hello! i've been lurking around on here for awhile, enjoying everyone's TRs and using them to combat my Disney depression, and decided to finally register and say hi! i tried to post this earlier, but.....well, i don't know what happened. it was all typed out and when i tried to post, it disappeared, so i'm trying again and hoping i'm not posting stuff twice, if anyone is reading this. we (my DH, DD5,DD3 and me) are planning a week long trip jan 5-11. i've heard it's a good time to go, crowdwise and costwise. plus, it's the week of my birthday! We were last at Disney the week of thanksgiving, nov 2012. it was our kids first visit and they were so excited! my DH and i had been to Disney twice during the week before thanksgiving and had loved it--no crowds, no long lines, great weather and Christmas decorations. so, without doing any research, i planned our trip, got plane tickets, made some adrs and away we went..... what a mistake!! the parks were super crowded, which made my DH a liiiittttllllle cranky (read--who ordered the crabcakes, cuz it sure wasn't me!! he is not a huge crowd kinda person). i guess everyone else went that same week since they had time off work/school just like we did. oops!! it wasn't a horrible trip, we did a lot and our girls didn't know any different (and really--any day at Disney is better then a day at work, right?!?), but DH and i felt like we missed a lot due to the crowds and fast passes being out/too late for us with a 3 and 5 year old. i also realized when we got back that we had no family pictures with mickey (a total sin!) or in front of the castle. sooooo, what to do? what to do? plan another trip and get a do-over, of course!! woohoo! i did a lot more reading and researching this time. i talked to my husband's boss, who is a Disney nut also. he's been to every Disney park, and has gone like 30 times in the last 15 years or some enviable fact like that. anyway, after talking to him and a friend's sister, who lives in florida, we decided on the week in January. i felt a little torn at first to go then. our oldest starts kindergarten this fall and we will be taking her out of school for a week right after winter break....but, it's DISNEY!! i think i can live with the guilt..... on our last visit, we stayed at a Disney resort for the first time. shocking, i know! after this experience, we will never stay off property again!! we loved everything about staying at a Disney resort--no luggage to pick up, no driving, magical express and the movie, buses to where ever we were going....awesome! we stayed at all star movies. *some things we liked: themeing, pool, buses, dining plan, room was fine for us *some things we didn't like: the walk to the buses at the parks, the waits for the buses at the resort and the parks, the walk from the bus to our room at the end of the day (seriously--could they not make two stops or something, one in the front, one in the back? it's a really long walk with two sleepy children and two crabby parents to the love bug rooms!) and my husbands biggest complaint--no coffee maker in the room (he is a coffee freak and drinks it 24/7, so when we got back late and the restaurant was closed, he was annoyed that he couldn't get or make any coffee) this time, we are planning to stay at Caribbean Beach Resort, only because we are going in January and the rates are lower. from reading things online, we are going to request the Jamaica village, building 45. so, any advice or pros/cons for going in January or staying at cbr? i'd love any advice! table of contents arrival day a day in animal kingdom a day in epcot a day in Hollywood studios a day (really 2) in magic kingdom final (?) schedule clippies! resort reservation July 10 CrAaAAzy people new clippies paperchain sewing sunday JACKPOT! Pettiskirt mail! just in case More ADRs? getting very excited! another ADR?!? just stuff we love disney! time for a happy dance! chefs de france? just had to get some Disney! toy story of terror will it never end? trunk or treat magic bands in love! magic bands pumpkins happy halloween fastpass + revised AK day and MK day 1 revised Epcot day revised MK day 2 and Hollywood day email clothes paid! IT CAME guess what came! snow memory maker? SINGLE DIGITS! ONE WEEK! watch this space..... the link!