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“We’re Going to Disney World” Theme Dinner

We’re going to Disney World!

We decided on another trip to WDW this year to take advantage of the free dining promotion offered for the fall and attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party.

We had a special Disney World Themed Dinner before we left. I tried to base all the food on Magic Kingdom attractions.

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Disney World Theme Dinner Menu
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Jerk Chicken
  • Space Mountain Pasta Stars
  • Pete’s Silly Side Salad
  • Splash Mountain Gushers
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Cookies
  • Mad “Sweet Tea” Party

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petes silly side salad

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A tasty way to kick off our trip!


Disney World: Belle’s Village in New Fantasyland

We didn’t spend a whole lot of time in the New Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom, but what we did see was really cool. Much of it belongs to Belle and her friends.

Tom and Luke in front of Belle’s house

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Statue outside of Gaston’s Tavern

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The Beast’s Castle

I was excited to try the counter service lunch at Be Our Guest – but so was everyone else at the park! A line was forming at 10am for lunch at noon, and honestly, I didn’t want to sacrifice two hours of rides on the last day of our vacation just to eat there. I am planning to swipe a few dishes from their menu for our upcoming Beauty and the Beast movie night, though!


Disney World Character Greeting: Meeting Princess Tiana & Prince Naveen

One of the best character meet and greets we had at Disney World was with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.



We had just returned to the Magic Kingdom after an afternoon nap and the sun was starting to set. It was about 45 minutes until Tiana’s character greeting ended so Tom suggested we head over to her Liberty Square gazebo after finishing our Dole Whip snacks in Adventureland. I am glad we decided to do that instead of ride the Magic Carpets first because when we got there it was a forty minute wait and they cut the line off right after us!


I was worried about such a long wait with the little kids but Tiana is Tom’s favorite princess and he wanted to wait. The kids were content to play with the Cars vehicles I had packed in the backpack so we waited and it turned out to be worth it!

It only took us about a half hour to get to the front of the line. Luke was still being shy with the characters at this point (midway through our vacation!) but Scarlett decided at the last minute she wanted to give Tiana a hug.

The family before us had a little boy with them who was also a little nervous. Prince Naveen started to playfully chase him but the poor boy tripped off the edge of the gazebo and fell. Naveen felt very bad! Because of this, when Luke didn’t want to go up and meet the characters, Naveen didn’t push it. He said “I learned my lesson!” It was pretty funny.


Tiana’s frog princess outfit was just beautiful, and I thought she was the most convincing of all the princesses we met. She was so sweet and gave Scarlett a great hug. Naveen was good too  – although Scarlett wasn’t as interested as getting a hug from him, trying to squirm away – and it was fun to meet two characters at once, especially a princess AND a prince! Talking characters are always fun to interact with but these two were really in character and felt like they stepped right out of The Princess and the Frog.


Walt Disney World: Baby’s First Haircut at Harmony Barber Shop

The very last thing we did on our Disney World vacation was to get Scarlett’s First Haircut at Harmony Barber Shop. This little barber shop on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom offers a first haircut package for $18. Since Scarlett had never had a haircut, we thought this would be a great place to get one! We were able to get a last minute appointment right before we left home so we didn’t have to wait at all.

Scarlett was a little nervous, but the stylists must be used to this since they immediately gave her a spinning Minnie Mouse and about a thousand stickers.

This stuff kept her quite happy while they snipped off her baby hair and made a nice even style.

They topped off her cute new cut with a pair of Mickey Ears that have “First Haircut” embroidered on the back. So adorable!!
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Of course, this was not the end. After seeing all the girls around the park who had been given Princess Make-overs at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Scarlett was eager to get her own “Princess hair.” Not a problem! The stylist put her hair in an updo decorated with “Pixie Dust.” (She did wonder why she couldn’t fly with pixie dust in her hair – we just told her she only got a little bit.)

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The whole thing was quick and fun, with Scarlett ending up looking pretty cute in the end. They gave us a first haircut certificate and the little bits of hair they cut off were put into a Mickey bag for us to keep. I’m so glad we heard about this special service. It was a great experience!


Princess Scarlett was quite happy with her new look!


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!


Disney World Character Greeting: Meeting Tigger and Eeyore in Fantasyland

On our last day at the Magic Kingdom, Luke and Tom were doing adventurous boy things (like riding rollercoasters) and hadn’t planned on doing any character meetings. But just as they passed The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore showed up!


The kid is goofy, but I’m glad he got in another character photo! Scarlett and I were on our way back from meeting Merida and also spotted these guys. We were surprised to end up in line behind our other family members! Scarlett decided not to wait, though, and we got out of line. Instead we played at Pooh’s house.

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It was a nice little pit stop and photo op!


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!


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!


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.


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.

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!
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.
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?