-It Takes People To Make The Dream A Reality- DCP Summer 2018 Highlights Trip Report! (NEW 3/17!)

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  1. missangelalexis

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    Congrats on getting back into the DCP! So so happy for you!!:goodvibes

    I love that Redd recognized you, looks like you had a blast with her! You met so many characters in one day! Love it!
     
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  2. PlutosRHM55

    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Thank you so much! :teeth:

    I actually just moved the date of my arrival to the 3rd so I can appease the masses and make my college commencement so yes, December, come find me lol And the updates will be coming often, whether on my social media or... maybe a trip report...

    Thanks so much!! :goodvibes

    She is so much fun. Overall, it was such a great day for characters. Great preface to an evening of work.
     
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    Moved up to May 3rd?? Well, then I'll look for you in May after all!
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    June 3rd so I won't be there in May or if I am it will be at the end so we'll have to wait until December unfortunately :/
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Thank you all for the congratulations and love towards my CP! I changed it in my last post but it came a day or two after I changed it, but I'm now arriving on June 3rd not May 20th. So I most likely won't be in Disney in May at all, but I will starting in June. Also with the latest announcement from Disney on Galaxy's Edge, I'll be there for the opening of that! So exciting! Cannot wait!

    So much excitement going on and look at this exciting chapter I have cooked up:

    A Day Destined To Be Magical
    7/11/18: I Got To Tour Walt's Apartment!

    I'm sure you see the title of the day and YEAH, this day was FABULOUS. So fabulous, I once again can't put in chronological order even more so than past days. Yeah, THAT MAGIFABULOUS. I know the day started off later than most. I was starting to sleep in more and more so I ended up arriving at Disneyland later than usual. I think. I don't know, all I know is that today would be a character photography day.

    Before that, I had to check out Downtown Disney to see how things with the Cinderella spirit jersey were going.

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    Obviously me with spirit jerseys is dangerous, even while wearing one that I love and still wear daily and will spend hours trying to remove stains when they happen. Ugh but I still need more.

    ANYWAYS, Cinderella spirit jersey was still out of stock so I made my way into Disneyland after that adventure. I looked at the Disneyland app to see who was out and saw that Jasmine would be hanging out. I had yet to get photos of her so I decided to go grab a spot in line to wait for her. Lucky I did because the wait was already long when I got there and she was yet to be out. Entertainment wasn't hard to find. NEVER is.

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    Then, eventually it was time to say hello to the feistiest princess in lands beyond Agrabah and get some glamour shots.

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    After a brilliantly lit photoshoot, I decided I should go visit the Hall. I believe the wait wasn't long and I was ushered in to see Ariel who was very excited after a fabulous meet the previous day. Of course, this meant a selfie.

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    Then, the photoshoots began!

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    Overall, pretty standard and lovely visit to the Hall. Ariel and Snow were the most fun. Cindy wasn't feeling me that day, I mean, I visit a lot and I have plenty of photos of her so she wasn't giving it her all. That's ok, we sometimes have bad days. I sure do.

    After leaving the Hall, I realized it had been awhile since I had been on Guardians. What better day than today to go ride. However, I had to make sure the time of the FP didn't conflict with my tour of Walt's apartment. I quickly made my way over to DCA and made it to Guardians to see a) FPs were available and b) did not conflict with the time of my tour. HALLELUYER!

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    I still had time to kill before the tour soooo what to do next?

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  7. KathyM2

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    Do they still have this at DLR?? I had wanted to try this at DHS but never got a chance before they closed it...

    Love your princess pics!!
     
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  8. missjackiemcg

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    Well, rats again.

    Gah! Touring Walt's apartment...seriously #goals
     
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    Great pics of the ladies, especially the ones of Jasmine!!
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Yes, they do! It's at DCA in Hollywoodland, the same building as the Frozen M&G and Turtle Talk. Set up is a bit different than FL in that they have a board telling you what characters they will be drawing all day and at what times, which is pretty great.

    Thank you! :teeth:

    I'll be working a lot in December or out and about seeing all the Christmas stuff so you will FOR SURE run across me then. Promise.

    Ugh, it's still so surreal to me. So excited to tell y'all all about it!

    Thanks so much! Jasmine was really servin it. :thumbsup2
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Just Some DCA & Disneyland Ping Pong
    7/11/18: I Got To Tour Walt's Apartment!

    I don't believe I had much else planned to do in DCA. Maybe I went into Animation Academy or down to the Pier. No photographic proof but I know I eventually went back to Disneyland. I believe I first stopped by the Wishing Well because it said Aurora was going to come out and I wanted some pics of the queen of the DLand Castle.

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    However, it turned out she wasn't going to be out and her set was cancelled. I believe Jasmine came out instead. I'd already met her earlier so I peaced out and decided to go visit the Hall. The Host mentioned Aurora was gonna be coming out later near parade time so I made note of that for late. For now, a stop by the Hall seemed like a fun idea. It was pretty dead over there since parade time was coming rather quickly especially since Jasmine came out later than expected. In line for the Hall, I made a friend since I knew nobody was in the Hall for photo taking today and I wanted photos this time. She was very excited and we helped each other out with photos and even were welcomed into each other's M&Gs in a way. Perfect new friendship.

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    I don't remember too too much about this meet minus Ariel and I excitedly talking about our mermaid squad and the colors of our tails. She always remembered about my rainbow sparkly one. She asked the woman I befriended what her tail was and she thought it was what she was wearing so she said black. Interesting convo, but not everyone is as experienced talking with princesses and mermaids like moi so we still had fun. I know Snow and Cindy were fun too but Ariel stood out once again. Love that mermaid queen.

    After being in the Hall for quite a bit of time, I managed to get out right as Aurora would be having her late set and the parade would be passing by so I snuck around to the Wishing Well and there she was with only a few other groups ahead. She was absolutely lovely and the sun was even better for her than with Jasmine so the photoshoot was STELLAR.

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    After I finished up with Aurora, the time for my FP and my tour were coming up close. FP was first so I made a quick dash on back over to DCA so I could make it to the earliest possible time for my FP to make it back right on time for my tour. I was cutting it close but if I got there at the right time I'd make it and by some happenstance I planned it out just right to make it to the Collector's Fortress easy peasy.

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    Look at that row to myself judging all others. Bless that up. And as planned, I was in and out in no time and back on over to Disneyland. I had a little bit of time before I actually had to be out in front of the Firehouse so I took a quick bathroom break then just loitered around outside waiting for a what I thought at the time would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience...

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  12. missangelalexis

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    Perfect pics of Aurora!!
     
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    Love the Aurora pics! You must have been wiped out after all that running back and forth lol but worth it I'm sure!
     
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    Look at that row to myself judging all others. Bless that up. And as planned, I was in and out in no time and back on over to Disneyland. I had a little bit of time before I actually had to be out in front of the Firehouse so I took a quick bathroom break then just loitered around outside waiting for a what I thought at the time would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience...

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    :rotfl2: PEASANTS!!! HOW DARE YOU RIDE WITH THE KWEEN..princess:
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Thank you! :goodvibes

    Thank you! I actually wasn't. I was so used to running around the parks so much, it was like another day for me. Also, my job requires a lot of walking so that helps too.

    I KNOW RIGHT!! I should be happy with my own row but HOW DARE THEY
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    Nothing Feels Better Than Feeling That Close To Walt
    7/11/18: I Got To Tour Walt's Apartment!

    After pacing around the Firehouse and hearing the announcements for the second parade, I happened to run into Lindsey on her way to NOS for her shift. We said hi but didn't chat long since Becky, the manager of the DLRCP came out from backstage to corral all the CPs seeing the tour at this time. I wish Lindsey a good shift and went to her. Not long after Becky showed up, the VIP tour guides showed up to give us the tour. I wish I had remembered their names because they were super fabulous and super sweet. They gave us an introduction about Walt's Apartment then took us backstage and up the winding staircase near Main Street to the top. We weren't allowed to take photos while up there so I don't have a cute 360 photo collage of the place but I can tell you it is lovely.

    I don't remember all the factoids but I know it's very particularly decorated. Lillian had a specific affinity for certain types of trinkets and tchotchkes and so everything had to adhere to that style. I know part of that had to do with the gramophone in the room. I also know they had a special grilled cheese maker since that was Walt's favorite. I also remember them mentioning that the apartment was where the Mouseketeers had their green room on opening day of Disneyland.

    The tour guides also regaled us with the classic story of Walt's oil lamp in the window. If you don't know, here it is: Whenever Walt was in Disneyland back when he was alive, he would light the lamp to let guests know that he was there. When he passed, they constantly keep that lamp lit at all hours to ensure that Walt's spirit lives on. The only time it isn't in the window is when they put the Christmas tree in its spot around Christmastime. It still remains in the room at a side window and is constantly kept lit, but it's not seen until after the tree is taken down following the Christmas season. I've never seen but I'd really like to. I heard CMs are allowed up there during that season. More reason to come back, I guess hehe

    After getting to walk around and view the bathroom and other areas of the apartment, we got to take a quick photo of the group standing inside. You can only see my head but you can see I was there. Might be the only point of the photo?

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    After that, we headed out and down the spiral staircase back out front where the girl who gave her phone to the CMs airdropped us all the photos taken. After that, everyone split off and it was back to a day of me, myself and I. Took a few more photos to commemorate my special tour.

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    Honestly I don't think it really hit me yet that I got to do something THAT incredible. Like most have to spend an arm and a leg to get to do what I did and I essentially got to do it for free. I got to be in the most sacred place at Disneyland. That's... wow. No other words for it. A cherry on top for a day that really so far was going spectacularly. It really felt like I was finally making the same difference someone as legendary as Walt Disney was. Or was on the way to it. Pretty magical incredible feeling when it does hit you.

    After getting my bearings on that, I decided I would sneak past the parade crowds that were dispersing and go get some grub. Before I did, I ran into Rachel, another summer alum (the one that we liked), who was on her way to working at New Orleans Square. We didn't chat for long, mostly just asked how we were doing then went on our way. I decided to head to Fantasyland for whatever reason and when I got there I realized I'd never eaten at Red Rose Tavern. Time to check that off the list.

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    I don't remember much specifics about the CM I ordered with. She wasn't all that great. Frankly this was probably the one place in DLR I remember not having the nicest CMs consistently. There would be one or two who were super peppy but I know who I ordered with wasn't and not entirely competent at her job. At least not enough to have an attitude but she got my order and that was good because who was behind the counter was living her best life. She was super sweet and I think she complimented me on my shirt or my bag or whatever but we had a nice convo up until my food was out. So mad I forget her name and I didn't give a cast compliment to her.

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    The Beast's Burger, of course! I thought one little splurge wouldn't hurt. And I hadn't eaten at RRT so might as well tick this off.

    The place was fairly empty so I found a seat in a lovely spot.

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    Reminded me of Be Our Guest with their actual stained glass window. Red Rose Tavern is lovely but it def cannot compete with the theming at Magic Kingdom and all their BatB offerings around there. It really brought me back to my original home though and was a nice atmosphere especially with few people. Reminded me of all the QSs at DAK. Those rarely had a lot of people around. Could find peace and quiet there easy.

    Anyways, the burger... my thoughts? I enjoyed it. It was pretty hefty a burger and not of the most amazing quality but for someone who had been wandering a lot and not eaten it was EXACTLY what I needed and with that familiar atmosphere, it was even better. Also, who doesn't love some Disneyland french fries?

    After relaxing there, I continued on my way. I checked the time and realized it was getting close to Paint the Night so I thought I'd cut my day time Disneyland here and popped back on over to DCA. When I got there, I believe I headed back into the Marvel area but on the way I spotted Goofy out with his line not closed so I went to see him.

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    I'm so mad about these photos because this meet was SO FUN. I believe this might've been the last time I met Goofy of my program and he was an energizer bunny... dog... whatever. He was so hyped, gave me the biggest hug and after complimenting on his dance skills we even charleston'd together. GOOFY AND I CHARLESTON'D AND HIS HOST DIDN'T GET A VIDEO MUCH LESS A PHOTO. ONLY THE OTHER MOMENTS. Another reason why I'd be perfect as a host to avoid these situations.

    After bouncing off happily from the Goof and being disappointed by photos, I went back into the Marvel area. Not sure what I did here on this day. I think I truly did wander around DCA. I didn't have a set plan but I was happy in my happy place so that was enough to keep me floating. Even going through the loathsome Bugs Land (see ya never). I probably ended up at the Wharf for some bread and chocolate then the Pier and whatever. I'll just fast forward through all that to Paint The Night. I don't think it was a particularly special night for the parade but I think I was back in my usual spot and had a lovely fun viewing. All I could ask for. I'm guessing I also started my usual popcorn parade snack buying thing on this night. A tried and true tradition of mine.

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    Stunning.

    Back to Disneyland it was. I don't remember exactly what I did when I got there. I might've stopped to view the ending of the fireworks on Main Street cuz why not? Or did I watch them by NOS? I don't know. I know I stopped by to say hi to Lindsey not too long after at the Dress Shop.

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    I also played around in the Pirates store. I was really feeling this Redd-esque hat.

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    I might've ridden the Matterhorn or Space or Pirates or a combination of a bunch. Again, my memory is foggy but eventually it was time to head out but not before my nightly Main Street tradition.

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    What a most happy and perfect night to end with my puppy. He spent ample time with me on this evening and we got some adorable photos.

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    What a sweetie. Just what I needed before going out to wait for hours for the resort bus home. Ugh, this day was truly so magical. I'm not even sure writing about it truly describes how amazing this day was and how special it was. Walt was really present with me on this day. It is beyond explanation. It made me so appreciative of all the work I've been able to do for this company and how much I get to visit. I was so beyond excited, as I always am but even more so, of what awaited in the rest of my program. Obviously, something incredible.

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    I had goosebumps reading this whole part of your post. The thing that most makes me want to visit Disneyland is to walk the streets where Walt once walked, BUT getting to see his apartment is seriously next level. I cannot even imagine how incredible that must have felt.

    I didn't realize Walt had an affinity for grilled cheese--must be why I love it so much. Part of my Disney DNA :)

    I love that they do this to honor him. I'd love to see that.


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    That is absolutely the worst. Almost unforgivable really. and YES you would be amazing as a character host!!!!

    Oh, I see what you did there :)

    Orlandooooooo, I love you, Orlando!!!
     
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    So special getting to see Walt's Apartment! You will never forget that.

    Sounds like an awesome day!!
     
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    Great pics as always!!!
     
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    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    It was surreal. It didn't feel real and while realizing how small it is and how much you cannot do up in there is off-putting, I still didn't know what to do. It's really incredible to say now that I've been up there. You'll def have to get over there ASAP because his presence is really felt EVERYWHERE.

    He was a very simple type. Part of his charm.

    It gave me chills when I left the park at night to see it. :goodvibes

    I was so irritated. I don't get how these hosts don't know how to take photos. I know sometimes they have to be worried about a million things but... if you have the time to get photos you should get more than two.

    SEA WORLD AND DISNEY AND PUTT-PUTT GOLFIIIINNNNNGGGGG

    I will never ever forget. A truly memorable day.

    Thank you! :teeth:
     
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    Ripped Seams Are Meager Things By Comparison
    7/13/18: Millennial Pink and Moon Dust

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    I woke up like that.

    By the magic instilled in me, I finally revealed my true form on this day. Donned with some beautiful sparkle on cheeks, lips and eyes, wearing my Millennial Pink spirit jersey, I was in my full prime today. I was ready to slay the original Magic Kingdom in the best way. We love a day begun confidently.

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    I was hungry so I headed to the Coke Corner first to grab myself a cream cheese pretzel. It was here while I waited that I realized that the seam in my spirit jersey in my armpit was torn. Not even having been in the park that long or having that long, already ripped a seam. Well, too late to change and I looked fabulous so no reason to. I ordered my cream cheese pretzel walked outside and went about life.

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    Per usual, I stopped by the Hall first to say hi to all the lovelies there.

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    Cindy and I looked extra cute today. Not much else to say.

    When I left the Hall, I noticed Fairy Godmother was out in the Castle corridor so I went to go say hi to her. She hadn't recognized me since Florida but remembered me today. We had a nice little chat about my work and how much Disney meant to me. It very much touched her and she seemed very happy to hear all about what I was doing out in California. She asked if we wanted a photo but I asked if I could have some of just her, which she was more than happy to oblige.

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    She gave me a hug, wished me well and asked to see me again. I said I would stop by whenever I could and headed off. I checked the Disneyland app to see who was out where and what the waits were and I saw...

    SILVERMIST AT THE HOLLOW!!!!

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    THE WATER TALENT FAIRY QUEEN WAS NEARBY OMG I HAD TO SEE HER! FIRST, FAWN. NOW, SIL. WOW. THE MAGIC.

    I ran over to get in line. It actually wasn't bad since it was so well advertised that it was Sil in the Hollow not Tink and Tink is far more popular. Bad for tourists. Good for me. Woot!

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    Before long, I was ushered on in to see Miss Sil in all her dew and dont drop glory.

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    She was so sweet. We bonded well over our pixie dust and talked about how exciting it was that she was visiting. I believe we even joked about the other fairies especially Zarina and Vidia, primarily in regards to that one time Sil's talent was switched with Vidia's and she became a fast-flying talent. It was a great well spent time then I asked if I could take some photos of just her. Once again, more than happy to oblige.

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    What a stunnah.

    I thanked her for letting me take the photos and said goodbye. *internally screaming*

    Water Talent Fairy bucket list item checked off, I went on my happy way when I came upon who else but...

    SNOW WHITE.

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    WITH THE EVIL QUEEN!!!!

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    Like shook first because they're getting along but then... THEY'RE GETTING ALONG AND HANGING OUT. I was gagged, gooped and everything in between. The line looked like it was about to be closed off. I asked the host and he said it wasn't so I hopped in. Come to find out, I was the second to last group. The Disney gods were really smiling down upon me today. Ugh, so iconic.

    While I waited at some point, Peter and Hook stopped by. It was a pretty funny interaction. I only captured a moment before they disappeared and my phone needed some charging. The day was pretty action packed, it had seen a lot of use already.

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    My fave is when the family in front of me asks to meet Peter and he just skips on by and says, "Meet me later." So casue and yet so "don't be rude". I love when characters put guests in their place entirely in character and the guest is shook. We stan Peter Pan.

    Anyways, eventually I made it to the front and met the two OG royals.

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    Snow White recognized me immediately with the millennial pink. The queen wasn't about it but she considered it could be a good color for royalty. Don't remember much beyond that. After a quick talk and photo with them, I asked for some separate photos of just them and I got these awesome action shots.

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    Wow, this day was so wild already. It already just begun and I managed to feel the pixie dust everywhere I went. I could not wait for what else was in store. Hope you're ready, there's plenty more happening on this especially stunning day.

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