This summer Disney is offering a Pirate & Princess Sweepstakes. I meant to enter earlier in the summer, truly I did. I even left myself sticky notes. There were four total sweepstakes period from July - August, and last one is going on now and ends August 18th so at least I didn't miss the contest altogether! Go on and check it out, you just need a pic of your kid in pirate or princess gear!
I tend to be pessimistic about entering contests---- in that I've never won anything. But, how could I resist when I have pictures like this in my arsenal? Behold, this is what happens when you leave your adorably dressed toddler princess alone with Daddy for a few hours in Magic Kingdom while her older sister visits the Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique....
How did I let this happen, one might ask. Well, in a nutshell, when I was planning our 2013 trip I debated making a reservation for both girls at the BBBoutique. Eva was right on the cusp of being old enough to go and at the 180 day mark when I made the reservation I decided that she probably wouldn't be ready for the boutique experience. But, I was wrong. Once the trip rolled around, I realized I'd made a terrible mistake, but it was by then too late to get a second BBBoutique reservation.
When it was time to take Viola to her appointment, Evs was upset to be left out, to say the least. I'd read about the Pirate League, though, and was able to get her in a walk-in appointment there. They said they had an Empress package that was similar to the make-over at the BBBoutique. So we split up, each taking a girl to a makeover appointment.
Meanwhile, at the BBBoutique....
Needless to say, Eva came back not with the Empress makeover but with the full Pirate treatment. Which is pretty cute, except that we had dinner reservations at Cinderella's Castle directly afterwards. I was able to convince Eva to give up most of her accoutrements by telling her that pirates simply aren't allowed in the castle. (Look, I'm not proud of it, but I did what I had to do to get good dinner pictures, people!---- Which, coincidentally, ended up being all for naught as Eva refused to even look at Cinderella anyway! Karma.)
The Pirate League makeover includes a Photopass Photo Session in front of a big globe, which is pretty awesome. After your appointment at the BBBoutique you can your child across to the Castle Couture shop where there is also a Photo Pass station. Actually, you don't have to have gone to the BBBoutique to get your photos taken there, anyone can walk in. And, if you don't have a photo pass account I believe you have the option of purchasing prints. (Prints are included in the higher-level BBBoutque packages, but we've always gotten the lowest package as we bring our own costumes... btw, if you are on the fence about bringing your own costume or buying one in the park I recently stumbled across this great guide to princess dresses in the theme parks).
The photopass station inside Castle Couture is one of my favorite "secrets" at Magic Kingdom, we always make sure to swing by when the girls are dressed up on their way to see Rapunzel or Belle or whomever. It's so conveniently close to the new Fairytale Hall that I imagine this would be a great activity while one parent hods a spot in the standby line.
At dinner we met Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, and Jasmine, but Eva never really warmed up to them, either.
Here are some pictures we took while we killed time between the girls' makeovers and dinner. Riding Cinderella's Carousel while dressed as Cinderella should be mandatory, don't you think? (Though it's been renamed the Prince Charming's Regal Carousel it will always be Cinderella's Carousel to me!)
Finally, just so you don't think I'm completely anti-pirate and heartless, we ended the night at the Pirate and Pals Fireworks Voyage which I've written about previously. So, immediately following dinner Evs got to put all her pirate gear back on and go around pillaging and plundering and stuff!