The Magic Kingdom
On our second day in Orlando, we took our trip to the Magic Kingdom. And, I have to say it was Magic! It was our little Princess’s birthday, and there was no place better to spend her third birthday. We arrived as the gates opened. They have a park opening show at the entrance which is superb and really sets the stage for all of the magic that awaits.
You start into the park on Mainstreet USA. It is a nostalgic town street, full of shops and shop keepers. It really transports you back to the “good ole days”, a time when things were simpler, and people were pleasant.
At the end of the street, across the square, is every girls’ dream…Cinderella’s castle. She stood high in her regal glory. My daughter’s girlish delight bubbled up from the surface and exploded in grins, giggles, and pointing. There were lots of photos and people of all ages with smiles on their faces. Bubbles flew through the air above the grassy areas, sparking those childhood memories young and old.
We knew exactly where to take the children. Conner was so excited to be back and get a second chance to ride the rides he remembered so well. Sid was all astonishment at all of the new sites. Our journey took us behind the castle where there is a carousel, dumbo ride, It’s a Small World, Pooh, and so much more.
Sid’s first ride was the Pooh ride, and it made her so happy. We fit as much as we could into the schedule before our lunch appointment. Our Princess was to be turned into a real princess at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. This was the best way we have ever spent our money, and I would dare say the best birthday present that we have ever given. I did not realize just how much this event would mean to my bitty girl, but it was the source of great pleasure and pride the rest of the day.
Sid and I left the boys to play. We headed to the boutique which is located in the castle. We were greeted by a fairy godmother, then, we checked in. Fairy godmothers were about the entire boutique granting girls their greatest wishes. Miss Sid was taken shopping. She was allowed to pick out a Princess dress of her choice, a pair of slippers, a crown, and a wand. Sid has always said that Sleeping Beauty and Snow White were her favorites, but on this day she was drawn to the beautiful, pale blue gown. The fairy godmother readied her dressing area, and took us in to dress her. Then, we were taken to her makeover chair. She picked her hair style and the fairy godmother set to work, transforming Sid into a real Princess. They did her hair, nails, and make-up. At the end, she was asked to close her eyes as she was sprinkled with pixie dust, and turned to the mirror to reveal her transformation. She was also given a special birthday pin and sash to wear about the park. Princess Sidney was in pure heaven. As part of the package, we received professional prints…that I will share at a later time. Sid loved the posing for these shots. She also loved the way people stopped to talk to her and complement her gown. They Disney workers would stop and say “hello your Highness” and wish her a happy birthday.
Then, we met back up with the boys for a day of rides and play. It was such fun. Except that we had a spell of rain. We made it through…Princess in tact and the rain passed.
Sid’s birthday wasn’t over yet. We still had dinner reservations with Cinderella at the Grand Floridian. We headed over on the monorail…which is fun to ride in itself. We arrived and were seated for dinner. Miss Sidney,3, managed to keep her princess look going the entire day…through rain. That tells you how much she loved being a princess. Dinner was an exquisite buffet with all sorts of delicious treats. Sid was given a special place mat and cupcake for her birthday. The characters made their appearances during dinner and walked to each table for photo ops. It was late in the day and our little ones were very tired. The strangest thing about the whole dinner was Sid didn’t want anything to do with Cinderella, but the ugly stepsister was her friend; maybe she didn’t like the competition 🙂
After dinner, we headed back to the park. We couldn’t miss the fireworks. The lighting in the magic kingdom at night is truly stunning. The castle is lit and changes colors periodically. The fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom is accompanied by a story. It is magical…there is no other word to describe it. It will give you goosebumps and you can’t keep from smiling. The title of the show is Wishes. They talk about wishes and them coming true. My son starting making wishes during the show…it melted my heart. It was the most wonderful thing. It was tender and genuine. What I wouldn’t give to be a child again and be able to believe and imagine like they can.
The day was done. My baby girl was now a big girl Princess. My son had an extraordinary day. Sid fell asleep on the bus to the hotel, and Conner soon after arriving. It was an amazing day, truly full of magic and childhood wonder.