Want to jump to different parts of the story?

…or read on for what this is all about, as well as links to earlier chapters.

So… I hear this is a Virtual Travel Story…

What is a Virtual Travel Story?

When actually going on a Disney vacation is not possible, we can do as Dreamfinder and Figment suggest and use our imagination to take a virtual trip to a Disney theme park. And in many ways this is even more fun, especially because anything can happen!

On the Disney Echo we have an ongoing anyone-can-contribute Disney fiction story game called “You Make A Story.” Currently Disney EchoEars are interactively writing Chapter 3 of the story, but you can also take a look at Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 which preceded the current chapter we’re writing now.

Chapters 1 and 2 centered around Walt Disney World in Florida, while in Chapter 3 the adventurers travel to Disneyland in California.

You can find chapter 3 of the story here on the Disney Echo Eyes and EchoEars Travel Blog, checking back daily as more parts of the story are added after they are written by the EchoEars, but to get the latest up-to-the minute new sections of the story go to the Disney Echo forums to see the Chapter 3 topic “live” as each new segment is added by the EchoEars participating in the story-writing game. Another difference you see when you go directly to the Disney Echo to read the story: Each segment is divided into which EchoEar wrote that part of the story. Here on the Travel Blog, the pieces are put all together with attribution and without signatures breaking up the story.

You can take part in the story as well! Here on the Travel Blog you can leave comments — or you can join the Disney Echo and take part in the story in real time.

Before we get to the story itself, next is additional background about how this story is being written.

You Make a Story – Chapter 3 Prologue:

Introductions and Guidelines

(Guidelines and introduction rewritten and based on what earlier chapters started with, written by various people, not just me.)

{Numerous Veteran EchoEars} remember back during the ’80s on the Bulletin Board System run at his local high school computer they used to have a game section, and its most popular game was the “Story” game, where people would do the old campfire thing about writing a paragraph to an existing story and then letting the next person add on a paragraph of their own, everybody adding on and on and on to it until it was either as serious or silly as it could get.

A lot of his favorite stories had them writing as themselves being the main characters all doing something in the story as a group, and it could get really fun (and lots of times really silly if we wanted it to be). He and I think this could be fun here, too, that Disney EchoEars might really like and enjoy participating in. . .

The “You Make A Story” concept is fun as well as simple to play. Any EchoEar can join in the story, at any point in the story, either as themselves or another Disney character, and each EchoEar replies with a short addition to the story (anything from one complete sentence to a short paragraph or two) in a way that makes sense with what happened previously in the story prior to you posting.

It has been so successful here on the Disney Echo that we’ve already had two long chapters of it! You can find them in this forum here: Chapter 2 (the previous one) and here for the first one (Chapter 1).

Previously in the story during Chapter 2, Walt Disney himself helped out the adventurers frequently during the story, via clues he wrote, scrolls with puzzles, even electronic communication and videos, prepared before his untimely death (It’s a story, remember… As Walt himself once remarked in real life, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible!” )

Being in the Disney Echo provides for some rather friendly guidelines: You can play as yourself if you wish, or you can make up your own character and even provide a back story for him or her, which I’ll gladly link to. Keep in mind that the Disney Echo is a family-friendly site, so keep things G-rated. We also suggest not to be a “power player” and make things more difficult than it should be. If you need to make a comment that’s outside of the storyline, be sure to flag it (a simple ‘OOC:’ tag in front of your comment would be sufficient. OOC stands for Out of Character). Graphics can be added if they help the story, but make, be sure to have an image server that won’t mind any amount of linking, directly or otherwise. I can help you out if you have any questions. And keep it decent, please… wink This is a Disney-based story, after all.

And now, on to Chapter Three!

Chapter 3 – Part 1 – “Movin’ Right Along”

(Click here)

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The display on this page is set up to show the posts in reverse chronological order of when they were posted originally, so if you want to read the reports from the beginning, go to the last post on the last page and work forward. The first entry about the Koster family's July 2008 Disneyland trip can be found by clicking here and the first entry about their Easter 2008 Disneyland trip can be found by selecting this link.

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