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Old 07-21-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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Talking "You're Going to Disneyland? That's in Florida Right?" UPDATED 11/13 Final Chapter :D

“You’re going to Disneyland? That’s in Florida right?”

It’s me Mark…
From Disney College Program-Frump Style…you don’t remember me? Well this is awkward.
Anyway, I am officially writing my first trip report.
A lot of people wanted me to take over Jess’ report for a day but that never came to fruition. So I am starting my own!
Before I begin I would just like to announce to everyone that I do in fact know that Disneyland is not in Florida. It’s just that a lot of people don’t realize
that they are two different places and I think its funny!

Lets begin with the most important part of the trip report!
No ... Not the food pictures

The Cast List:

(Photo Credit Jess)

Hello, I am Mark and my love for Disney is a rather new one.
As you may know I participated in the Disney college program in spring of 2013.
I was in entertainment and had some really great friends, such as Wreck-it Ralph, The Beast and Goofy to name a few.
I went on my program with my best friend Jess, unfortunately on May 24th, 2013 my program came to an end and I had to leave.
It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Prior to my college program I had only been to Disney World twice. Once in May 2012 and the first time in April 2000 talk about a gap year.
Also before my program I liked Disney. After my program I loved Disney, it’s like a virus and once you’re infected it doesn’t go away. (You like that simile?)
If you follow me on Instagram (markjamesp) you probably know that I am famous for the “Character Selfie” now everyone is doing it.
I may not have been the first but lets pretend I am, just for my ego. Expect a lot of Selfies.

Goofy and me in 2000

My Favorites:

Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom (Studios is a close second)
Favorite Character dining: 1900 Park Faire/ Chef Mickey’s
Favorite Signature Restaurant: Jiko
Favorite Table Service: Kona
Favorite Ride: Toy Story Mania
Favorite Character in movies: Wreck-it Ralph
Favorite Character to Meet: Peter Pan
Favorite Resort: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
(I am very bad at picking favorites)

This is my Mom; she is the one that is joining me on this trip to Disneyland.
She has been to Disney World 5 ½ times (The half is because she went down to drop me off for my college program and we stayed at Coronado Springs but didn’t go to any parks.)
The first time she went was in 1972, at that time (as most of you probably know) the park had only been open for a year.
That is so cool, that was when you had to have tickets to ride the rides, the A-E tickets. My Mom also went with my Dad in December of 1992, my parents always joke that my real first time at Disney World was that time because my mom was pregnant.

Her Favorites:

Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Character Dining: Chef Mickey’s
Favorite Signature Restaurant: Victoria and Albert’s
Favorite Character to Meet: Wreck-it Ralph
Favorite Resort: “There is something to love about all of them” –My Mom

My mom in 1992

Trip Details:

We will be in Disneyland from August 9th to August 11th but our trip begins on the 7th because we are going to San Francisco first.
My dad will also be on this trip but he has to stay in San Francisco at a conference when we go to Anaheim.
We are staying at a good neighbor hotel and we won’t have a dining plan.
I am very excited because we will only have two days of parks but that’s ok because there are only 2 parks.
Meeting characters is my mission on this trip. We already have two reservations for character dining; those will remain a secret until the actual trip report.

I hope this teaser gets you excited for my trip because I know I am excited.

Continued in Next Post


My Unfinished cruise report: OOOO WAHHHH SHAAAA GAHHH (brushing up on my whale) Translation: A Disney Cruise Trip
Completed Trip Report:"You're going to Disneyland? That's in Florida right?"
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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I. Introduction

Day 1, August 7th, 2013:

Chapter 1: Viva Las Vegas
Chapter 2: Welcome to San Francisco from Edwin M. Lee
Chapter 3: Lions and Puppets and Prisons... Oh My

Day 2, August 8th, 2013:

Chapter 4: Bonjour! It's 5:30 am!
Chapter 5: Zoo, Zoo, Zoo
Chapter 6: Zoo, Zoo, Zoo 2: Search for My Favorite Animal
Chapter 7: "Can I get a fork please?"

Day 3, August 9th, 2013:

Chapter 8: "And at last I see the light" Nope it's pretty dark
Chapter 9: Gotta get them selfies
Chapter 10: "Now you get to score points"
Chapter 11: Mickey's Fun Wheel... of Death
Chapter 12: "Let's Go Fly a Kite"
Chapter 13: Welcome to Monstropolis
Chapter 14: Dancin' with Disney
Chapter 15: The Magic of Disney Animation
Chapter 16: Drawing Miss Daisy and Dancin' with Disney pt. 2
Chapter 17: Dining with Character
Chapter 18: Dining with Character pt. 2
Chapter 19: Dining with Character pt. 3

Day 4, August 10th, 2013:

Chapter 20: "To all who come to this happy place... Welcome"
Chapter 21: To eat or not to eat
Chapter 22: Plaza Inn Finale
Chapter 23: Fantasy Faire
Chapter 24: Pixie Hollow
Chapter 25: "If ya could change your fate would ya?"
Chapter 26: Off to the Theatre
Chapter 27: A different kind of map
Chapter 28: More Pictures
Chapter 29: Welcome to Toontown! Population: Growing!
Chapter 30: Meetin' the Boss
Chapter 31: It's a Jolly Holiday!
Chapter 32: What is that sound? It's the Parade!
Chapter 33: More Sound
Chapter 34: "Don't worry my magic mirror won't cause any problems for you!"
Chapter 35: Mickey's Soundsational Parade Take 2
Chapter 36: More Parade Pictures
Chapter 37: Bring on Some Princesses and Lets get Wild!
Chapter 38: Don't Throw Candy, Please Throw Gumbo
Chapter 39: Yo Ho Let's Go!
Chapter 40: The Parade Finale
Chapter 41: Fun Character Meet and Greets!
Chapter 42: Woody's Talent Roundup

Wrap Up:

The Final Chapter


My Unfinished cruise report: OOOO WAHHHH SHAAAA GAHHH (brushing up on my whale) Translation: A Disney Cruise Trip
Completed Trip Report:"You're going to Disneyland? That's in Florida right?"
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:31 PM   #3
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Yay! Following along! I followed you on your program on Instagram! Excited to read this!

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I'm in! I loved your character selfie thing you had going on during your DCP that Jess wrote about. I think that is hysterically awesome. I'll be expecting a ton over here. (:
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Hey Mark,
I'm going to follow along too! I loved reading about your and Jess' adventures in DCP TR. Can't wait to read about your most recent trip.
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I am so excited!!! I loved reading all of your adventures with Jess and now I can't wait to read more. I know Jess is still a few weeks away from when you left, but I have been sadly awaiting the May 24 update... BUT THIS TRIP REPORT WILL MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER!!!!
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Yay! Mark I have enjoyed following along with you and Jess on her TR and was hoping that you would also, at some point, hop on the TR band wagon and write a report.(I am new to this TR writing stuff as well ) Great start BTW and I am happy to follow along! ~Jenn

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Ahhhh Mark you have no idea how excited I am to read your trip report Once I finally get back to updating my own I will definitely be sharing the link! I love your intro and I seriously can't wait to hear all about Disneyland! SO EXCITED!!! I miss you more than you know!!
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Joining in! Loved reading about all your adventures with Jess in her report. Can't wait to hear about your continuing Disney adventures
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Haha I knew I recognized that DIS name before I even clicked.

Really glad to hear you're doing a TR Mark, and for Disneyland no less. Since you worked in the World I'm anxious to hear about your comparisons. That said, Disneyland is AWESOME (how could it not be though I've only been once) and I'm really looking forward to your "selfie" guided tour.
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I'm in! Can't wait for the details.
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I am most definitely in! I hope you have a fantastic time on your trip & make many hilarious memories to share with us!
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So excited to read your trip report and learn more abt you. You are a good friend to Jess!!
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Haha, I had to click on this report because I was just saying to DH "If I hear one more person say 'Oh, Disneyworld, in California, right?' I might snap!" I guess being on the west coast people thing of Disneyland first. And then they say something dumb like "teehee, I always forget" and I think "well, you better learn!!!"

So anyway... after my rant... joining in! You will love Disneyland
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Can't wait to read your report! We love DL!

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