Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Apparently Size Matters...



And Disney doesn't know. This is a family resort people...get your minds out of the gutter!!!

M and I did all the Princess lunches and breakfasts we could in order to meet as many characters as possible. She also wanted to meet the Pooh characters and the fairies and was most excited to meet Tinkerbell and Cinderella. At the Norway restaurant at Epcot we met Belle, Sleeping Beauty (aka Aurora), Snow White, and Jasmine! Talk about a score. The big event was dinner with Cinderella and Prince Charming however. They danced for us, took pictures with M, and were very sweet to her. M's favorite out of that group however...Anastasia, one of the evil step-sisters!!! I have no idea why but that's all M could focus on. Granted the actress who played her did a very good job. She took a lot of time with each of the kids and really played up the dumb step-sister thing (apparently Anastasia is the dumb one and Druzilla is the mean one). M loved her red hair too.

When we found out we could meet Tinkerbell, though, M was SO excited. I bought her a Baby Tinkerbell the first day (those Disney guys are genius, a baby doll dressed like TB with a baby blanket). M carried her new baby everywhere. So when we got to Pixie Hollow, M was so excited that she jumped up and down for the entire 30 minute wait. When we got to the door the hostess told us that as soon as we go inside, the fairies will sprinkle fairy dust on us so that we'll shrink down to the size of Tinkerbell so as not to scare her and that as we leave, they'll sprinkle us again so that we grow to normal size. I was very careful to explain this to M several times because of an incident we had with Pooh Bear that I'll explain next...


So, when it came to our turn, we were the first two in line. The hostess opened the velvet rope and M TOOK OFF RUNNING. I mean, fast! Ran after her and got there right as she turned the corner only to see...A LIFE SIZED TINKERBELL, FAWN, and TERRANCE!!! It was like watching a running cat try to change directions on a tile floor...her little legs hit reverse and she practically ran backwards out of the room crying and terrified!!! Poor baby obviously didn't get the fairy dust bit. I caught her and brought her over to TB and her friends, all M would do what cling to me for dear life with her little arms and legs and bury her head in my chest. The pictures are HILARIOUS. Smiling Daddy and Tinkerbell with a look of sheer terror of M's face and she hides in Daddy's armpit. Nice try Disney, but the little kids may not get the fairy dust shrinking bit...

Prior to that we went to a breakfast where Pooh Bear, Tigger, and some of the other characters were. M LOVES Pooh Bear as do I. Reminds me of the nice parts of my childhood. We were sitting at table where the characters were coming up behind us, so M didn't notice when Pooh Bear walked up. And Daddy didn't tell her because he didn't want to ruin the surprise. Here's what I wasn't thinking about...in the books and movies, Pooh Bear is Christopher Robin's pet, right? And only comes up to CR's waist. Given that CR is a little boy, M must have expected PB to be about 2 feet tall. She was SO excited to hug a little bear!!! What walked up, however, was a 6 foot tall bear with a GIANT head. The horror in M's face said it all!!! She jumped across the table into my lap and REFUSED to look at Pooh. We couldn't even get a picture!!!

Moral for Disney on this one: job opportunities for "little people" are limited enough as it is. Think about how many could be employed by making them Disney characters such as Pooh Bear! We could put a serious dent in unemployment. Should someone contact Obama???

10 comments:

Momma Sunshine said...

Sounds to me like, despite the few terrifying incidents, you guys had an absolute blast.

Brittany said...

ha ha ha ha! I was worried about Aidyn too, but he loved every second of it. (although I did have to stand next to Mickey and Minnie with him) but he LOVEEEEDDD the fairies.. In fact we stood in line for an hour and a half to meet them. He was THE ONLY BOY (without a sister.. or a dad) in the line!!!! I'm starting to think he'll make some man a mighty fine husband some day! :)))))

MindyMom said...

That's hilarious! Although I'm sure at the time it wasn't. Poor M.

I took my 3 older kids to Disney in 2000 and my youngest (then 2) wasn't too crazy about getting close to the characters. My oldest was afraid of Chucky Cheese when she was younger too so maybe there's an age-threshold for being okay with those life-size characters - like after 4 maybe?

Glad it was a fun trip otherwise, for both you and Miss M.

This Daddy said...

Dude, I am so jealous, I cant wait till we go at the end of August. I love the dinner we have with the Princess'. That is my favorite cause they are SO HOT. I think I like it more than my daughter

T said...

That is hilarious!! Ha ha!

My 8 year old has never liked characters in costumes. Which is yet another good excuse not to take her to Disney! I never thought about it being a size thing. You may be on to something.

Sounds like fun though!

That One Mom said...

My kids LOVE Disney (and so do I). Last time we were there, The Girl had me wait over an hour at Pixie Hollow... The. Longest. Wait. Of. My. Life.

MizzMinor said...

I havent taken the kids to disney yet, only 5 and 3 with one still in my tummy but reading this post I am sure I will be dealing with that too. Other than those couple of instances it seems like you guys had a blast. Always have to have some unexpected happen to keep you on your toes

qtmama said...

Oh my goodness, that sound so exciting for BCD! While the scaring the crap out of her wasn't exactly what you had in mind, at least it's going to be a trip she'll remember FOREVER. :)

NYC Single Mom said...

Sounds like so much fun. My daughter and I going in September, our first time. She has no idea we are going so I am looking forward to springing it on her the week before we go.

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