Monthly Archives: February 2013

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Epcot World Showcase: Meeting Tigger and Pooh in Britain

When we arrived at the United Kingdom Pavillion at Epcot, we went straight for The Toy Soldier store for the Pooh & Friends character meeting.

The store was kind of neat with lots of Beatles stuff. Tom asked if they had anything that said both Beatles and Disney, but they didn’t. Maybe on a future trip?

Christopher Robin’s bedroom is in the back of the store and that’s where the meet & greet took place. The line was very short, yay!

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The kids found the giant Pooh and Tigger a little intimating. Luke opted out, and Scarlett would only go with her daddy.

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Picture turned out cute anyway!

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Magic Kingdom: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

One of the rides I was looking forward to at Magic Kingdom was The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
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As one of those sad individuals who didn’t go to Disney World as a child, I didn’t have any particular attachment to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Plus, it seemed like a pretty good one for the preschool set.
We got a Fastpass the first night we were there, so we bypassed the play area. The Fastpass machine did spit out a bonus pass for Dumbo, though. Score!

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(It didn’t really matter since it was a light crowd on Super Bowl Sunday, but I appreciate the gift anyway.)

We did get to drum in Rabbit’s garden the next time we went back, in the morning.

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The line was short so we didn’t have a lot of time for the interactive queue. But that was okay with us!

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Over the course of the trip we rode this three or four times.

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The characters were just adorable!
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(So were the kids!)

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Overall the kids liked it. They could’ve done without the thunder and lightning portion of the ride, but they black light nightmare section didn’t scare them like it could have.


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Scarlett absolutely love the gift shop at the exit. We could’ve ended up with a whole Pooh collection if we had taken any time to shop. Thank goodness my Master Touring Plan didn’t allow for deviation!

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Winnie The Pooh Week & The Tigger Movie

As a mom, I’ve been neglectful in the Winnie the Pooh department.

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I don’t have any special affection for Pooh and Friends, and I tended to avoid the mountains of baby stuff with pastel Piglets and Tigger Stripes. But just before we went to Disney World, I realized these were some characters the kids need to know about. There’s a ride! There are characters to meet!

Luckily, Tom caught the Winnie the Pooh movie on TV and recorded it. We were able to watch it twice, so the kids knew who the heck they were looking at in that British Toy Store.

This week, I’ll recap some of the Pooh-themed fun we had at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as report on our Disney Movie Night featuring The Tigger Movie.

Long live Winnie the Pooh!

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Kid Friendly Oscar Party

Since Tom and I are huge film nerds, the Oscars are pretty much our Super Bowl. Every year since 2005, I’ve put together a dinner based on the nominees. It is pure geeky fun!

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2005 Oscar Party Dinner (Including Nominees from Sideways and Spider-Man 2)

This year, I wanted the kids to be able to get in on the fun. So our dinner focused on the Best Animated Feature nominees!

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Our Menu: 
Brave – Merida’s Scottish Shepherd’s Pie
Frankenweenie – FrankenWeenies in a Blanket
ParaNorman – Zombie Cupcakes
Wreck-It Ralph – Vanellope’s Sugar Rush (candy)

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Not actually the Scottish recipe, but tasty!

Frankenweenies in a Blanket (Lil Smokies in crescent rolls)

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Green Frosting and Lifesavers = zombies
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Leftover Valentine’s Day Candy – Spice Drops, Lifesavers, Pixy Stix

I printed out the movie posters on 5×7 paper and stuck them in frames as table decor. I should have been doing this all along! I also printed out some coloring and activity pages based on the movies.

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Luke loves a good maze.
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I also improvised another round of photo props. Some of them were free printables from Oh Happy Day. The rest are from free clip art.
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Scarlett is loving the photo props. Luke is not a fan of getting his pictures taken, but I got one smile out of him.

While the award show itself turned out to be not very kid-friendly, it worked out because the kids fell asleep right after the red carpet show.

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I’m happy we included the kids this year.
P.S. – Congratulations to Brave for winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature!
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Epcot World Showcase: Donald Duck in Mexico

After meeting Mulan in China, we made our way back to Epcot’s Mexican Pavillion for a Donald Duck extravaganza.

Mexican Donald had almost no line, and Luke was willing to meet him. Yay! Scarlett was not into Donald at this meet and greet, so it was just Luke and Dad. For some reason, this is the only photo we ended up with.

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So festive! 
Next, we hopped on a boat at the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros. Luke was a little nervous about the volcano in the distance of this ride, but ultimately had a fun time seeing all the scenes of Mexico and Donald Duck showing up all over the place.

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Welcome to Mexico
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Donald Duck Pinata

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Adios Amigos!
I definitely think the kids liked this ride more because they knew Donald from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I thought it was a fun little trip with really nice videos and some good educational stuff for when the kids get a little older.

Next up: Norway!

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Epcot World Showcase: Meeting Mulan in China

Our first character meeting at Epcot was with Mulan.

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The kids were not super thrilled with the World Showcase at first, so I bribed them with candy. I found some Cars themed candy that was like Pixy stix at Dollar Tree and gave the kids each one to get them to stand in line. So they are sucking on candy sticks in the photo.

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I think it was worth is to get a picture with all four of us in it – with nobody crying!

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The kids remembered watching the movie Mulan and liked it, so they were excited. Mulan was really sweet to Scarlett and gave her a nice hug. Even Luke talked to her, so I’d call it a good greeting.

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Walt Disney World: In Lieu of Splash Mountain

One of the reasons we planned a trip to Disney World in the first place was because Luke loved watching YouTube videos of Splash Mountain.

Then – tragedy of tragedies – we found out that during the time we would be at Disney, Splash Mountain would be down for refurbishment! Super disappointing, especially because this is Tom’s favorite ride. Oh well, there are other things to do at the Magic Kingdom.

 As it turns out, we got a little taste of Song of the South – without even getting wet! As we headed toward Big Thunder Mountain for Fast Passes, we caught Br’er Rabbit walking through Frontierland.

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It was a fun surprise to see a character that wasn’t on the official schedule. Tom was thrilled, and Scarlett loved his pink shirt. It matched her princess shirt perfectly.

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As cool as that meeting was, it wasn’t the end.
At Epcot later in the week, we had another surprise meeting, this time with Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear!
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We were able to get their autographs and everything. Luke even looks happy in the group shot! He let Br’er Fox hug him, too. It was a very sweet meeting.
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While Splash Mountain still remains at the very top of our list for our next Disney trip, meeting all the characters from the ride was great and memorable. Some Disney Magic visited upon us – how lucky are we?
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Disney World Character Greeting: Meeting Princesses in Town Square

We were able to get a Fastpass for both the Mickey meet & greet and the town square princesses at the same time. So right after Mickey we prepared to meet Cinderella, Aurora and Rapunzel.

Scarlett adores her Rapunzel wedding dress, so I put it on her right before we went inside. Sadly, she wore it for about two minutes and the whole time, she looked like this:

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Not a fan
After we took the dress off of her and convinced her we were about to see the REAL Rapunzel, she cheered up. Luke was having none of the Princess meetings, so he hung back while Scarlett got lots of royal hugs and photos.

First up was Cinderella. She was so beautiful!

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Princess hugs!

The next princess was Aurora. Scarlett loves Sleeping Beauty and for some reason, meeting her inspired Scarlett to dance!

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She is quite the twirler and kept the crowd entertained. Then, another hug and another picture. I like Aurora’s pose – so cute!
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Finally, we met Rapunzel. Scarlett was very proud she had on a Rapunzel shirt, and also had to show off her Cinderella sneakers. Of course, Rapunzel notice the purple marker spots where Scarlett had drawn on herself in the car. Oh well, at least she was color coordinated.

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Tangled is my favorite Disney movie so I was super happy to get this picture. Just LOVE the hair!

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So, Scarlett went from being The Grumpiest Princess to a happy little girl. Even though she was a little shy, she had a great time.

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Disney World Character Greeting: Meeting Mickey in Town Square

After driving from Grandma’s house in South Carolina, we arrived at our hotel around 5pm. We checked in, unpacked the car very quickly, and made our way to the Magic Kingdom by 6pm (the park had Extra Magic Hours that night so we got a good six hours there that night!)

Right away, we picked up some Fastpasses for the Town Square Character meet & greets.

First up was the main mouse, himself – Mickey!

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Being the first character meeting, this was a bit awkward for the kids.

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Luke was actually a little frightened. I feel bad looking at this picture – he looks like he’s trying to escape!

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With help from Mickey and his handlers, we did manage to calm everyone down long enough for a family photo. A reluctant family, but a photo nonetheless.

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It did take Luke several days to warm up to the characters, though. Fortunately, Scarlett liked them and wanted more. On to the Princesses!

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Love & Star Wars on Valentine’s Day

My husband is a Star Wars nerd. I love that about him. Since it’s difficult for us to get out for dates with 2 little kids, for Valentine’s Day last week, I set up a little Star Wars dinner and movie night.

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For dinner, I made:
Star Wars Sliders (burgers shaped like Darth Vader and R2-D2)
Jedi’s Fries
Midi-Chlorian Mix (Mixed Vegetables)
Blue Milk
Wookiee Cookies (Just Chocolate Chip)
Carbonite (Star Wars Figures stuck in Jell-o)
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After dinner, we had some photo ops with the masks.

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 We topped it all off with a viewing of “A New Hope.” It was the kids’ first time seeing it. They enjoyed it – Luke especially. Considering he’s named after Luke Skywalker, I’m glad!

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It was a fun  and tasty Star Wars love fest, and my Valentine had a great night.