Cast: Julee, 27 (AKA Happy) 1st trip to WDW. John, 29 (AKA Grumpy) 1st trip to WDW (NoteÃ¢ÂÂ¦some of this may not make sense if you havenÃ¢ÂÂt read my Prologue post) Saturday, Nov. 11 The day before our trip I was excited but all the last minute details seemed like such a chore. I began questioning if we should really be going. What was I thinking? We shouldnÃ¢ÂÂt go. I never finished finalizing all the plans. I shouldnÃ¢ÂÂt be spending the money. WhatÃ¢ÂÂs John going to do about a job? What if something happens to my grandmother while IÃ¢ÂÂm gone? Will John and I get along on the trip? Despite all the things against us, I decided I have waiting too long to go and that it would be worse if I stayed home and sulked. To take a step back for a minute, it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt until about a week before our trip that I remembered that our flight was leaving out of ChicagoÃ¢ÂÂs OÃ¢ÂÂHare airport at 6:45am. John and I are definitely NOT morning people. I guess I wanted to get in every minute of Disney time I could. We would have to be up at 3:30am and out of the apartment by 5:00am to give us enough time. And on top of that because this was so early we couldnÃ¢ÂÂt ask any of our friends to drive us. Since I was short on funds I wasnÃ¢ÂÂt thrilled to have to pay for a cab, but we didnÃ¢ÂÂt have much choice. I donÃ¢ÂÂt know what I was thinking. Remarkably enough John started to ask some questions about the vacation he silently prayed would go away for so long. I think he started to feel bad that I was so stressed. I spent all day Saturday doing laundry and packing. I tend to REALLY over-pack and this trip was no exception. By the time I was done with it, my suitcase must have weighed 65lbs. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of clothing options since I really didnÃ¢ÂÂt know what to expect as far as weather. I knew it is usually in the 70Ã¢ÂÂs in November, but with the way my luck was going I figured Florida would end up having a heat wave or an arctic blizzard would blow into town just as we arrived. My over-packing ended up paying off because the weather was kind of wacky when we were there. Luckily our friend Rick agreed to stop by daily and feed our 2 cats while we were gone. They both knew something was up and I started to feel guilty when they both kept trying to climb into my suitcase while I packed. Sunday Nov. 12 (Day 1) I was in bed by 11:00pm only to be awoken quite easily 4 ÃÂ½ hours later by my alarm clock. My worst fear was sleeping through my 2 alarms (which IÃ¢ÂÂve been known to do) and missing our flight. Luckily this didnÃ¢ÂÂt happen and we were off to the airport by 5:15am. We checked in at the gate and I was surprised by the lack of children on our flight. I had been used to flying ATA and Southwest, but I got a great deal on American Airlines. I canÃ¢ÂÂt believe the difference in comfort between these airlines! I flew ATA about a month prior to this trip and it was the most uncomfortable flight IÃ¢ÂÂd ever been on due to lack of leg room. On America I could cross my legs! I didnÃ¢ÂÂt want to leave the plane! However that feeling quickly passed as we landed in Orlando. We picked up my suitcase from baggage claim. JohnÃ¢ÂÂs was small enough to carry on, but IÃ¢ÂÂm lucky they didnÃ¢ÂÂt have to charter a separate flight to get mine there. John is such a gentleman. He carriedÃ¢ÂÂ¦ok rolledÃ¢ÂÂ¦my bag all the way to the car rental counter only complaining 350 times. What more could I ask for? We picked up our nifty little Ã¢ÂÂ$149 for 9 days economy rentalÃ¢ÂÂ from National. I expected a Geo or something very compact but we ended up with a silver Mitsubishi Mirage with a CD player. We were able to pick the economy car of our choice off the lot. I thought this was something that was only for Emerald Isle customers, but I guess not. We made the journey to WDW and I squealed with glee when I saw the gates adorned with Mickey and Donald. At that moment John knew it was going to be a very long 9 days. After all the months of planning and waiting and stress (we are going, we arenÃ¢ÂÂt going, we are going) I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt believe we were actually at WALT DISNEY WORLD!