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Why ‘The Relocated Tourist’?

This being our first blog, we thought we would explain why we named it ‘The Relocated Tourist’. Have you ever been to a place that has grabbed hold of your heart, and the only way to get it back is to move there and reclaim it? Well, we have. That place? Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Our first trip together was actually that part of life when you say those two beautiful words… “I do”.  We did, right in front of that Castle… you know, the one at the end of Main Street, USA. We were hooked from that moment on. Now some of you come home from a trip, and you put the dirty laundry in the wash, take our your treasures, and catch up on the mail. We come home from a Disney trip, and before we set down the luggage, we are on the phone making reservations for our next trip. Yes, we are “those” people.

So what does one do when vacations just are not enough? When no Disney song, magazine, book, or momento will do it for you any more? You talk, you plan, and decide that these tourists are going to relocate to Florida and live out their dreams.

The plan? July 1, 2012. We plan on selling everything we own and heading south to live out the rest of our lives. We decided the best way to plan, prepare, and decide on everything from the smallest to the largest was to create a blog about our experience so that others considering a similar move could learn with us. If you have moved already, congrats – we hope to be your neighbors soon. Please feel free to let us know how you did it and why.

Join us as we count down the days until we move – Thanks for stopping by!


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  1. Hi Carl & Ellie & daughters,

    I just want to say congrats on starting the blog. I’ve been curious about doing one myself but don’t know where to begin; maybe I’ll be inspired by your blog to try it out.

    First off let me say, if you have never done a cross country move before, you are starting it off right. It takes a lot of planning for something this big.

    I grew up in Los Angeles, then moved to Lansing, MI. I, too made the trek to Orlando (or rather Kissimmee). I have since moved back to Michigan. I have been a Disney fan for as long as I can remember. I grew up going to Disneyland and moved to Michigan about a year prior to California Adventure opening. Back in 2006 we decided we were going to move down to the Orlando area. We had been on vacation to WDW 6 or 7 times and decided we wanted to be closer to the Magic.

    We found an appartment that was relatively close to work and WDW. I was working for The Disney Stores at the time at the Florida Mall. I was 13 miles away from work and 13 miles away from WDW. I was not prepared for the amount of traffic I was about to encounter. I wish someone had told me what I was getting in to.

    You see I am used to traffic having learned to drive in LA. I was not prepared for Orlando. Now I mentioned I was 13 miles away from work and WDW respectively. Well, I was used to that length of trip taking about 10 to 15 minutes. When I got to Orlando, that trip could take well over an hour. I was shocked. I was used to going to Orlando, but never stopped to realize I never left Disney property.

    Stop and think about it; with in a relative few miles of each other is the WDW Resort (~60,000 cast members), Universal (guess ~ 30,000 employees) and Sea World (guess ~15,000 employees). Not to mention the non-resort hotels, and other businesses that are in the area – that makes up for a whole lot of people in one city all working with in a relatively close area to each other.

    I am not writing this to keep you from moving, by all means, you may not find the area overcrowded as I did. I am writing to enlighten you so that you will not have the sudden shock that I had.

    I wish you all the luck and I look forward to reading about your adventures and plans.

    Good luck,
    Brian Martin


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