Yay Im doing my very own, very first PTR!! I hope youll all enjoy it and sorry if my abbreviations arent standard Im still working on it We were supposed to go in January but had to postpone it due to financial reasons but some of you Snowbirds might remember me! Sorry I dropped off the face of the earth lol Im very excited because (a.) Well its DISNEY!! and (b.) Im taking DBF for his very first trip! (Its my 19th ) oh and (c.) FREE DINING!! So we will me there Monday 8/17 thru Saturday 8/22. We had to squish it in after our week at his family cottage in Canada and before classes start for both of us on the 24th. Currently I am impatiently awaiting the release of the August hours so for now here is my cast of characters! Me 22 College student going for my BS in Biology and graduating in December DBF 23 Also a college student, graduating with his BA in History this month and going to Grad school for his teaching certificate and one day hopes to be a Principal! (if you knew him and his behavioral track record in school this would make you ) All of my other trips have been with my immediate family DMom (soon-to-be-45), DDad (48) DSis - Anna (21) and DSis Becca (19), with the occasional tag along(s). Here is the impressive list compiled with the help of DM. I plan on adding lots of photos next time I am home and can scan some in so please stay tuned!!! 1994 February at the Ramada Main Gate At the time I was 7 and in 2nd grade, Anna was 6 and Becca 3. It took me a while of working on my parents to get them to take us on this trip!! But mooooOOOOooom EVERYONE at school gets to go EVERY year!!! which at the time did not seem like a gross exaggeration since the majority of families in the district (not including ours lol) was substantially affluent! This would be the beginning of a lifetime obsession for both my Mom and I (sometimes I think DMom is even more obsessed then I am!!) I am surprised that at 7 I vividly remember pulling into the hotel, I think we must have flown this time and rented a car. 1995 February at Days Inn 1996 February at All-Star Music Our first time staying on-property!! Aweeeesomeness. To me this was our home at Disney for many years November at Days Inn 1997 February at Dixie Landings OMG the only thing I REALLY remember is we ALL had a TERRIBLE flu that we got when we stopped to visit friends in NC on the drive down. That sure didnt stop us from seeing the parks though! November at Contemporary By this time I was 11 and in 6th grade, Anna was 9 and Becca 7. We stayed in one of the out buildings, which was all right. The pool was sweeeet and we did tape-art where they let us make humongous pictures on the wall using painters tape. Ill see if DMom still has the pictures. 1998 November at Coronado Springs 1999 February at All-Star Music April at All-Star Movies & Music November at All-Star Sports 2000 February at All-Star Sports October at 2000 All-Star Music 2001 February at the Grosvenor in Downtown Disney, w/DCousin then 14 It was awesome to be able to walk to DTD! 2002 February at All Star Music Oh no we missed a year in 2003! 2004 February at Port Orleans December at Pop Century No trips in 2005 either Both Anna and I (at 17) had moved out of our parents house. 2006 February at Pop Century August at Pop Century w/DBiL and DNephew then 3 This was Annas Disneymoon <3 They stayed at Disney for a few days then we kept her new step-son at Disney with us while they headed down to the Keys to visit DMoms cousin in Islamorada then on the Key West. It was awesome to see Disney through at childs eyes again! I nearly cried when we went to see the Little Mermaid and he was popping the bubbles and I remember how I used to do that when I was little :) *happy tears* Most/all of the November trips were over Thanksgiving when we meet our neighbors for a turkey dinner at Port Orleans (?) great memories. Later they would get a time-share in Sarasota We drove from upstate NY many, many times but were fortunate enough to fly when we could afford it. Werent we just the luckiest kids! I cant believe it will have been almost 3 years by the time we go in August! How depressing. OK thats all for now I dont want to overwhelm anyone! lol To come... Pictures from my past trips. Will the August hours ever be released? Can DBF ever understand? (hint: unlikely!) Will anyone actually read this Table of Contents: Where to eat... Pictures from 8/06 Tentative Itinerary List of (hopeful) ADRs ADRs are Made! Spreadsheet Black Lake Mini-TR Crocs!!