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Disney Movie Night Menu: Planes

Since we saw Planes early, we didn’t get to have our movie night dinner until afterwards. That was helpful, though, since it gave me more of an idea of what to serve.

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Our Menu:
Chicken Wings
Dusty’s Crops (Veggies)
Chug’s Corn Muffins
El Chupacabra’s Churros
Dotty’s Jet Fuel (Iced Tea)

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I made the churros myself using this recipe from The Food Network. I was not sure if this was a good idea since I’ve never even eaten a churro, nevermind cooked one. But they actually came out pretty good! Tasted yummy and everything. The kids liked them and then liked dipping their carrots in the chocolate sauce. That’s one way to get them to eat their vegetables!


Disney Movie Night: Planes

We were supposed to go to the park Thursday night, but it was supposed to rain. We decided not to chance getting caught in a thunderstorm and I’m glad we did. It turns out our local theaters were having Thursday night showings of Planes!


I was excited we didn’t have to wait until Friday, and armed with 2 free tickets (one from Toys R Us and one from Disney Movie Rewards) and a coupon for $3 off popcorn (from Regal Cinema texts), it was a bargain.

We got there early, but it wasn’t all that crowded. We waited in the hall until we could go into the theater.


Luckily, we had that popcorn.

Scarlett wore her tutu over her clothes…

Once inside we watched a LOT of coming attractions, while the kids kept asking “Is this Planes?”


When the movie started, they were pretty into it for a while. I wish we hadn’t been quite so early because it was about half way through that Scarlett started kicking chairs and standing up. I ended up taking her to walk around, and then watched the last part of the movie sitting in the hall that lead to the doorway while Scarlett played on my phone and danced (good thing she wore that tutu!).


I did like the parts I saw. People laughed, and the visuals were pretty great. The plot was really close to Cars, and pretty predictable, but that was expected – it was originally meant to go straight to video. I’m glad it came to the big screen because the animation was made for that. Looking forward to the DVD release, though, so I can see the parts I missed!

Luke liked it, and since he’s pretty much the demographic, I’m glad for that. Plus, other than the time he shouted out “What happened?!” when the screen went white, he acted appropriately for a movie theater. He is learning! And Scarlett will get there, too – hopefully in time for Frozen!


Disney Planes Activity: Watching Planes Land

One of our favorite places to go for a picnic is Gravelly Point Park. Located right next to Reagan National Airport, it’s a grassy area on the river where planes fly right overhead as they take off or land in Washington DC.

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We went just before dusk and spread out a blanket. The kids played in the grass while we waited to see the airplanes.

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It was a busy night at the airport!  We saw lots of planes.

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They were loud! We took turns covering the kids’ ears.

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It’s a unique experience, with a great view! Highly recommended.


Disney Planes Activity: Air & Space Museum

One of the great things about living right outside of Washington D.C. is the access to so many wonderful museums. One is the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, which fit perfectly without our Disney Planes week.

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They have everything from military aircraft to passenger jets to the early planes built by the Wright Brothers.

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They also have interactive areas where you can learn while you play.

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The kids liked the airplane repair area the best. Tools and gears are fun!

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Suprisingly, we found a good amount of Disney sprinkled throughout the museum!

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Disney World is easily accessible by air – here’s some luggage with souvenirs!

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Mickey Mouse cartoon

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Of course, Planes in the gift shop!

Luke and Scarlett loved this museum. Scarlett has asked to go again every day since we left! It’s a great place to visit in the D.C. area.


Disney Movie of the Week: Planes

I know I mention this all the time, but our family LOVES Cars.

Luke, Sally and Me at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

So we are SUPER excited for Planes – I feel like we have been waiting for years for it to come out!

Luke at Age 2 watching a plane

Luke, as a typical four-year-old boy, also loves airplanes.

There are several airplane-related things to do around here, so it should be a fun week.