I am a Disney Nerd

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My name is Jill and I am a Disney Nerd.   It all started back in the 1970’s when my family took our first trip to Disney World.  It was also my first airplane trip. The stewardess (we didn’t use silly gender-neutral terms like “flight attendant” back then) gave me a pair of wings AND a deck of cards.   I was even served delicious pancakes with some sort of jelly and sausage rolled up inside them.   I was fascinated by the tray that would just fold down from seat in front of me.  I would look out the window and saw ACTUAL HOUSES FROM ABOVE!  I FLEW THROUGH CLOUDS!!!  I thought that this flight was the greatest thing I would ever experience. I had decided that I wanted to be stewardess someday.   How could I ever find a cooler job than that?  When we landed I didn’t want to leave the plane.    I was already getting excited for our flight back to Boston which wouldn’t be for a long 7 days.  There was no way anything could be more awesome than air travel.   I believed that for about the next 20 hours, until I entered the  Magic Kingdom.

It was WONDROUS!  It was nothing like the carnival that would come through our town once a year.  The employees actually looked clean and approachable.   However, similar to the

An "E" Ticket full of A-List rides!!
An “E” Ticket full of A-List rides!!

carnival, Disney did not offer unlimited rides with one admission price until the early 1980’s so we had to use ticket booklets.  We held onto our bible of tickets for dear life and relished every moment on the E-Ticket rides because we knew we would only get to experience them a couple of times. Beyond the rides, Disney World was an amazing place.  It was clean, the “Cast Members” made me feel special and every building, ride and piece of landscaping was a feast for the eyes.  I couldn’t even fathom that Heaven would be prettier than Disneyland.  The Electrical Light parade was something that was indescribable. A nighttime parade of floats made of lights?? GENIUS!!  Being able to experience a plane ride home was little consolation for having to leave Mickey behind. When we returned home, I could hardly contain myself as we dropped off our rolls of film at the Fotomat and had to wait a grueling 48 hours before we got our pictures back.    Opening those envelopes of pictures was like diving into presents on Christmas morning.   I was able to relive the trip for a few moments as the euphoric feeling I had while at Disney World found its way back into my bones.   So, I got the Disney bug and have always carried a special place in my heart for anything

Me in my Mickey Mouse T-Shirt and Flip Flops circa 1978.
Me in my Mickey Mouse T-Shirt and Flip Flops circa 1978.

Disney.  We visited as a family a couple more times after that and then I went into a Disney Dry Spell for about 12 years.  Once I moved to S. California, I re-connected with my love of Disney via Disneyland, a mere 50 minutes from my home. Fast forward to 2014, and I am now a Travel Agent with a Disney Destination Specialist designation. (WAY cooler than a stewardess) I am so lucky to be a one-stop travel shop for anyone who wants to experience Disney.  I have graduated from the Disney School of Knowledge!  However, the Disney quest for knowledge never really ends. Enjoy my upcoming Disney-dedicated blogs as I share experiences of my Disney past, tricks and tips that I have learned along the way as well as new and fun experiences related to Disney travel.  I started drinking the Disney Kool-Aid years ago.  Give me a few minutes of your time and I’ll be happy to pour you a cup.  Ohhh Yeahhhh!!

3 Cups of Disney Kool-Aid. Coming right up!!
3 Cups of Disney Kool-Aid. Coming right up!!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain