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Old 11-08-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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PrincessPalooza 2012 - A Long-Delayed (and photo-heavy) Trip Report (Oct 12-20)

This was our first trip to the Fort, and our first trip to Disney since 2001. DD is 4 and VERY into the Princesses, so we figured it would be a good time for her first trip. My FIL flew in from TX to join us.

The trip down couldn't have been smoother - Magical Express was splendid and Garden Grocer had our food already in the cabin.

Our first night's dinner was at Chef Mickey's - so much fun!

The boat ride to & from the Contemporary was lovely and relaxing - and Katherine could NOT stop laughing at "a train that goes THROUGH a building?!?!?!"

The next day was DHS. We were supposed to be there at rope-drop, but I got my first lesson in You Can't Hurry Your FIL 101, and we arrived around 10ish. It was packed and TSMM fastpasses were for 4:30 already, so we watched the Disney Junior and Little Mermaid shows, then went to lunch at Hollywood & Vine. Despite having fun with Mickey & Co the night before, Katherine decided she was shy that day & didn't want to greet anyone. Until June came out...

And then Jake...

Home for naps and then on to Mickey's Backyard BBQ. Food was yummy, entertainment was entertaining, but First and Foremost: Katherine danced with Chip.

And ate a Mickey Bar.

Sunday was our first MK day. Let the Princess Hunting begin! We managed to get out the door a little earlier (and the easy boat commute was perfect), so my blood pressure dropped a bit. We charted a course through Fantasyland, hitting Peter Pan, iasm, Pooh, Teacups, Dumbo, and Barnstormer, as well as greeting Merida and Minnie/Daisy/Donald/Goofy in their Storybook Circus locations. (Major shout-out to easyWDW for all the excellent advice that made our touring plan both easy and flexible! Thanks, Josh!!)

Home for naps (thank God for naps!), because it's Halloween Party Night!! Katherine dressed as Rapunzel for MNSSHP, complete with a frying pan "In case I meet Bad Men!" The frying pan was a constant source of amusement for the various characters. Tiana asked if she could borrow it, because sometimes Naveen can be quite naughty. K replied very seriously that "We don't REALLY hit people with frying pans, and also it's just plastic so it won't hurt him anyway." I thought she'd fall over.

First came dinner in the Castle, with Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Ariel and Jasmine.

We got my FIL a "Grumpy by Choice" t-shirt, and Snow White insisted on a picture:

Out in the park:

In addition to princess hunting, we rode Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Pirates, Aladdin's Carpets, and BTMRR during the Party. And gathered candy. We were badly positioned for the parade, but had a good spot for the fireworks, which were just as wonderful as expected.

That's all I can do for now. Coming up - a rest/pool day, Epcot and AK!
1977 - Poly w/family
1986 - Poly w/sister & friends

1997 - WL Honeymoon
2001 - BC w/DH (tagged along on business trip)

2012 - FW Cabins w/DH, DD4 & FIL
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