We're really bad eggs. Who: me (Jamie) and the ex-dbf (Tony) What: a friendship trip Where: WDW, Caribbean Beach Resort, Pirate room When: September 24 - October 2, 2011 Why: Tony hadn't been back since the 9/09 trip. He was itching to get back and offered to lay down the gold to go. Who am I to arrgue? Ahoy! So by now it's obvious there's a pirate theme happening here. We've always stayed at values in the past, but now they only offer the QS dining plan during free dining. While pricing out values (and paying for the upgraded plan) vs. moderates (with the free regular dining plan), I happened to mention the pirate rooms at Caribbean Beach...We have our heading. Tony was smitten, and there was no debating the cheaper values, different moderates or less expensive CBR rooms. (FYI: it's cheaper to stay at a value and pay for the upgrade than to book a moderate.) I secured our quarters on May 2, then set about the onerous task of booking ADRs and scheduling park days after the 180 day mark. There were a few disappointments and a few tweaks along the way, but here be the plan (for now): Sat 9/24: drive from New Orleans, check in, DTD Sun 9/25: MK, The Plaza, MSEP, Wishes, MK pm EMH Mon 9/26: EP, Coral Reef, Tutto Italia, Illuminations, HS pm EMH Tues 9/27: HS, Kona Cafe, MNSSHP, HalloWishes, Boo-to-You Wed 9/28: AK, Yak and Yeti, Fantasmic!, EP pm EMH Thurs 9/29: EP, Chefs de France, Fantasmic!, explore CBR Fri 9/30: MK, EP Food & Wine Fest, Illiminations Sat 10/1: AK, MK, Wishes, 'Ohana Sun 10/2: 'Ohana breakfast, drive to New Orleans We'll be dining like kings, getting into the Halloween spirit at MNSSHP and taking full advantage of the first day of the Food and Wine Festival. Especially the FOOD part, and more especially the WINE part. Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho! That should be enough to whet your appetite until I post pics of our MNSSHP costumes and share the story of the trip book. I'll try not to overdo it on the pirate stuff, but I'm sure I'll be slipping in some quotes, and, aye, even some pirate speak and bad puns.