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Disney World Character Greeting: Meeting Merida

Scarlett was very excited to meet Merida from Brave on our last day at Disney World. I have to admit, as a fan of Brave, I was too!


Tom and Luke went to do some “boy” things like ride Thunder Mountain (again), while I took Scarlett to meet a few more princesses. We arrived at Fairytale Garden just in time – we were the last ones they let in through the big wooden doors before cutting off the line and shut the doors behind us. I was nervous with a two-year-old and a long wait ahead of us, but there was a lot to do at this meet and greet and Scarlett enjoyed herself coloring a picture of Merida and her horse while we waited. They had tons of pencils but she preferred my pink Sharpie.
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There was an area set up to learn a little archery, but Scarlett was intimidated. We were the last ones to see Merida before her break, so Scarlett even got a little extra attention from the lady running the archery activity. She preferred coloring and looking at the decorations, though.
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When our turn came, Merida greeted us and Scarlett followed her to get an autograph and a picture. Merida was very friendly and pretty.


When I brushed a piece of hair out of Scarlett’s face, Merida joked that she had the same problem with her crazy curls!
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This was definitely one of the best character meetings we had, with all the activities and fun atmosphere. We were very lucky we were let inside when we were, because I don’t think an extra 30 minute wait would have been too fun for Scarlett. 44234980171 I am so glad we got to do this meet & greet. I think it’s one of the best character photos we got!


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!

Oscar Steph
2005 Academy Award Party – Woohoo!
The Spread
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!


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)

Not actually the Scottish recipe, but tasty!

Frankenweenies in a Blanket (Lil Smokies in crescent rolls)

Green Frosting and Lifesavers = zombies
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.

Luke loves a good maze.

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.




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.

I’m happy we included the kids this year.
P.S. – Congratulations to Brave for winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature!