This past weekend some of the Touring Plans gang and I hosted a series of meets in the parks where our readers and fans could converge and share in our love of Walt Disney World. I’m happy to declare the meets a a smashing success! Katie, our social media guru, and I were on hand for all of the events and our bloggers Caroline and Todd also got to join the fun for most of them. I think I speak for all of us when I say we had a wonderful time with all of you!
Our first meet was held on the evening of August 12th at the Tower of Terror. We wanted to check out the attraction with its “improvements” for Summer Nightastic which was a blast with such a great group. We needed two elevators to accommodate our group! I think most of us liked the original version of the attraction better, but we still had a great time. Some people even stuck around to hang out with us for a while that night after the meet and it was great to get to chat with all of them.
The our second meet was our biggest and included close to 40 people taking in the Main Street Electrical parade, popcorn, and soda. When, Katie, Caroline, and I went up to the popcorn cart and asked for 30 drinks and 40 boxes of popcorn they couldn’t have been sweeter and more helpful. A special thanks to the cast members who helped us out that night. Our blogger, Todd, was also on hand to meet with readers and help stake out a spot for the parade on the hub. It was packed and hot, but we had a great time dancing to the parade’s music and laughing together anyway.
The next afternoon on August 14th we invited everyone to stop by the Germany pavilion at Epcot to sample one of my favorite snacks: pretzels! It was really, really hot so we tried to find a shaded spot to munch on our pretzels and some enjoyed a beer. The cast member at the pretzel cart couldn’t believe how many we wanted to buy! I think a good time was had by all and we took a much needed afternoon break.
Our final meet took place on Sunday the 15th at the Dawa Bar at Animal Kingdom. People gathered there for a while in the extreme heat to chat a bit before heading over the Kilaminjaro Safaris. We had our own jeep and got some great views of the animals roaming about. The heat index that day was 113 degrees so a special thanks to those who braved the elements to join us!
I want to thank all of the folks who took time out of their busy vacation (and real life for the locals) schedules to come meet us! It was so nice to put some faces to names I’ve been chatting with online through the blog and twitter. I think I have walked away from the meets with a lot of laughs, hugs, and a few new great friends. Please be on the look out for future events with the Touring Plans staff!
Next week I’ll tell you more about my recent trip to Walt Disney World with my trip report…