Monday, 9 September 2013

POP TRAVEL tour - Tara Tyler on Disney! :)

Today I'm excited to have Tara Tyler here on my blog during her Pop Travel book tour (wooo!). Even more wooooo! is that she's here to talk about Disney, which is one of my favourite topics. I've only ever visited Disneyland in Los Angeles, but I've been there twice now and loved it. I also am a big fan of Disney movies, from the older classics to the newer releases. So, on that note, take it away Tara!

Trisha, thanks for inviting me down under! Australia is on my bucket list to visit!

Today, I get to talk about one of my favorite places, Disney!

Living in Florida for many years, we went to Disney World all the time. (Anyone remember riding rides with tickets? ha!) We had field trips, weekends, even our senior class trip was there – Grad Night for Seniors who got to roam the park from dusk to dawn. I wrote some Disney posts a couple years ago, but tho fun to write, they were time consuming. Now, I will hit some highlights!

My biggest piece of Disney advice, PLAN AHEAD!
  • Reserve a room – staying at the resort you get some perks:
    • magic hours – get in early, stay later at specified parks
    • transportation – no driving necessary, take a bus, a monorail or a boat
    • the pools & water sport – themed and clean
    • cafés and restaurants – some with characters, and great for dining plan
  • Reserve meals – if you don't, you will be waiting and waiting and waiting
  • Know what parks and rides you'd like to visit. Cost efficient for ticket purchasing, helpful for reserving meals at the parks, and get those fast passes!
  • Best times to go are during school (Jan, May, Sept-Nov). The worst times to go because it's the most crowded, and therefore the most expensive… I'd advise against going:
    • Christmastime
    • Thanksgiving week
    • Summer
    • Spring Break (mid March - April)
    • Mid Winter Break (Feb)
(early) March 2010 - less crowds, less waiting for a table
Hard to narrow down, but here are my top 5 rides (I'm not a thrill-seeker):
  • Horizons (EPCOT)
  • Toy Story (MGM)
  • Star Tours (MGM) – revamped
  • Peter Pan (Magic Kingdom)
  • Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom)
Disney is expanding and improving all the time. On our next visit, I'm looking forward to visiting the latest addition of a new section in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney loved to speculate about the future. EPCOT was originally designed to be a futuristic city (Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow) And that's my connection to Pop Travel – futuristic living and adventure! Ha! So if anyone has any Disney questions, I'd be happy to answer them!

Thanks again, Trisha, for having me! Hope everyone enjoyed this glimpse of Disney, brought to you by Pop Travel.

Cooper thought he could get through
life without having to pop...
Pop Travel by Tara Tyler
A tale of deception and teleportation.

When a distraught client enters J.L. Cooper's small town detective agency ranting about a pop travel teleportation cover up, Cooper takes the case. He blames pop travel indirectly for his wife's death and would love to expose a glitch in it.

But the glitch turns out to be disintegrating travelers. And now, his client is dead, his secretary is missing, and a hitman is stalking him. Plus there's all the webcams watching his every move. So, Cooper has to find a way to expose the deadly flaw, while using pop travel to escape the maniacs covering it up, not to mention save a couple of tag-alongs he's not sure he can trust. No problem.


  1. I went to Disneyland way back in the eighties. Saw Michael Jackson's 3D video at that time.

  2. I've never been to Disneyland or Disney World. I'm so deprived LOL. Cute picture of the boys! :)

  3. I've been there several times and not a chance I'd go around Christmas or New Year's. I bet it's packed!

  4. We are going this fall and staying on site - no driving!

  5. I went to Disney for the first and only time in December 2005, shortly before my 26th birthday, with my maternal grandparents. They'd been nagging at me for years to go with them, and I finally went as an adult, on my first trip to Florida. As a teen, I'd avoided it because I didn't want to be cliché and go there like everyone else, feeling it were somehow expected of me to see Disney and thinking I were better than those sheep who only went there because they thought they had to. I'm kind of glad I only went there as an adult, since it's more memorable and meaningful when you choose to go and aren't dragged on a family trip.

  6. That all sounds awesome! I'm still stunned by the fact that seniors from your class were allowed to roam around from dusk till dawn. Disney actually pays its people to stay late to run rides and things?

    Congrats to Trisha on her album! :-)

  7. I'll have to remember all this if we ever head down to Disney. Planning ahead really does save time. Thank you, Tara!

  8. I hope to get back there one day. Great trip!


    Go Tara!


  9. Never been to Disney, now I want to go more than ever. Thanks for the info, I'll still like to go in the Summer but will definitely reserve the eats.

  10. Lovely to hear from Tara again. I've never been to Disneyland, but in December I'm staying at EuroDisney outside of Paris so no doubt I'll go once, lol!

    Hi Trish!

  11. Those boys are really growing... too cute Tara!
    One day, when I retire, (whenever that is...), hopefully I'll get to Disney... any version will do... EuroDisney or Disney World!
    Beggars can't be choosers. LOL
    Writer In Transit

  12. Fida - thanks for stopping by!
    Huntress - I remember that video! they had it in Florida too =)
    Julie - yes, you are - just kidding!
    Alex - i went on thanksgiving once and couldn't believe how crowded it was!
    Diane - that's the way to go!
    Carrie-Anne - love your stories, and i appreciate things more when i'm not forced too!
    Lexa - i don't think they do it anymore - some dumb kids ruin it with their pranking, ya know? (but they do have special events for groups sometimes)
    Christine - your little guy would have a blast & so would you guys! a nerd's paradise! ha!
    Heather - thanks, woman!
    Sheena - there are pros and cons for summer, but sometimes you just have to do it!
    Denise - i'd love to hear about eurodisney! and europe has so many cool castles anyway!
    Mish - you should see them now, that was 7 years ago! and you'll enjoy it if you do =)

    thanks again, Trisha! Really enjoyed talking about Disney! and congrats on your debut album! awesome!

  13. Love the connection to Disney!!! My favorite ride at Disneyworld is the Rockin' Roller Coaster. :)


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