Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Royal Adventure: A Bedtime Story

Once upon a time in a faraway land there were three beautiful princesses. One day their parents, the King and Queen, announced that they were to take a journey to a Magic Kingdom far, far away.

The princesses patiently (mostly) awaited the great day when they would being their grand adventure.  The King set out first, promising to meet the Queen and Princesses at their destination. They boarded a magical flying coach, where they enjoyed fancy beverages and individually packaged snacks served to them by the friendliest attendants in the skies, and eagerly spread their new stories, crayons, and coloring books on the fancy tray tables to help them pass the time.  The magical royal potties on the flying coach also provided excellent diversion.

Upon their arrival in the new land, they were met, as promised, by the handsome King in a wonderfully large rental chariot and taken to the castle that would become their home away from home. They were soon joined by the Royal Grandparents, and the adventures began in earnest.

Being environmentally conscious princesses, the next morning they walked the short distance to the Magic Kingdom.

Once there, they discovered it truly is the happiest place on earth, and they spent two glorious days enjoying the local attractions.

Their first stop was a fast-paced journey around and through the Matterhorn Mountain, where they narrowly escaped an attack by a frightening snow monster. This ride proved to be an immediate hit with Princess Vicki, but was not enjoyed as much by Princesses Lexi or Ellie. However, permanent scarring was avoided by a journey through It’s a Small World, and crisis was averted.

As is customary for visiting Princes and Princesses, they attempted to pull the enchanted sword from the stone, but, alas, did not succeed (unlike their uncle, Prince Robbie, who did actually succeed back in the late 80’s and was so surprised that he promptly dropped the sword back into the stone. Robbie, if you have that picture, I’d LOVE to see it again.)

They even met a couple of fairies.

Among the other attractions they visited were the Teacups, renowned far and wide for their nausea-inducing fun,

the psychedelically blacklit Peter Pan’s Flight, the Royal Grandfather-soaking Splash Mountain, that magical journey into space known as Star Tours, and they even did battle with the Pirates of the Caribbean. They also visited the Royal Grandmother’s childhood love, the Magic Tiki Room, and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, which became Princess Ellie’s favorite.

Fortunately for the princesses, at this time of year the Magic Kingdom is not a bustling place, so they were able to enjoy many, many attractions. The Queen, who had been to this wonderful Kingdom many times in her childhood, was shocked to find that the wait for attractions such as Star Tours and Pirates of the Caribbean was no longer than 5 minutes. Unfortunately, however, it was also the season for minor repairs, and so the thrilling Space Mountain and the chilling Haunted Mansion were closed.

The second day the princesses ventured outside the Magic Kingdom to explore the neighboring California Adventure, where they were able to visit A Bug’s Land and Soarin’ Over California, have a good old western shootout in Toy Story Mania, and Princess Vicki experienced  the thrills of California Screamin’.

This is also the land where they were fortunate enough to dine with several other princesses.

Following this royal feast, there was time for a few more royal attractions, an amazing fireworks show, and the purchase of royal souvenirs (a baby Simba for Princess Ellie, a baby Pongo and a personalized parasol for Princess Lexi, and a lightsaber for Princess Vicki) before the princesses had to return to the royal castle and recover from their adventures.

Stay tuned for more installments of The Adventures of the Three Princesses, including A Day at the BeachA Visit to Walnut Village, and Shamu Loves to Splash: a Sea World Adventure.


  1. It looks like you had a good vacation! I love California but have never been to Disneyland.

  2. Oh my goodness, that really was a magical adventure! I'm sorry Haunted Mansion was closed! That would have made me cry and I'm 32!

  3. Oh, what fun! Ah, what memories! Can't wait for the next installment!

    Lots of love,

    Mom/Grandma Youngberg

  4. We saw Grandma and Grandpa's pictures last night. Mom kept saying that it was absolutely the perfect vacation. Glad it turned out so well.

  5. I am so jealous!!! Looks like way too much fun. And you crack me up, I love how you wrote this post.

  6. It's true. I pulled the sword out of the stone.

    I pulled and it came up a few inches. Maybe it was the surprise of it all, maybe I thought I wasn't supposed to, but anyway, I dropped it!! Oh well.

  7. I <3 Disneyland and California Adventure. You're making me SO SO SO envious right now. Keep it up!! :)

  8. I can't wait until Porter is old enough to really enjoy Disneyland! Looks like everyone had an awesome time.


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