Here we go again! Thank you for checking in on my Pre-Trip Report and welcome! So happy you could make it! I’m starting to lose track of how many of these I’ve done but my signature links suggest that this will be my fifth PTR so we’ll go with that. Even though this is my fifth edition I’m happy to report that our upcoming trip will still be filled with a lot of firsts. So at least I’ll have some things to talk about during this PTR especially about the little tidbit that we will be spending Halloween night in the Magic Kingdom! Yes, we are headed to WDW for this year’s Halloween weekend!! DD’s school district each year has a four-day weekend for the first weekend of November and this year the calendar worked out where Halloween falls on the Friday of this break. When the calendar was released last January I knew I had to try to make a trip. It took a little bit of convincing DW but she eventually agreed. Here are the details of our trip. We’ll be checking into the Contemporary Resort Garden Wing on the evening of October 29th and checking out on the morning of November 2nd. We’ll be attending two MNSSHPs on the 30th and Halloween! I sold this trip to DW as a Halloween trip so our plans will mostly revolve around it and we won’t be visiting DHS or Epcot during this short visit. That’s okay though because there’s another short weekend trip coming up next May that will be all about DHS. I heard that there’s this little get together that time of the year at DHS involving people dressed up in robes and wielding some form of laser swords Where are my manners? I didn’t introduce the cast yet, have I? For those of you checking in for the first time, Hi, my name is Dave. I’m 40. I’m still getting used to the sound of that. If it wasn’t obvious yet I’m the Disney fanatic in the family and my mid-life crisis has only amplified my affinity for visiting WDW and planning the next visit. I’m also really into photography but we’ll talk about that a little later. Then there’s DW who I think is slowly converting into a Disney fan. Either that or she’s just resigned now to the fact that her husband will always be planning a Disney trip and took up on Vader’s advice: “It is pointless to resist” DD7 and DS4 rounds out our little family. DD tends to be the cautious type when it comes to rides at Disney. She tried ToT for the first time last trip and decided that there will be no return trip to the fifth dimension. She’s also starting take a lot more interest in my Disney planning. DS wishes he were as tall as DD because he actually does want to try some of the thrill rides. He just crossed the 40-inch mark for our last trip in January so he got a taste of some of our favs including BTMRR and Soarin. So, what can you expect from this PTR? There will be the usual presentations of our day-to-day itinerary and hour to hour touring plans. That’s half the fun, right? I’m also going to try something similar to my PTR for my solo conference trip last October where I put together a list of scenes and things I wanted to photograph – I called it my photo safari list and you’ll hear me ask for your suggestions and ideas from time to time. Also, I’ve learned that one of the fun aspects of doing a PTR over the summer months is posting mini trip reports of our family’s adventures and outings. This summer we have a lot planned that includes a Hawaii-So. Cal vacation with a sprinkle of Disney when we visit Disney California Adventure and Carsland for a day! I’m excited to be sharing my Disney obsession with all of you for the next few months! If you want more, you can check out my flickr page devoted to Disney pictures, my online photo gallery devoted to my non-Disney pictures, or one of my completed trip reports from past years! All of those links are on my signature right below. Here are a few of my photos from my solo/conference trip last October, the trip report of which you can also find in my signature!