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Old 07-18-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
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Duffy is Going to be ECSTATIC! a.k.a. Thank God She Was Jewish - May 2012 (Complete)

Hello fellow Disney fans and welcome to my first trip report! I’m so excited to share the awesome trip that my wife and I took May 19-25, 2012. I haven’t decided on a title yet for sure, but here’s the working title:

Duffy is Going to be ECSTATIC! a.k.a. Thank God She Was Jewish


All right, so I know that a lot of times when I read TR’s I want to jump right into the action—get me to the first food pictures as quickly as possible—but this report is going to need A LOT of exposition. Bear with me, and I promise the payoff will be worth it.

First off, let me introduce myself.



I’m Taylor and I’ll be your guide through this crazy week. I’ve been a Disney lover all my life. My first trip to Disney World was when I was in the womb, and since then I’ve gone to WDW seven times and Disneyland twice. While I’ve always had an underlying love for the company and the parks, I first became what I would deem as Disney-obsessed after returning from my 2008 trip to the World. I began to wonder what was out there on the internet to feed my desire to learn more about my favorite place on earth. I discovered Lou Mongello’s podcast the WDW Radio Show, and I don’t think it’s exaggerating to say that it changed my life. Suddenly I had a weekly outlet to be able to escape my regular life and feel like I was in Disney for an hour or two at a time. Needless to say, I’ve been a huge fan of this podcast since 2008, and that will play very prominently into this trip. “How?” you ask. Well you’ll just have to wait and see.

So here are my stats:
Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom followed by Animal Kingdom.
Favorite Rides: Soarin’ and Pirates of the Caribbean are my favorites at Disney, but I have to admit Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the best ride I’ve ever been on.
Favorite Disney Movies: The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 101 Dalmatians, Dumbo
Favorite Disney Resorts: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Port Orleans Riverside
Favorite Restaurants: California Grill, Via Napoli

Anyway, before I get into talking about this trip, I need to introduce you to the other member of our cast.



My wife Tracy has been a fellow Disney fan all of her life. She went to the parks on both coasts as a kid, and in high school got to march in a parade through the Magic Kingdom with her marching band. She first really became Disney-obsessed in September of last year as we planned and then returned from our trip to Disneyland. Since then, she regularly reads the boards, participates in the chats, and listens to the podcasts.

Here are her stats:
Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom followed by a tie between Epcot and Animal Kingdom.
Favorite Rides: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Haunted Mansion
Favorite Disney Movies: Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, The Little Mermaid
Favorite Disney Resorts: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Port Orleans Riverside, Polynesian
Favorite Restaurants: Via Napoli for food; Crystal Palace for character meal; Casey's Corner, Katsura Grill and Tangierine Cafe for counter service

Now here’s a brief history of us as a couple, with our Disney history intertwined. Tracy and I started dating in our junior year of high school.

Here’s a picture of our first Prom together.



After graduating, I went off to college in NYC while she went to college in our hometown of Boulder, CO. We dated long distance for the entirety of college until Tracy graduated in December 2009 and moved to NY to join me.
In 2008, after our sophomore years of college, we went to Disney World together for the first time.



We had so much fun sharing this wonderful place that had meant so much to both of our childhoods and making new memories there together.

In 2009, we got engaged and started planning our wedding in June 2010



After our wonderful wedding, we went on a wonderful Disneymoon.



In 2011, we mixed things up a little and went on our first trip together to Disneyland!



And that brings us to this year. There’s some more exposition ahead, I warn you, but soon the PTR part of this will be over and I swear we’ll be on our way.

(Edited 7/21/14: 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.)


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Can We Move Here and Be Pancho’s Handlers? A Sept '11 Throwback Disneyland Trip Report
Duffy is Going to be ECSTATIC! a.k.a. Thank God She Was Jewish - May '12 WDW Trip Report
We Moved to Disneyland!! Now What…? Stories from New DLR Locals

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Welcome
We've Never Won Anything
Three Long Months

May 19, 2012
Chapter 1: It Begins
Chapter 2: A Side, Level 1
Chapter 3: Coronation
Chapter 4: The Place Where Dreams Come True
Chapter 5: The Food Overload Begins
Chapter 6: Healthy Dessert?
Chapter 7: From the Mississippi to Agrabah, Then Into Space
Chapter 8: We Heart Drizella
Chapter 9: I Always Cry During Wishes

May 20, 2012
Chapter 10: Duffy is Going to be ECSTATIC!
Chapter 11: Bankruptcy
Chapter 12: Good Food, Eh?
Chapter 13: The Future is Now
Chapter 14: Meet the World
Chapter 15: Bratswurth
Chapter 16: Epcot After Dark

May 21, 2012
Chapter 17: It's Called ANIMAL Kingdom For a Reason
Chapter 18: Reaching the Summit
Chapter 19: The Neverending Safari
Chapter 20: Birds, Birds, Birds!
Chapter 21: We're on a Boat
Chapter 22: A Hair-Raising Tale
Chapter 23: 'Ohana Means Family
Chapter 24: At the End of the Day

May 22, 2012
Chapter 25: The World of Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy
Chapter 26: What Time is the 3 O'clock Parade?
Chapter 27: Our New Orange Friend
Chapter 28: Thanks for Lunch, Stitch
Chapter 29: Don't Rain on My Parade
Chapter 30: Before the Parade Passes By
Chapter 31: Pink Elephants on Parade
Chapter 32: When I Was Eight
Chapter 33: Classic Attractions Rock
Chapter 34: Sunsets Are Prettiest in Disney World
Chapter 35: More Ketchup, Please

May 23, 2012
Chapter 36: The Hollywood That Never Was, and Always Will Be
Chapter 37: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Chapter 38: Toy Story-Induced Carpal Tunnel
Chapter 39: I Want Julie Andrews to Narrate My Life
Chapter 40: Spy Games
Chapter 41: Elbows Off the Table, Mabel
Chapter 42: Disney Meets Bob Ross
Chapter 43: Escaping The Box
Chapter 44: Thank God She Was Jewish
Chapter 45: The Royal Portraits

May 24, 2012
Chapter 46: A Very Potter History
Chapter 47: Walk, Don't Run
Chapter 48: We Basically Paid a Hundred Bucks Each for This Ride
Chapter 49: Do the Hippogriff
Chapter 50: Shop Like a Wizard
Chapter 51: Hogsmeade Temptations
Chapter 52: Where's the Foam?
Chapter 53: Engorgio Turkey Leg!
Chapter 54: The Butterbeer Scandal
Chapter 55: Back at Port
Chapter 56: Breezing Through the Kingdom
Chapter 57: An Evening Filled with Character
Chapter 58: Pizza Party
Chapter 59: One More Sleep

May 25, 2012
Chapter 60: The Last Morning
Chapter 61: Our Own Personal Kingdom
Chapter 62: Photo Pass Overload
Chapter 63: A Small Smackerel
Chapter 64: A Horse of a Different Color
Chapter 65: Always More to Do
Chapter 66: Last Rides and Waffles
Chapter 67: Saying Goodbye
Chapter 68: M-I-C-See Ya Real Soon…

Epilogue
Closing Thoughts
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Can We Move Here and Be Pancho’s Handlers? A Sept '11 Throwback Disneyland Trip Report
Duffy is Going to be ECSTATIC! a.k.a. Thank God She Was Jewish - May '12 WDW Trip Report
We Moved to Disneyland!! Now What…? Stories from New DLR Locals

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Prologue, Part II
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Can We Move Here and Be Pancho’s Handlers? A Sept '11 Throwback Disneyland Trip Report
Duffy is Going to be ECSTATIC! a.k.a. Thank God She Was Jewish - May '12 WDW Trip Report
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Prologue, Part III
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Can We Move Here and Be Pancho’s Handlers? A Sept '11 Throwback Disneyland Trip Report
Duffy is Going to be ECSTATIC! a.k.a. Thank God She Was Jewish - May '12 WDW Trip Report
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awesome trip report so far. congrats on winning. u look like a young jason segal in your prom picture! (which is a good thing. )
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Congrats on winning!!!!!! I'll be here for the rest of your TR.
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so cool that you won a trip! Can't wait to read more!
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awesome trip report so far. congrats on winning. u look like a young jason segal in your prom picture! (which is a good thing. )
Thanks for reading! I'm a big Jason Segal fan so I appreciate the compliment.

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It's so cool to have readers. Having never done a TR before, I was pretty sure I'd be sending all this out into the ether and no one would ever read it. Hope you enjoy the rest of it!
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So on board! Congratulations on winning the trip!
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I'm in! Can't wait for more!
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Can We Move Here and Be Pancho’s Handlers? A Sept '11 Throwback Disneyland Trip Report
Duffy is Going to be ECSTATIC! a.k.a. Thank God She Was Jewish - May '12 WDW Trip Report
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Can We Move Here and Be Pancho’s Handlers? A Sept '11 Throwback Disneyland Trip Report
Duffy is Going to be ECSTATIC! a.k.a. Thank God She Was Jewish - May '12 WDW Trip Report
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Thanks for the great report so far!!! Keep it up!! Makes for fine reading while haveing a slow day at work!! Makes me wish I was at WDW right now
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Thanks and welcome!

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Thanks for the great report so far!!! Keep it up!! Makes for fine reading while haveing a slow day at work!! Makes me wish I was at WDW right now
Glad you're enjoying it during a slow work day, as I'm also writing it during a slow work day! Oops?
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It seems like you guys are having a really great trip so far! I love hearing about people who have won trips; they are always so magical! Hoping the magic continues and am looking forward to more
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