Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Guide Maps Galore

(Isn't our new logo snazzy? Thanks so much to Mary at Capturing Magical Memories for all her hard work!)
Welcome to those of you joining me from The Magical Mouse Pad and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

When I was a kid, my family used to place bets with each other while in the parks. We would bet each other on the most direct route to get from point A to point B. Who will arrive first? We would then break up into two groups and think of every shortcut to get from Space Mountain to Splash Mountain. Sometimes, we expanded this to park and resort hopping. What would be quicker - the bus or walking the International Gateway? The winner sometimes received a churro, but in most cases, we'd be happy for the bragging rights.

I knew all the ins and outs of Walt Disney World Resort before I hit high school. I ALWAYS know the closest restroom, store, ATM and refreshment stand; therefore, you may be shocked to know that one of my Disney obsessions is guide map collecting.

Thank you SO MUCH to Beth at Pursuing the Magic for sharing her guide map collection with me!

Upon check in at my Walt Disney World Resort hotel of my choice, before I head to my room, I double check my packet to make sure I have all my maps and Times Guides. I scrutinize them as if I never saw them before. I circle my priority attractions and make note of the park hours.

Do I need the maps? Nope. Never even pull them out at the park. But they are a terrific resource!

At the end of each trip, I take the same walk to the hotel lobby like I did at check-in (though admittedly sadder) and get a fresh set of maps. When I get home and create my photo album or scrap book, I create a folder in the back for all the maps. It is such a wonderful feeling to look and see what has changed throughout the years and what has remained the same.

As I always say, it's the Disney Circle of Life!

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Black this month. We will be back in May with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

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Final Stop ~ The Disney Point



Mandas Disney Blog said...

This definitely makes me think of you! http://media-cache-ec3.pinterest.com/550x/1c/73/98/1c7398900d0d187b366e8d5989ea3007.jpg
I know what you mean! I'm the same about Disneyland Paris :) I'm not as hardcore as you with betting on fasted routes but I do know the park inside out! Map? Who needs a map!? :D x

Mandas Disney Blog said...

This definitely makes me think of you! http://media-cache-ec3.pinterest.com/550x/1c/73/98/1c7398900d0d187b366e8d5989ea3007.jpg lol! I'm the same with Disneyland Paris! Not as hardcore as you since I don't have fastest route bets! :P But I do know my way around inside out! :D Awesome post Rosanne! x

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Manda - I am cracking up. I LOVE that photo! "I am the map" is something I've said quite a few times. :)

Beth D. said...

Well, obviously you know one of our obsessions ... park maps! :-) My kids pull them out all the time and look them over or pretend that are treasure maps. They are a great addition to our scrapbooks to keep track of the changes year to year from park to park!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Treasure maps! This will bring you to the Promised Land of Pirates of the Caribbean! :) Thank you so much for the photo again! You guys are quick!

Heidi Strawser said...

I used to save them to use in scrapbooks, but since I don't scrapbook anymore, I haven't been bringing them home. I need to start. I miss them!

Tricia from Return to Disney said...

What a great souvenier!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Heidi, I'm a little bit nervous that they may go away over time! With smartphones and mobile apps, I'm probably the only person who still picks them up...and I don't even use them! So please pick them up next time. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

They really are Tricia! I know Disney used to do personalized maps for free when you booked a certain package, but I'm not sure if they do that anymore. I loved it, such a great idea. Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa @homeiswherethemouseis said...

In our family, I (Lisa) am the keeper of the maps. By the end of the trip they are always worn out or sometimes ripped. I really need to follow your advice and get a fresh set before we go home.

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Hi Lisa! Thanks for stopping by - I enjoyed your blog today! Thanks again.

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