Hi DIS friends! Ive been humming and hawing about getting this PTR on the road, Im afraid I might not have six months worth of things to talk about , but Im very excited about sharing our plans for our upcoming November / December 2010 family vacation! A very warm welcome to anyone who decides to follow along, and please chime in at anytime with ideas or suggestions. This is my second PTR. My first was for our August 2009 trip - How Many Sleeps Until We Go to Disney World Mommy?!? - and if youd like to read about it (it has handy dandy chapter links!) you can find it here. The TR for that August 2009 trip - Ten Sleeps in Disney World! - (also with handy dandy chapter links!) can be found here. We have been fortunate enough for this to be our fifth trip to Disney World in five years. Our previous four trips have all taken advantage of the free dining plan offers, so weve always gone in the August/September time of year. Last year, the free dining was extended for the first time ever into December and I was this close to rescheduling our entire vacation to be there for Christmastime. In the end we decided to keep things as they were in August and it was a wonderful trip. Having a glimpse into what it would be like to go around the holidays, I was hooked into a Christmas 2010 trip! Ive often referred to this as our Dream Trip, hence my title. All right. Still with me? Awesome! Lets get going shall we? My Cast of Characters: Thats me (on the right with the black sweater) with my friend Barb. Barb isnt coming on the trip its just a nice picture of me. Ok, alright. Heres a picture of Alex and I with Mickey. Its not too bad of a picture, so there you go. George (DH) George is not so big on the planning stages of these trips (just make sure I can have a good steak honey! ) but knows how to make sure the kids are having a great time : I've used some then and now pictures for the kids. A bit of a theme I hope to keep up. Then is from our first trip in 2006, and now is from our latest 2009 trip. Alex (DS14, but will be 15 by the time of the trip) Alexs birthday is in August, and as our first trip was coming together, we decided to give WDW to him as a birthday present. Now that were on our fifth trip . its been the gift that just keeps on giving! He is an awesome young man of whom I am immensely proud. Ariana (DD13, but will be 14 by the time of the trip) Ariana is a girly-girl Princess to her soul. She adores everything Disney and her two favorite holidays of the year are Halloween and Christmas. We got to celebrate Halloween in WDW . now its time for Christmas!! Ariana has been receiving intensive therapy for autism since she was three years old and has made huge strides to become the beautifully bright young woman she is today. : Demetri (DS5, and will still be five by the time of the trip!) Demetri is the life of the party in fact, he is the party! He just instantly brings a smile to your face with his enthusiasm, he always wants to help and he adores our Disney trips. He still asks me at least once or twice a week when were going back! He worships his big brother and knows he gets away with minor stuff because hes cute. Travel Dates: I love that there is a small window of value season prices while everything is decorated for Christmas. Ive heard the week after US Thanksgiving is pretty light crowd wise and the second week of December is when all the cheerleading competitions are going on wait, is it cheerleading or football? Anyway, were squeaking right in the middle of those two things and going: Saturday, November 27th to Tuesday, December 7th. Ten More Sleeps in Disney World!!! I hope youve decided to join me in this planning and I cant wait to hear from you! Handy Manny (er, Dandy!) Chapter Links: Resort Choice and Up-Coming Planning How We Got Here ADR Planning Last Minute ADR Planning! ADRs Booked!!!! Hodgepodge Update Hodgepodge Part Deux Update How Cruel!! Free Dining! .... mostly Recap and Arrival Day Plans Supplemental Arrival Day Plans... and a few extras! Park Day ONE - Magic Kingdom! Park Day ONE continued - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! Park Day TWO - Disney's Hollywood Studios! Mini Update - Disney Store & Countdown Chain Countdown Chain is Up! Park Day THREE - DHS Take Two!! Park Day FOUR - Animal Kingdom! Not-a-Park Day FIVE - Resort Day and Downtown Disney A Roaring Fun Movie Night! Not-a-Park Day FIVE - Downtown Disney Part Deux Movie Night and Mail!! The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers...... More Pins and Another Movie Night! Argh!! Park Day SIX - Epcot Adventures!! HELP! They cancelled an ADR on me! Updates, Updates and More! Add on to MK Park Day 1 Toy Story 3 Movie Night ~ One Month to Go!! Park Day SEVEN - Back to the Magic Kingdom and the Boardwalk Park Day EIGHT - Epcot !! Shopping Booty! Mickey Mail and Halloween Pics Found Pictures of Trips Past and Ohana Movie Night! Peer Pressured Catch up Update Park Day NINE - Back to the Magic Kingdom!! Pre-update Update -- Roll Call! Picture Itinerary Done!! Park Day TEN - Last Minute Plans Last Movie Night and Tons Done! TANGLED! Hey! Check out what I made! GOODBYE!!!