Magic Kingdom. Again. If you haven't figured it out, it's the girls' favorite park.
For our last day, we planned to fit in all those things we had yet to do. And then swim. And pack.
Breakfast was in the suite, which was fine because we had somewhat early lunch reservations at the Crystal Palace (buffet character meal.) Our first stop was behind the castle to meet Lady Tremaine along with Drizella and Anastasia (Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters.) The girls were a bit apprehensive at first because, you know, the stepsisters are known for tearing pretty dresses off of others. I had to reassure them that Disney didn't allow the stepsisters to rip guests' dresses.
Allie was using a small princess notebook as an autograph book. She had drawn pictures and written words on some of the pages. Lady Tremaine spent some time reading through it and commented that it was very interesting gossip.
We had yet to meet Jasmine (the girls weren't interested in Aladdin because he's a boy) so we headed there next.
As you can imagine, there are a ton of gift shops at Disney. We browse but don't purchase much. However, on this day, we did have a 20% off coupon and Christmas was approaching so we decided to shop before lunch. The girls had been told at the beginning of the trip that they could only pick out one souvenir, which they did during our second day. On this day, we allowed them to pick out one more. Allie's choice was a nerd Minnie. And then it was off to lunch.
I really like the Crystal Palace. Even though there isn't a huge variety of food, there's more than enough to choose from and it's good. The character interaction is fun as well. Although, this time around Piglet was a little bland but the girls didn't really seem to notice.
Eeyore checking himself out on Emily's dress.
Tigger was quite playful with the girls. After signing their autograph books, he picked up Allie's new nerd Minnie and pretended to autograph her face. Allie had a weird expression on her face when Minnie was handed back to her and I had forgotten all about it until we were waiting outside the restaurant after lunch. (Rich, Grammy and Emily were in the bathroom.) Allie showed me that Tigger really had written on Minnie's face. It was obviously an accident as it was just a small line but still. I had just purchased it and now it had ink on its face! When Rich joined us, I told him that I was going to go back inside with Minnie. I hadn't thought beyond finding the manager but I figured that we couldn't be the first people to have had this happen.
I was very calm and polite, after all we are talking about a $20 stuffed animal, and was speaking with a manager within two minutes. I showed Minnie to him and explained what had happened.
Manager - "Oh, wow. Tigger sometimes gets carried away. Or maybe he couldn't see very well."
Me - "Yeah, I can imagine it's not easy in the costume."
Manager - "No. He sometimes forgets his glasses in 100 Acre Wood."
Ah, yes. There are no "costumes" at Disney. So the manager took Minnie and said, "I'll take care of that for you." I was expecting him to pull out some alcohol wipes or something to clean it but instead he filled out a voucher, which allowed us to pick up another Minnie at the gift shop free of charge.
After lunch, we returned to Fantasyland as there was one more attraction we had yet to experience - Enchanted Tales with Belle. The line snakes in front of and goes through the main room of Belle's father's cottage.
Once inside, you are led in groups to a room with the talking wardrobe. And yes, she really does talk and move her mouth, eyes and head. For this attraction, guests participate in the telling of Belle's story. In the room with the wardrobe, a cast member assigns the parts. Allie won the role of Phillipe, the horse, while Anna and Emily became Mrs. Potts and Chip. You end up in the Beast's library with Belle where you all act out the story for Belle.
No flash photography is allowed! (Love the lighting.)
And that ended our last day at Magic Kingdom. We returned to the hotel for swimming and packing. Our flight was later the next morning and the trip home was uneventful.
I hope you have enjoyed my trip report. I am planning to write a post to discuss our experience touring Disney with a child with spina bifida and some tips for those of you with several small children. I'm also working on a post regarding traveling with your DSLR and my suggestions for lenses specifically for Disney.