The Weekly Peanut, Issue 228
We decided Friday night we would finally check out one of the new Hollywood Studios evening offerings, Pixar Live: A Symphony of Characters. A live orchestra performing music from some of my favorite films, with characters? How could we not??
We got to studios just as some of D's friends were coming out to say hi, so that worked out nicely. D picked who she wanted to visit, and Tiana was first.
She surprised me with her next pick (given the selection): Brer Fox.
Look at that pose! I also can't get over how grown up D looks standing next to Mulan.
Her last stop was Minnie Mouse. Not only did she do all her cute poses, she tried to pretty much cover Minnie in kisses. Her face, her cheeks, her nose, her arms, her hands...
We caught up with Mellie, Benji, and Sam inside just in time to use our Toy Story Midway Mania Fastpass. We grabbed an early dinner (D enjoyed the pizza lunchable we packed), then headed over to the Beauty and the Beast theater where the Pixar show would be.
The Green Army Men come out and do a little pre-show and interact with the audience. It's super fun. Also THEY BROKE OUT PADDING FOR THE BENCHES, HALLELUJAH.
The live symphony performs a number of medleys with intros from the characters. If you like a live orchestra performance, it's really extraordinary. They show clips from the films on the big screens, too. D stared at those most of the time.
Trigger Warning: they perform the entire opening scene of Up. With the video. Prepare yourselves accordingly.
Ian remembered that the Planet Hollywood store had some memorabilia of relevance to D.
It wasn't that late, so we ended up taking D to Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Just to punish Ian, tbh. D had way too much fun leading a rousing round of "If You're Happy And You Know It" in the holding room.
We headed out after a quick ride on Star Tours.
Some CM's saw us leaving and whipped out a Lightning McQueen cupcake from behind their backs for D. I have no idea how my kid continues to charm her way into free sugar, but bless Disney for it because THOSE CUPCAKES ARE EXPENSIVE.
Saturday was chill-out day. Starting by the pool.
We met up with Miranda for lunch at 4 Rivers.
D had some gift cards, so we went shopping. Starting at Toys R Us.
Then she begged me to go to "the makeup store" (Ulta). We wandered around the store, she had a pack of EOS lip balm I was going to let her get. Then she saw a display photo of a girl with blue lips. D's jaw dropped. "Mommy... mommy!!! BLUE. LIPSTICK!!!!! CAN I HAVE BLUE LIPSTICK???" Uhhh... uhmmm... and before I knew it, she'd eschewed her balm and snatched up some bright blue Nyx Lip Suede and started making excited puppy eyes at me. Ahhhhhh jeez. Well... ok.
As we got ready to drive home, D asked to use the phone camera. "I need to work on my looks, mommy." Uhh.... ok...
I drove the 10 minutes back to our house. I heard the camera going off. A lot. When I got home I found 341 new photos. Here are some of the highlights.
Sunday we had Flight of Passage FastPasses, so back we went to Animal Kingdom. D wanted to wear her new lipstick to Pandora.
We went straight to Flight of Passage. D was nervous about her glasses staying on.
At the last minute, we realized we could tuck the giant glasses into her tight ponytail and VOILA, they stayed on. And D loved the ride even more for it.
Our next stop was for something new: Expedition Everest. We told D it was basically a bigger Thunder Mountain. With a yeti. She had a lot of concerns. She was definitely nervous and intimidated. She tried to back out right before we got loaded in. So I crouched down, and I reminded her she had felt this way before all the coasters, and the same thing happened before we rode Flight of Passage for the first time, but she loved them all. And I promised her if she didn't like it we didn't have to ride again.
She did great. She was nervous on the ride, but as soon as it was over she was all smiles and was ALL OVER the yeti merchandise in the gift shop. Ian was so proud of her bravery, he treated her to a strawberry slush in a souvenir cup. With an attached ocarina. Upon which she can play It's a Small World. Why does my husband hate me?
We saw Festival of the Lion King, then went straight to our most favorite restaurant, Satuli Canteen. D picked at Ian's leftover Kale and Quinoa.
We called it an early day so we could enjoy lots of free samples at Costco (D fell in love with fish burgers this time). That night D brought me a special drawing she'd made.
"Mommy, that's a nice rainbow Yeti, on his Rainbow Mount Everest, and then there's a hidden mickey, too." About sums it up.