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Lunch with an astronaut, dinner with Andrea and Frank… 17

August 26, 2008

It was a realtively early start as we had a booking with the Disney photographers for some family photos around the Beach Club. We’d had to re book twice due to the storms. Our photographer Cheryl was lovely and the photos have turned out really nice.

Then it was a quick change and off to Kennedy Space Center (no, that’s the way they spell it here…). The highlight of the day was our lunch with astronaut Dr Story Musgrave, a 6 times space traveller! It was amazing listening to his experiennces and him answering questions. He was on the mission that went out to repair the Hubble Telescope, as well as many other missions. I could go on here, but I’ll let you all read his NASA write up. Natty was amazed, and she got to have her picture taken with him, then she decided that she needed his book later, so he did a personal note for her in it.

For the rest of the day we enjoyed a simulated space shuttle launch (wow), a bus tour of the NASA facility stopping at the launch pad viewing platform, seeing the VAB (where the shuttle is prepared) and the Apollo building. Here we got to see Apollo 17, touch a piece of the moon and learn lots about the missions to the moon ~ successful or not. We also took a tour about space robots and saw an Imax 3D film narrated by Tom Hanks about moon landings. That was awesome! After a quick trip around the rocket garden, it was time to leave for dinner with Andrea and Frank.

We were greeted as excitedly as ever by Stella and Phyllis on arrival at the Hendry Blum household. NASA Mike was also there, and it was so nice to see him. Andrea had prepared a wonderful meal, including Pirogi ~ a Polish dish which even Natty ate! She’s getting a bit more adventurous. Andrea had told us all about the Pirogi festival in her hometown, so it was great to try them. They are delicious! Thank you Andrea. After dinner, Frank did the dutiful Uncle thing and taught Natty how to ‘catch’ with her new baseball catchers mit. The dogs tried to join in……a little too well for Natty’s comfort at times 🙂

After a lovely evening, we headed back to the Beach Club and fell into bed.

Good night!

Supercalifragilisticexpialidotious……….day 16

August 26, 2008

Another fun packed day, beginning at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian. We had breakfast booked there with Mary Poppins. We arrived in plenty of time and again Natty had so many lovely comments, as although there are lots of little girls dressed as princesses, no one ever sees a little Mary!

The breakfast is a buffet. We all made our trips for some fine food and then we had visits from Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter (who was truly hilarious and in character), Pooh Bear, Tigger and Mary Poppins herself. She loved meeting Natasha and they had a good long chat. She asked Natty if she knew her special word, and when Natty responded, she was shocked by the speed with which she said it! She obviously doesn’t know how many times we’ve seen the film! Mary then asked Natty is she knew it backwards…..Natty turned herself around and repeated it with her back to Mary. She was very impressed that Natty knew her trick. It was a lovely start to the day.

After a quick change into something more comfortable, we took the monorail into the Magic Kingdom. We stopped for a while to watch the band on Main Street, then popped over to Frontierland for fastpasses to Big Thunder Mountain. Haunted Mansion was next but after a little while in line, we were told it had broken down, so we decided to hop on Small World (again). It was hot, Fay had truly left, and we took a break inside for some aircon and a cold drink. Natty and I had Minute Maid lemonade, and it took us back to being at Vero Beach…..which seems like an age ago. Whilst we were in there, Andrea and Frank called and said they were headed over to meet us. Yeah!

We had a little time, so we took Natty into the Hall of Presidents. I really wanted to show her how amazing the animatronics are in here. All of the US Presidents are represented on stage, each one moving, fidgeting and responding throughout. Some even stabnd up then sitg back down again…..amazing for a robot! Natasha was impressed!

Andrea, Frank and ‘naked’ Mike were waiting for us when we left the theatre. We all said our hellos then decided what to do. We had 3 fastpasses, and Natty chose Andrea and me to ride with her, so off we trotted. The boys went to the Frontierland shooting arcade to prove their manhood! I loved sitting behind Andrea and Natty on Big Thunder, they were having a ball, screaming and shouting all the way around. It was time for a late lunch, so we went and tried to make a dent in our dinning plan at Cosmic Rays. Whilst we ordered food, Frank and Will popped over and got us all fastpasses for Space Mountain. After lunch, we all rode the TTA (or Wedway Peoplemover as Walt named it…and if it was good enough for him…) whilst waiting for our time on Space Mountain. All 6 of us got into one car on Wedway… was cosy…….we loved the closeness….

After we rode Space Mountain, we met Will (who chickened out) and chose our teams for Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin. Now, as one of our party used to manage whole of Tommorowland, I was happy to ride with her and take a lesson or two. It was my best score yet, but nowhere near either her or Franks scores, althoug I’m happy to report that I did manage to beat another ’employee’. Thanks Mike 🙂 Finally, we all went over to the Laugh Floor Comedy Club, hosted by Mike of Monster Inc. It was a hoot! As we left Tommorowland, we topped up our photopass card with some group photos ~ I don’t think the photographer was ready for this group though….

It was time to say our goodbyes, so we all walked out of Magic Kingdom together, the split as we were going to collect our car and head back to get ready for dinner. We played out longer than anticipated, so managed a 10 minute turnaround before our rather fast walk into Epcot and to Le Cellier.

Once seated we met our wonderful server, Joel. He was great, and took time to explain everything, especially all the different Canadian Beers to Will (who was as decisive as ever….NOT). I was not sure what to drink either, as all the cocktails were vodka based. Joel suggested I might like to try the new ‘Tropical Storm’ cocktail, then mentioned the magic word………RUM 😉 Guess what I was drinking….

The food was fantastic. Cheddar Soup, Filet Mignon (mmmm) and then Maple Creme Brulee. Natty was quite adventurous trying the soup and she was very happy with her chocolate ‘moose’ for dessert. Will opted for a New York strip and some triple chocolate cake affair covered in whiskey. After our leisurely meal, we strolled back through World Showcase, serenaded by Illuminations. What a great way to end a tremendous day!

Good night!

Sleep in, shopping and Aloha……day 15

August 23, 2008

A short blog today….as we didn’t get back until almost midnight last night, we slept in. This was followed by a shopping trip. I won’t elaborate on Will’s purchase of running attire (at least the shorts aren’t licra) or walking boots. The highlight for me was Natty getting her first pair of Levis. How cute do they look?!

We are just back from todays highlight though….the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show over at the Polynesian. Yet again, we had the same server as last year (Michael). This is getting spooky! The show was just as good as I’d remembered and Natasha was mesmerised by the dancing and joined in on stage with some hula. The food was nice, we love the coconut and pineapple bread. I drank a Pele’s Fire Punch, which is served in a coconut carved into a monkeys head. That drink is very yummy….dark rum, light rum, banana liqour, pineapple juice and grenadine. Hic!

It’s difficult to describe why this show is so good, but we LOVE the fire guy! I think the best way to blog this is to post some photos. Will……………..

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Anyway, as I write I realise that I am now upto date with my blog! Yeah! Oh, and Natty is snoring …. nope, that’s Will!

Good night!

Puddle and push… 14 (what already?)

August 23, 2008

As David Rippberger had been so kind as to invite Natty back to paint with him, we headed over to MGM. We tried to get fastpasses to the new ride, Toy Story Mania but they were all gone already!!! Instead, we enjoyed a meeting with Prince Caspian and took the Narnia tour. It was then time to pop and see David in the Animation Studios. He seemed really pleased to see Natty, and after a bit of a chat she was in his seat at his light box! He explained to everyone watching that there were only 6 cel animators left in the company, but now there were 7. He then asked Natty to introduce herself….which she did ~ very quietly!

He then took out a fresh animation cel, which was just inked, and popped it on the light box. It was Dumbo. He took out the appropriate colour paint, a fresh brush, then let Natty begin her painting. Compared with the last time, she showed great improvement. David and Natty takked about the concept of ‘puddle and push’ ~ the painting technique that means that the paint strokes don’t show. After she’d given her demonstration, David completed a Magical Moments certificate for Natasha, we took photos and then I chose nmy new animation cel. It’s a fabulous black and white one, called Gala Premiere. It shows Mickey and Minnie (old style) arriving at a premiere, and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (now back in the Dinsey fold) peeking out from the crowd!

We took the Animation Tour, met Sorcerer Mickey and then joined the Animation Academy for a lesson in how to draw Pooh Bear. Let’s just say, it’s a good job Will is good with technology!!!!!!!! After cakes and coffee (for me) we headed over to Epcot. Will dropped me off at the front of the park, so I coudl collect Soarin’ fastpasses, then we all met up at International Gateway once Will had parked the car at the Beach Club. Natty started her mask, completing the UK and Canada before our reservations at Coral Reef were up. Although we were seated a little late, it was worth the wait as we were seated right next to the huge aquarium. Fabulous. I must confess that I did feel slightly guilty eating Mahi Mahi whilst fish swam by……..but I soon forgot about that when I got to share Wills chocolate wave for dessert!

After dinner, we rode Ellens Universe of Energy, Spaceship Earth (again), Living with the Land and Soarin’. We collected our ‘extra magic hours’ wristbands, so we could still play after the park closed at 9pm, then popped over to the pin station for Natty to complete more of her hidden mickey sets. As we were in there, the torrential rain began. It had been such a nice day thus far. We hid under the pin station covering, watching crazy people running through the rain ~ there was a huge puddle developing just outside and the water must have been 8 or 10 inches deep, It was like flash flooding!

As the rain subsided, it was time for us to visit the Character Connection to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Stitch. There are some fab photopass pictures to share.

Due to the rain, which had now stopped, the park was almost empty. We continued our clockwise tour of World Showcase through Mexico (and rode Gran Fiesta Tour with Donald Duck and the Three Caballeros), Norway (and rode Maelstrom), China (Natty remembered her ‘Ni Hou’ as she did her mask), Germany, Italy, USA, Japan, Morocco and France. I had been carried along by the promise of champagne but to no avail, the little champagne stall had closed when we got there…! Never mind, Natty had completed her mask and was happy.

A short walk and we were back in the Beach Club and ready for bed.

Good night!

Update received about the turtle nest!

August 22, 2008

Here’s the information we received:

Congratulations!!! Your nest hatched on Wednesday, August 13, 2008.

There were 79 eggs in the nest and 67 tiny sea turtles, each the size of a 50 cent piece made their way to the ocean. Sea turtles hatch at night! It really is an amazing event to watch. It looks like a small volcano erupting as baby sea turtles make their way out of the nest and take that long walk along the beach to the ocean.

How do the sea turtles find their way to the ocean? When they emerge from their nest, they look for the brightest light that they can see. The moonlight reflecting on the ocean surface gives off quite a glow and that’s how they know to head to the ocean. But, there’s a challenge facing these hatchlings. If beachfront property owners have left their lights on at night and they shine on the beach, sea turtles get confused. They will move toward the bright light from someone’s home rather than go to the water. That’s why Disney’s Vero Beach Resort has special signs asking guests to keep their drapes closed at night, and why back porch lights are disabled for the summer. So, if you are ever staying on the beach at night during sea turtle nesting season, please make sure that your lights and your neighbor’s lights are turned off!

Now that the hatchlings are in the water, they will spend the first 24 hours swimming as fast as they can without stopping to reach the safety of the deeper water. There they will hide in the floating seaweed and grasses where they will be safe from predators and will be able to feed undisturbed on tiny crustaceans and sea grasses.

Here’s the most amazing thing about sea turtles. The baby female sea turtles (hatchlings) will not return to Florida to nest for the first time until they are 20-30 years of age!! They will be swimming in the ocean for quite a long time before they ever come back to our beaches. And the male sea turtles will never come back to the beach. They will spend their entire life in ocean.

Everyone can help to keep the ocean and beaches safe for turtles. Volunteer for beach cleanups and encourage everyone to leave nothing behind to help reduce the amount of trash that is on the beach and in our oceans. Turtles can often confuse floating plastic bags and plastic straws as food items since they look similar to jellyfish and sea grasses. At Disney’s resort, guests are not offered plastic lids and straws to help keep the turtles safe. When they consume this “trash” they can become very sick so please help us to keep the oceans and the beaches safe for wildlife!

Your hatchlings are off to a great start and now it is up to you to ensure that sea turtles continue to have a future in the wild! Thank you so much for helping the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund protect sea turtles through the Adopt-A-Nest program.

Animal Kingdom and Mai Tai interest you in a Zebra Dome……day 13

August 21, 2008

Yippee! It’s Animal Kingdom day. We’re taking our good friend Fay along with us….

We parked and rode in on the tram, walked throught the oasis and headed off to Asia to pick up fastpasses for Expedition Everest. Fastpasses in hand it was over the bridge to the new Finding Nemo stage show.

All I can say is, wow! The show is stunning. Extremely talented singers/puppeteers put on an amazing spectacular. Well done Disney. From the show we headed back and rode Everest. We rode this 2 years ago when it opened, but Natty didn’t like it then. fast forward to this year, when Space Mountain has become a favourite, and it was time to try again. She did not disappoint. Climbing up to the top of the ride, I was a little concerned that Space Mountain was a fluke, but no! She screamed with joy as the rollercoaster sped backwards being chased by the Yeti, in and out of the darkness! Yippeeeeee!

As we left the ride, Natty asked for more fastpasses, so we collected some more. We then went over and explored the Maharaja jungle trek, watching fruit bats and tigers. We then caught the Flight of Wonder show, which we all enjoyed very much. It was then time to ride Everest again, followed by Tough to Be a Bug. How weird, but Natty used to love this ride… she doesn’t like it one little bit! We lunched at Pizzafari, followed the Pangani Exploration Trail to see meerkats, monkeys, gorillas and for Natty to take part in some animal tracking activities. By this time, our fastpasses to the safari where open, so we joined our safari guide on the truck.

Will was concerned that the rain would mean that there would not be many animals about. How wrong could he be? It’s the best safari adventure we’ve ever had, and we’ve taken the journey so many times, even at silly o’clock in the morning…. Our favourite encounter was the baby giraffe, although we were thrilled to see 3 elephants having fun in the water, the mummy elephant pushing the baby in! The lions were up and about, which is amazing as they are usually laid down and hard to see.

By the time we came off the safari, it was raining pretty heavily, so we popped by the pin station so that Natty could pick up the completer pin to one of her hidden mickey sets, then we left to come back to the Beach Club. The rain was so bad, I called in to see the photographers to reschedule our session ~ we decided we’d rather have some photos taken when we could go outside without getting soaked!!!

We had a bit of a rest before getting ready for our trip to Boma. All neat and pretty (well not Will), we drove out to Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner at Boma. We arrived in plenty of time but they must have been very busy as we were seated quite late.  No problem though, it was worth the wait when our server came along. It was Paul! He’d taken care of us on at least a couple of occassions before ~ he is hilarious! What wit! I soon settled down to a scrumptious Mai Tai (again ~ I think I found my favourite adult beverage) and we tucked in to some seriously good African food. As you have probably already learnt from Wills blog, we took our time over Zebra Domes and coffee, and ‘table blocked’ so that Paul didn’t go home too late. It was lovely to be able to have a chat with Paul. If you are reading, thank you for making our trip to Boma even more enjoyable! We’ll try and get back.

Finally, we came back to our room, fell into bed and zzzzzzzzzzzzzz………..

Good night!

Tea Party, Space Mountain and ketchup……day 12

August 21, 2008

It’s a Natasha big treat day. After she was all gussied up in her Belle finery, we left the resort to go over to the Grand Floridian for the My Disney Princess Tea Party. Guess what the weather was doing? Yup, raining! Will did a great job though, making sure that we were collected and dropped off under the canopy at the lobby at both ends.

The Tea Party was held in the beautiful garden room at the Grand Floridian, so we made our way over there from the lobby. The entrance was surrounded by fresh flowers, and all the princesses were called forward one by one by the host, Rose Petal. As Natasha was called, she was crowned with a beautiful pink crown with pink ribbons down the back. As she entered through the arch of flowers, she was sprinkled with fresh rose petals (in pink of course) and we were shown to our table by our lovely server Patty. The table was set beautifully with silverware and napkins appropriately placed. Natty had a little place card and in her seat was a pretty My Disney Girl doll dressed as Aurora, complete with crown and wand.

Almost immediately, Baron Branch, the musician began to play a medley of princess music and Rose Petal came to the centre of the room (right next to our table). We were served tea from lovely china tea pots, into cups and saucers ~ Natty’s own tea pot was full of apple juice. Rose Petal was amazing, what a fantastic voice. She told the girls to take their napkins and place them on their laps. As they did this, a pretty silver bracelet fell out! She then told the story of Sleeping Beauty, interspersed with song, dance and questions for the girls. Natty was given a plate of heart shaped sandwiches and grapes, whilst we got tasty and petite sandwiches, a selection of cheese, crackers, grapes and tiny blue cheese quiche.

The entertainment continued with each girl being given individual attention by Rose Petal. Baron Branch then played whilst we ate, and he asked if anyone had any requests. Natty was brave enough to go over and very politely ask for some Mary Poppins ~ she got a medley of the entire soundtrack. Rose Petal and Baron Branch came around and sat with Natty, chatted and signed her pillowcase and book. Then it was back to more singing. The girls were taught a song which they also learnt how to sign. That was sweet! There was a special treat as Princess Aurora came in to visit. Again, she visited each girl individually for a chat, and the girls, Rose Petal and Aurora danced around the room. It was priceless to watch Natasha having such a lovely time….it won’t be long before she is too old for this sort of thing.

Mistress Chef then entered with a huge cake, which was served to us all ~ pink (is there any other colour here this morning?) icing, whipped cream and strawberries!!! Yummy! Aurora visted again, and gave Natasha a beautiful long stem fresh rose (guess the colour). It was time to say goodbye to Rose, Aurora and the Baron but the event was not quite at an end. The girls were all paraded through the hotel, up the fabulous sweeping staircase, had time with a Disney photographer and were led into the shop to register their dolls and receive a birth certificate and a princess scrapbook set. They also had to sign their autograph in the visitors book. Phew! It’s ahrd work being a princess!!!

The event finally over, we took our priincess to change into more appropriate tropical storm attire, then heded over to the Wilderness Lodge. We’d be eating there later. We then took a boat ride to the Magic Kingdom so that our now brave princess could try a first ~ Space Mountain. I must say that I was not sure how she’d react, she loved Big Thunder but hated Towerf of Terror. Natty and I rode it without Will the first time, and although very apprehensive at the start, she was squeeling with joy during the ride. As the car came to a stop, she turned around to face me with a huge grin and said “I’ve GOT to do that again!”

It was well into the afternoon, so we hit Carousel of Progress (salue to Walt), Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain again (I had honestly forgotten how much Will hates this ride) and the WEDWAY People Mover (I know that’s the old name but I can’t remember the current name). It was now time to head back to the boat over to Wilderness Lodge and our dinner reservation at the Whispering Canyon. We hadn’t dined here before, but I had read some dining reviews… did not disappoint in terms of fun 🙂

We were seated promptly, and our server took our order. As Will asked for his usual ‘large diet coke’ I nearly p**d myself, as I knew what might be coming! She brought back a glass jar which held in excess of 3 3/4 pints of coke!!! The she threw a handful of ‘drinking sticks’ at us before shouting out to the whole restaurant about Wilss drink! Once our food arrived, Natty asked for some ketchup……Our server yelled to the WHOLE restaurant “Who has the ketchup?” People came from everywhere and there was not a space on our table that didn’t have a bottle of ketchup. Of course, when another table asked and their server called, we had to take all our ketchup across the restaurant to their table!

At the end of our meal, Natty got to join in the kids horse racing around the restaurant ~ on a wooden hobby horse. She had a ball! We ordered our desserts to go, as we were kind of full. Will was presented with a fastpass for the local ‘outhouse’ after drinking the whole jar of coke! It’s a noisy meal but it’s great fun.

After Natty had completed some more pin trading, we sent our driver off for the car 😉 , then we headed to Downtown Disney for a spot of shopping before heading home…..

Good night!

Fay, Hollywood and Mama Melrose….day 11

August 20, 2008

We slept in a little as we were waiting to see how Fay developed before we decided how the day would progress. WESH and Accuweather did some pretty precision forecasting, and by 1030 we’d decided that we would go on over to Hollywood Studios as planned.

The parking lot was pretty empty for the time of day, and so far we’d only had a few sprinkles. As we entered the park, the clouds looked pretty angry and the rain began. Did this put us off? Absolutely not. Take a wet and windy day in Sheffield then turn up the heat so it feels like taking a shower…that’s what we had. So we donned good old WDW rain ponchos (the most hard working $23 we’ve spent) and carried on.

We saw Muppet Vision 3D whilst waiting for our fastpass time to Star Tours. Kermit and the gang are hilarious and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of this movie. Over at Star Tours we bumped into a Storm Trooper and Darth Vader. We then splashed our way to the Commissary for a spot of excessively air conditioned lunch, with Natty doing a bit of pin trading along the way. The Great Movie Ride beckoned next, and after singing our way out to Singing in The Rain, we headed down Hollywood Boulevard for some Twilight Zone Tower of Terror! We had fast passes but although Natty loves the pre show, she decided that she’d rather not ride after memories of last years first ride. The cast members let us switch, so I rode alone while Will and Natty waited for me. The plan was that Will would ride next, but when I met them Will had decided that it was best for me to ride again… other words, Will doesn’t the ride either!!! LOL!

After my second 13 storey free fall, we left the Hollywood Hotel via the shop. In there, Natty was checking out cast member lanyards. There were 2 CM’s ‘earning their ears’ with a ‘trainer’ cast member. The trainer spent time chatting with Natty, then asked her a few questions about pin trading. Natty answered them all, and was rewarded by the trainer with a cast only pin! It’s a cute Mickey wearing his badge with the ‘earning my ears’ tab worn by cast members. Very special! Since then, Natty has encountered much pin envy!!!

After a bit of browsing in the shops, we made our way over to the Animation Studios to catch up with our friend David Rippberger, the cel artist. He was happy to see us, and we caught up with him. He was about to leave, but made Natty promise to come back at the end of the week to paint a cel with him. He also gave Natty some postcards signed by some animators, one of which is his wife. There may have also been a special not to be traded pin.

It was almost time for dinner at Mama Melrose. We had the Fantasmic Dinner package, but looking at the weather, we were sure that Fantasmic would be cancelled. We decided to still go for dinner, and are we glad we did! What a beautiful restaurant. Very Italian, with lots of twinkly lights hanging from the ceiling. The food was delicious! Will ate some sort of chicken and pasta and I had pork tenderloin over mushroom risotto with asparagus. There may have also been some tiramisu and chocolate pudding. Yum yum.

By the time we left the restaurant the rain was torrential. We gave in and made our way out of the park and to the car. Natty and I ran and splashed through puddles and kicked water in the air. It was so much fun – we were wet anyway and it was warm at least!!!! It’s good to be a kid!!!

Back at the hotel we dried off and collapsed into bed, catching up with the olympics and Fay.

Good night!

Hoop De Doo… 10 part 2

August 19, 2008

Refreshed from a couple of hours sleep, showered and gussied up, we were off to Fort Wilderness for the Hoop De Doo Musical Review Dinner Show. This was a new experience for us and we weren’t sure what to expect. We arrived at Pioneer Hall a little early, so had time to explore and for our new pin trader to find a few more Hidden Mickey pins (note to self, bring more trading pins as one of us is becoming an avid trader!)

Finally, it was time to be seated for dinner. We had a great table and lovely server. The table was set with tin plates and jam jar glasses, along with a metal bucket full of salad. It truly did have perfect theming! Soon, the show began and buckets of fried chicken, bbq ribs, mashed potatoes and ‘cowboy’ beans. The show was corny and hilarious! Natty had a ball….and we enjoyed it too ~ real old style music hall ~ just plain old fashioned family fun. The 2 hours passed very quickly, maybe helped along by the continuous supply of jam jars full of wine 😉 Dessert was a nice strawberry shortcake.

Show over, it was time to make the journey back from the ‘settlement’ to the ‘outpost’ by Disney Bus. As the bus pulled away, the driver turned off all the lights, making it pitch black! He then calmly said over the intercom “Welcome to the Bus of Terror, and as the lights go off, we’ll be falling 13 stories….” a la Tower of Terror. It’s great to be in a place where even the bus drivers get in on the act!!

Back in the room, we caught a bit of the Olympics, but it was getting so late….

Good night!

Cindy’s and bibbidi bobbidi boutique….day 10 part 1

August 19, 2008

We were up and at ’em! Our very own little Mary Poppins was on Monorail Red heading for Magic Kingdom at 0745!!! Did anyone remember we were on vacation? It’s ok though, it was a special day…we were joining Cinderella in her castle for breakfast. This meant entering Magic Kingdom and walking up Main Street whilst it was pretty much empty, a whole hour before the park opened.

We checked in and were taken through to meet Cinderella and she signed Natty’s new pillowcase and autograph book, then they had a lovely photo taken. We walked up the stairs and were shown to our table for a delicious breakfast. Natty munched on lots of fruit, strawberry yogurt, scrambled eggs and french toast. I joined her in the fruit and also enjoyed some fabulous cream cheese stuffed french toast with blueberry sauce…..mmmmmm!

Whilst eating breakfast, Natty had visits from Belle, Jasmine, Snow White and Aurora. They all took lots of time to chat with her, and all commented that it was so lovely for Mary Poppins to join them.

Breakfast over, we hit Fantasyland. It had just opened so we enjoyed lots of rides with virtually no wait. By 1120 we had managed:

  • Peter Pan (one of my favourites)
  • Pooh
  • Tea Cups
  • Peter Pan (again)
  • Haunted Mansion (Natty was a bit hesitant but once it finished she was happy to ride again)
  • Pirates
  • Small World (only ride 3 of this trip so far….)
  • Mickeys Philharmagic (the BEST 3D screening I have ever seen, complete with smells)

It was time for Natasha’s reservation for the Castle Package at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, so we walked back to the castle. They really do treat girls like princesses. She was taken to her seat by her very own Fairy Godmother in Training, who proceeded to start Natty’s princess makeover. It was amazing how much hair she managed to get into a princessly bun, topped with a pretty sparkly pink tiara. She had her newly grown nails painted in a pink sparkly varnish and a very faint amount of makeup (pink eyeshadow and pale pink lip gloss). They made a huge fuss as they never seen Mary Poppins!

Once outside, we bumped into the Fairy Godmother, who signed her book and pillowcase and they posed for photos.

It was now time to return to the hotel for a rest. We walked down Main Street with so many people shouting “Hello Mary Poppins, Hello Miss Poppins” It was the sweetest and Natty got used to waving back! We’d been told that Mary might appear down in Town Square, so we promised to go and see her.

Natty and I found a shady spot, with a table and draughts board, so we waited whilst playing draughts. Will went into the Chapeaux Shop to cool off in the aircon. A sweet young couple came over and fell in love with our little Mary Poppins, and asked if I would mind them taking a photo. It transpires that they are friends with ‘Bert’ and that the young man was a ‘chimney sweep’ but was trying out to become a ‘Bert’. As soon as Mary and Bert were spotted strolling across the square, they ran over so that Natty could be first in line! They saved her a spot. Thank you!

The two Mary’s and Bert had a nice chat and some photos, and we ended up with quite an audience. The line was getting long, so we said our goodbyes and went into Expedition Hall, as there was a BBB photographer in there who would take official BBB photos of Natty’s makeover. As Natty was enjoying her photo shoot, there were lots of visiting cast members and quiet radio chatter…..

Just as the photographer finished her photo shoot, in strolled Mary and Bert. They’d come in to meet Natty privately to chat and have photos! She had them all to herself! They were both wonderful, Mary showing Natty various poses whilst Bert fooled around. Natty got to hold Mary’s proper umberella ‘Polly’ for the photos. It was another Disney priceless experience. Thanks to everyone who made that so special. She’ll soon enough be too old for all that, so it’s lovely to have it all happen right now.

Gosh, it was now around 1430, so we all decided it was time for a nap.