We missed the beginning of the DIS Boards’ DISapalooza party at Pixar Place because we were a few streets away, checking out the Osbourne Family Lights at D23’s Magic & Merriment event. But toward the end of the light show, Disney escorted those of us who had tickets to both events on a yards-long journey over to Pixar Place.
As you can tell by this picture, it was very exciting!
Meanwhile, our pals Nate and Jensey Root were making their way to Disapalooza to meet us. Here’s what they saw on the way in!
It was such a treat to see the Roots again, and boy were they putting in their time. We forgot to ask them to shoot the food, so after these funnel cake shots, the rest are all ours…
I was sorta underwhelmed by the food choices, but fortunately we’d just had a fabulous meal on D23, so it didn’t matter. They were going for a carnival theme—great idea!—which meant not a lot of substantial food.
- Grilled Sausages and Peppers with Rolls
- Mini Corn Dogs with Mustard
- Tortilla Chips with Nacho Cheese and Jalapenos
- Green Apple Slices with Caramel Dip
- Sugar Dusted Funnel Cakes
- Bags of Cotton Candy
- Peanuts in the Shell
- Buttered Popcorn
My main beef with the menu was that the cotton candy was all fruit-flavored—gack! I kept picking up bags of it in different colors hoping to get normal cotton candy, but no dice. This meant Patrick got to eat a lot of cotton candy. A LOT!
Hmmm… even I thought that series was a little gross, and I’m married to him!
One of the highlights of the party was getting to meet DISer figmentfan814 (Vanessa) and her husband, Kris, plus DISer acwinsett (Andreah) and her husband, Brian. Vanessa and I have known each other through PassPorter for years but had never met in person, and Andreah and Brian had just been married at the Wedding Pavilion on the 8th! …
Off we all went to Midway Mania! Er, Toy Story Mania. They should just call it Midway Mania in Florida too. I mean, it’s the same ride!
After we parted ways with our DIS buddies, we went over to the Toy Story photo op across the way.
I worry that Nate and Jensey were overwhelmed by the DIS party. It was a lot to take in after a long day, and there were a LOT of people there—even I felt kinda daunted. You don’t realize how big the DIS is til a fraction of its participants show up for a party and overrun the place! However, our pals’ faces lit up when we ran into this guy:
Tim is a longtime friend of Jensey’s and an event manager at DHS who was working both the D23 shindig and DISapalooza that night. I can totally see why Jensey adores him—on first acquaintance he instantly makes you feel at ease and like you’ve known him forever. When I went back to Disney in October, he was the one who lead us on our Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings site visit at Hollywood Studios, and I realized that he is the perfect Disney cast member—enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and genuinely excited about his job.
After that we were all pretty much pooped, so we started to head out.
I’m kinda sad that DISapalooza was on the same day as the D23 event, because you couldn’t help but draw comparisons. I think if this had been the only event we had scheduled during our trip, we would have thought it was amazing. But after an entire day filled with small-group VIP experiences, it felt kinda ho-hum: some greasy carnival food, a photo op, and a couple spins on one ride (and how many times can you really ride Midway Mania before your arm gets all noodley?)… On the other hand, it was only 25 bucks, so what am I complainin’ about?! It still would be a fun addition to a Christmas trip to Walt Disney World—I highly recommend it!