On June 1, my Bean Bean will turn one year old. Holy crap where has all the time gone? Seriously. I can’t believe it. But at the same time, I can’t believe it has only been a year. I feel like we have done so many new things in one year and that he has just always been here.
For his birthday, I wanted to do something really fun. Something we’ve never done before. I wanted to take Bean to the zoo. He’s really into animals right now (and by “really into” I mean those are the toys he is chewing on most these days…). I thought the zoo would give him lots of things to see and explore and he is at such a good age for observing things.
And then Disney got involved and the zoo became a distant afterthought.
The kind people at Disney World invited our family to one of their parks for a day so that I could review our visit on my blog.
(I love how I say that so nonchalantly, as if I have Disney on my speed dial and they call ALL THE TIME asking me to please come have fun in their parks for the day. In real life I squealed like a little girl when I got the email and then ran out looking for an adult-sized Minnie Mouse costume. Sadly, I didn’t find one.)
So, I sent out invitations to family and friends and it looks like we will be spending the day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Bean’s birthday. I am super, super excited. Chris is a little less so. He is worried that Bean is too small for Disney right now. And I sort of agree, but that’s why we are going to the Animal Kingdom. It doesn’t have quite as many rides and things (from what I can tell) and so I think that might be perfect for our Birthday Boy.
The best news is that I got us a reservation at The Rainforest Cafe for the birthday lunch and they’ll let me bring my own cake, instead of buying it at the park. I’m so excited! My mom and I are hunting for safari-themed party decorations, too. So far we’ve got those safari hats and animal print leis for everyone to wear. I don’t know what I’m more excited about – seeing Bean dressed as a safari guy or seeing him eat his birthday cake!
Also, I found out that when I pick my tickets up for the park, if I tell them that it is Bean’s birthday, they’ll give him a birthday button to wear all day and then all the characters will pay special attention to him since its his birthday! And that’s a perk that anyone can use when they go to the park, so be sure you alert the park when you visit if you have a special occasion. They do all kinds of Celebration Buttons at all the Disney parks. What a fun feature!
I am so excited about Bean’s birthday now! Thanks to Disney, I think it will be incredible! I’m hoping Disney is aware that they are setting the bar for future birthday parties pretty high and that I will now be calling them every year. Its really their own fault for being so nice, you know…
(By the way, these pictures have nothing to do with Bean’s birthday other than the fact that he looks like such a big boy in them!)