Category Archives: Disney Princess

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Meeting Sofia the First at Hollywood Studios

We are BIG Disney Junior fans in this family. Both kids are mesmerized Sofia the First. Hollywood Studios recently added a Sofia Character Meeting, and we were there bright and early!

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The line was surprisingly long for a day when the park had very low attendance, but Sofia is super popular. Plus, we realized later, everyone who wants to meet her probably isn’t old enough to go to school yet anyway, so they can easily be at a theme park on a Wednesday morning in September!

Luckily most of the line is shaded, and there are ceiling fans closer to the front. And we had princess toys.

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Finally, we go to the front.

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Scarlett got a little time by herself with Sofia to talk about her Sofia the First sneakers and compliment Sofia’s amulet.

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Then Luke got up the courage to join in. He’s doesn’t always like Princesses, but he loves Sofia.

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Our goal was to see Jake as well, but he didn’t come out until an hour after Sofia. And then we were busy. And then it rained! So that’s two trips to Hollywood Studios where we missed Jake. It’s a good thing Sofia was just so adorable. She almost makes up for it!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Part 3

See Part 1 and Part 2 of our MNSSHP experience.

As soon as the parade ended, we headed for Main Street to see the Princesses and their Princes meeting at Town Square Theater
On our way our of Liberty Square, though, we spotted Tiana and Naveen at their gazebo and there wasn’t anyone in line. We even asked if it was open because the first time we met Tiana, we waited 45 minutes. It was open so yay!

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It was a nice little bonus that we hadn’t planned.

Next, we continued to the other princesses and princes. The parade was still going down Main Street, so we cut through the stores all the way to the front on the street. It was a good strategy – we beat the crowds and saved ourselves a seriously long wait! The sign said the wait was 50 minutes but we were in and out in 20.

The first royal couple we met at Town Square was Snow White and her Prince. (Tom asked The Prince his name. He said it was Ferdinand, but most people just call him The Prince.)

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Luke decided to hide from Snow White for some reason.

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At first she was upset.

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Then they made up.

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Snow White is just adorable!

Next, we met Cinderella and Prince Charming. I loved them! They were really lovey dovey – so cute, and authentic!

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They both took a lot of time to talk to the kids. So sweet.

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Our final couple was Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.

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I have to say, Flynn Rider was THE BEST. He kind of stole the show from Rapunzel.

He saw us and said “Oh, pirates! Of the Neverland variety!” He also knew who Izzy was, which most of the characters did not (Jasmine pretty much insisted Scarlett was actually Boo.)

It was good times.

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Tom totally bonded with Flynn. He said Flynn was like Han Solo. I think it was appreciated.

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Meeting the Princes with the Princesses was so much fun. Totally made the MNSSHP admission price worth it!

That about wrapped it up. We left the park at about 11:45pm and getting back to our car wasn’t too bad. Before we left, we got a great Halloween photo on Main Street.

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I wish we could go 2 or 3 more times to do some of the things we missed. Guess we’ll just have to go again next year!

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Perfect Princess Slumber Party

Before I get to all of our Disney Trip goodness, I have to post about our super fun Princess Slumber Party.

Sofia the First Slumber Party

Scarlett is a Sofia the First super fan, and her favorite episode is The Big Sleepover. She wanted to have a Royal Sleepover of her own. On our way back from Disney, we were stopping in South Carolina to visit Tom’s family. We recruited cousins Aris and Lila to join us for a sleepover at Grandma’s house and they were more than happy to bring all their princess gear for a fun night celebrating beauty and royalty.

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Luke doesn’t have any prince clothing, so he wore his Luke Skywalker outfit with a Jedi robe. It looked good with the girls’ pretty dresses.

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Aris wore her Snow Queen costume and appointed herself host, dreaming up lots of activities. Scarlett wore her favorite Sleeping Beauty dress and did a lot of twirling. Lila alternated between Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Snow White and Cinderella. Total life of the party!

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Early on, we set up an air mattress. Immediately, all the kids (and some adults) started jumping and bouncing on it. To curb this activity and prevent a pop, we gave the kids some ice cream and put on a Sofia the First marathon. It worked for about 15 minutes.

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Next, the girls broke out Grandma’s makeup and Aris gave Scarlett a princess makeover. She did a really good job!

Once everyone looked gorgeous, Scarlett wanted to play a game from Sofia’s sleepover, Pin the Tail on the Unicorn.

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She had never played a “pin the tail” type game before, but she did really well. By the end of the game, everyone was pretty much getting their tails in the right spot. They celebrated their success with chocolate milk, just like Sofia had in her chocolate milk fountain!

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Everyone burned off the sugar with some “ballroom” dancing.

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Finally, it was time to actually sleep at the sleepover. Scarlett didn’t want to take of her princess dress, but then realized the Cinderella nightgown she brought looked like Wendy’s from Peter Pan. The she was cool with it.

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It only took the kids about 2 hours to fall asleep after that! 
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The next day, we had to leave. It was sad, but we created some great memories to hold us over until our next visit!

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Princess love!
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Disney Movie Night Dinner: Tangled

Tangled is one of my favorite Disney movies so I was excited to make up a dinner menu for it.

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Our Tangled Menu:
Apples for Maximus
Snuggly Duckling Ale (Iced Tea)
Tower Cupcakes (An easier version of these adorable ones)

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This was a great dinner because I love cornbread. Any excuse to eat it is good!

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I made the cupcakes with White Chocolate Raspberry frosting and yellow Twizzlers for Rapunzel’s hair.

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I added glow sticks to the paper lanterns to try to make them glow. It sorta worked!

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Disney Princess Inspired Sensory Bin: Rapunzel

I hadn’t done a sensory bin in a while. With some yellow yarn on hand, it was easy to make this one for our Tangled week.

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This bin included: 
Yarn 
Purple jewels 
Flower confetti 
Fisher Price Little People Rapunzel Figure
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This was a popular one! Both Luke and Scarlett loved the yarn. They spent a lot of time separating the yarn from the smaller objects. Easy clean up, too!

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Father’s Day Tribute to Disney Dads Dinner

After our day at the Sprayground, we returned home for a nice Father’s Day dinner. Since we are having a Disney-centric year around here, I decided to give Tom a Disney Dads themed dinner. Turns out that if you combine the fathers of Ariel, Belle and Jasmine, you get a nice Italian meal!

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The Menu:
King Triton’s Sea Shells (Pasta Shells)
Sultan’s Salad
Maurice’s Baguette
Mufasa’s Jungle Cakes (Little Debbie Zebra Cakes)
Marlin’s Ocean Water

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Tom enjoyed the dinner in his honor as well as some gifts from the kids.

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We wrapped up Father’s Day by watching Finding Nemo – a great Disney Dad movie.

What a nice day to celebrate our favorite Daddy!

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Epcot World Showcase: Meeting Snow White in Germany

Scarlett was delighted to meet Snow White on our visit to Epcot.

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This was a popular meet & greet, and we got in a long-ish line before she came out for photos. The line moved quickly, though and Scarlett got to see Snow White the whole time we waited. Again, Luke wasn’t interested in meeting princesses, so Scarlett got a picture solo.

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We had been singing along to Heigh-Ho over and over in the car this trip, so it was nice to put a face with the song!

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Disney Princess Sensory Bin: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast was the quintessential Disney movie for my younger years. My sister and I must have watched it, along with The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, just about a billion times. My eighth grade French class, after watching La Belle et Le Bete, even formed a short-lived Beauty and The Beast fan club.

Disney nerds 4 eva.

Anyway, I saw fake roses in the dollar store and pretty much needed to buy them for a Beauty and the Beast sensory bin.
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Here’s what I included:
White Rice
Red fabric roses (with glitter!) 
Red decorative stones
Foam princess stamps (Dress, castle, mirror)
Pretend tea cup
Evenflo Switch A Roo Tea Pot
Fisher-Price Little People Beast Figure

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For some reason, rice is one thing the kids love to throw around. They’ll keep all the beans I can find in the bin, but lots of rice ends up on the floor. Le sigh.

They did like scooping with the tea cup. If I do this one again, I might use real tea cups. The texture and even the sound would probably be fun. Maybe I will figure out how to die rice as well. It would be pretty in yellow!

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Disney World Character Greeting: Meeting Princess Tiana & Prince Naveen

One of the best character meet and greets we had at Disney World was with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.

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We had just returned to the Magic Kingdom after an afternoon nap and the sun was starting to set. It was about 45 minutes until Tiana’s character greeting ended so Tom suggested we head over to her Liberty Square gazebo after finishing our Dole Whip snacks in Adventureland. I am glad we decided to do that instead of ride the Magic Carpets first because when we got there it was a forty minute wait and they cut the line off right after us!

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I was worried about such a long wait with the little kids but Tiana is Tom’s favorite princess and he wanted to wait. The kids were content to play with the Cars vehicles I had packed in the backpack so we waited and it turned out to be worth it!

It only took us about a half hour to get to the front of the line. Luke was still being shy with the characters at this point (midway through our vacation!) but Scarlett decided at the last minute she wanted to give Tiana a hug.

The family before us had a little boy with them who was also a little nervous. Prince Naveen started to playfully chase him but the poor boy tripped off the edge of the gazebo and fell. Naveen felt very bad! Because of this, when Luke didn’t want to go up and meet the characters, Naveen didn’t push it. He said “I learned my lesson!” It was pretty funny.

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Tiana’s frog princess outfit was just beautiful, and I thought she was the most convincing of all the princesses we met. She was so sweet and gave Scarlett a great hug. Naveen was good too  – although Scarlett wasn’t as interested as getting a hug from him, trying to squirm away – and it was fun to meet two characters at once, especially a princess AND a prince! Talking characters are always fun to interact with but these two were really in character and felt like they stepped right out of The Princess and the Frog.

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Disney World Character Greeting: Meeting The Little Mermaid at Ariel’s Grotto

On our last day at the Magic Kingdom, the plan was for me to take Scarlett to Enchanted Tales with Belle first thing to beat the crowds. But we were about 10 minutes late for rope drop and Friday was way more crowded than it had been the rest of the week. By the time we got over to Fantasyland, the wait for Belle was 30 minutes. This was too long for a 2 year old!

We skipped out and made a quick trip over to Ariel’s Grotto. The wait was only about 15 minutes to meet Ariel, so we stuck around for that. Scarlett was not fond of waiting there either, but it was at least cool inside the little cave, and she was pretty much contained in line.

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I think Scarlett left a trail of Tinker Bell fruit snacks throughout the line. But before too long, it was our turn to meet The Little Mermaid!

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Honestly, I think this was the least good character meeting. Ariel was pretty and the environment was awesome, but Ariel wasn’t as bubbly as she was in the movie, and it didn’t last very long.

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Scarlett got a nice hug, though. She was happy to have met a mermaid, and to be free from waiting in line.
We wanted to ride Under the Sea as well, but it was closed for the morning, and we had to leave before it opened up again. Boo! Oh well, guess we will have to go back!