Cars 3 Geek-Out

I woke up today, looked at the gloomy morning, and figured out if I should write about Cars 3 or Taco Tuesday!?

We attended the Cars 3 event in #Boston over the weekend, and met Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm, and Cruz Ramirez. We can't wait for the #movie premiere!

Obviously Cars 3 won, but have no fear – Taco Tuesday can be next week? There’s always going to be time for tacos. Cars 3? Well, we shall see. If you’ve been following along even halfway, you may have noticed that Des is in love with Pixar’s Cars franchise. It happened in early 2016, and no lie, it was maybe a month after we stayed at the Art of Animation Resort in Walt Disney World. We had booked a Little Mermaid room, but stayed in a Finding Nemo suite as a surprise to the kids. There are four sections of the resort – these two and Lion King and Cars. Well, we stayed there for five nights and didn’t even VISIT the Cars section! We didn’t know! I was kicking myself.

So this year we remedied that and it was glorious.

Disney Pixar(Des looking at the Radiator Springs sign like, “I have found my people!”)

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I need you to know that I have followed along with this obsession INSANELY. I spend way too much money on way too many toys, in a house already overflowing with toys. We booked a Cars 3 movie theater birthday party for Des because the movie comes out a few days after his fifth birthday. We stayed at the resort twice on my dollar! And get this – I had NEVER seen the movie until last night! That’s right. Last night. It’s fantastic, by the way. Laugh and cry and feel good. You know Pixar. They clearly know us. “You don’t know me, Pixar! Wait, yes you do. Sob.”

Even Scarlet is in on the act! Cassidy must want to stuff his ears with cotton.

Months ago when I had heard that there was going to be a Cars 3 event in Boston, I knew we had to go. I figured, though, that it was one of those many dreams I have that races out of the cannon until it loses steam and momentum. Then it never picks itself up off the ground. I do that a lot because I’m prone to changes in mood, with changes in weather, exhaustion, patience, tolerance for hearing “Mama” “Mama” “Mama” 17 times in a row, and acceptance of Boston traffic and four hours in a car with two kids, etc. The thing is, though: WE SO DID IT.

I thought it would be quiet and no one would know about it because they’re not big geeks like me. I WAS WRONG!


We waited on line for over an hour to get in, but the kids were calm. Des wanted me to carry him like a baby, but Scarlet kept him in line. She also packed snacks/water and thought we were irresponsible for forgetting them..


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And in true Disney fashion, they entertained us while we waited in line!

..Still looking at the ice cream truck instead..

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We attended the Cars 3 event in #Boston over the weekend, and met Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm, and Cruz Ramirez. We can't wait for the #movie premiere!

Finally, we were in! The event was free even though I had my hand reaching for my wallet because I’d totally throw more money at Pixar. You could watch a trailer for Cars 3 inside a truck. You could play games and win prizes! Scarlet won toothpaste (BOO!) and Des won a sheet of Cars 3 tattoos (YAY!). There were free smoothie samples, coupons, recipes, and artwork. The big deal for us – worth the long wait – was “meeting” Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and Jackson Storm. We told Des they were sleeping and that’s why they weren’t talking to us or racing. Also, Scarlet believed that too and that this was REAL LIFE. WIN for ages 4 and 7!

We look like happy, happy dorks.

We attended the Cars 3 event in #Boston over the weekend, and met Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm, and Cruz Ramirez. We can't wait for the #movie premiere!

We weren’t in there long, but the kids were elated. After that we went for ice cream with my friend, Bev, and her family, hit LEGOLand Boston for the store (throwing more $$ away), and went to an urban playground.

It confounded my country kids just a bit, but they caught on fast.

Thanks for bearing with my geekery and my iPhone pics. You KNOW I’m all about camera pictures, but I was contending with enough! Then we drove home to the smooth sounds of Sia Radio Pandora. Until next time, Boston!

Do any of your kids’ passions make you geek out too?

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Cars 3 Geek-Out — 30 Comments

  1. Omg, this looked like so much fun and wish the Cars event was closer to us as I could so see my kids wanting to attend, too. And you are right was a gloomy Tuesday morning here, too. So the perfect way to brighten it up by reading your post and seeing your awesome pics, too. Thanks my friend 🙂

  2. Your kids are so cute and it looks like they had a great time at the Cars event! The model cars are so cool! My son used to have a Cars bed in his bedroom and he really enjoys the movies as well. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Chunky used to love the Cars movie and we would have to watch it non-stop over and over and over. I swear that kid knew that movie by heart. WE just got rid of the last piece of Cars memorabilia on Easter and it was to my nephew who is 3. I’m sure once my son catches this new movie he’ll want it all back LOL!!!

  4. This looks like so much fun! My family loved the Cars franchise, but now that my son is 15, I’m not sure if he’s going to want to see the new one. I do though, so he may have to go anyway 🙂

  5. Years ago, when I had a home-based daycare, the kids loved to watch the first Cars movie, and, to be honest, I never grew tired of watching it! I need to see Cars 2, then, Cars 3. Looks like you and your kids had a lot of fun!

  6. Boo, why does nothing cool come here?! I am jealous. We LOVE Cars, but isn’t the trailer a little sad looking though? A crash and burn accident. I am still looking forward to it and can’t wait!

  7. Des’s big brown eyes look enchanted with the Radiator Springs sign, how adorable. I didn’t know Disney entertained you while you wait in line. That’s pretty awesome.

  8. Aww .. your kids are so sweet. They made me smile. I’ve never been to an event like this one .. with the theme of a movie. It looks like so much fun. I wish it were closer .. I’d love to take my grandson!

  9. Oh my goodness, this is so cool! I would love to attend something like this! Ahem… I mean MY KIDS would love to attend something like this!

    I can’t wait for Cars 3 to come out in the theatre. We don’t go to the movie theatre often but Cars 3 would be worth it!

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. I’m lucky that for now it’s just Madison and while she loves all things Disney, Minnie Mouse is her absolute favorite. We don’t geek out until we get to Disney. This sounded like it was a fun event though and Madison would have enjoyed it too. She loves Lightening.

  11. I think it is hilarious that Scarlet packed water and snacks… you go, plan-ahead-girl! Such a fun event for children. I remember taking the family to see Lion King on Broadway. I think it is still one of the best shows I’ve ever seen!

  12. Your kids are so cute! We love the movie Cars, I think it was one of my favorite Disney movies we can’t wait to see the next one!

  13. Scarlet is a very responsible young lady. I always forget to pack snacks. I love the Cars franchise and I’m sure my kids will love the latest movie too.

  14. Wow! It must be a wonderful experience with the kids. I can imagine their happiness seeing the Cars lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and Jackson Storm “in person.” It’s a blast!

  15. Glad we got to hang out for a bit! We watched Cars with Eve a month or so ago and she really enjoyed it. I’ll probably take her to see 3 in theaters 🙂

  16. Hi Tamara, it looks like you made the right choice you all look in your element. You can have Tacos any day of the week!Quick thinking Mum! Of course cars have to sleep too, where would they get the energy to race if they didn’t?


  17. I am so glad that I am not the only one GEEKING OUT about this event! We are going to the one in Pheonix this weekend and my son who just turned 7 has no idea! I’m so stinking excited. I am have “pit passes” made and bought him the cutest shirt from the Disney store that makes him look like a mechanic!

    If ya’ll are going, here is the link:

    It IS a free event, but there are free tickets for hourly time slots so you don’t have to wait in line!
    Oh gosh I can’t wait!

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