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From tiaras to towers - this is more than just a movie
Share in the magic of classic Disney animation during the Disney Princess Film Festival exclusive to Event Cinemas and Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas. A different film will be shown each weekend from February 9th until March 17th featuring popular princess heroines including Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Pocahontas and Cinderella. Click here to check movie session times at your selected Event cinema. All tickets are only $8 each and can be purchased at the box office or online ($1.10 booking fee). This film festival offers so much more than just a movie experience as we discovered last weekend.
Disney Princess Film Festival
With three little princesses in tow, we were lucky enough to attend the first screening featuring Aladdin. Whilst we had all seen the movie previously, the girls' excitement could barely be contained. Days before the event, princess costumes and accessories were meticulously chosen as our attire for the morning. Almost every other child in attendance had decided to dress up too, along with some of the grown-up princesses and princes.
Upon our arrival the little princesses became immersed in the enchanting regal atmosphere. There were plenty of pre-show activities to indulge in which were all free. They were instantly drawn to 'the real grown-up princesses' who were face painting and constructing balloon animals, and were absolutely delighted with the magical balloon wands created by Princess Natalie. The royal treatment continued with special extras such as glitter hairspray and princess perfume.
The princesses who were face painting and making balloon animals
The arts and craft table set up was amazing. There were colouring in sheets to complete based on the film festival princesses (see here to download copies) which I encouraged our youngest to partake in as it was the least messy activity on offer. The older girls set to work creating gorgeous crowns decorated with an assortment of all that glitters and shines.
There were areas set up for photo opportunities which became great imaginative play spaces for the little princesses. They pretended to climb to the top of the tallest tower with the help of Tangled's Princess Rapunzel and her braid of magical golden hair. Next it was off to experience a magic carpet ride, complete with windswept effects thanks to a fan, just like Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. Even though we arrived half an hour before the movie started, I still had to drag them away from the pre-show activities, so my advice would be to arrive early as not all of the activities were on offer post-show.
Rapunzel let down her hair
Take a ride on a magic carpet
Once everyone was seated, Princess Natalie called for all the dressed up princesses and princes to come down to the front of the theatre to receive a prize. The best dressed was awarded an extra special prize, which just happened to be one of our little princesses on this occasion.
Disney Princess prize pack
With the average age of patrons at this movie probably under 10, there was no need to worry about disturbing others with the usual kiddie excitement. No one seemed to mind when my three-year-old proceeded to tell me (loudly) what was coming next, or when they all danced and sang along with the Genie. That's not to say that this film festival is strictly for kids. We saw plenty of more mature looking groups of princesses out for a morning of Disney fun. It's also not just for girls – we saw plenty of boys getting into the royal spirit too.
After the movie we had some spare time to revisit the arts and craft table, but we also managed to participate in a little princess pampering. The girls lined up to have their nails painted, glitterise their cheeks and make a few selections with their pocket money to take home. We have some other mementoes to take home too as every child who attends receives an official princess guide book packed full of fun activities and games, and a special Disney Princess collector card which can be used to enter the draw to win a Disney Princess prize pack (click here for entry details). Our review:
C aged 8: "I can't believe I won! I liked the movie because I haven't seen it for a long time."
E aged 5: "I love dressing up as a princess and the big princess made my hair sparkle even more (glitter hairspray). Now it matches my crown perfectly."
C aged 3: "I love my nail polish mummy. Can we come back again?"
From a parent's perspective, the Disney Princess Film Festival is great value for money. The kids were thoroughly entertained not only before and during the movie, but also afterwards. I'm pretty sure that each of our little princesses left feeling as though they were still floating high above the clouds on a magic carpet. It was wonderful to see that the morning's royal treatment made them feel so special.
Special thanks must go to Weekend Notes and Event Cinemas Garden City for our invitation to a morning of magical princess fun. This truly is a unique experience not to be missed by any little (or big) princess.