Walt Disney World

Bunny and Aurora: A Special Encounter at Epcot

This is another post I came across on my old site that was just begging to be reposted.  Bunny still talks about this special meeting to this day.  It really made an impact on her and I still get teary-eyed remembering it all.  Originally posted in October 2011.

Bunny has been a Sleeping Beauty fan from the moment she understood the word “Princess”.  She really hasn’t watched the film very often (it tends to scare her a bit, which I find ironic seeing as the kid loves Nightmare Before Christmas, but I digress), but she talks about Princess Aurora constantly.

Last October, we took our annual family Walt Disney World vacation.  This was Bunny’s third visit, but her first visit as a Princess-obsessed preschooler.  She couldn’t stop talking about how she wanted to show the Princesses her “special princess bow”.
Our first park day was spent in Epcot for Food and Wine Festival (nom nom).  When we finally reached the French Pavilion, Bunny spotted the one-and-only Princess Aurora and asked if we could go see her.
Of course, once it was our turn, Bunny froze.  I think she was overwhelmed and in awe of being right near her favorite Disney Princess.  We were about to walk away when Aurora came over and took Bunny by the hand.
 Bunny and Aurora 1
She knelt down and talked to Bunny for a good five minutes.  They discussed their favorite books, if Bunny enjoyed being a big sister, kindness, and Aurora’s crown.  It was the sweetest sight ever.  I was crying watching my little girl light up.
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Right before we left, Bunny announced she needed to show Aurora the princess bow she had been perfecting.  It’s really the silliest bow you’ve ever seen, complete with tongue sticking out and wobbling.  Aurora said she was so impressed by the bow that she needed to learn it so she could teach it to all of her princess friends.  So Bunny taught Aurora the bow.
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For the rest of the day, Bunny couldn’t stop talking about meeting Aurora and bowing with her.  It is something she still talks about four months later.  She’s anxiously awaiting our return to Walt Disney World this April so she can see her “best friend” again and catch up.
Bunny and Aurora 2
It was one of those moments I know I’ll never forget.  Everyone has these milestones of when they knew their baby wasn’t a baby anymore.  For some it’s the first day of preschool, for others it’s when they move into a big kid bed.  For me?  It was my little girl coming out of her shell and being completely enamored with the magic of Disney.
And for that, I will always be grateful to Disney and to Princess Aurora.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Melissa March 17, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Oh my goodness, these photos make me want to cry! What a sweet memory. I can’t wait until my girls are older and I can bring them to WDW!

    • Reply ashley March 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      The girls are going to have so much fun! I can’t wait to see photos of their first Disney trip.

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