We all know how much kids love dressing up and pretending. It’s probably something that is ingrained in them after they spend their formative years in a range of funny costumes, onesies and so on, told how cute they are as a bear or a bee or all kinds of things. Facebook brings me all these photos of friends’ babies.
But once kids start developing then they all still seem to get those same wishes – girls want to princesses and boys want to be princes. For the most part, at least. And now Disney Cruise Line, who already offer this kind of experience, have taken it a step further. Children can now take part in a Royal Tea, on sailings of seven nights on the Disney Fantasy.
It looks like it’s going to be a real winner, this one, and I think kids will love it. When they arrive, girls will receive a number of gifts including a My Disney Girl doll, which will be dressed as the girl’s favourite Disney princess, along with a jewellery box, a memory book and other presents from the princesses. Boys won’t be left out, as they’ll be crowned Royal Knights, and they’ll get a number of surprises including Duffy the Disney Bear and a shield. I want a shield.
That’s only the start though, as the actual event is an afternoon tea with various cakes, sandwiches and treats to enjoy. It’s hosted by Lady Chamomile, the Royal Tea Hostess, and Chef Brule, the Royal Pastry Chef.
The pair look like great fun, and they’ll be telling various stories, singing classic Disney songs and of course dancing along too, with children actively encouraged to get involved. And then, to round it all off, the Disney Princesses – Cinderella, Belle and Tiana – will pay a visit, meeting every guest and posing for photos.
(If you’re a philistine, Belle is from Beauty and the Beast, and Tiana is from The Princess and the Frog.)
Genuinely, I think this looks great. Disney Cruises already have some great features for meeting the characters but this feels like an idea that ticks every box, and really gets kids into the whole magic of the world.
I bet there’s a few adults reading this who would like to attend…
By Ian Lewis