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!)