After a late breakfast this morning, we headed to the Magic Kingdom.
The girls traded pins.
And danced in the parade.
And then we headed to the new Fantasyland.
This is the biggest expansion in Disney's history and they've really done a beautiful job.
In the new Beauty and the Beast area the girls met Gaston and he asked them who the most handsome man in town was. They both pointed to Eric.
I couldn't agree more.
This afternoon we hopped on the monorail to The Grand Floridian so the girls could attend a tea party with Alice and the Mad Hatter. They did this one other time, when they were really little. The first time I was completely surprised that they didn't allow the parents to stay at the tea party. I worried the entire time they were there and counted the minutes until we could pick them up. This time Eric and I enjoyed a nice lunch and I didn't worry a bit. What a difference a few years makes!
After the tea party there was a pianist in the lobby and a cast member was singing Disney songs. She was supposed to be a young woman who grew up in the hotel and always dreamed of performing for the guests. We sat and watched her show and when she sang "Part of Your World" from Ariel she brought the microphone over to Michal and Kenna and had them fill in the words at the end of lines.
After she finished her show, she invited kids to come up and take pictures with her.
Michal and Kenna told her how much they liked her show and she told them how glad she was that they were willing to help her sing her song. Michal then told her how much she loves to sing so she asked Michal to sing her a song.
Michal doesn't need much encouragement to sing.
She stood there, in the lobby, and sang "Reflection" from Mulan.
And when she finished, there was applause from people in the lobby and people standing on the three levels of balconies above the lobby.
And when the applause stopped, the sweet cast member asked Kenna if she'd like to sing.
She doesn't need much encouragement either.
So she and Michal sang "Be a Man" from Mulan.
And then there was more applause.
And both girls curtsied.
They were literally beaming-from-ear-to-ear they were so excited! When we walked through the hotel to go back to the monorail, people came up to them to tell them how well they sang and then a lovely man gave them each a dollar!
They were talking a mile-a-minute the entire way back to the Magic Kingdom. They could not have been any more excited and declared it "the best day of their lives!"
When we got back to the Magic Kingdom, we watched shows.
Drove the cars at Autotopia.
Rode the Tea Cups.
And Peter Pan's Flight and It's A Small World.
We watched the fireworks and the Main Street Electrical Parade.
And we talked about how they got to sing in front of a real audience and how everyone clapped for them when they were done.
And they told me again that it was the best day of their life.
And that's why I love Disney.