The story is a bit overdue, but better late then never! My first visit to Disney World was in 1996 – I was in first grade at the time. The thing I was most excited about was getting to meet Cinderella. Knowing this, my mom and dad arranged breakfast at Cinderella Castle on our last day so I could meet my favorite princess.
I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the whole time we ate as I awaited her arrival. I met Peter Pan, Pocahontas, and just about every other character but still no Cinderella. Then finally she appeared at my table, more beautiful than I imagined. But to my dismay, she left! She eventually came back and I was able to get my hug, signature, and picture, and was good to go.
I remember asking my parents why Cinderella left me right after she got to my table, and it was because there was a proposal at that very moment. Little did I know, that 14 years later, on October 15, 2010, I would be getting proposed to in the same exact place, and that the same thing probably happened to some other little girl waiting to meet her favorite princess. I guess my patience (if you can call it that) paid off in the end as my dream came true.
I will never forget my first visit to Cinderella Castle or the visit in 2010 when I got a fairy-tale engagement. My prince went above and beyond anything I ever dreamed of, and now I have a memory to cherish forever.
For the last seven years or so my family has gone to Disney World at least once a year, my parents go even when us kids, now adults, can’t. However, this November, the whole family is going and I can’t wait. I’m just now realizing that while we are there, my husband and I will be celebrating six months of marriage on the same day that Be Our Guest opens in the new Fantasyland. That’s one of the things I love most about Disney – there’s always something to celebrate. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth visit, you can still celebrate who you’re with and the memories you’ll make.