They eventually figure out that when Genevieve and Derek dance together, everyone floats up into the sky and return home through a different gateway that leads to their mother's dance pavilion.
Once back, the sisters and Derek discover that Rowena is acting queen.
The next day, the girls are tired and the duchess finds their new dancing shoes worn through, arousing her suspicions.
Genevieve asks Derek to find out what Rowena's true intentions are, especially since Randolph has mysteriously fallen ill.
That night the princesses return to the magical kingdom to dance under the nose of Rowena's footman, Desmond, who is standing guard outside the princesses' room.
During this time, Derek discovers that Rowena is stealing heirlooms from the castle and dealing with an apothecary and rushes back to the kingdom. Rowena interrogates and threatens them, but when they tell her the truth she refuses to believe them and forces them into servitude.
Heartbroken, the princesses return to the magical kingdom, and Rowena finds the sisters gone the next morning.
Rowena's monkey minion, Brutus, witnesses Derek entering the Realm and reports back to Rowena, who uses this knowledge to get in, steal some flowers that grant wishes, and then destroying the doorway behind her after she returns to the castle.