Have you ever felt like a VIP…at Disney?
Well this past weekend, thanks to Orlando Moms Blog and Disney Parks Blog, my daughter and I did when we were invited to a VIP Advanced Screening and Dinner for Disney’s new movie, Moana, opening today (11/23/16).
Memories Were Made
Disney provided some amazing moments to make this a truly memorable experience for my daughter and me (as well as Kristi of OMB and her daughter), however, I had one hidden up my sleeve too.
I didn’t tell my daughter what we were doing.
I had to hold on to this secret event for almost two weeks. Two very busy and stressful weeks where a little happiness and excitement would have helped, but I resisted. I am so glad that I did because her reaction was priceless!
So we got in the car and began to head down the road when I told her that we were going down to Disney to have dinner at the Polynesian Resort and then see Moana on the beach. Her face lit up with excitement and she started bouncing up and down, a state that carried through the majority of the evening.
A Buffet of Happiness
When we got in the Poly (dressed in its Christmas best) and given wristbands at check in we were instructed to head out to Spirit of Aloha restaurant where the dinner show is usually performed. We grabbed a seat and set off to take pictures at the beautiful backdrop and get some grub. The four of us were pretty starving.
In typical Disney style, they did not disappoint!
There was salads and fried rice and chicken and fish – all served with island flavors and flare. Pineapple, mango, coconut, and plantains accented everything in just the right way. For the less adventurous eater there was delicious chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. Can’t go wrong with those classics. Bartenders were serving a selection of drinks including pink lemonade and fruit punch.
Don’t even get me started on the desserts! We have custard topped with a tropical jelly and bobas, chocolate cake, and baked pineapple topped with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce. We *may* have gone back for seconds even though we were full 🙂
The Next Surprise
While we were eating we were introduced to a special guest who had just sailed in that morning – Moana herself! We were given the opportunity to meet and take pictures with her. My bouncing little Eliza almost fell over with excitement!
Now Eliza doesn’t have the best record with meeting her favorite characters. She tends to become VERY shy and, for some reason, talk about her shoes. This time was completely different! Moana is a wonderful girl and I hope that you have a chance to meet her on your next Disney vacation!
On to the Show!
After the meeting with Moana and a chat with the co-creator of the movie we gathered our stuff and headed to check out one of the new Disney Vacation Club Bungalows. Holy heck are these AMAZING!
There are two bedrooms, two bathroom, a splash pool, and the most amazing patio view of Cinderella’s castle (Wishes anyone?). We were most excited by the tv inside the bathroom mirror, though. I hope that in my next life I come back as a DVC member so I can stay there and have tiki drinks!
After our tour we dropped off our phones and grabbed our popcorn and seats in the VIP section. It was quite cold right on the beach, by Florida standards, so we were bundled in hoodies and blankets (soooooo happy Kristi told me to bring them) and watched the movie.
No Spoilers Here
I loved this movie. In fact, it might be one of my favorites from Disney in recent history (what’s up not a remake!) and I can’t wait for my boys to get to see it too.
The basic story is that Moana is the daughter of her tribe’s chief (NOT a princess!) and has to save her people…by any means necessary. She takes to the see with her mindless chicken Hei Hei to restore the Heart of Te Fiti even though she has very little sailing experience. There are some scary moments in the movie (the crab scene comes to mind), but nothing too bad.
Last night I talked (gushed) about Moana on my podcast, Universe Box. You can find the video of the review below, or the entire episode here.
Sail Away with Moana
Are you or your kids excited about Moana? Any plans to see it over the holiday weekend? If you do see it let me know what you thought! I would love to hear your review.
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