Finding Princesses in the Parks

In honor of National Princess Week I have decided to dedicate a post on finding your favorite Disney Princesses in the parks. Currently there are 10 official princesses who are part of the Disney Princess line-up and they can be found throughout the parks.While almost all of the princesses can be found in the parades or in shows  here are some of the ways you can meet the princesses in person.

Princess Meet and Greet in Disney World

1) Snow White – Snow White can usually be found in both the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. In the Magic Kingdom she is sometimes found in the Town Square Theater at “Disney’s Storybook Princesses Meet and Greet”. **Fastpass is available for this meet and greet. Snow White is more often found in the Germany Pavilion of EPCOT. She usually makes appearances throughout the day, so I recommend checking the Times Guide to see when she will be around.

2) Cinderella –  Cinderella can usually be found in Town Square Theater at “Disney’s Storybook Princesses Meet and Greet”. There is usually a long line so I recommend getting a fastpass. There are also certain occasions where she can be found around the Castle however this is pretty rare.

3) Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) – Like Cinderella Aurora can usually be found in Town Square Theater at “Disney’s Storybook Princesses Meet and Greet”. She is sometimes found in the France Pavilion in EPCOT. I recommend checking your Times Guide to see if Aurora  will be making an appearance in EPCOT while you are there.

4) Ariel – Ariel can be found at the Magic Kingdom in the Adventureland Veranda. Check your Times Guide to find out what times she will be there on the day of your visit.

5) Belle – Belle is most commonly found in the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. In the Magic Kingdom a good place to find Belle is at Town Square Theater at “Disney’s Storybook Princesses Meet and Greet” with some of the other princesses. In EPCOT she can be found in the France Pavilion.

6) Jasmine – In the Magic Kingdom you can usually find Jasmine by The Magic Carpet’s of Aladdin ride in Adventureland. Also, she can typically found in the Morocco Pavilion in EPCOT. As with all meet and greets check your times guide to see when Jasmine will be making appearances.

7) Pocahontas -Pocahontas is one of the trickier characters to find. She is the only Disney Princess that can be found in Animal Kingdom. She is typically found in the Camp Minnie-Mickey Greeting Trails. However she can sometimes be found in other areas of the park. I highly recommend checking your Times Guide to see when Pocahontas will be making an appearance.

8) Mulan – EPCOT is the place to go if you want to meet Mulan. She is typically found in the China Pavilion.

9) Tiana – Tiana can usually be found in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. Check your Times Guide for her specific meet and greet times.

10) Rapunzel -Rapunzel has recently relocated from the Fairytale Garden by the Castle and she can now be found in the Town Square Courtyard. The line to meet Rapunzel tends to get extremely long so I recommend finding out what time she will be making appearances and get there early.

**Please note that  “Disney’s Storybook Princesses Meet and Greet” in Town Square is only a temporary home for the Disney Princesses. Upon completion of the Fantasyland Project they will be relocated to Fanstasyland. Snow White’s Scary Adventure will close and the area will be refurbished into a Princess Meet and Greet.

Dining With the Princesses

If you don’t want to wait in line to meet the princesses, you might want to look into a character dining meal. There are numerous character dining experiences that feature Disney’s leading ladies.

1) 1900 Park Fare – Located in the Grand Floridian this restaurant offers buffet style, American dining. The restaurant hosts Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner, where you can meet Cinderella, Prince Charming and other characters from beloved classic. This is a great option if you want to meet characters that are not typically found in the parks like Cinderella’s step-sisters. (Note that this restaurant offers character dining for other meals but they are not dining experiences with any of the princesses).

2) Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Located in EPCOT’s Norway the Royal Banquet Hall is a great way to meet many of the princesses. Breakfast consists of American favorites. Lunch and dinner features a Norwegian buffet of cold dishes with hot entrees available à la carte.

3) Cinderella’s Royal Table – This restaurant is located inside Cinderella’s Castle and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Numerous Princess’s come to greet you as you dine on American favorites.

* All three of these restaurants are typically busy and it is unlikely that you will be able to be seated without an Advance Dining Reservation.

Have a magical day!

xoxo – Michaela

Secrets of the Magic Kingdom: Kiss Goodnight

To see the “Kiss Goodnight,” wait approximately 30 minutes to an hour after the Magic Kingdom is closed. If there are Extra Magic hours for the Magic Kingdom park, the “Kiss Goodnight” will appear after them. This is a great way to end your trip to Disney World. The castle sparkles, magical music is played, and Mickey even will say a special goodbye to you! However, make sure to get to the bus stop immediately after the show so that you don’t miss the last bus!

I Believe! Magical Experiences in the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom, true to its name, is the most magical location in Disney World! It is the perfect place to meet the beautiful storybook princesses and get a hug from your favorite mouse. In this article, I have included my favorite experiences in the Magic Kingdom.

  • Character Greetings take place throughout all of the Disney World parks, but my favorite place to meet the princesses is in the Town Hall in the Main Street, U.S.A area. At any given time, you will be able to meet Mickey, Minnie, and three princesses, usually Belle, Aurora, and Cinderella. You can even get a fast pass for the character greetings Town Hall! The wait can vary from 5 minutes to over an hour depending on the time, so check the wait time before getting a pass. You can meet your other favorite characters in various locations around the Magic Kingdom. Snow White usually appears outside in the Main Street, U.S.A. area while Ariel is often seen in Adventureland. Tiana is located in Liberty Square and Rapunzel has a photo area made specifically for her and Flynn in  the garden to the right of the castle . Make sure to grab a park guide when entering the park so that you can check when your favorite characters are appearing.
  • Dream-Along with Mickey is a magical show that takes place on the stage in front of Cinderella’s castle regularly each day. Pick up a Times Guide when entering the park for a specific schedule. As this show is only 20 minutes long, it is a perfect opportunity to rest your legs. This spectacular experience includes Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and many other lovable characters. The show begins with happily with a fun musical number, but mid-way through, Malificent appears and threatens Mickey. She declares that she will turn all of the happy dreams into nightmares! Mickey encourages the audience to chant “I Believe!” so that he can save the magic and Malificent’s evil plan will not succeed. The show ends happily with another great, upbeat musical performance. Visitors of all ages will not be able to stop smiling while watching this enchanting show! Even if you aren’t able to see the entire performance, try to place yourself in view of the back of the castle. At a point in the show, you can see Captain Hook and Peter Pan chasing one another around the castle!

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For information on nighttime shows and parades in the Magic Kingdom, see my previous posts From Fireworks to Family Fun: Nighttime Shows in Disney World and The Complete Guide to Disney World Parades. Have a magical day! ❤ Jessica

Experience the Magic: My Favorite Rides in the Magic Kingdom

Before I begin, I should say that I am coaster-phobic. When it comes to thrill rides I am about as brave as the average three year old. However, because Disney’s rides are geared toward younger guests, I feel comfortable riding most rides in Disney World.

1. Space Mountain, located in Tomorrowland, is my favorite rollercoaster in the park. While it is one of the most thrilling rides in Disney, it is pretty tame in comparison to rollercoasters in other theme parks. While the track is very similar to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the thrill comes from the fact that the ride takes place completely in the dark. There are two different tracks choices that you will be placed into randomly when entering the line, one of which is slightly more intense than the other. In my opinion, the track that begins on your right is the scarier option, however they are very similar. To decrease the thrill factor, try to sit in the middle as the first and last seats of the ride get pulled around more. Make sure to get a fast pass for this ride because the line can fill up quickly!

2. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, located in Frontierland, was my first rollercoaster. I was six and, despite my phobia of rollercoasters, I loved it! While this ride is fun for everyone, even thrill seekers, it is definitely appropriate for the younger crowd and coaster-phobics. Be sure to either get to this ride during a slow part of the day (early morning, during parades) or obtain a fast pass. The line for this ride is outside and in the warmer months the wait can be unbearably hot!

3. Mickey’s PhilharMagic, located in Fantasyland, epitomizes the magical nature of the Magic Kingdom. This 3-D movie experience allows the audience to follow Donald Duck on his adventures that occur after he steals Mickey’s magical hat. Donald travels through many Disney classics, including Fantasia, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, The Lion King, and Aladdin. Be prepared for a light spritzing of water, delicious smells, and a fun surprise at the end when Donald flies through the audience and lands safely in the back wall! This experience is perfect as a break in the middle of the day as the line is always short, the theater is air-conditioned, and the padded seats are extremely comfortable.

4. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, located in Adventureland, is a great ride for younger guests. The wait is usually manageable (5 – 20 minutes) and the ride is relaxing and fun. I like to ride this at night when it is cool and you can feel the wind rushing across your face as you fly on the magical carpet. Similar to the Dumbo ride, the carpets move up and down and tilts (at your command) as you fly in a circle.

5. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, located in Fantasyland, is a great children’s ride. While the wait can be daunting, the games set up along the line are almost as exciting as the ride itself! Children can play in Pooh’s house, complete tasks in Pooh’s garden (including pulling a gopher out of the ground!), play vegetable musical instruments, and uncover favorite characters on an interactive touch-screen wall of honey. As you rub your hand across the honey, you slowly reveal a favorite character! When entering the ride, you sit in a large honey pot as you view a blustery day in the Hundred Acre Wood. You even enter one of Pooh’s dreams, get to bounce like Tigger, and meet all of your favorite characters!

6. Pirates of the Caribbean, located  in Adventureland, is a great ride option for when it is hot outside. The wait time is minimal (5 – 25 minutes) and the building is air-conditioned. This is a slow-moving boat ride throughout a pirate city with one very small drop at one point in the ride. Be sure to prepare any small children for some mildly gruesome sights of skeletons and a scary (yet beautiful!) scene where your boat floats past a ship that is in the midst of a battle. Cannons land near you and you might be slightly splashed. Be sure to look out for Captain Jack Sparrow! He can be seen hiding three times during the ride.

7. Mad Tea Party, located in Fantasyland, has been one of my favorite rides since I was a child. Based on the tea party scene in Alice in Wonderland, the ride includes large teacups that spin around an oversized teapot. If you are prone to motion sickness, do not ride this! The teacups are capable of spinning very fast! However, you control the spinning so you can adjust the excitement level to your tastes. The wait times are manageable for this ride and it is very nice to occupy and delight children. Look closely at the teapot to see the door mouse!

I hope that you find these recommendations helpful! Keep reading for recommendations for other parks! Have a magical day! ❤ Jessica

Dole Whip, Delicious Food, and Delightful Character Experiences: Dining in the Magic Kingdom

FOOD! It’s one of my absolute favorite thing in the world. And since Disney World is my favorite place in the world, it only make sense that it has great food! This post will detail a few of my favorite foods and restaurants in Magic Kingdom. Keep checking the blog for food advice in other parks.

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1. DOLE WHIP! This magical substance is sold at Aloha Isle in Adventureland. In fact, it is one of the only places in the world where you can purchase Dole Whip. Dole Whip is creamy, pineapple flavored ice cream, essentially heaven in a cup. To make it even more delicious, you can purchase a Dole Whip float which comes with fresh pineapple juice. Yum! Lines can be long, so plan ahead before stopping.

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2. The Columbia Harbour House, located in Liberty Square, is a great option for a short mid-day lunch. The menu includes seafood, french fries, and other similar items. The best part of this restaurant is that it is quiet. The downstairs may be bustling with visitors, but if you climb the stairs just to your right as you enter, you can dine on the second story which is almost always deserted. If you pick a table near one of the many windows, you have a beautiful view of the street below and the Haunted Mansion.

3. Like the Columbia Harbour House, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café is a great option for lunch. The menu includes salads, cheeseburgers, sandwiches, and fries: great options for picky eaters. It is located in Frontierland and although it is nearly always busy, there is always a table free.

4. For a more refined dining experience, try Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. This restaurant, located on Main Street, U.S.A, is modeled after the Italian restaurant where the Lady and the Tramp shared their famous plate of spaghetti. The restaurant even includes pictures and statues to honor the film. Make sure to get a reservation before you plan to eat as it is usually busy. This restaurant offers Italian cuisine, including salads, pasta dishes, and flatbreads. While this restaurant is a little pricier than the options mentioned previously, you can easily dine for around $20 a person.

5. There are two options for character dining in the Magic Kingdom: Cinderella’s Royal Table and the Crystal Palace. The Crystal Palace, located in Main Street, U.S.A., is a buffet-style restaurant in which you can meet your favorite characters from Winnie the Pooh! I distinctly remember dining here for breakfast as a young child…I loved it! Inside Cinderella’s Castle, you can dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table. The princesses wander through the lavishly decorated restaurant, meeting and greeting the guests. Both of these options are much pricier than the other restaurants at around $40-60 a person. However, you are paying for the character experience and, having experienced these as a child, I say that it is worth it.

I hope that these recommendations for the Magic Kingdom are helpful! Let me know if you have any questions about any other restaurants. Have a magical day! ❤ Jessica