Pre-Trip Report October/November Hello everyone! I havent posted a lot on DISboards, but I do enjoy reading it, because theres a lot of info that is helpful to me! But I would like to share my Pre-Trip Report with you, and then off course, when I get back, my trip report! In less then two months, me and my best friend will visit Florida for three weeks and one day lmao. We live in Belgium (tiny country in Europe, maybe better known as a neighbour of France, where DLRP is situated, ), so this is a big trip for us! We want to see a lot during the time we are in Florida, so we decided to hit the theme-parks, but also do a self-drive around Florida. We actually start our trip with a day in Discovery Cove, followed by a visit to SeaWorld the next day. Well also visit Universal Resort Orlando (only for one day, because we have a limited amount of time..), and then well start our self-drive called Florida Fantastic + North + Keys. During this self-drive we will visit the following place : Clearwater Beach, Sarasota, Naples, Key West, Miami, St. Augustine, Ocala, Silver Springs & Crystal River. We will end back in Orlando, and there we will have our grand finale of our trip: a visit to WDW ! Ive never been to WDW before, so were really excited ! Weve been to Disneyland Paris before, but it has already become very clear to me, that we can not compare the two parks with eachother. From the moment we decided to visit WDW, I started my research (I looooove to plan and learn, and plan, and ), but soon I discovered that I had an overload of information I just couldnt grasp it anymore, and I started to panic! It seemed like I didnt know where to begin, there was so much to think about like ADRs, how much time we would be needing to get somewhere, waiting lines, etc. So before I had a Disney-meltdown, I started searching for things/people that could help me with touring plans. I had already read about those Disney travel agents, that book your trip and then help you with ADRs, and touring plans, but that was not an option for me, since we booked our whole trip with a Belgian Travel Agency. But then I stumbled upon a very interesting website, called Help Around the Mouse. While browsing the website, and contacting them, I realized that this would be my rescue! I didnt care that I had to pay some money for her (site is owned by Judy Young) to help me out, because having my mind at ease during our trip is worth a lot more money!!! She is a very friendly lady, and she answers her emails very quickly. Although we are still in the planning phase, and I have not yet experienced her touring plans, I am already very grateful for her help, and would recommend her to everyone who needs some help with touring plans. Ill give you some more information about our days at WDW. We will be arriving at WDW on 29th October, and will leave again on 4th November. So we are staying for six nights, and our new home will be the All Star Movies Resort. We chose this resort because its a value resort (we only need a room to sleep, wash and store all our souvenirs ), and because it seems like it has the most Disney-atmosphere of all the value hotels. We did not choose a preferred room, well use the money for something else I was kind of doubting our choice of hotel a few months ago, because everyone was saying that the rooms were outdated, but they are refurbishing the rooms now, so Im okay with it now. We will spend five days in the parks, and we opted for the hopper-option. We will not spend time at the waterparks (no time, and not really fond of waterslides etc). During our stay at WDW we will rely on the Disney transportation. Heres our planning for each day (this will become more detailed in September when well have detailed touring plans from Help Around the Mouse) Day 1 29/10 Arrival at WDW Check-in at All Star Movies Downtown Disney Dag 2 30/10 Magic Kingdom at park opening 11:35 => Crystal Palace (Pooh & Friends) Leave MK around 1 & go back to hotel to relax Take the bus to HS around 5pm Get in line for Fantasmic! 7:30 => Fantasmic! Day 3 31/10 (Halloween!) Epcot at park opening Leave Epcot around 1 & relax at hotel/get ready for MNSSHP Take the bus around 4pm to Magic Kingdom 7:00 => MNSSHP Day 4 01/11 10:30 => Breakfast with Lilo & Stitch at Ohana It will depend on the detailed planning of our other days, if we will visit a park this afternoon or not 5:35 => Cinderellas Happily Ever after Dinner at 1900 Park Fare Day 5 02/11 Animal Kingdom at park opening 10:20 => Donalds Safari Breakfast @ Tusker House Stay until closing time Probably take bus to Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge, to have a look at this resort Day 6 03/11 Hollywood Studios at park opening 11:30 => 50s Prime Time Café Leave HS around 1:30, go back to hotel to relax (and start packing ) Take bus to Epcot around 4:30 Walk around World Showcase 6:40 => Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall 9:00 => watch Illuminations: Reflections of Earth Day 7 04/11 Get up early to take the Magical Express to the airport So, thats what our days look like! Were really excited about our whole trip! Especially MNSSHP on Halloween is something Im really looking forward too! I realize it can be crowded, but Ive always dreamed of being in the USA during the Halloween season, and now I get the chance to be in Disney on Halloween ! Cant get any better Im keeping an eye on the official thread on MNSSHP, because Im really curious about the party, and of course the merchandise! Ill beter stop here, because this is becoming a long pre-trip report! Updates will be coming up around September, with more details for each day. Goodbye for now!