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Birthday weekend highlights

Posted: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013

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Photo by Lora Denton Photography.

Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

This past weekend was my birthday weekend, and to celebrate, hubby and I acted like big kids at Walt Disney World.

We had a blast and made so many memories. While there were far too many amazing moments to share, one of my favourite experiences was my birthday breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table. We got our picture taken with Cinderella, enjoyed a delicious breakfast, and took in gorgeous views of Fantasyland (my absolute favourite part of the parks). Usually the wait staff brings out a cupcake, but as I'm allergic to wheat, they put a candle in my gluten-free muffin and sang. Even Robert joined in, which made it even better!

On the same day, we visited New Fantasyland where I met Gaston. I don’t always meet the characters because I know they are people in costumes. Sometimes I do stand in line for a picture though and Gaston was completely worth it. He was really in character and frequently made movie references and jokes. We both loved it when he told a child that Belle was just dog sitting the Beast and that she'd run back to Gaston soon.

The next day I made sure to throw in some rides Robert would love. As Magic Kingdom was about me, I wanted to return the favour. We went on Star Tours and watched the Indiana Jones Stunt Show. However, his favourite attraction was the Lights, Motor, Action show. With plenty of cars, stunts, and explosions, he absolutely loved it and we both admired their perseverance in the pouring rain. We topped off the day with dinner at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre, which is a really unique restaurant. Playing on idea of a 1950s date night, you eat classic American dishes at the drive-in. You even sit in replica cars while watching old Sci-Fi movies. It's one of my favourite experiences at Disney and Robert ended up loving it too.

We arrived home yesterday and I'm still living on the vacation high. Hopefully it won't be too long until we're on the road again, but for now, I have the amazing memories we just made to keep me going.

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