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Disney with E.

by Meghann on November 19, 2011

Shhh… don’t tell my boss, but I played hooky and spent the day at Disney. πŸ˜‰

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My friend Jackie (who writes one of my favorite must-read-as-soon-as-it’s-published blogs, MomJovi <- seriously. read it. ) and her daughter E. are Disney regulars and invited me along for the day.

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Ok. That’s a lie. The truth is that I had so much fun reading about their weekly Disney adventures, that I tweeted Jackie asking if I could join in on the fun next time. Instead of immediately un-following me, she sent me an email with possible dates and lots of smiley faces. I knew I liked her. πŸ™‚

We picked November 18th because the week before Thanksgiving is traditionally the least crowded week of November AND we were hoping for Christmas decorations.

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Score! πŸ™‚

Let me tell you, Jackie and E. were a BLAST to hang out at Disney with. There’s nothing better than seeing Disney again through the eyes of a child. Things that I normally would have ignored or walked right past, E. stopped and threw her arms up in excitement over.

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I promise, that’s a face of excitement. πŸ˜‰

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We hung out in Fantasyland, went on a few rides (Peter Pan is E.’s favorite and she knows every part of it by heart), danced in the street, and said hello to a few of our favorite characters. I’d say a good time was had by all. πŸ™‚

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Good Jackie packed PB&Js for the group to enjoy in the park. Bad Meghann convinced her to try the new Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich at the Sleepy Hollow service counter.

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the Disney Food Blog (<– another must read) and love keeping track of all the new foods hitting the Disney food scene (you’d be surprised just how many and out-of-the-traditional-theme-park-norm there are). When I saw a post go up last month about the chicken and waffle sandwich, I knew I had to try it.

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On the bottom was a big fluffy waffle drizzled with syrup then topped with coleslaw, sweet and sour fried chicken, and arugula. Sounds strange, looks just as weird, and surprisingly pretty tasty.   

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I split the waffle combo with Jackie and even just half was super filling (this thing was huge). I wasn’t a fan of the drizzle of syrup on the waffle (I just don’t like maple syrup, period), but thought the rest of the flavors worked great together. The chicken was just a tad spicy and the waffle was just a tad sweet. Perfect.

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I know it wasn’t the healthiest option available in the park, but it was fun to try it just to try it. πŸ™‚

Dessert came after lunchtime and before parade time. E. won the award for cutest popsicle eater…

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And her Mom and I split a Dole Whip cup.

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I think the Dole Whip cups shrunk, this baby was tiny. Boooo…. πŸ™

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We finished our ice creams while watching the Celebrate Parade.

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Not going to lie, I was hoping for a Christmas themed parade, but I’m pretty sure E. didn’t care.

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She was so excited that she gave us a play-by-play of everything that was going on after each character walked by. She also gave out many high-fives, hugs, and waves with all the characters.

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Seeing Alice was like spotting a real life celebrity. Who needs Angelina Jolie when you’ve got the entire cast of Peter Pan to impress you?! πŸ˜‰

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Love her. πŸ™‚

The parade was our big finale of the day. After that I gave Jackie and E. big hugs good bye and headed back to Tampa.

I was oddly hungry, but wasn’t in the mood for the sweet granola bar I had packed. I wanted something salty and managed to come up with two hard boiled eggs from a gas station I stopped at.

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Random, but they got the job done.

Derek and I had dinner tonight with his parents at a family friend’s house and dined on steak, veggies, and potatoes.

There was pie and cake for dessert, but I passed. I think my sweet tooth was still on overload from my out-of-the-norm lunch and Dole Whip afternoon snack. πŸ˜‰

Alright, time for bed.

Good Night.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 19, 2011 at 12:17 am

Ahahaha I love it. NO SHAME chica, no shame.
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2 Sana November 19, 2011 at 12:20 am

So when I was younger (10) my family went to Disney and my parents had more fun than I did!!

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3 Victoria November 19, 2011 at 6:54 am

This is definitely the best time to go to Disney. J and I went a couple weekends ago and on Wednesday night after work. Empty both days! Thank you, annual pass!

Those pictures of E are really cute. I can’t wait to have a little one and watch them experience Disney.
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4 Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete November 19, 2011 at 6:55 am

I cannot WAIT until the Mini Athlete is old enough to enjoy Disney! The look on E’s face is priceless!
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5 Hillary November 19, 2011 at 8:12 am

Posts like these, where you just hop over to Disney, are making me itch to move to Florida. Jealous, much?!
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6 Cait's Plate November 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

Ah! Looks like so much fun. I’m so jealous of how accessible Disney is for you!!
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7 Erin November 19, 2011 at 8:49 am

Apparently chicken and waffles together is something true Chicagoans know all about. There’s even a place a few miles from my house called “Chicken and Waffles”! I’ve never had it but yours looked really good.
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8 Lacey @ Lake Life November 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Is it a Chicago thing? I thought it seemed more of a Southern thing…
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9 Erin November 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I’d never heard of it until I moved to Chicago! But maybe it’s something that migrated up here from the South.
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10 Army Amy* November 19, 2011 at 9:36 am

It’s been so long since I went to Disney. I was probably E.’s age! I’m ready go to back!*
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11 SkinnyRunner November 19, 2011 at 9:37 am

man this makes me excited to go to disneyland on monday with my nephews. like you said, i think its going to be so much more fun experiencing it through the kids lense.
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12 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake November 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

This looks like so much fun!
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13 Carissa November 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

I LOVE Disney so much! I Love it! I’m not sure if I will get to see the Christmas parade either this year. We love to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party, but it ends up costing about $150 and that’s a lot for holiday cheer!

Love you outfit too!
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14 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Haha I definitely would have gotten my own Dole Whip cup!
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15 Alaina November 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm

It’s funny that so many families will plan for months for their trip to Disney World and you can just Tweet a friend and go there on a Saturday before Thanksgiving. πŸ™‚ I wish I could do that!
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16 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm

What a fun day!! I want to go to Disney! πŸ™‚
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17 Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I just realized that you can obviously get Dole Whip within an hour of where you live and I am now beyond jealous because I got addicted to that stuff in Oahu this summer.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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18 Cheryl November 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Disney! I’m jealous.

The post reminded me of the Goofy Marathon — have you heard of it? I feel like it’s something you could probably do (and something I DEFINITELY want to do) — run a half marathon on a Saturday followed by a full marathon on Sunday. I might save it for somewhere way down the road where I have kids, but maybe not…the last time I went to Disney I was too short to go on Splash Mountain!
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