Skip to main content

Disney Princess Fun

Whew, things are finally settling down and returning to normal. September is over halfway over and I haven't had time to breathe since August it seems. I love vacations but I hate how they're supposed to give a break from stress and they just create more upon return , especially when your dog goes missing during said trip. Ah, I'm really looking forward to the weekend. But don't get me wrong, we still had a fabulous vacation, we even squeezed in an impromptu visit to Disney. 

While at Disney I got to fulfill the life dream of five year old girls everywhere - meet Disney princesses. I did this plenty as a kid myself but for some reason it has not lost it's appeal. Like a good obsessive planner I turned to Yelp and researched places at Disney in California and noticed a princess lunch at Ariel's Grotto - heck yeah, sign me up! Now I could have just gone to fantasyland and waited in line to meet princesses but if I'm going to be a creeper hanging out at a children's activity I'd like to be a creeper who gets to rest her feet and chill out in some a/c thank you very much. Plus, we had to eat anyway and food at Disney is overpriced no matter where you go. Ordinarily one would have to reserve a princess meal way in advance, but we were lucky and got in as a walk up. Part of me thinks Shaun might have been optimistic we wouldn't get in when he agreed to go, but man he was a good sport. 



So we arrive at the grotto where each party is allowed downstairs after the previous party has been seated, this allows princess ariel to give her full attention to each guest and let me tell you, the pretty college girl Disney has hired to do this job is excellent at it. She squealed with delight over my "thingamabob", asked if I knew flounder and if I had seen any scary sharks in a most concerned voice and was just a general delight. 

My "thingamabob" which I got from a nice beach store earlier in the day. 

And then of course we got our picture taken. Now, I'm a little confused why Ariel wasn't in her fin and shells if I'm supposed to be at her underwater hideout but I guess these things don't puzzle the actual target audience of the experience. 


Now y'all, don't rag on my outfit too much, I didn't get to plan a Disney outfit so I did the best to work with what I had. I'll tell you what though, this outfit was a super comfy Disney outfit, and as much as the shoes are not fashionable I sure was glad I wore them when my fitbit told me I walked 10 miles that day. Besides, Ariel liked it so there (yes, I'm saying that in my best 5 year old voice). 

We were then seated and given bread, presented with menus and has our drink order taken. The grotto is pre-fixe 3 courses for $38.99 / adult. While other guests were being seated we placed our orders and soon after our first course arrived the fun began. 


Dramatic fairy tale trumpets played overhead and the court announcer made his dramatic entrance to announce the arrival of special guests invited by Ariel to join us. Oh yeah, it was over the top, and yes - I clapped. As each princess came out music from their movie played, they twirled, smiled and waved - they then went around to visit with each table. I should mention that we were not the only childless table there, just on case this fact makes me seem less ridiculous. 

The princesses rotate depending upon the seating and day but its always four. During our visit we got to meet . . . 


Rapunzel from Tangled. She complimented my necklace and said Ari told her about it - I'm tell you, these girls are good. 


Belle from Beauty and the Beast. 


Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Like a dork I told her how I went to college in New Orleans and love her movie. It's really a good thing I never claimed to be cool. 



And Cinderella, who I even got Shaun to pose with: 


We mostly just posed with each princess and thanked them for coming by but it was really fun to watch them interact with the kids, some of whom had just been treated to a royal $200 makeover at the bibity bop boutique. So now I'll get to the real purpose of why I started this post - to discuss meeting disney princesses. Ill admit, as an adult I felt a little awkward, but that's all on me because they girls were oh so sweet and professional - that's what I love about Disney, everyone gets to feel special. To keep that specialness Disney has strict rules for their princesses so here's some unofficial guidelines 

1. Disney princesses always stay in character - go ahead, ask them questions and they will respond like their character with a smile. 

2. Disney princesses do not pose with alcohol or other non kid friendly items, I leaned this one as a college senior when friends and I wants to "cheers" with Aurora at Epcot. 

3. Disney princesses will hug children but male adults it's paws off - they will hold onto your arm. 

4. Disney trains their princesses to interact with guests, they will pick up on things you are wearing that might indicate things about you and what princess you like best. It's cool, just go with it 

5. Disney princesses only make appearances for short periods of time - I think it's 15 minutes but don't quote me on that. This is so they can look the perfect part without melting. Be kind, get your moment and let the other guests have theirs. 

6. During the parades the princesses smile and wave into the crowd, chances are a child will feel like they looked right at them, super cool. 

7. Disney princesses have a set of proper ways to pose-  like the hand over the heart or the arm elegantly flicked out, don't be the jerk that tries to get them to do something ridiculous but do ask them am how to pose with them if you feel awkward and don't know what to do. 

8. Disney princesses are experts on their character - so go ahead and ask about flounder or tell them to say hi to their prince. 

9. Like all Disney characters, the princesses have a signature and give autographs. Disney sells books for this but they will sign pictures and keepsakes as well. 

10.  Have fun with it, you're at the happiest place on earth! 

In case you can't tell I really enjoyed my royal lunch. Later on I ran into a lady my age who was wearing a disney skirt she made, we chatted when I stopped her to compliment her on it and she asked about the Ariel button I was wearing, which we had gotten with our checks (smooth move Disney) so I told her about the experience and she asked her new husband (honeymoon couple, aww) if they could go - point being it's not just for kids and it's super fun. So if you're an adult going to Disney check it out, and if you're a parent taking kids than oh my, seriously, you need to do some character meetings. 

Have a happily ever after y'all! 

Comments

  1. I would absolutely LOVE this!!!! I looove doing all this fun stuff at Disney :) :) I also swear I missed my life's calling to be a Disney Princess haha

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Hello Fresh Review

One problem with our last house was that the kitchen was a little small, but with our new kitchen we really have no excuse to not cook at home. To start us off on the right foot I started a Hello Fresh subscription.

Subscribers get to select from 8 meals on the weekly menu and can get two or four portions of each meal and 3, 4 or 5 meals per box. We get 4 meals and the cost of the box is $10 / portion / meal - so $80. Each menu also features one premium meal  for an extra $5 / portion.
For our first box I'm sharing step by step with two meals here because I don't think just showing one gives a fair overview of the box. Each box comes with the meat individually packaged, the ingredients per meal all in one brown bag and a recipe card that shows pictures, lists out materials needed and provides step by step instructions. It seems like all the meals involve six steps.

The first meal we made was a fish dish.

The first step was to roast the potatoes with oil in the oven.
Next…

Summer Beauty

I feel like Memorial Day is really the kickoff to summer but if you want to be technical yesterday was the first day of summer and it got me thinking about how I change up my beauty routine for summer. I know that it's recommended to change up beauty routines seasonally but I find that I can get away with the same routine for fall, spring and winter  - but summer is a different story and I find myself with different needs during the hot and humid Memphis summer months. Here's some of my summer beauty favorites.
Ogx Quenching Sea Mineral Moisturizing Lotion $7.99 I love this lotion because it's not to thick but not watery thin and it does a good job of keeping skin soft and moisturized without being greasy - plus the nice light sea scent is great for this time of year.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt $19 This shampoo scrub is great once a week for gently deep cleansing and get hair squeaky clean - I find it really preps hair to accept the moisture o…

Saying Goodbye

If we're friends on Facebook than you might have picked up on why I didn't blog last week - my grandmother passed away last Wednesday. I know I said I want to keep this blog focused on specific topics and less emotional one but the reality is I write it and while I have a whole list of topics I had planned on blogging last week and this week I feel like it's just not right. I still have a few "personal" posts up - my one about being motherless and childless had some readership over the past week being that Sunday was Mother's Day - and today I'm going to add one more personal post. As y'all know my husband and I are moving in June and I'm so glad that on our last "social" day together (we saw her several days in the hospital before she passed) we got to show my Grandma our new house. Our current condo isn't very wheelchair friendly so for the past few years we have been going out to eat on holidays and we were really excited to hos…

Wardrobe Wednesday - Currently Craving

Although my clothing is mostly unpacked and hanging in the closet I still have all my shoes and accessories in boxes and although I purchased a few items in May as part of my Wardrobe Makeover blogging about them is going to have to wait another week. Today though instead of talking about what I have bought I thought I'd share a few items that I'd like to buy.
Society Plus Whimsy Bow Skirt $52.79 I love this skirt so much, which also comes in blush BTW, and I pretty much want to copy the entire look here. This skirt is named after the Whimsy and Wonder blog and the bow and length really matches my style. I feel like I already have a blush skirt so I should get the purple but I also feel like purple is better in fall and winter so I should wait to purchase. Sam Edelman Yumi Heeled Sandal $120 Mules are really in style right now and trend reports indicate this will carry into the fall. I had a nude pump on my wardrobe wish list for the year and I've yet to find one so I tho…

Sephora Play The Iconic Edition

In addition to my regular Play box this month I also received a special edition box exclusively available to Rouge VIB members for $20
This bag features six high end iconic beauty items and a style book. I got it mostly out of curiosity to try the products inside. Here's what's included: La Mer - The Moisturizing Soft Cream $170
This is one of the most famous (and expensive) skin creams in the world. It certainly smells nice and makes the skin feel soft and smooth. For the price point though I'd have to give the full sample jar a try to make a decision because $170 per ounce is a lot of money and I do like the moisturizer I use currently.
Guerlain Radiance Face Primer $74
Ok, so here's where I have a problem with this product - if I'm using an expensive moisturizer to give me "natural radiance" than why do I need a $74 primer to give me radiance? This goes on very smooth and does give a nice soft radiance but I feel like there are other products out there…