- Oct 4, 2015
You guys. It has been soooo long. Too long. I am ashamed!
I have missed the DIS so much. To my defense, I am quite a busy lady, but I guess it takes a pandemic to show you what you miss when life comes to a screeching halt! It feels so right coming back here to talk with everyone and write about my Disney adventures!
So, remember my 2017 Irma TR that I started and never finished?
Yeah, so do I. I want to finish it, I really, really do. However, I just don’t think I quite have it in me. Since I’ve been gone, some big changes have happened. One of the changes was the end of Tom and I’s 6-year relationship in October of 2019.
I have absolutely no bad things to say about Tom, or our relationship. Ultimately, we were just at two different places in our lives, and our relationship could not withstand those differences. It was a really tough few months, but I’m confident that this decision was the best thing. That being said, it feels a little strange to write about a big vacation that we took together. And I wouldn’t want my writing to be clouded by any feelings that I may have. So, unfortunately, I don’t think the TR will be finished.
But, not all changes that have happened this past year were bad! Let’s look at the great things!
1. I moved out of my childhood home and got my own apartment! I am actually LOVING living by myself and decorating my own place (I call it my Bachelorette pad ) I am eternally grateful to my family for letting me stay at home after college and save up, but it feels so good to be a big kid and have my own place!
2. I became a WDW Annual Passholder! I ended up going to Disney World 4 TIMES between May of 2019 and January of 2020! On these trips, I have made the best of friends that will last a lifetime. It is truly insane how you can meet someone on the internet and become instant friends. I talk with these wonderful ladies DAILY and they have been rocks for me throughout this crazy year of changes in my life.
Trip #1 was an EPIC girl’s trip from May 1st- May 7th, 2019 (I’m sure you all read plenty of TRs about this on the DIS!). I roomed with @disneyAndi14 and @Lesley Wake and did a split stay at the Yacht Club for 4 nights and Beach Club for 2 nights. This trip was AMAZING in so many ways and I’ve tried so many things I’ve never done before:
California Grill Brunch
The Happily Ever After Dessert Party ( @chunkymonkey, @Pluto0809 )
The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (@Elevationist, @IowaTater, @fallonkendra , @missjackiemcg , @Malia78 )
May the 4th at Disney World
And the most fun thing of all…
A VIP tour!! (@Steppesister , @paradesintherain , @Jenny Sanders , @buzzrelly )
This trip was a whirlwind of fun and friends.
Trip #2 was a girl’s trip with my Mom, my sister Haley, Haley’s mother-in-law (Ryan’s mom), Carla, and Ryan’s sister Kahla! We have been so lucky to be so close with Ryan’s family. We were in Disney from August 30th-September 5th, 2019 and stayed at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa!
Hurricane Dorian made her way into our trip (we have terrible luck), but it actually made little impact on our trip. It was the least crowded I have EVER seen Disney (yes, even less than Irma!)
Other fun specials that we did this trip were a day at Universal Studios
The Illuminations Frozen Ever After Dessert Party
And some Disney-Bounding! (can you guess our characters? )
Trip #3 was with my college roommate, Morgan, from December 14-18th, 2019. Morgan is one of my very best friends- she loves Disney probably just as much as me and we were SO excited for this and had this planned since the summer!
We had never been to Disney World around Christmas time, so we wanted to do EVERYTHING Christmas-related!! We stayed at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, and got a pretty awesome “standard view”...
Some special things we did for these trip were:
The Candlelight Processional Dining Package and show starring Gary Sinise!
A monorail bar crawl
And Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! (Which was an absolute wash-out, but we LOVED it! AND we got free special event tickets for another day as we exited the party! We couldn’t believe it!)
Last but not least, Trip #4 was a total last-minute, MLK weekend trip to see some lovely DIS friends! The trip was originally supposed to be January 18th-21, 2020, but I ended up tacking on a day at the start due to some bad weather expected in Milwaukee on the 18th. This was my first 100% solo trip, and I LOVED IT! My DIS friends took me in like their own family, and I’m so thankful for them. I was an absolute crazy person and did a quadruple-split stay (4 nights at 4 different resorts- it was actually way easier than I anticipated?). I stayed at, in this order, Pop Century, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
Some highlights were…
Seeing my amazing friends and trying out new restaurants and foods!
Festival of the Arts
Nomad Lounge (@ArielSRL , @ariane37 , @chunkymonkey , @pepperandchips , @Jenny Sanders )
Top of the World Lounge
Getting a magical upgrade to a 1-bedroom villa at Disney’s Riviera Resort! (I sent this room tour video to a friend back home- when I first saw the room I started BAWLING)!- Click to play!
Attending my first Disney After Hours Event (using my free special event ticket that I got from MVMCP!)
Whew! So, I took 4 trips in the span of a year?! WHY am I writing a PTR?
Well, to my defense, I do not have a trip officially planned YET. I know that I will probably be back by the time 2020 comes to a close… but I’m not sure when! I have been trying to get my mom to agree to a 4th of July trip, but, that is still a long process I’m hoping to return possibly in the fall if that doesn’t work out?
If anything gets booked, I will for sure let you all know. I guess, what I’m trying to say is, I wanted an excuse to get back on the DIS. I missed you guys a lot.