At 1900 Park Fare I had ordered a “personalized” cupcake that came with a small jewelry box for the big finale on Kate’s birthday. 1900 Park Fare is a buffet restaurant in the Grand Floridian which is a very snazzy resort hotel, on the old grand hotels of yesteryear scale. They have the characters Prince Charming, Princess Cinderella, the mean stepmother, and the two stepsisters. It was a full crowd that evening, but no more full than the castle restaurant had been earlier that day. I was expecting the same kind of treatment.
So when it was time for dessert, here comes the waitress with Kate’s “personalized” cake and jewelry box. Say what?!?! The waitress hands her the Mickey plate and says, “here you go.” That’s it? Where’s the fanfare? Where’s the happy birthday song? Not even a happy birthday said to her?
Needless to say, I was a little disappointed in the presentation as well as the “jewelry” box. I knew the cake was going to be an oversized cupcake, so that wasn’t surprising, but the pink, plastic treasure box was a bit of a shocker. Shoot. I didn’t even have to buy an extra cupcake at the castle. Just goes to show you that royalty knows how to put on a shindig.
Kate, however, was pleased as punch.
Not only was she pleased, but when she heard me later dissing it, she was rather upset with me and sternly reprimanded me. So I’ve been careful to bad mouth them and it out of her presence. Why can’t I just be happy, like Kate is? Even if they didn’t have some hoopla, she was thrilled with her little cake and jewelry/treasure box.
Since we had had a big lunch, I don’t think she was all that hungry and enjoyed cutting it up into pieces more than eating it. It wasn’t even all that good. I tasted it (gotta get my money’s worth, don’t you know) and it was a little dry. Kate was probably full of cupcake; it was more fun cutting it up and playing in it.
She loved all the characters that were there. I thought they might make a bigger fuss over her since it was her birthday, and there weren’t that many little ones there that evening, or not the way I remember it anyway, but they didn’t. One of the mean stepsisters told her she was glad she didn’t have on a Cinderella dress, and Kate wanted to know why she said that. Innocence.
So we ended our big birthday celebration with a bang. Kate and Momma went back to the Magic Kingdom and stayed till after the fireworks, getting back to the room around 11:00.
Of course, we’ll have to do this again on Ava’s 5th… or 10th… birthday so they can actually remember going to Disney.