(Monday, August 29, 2011) We woke Monday morning and it was nice to take our time in the morning knowing that our breakfast reservation wasn’t until 10:40am. We still arrived at Epcot early and took our traditional start of day group pics. Unfortunately all the group ones I have are on our Disney Photopass and since I haven’t ordered the CD yet I cannot post the pics. Just imagine the 4 of us with the Epcot ball behind us and yup, you’ve got the right idea!
Unfortunately this mornings map pic was taken with a less than cooperative co-pilot. You’ll see in many of this trip’s pics that Hannah is at a stage where sometimes she’s a ham for the camera and calls to me to, ‘Take my picture Mommy!’ and other times she’s like, ‘Yah, I don’t feel like looking and you can’t make me.’ Oh well, it makes for cute pics that we will laugh at later!
I’ll say now that Epcot is always one of those parks that surprises me. When I think of what it offers and going there with a toddler and tween, I wonder what we’ll do to amuse ourselves. Before we know it 2 days of fun are behind us and there is still much that we didn’t do. How does that happen time and time again? Does anybody else find this?
After taking the customary pics at the front of the park we secured Fastpasses for Soarin’ (the favourite Epcot ride of Nana and I) and then rode ‘The Land.’ The Land is one of those rides we do each trip and yah, we probably don’t need to but since we had to wait for our reservation and it’s tradition, I
coaxed dragged Rebecca on to it.
By now it was time to make our way into the World Showcase and to the Norway pavilion, destination: Askershus Royal Banquet Hall for breakfast with the princesses! Princess Hannah had checked herself in her royal mirror in the morning
Upon entering the Royal Hall Hannah was immediately star struck! Throughout the entire breakfast she looked up at the princesses like she could hardly believe they were truly there!
Snow White who made Hannah’s day by asking her if she could kiss her forehead. After that there was no washing for my little girl. After a few hours it smudged off and I gently removed it when she wasn’t paying attention.
Throughout the visits with the princesses we were served an absolutely delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, sausage, hash brown casserole as well as fresh fruit and yogurt. Askershus’ breakfast is my favourite breakfast at Disney!
While the princesses are visiting the tables, an announcement is made that it is time for the Royal Parade. Look how adorable my sweet baby girl is walking holding Cinderella’s hand! Part way through she runs back to the table to make sure we’re still there but then contentedly continues with the parade and is beside our table when the parade is finished. Oh man did she enjoy this! I still tear up watching this even though I’ve seen it over and over. For so long I dreamed of Hannah and bringing her to Disney and here she is, holding Cinderella’s hand and happily parading through the restaurant! Yes, dreams really do come true!!!
Since there is still much to share I’m going to split this post into 2. Coming next: Epcot, Day 1, Part 2