The Princess Plan ™
I will start by saying that, without exception, the Princesses were absolutely wonderful with my request. I’m sure I’m not the first one who has asked because they were all so great and seemed to have a polished “spiel” while also being very genuine and extemporaneous. (haven’t used that word in awhile!)
This didn’t necessarily surprise me as I worked very closely with characters back when I was a Cast Member. I speak from experience when I say that most who work in the Character Department have a genuine love for what they do and for bringing joy to people, especially kids.
I started with Tinkerbell on Main Street - this was after Stitch. Jim had to go so we walked back up to the front of the park where I bid him farewell.
Tink had a posted wait of 10 minutes - this was around 9:30, I think. It was after Main Street Electrical but before Wishes.
She was great - said my DD’s name and told her she’d be sending extra Pixie Dust to her.
Afterward, in the shop, it occurred to me that I should have also gotten her autograph. I went ahead and bought a book and pen. I thought about getting back in line but then decided it was ok and to just continue on. I also would have liked to have gone in to see Mickey. His wait, though, was posted at 60 minutes. I thought I could probably go back later after Wishes and it would be lower. I didn’t realize this, Jim told me, but apparently, Mickey talks now. Jim was telling me at dinner about how cool it is and that it is really impressive however they do it. Unfortunately, I never did get to go back but that’s ok.
I headed toward Fantasyland and got in line for Under The Sea just as Wishes was starting. The wait time posted was 15 minutes but it was basically a walk on. After the ride, I got in line at Ariel’s Grotto. I think that was a 15 minute posted wait but I probably only waited 10 or less. Ariel was awesome - she personalized the autograph to my daughter and did a fun message to my “guppy”. I wasn’t necessarily planning to get a picture of myself with anyone but she invited me to so I did.
So, now you see where the “Goofy” part of “TallAndGoofy” comes from.
After that, it was around 10:10 pm so my FPP was valid for Anna and Elsa. I headed over there.
Standby was 60 minutes. I think I waited 10 minutes or so before going in and then another few minutes as Anna was interacting with people in front of me. I have to say, they really do a nice job of taking their time with people. They didn’t seem to rush people as they took pictures and signed autographs.
Anna was very nice and invited my DD7 to visit her in Arendelle. Then she invited me to pose with her.
Here you can see the “Tall” part of my name. (May need to change it to “TallDoubleChinnedAndGoofy” after seeing this one…)
And then, onto Princess Elsa who was also lovely.
It was a little after 10:30 by that time. I wanted to see Cinderella and Rapunzel but their wait for standby was 45 or maybe 60 minutes. I thought I’d probably have success if I came back later after the second Main Street Electrical Parade. I went over to a FPP kiosk just to see if there were any FPPs available for them but there weren’t. So, instead, I went over to Haunted Mansion which was posting a 13 minute wait (but was actually pretty much a walk on).
After Mansion, I went to Pirates of the Caribbean which had a 10 minute wait posted. Again, pretty much a walk on.
Next, I went and watched the end of the Main Street Electrical Parade. When it was over (around 11:30 or so), I made my way back to Fantasyland to see Cinderella and Rapunzel. The wait time was MUCH better. I think 15 minutes posted for standby.
First, I met Cinderella.
Both were fantastic with the videos and autographs for my DD7.
When I got out of the Princess Hall, it was about 11:55 pm. I saw that 7 Dwarfs had a 40 minute posted wait. I figured, I might as well do it one more time while also hoping that it wouldn’t be quite that long of a wait not that it would have been so horrible.
I’m really glad I did this because A. It only ended up being a 15 - 20 minute wait and B. I got to see all the little queue things that are set up (which I didn’t see earlier using FPP).
Again, I enjoyed the ride and thought it was a fun way to end my little jaunt into the Magic Kingdom.
I think it was probably 12:30 am as I slowly headed out. It’s pretty fun to walk through the park after most everyone has left. There were still quite a few there, though, getting last minute pictures of the castle.
Oh - one thing I forgot - I did go into the little shop by the Princess Hall and got my daughter an Elsa doll and an Elsa and Anna music box. I wanted to have “insurance” just in case my “surprise” with the videos doesn’t go over as great as I would like. Not that my DD7 would be ungrateful but I keep telling her I have a surprise for her and a bunch of video clips probably isn’t what she is envisioning.
I’m thinking I will edit them together and then show them to her. I think she will like them and the autographs. I’ll have to come back on here with a follow up on that.
May also come back on with some random thoughts but that is all for now!