It was, tickets only, to get into the store so first we lined up for tickets, that took seconds and then we took off walking to pass time as we knew had a lot of that to waste before we would be allowed in the store. American Girl and the Falls Mall had done a really great job of keeping the kids occupied and our 3.5 hour wait really didn't seem that long. Honestly, it didn't. They got to do all sorts of activities and participate in give-a-ways, they received free American Girl totes that they were able to decorate, bracelets, face painting, balloon artists, all sorts of things. Many of the shops were offering specials throughout the day and the cinema was showing Kit, for free! We didn't see it as we have it at home and have seen it a billion times.
I finally headed the girls back towards the velvet ropes and we were finally escorted by security into the store. It made the girls feel so fancy. It was all very American. As we walked into the store they were handed an American Girl book just for being there. They were in little girl heaven. There really were way to many people for my liking and comfort level but I let the girls wander and look at everything they wanted to see. After 2 hours, sohelpmegod, we were able to leave. I have never been so happy in all my life. The lines to pay for things wrapped around the whole store and took another 30 minutes. I did buy a movie and a little thing for Lily's doll but no big purchases. Rosie wanted everything in there, she was mesmerised by the store. She does not remember being in the one in Massachusetts.
I can't wait for things to calm down a little. Lily really likes the books and it is an amazing store but not when it is ballstothewalls in peeps. It will be handy having one so close. I would like to get Rosie a doll but she is too big for a Bitty Baby and a little young for a doll, doll.
It really was fun for them to participate in the grand opening and I am so glad that we went.
|Our first glimpse of the store as we walked up to get our tickets.|
|waiting in line and getting closer|
|Painting their AG totes|
|3.5 hours later and we are FINALLY next|
|inside the store...I just love that smile.|