Has it been 30 years already? A Dec. 2017/Jan. 2018 Trip Report! (Updated 1/20/18)

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  1. Aermaia

    Aermaia Earning My Ears

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    Does this mean that we are watching live action Cinderella when I get back from vacation and see you on Sunday?
     
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  2. adamreisinger

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    Probably :)
     
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  4. adamreisinger

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    Trip Report, Episode XIV: What If We Made Another Death Star, But With Two Lasers? (a.k.a. A Personal Disney World History Lesson)
    Memory is a curious thing.

    Up until a few years ago, if you'd asked me about the first time I went to Disney World, I would've told you the following facts about the trip:
    - It was in December 1988
    - It was me, my sister, my parents, and my grandmother
    - We stayed in a hotel in Kissimmee
    - We visited the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and the newly-opened MGM Studios

    As it turns out, three of those four "facts" would've been wrong on some level -- in part because I was essentially combining the memories of my first TWO trips to Walt Disney World.

    Obviously as true WDW fans know, MGM Studios -- what we now know as Disney's Hollywood Studios -- didn't open until 1989. And my family was in fact there that first year with my grandmother, who, as it turns out, hadn't joined us on our 1988 trip -- a trip where we actually stayed in one of the many hotels in Orlando on International Drive. The first time we stayed in Kissimmee was 1989, after my parents had bought a time share at Orange Lake the previous year.

    But that first trip was definitely 1988, and that's seared in my memory for one of the weirdest reasons: "Oliver & Company".

    That was the most recent Disney Animated film to have come out when we visited the parks in 1988, and my sister and I both came home with stuffed animals from the movie. She got Oliver and I got Tito, because 8-year-old me thought Tito was the coolest thing on the planet. Sadly, when I went looking for pictures of us with those stuffed animals, I came up empty, but I did find this picture from when my parents told us we'd be going to Disney World:

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    That's me with Pluto and my sister with what I believe is Winnie the Pooh (or a generic knock-off). I know for certain that this picture was taken in 1988 and not 1989, not just because of that amazing vintage TV and VCR in the background, but because this picture was definitely in the house we lived in when we first moved to Connecticut, not the one we lived in from 1989 until, well... now (I bought it from my now-retired parents a couple years ago, which is how I ended up with piles and piles of vintage photos to dig through in the first place).

    And while I can't seem to find any pictures of me and my sister with our Oliver & Company swag, I did uncover this picture of what I'm fairly certain is that 1988 trip, way back when you could encounter characters just out and about throughout the Magic Kingdom.

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    To borrow a line from Anna, looking at my expression in that photo, I don't know if I'm elated or gassy, but I'm somewhere in that zone. Also, why did my parents let me, a redhead, wear a red shirt? That's just terrible fashion planning.

    On the subject of fashion, I found this earlier photo that shows that my love for all things Disney predates my first visit to WDW way back when:

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    Honestly, I'd love to have that MMC T-shirt now in an adult size. That is some vintage awesomeness right there (and I feel the need to protect my childhood reputation by pointing out that weird color blotch on the neck of the T-shirt is on the surface of the photo, not actually on the shirt in the photo. I was a very neat eater as a child, mostly because all I would eat were chicken nuggets).

    And, in my photo research, I even found evidence of my long-forgotten trip to Disneyland way back in 1983. I still have no actual memory of this trip (so my signature will remain the same), but it was cool to see both how happy I was at my Mickey Mouse-themed third birthday party and to meet Chip and Dale at Disneyland (at least I think that's happiness... it could also be abject fear).

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    That trip was seven months before my sister was born, and nearly a full 35 years before this upcoming trip, so as it turns out, I've been going to Disney Parks for nearly my entire life, and I'm excited to ring in a new year at one for the first time.

    And, since that trip is getting closer, let's do some just-about-three-weeks-to-go updates.

    WEIGHT LOSS UPDATE: As of this morning, I'm down to 413, which means I've lost 28 pounds since I started trying to lose weight. It's not quite on track with where I wanted to be, but it still represents significant progress, and with a good next three weeks here, I can still slip under 400 by the time I leave for WDW (which, in theory, should be exactly three weeks from now).

    TATTOO UPDATE: About half of the background has been laid down -- we ended up going with a design that looks like the sky in the logo at the opening of every Disney movie. I have one last appointment to finish up the other half of the background on Dec. 26, the day before I leave.

    I briefly considered staying up extra late on Christmas, waking up just before my tattoo appointment on the afternoon of the 26th, then doing an overnight drive to Orlando on the 26th/27th, so I could spend the night of the 27th and morning of the 28th with my parents, but I realized my chances of successfully doing that are about zero. So the plan now is to do the tattoo on the afternoon of the 26th, go straight home and go to sleep, then wake up early on the 27th and leave by 6am, hopefully putting in somewhere between 12 and 16 hours of drive time that day. And yes, I am still planning on streaming the drive via a dash cam, so you can track my progress, join me in singing along to an endless playlist of Disney soundtracks, and even listen to silly narration as I recall long Disney drives of years past.
     
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  5. fallonkendra

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    Congratulations on meeting a special someone! It always happens when you least expect it! I met my significant other two months after I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease - so I was more focused on trying to figure out my new life with an auto-immune disease, not work on a relationship - but, it all worked out, here we are almost 5 years later, and I'm marrying him in 33 days! I wish you both nothing but happiness - and I'd love to see a trip report after your February trip!

    I love that you've made a schedule of Disney movies to watch every night before your trip! We haven't been watching one every night (two-thirds of the hockey teams we cheer for have been playing great, so there's a game to watch almost every night haha) - but we have been working our way through quite a few Disney movies. We didn't set a schedule or anything, it's just whatever we feel like that day - which was Tangled and Captain America so far this week.

    Also - congratulations on your weight loss thus far! 28 pounds is something to be very proud of!

    I can't wait to see a picture of your finished tattoo! It sounds amazing!
     
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  6. adamreisinger

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    That's so cool (not the Crohn's part, obviously, the meeting your future husband part), and I hope your wedding is everything you want it to be.

    It's funny, now that my December trip is only 17 days away -- and all the plans that can be made have been made -- I'm getting way more excited about planning the February trip. FastPass day for that one was just last week and I customized our MagicBands today.

    Also, I've managed to drop another 6 pounds since my last post, which was cool. Doing my weigh-in this morning and seeing a "0" in the second column brought a smile to my face. Now to get it down to the point where the first number is a "3"...
     
  7. Twilight Sparkle

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    I found this thread this morning and have been reading it off and on today. I am finally caught up. Great report so far. Love your plans, your tattoo (and I have to say this is the first time I have ever truly loved a tattoo), your enthusiasm, and the fact that you've met someone special. Teepublic does have great designs. We used to be a Redbubble family, but Teepublic's designs have won us over. Congrats on your weight loss success, too. I'll be following along from here on out and hope to catch some of your live stream drive on your trek down.
     
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    Welcome to the Trip Report Party! (It's like a Disney Dessert Party, but with fewer desserts, drinks and fireworks and people and being at Disney... so not like that at all).
     
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  9. mbvisitor

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    Your plans look great! I'm not sure yet if my family can sustain a full entire day in the parks like you've planned. I'm planning that we'll be able to get up for Park opening, but I'm not sure how long we'll last!

    We'll be in DHS on the 29th as well--but we'll be watching Fantasmic! and then SWAGS.
    I have the Star Wars Tour booked that morning...still debating if its worth the cost to bypass the crowds.

    I'll definitely look for you at the Dessert Party on the 30th! If you are willing to talk shop with DH (your shop, not his) you'll get along quite well--he's a sports nut!

    We'll also be at Epcot on the 31st as well. I just scored a Via Napoli ADR that evening--thanks to Touring Plans Reservation Finder! Super excited and a little scared of the crowds that await us that night.

    LOL! I have no idea what stereotypes you are talking about??!:rolleyes1:P:rotfl2:

    Those sneakers are fab-u-lous! Don't be mad if we meet and I have the same pair! I'm loving the black and gold! Also love the white and gold pair as well! I'd have to get them shipped to Port Orleans, not sure about that.

    The tattoo looks awesome by the way!

    I'm sooo excited! I can't believe our trips are so close!:yay::banana::cheer2:party::cool1:
    Hazel
     
  10. mbvisitor

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    That's an impressive line up! Were you able to keep up? I tried to get to get through all of the Harry Potters again (heading to Universal Jan 1-4 as well). We only got about 3 in so far.
     
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    Hi Adam, these pictures are awesome. I'm going on the 31st with my GF to WDW & Universal and was extremely worried about fitting into rides and embarrassing her. For me it's fine, I've lived with it for 20 years. But it's her I'm afraid for. I don't want to put her through the shame of having to be thrown off rides.

    I see you're ok with Disney. How about Universal? Are roller coasters out of the question? Hulk? Duelling Dragons? Harry Potter?

    I'm 350 6'0...my waist is small 42-44. It's all in my belly and upper buddy.

    I enjoyed your post and appreciate any help/advise!

    Thank you
     
  13. adamreisinger

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    Universal? What is this place you speak of? As a TWDC castmember, I only acknowledge one theme park in the Orlando area.

    Kidding... but in all seriousness, I've never actually been to Universal as an adult -- getting to go to WDW for free makes it hard to get motivated to pay to go to Universal.

    As for the rides at WDW, besides Flight of Passage the ones that give me the hardest times are:
    - 7DMT (like you, I carry most of my weight in my belly, so if I sit down just right I can make it work, but it's a tight squeeze -- and generally not worth it for what I've found to be a really short ride)
    - Space Mountain (getting in is fine, getting out is hard)
    - Astro Orbiters (same)
    - Kali River Rapids (the belt JUST fits, if I squeeze it under my gut)

    Most other rides I honestly don't give a second thought, since I've found I fit just fine. On the rides that use seatbelts (like Soarin', Tower of Terror, Star Tours, etc.), I've found that pulling the belt all the way out before I sit down, then sitting, then buckling, works best.
     
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    Trip Report, Episode XV: Yes, The Force Totally Works That Way, Okay?! (a.k.a. "One Week to Go!")
    It's almost here! At this time next week I'll be riding "Frozen Ever After" following a dessert party and VIP viewing of Illuminations as part of my first of six days at Walt Disney World -- which means at this time six days from now I'll be finishing a very long day of driving, settling in for the night somewhere hopefully in Georgia or northern Florida.

    At this point, the "pre-trip" part of my trip is basically done. I've finalized my dining reservations (save for still needing to decide between BOG and The Plaza on the 30th), moved around a couple FastPass+ selections, entered my custom touring plan into the app... heck, I've even done most of my packing.

    I've also managed to keep up with my Disney movie watching -- as I type this, I'm watching "Frozen" -- and even though most of them aren't great, the movies based on Disney attractions got me even more excited for the trip. "Tower of Terror" is such a cheesy movie, but you can't deny how awesome it is to see the ride on screen. I definitely need to make sure I visit it more than once on this trip.

    My weight loss has stalled a bit, as I abandoned my plan to go 100% carb free, but plateauing for a week or two has been pretty common on every weight loss journey I've made in my life. I'm still very encouraged by the progress I've made, particularly as I've noticed in the past week that my clothes fit much better. I'm down four total notches in my belt, which is something I'm proud of, even if the scale isn't rewarding me with continuous downward movement in the numbers.

    Mostly, I'm just so excited the trip is so close. The next time you hear from me, I'll probably be on the road to Orlando!
     
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    Merry Christmas everyone, from Selina and Felicia (and Marie and Pegasus too). See you from Disney World in three days!

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    Love the blanket, the pillows, and, of course, the kitties! Merry Christmas and happy packing!
     
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    Trip Report, Episode XVI: Hyperdrive Highway (aka “Live-streaming The Drive to WDW”)
    For this, truly final, pre-trip report entry, I have three updates.

    1. I did it!

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    I made it under 400 before my trip begins. That was this morning, so I’m sure I’m back over after the lunch I just had, but that’ll get naturally burned off the rest of today.

    2. I’m not driving solo!

    Say hello to my co-pilot:

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    Ok, so he kinda sucks at driving, but he is cute and fluffy.

    3. I’m leaving early!

    The big update: my tattoo appointment had to be rescheduled due to a dental emergency (the tattoo artist’s not mine), so with my afternoon suddenly freed up, I decided to leave today!

    I’ll be hitting the road in a few minutes, and once I do, you can join me on this journey on Periscope (follow me here: https://www.pscp.tv/AdamReisinger/follow).

    Also, while I’m sharing social media links, you can stay in touch with my adventures at Disney World on Twitter and Instagram (@adamreisinger on both platforms).

    Thanks for following along and I’ll see you soon from the road, then from Disney World!
     
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    Safe travels to you and Stitch! And congrats on reaching your pre-trip goal!!!!
     
  19. mbvisitor

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    See ya real soon!
     
  20. adamreisinger

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    Trip Report, Episode XVII: Jedi Master Flo Rida (aka “I Made It!”)
    After almost 23 hours of driving in a 31-hour span, I’m finally here — sort of.

    Since I don’t actually check in to Port Orleans until Friday, I’m staying with my parents at Orange Lake tonight and tomorrow, and squeezing in a visit to Epcot (and maybe MK) tomorrow in between.

    I ended up not live-streaming the second day of the drive, because I wanted to focus more on the actual getting there part and less on talking to people from the internet (or myself, which happened a lot on Tuesday night).

    After leaving around 4pm on Tuesday afternoon I stopped for the night in Petersburg, Virginia, then picked up the drive from there at 10am. I ended up hitting significant traffic in South Carolina, but most of the rest of the ride after that was pretty smooth — and I was super excited when I saw that first Epcot billboard when getting on to I-4.

    Toward the end of my drive on I-4, there was an accident blocking traffic, so Google Maps rerouted me off the highway — and onto the Disney road system. There were roadside signs saying “All Parks Open”, which was VERY tempting, but given that it was already 11pm and I’d been in my car for basically 13 hours, I decided just to wait until tomorrow and get to bed.

    All in all, the drive wasn’t that bad, but I’m not sure I’d do it alone again (you know, aside from having to do it to get home). It was long, and pretty boring, but now I’m here and I’m so excited!
     
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    Day 1 at the parks is complete, and it was so much fun. I can’t wait to share all the details in a trip report entry (well, technically I can wait, otherwise I’d actually be doing it now).

    I do have to say neither Magic Kingdom nor Epcot were as crowded as I expected, but maybe that’s just because my expectations were absurd. But I had a great time, and the Frozen Dessert Party was well worth the cost.

    Until tomorrow...
     
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