Hi everyone! This is my first stab at a trip report but what I lack in trip report experience, I promise Ill make up with fun stories, awesome photos (courtesy of my partner in crime, Franklin) and a little pixie dust. Youll laugh, youll cry, but mainly, youll wish you were in Orlando RIGHT NOW! So away we go.... But first, a few introductions: The stars of our show: Thats me (Missy) on the left. Im 28 and a copy editor in the Sports department of The Washington Post. I live in the Virginia suburbs of D.C. with my loving boyfriend of almost eight years, Franklin. I love sports (a little obvious from my career choice), all things pop culture and of course, Im a total Disney World geek. My family went every four years while I was growing up (I went at age 4, 8, 12 and 16) and I took Franklin for his first WDW experience in February 2009. Ive only ever stayed offsite (mostly at the Marriott World Center, but also at a couple of timeshare places), but have vowed that my next Disney trip will be an onsite stay! Franklin is on the right. Hes also 28 and hes a space planner at an architecture firm in the D.C. area. His current project is at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He loves cars, sports (especially his beloved Virginia Tech football) and his true passion is photography. I think hes extraordinarily talented, and hopefully youll agree once you see all the fabulous photos he took on this trip! Heres two more people you should know: Kristin (aka KK) is on the right, shes been my best friend since the eighth grade. This photo is actually from our last vacation together (Mexico in May 2007). Her parents work for NASA and her mom was the one who got us launch tickets and encouraged us to go see the shuttle launch before NASA ends the shuttle program. Dan is on the left, hes KKs boyfriend of almost 7 ½ years, they live in Berkley, Calif. which means we dont get to seem them nearly enough. So getting to spend a week with the two of them was really exciting. Heres what you need to know about our trip plans: Why were in WDW: We were heading to Florida for the Discovery Space Shuttle launch (original launch date was scheduled for Nov. 1 -- KKs birthday!). Were all big Harry Potter fans, so this was our first chance to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. I also was planning for four days at Disney with Franklin, and KK and Dan could tag along with us if they wanted (theyre not as into the whole Disney thing as I am). Travel: We all flew into Orlando on Saturday, Oct. 30 and stayed until Thursday, Nov. 4. Where we stayed: My dad is a member of Interval International, so we were able to score a two bedroom villa at Mystic Dunes for really cheap. How we got around: Another one of our friends was planning to drive down from Savannah for Harry Potter and the launch, so we rented a minivan (using an awesome code I found over on the transportation board!) to carry us around. And we had a Diamond Parking Pass from AAA to use at the Disney parks. Where to eat?: I made a few ADRs before the trip, but between the early park hours and how flexible we were going to have to be in case the launch got pushed until later in our trip, we planned to eat most dinners after the parks closed (and probably offsite, as well).