*I seem to be having trouble posting pictures, but stay tuned. If I can get The Narrator’s help, I have an adorable pic for this post!!!
The gals that play the part of Disney princesses at Disney World are good. I mean they are gooood.
Thanks to Nana’s younger brother who works at Disney, we got to spend a day at the Magic Kingdom with Nana and Papa. Naturally, the first thing Little Miss Sunshine wanted to do was go see Cinderella. So, after we did a couple other things, we wandered our way into a part of the park that Nana & Papa did not know existed. Yes, it’s where you hang out with little princesses who MUST meet Cinderella – Mickey’s Toon Town. We stood in the, thankfully, air conditioned line with dozens of families with dancing princesses twirling their way into meet Cinderella, Belle, and Aurora.
My father-in-law kept asking me, “Which one is the yellow one?”
“Beauty and the Beast.”
“OH, ok. Which one is the pink one?”
“Sleeping Beauty, who actually has a name – Aurora.”
I think by the time we left the park he was up-to-date on his Disney Princesses. Very important information for Grandpas!
At long last, it was our turn and Little Miss charmed her way through Cinderella, got her picture taken and marched on to humor Belle. Belle told Ilana she must read a lot since she knew how to spell her name. “I do read a lot of stories” Little Miss told her. “What do you read stories about?” asked Belle. “About Belle,” replied LIttle Miss rather emphatically and quickly. “Oh, well what happens in the story about me?” asked Belle. “We turn the pages” replied Little Miss. Everyone in the room started cracking up.
But the truly magical moment in the Princess Room happened with my Little Prince – T-Rex. He had been hanging out with Papa with a look on his little 18-month-old face that said, “This is girl stuff, and I’m here because my sister wants to do this, and I am very uninterested in these yucky girls. I’m sticking with Papa. He’s a boy.”
As Little Miss moved onto Belle, Cinderella started talking to T-Rex. He backed away and kind of peeked at her from behind Nana. She could have seen his disinterest and let him go, moving on to the next twirling little girl. And as I watched this unfold, I was really quite surprised that she kept paying attention to him. I don’t know how she did it, but she must have waved her magic wand and sprinkled him with princess dust, because, somehow, she talked him over to her and next thing I knew, he was staring wide-eyed into Cinderella’s eyes as she told him what a handsome little prince he was. The photographer snapped away, and CInderella let him go, urging him towards Belle, who eagerly reached for him. She too, wrapped her arms around him and cooed at him about how handsome he was and what a good little prince he was.
T-rex was ENAMORED. Oh yes siree, by this time, he was star struck. The look on his face had totally turned from disgust to delight. Pretty girls were cooing over him and telling him how handsome he was. His chest was even sticking out a little bit. He reluctantly left Belle, and wandered over to Aurora. By this time, all the photographers had their eyes on T-Rex and I think the entire room had paused to watch this starry-eyed little guy make the Princess rounds. Aurora was quite a character and she was ready for him. I think she must have put on a fresh coat of lipstick. She planted a kiss on his cheek that left the brightest shade of pink lips. By this time, T-Rex was completely googly-eyed. I practically had to drag him from the room so we could let the rest of the little girls in line get their turn. As the door closed behind us, T-Rex did a big u-turn and reached for the handle and almost re-entered the room to claim his princesses before I caught him and had to carry him down the hallway with his little arms reaching out for the girls behind him.
As we were leaving Disney that evening, I asked Little Miss who her favorite person was she met that day. “Cinderella.” Of course. Then I asked her who she thought T-Rex’s favorite was. I thought maybe she’d answer Pooh, but she was quick to reply, “Belle.”
Ah, my little prince. What boy doesn’t love the attention of a pretty princess??