My family is excited to experience our first WDW trip at WL from 11/29-12/6! Please add us to the Lodgers Log. My DH, DD(6 at trip time) & I are booked in a woods bunk room and based on the info here (which I spent far too much time perusing!), I'll make sure to request a north 5th floor view and see what happens since, arriving Friday night, we probably arrive before many are leaving from their Thanksgiving trip. I'm so excited to experience the lodge and all of WDW decorated for Christmas! We're traveling from Seattle and the flight we plan to book (hoping fares go down some!) will put us at MCO at 5:15pm. Trying to figure out what to do our first night... Originally thought we'd head to DTD to grab a quick bite and hit the World of Disney store to get ears and autograph books for DD before we hit parks and character dining the next morning. But it was suggested on the November thread that it is super crowded there on weekend nights and the bus ride is long, so now I don't know. Is there a decent selection of autograph books at the mercantile? I'll want to grab several of the same one to have consistency for our trip... Now that the November hours came out, I'm also wondering if we should think about going to Epcot that evening since it is supposed to have evening EMH so I figured we could see Illuminations without the post show rush for the gates... I figure that late nights will be easiest the first few nights since we'll be adjusting from west coast time so think we'd like to squeeze in the night shows at the beginning of our trip. I'm also thinking that we can't count on being ready for rope drop or early ADRs our first few days since our DD is not an early riser as it is and then we'll be 3 hours earlier - she'd be probably naturally waking between 10-11! Granted, the excitement will probably wake her up earlier than that, but she is a cranky girl when she doesn't wake up on her own! Thinking of shooting for late breakfast ADRs if any and just taking any pre-meal touring as a bonus. My DH is patient but really doesn't understand why I am thinking and planning everything this far in advance! But it seems like I'm in good company here with being an overplanner, so thanks for your patience with this novel and probably many subsequent questions as I plan our trip and thanks in advance for your advice!