We’re Going to Walt Disney World! Christmas Edition

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We’ve been counting down for 7 months, and now we’re less than 2 weeks away from our “Christmas” trip to Walt Disney World!

Our last visit was in April, a trip we planned to coincide with the Star Wars Dark Side races. We also usually go to a Disney park in early fall, when the parks are decked out for Halloween. (Last time was 2016, when we went to Disneyland.) This time I wanted to shake things up and go when the parks were decorated for Christmas. Our last trip during this time was in 2013, when we were there the week before Thanksgiving.

Our original idea was to leave for Florida on Thanksgiving afternoon, after Gary was stuffed from turkey and I had probably eaten too much mashed potatoes. We would arrive at Port Orleans French Quarter on Black Friday, and our celebration “Vacation is Finally Here!” meal was for Boma that night.

Then Gary decided, yeah, let’s just get out of here. And now we’re leaving the Tuesday before Thanksgiving! Yay for longer vacations!


Walt Disney World Trip Planning 101

The best Disney trips are the ones where you just wing it… said no one ever. Oh, maybe if you’ve been a zillion times and know the parks like the back of your hand. But if you’ve only been a time or two, or especially if you’ve never been, you need to make a plan.

We decided to just wing it for a trip to Myrtle Beach on our 1st wedding anniversary. It went a little something like this:

“What do you want to do?”

“I don’t know, what do you want to do?”


Disney Wonder Alaska Cruise Review

Hi, I’m Richard, and I’m here as a “guest blogger” to talk about the Disney cruise to Alaska my wife Erica and I took September 4-11, 2017.  I know that many of you have been on a cruise, even maybe a Disney cruise, but not too many have been on a Disney cruise to Alaska…so I thought a discussion of each aspect of the cruise would be helpful!


Minnie Me Headbands

Do you wear mouse ears when you are at a Disney park? When I first started going to Walt Disney World, I didn’t. The horror. I didn’t even wear Disney t-shirts. In my defense, my first trip to a Disney park was for my honeymoon. I was much too busy planning our wedding than to properly plan for a honeymoon.


Top 7 Reasons to Take a Cruise

It’s no startling revelation at this point to say that my wife and I are HUGE Disney fanatics.  If we’re away from the parks for more than a few months we start to get antsy and are itching to return.  But that’s not to say that we don’t enjoy doing other things as well.  And, in fact, our love of Disney lead us to one of our new passions:  CRUISING!

Our main motivation for our first cruise was because it was, surprise, a DISNEY cruise.  We were excited for all of the unique Disney experiences on board, but we probably weren’t prepared for how much we would like cruising in general.  I’d recommend taking a cruise, of any kind, to ALMOST anyone.  I say “almost” because let’s face it, if you don’t like water, or food, or have motion sickness, it’s just not going to be for you.

So, without further ado, here are my Top 7 reasons that you (yes, YOU) should go on a cruise vacation!


Off to see the Wizard: Our weekend in Richmond, VA

Wizard World Richmond

The second of two Wizard World Comic Cons that Gary and I attended last year was held in Richmond, Virginia. Even though Virginia is our friendly neighbor to the east, our visits there aren’t very frequent. It was also the first time either of us had been to the Richmond area. I was excited to plan a 3-day weekend to the area to attend the convention, and also to see the WWE Pay-Per-View show called Backlash, which was being held at the Richmond Coliseum.


Halloween Photos from Disneyland

Since we’re coming upon Halloween season, and Walt Disney World has already had their first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of the year (yes, in August), I thought I would share some photos from our Halloween-time trip to Disneyland last year.

This was not only our very first time to Disneyland, but also our first trip to California. We loved it, and I’m already planning to get us back there in a couple of years.

My favorites? Well since Space Mountain is my absolute most favorite ride, I loved the new spin on it with Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. But really, the Haunted Mansion Holiday (the Nightmare Before Christmas version of the Haunted Mansion) has to win top honors. Pretty amazing. A must-do for any Walt Disney World fan who has yet to make it to Disneyland.

Here are a few photos with Halloween decorations from Disneyland.


“Is that Your Little Autograph Book?” – Princess Tiana

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While I don’t consider myself a super-collector when it comes to autographs, I have started obtain a nice little collection of celebrity signatures.  I’ll write more in-depth later about chasing wrestlers and other minor celebrities at various conventions.  That’s definitely a blog post in itself.  But, this post is going to be a little bit different…..

When my wife and I first started going to Walt Disney World on a regular basis, one of our favorite things to do, as mentioned in a previous post, became getting our photograph with the glut of Disney characters on hand.  Nobody should leave Disney without at least ONE character photo and interaction (if only one, it has to be Mickey Mouse, right?), but it has become a bit of an obsession to meet as many different characters (in as many different outfits) as we can.


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