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tayalltheway 01-03-2013 02:52 AM

We Moved to Disneyland!! Now What…? Stories from New DLR Locals - Updated 10/15
 
:earboy2: We Moved to Disneyland!! Now What...? :earboy2:
Stories from New DLR Locals


Greetings readers!! Welcome to a trip report unlike any I've attempted (or even read) before. Well, perhaps even calling it a "trip report" is a bit of a misnomer. For lack of a better term, I guess you could call it a "life report." It's the story of how my wife and I decided to make a change in our life and start anew somewhere else. It's the story of how we decided to move to Disneyland.

Now, before I get way ahead of myself, some introductions are in order. Perhaps I should start off by saying that you'll probably get to know Tracy and I a bit better if you read the other two trip reports I've been writing. Both of them are still works in progress, though I'm getting closer to wrapping up one of them. Duffy is Going to be ECSTATIC! a.k.a. Thank God She Was Jewish was my first trip report and relives our May 2012 trip to Walt Disney World. The entire trip was a prize from the WDW Radio Show and Mouse Fan Travel, we stayed in a Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room and had all kinds of awesome experiences, including being parade Grand Marshals. Can We Move Here and Be Pancho's Handlers? A Throwback Trip Report is the prequel that I began writing more recently. It takes you through our first trip to Disneyland in September 2011. Everything that we learned in that trip report was very influential as we planned our move and our new life in California. If you'd like to read those reports first and then come back here, this report will still be here when you're done!

For those of you who chose not to read the other reports, here are some brief introductions:

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I'm Taylor. I'll be your narrator through this report. I love everything Disney! A lifelong WDW junkie, I got to know Disneyland on our trip last year and fell in love with it too. Here are some of my Disney stats. I'm trying to avoid duplicates from the previous reports, so they're getting a little more obscure:

Favorite Disney Snack: Mickey Pretzel, Pineapple-Vanilla Swirl Dole Whip Float
Favorite Nighttime Spectacular: Fantasmic! at Disneyland, Wishes
Favorite Attraction Theme Song: Soarin'
Favorite Extinct Attraction: Skyway, ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter

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This is my wife Tracy. She and I have been together for almost eight years, have been married for two and a half, and have been going to Disney together since 2008. Here are her stats:

Favorite Disney Snack: Tigger Tail, Dole Whip Float, Red Velvet Cake Pop
Favorite Nighttime Spectacular: Wishes and World of Color
Favorite Attraction Theme Song: Haunted Mansion
Favorite Extinct Attraction: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

In the past, I've posted a few pictures from our past to introduce you to Tracy and me a little better. This time, I figured I'd kick it up a notch and show you our proudest YouTube moments (entirely non-Disney related). Click here to see mine, and then click here to see Tracy's.

So this is the trip report about how we ended up where we are now, and what we'll do now that were here. I don't want to give too much away, but six months ago we lived in the heart of New York City, and now we're currently living about ten minutes from Disneyland. This report is also going to be unique because we have no idea what's going to happen next! It will be a journey through our new life as Disneyland locals who will HOPEFULLY soon be able to get into the parks. It might become the story of new cast members or Disney vacation planners or people who do something we haven't even dreamed of yet. One thing we can be certain about, however, is that Disney will play a huge role in our future.

While a lot is still up in the air, what we do know is what has happened so far, so I can promise you the stories of: a three-month layover in Colorado; a car named Dumbo; a dog dressed as a pumpkin; the proper feeding of giraffes; e-mails from Tom Staggs; a three day, five-state road trip; wearing bathing suits in 17-degree weather; a haunted hotel; a Las Vegas room upgrade; losing eight dollars gambling; Disney phone interviews; an apartment that's straight out of Port Orleans; a Fantasmic audition; Christmas decorations at every Disneyland hotel; exploring Downtown Disney; Earl of Sandwich holiday sandwiches; riding teacups with Goofy; relaxing by the fire at the Grand Californian; several treats from Marcelines Confectionery; and most recently, a Disney New Years Eve that included two sets of fireworks and a World of Color viewing without setting foot in the parks.

It's been a crazy adventure already, and in most ways the adventure has only just begun. I hope you'll enjoy reading along and joining us in our new life experiment. One of the most exciting things I've found about trip reporting has been reading and responding to your comments as you follow along, so please let me know you're here, ask me your questions, or share your own anecdotes! I hope you enjoy the wild ride.

(Edited 8/4/14: I'm in the process of transitioning all my old trip reports over to my new blog. The next link will take you over there so you can continue reading along.)

Continued in Next Post

tayalltheway 01-03-2013 02:57 AM

Table of Contents

Prologue
Welcome

Part I: June-October 2012
Chapter 1: Exposition
Chapter 2: Be It Ever So Humble...
Chapter 3: Pills, Wings, and Automobiles
Chapter 4: A Trial Road Trip
Chapter 5: Impressed/Not Impressed
Chapter 6: Please Feed the Animals
Chapter 7: Wake Up, September's Ending
Chapter 8: Elk in the Field, Book in the Freezer
Chapter 9: True Love Week
Chapter 10: Decisions
Chapter 11: Spooky Scary

Part II: November 2012-Mid-February 2013
Chapter 12: Let’s Get This Show…
Chapter 13: …On the Road
Chapter 14: Reverse Polar Bear Plunge
Chapter 15: Sometimes Nature is Boring
Chapter 16: Time Change Blues
Chapter 17: Viva Las Vegas
Chapter 18: Vegas, Baby!
Chapter 19: Going Home?
Chapter 20: A Taste of Disney
Chapter 21: Ain’t It Grand?
Chapter 22: Apartment Hunters: Orange County
Chapter 23: Moving. Is. The. Worst.
Chapter 24: Moving In
Chapter 25: Your Guide to How to Not Get a Job at Disneyland
Chapter 26: Learning Curve
Chapter 27: The Lay of the Land
Chapter 28: Give Thanks
Chapter 29: Haul Out the Holly
Chapter 30: I Feel It in My Fingers
Chapter 31: There’s a Tree in the Grand Hotel
Chapter 32: We’re Going to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo
Chapter 33: Christmas Once More
Chapter 34: We Wish You a Merry Christmas…
Chapter 35: …and a Happy New Year
Chapter 36: Christmas is Over?
Chapter 37: Celebrating a Quarter-Century
Chapter 38: Kitties
Chapter 39: Odds and Ends
Chapter 40: Branching Out
Chapter 41: Large and Powerful Dragons: A PSA
Chapter 42: Desperation Days
Chapter 43: The Calm

Part III: Mid-February-May 2013
Chapter 44: What’s Different About Today?
Chapter 45: Disneyland Is Your Land
Chapter 46: Disney Food at Last
Chapter 47: A Timeless Journey Through Lands of Fantasy
Chapter 48: To All Who Come to This Happy Place, Welcome
Chapter 49: DCA 2.0
Chapter 50: Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Chapter 51: American Experiences
Chapter 52: Fly, My Pretties
Chapter 53: Evening Hopping
Chapter 54: Surprises, Introductions, and Reunions
Chapter 55: Ups and Downs
Chapter 56: We Have Liftoff
Chapter 57: Fall into the GAC
Chapter 58: A New Normal
Chapter 59: After-Hours in the Kingdom
Chapter 60: It’s a World of Laughter (and Color)
Chapter 61: DISers in Real Life
Chapter 62: A Reason to Celebrate
Chapter 63: Spontaneous Fun
Chapter 64: And It Rained…
Chapter 65: Don’t We Look Darling
Chapter 66: Just a Casual Day in the Park?
Chapter 67: New Lands to Explore
Chapter 68: Eating Disney Food (and My Words)
Chapter 69: So Long, Farewell
Chapter 70: Maximum Efficiency
Chapter 71: Putting All My Eggs in One Basket
Chapter 72: Disappointments… and Cats
Chapter 73: Enjoying Our Freedom
Chapter 74: Ch-Ch-Changes
Chapter 75: Stars—They’re Just Like Us
Chapter 76: Spring Has Sprung
Chapter 77: In My Easter Bonnet
Chapter 78: A Foolish April
Chapter 79: Angels in the Outfield
Chapter 80: Hello, Goodbye
Chapter 81: New Friends
Chapter 82: Workin’ Hard
Chapter 83: Horse Feathers
Chapter 84: Mark Three, Quarter Left Three
Chapter 85: A Taste of Heaven
Chapter 86: Always Something New
Chapter 87: Dude, Love Is in the Air
Chapter 88: I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This
Chapter 89: A Scavenger Hunt
Chapter 90: Willy Nilly Silly
Chapter 91: How Rude!
Chapter 92: Simply Monstrous
Chapter 93: The Best Food
Chapter 94: Denver

Part IV: June-September 2013
Chapter 95: Goin’ Home
Chapter 96: Near Death
Chapter 97: Comfort Food
Chapter 98: Anticipation
Chapter 99: Bucket List
Chapter 100: Mental Pictures
Chapter 101: Characterpalooza
Chapter 102: Natural Beauty
Chapter 103: Rocky Cliffs and Sandy Beaches
Chapter 104: Three Years
Chapter 105: We Built Soak City on Fried Chicken
Chapter 106: Frumps and Snakes
Chapter 107: In-Laws
Chapter 108: Baby, You’re a Firework
Chapter 109: Back to Our Routine
Chapter 110: Let’s Dance!
Chapter 111: Arabian Oasis
Chapter 112: Return of the Bratswurth
Chapter 113: Overcoming Fear
Chapter 114: Going Bananas
Chapter 115: You Don't Look a Day Over 57
Chapter 116: Opening Day Fun
Chapter 117: Wonderful Day for a Fair
Chapter 118: All the Pretty Horses
Chapter 119: Some of My Best Friends Are Goats
Chapter 120: Impromptu Road Trip
Chapter 121: Beware of Tree Snakes
Chapter 122: Tour Guides
Chapter 123: I’m Among My People
Chapter 124: Legends and Celebrities
Chapter 125: Journey into Imagineering
Chapter 126: That Was Just Day One?
Chapter 127: Going to the Dogs
Chapter 128: It’s a Jolly Holiday
Chapter 129: Tuppence a Bag
Chapter 130: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
Chapter 131: Koko Selga
Chapter 132: An Uneventful Homecoming
Chapter 133: This Is (Almost) Halloween
Chapter 134: It’s Getting Hot, Hot, HOT
Chapter 135: So Long, Farewell
Chapter 136: Limited Time Darkness
Chapter 137: Travel Woes
Chapter 138: The Deluge
Chapter 139: And Now for Something Completely Different
Chapter 140: Lions and Tigers and Bears—Literally
Chapter 141: Home for Halloween
Chapter 142: La La La La La
Chapter 143: It’s a Ghooooooost
Chapter 144: Sugar and Spice
Chapter 145: One Last Farewell
Chapter 146: Jane

Part V: October-December 2013
Chapter 147: What About Bob?
Chapter 148: DAS Good
Chapter 149: Thirteen
Chapter 150: Get Into the Spirit, Let Everyone Hear It
Chapter 151: It's Duffy Mania
Chapter 152: Final Boarding Call
Chapter 153: Back to the Beach
Chapter 154: Pumpkin City
Chapter 155: Party Time!
Chapter 156: Give Me Something Good to Eat
Chapter 157: Fireworks! Parades! Duffy!
Chapter 158: Orange You Glad It’s Halloween?
Chapter 159: Pre-Birthday
Chapter 160: Carving Cats
Chapter 161: Birthday Shenanigans
Chapter 162: Heroes, Villains, Princesses, and Goats
Chapter 163: Deadly Dans and Death by Chocolate
Chapter 164: Final Haunts
Chapter 165: Bears and Bournes

wiscbugs 01-03-2013 12:42 PM

Can't wait for all of the updates! Did either of you get jobs yet out there?

EliS15 01-05-2013 04:08 PM

With an introduction like that how could I not follow along!

I think it is great that you are writing about this portion of your lives, it might come in handy if anyone else is looking to make a journey similar to yours! :rolleyes1

tayalltheway 01-07-2013 01:39 AM

Part I
June-October 2012


Chapter 1
Exposition


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Sherry E 01-07-2013 09:42 AM

Hi, Taylor!

From one detailed writer/storyteller to another (and I think that what you've written so far is absolutely great, by the way!), I wanted to point out something (a weird glitch which you may or may not have noticed) before you get too far into sharing your journey.

I find that when I compose my trip report installments, many of which include some sort of story or narrative, in a program such as MS Word and then copy/paste the text into the box here on the DIS, everything is fine.

However - and this has been happening repeatedly in recent months - if I, for example, spot a typo in my text or something I would like to change and I proceed to make the correction directly in the post itself, a lot of the punctuation goes awry. If I have used ellipses or hyphens or apostrophes, they suddenly disappear - and sometimes they are replaced by mysterious ampersands. I literally end up having to go through the entire post and correct each mistake, and there may be dozens of those occurrences.

This glitch does not appear to happen when the text is (originally) typed directly in the message box, rather than copied/pasted from another application.

I am to the point now where if I see something I want to change in my post after it has already been posted, I end up leaving it alone because I am so afraid of messing up the punctuation in the entire post! I hate leaving a typo uncorrected, but the idea of having to sit there and go through my entire post looking for punctuation glitches is daunting.

I think the only way that I have found to bypass this problem is to go back to my original text in MS Word or wherever it was originally created and correct the typo (or whatever word/phrase I want to add/edit) there, and then re-copy/re-paste the whole thing into the message box. Either that or just create the entire post directly in the message box. It's a pain, but it seems to prevent the punctuation from going awry!

Anyway I thought I'd point it out to you because I noticed that this kooky problem was happening with your very first post (the punctuation changed or disappeared in many cases) after you edited it and I didn't want it to happen with your subsequent posts!

yupikgal 01-07-2013 10:14 AM

I'm enjoying every word of your move! I love that you started from the beginning in NY and even showed your belongings stacked in the tiny space where they would be living until delivered! Good job making us hunger for more! Can't wait to tune in later and read all about the CO part of the journey! My niece lives in Erie, btw, and I finally visited her and her family last year (now I can say that, even if we are only a week into 2013) I actually did a train trip from Vegas, but in that case, it was booked via Amtrak, but I had to take a van, train then bus to get to Denver (my choice) I prefer the long way around, and at that time I was unemployed and decided to take advantage of the time I had to explore the countryside! When I left, we flew out of Denver back to Anaheim, so I did get to see the circus top airport! :thumbsup2 :rotfl:

Looking forward to the rest of your adventure!!

Luisa 01-08-2013 04:30 AM

Love it! Subbing

becpee 01-08-2013 05:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Luisa (Post 47119338)
Love it! Subbing

Same!

I wish we could pack up across the pacific and move to DL :lovestruc

PrincessInOz 01-08-2013 05:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Luisa (Post 47119338)
Love it! Subbing

Quote:

Originally Posted by becpee (Post 47119453)
Same!

I wish we could pack up across the pacific and move to DL :lovestruc

Me three.


Can't wait to see what you get up to! And congratulations on the move.

tayalltheway 01-08-2013 12:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wiscbugs (Post 47068642)
Can't wait for all of the updates! Did either of you get jobs yet out there?

Glad you're here. That's a complicated question, haha... I currently am working from home for the company I was with in New York. Hoping it will be a short-term gig and that I can find something I actually enjoy doing, but for now it's fine. Tracy has applied to a few things with Disney that it seems like they're just taking forever to get back about. Hopefully good news will be on the horizon soon.

Quote:

Originally Posted by EliS15 (Post 47092574)
With an introduction like that how could I not follow along!

I think it is great that you are writing about this portion of your lives, it might come in handy if anyone else is looking to make a journey similar to yours! :rolleyes1

Welcome!! :) I hope the report can serve in the future as a guide as to what to do (and probably some of what not to do) in making this type of move.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sherry E (Post 47110189)
Hi, Taylor!

From one detailed writer/storyteller to another (and I think that what you've written so far is absolutely great, by the way!), I wanted to point out something (a weird glitch which you may or may not have noticed) before you get too far into sharing your journey.

I find that when I compose my trip report installments, many of which include some sort of story or narrative, in a program such as MS Word and then copy/paste the text into the box here on the DIS, everything is fine.

However - and this has been happening repeatedly in recent months - if I, for example, spot a typo in my text or something I would like to change and I proceed to make the correction directly in the post itself, a lot of the punctuation goes awry. If I have used ellipses or hyphens or apostrophes, they suddenly disappear - and sometimes they are replaced by mysterious ampersands. I literally end up having to go through the entire post and correct each mistake, and there may be dozens of those occurrences.

This glitch does not appear to happen when the text is (originally) typed directly in the message box, rather than copied/pasted from another application.

I am to the point now where if I see something I want to change in my post after it has already been posted, I end up leaving it alone because I am so afraid of messing up the punctuation in the entire post! I hate leaving a typo uncorrected, but the idea of having to sit there and go through my entire post looking for punctuation glitches is daunting.

I think the only way that I have found to bypass this problem is to go back to my original text in MS Word or wherever it was originally created and correct the typo (or whatever word/phrase I want to add/edit) there, and then re-copy/re-paste the whole thing into the message box. Either that or just create the entire post directly in the message box. It's a pain, but it seems to prevent the punctuation from going awry!

Anyway I thought I'd point it out to you because I noticed that this kooky problem was happening with your very first post (the punctuation changed or disappeared in many cases) after you edited it and I didn't want it to happen with your subsequent posts!

Thanks so much for pointing this out! I'd noticed it happening a few times in one of my other reports, but hadn't caught it in this one yet. What a pain to fix, but at least doable. I think in the future I'm going to correct my typos in Word like you suggested. At least then I'll have a record to go back to and probably speed up the process if it happens again. Thanks for your help!

Quote:

Originally Posted by yupikgal (Post 47110529)
I'm enjoying every word of your move! I love that you started from the beginning in NY and even showed your belongings stacked in the tiny space where they would be living until delivered! Good job making us hunger for more! Can't wait to tune in later and read all about the CO part of the journey! My niece lives in Erie, btw, and I finally visited her and her family last year (now I can say that, even if we are only a week into 2013) I actually did a train trip from Vegas, but in that case, it was booked via Amtrak, but I had to take a van, train then bus to get to Denver (my choice) I prefer the long way around, and at that time I was unemployed and decided to take advantage of the time I had to explore the countryside! When I left, we flew out of Denver back to Anaheim, so I did get to see the circus top airport! :thumbsup2 :rotfl:

Looking forward to the rest of your adventure!!

I figured I might as well draw it all out as long as possible! :) I'm glad that you're reading along and enjoying. Your trip from Vegas to CO sounds fun to me. It was probably the reverse route of part of what we did on the move out here. So much pretty scenery along that whole trip. And you were right by our neck of the woods being in Erie since we're from Boulder! Isn't our airport just the... weirdest? Actually, of all the airports I've ever flown to/from, it's my favorite. It just always feels so much more clean and open compared to most airports. I think they were actually onto something with the tent design, because it sure makes it feel spacious in there! Hope you continue to enjoy reading about our journey.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Luisa (Post 47119338)
Love it! Subbing

Great! Glad you're here :cool1:

Quote:

Originally Posted by becpee (Post 47119453)
Same!

I wish we could pack up across the pacific and move to DL :lovestruc

As difficult as our move was to maneuver, I imagine that yours would be a whole lot harder... Welcome aboard!

Quote:

Originally Posted by PrincessInOz (Post 47119520)
Me three.

Can't wait to see what you get up to! And congratulations on the move.

Triumvirate achieved! :woohoo: Thanks for reading! Hopefully all of our shenanigans won't disappoint.

tinkerbells mum 01-12-2013 04:20 AM

I've been looking forward to you starting this report so glad you posted the link in your last TP. I can't wait to hear all about your new adventures and hope to hear you both get your dream jobs in Disney. The YouTube videos were great xx

AussieDisneyNut 01-12-2013 05:21 AM

Hi Tay, just finished both your other TR's and really enjoyed them.:surfweb:

I'm looking forward to hearing all about your adventures in California and hope you both are able to find your dream jobs. :cloud9:

I really have to compliment you on your writing style, as you really had me hooked to read all about your trips. I really appreciated your views on WDW and also on Universal's Harry Potter World (whatever it is called!). One day we hope to visit both. We have only been to Disneyland (1977, 1993, 1995 & 2011), and love it with a passion. :goodvibes I remember the Aladdin parade vividly too!

Good luck with your endeavours and I look forward to hearing all about them! popcorn::

tayalltheway 01-13-2013 01:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tinkerbells mum (Post 47163850)
I've been looking forward to you starting this report so glad you posted the link in your last TP. I can't wait to hear all about your new adventures and hope to hear you both get your dream jobs in Disney. The YouTube videos were great xx

So glad to have you here! I hope that the tales of all of our latest adventures won't disappoint :) And you're the first person to comment on the YouTube videos! I'm glad you enjoyed, I just thought it would be fun.

Quote:

Originally Posted by AussieDisneyNut (Post 47163929)
Hi Tay, just finished both your other TR's and really enjoyed them.:surfweb:

I'm looking forward to hearing all about your adventures in California and hope you both are able to find your dream jobs. :cloud9:

I really have to compliment you on your writing style, as you really had me hooked to read all about your trips. I really appreciated your views on WDW and also on Universal's Harry Potter World (whatever it is called!). One day we hope to visit both. We have only been to Disneyland (1977, 1993, 1995 & 2011), and love it with a passion. :goodvibes I remember the Aladdin parade vividly too!

Good luck with your endeavours and I look forward to hearing all about them! popcorn::

Thanks for reading along with this report and the others! I'm glad you enjoy reading them, because I've been having so much fun writing them. Hope you'll enjoy this one as I finally start to roll it out.

You definitely need to make it out to Florida some day! It's such a different experience from Disneyland, but one that I'm sure you'll love. That Aladdin parade is such a funny memory. They went ALL OUT promoting that film. I can't remember there ever being an entire parade devoted to one movie before or since...

Anyway, thank you for the compliments and the well-wishes. Can't wait to share more of our stories with you!

tayalltheway 01-15-2013 01:59 AM

Chapter 2
Be It Ever So Humble…


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