As anyone who as ever been to Disney World will know, things can get a little pricey, including souvenirs. Therefore, how do you bring home a little bit of Disney magic to remember your trip without putting too big a dent in your wallet? Check out our list of inexpensive souvenirs from Disney World!
1. Antennae Toppers-These souvenirs are very popular, you've probably seen several at your local Wal-Mart parking lot just this week! Disney offers a variety of different toppers featuring different Disney characters, sports, holidays, years, and icons. We even have one that is Cinderella's Coach! They're a cheap way to display your Disney passion and locate others who feel the same!
2. Pins-Even if you're not into pin trading, pins can be great souvenirs. There's a pin for almost everything at WDW. I personally like getting pins featuring my favorite WDW attractions or restaurants. While some pins are expensive, most of them are under $10
3. Your Own Artwork-After watching the show inside of the Magic of Disney Animation in Hollywood Studios, you are led into an area where you can play interactive games and get some great pics with characters. There's also a writing class here every 20 minutes that teaches you how to dry a Disney character like a pro! This class is a lot of fun for both kids and adults; and you get to take your drawing home for free! This is a great souvenir that you actually made yourself!
4. Plush Toys-Disney offers a vast variety of plush toys. The smaller toys usually run under $20 and feature characters from almost every Disney film, as well as dozens of different Mickeys.
5. Postcards-Disney sells postcards featuring their parks and resorts, but also Disney artwork and more. These are great souvenirs to use in a scrapbook, to frame, or just to remember your trip by; and they only cost a dollar or two!
6. Pressed Pennies-All throughout WDW, you will find Pressed Penny machines. All you have to do is put in a penny and some change, turn the crank, and your penny will be pressed flat with the imprint of a picture! The picture is usually displayed on the machine and has a logo or representation of wherever you're at in Disney World, along with a few Disney characters. Many people collect these; and it's fun to see how many different pennies you can get. It's also a great way to get rid of pocket change!
7. Candy-Disney sells candy and mints in packages and tins that are Disney themed. Epcot's World Showcase also sells candy from all over the world!
8. FastPasses-FastPasses display attraction logos and make great free scrapbooking material. It's also fun to see how many you can get.
9. Picture Frames/Holders-Disney sells some really cool picture frames or picture holders for decent prices. Some are stylish with subtle Disney references; and some feature characters, icons, and the parks. Our favorite picture holders are Disney princess dresses and they are under $25!
10. Refillable Mugs-At Disney resorts, you can purchase a refillable mug themed after your respective resort. With your mug, your get free refills throughout your stay; and when you take it home, it's a great souvenir.
11. Autographs-When you meet a character at Disney World, be sure to ask for its autograph! They make great souvenirs and they're free! Kids enjoy them; and you can even purchase a autograph book for a decent price at almost all of Disney gift shops!
12. Jewelry-Disney sells beautiful jewelry all throughout the resorts and parks. Some jewelry can be expensive; but there's also some really cute pieces that you can get for under $20!
13. Maps-Maps to the Disney parks are free and everywhere; and they make great souvenirs or scrapbooking material.
I recently went and watched Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Despite being a fan of the attraction and the series, I have to admit, I was skeptical. While I was entertained by Dead Man's Chest and At World's End, none of the films had rivaled for the first installment in my mind. I particularly felt that the third was a little too long, too complicated, and a departure from the film's orginal appeal. Therefore, I was concerned that as Disney launched into a new triology, this trend would only continue. However, I can gladly say that I was wrong, sort of.
Without giving too much away, here is the film's synopsis. Captain Jack is in London with interest in the Fountain of Youth and getting back his beloved Black Pearl. After a run in with the King of England, his dad, and a former love interest, Angelica, he ends up on Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. As it turns out, Angelica is the first mate of the ship and Blackbeard's daughter; and she supposedly is interested in Jack because he knows info about the Fountain of Youth. Blackbeard, the English, and the Spanish are racing towards the Fountain of Youth, which is where Captain Barbossa comes in; but they all need a few things first. They need two silver cups from Ponce de Leon and a mermaid's tear. One of the mermaids, and a missionary aboard Blackbeard's ship, form a relationship which I think was supposed to fill in the hole that Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan left; and for the most part, it works.
Anyway, as usual, the story gets complicated and a variety of characters have their own motives and agendas to complicate it even further. There's a lot of hilarious escapes, beautiful scenery, sword fights, and a few references to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Other notes: Mermaids. Let's just say these little mermaids are not Ariel. Enough said.
One of the first changes I noticed in this film was that the storyline now focuses on Captain Jack Sparrow. While this may sound strange, the films have always began with a focus on the relationship between Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner; and the pirates, including Jack, have always played a role as the couple struggled for what they wanted as the pirates used them to get what they wanted. I had always found that part of Jack's genius and appeal is that he is supposed to be somewhat of supporting character, who we know little about and who pops up in Will and Elizabeth's lives. He then upstages the others and manipulates the chaing of events to his benefit. However, On Stranger Tides, I felt that the focus is more on Jack than before, even though the story is that he is just caught up in the race to the Fountain of Youth. Perhaps this is because he has his own relationship now? Anyway, the new relationship between the missionary and the mermaid are definitely secondary as while Will and Elizabeth's was much more integral. While no one can complain about having more Jack in a film, including myself, I'm not sure if I like this change.
Praise: I was glad to see that the eye appeal of On Stranger Tides was not just CGI, but also detailed sets and beautiful filming locations. I like the fact that some films today still rely on reality, not just blue screens, for a great shot, as well as great characters and a compelling story to entertain. I also like that the story is character driven. While the plot, of course, is a big part of the film, the characters are just as important. Captain Jack has a purpose, and so do the other great characters, something I was hoping this new film wouldn't lose.
Complaints: No Ragetti or Pintel! Those guys have been fixtures since the first film; and I kept waiting for them to show up, but they didn't. The old crew was gone too unfortunately, except for the brilliant Barbossa and Gibbs. I also didn't feel as if On Stranger Tides was as good as the first film; but yet, it was better than I expected.
This film is a overall a great ride and a lot of fun. It offers adventure, mystery, history, and tons of laughs. I am personally thrilled that Disney is making more of these films. The industry needs more movies like these today. So despite a few complaints, A Glass Slipper Vacations gives Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 8 Glass Slippers.
If your family is like ours, vacations to WDW are always on the top of your list; and as regular visitors, we like to try new things each trip to keep it exciting. So if you are looking for something new to do on your Disney vacation, try one of our Treasure Hunts! Treasure Hunts are scavenger hunts designed specifically for the parks; and all you need is a digital camera or camera phone per team and this post to challenge one another and compete in a "Disney Duel!"
The following is a list of treasures that each team must accumulate to complete and win the hunt. If you have enough members in your family, break into teams; but if you don't, compete as individuals. Read the list below and when you or your team find them in the park, take a picture with your digital camera. Designate a meeting place and a meeting time to see which team has the most! You can choose a variety of prizes for the winner. We like using a Disney gift card; but you know what would best motivate the members of your family to pursue this venture.
Treasure Hunt List
1. A window on Main Street U.S.A. that bears Walt's name.
2. The Adventureland Sign
3. Home of the famous Dole Whip
4. A Splash Mountain FastPass
5. You or a team member posing as a pirate in front of Pirates of the Caribbean
6. The Liberty Tree
7. Liberty Belle Riverboat Cast Member
8. The Partners Statue
9. You or your team member by Cinderella's Wishing Well
10. You or your team member in a Captain Jack Sparrow hat
11. Buzz Lightyear in the queue area of Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
12. A bear
13. Bwana Bob's sign
14. Mickey shaped treat
15. Team Member next to Casey
16. Autograph from a Disney character
17. Cast Member selling balloons
19. A Hidden Mickey
20. A Duck
21. Jungle Cruise Guide
23. Park Map
This week on the Magical Blogorail, Magical Blogorail Green shared with readers their favorite Disney activity outside of the parks. Want to jump aboard the loop? Visit A Disney Mom's Thoughts to begin!
We at A Glass Slipper Vacation have big news! As of this week, we have joined the writing staff at Chip and Co. as the Top 10 and Top 5 List writer! Click here to check out our posts. Also for some great Disney news and info, be sure to check out chipandco.com
At A Glass Slipper Vacation, we've been busy this week bringing you new Touring Plans
and a review of 1900 Park Fare. Be sure to check them out!
Finally, on to our Royal Recommendation of the week. This week we are featuring the Unofficial Disney Character Hunting Guide. This site provides current info on Disney characters at Walt Disney World. On this site, we have discovered a variety of pics of the characters you can find at Star Wars Weekends now in Hollywood Studios! In the archives, you can also find pics of rare Disney characters, like Jiminy Cricket, the Genie, and even Abu! There's also pics of characters in their holiday apparel during holiday seasons.
This is a great site, especially for families who have kids and are looking for characters on their Disney vacation; and for us kids who haven't grown up!
For today's post, we are taking a look at Disney Park icons! They are symbols of their respective parks and Disney masterpieces! Take a look!
Cinderella Castle is the most famous of all of Disney World icons, and is a symbol for all things Disney! There's nothing like turning down Main Street and seeing the castle before you!
Unlike the first Disney castle, Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, Cinderella Castle is much taller reaching 190 feet. However, it was designed by Herb Ryman, the same man who designed Sleeping Beauty Castle. It's design was also inspired from the film, Cinderella, and several European castles.
Cinderella Castle is the heart of the Magic Kingdom; and from here, the park branches out into its different themed lands. The castle also houses a restaurant, Cinderella's Royal Table, and Cinderella's Royal Suite. This suite was originally a space that was set aside as a private apartment for Walt and his family; but when Walt died, it was never completed. Several years ago, Imagineers transformed the space into a royal suite where fortunate guests could stay. The suite combines the look of a medieval castle bedroom chamber with all of the luxuries of the 21st century. You can even find Cinderella's glass slipper here! However, this room cannot be booked.
Cinderella Castle is also the destination for a variety of entertainment in the Magic Kingdom. Dream Along With Mickey is a show put on in front of the castle throughout the day starring Mickey and his friends, along with some other famous characters from Disney films. Also, every night, the Magic Kingdom's firework display, Wishes, is shown in the sky while different colors and light patterns are displayed on the castle to help tell the story. Only recently, a new show has been created where the colors, effects, and photographs from the park that day are projected onto the castle at night! It's called the Magic, the Memories, and You! This show is amazing and should not be missed!
Epcot's incredibly famous icon is Spaceship Earth. While many guests refer to it as "the giant golfball," Spaceship Earth is actually a geodesic sphere which took 26 months to complete! It's a architectural masterpiece which never ceases to awe guests as they enter the park.
Spaceship Earth is unique in that it houses an attraction inside by the same name! It's a 16 minute dark ride that takes guests through important moments in our world's history dealing with communication.
At night, colored lights are projected onto Spaceship Earth; and the effect is amazing!
Hollywood Studios' icon is the Sorcerer's Hat, inspired from Disney's Fantasia. This icon is unique in that it wasn't the park's original icon; and was only built in 2001.
The park's original icon was the Earful Tower; and the park's focal point was the Great Movie Ride, housed in a replica of the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater.
The hat stands in front of the Great Movie Ride today and houses a pin shop underneath it. It is now the focal point of the park and many Disney Characters are known to be found here. It's also the backdrop for entertainment, such as Disney Channel Rocks! a new live entertainment show where guys and girls sing and dance to songs from popular Disney Channel television series.
At night, the hat is illuminated and beams of light are projected behind it giving it a whole new magical look and an old Hollywood flavor.
Animal Kingdom's icon is the magnificently, stunning Tree of Life which stands 14 stories and is 50 ft. wide! This tree, egineered by the Imagineers, contains 325 sculpted animals on its trunk.
Like Epcot's Spaceship Earth, the Tree of Life houses an attraction called It's Tough to be a Bug! It's a 3-D show starring Flik and Hopper from Pixar's A Bug's Life.
The Tree of Life sits on Discovery Island, Animal Kingdom's hub. All around the tree, there are paths and animal exhibits to discover.
The Tree of Life is another architectural wonder and awes guests every time they see it! Animal Kingdom isn't always open after dark, but if it is on your trip, you will get to see the tree with light projected around it for a wonderous effect.
Today's Magical Wardrobe post is featuring an outfit and accessories inspired by Disney's Yacht and Beach Club in Walt Disney World. This selection tries to combine the nautical elegance of the Yacht Club with the casual and whimsy of the Beach Club. Our Magical Wardrobe posts serve to show you how to incorporate some Disney into your wardrobe wihen you can't wear your mouse ears! Be sure to check out our post on a Disney World Park Style
and Wilderness Lodge Style
for more style inspiration!
Mission: Space opened in 2003 at Epcot and was supposed to be Disney's most thrilling ride ever. Take a look at a picture of this ad that was produced around the time the attraction opened to see the message Disney was trying to convey! In the years following Mission: Space's opening, its safety, level of thrill, and enjoyablity has been the topic of some debate.
Before we get to the debate, Mission: Space is a motion simulator attraction that is meant to let you experience what it's like to be an astronaut. The storyline of this attraction is that it's years in the future and Disney guests are astronauts about to embark on a mission to mars! The ride vehicle is a capsule that seats four people; and each seat has a specific title and job. Depending on where you sit, you can be navigator, pilot, engineer, or commander.
Before the ride begins, when the capsule closes, you will find yourself in very tight quarters with the ride screen and a myriad of buttons very close to your face. You also have a shoulder restraint locking you in, like you would on a roller coaster. All throughout the ride, different seats will be required to push certain buttons depneding on their job. The ground crew tells you this through a speaker and the buttons also light up. Don't worry if you don't push them though, they don't do anything and the ride continues on if you don't.
The ride experience begins with lift off, which you see via the ride screen in front of you. The ride screen shows the sky up above; and when your shuttle supposedly lifts off, your capsule shakes, you feel the pull of gravity, and the sky comes closer and closer as you ascend into space! When you enter space, you will actually feel weightlessness for a few moments! This is really cool, but it freaks some people out. After your slingshot around the moon and a few moments of hypersleep, you overshoot your mark on Mars and must navigate your ship across the planet's surface by the joystick on the dash in front of you. Will you survive?
Okay, so now that you know what happens on Mission: Space, here are the issues. First of all, my personal complaints with this ride have to do with the graphics on the ride screen. Even back in 2003 when it first opened, it didn't feel as realistic as I expected for Disney. Secondly, the capsule is really small and you are very close to the screen and controls. I'm not claustrophobic, but I could see how some people could really be freaked out by the cramped space. Thirdly, while I can enjoy this ride, it's never a priority for me. I also don't find it that thrilling or scary. The weightlessness is cool, but that's about it. There's no major surprises, no spooky storyline, and no villain. However, some people consider it extremely scary! So which one is it?
Other complaints have to do with how the ride works. Disney achieves the feeling of weightlessness and the negative Gs by rapidly spinning the capsules. Claustrophobic conditions, extreme spinning, and negative Gs are known to produce motion sickness, naseau, and claustrophobia. In fact, sometime after the ride opened, Disney started providing motion sickness bags! This attraction doesn't make me sick, but my parents and my little brother were naseaus.
This attraction also caught some bad media over the years due to guests health issues; and when you ride, you will see warning signs about the rides conditions and health effects on a scale like you've never seen before.
Also, a few years after the ride had been operating, Disney opened a less intense version of the ride which doesn't spin guests. But is this ride even fun at all if you don't feel its only thrilling effects?
Therefore, what does one think about Mission: Space? Is it scary, is it not? Is it worth the risk of feeling naseaus or not? Do I let my kids ride it? Is it really even a good attraction?
I can't answer all of these questions; but I can give my opinion. As I already stated, I don't think it's scary; but I think the close space and strange feelings caused by the spinning can make it uncomfortable and disturbing for some. Also, unless you have a brave child and are certain that there will be no negative health side effects, I say don't let your kids ride it. Finally, I just don't think a mundane ride experience or the possibility of getting sick, with the exception for a few cool moments, is even worth it; and the less intense version that doesn't spin takes away the thrill. Therefore, I just don't think Mission: Space is worth the time.
So what do you think about Mission: Space? Do you like it? Is it scary to you? What's your opinion? Comment below!
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail is at Disney's Animal Kingdom's Africa. It's a trail that leads guests past a variety of different animal exhibits. Pangani means "place of enchantment" in Swahili; and this attraction is enchanting to me in that it's unlike many other Disney attractions. Unlike most Disney rides and shows, guests are free to explore at their own pace and the sights and scenery are actually alive at Pangani.
This attraction is conveniently located at the exit of Kilimanjaro Safaris, one of the Animal Kingdom's best and most popular attractions. This is great because it draws traffic to Pangani, as well as keeps the Kilimanjaro experience going! Unfortunately, this attraction can be rushed through or skipped entirely as guests hurry to get to other attractions.
The animals that we enjoyed the most during our visit to Pangani Forest Exploration Trail were the Meerkats and the Gorillas.
From our viewing area, we were able to watch these cute, fuzzy Meerkats as they themselves stood on watch. These little fellas are always fun to watch, and kids and Lion King fans enjoy getting a glimpse of a living Timon! Even though we wish we could've had a closer look, these little creatures were a definite highlight of the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
One of the final exhibits and one of the most popular sights on the Pangani trail are the gorillas! They're are kind of like this attraction's finale. We were fortunate to get the chance to watch this gorilla for quite awhile on our last trip, in full view of us and other guests.
We learned later that Disney goes through great lengths to keep their animals healthy and entertained, as well as providing a habitat that is realistic to the wild. Disney provides them with toys to play with and even enhances the plants they find with flavors for an appealing and tasty treat!
I think that Pangani Forest Exploration Trail is a underrated attraction at Animal Kingdom. While it may not have the thrills of Expedition Everest or elaborate puppetry of the Finding Nemo show, Pangani provides great views of some magnificient animals and is enjoyable for all members of the family. At Pangani, you are free to move at your own pace and enjoy the sights, perfect for families with young kids or senior guests. Therefore, next time you're at Animal Kingdom, be sure to visit this attraction for a great experience!
Okay, so you and your kids have only one day to experience Epcot's best. What do you do? Check out our Touring Plan!
Touring Plans are loose outlines for how guests can maximize their time and Disney magic with minimum waits and hassle! Today's post will tell you how to tackle Epcot with kids if you only have one day! For more plans, check out our Touring Plans
1. Arrive before the park opens. Despite the crowd of people that may be waiting at the gate, the park won't be nearly as crowded inside as it will be around noon.
2. Immediately head towards Soarin'. It's a really popular attraction and usually has a long line, and for good reason! Soarin' is thrilling, but not scary so if kids are tall enough they should enjoy it! If you want to ride this attraction again later, grab a FastPass while you're here.
3. Next, cut across Future World to Test Track. This is another great attraction that is also known for long lines. This attraction has a few more thrills and suprises that may frighten kids; but they are few and very brief; and most kids don't have a problem. If you haven't got any FastPasses yet, grab some here in case you want to ride it again later.
4. After Test Track, head towards the The Seas with Nemo and Friends for a kid friendly Finding Nemo attraction and a pavilion featuring a variety of exhibits and tanks displaying ocean life.
5. Next, head towards the Land pavilion (where Soarin' is) to ride Living with the Land and to have lunch at Sunshine Seasons! If you are in the mood for a heavier lunch, made an advance dining reservation and dine at Le Cellier in Canada, Les Chefs de France in France, or Akershus Storybook Dining in Norway! Do remember that World Showcase opens later than Future World, usually at 11 o'clock.
6. After lunch, head towards the World Showcase. Since you are on the right side of the park, we recommend you begin with Canada. Be sure to wander through the shops and explore the rockwork and waterfall behind the pavilion.
7. After Canada, continue to make your way through World Showcase, all of the countries are worth a visit so try not to skip any! Do take your time and take frequent breaks, especially with kids, because World Showcase is over a mile long! Be sure to browse the shops, grab a snack, and get some pics of characters who are often found out and about World Showcase.
8. There are several things in the World Showcase that you have to do when traveling with kids. First of all, you must visit the miniature train display in Germany; and in the United Kingdom, browse the toy store featuring famous children books and toys. Also be sure to visit the American Adventure show. It's incredible and a great way to recharge as you sit in cool A/C!
9. After your trip around World Showcase, now is a great time to use your FastPass if you haven't; and to ride Spaceship Earth, (aka the giant golf ball). This ride is educational, but it usually keeps kids attention; and they will enjoy being able to tell their friends at school they were inside Epcot's icon! You should also visit MouseGear, a huge Disney store that offers a vast variety of merchandise.
10. You also need to be thinking about dinner. If you are in the mood for something light, we recommend Sunshine Seasons if you haven't ate there already. However, if you want a table service meal, there is a wide variety of restaurants in World Showcase to satisfy every taste and preference. There is also a great character meal inside of the Land pavilion featuring Mickey and the gang. It's called the Garden Grille and it actually rotates! Just be sure to make an ADR for all of these in advance.
10. After dinner, you need to start thinking about Illuminations, Epcot's nighttime firework display. If you want to watch it, we recommend getting a spot by the lake near the entrance to World Showcase closest to Future World. This is because a mass of people will flood into Future World and towards the gates after the show resulting in long lines for the buses/monorail. If you are staying at Yacht and Beach Club or the Boardwalk Inn, keep this same strategy in mind but position yourself near France and the United Kingdom pavilion, as this is the entrance/exit for the boats that take you back to these resorts.
11. If you're not that interested in Illuminations, or if there is still some time until the show begins, take a stroll around World Showcase at night for beautiful scenery and a whole new experience. In our opinion, Illuminations isn't as interesting for kids as Wishes is at Magic Kingdom. Therefore, if you have drowsy kids, it may be a good a idea to leave before the show for a relaxing ride back to your resort without dealing with the crowds.
As always, remember that Touring Plans are outlines, not schedules to be followed minute by minute. Make this plan work for you and your family, relax and enjoy, and have a magical day at Epcot!
1900 Park Fare is character dining destination featuring a variety of character experiences and menu selections inside of Disney World's flagship resort, the elegant and magnificent Grand Floridian!
This restaurant is open for both breakfast and dinner featuring a buffet and 2 different character selections. During the afternoon, this is also the desination for the Wonderland Tea Party! For breakfast, you can dine with Mary Poppins and Alice and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. We've also heard that Winnie the Pooh and friends appear here. At dinner, you get to dine with Cinderella and her family, including the ugly step sisters!
For today's blog, we will be discussing dinner at 1900 Park Fare, which is referred to as Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner, an experience we enjoyed on our last trip to WDW.
This restaurant is set in a large room room, along with a few side rooms, that follow the general design of the Grand Floridian but with a little more whimsy. One of the main pieces of decor in this restaurant is "Big Bertha," an old organ built in the late 19th century that is still entertaining guests today! Also be sure to notice the carousel horses!
While you dine, the characters rotate throughout the restaurant to spend some time with each table. These characters include Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drusilla! Cinderella and Prince Charming make this dining experience magically elegant, fitting for the Grand Floridian; and Lady Tremaine and the ugly step sisters make it incredibly entertaining! Anastasia and Drusilla act obnoxiously as they interact with your table. They pretend to be jealous and even make a little fun of Cinderella and Prince Charming as they pass by! Drusilla even flirted with my brother! Lady Tremaine was emotionless and pretended to be bored. She even asked for us not to touch her when it was time to take a photo!
Now, lets get to the dinner menu! 1900 Park Fare is a buffet serving dishes like prime rib, chicken marsala, stuffed pork loin, shrimp, salads, and soup, but all with a slightly richer, fancier twist. One of 1900 Park Fare's staples is the famous Strawberry Soup! It's a dish everyone must try when they visit here. (Check out the picture above to see a bowl of my Strawberry Soup on the table!)
To be honest, we thought the food was okay, but not the greatest. However, a meal here is still worth a visit due to the great characters.
In addition, we think it may be valuable to note that many guests dressed semi-casual for dinner here. This is a bit of change compared to the usual tees and shorts you see at other character meals. Just keep this in mind so you won't feel out of place. Secondly, we think this is a great opportunity for little princesses to sport their new princess dress and hairdo from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! Walking through the Grand Floridian in a princess gown and then meeting Cinderella and Prince Charming makes for a magical memory!
When we visited in the fall of 2010, the procedure after checking in and having our name called was to have our picture taken professionally. The photo was taken in front of a mural of Cinderella castle and was free! Later on in our meal, our picture was brought to our table in an ornate, pop-up souvenir frame, like what you see in this photo to the left. We also received several copies of these photos as well!
Later on during oour meal, the characters actually headed into the main dining room for a dance! Anastasia and Drusilla danced with the kids; and we've heard that Prince Charming has been known to treat a little princess to a dance! Unfortunately, our family was not seated in the main dining room, so we didn't get the best view of this moment of the night. Therefore, be prepared for this to happen if you seated in a room that is not the main dining room.
Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare is a fantastic, as well as unique, character dining location. I highly recommend it as a great alternative to Cinderella's Royal Table or Akershus Storybook Dining if you are traveling with your own little princess. I also recommend this meal as a great character meal for adults or male members in your party who want the character experience, but feel awkward dining with just princesses. While Cinderella and Prince Charming are there, Cinderella's family is hilarious and keeps guests laughing! This is one Disney character meal that offers something entertaining for adults, as well as the kids.
Finally, the setting is what makes 1900 Park Fare such a great dining destination. The Victorian, elegant air of the Grand Floridian is translated into the restaurant making it a great destination for families who want a fine meal in a refined setting but with a kid friendly spin!
If you are looking for a character meal that's a fit for the whole family, give Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare a try! It's really about the characters and the experience, and a priority for any Cinderella fan, all located inside Disney World's most luxurious resort, the Grand Floridian!