On our Disney World vacation a few weeks ago, we went to two different character breakfasts. They are what they sound like…you eat delicious breakfast while characters walk around and interact with each table. I went to one called Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland several times as a little girl. I threw up on Belle there once. It wasn’t my finest moment, but Goofy’s Kitchen has some of my happiest memories. We ate there on our honeymoon. I always look forward to eating Mickey waffles and getting big hugs from Baloo or Winnie the Pooh or Minnie Mouse. It’s the best feeling. The Ohana breakfast was the first of this trip, and we met all non-speaking characters: Pluto, Lilo, Stitch, and Hawaiian Shirt Mickey.
I’m aware that to some, this is weird. I’m hugging strangers in oversized costumes. To that, I say this: I’m very in tune with what’s going on around me, sometimes too much so. Disney characters never make me feel uncomfortable or pressured. It’s not for everyone, I’m sure! But to those of you who may think it’s dumb, watch this video, and tell me you don’t feel something.
Interacting with talking characters like Peter Pan or Mad Hatter is a different kind of fun. Since we don’t have children, it’s always somewhat awkward since it’s a pretend conversation between all adults. We love talking with them though, because it’s a fun kind of awkward.
Example from this trip:
Me to Ariel: “You have always been my favorite princess! I had a you-themed birthday party when I was 7!”
Ariel (probably actually Megan from Illinois who’s here through the college program): “How delightful! I’m so honored!”
See what I mean? Awkward AND fun at the same time! The princesses always refer to W as my prince, too. It’s the exact kind of cute language that I love about Disney. I’m a sucker, but at least I’m self aware! We met Ariel at the Cinderella’s Royal Table breakfast, along with Cinderella, Jasmine, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White.
In addition to meeting Disney characters, we met some interesting real people characters during the week. We had an old Lyft driver named Ernesto who happily told us all about his favorite parts of Disney World. Mostly he talked about how much he loved the movie Mamma Mia 2, if we had seen it too (we haven’t), how he has loved Cher since he was young, and how he can’t believe how sexy she still looks.
Sitting around a hibachi grill on our last day, we chatted with a friendly Canadian couple who were on their honeymoon. They had three questions for us, which were as follows: 1) why do Americans love the Canadian “eh” thing so much, 2) why does Epcot have a whole America pavilion when it’s in America, and 3) what is up with Gritty since we’re Philadelphians. My answers were 1) America loves a good quaint stereotype, 2) America is self-obsessed, and 3) we don’t know what’s up with Gritty either! Other than the fact that we love him, and he’s ours. The internet says Philly is the Chaotic Good of our country, and it’s the best way I can make sense of things. Just let us have this, okay?
More about our trip, coming soon!