Happy birthday to me

Disney World is an excellent place to spend your birthday. I’m not sure I was in my right mind when I decided we should get up at 5 a.m. on my 40th birthday to go run the Princess and the Frog 5K around Epcot, but it was really fun and I’m glad we did it. We weren’t signed up for the half-marathon that was the centerpiece of Princess Weekend. The other centerpiece, that is, besides me.


A Disney birthday, you see, is an egomaniac’s paradise. Cast members constantly wish you happy birthday and random strangers sing “happy birthday” to you while you wait in line for rides. You can drink outrageously strong birthday margaritas in FakeMexico and then ride the incredibly surreal ride that I can’t adequately describe because we were laughing too hard.


Next door to FakeMexico is, logically enough, FakeNorway, where you can study the huge mural and learn about the Norwegian national treasures: polar bears, seagulls, vikings, and giant women with clipboards.


We had an outrageously good time at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and (no kidding) at the Wide World of Sports Complex. And, of course, we had a great time seeing Alice in Wonderland Friday night. I have much more to say and many emails to respond to, but it all has to wait until I recover for a while.


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  • WTF is that last thing?

    Your birthday sounds most excellent!

  • rebecca

    At the time I thought it was some sort of tequila hallucination. I’m glad you see him, too.

    Best topiary ever.

  • bunny

    I spent my bday at Epcot once. I absolutely loved the Norway “ride,” esp. when it changes to the North Sea. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be hilarious but I thought it was. And I made the food choices for the day: Morocco for lunch, Norway for dinner. Needless to say, my parents were not overwhelmed by the fish smorgasbord…

  • rebecca

    I think we considered Norway for dinner but now I don’t remember what we had for dinner at all. Did I mention those margaritas?

    The norway ride was awesome. It was like a cross between the Pirates and an industrial film.