We are always looking for something fun to do on our resort day. Something unique but easy and free is always good! Aside from swimming and exploring our own resort, Polynesian Village, I wanted something super fun but close so we didn’t have to drive or take the bus anywhere. I knew we had to take the monorail over to the Grand Floridian so I could visit one of my favorite stores - Basin White - for a Mickey Bath Bomb! That helped me figure it out! We would go to the Grand Floridian for the ‘Magical Moment’!
I don’t have a princess but I do have the most charming little prince!! We arrived at the Grand Floridian around 3:20pm and headed up to M. Mouse Mercantile on the second floor. There were no other prince or princesses there yet but there was the sweetest Cast Member who filled us in on what happens at this most royal event!
Parents are welcome to stay with their kids or go downstairs to the lobby to take pictures as they walked down the stairs and danced. At 3:35pm, the royal staff would come and walk the kids over to take a photo. Cinderella and Prince Charming came out as the kids were lined up and posed for pictures with the group - by this time there were about 20 kids there and ready to participate. There is a PhotoPass Photographer there to capture the magic. He passed out PhotoPass cards that we linked to our My Disney Experience account. (He does not scan individual magic bands) We received all the pictures from the event on this card.
After pictures, Cinderella and Prince Charming led the kids down the main staircase. (I ran down the smaller staircase and sat on the little platform in between the 2 large white balls in the lobby – we were told this was the best seat in the house since the prince and princess would dance right in front of us).
The kids were adorable following the royal couple down the staircase and then everyone was invited to dance. My little one was especially excited to dance with me until Cinderella came and cut in!! Yes!! The princess herself walked over and asked to dance with my little prince! I was thrilled and couldn’t grab the camera fast enough to record this magical moment! He, on the other hand, needs to know things beforehand so he danced with her with a stunned look on his face the whole time J After the dance, she curtsied and let him know he should bow. It was adorable. Our royal hosts mingled for another few minutes and then left to attend their next royal engagement.
It was a super fun half hour or so that we spent enjoying this Magical Moment! I highly recommend taking the time to bring your little princess or prince to experience this!
I would love to help you plan more magical moments for your vacation!