Day 3 started bright and early. We had to be at Magic Kingdom by 8am (preferably a littler earlier) because on the evening of day 2 Hailey received this surprise invitation:
(It says: “Your royal presence is requested on August 27th at 8:00am at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. You will come in as a girl and leave as a princess!”
Hailey has never done Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and her reaction was priceless- she was soooo happy!
She also received this invitation for breakfast:
She was so excited it took her a little while to settle down to go to sleep.
So, we got up nice and early and I peeked outside, hoping not to see any rain since we were supposed to be getting rain that day due to Hurricane Issac. It wasn’t raining when I got up… we got all ready to go and when we walked out our door it was raining, and it was raining hard. This was the only day of the trip I cared if it rained. I had visions of Hailey in her princess dress with her princess hair-do, walking around the park all day, getting compliments from the Cast Members. It wasn’t a passing shower either, it was one that I knew was going to stick around. I was disappointed, but I realize there are much worse things in life, so I got over it pretty quickly. We were in Disney World, after all And a rainy day at Disney is better than a sunny day at home. So we put on our ponchos and set out to have a wonderful day.
We arrived a little bit before 8am to a nice, empty park. You can’t tell in the picture, but it was still raining. There weren’t any photopass photographers out taking pictures, so we didn’t get our family picture in the empty park.
I still had to get a couple of castle pictures. One can never have too many pictures of the castle.
We arrived at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and checked in for Hailey’s appointment.
She was so excited to be getting her hair done.
Rich seemed just as excited as Hailey hahahaha… Hunter was looking at a map, planning out our day. And I think Ariel was watching Rich to see what he thought about sitting there watching Hailey get her hair done. (As a side note, Ariel was all wet from being in the rain and one of the Fairy Godmothers In-Training said, “Oh, look she must have just come from the ocean, she’s all wet.” I just love how they are always ready with things like that to say.)
Hailey enjoying her pampering session by her Fairy Godmothers In-Training I actually wasn’t sure how much she was going to like it because she hates getting her hair brushed. There are tears every day when I brush her hair, so I hoped she was enjoying herself. Later in the day Hailey said to me, “Mom, I didn’t like getting my hair done.” I said, “You didn’t? Why not?” She said, “Because I loved it!”
Just a bit of fairy dust.
My beautiful princess! (I missed the part where Hailey picked her hairstyle. I would have tried to encourage one of the other hair-dos. She picked this one because she wanted her hair to look like Rapunzel’s, since she was wearing the Rapunzel wedding dress. She was very happy with how it turned out.)
We still had time before our breakfast reservation, so we decided to see if we could get any rides in Fantasyland done. The park wasn’t open yet, so we waited under the edge of the castle for the park to open. When it did we went right to Peter Pan. We got to be the first ones to ride it! Yay!! I didn’t take any pictures though. Maybe I was so excited about being the first ones that I forgot. Or maybe we were all soaking wet from the rain. I don’t know which one it was. After that we went to Pooh, but the ride was closed because there was some flooding. It was raining very hard, so we decided to just go check in for our breakfast reservation.
While we were waiting in line for Hailey’s picture with Cinderella, Hailey noticed Gus and Jaq up near the ceiling. I have never noticed them before, so I had to take a picture.
Cinderella and Hailey
I might be biased, but I’m pretty sure she is the most beautiful little girl ever
Hunter got a sword and Hailey got a wand at breakfast. Hunter was asleep, so Hailey decided to play with his sword. She is so full of personality!
Making a wish… she didn’t tell me what she wished for. Last year she told me she wished for a puppy, which she didn’t get, so I guess she thought she’d better keep her wish a secret this time.
I had the Cream-Cheese Stuffed French Toast. It was sooooo delicious!! Rich had the Traditional Breakfast, which looked good, but not as good as mine
Hailey loved her french toast sticks.
Then it was time to meet some princesses!
I love how Hailey is looking at Snow White in this picture. She looks up to all the princesses like that. Hailey asked Snow White if she is afraid to eat apples. Snow White said, “Oh, no… now why would I be afraid to eat apples? But I only eat the green ones. The red ones make me sleepy.”
Hailey and Aurora. Hailey asked her if she preferred her pink or blue dress. She said, “I just love both colors so much that I can’t decide. Whatever makes my fairy godmothers happy, makes me happy.”
Ariel was quite pleased to the see the doll of herself.
Hunter slept through all of breakfast and didn’t meet any princesses. It made for a nice peaceful breakfast, but I had hoped to get to see his reaction to them.
Hailey and Belle… she asked Belle what her favorite book is. Belle told her it’s hard to pick since she loves books so much, but that she would choose Sleeping Beauty as her favorite book.
After breakfast it was still pouring out so we decided that Hailey should change out of her Rapunzel dress so it wouldn’t get ruined. Once she was changed we went off to get some rides done.
Hailey with her opera glasses on at Mickey’s Philharmagic
Hailey trying to pull the sword from the stone.
Next up we went on Pooh, with no wait time at all.
Rich and Hailey went on the tea-cups… I can’t do that ride! Once again- no wait.
Look at how empty the park was!! It was wonderful. Although I was disappointed that it was raining, we were able to just walk on to the rides, so it was worth it.
Next we went on Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin… again- we walked right on.
Rich and Hunter working to defeat Zurg.
After the Buzz ride we got in line to meet Buzz. While we were in line the rain stopped! Woo Hoo!!
Buzz and Hailey
Hunter laughing at Buzz
Next up we went to the Laugh Floor… I’m always so nervous they’re going to pick on me in the show. Rich got on camera as the guy who was going to buy churros for everyone hahaha. After the Laugh Floor, Rich and Hailey went on Stitch. Then we were walking by Dumbo and saw it only had a 10 minute wait. Since it’s the new Dumbo ride we had to check it out.
This was inside the queue. But if you wanted to play on the playground you had to get out of line to go play, then get back in line when done playing. While that does make sense to me (can’t have people saving spots in line), I don’t see how they can call it an interactive queue since you have to get out of line to do it. Anyways- we skipped the playground, but I had to take a picture of it.
New Dumbo ride
Me and Hunter riding Dumbo
Hailey was thrilled the the Barnstormer has re-opened. There was only a 10 minute wait, so Hailey and Rich went on. She loved it! I’m pretty sure that’s the shortest ride in all of Disney World. Maybe they should go around the track twice to make it a little longer.
This is part of the new water play area in the Storybook Circus. There wasn’t any water on this day, probably because it had been raining.
We made a little stop at Storybook Treats so Rich and Hailey could have a sundae. I saved my snack credit for a Dole Whip… yummy!!
Hailey and I went on the Haunted Mansion (Hunter was napping, so Rich stayed with him.) There was no one in line at all for the Haunted Mansion. Kinda spooky
On our way to get my Dole Whip… see how empty the park is. It was wonderful!!
Next off we went over to do Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. The plan was to get fastpasses… but they only had 10 minute waits, so we were able to just ride. We did grab fastpasses for Splash just in case the line got long while we were riding Thunder Mountain.
Hailey and Rich went on Thunder Mountain Railroad first. She had never ridden before as she did not want to try it last year. She loved it!!
Then Hailey and I went on it since there was still a 10 minute wait.
I think she liked it
Next Rich and Hailey rode Splash Mountain and it still only had a 10 minute wait. When they got off, Hailey and I rode- still a short wait but we decided to just use our fastpasses anyways. When we got almost to the end of the ride, it stopped. We waited and waited. Finally the Cast Members were walking around and I was kind of hoping we’d have to walk off the ride- I’ve never gotten to do that before. They made the announcement we had to walk off and I was a little excited. Hailey was sad though… even though we were almost at the end of the ride she wasn’t happy that we weren’t getting to finish the ride.
Standing next to our log, waiting to walk off, sad that we didn’t finish the ride.
Walking out of the ride.
After this they told everyone no more pictures because we were going back stage. (They actually said they would delete pictures if any were taken… not sure how true that is, but I put my camera away.)
When we left they gave us these fastpasses to use at a later time. We decided to save them for our last day since that day (Sunday before Labor day) tends to be the busiest day of our trip.
We rode Pirates of the Caribbean next and Hailey had a sword fight with the Cast Member on our way to get in our boat.
Waiting in line to meet the fairies, Hunter got to try out his sword.
Hailey and Rosetta
Hailey and Tinkerbell… Hailey told Tink that she saw Peter Pan with Wendy. Tinkerbell puffed up her cheeks like she does when she is mad and said, “Now why would you tell me that? I thought we were friends… but he still likes me better than Wendy, right?” Of course Hailey agreed that Peter likes Tink better hahaha
Next we rode the Haunted Mansion, which still had no wait.
We ate at Columbia Harbour House for dinner. I had the Anchor’s Aweigh Sandwich, and it was yummy!
After dinner Hailey wanted to go on Thunder Mountain Railroad again, so Rich took her on it. Splash Mountain was still closed from earlier, of we would have went on that again too. It wasn’t all that late yet, but we had gotten a lot done due to the non-existent lines, so we decided to head back to our resort to relax.
On our way out we saw the princesses had no wait so Hailey wanted to see if Rapunzel was there, and she was.
First up a little dance with Cinderella
Posing with Belle
Rapunzel and Hailey discussed how Rapunzel keeps her hair from getting too snarly. Rapunzel told her that she brushes it a lot, all through out the day and that Pascal helps her too.
We got back to our resort and relaxed. We were in bed by 9pm, which has to be a record for us while in Disney World!
Hailey’s favorites of the day: Rides- Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain, Character- Rosetta.