So where have you been…

Well it is about to happen…

We move into our house in Celebration on Friday, but I am not quite sure how I am feeling about everything.

Moving from Virginia has definitely been an adventure, but as we edge closer to getting the keys I find myself becoming more and more nervous.

We have had an ultimate goal of moving to Orlando in the back of our heads for quite some time, and now that it is here I find myself at a little bit of a loss…

I can’t help but wonder what happens next.

I have been absolutely overwhelmed with all the love and support that the WDW family (or mishpacha for Todd Perlmutter) has shown me, and I believe my ultimate goal is to pass on that same hospitality and cheering section onto others!

So if you’re headed through the MCO…LET ME KNOW!!! I’d love to meet up, share a frozen coke, and maybe a spin on the Peoplemover.

And I’ll continue to feature more of what I see as I am On the Go in MCO, and hopefully one day you will all be here with me!!!

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Put the Twitter Down and Walk Away…

It seems like I am ALWAYS on my phone in the park checking into foursquare or tweeting and while I love twitter my family doesn’t!

So this Saturday, during our family trip to EPCOT I tried my best not to tweet or check in. While I wasn’t totally successful (and I got the shakes a few times), it definitely was an eye opening experience.

Usually when I am in the parks, I am scouring for details, new tweaks, merchandise, and general news. But on this trip I took a step back and focused more on why I love the parks!

We rode rides we hadn’t done in a long time, ate at Biergarten with friends (usually this is a no go, since we have a tendency to camp out!), and just watched everything around us. We had such an amazing day!!!

Now I know that I am extremely fortunate in that I get to go to the parks often, but I really have started to take it for granted! So from now on, one day a weekend will be twitter/foursquare/phone free…and I am okay with that!

What about you? Are you guilty of getting caught up in your cell phone, too?

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Thanks, but no thanks

Hi everyone!!!

While I am busy working on today’s post, I wanted to take a second to talk about the Mom’s Panel.

First of all, I would love to congratulate those who are going onto the second round of interviews! I can’t imagine all of the emotions you’re experiencing. I am so genuinely excited and happy for all of you!!!

For those of you who did not get into the second round (yours truly included), I offer these words from Sir Winston Churchill…

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

Personally, I look at my “Thanks, but no thanks” as a challenge to achieve my dreams on my own terms!

While I would love to one day have a pink jacket of my own and I am proud to call many of those that do my friends, I am going to turn my focus to finding my own way with a song in my heart and a spring in my step! (Hopefully that song won’t be “It’s a Small World”!!!)

Care to join me???? 🙂

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My thoughts on Memories and Projectors…

The goal of this blog is to help consolidate information and to record what I see on my almost daily visits to the parks and venues in and around Orlando with a mix of humor and information.

That being said, I wanted to take a moment to react to the newest Disney Ad campaign that was announced by the Walt Disney Company in New York City earlier today.

Now while it wasn’t what the on-line community of Disney fans expected and hoped for, I believe it was an interesting decision.

What I am interested in is what emotions they are tapping into with the “Let the Memories Begin” promotion.

First off they are relying on something that other vacation spots can’t offer, which is the emotional ties that most Americans have to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. We all have memories of our first walk down Main Street, and who doesn’t want to give that same experience to their child. What about the countless television programs that show a couple sharing a smooch during a fireworks spectacular, and who wouldn’t want to have that same romantic exchange?

Secondly they are tapping into a more recent desire of most people, the want/need for 5 minutes of fame. Who amongst us, even the most die hard, who wouldn’t just love to see our family, projected for the entire park to see? And with so many photos being chosen daily, the odds of “your” picture being show on either Cinderella’s Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort or It’s a Small World in Disneyland.

Is this the announcement that I personally wanted? No.

Does this tap into and add an intangible amount of value to a vacation choice when we are all facing very difficult times and Decisions? Yes.

Seems (unfortunately) pretty smart from my point of view…

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Get Ready…Cause here I come!

That is pretty much how I have approached our move from Virginia to Orlando!
While I am a huge Disney nut, I am learning that Orlando is a lot more than just the Walt Disney World Resort!
I am really looking forward to sharing all of my adventures, discoveries, and thoughts with you.
Until then, you can check out a little more about me and see some of  what I’ll be writing about at www.zannaland.com!
I can’t wait to see you again, so we can start talking about this fabulous city and all it has to offer!
Shelley
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