From the Disney Bubble

Stories about living, working, and popping confetti cannons inside the Walt Disney World bubble

A Very Disney Birthday

on September 15, 2013

I celebrated my 33rd birthday in the Magic Kingdom this year and really couldn’t have asked for a better day. My kid had to go to school (lame!) and Coach was still status long-distance, so I hit the Kingdom solo. As usual, I was prepared. Birthday shoes and Kingdom hair.



I know that I go through it mostly every day now, but going through the big gates on your birthday is kind of a big deal.



I was a little late for Rope Drop, but that’s okay. I may  have seen it once or twice. Maybe. I started by getting and (of course) customizing my birthday button. Pascal and a sparkly Mickey as the “o”. Nice.


Second step? I headed back to Ariel’s Grotto because I’ve never actually said hey to A in person and I needed her signature on my Sorcerer’s card. The queue line was fairly short and I got a mermaid compliment on my shoes. That’s #birthdaymagic.





After my chat with a mermaid, I headed to BOG for my latest addiction, the Croque Monsieur at Be Our Guest’s lunch edition. And a strawberry cupcake. Duh. Standing in line was wicked hot, even with my complimentary line umbrella. I’ve learned to sweat gracefully down here. Not. I stood next to a party of 11 people who weren’t so happy about the heat, either, being from Canada and all. Just as we approached the door and I told the host that I was a party of one, a lady from the giant party put her hand on my shoulder and said, “You’re eating alone? On your birthday? That’s not going to work! You can eat with us. We have 11, so one more won’t hurt!” I think she thought that the restaurant required reservations and I was really touched by both her concern and her generosity. I assured her that I was a practiced guest at the BOG and wished them the best of meals. It was pretty cute watching them go through the ordering queue on their first visit. As I was ordering my fancy ham sandwich, lo and behold I found a legacy CM. I said thanks for her magical contributions and she teared up a little. What you can see here is me and her. What you can also see is the hand of a second legacy CM photobombing us. Sweet.



I sat myself down in the ballroom and proceeded to conquer all social media posts necessary from the morning (there were a few) and send pictures of my cupcake to some friends who couldn’t be with me. As I watched the family of 12 take their seats in the Rose Room, I had an inspirational idea. I knew it was their first time at BOG so I snagged a manager and asked if we could get them some Grey Stuff. I was betting that they didn’t even know it existed and was pretty jazzed about seeing it delivered to their very large table. On a sad note, the manager informed me that the Grey Stuff isn’t available at lunch and asked me why I wanted to give it to them. When I explained that no, I didn’t know them, and that was why their offer to sit with their family had been so special, he asked if I’d like to give them an extra magical fastpass for any ride at the park. ALL TWELVE OF THEM! I said I thought that would be just the ticket and in a flash, we were walking to their table. As he explained the fastpass to them, the lady who’d offered me a seat with them had the most classic expression on her face. It was, for lack of any other fitting term, magic.



I figured that was pretty great for one day, so I dancewalked to the 12:30 Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It parade (my favorite) with good vibes going on. I may or may not have stopped in Castle Couture to try on funglasses (I did) on my way.



I also may or may not have brought my own baggie to pick up the spoils from the confetti cannons that pop as the parade wraps up.



Pretty good birthday, right? But there’s more. I had a 1:30 appointment for a mermaid makeover at Pirate’s League. I tell myself that it was to demonstrate that there is a pretty awesome makeover available for adults at World. I think we all know it was just because it’s awesome and sparkly. While I was waiting to check in, a rather distressed lady approached the podium. I couldn’t tell exactly what she was saying, but got the impression that they had been unable to get into BBB and were told that they could walk into Pirate’s League for a mermaid makeover without an appointment. I walked up to the side of the podium and told the host that if she needed an appointment she could have mine. He looked truly shocked and asked if I could hold on for a minute. As it turns out, Distressed Lady needed FOUR appointments. The manager that came to speak with her talked to the host and began writing out a no-strings-attached voucher. I was pretty excited that it looked like she was at least going to get something done for the four kids who were pretty upset. Lo and behold, the No Strings voucher was for me. The host was so impressed that I’d willingly offered my reservation that he spoke to the manager and not only did I get a voucher for a free princess brush (SERIOUSLY!!) but Distressed Lady got her makeovers!! WOO!


Honestly, it just wouldn’t have been a big deal for me to give her my ressie – I was melted two seconds after I walked out anyway, but it was lots of fun to go into the League and get it done.




And, on my way out of the Kingdom, I managed to find a friend’s son who’d just joined the college program. Because really, you should always meet someone for the first time with scales on your face and blue eyebrows. OBLIGATORY SELFIE!!



At this point in the day, I retrieved the short person from school (with the makeup on. You’re welcome, Ben!) and then de-mermaided so we could have dinner with the Burkharts. We made our way through Epcot with one stop for funglasses.



Saw the Burkharts on the path and got a picture like we weren’t scheduled to eat dinner with them in 27 minutes,

IMG_3904and had a fantastic dinner at Via Napoli that concluded with free dessert and Italian singing. Weee!



I rounded out my night getting to meet another really special person, Julie Chiesa, for a quick hello hug,


and returning home to a freaking EPIC birthday card from Patti Keller.

IMG_3916Seriously. I don’t know how she does this.

In all, I had a really fantastic birthday in the Disney bubble. I am grateful for so many things, but most of all the people in my life that make it so special for me to be here and who are genuinely kind enough to spend their vacation time hanging out. Go live your dreams, guys. You won’t believe what happens when you do.  -M




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