In 1992 our family went to Disney World. It was the only time our entire family took a plane ride somewhere on vacation. We went for a week and it was an unforgettable trip. I remember my sister and I wearing coordinating outfits every day, having so much fun at Disney World and Universal Studios and enjoying the hotel pool.
The highlight of the trip for me was meeting so many characters at Disney World. It literally seemed like they were everywhere, and I remember being able to easily go up to the characters, with little waiting. My sister and I loved going from character to character getting their autographs.
The characters I wanted to meet the most were those from Beauty and the Beast, my favorite Disney movie. I remember going to an area where the entire cast was appearing.
Everyone was there – Chip and Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth and Lumiere and Belle and Beast.
My dad stood in line for Belle and Beast while my Mom, sister and I did the other lines. For 45 minutes he stood, when all of a sudden, with just one family in front of us, they decided to take Belle and Beast in.
To this day I do not understand why Belle couldn’t have stayed outside (it isn’t like her costume was hot like the Beast’s), or why they wouldn’t have cut off the line and let everyone who was waiting meet them (like they do now).
But she didn’t and they didn’t.
My Mom, because she’s awesome, ran after their handler and asked if they could at least sign our autograph books. They kindly did.
Fast forward 20 years to two weeks ago when we took our kids to Disneyland. When we saw a small line on the sidewalk of mostly little girls and their mamas waiting to meet Belle, I about came out of my skin.
So did Adeline.
Elias and Matthew were hot and didn’t want to meet Belle, but Adeline and I were not going to miss the opportunity. Matthew said, can’t we get her later, but I would hear nothing of it.
When Belle got down to Adeline’s level, my heart burst.
All the times I thought about that story of waiting to meet Belle and her going in could not have prepared me for the emotion of my child meeting her. I can’t put it into words. It was truly something I will remember for the rest of my life.
And seeing Adeline’s joy made my 20-year-wait to meet Belle worth it.
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