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Old 01-20-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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WDW with a Toddler, or A Tour of WDW Play Areas - May 2012 - *FIN 5/30*

Hello! This is my first pre-trip report (I've posted completed reports on other sites before), so please bear with me. I'm posting mainly because I want to share my excitement and love for planning with others who hopefully feel the same way. As much as my DH supports my habit, he just doesn't get into it like I do.

First up, the cast:

Me, Tiffany, 31 years old (I turn 32 the last day of our trip). First and foremost, I'm a mother to a precious baby boy.

DH, Nick, 33 years old. An amazing father and husband. Here he is with our DS; I can't find any pics of DH by himself!

(I have a confession to make: For the longest time, I thought DH stood for "Disney husband," DS stood for "Disney son," etc. I much prefer my definitions than the real ones, so I'm going to stick with those. )

DS, Andrew, 15 months old. Our pride and joy. The sweetest, smartest, most beautiful first child I could imagine. DH and I feel so blessed to be his parents.

And just for fun, our family.

We live about two hours from the World but don't get there nearly as often as I'd like. Hopefully that will change in the future.

Our Disney History:

My parents, younger brother and I took our first trip to WDW in 1988. I was 8, my brother 3 Ė and we were hooked. So much so that whenever my parents asked us where we wanted to go on vacation, we were in agreement: Disney World! (We didnít always get our wish.) My family returned to DBís and my happy place in 1991, staying at the Beach Club (we stayed offsite on our first trip); in 1995, staying at what was then Dixie Landings; and in 1999, staying at one of the All-Stars (I canít remember which).

After graduating from LSU in 2003, I moved to Southwest Florida, where I met DH. His family didnít really take vacations while he was growing up, and he had never been to Disney World (the horror!). I made it my mission to change that. We took a trip to Orlando for Easter weekend 2005, staying off I-Drive (it was a free stay; what can I say?) but visiting the Disney parks. We returned to Disney property in September 2007, staying at Caribbean Beach; in October 2008, staying at one of the hotels near Downtown Disney; in May 2009, staying at Port Orleans Riverside; and in October 2009, again staying at Port Orleans Riverside. On our latest trip, in May 2010, we stayed at my promised land: Port Orleans French Quarter. We tried every other trip to stay there, but it just never worked out. Itís such a small resort that it tends to book up fast Ė especially the discounted rooms with king beds.

All of our trips have been two- or three-day trips, usually for Food & Wine. We can't handle much more than that (our bank account or our bodies; Disney World is exhausting!). DH isnít nearly as big a fan as me, but he loves that it makes me so happy (Iím the same way with him and spring training ) and heís just as eager to see DS experience everything.

Why We're Going:

This trip has been in the making since DH and I took our last trip in May 2010 (two years between trips Ö yikes!). I was about halfway through my pregnancy and already dreaming of bringing our firstborn to the World.

The plan was to go for DS' first birthday and Food & Wine in October 2011, but we had some unexpected expenses come up and made the difficult yet responsible decision to postpone our trip until the spring. It wasnít easy for me to cancel the October trip Ė we had a resort reservation, ADRs and an appointment for DS' first haircut at Harmony Barber Shop Ė but we already have a lot going on in the fall, what with the babyís birthday, holidays and college football (geaux Tigers!), so a spring trip will provide a nice break. Plus, it will be our first true family vacation. We fly to New Orleans and Nashville to visit our families often, but this trip itís just the three of us.

Weíre celebrating DS' first visit and my 32nd birthday, as well as the amazing father and husband that is DH. Now, on with the show!
Elleshoodat * DH * DS * DS

Thanksgiving 1988, Offsite * June 1991, Beach Club * Easter 1995, Dixie Landings * June 1999, All-Star Movies * Easter 2005, Offsite * September 2007, Caribbean Beach * October 2008, Lake Buena Vista Best Western * May 2009, Port Orleans Riverside * October 2009, Port Orleans Riverside * April 2010, Port Orleans French Quarter * May 2012, Port Orleans French Quarter (Read our trip report here!) * October 2013, Wilderness Lodge

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