Shhhh…Don’t Tell Wito!

While strolling through Downtown Disney last week after tackling Space Mountain, Wito noticed a huge Cars 2 banner hanging from the local theater. As the world’s biggest Cars 2 fan, the child was beside himself.  Disneyland Excitement Level: 2. Random Cars 2 Banner Excitement Level: 150. (I’ll never get it.) He just stood there, transfixed, while I impatiently tapped my foot because I desperately wanted to get home after a full day at Disney.

Like many children, Wito is not a fan of getting his photo taken. He squirms or looks down or makes a crazy Jack-Nicholson-in-The-Shining-face or basically anything he can to ruin a photo opp. So excuse my bewilderment when he looked at me earnestly and asked if I would take his photo in front of the banner.  Sure, kid.

Wito and the random Cars 2 banner.

We’re exactly one week out from the premiere of the movie, and Wito’s mental status has moved from Total Excitement to Absolute Loss of Daily Focus.

You guys. Little does he know, but earlier this week, he was invited to an advanced screening of the movie. A screening that is happening TOMORROW. TOMORROW WITO WILL SEE CARS 2. He is going to completely lose his mind when he finds out, which I’ve decided will be on the way to the theater. (Squeeeeeeeeee!)

Do you know what it’s been like keeping this secret for the past few days? It’s killing me! I feel like I’ve got some Cars 2 Tourette Syndrome ready to manifest itself at any moment. “Wito, would you like some more OHMYGODMEYOUCARS2MOVIETHISWEEKEND milk?” It’s just very exciting around here right now. In my head, at least. (Thank you, Disney, for the opportunity!)

My (BEST) friends at Disney are also offering a giveaway for your little Cars 2 fans!

A CARS 2 t-shirt (in youth sizes of S, M, L, XL), a CARS 2 set of 3 bumper stickers, a CARS 2 temporary tattoo sheet (2 per winner), and a CARS 2 puzzle. Just leave a comment on this post before June 23rd at 6pm PST and you’ll be entered to win!

I’ll be back to report on the big surprise next week. (Of course, little miss Wita just came down with a 102 fever, so I’m praying Wito stays healthy for the big day.) Have a great weekend, everyone!

  • justJENN

    June 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Very exciting! All the little boys in town are going nuts. Did you see the real life-size Mater and Lightning at DCA? Amazing stuff.

  • Rosa

    June 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    this brought happy tears to my eyes! sarah you’re the best mommy out there. can’t wait to see the recap :) yay wito!!!!!

  • Amanda

    June 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I just about squealed in excitement for him! I can’t wait to hear his reaction when you tell him you are going to see it early!

    Of course we are definitely Cars fans over here too…we like saying Shu Todoroki over and over again. And Holly Shiftwell…which coming out of a 2.5yr old can sound quite questionable at times…you get the drift.

  • Caroline

    June 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    So excited for him! Can’t wait to hear if it lives up to the original…

  • Heather

    June 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    We have been counting down the days until Cars 2 over here. My boys beyond excited and ask to see the movie trailers for Cars everyday! Secretly, I am a little excited to see this movie too!!

  • PinkieBling

    June 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Yaaaayy!! Can’t wait to read the followup post. Hope Wita’s better soon!

  • angie

    June 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    what a lucky boy and mama! there really is nothing better than seeing your kid in pure bliss. can’t wait to hear the report back. you actually inspired me to buy the first cars movie and a couple of the cars so that we could have my 3.5 year old sons first movie night at home and then we’ll take him to his very first big screen movie to see cars 2. let the madness begin!!!

  • Sizzle

    June 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Please tape it when you tell him- it’s going to be awesome!

  • justJENN

    June 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    How did I miss that whole Cars post?? I blame googlereader. ;) Is your advanced screening at the El Capitan with the whole adventurous ‘outdoor experience’?! Cause that’s gonna be awesome.

  • Danielle (elleinadspir)

    June 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    So excited for him. If it were happening in my world, he’d have a meltdown because it was a last minute change of plans. Ugh.

  • Andrea

    June 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    SERIOUSLY. I have to win this. My Michael may rival Wito for the title of completely obsessed Cars super fan. If I send you a photo of my son’s cars collection you would understand. OMG. Seriously. Hafta win.

    And so so so jealous of you both getting to see the movie early. I think my husband would pee his pants if that happened to us.

  • Ali

    June 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    aw feel better wita!

  • SAC

    June 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Cars! 2!

  • Stephanie M

    June 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    OMG how exciting!!!

  • Tiffanie

    June 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Lucky Wito! Here I am planning to see that movie a couple times in the theater…

  • Joe Crawford

    June 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    That is AWESOME.

    Sometimes blogging brings cool swag.

    I’m hoping I win something for my Godson Zac!

  • molly

    June 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    We would love to win this!!!! My little one is also obsessed…. :)

  • Julie

    June 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I cannot wait to hear about his reaction. He’s going to lose his little mind!

  • Kristin

    June 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Wow! My godson is a HUGE Cars fan as well! This would be an AWESOME “big brother” present for him – his lil sister is arriving July 5th.

  • Tina

    June 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Oh, what a lucky boy! We have a little date night set up with the whole thing. Reserved seats, advance tix. Did you ever think you would get so excited about a kid’s movie???? Seriously. I am trippin over myself right now.
    Oh, and pick me! Pretty please!
    Enjoy the show!

  • Martha

    June 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    That’s so awesome for Wito!

  • beyond

    June 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    oh my gosh. you’re totally going to blow his mind!
    that being said, i’m not a little boy, and i really want to see it, too.

  • Michelle

    June 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    He’s going to LOVE it!! Finn can’t wait to see the movie!

  • Sam

    June 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    This is going to be bigger than Christmas for Wito! I’m so excited for BOTH of you!

    I can’t wait to see the movie, either. I have the first one from Netflix and am hoping to properly indoctrinate my 3-year-old. I’m ready for him to MOVE ON from trains!

  • Jesse B.

    June 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    So awesome!! My nephew sounds like Wito and he would absolutely love to win this.

  • holly

    June 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    i need this loot for my nephew!! he is OB-sessed. and i think he was before he ever saw the movie!

  • Carolyn

    June 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    oh, my 3 and 5 year old would be so excited to receive this! :) Have a great time tomorrow…can’t wait to hear if the movie is as great as a 3 year thinks it will be…

  • Cindy

    June 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Cars 2 mania is at a fever pitch in our house as well. My 3 year old runs around with his little Guido figurine yelling “pit stop?” in an Italian accent all day. So glad I taught him that. ;)

  • Tina powell

    June 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I am soooo jealous, I wish I could surprise my Cars OBSESSED child with such an awesome experience. (when I say obsessed, I mean he *thinks* everything looks like Lightning McQueen…KA-CHOW!

  • Jenni

    June 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    My son is also a HUGE Cars fanatic. Every time a Cars 2 movie preview comes on TV, he is GLUED to the screen. And we’ve been watching Cars and Mater’s Tall Tales every. single. day. I’m so excited to see his reaction when he finally watches his precious Cars characters on the big screen next weekend!

  • Tina powell

    June 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm


  • Jessica

    June 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    That is so very awesome for him! I bet he will remember this forever, so sweet. I’m taking my 2.5 year old to the theatre next weekend to see the movie, I’m sure he will love it! Or be bored, it’s a toss up.

  • Jessica

    June 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    So super fun for him! My three-year-old is also eager to see the sequel. Disney has cornered the market on my kids….

  • Jen B

    June 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    My 3 year old is losing his mind waiting for this to come out! He is SO EXCITED and would love the Cars 2 merchandise!

  • Jennie

    June 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Cars is the one and only movie my child has ever gotten excited about. I have watched Cars NINE THOUSAND TIMES. Sometimes, he turns to me and says, “Mommy, tractor tippin’ please.” Meaning, yeah, this would be a really cool thing to win ;)

  • Corey Mermis

    June 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    So exciting for you guys!! I have a CARS 2 freak in my house as well. We have already started collecting the cars and have been patiently reading the chapter book every night for the past two weeks. He would LOVE to win this prize!

  • Angie

    June 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    That is so cool that you got the advance screening passes! I thought you’d be able to work something out like that. I hope it lives up to all Wito’s expectations. My little boy is quite the Mater fan. Since he’s gotten older, he’s more on a lego star wars kick, but he is still a big Cars 2 fan. Can’t wait to find out what you thought of it.

  • Grace S.

    June 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Please don’t make fun of Tourette Syndrome. You may think I’m being hypersensitive, but having TS is painful and difficult and I just cringe every time I hear a joke like that.

  • Elizabeth

    June 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I might sound like sort of a Luddite for admitting this, but my son, who is just a couple of days younger that Wito, has only seen one movie in his entire life, and that movie is Cars. So, yeah, I know the excitement of Cars 2 as well. Wito is going to plop over form happiness. You are Mother of the Year, I hope you know.

  • Lisa D

    June 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    He’s gonna go nuts!! How exciting!

  • Emily

    June 17, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    That is so fun — what a great opportunity!

    My nephew is a big fan as well — he would love all this schtuff!

  • leslie

    June 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Oh my little son would LOVE THIS! I hope wito has fun at the premier. This is going to be my little guys first “big movie” :)

  • Tiffany

    June 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Is it lame that this internet stranger is ridiculously excited for you? What a fun surprise for your little guy.

    We just showed our son the trailer for “Cars 2” last week and he has been hooked ever since!

  • Heather

    June 17, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Yay for Wito! We won tickets to see Cars 2 from A Parent in Silver Spring’s Blog. I can’t wait to see the look on my son’s face when we arrive to the movie theater tomorrow morning! He’s going to be so excited when he realizes what we’re there for.

    Hopefully I can chase down Nigel & Hydraulic Ramone for our diecast collection before I have to fork over the Cars 2 cars I’ve been collecting for him.

    Have fun Wito!!!!

  • Jill Browning

    June 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I can’t wait to see the movie with my nephew!!

  • Barb @ getupandplay

    June 17, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Oh how fun! My little guy was just introduced to Cars this month and is obsessed. He doesn’t even know about Cars 2 yet! He’ll be so excited!

  • Kaedra

    June 18, 2011 at 3:26 am

    SO. AWESOME. The look on his face will be worth every second of hanging on to that secret!

  • Elizabeth Landingham

    June 18, 2011 at 3:53 am

    They might want to consider making the Cars 2 release date a national holiday with all the kids who are so excited about it. My guy has been counting his Lightning McQueen cars for days in anticipation of the opening and debating as to which Lightning McQueen gets to go with us to view the movie. I know Wito will have a great time!

  • Allisonjd

    June 18, 2011 at 6:12 am

    This is making me tear up! Especially wanting his picture with the poster! Bring tissues because if you’re anything like me you’ll be crying at his reaction to the movie. Lol I’m so excited for him! I know you’ll have a blast!!!

  • Laura K

    June 18, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Have fun! Hope Wito can calm down enough when you tell him to be able to enjoy the movie!

  • Brandey

    June 18, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Hope Wito LOVES the movie! My son is so excited, we are hoping to go see it on opening day :)

  • Jennifer

    June 18, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Wow, that is so awesome. We are avid Disney fans in this house. My son is almost 2 and we have taken him to Disney World (from NY) 5 times already. When you ask him what he wants to watch, he says “Sully” (Monsters Inc.). So I totally get what is going on in your house. I imagine that when Monsters Inc 2 we will go through the same thing. He loves Cars too, and loves watching the previews. He likes Mater.

    Have fun, can’t wait to hear about it

  • Emily

    June 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

    How awesome! You’ll have to tell us what his reaction was when you told him!

  • Jen

    June 18, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Um, is it weird that *I* am jealous you and Wito are getting to see the movie today?? We’re planning a special evening next Friday for Rowan that includes seeing Cars 2 (not sure if we should do 3-D?), and I am really excited to see how he reacts to his first movie in a theater.

    Also, Rowan needs to win this prize package. I’d say he’s the #2 Cars fan, right behind Wito. :)

  • Jen

    June 18, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Wito is so lucky! My 3-yr-old nephew is similarly obsessed. He LOVES to regale me with wide-eyed tales of “Lightning daQueen’s” adventures.

  • Catherine

    June 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Awww, he’s gonna flip! Hope you have a great time!

  • am'ti b

    June 18, 2011 at 9:10 am

    we are so excited for him! so many fun surprises, have a great time!

  • Valerie

    June 18, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I can’t wait to hear about Wito’s reaction. My nephew is also counting down till the opening day!

  • Laurie

    June 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Love this post! My nephew is a HUGE Cars fan and has also been talking about the movie for weeks (months?)!!

  • Rebecca

    June 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I can’t believe he wanted a picture with the banner. Too cute!

  • Emily B

    June 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    SO exciting! We’re also counting down at our house.

  • Brenda

    June 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    My kids can’t wait to see Cars 2!

  • Christy

    June 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    My daughter LOVES Cars. She just started watching the first one, so we aren’t in too much of a hurry for the second one, but I’m sure she’ll love it too.

  • Alissa

    June 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    So excited for Wito (and you)! He’s going to have the best day in his life very soon :)

  • Steph

    June 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Wow. My niece would lose her mind if I showed up at her house with this prize. What a great opportunity to make me Greatest Auntie Ever.

  • Linda

    June 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Yay! We’re counting down the days for Cars 2 here also. My 4 (“almost 5” as he always reminds me) year old son is also a huge fan. I almost broke down and got the Cars cereal at Target last week. Is it too much?

    This will be his first movie in a theater so we are doubly excited.

  • Amanda

    June 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    OMG! My son is the biggest cars fan and we left Disneyland on the 15…this would rock his world. Hope it lived up to his expectations!

  • Amy beth

    June 19, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Wow! He is going to freak oooooout! We love us some lightening McQueen over here too!

  • Ann Marie

    June 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Can’t wait to hear the follow up to this post. My 3.5 yo nephew has not been told there’s a Cars 2 movie. (I am not even certain he’s been in a movie theater). But he’d love this little bounty of Lightning McQueen stuff!

  • rachel joy

    June 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I can’t wait to hear all about it! Saw your instagram pic right before showtime. So exciting!!

  • Christy M

    June 20, 2011 at 5:24 am

    So exciting! And I hope everyone is feeling better!

  • K

    June 20, 2011 at 6:55 am

    We’re still waffling as to whether or not our newly-turned three year old could cut it in a dark-loud movie theater, but Cars 2 swag would be a lovely gift.

    I’m so glad you guys/Wito had the chance to go see it as a surprise. Awesome memories.

  • amanda

    June 20, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I’m so jealous! My son keeps saying Cars is coming out June 24 (just like Wito!) and his friends at daycare keep taunting him that if he’s bad, he won’t go see the Cars movie on June 24. We’re very excited here! He’s carrying this week’s Target ad around with him b/c it had so many Lightning McQueen’s in it!!

  • Bonnie

    June 20, 2011 at 7:24 am

    We can’t wait for Cars 2! I’ve got two very excited little guys over here who would love some bonus McQueen gear!

  • Mary H.

    June 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I’m excited for you! Nothing like blowing the minds of youth :)

  • Heather

    June 20, 2011 at 10:50 am

    How Awesome!
    Tripple Love your Blog. You’re a joy to read. :)

  • Becca

    June 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Wito is going to be so excited! My little guy is over the moon ready to see the movie; he loved the 1st one and I have to admit — it’s one of my all-time favorite movies too! He would be thrilled to win this prize pack, thanks for the chance!

  • Stephanie

    June 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    We are counting down the days!!! I have two big Cars fans as well!

  • Sarah

    June 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Wow! What an amazing surprise! My little guy would be over the moon if he won this prize pack… thanks for giving us the chance to win!

  • Misty

    June 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    My little one can’t wait either:) Enjoy!!

  • Laura

    June 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    How awesome!!!! My boys love Cars so much and I can’t wait to take my oldest!

  • curlystraight

    June 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    In the words of my 3-year-old girl…

    “I’m Lightning and you’re Mader. Go!”

  • Tara

    June 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I would love the t-shirt for my 3.5 year old son! So lucky on the advanced screening!

  • Jessica J.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I’d love to win for my 4 year old nephew! He too is head over heels in love with Cars.
    Hope you guys have fun at the advance screening. That is so awesome the suprise you’ve got in store for Wito!

  • Krista

    June 21, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Wow! My 4-year-old has been a Cars fan since before he was 2. We can’t wait to take him to the theater this weekend. Hope Wito has a blast!

  • diana

    June 21, 2011 at 9:58 am

    oh man, i hope i win this for my boys!!

  • danielle

    June 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Wow! We’d love to win this prize, but more than that…hope to see a pic of Wito’s face when he hears the news!!! Hope you all have the best time ever!!!

  • cara

    June 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    SO cute.

  • Helloheather

    June 22, 2011 at 10:33 am

    We would love to win this! This movie is going to be my almost-five-year-old’s first movie theater experience. My husband and I have been big Pixar fans for a long time, and my son adores Lightning McQueen. Really, we are ALL looking forward to seeing this movie!

  • Lisa

    June 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I know a 4 year old who would probably go for all of that!

  • Manda

    June 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    My kiddo is totally on Team Mater. Hoo boy!!

  • kimmer

    June 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    so sorry if I am too late on the fun. Love cars in larrytown.

  • Laura K

    June 23, 2011 at 10:52 am

    My boys would love this! Mater is our favorite!

  • Lisa

    June 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    My 3-year-old son would love those gifts! He loves Cars, and Cars 2 is going to be his first movie in a theatre :)