Libi and I layed low most of the day, saving energy for our big excursion this afternoon. Ron and I purchased tickets to the Princess and the Frog exclusive engagement at the Disney Studios-- my old workplace. We didn't tell Libi-- mostly because we knew we would hear about it too much in the days before the event.
Ron rushed home and we loaded into the car and drove down to Burbank. Libs fell asleep on the way and when she woke up, we told her what we were doing. She was so excited! She jumped out of her carseat and happily tromped through the studio.
Our first stop was the prop house. They had several things on display from Pirates of the Carribean and other live action films. It was also where they sold consessions-- becuase what is a movie without popcorn??
Libi posed for a picture by the sign and then we were off to walk through the studio to the theater.
We stopped for a quick picture near Studio 3 where the after movie festivities were going to take place.
We rounded the corner to the theater and a pleasant surprise was waiting for us-- Mr. Mickey Mouse. Libs was super happy to see him-- he is one of her oldest and dearest friends after all.
We had to check our cameras before entering the theater (the movie hasn't even been released yet) so we took pictures of the theater after the movie let out.
Let me say that this movie is visually stunning! The music was wonderful-- my toes were tapping during much of the film. The story is heartwarming and the moral is a good one! I don't want to spill any beans, but both Ron and I cried-- I even think Libi was thinking about it. A very touching film-- one that we would see again in a heartbeat!!!
Next it was off to the experience section. They had games, cupcakes, an art center, an animator who taught you how to draw the characters from the movie, an obstacle course, and EVERY Disney princess available for a photo op. Needless to say, our little princess was THRILLED!!! She gave Daddy tons of hugs and kisses for getting us tickets to this fun event!
Some of the princesses had lines, but Libi and Daddy didn't mind-- they were short (nothing like the Princess Faire at Disneyland) and they had the music from the movie piped into the buidling so they could dance!
Libs tried the obstacle course, but she kept getting stuck in the foam water. I think that she would have enjoyed it more if she was a bit older!
Well here we go with the princesses! There was Ariel (our first stop!),
(Libi wore her princess dress which was quite a conversation piece with all of the princesses. Especially becuase it had the princess and the frog on the bottom.)
Snow White-- who danced around the stage with Libi,
the newest princess-- Tiana!!!!
Libi struck her best princess pose per Tiana's request!
It was such fun for me to be back on the lot. I didn't get near the store or see any of my old buddies but the feeling is the same! I would give anything to work for the Mouse again-- except time with Ron and Libi. Perhaps some day I will get back there!