Welcome to my Pre-Trip Report! Index: Introduction/Back Story - This page, scroll down! Past trip pictures - post #2 The trip is booked - post #3 Cha-Ching - post #11 Old Favorites or Trying something new? - post #12 How can I fit it all in? - post #15 Schedule, take 1 - post #16 ADRs, take 1 - post #20 Le Cellisuck - post #22 To Free Dine or not to Free Dine... - post #27 ADRs, take 2 - post #30 Cameras and Touring Plans - post #32 Schedule, take 2 - post #33 Double Digit Dance, Crocs and Flights - post #35 Crocs and Discounts - post #39 Calling CRO - post #46 Schedule, take 3 - post #47 Visual Itinerary - post #49 Flights and Snacks - post #53 Photopass Share - post #55 1st Day Itinerary Change - maybe - post #62 My New House! - post #68 House Stuff and DME - post #72 Mickey Heads Galore - post #76 1 Month to go and Dinner Doubts - post #78 ADR Dilemma - post #82 Pins - post #83 One Last ADR Change - post #84 Schedule, Take 4 - post #85 3 Weeks to go! - post #90 No Rest for the Single Rider - post #92 Final Itinerary, probably - post #99 2 weeks to go - post #106 My bags are packed and I'm ready to go! - post #107 A Single Digit Dance and a Solo Trip Pledge - post #119 Dining Changes...maybe? - post #126 Itinerary - The Final Edition - post #132 A Look Back - post #141 A Proper Send-Off - post #154 Click Here to Skip to the Trip Report Let me introduce the cast - It's me, myself and I off to the world on my second solo trip! My first solo adventure to the world was January 2007. It was so much better than I ever thought it would be and I have been thinking about going back ever since. So one year later, I seriously started planning. I figured going in September would be my best bet. Crowds will be fairly lowish, weather will be great, and I don't have anything to tie me down at work during that time. There was only one hitch, I am in the process of transferring to a new job. I had to check with the new boss before anything could proceed. Of course, I should have known there would be no problems. My new boss (who I have actually worked for before) is big Disney fan as well. And she would be going in September too! Her trip was planned for about a week after mine, and she wanted to have me move my trip so we could meet up! Nothing to worry about there I guess! Now that I had the go ahead, I started to get to planning pretty seriously. I already even have dining plans and a tentative park schedule - I'm just a little obsessed and spend countless hours on the boards. So now that you know a little bit about this coming trip, here's a little bit more about me: I'm 26 years old and after my trip last year, have a new found love of solo traveling. I love the idea that there is nobody to hold me back from doing what I want to do. My parents think I am absolutely nuts to want to travel alone, to Disney World of all places. They took me a number of times when I was a kid to both WDW and DLR, but just don't feel the love of the parks like I do. Dad is not a ride person, and was the main photographer for the trips. Mom likes rides, but doesn't really get into Disney. She recently has gone a few times for work, but due to a back injury, can't really ride the way she used to be able to. Eventually Mom and Dad got sick of going and they started sending me on trips with other family members There was a high school band trip made in the Spring of 1999. We played on stage at Cosmic Rays - a super cool experience; at Downtown Disney - a super windy experience; and got to see some backstage areas and get some hands on training from Disney music type folks. It was a lot of fun - but of course, we stayed offsite My senior year of college, March 2003, my friend and I made a one day trip to MK during Spring Break. It was a great day, but no where near enough to quench my Disney thirst. That fall, October 2003, I took my 17 year old cousin for her first trip to the World. We spent 4 days at the parks and stayed at ASMo. This trip also included MNSSHP - dcousin's first experience in Trick or Treating! It was a lot of fun, but this trip was probably my inspiration to try it solo. DCousin was not as adventurous as I would have liked - didn't want to ride TOT, etc. and we had very different ideas of how we wanted to tour. Don't get me wrong, we had a great time and I would go again with her in a heartbeat, but it was not my ideal trip. We also did the Silver Package, which at that time was basically like the Deluxe Dining Plan. It was a LOT of food that we didn't even come close to eating all of. Thus, my aversion to the DDP began. It wouldn't be until January 2007 that I went back. Those years in between, I was debating with myself...did I want to go alone? Did I want to spend the money? Would it be fun? Was I too "grown-up?" I finally bit the bullet and on Halloween 2006, I booked the trip. I will NEVER regret that decision. It was a wonderful trip. Which you can read all about by clicking the link to my trip report in my siggy That brings us to today and the start of planning for another trip! In just 218 short days I will be back at WDW for 6 nights and 7 days!!!! Up next, some pictures through the years in the World.