It’s been a while

Wow! Has it really been that long since I started, and stopped, writing this blog? I’m not even sure how many of the small hand full of people are actually reading this. I think I should have paced myself. Oh well.

So, I still get homesick for WDW. And I still look for ways to get more involved and satisfy my craving for all things Disney. I did start a few FB groups. “Hidden Mickey’s in every day life”, “Smells that remind you of WDW”, “Long Islanders moving to Florida”, and “WDW Radio Box People”. And I post a “Mickey pic of the day” on my Twitter page @Disney05_.

We’ve also given ourselves a date when we put the house up for sale and move to Florida. Unfortunately, it’s not for 3 more years. My daughter has insisted on graduating with her friends. It’s gonna be a long three years because I really hate the winter and we’re being taxed out of here. But that’s for another blog. I’ve been in touch with real estate agents and have been looking on line every day for homes. Not entirely sure we want to own again but we have lots of time. Yes, it will be close enough to Disney. A huge, huge perk but not the sole reason for moving there.

So that’s it for now. I haven’t disappeared. Just regrouping in a way.

That’s it for now. See ya real soon!

Always looking

Just came home from shopping with my wife. Just happened to be at Target. We’re walking around and I realized I’m doing what I do no matter where I am. I’m searching for anything Disney related.

It’s kind of like when you buy…say a car. All of a sudden you see that same car all over the place. I think it’s the same being a Disney fan. I see Disney stuff every where. Things that don’t even pertain to me like infant stuff or kids clothes. But as I’m walking around, just browsing, not even necessarily looking for anything Disney, the second anything with Mickey Mouse or the word Disney on it comes into view, it just stands out like a sore thumb. My eyes just naturally go towards it.

You see Disney on clothes, books, toys, food items, pets supplies almost everything. That’s why I think it’s just different being a Disney fan. It’s not just the parks and movies. Strangely, it’s almost a way of life. So do you always look for Disney related things everywhere?

That’s it for now. See ya real soon!

Why I love WDW

It’s a common question I get when others know that I’ve planned another WDW vacation. And I’m sure many of you get the same question. “Why do you love WDW so much”?

Sounds like a very easy question. I mean, I know I love going to WDW. And I love all things Disney. But sometimes I do wonder to myself and ask, why do I love going so much? Why is it that I think about it every single day. Why do I have such a burning desire to go back year after year? Why do I look back at Cinderella Castle until it disappears behind Main St. when I have to leave? Are there different levels of love for the place I yearn to be at?

Maybe I’m in denial  with reality. Maybe I totally lose myself in the fantasy world of it all. And truly leave everything from the real world home. And what’s wrong with that? Isn’t that what going on vacation is for? To relax and enjoy? And it’s just…different at WDW.

Now this may be totally naive of me but when I’m at the World, I feel a sense of safety. We’re visiting this place full of dreams and fantasy. More likely than not, you’re surrounded by like minded people.  Everyone has an off day now and then. But I also think every cast member there, whether they meet you at the front desk of your resort, ring you up at the Emporium or walk around with a broom, all have your best interest in mind. I know you may be saying that it’s like that at lot’s of other place too. Maybe. But I feel it’s different at WDW. Maybe it’s my naivety again.

The deeper stuff aside. I love the music! Music is in my blood. I love the emotion and passion that the music sends out. I pay attention to the background music. I really feel the music that plays during Wishes or Illuminations. The music is everywhere. And so are the details of just about everything else. I love feeling like I’m actually in a different world. I know nothing about architecture but I love the details in the building, plants, signs and how it’s all laid out.

Not to leave out the attractions. But they truly do bring me back to being a kid. They trigger certain time frames in my mind. I can lose myself in many of the attractions. The details, the visuals, the sounds. Really kicks my imagination and creativity into high gear.

Then there’s the reasons I just can’t put into words. Can’t tell you why. It’s just a feeling. A feeling that only other Disney geeks can truly understand. I sit here and try to put it into words. How do you put something so deep and meaningful into words that you’re confident it explains how you feel. You either get it or you don’t.

That’s it for now. See ya real soon!

When does your trip start?

We’re all very excited about going to WDW. But when I fly into MCO, Orlando International Airport, the first attraction I come across is the monorail that takes you to the main terminal. It’s like a warm up ride until I get to the resort.

So here’s the scenario. You sit on a plane for x amount of hours. All you want to do is get down and get to your WDW resort. You land, deplane, traipse through a usual busy terminal until you get to your first WDW attraction line. Ok, so it’s really not a line you’re waiting on and it’s not really in WDW. You stand in front of those large glass windows waiting for the next monorail to arrive.

So this may not be the classic WDW attraction you always read about but to me, it’s the first attraction of my trip. It’s my warm up monorail until I get to ride the WDW monorail.  It only get’s better from there. You take this nice, peaceful ride to the main terminal where you find your way down to where the Disney Magical Express buses are. What do you look for? That’s right, the cast member with the big white Mickey hand directing you to where you have to check in. And I don’t even have to wait for my baggage. I know it’ll eventually get to my resort.

Next you wait on a short line until you get onto the bus. For me, I’m at Walt Disney World. I’m in the hands of Disney. You finally get on board this big bus with Disney characters on the side and Disney tunes quietly playing on the bus’s music system. Then the bus starts moving and the video starts playing. Mickey Mouse and all his pals showing you what to expect when you check in. Then off to my resort. It’s all Disney from there on.

So if you use your imagination and open up your mind, you can enjoy the process of getting to your resort and start your trip sooner than you think.

That’s it for now. See ya real soon!

Leaving the World

The planning goes on for months and months, or even for years. Planning a WDW trip takes time but it is also really fun.

We finally arrive and have a whole vacation in front of us whether it’s a few days or if you’re lucky, a couple weeks. It’s a feeling of excitement! You have many days ahead of you to explore the parks, visit other resorts and eat at a plethora of restaurants. There’s so much to see and do, it usually keeps you busy from start to finish.

But then the inevitable comes. It’s time to return home and carry on with your life. Extreme happiness often turns to sadness. It’s ok to be a little sad. You’re in the most happiest place in the world. That’s why you go. For me, we always spend our last night at the Magic Kingdom. As we start to walk out of the park, I take in every last bit I can. The sounds, the smells that last peak at Cinderella Castle just as it disappears behind the train station.

But as it’s ok to feel sad that you’re leaving, be happy at too. You just made some fantastic memories that you’ll remember for a lifetime! Maybe you’ve even made some friends. And in this age of social media, maybe you were able to meet someone who you’ve only chatted with online.

Leaving Walt Disney World, and the magic and beauty it holds for us, is hard for us to do. But remember all the things you’ve experienced. Remember all the smiles, laughs and oohs and ahhs you had. That’s what Walt Disney World gives to us as a going away gift.

That’s it for now. See ya real soon!

Surprising a friend at WDW

This post is being written in two parts. It’s the middle of September. It will be updated in one month after I see if my plan worked.

I love catching people off guard and surprising them with something they either wanted or needed. Or something they don’t really need but I know they’d like. This was the foundation to something I wanted to do for a Disney friend coming over from the UK visiting WDW.

Months leading up to a WDW vacation, people often announce their countdown to when they leave. It’s an on going thing that we post every so often on various pages. So all of our friends in the Disney community knows when we are going to be in the World. A lot of times comments are shared back and forth. On one of those occasions, I mentioned to one person that I’ll leave something for her to find when she arrives on her trip a couple of months after I was there.

Emma was coming to the World all the way from England. You may have read her blog, and I hope you have; that she regularly posts. You may also know her as PinkEmmaUK.  I honestly don’t remember how it all started but I had said to her that I’d leave her something in the parks in hopes that she may find it when she arrives.

Suffice it to say, I couldn’t think of anything to do. I didn’t want to deface anything on property for her to find. And I think it would have been impossible to leave something, say under a rock or behind a bush, for her in hopes that it would still be there when she arrived.

My other choice was to leave something at the resort she was staying at, which I knew which one it was. I even emailed Disney to see if it was possible to leave something behind the front desk for her. They responded with yes and directions on what to do.

That plan sort of backfired too because on my trip, I never made it to the resort she is staying at. So in the end, I decided to write up a welcome to WDW letter. I will be mailing out her letter in time for her arrival and hopefully they will remember to give it to her when she checks in. Didn’t think of what to do if she checks in online. I will have to call the front desk to see if it was given to her.

So this is a surprise. This internet thing is a strange world. We make friends who we may never get to meet in person. A unique kind of pen pal. I will be updating this blog next month when I find out if she received her letter from me.

Ok, so It’s Thursday. This happens to be my only day off of the week. I called the resort that Emma is staying at yesterday to confirm that they did indeed receive my envelope and do have it put aside for her when she checks in. I really have no way of knowing when she sees it other than her Tweeting something to me. Will wait and see.

I just got confirmation that Emma did get the letter I left for her at the desk! It’s the little things in life. Even though my original plan was to do something else, I’m glad I was able to leave this small token for her and hopefully give her a smile. That’s what it’s all about, making people happy.

This kind of leads me to something else. There is a Disney community out there where many of us may never meet in person. We connect online by various means. It’s a place where friendships are started. It really is amazing.  I can only imagine how future technology will bring us even closer.

Enjoy your stay at Walt Disney World Emma, see you in the “Box”!

That’s it for now. See ya real soon!

Living vicariously through others

I spend a lot of my time on Facebook and Twitter. I follow a number of people who spend a lot of time somewhere in Walt Disney World. I read their posts and can imagine in my mind exactly where they are or what they are seeing.

It’s a curse and a blessing all at the same time. I want to so badly be at WDW all the time. And I listen and watch these people bring some Disney into my life every day. And I’m thankful for this medium we call the internet. But yes I get a little jealous. Not in a bad way mind you. But in a I know how wonderful it is there and want to be part of it way.

So I will continue to follow these terrific people who spend their time in the parks relaying to us on what’s going on in the World. I’ll look at all the pictures they want to post. And watch all the video clips they want to post. And I’ll continue to tune into their podcast’s. Living vicariously through them, will help me get through my time in between my own Walt Disney World visit.

That’s it for now. See ya real soon!