we dined like royalty with Myra at the all-princess bash at Ariel's Grotto! After a meet and greet with our hostess, Ariel, we were served fancy fruits and pastries with eggs and bacon as our favorite ladies circled the dining room to say hello! Definitely doing this one again. It was all so perfectly lovely.
Not exactly princesses, but where else do you file "fairies?"
Do you Photopass at Disneyland? It is the service in which you use the Disney photographers to snap your pics, then you buy the CD of images upon your return. We love Photopass-ing, particularly the little features like posing and adding Tink to the image later...
A fascinating thing happened, a cute little story for Millie. Apprehensive of the characters all week, she surprised us by immediately opening up to the blue "warmup" fairy at Pixie Hollow by running to her embrace. They could not be separated, playing hide and seek and telling stories. When it came time to meet Tink and Terrance (who took the role of fairy very seriously), she would have nothing to do with them, choosing instead to snuggle with her new best friend.
THE STAR OF THE SHOW!
Hair is a big deal in our house. Naturally, this makes Rapunzel a rockstar.