Since my Ultimate Plan for the Pixar Fan was well received, I decided to do another itinerary based on a Disney movie. This time it is for Walt's favorite heroine, Cinderella. Most Cinderella-themed things are going to be found in Magic Kingdom. After all, it is the first Disney theme park with Cinderella's Castle. Here is how to do Magic Kingdom for Cinderella lovers:
20 minutes before the park opens, the Welcome Show is presented. Sometimes the show features characters from Cinderella. TIP: Arrive early in order to get a good spot.
Anastasia and Drizella in the Welcome Show!
She is located in Princess Fairytale Hall. She is currently meeting with Rapunzel. If you do not have a fastpass for this experience, I recommend going here soon after the park opens. It is common to see the wait for this meet and greet to be around an hour. TIP: Ask Cinderella to see her shoes!
Meet the Tremaines
Cinderella's step mother, Lady Tremaine, and stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella are still trying to win the Kingdom over with their "charm". Meeting these three is always a wonderful experience. Little kids might be scared of them at first, but they are so silly. Once a newlywed couple, complete with wedding ears and buttons walked by them. Anastasia and Drizella started yelling at the couple, "Thanks for rubbing it in!" Everyone waiting in line to meet them had a good laugh at that. The Tremaines will scream at each other and chase each other around. They are definitely the most entertaining characters to meet.
The Fairy Godmother and the Tremaines alternate with each other about every half hour. So after you meet the Tremaines, just jump back in line to meet the Fairy Godmother. It is important to note that they only meet in the mornings. They meet in various locations throughout Fantasyland. I have seen them by the castle walls, by Cinderella's fountain, and by Sir Mickeys. Make sure to track where they are meeting ahead of time on the My Disney Experience App.
Look for all things Cinderella
While you are still in Fantasyland, explore all of Cinderella's hidden gems! Next to her castle, towards Liberty Square, is Cinderella's Fountain. On the opposite end of the castle, towards Tomorrowland, is Cinderella's Wishing Well. This is a good place to take a break, as there are benches around. You can get some pretty cool snaps of the side of the castle and the moat, too. While you're there, don't forget to make a wish! All of the coins that are tossed into the well are donated to various children charities. So you can help make other children's wishes come true!
My favorite spot in MK
In between the fountain and the wishing well is a store called Castle Couture. This gift shop is dedicated to princess merchandise, so it's a good place for Cinderella lovers to do some souvenir shopping. If you're lucky, you might be pixie dusted by one of the cast members. But the coolest part of the store is Cinderella's dress. The dress that the mice and birds made for Cinderella to go to the ball is on display in the fitting rooms. TIP: Look for Jaq and Gus!
Ride Prince Charming Carrousel
This ride usually has a short wait (in comparison) and is a must. No matter your age, you'll feel happy after riding the carrousel. TIP: While waiting in line, look for Cinderella's horse. It's the only horse with a gold ribbon on its tail. I've been lucky enough to actually ride it once.
The Carrousel and Castle from Pinocchio's.Afternoon
At around 2:30 start making your way towards Main Street to watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade. Cinderella and Prince Charming are on one of the floats.
Shopping on Main Street
After the FOF parade, most of Main Street will clear out. Check out some of the shops for more Cinderella merchandise. Crystal Arts has a replica of Cinderella's castle made out of crystals! You can eve buy some miniature glass slippers here. The Confectionary usually has Cinderella cookies and mugs for sale.
Make Royal Dining Reservations
Cinderella has her own restaurant inside her castle. Cinderella's Royal Table is character dining. You will see Cinderella and some of her fellow princesses like Ariel and Belle. This reservation can be very tricky to book, so it's good to have some alternatives in mind.
The Electrical Parade
Make sure you return to Magic Kingdom in time for the Electrical Parade. A good place to watch this is on Main Street. You can see Cinderella's carriage glowing in lights.
Celebrate the Magic/Wishes
Watch Cinderella's castle light up in this spectacular night show! See if you can spot the clip of Cinderella's dress transformation in Celebrate the Magic. And listen for the Main Title song of Cinderella in Wishes.
Cinderella, you're as lovely as your name...
Walk Through Cinderella's Castle
After the night shows, the castle is usually opened up. My favorite way to enter it is from the back entrance in Fantasyland. Inside the castle are murals depicting Cinderella's story. As you walk along, you'll emerge onto the castle stage. This is one the best views of Main Street in the entire park. Don't be afraid to take lots of pictures of the castle!
Just make sure you're out of the park before the clock strikes midnight!