Let me break it down for you. 2012 has not been my year when it comes to making a Disney trip happen. Those of you who follow my PTR (thank you, one and all!) are familiar with the seemingly endless Disney trip changes, delays, and cancellations I've experienced this year. I make plans; and God laughs, people. Im tellin ya. Im really worried that my Disney Diva mojo may need a jump start. How does one jump start ones mojo? Anyone? Bueller? Undeterred by my bad trip planning luck, I set forth on another planning adventure, this time for three days for my birthday! Initially, it was just going to be me and my main squeeze, Gabriel; and we were staying at the Yacht Club from October 8 - 10. I later changed the resort to the Beach Club, but the dates stayed the same. (Photo courtesy of Disney.com) Then my 18-year-old niece, Erica, came to stay with me; and, of course, we added her into the mix. Since we figured hanging out with us 24/7 for three days wouldnt be her idea of fun, we invited her BFF (and cousin), Bella, to come along. We decided they should have their own room and switched resorts to POFQ for budgetary purposes. I dont have any recent photos of the two of them, but here they are as wee tots and a few years later at Disney as Goth-girl wannabes . I made ADRs and bought MNSSHP tickets for my actual birthday, October 8. The four of us would have mucho birthday and Halloween fun! It was a plan. Stan. And then it wasnt. On October 4, the brakes went out on my car and cost almost $500 to have them replaced. Ouch. Not really Disney trip related, but it got the ball rolling. On October 5, Bella called Erica and said she couldnt go because she had a big exam on Tuesday. And then there were three. Luckily, I know how it goes with girls; and although we had decided to get a second room; and I went ahead and switched our room reservation from BC to POFQ, I never actually reserved the additional room. I knew I was taking a bit of a risk, but I also know how unusual it would be for POFQ to fill up this time of year. With Bella out, Erica would stay in our room with us; and although wed be out the MNSSHP ticket cost, wed wind up saving money on the room situation. Score! Heres where it gets really bumpy. On Sunday, October 7 (the day before the trip), Gabriels ex-wife called from Illinois and told him that his 14-year-old daughter was doing cheer stunts with her friends without supervision and suffered a fall resulting in injuries to her ankle and wrist. She was calling from the ER and would let him know as soon as she had details. So we waited. A few hours later she called back and said the wrist was only sprained and would be OK, but they were going to do surgery on her ankle on Tuesday or Wednesday. In the meantime, his daughter wants her daddy; and, of course, Gabriel wants to be with her, too. Without a doubt, he was going. The kids come first. He got online and booked a flight for Monday morning (Disney Day and my birthday). It worked out good in that we could take him to the airport on our way to WDW. Other than that, it totally and completely sucked. And then there were two. Im Laura, your intrepid trip reporter, also known as Aunt Lauri, Larry Canary (dont ask), and Honey (which makes me think of the How I Met Your Mother episode with Katy Perry and the tag line, Awwww, Honey!) As you might expect, Im a certifiable Disney Nut (some may say Disney Freak .in love, of course), and I have no idea how many times Ive been to WDW because it never occurred to me to start counting in 1972 when I made my first visit. My favorite character (at present) is Eugene Fitzherbert, and my favorite ride is Haunted Mansion. Erica likes Disney and gets excited about going, but shes not as enamored of all things Disney as I am. Shes been to WDW three times, in 2002, 2006, and 2011. Her favorite character is Winnie the Pooh, and one of my favorite Disney memories ever was watching her morph into a four year old when she met him on our Divas at Disney trip in 2011. Her favorite ride is RnR, with ToT a close second. Going forward, Ill keep my posts shorter with more photos! I just wanted to get the back story out of the way in one shot! And lastly, dont be shy give a shout out and let me know youre here!