View Full Version : Great new board, introduce yourselves...
06-27-2001, 04:40 PM
I emailed the DIS board about 3 months ago asking why they didn't have a board like this. I am so happy that they have added this, and I will be visiting often. I want to start out by introducing myself and hoping to meet some other solo or adult Disney travellers.
My name is Joline. I became obsessed with Disney in October 99 when we went for our first time. We are heading back next September for our honeymoon. I am a full time college student and a part time waitress. My fiance is a laborer by day and bartender by night. I have a 4 yo cat named patches. I have my schoolwork and my cat to keep me busy, but otherwise, I am obsessed with getting back to Disney. We are planning on getting married on August 23, 2002, after dating for 6 years. I love Disney for the way it makes me feel, for the pride it takes in its park, and the romance that comes from it.
If you would like to introduce yourself as well, go ahead.
Look forward to the posts we will share.
Joline:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
06-27-2001, 05:07 PM
My username here on the DIS is BobBrazeal but my real name is actually Bob Brazeal.
I'm an electrical engineer, so please be patient with me. I manage a team of software engineers and IT professionals. Our software is primarily for industrial robotics and vision applications.
I'm "single again" although it has been quite a while since I wasn't. I'm 46 years old. We didn't have any children and I can't claim any pets. I'm busy enough taking care of myself.
I've been to Disney World on and off since 1972. I was a highschool senior on my first trip. Only went occasionally after that until about 1991. Started going about once every other year, then once a year... Now I go two or three times a year. I think what got me was that first stay onsite. I stayed at Port Orleans Resort (now PO French Quarter) and I was hooked.
I found these boards when I started doing research on joining DVC. I bought an OKW resale back in Feb and did an add on at VWL last month. Now I can really indulge my Disney addiction. The only thing that I regret is not joining earlier.
Almost every trip that I make is solo and I'm very comfortable with that. I've been doing it now for quite a while and I really enjoy the freedom. I certainly wouldn't turn down company say at PI or for a meal but I'm perfectly happy alone if I don't have the company.
I'm very excited about this board starting back up. I found the DIS boards after the other "Singles" board had been closed. I think this will be a great forum to chat with people with similar interest and experience. I'm glad that it is an "Adult and Solo" board rather than a "Singles" board. I think that will give it much more board appeal. I'm looking forward to meeting some of the people from this board as well as others on future WDW visits. I've already signed up for some DIS mini-meets on my next trip in September.
06-27-2001, 06:33 PM
I'm Pam and although I was born and raised in Central NJ (exit 123 off the GSP for anyone who knows), 3.5 months ago I moved here, to beautiful Orlando, FL (after first spending 1.5 years in NC). I work for an insurance company in the field of managed disability.
Currently, I live about 30 minutes from the parks and I love to head down whenever I can. I'm a huge fan of Voices of Liberty and many of the other live entertainment groups around Epcot. I also love the thrill rides and I'm fast becoming addicted to Who Wants to be a Millionaire. But perhaps my favorite thing to do is drive down to Epcot after work and grab a table next to the Rose & Crown to eat some fish & chips, drink some Bass Ale and watch IllumiNations, Reflections of Earth.
Most of my trips are solo, but I also love to meet friends from the boards. I've had the pleasure of dining with Doc and IllumiNations cruising with Glo. I've also spent some very fun times with folks from another Disney related website.
If anybody is planning to be in the area for a solo trip and wants company, feel free to email me. I'd be happy to get together for a meal or just a friendly face to talk to. :cool:
06-27-2001, 07:16 PM
Hi, my name is Beth :)
I just turned 41 (YIKES) and I'm single, never married and no kids ... but I do have a lovely cat named Prissy (she's a calico - very pretty).
I've wanted to go to Disney since I was a little girl ... never, ever have been ... but still love all things Disney. This year I get to make my very first trip to Disney (though it's not a solo trip 'cause my sister is going too).
I work for the local government at the transportation department .. my official title is "Administrative Support Specialist" .. but really I'm a flunky.
06-27-2001, 07:32 PM
My name is Sonya. I'm 27 years old and I live in central Connecticut. I work full time nights as an Emergency Medical Technican for a commercial ambulance company. I am also a musician. I play in a Community band in the area. I play flute/piccolo. I play flute in a flute choir, trombone in a brass choir, alto sax in a jazz band, and I also play clarient, oboe, and percussion. This fall, I will be going back to school to start on my Music Education degree.
I have been in love with Mickey and WDW since my first visit in 1989. Recently, I went on my first DCL cruise and had a blast. I wanted to go to WDW this year but none of my friends did so I'm taking my first solo trip Oct 28-Nov 1 this year. I wanted to see what Halloween was like at Disney. I already have a costume. I'm gonna be Sorceror Mickey!!! I'm staying at the CBR, which is my favorite resort.
I found the DIS in Sept 2000. I was mostly just a lurker until recently. Everyone on the DIS is great!!
What a great thread! My real name is Debbie, but I go by Debi on the boards (real difference, huh? :D ). I am a full time college student, and will be graduating in May (2002) with a degree in Business Management. I'm hoping to get in to retail management in WDW!
I became addicted to WDW in 1998 when my family and I went down for my high school graduation. I've been to WDW 10 times since then, with trips number 11 and 12 coming up by the end of the year. I love going to WDW solo, and and meeting other DISers! To pay for my WDW trips, I work part time (20-30 hours per week) in a supermarket, doing everything from checking to returns to just about anything else they need me to do. If it gets me to WDW, that's all I care about! :D
06-27-2001, 08:51 PM
Hi everybody!:wave: :wave: :wave:
I'm Nancy, my DH is Barry. We're Disneyland newlyweds, just got married last Sept. at Disneyland Pacific Hotel, and will be celebrating our 1st anniversary Sept. 12 at Magic Kingdom. DH has 24 y.o. twins from his previous marriage, and I have 3 cats, Max, Cougar, & Button. None of them comes with us on our Disney trips, although the cats say they would like to!
I've been spending most of my DIS time on the rewards board to try to earn more money for Disney trips (HI, ChisJo), but was very happy to have found this board the other night.
We've been to several other DIS Meets, and really enjoy meeting other DISers, so if you'll be there Sept. 10-13, send me a PM and maybe we can get together.
06-27-2001, 09:07 PM
Hi, I'm Shelly
DH(40) and I(34) have been WDW addicts since 1989 when we first met. We were engaged at Seaworld on the big screen at Shamu stadium in 1994, I was totally surprised, and married at the WDW wedding pavilion in 1996. We go every year for two weeks and we joined DVC in 1998 (should definitely have joined earlier). I am a florist manager for a major supermarket and DH is a manager in a computer software store. We have no children and plan to keep it that way. If it were up to me, I would spend all of my 4 weeks vacation time at WDW, but DH loves to go to the NASCAR race weekends. Just got back from Dover, DE and are going to Charlotte, NC in October.
I guess thats about it.
06-28-2001, 02:16 AM
I have acalico cat too!! Aren't they the best!! My cat's name is Patches (pretty inventive, huh?). Anyways, hi perfectmatch and everyone else who responded. Hope to see more people introduce themselves here. Maybe next year when we can afford to go to WDW again, I might get the chance to put a face to some of these names. I am hoping to get the chance to visit Disneyland in the fall, just as a fix to when we can go to WDW next fall.
Happy to see some people responded to this. Talk to you again soon!!
06-28-2001, 12:19 PM
Hi there. I'm Lisa. Single, 44, no kids, two adorable cats. I'm an executive assistant and live just outside Washington DC. Beth, I'm so glad to see that another woman over 40 who has never married and has no kids actually exists on this planet. Can you tell I don't meet a lot of people with whom I have things in common? Hence the solo trips to Disney. I really don't know people who are interested in or available for traveling much, and I like to travel a lot. I've been doing most of my traveling lately to Orlando (about four trips a year), because I feel so comfortable there alone. I have annual passes to WDW and Universal. People think I'm crazy for going so often, much less solo. I'm glad you guys understand.
06-28-2001, 12:30 PM
First off, I just wanted to shout out to Nancy--a fellow Wallyworldite!!! Too funny. I am 24 and am a total Disney Nut!!! I am heading down to WDW this August with fiance,friends and family for the 28th time. We are staying at OKW in a Grand Villa...the first time in the GV since we purchased DVC. I work as a margin specialist at a brokerage firm...very stressful..so I can't wait until the FUN of WDW!! I just can't get enough of this place...I never get tired of it. I have started playing golf, so now we play down there...we like LBV since it goes through OKW.
Tigger FAN FOREVER!!
ps by the way, my real name is Jessica
06-28-2001, 02:37 PM
ChrisJo..you're so wonderfully inventive with your threads!! :bounce:
Hi, my name is Cass and I'm a Disneyholic. It's been 8 months and 8 days since my last trip to DisneyWorld. It's been hard but it helps that my next trip is only 204 days, 19 hours and 47 minutes away.
Although, secretly, I am a walking-talking Disney Encyclopedia wanna-be, I moonlight as a letter carrier for Canada Post. My husband Rob is a born-again Disneyholic, it's in his blood, he just never knew it until he met me. He's an electronic engineer who annoys his fellow co-workers by playing Disney Trips radio on his computer all day long.
As a couple, we tend to annoy people by constantly re-routing conversations towards Disney topics, by blaring our Millenium Celebration CD on our stereo and by continually asking (over and over) if they have seen our Disney videos yet? :)
The only thing we love more than Disney, is spending time with each other. So, we go to WDW to spend time with each other there ;) Perfection!
06-28-2001, 03:54 PM
Can you imagine that! A little town like Wallyworld, and you're the 4th DISer that I know of right here in town! % if you count my DH, but he hasn't registered himself yet on the DIS - he counts on me to do that. There's a couple more of us in Meriden too. It's a small world after all! :D :D :D
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06-28-2001, 04:13 PM
Nancy---I guess so...did you know that the first person in Connecticut to buy DVC is from Wallingford...the only reason why I know this is because my parents are friends with them....too strange!! I know of some Disney nuts in Meriden too! I have acutally turned my fiance into a Disney maniac too...before he came with me a few years ago he had only been twice (he liked it but not loved it) Now he can't get enough..he even went to the Star Wars weekends at MGM without me:mad: after I started taking him. I love how a simple vacation can change people forever!!!
My name is Sherri and my fiance is Chris. We live in Lakeland Fl, which is 30 miles from the parks. We used to live in NJ(exit 4 for all you Jersians) and moved here almost 2yrs ago. We recently bought Premium Annual Passes and I feel they have payed for themselves by now. We have gone everyweekend for 14 weeks. We never miss a weekend..LOL. I am a HUGE WDW/Disney freak( as my fiance call me..LOL) and we are planning a 2003 WDW wedding. I enjoy all things Disney including the parks. My weekly trip reports are always posted on the Trip Reports board so feel free to check them out..you may have to search them out. Hi all!! Glad this board is here!
06-28-2001, 05:27 PM
What a great thread!
I'm Katholyn, I was born in Houston, Texas, a <b>very</b> long time ago but I live in Michigan now. So I chose the name nativetxn because my Texas heritage is very important to me.
I've been married almost 30 years to a nice guy who is unfortunately Disney impaired. So I have to depend on my pals on the DIS to understand my love of Disney.
We have one son, who is all grown up now, and we have a dog named Sassy that we love dearly.
06-28-2001, 08:37 PM
Hi, I' cassie and I live in Cromwell Ct..Not too far from Wallingford...........................
I'm divorced with two grown-up kids. Altho the kids have been to WDW many times, my first was with my granddaughters 4 years ago. Just one day......
Since dd and dgds lived in Germany I figured I would never see Disney again. Well last year they moved here and the first thing I did was plan 3 days at WDW with the girls. I was so excited being there. I had to go back soon. Ten months later and I took my first solo trip ever anywhere.
Disney makes me feel comfortable and welcomed. Everyone thinks I was nuts to go alone, but they also think I'm nuts to love Disney.
Now I'm planning another trip in the spring of 2002.
Yes, I too have a calico cat...Her name is Molly. Also Tigger who is 19 years old, and my newbie Tom, a Maine Coon rescued from the shelter.
Can't forget Kayde, my seven year old Shep. cross.
By the way I'm a stores keeper in an electronics firm.
06-29-2001, 07:57 AM
Hi all!! I'm Nancy (lots of Nancys) and I'm yet another 40-something that's single with no human kids but two furry ones - Cayce and Tigger. I'm in Michigan and I work as a program coordinator for two freshmen res-ed programs at the University of Michigan. My first trip to WDW was this year in February and I'M HOOKED!!!! I'm planning my next trip Jan. 2002 but this time I'll be going solo. I hate to admit it but this year was my first ever rides on roller coasters (RnR, Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, IOA-Hulk & Dueling Dragons) - boy, was I missing fun or what?! LOL I love Walt Disney World and I think I'll be supporting my new "addiction" yearly by doing whatever I need to so I can afford at least a week in the magickal place.
It was so phenomenal to fly into Orlando International during the height of winter and see flowers and green grass and palm trees!!! But of course it made it that much harder to come back!!! Michigan was overall gray after all that color and magick.
It's great getting to know people here on this thread and board. A big Howdy from me to you!!!:smooth:
06-29-2001, 12:44 PM
I am so glad that they created this board!
Can't chat for long, as lunch is almost over ...
My name is Rich, and I am 32 years old and live in suburban Philadelphia (but I notice many Connecticut people here, my parents live in Farmington, and I visit up there quite often)
I will be at WDW solo from Sept 16 to Sept 21 ...
(Bob, when will you be there is Sept ?)
Do solo travelers use this board to make arrangements to team up with each other at WDW ? (What are the "mini meets" that Bob spoke of ?)
Any advice or information you could provide would be much appreciated!
Thank You Gracias Merci
06-29-2001, 01:29 PM
My name is JoAnn and I have worked as a Disney Store Cast Member for the last 4 years. I also work for a catalog company here in Maine as a computer application programmer. I try to get in as many trips as I can a year. I usually don't have to much trouble getting my sister or friend to join me.
06-29-2001, 03:01 PM
Hi From New York !
My name is Claudia, but friends and family call me "Cookie". I am 47
years of age, no children, but 2 precious kitties named Casey and Muffin.
I am married. I am a clerk for New York State and I work in Albany. I am very
busy at work, but the work is boring.
Our first trip to WDW was in 1993 and I got hooked! We took 4 trips to
WDW, together. DH does not want to vacation anymore at all, let alone WDW.
So...... Dec. 1999 I did my first solo trip. LOVED IT !!!! Dec. 2000, I did my
second solo trip. LOVED IT !!! My third solo trip will be this Dec. 6 - 12.
I will be staying at The Swan this time - thanks to the government discount.
I would love to meet other DIS'ers for a couple of dinners.
06-29-2001, 04:20 PM
My name is Chuck and I live just north of Boston. I work in one of the Big Five public accounting firms, but have a dream of becoming a Disney CM at some point (in a finance/accounting position). I'm 26, never married, no pets. I first went to WDW in 1980, then did not go again until 1993. I made trips with performing groups in 1992 (HS) and 1996 (for NCAA tournament - got involved in trash talking match with CM on Jungle Cruise the night before my team's first round game). Starting in 1997, I have done a trip down by myself every year, buying into DVC in 1999. I will be at WDW July 29 - Augist 10. I spend 90% of my time in the parks (including every e-night) and take a couple of backstage tours.
I have always been a fan of Disney, but actually didn't become an obsessed fan until 1993 (I think Aladdin triggered it). The true example of my obsession happened last summer when I did a week at Disneyland, two days on Cape Cod, and then 11 nights in WDW. At that point, my friends and family deemed me insane.
06-29-2001, 07:11 PM
I am Julia (35) and my DH is Tom (35) who will be turning 36 at WDW this summer. We are from Raleigh, North Carolina. We have no children of the human kind but we do have to kitties China Cat Sunflower (known as China around here) and Gemini. I work at a dance store which is good since I dance, and I work for a local theatre company as a stage manager, disabilitiy community liason co ordinator. My DH is a computer programer at UNC-Chapel Hill. We also write and design performance arts pieces together. We are both major Disney fanatics. I use to live in Florida so I would go to WDW often but it was going with my DH in 1997 that turned us both into Disneyaholics.....we wish we could go every month but then nothing would get done around here. We are leaving for WDW in 27 days to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary....we are just so very very excited....not to mention on this trip we are trying the spa at the Disney Institute and Victoria and Alberts for dinner....just wish we were leaving say tomorrow.....:D
06-29-2001, 09:13 PM
Let me know how you enjoy the spa...am thinking of trying it next year.
06-29-2001, 09:28 PM
My name is Kris and my DH is Larry. We're both in our 40s, and are in the midst of DHs second career.
He retired after almost 28 years in the Navy, and now we're both working for the same company.
We spent the majority of his military career in VA, and relocated to SC after he retired.
It's so amazing to us that WDW is only a bit over 6 hours away!
We have no kids, however we have lots of nieces and nephews. We leave for our next trip to Disney on July 4- to celebrate our 28th anniversary, which is the 6th. It was DHs idea, and although I really don't do well in the heat, I've been promised pool time.
This will be our eighth trip this year... we usually do a weekend a month. Friday to Sunday, and we have the cheapie APs- no water parks or PI or DQ. That's okay though... we just enjoy the atmosphere and the kindness everywhere in the resort.
Thanks for starting this thread... it's great!!
07-01-2001, 06:28 PM
I'll let you know about the spa, its sounds great from what I have read. We have never done a spa treatment so it should be quiet an experience...
25 days until WDW :bounce: :bounce:
07-01-2001, 07:37 PM
Hi!! I'm Allison and I'm 23. My DH posts every now and then as CajunDisney, his real name is Ryan and he's 25. We celebrated our 1st anniversary last month (June 2) but have actually been together since high school.
I'm currently in law school. I just finished my first year!! :bounce: :bounce: Two more left to go. I also work as a law clerk part-time, which is a great experience so far! DH is finishing up his college degree in Music Education. He's also the percussion instructor at a high school in New Orleans.
We have no kids yet...waiting until we finish school, buy a house, etc. We do have a 2 year old Yorkie, Maggie, who is like our child. :rolleyes:
We went to WDW for our honeymoon. We can't make it to the DIS convention b/c we'll both still be in school...:(. We're going back in December!! I can't wait!! I've never been to WDW during Christmastime and I hear it's beautiful. I'll be wearing my lime green ribbon and hope to see some of you there!!
07-01-2001, 08:13 PM
Hi. I'm Kathy and I love WDW...way too much! ;)
I'm retired and do temp work to support my Disney habit. I, too, have a calico cat (named Beatrice).
My first trip to WDW was in 1972--just a day trip. Now I go once or twice a year, usually solo (by choice), and I prefer to go there in the winter months.
It's nice getting to know my fellow DIS'ers (adults/solos). :wave:
07-04-2001, 01:55 AM
here's me still surfing the DIS boards at 1:30am! :wave:
"berry" is a nickname that i somehow acquired, hence the disneyberry userid.
about me: i'm in my early 20s, not married (although my bf of 5 years and i practically act like we're married), and i belong to that group called "yuppie". ugh. :rolleyes: spend too many hours of my days dressed in a stuffy suit sitting in a box staring at a computer. :( and i start and end my day with a commute to/from work amid a sea of suits (yes i live in a yuppie hive too, another "ugh") and i dream on about being a CM, heh.
anyway my bf unfortunately is not the disney freak he used to be. (tell me how to turn him back! ;) )although of course he never reached my current level of disney-craze... obsessively researching and planning our twice yearly WDW trips. hm, i really gotta kick this habit, and go get in shape or get more sleep or something... :crazy: yeah...
( hey... just wrote another intro post on another board, so came back to look at this one. i recently read a thread bashing on "yuppies" :eek: or at least the definition of "yuppie" that many DIS'ers have.
so just wanted to clarify, i always thought yuppie just meant young urban professional hippie, never really attached any social class to it or associated it with rich money-wasting people :rolleyes: , so... just in case any of you out there get the wrong idea, i've got a different definition of "yuppie" here. :cool: )
07-04-2001, 04:56 AM
Hi :wave:, my name is Sandra. I’m 33, divorced, no kids and I have a rabbit named Dopey.
I live in Delft in The Netherlands and work full-time as a secretary for a large biotechnology firm.
My sister is the only one outhere who shares my Disney addiction, we have been to DisneyWorld together twice. But last year she met the love of her life; and now she spends her vacation time with him. So, I took my first solo trip in December 2000 (All Star Music and DIS cruise) and I had a great time! My next (solo) trip to WDW will be November 16 – December 3; I will be there for the DIS Convention!!!
There are no Disney stores in Holland and the shipping charges at Disney Online are outrageous; so when I'm in Orlando I spend a lot of time (and way too much money....) at World of Disney and the Belz outlets!
07-04-2001, 06:52 AM
Hi my name is Dee, I am a moderator and Wed night chat host. I am 50 yrs old. I am taking my boyfriend on his first trip to Disney in Nov, and am looking forward to showing him the greatest place on earth, looking forward to getting some tips on this new board so it will be a trip that will turn him into a Disney holic also!
07-04-2001, 08:07 AM
Hi everyone! My name is Mary and I've been a fan of Disney for many years. When I first started working in the mid-70's I worked for Sears at their corporate headquarters and for 7 years my responsibiity was keeping track of the Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore costumes they used to use. I was on the phone daily with contacts in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
I have traveled to Disney with friends, my mom, and solo up until 1990 which is when I married my DH Mark. We honeymooned at WDW and got him hooked as a Disney fan too.
We joined DVC in 2000 (and with everyone else our only regret is that we didn't do it sooner). Before they we've stayed at probably 80% of the on site hotels.
We love Disney and this year have done the 7 day cruise, a long weekend at Disneyland and a longer weekend upcoming at WDW!
No kids and we are happy that way. More time and money for us to enjoy. Our other interests are Nascar racing (we go to our first Winston Cup race this year!) and Irish music (we go to a Irish Fest in Milwaukee every year).
07-04-2001, 01:36 PM
I'm Rob and have enjoyed WDW since our 1st trip in 1972. My 1st Disney experience was at DL in 1958.
DW has put up with me for almost 31 years now and we have 2 grown daughters who are both contributing grandchildren to our family and day now.
We are anxious to get to enjoy WDW thru the eyes of grandchildren, but for now are content to treat ourselves with frequent trips there without any children along.
I'm enjoying seeing the many familiar "faces" here from other boards and look forward to some great topics on this forum.
Zarr aka Joe
07-04-2001, 05:38 PM
Looks like I'm the last moderator from this board to post! LOL
My name is Joe and I'm 26 years old and am from Woburn, MA - just a few miles north of Boston. I am a co-moderator of this board, and the Cast Members Only Board.
During the day I am a Meeting Planner and Marketing Administrator for a non-profit education institute near Harvard University. It's a pretty great job - lots of work...but I get to make my own hours, and have my own little office in a renovated mansion.
To help pay for that WDW addiction, I am a TDS CM and a Vacation Consultant (Hi Sandra B!! :D ).
I go to WDW all the time....and I've been down to Orlando several times this year on trips with family and trips with friends -- but the goal now is to hopefully move to Orlando by this Fall...and work at WDW in Special Events / Meeting Planning - if all goes well! Then I can visit the parks whenver I feel like it!
Glad to see you all enjoying this new version of this board - welcome again!
07-06-2001, 12:09 PM
Hi everyone! My name is (can you guess) Betsy. I am turning 40 on July 17! I will be with my parents, brother and his family, a few friends and some distant relatives at Disneyland! I am single, never married, no children, and currently petless. I am an Executive Director of a small non-profit that works for and with children.
The whole Disney thing started for me with Mickey. I have told the story before. The short version is my first trip to DL at the age of about 2 years old, the Mouse himself was waiting at the front gate from me, just like I told everyone who would listen, he would be. I am a big fan of Mickey and Walt. As I grew older I came to understand some of Walt's thoughts about the future and science.
DL is my favorite single park and because we were both born on July 17 - I celebrate there when I can. I am learning to love WDW also, Epcot, the Studios and AK are great fun. and I even have fun at MK - just not the same for me.
I love visiting the Boards, and talking about one of my passions any time I can!
07-06-2001, 09:57 PM
My name is Livia, I will be turning 40 on the 15th of August (eeks!). I have been married twice and have 3 kids from my second marriage. I am assistant editor to a weekly magazine here in Rio de Janeiro, where my colleagues wonder about my sanity: they don't really understand my love of WDW and Disney. But I am getting used to that.
I have dreamed of going to DL since I was very little, but it was next to impossible. My parents couldn't possibly afford the long trip to the West Coast. After WDW was open, around, we were imposed restrictions on foreign travel. Till the early 80s, foreign travel was a luxury that only the very rich could indulge.
So I only got to know WDW when I was big, already with kids. It was 1995. I had been travelling around the world by myself since 1982. I booked a few days at WDW to see if I could bring my oldest son there on the next year _ I wanted to see if a non-driver could survive the experience. I just fell in love with the place!
I returned on the next year with DS. And on the next with DS and DS2 and DH. All these times I stayed on International Drive.
After a 2 year hiatus, I hit WDW again with DS2 at Christmas time, 1999. But this time, I stayed at the Poly! Wow! We had the times of our lives. I couldn't remember having so much fun before!
Of course, I had to show this to DD! And I did it, on june 2000. It was months after the divorce. While the boys stayed with their dad, I took my girl to a disney cruise and a long stay at DxL, BWI and YC! Again I thought I could never have more fun in my life.
But I was wrong.
Last year, at Christmas time, I returned to WDW solo. My kids were staying at their Dad's for the holidays. I was low and dreading the calendar. Just a few weeks before Christmas, I managed to get room at AsMo and Dolphin. I spent Crhistmas AND New Year there. I believe everything I always wanted to do but dared not with the kids: saw all the shows, took backstage tours, dined by myself at fancy restaurants, went to CDS, movies! Saw Illuminations a handful of times. Got a glass of wine and sipped it around WS.
So I am planning another solo trip for this year, in early dec. this time, I will be spending Christmas with my kids at home.
Sorry this is so long. But sometimes I feel that I have to use more words than you natives to express the same love for Disney.
:) :) :)
07-06-2001, 11:52 PM
I'm James ("hi James!"), I am 25 (almost 26) and I am a single-guy living down here in balmy florida. I live about an hour west of WDW in Tampa. I don't go as much as I can because of unreliable transportation and the inability to afford an annual pass until recently. I will be going to WDW for almost a week starting July 27th, staying at the Dolphin. I love the Disney parks, the resorts, and the monorail primarily. Those are my big 3 Disney things that I love. I am not married, was engaged about 2 years ago, but that's a long story. Not actively looking for anyone, but they say when you stop looking is when the right person comes along..or at least that's what "they" say (and "they" have been wrong twice now). Anyway..I work a mundane job with mediocre pay..I develop pictures for a temporary living, so I get to see all these wonderful Disney vacations. :( It's a job, it pays my bills, I have money left over at the end of every 2 weeks, but I am always looking for something better that pays more and that I will enjoy more...
Anyway..enough about me...NEXT! :)
07-07-2001, 09:33 PM
Hi!:wave: I am Faith AKA Poohbear123 AKA Pennie! I am 43 and celebrated it ALONE in Feb. at the MK! I LOVED it soo much I am going again in Feb. next year for my 44th!;) I have 1 DD (19) and 1 DS (18). They are BORED with WDW so that is when I started going it ALONE! WOW! I hate to admit it, but I really enjoy it!;) Sometimes my BF Debbie will meet me there and spend a couple of days with me, other times I go it Alone. My next trip is scheduled for Nov. 2-4th of this year! Can HRDLY Wait!:D
07-08-2001, 09:53 AM
I am Vicki, I am 30 years old, single, no kids, but have horses and a cat! I live in Australia, so it is very far and expensive to vist WDW. I did vist both parks last year, but a very rushed, had no idea what i was doing!!
I would love to get to know fellow Diser;s, as none of my friends are into the mouse, and my trip and fiture trips look like they will be alone! Hence the riought time will be 2004/5 fior me next, but i am thinking aobut Tokyo DisneylaND.
I would love eventually ot find someone that if we get along, would possible consider sharing a rooma tthe resort etc, as everything in USA is double prioce for us here :(
Work - we used ot have our own thoroghbred stud, and i ran two horsesracing complexes, until i succumbed ot Fibromylagia.
If anyone is interested in getting ot know me by email, voice chat etc, please email me or pm me!! Jovirulz@alphalink.com.au
07-10-2001, 06:22 PM
HI! I am Carol (aka CarolA) and I am a Disney Addit! (I think that is step 1 of the 12 Disney Steps!)
I am a single 40 year old female living in Franklin, TN (a suberb of Nashville). I have an Annual Pass (Step 2) and visit quite often. I travel for business and my company has numerous locations in Florida. In addition, my father has retired to Sebring, Florida.
I bought into the DVC several years ago (Step #3) and added on last year (Step #4).
Most of my friends are married and/or have children so while some of them share my Disney addition, they don't have my spare time or extra cash. So I go alone!
Disney has addicted me to pin trading (oh the shame:rolleyes: ) Step #5. My next solo trip will be the weekend of the big pin event in August and I will be at the DISCON in December.
I am really glad to find this board. Maybe you can help me figure out the remaining 7 steps to complete Disney addiction.
07-10-2001, 09:45 PM
Hi my name is Cindy. Boy.... I inquired about the return of this site a few months ago and never scrolled down far enough to see it was here.:( Well better late then never..) I am single and just turned 39 again a few days ago.(LOL) I Have been to WDW over 30 times and until last year always traveled with my Mom( she passed away last July) I get down there 3-4 times a year and usually opt for the AS but will be staying at the Pop Century from 3/15-3/23. May try to make it for Halloween just dont know if I can get the time off from work. I have two cats....Raven and Bobbi.....I work for the city of Buffalo as a system anylist and must say I am blessed to actually like what I do. I was on the seven day cruise (Disney Magic) this past March and have tentatively booked for 3/03. I am a Disneyholic to say the least. I have over 500 Disney Beanies and getting that close on the pins. On this March trip coming up I have booked to swim with the Dolphins at Sea Word. Well, just wanted to stop in and say and introduce myself.
07-10-2001, 10:39 PM
Hi all!!!!I am DisneyDoll, married to Terry Sheehan on these boards...at least I think that's what he goes by!!!! We are married 10 years, no kids, adorable Springer Spaniel named Ted. Went to WDW on our honeymoon...I had been before, he hadn't, the heathen:eek: !!!! We've been going back ever since,at least twice a year and love it!!!!!!!!
07-11-2001, 12:54 AM
But I think the remaining steps are:
step 6 - starting to plan your trip 3 years in advance
step 7 - dreaming of a mouse every day and night until going
step 8 - talking about it with everyone you know until they actually believe you have a problem (hello, my name is Joline, and I have a Disney problem)
step 9 - buying and/or reading books, spending time online, buying clothes, etc. that all represent something disney
step 10 - thinking of all the things you can do different on your next trip that you didn't/forgot to do on your last
step 11 - when you own all the disney cartoons and don't even have any children (totally guilty I am)
step 12 - setting up a bank account used only for disney, and nothing else, even if that money could be used for a mortgage payment when you are about to lose the home - or - saving money for disney 3 years in advance to your trip!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
anybody else have some thoughts, or would like to change my version??
07-18-2001, 12:17 AM
Bumping this to see if we don't have a few new people coming over now that would like to introduce themselves too.
07-18-2001, 02:07 PM
Okay here goes. Am 52 never married no children except for myself.I chose Esmerelda51 because that was my age at the time and one of the most moving scenes in a Disney film for me was God Bless the Outcasts scene in Notre Dame. Will make the big step of staying on site at the Poly in Sept. Have gone 3 times before on my own and always stayed at a DD hotel. Can"t wait to feel the Disney Magic on site. I am also a big Star Trek fan. Have woked for almost a year and a half with out a vacation, so this one is going to be totally self-indulgent I work at a large university and we just put in many changes and timing for a vacation just never worked out with our cycle. Am going nuts with still 2 months to wait.
07-18-2001, 11:14 PM
Hi, I'm Pam (31) and I'm an addict. I am single and made a major decision last spring to stop spoilling my neice and nephew and spending it all on my "habit". I am a Manufacturing Engineer, currently unemployed, spending huge amounts of time planning a vacation in September that I can't go on until I find a job. My family doesn't even know how bad I've gotten, (technically, I have 4 trips booked right now) and don't understand the need to go to Disney more than once a year. so please help LOL
Any one else out there??
07-19-2001, 12:47 AM
I'm 38 years old, single, and live in Northern California. I just moved here two months ago from the Gulf Coast and it was the smartest move I've ever made...except for the cost of living out here. But hey, after you've been to WDW, who thinks about the cost of anything? It's all relative, eh?
I'm an engineer for a large energy manufacturing facility (that means I work in a refinery, but that's a bad word out here). I love my line of work. It keeps me outdoors and indoors whenever I want. And I get to wear jeans and tennis shoes to the office! I like to run and hike. And drink microbrews!
I went to WDW for the first time in 25 years in April, 2001. I took my niece and nephew as decoys (kids always justify a trip to WDW, right?). Actually, I took them over their school spring break as a Christmas gift from "Aunt Nicelady". I got a great AP rate at CBR for the April, 2001 trip, so now I own an AP through early April, 2002! If I didn't own the AP, I wouldn't even consider another trip to WDW, but...with frequent flyer miles (no airfare), it makes for a pretty cheap vacation in January, 2002, so I'm gonna do it! I'll be taking a solo trip in January and staying at the AS-Mu. This trip, however, I'll be able to hang out at PI and the Boardwalk wherever and whenever I want to (sans kids!).
I love this board. Hope to garner lots of info from it between now and January. And I'd love to meet Bob Braezel (is that how you spell it?). You just sound like a fun guy!
07-19-2001, 02:13 PM
Hi, am a 33 year old female with a 9 yo tiger striped cat named Midora (named after the Japanese figure skater who won the silver in '92). I live outside of Philadelphia (quite a change, since I spent most of my life in Philly, and still sound like it) and work at a 401(k) recordkeeping firm. I also work part-time at one of the local Disney Stores. My five year anniversary with the company is coming up September 15. I am going to WDW in late September, to visit some former CMs who now live & work there. I am a BIG Star Wars and Star Trek fan, and I also collect dolls. I made my first trip to WDW in 1974, going down every summer for a day (visiting my GP, who lived in Tampa at the time). My first on-site trip was right after Thanksgiving in 1994, and it is so hard not to stay on property!!!! When I went down for the WDCS mini-con last year, I realized that staying on the monorail loop is sooooo much better! Love going there anyway!
07-19-2001, 02:47 PM
I live in Wallyworld also. I guess that makes three so far. I am known as PA@okw95. The PA is what my little granddaughter calls me and as you can guess we have been members at OKW since 95. We go to WDW about 2 times a year, usually in the winter. I love the warm weather down there and the fine restaurants. Wallyworld has a lot of restaurants also but none I would call fine. So I guuess that is about it.
07-19-2001, 03:20 PM
I can't believe the number from WallyWorld. Cool!!!
07-20-2001, 12:44 AM
where is wallyworld? And is that the name of a city?
07-20-2001, 07:44 AM
wallyworld is a nickname for our home town of Wallingford Connecticut. If you have ever seen
the movie National Lampoons Vacation and been to our town, you would understand why we call it Wallyworld!!! too funny!!
07-20-2001, 02:51 PM
My name is Nichole, and I am 28. I am a substitute teacher who usually gets stuck doing long - term assignments most of the year! I taught for 1 year and decided to try subbing, not that I didn't love teaching, I just wanted to shop around and enjoy my freedom. I seem to work from mid-july to end of June now, with my only time off being the time I take off. I really love that I can take my vacations at almost any time of the year, so I can get great deals on most of my trips.
I recently starting going to WDW (at the end of '99) and have since been back 4 times, with my next trip in 18 days!
The reason I asked if there was room is because while I visit WDW alot, I actually am a Premium park Passholder at DLR, the Disneyland Resort. I go to Disneyland at least onceor twice a week, solo. Every so often I can get my family to come too (my 16 yr. old sister, mom, grandma, and aunt) since they are AP's too. I have been an AP since I got my first one for my birthday in 1996. While I didn't used to go every week before, I have now for about the last year, unless I'm on vacation at WDW where I am also an AP!
I love traveling to WDW alone. Two out of my four trips have been, and I have made lots of wonderful friends there because of it. I visit with so many people now when I go, people that I would have never met before if I had traveled with my family or friends.
I am also a Disney pin collector/ trader, and that has really helped me to meet new people every time I go to Disneyland or WDW.
I know many other people who go to DL solo and as couples, and I think they would enjoy a board like this as well. So, is there room for us too?
07-20-2001, 03:44 PM
My Name is Jennifer, I am 19 and from Flint Michigan. I live with my fiance Nate who is 20. We have been to WDW only once together, but are planning a trip in November. Can't Wait! We also have a calico kitty name Dee Dee.
Most of my frineds think I am crazy for loving WDW so much. But then I just think about all they are missing out on.
I am currently in nursing school, and also wait tables to pay for my WDW escapes!!
07-20-2001, 03:56 PM
Welcome to the Disney for Adults and Solo Travelers board. I see you've been a DIS member for a while. We hope to see you over here on this board a lot.
As for DL vs. WDW, I think that the title of this board says it all; "Disney for ...". Not "DL for ..." or "WDW for ...". Sounds like to me it covers it all, so I'd say that means it is open to those interested in DL, WDW, Tokyo, Paris, Cruises and anything Disney as it relates to Adults and Solo Travelers.
I know personally I'd like to know more about DL. I live in Phoenix and it would be easier to get to DL than WDW. I've just always gone to WDW and love it so much that I have a hard time doing anything else.
As adults traveling without children and as solo travelers, I think we often have more freedom in travel times and destinations. You just might convince some of us to spend more time at DL.
07-20-2001, 04:43 PM
My name is Lisa, I'm 41 and my DH Paul is 50. We have a DD age 10 and a DS age 7. We live 2 hours from WDW and go as often as possible. The reason I came to this board is because we make 2 trips a year to WDW without the kids - one in April for our anniversary and one in November for a convention my DH goes to every year. The kids understand as we usually take them at least 4 or 5 times a year. I have been a Disneyholic since 1972 when my family moved to Florida. I've been at least twice a year since then. We have been DVC members since 1997 and, like everyone, wish we had joined sooner. My DD and I are also pin traders and make lots of day trips to WDW. We look forward to meeting some of you on future trips!:)
07-20-2001, 04:43 PM
I'm Mary. I'm 42, single, no kids(yet). (OK, Lisa, Beth, Nancy, Carol and anyone else - how about an over 40 single women's trip to WDW?).
I do have 2 wonderful nieces (11 and almost 14) who live in Florida and go to WDW less than I do (I love my BIL, but he is NOT into Disney). I also have a 5 month old nephew who lives in Dallas.
I don't have any pets, although I have been thinking a long time about getting a dog.
I work as a computer analyst in the customer information system area at a utility company. We are currently working on electric deregulation for Texas, and installilng a new system for the other companies we work with.
I first went to Disney World in 1974 or 1975; our family went with my dad to an IEEE/EEI (electrical engineers) convention - there was something to do with the WEDway people mover, but it's all too long ago for me to remember!
Since that time, I've been back dozens and dozens of times - with family, friends, but mainly alone. I feel safe and happy at Disney! I have an annual pass (since about 1993) and go about 4 times a year. If at all possible I try to never miss:
Flower and Garden show
Food and Wine Festival
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas for the Christmas festivities
I also like Labor Day week, and a Jan/Feb trip with a particular friend. The only time I've never been to WDW is between Memorial Day and Labor Day (the summer).
One of these days I want to take the Disney Cruise.
Most of my friends and family think I'm crazy for going to Disney so much, but hey, I know all of you understand!
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