Now, I need to preface this by saying that when Tom and I go to Disney World, we try to save money where we can. We stay at a Value Resort, (which isn't much of a burden, since I honestly think Art of Animation is more fun than the more expensive ritzy resorts) we pack a suitcase with breakfast foods, snacks, and sandwiches for lunches, and only eat one meal out a day. Generally, this works pretty well for us, but by the start of our 7th day of no cereal, mostly granola, apples, and pb&j sandwiches, we were READY oh so READY for an all you can eat breakfast buffet on our final morning.
Our reservations were for 8:05, and we got there just in time. We only waited for a few minutes outside before being called in, but it was long enough to photograph this adorable hidden Mickey in the water on the porch.
And take a picture in front with my Piglet Disneybound outfit on.
"Disneybounding" is when you wear a normal outfit that isn't quite a costume, but reminds everyone of a character. Some are more overt than others, and when we decided to do the Pooh and Friends breakfast buffet so I could meet Piglet, I knew I wanted to try to put together a Piglet Disneybound ensemble. A thorough search of Ebay produced this knit bandage dress, and I made the Piglet clip-in ears from felt to finish off the idea. I knew that in Florida, even in October, I wouldn't be able to wear a knit dress all day, but I wanted to wear it for as long as I could.
We sat down at our table, and it was really only a few moments later that my favorite Disney animal character came up to our table!!!
I struggle with anxiety, and Piglet is an inspiration to me. I love how even though he's timid and afraid quite often, his friends always support him and don't mind.
Tom took this below picture, which is a serious contender for my favorite picture of our whole entire trip.
We heaped up our plates with Poohs Puffed French Toast, Breakfast Lasagna, fresh fruit, delicious eggs, and much more. We ate until we were stuffed to the gills, and inbetween plates, we met more characters.
Like Pooh Bear!
And sad Eeyore....
Here we were crouched down like we were trying to jump. We knew better by now than to attempt an actual jumping picture.
We were there long enough that all the characters came around for a second time. I got another hug from Tigger.
And Tom asked him to pose alone for pictures for our friend Dave.
This one made me explode with giggles when Tom showed it to me on his phone.
Pooh Bear also posed alone.
On our way out, I took a picture next to the Piglet topiary at the entrance. What a great morning experience!!!
We waited in line to get Aurora's signature on my hat. She was the last character meeting in the Magic Kingdom who I wasn't sure if I'd get or not (I knew I had a fast pass for later to meet Anna and Elsa)
Right after Aurora I changed out of the knit dress into my Frozen skater dress from Hot Topic instead. I knew we were meeting Anna and Elsa later, so it was appropriate, and it was the most comfortable thing I wore all week. Yay! More skater dresses with leggings at next year's trip, please!
Our first fast pass of the day was to meet Talking Mickey in his regular, non-Halloween outfit. As we were standing in the room waiting for him, the group ahead of us told the attendant that they were from Colombia. He told Mickey, and Mickey said "Oh, Colombia! Gosh, I've been working on my Spanish. Let me give it a try." He then said something (no idea) in Spanish, and they all cheered. Even when they were posing for pictures, he said "Digan Cheese!" instead of "Say Cheese!"
Talking Mickey is amazing.
On our turn, the attendant said "Look Mickey, they're celebrating their anniversary!"
"Gosh, congratulations on your anniversary! What's your secret?"
"We model our love after you and Minnie!"
"Aw, that's great. I'll have to remember that! Let's pose for a picture. You stand here, I'll stand in the middle, but don't let me come between you!"
Next we were in line to meet the Fairy Godmother. Again, she's a character who switches out with other characters at the location, and the Tremaines were meeting there when we arrived. Like with Chip and Dale, we joined the line, and when we got to the front, we just let other people pass ahead of us until we were first in line for the Fairy Godmother. I had her sign the very top of the hat so that she could overlook all the characters.
Next it was time for our second fast pass, meeting Anna and Elsa and giving out my last two necklaces. The sisters got the same matching design. Elsa's side has a snowflake, and Anna's has a sunflower, as we found out she loves sunflowers in their "Frozen Fever" short.
Full credit for the center image goes to Davidkawena of DeviantArt. Most of my necklaces were a combination of reference sources and my own work, but this image of Anna and Elsa is fully his work, just drawn onto the necklaces by me.
From all the videos I'd seen of their set up, I knew they no longer met together, but I always saw Anna on the left and Elsa on the right (first and second). Instead, we met Elsa first, and she was delightful.
Anna was next, and I was surprised to find that even though she's my favorite sister, I liked our meeting with Elsa better. Anna was fine, I just was pleased to note that Elsa was so warm and friendly. Usually on some days, Elsa acts rather queenly and can come off as cold and aloof, but not this day!
I had to ask Anna if we could take a "Fetchingly draped against the wall" shot. (I've seen her do this before and I admittedly love it)
And with that....this final day's final post has to become a two parter as well, because we tried to cram as much as humanly possible (especially while I was battling a cold) on our last day in the Magic Kingdom.
Next, part 2 of our final day, including more Mine Train! Light up ears! Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! Seven Dwarfs! And Hocus Pocus!