CHAPTER LINKS: Chapter One: Part One - "I will NEVER get on that thing again!" Chapter One: Part Two - "I need a nap and I need it now!" Chapter Two: Part One - "You can find it between the firetruck and the pig." Chapter Two: Part Two - "I'll have the flaming cheese!" Chapter Three: Part One - "Don't tell Pooh but you're my favorite." Chapter Three: Part Two - "Boo to you!" Chapter Four: Part One - "BATS!" Chapter Four: Part Two - "You look like you peed your pants." Chapter Four: Part Three - "Birthday girls in the house!" Chapter Five: Part One - "You must be a Weasley." Chapter Five: Part Two - "Look at that!!!" Chapter Five: Part Three - "I need a Minion!" Chapter Six: Part One - "Can we do it? Yes we can!" Chapter Six: Part Two - "He ripped my head off! Now that is just rude!" Chapter Seven - "My toes are in first class!" Final Thoughts - "Less Advil and more enthusiasm!" My first trip report ... yikes! I'm not entirely sure I know what I'm doing but that never stopped me before. So here goes nothing: Advil & Enthusiasm: A Disney Trip Report Who: Tena and Peggy (aka me) two Disney fanatics whove been best friends since meeting in the 7th grade What: A fun-filled vacation at WDW with a side trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. When: September 19-25, 2012 Where: Comfort Suites Maingate East Why: We both turned 50 this year and what better way to celebrate than a trip to Disney with your best pal? As previously mentioned, we met in the 7th grade and bonded over our mutual love of the Bee Gees and the fact that we were both giggly dorks. A life long friendship was born and for the past 38 years (38 years!? Yikes!) weve been through thick and thin together. We live in rural PA where there are as many dairy cows as there are people. But most of you have probably heard of our little corner of the world because the nearby town of Williamsport is home to the Little League World Series. Beautiful Lycoming County, PA: Howard J. Lamade Stadium, home of the Little League World Series: We both work in healthcare; Im an x-ray tech and Tenas a nurse. And Im happy to say were still giggly dorks! Tena is happily married and devoted mom to a hyperactive dog and six cats! Im happily single (which will change if Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs ever pops the question!) and mom to one very spoiled, anti-social cat. [Note from Tena: That cat is pure evil!] Yes, you guessed it & were also cat ladies! Tena and Adam celebrating their 10th Anniversary last year: And heres yours truly: Weve made eight previous trips to WDW together, some on our own and some accompanied by my sister Susan and various friends. After our last trip together in 1998, I decided to take a short break from Disney, which somehow ended up being 14 years long! Meanwhile, Tena got married and introduced her hubby to the joys of WDW and theyve made several trips together. Tena and I enjoying our one and only ride on Dumbo: Tena, Susan and I spending a rainy afternoon at Disney. Im the one in the yellow poncho! The Three Mousketeers lost and confused in EPCOT: Susan and Tena at MVMCP: Fast forward to a year or so ago. Fifty was looming on the horizon and Disney seemed like the perfect way to celebrate. We set a tentative date of Fall 2012 but held off making any official plans for a while because we hoped my sister Susan would be able to come along Sadly, she just couldnt afford it this year. We were disappointed but shell be turning 50 in 2015 and WDW will still be there! Keep saving those pennies, Suz!!! Anyway, once we knew it was just going to be the two of us, Tena and I put our heads together and came up with an official date for our trip, September 19th through the 25th. I dusted off my handy dandy AAA membership and started researching flights and hotels and a vacation was born! We made our reservations on February 26, 2012 and the countdown to Disney began! Tena and I are Pooh sized gals and neither of us had been especially diligent about exercising the last couple of years. Someday well probably tour the parks in matching Hover-rounds but not quite yet, thank you very much! So we set out to get our Disney legs. Tena went for walks and put in lots of time on the treadmill . I set out to conquer the elliptical machine and did some weight training. The result: Achilles tendonitis for Tena and tennis elbow for me ! Exercise (and turning 50) is NOT for sissies! But we hung in there, got cortisone shots & owww!!! & and discovered the joys of Aqua Zumba! We are not coordinated so mostly we hopped around in the pool waving our arms like idiots but it was fun, easy on our aching joints, and great exercise. As of departure day, Tenas ankle and my elbow were still giving us some grief but we were generally in better shape than we were back when we booked the trip. So, here we are: 50 years old, slightly worse for wear, and Disney bound!!!! With the help of lots of Advil and enthusiasm its sure to be a blast!