As Jojo’s 13th birthday approached, it was time to start planning the BIG 13th Birthday Party Sleepover!! Both of her older sisters had a big sleepover for their 13th birthday, and it was now Jojo’s turn. To my surprise, when I brought up the fact her birthday was on a Saturday, and how perfect it would be, she broke the news to me….. “I don’t want to have a sleepover mom. I just want to go to Disney. Can we stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge?” This should have been no surprise to me, since Jojo has always lived life to the beat of her own drum, daring to be different, and not worrying about what others do, or have done. Plus, Disney became an integral part of birthdays for our family when we moved here in 2008.
We started the weekend off with a bang at Beaches & Cream. It is a cute little soda shop diner, just outside their pool area at Disney’s Beach & Yacht Club. The Cape Cod beachfront themed ice cream shop, boasts diner fare, and soda shop goodies. They are most famous for their HUGE family sundae called “The Kitchen Sink,”
When brought out, they play music, flash sirens, and announce to the entire diner, they are delivering the epic sundae.
A memory making place for sure. It’s one of the more popular reservations spots, so I suggest booking as close to the 180 day time frame as possible.
Saturday we spent some time relaxing on the balcony, over looking the savannah, watching the beautiful exotic animals. It just never gets old.
Jo & Anna went off to spend some quality sister time together at Magic Kingdom, before we all met up at Epcot.
We were excited for the return of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Raising girls who have a deep love and appreciation for drawing, painting, various arts, and theatre arts, you understand how happy we were to find out Disney was going to continue with this festival.
Before heading to dinner, we were entertained by Disney on Broadway stars Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White. They performed songs from Tarzan, The Lion King, Aida, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.
Via Napoli is one of our favorite restaurants on Disney property, so Jojo chose to eat there for her birthday. My parents live right near us, also have Disney passes, and were able to join us to celebrate.
We ended the magical birthday weekend at the outlet mall, where we found some perfect extra presents at the Disney Outlet. Sometimes we find current items at the outlet for even lower prices!! Win! Win!
Your youngest becoming a teen is certainly an emotional transition, and I am talking about us parents. Being able to provide Magical Moments with our family is one way How We Find Happy!!
Anyone else celebrate a Magical Birthday at Disney? Tell us all about it!!
As much as we visit, and travel to Disney, we still use a travel agent when not using our Disney Vacation Club membership. It costs us nothing, but saves us time and hassle. You can get free quotes from our agent, Amy, HERE.