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This page features our various trip reports from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. All of the reports feature a ton of our photos and rambling anecdotes about our experiences as we strive to make you feel like you’re part of the trip.

Our Walt Disney World trip reports were the original inspiration for this website. For years we wrote trip reports on Disney forums, and in reply, we received a number of questions about the parks, resorts, and dining, plus lots of, “you should write your own blog” comments. In February 2011 we finally listened to these comments and started this site, initially only as a way to organize our popular trip reports.

The site has since grown into a full-blown Disney online resource, so if you’ve stumbled upon the blog from Google, Pinterest, or Facebook, you may why the heck anyone would care about someone else’s vacation. We think they’re pretty fun, and the trip reports are what many regular readers tell us they like most about the blog.

Along the way, our Disney trip reports feature our candid opinions about Disney, tips for improving your own Disney trips, random photo-babble, and the occasional witty remark. (Well, we think it’s witty…) The trip reports aren’t for everyone, but for those who enjoy them, they are great tools for planning, or just killing a few hours at the office when you have nothing better to do. 😉

These trip reports are eclectic smorgasbords of Disney adventures by two married twenty-somethings. The FDA warns that they are not safe for human consumption, but we encourage you to read anyway. Or skim them for pretty Disney photos!

Our Best Trip Reports

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Shanghai Disneyland Grand Opening Trip Report – We were there for the official grand opening of Shanghai Disneyland, and had a blast being a part of history as Disney opened its newest park in China! This trip report features tons of photos, including two beautiful sunsets, and our thoughts on the highs and lows of Shanghai Disneyland.

Walt Disney World Honeymoon Trip Report – After our wedding, we went to Disney World for our “Disneymoon.” Join us for our Walt Disney World honeymoon trip, as we stay at the BoardWalk Villas and Old Key West Resort and have an absolute blast. And, like any honeymoon, we did a lot of… EATING! We dined at Victoria & Albert’s, California Grill, Beaches & Cream, Coral Reef, Biergarten, and many other restaurants.

The Clandestine Engagement Plan – If you’ve read the “Disneymoon” report, you should check out how this Disney love story started. Read the story of the night of our engagement on the beach of the Polynesian. If our normal trip reports are like Russian Novels in length, this is like a Novella. A short, quick read.

Disneyland Paris Christmas Trip Report – Our first trip to an international park occurred with our Christmas visit to Disneyland Paris. Read our account of the differences and similarities between Disneyland Paris and the American parks, along with our tours of the hotels, extensive photos of the attractions (especially Phantom Manor), photos of Disney Dreams!, and even some general tips for traveling to Europe!

Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary Trip Report – We visited Tokyo Disney Resort for its 30th Anniversary, and instantly fell in love. Check out our photos and thoughts on Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, our two favorite Disney theme parks in the world. Just be warned–you will want to book a trip across the Pacific after seeing this report!

Our First Disneyland Visit Trip Report – As life-long Walt Disney World fans, our first trip to Disneyland was something special. Walking in Walt’s footsteps was a somewhat surreal experience, as was seeing Sleeping Beauty Castle. This report contains extensive commentary comparing Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Recommended background for any Walt Disney World fan considering a Disneyland trip.

Hong Kong Disneyland Christmas Trip Report – Our first visit to Hong Kong shortly after the opening of Mystic Manor, during their Christmas season. Photos of the park, plus random tips for visiting, dim sum, and more.

Walt Disney World Trip Reports

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Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary Trip Report – Being “Vacation Kingdom of the World” nerds, this was a big trip for us because it commemorated the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World. We also GORGED ourselves at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, participated in the Disney Parks Blog’s Trick or Meet-Up, did Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and dined at some delicious restaurants.

Walt Disney World 24-Hour Party Trip Report – Being in Magic Kingdom for a little over 24 consecutive hours–including two sunrises–was an incredible experience. In addition to the 24-hour party, this Memorial Day weekend trip included Star Wars Weekends, several character meals, and many late nights in the parks.

The Brickers’ VERY Merry Christmas Trip Report – Holy cow…this trip was packed with fun. We attended with Tom’s parents, and visited for D23′s Magic and Merriment and WDW Today Podcast Reunion. Join us as we visit the Cinderella Castle Suite and dine on-stage at Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular! Experience Disney at Christmas, including a private showing of the Osborne Lights.

Retro Walt Disney World Trip Report (1984 – Spring 2001) – If you love Vintage-Disney, this is the trip report for you. Photos and memories of our yearly trips December 1984 until Spring 2001. From Rainbow EPCOT Center spacesuits to Alien Encounter to the Disney Afternoon in Mickey’s Birthdayland to the original Journey into Imagination (with Dreamfinder!), this report is a veritable trip down memory lane.

A Rainy Day At Disney Is Better Than A Normal Day at Home! – A rainy night at Disney is better than a regular day at Disney. Really! Check out this trip report for breathtaking rainy night photos of Walt Disney World. Marvel as we eat approximately 73 cupcakes and have delicious meals at two of Disney’s best restaurants, Bistro de Paris and Hollywood Brown Derby during the course of this “for no reason” trip report!

Dopey Challenge Race Weekend Report – As a challenge, Tom decided to participate in the Dopey Challenge, which is a runDisney weekend consisting of a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon. It’s nearly 50 miles of running on 4 consecutive days, and you have to be really dopey (and perhaps slightly insane) to do it. This report offers a recap of the experiences.

Disneyland Resort Trip Reports

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Crazy California Christmas Trip Report – Join us on our incredible Christmas Expedition, as we dine at Club 33, photograph Disney time-lapse videos, eat our way through Disneyland’s holiday snacks as we prepare our book, A Disneyland Christmas, experience Haunted Mansion Holiday and “it’s a small world” holiday for the first times! This is one incredibly photo heavy trip report, capped off with a beautiful last night of rainy-night reflection photos!

Disneyland 24-Hour Day Trip Report – We headed to Disneyland for the Leap Day 2012 “One More Disney Day” promotion. The highlight of the trip would be spending 24-consecutive hours in Disneyland, but a trip to The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California was another highlight, as was seeing the ABC television series Modern Family film an episode inside Disneyland.

Coast-to-Coast Disney Trip Report – We took (almost) back-to-back trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World! The Walt Disney World leg of the trip was better, as we conducted a “research” resort bar crawl, participated in the D23 Scavenger Hunt, and…most exciting of all…watched a tear-jerking Richard Sherman concert featuring Figment and DREAMFINDER! This is a great installment for hardcore Disney geeks.

Our Other Trip Reports

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Walt Disney World:
Adventures in Disney Dining – Disney Dining Plan Trip Report
First Walt Disney World Christmas Trip Report
Sweltering, Yet Quite Swell Summer Trip Report
Photography Weekend Fall Trip Report
Deluxe Dining Madness & Star Wars Weekend Trip Report
New Fantasyland Grand Opening Weekend Trip Report

Disneyland:
Security, Steak, and Success! Spring Trip Report
Home for the Holidays – Disneyland Christmas Trip Report

We hope you enjoyed these Disney trip reports! Like we said, they’re the foundation of the website, and what keeps the regular readers coming back (really…they’ve told us!). They’re a bit of an acquired taste, but we hope you acquired that taste!

If you enjoyed any of these reports, we’d be incredibly grateful if you’d share them with your friends by Tweeting out a link to this page, sharing the link on Facebook, or pinning photos from the reports to Pinterest! We spent a lot of time creating these reports, and we’d love it if you’d help us spread the word!

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