Years ago we took our first family trip to Disney World. Our kids were 7 and 10 years old. It never occurred to me that they would really be interested in the whole Disney character “meet and greet”… it was never a big thing for me when I was a kid. However, we found out once we got there that Elizabeth had her heart set on meeting Cinderella. I think she had seen the movie at least 25 times.
I got a great education in Disney Princesses… and the fact that if you want to have a meal at place where Cinderella will be, you should make your reservation about 6 months in advance.
I called every restaurant on the Disney property to find out where Cinderella would be and how we could arrange for Elizabeth to meet her. I asked and asked, but was told again and again that there were no openings at the places she would be. Finally, we settled on a “Princess Luncheon” at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot. I tried to prepare Elizabeth, telling her of the princesses we would likely meet, but also being honest with her and telling her that at that time, Cinderella didn’t visit that location. My darling, optimistic daughter said “Oh, maybe she will be there.”
Lo and behold, as we started to see the princesses come out to greet the patrons, there she was…
Keep ASKing for what you want and never give up hope that miracles can happen. These are the lessons I learned from our Cinderella Story. I’m now facing several new situations where asking the right questions is going to be key to making miracles happen… more on that here.