To old friends Hi! To lurkers stop in and say hello, pull up a chair and welcome. You read that title right. My friend and I went to Disney for a dinner and turned it into a week long trip. Some background to all of this. Several years ago I was surfing the net and decided to search for Disney. I found a site called the DIS boards. I joined. I read, I lurked, I planned a trip and I really enjoyed the trip reports. I came home and decided to start a report of my own. I was discouraged. Not many people commented but I kept posting updates. I met ScottNY through this report. Through Scott I met other people including Lesprivate. One day we had a mini meet here in Philadelphia. I was nervous. I can be very shy. My husband Jim was beyond happy because this was totally out of my comfort zone! We went to Bugaboo Creek, sadly now closed, and met Scott, Leslie and her husband Frank. We chatted as though we had known each other for years. The internet brought me new friends I knew I would have for a very long time. As I read Scott's reports I met another person here on the boards, LazyDoxy66. Jim and I had a trip planned for Disney at the same time she would be there with a friend and we were all staying at CBR. We planned to meet. Sadly it was not to be. I didn't know how to text. I found a teenager to help me but Lazydoxy had already left the resort and it was our only chance to meet. I have since become very tech savvy and text very well now. Fast forward to the next year. Scott had plans for something called an Ip Dip dinner. I was intrigued. What is this Ip Dip? Can anybody go? Still not sure what it is Jim and I decided we would go to it. We like Disney in October. He likes to trick or treat and I like to eat around the world. We finally met Lazydoxy aka Kristel and her husband Doug. Here we are the first time we met We spent a half hour at AK chatting away. We made plans to meet later on the trip to eat around the world. I had another friend courtesy of the internet and the DIS. We had so much fun visiting and at the Ip Dip dinner. Still not sure what it is but I'm proud to be an Ip Dip. Fast forward a year. I wanted to go to Ip DIp 4 but Jim was out. We had a trip planned in August with our daughter and her family. My husband does not love Disney the way I do. He didn't care if I went but I didn't want to go alone. I had spent many hours chatting with Kristel on line since the last trip and she wanted to go but wasn't sure about it yet. Sadly she had lost her husband not long after our previous trip. We chatted and decided we were going. Kristel came to NYC over the summer so I went up there and we met with Scott and Leslie and her family. We had a really great time so I knew the October Ip Dip trip would work out great. My kids were a little worried but they shouldn't have been. We had a fantastic trip. It felt as though we have been friend our whole lives. Here we are last year So that brings us to this year finally! Kristel and I had talked about going to Ip Dip 5 this year. She had a lot of things to do at home and really wasn't sure about going. She came to Philly and stayed with me for a week. We toured the Philly area. Scott came down for a couple of days and we had a lot of fun. She decided right before the Philly visit that we could do Disney again but she wanted to stay at a moderate and wanted to stay for a week. Would that work for me? I watch my grandkids during the week so she knew I had more to work out than just taking vacation time. Right!!! I told my daughter that I was going to Disney, these are my dates - work it out! While Kristel was in Philly we planned ADR's usually after a long day of touring. Of course I wrote everything down because we would have both forgotten what we were doing. We were set for October. So that brings us to this trip. We went from October 7th to the 13th. We stayed at POFQ, a first for both of us. And 2 weeks before the trip I almost backed out. I fell and sprained my ankle, badly. I had to be in Frankensteins boot for 4 weeks and I was to limit my walking. I didn't want to be a burden to Kristel or anyone else. Thankfully Scott and Kristel talked me out of cancelling. So there is the background of the trip. Stayed tuned for the fun or not so much fun trip itself. I promise it gets better from here.