Walt Disney World is always a magical place where anything can happen. I've even seen a fire-breathing dragon take to the skies there (you can, too, in this article), although that's certainly a rarity. But you never know which characters you might run into, and if you're very lucky, you might just have a magical moment with a favorite.
This happened to me today at the Magic Kingdom. I love Cinderella's stepmother, Lady Tremaine, and the stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella, but I've never managed to catch them doing a meet and greet. I was walking behind Cinderella Castle, near the entrance to New Fantasyland, and lo and behold, there was Lady Tremaine! She was out by herself, posing for photos and generally being haughty and hilarious.
I eagerly hurried over to get in line, but she was just about ready to go on break for about half an hour. There was a small chance I'd get to see her, but as it ended up, the party before me were the last ones. I was still determined to meet Lady Tremaine, even without her daughters.
I made a quick run to the restrooms and managed to get a quick photo with Gaston, since he was hanging out in the area. Then it was back to the spot where Lady Tremaine was set to return. No one else was waiting, since it's just an open area that doesn't really look like a character greeting spot, with no times posted. Shortly thereafter the stepsisters appeared, headed over to me, and asked me if I wanted to ride the carousel with them! Lady Tremaine was with them, and we headed over to the carousel for an unforgettable spin.
Before I knew it, we were bobbing up and down on our steeds, with Drizella next to me, and Lady Tremaine and Anastasia in front. They kept me in stitches the whole time, then escorted me to the meet and greet area to take the first photo with them. I promised to make it known that they're not nearly as wicked as everyone makes them out to be; they're actually quite nice for villains!
Click the slideshow accompanying this article to see photos of this very magical moment (as well as my picture with Gaston). I'd heard of characters riding the rides occasionally, like Alice, the Mad Hatter, or the White Rabbit going for a spin on the teacups, but I'd never witnessed it firsthand, let alone being invited to go along. I was quite impressed that the stepsisters, and especially Lady Tremaine, managed to ride the horses quite gracefully despite their very formal dresses.
There's plenty of magic at Walt Disney World on any given day, but every now and then you run into something that makes your visit to the parks even more memorable.