That’s right Disney is coming, and though it’s not for a few months yet, that gives you plenty of time if you’re moving this summer to settle into your apartment rental and step out into Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. No, they won’t be setting up the Dumbo ride next to the Round Pond, but this is still pretty cool—following in the wake of one tremendous royal event in London (that would be the Royal Wedding, if you couldn’t guess. Derr…) is another:
On October 2nd, Rapunzel will be inducted as the 10th Disney Princess at Kensington Palace!!!
In so doing, this little lady will be joining the ranks of Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Belle (Beauty & the Beast), Jasmine (Aladdin), Pocahontas, Mulan, and Tiana (The Princess & the Frog). The festivities will kick off with a procession through the park and include a welcoming ceremony, English tea, and other entertainment and activities.
If you’re making the relocation to London with a family in time for this, what a fun freaking activity in London for your children, huh? Heck, I’m psyched for it, to the extent that, because I’m going to be out of town for it (ironically, to go to Disneyworld with my family), I’m going to make my husband wear his pinkest shirt and head over to videotape the princess parade for me. 🙂 I do hope Rapunzel will catch a flight back to Orlando in time to sign autographs for my nieces and nephews. Maybe Jasmine can lend her a magic carpet. Or Cinderella’s fairy godmother can make her a Concorde jet out of mushy peas.
Anyway, you might be wondering the same thing I was when I first heard the news. Why London? I could see Paris because of Disneyland there, but London otherwise has nothing Disney beyond the store. Well, it seems it’s for two reasons: 1) In light of the recent grandeur of the Royal Wedding, Disney figured if there’s any city in the world that can do royalty right, it’s London; and, 2) The Historic Royal Palaces organization, which is working in cahoots with Disney on this, views it as an opportunity to encourage the public to learn more about the real-life royalty that has occupied impressive palaces such as this and had such profound influence on society and culture. No doubt the current Enchanted Palace exhibition in Kensington Gardens has brought particular attention to Kensington Palace as a residence of several princesses—the exhibit centers on seven real princesses (Mary, Anne, Caroline, Charlotte, Victoria, Margaret, and Diana) who lived there, and another (Kate) will have an apartment with William there this summer.
So if you’re relocating a family to London this summer and looking for a fun event to unite the whimsy of Disney with the stateliness of this city, Rapunzel’s royal ceremony could be a fun way to let your hair down, so to speak, and enjoy where historical and pop cultures intersect.