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Happiest Place on Earth

by Meghann on May 6, 2011

We like to celebrate birthdays in style around here. πŸ™‚


Back in February Kelly celebrated my 26th birthday with me at the Happiest Place on Earth. It was only fitting that I would return the favor for her big day.


For those who inquired, yes, I have a seasonal pass to Walt Disney World.

A seasonal pass is really similar to an annual pass, only it has black out dates (the dates you wouldn’t want to visit Disney anyways – unless you like huge crowds and long lines. πŸ™‚ ) As someone who is a little obsessed with Disney and lives close to the parks (it was a little more than an hour drive from Tampa this morning) it’s a great pass to have. Especially since, I enjoy using it when ever I can! πŸ™‚

Kelly and Ashley had purchased 4-Day 1-Park passes back in February (WDW always runs a killer $99 deal for Florida residents during the ‘slow season’) that were expiring this month. They had days to use and we had a reason to celebrate. Win. Win.


We met at the park at 10:00 this morning, got our celebration buttons, and took the obligatory sisters in front of the castle shot.



We kicked it old school this morning with a ride on the Jungle Cruise.

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Splash Mountain

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(can you believe they squeezed three of us on a seat? so didn’t feel safe!)

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And Thunder Mountain

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It was cloudy and rainy this morning, but we made the most of it. The good news is clouds + rain = no crowds! The lines were 20 minutes at most and all the outdoor rides were less than 10. Sure, we got a little wet, but no big deal. πŸ™‚


We stopped for lunch in Frontierland.


*Disney Nerd Alert*

I’m a regular follower of the Disney Parks Blog and the other day they had a great post on the Best Vegetarian Eats in Walt Disney World Theme Parks. When our stomachs started to grumble, I pulled the post up on my phone and decided to pursue the suggested veggie flatbread at Golden Oak Outpost in Frontierland. I wasn’t 100% what to expect since there wasn’t a photo on the site, but we were all happily surprised when this was placed in front of us at the counter.


The ‘Veggie Flatbread’ was a white flatbread filled with hummus, lettuce, chopped veggies, a black bean/corn mix, and banana peppers.


It was huge, filling, and really tasty. In fact, it looked so good, we all ordered it.


I had mine with a side of apple slices.


And stole some fries from Kelly and Ashley.


No birthday is complete at Disney without an indulgent birthday dessert!


The three of us split the famous Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich from the Bakery on Main Street.


Best. Thing. Ever.

If you purchase nothing else when you come to Disney World, I 100% recommend getting the homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich. Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies… real vanilla ice cream….a sandwich as big as your head……holy yum!


We ended our Magic Kingdom day with a parade!




Happy Birthday Kelly!


I made the hour and a half drive back to Tampa without any issues and had an apple upon my return.


Off to enjoy my Friday night!

1 Katy (The Singing Runner) May 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I LOVE the Bakery on Main Street! When I ran the 1/2 in January, I wanted to stop in and get something… you know… fueling on the go. πŸ˜‰

Looks like a wonderful and happy day! πŸ˜€
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2 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

So. Jealous.

I love looking at people’s awkward Splash Mountain photos. Someone is always either puking, crying, or peeing themselves! Bahaha. Where are yours?! πŸ˜‰
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3 Kristy @ KristyRuns May 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Wow! Your day was WAY more fun than mine. Unless you think sampling air for mold spores is fun. πŸ˜‰ Happy birthday to Kelly!!
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4 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Happy early birthday to Kelly! I miss having a Disneyland pass. I don’t know how much they are for Disney World, but they’re so expensive here! They started the pay-by-the-month option, but still… way too much money!
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5 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday May 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm

How much is it??

6 Meghann May 7, 2011 at 7:15 am

$250ish ?

7 Michelle May 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm

What a great day you guys had! The pics look awesome
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8 Kacy May 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I’ve never been to Disney so this sounds fabulous. It’s definitely high on my to-do list! Glad Kelly had a good b-day!
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9 Vanessa May 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I just got back from DisneyLAND! I love everything about it, but I’m sure I’d love Disneyworld even more!
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10 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Oh WOW!! I’ve only been to Disney once and that was when I was really little. You’re totally making me want to go again! That ice cream sandwich looks like the best thing ever. I’m glad you ladies had a lovely time!
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11 Tropical Eats May 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm

looks like fun! Disney makes the BEST cookies EVER!!!

Happy bday Kelly πŸ™‚
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12 Hilary May 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Gah…I wished I lived close enough to Disney to make a season’s pass worthwhile! SO jealous of that AND the ice cream sandwich…YUM!
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13 Christine May 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I could really go for one of those ice cream sandwiches right now!
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14 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I love DIsney – I’m most likely coming in January to run a half and make it a mini vacation! Last week at a GF conference, I actually met the chef who was in charge of totally revamping DW’s park food to be more vegetarian and allergy friendly!
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15 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups May 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I adore theme park food and Disney’s is the best! Now I have a craving for that chocolate chip ice cream sandwich. Yum!

16 erica May 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

ahhh…the ice cream cookie sandwich! that was one of the only things on my must-eat list that i didn’t get to try when i was at disneyworld!!! looks to die for!

Happy Birthday Kelly!
i’m a big kid at heart, a day at disney sounds like the perfect way to spend a bday!

17 Shannon May 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I wish I lived that close to Disney World! Awesome way to spend a birthday!
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18 Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

i can’t wait to go to disney! i’m seriously a 7 year old in a 20 year olds body πŸ™‚
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19 Tessa @ Amazing Asset May 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Wow what a fantastic day! I haven’t been to Disney World since I was 7 years old, sigh…!
I love your pictures on Splash Mountain, so fun! πŸ™‚
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20 Lauren May 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

It seems like everyone that lives in FL celebrates their b-days at Disney…no matter how old you are! I LOVE it!! πŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed Kelly’s dad. πŸ™‚
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21 Amy May 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Ahhh I want to visit Disney so bad! I have never been and am determined to visit sometime soon!
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22 Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted May 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm

What a great perk of living nearby! Cute pictures of you guys!
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23 Alison May 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Yay for Disney! When I saw the title of this post, WDW immediately came to mind. I was afraid I would click on it and it would be about something totally different, like The Happiest Place on Earth: A Tribute to Whole Foods πŸ˜‰ But I’m glad you are a Disney fanatic, too!

I have an annual pass, too — I’m headed down for another trip in June, can’t wait! I live in NYC, so the AP just gives me more motivation to sneak away to Florida. Gotta get my money’s worth!

Thanks for the heads up about the Veggie Flatbread, it looks yummy. I’ll be at WDW for a week, so I always like to have some options in mind that aren’t typical fast food type choices. I love a good burger, but not every day!

Also, in 20 years of visiting WDW I’ve never had the ice cream cookie sandwich! After seeing those photos, I think I need to remedy that ASAP πŸ™‚
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24 Meghann May 7, 2011 at 7:14 am

Allison – if you’re a Disney Fanatic and want to learn about all the great food options, you should check out < -- my FAVE go-to Disney Food resource!

25 Alison May 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

Thanks, Meghann — I love Disney Food Blog, too! I am working on a post about my upcoming vacation and needed a photo of something (OK, a photo of a turkey leg), and of course they had just what I needed. Looking at all of that Disney food porn made me excited for my trip — and also made me hungry!
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26 Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

you are so LUCKY!!! That’s all I gotta say. Some people have never even been to Disney world! Also props to finding health lunch!
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27 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm

It must be awesome not having to wait in line! The last time I went, even during April, the lines were ridiculous. Just to go on the Peter Pan ride took over an hour!!

I need that ice cream sandwich, stat! It is HUGE!

And I love your sandals. Where can I find a pair???
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28 Meghann May 7, 2011 at 7:16 am

Peter Pan always has a redic line! Even when it’s slow. πŸ™‚ And April is Spring Break season so it’s still pretty busy (I have two black out weeks in April because of Spring Break πŸ™‚ ).

The sandals are from Old Navy.

29 SaraRM May 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Bakery on Main Street is my FAVORITE!! Its the 1st stop anytime we ever went to Disney. My dad is a huge sweets person and is in love!

30 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I hope to visit Disney one day! Looks like a great time.
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31 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Holy Moly that is a giant cookie ice cream sandwich! mmm mmm!

Happy Birthday to Kelly that looks like a great way to spend the day! πŸ™‚

32 Grace May 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I have a season pass, too! I’m going with a friend on Monday:)
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33 Meghann May 7, 2011 at 7:17 am

Yay! Girl, we need to meet sometime!

34 Kiran @ May 7, 2011 at 2:34 am

Happy Birthday Kelly πŸ™‚
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35 Jumanah (Healthy Living in the Middle East) May 7, 2011 at 4:17 am

That dessert cookie looks to die for! I want one now!
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36 Crystal May 7, 2011 at 6:41 am

What a fun day! Happy birthday to Kelly! And seriously I’m super jealous of that ice cream sandwich!
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37 Dina @ DinaRuns May 7, 2011 at 8:44 am

I have an annual pass to Disney, live in Polk County, and it is some of the best money I spend all year. You can go to all the different festivals and then when you do go there is never a rush to cram everything into one day.

Looks like you had a great time!
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38 Gumma May 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Geez……….ya’ll share germs too…..I mean come on……Did you all wash your hands before ya’ll decided to share eachothers saliva and germ filled bites on that ice cream sandwhich…….You people are nasty!!

39 Meghann May 8, 2011 at 7:29 am

Yes, we washed our hands. πŸ™‚ I choose to live in the moment, rather than in fear that a random germ will kill me that instant. If I lived in that fear I would go bonkers. πŸ™‚

40 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

HOW FUn!!! That looks like a great way to celebrate πŸ™‚

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