Hello, all! I'm finally back with a new pre-trip. You probably did not notice that I've been much less present on the TR/PTR boards, and the DIS in general. Or you may not have wondered why a few days of waking up in Vegas took me five months to write. My excuse goes a little something like this: I got sent to vacation addict rehab. In short, I got a new job in November (matter of fact, I decided it was "On like Donkey Kong" (or at least that's what I Tweeted) the day they announced the 4/3 deal. No, I wasn't planning a trip.). While this is good-I'm working in my actual field, and more pleseant to be around, it came with the stipulation of no earned time for six months, which is in two weeks not that I'm counting. Anyway, let us begin at the beginning, shall we? Halloween is my favorite holiday, so once I learned about MNSSHP and the decorations (which I think was waaayback when Mickey* and Minnie went with the Evanses and Sharpay when Sharpay was in Kindergarden. Sharpay will be entering high school in the fall. Holy cow.) I knew I had to go. Alas, I could not go for many years, as I was in school. Then I decided to go Christmas 07. Anyway, I knew I needed to make it to MNSSHP. As a group of people on another board I'm on are having a meet in laste October, I figured this would be my chance. Who: At present it's just me. My mother might be coming-we've had kind of a stinky '09 so far-her brother (only sibling) passed away in March, then her BFF/my godmother (bff fo' realz-close to 60 years they've been BFF. Amazing given Mom's 21 )'s DH passed away on Mother's Day. I'm hoping Mom joins me for part of it to clear her head, but I'm also kind of looking forward to having some solo time in the parks. What: A trip to WDW, of course. I'm planning on hitting MNSSHP, F&W fest (possibly some events), and the parks. At some point this summer, I'm probably also heading down to Naples to see the aforementioned Godmother, as well as to make good use of my Superbowl Universal ticket. Where: Ok people, I have a confession to make. My name is Heather, and I'm a Hotelpickophobe. I believe this was cemented on my Vegas trip, when I switched hotels on Sunday night, when we checked in on Friday night. When I started pricing this out, I used a Travel agent. I did this mainly because at the time I worked in phone-based customer service, and after 8.5 hours on the phone you don't want to talk to Sparkle about costs of POFQ and dining at Boma. I've been pretty happy-I'm using Deb at The Magic for Less. Anyway, when I first booked this trip in November, I had her price out Pop and CBR with AAA rates. I know I've denegrated CBR in the past, but the pirate pool looked cool, it's near Epcot, and it's a Mod I haven't tried. So it was CBR for October 23-29. All was well and good until It came in my inbox. It was a (shh) PIN code! It started on 10/25-I had my TA run some places, but I decided on WL-it's no CR (my dream resort, if you don't know), or Poly, but it's still pretty snappy. So I was at CBR for 10/23-25, and WL for 10/25-29. Then JetBlue released their fares-it was much cheaper for me to leave on the night of the 22nd after work. So I switched to Pop preferred room (after trekking to the 90's section during Fay, I preferred room seemed worth it). Now, I'd put money on myself changing my reservation-I'm hoping for either a renewed 4/3 deal or even free dining, but I might also rent points, as a metric boatload of people in the group I'm with are staying at SSR. When: Late 10/22 to 10/29, 2009 (my ticker goes to 10/23, as that's when I think I'll be on WDW property) Why: Because a girl ought to celebrate what passes by. ( Yes, that is Sara Ramirez , aka Callie Torres, singing) How: Three guess as to what airline I'm taking. Ding! Ding! Jetblue. Woohoo! I love JetBlue (actually, there was something going on when I booked my tickets and I had to call to get my credit from my August '08 trip applied to my tickets. The call ended with me telling the agent I loved her company.) Up next..what I'm looking forward to doing, where I'm looking forward to eating... *Heather's family, in a nutshell. I live with my mother and cat, Oscar. I have three older brothers, whom I will refer to as follows: Mr Evans, Mrs. Evans (Formerly known as OldestBrother and DSIL) and Sharpay (aka Dniece15-who is a much nicer person than Sharpay Sharpay. I debated going with "Mitchie" and the "Torreses", but decided against it. Also debated calling her Melody, but given Melody is Minnie Mouse's niece and not Mickey Mouse's, the asymmetry bothered me.). Jack and Sally (aka MiddleBrother and DSIL). Their children are Mordie, 14, and Ferdie, 10 (aka OlderNephew and YoungerNephew) Mickey and Minnie (aka YoungestBrother and DisneyMSF) Mickey, Minnie, the Evanes and Sharpay are heading to Kidani village in August, so there may be some snippets here and there about that.