Mom and I spent her last visiting day at the Magic Kingdom. I tried to take her to things that she had never done or seen (which is a challenge for a woman who has been there many times before!). Much of our Magic Kingdom adventure was spent exploring New Fantasyland.
First stop was the Enchanted Tales of Belle. Mom was picked to participate in this interactive storytelling experience. She and a few other Guests helped tell the story of how Belle and Beast fell in love. Mom played the Wardrobe, and got the chance to meet Belle at the end of the story. As much fun as it was to watch Mom tell the story, my favorite part was watching the little kids who were picked to tell the story too. They were truly flabbergasted with meeting Princess Belle. That innocence is priceless.
Of course, I needed to take Mom on my ride. I tried to let her enjoy it as much as possible without interrupting, but I couldn’t help showing her the special little details. I think she genuinely enjoyed it. It is such a beautiful ride.
We took a snack break for some Dole Whip, a pineapple ice cream that is absolutely fantastic. You can get this sweet treat in Adventureland, across from the Flying Carpets. As we snacked on that, we found the perfect spot for the afternoon parade. Always a magical time.
Our evening was the most magical of all. By pure LUCK we were able to snag a seat at the Be Our Guest restaurant, and dine in the Beast’s castle. Sitting under the famous chandeliers of the Grand Ballroom, Mom and I feasted on shrimp and scallop puff pastries, ratatouille on quinoa, a couple glasses of Moscato, and the “grey stuff” for dessert. And believe me, it’s delicious (now you don’t have to bother asking the dishes).
After dinner we could tour the castle. It was stunning. They had the portrait of the Prince torn up, just like the movie. The rose was losing petals, next to the magical mirror. We even had a chance to meet “The Master” in the study, with an opportunity for pictures.
The rest of the evening was spent going from ride to ride, with no waits at all. Mom promises never to ride Space Mountain ever again in her life. To cap off the evening, we both teared up watching Wishes on Main Street.
A perfect ending to a perfect trip. I miss her already, and I am anxiously counting down the days till the rest of the family visits in November. This taste of home was just what I needed.
-The Memory Maker