Welcome to my newest PTR! I am officially at 86 days and so excited about our upcoming trip! Our travel dates are July 14-20, 2012!!! First off I will introduce myself and my wonderful family! I guess you could say this really is the story of FOURS! I will explain that later but we are a (traveling) family of four! We actually have an older son but he is too busy in college and big summer plans so he will not be traveling with us leaving us with 4! I will start with my DH .Keith. This trip is actually all his idea. That in itself is a miracle! I firmly believe this is all because of me and he knows how much I love going to Disney World! This will be his 3rd trip to WDW. The first trip in 2010 was also his idea but to shut me up! He heard the kids and I talking about our trip Spring Break of 2009 so much that he finally said if I would quit talking about it he would go! See, Keith was a WDW hater even though he had never really been to Disney. I kept telling him he just didnt know what he was missing! The 2010 trip was supposed to be 4 days at Disney and then the rest of the trip spent in St. Augustine. Well, on our last day, he surprised us by suggesting we stay at WDW for the remainder of our vacation! Of course we jumped at this!! Over the course of that year I would hear him telling others that if nothing else Disney knows how to do things first class! I felt like I had succeeded at least a little bit! As 2011 inched closer and closer, I was planning a girls trip with my DD and mom. Well our middle DS decided he wanted to go which led to Keith deciding he would go! Again this took me by surprise but moved quickly forward! I learned a lot about his dislikes and likes on that trip! I also suggested perhaps it would be easier to state these during the planning stages and not after we were in route to a particular place! Well DH is just full of surprises and several weeks ago he told me if I could get us to Disney on a very specific budget that we would go this summer. Many reasons were leading to this including a personally hard late winter, the fact that our middle son will be a senior this coming year and who knows where his path will lead him, and also our DD is getting closer and closer to college so we really must take advantage of opportunities when they arise! Now, I did have 5 other options for vacation locals all within the budget prior to his suggesting this trip. I thought a change of scenery would placate him but he suggested this trip with a few requirements. I will get to those in a bit. I think I am rambling over and beyond the simple introductions!! So what are his likes? Port Orleans and the boat ride to DTD, T-Rex, The Indiana Jones Show at DHS, Toy Story Mania, and all of Epcot. Plus he likes the table service restaurants, especially those with a unique ambience! Animal Kingdom is okay. His dislikes? Character meals! Well characters in general really! Magic Kingdom---I know, I know!! Star Tours at DHS (makes him sick)! Any shows in general and especially if singing and dancing is involved .well, I take that back slightly but that is something else to come later (which would go under Likes)! He doesnt like parades and he DOES NOT like 1900 Park Fare. I have heard this many times over!! Oh, and he isnt crazy about fireworks (Disney or not!). Next we have DS ..Chris! Chris is 18 and still enjoys doing things with us which is nice! Chris first trip to WDW was in 2009 when I took him and Madison over Spring Break. That trip was near perfect in every way. Chris loves pretty much every single ride there is at Disney. He also learned how to eat at Disney. He was very picky going into the 2009 trip but I told him with the money I was spending he had to learn to eat a variety of foods. DD on the other hand learned how to be picky that trip!! This will be Chris 4th trip to WDW. Then there is DD .Madison who just turned 16. She is a petite little thing that loves everything about Disney! I have trained her well and she does an excellent job telling friends helpful tips! Madison loves the princesses with Ariel being her all-time favorite. She is also a big fan of Minnie Mouse and Goofy! Madison first went to Disney at the age of 4 (again with the 4s!!). We only went to Magic Kingdom that trip because I was not aware of how cool Animal Kingdom was and I felt Epcot would bore her and this trip was all about Madison!! This was also when she fell in love with Ariel! And Minnie Mouse! We did not return until the 2009 trip and she has been a total of 5 times. The latest trip was just a few weeks ago when she marched on Main Street with her high school band! I am currently doing a TR about that trip if you are interested in reading along the link is in my siggie! Madison also loves pretty much every attraction. Our favorite is Tower of Terror!! See how much they have changed from 2009 to 2011! And finally there is me! My name is Tisa and I am Disney obsessed. My co-workers joke that if I tell them something about Disney then it has to be the gospel truth! I can be a little over zealous and I am also an obsessive planner. My planning drives Keith crazy which is resulting in this PTR now rather than later! He suggested that I should discuss plans with people who appreciate my obsessions! Disney or not, Keith has no interest in discussing plans until it is time to embark on the trip! This will be my 7th trip to Disney. The first time was in 1986 and I fell in love with Epcot. I miss the old Future World exhibits and wish a new attraction would be a Time Machine to transport me back so I can experience some of those long-gone but never forgotten attractions! Each trip I have taken has been unique and there is always something new and different to add and experience. I think that is one reason I enjoy going to WDW over and over! There are always wonderful memories made and (sometimes) memories we want to forget!! My latest trip was chaperoning Madisons high school band trip in March, as I stated before. That trip required no planning on my part and proved to be challenging for an OCD Disney Planner! However, that trip also forms how I am doing this trip! I am planning but there will be some loose ends as well! So now you have met the FOUR people in our group! Next up we will discuss the FOUR days and how I managed to meet the budget requirements!