This past weekend, we took the fam to Downtown Disney for a promotional event for the upcoming Cars 2 movie. Bean is a professional Cars fan. He has the t-shirt, the PJs, the slippers, the toys, even Cars bed sheets. So, when we found out about Cars 2, we were pretty sure Bean would die of happiness. And then we heard about the Cars Master Weekend at Disney and we thought, “How sad. Bean is going to die of happiness before he even has a chance to see the new movie…”
For the actual event, you were supposed to get in line, get your ticket, and then you received access to the real, life-sized Cars characters for pictures. There were also other events and things you could participate in if you had a pass.
And being the incredibly patient, loving, and giving parents that we are, we went to Disney fully expecting to stand in line and let Bean do the whole shebang. But then we got there – 15 minutes before the event even started because we are patient, loving, and giving – and we found this incredible line standing in the direct sunlight and stretching clear across Downtown Disney.
So, we pulled an Easter Bunny and we decided to skip the line. I’m sure one day Bean will be old enough to tell us to get the heck in line and be patient like real adults, but for now, he simply smiles and says, “I love you, Mommy,” so I figure we have a while before we have to actually wait in lines for the real events. For now, our kid will just always be the one standing outside the event.
And besides, for this, you could still get really close to the cars and take your own pictures even if you didn’t have a ticket. You just couldn’t have them taken right next to the car by the professional photographers. Bean didn’t care.
(This is his not caring face.)
Who needs a professional photographer anyway? Chris did a fine job. See? There’s me. There’s Bean. And there’s some guy in red’s rear end. This one is totally frame-worthy.
After we saw the Cars characters, we strolled down the boardwalk for a while checking out stores and enjoying the sunshine.
Even Gracie had a good time.
We stopped in at RideMakerz, a new Disney store where you could build your own customized race car. It was pretty cool and I had to drag Chris and Bean kicking and screaming when it was time to go. Seriously. Chris really wanted a race car.
But they both got up off the floor when I told them we were going to go have lunch. Food has magical powers with my family. We ate at Earl of Sandwich and it was really nice to take a break from all that walking. Plus, Bean was getting tired and Gracie was getting hungry. In my book, that’s when it time to rest and regroup.
With full bellies, we laid Gracie down in the stroller…
…while we headed out to the Toy Story and then the Lego stores.
By this time, it was after one o’clock and, in Florida, that’s code for it’s time to get inside and take a nap until the sun decides to go bother some other state. So, we went home to take a nap until the sun decided to bother some other state. But not before we stopped at the raging waterfall with the dinosaurs. We thought Bean would love it, but I think he was too sleepy to even notice they were standing there.
So, take aways from this weekend:
1. Bean’s obsession with Cars will most definitely extend to an obsession with Cars 2.
2. I married a child. A large child who loves remote control cars. Oddly enough, this has never come up in our marriage before.
3. Gracie enjoys crowds and lots of activity.
4. Weekends are made for adventures.