Hannah and I are both huge Disney fans so as soon as I begin to plan a Disney trip we begin to talk about it. We enjoy the planning part and Disney talk is just something that happens in our home almost on a daily basis.
Recently I was able to secure preview passes for the new Fantasyland Expansion that will open next month in the Magic Kingdom. They were only good on Sunday from 5:00 – 8:30 so I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to go. It wasn’t until we returned from lunch and an afternoon of wandering through the town square that I realized we could go! I was super excited but decided not to tell Hannah where we were going.
She hadn’t napped so the moment our van left the house she fell asleep. She stayed asleep for the entire hour+ drive and woke up when we were only minutes from the MK parking area. I watched her little eyes in the rear-view mirror and her head was slowly turning from side to side checking out what was around her. I said, ‘Hi sweetie! Did you have a good nap?’ She slowly said, ‘Yes’ while still taking in all that was happening around her.
Soon a quiet yet excited statement came from the back seat. ‘Mommy, I just saw a Mickey bus!’
‘You did?’ I asked with a surprised voice. ‘Hannah, where would you like to go with Mommy?’
She quickly said, ‘Mickey’s House!’
‘Sure! We’re almost there!’ which was met with cheers of ‘Yay! Yay! Yay!!!’
I can’t tell you how fun it was to surprise Hannah with a Disney visit! She knew we’d be going later in the week with the grandparents but this was a surprise trip for just the two of us! When we were there in the summer I purchased Annual Passes which is why we were able to get tickets for the sneak preview.
When we were at this counter the cast member looked at Hannah and excitedly exclaimed, ‘Princess! I’m so glad you’re here! Cinderella gave me her autograph album and asked me to have all the princesses I could find sign it so could you please sign it?’
Hannah got a huge grin on her face and carefully signed Cinderella’s album! One really sweet thing is when the CM asked Hannah her name, age and where she was from so that she could write below her autograph. Hannah told her her name, held out 3 fingers and then proudly said, ‘China and now I live in Canada!’ That made me smile!
From here we made our way towards the back of the park, excited to see the new Fantasyland expansion! We started with a visit to Ariel ‘wearing her tail’. Check out how excited Hannah was! She kept asking me to pick her up so that she could swim to the coral growing on the ceiling.
We rode the new Little Mermaid ride twice and it was wonderful! After that we went to Enchanted Tales with Belle. While Hannah was too timid to take part in the play she did scoot to the front to have her picture taken with Belle.
We rode a few rides that evening but mainly made time to visit some of the characters. Since we were here last time portions of Fantasyland have opened permanently and now Minnie, Daisy, Donald and Goofy have new meet ‘n ' greet areas.
I gave Hannah the new Tinkerbell movie for our Family Day so we found Tinkerbell and Periwinkle in Pixie Hollow.
By this point it was 10pm but with her late nap Hannah was still going strong so we went to the dance party for a bit. What fun we both had dancing!
Christmas is such a beautiful time to be at Disney!