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The Disney-riffic adventure of Billy Purgatory…

Ahoy, Ahoy!

I’m a big old dork, geek, nerd, whatever you want to call me. And even though I’m a somewhat shy person (hey, don’t laugh, I am!!!) I like to do silly things to make my friends laugh and be happy…or whatever. If I can make their day, it makes mine that much better. 🙂

This post is about one of those instances…this is the story of how young Billy Purgatory went to Disney World with The Book Hipster Family!

A couple months ago, I met Jesse James Freeman ( @JesseJFreeman ) on Twitter through Steven Luna ( @JoeVampireBlog ) . Steven was raving about this book “Billy Purgatory: I am the Devil Bird” that Jesse wrote and after much teasing back and forth about how the two of them were going to get me to read it (to hear more about that ended up…go here.), I read it. And LOVED it! It was even a featured book on my first official “Books you should get…” post! Well, as I’ve been doing lately, a lot of my reading is on my tablet…so, I don’t own a lot of hardcover/paperback books. It works for me, even though I do miss the feel of a good book in my hands…anyway, back to the real reason for this post…

I had entered a giveaway on Gale Martin’s blog for the release of her new book “Grace Unexpected”…and I WON!!! I won a cute tote…and BOOKS!!!!!!

…and one of the book included in the tote was none other than “Billy Purgatory: I am the Devil Bird”. I received my goodies just a few days before our family vacation to the House of Mouse, and Luna had brought up the idea of taking “Billy” with me on vacation and taking pics of him in random spots for fun. I immediately was hooked at the thought of one of the Disney Princesses (preferably Belle or Cinderella) with her nose stuck in the book and was in 100%…Billy was going with us to Disney World!!!

Look who is going to Disney…Billy Purgatory!

That would be the Kidlet hanging out with Billy…on a plane…before take off. She wasn’t thrilled with the idea of having to hold a book for me to take a picture of it, but I told her how much Jesse would love it and she was on board *ba dum dum*…I posted this picture to Facebook immediately…and I think I was right…

See, you aren’t the only one who knows how to do Screen shots, Mr. Freeman. 😛

Day 1:

Well, we made it to Orlando and checked in to our on site resort…and on to the hotel room to get organized…Billy had other ideas.

Billy Purgatory checking out the fancy towel arrangement in the hotel room.

After prying Billy off the bed from his short nap (our flight was at 6am!!!) we planned to go out and spend our first full day at Epcot!!!

Billy Purgatory is AT Epcot! Visiting Spaceship Earth…and Captain EO.

We spent most of the morning checking out the sites and getting ourselves acquainted with how the park is set up and what direction to go next…you know…logical stuff that we should have thought of before even landing in Orlando…oops! As we were doing this, we noticed an area called a “Character Spot” and who do we see inside??? None other than THE MOUSE…MICKEY!!! Also, Pluto, Donald Duck, Minnie and Goofy!!! Now was Billy’s chance to make a good (ok…as good as he can) first impression with the man…er…mouse. He was a little shy, so he asked me to go along with him…

So…Billy Purgatory has a new fan…Mickey Mouse! (and of course…The Book Hipster!)

After meeting Mickey, I think Billy was a little overwhelmed, so he took the rest of the day to lay low and took in the sights with The Book Hipster family. Unfortunately, we got rained on at the very end of the day…soaked from head to toe! Billy got hit too. 😦 We all had to dry off once we got back to the hotel and called it a night.

Day 2:

No alarms…just the way we roll! Decided to take my shower and this is what I find…jerk is in my spot…sleeping!

Just so you know, Billy is a blanket hog. 😉

He’s lucky he has a way with the words and charmed me out of being mad…which allowed him to tag along with us to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Billy Purgatory is at Hollywood Studios!

Now, we were in Florida…in August…outside…it was hot! So, the Kidlet said on more than one occasion “I’m hot!”. Needless to say, Billy was testing my nerves as well. I think he was doing it on purpose. Well, I got him back…got him back good…

Decided to torture Billy a little…bwhahahaha!

He was so mad at me that he didn’t talk to me the rest of the day and sulked. The tough life of a 10 year old skateboarder. *eye roll* Although, he did liven up a bit when we went to the Muppets 3D show and the Star Tours ride, but then who wouldn’t…it is the MUPPETS AND STAR WARS!!!

Day 3:

Billy was nice and didn’t hog the blankets this time, so he was allowed to go with us on our way to the big house…yes, that’s right…Magic Kingdom Day!!!

He hung out and did the rides…and after dinner, he got to meet a few special ladies…

Billy met Cinderella! This made me so happy as Cinderella is my #1 gal! 😉

First up was Cinderella and while she totally was into Billy, she knew that Prince Charming wouldn’t be happy, so she did the only thing she could think to do…she introduced him to Belle!!! Belle LOVES books!!! 😉

The ultimate bookworm meets the ultimate book!

Belle’s eyes lit up when she saw Billy! She immediately wanted to know all about him…

I don’t think Billy was expecting this reaction at all…she totally loves the bad boys!

After they schmoozed for a bit more, we had to go…there was a huge line of little kidlets just waiting to get to meet Cinderella and Belle too!

Day 4:

Today was our free day…we had done the 3 parks that we wanted. We spent the first part of the morning hanging out at the hotel and swimming at the pool. Then, relaxing to wait for a bus to take us back to the Magic Kingdom as we hadn’t done everything we wanted to the day before.

Tell me if you’ve heard this joke…a 6 year old and a 10 year old are sitting on a bench drinking a tasty beverage…

Once we got to the park, Billy said he had something he wanted to see…

Billy Purgatory trying to sneak into Cinderella’s castle…he figured since he met her yesterday, it’s cool. 😉

Needless to say, it did not happen. The guards were warned ahead of time by someone (thanks a lot Jaq and Gus!) and Billy didn’t get very far. He was warned to stay away from the castle the rest of the day. It worked cause we had lots to go see before we had to get going to the Polynesian Resort for our dinner reservations.

Billy waiting for dinner at O’hana. He was excited because all the food is cooked on a grill…so, you know…fire. And he was hoping to get a lei. 😉

Billy was very impressed with the food (and fire…and leis) at O’hana! By the way, did you know O’hana means “Family”? Apparently it does, so now Billy is family! *snicker*

The alarm was set and suitcases were packed before bed…we had to head back to Illinois in the morning. 😦

Day 5:

We had no clue what the day had in store for us…

About half an hour before the alarm was set to wake us all from our slumber (which meant I had 4 hours sleep because I went to bed about 2am after talking to some people on Twitter…oops!) the Kidlet was…er…um…sick. Yes, let’s just leave it at sick. 😉 Once at the airport, all of us (even Billy!) were escorted through TSA security thanks to the little one. That’s got to be a great bonus, right? No long line for pat downs or extensive bag checks!
Touchdown in Illinois and a short drive back home…and then…

Billy kind of felt bad his travel buddy wasn’t feeling well so he took a nap with her when they got back.

However, this didn’t last long…

Billy grabbed his own blanket and crashed in the recliner for a nap.

He earned his nap as he had a long week to Disney World and back…just hanging with The Book Hipster Family!
  • PS…as if having Billy on our Disney World trip wasn’t enough awesomely fun filled (cause I really did have a blast trying to find fun things for him to do and I’m sure I annoyed the shit out of Mr. Book Hipster) the day we got back, Jesse emailed me a list of questions about our stay for his blog…Round 2 right here! Sorry, there will be a lot of picture double up between my post and his, but they are MY pictures…he just used them before I could re-group from a week of the Mouse. Oh, and he is way funnier than me…I aspire to one day be that funny. For now, you have to put up with my lame attempts at the funny. 😉

8 comments on “The Disney-riffic adventure of Billy Purgatory…

  1. Gale Martin
    August 12, 2012

    I love “Billy” with the Disney Princesses. Ha! Too funny!!! So glad you enjoyed the prize. You are an extraordinarily receptive winner! I don’t think I could have chosen anyone better. Great post, Stephanie!!!

    • The Book Hipster
      August 12, 2012

      I never usually win anything, so the fact that this was a super cute tote and books I was ecstatic! Seriously…books! Now, I just have to read all of them (well, aside from the 2 I already had read in the lot). My mom is convinced that the only reason I won is because of Luna and Jesse…ha ha ha!!! I’m just sad my copy of Billy got wet the first night we were there.

  2. JesseJamesFreeman
    August 12, 2012

    Awesome friends on an awesome trip. Can’t wait until I go back in April. Glad you all had a great time.

    • The Book Hipster
      August 12, 2012

      We did have a great time! I hope you don’t mind the fun I had w/Billy. I’ve always wanted to do something like that, but never really had the chance.

  3. Gale
    August 12, 2012

    Stephanie, you can tell your mom that I truly had no idea you knew any other Booktrope folk. You won because YOU had the most inspired comment on my launch. And that’s the God’s honest truth. Only after I picked you did I learn you knew those two guys.

    • The Book Hipster
      August 12, 2012

      Ha! I did tell her that before, she still didn’t believe me *shakes head*. Only my mom… *snicker*

  4. evilbatwitch
    August 12, 2012

    Flat Stanley’s got nuthin on ya’ll:)

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