It was raining when we stepped outside today. Not the rain that falls hard and has you running for cover but that umbrella-defying mist that cools you off. It was perfect. We knew that the rain and the New Year's Day hangovers would keep most people away and we were right. As we parked just outside the gate we walked up to the line you see below.
Things were looking up and with risk of ruining the suspense of this post, we had a fabulous time at the Magic Kingdom. So good, in fact, that we are going back at least two more times before we leave! We didn't make it on many rides and we didn't see many shows but our girls were happy and if you are a parent you know that that is what constitutes success these days.
We started off on the right foot and headed right into guest services to get the Disability Access Pass for Kate. I will post a picture of it above because her photo turned out really cute but for the life of me I cannot see how it is any different from a FastPass. Ultimately, we headed to a ride we were interested in and the hostess standing at the end of the line would write down a time that we could come back and enter the FastPass line. The time she would write down was always equal to the wait time of the ride. We could only do one at a time and we could not stack our card to line up rides for the whole day. This system is balls, as they say, and I won't bother with it next time. Waiting was brutal for Kate and we had to spend much of our time trying to calm her down as we stood outside of an attraction. Enough of that, on to the good stuff.
We signed up both girls to do Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique. We had no expectations of Kate but we felt we owed her a chance. As we waited (<------there is that word again) our turn, we could see Kate getting agitated and asking for the pirate duds of a little guy who was waiting for his sister. The conversation went like this:
Me: Kate, you can be any princess you want. How about Belle or Aurora?
Kate: Princesses are sweeping (sleeping). I piwate!
Me: We can't do the pirate makeover here, Kate. How about you pick a princess?
Kate: I piwate! Gwacie Pwincess!
Me: Pirates are all gone, Kate. Princess or no costume, ok babe?
Kate: Fine. I Pwincess Sophia!
Me: Perfect! (Phew)
Grace chose Belle and was in her glory for the entire hour and Kate shocked the hell out of us when she let the 'Fairy Godmother brush and style her hair! No joke, none of us are allowed to touch her hair. Her therapists work on hair brushing programs with her. When they see the video below their jaws will hit the floor.
A total Disney success for us. Grace was so thrilled and we were beyond happy that she was able to enjoy her day without too many disruptions.
Grace enjoying some Daddy time while Kate napped at the park.
It wasn't perfect by any means. There was the Buzz Lightyear ride. Buzz is Kate's man and she adores him but this ride was too much and resulted in the mini-meltdown and mid-park nap you see below.
Don't fret though. Soon after....this happened! Success. I could watch this video over and over.
Grace and Kate's mom. (Shanell)