By far the greatest character interaction was when Eva and little Tigger got to meet Pooh and big Tigger. Tigger has always been my favorite Winnie-the-Pooh character and this totally sealed it for me.
First, Eva got a hug from Pooh
And then she introduced the big Tigger to her little Tigger
And big Tigger was very gentle with little Tigger
And rocked him to sleep
And Eva was just delighted
And big Tigger carefully handed little Tigger off to Pooh
So the evening after we went on the small world ride, Chad commented that waving at all of the dolls was a very "princess" thing to do. Eva overheard this and began to weep, because she didn't get to meet any princesses, and even though she had never once before expressed the need to meet a princess, she couldn't hold in her disappointment at this tragedy in her young life any longer.
Luckily this happened on of our first evenings there, so there was still time to meet some princesses.
We took Eva to meet Cinderella, because Cinderella has been Eva's favorite ever since she got a Cinderella pez dispenser a year or so ago. Eva was shy, but Cinderella took her by the hand.
And the two had a very serious conversation about butterflies
And eventually we got a picture.
This "meet the princess" opportunity also featured sleeping beauty, who was apparently much more intimidating. Eva refused to talk to her or even go over to her, and instead went over to a desk and stared at a prop storybook. But the princess actresses are well trained, and sleeping beauty was able to bring Eva out of her shell by asking her about the book.
And eventually dragged her away
And eventually got a picture
And even a hug.
Eva looks a bit shell-shocked in these pictures, and she was pretty shy about the whole scene. But afterward she was skipping and going on about how she got to meet TWO PRINCESSES and I think she was pretty pleased with herself.
Even though I am ambivalent about the whole princess thing, this meeting was just so sweet and wonderful and I am really glad it worked out for Eva.
Eva's favorite attraction at DisneyWorld was the "It's a Small World" ride. In case you haven't experienced it yourself, it is a boat ride past a bunch of dolls dressed up from different parts of the world, all dancing and singing the small world song. Eva loved this ride, and for some reason spent the entire time waving at the dolls
At a New Year's Eve party this year the kids were asked to draw a picture of something they wanted to do this year. Noah drew a picture of a roller coaster. This was a little odd, since we hadn't talked at all to him about our trip at that point. But whatever.
Our first day in the Magic Kingdom we took him on his first "grown up" roller coaster ride. He was a litte intimidated.
But was pleased with himself afterward. The DisneyWorld roller coasters are neat but pretty tame as roller coasters go, so actually not a bad place to try some out. Another bonus of relatively tame roller coasters is a short height requirement.
Anyway, Noah's roller coaster quest culminated at Space Mountain.
He was psyched.
(immediately before takeoff)
He did great, said he loved it, and had no desire to ride it again.