I am not a girly-girl and no one in my family or Dan’s family is. We have never called Vivian a “princess” or bought her any clothes or toys that say “princess.” But, somehow, just like so many other little girls, Vivian is obsessed with princesses! She managed to absorb the princess craze in this world and so, of course, we support and indulge her (although we still don’t call her a princess or buy her princess clothes and toys). She has some hand-me-down princess dresses that she asks to wear all.the.time. She has also seen a few Disney movies with princesses (The Little Mermaid, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella) and she loves them – she loves watching them and loves singing all the songs from them. So…when we bought tickets that allowed us to spend a day at California Adventure, I also made a reservation for us to have a “princess celebration” lunch at Ariel’s Grotto.
It was a rainy day in SoCal, but a good day to be at California Adventure, because the rain diminished the crowd size. It was also a good day to go to a princess lunch because although it was pouring rain outside, we were snug and dry inside the restaurant. Before being seated at our table, we took a family photo with Ariel. Despite being so excited to see princesses, Vivian was at first extremely shy around them, even covering her face with her hand when she was close to them.
We sat down at our table on the edge of the dining room and immediately, the first princess was announced. Throughout our (extremely overpriced – a kid’s meal was $24!) meal, Rapunzel, Belle, Cinderella, and Tiana were presented and then paraded around the dining room, kindly stopping at each table for a chat with the kiddos and a photo opp. Again, Vivian was extremely shy at first, but as the meal went on, she warmed up and eventually talked to, touched, and took pictures with the princesses. Lillian was just along for the ride and mostly enjoyed feeding (or, making a giant mess) herself.
Vivian got to eat her meal with a real “dinglehopper” – just like Ariel did in The Little Mermaid.
We also started Vivian’s 3-year birthday celebrations a little (two months!) early and sang to her and let her eat a chocolate cupcake. She was in heaven!
After lunch we circled Paradise Pier, zoomed through Cars Land, and ended the day in “a bug’s land.” Whew, we did and rode a lot:
- The Bakery Tour (everyone loves bread!)
- King Triton’s Carousel (Lil loved this ride as much as Viv!)
- Toy Story Midway Mania
- Golden Zephyr (Viv said riding this was like being in an airplane.)
- The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
- Luigi’s Rollickin Roadsters (This was Dan’s first time on this revamped ride.)
- Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
- Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies
- Flik’s Flyers (our last ride of the night!)
We had a full – and long – day, but a very good one! We have one more day left to use on our three-day passes and we’re going to spend it at Disneyland. So, more, coming soon!