Ok folks, this is our third trip but my first time joining the Trip Reports club. I am just so dang excited!! Back story: we started talking about this year's trip on the flight home in January 2009. Initially we were going to do October -- see Halloween, warmer weather, and my BFF's birthday (she was going to join us). Well BFF and her DH are buying a house this year, which sort of trumps WDW if you can believe that. So as I showered on Monday (it's Saturday) I was thinking of why we were waiting for October. May is DH's birthday, he is SO anxious to return to Disney, why not? I did some research, posted on the DisBoards for some feedback from the masters, and requested a price quote from Dreams Unlimited, a first for me. DH was over the top when I suggested the new time frame. Ok, vacation from work and school are all approved. YIPPEE. A vacation is born! So I've been reviewing park hours, crowd times, restaurants, etc to work up a schedule. I get so immersed in it that its a bad thing -- I didn't even wash last night's dinner dishes til this morning, we were looking at restaurants all evening! I put my deposit down through Dreams Unlimited and scheduled our airfaire from Allentown PA to Orlando. May 13 -May 22. I am doing something contrary to my own beliefs and traveling in the evening, not arriving in Orlando till 8 pm. I like to travel in the morning & make the most of the day, but the flight times and prices at the local airports made this the best choice. We will at least get to swim a bit that night and get a nice fresh start on Saturday. What I have done so far is review restaurants. You may think that its a strange place to start, but DH and I have been following Weight Watchers since last April. DH has lost 90 lbs and I have lost 40 . (I wanted to be down a LOT more than this before our trip, but what the heck!!!) So we plan on enjoying ourselves immensely but strive to make good eating choices even at the world. If any one is interested, last night we reviewed all of the counter service locations at the parks, and rated them according to the number of "good choices" available. the higher the rating, the more good choices. I will share if anyone wants to see! When we go to WDW we get the dining plan, and then bring some shelf stable breakfast groceries. it works great for us, but counter service meals usually throw us into grease and calorie overload so that's why we reviewed the counter service menus way in advance. So Here is what I have so far for our trip: I will very much be planning this as I post it so will try to just keep this list updated: Friday May 13 5:40 flight to Orlando WOOHOOOO checking into Wilderness Lodge (WL) Saturday May 14 Sunday May 15 Monday May 16 Tuesday May 17 Wednesday May 18 Joe's 47th Bday! Thursday May 19 Friday May 20 Saturday May 21 Sunday May 22 2pm flight home I just moved my index to this post to make it easier to jump ahead: Happy Birthday to Joe, I'll give you the World Baby! The Cast Not to be missed rides and shows ADRs and SWW Looking back and looking forward So hard to wait three months! planning and shopping Shopping! Getting organized for touring plans I am addicted to Disboards! Touring plans for first two days Animal Kingdom touring plan Counter service menu ratings aka How to Not Sink a Ferry Hollywood Studios touring plan Joe's Birthday May 18 Red Lobster for Dinner. Yumm EGADS! A Day without Plans! A trip down memory lane to my first favorite park Friday May 20 - Star Wars Weekend Just found the F&G Schedule!!! so Excited! I'm not ready to stop planning! I'd rather plan WDW trip than work ticky tacky ticky tacky oy oy oy! Totally off topic but funny (and eerily true!) post Early packing...shopping finds and something to put it in DisneyChangeitis Mickey Mail! Arts & Crafts New Transfers & Tie Dye Mickeys! 4/12 29 Days!!!!! One month from now we will be..... Opinions Please Two more things...done Our Chain is SO SHORT! Pixar Weekend Speaker Our ticker says 11 days I need a time warp! Thank Goodness I printed my binder Shameless request for votes! The Black Cloud Cometh...an advance apology Resort Movies & More, May 14 - 21 1 Day 9 Hours 11 Minutes Going from Friday the 13th to Enchanted- Can we do it?