PTR - see below 26-27/04/2013: The adventure begins #1 (post 60) 26-27/04/2013: The adventure begins #2 (post 61) 28/04/2013: The first day is always Magic Kingdom #1 (post 73) 28/04/2013: The first day is always Magic Kingdom #2 (post 74) 28/04/2013: The first day is always Magic Kingdom #3 (post 75) 29/04/2013: Everything Epcot #1 (post 87) 29/04/2013: Everything Epcot #2 (post 88) 29/04/2013: Everything Epcot #3 (post 89) 30/04/2013: We're off to Hollywood #1 (post 102) 30/04/2013: We're off to Hollywood #2 (post 104) 30/04/2013: We're off to Hollywood #3 (post 105) 01/05/2013: Going wild at Animal Kingdom! #1 (post 113) 01/05/2013: Going wild at Animal Kingdom #2 (post 114) 02/05/2013: How much for this dolphin? #1 (post 118) 02/05/2013: How much for this dolphin? #2 (post 119) 03/05/2013: Shop til' we drop! (post 135) 04/05/2013: Ah wimba wey, ah wimba wey... #1 (post 139) 04/05/2013: Ah wimba wey, ah wimba wey... #2 (post 140) 05/05/2013: Ohana means family #1 (post 155) 05/05/2013: Ohana means family #2 (post 156) 06/05/2013: That's some imagination, huh? #1 (post 165) 06/05/2013: That's some imagination, huh? #2 (post 166) 06/05/2013: That's some imagination, huh? #3 (post 167) 07/05/2013: Splishy splashy! #1 (post 183) 07/05/2013: Splishy splashy! #2 (post 184) 08/05/2013: Shamuuuuuuuuuu! #1 (post 193) 08/05/2013: Shamuuuuuuuuuu! #2 (post 194) 08/05/2013: Shamuuuuuuuuuu! #3 (post 195) 08/05/2013: Shamuuuuuuuuuu! #4 (post 196) 09/05/2013: We have the keys to the kingdom! #1 TOUR SPOILER (post 207) 09/05/2013: We have the keys to the kingdom! #2 (post 208) 10/05/2013: Until we meet again Magic Kingdom! #1 (post 220) 10/05/2013: Until we meet again Magic Kingdom! #2 (post 221) 10/05/2013: Until we meet again Magic Kingdom! #3 (post 222) 10/05/2013: Until we meet again Magic Kingdom! #4 (post 223) 11/05/2013: Don't make me go home (post 235) PRE-TRIP REPORT Seeing as its just over a month (33 days in fact ) until we head back to WDW, and also seeing as how Ive just finished my medical school finals and am currently on a weeks break before being shipped off for my last ever placement, I thought this would be the perfect time to start a bit of a PTR!! Ive been reading through the TR board recently, and have gotten all inspired to do my own! I of course fully intend to do a full TR on arriving back to the UK, but might manage a few live updates whilst there too! So...are you sitting comfortably? First, introductions. Im Bethan: a Disney mad (actually, just generally mad&) medical student from Wales. Although not for much longer; as mentioned, Ive just completed my finals if everythings gone OK and no resits are required, then I have been offered my first junior doctor job in Liverpool! Im terrified beyond belief, but its something I enjoy doing, and so I suppose I'm a teeny bit excited too! And the prospect of finally earning a proper wage... six years in university is a loooooonng time! On the whole, Finals went... OK; they seriously could have been a lot worse! No major disasters apart from managing to give myself a needle stick injury with a suturing needle during my last exam though!!! Im putting it down to nerves, but it was highly embarrassing... and painful lol! Although, I shouldnt complain, a colleague of mine actually got peed on by one of her patients during her exam! Anyways, enough of the gory stories! Although theres plenty more where they came from... (By the by, I would just like to apologise for something here - you can see already, that I often like to go off on a bit of a tangent. Yeahhh... I'm guessing that might happen a lot throughout all of this. Sorry! ) My fellow travelling companions and fellow Disney-ites consist of Emma my best friend and ex-Disney College Program roommate (more about that in a moment) who currently works in production design in TV, and whos from Lichfield; Jo a great lass from Wigan whos currently working in recruitment and who Im looking forward to spending a lot more time with when I move to Liverpool; and Tanya our American friend from Wisconsin whom we all met on the Disney CP, and now, honorary Brit (as per her request)! Here we are: From left to right: me, some awesome little fella' called Pinocchio, Tanya, and Emma... ...and here's myself and Jo at our Disney CP 'graduation'. I like to think we graduated with a 'mousetars' or a 'ducktorate' Sure, were a group of friends who all seem a bit& spread out! However, we all have one thing in common we all worked for WDW in the Summer of 2011! That is where we all met, and we, along with many others dotted around the UK and the world, have been great mates ever since!! I know Ive mentioned it tonnes, but it really was the best three months of our lives truly unforgettable!! A bunch of us have been itching to get back for a visit ever since, but its finally become feasible for the four of us this year Just as a teeny bit of background to our roles at WDW: I worked at the Honey I Shrunk The Kids playground in DHS, Emma and Tanya worked in Merchandise at the Contemporary Resort and Jo was a Fairy Godmother in Training at BBB! Were looking forward to revisiting all of our old co-workers and all of our old haunts, as well as shopping until we drop and just generally playing in the parks like the the big ol kids that we are!!! Now onto the plans! We booked this back in June last year under the free dining offer. Originally we had booked April 27th May 11th, staying in POFQ with the QSDP. However, over the next month we started compiling a list of things that we really wanted to do, with a lot of them turning out to be TS restaurants. The decision was easy we may as well just upgrade to the standard DDP. However, the difference in cost wasnt really much different to upgrading to staying at OKW with the DDP then free as standard, and so that is what we did! We had visited the resorts various times during the College Program, but I personally have never stayed onsite before! Previous trips with family have always been offsite, so I am just uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuber excited! As mentioned, we depart on April 27th; - Emma and I will fly direct with BA from LGW; - Jo is flying direct with VA from MAN (she was originally on the BA flight from LGW with us, with a connection from MAN to LGW, but there was a hoo-haa and BA have gone and cancelled all those&); - Tanya is flying up/down/across (apologies, my US geography is clearly appalling!) from Wisconsin. Our flight times are perfectly in sync, as with the added time itll take us to get through immigration and with Tanyas slightly later domestic arrival, we should all be ready to jump on the ME at roughly the same time! Couldnt have timed it any better if wed tried! As many mention, the holiday starts the moment you leave the house, and so Emma and I will be heading to Gatwick the night before, with a room and dinner booked at the Travelodge at a great price. Ive also arranged parking for the two weeks I would normally catch the National Express from Cardiff, but as Im finishing my last ever placement that same day, I have no idea what time Id be able to make it to Cardiff for the bus. Im not looking forward to the drive home at the end of the holiday at all, but needs must I envisage singing (i.e. screeching) along to various Disney CDs and numerous cups of service station coffee to keep me going! So, I guess thats pretty much the background you know who we are, our plans at the airport, where were staying and when were going& all Ive failed to tell you is what I had for breakfast this morning! Next, Ill pop up some of our plans and ADRs! And in case you were wondering, it was poached egg on toast!