It is always sad to see a vacation come to an end, but at least we were able to enjoy much of Wednesday in the parks, since our Magical Express bus didn't leave until 5:20.
It was the earliest we were up all trip. We had to finish packing, check our luggage for our flight, leave our carry-on bags with Bell Services, and make a bus to Epcot for breakfast with the princesses at Akershus. Of the restaurants where I've had breakfast, Akershus is my favorite. We had great interaction with the princesses. The highlight for DD4 was seeing Ariel while wearing her Ariel dress. We had hoped to also see the characters from Frozen, since they are just across the courtyard from Akershus. However, when we walked out of the restaurant at 10:45, the 11:00 line was booked, and people were already waiting for the 12:00 meet-and-greet. That was more time than we wanted to spend on our last day. So we convince the girls that we would go see Mulan and Duffy instead. They were fine with that.
Then it was time for one last visit to Magic Kingdom. As we walked in, they were starting the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It Street Party, which begins with a small parade. We were able to stand in the front row right at the beginning, and then were the first people to follow along behind the rope at the end of the parade. My girls thought they were in the parade. DD4 even gave everyone on the street her best princess wave. We had time for a few more of their favorite rides, plus they still really wanted to meet Rapunzel and Tinkerbell. As an added bonus, Tinkerbell appears with her sister Periwinkel, who is a frost fairy and only appears in winter. The girls were very excited to see her, since she wasn't there the last time we visited.
Wednesday was also the anniversary of the day that I proposed to my wife, at Magic Kingdom. I was able to stand in the same spot right in front of the castle and ask her if she would do it all over again. Nine years later, she still says "yes." I love you Mrs. Gleece. Happy Anniversary.
It was a great trip, but all good things must come to an end. As we were on the Magical Express bus headed to the airport, DD4 asked "when are we going to Disney World?" The next generation is hooked, too.