Today we went to Epcot on our own. It was the first time that we visited a Disney park by ourselves and also the first time that Rich and the kids had been to Epcot. It was another unbearably hot day but we made the most of it.
Tinkerbelle is Kathryn’s favorite character. She has been obsessed with her since she was 2 (5 years and counting!). The girls informed me prior to the trip that they were too old to dress in Princess costumes this trip but Kathryn still wanted to look like Tinkerbelle. We found her a new shirt (she already has about 8 Tink shirts) and experimented until we figured out how to do ‘tink hair’.
We rode a few rides and then headed out to find Tink. It turns out that she is only available for meet and greets for a very short period of time. We got into line at 9:40 for an 11 meeting. After 2 more people got in line behind us they closed the line and said from that time, people could line up for the 1pm meet! They only allowed about 20 people in each line too! For any other character, I would have convinced the kids to skip it but knowing how special Tink is to Kath, we waited. I sent Rich, Lauren and Zack off to do something else and they came back about an hour later. It was hot in that line!
Kathryn was a great sport and soon it was our turn. It was well worth the wait because we got nearly 10 minutes one-on-one with Tinkerbelle! She talked about her fairy friends, and ‘Tinkered’ around the forest.
As we left that area, I pulled Kathryn aside and with tears in my eyes I asked her if she enjoyed her special time with Tinkerbelle. At this point big, fat happy tears started to fall. I went on to talk about how special Tink is to her and how exciting this moment was for me to watch blah, blah, blah. By now, I was really crying. I gave her a hug and asked her if this was the most special moment to date in her life. She shrugged and said “yeah, it was cool”. I can’t believe what a dork I was. LOL
Zack and I found a spot in the shade while Rich and the girls rode Test Track. He was quite entertained with the Pez that I had packed.
We cooled off in the sprinklers before heading to Mexico for lunch.
In Morocco we cooled off with a delicious slush.
In France, I treated myself to a Gran Marnier Lemonade Slush. It was FANTASTIC!
The kids loved Epcot and they can’t wait to go back and see more!