Some friends of ours from Connecticut are vacationing at Disney this week and they invited us to meet them for breakfast at their hotel.
But it wasn’t just any breakfast.
This was a character breakfast, where the Disney characters walk through the restaurant and dance and play with the kids.
My friend, Ann, told me that her son, Nater Tater, had seen the characters this week while they’ve been at the park and so far he had been a little under impressed with them.
“This guy again?”
So, I was anxious to see how Bean would react.
First, we joined in the parade around the restaurant with all the other kids and characters. I danced Bean through that entire place like an idiot and barely got a grin out of him, but then one Disney employee gave him a shaker and you would have thought the Heavens had rained down Lucky Charms. Bean thought it was the greatest gift ever.
We also got leis, but Bean was less impressed by those…
And Nater Tater was like, “Leis? Shakers? Please.”
Thank goodness the characters started making their rounds to our table.
I waited to see how Bean would react to these giant, moving stuffed animals…
Wait for it…
Wait for it…
THERE IT IS!
Bean loved them! He squealed and giggled and pointed and just had a grand ol’ time.
Nater Tater was a little more grounded.
“Dude,” he said to Bean. “These guys are everywhere. I think they, like, stalk me or something.”
“Excused me,” said Nate. “Could I get some more eggs, please?”
But since this was Bean’s first encounter, he was still pretty star struck.
“Oh my gosh, Dad. That’s LILO standing next to us.”
“I love your work.”
He was a little less sure about Stitch. I think it was his ears.
Or it could have been that Stitch kept sniffing him.
“Hey, back off! Mom just changed me, like, five minutes ago. It ain’t me, bro.”
And then Pluto showed up…
…and ate Chad.
So, Nater Tater had to get a little rough with him.
“Back off my Dad, yo.”
And all of this must have freaked Bean out a little because he didn’t want much to do with Pluto. Apparently, Bean draws the line with the giant, life-sized stuffed animals start eating people.
But we all pulled it together in the end.
“Look, Bean,” said Nater Tater. “You just have to show ’em whose boss.”
All in all, it was a fantastic morning.
Bean Man had such a good time seeing his friend Nater Tater. They were in the same class together at daycare in Connecticut and I think they’ve missed each other. I know Ann and I have!
After breakfast, we said goodbye to our friends and headed back home. It was a little sad leaving the park. It was so good to see people from back home in Connecticut, and I for a split second I got that sinking feeling I had when we first moved here a month ago. That spinning out of control feeling that says, “I just want to go home.”
But then my phone rang and it was my Dad asking if he and my mom could stop by and see Beanie that night. And with that one call, my head quit spinning and I remembered why we made this move. And why we are so glad to live in the happiest place on Earth.