My First Trip to Orlando (Part 2)

So, this is the beginning of a trip that will change my life forever and open so many doors for me! The days until it was time to fly out flew by and before I knew it, it was time for me to board a plane to Orlando! Our flight was at 8:50pm on Christmas night. The flight there was great but I don’t really enjoy flying (funny because I want to travel the world). I had my 15 year old sister panicking majority of the flight, which was more so hilarious than anything.

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Me, my 11 year old sister, Ariyah (Ari) and my 16 year old sister, Kairah (Kai) waiting for the Magical Express!

We finally arrive in Orlando around 4:15am! Since we were traveling with a group, we all met up to head towards the Magical Express. The airport is definitely filled with a lot of Orlando’s big attractions: SeaWorld, Universal Studios Orlando, and Walt Disney World. Seeing it everywhere while walking to the Magical Express was unbelievably exciting! I cannot even describe what I felt seeing everything knowing I was embarking on something I’ve wanted to do for years.

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The Magical Express
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Me, my mom, Ari, and Kai getting off the Magical Express.

We head on to the Magical Express and while on the bus, videos play of the resorts and parks offered at Walt Disney World. It was getting everyone excited and pumped to go explore and the bus couldn’t pull into POP Century Resort soon enough! Now, I have heard a lot about Florida humidity and didn’t think much about it because it was winter in December. My oh my! It was so warm compared to the cold we were experiencing in SoCal! We go check in and our Magic Bands (which we had delivered to us a few weeks before the trip) were officially activated to use. Disneyland Resort does not have this technology and it was so cool to use!

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I am a huge Stitch lover and while exploring the store inside POP Century, I couldn’t resist taking a photo with it! ūüėÄ

My sisters, mom, and I go into our rooms and of course we’re exhausted. We did not have our luggage so we could not change into our clothes for the first day in the parks. Instead, we took a nap until the luggage arrived. Now, I had my clothes organized by the park we were entering. I happily put on my “Hakuna Matata” shirt, shorts, packed my backpack, loaded up my camera, and stepped outside to begin my journey! Hopped on board the Disney Transportation, once it stopped, I step out and look up. I have made it to my first WDW park: Animal Kingdom!

Next post, I will dive into my experiences in Animal Kingdom!

My First Trip to Orlando (Part 1)

First, a little introduction…

So being a major Disnerd who has had an annual pass to the Disneyland Resort (DLR) here in Anaheim, California, it always shocked my friends when I have said I have never been to Walt Disney World. Of course since my childhood days, I’d watch the commercials and admire the lucky kids who were able to walk around with Mickey and the gang at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. I’d beg my parents to take me and my siblings and fantasized my countless trips there.

As I got older, I came to accept the fact that maybe I won’t go to Walt Disney World (WDW) until I am moved out of the house. Maybe it wasn’t meant for me to go to the World as a kid, but to experience it as an adult. I understood that and my hopes began to lower. Until…

I have two little sisters, Kairah (15) and Ariyah (11). They are in a performing arts team and they had the pleasure to perform at ¬†Universal Studios Orlando and Walt Disney World. Considering the team usually performs locally and occasionally Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, this was huge to get the chance to perform in Orlando! When I first heard of the news, I was thrilled, thinking this was my chance to actually go to WDW for the first time. I began planning how I could save up money to go. Turns out, through the grace of God and of course my awesome parents, they paid for me to go to Orlando as an early graduation and birthday present (since they are a week apart)!

So, I eagerly packed my bags to go to Orlando for the first time! The night of December 25, 2015 changed my life forever as I embarked on a trip of a lifetime! Stay tuned for Part 2!

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#TakeItBackTuesday 2/2/16

So it is Tuesday and I am doing a post for #TakeItBackTuesday! Normally, I will present a photo and a little story about it. I do this on my Instagram account and figured it’d be fun to try this on the blog, too!

For this Tuesday, I decided to take it back to the days of me being an Orientation Leader at my university back in summer of 2012. For those who do not know, an orientation leader (OL) is a group of selected leaders who help transition freshmen into college life. Freshmen orientation involves incoming freshmen the chance to explore the campus, make friends, register for on-campus housing, register for classes, and more within a span of two nights. My group did this four times throughout the summer and it was so much fun! I’ve made great friends and awesome experiences.

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This was CI’s 2012 orientation leaders, representing silver and red track. See if you can spot me out!

Some day I will be happy to explain more about this awesome opportunity and great stories about it. Have any of you done something like this? I’d love to hear!

Step Into the Magic!

“To all who come to this happy place, welcome. My blog is your blog. Here, age relives fond memories of the past. And here, youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future!” Ahh yes, I just tweaked up Walt Disney’s Disneyland Welcome Speech into my own! Thanks, Walt!

So, welcome to my blog! This blog is a glimpse into my life and what I am feeling. Not that I think I am the most interesting person in the world (can’t compare to that Dos Equis guy!), but I do think I can be interesting and fun and sometimes humorous, although people hardly laugh at my jokes, ha ha! And I thought it would be fun to share my life experiences with the world, and that includes YOU! We all have experienced things in life, no matter how great or horrible, and it is nice to be able to relate to others on deeper levels. It is, I believe, a part of the human experience. This blog serves as a platform to share my human experiences with all of you!

I bet you are wondering,¬†“who is this Tiarah gal and what the heck should I care about her?” That is fair, so I will introduce myself a little and hopefully reveal more about myself as the days go on. I am Tiarah Tarae Jibri. I am 23 years old, about 5 feet tall (or short depending on the day), and recent graduate from¬†California State University, Channel Islands majoring in Studio Art. Within that, I am studying photography, animation, and illustration. I am starting my own photography business¬†and am going to be crafting up the next graphic novel!¬†I live in Southern California, born and raised! And from my introduction up there, I guess you figured I like Disney. “Like” is an understatement; I LOVE Disney, practically obsessed, ha! I am also a nerd of all trades and proud of it! In my free time, I love being with my family¬†and friends. You can usually find me at the beach secretly being a mermaid or at a theme park (preferably Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood) with my camera (#TeamCanon) in my hand. I love long walks down Main Street USA with a churro in my hand and casting spells through Hogwarts. ¬†

I hope this blog is a pleasure for you to read and follow along! And also, feel free to comment or ask questions! I want to stay  connected with all my followers and love to hear what you have to say!

Step into Magic and Have a Magical Day!

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