In 2006 our family visited Cinderella’s Royal Table. Honestly, we didn’t have an outstanding experience. The food was decent, the atmosphere was excellent, the character interaction was minimal. We had a quick photo with Cinderella as we entered and while we were dining The Fairy Godmother, Suzy and Perla (the mice) made quick appearances as they “danced” by while the music was playing. That was it. I might give it a second chance, just because I’ve heard it’s changed a bit in the past 7 years.
|This was the best picture we could get with the characters at
dinner because they flitted by so quickly in 2006!
- Snow White
- Princess Aurora
- Mary Poppins
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Best Character Interaction… that’s pretty tough! While my favorite characters are typically the fur (masked) characters, I love the interaction with the face characters. Being able to carry on a real conversation with the characters is so fun. I think the only exceptions to this rule is when I met Tweedledee & Tweedledum and Mr. Incredible. Tweedledee & Tweedledum signed my autograph book then took my sunglasses off my head, put them on my nose and balanced the pen on top of the glasses. When I laughed and tried to take the pen off, they put it back on. They insisted we take the picture that way! When I met Mr. Incredible once, we had a charades type conversation… apparently he doesn’t know how many kids he has! 🙂
So there are my top 4, I guess, character interactions at WDW! (you should know by now that I can’t ever have ONE favorite or ONE best anything at Disney!)
Our trip to Walt Disney World in 2006 was Jonathan (my husbands) first trip as an adult. He doesn’t remember much from his first trip in 1980. It was also JAG’s first trip. He was five at the time. We planned several months for this trip hoping to make it memorable for JAG. We had reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table, Sci Fi Diner and more. We rode as much as we could, toured all 4 parks (and more), watched all the firework shows and saw most of the parades. We flew to Orlando and took Magical Express to the All Star Sports Resort where we stayed a week and had a great time!
We thought we had thought of it all and planned everything to a tee. One thing we didn’t plan on was the death of my grandmother. We were scheduled to fly out early Monday morning and grandma died Sunday morning- the day before our flight. I was torn. I din’t know what to do. The funeral was set for Tuesday afternoon. I had several options: 1) I could miss my flight on Monday, go to the funeral on Tuesday and get a new flight on Tuesday night to meet up with the boys. 2) I could go on to WDW as planned Monday morning, fly home on Tuesday for the funeral and fly back that night. 3) I could miss the flight on Monday, go to the funeral and drive down by myself and then drive back by myself and eat the plane tickets. 4) I could go to WDW as planned and miss the funeral all together.
Option 4 was not an option. I wasn’t going to miss the funeral. Option 3 didn’t sound fun AT ALL. So my options were narrowed down to #1 and #2. I could miss 2 full days at WDW or miss one. I was going to “lose money” either way. We opted for #2. I flew down as planned and we arrived at WDW around 10am and went straight to the Magic Kingdom for the day. While we were walking through Cinderella Castle, it dawned on me. I would be missing our reservations to eat dinner with Cinderella on Tuesday night. Jonathan woke up at 6am 180 days out to make these reservations and I was going to miss it. I was heartbroken. But, I was already heartbroken by the death of my grandma, so it really wasn’t that bad.
When we got back to the hotel that night I took JAG back to the room to get ready for bed while Jonathan hung out near the front desk. I wasn’t sure what he was doing, but had an idea he had something up his sleeve. About 20 minutes later, he came back to the room and told me Disney took care of everything. He told them the situation with my grandmother’s funeral and they quickly changed our reservations to Friday night! All we had do do was ask and Disney waved that magical wand and made everything good again!
I did make my grandmother’s funeral and only missed one day in the parks. I left the hotel at 5:00am EST by taxi to get to the airport. I was in Birmingham, AL by 9:30 CST. I had time to meet with the family, eat lunch with everyone and go to the funeral. I was back at the Birmingham airport by 4:00 CST and in my room at the All Star Sports by 9:00 EST via Magical Express. It was a whirlwind trip, but not having any luggage made it a tad easier.
And we had a lovely dinner with Cinderella 3 nights later!
I’ll admit. I’m not a fan of Winnie the Pooh or any of the characters from the Hundred Acre Wood. I’m not sure why, but I’m not. Maybe it’s my moms fault. She doesn’t like them either, so maybe she brainwashed me as a child… who knows.
But, in 2006 when we took JAG to Walt Disney World for the first time we met the Pooh characters at Animal Kingdom. You know, the boat dock area that used to be where you loaded for the Radio Disney Cruise?! Anyway, JAG met Piglet, Pooh and Tigger. He took pictures with them all and actually smiled, he had them sign his book and he “played” with them. The last character of the group was Eeyore. I’m not sure why, but when JAG saw him he didn’t want anything to do with him. He refused to visit with him, get a picture or an autograph. Obviously, this made Eeyore even more sad than he already always is. He tucked his head, grabbed his tail and started to walk away. I felt really sorry for the guy, so I chose to have him sign my autograph book (even though I already had his autograph) and get a picture with him! Maybe I made his day! 🙂