Cast: me (40), DH (42), DD19, DsonIL22, DD19, DD17 November 7 ASMo, November 8-15 AKV Invisible disability ECV users Link to our Disney Trip Photobucket: http://s392.photobucket.com/albums/pp6/DawnDisney/ No trips from Photopass in there yet, waiting for my CD First, before taking this trip we decided that we would drive ourselves around the world. After reading all of the comments from others regarding ECV users, I did not want to use the bus system. We did end up using the bus once, which I'll cover later. Second, driving ourselves was great. It was so nice to come and go as we pleased without having to wait for a bus or in a line. We drove from PA and the ride was ok. Not as entertaining as previous trips. The kids are all older now and though we did talk some, they were more interested in sleeping and watching DVDs than communicating with the 'rents. I decided to type this TR during our ride home which is upsetting DD17 who wants to use the laptop to watch a DVD. Friday, November 7 We arrived at ASMo mid-afternoon after a 17 hour mini-van ride. We requested 2 rooms close to each other and were given rooms next to each other. Very good. I had also requested a king bed in DH & I's room but was told we didn't get that. Ok. We had paid for preferred rooms and so were headed to the Fantasia building. I was disappointed to find that our view was of the parking lot. I knew this was a risk and I had made no request so had no cause for complaint. We were only staying here one night so no biggie. We unloaded what we had to for one night from our mini-van and checked out the rooms. DH & I had a cute little duck towel animal in our room on the counter by the sink. The other room had the standard Mickey towel design on one of the beds. We immediately changed into our bathing suits to enjoy the pool. It was a really great way to begin vacation. Especially since we had come from 50 degree weather in PA. The pool was very nice and we liked the water falling from Mickey's hands into the water. Personally, I liked that because it fell on my stiff shoulder strong enough to bring relief without hurting. My shoulder was sore before we left but after that long car ride it was really stiff. We then wanted to go to the Big River Grille & Brewing Works for dinner at the BWI. DD19 & her new DH wanted to check out the resort as they booked their honeymoon there for next year. It is truly gorgeous. We walked around a little then checked in for dinner. They do not take reservations here but we were seated immediately. We had a nice table by the window and could look out onto the Boardwalk while we dined. The restaurant looked about half empty. Our waitress was a delightful girl and since my DH didn't know what the beers would taste like he asked her opinion. She told him some detail on each one and then he went with a coke as he was still unsure of what their beer would taste like. When our drinks were served, she brought DH a sample of one of the beers that she thought he may like. He ordered one then. DD17 & I ordered the ribs. We both agreed that they were the best we've ever had. DD17 orders ribs everywhere so for her to say that – it really means something. DSIL ordered the mahi mahi and it was also delish. All 6 of us were eating off of each others plates the whole way through this meal because everything was delectable. I highly recommend this restaurant and we all believe it was the best meal of the trip. DD19 had the hazelnut chicken and it was to die for. She said she must have it again on their honeymoon. DD19 had the chicken alfredo and it was also good. After dinner we walked the Boardwalk a little bit then decided to go to MK and visit Tomorrowland since the park was open until 11. There were pros and cons to this decision that I'll cover later. First we grabbed FPs for Space Mountain. I was surprised that we could still get them. Then we went to ride Buzz. No line. Great! We had never ridden Buzz so we were really looking forward to this one. We really enjoyed it! Definitely one of my new faves. Next we did Monster Laugh Floor. What a riot! We laughed the whole way through this show! I wish we could have done this twice. We then did the Tomorrowland Transit Authority ride and it was just as I remembered, forgettable. It was a nice break though. Then came time for Space Mountain. I couldn't wait to do this because we had 2 people with us on this trip who have never been to WDW. We had FPs so no wait, but the stand-by line wasn't long either. Everyone loved it. DSIL isn't a thrill rider but he liked it too. When we emerged from SM Wishes was going on and since we have never seen it, we stopped to watch what was left. Just stunning. I definitely have to make sure we see this in it’s entirety. By the time Wishes concluded, we were exhausted and decided to head back to the resort. We knew we didn't have to get up early, which was a nice thought when going to sleep. Long car ride and a park night made for a long day. The next day's plans were to sleep in, check out of ASMo and check in to AKV where we rented points for a 2BR villa (Thanks!).