By DEAN HORVATH

Every little girl longs to be a princess.

The Princess Fantasy

Here’s the dilemma: your daughter wants some serious princess time.

A quick trip to a Disney Park has always been the easy answer.

(Which, by the way, is much more enjoyable with the new opening of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World.)

But what if you’re done with the Disney parks?

What if the idea of standing in line in the scorching heat with a melting Mickey Mouse ice cream dripping down your arm just isn’t your thing?

Chicago – The Family Vacation Destination?

There’s no need to think Disney the next time you’re planning to indulge your child’s inner-princess.

Think Chicago instead. To be specific, think the Peninsula Chicago.

This five-star, five-diamond luxury hotel in the heart of downtown Chicago may seem like an odd choice for a family vacation. It will all make sense once you arrive for the “Princess for a Day” package.

The Peninsula Chicago Princess for a Day Package

What girl wouldn’t want to be taken around in horse-drawn, pumpkin-shaped carriage?

Princess-in-Training

It all begins mid-morning when your daughter is greeted curbside by her “lady-in-waiting” and her staff of “pages” who whisk her up to her suite.

This is where the magic happens.

Your daughter’s staff of attendants get to work transforming her into a regal princess. Hair, makeup, and nails are all attended to while your daughter watches a movie provided by Peter Bear, the hotel’s mascot.

Her preparation continues with a royal fitting of the ball gown and tiara.

As any good princess knows, there’s more to your royal duties than dressing the part. After all, you can’t expect Prince Charming to fall in love with you if you don’t have proper table manners.

So she’s off to a “princess-in-training” class where she’ll learn to eat, drink, and entertain like a royal. And, of course, she’ll learn the proper curtsey technique. Once she gets it down, it’s time for her unveiling.

You can't be a princess if you can't master High Tea.

You can’t be a princess if you can’t master High Tea.

Her Royal Highness

The first test of her new-found skills is Afternoon Tea at the Peninsula Chicago’s Michelin Star restaurant, The Lobby.

After tea, it’s time to survey the Kingdom. She’ll be presented with a floral bouquet as she boards her horse-drawn, pumpkin-shaped carriage. Once safely inside, it’s off for a shopping spree fit for a princess. (An early dinner at the American Girl store, perhaps?)

Upon her return, she’ll be greeted by Prince Charming with a glass slipper. The hotel doorman will bestow upon her the Keys to the Kingdom and a Page makes a proclamation of her “kind and gracious ruling over the land”.

Your daughter, the princess.

Afterwards

After a long day in the limelight, your little princess will need her beauty sleep. And with all the excitement of the day, her sleep is bound to come quick.

But the night is still young. What should you do?

Ask the hotel to send up a babysitter for the remainder of the evening so you can head out on the town.

Where? Alinea Restaurant, of course.

Yes, it’s one of the best restaurants in the world and impossible to get into at the last minute.

But you’re the King and Queen, darn it. Surely they have to let you in tonight.

How much does the ‘Princess for a Day’ cost?

Of course, the biggest question on your mind is “How much does this cost?” Maybe you’re just curious or maybe you know a little girl you would like to treat! Either way, click on the link below to find out.

How much does it cost?

What do you think? A trip to Chicago or a trip to Disney? Let me know below!

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