This was one long day. And we really didn't get that much crossed off our list.
We started the morning at Magic Kingdom in time for the welcome show before the park opened. In all the times I've been here I've never seen the welcome show. Beatrix absolutely adored it.
The plan was to ride the WDW train around the park once then head toward Fantasyland but that plan was scrapped because Beatrix could not wait to see Cinderella Castle and ride the carousel. She also got to meet her first Disney characters: Cinderella's wicked step-mother and step-sisters. They were very nice to Beatrix despite the fact that she was wearing her Cinderella dress.
After riding the carousel we went to Mickey's PhilharMagic. That did not go well. Beatrix doesn't like loud, dark, or storms. PhilharMagic hit the trifecta and we departed before the show finished. Fortunately It's a Small World was close at hand as a palate cleanser.
But I didn't learn from the experience and we took her on The Haunted Mansion. She made it through but made it known she did not want to do it again. Ever.
Then it was time to make our way back to the castle for lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table. Beatrix got to meet Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Belle, and Aurora. And it didn't hurt that the food and service were great.
We decided to go back to our room to change out of our sweaty clothes and relax a bit before going to Hollywood Studios. But that took just shy of forever because today was the day President Obama came to Disney World to speak at the NALEO Conference. And of course his motorcade came through ride as we got on the bus back to the hotel. I like our President but I was not happy with him today. It took us an hour to get back.
But we did eventually get back and take some time to rest and relax. Then it was out to Hollywood Studios. We did the Voyage of the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast before having dinner at Pizza Planet. (ProTip for dads: they've got Yuengling on tap at Pizza Planet.)
I hit the newly re-done Star Tours after dinner and by then we all agreed that it had been a long enough day and we needed showers and sleep. We went back to the room (again) and called it a day.
Here's hoping we can cross a few more things off the list than we did today.