Once upon a time, there was a princess named Emily, who loved the kingdom of Magic in the faraway land of Florida more than any other. This is her story . Hello, everyone! For those of you who dont know me, my name is Emily (but my friends call me Em), Im 21 years old, and Walt Disney World is one of my favorite places in the entire world. Im a college student, working on getting my Bachelors degree in English, and I eventually want to write childrens novels for a living. I know, dare to dream, right? I still live at home with my wonderful parents and my two younger brothers. I work part time at one of our local grocery stores as a cashier while I go to school. I genuinely love my life right now and appreciate everything that Ive been given. Im very blessed. Heres a picture of me so that you have a face to go with a name. Hi! Some random facts about me: - My favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast and my favorite Disney character is Belle from that movie. - I LOVE photography, which means youre going to see a LOT of pictures in this TR. - My favorite Disney resorts include the Poly, AKL, CBR, and Pop Century If youre interested, you may want to check out my pre-trip report for more background information on our trip. Its only fourteen pages and a pretty quick read with lots of pictures! I highly recommend it! But if youre short on time, here are some quick facts about our trip that will help catch you up on the most important details. The when: March 20th-29th, 2009 The who: Me: See above. Mom: Everybody says this, I know, but my mom is the best mom EVER! Shes my best friend, and I just adore everything about her. Since were the only girls in my house (I have two younger brothers, 19 and 15, and of course theres my Dad), Mom and I have to stick together. Disney is one of our strongest common bonds. Mom loves the classics, particularly Peter Pan (Hes her absolute favorite, I think. She loves to point out that Im like Wendy and my brothers are like John and Michael.) and Lady and the Tramp. We also both love the Pirates movies and have crushes on Johnny Depp. Hes SO dreamy! Mom and I often sit around and talk Disney while catching up on our Tivoed soaps. Mom is very cheerful and upbeat and always ready to lend a helping hand. Also, she has a MASSIVE pin collection, which she is always bringing with her to WDW. These days, I think she has one whole bag thats JUST lanyards and she switches them off every time we leave the hotel room. Meanwhile, I only have one lanyard and I hardly ever wear it! My Aunt C: The C in Aunt Cs name stands for Cinderella, which is her favorite Disney princess. Since both she and my mom wish to remain anonymous (or anonyMOUSE hahahaha sorry I had to .), I thought the nickname suited her. Aunt C lives and breathes for all things Disney, shopping, and happily ever after. Which is what makes her so awesome. She and my uncle couldnt have kids so she has taken to spoiling me and my brothers rotten, including taking us to Disney at least once a year. She always knows how to make me laugh, and shes always up for a good time. Shes always let me be in on the planning of our trips and often lets me take the reins completely when shes feeling lazy because she says Im such a good planner! It was her who got me and Mom so obsessed with WDW, and this year all three of us have annual passports to indulge our obsession! Woo-hoo! Aunt C also enjoys pin trading but doesnt bring her large collection of pins with her each trip. The why: I turned 21 in February!!!! And we have annual passports!!!! The where: When my aunt booked the hotel, all she would tell me was, Its a surprise A surprise hotel?! For us, who usually stay moderate on our trips, that only means one thing . DELUXE, baby! But things often change, as many things did for our trip. So youre just going to have to read on to find out where exactly we ended up staying . So thats just about everything you need to know about before I get started. I just want to say hello to all of my PTR friends who are just plain AWESOME and who are incredibly patient and sweet considering they've been waiting almost a month for this. You guys rock! I hope you enjoy my TR as much as I enjoyed my trip! And now I hope you join me for the wild, crazy, unpredictable (but always fun!) occasion that was my birthday trip. Hold onto the handrails, kids, because this could be a bumpy ride!