Pictures by The Relocated Tourist and TRT Contributor Jason Griffin
Today, May 11th, 2013, Walt Disney World crowned its newest Princess..Merida. I was able to attend the Coronation, and here’s the scoop on what happened- enjoy!
Living here has MANY perks, but one of my favorites is being able to attend these magical moments that were always tough to plan a vacation around. It is such a cool feeling to be able to wake up on a Saturday morning and head to Magic Kingdom for such a beautiful event.
Craig dropped me off at the Contemp and I walked over among the birds singing and the Monorail parked over head, waiting for clearance to come into the Station I’m sure. Those early morning moments are the best- and I plan on doing it again on May 24th.
I got in line and hung out with Jason Griffin, who is also a local. We chatted, and once they let us get through the turnstile, we were first in line to get into the Park. We stood right under the right side of the Train Station, and as we chatted the hour away, the front area filled to a crazy capacity. Jeff and Erica joined us and once the welcome show ended, confetti was thrown, we all barreled in.
Now, I have been to some crazy openings at the Magic Kingdom- but this one was pretty up there in the funny department. Not many were walking- it was a race to the front of the Castle. Photopass peeps that were stationed all over Main Street were asking people to walk- too bad nobody was listening. Was it safe to run? No. But here’s the deal- if you don’t keep up with everyone, the hour and a half you just spent outside waiting to get in was wasted because hundreds of people just got in front of you for the best seat in the house.
The Press was, of course, in the front of the Castle. So the brilliant Disney Execs thought “Hey, let’s rope it off for the Public” so the areas in which to stand and watch were quite limited. We found a great spot on the left of the “Partners” statue, in front of the flowers, so that we had no one in front of us. When we got to that spot at 9:05 a.m.- we had plenty of elbow space. I mean people were behind us, but that was it. When Merida showed up with Angus, it was a mob scene. My poor pal Erica who was sitting on the bench had children practically on her lap! Again, I am ALL for kids being able to see- but we had ONE ask If they could and all of a sudden we had several trying to stand on the bench in front of us- not cool.
Two cute kids, who rapped on the “Ellen” show, opened up the festivities on stage, then they introduced Gabby Douglas, the Gold Winning Gymnast, and her Mother. They had a small speech, then music swelled up as Merida was about to make her debut.. She came trotting through the left side of Magic Kingdom, over the bridge, and had dancers and bagpipes announcing her entrance- the electricity was in the air! It was quite exciting to see her, and once she walked up, all the other Princesses had come up for her to join. (SIDE NOTE- Once Merida had came in, they allowed all of the roped off space to be filled in which was just INSANE because no Cast Member came over to take the ropes down, so people were jumping them and diving underneath them- a safety issues if ever there was one!) Her mother came out and I freaked, yes, I freaked out! Here’s the thing- when they don’t have the Characters as a constant in the Parks, those one time deals are just so sweet and awesome!
Merida was crowned by her Mother, and then was given her bow. Merida spoke and then the Princesses all joined her, left, then came back for a photo opp. Because they let the Press space be invaded by the commoner after Merida had arrived, I was able to get nice and close for some great pictures. It was short and sweet, but it was still a very cool event to be a part of.
To make it even sweeter, I decided to join Beatrice to see Merida in her Meet and Greet area to welcome her officially to Princess Royalty. I was in line a little before 10 a.m. and we were let in at around 10:30. Gabby Douglas and her mom walked right past us in line, as did the rapping little girls who were on the stage earlier in the day.
So welcome Merida to the Disney Royalty- it was a fun Coronation and I was blessed to be a part of your big day!
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