Magic Kingdom had it all, rides, shows, characters, parades, fireworks.
The longest wait was for Ariel, taking close to an hour to meet this scantily-clad mermaid. In her grotto there is a play area for the kidlets and a comfy wall for parents to sit. Since there was absolutely NO WAY we could skip meeting her, we sucked it up and waited.
Over the course of our stay we managed to get autographs and pictures with most of the characters. There is of course a fine line between fan and stalker. Especially if you are an exhausted five year old. One night we stumbled upon Aladdin and Jasmine over in Adventureland just as they were ending their autograph session. A. was crushed. They said they were off to ride the magic carpets.
So of course we follow.A. was crushed again when she realized Princess Jasmine was riding the ride with another little girl, not her. After the ride she tried to give Jasmine a hug, and demand in exasperation why she didn't ride with her. Princess Jasmine was very sweet, but she and Aladdin had to hurry off. By this time, A. was in angry tears and was verging on being issued a restraining order.
She settled for a picture and autograph from these guys...
Theme parks seem to bring out either the best or worst in people of all ages. Crowds, lines, sleep deprivation and over stimulation can wreak havoc on our dispositions. Taking a break, regrouping and shaking off the frustration works wonders.
Ice cream doesn't hurt either.
Stay tuned for more memories and some lessons learned.