Spending my birthday at Disney was a lot of fun. We don't really celebrate our birthdays here at the Salzman-Gonzalez house. We go out to dinner but we don't give gifts or anything else. I am hoping though that next year for my 50th, we do something special like go to Paris, Hawaii or maybe an Alaskan cruise. (hint, hint Tom)
Anyway, I went down to meet the others and the first thing I noticed was that every Disney cast member I passed said Happy Birthday to me. It sort of freaked me out for a few hours and then I got used to it.
At Hollywood Studios, we hit the as many rides as we could before we had to meet the group for lunch at The Brown Derby. My favorite is the Rock 'n' Roll Roller Coaster and I made sure to ride that. Jeannette and Diego hit the Tower of terror but I didn't. I do not like that ride. We went over to Star Wars, which was great because they have updated the ride and it was so much better than before.
The only ride we didn't get to was Toy Story Mania. Word of advice if you are going to the Hollywood Studios, the first thing you need to do is run to Toy Story Mania and get a Fast Pass if you want to get on the ride because the Fast Passes go immediately. We didn't get on in the morning but, luckily, later on in the afternoon we were able to get on Toy Story Mania thanks to a little Disney PR magic! YAY!
The Brown Derby was wonderful. I will have a post tomorrow just highlighting the food we had because it was that good. So come back and check it out. I love the food there. I loved that they gave us a taste of all the appetizers! That was fantastic because we were able to sample so many different dishes! My favorite was the Cobb Salad.
After appetizers, we ordered an entree and dessert. I had the beef (pictures tomorrow). I also ordered the Grapefruit Cake but then also got a Birthday Chocolate Mousse that was to die for.
Now on my regular birthday, I usually get cash from my mom and mother-in-law - Thank you mami and Jeanne. Then Tom takes me out to dinner. Usually that is it because we aren't big on birthdays. This year I got gifts! Laura from Disney gave me the coolest ears ever! I have couture ears.** These are so pretty that they might replace my tiara! Gasp! She also gave me the most beautiful pen ever. I don't even want to use it.
Jeannette gave me a spoon rest and cutting board. The perfect gift for a foodie like me. Then she got me a little Piglet because she was listening when I told her of my love for the little pink pig! Manuel, from Argentina, gave me a La Nouba cup. That was very sweet of him.
After lunch we headed off to have more fun at Hollywood Studios then we all met up to go over to Downtown Disney. We all were invited to watch La Nouba, the Cirque du Soleil show. The Disney peeps were wonderful and gave us La Nouba commemorative popcorn buckets and drink cups. And yes, they were filled!
The show is fantastic. If you never have gone to see a Cirque du Soleil show, I am sad for you. But go. Shows are all over the country and they travel as well. They are amazing!
After the show, we all headed to Splitsville to bowl. I haven't been bowling in forever. I even think it's BT (before Tom) that I had gone. I wasn't sure about bowling but it was a blast. I had forgotten that bowling is actually quite fun.
What I loved about Splitsville is that it is very retro but upscale as well. It has two floors and 30 lanes for bowling. Splitsville also had some really good food. They even had sushi! My thoughts of eating healthy went out the window when I saw beef sliders and pizza. I only had one of each although I could have had 3 or 4 more sliders because they were that good!
I also had a couple of watermelon martinis to celebrate my birthday. We bowled, ate and drank and it was a good time. By the time we got back to the Grand Floridian after this wonderful day, I was exhausted. But spending my birthday at Disney was fantastic!!!
Below are some of the Splitsville photos for your enjoyment. As you see, I am getting lazier about writing and photos! LOL
** These ears are part of Disney Park "Year of the Ear". Disney Parks will be releasing Disney Couture Collection Ear Hats for a limited time, each month. You can find these cool ears/hats but only for a limited time in each park. I am glad I got mine!!
Disclosure: I’m was invited to attend this all-expenses paid trip by Disney. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and are based on my experiences.