Before we ventured into the parks for our last day, we had to check out of the resort and figure out the logistics of how we--and our bags--would get to the airport. Throughout out trip, we would marvel about the "magic moments"--those moments where Disney cast members would go out of their way to show kindness or be helpful or calm storms. The Magical Express was just that--magical and fast. Patrick could not believe the ease with which he held our bags, checked in with our airline, and checked out of our resort. When we had first begun dreaming about our trip, we strongly considered staying off-site at a Marriot where we had travel vouchers. When we found out about the free dining option, we traded deals and decided to stay on Disney property. Best.decision.ever.hands.down. The Magical Express alone would have confirmed that decision, but there were so many other perks to just being inside the property.
While he was taking care of this business, I was getting two little girls ready to meet their penultimate heroine--Sofia. They were over the moon at the mere possibility. We also tried to capture some of the essence of our Royal Room. I love the care and attention that Disney Mousekeeping gives. The girls were always so excited to see what they had done to our room at a day's end. Dumbo was their favorite for sure!
Hollywood Studios will sometimes open their gates a little bit early, so just like the other days, we caught our bus:
Before we entered the park, we stopped for some unique photo opportunities: Monster's University with our "roar" faces...
The special effects of this show were really impressive, and in 17 minutes, you felt like you had truly experienced the story of the Little Mermaid. We had two happy little girls.
From there we walked over to the Streets of America intending to play on the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground. Unfortunately, it was closed for the day, so we wandered around the Cars area. The girls were hot, restless, and tired by that point, so we easily made our decision to catch the earliest Beauty and the Beast show. We were glad we did because our lunch reservation took much longer than we anticipated, and we would not have had time to see it if we had missed this one. I mentioned earlier that Belle is MY favorite princess and she is both of my girls "2nd favorite" princess, but this show was the best one I saw all week. I would see it again and again, and so would my family. It was perfect timing for us as well.
After the show, we went back to Hollywood Blvd for our lunch reservation at Hollywood and Vine. This lunch was hosted by some Disney Junior characters, and my girls couldn't wait to meet some of their favorite friends:
Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates
June from The Little Einsteins
Special Agent Oso
And Handy Manny
This was a fun, interactive lunch where the kids could get up and dance and "help" the characters. My girls loved it, and I am glad we picked this one for our first trip because by the time we come back, they might have outgrown the Disney Jr phase... Oh, time, please slow down!!!
After our lunch, we were antsy to make sure we had enough time to get to the airport and get home, so we took a couple of final photos:
and headed to the bus stop.
Boy, was it hard to leave.
On our way to the airport a Disney Cruise Line Cast Member sat behind us and gave the girls Minnie pins as a hope that they would one day return--just one final "Magic Moment" to keep our Disney Dream alive!
The dream that we wished DID COME TRUE! Until next time, we'll be dreaming of you!
Read about our magical first Disney experience here:
Part 1 (for resources, planning, budgets, gifts, autograph books)
Part 2 (for how we gave our girls the surprise of their lives)
Part 3 (for our first day in The Magic Kingdom)
Part 4 (for our second day at Epcot and our resort pool)
Part 5 (our return to The Magic Kingdom)