"Hello, hello, hello!" Welcome to a SURPRISE trip report from yours truly! Granted I'm sure most of you are thinking "yours truly" is the fierce Mama RuPaul in the GIF above. I'm here to tell you, unfortunately it's not. But I got you the next best thing... ME!!! Hello there! For those who mistook me for Mama Ru (frankly, I'm flattered), my name's actually Timmy. I'm a 21 year old [I was 20 at the time of this trip] mess of sass, song, social awkwardness and pixie dust. I love love love LOOOOVVEEE Disney (oh, what a surprise! *sarcasm*) just like... well, all of you probably. In the parks, you can find me dancing with princesses, chasing princes (and a certain lost boy), trying to join a swinging wake, crying over anything with Festival in the title, taking the most well-thought out ride photos or drinking Le Fou's Brew... LOTS of Le Fou's Brew. This vacation was my third at the World (If you want to check out my prior trips to Disney, all the links are in my signature). Outside of the parks, I'm a Business major with a minor in Theater that can be found trying to be the next Bob Fosse, acting like an intellectual about things like RuPaul's Drag Race or Britney Spears, hiding in packed movie theaters (it's a gift) and defying gender norms. For here though, in this TR, I will be your honest and lovable guide for this spectacular journey into this little little adventure. A little little adventure that fits into one tiny corner of a big BIG adventure called the Disney College Program . Yes, at the time of this report, I had been living the dream as a Disney Cast Member. Where did I work and what was my role you ask? Well, I'm glad you asked! I worked in the... MAGIC KINGDOM! My role was CUSTODIAL. Yeah, doesn't sound that glamorous but I LOVED it. I was around guests constantly, keeping the place sparkly clean, drawing water Mickeys & Minnies and making all the magic. I would do it all again in a heartbeat! (If you would like to hear more about my program, my Instagram is @thatdisneykween and all posts I've made on there related to my program are under the hashtags #TimmysDCPFall2k16 (the live from Disney posts) and #MemoriesofTimmysDCP (post-program posts).) Here is moi at my Service Celebration with the best bosses EVAH *peep those beautiful Christmas nails*: My program began at the beginning of August and unfortunately I was only a few weeks away from the end of my program at the time of this trip, but it's never too late for pixie dust as is evident by this many months late trip report. Getting back on track, this trip report, again, only covers a very very itty-bitty portion of my DCP adventure and that was... MY FAMILY COMING TO VISIT DURING CHRISTMAS! During the entirety of my program, I never really had any friends or family come to visit. Disney, as you know, is mucho expensive. Even as a Cast Member with my plethora of discounts and deals, Disney ate up my paycheck quicker than anything, but it's much more difficult for poor college students or those who have to take a flight to get to Orlando in a timely fashion. However, my family HAD to come visit! I do go to school out-of-state, but I still would come home for breaks, however for the College Program, you're pretty confined to Disney and Orlando by your work schedule (no vacations!). Instead of sitting at the Thanksgiving this table eating Turkey with my extended family, I was eating the Holiday Turkey from Earl of Sandwich, going to see Moana then heading off to work. It was hard and I longed to see someone from home all the time. Lucky for me, my family missed me just as much and after dangling the prospect of discounted hotel rates, free park tickets, etc. etc. (they compensate you well for working the holidays that Disney does), I had a trip booked for my family and a bit of a staycation for me! Before I go into the details of that, I should introduce you to the other stars of this report: THE FAM! From left-to-right: My baby sister (the youngest), Alyssa; My mom, Sandi and my other sister (the middle child), Siobhan (pronounced Shi-vahn) My dad, if you've read my prior reports, is not a fan of Disney... or Orlando... or Florida... or any place where winter doesn't mean snow so he did not join us. He was however my chauffeur to-and-from Orlando so I did get visits from him. I was really excited to see these because the last time our family had been in Disney together was April 2010. Yeah, SEVEN YEARS. I was about to graduate middle school on our first family trip and my CP (when this current trip happened) aligned with my Junior year of college. INSANE. Here's a comparison collage I made on my Instagram for perspective: Yeah, I know. First you got the GLO UPS then you have the fact DAK now operated AT NIGHT. 7 years in Disney time is literally a millennium! There was so much newness to be experienced! Again, getting sidetracked, here are the actual introductions: First, the baby of the Fam, Alyssa! Alyssa is my partner-in-crime. We are probably the most similar of the bunch, despite an almost 6 year age gap between us. We are both HUGE musical theater nerds and wannabe YouTubers. We have naturally snarky demeanors. We are also super high maintenance and want attention on us at all times (She loved having a birthday button (her birthday is actually in October)). It can cause friction at times, but we love each other nevertheless. We both share a love of princesses and the best Disney movie ever made: Princess and the Frog! Fight us on it, we will win. Alyssa was only 8 during our prior family trip and as a result, she didn't do too much so she tried to make up best she could this trip. Her favorite new findings were Carousel of Progress, DINOSAUR, Butterbeer and Gaston. Next, the center of the pack, Siobhan! Siobhan and I are the definition of bickering siblings. We're always arguing about something and we're equally stubborn. We're also closer in age than Alyssa and myself so that factors into that, especially with our birthdays being only a day apart (Alyssa and herself however are the closest in age). However, we're also each other's best confidantes and both know how to have a really good time. Not nearly as big a theater buff as Alyssa and I, but she's getting there. Our thing is Beyoncé and Chance The Rapper. Her real thing is exercising and being a health nut (everything I could care less about lol). She also recently graduated high school so big congrats to her! She's probably the least biggest Disney fan second to my dad and has a slight disdain for how comfortable I am being a total toddler in the parks (mostly due to my affinity for character meet-and-greets). All that aside, she is a major Gerald (from Finding Dory) stan (stalker & fan) and is a major thrill junkie, which she got her major fill of this trip. Her favorite new findings were Carousel of Progress, The Incredible Hulk coaster and having a DSLR in the parks. Lastly, the real mutha, my Mom! In all honesty, my mom is my best friend. I'm a momma's boy through and through and my mom and I have a very special bond. My sarcastic nature doesn't gel much with her more sensitive, loving one, but she's my biggest cheerleader and the best travel companion. She is down for ANYTHING. My dad jokes that if there was a rock throwing competition at some ideal sports venue, she'd still go just to say she went. She's at a point in life where she's just glad to be alive and living each moment to the fullest. She was the first person I told I was accepted to the Disney College Program and while she was happy for me, she didn't want to be away from me for long so made it her mission to figure out this trip. If it weren't for her, I would've had one very lonely Christmas. She isn't a HUGE Disney freak like me, but she fits the bill with her attitude. Her favorite new findings were the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, all the Christmas decorations in the parks, Carousel of Progress and Photopass. All of us had a lot of fun, experienced magic on top of magic as well as many new experiences. There were ups and downs, but we took them in stride and made the best of everything. The exact dates of the trip were December 24th through the 28th and I reserved a nicely discounted room at Disney's Pop Century Resort (a new resort for all of us). We had no dining plan and just paid OOP. Due to my work schedule and the need for me to be there to use my complimentary tickets, only three days were spent in an amusement park and two in the Disney parks. The third day had to be set aside for the only other reason, aside from seeing me, to visit Universal Orlando and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My mom raised my sisters and I on Harry Potter. She's read all the books and seen all the movies, multiple times (as have I). When she heard about the new park at Universal based on the Universe, she had to go. She also had hoped to bring my sisters and I (although I'd already been) to Universal since she loved it when she went there during her younger adult years. The two non-park days were primarily spent partly with me working or at my apartment and my family at Disney Springs. Unfortunately, one park did have to be cut out of the plans completely due to block-out dates so Hollywood Studios will NOT be featured unfortunately. No introducing my family to all the Star Wars additions, Jingle Bell Jingle Bam or getting to ride Tower and RnRC for the first time with all of them. I'd also already said goodbye to that park since I was so cut off during the week of Christmas. Again, it did not ruin anything and it was the right choice in hindsight due to how Studios was and is undergoing so many changes (although it's my second favorite park). I have to warn readers that I didn't plan on writing a trip report. Normally when I make plans for a trip, I plan for a report an during the trip, I have notes taken, all the important pictures taken, etc. but on top of being super busy the week of Christmas, I just had no intention of reporting this or any major coverage so extra measures were not taken. However, the PDD has been real. I miss my second home beyond anything and what better way to cope than write about one of the highlights of my six months working for my favorite company. In short, bare with me on this report, some chapters might be sparse of actual photos from the trip, supplemented by GIFs and photos taken during other occasions so they might not fit in with the season or be familiar to anyone who's read my other trips. Also, there might not be as much preciseness to my re-telling of the events or more frequent blanks, I promise though that all the good stuff you want to hear about is intact. I do know Christmas and 2016 is far behind us, but this'll be worth it I assure you. I guess it's time to snuggle right up with a warm cocoa, blankets and a comfy jacket (Florida does get cold, ya know?) in our one horse open sleigh as we travel back to this past December for a wild ride with Timmy & Co. taking on the busiest week of the year at Walt Disney World! Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up, let's go!