WELCOME Welcome to our pre-trip report!! For our next trip, my mom is joining us! She'll be 59 and this is her first Disney trip!!! We have a long time to plan this time (a year VS the 48 hours we planned our last trip in!!), so join us in the fun!!! Past Disney Trips: January 2008 we honeymooned at Animal Kingdom Lodge! At age 19 and 21, this was both of our first trips to WDW! We had an amazing time. In March of 2009, we went again and took our first little one - Ava who was only 10 weeks old! We had a great time and WDW was easy-peasy with a tiny baby! We also went back in November/December 2011 and had an excellent time - this was our son Levi's first trip at 15 months old!! We decided to go only 48 hours before we left - a total whirlwind trip! You can read that Trip Report here - I've been slacking and have only made it through the first few days so far! *~* The Cast of Characters *~* Our cast for this year's trip lost a member and gained a new one! Due to work obligations as well as being a little burned out after 4 trips in 5 years, hubby is sitting this trip out. He's saving up vacation time for our first ever SoCal trip next year including 5 wonderful days at Disneyland! Instead, my mom is joining us for her very first trip! I'm very excited for our mother-daughter-grandkids trip! Me - Amber - 24 I am the main Disney lover and planner! If Orlando was closer to South Carolina, I'd live there and work at Disney World as a parade girl, furry character, or balloon holder! Sadly WDW is 510 miles from my house and I'd miss my mama too much!! If we can ever get my dad to agree to it, we are all moving to Orlando! I stay at home with my two babies and am a full time student - working towards becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife. I have the 2yr clinical part of my nursing degree left, followed by a 3 year specialty and Master's degree program. It's a long road, but worth it! I am also a childbirth educator and birth doula. My friends call me a modern day hippie because I do alot of non-mainstream things like cloth diaper, babywear, do all organic, co-sleep, breastfeed until my little one's are ready to stop, ect... A bit "different" I suppose - but I'm ok with that! My favorite character is Tinkerbell. DD - Ava - 3 Ava is a total princesses lover! She adores Cinderella the most, but Rapunzel and Belle are close behind!! She was at Disney for her first time when she was 10 weeks old, but of course doesn't remember a thing. She was two weeks shy of turning 3 on our last trip, and this time she'll be just two weeks shy of 4 when we go to WDW and we'll be celebrating her birthday on our trip! She's very excited because she'll get to go to the BBB this year!! Ava is a complete mini-me when it comes to Disney! Her love for Disney overtakes her! At night when we lay down for bed instead of a story she asks to talk about Disney World. I ask for five things and she names the five things she wants to talk about. Most often it's the Cinderella Castle playset she's going to get, the Disney potato head she wants from Once Upon A Toy, The Yeti on Expedition Everest, our hotel, and the rides she'll finally be tall enough for! Her favorite character is Cinderella. DS - Levi - almost 2!! Levi was still a little young to fully enjoy Disney on our last trip, but he loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse now!!! He's also a huge Little Einsteins and Jake and the Neverland Pirates fan! He flips out when he sees anything Disney - he loves it! Levi is getting his first haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop this trip! He was super duper scared of the characters last year - he hid screaming under the table at Crystal Palace... Hoping for a better experience this time though!! Levi's favorite character is Mickey Mouse! DG (Grammy) - Suzanne - 59. She is a Disney lover already and has never been! This is her first trip to Disney World! This is most likely a once in a lifetime trip for her, so we are really making the most of it (though I'm sure we'll get her back some time!!). She watches parade and firework youtube videos, watches ride videos to see what is 'tame' enough for her, and is completely thrilled and excited to go!! She deserves this trip more than anyone I know. She is amazing - my biggest supporter - my number one fan. She deals with so much! She works full time plus helps me take care of my kids when I have to study or be at school. She has a house FULL right now (my dad's mother is living with them now because she's unable to care for herself anymore, and my kids and I are staying with her too while my husband is gone for weeks at a time due to his work). She has a high-stress job and often a high-stress home! She needs a break and this is the perfect magical escape for her! Her favorite character is Eeyore! *~* How, When, Where, What *~* How: Flying!! GSP-MCO on Southwest!! When: November 26 - December 6! 11 days/10nights!!! Our longest trip yet!! Where: Animal Kingdom Villas/Coronado Springs/Art of Animation Split Stay What: Deluxe Disney Dining Plan, Base Tickets, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!!