When I think of Disney, some of the first things to come to mind are the Disney Princesses. From the original Snow White, all the way to Anna and Elsa, these ladies have sparked imagination, creativity and bravery is so many.
My personal favorite princess, Belle, taught me so many lessons as a child. She taught me to stand up for and protect the ones I love. She taught me to be independent and follow my own path. She taught me to seek adventure. She taught me that beauty is only skin deep. And most of all, she taught me that it was okay to love books and reading.
As a child (and still to this day) I was a book worm. While other kids craved being outside to run around and ride bikes, I craved a comfortable chair and a good book. I spent hours devouring the Box Car Children, Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Harry Potter series, and so many more. Belle taught me it was okay to be excited and enamored by libraries.
Anyways, I digress….
Traveling to Disney with a Princess lover can be such a magical experience. If you are planning a vacation with a Princess lover in tow, check out these activities and tips to help enhance your royal vacation.
Where to Stay
Any Walt Disney World Resort will offer a magical experience, but if you are looking to bring some Princess joy into your stay, consider staying at a resort that caters its theming to the Disney Princesses.
The Little Mermaid Rooms at Art of Animation are great for fans of Ariel! Art of Animation is considered a Value Resort at Walt Disney World, however, expect to pay a little more for the Little Mermaid rooms, as they are in high demand.
If a moderate resort is more your speed, consider the Royal Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. If you are traveling with a Tiana fan, these rooms are sure to delight!
I absolutely love the rich colors used in the design here. Paired with the dark wood tones and gold accents, these rooms are truly made for a Princess.
Want to go all out with the royal treatment? Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is the ultimate in Princess style.
Grand Floridian is known for making all guest feel like Royalty and this resort puts you in the heart of some Princess parties and activities that I will talk about in just a bit.
Visiting the Parks
Here I will break down my favorite activities for Princess lovers at each park. While this is most definitely not a completely inclusive list, this should provide a great starting point for planning your park days.
All of the parks at Walt Disney World offer something special for Princes lovers. Magic Kingdom is perhaps the mecca of Disney Princesses. I mean, Cinderella does have her castle smack dab in the middle of it!
Meet your Favorite Princesses – ask a Cast Member for a complete list of updated locations and times:
- Head to Princess Fairytale Hall to meet Cinderella and Rapunzel, or Anna and Elsa (there are two separate lines depending on who you would like to meet). Make sure to grab your FastPasses early for these special interactions.
- Meet Jasmine in Adventureland
- Meet Tiana in Liberty Square
- Meet Merida in Fantasy Land
- Meet Ariel at Ariel’s Grotto in Fantasyland
- Meet Snow White on Main Street USA
Festival of Fantasy Parade – all of your favorite Princesses can be seen in the Festival of Fantasy Parade. Rapunzel, Merida, and Ariel even have their own floats! Other Princesses include Cinderella, Belle, Sleeping Beauty and more. The parade runs most days at three o’clock.
Main Street Electrical Parade – during this night-time parade you can see Cinderella and her Prince all decked out in glowing lights.
Themed Attractions – the Princesses are so beloved that many have their own attractions.
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Prince Charming Regal Carousel
Bibbity Bobbity Boutique – located in Cinderella Castle – “Share the fun as your little one enjoys a resplendently royal head-to-toe transformation. With the wave of a magic wand—plus a few hands-on tricks of the trade—our Fairy Godmothers-in-Training will pamper and primp your child until they’re storybook stunning: ready to dance at the ball or gallop off on epic adventures. It’s all in a day’s work at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, owned by Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and operated by her skilled apprentices.” Disneyworld.disney.go.com
Cinderella’s Royal Table – “Cinderella makes your acquaintance in the majestic Grand Hall, before you ascend a spiral staircase to the banquet hall above. (A gilded elevator is also available to transport you to the festivities.) Then, dine in a storybook setting surrounded by soaring stone archways, majestic medieval flags and spectacular stained-glass windows overlooking Fantasyland. During your time inside the castle, visit with classic Disney Princesses. Tiaras and glittering gowns are optional, although young Guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.” – Disneyworld.disney.go.com
Be Our Guest – “Be Our Guest offers 3 meticulously imagineered dining areas, each designed to immerse our Guests in the heartwarming mystery and romance of Beauty and the Beast. Each room is exquisite—but which best befits your royal visit? All 3 venues share the same menu, so whichever you choose, you cannot lose!” – Disneyworld.disney.go.com
- The Grand Ballroom – Go for baroque in this magnificent ballroom with its high, domed ceiling, chandeliers and snow-laced Gothic arches.
- The West Wing – Dine in the Beast’s mysterious West Wing study—if you dare—and perhaps you’ll even spy his enchanted rose.
- The Castle Gallery – Get swept up in the romance of Belle’s private library, and inspired by the larger-than-life figures of Belle and Beast dancing.
Meet Your Favorite Princesses
- Meet Belle in France
- Meet Snow White in Germany
- Meet Jasmine in Morocco
- Meet Mulan in China
- Frozen Ever After – replacing what was once “Maelstrom” in the Norway pavilion. This new Frozen themed boat ride is slated to open on June 21, 2016.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – “Her Highness the Queen is holding a feast in honor of the world’s best-loved Storybook Princesses—and you’re invited! Dine in a medieval castle as Disney Princesses and Friends mingle with Guests to give autographs and pose for pictures.” – Disneyworld.disney.go.com
Hollywood Studios may be undergoing some construction, but you can still fulfill your royal dreams here!
Meet Your Favorite Princesses
- Meet Sofia the First in the Animation Courtyard
Fantasmic! – “Witness a show that brings together favorite Disney heroes, princesses and villains! But when the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs gathers Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Scar and a larger-than-life Maleficent to turn Mickey’s dreams into a nightmare, leave it to Mickey and the power of imagination to save the day.” – Disneyworld.disney.go.com
- Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage
- For the First Time in Forever – Frozen Sing-Along
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom has made some major improvements over the last year, including adding new nighttime experiences. However the park is severely lacking in Princess power.
Meet your Favorite Princesses
- Meet Pocahontas in Discovery Island
Experiences Outside of the Parks
From Dining to make-overs, you can find even more of the Disney Princesses outside of the Parks. Here are my top picks!
1900 Park Fare – Located in Grand Floridian, Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner is sure to be a memorable experience for any Princess lover.
“Enjoy an enchanting buffet dinner as the honored Guest of Cinderella and Prince Charming! The Princess’ storybook friends join in the festivities as you have a ball dining on delectable seafood, salad, pasta and beef specialties. The culinary selections are representative of several “kingdoms” from around the globe and include such kid-friendly fare as chicken, cheese pizza and macaroni and cheese.” – Disneyworld.disney.go.com
Perfectly Princess Tea – Also at Grand Floridian (see why I chose this as a resort option?), young princesses and princes can enjoy music, dancing, and storytelling during this tea party.
“Rose Petal, a magical rose from Aurora’s garden, has come alive to host the party, leading a special princess parade, storytelling and sing-alongs. At this stately celebration, Princess Aurora herself may also make an appearance, so be sure to bring your cameras and autograph books. Encouraged to dress as their favorite Disney Princess, young royals sip apple juice “tea” and feast on heart-cut jelly sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches, grapes and Princess Cake.” – Disneyworld.disney.go.com
Bibbity Bobbity Boutique – this royal make-over can also be found at World of Disney in Disney Springs.
I hope this guide has helped you to plan a Princess-perfect Walt Disney World Vacation. If you are travelling with a Princess lover, you can be sure to find royal adventures across all of Walt Disney World! Disney is the master of providing customized details for their guest and as I’ve shown here, you can tailor your resort, park days, and dining experiences to suite your own princess.
Are you traveling with a Disney Princess lover? What are you most looking forward to sharing with them? Let me know your thoughts and questions in the comments.
* Big thank you to Disneyworld.disney.go.com for all the pictures and princess-perfect information!