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We have a saying in my family: When life gives you lemons, you make Dole Whips.
Okay, I just made that up. But it definitely can apply to my family.
For those of you who don’t know, my daughter has celebrated every one of her birthdays at Disneyland. This year, however, we’re dealing with the fact that Disneyland will not be open on her birthday.
She’s old enough that she gets it, and although she’s disappointed, she’s taking it very well. It’s got the whole family thinking: If Disneyland is off the table, how can we celebrate with a Disney-at-home birthday?
All this got me thinking about a birthday I had not too long ago. We were taking a Disney Cruise that summer in honor of my husband and my anniversary, so we didn’t have it in the budget to celebrate my birthday at Disneyland. But my family knows how Disney-obsessed I am, and they came up with the funniest idea.
My daughter did most of the set-up, since my birthday was on a weekday and my husband was at work. When I woke up and went to get breakfast, I was surprised to learn that I had a “Character Breakfast” set up. And by that I mean several Disney stuffed animals were waiting for my on our couch.
In attendance at my “character breakfast”
You can’t have a character breakfast without photos, so there were some photo ops, including selfies.
I was tickled pink by this idea, but we were just getting started. Next my daughter asked me what ride I wanted to go on first. I was perplexed until I realized the plan was to watch ride-through videos from The Mouse for Less on our big screen TV! So we said “Permanecer sentados, por favor,” sat on our couch, and “rode” Radiator Springs Racers!