those of you joining me from The Disney FAITHful and those of you just hopping
aboard. I am the 2nd stop on
our Magical Blogorail. This month's
topic is Celebrations in Disney.
Choosing a celebration
for this themed post was a piece of cake – birthday cake, that is! Take a look at the countdown on the upper
right-hand corner of the page. As you see, there are only three days until my weekend trip to Walt Disney World! (Can I get a Woot! Woot!?) This trip is ultra-special for me, not only
because it will it be my first-ever SOLO trip to the World, but because it will
be the first time I will visit on our birthday.
right! I happen to share my birthday –
October 1st – with Walt Disney World, which we all know is
celebrating its 40th birthday this year. What a fun coincidence! Okay, okay, so I admit
I’m a few years older than the Magic
Kingdom, but it’s the same birthday,
women my age I’m constantly juggling important demands on my time – kids,
husband, job, housework, errands… yadda-yadda-yadda…the
busy life of the working mother; the stress of special needs parenting – you’ve
heard it all before. But balancing work and play is important for
my mental health. If it weren’t for my
hobbies surrounding Walt Disney World – reading, chatting, blogging, and
tweeting about it – most days would be all work and no play. My Disney time is me-time!
You’ve got to keep your life in
the year, when the Disney online community started buzzing about the Magic
Kingdom’s 40th birthday coinciding with the inaugural weekend of
Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, the wheels in my brain began
turning – very slowly at first – and continued to pick up speed as the months
progressed. So many people I knew from the blogosphere and Twitter were going
to be there, including my new “real life” friend and fellow Spectrum Mom,
Tracy. (See Spectrum Moms Take on theWorld!)
came when my favorite podcaster, Lou Mongello from WDW Radio, announced that his show would be broadcasting LIVE from
Walt Disney World for forty hours straight. I knew I had
to be there! Luckily my husband agreed,
reasoning that there couldn’t be a better birthday present for his
So, as the Birthday Girl, what special treats can
I look forward to at Walt Disney World?
One of the
first things I’ll do after checking into my room the night before is dial “0”
on the phone so I can request the special “birthday message” for my wakeup call
at the start of the big day. I wonder who
will call -- Mickey? Goofy? Cinderella?
I can’t wait to find out!
Photo courtesy oldphoneworks.com
arrive at the Magic Kingdom, my first stop will be Guest Relations, where I will pick up my Happy Birthday button. While wearing this badge of honor, I’ll be
sure to hear “Happy Birthday” wishes from both guests and Cast Members all day
knows what other little surprises may be in store for me? Cast Members have
been known to bestow all kinds of little gifts on the bearers of Birthday
buttons – everything from cards signed by characters to surprise “Happy
Birthday” cupcakes at the end of a meal.
Photo courtesy of DisneyFoodBlog
candle in this little beauty and I’m good to go!
cake, I won’t be planning on a custom birthday cake because of traveling solo, but they
are available to order. If you’re
interested, here’s an excellent article from Disney Food Blog on How to Order a Cake at Walt Disney World.
been given a surprise party, but I think
I may be in for one this year! Disney
Parks recently tweeted that “guests at
Magic Kingdom can expect special surprises on Oct 1st” It’skilling me not knowing what these are,
but rumor has it the surprises may involve rare character meet ‘n greets and
perhaps a collectible pin that will
only be available that day.
And while we’re
on the subject of pins, you can be sure that I’ll want to pick up a little birthday
bling to add to my collection!
the celebration won’t end on Oct 1st. The party continues the following evening – at
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! I’ve got lots of meets lined up, not the
least of which will include spending time with my friend Tracy, another friend
from the DISboards and their kids. Will I be dressing up in costume??
Photo courtesy of villadirect.com
Of course I will! I can’t go to the Halloween
party and not dress up! What will my
The Many Adventures of a Disney-Lovin’ Spectrum Mom is not affiliated with, authorized or endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with, The Walt Disney Company or Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of their affiliates. All trademarks, service marks, and trade names are proprietary to Disney Enterprises, Inc., its subsidiary, affiliated and related companies, as the case may be. For the official Disney website, visit disneyparks.disney.go.com