"Fairytales can come true. It can happen to you if you're young at heart." WELCOME! It's me again. I apologize in advance for what will be an extremely ridiculous and long winded rollercoaster ride through ANOTHER one of my trips to Disney World. But this was a BIG, very very important trip. As I claim they all are. But really... it was. Because IT WAS FOR MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's face it guys, after a certain age, birthdays can kinda reek. It's like oh wow, I'm another year older and I've STILL failed at getting into space camp. Great. Hey... you have your goals, I have mine. What I'm saying here is... I don't wanna grow up! But I kind of have to. I'm not Peter Pan regardless of my refusal to age past 21 and my former declaration that I was going to call myself Peppermint Patty Pan. My point is... I do have to age and get older because the only alternative is... uh, well, croaking. So at some point you have to throw your hands up and realize you are out of options. The only thing you can really do is stay young at heart. The bottom line of life is that you have to do whatever the heck makes you happy as long as it doesn't hurt anyone. What makes me happy is going to Disney World. So I went. AGAIN. For the 3984996th time. My name is Lia and Disney is an absolutely HUGE part of my life. It's not just movies and parks, it's not just a source of entertainment for me. It's an every day thing, it's my heart and my soul. So much of Disney represents the core of who I am deep down inside and I will NEVER EVER grow up when it comes to Disney. I can tell you right now if I live to be 100 you will see me with Minnie ears on hunched over my little scooter in front of the castle wearing a Happy Birthday pin. That is just the way it is. WOO HOO that'll be #BirthdayFestivus90 when I turn 100 in 2090. YOU ARE ALL INVITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When it comes down to it, I believe in the magic. I really do. This trip, the name of the game was #BirthdayFestivus13. I started hashtagging my vacations after I live-tweeted my #StuckInDisney12 experience last year during Hurricane Sandy. Here I must bring up my former masterpieces. I have written three other extensive reports of my trips. Read them immediately! The McLOVINS Hit the World - HARD!!!!!!!! ~ 20th birthday trip, April 2010 This is the dawning of the rest of our lives... AT DISNEY WORLD! ~ Christmas 2011 Trip "I'M STUCK IN DISNEY!" A Delightfully Unliveable TR ~ Oct/Nov 2012 Halloween Trip If you've already read them, re-read them! I should not have to walk you guys through this by now. Go go go! I have to mention that going to Disney World in any capacity is something that I value above almost anything else. It means more to me to be there than I could ever put into words. However, after the EPIC trip that was #StuckInDisney12, there was a desire to take it to the next level. So the only option for #BirthdayFestivus was to go BIG. Whattaya know, all my friends who had interest in joining this trip all have Spring birthdays. There's Gina, born on March 24. Me, born on April 8. Jess, born on May 8, and Lee-Anne, born on May 14. WELL LOOK HOW THAT WORKED OUT. (Joey Tribbiani voice. Season 7, episode 7!!!!!!) I went down to Disney on May 13, 2013. Lee-Anne flew down the same day and stayed with me at Port Orleans French Quarter until May 17. Look at us on the MONSTER'S UNIVERSITY MONORAIL!!!!!!!! (I'm the blondie, as Eugene Fitzherbert calls me. ) Jess was doing her College Program at the time, so she joined us for those 5 days at Port. Check all us girls out at CHEF MICKEY'S! Lee-Anne went home on May 17, and then Jess and I moved to Pop Century. This is a photo of us partying at the Scandinavian area's HOTTEST club, THE MAELSTROM!! WOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On May 19, Gina joined us at Pop, and that night we surprised her with dinner fit for a princess at 1900 Park Fare!!! On May 23, the three of us moved to All Star Movies, and that night we partied with BOB JACKSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My new favorite person. Like out everyone in the history of all people. On May 26, Gina and I left Disney and I stayed at her house near Sarasota until May 30. This is only a SMALL fraction of everything we did. I hope you enjoyed the preview, cause there is MUCH MUCH more to come. In total, I was on vacation for 18 days, and in Disney for 14 days!!!! This is huge for me, because it has been a lifelong dream of mine to go to Disney for two whole weeks. Every single trip I ever went on caused such extreme joy and euphoria that by the time we had to leave, my heart was ripped into pieces. Every single departure had me crying hysterically on the way to the airport. As a child, I always thought that if I could just be there for two solid weeks, I'd be happy. The truth is... it was still no easy thing leaving Disney. But it felt very good that I was able to accomplish my two-week Disney goal. GO ME! And to be surrounded by my friends the whole time? Now that was really special. The other great thing was that this trip was just so VARIED. We did SO much and went all over the place! The big theme of the trip besides #BirthdayFestivus was trying new things. When you have visited Disney as much as I have, there doesn't seem to be a lot of new stuff left to see. But when I sat and thought about it, I was able to come up with a lot of things that I had not done before. Also, while I was on the trip, I stopped and paid attention to some little things I would usually pass by. I also made an effort to go to places I haven't been to in years. When I get to the end of each day in this report, I will tally up all the "Firsts" I experienced that day. These lists are HUGE, it's really amazing. I ended up doing more than I even thought I would! It was a crazy trip. We were all celebrating our birthdays, we stayed at 3 different resorts, my friends came and went, Jess was always running back and forth from work to our room(s) to the parks, #DISNEY24 happened and was so insanely epic (Gina and I are basically famous because of it, but I'm sure you already knew that due to our global influence), we were always pin trading or resort hopping or eating. Actually... most of the time we were just eating. I am a Disney food enthusiast, if you didn't already know. If I were you, I'd go grab a snack... all the food pictures in this report are gonna make you HUNGRY. The point is, #BirthdayFestivus13 was one mother of a trip. I get exhausted just THINKING about it! But oh man did we have a fun time. An ABSURDLY fun time. I will never ever forget it! So join me fans and friends and odds and ends... it's time for the fantastical tale that you've all been waiting for. You will finally discover what is beyond your regular dimension of trip report. You are going to travel directly into... THE #BIRTHDAYFESTIVUS13 ZONE. * * * Table of Contents May 13, 2013 Day 1, Part 1 In Which Everything Goes From Black and White To Color Day 1, Part 2 In Which I EAT AT FOOD BOOTHS IN THE WORLD SHOWCASE WITHOUT IT BEING THE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL!!!!! Day 1, Part 3 In Which There Is Food, Drink, Flowers, and Stripping Day 1, Part 4 In Which We're VIP Frumps!!!! Day 1, Part 5 In Which I Meet My Twin Day 1, Part 6 In Which I Visit the Kingdom of Corona Day 1, Part 7 In Which Mickey Cooks Us Dinner Day 1, Part 8 In Which We Get Our First Birthday Surprise! May 14, 2013 Day 2, Part 1 In Which We Celebrate Lee-Anne's Birthday in the Hundred Acre Wood Day 2, Part 2 In Which We Continue Celebrating Lee-Anne's Birthday in the Hundred Acre Wood Day 2, Part 3 In Which I Feel Up A Disney Character Day 2, Part 4 In Which I Find My Love, Mickey Skellington Day 2, Part 5 In Which I Freak Out Over Pins and Fall in Love With Riverside Day 2, Part 6 In Which I Kiss Dumbo and Try A Louisiana Classic! May 15, 2013 Day 3, Part 1 In Which I Test the Track Day 3, Part 2 In Which I Create Timeless Art Yet Again Day 3, Part 3 In Which The Backlot Is Boring Day 3, Part 4 In Which Buzz Is On the Booty and Jess Is Back!! May 16, 2013 Day 4, Part 1 In Which Thank God Captain EO Is A Fastpass Day 4, Part 2 In Which CHEDDAR CHEESE SOUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Day 4, Part 3 In Which We're On Our Own Private Birthday Bus! Day 4, Part 4 In Which The Princess Needs To Perk Up Day 4, Part 5 In Which Chip's Out of the Cupboard Day 4, Part 6 In Which We Travel To Hollywood and Take A LOT of Pictures Day 4, Part 7 In Which We Blow off Disney For the Drive-In Day 4, Part 8 In Which We Have One of the Best Tower Visits EVER!!!!!!!!!! Day 4, Part 9 In Which We Are Fantasmaniacs and Pajama Pin Traders May 17, 2013 Day 5, Part 1 In Which We Get A Surprise From Stitch Day 5, Part 2 In Which All the Animals Just Kinda Hang Out Day 5, Part 3 In Which This Must Be POP! Day 5, Part 4 In Which We Create Our Own Pasta Day 5, Part 5 In Which We Drop By Our Favorite Kingdom Day 5, Part 6 In Which We Eat the Wildest Meal in the Wilderness!!!!! May 18, 2013 Day 6, Part 1 In Which I Return To The Resort That Dubbed Me The Queen! Day 6, Part 2 In Which Fireworks Explode As We Take Pictures!! Day 6, Part 3 In Which the Princesses Go Discount Shopping Day 6, Part 4 In Which We Hit Up A Norwegian Night Club! Day 6, Part 5 In Which Epcot Puts On A Show Just For Us!!! Day 6, Part 6 In Which We Call It A (Frumpy) Day May 19, 2013 Day 6, Part 1 In Which I Have An Animated Morning Day 7, Part 2 In Which I Hula Hoop and Minnie Vibrates Day 7, Part 3 In Which I Get Lost In The Epcot Resort Area AGAIN Day 7, Part 4 In Which GINA IS IN THE BUILDING! Day 7, Part 5 In Which Gina Gets A Grand Surprise Day 7, Part 6 In Which I'll Settle For Two Castles Day 7, Part 7 In Which The Drinking Marathon Commences Day 7, Part 8 In Which I Eat A Questionable Olive Day 7, Part 9 In Which We Are Not Sober May 20, 2013 Day 8, Part 1 In Which Gina Makes Her Triumphant Return to Disney Parks! Day 8, Part 2 In Which We Are Moving People Day 8, Part 3 In Which There Are Clowns and Tremaines Day 8, Part 4 In Which Figaro Is A Cat Day 8, Part 5 In Which We Party In The Future Day 8, Part 6 In Which I Spin Slowly While Eating Delicious Food and Meeting Animals!!!!!!! Day 8, Part 7 IN WHICH MICKEY MOUSE KNOWS ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Day 8, Part 8 In Which Pooh and Tigger Dance To the Beatles May 21, 2013 Day 9, Part 1 In Which There Are Dark Places and Scary Dinosaurs In the Big Blue World Day 9, Part 2 In Which It's Disco Yeti Time! Day 9, Part 3 In Which Our AK Expedition is Cut Short Due To Italians Day 9, Part 4 In Which We're Italian Models Day 9, Part 5 IN WHICH WE GET STUCK ON THE MAELSTROM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Day 9, Part 6 In Which Wolfgang Puck Tries To Kill Us With Dessert May 22, 2013 Day 10, Part 1 In Which I MAKE MY TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE MANIA! Day 10, Part 2 In Which Vanellope is Jealous Day 10, Part 3 In Which We Go Back In Time To Color Surfboards Day 10, Part 4 In Which ROOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!! Day 10, Part 5 In Which We Experience Delays In LA Traffic Day 10, Part 6 In Which I'm Barely Alive Day 10, Part 7 In Which Mickey Does The American Walk! May 23, 2013 Day 11, Part 1 In Which I Return To Andy's Room! Day 11, Part 2 In Which A Southern CM Gives Us Some Solid Advice Day 11, Part 3 In Which We Are Wowed by the Awesomeness That Is Bob Jackson! May 24, 2013 Day 12, Part 1 In Which We Have The Freshest Glittery Purple Car EVER Day 12, Part 2 In Which We're Too Hot and Too Late Day 12, Part 3 In Which The Magic Kingdom Is Open All Night! Day 12, Part 4 In Which Ello, Have A Magical Cruise! Day 12, Part 5 In Which We Become Global Stars Day 12, Part 6 In Which We Chillin Eatin Waffles and Dancing to *NSYNC Bonus #Disney24 Photos: Part 1! Bonus #Disney24 Photos: Part 2! May 25, 2013 Day 13, Part 1 In Which We Are Resort Hopping Extraordinaires! Day 13, Part 2 In Which We Frolic on the Beach! Day 13, Part 3 In Which We Travel To Hawaii Alongside the Monorail Day 13, Part 4 In Which We Have One Last Wish May 26, 2013 Day 14, Part 1 In Which It's Time For Africa Day 14, Part 2 In Which We Visit Necklace Village Day 14, Part 3 In Which Must Find Ichabod Crane!! Day 14, Part 4 In Which We Leave HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN May 26-29, 2013 Days 14-18 In Which I'm At Ginas! "Don't you know that it's worth every treasure on earth to be young at heart?"