There and Back Again: A Land and Sea Disney Christmas Tale! *LIVE UPDATES!*

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  1. AMusicLifeForMe

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    There and Back Again: A Land and Sea Disney Christmas Tale!

    Introduction

    Hello everyone and welcome to my next Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line Trip Report! This will be my first time doing this style of a Trip Report. That is because I am going to include 2 separate trips in this trip report.

    I’m really excited to head to Walt Disney World for my Birthday on a November Trip. This will also be the start of my favorite time of year at any Disney Theme Park which is Christmas time! Then in December, I will be traveling to Walt Disney World again before boarding the Disney Fantasy for a Merrytime Cruise to the Caribbean!

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    A picture of Sorcerer Mickey and I on a recent trip to Walt Disney World!

    A LITTLE ABOUT ME:

    My name is Zach, and I grew up 20 minutes away from the Happiest Place On Earth (Disneyland) before choosing to go to school in Kansas. I still wonder why I left Disneyland for a school in a colder climate?

    So, Disneyland is where my love for Disney began at a very young age. We would go to Disneyland about 2 times a week for most of my life.

    I really like music (my Disboards name might answer that), and I actually got my degree in Music Education. I play several instruments (saxophone and piano), and I also sing. For this reason, I really like seeing shows more than riding attractions while at Disney Theme Parks. Even if I like shows more than attractions, I will still find myself going on rides.

    Favorite Disney Theme Parks: Disneyland, Disney's Animal Kingdom (WDW).
    Favorite Disney Theme Park Show: Festival of the Lion King.
    Favorite Disney Parade: Main Street Electrical Parade.
    Favorite Disney Theme Park Nighttime Show: Illuminations.
    Favorite Disney Theme Park Attractions: Big Thunder Railroad, Expedition Everest, and Flight of Passage.
    Favorite Disney Theme Park Entertainment: Voices of Liberty!
    Favorite Disney Movies: Lion King and Toy Story (1, 2, and 3).
    Favorite Disney Songs: Anything from the Lion King, A Whole New World (Aladdin), Santa Fe (Newsies - Broadway version), Seize the Day (Newsies), Go the Distance (Hercules), You've Got A Friend In Me (Toy Story), and many more.

    PAST TRIP REPORTS:

    • A Trip Around The World + A Fantasy Trip to Paradise! *COMPLETED 8/24/17*
    • A “Food and Non-Alcoholic Drink” Festival For Me *COMPLETED 10/1/17*
    • A Solo WDW Adventure: New Experiences, Repeat Highlights, & More! *COMPLETED 12/20/17*
    • A Solo Trip: It’s the Spirit of the Season at the Disneyland Resort! *COMPLETED 1/26/18*
    • Taking A First Time to Walt Disney World! *COMPLETED 4/8/18*
    • A Solo Trip: Is It Spring Or Winter? *COMPLETED 6/9/18*
    • When Pixar Invades the Disneyland Resort! *COMPLETED 8/6/18*
    • A Solo Trip: The Heartbeat of Freedom! *COMPLETED 10/14/18*
    • A Solo Trip: Mickey Has A Cousin? *CURRENTLY UPDATING*
    • A Solo Trip: "I Can Only Imagine" A Spooky Time At Walt Disney World! *CURRENTLY UPDATING*
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    A picture of me at Disneyland during Christmas time!

    MORE ABOUT THIS TRIP:

    On my first trip, I will be staying at All-Star Movies for 6-nights. This will be my 2nd time staying at this resort. I really liked this resort the first time I went, and I am hoping to get a refurbished room again.

    On my 2nd trip, I will be doing a split stay at All-Star Music and Port Orleans French Quarter. I’m really excited to stay at Port Orleans French Quarter for the first time! This stay at Walt Disney World will total a week. Afterwards, I will be boarding the Disney Fantasy for a Western Caribbean Merrytime Cruise which I am also really excited about! :)

    I will be attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for the first time on both of these trips which is one thing that I am really excited about! :)

    There is another reason why I’m heading to Florida a couple times really close to each other, but I will get into that when I start another Trip Report in the future.

    I hope that you enjoy…
    There and Back Again: A Land and Sea Disney Christmas Tale!
     
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    Table of Contents:

    1. Introduction!

    November Trip:

    2. Live Updates! *CURRENTLY HAPPENING!*
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    December Trip: *Coming Soon!*
     
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  4. wnwardii

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    Sounds like it will be a great and merry time!
     
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    Yay Zach! I love your love reports!
     
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    Awesome another report!
     
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    Thank you for joining in! I’m hoping I’ll have a merry time! :)

    Thank you for joining in! I really “love” Walt Disney World! :)

    Thank you for joining in! :)
     
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    Good morning everyone!!! It is time to get this trip started!!!

    It’s time to fly to Orlando!!! I should be at one of my favorite places in a few hours. :)
     
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    I have arrived at Walt Disney World!!!

    Had a great flight.

    Disney’s Magical Express was interesting. My MagicBand wasn’t working when I checked in so I had to wait longer than most people to get checked in.

    I am now heading to my first theme park of this trip! :)

    Stay tuned for more live updates!
     
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    Yay I love following along on your live reports and the whole TR afterwards! Wow you have quite a few trips in your near future! How awesome.
     
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    Have fun.
     
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    Thank you for joining in! Yes I do! :)

    Thank you for joining in! :)
     
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    My day started by going to EPCOT to hear a few performances by the Voices of Liberty! :)

    I would then head back to my resort due to an issue I had with my online check-in.

    Next, I would travel to Animal Kingdom to have a DIS meet with @rteetz! We would encounter the Yeti on Expedition Everest! @rteerz...It was really great getting to see you! :)

    After some time in Animal Kingdom, I would make my way to the Polynesian to have another DIS meet with @Micca! We would have a great time at Trader Sams. We didn’t sit inside due to it being full. The patio area was really nice though! @Micca...It was really great to see you! Can’t wait to see you again soon! :)

    I’m now ready for a great evening at Walt Disney World!

    Stay tuned for more live updates from my Walt Disney World adventure! :)
     
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    I almost stopped by Epcot after my errands today! I probably won’t be able to go until Monday are you still going to be in town?? Hope you have a great trip!
     
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  15. AMusicLifeForMe

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    I will not. I leave Saturday. I'll be back in December though!

    I was at the first 3 Voices of Liberty sets today. In one set, they sang "White Christmas" today. :D I'll be at the majority of their sets tomorrow.
     
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    That was supposed to read "live" reports, not love reports. But I "love " Disney too.
     
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    I figured! :D
     
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    Day 1 was a very tiring success. Definitely a lot more tiring than it needed to be.

    After Trader Sams, I made my way to Disney's Hollywood Studios. I would get to try Alien's Swirling Saucers at night. I haven't been on that attraction at night since Toy Story Land has opened.

    I would then have plenty of time to get in line for Slinky Dog Dash before the Disney's Hollywood Studios closed for the evening. I was actually the last person to enter the queue. :D

    I would then have a "very fun: bus ride back to All-Star Movies. I'm really excited to celebrate something special tomorrow at one of my favorite places on this planet! :)

    Stay tuned for more live updates from my Walt Disney World adventure! :)
     
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    OOoohh a live trip report!! Haven't come across one of these before but I'm following along eagerly as we'll be travelling from Australia in November 2019 to spend a month enjoying WDW and all the magical Christmas events. We were blown away by Christmas in Disneyland in 2010 and it really kick started our love of Disney. There's nothing like Disney at Christmas!
     
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    Thank you for joining in!

    I always start with live updates before the actual trip report.

    That’s awesome! I hope you have a great time planning! :) I’ll be honest...In my opinion, I really think Disneyland does Christmas time so much better. I might be a little biased since I grew up there, but both theme park resorts have things that are unique to them for the season.
     
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    Good morning everyone!!!

    Today is a special day for me! Why? Because it’s my Birthday!!!

    :bday: :bday::bday:

    It’s my first time celebrating my Birthday at Walt Disney World! Growing up in Southern California, I spent many birthdays at Disneyland!

    So, I’m ready to get my Birthday kicked off with some fun! I am on my way to the Magic Kingdom!!! :)
     
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