Hello! So I just posted on my other PTR that our big trip was postponed. So I'm starting a new one, because I'm going on a solo trip in October and meeting up with some fellow Disers! Me: I'm the tall one I'm Dana, I'm 26, and I was born and bred in Chicago. However, I feel like I belong in Orlando. I work full-time night shift as a CNA at a supportive living facility (basically an assisted living facility, but we get funding from the state of Illinois and our residents are able to use Medicare). I'm a former CM. I did the College Program twice, although one was technically an alumni program, and then I stayed on after to work seasonal, as that was all they had available. I would've stayed full-time if they had it, but this was when the economy took a downturn, so all they had was seasonal. Then they cut my hours and I was unable to find another job, so I wound up back in Chicago. I was considering going into nursing, but I've decided that I'm instead going to go for a business degree and then move back down to Orlando and work for WDW. Why: For about the last year, my best friend and her husband and I have been planning a trip to WDW in January of 2011. About a week ago, Jacquie (the best friend) told me she'd blown out her knee again. She's been having trouble with her knee since sophomore year of high school, so I suggested she go see a doctor. She went this week and was referred to an orthopedic surgeon The surgeon then told her that she most likely needed a surgery, and had her take an MRI and told her to come back on Friday (which was today). I called her about an hour ago, since we'd discussed it and decided that if she needed surgery, we'd postpone the trip. Well, we're postponing it until probably November of 2011. She has three options for the surgery, but she's already excluded one of them because it wouldn't really fix the problem and she'd likely still need another surgery down the line anyway. The other two options are ACL reconstruction with donor tissue or with her own tissue. Soooo.... I love Halloween at Disney. I love the parties and the Boo to You parade. I found out that one of my friends here on the Dis might "not" be going in October, so I started chatting with her about how awesome it would be to meet up. I was originally thinking about just going down for a few days in addition to the January trip, but then this surgery thing with Jacquie came up. So PrincessInOz and LuvChefMic and I started seriously talking about it. Then I made ADR's. And last night I decided, oh why not, and booked the trip. I figured that if I talked to Jacquie and her doctor had said that she'd be good to go by January, I could cancel it, but it turns out that her surgery won't happen for at least a couple months. If she goes for the surgery with donor tissue, there's really no telling when it would become available. So I'm going on a solo trip in October to my favorite place in the world When and where: I'm going to be there from October 22-29, 2010. I'll be flying down from Chicago early on the 22nd and flying home late on the 29th, most likely on Southwest. I'll be staying at Pop, and I'm on the basic dining plan. I'll be posting the rest of my plans later tonight, since I have to run the dog around the block and then leave for work. Yay for night shift, right? Table of Contents ADR's and Itinerary! Planning ADR's across state and country lines is fun! One party ticket bought, and my parents may be joining me! Itinerary and ADR changes More ADR changes Free dining announced! Free dining BOOKED! Also, building request made Must-do attractions at the parks Vacation time approved and another ADR change! Extending the trip by a day! Some things I bought and some airline discussion. Updated itinerary, my trick-or-treat bag, and Mickey mail! 99 days and list of F&W stuff I want to try. Updated F&W stuff and other random things. Just random things, and a family reunion in the works! More random updates. Shopping, ADR changes, and trip payments! One more ADR change Airfare, shopping outcomes, and 2011 whispers Should I add a day or not? Adding another day and minor itinerary changes! Countdown calendar! Snacks I want Illustrated Itinerary Day One and Twitter! Illustrated Itinerary Day Two Pics from my first visit/CP in 2004 Another ride closure! Illustrated Itinerary Day Three Illustrated Itinerary Day Four 2009 mini-TR day 1 2009 mini-TR day 2 Illustrated Itinerary Day Five + 42 days left! Paid in full! Shopping! Illustrated Itinerary Day Six Dental update + Mickey mail! Illustrated Itinerary Day Seven + I'm going to DISNEYLAND! Name That Semi-Obscure Character, Week 1! Mickey mail! Illustrated Itinerary Day Eight + 30 days! Tech troubles, airfare, and 4 weeks! Trip journal and week 2 of my game! Dental issue update My Top Ten Rides at WDW 3 weeks! I'm going this month! Mini-Six Flags Fright Fest TR Mini-Six Flags Fright Fest TR Returns + 17 days! Random things Final Itinerary Airfare update (aka, my fat belly won't bother anyone on my flights!) Character Game round 4 Top Twelve New Things Ten days left! Also, online check-in and pre-vacation to-do list! Single digit dance! 4 days and other things 3 days left! 2 days!