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Pre-Trip JZSquared Takes On the World

Discussion in 'WDW Trip Reports' started by Lyssa, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. Lyssa

    Lyssa Member

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    Hey Y'all, sorry I'm not creative as some of you all are when it comes to thinking about trip titles. :inlove:

    Let's start with the introductions:

    Who?

    I'm Lyssa, and my better half is Justin:
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    Also know as JZSquared because after getting married, our initials are both JZ, so it's JZSquared, like I said we're not very original :p

    We're both teachers. I teach special ed preschool [ages 3 to 6] and Justin teaches high school students AP Calculus BC and AP Computer Science. We're also crazy cat people and have five cats [all strays I've rescued from the streets, including a new kitten I rescued during Hurricane Harvey]. We live near Houston, TX.

    I am OBSESSED with Disney, and even had an Alice In Wonderland themed wedding [which was on super pi day BTW 3.14.15, that's what you get when you marry a math teacher]. I haven't been to Disney World since 1995, and I was 11 and thought I was way too cool for the world. Justin hasn't been to Disney World since 1997, and he was there for a science competition and he claims they didn't even get to ride on any of the rides and even stayed off world.

    Though we did go to Disney Land during our 2015 Summer West Coast Road Trip and we both had a great time there, even DH, who questioned my choice to go to Disneyland had an awesome time.
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    I've been trying to plan a Disney World Trip for years [rather convince DH to agree to one for years] and they always fell through. I think he finally got tired of my begging and agreed to it mostly to get me to leave him alone ;). But also, we're planning on defrosting our child [I had uterine cancer about three years ago, and needed a full hysterectomy to get rid of it, and before that we went through fertility treatments to freeze and embryo, we did manage to freeze one] this spring, and we decided we wanted a Disney Trip to enjoy before we actually have a baby, so we can do what we want and just enjoy being in the world without worrying about a baby. So I think that was also a deciding factor.

    Anyhow I love writing about vacations [as evidenced by my other travel blog http://adventuresofjzsquared.blogspot.com/] and taking pictures, though I'm not nearly as talented as some of the photographers I've seen on some of y'all's trip reports :p and I can't wait to share stories about our trip here with everyone.

    When?

    Since we're teachers, we have a limited time period we can actually go to Disney World. We also hate heat [and yes we live in Texas, but we're both from the east coast! I'm originally from NJ and DH is originally from Pennsylvania.] Therefore we decided to go during the BUSIEST time of the year, we'll be there from New Year's Eve [Dec 31st, 2017] to January 5th, 2018. We're also planning on driving to Florida from Texas because we really like road trips, and for us, it was much cheaper than flying, and worth it for the adventure. :)

    Where?

    We're staying at Pop Century Resort because we liked the price, and really don't plan on spending much time in our hotel room.

    We're planning on spending 4 days in the world, and 1 day at Universal Studios, where we'll be taking a VIP tour, so we can try to cram AS MUCH HARRY POTTER in as possible in one day before we have to drive back.

    Looking forward to writing more about this trip and meeting new people in this forum ;) I've really been enjoying all of your pre-trip reports and trip reports, and they're helping me get through the one hundred something days till our trip!!!!








     
  2. littleroo

    littleroo Well-Known Member

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    I hope you have a wonderful trip! You have so much to look forward to in the next year!!!
     
  3. Lyssa

    Lyssa Member Original Poster

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    Thank you :) now if only time could fly by quicker
     
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  4. Lyssa

    Lyssa Member Original Poster

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    Name Change... An actual quote from my conversation last night:

    Justin [or DH]: Why did you call it JZSquared vs The World?
    Me: Well, we're JZSquared, and The World is you know... Disney World and everything
    DH: But it makes us sound like terrorists... Like JZSquared is going to take over the world.
    Me: Like Pinky and The Brain? [cue me: start singing the theme song]... What's wrong with that?
    DH: Just change the name
    Me: JZSquared meets Disney World?
    DH: I like that better
     
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  5. Tuvalu

    Tuvalu Premium Member

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    I thought your original title was very clever.

    How about JZSquared Takes On the World?
    (We all know which "world" you are referring to ;).)
     
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  6. Lyssa

    Lyssa Member Original Poster

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    I like it ;) Thank you for the suggestion ;)
     
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    Courtney6682 Well-Known Member

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    Count me in!
     
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  8. Lyssa

    Lyssa Member Original Poster

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    THE PLAN:

    December 29th/30th: Our road trip from Texas to Orlando. Originally we were going to leave on the 30th and get to Disney sometime on the 31st, but because traffic sucks and I don't want to have a shortened Day 1, we decided we'll just leave a day earlier and get a hotel somewhere in Orlando on the 30th, so we can get to Pop Century, as early as possible, even if our room isn't ready, and have a full day at a park.

    New Years Eve/December 31st: We plan to hit up Animal Kingdom. I figure most people will be at the other parks because they have firework shows and things, Animal Kingdom doesn't, and I feel like it'll be the least crowded. Maybe we'll even be able to ride an Avatar ride more than once [okay probably not]. We don't really have any plans to be in a park to celebrate the New Year. I wanted to have the kitchen sink at Beaches & Cream instead since it's our 6 year anniversary that day, but that place has been booked solid since even before I made dining arrangements. So instead we'll probably just go back to the hotel after AK closes, and maybe ring in the New Year while swimming in a pool or something or watching a ball drop on TV. Neither of us really like crowds so big that you can't breath, and fighting like it's a Smash Brothers match to score a good firework viewing spot or to go to and from the bathroom. So our NYE will be very quiet and peaceful.
    New Year's Day/January 1st: Planning on hitting Epcot. No real plans other than that, and no ADRs for that day either, we'll probably just wing it since Epcot has so much delicious food. I just know I want to ride all the rides, and explore the World Showcase, and maybe do some light drinking around the world. Epcot has always been my favorite park and there have been so many additions to it since I was last there. I also need a Figment souvenir. I'm hoping the park won't be that crowded since so many people will have been up the night before partying.I'm looking forward to Spaceship Earth because that was my grandfather's favorite ride when he used to take me when I was little. I'm excited about FEA even though I remember Maelstrom well. Figment has always been a favorite. The Living Seas with Nemo is a new one I'm excited to check out, as well as The Land, which I don't think I've ever ridden. My grandmother always loved The Gran Fiesta tour because she grew up in Mexico and it reminded her of home. I'm excited to compare the new Soarin' to old Soarin', which we rode in California Adventure. I want to check out Mission Space eve though we'll have to do green since DH gets very motion sick. And I'm excited about riding TT, though I've never ridden the older one, so I can't really compare the new one to the old one. But I think I'm definitely the most excited about Epcot :)
    January 2nd: Hollywood studios Day. We have an ADR for Sci-Fi Drive In. My dad and I always loved cheesy science-fiction movies growing up [think Killer Klowns from Outer Space] and old cartoons [and really cheesy Martial Arts movies, we used to get this amazing kung foo channel that showed like the worst "bad" movies and we loved it and were so sad when cable took it away, but alas I digress], and I think DH will really like it. I chose not to go to the "Primetime Cafe" because DH is a bit sensitive, and even though the jabbing is all in good fun, I think it would ruin the meal for him [and probably me too. Who am I kidding? I'm an INFJ]. Ride wise, I mean there are only so few rides, but I'm excited for Rock N Roller coaster, which didn't exist when I last went there [when it was still MGM studios!], Toy Story Midway Mania, which we both loved at California Adventure [even though DH won], Tower of Terror [which I have 3 months to convince DH to ride], Star Tours, and The Muppet Show, which I'm sure is dated, but will bring back happy memories of being little and watching it with my family, and the Frozen Sing Along because even though he'll never admit it , I know DH loves "Let It Go" and knows all the lyrics! Depending on what time we finish all the things we want to do, we'll probably hop to another park, or explore Disney Springs, or do both.
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    [my accuracy was better,. but his score was better]


    I'll continue this later ;)
     
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  9. Lyssa

    Lyssa Member Original Poster

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    The first day of school was tough [as it always is when you teach special needs students, including some 3 y/o's, who have never been in school before] but I got through it by thinking about Disney. [and the best part is my TA is a Disney freak too :) ]

    January 3rd: This is our Disney day. Other than a BOG ADR for lunch, I haven't really thought much about Disney. I def want to ride 7DMT since last time I was there, Snow White's Scary Adventure and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride were still there! Space Mountain is always a favorite [it's the one roller coaster DH absolutely loves]. Actually all 4 mountains are on my must ride list. It's a Small World is always a classic [even though I think the DL version is better], I love Haunted Mansion and Pirates [RIP Red Wench] and People Mover, and basically I want to ride all the rides and see HEA.I refuse to ride Dumbo though. When I was little, my grandpa took me on Dumbo, and the ride stopped working while I was stuck at the top, and I'm still traumatized to this day. I'd also love to take a trip around the world and check out many of the resorts because I don't think I've ever explored them other than All-Star Sports, which we stayed at when I was little.

    January 4th is HARRY POTTER DAY. [I am the biggest POTTER Head ever]. We actually went ahead and booked a VIP Tour at Universal [a group of 7 people and you get to ride on whatever rides you want and not wait in line] because we only have one day to dedicate to Universal/IOA and it's going to be one of the most crowded days at the parks thanks to the holidays, we just figured that was the best way to check out Universal and see everything we wanted to see. I want butterbeer and I want to try Three Broomsticks and have some bangers and mash or cottage pie.

    January 5th is when we check out and have to start going back to reality :(

    I was thinking of trying to fit an ADR for Ohana somewhere in our schedule because everyone on here seems to go to Ohana and all your pictures of the food look incredible ;)

    I'm also really hoping I can get a last minute Beaches & Cream reservation somewhere during the trip.

    Anyways 111 days to go :) I'm hoping it will go by fast ;)
     
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  10. amjt660

    amjt660 Well-Known Member

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    I am along for the ride
    Taking on the World is a good title for a trip at this time of the year

    "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war"

    Max
     
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  11. Lyssa

    Lyssa Member Original Poster

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    I am sooooo excited. I obsessively check dining reservations every day. And today when I got back from school, I checked them and Ohana was open for January 2nd at 9:45, I am so excited we got a reservation for it ;) now if only beaches and cream would open up lol. I showed my DH the menu for it, and even he seemed excited :)
     
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  12. Lyssa

    Lyssa Member Original Poster

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    Another awesome thing happened. Beaches and Cream had an opening! So on December 31st, Justin and I will be celebrating our 6th anniversary with ice cream sundaes :) this means I got every single ADR I wanted :) I so cannot wait till our trip
     
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