Geekin’ On WDW 026: Pre-Trip and Trip Report With Travel Agent Brian Wahl

It’s episode 26 and You need your Disney World fix so come with us as we go Geekin’ On Walt Disney World!

In this episode we chat with Brian Wahl from Travel Time about his Disney experiences and trip reports
Two new countries: Denmark and United Arab Emirates
Mama says
Polynesian with construction
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Intro
– 2 kids: Jack 5, Leah 3, wife Jen (converted Disney nerd)
– First trip to Disneyland in 1985
– Peter Pan ride with Dad
– hooked on Disney since that trip
– Always been a fan of the movies (favorites Peter Pan & Pinocchio)
– Always have finger on the Disney pulse (podcasts, books, blogs, music)
– Typically travel in summer, holidays (teachers schedule)
– Started helping friends plan trips
Glen Kessler’s questions
Missed doing the questions but answered on Facebook page.

June 2013 Trip
– Dad diagnosed with cancer/passes away
– Mom and Dad always wanted to take all of us, and Mom decides to take us
– 8 of us: Melissa and Jason (Lauren 9 & Elaina 7), Mom, me and Jen and kids
– A lot of planning – family get together, no one except me has been to Disney World
– Decide on Wilderness Lodge
– 8 days, lots of dining
– Star Wars Weekend
– Great cast members
– Illuminations Cruise for Jen’s birthday (SURPRISE!)

Restaurants (Sit Down)
– Cinderella’s Royal Table
– 50’s Prime Time
– Tusker House
– Akershus
– Via Napoli (we’re Italians and we love good Italian!)

Counter Service Favorites
– Pecos Bills
– Fairfax Fare (counter service in the Studios gets a bad name)
– Casey’s Corner
– Sleepy Hollow
– Aloha Isle (6 Dole Whips in 7 days, 2 in  1 day!!)
– Tortuga Tavern
– Jack LOVED Mickey bars
– Enough popcorn, Dole Whips, and Mickey bars to kill a small horse

Curtis gets clarification on some of these counter service favorites
Yorkshire County Fish Shop?
Sommerfest
Pepper Market at Coronado Springs

Favorite Rides
– Splash Mountain (loved taking the ride pics)
– Dumbo
– Big Thunder
– Toy Story
– Rock n’ Rollercoaster
– Shows
– Star Tours (motion sickness!!)
– Soarin

October Trip
– Our first Mickey’s Not So Scary (costumes or not?)
– Art of Animation
– Quick 5 day trip
– Be Our Guest lunch, SciFi Dine In, T Rex, Crystal Palace
– Fastpasses made

Questions for Curt and Lindsay
– How do you deal with Disney withdrawal?
– How do you pick the parks you’re visiting?
– Do you pay attention to crowd calendars?

Links:

Travel Time

Brian’s Facebook page

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