Disney Princess for a Day

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I felt like a Disney Princess today!


Disney lets you into the park for FREE on your birthday, plus you get a fun pin that says "It’s My Birthday!" and all the cast members wish you a happy birthday.  :)  We got hooked up with fast entrances to all the rides as well, and we were in and out in less than 6 hours! 


Plus, I got to spend the day with my Prince Charming (I’m allowed to be corny on my birthday!):


We walked down Main Street and hit up Liberty Square, Tomorrow Land, Adventure Land, and more.


My Favorite Ride:


I love Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!  So twisty and turny.  In line, I snacked on this amazing date (times two) and a bunch of raw cashews:


We went on all the "big kid" rides like Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, etc.


And a few "little kid" rides, too.  🙂 There was also much skipping in the streets and dancing to "Skippy Do Da." Seriously.


We stopped for lunch at this lovely place:


The Liberty Tree Tavern offers "American" food sit-down style, which was nice.  I ordered the Colony Salad, which included Washington apples, sweet pecans, applewood cheddar cheese, and grilled chicken with mixed greens.


I had the honey-shallot vinaigrette on the side and dipped my fork in.  I ate about 1/2 of the salad (it was huge!).


The waiter was kind enough to ask me if I wanted to be publicly embarrassed by group singing, and I said NO… so he just brought out this cupcake.


I only had a bite because I was saving myself for this:


Mmm!  A low-fat chocolate and vanilla swirl in a cone.  It came with two scoops but I immediately tossed the top scoop.  Too much ice cream gives me a tummy ache.  🙂


Other fun Disney activities include…. playing the Buzz Lightyear game.


And beating the Husband. 🙂


And… spotting my favorite character!!


Minnie Mouse!  I love Minnie. So much!


Honestly, it was a great day to spend my birthday.  I feel really blessed this year.  I have a wonderful husband, good friends, and a decent job, and I’m healthy and happy. Life is full of ups and downs, and this happens to be an "up" year, so I’m going to cherish and embrace is as much as I can!


Here’s to being a little kid on the inside FOREVER!




  • girlrunningaround April 26, 2009, 12:53 pm

    Wow! Looks like an amazing birthday! Way to live life to the fullest!

  • Run Sarah April 26, 2009, 12:55 pm

    Aww, looks like it was a super fun day! No idea you got free admission on your birthday too, how neat.

  • rediscoveringlauren April 26, 2009, 1:06 pm

    happy birthday 🙂
    im so glad you had such a fun filled day 🙂 and i love how you got in for free and a big birthday badge too!
    enjoy the rest of your night!

  • Tyler April 26, 2009, 1:09 pm

    i love disney world!! i didn’t know about the free birthday deal…that’s awesome!

  • Anne P April 26, 2009, 1:16 pm

    happy birthday caitlin!! so glad you had a great day 🙂

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) April 26, 2009, 1:19 pm

    yay! Glad you had such a great day. Happy Birthday!

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance) April 26, 2009, 1:21 pm

    Happy Birthday! This seriously looks like the best birthday ever! Do you do this every year (since living in Orlando, I mean)?

  • Katherine April 26, 2009, 1:22 pm

    Happy Birthday! I think my favorite ride would have to be the Buzz Lightyear game! Love it! And yeah, being a kid forever is the way to go!

  • teacherwoman April 26, 2009, 1:31 pm

    Sounds like fun! Great pics!

  • Weight and Meditate April 26, 2009, 1:32 pm

    I can’t believe you’re home already! It looks like you had a great time!

  • Kailey (SnackFace) April 26, 2009, 1:33 pm

    Aww it looks like you’re having a blast! Too much ice cream gives me a headache–I totally understand! Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂

  • Kelly April 26, 2009, 1:37 pm

    Happy birthday! That looks like such a wonderful time. You guys looked like you were having fun and happy. 🙂

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 26, 2009, 1:38 pm

    meredith – this just started to offer the birthday special this year, so its the first time we’ve been in a while!

    thanks guys!!

  • Beadie April 26, 2009, 1:42 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • sara April 26, 2009, 1:58 pm

    Happy birthday Caitlin!! God bless. enjoy your special day!!

  • Niki April 26, 2009, 2:03 pm

    Happy Birthday! Glad you had such a fun time!

  • Help Meghan Run April 26, 2009, 2:11 pm

    I am so happy you spent your birthday at Disney World! It’s so awesome 🙂 Enjoy your day!
    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  • inmytummy April 26, 2009, 2:11 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • itsawrapteacher April 26, 2009, 2:25 pm

    Happy birthday! I hope yours was as enjoyable and fun-filled as mine!

  • Leanne April 26, 2009, 2:28 pm

    Happy birthday! Looks like you had a fabulous time.

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health April 26, 2009, 2:30 pm

    Woooo! I love Disney! It looks like you had an amazing time! Good call on the ice cream!

  • Stephanie April 26, 2009, 2:30 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    Happy Birthday! 🙂 I live by the other Disney, and wanted to go on my birthday, but didn’t end up having time. Your day looked lovely!

    I’m a long time reader, but don’t comment too often. I’m an interior design student, graduating in December, and working on my thesis project. I am designing a natural/alternative/hollistic medicine spa and resort in Santa Barbara, CA (theoretical project — won’t actually be built). I know you and your husband have a hollistic medicine business, and I was wondering if I could email-interview you for my project?

    Happy birthday, again! 🙂

  • Adi (oatonomy.com) April 26, 2009, 2:34 pm

    Great recap post! I went to Disney once when I was in grade 3… good times 🙂
    Live up your year!

  • thresholdofgreatness April 26, 2009, 2:41 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing birthday!

  • greendogwine April 26, 2009, 2:43 pm

    Happy Birthday my dear! Looks like a fantastic day!!!! 🙂

  • Gena April 26, 2009, 2:54 pm

    Happy Birthday, Caitlin!!! I have a true fondness for Disneyworld, and I’m quite jealous. Hope it was awesome 🙂

  • wholefoodswholeme April 26, 2009, 2:57 pm

    happy birthday caitlin!! i think you are the superwoman for celebrating your birthday at disney – there is nothing like celebrating your inner child 😀 looks like so much fun, the only thing i would have done differently is eat a CHURROS!! i have such great memories of eating churros at disneyland (in tokyo). fun fact: i have the same birthday as mickey mouse! it’s true!

    i hope this will be an amazing year for you!

  • K from ksgoodeats April 26, 2009, 3:06 pm

    Aw what a great day!! Glad you had a lot of fun!

  • emily April 26, 2009, 3:07 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

  • jesslikesithot April 26, 2009, 3:16 pm

    Happy Birthday Caitlin!!! Looks like you had such a fun day at Disney!

    And I always love ice cream at amusement parks, such a good choice! 🙂

  • DLap April 26, 2009, 3:18 pm

    AH! Glad you had such a ‘magical’ birthday!

  • redheadedjournal April 26, 2009, 3:19 pm


  • Sara April 26, 2009, 3:25 pm

    Looks SO fun!! Glad you had a great day.

  • Bec April 26, 2009, 3:32 pm

    What a fun day to spend your birthday!

  • Meg April 26, 2009, 3:34 pm

    Looks like you had a fabulous birthday!

  • Julia April 26, 2009, 3:36 pm

    Happy Birthday! It looks like it was an awesome day! Congrats on an “up year”!

  • Nutritious is Delicious April 26, 2009, 3:38 pm

    AWESOME! It reminds me of my disney adventure years ago! SO FUN! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  • sandy April 26, 2009, 3:43 pm

    glad you had a good day! Its funny how both disneylands look pretty much the same haha.

  • Danica's Daily April 26, 2009, 3:48 pm

    What a fun way to spend your birthday. It sounds like you had a blast and you completely deserve it. Love your closing thoughts on an up year – way to embrace life for all it’s worth!

  • Laura in Pgh April 26, 2009, 3:53 pm

    oh i am so jealous!! you have such a great attitude regarding life. thank you for that and for sharing pictures of your special day with us.

  • Anonymous April 26, 2009, 4:09 pm

    happy birthday caitlin!!

  • Nally April 26, 2009, 4:28 pm

    Yay what a fun day!! Happy Birthday.

  • Priyanka April 26, 2009, 4:44 pm

    Wow that is one of the best ways to celebrate a birthday!

    I love Disney!!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) April 26, 2009, 5:01 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!! How fun is Disney? I live by Disneyland but haven’t been to Disneyworld in YEARS! Have you been to all of the parks? Is Disneyworld your favorite?

    P.S. I’m 25 too. Being 25 is awesome!

  • elise April 26, 2009, 5:02 pm

    happy happy happy happy birthday!!!!!! so fun that you got to spend a beautiful sunny day at the happiest place on earth. i didnt know you got into the park for free on your bday! do you have to be a member or anything? looks like you had a blast, food, rides, etc.

  • eatingbender April 26, 2009, 5:26 pm

    Glad you had such a great birthday! I love Disney World – Buzz Lightyear is a family favorite, although my mom always kicks everyone’s ass. I’m glad you had such a great time with the Husband! Minnie Mouse is my ultimate favorite, too!

    Have a great birthday night!

  • Nate April 26, 2009, 5:34 pm

    Happy Birthday, HTP. Looks like you had a good one.

  • Zesty Cook April 26, 2009, 5:40 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing Birthday Caitlin!! COngrats

  • HangryPants April 26, 2009, 6:02 pm

    What a fun post! I love Disney too even though I’ve only been twice and my first time was junior year of college!

  • Christina April 26, 2009, 6:05 pm

    Disney looks like the perfect birthday spot. Glad you had a good time!

  • Holly April 26, 2009, 6:40 pm

    I hope you had a great birthday!

  • TinaGirl April 26, 2009, 10:13 pm

    Looks like so much fun! Glad you had a great birthday.

  • Lara (Thinspired) April 27, 2009, 2:14 am

    So fun! Minnie is my absolute favorite character, too 😀
    I went to Disney for a birthday a couple years back and didn’t get in for free! Good to know!

  • healthy ashley April 27, 2009, 7:02 am

    Oooh Happy Late Birthday!! It looks like a great day 🙂

  • Diana April 27, 2009, 9:05 am

    Happy belated birthday! Just stopping by for the first time, but I wanted to say hi and that I will be back for more. 🙂 I celebrated my own birthday (26, blah) a week ago and feel like I’m still recovering from all the treats I was showered with, but I’m taking it a day at a time and agree that it’s just best to return to normal habits. Oh and I’m heading to Disney for vacation next week, so I’m hoping to celebrate in style much as you did. I say bring on the corny-ness!

  • Heather April 21, 2010, 5:00 pm

    grinning. from ear to ear.

    so excited for birthdays this year (mine is two days after yours 🙂 )

  • katie April 26, 2010, 2:39 pm

    Yay! I LOVE Disney! I spent my 21st and 22nd there. Glad it was a great day for you!

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