This year we decided not to have a birthday party for our 3 year old and I am SO HAPPY with that decision. My parents came down and we had a mini Disney vacation instead and it was beyond magical! Since the day I found out I was having a little girl my mom and I have been so looking forward to her first appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Lucky for this mommy, E LOVES princesses.
Disney Resort Room Party Supplies
We did have a little mini-party in our Disney Resort room at the Art of Animation. Walt Disney World offers a great celebration service that conveniently provides balloons, flowers, gifts, food and beverage selections to your room at an added cost, but since we live in Central Florida we brought our own! For about a month before her birthday E had been asking for a “Princess Monster Cake” which sounds funny (actually hilarious), but totally makes sense because it combined her two favs: Disney Princesses and Monsters Inc (namely Mike Wazowski).
Thanks to our local Publix Bakery and my friend Kelly from Gav + Ro, that dream cake became her reality!
Seriously, how perfect is this hand-painted cake topper? When we discussed her theme, I sent her a photo of the gift boxes we were using and she complimented them PERFECTLY! She is so talented and so sweet to work with, I definitely recommend reaching out to her for personalized cake toppers!
In addition to balloons, the only other thing we brought with us was gifts that went along with the activities on our trip! Since E was visiting the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, we wrapped up her dress, shoes, and Pascal in themed packaging for her to open after her cake. The gift boxes are amazing quality and have been put to use in her room!
“Don’t Miss Attractions” For the little Princess at EPCOT
We started the trip with a visit to EPCOT primarily because Frozen Ever After (a classic Disney dark ride themed to the hit movie Frozen), is open and available for booking on the My Disney Experience App prior to your arrival at the resort! The ride and meet and greet with Anna and Elsa are both located in the Norway pavilion. If you have known me for long, you will not be at all shocked that I LOVE coordinating outfits, so of course, our days at Disney had a theme, EPCOT day was Frozen!
The girls did not know we were coming to Disney World so when we arrived at the Art of Animation resort they lost their minds with excitement! I had a box ready for them to open with their Magic Bands and shirts for the first night.
Here is what we wore!
The girls shirts say: “I’m Her Anna” and “I’m Her Elsa” inspired by the movie “Frozen.” Their shirts are from Little Jane Lane Design on Etsy. She has several girls’ sizes and they have held up SO WELL! Let’s be honest, once they saw them, they wanted to wear them all the time! <3
My husband, as you can see, is a wonderful man and tolerates my ideas! Our shirts are also “Frozen” inspired, more specifically, from the song “Love is an Open Door.” Together, our shirts say “We Finish Eachother’s Sandwiches.” Nicole from IrresistiblEmbroider sent them over for us to wear on our trip and WE LOVE THEM as did several other guests we passed!
There is a princess dining experience available at the Norway Pavilion at the Akershus restaurant, we did not visit this trip, but it is a wonderful experience and a little bit easier to get a reservation than Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom!
In addition to the Norway pavilion, there are several other opportunities to rub elbows with Disney royalty and other beloved characters at EPCOT! You can often meet Mulan in China, Snow White in Germany, Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco, Belle and Sleeping Beauty in France, and Alice and Mary Poppins in the UK! Times are subject to change, but are available on the My Disney Experience App.
Our must-do attractions at EPCOT (with the littles) include:
Frozen Ever After, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival, Disney Phineas and Ferb Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros (Mexico Pavilion), Journey Into Imagination with Figment, and Innoventions.
Note: this park does a nightly firework show called Illuminations. Typically it is at 9:00, but check your times guides! We love this one, as do the girls!
Magic Kingdom Day and Princess Makeover
This was the highlight of the trip because E had the time of her life and we loved watching her! As you might imagine, there are an overwhelming amount of options for the Disney Princess fans in this park!
My best advice is to definitely utilize the Fastpass+ here, the Magic Kingdom is the resort’s busiest park and this free service will allow you to save time and plan your day with more ease and efficiency. For example, the Disney Princesses usually have a fairly long wait, 45 minutes plus, BUT they are now an option on Fastpass*, so if this is a must-do for your family, it is a FANTASTIC option! You can meet:Rapunzel and Tiana, Elena of Avalor and Cinderella, Ariel, and Belle this way!Don’t forget to bring those autograph books!!!
If meet and greets are not as important, there are SO MANY family friendly rides! Our favorite rides to Fastpass in the Magic Kingdom (with 2 and 3 year old girls) are Journey of the Little Mermaid, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Enchanted Tales with Belle.
Another great way to see your favorite characters, especially the princesses, are the parades and shows offerings. The daily 3:00 parade, Festival of Fantasy is one of my favorites I have seen yet! So many beloved characters, great music, and awesome effects! There is also show on the castle stage shown several times throughout the day called Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire!
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Cinderella’s Castle
This is the part of the trip Mommy was most excited for! I have to admit, it did not go exactly how I planned (because… 3 year olds…) but I still have an absolute raving review for this experience! One really awesome thing about this experience is that it is so fun for family too!
When you arrive for your appointment, you will choose your package at check-in. We did the crown package which included hair, makeup, nails, and a really cute backpack. We brought a dress for her to wear, but you can purchase one at the Boutique! She has a little bit of sensory sensitivity and will not wear the costume dresses that have the scratchy tulle so I found one before our trip from AMDesignsBoutique on Etsy. Her princess dresses are soft material and very light so they are PERFECT for warm weather days in Florida!
The girls are guided into their own personal royal dressing room to change into their dresses before meeting their Fairy Godmother in Training. Once it was time for E to climb up into her salon chair, she suddenly was struck with some nerves and began crying. Without skipping a beat, another Cast Member quickly came over with pixie dust and a mountain of stickers and began to play a game with her while E’s Fairy Godmother began to work on her hair and nails! They quickly changed her attitude and put me at ease. They even let me sit in the chair with her in my lap which helped A LOT! My mom, dad, and husband rotated in and out so we all got to share the excitement with her! She loved it! (Loved it even more when she was done!).
And naturally the family also had themed outfits for this day, too! I found my husband’s “Princess Protection Agency” t-shirt and C’s Rapunzel outfit on Amazon! My black “Frying Pan Who Knew?” tank, also inspired by the movie, is from ShirtLockerCo.
We got some amazing photos to remember the day thanks to the Memory Maker from Disney Photopass. To read about the Memory Maker and other “don’t miss” experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort, click here!
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