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!

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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?

I’m Going To Disney World, Part 8: Princess Heaven

So, where did we last leave off? I beat my roller coaster phobia! Twice! Well, I suppose it remains to be seen whether it’s really gone for good, but when I think about the Mine Train, I only think fond thoughts. I don’t think about my stomach leaving my body, or the near-dizziness of being whipped around. Instead, I think about Scarlet next to me, Cassidy and Des with their arms up in front of us, a happy scream settling itself in my throat, and the sunset we saw coming out of the mine.

One of the greatest parts of going to Disney World - for us - is seeing princesses, meeting princesses, and getting their autographs! #travel #DisneyWorld

Just don’t ask me to go on The Barnstormer again. It wasn’t the same.

(This is NOT The Barnstormer, but it’s pretty cute.)

Where we last left off, we had gotten to Disney World early to see a quick morning show on the stage instead of at the train like we’ve seen before. Then the gates were lifted, and it was Main Street Mayhem! We had not used a FastPass for Elena of Avalor/Cinderella, because we wanted to try to race to them first thing in the morning and use the FastPasses on rides. It worked! We got right in line and it seemed like a 10-15 minute line only. It was still chilly and a bit humid. I have to be honest – I really do fangirl when I see these characters. And I can’t stop grinning! I know that we do this (mostly) for my kids..

..but it needs to be said that I could probably play Snow White or Belle if someone asked me nicely to do so?

One of the greatest parts of going to Disney World - for us - is seeing princesses, meeting princesses, and getting their autographs! #travel #DisneyWorld

Still. They’re awesome! Even Des gets starstruck!

It’s just more people to play trains with, as far as he’s concerned!

He was a little shy about Elena and Cinderella this year.

Scarlet wasn’t!

I think she smiled so hard her face almost fell off. I might be talking about myself too! They are amazing princesses, and I love the way they tell stories, references their own histories, and make everyone – kids and adults – feel special and noticed.

And like their cheeks might fall off from the smiling? Yes.

One of the greatest parts of going to Disney World - for us - is seeing princesses, meeting princesses, and getting their autographs! #travel #DisneyWorld

One of the greatest parts of going to Disney World - for us - is seeing princesses, meeting princesses, and getting their autographs! #travel #DisneyWorld

Then we did the Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid ride, as we do every year. And you can’t go there without meeting Ariel, right? Well, Des wasn’t so sure, but Scarlet certainly was!

And me! So much!

Her face just kills me here, there, and everywhere. She even got that look on her face for the non-human, non-princess superstars. Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck were pretty awesome too! This was the first year she filled up her autograph book.

I’m SO GLAD I got in these photos. I should tell you that there’s a mix here of photos from my camera, my phone, Cassidy’s phone, and a few (the rollercoaster and some upcoming Belle ones) that were taken by Disney photographers. I should also tell you that since these photos were taken, I have learned to pair a LulaRoe Carly dress with a belt. What does that mean?

Absolutely nothing. I just needed you to know! Sheesh.

After a lot of princesses, one roller coaster, and lunch in Fantasyland, we waited for the next performance of “Enchanted Tales With Belle.” That’s definitely a “must see” in Walt Disney World. This was our second year in a row. My three family members participated both times, while I sat out to take pictures or video. The special effects are amazing, and the kids get souvenirs too! Maybe next year I’ll be in the play, but it’s so much fun to see all the kids perform for Belle.

One of the greatest parts of going to Disney World - for us - is seeing princesses, meeting princesses, and getting their autographs! #travel #DisneyWorld

One of the greatest parts of going to Disney World - for us - is seeing princesses, meeting princesses, and getting their autographs! #travel #DisneyWorld

Next up, shows, parades, sweets, treats, bubbles, fun!

See ya then!