Monday, March 31, 2014

A Week of Magic part 3

If you missed the first and second posts about our Disney trip, check them out.

Wednesday was Ellie's birthday.  She's seven.  I'm still coming to terms with that.

I'd known since last October how awesomely magical this day was going to be.

The girls had no idea.  Squeeeeeee!

We didn't set the alarm for Wednesday morning, but were awake at 6:30 anyway.  We leisurely made our way down to breakfast and hopped on a bus to Downtown Disney.  We did a little shopping.  I found a non-breakable ornament for our Christmas tree.

We had lunch at The Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop.

You read that right.  We had ice cream for lunch.  It was awesome and there is no evidence picture.

After lunch, we headed to the Magic Kingdom to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.  Never heard of it?  Think: princess dress up--to the max.

My parents wanted to treat the girls to a princess makeover for their birthdays (Aleena's was in January) and since my girls love, love, love dress up, I knew they'd go ga-ga over this.

First a little about the boutique.  There are 2 Bibbidi Bobbidi locations: one in Downtown Disney and one in the Castle at the Magic Kingdom.

Who wouldn't want to play dress up in the castle?!

There are 4 different Bibbidi Bobbidi packages to choose from ranging in price from The Coach Package, $55, to The Castle Package, $195.

Now, if a kiddo wasn't head over heels in love with princesses and dressing up, I'd never recommend the Castle Package but my girls thought it was the best thing since birth (and birth was a pretty amazing event).

The Castle Package included:
  • the dress ~ not the Halloween-costume-cheap-dresses, either.  Nice dresses that are sized and actually fit.
  • hair do ~ complete with nice rhinestone embellished metal accessories.  None of the plastic, breakable junk.
  • crowns and wands ~ to match the dresses.  The wands light up.
  • makeup ~ the girls got to pick the color eye shadow and lipstick from a tray of colors, then got to bring home the rest of the tray. 
  • nail polish ~ they got a choice of pink or blue and got to bring home both the pink and the blue bottles of nail polish.  It's real nail polish, not the plastic crap that peels off.
  • photo shoot ~ plus photo prints.  The girls loved this.  They're total hams and love posing for the camera.
The ladies who work for Bibbidi Bobbidi are called Fairy Godmothers in training.

Our Fairy Godmothers were fantastic.  They had conversations with the girls and found out that they love Frozen and know all of the words to Let it Go and Do You Want to Build a they had a singalong.  It really was the perfect experience for my little princesses.
...let the storm rage on....

The appointment took about an hour, then we had the photo shoot.  This was really fun for the girls too.  They got to model their new hair and dresses and totally ham it up for the camera.

After we finished with the Bibbidi Bobbidi experience, we headed to Epcot.  We had a dinner reservation at Akershus to dine with princesses.

That's one cool princess.
I had trouble deciding between dining at Cinderella's Castle and Akershus.  I think I made the right choice.  The food was excellent and we saw all of the princesses that we really wanted to see: Belle, Aurora, Cinderella, Ariel and Snow White.

I had mushroom ravioli in a Parmesan cream sauce...totally low-cal (not) and so good...the rest of the family chose a short ribs plate and the girls had the kids' grilled chicken meal.  I had a taste of Randy's ribs, they were excellent, the kids' chicken was also delicious.

After dinner, Ellie was served a special birthday dessert: a cupcake with a candle.  The cupcake was complete with Mickey Mouse shaped sprinkles.

Disney knows how to do it right.

After dinner, we stuck around at Epcot to catch the nighttime laser and fireworks show, IllumiNations.  This was the only night show we saw all week since our girls don't do well with less than 12 hours of sleep and we were pushing our luck with them all week long.  IllumiNations was a good choice.

We didn't get the kids to bed until 10:30pm since we had to wash all of the gel and glitter out of their hair, but we planned to sleep in the next morning.

Stay tuned for part 4....