Minnie’s Halloween Dine

Crosby’s birthday landed on a Saturday this year and it was our last birthday celebration of the month, so we decided to do our first character dining experience. I knew we wanted to go to Hollywood Studios for his birthday, so I looked at the options there first. Hollywood and Vine is usually an experience with the Disney Junior characters, which would not be my first preference but for the month of October it turns into Minnie’s Halloween Dine at Hollywood and Vine. I immediate jumped on this because of the character line up and the Halloween costumes!

We opted for lunch so we could start our day around noon and end the evening with the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show.

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Since Minnie was the star of the show, we were able to get our photo taken with the Disney Photo Pass. All other photos were from my phone on our own.

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Mickey was Crosby’s favorite!

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Goofy asked Crosby how old he was and was being a jokester.

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Donald’s costume was my favorite.

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Kenley’s shirt was the hit of the day! Daisy played with it and she got several comments about it! Daisy and Minnie were Kenley’s favorite.

We had a great time! It was the perfect way to celebrate Crosby’s day and cap our month-long birthday festivities!

my weekend in photos

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the kids didn’t have school on friday so we headed to planet obstacle with some friends!

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my little american ninja warriors

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crosby spent hours in the foam pit.

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laura and i took turns doing the high ropes challenge course. i was sure feeling it the next day!

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saturday morning run squad!

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8 miles done which was basically the extent of my training for my half marathon next weekend.

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our five year old!

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we headed to disney yet again for our final birthday celebration. crosby showed off his new watch every chance he got.

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giving olaf warm hugs!

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five.

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we survived our crazy birthday month!

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goodnight hollywood studios!

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we laid low on sunday after church and a grocery run. the weather was amazing, so we played with all of our new toys and spent some time outside.

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we had a fabulous weekend celebrating our boy.
how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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our friday started off unexpectedly and ended with kenley being treated for lice. thankfully, we caught it early and the lice troopers did a great job. let’s hope that’s the last time we have to go there.

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on saturday, we got up early to head down to legoland! we had a fun visit and i will share more photos this week!

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after legoland, we stopped at hollywood studios on the way home for our first visit to toy story land! the green army men may be my favorite.

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the wait wasn’t too bad for the alien swirling saucers, so we decided to try them out!

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love these boys.

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our favorite spot in hollywood studios, the baseline taproom.

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we did two parks in one day and it was hot! we’re crazy, but it’s also summer so why not? the kids were so great and we had such a fun day!ย 

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a beautiful ending to saturday.

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a date with my boy!

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we saw paw patrol at the performing arts center!

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the show was super cute and the boys loved it!

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school supply shopping! their off to first grade in a few weeks.

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we had a busy weekend! aside from our adventures, we spent the rest of the time cleaning, food prepping, and doing so. much. laundry.ย 

how was your weekend?!

Hollywood Studios {June 2018}

To kick off the first couple days of summer, we headed to Hollywood Studios on June 1st. This was a much anticipated trip as it was the first ride on the Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for a few of the friends. The morning started with a trip to Starbucks to fuel the day.

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We thought we may have time for Star Tours before our first fast pass but it took a while to get into the park, so we headed straight for Tower of Terror. We ended up doing child swap and taking turns going up in the tower. Kenley lucked out and got to ride it twice.

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After Tower of Terror we saw the Frozen Sing Along show. This was our first time seeing the show and I am truly disappointed in us. The show is hilarious! I kept telling Greg that I can’t wait for him to see it.

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We hit up Star Tours next before it was lunch time!

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We opted for some indoor activities after lunch and saw the Muppets in 3D! It was a cute show, but not as cool in there as we had hoped.

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Before heading over to what we thought would be our last fast pass of the day, we met Chewbacca!

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Riding Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with six year olds is the best. The looks on their faces are priceless. They both love the ride so much, but the start of it gets them every time.

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Half of our party were able to snag an additional fast pass for Toy Story in the evening, so Remi in guest relations hooked us all up with fast passes AND free ice cream for the kids. Obviously, we got a selfie with him. Our day had been extended a couple more hours, so we headed back out for some dinner.

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We caught the Little Mermaid show before ending the day with Toy Story! It was such a long day, but so much fun!

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We kicked off summer the best way we knew how and these mamas were tired by the end of the day!

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my weekend in photos

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we took the {older} kiddos to hollywood studios on friday. more pics to come!

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saturday chores.

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of course it started pouring right before our dinner reservation!

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we hit two stops on the ale trail after dinner.

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first pool party of the season. so many kids. so much fun.

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i can’t believe these girls are first graders!

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selfie.

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the moms.

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the dads.

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mommy time in the pool.

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we had such a fun weekend. we could have used another day to recover from the weekend.ย 

how was yours?

my weekend in photos

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we saw kenley’s science fair project at the orange county library on thursday night for the ocps stem fair! she was very proud.

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the kids checked out some library books and we headed to our favorite brewery!

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i got to hang with this girl on friday night.

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six miles on saturday morning.

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run all the miles, drink all the coffee.

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saturday soccer in the rain.

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it was fun while it lasted, then she was over it.

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no better place to spend a rainy day than disney on ice!

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moana was the best, but the whole show was really cool.

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hugs from tink!

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my boy.

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mother’s day church and brunch before heading to hollywood studios.

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kenley got to meet star-lord and groot!

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getting pumped for toy story land!

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crosby conquered the tower of terror! he declared that he was never riding it again, but we’ll see about that.

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staying dry with a snack.

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running to the car in the rain.

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we finished the rainy weekend with family movie night, the greatest showman! i had a fabulous mother’s day and we all had a great weekend.

how was yours?

Hollywood Studios {March 2018}

We ended spring break with a day trip to Hollywood Studios. We decided that we would maximize our time at the park and planned to stay the whole day, which is not something we normally do.

My original plan was to meet Buzz and Woody before our first fast pass, but Donald and Daisy were right by the entrance, so we stopped for pictures and autographs. Kenley is really into having the characters sign our character book. I love the picture of she and Daisy together.

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Our first fast pass was put on hold since Toy Story was down (an important detail later), so we headed to Star Tours and were able to get right on the ride. Star Tours is Crosby’s favorite ride so I was happy to have him be able to do it twice in one day.

After Star Tours, we watched the March of the First Order and headed to the Launch Bay to meet Kylo Ren.

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Toy Story ended up opening again, so we were able to use our fast pass later on in the morning (along with every other person in the park), but we were excited to get on it. It is one of our absolute favorite rides of all the parks.

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In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the best idea to get on a ride that had been down all morning because we got to the end of the ride and it stopped…then it stopped again, for good. Several very nice cast members came to get us out of our seats and walk us out of the ride. They had already cleared all of the guests in the 2+ hour waiting line and gave us an extra fast pass to use that day. We were making memories, that’s for sure!

After lunch, we headed to Tower of Terror. Greg and Kenley rode this together once, but I hadn’t been on it in so long. Kenley talked about it all week long, but started to get nervous as we boarded our elevator. I forgot how cool and thrilling it is! Kenley likes it but definitely had a death grip on my arm the whole time (as you can see in the picture).

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We used our extra fast pass on the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster! Kenley was adamant that she wanted to ride it but I wasn’t sure she would be tall enough. She stood very tall and was so excited to ride it. She and Greg wanted to make silly faces, but you can see the surprise in she and Jackson’s eyes as we took off. They both loved it and Kenley can’t wait to do it again. I love that she is fearless with roller coasters because I definitely wasn’t like that when I was her age!

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I went for a second time with mom so she could use her fast pass too. Crosby was so good while he waited for us, so we happily went back to ride Star Tours again for him.

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We had such a fun day at Hollywood Studios. The weather was amazing, the park wasn’t that busy, and the company was great!

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We’ll see ya real soon, Goofy!