Monday, February 24, 2014


 After our daily afternoon rest (another invaluable Disney Tip-- do that if you possibly can!!), we headed to EPCOT.  We had a date with the princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet, but before we had two important stops to make (per Alex).

 Club Cool-- the Coca-Cola tasting station where they have flavors of soda from all over the world.  They range from a bitter digestive (Beverly from Italy) to a sickly-sweet Kiwi-Melon from Japan.  Alex decided that she really enjoyed the Raspberry flavored soda from Zimbabwe.  I decided that we'd ingested altogether too much soda and it was time to move on before we got sick!

The first time through, Alex was excited, but a little nervous.  We'd watched the youtube ride-thru (if you have kids like mine, those ride-thru videos are worth their weight in GOLD!), but things are always a bit different when you're experiencing them.  She loved it.  She was so excited about all the things she'd seen that she couldn't stop talking about them--

I haven't mentioned it yet, but by this time (2 days into our adventure), I was absolutely marveling at how well Alex was processing and handling everything.  She had had NO behavior problems, was courteous, polite and patient the entire time.  I just felt so lucky to be able to have such a wonderful vacation with my special girl (especially when kids were melting down left and right....this is Disney, folks, the LAND of the over-tired, over-stimulated meltdown!).  She never even ASKED me for anything from any one of the countless gift kiosks or shops we'd wandered through.  So as I watched her pick up a Figment toy, hug it and put it right back down, I followed behind her and picked it up again.  That Figment was coming home with us!

By then it was time to get changed into princess-wear (remember the costume that Santa brought Alex this year?) and go to dinner.  We managed to catch a glimpse of Ana and Elsa in their character meet and greet spot, but the line was 2 hours long!?!!  so we decided that we'd just put them on the "next time list" (also a great tip if you have a kid who trusts you enough to buy into it!)
Apparently Ana and Elsa have the 'must have' dresses for the season.  We got more than a few questions about WHERE she got ahold of that dress, as the Disney stores are completely sold out- apparently everywhere!
Princess Cinderella and Alex (she wants a shirt for next time that says "I am not a princess!"-- she got a little self-conscious and embarrassed when all the cast members addressed her as "Princess" , as they are supposed to do!)
After dinner we stumbled across the lighted fountain as we headed back to the hotel to get a good night's sleep- we were in bed by 8:30!

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