One of the top requests I have from guests is how to plan the ultimate Disney princess experience for their little ladies. Despite having a rough and tumble boy, we do enjoy our share of Disney princess fun at Disney World, especially when my niece is on board. Here are a few tips to planning a princess packed vacation.
You might hear royalty and think you’ll be shelling out big bucks to bunk at a Magic Kingdom area resort, but if you want to live in princess paradise for a week, head to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. Highly themed guest rooms have made their debut in a big way in recent years at Walt Disney World, but Riverside takes the cake when it comes to royal rooms. Usually included in resort promotions, these are a great option for any princess.
Get Park Wise: Does your princess prefer Ariel to the other gals? Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has an entire section dedicated to the mermaid princess including a pool, large icons and themed rooms.
There are princess meals-a-plenty to choose from when you head to the East Disney Parks. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort offers a dinner with Cinderella and her crew, while Norway’s Akershus in Epcot offers three meals a day flanked with royal dining mates. This is a great option in addition to or in place of Magic Kingdom’s piece de resistance, Cinderella’s Royal Table located in the beautiful Cinderella Castle. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table must be paid for in advance save for those on a Disney Dining Plan, and the prices are fit for royalty. It’s by no means an inexpensive nosh, but if your princess has her heart set on it, be sure to call 180 days prior to your arrival to grab a spot, as they go quickly despite the price tag.
Get Park Wise: Be Our Guest, while not a character meals, does offer a very royal feel as guests can munch in the Beast’s castle for a quick service lunch or table service dinner. Be aware that this restaurant is insanely popular, maybe even surpassing Cinderella’s Royal Table at times, so be sure to make dinner reservations (lunch does not offer them) early here, too.
Disney Princess Meet and Greets
Magic Kingdom is, of course, the mecca of princessy playtime offering Cinderella’s Royal Table, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in the castle and tons of opportunities to meet the girls. Several attractions also feature the princess posse. The new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train doesn’t center around the first princess but any Snow White fans will love the details and the trip through the mine. Under the Sea floats royal families through Ariel’s story with a meet and greet opportunity just around the corner. Enchanted Tales with Belle may be one of the most unique new attractions allowing littles (and grown-ups!) to join Belle in the retelling of her tale.
Get Park Wise: Don’t forget Epcot! With more than several countries in the World Showcase offering princess meet and greets, there’s no shortage of princess experiences.
Don’t forget parades! Princesses often take center stage in these daily offerings at Magic Kingdom. Although Maleficent seems to be the star, Disney’s new Festival of Fantasy Parade features princesses and their ilk in stunning floats. The nightly Main Street Electrical Parade also showcases the girls and their crews in “thousands of sparkling lights!”
Of course, there is tons upon TONS of majestic merch to be bought. With most larger shops offering everything from tees to jewelry to toys to full-on royal regalia, your princess will be able to shop to her heart’s (or wallet’s) content.
Get Park Wise: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has two locations! If you can’t snag a spot in Cinderella Castle, your chances are great at the World of Disney location in Downtown Disney. Not only do you get the same offerings as the Magic Kingdom location, but you’ll be surrounded with all of this princess fun!
How do you rock your princess side?