IF YOU LOVE PIRATES
Head to Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom
The kids loved the mermaid makeover but there was a lot of waiting time and there was a forced wait to get your photo taken professionally afterwards in a separate room then a wait for them to show you the photo and tell you that it’s something crazy like $45. Insist on skipping the photo.
IF YOU LOVE PRINCESSES, FAIRIES, AND MERMAIDS
Here’s a selection of options; not comprehensive:
Elegant breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom where Cinderella greets you and a variety of princesses stop by your table. I’ve been there twice over 15 months and got tableside visits from: Jasmine, Snow White, and Aurora at both; Rapunzel at one and Ariel at another. This year we had a reservation at an off hour (2:10 pm to be exact) and it was a much more smooth experience with much less wait time before being seated.
You can expect to meet a selection of these characters: Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Princess Aurora, Ariel, Mary Poppins.
I was there March 7 and met Cinderella, Prince Charming, the stepmother and stepsisters.
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Enter the castle and help act out the story of Beauty and the Beast. Not technically a ride but an experience.
Under the Sea – Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Ride in a seashell and relive the story of the movie.
MEET AND GREETS
You can buy an autograph book so kids have a way of interacting. I think it is fun to talk to the princesses as they are in character. I asked Jasmine what her pet tiger’s name was (“Raja”); Snow White if she still eats apples (“Yes, but I never take them from strangers”); Aurora if she’s really well rested (“Yes, I don’t have to sleep nearly as much now”).
Meet Anna & Elsa and/or Cinderella and Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall; Merida in Fairytale Garden; Tiana in Liberty Square; Ariel in her grotto; Jasmine and Aladdin in Adventureland; and Tinker Bell at the Town Square Theater.
Meet Mulan in China, Aurora and Belle in France, Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco, Snow White in Germany.
Meet Pocahontas at Discovery Island Trails.