Saturday, March 19, 2016

Celebrating a birthday at Disney World

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I have loved Mickey Mouse and all things Disney for as long as I can remember.  My second birthday was Mickey Mouse themed.  Little did I imagine 41 years later I'd be celebrating my birthday at Mickey's house!  It worked out this year that my birthday fell during Spring Break and members of the Carterville High School performing arts programs would be performing at various Disney parks this year.

Disney's Animal Kingdom:
The Tree of Life
My wife, daughter and I made the trek to watch the performances, hang out on the beach and play at the Disney Parks.  We made plans to visit both Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios on my 43rd birthday.  My wife told a cast member it was my birthday and she promptly gave me a button proclaiming it was my day.  Lisa and Brooke received buttons too, letting people know they were in the park to celebrate. 

TV at the 50's Prime Time Cafe
We ate dinner at the 50's Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios.  It's a step back in time, complete with a loud and cranky waitress named Janice.  She lectured everyone in our dining area about setting the table, keeping elbows off the table and leaving the "toys" (cell phones) unattended.  When our other son, who couldn't make the trip, called to wish me a happy birthday and I answered, Janice let me know I was breaking a rule.  She then stood by our table and directed the group to sing "Happy Birthday" to me.  

We wrapped up the meal with a great dessert and rode a handful of rides, including Toy Story Mania, Star Tours, The Rock 'n Roller Coaster and The Tower of Terror.  One of the "must dos" at Hollywood Studio was to meet Chewbacca.  My wife stood in the 20 minute line with me and my daughter and took a picture of us with the resident Wookiee.  We scored a few bonus pics of a Jawa and Storm Troopers as we checked out all the Star Wars paraphernalia on display.

We're not the Droids you're looking for...
I can't tell you how much fun it was spending my birthday at Disney World.  The cast members who greeted me with birthday well wishes, riding the rides and hanging out with most of my family were the greatest presents ever.  I try to be a big kid at heart and on that day I really left like it was a mission accomplished. 

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