These first pictures were from when they were wide awake soaking in all the details of their "Royal Room" in their new Sofia gowns at 2 a.m.
Notice the framed princesses beside their bed. Exhausted as she was, it took Addison awhile to fall asleep each night as she longingly gazed at her heroines.
This was a quick pit stop as we crossed the bridge over the river of our beautiful resort.
From there we headed straight to Fantasyland to Ariel's Grotto to meet this princess at Addison's request. She is a totally Ariel-obsessed little girl. She will say that Ariel and Belle are her favorite princesses, and while Belle was her first love, Ariel has her whole heart. Can you tell she was loving it???
Since we went there first and there was no wait, Ariel completely made over my girls and made them feel so, so special. She talked about how they could fit into her family since their names begin with A and she and all of her sisters' names also begin with A. Ansley wasn't too sure at first since it was her first character meeting, but she quickly warmed up!
Our next FAST PASS was for the Peter Pan Ride, but we had some time to kill, so from there we went to ride "It's a Small World" and "Winnie the Pooh." They were Ansley's favorite first rides, so we were lucky to get to ride them a couple of times with no wait.
From there we went to Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. This was our first dining experience, and I was so moved by how accessible it was for me to have help for my food allergy girl. We had heard from friends that Disney cast members just go above and beyond, and, in doing so, creates these "Magic Moments." Our dining experience with them--every single one of them--served as "Magic Moments" for me. One of my biggest worries was finding suitable food for Ansley. With her severe anaphylactic dairy allergy, we are EXTREMELY careful about what she eats. We have to be. At every restaurant we visited, whether it was a sit down or quick service meal, we were greeted by the chef who informed us about dishes that Ansley could eat. Often, the chef would offer to make something special for her, and he or she ALWAYS gave her extra dessert. That's the hardest thing to find in dairy-free land. It really was magical, and it made our experience all the more enjoyable here. Patrick and I ordered bacon cheeseburgers here; Addison had chicken fingers; and Ansley had a pb&j uncrustable sandwich with allergen free fries and grapes. We ALL especially enjoyed the mango sorbet for dessert.
From there, the girls' request was for MORE PRINCESSES-- which was no surprise to us. Thinking ahead, we had used one of our FASTPASS+ reservations to secure a spot at the Princess Meet and Greet at Town Square. There, they got to meet Rapunzel, Aurora, and Cinderella.
Next, we took a little break and decided where to go. It wasn't hard. More characters! Next up was Pluto and Tiana.
We caught a castle show, and there were more happy tears.
The park shut down early that evening for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, so that made it easier for us to leave and head over to our Chef Mickey's reservation at 6:45. This is my favorite meal from when I was a little girl,
We finally got to meet all of the classic characters, and the girls couldn't have been more thrilled!
Sleeping kiddos just MELT me--especially these two. And it was a good thing too because they were gearing up for our Day 2 at Epcot. Hopefully, I will follow through and be back to post on that later.
Read about Part 1 of our planning here.
Read about Part 2of our big reveal here.