The cirumstances of us being able to go are sad. My FIL passed away in August, and in the settlement of his Estate, he wanted us to use a portion to do something fun, the kids would remember him forever by, and to do it soon. I was blown away by that! I looked at DH, he looked at me, and we both said Disney at Christmas. We had been talking about planning a trip for Christmas 13, but now we could go this Christmas. Cast: Me Val - 35 and da mom and planner extraordinaire. DH - 37 and not a planner. more of a shower upper and you tell me where to goer. It works for us. I plan to my hearts content, and he doesnt complain (And likes the results of the plan, just doesnt wanna be bothered with the details) DD11 - second visit - wants to find stuff other than princesses. Roller coaster junkie! DD7 - second visit and, she found out she's tall enough for EVERYTHING - and she wants to try it all. Our first visit was a total surprise for the girls, thanks to the generosity of my FIL back in 09. I couldnt think of a better way to remember him according to his wishes than to go back to Disney at Christmas. He loved Disney - when my DH was little, he lived in Florida, and they went to Disney every chance they got for the day. We told our kids that Papaw wanted us to have a big, fun trip, and we thought Disney at Christmas would be a great way to honor that wish. Here are a couple of photopass pics I dug up from that trip At first, my DD11 didnt want to go - turns out she thought it was too much $$$, and because we focused on Princesses at our last trip that that was really all there ways. My disney loving heart was all sad. but I sat down at the computer and we pulled up all the attractions, and she got on board REAL quick. DD7 was 100% in at the word Disney. I figured that. So, time to plan. I booked the ressies, for 12/21-12/29 but checked the flight prices, and stupidly waited till the next day to book flights - wham $100 more a ticket. Grr. Checked the fare finder and found out I could get to and from MUCH cheaper Christmas Eve and NYE, which surprised me. Booked those tickets, and called Disney to change my reservation dates. When I first told the guy he was all...oooooohhhh I get nervous messing with ressies that week in Dec. HA. Me too, me too, but we are talking $800 in flight savings here, so lets hope some Disney pixie dust lands on me. So, got that all sorted. Flights booked, Ressies booked. Staying at the POFQ - some advice from a friend who had been recently and said it was very very nice. I was slightly concerned, bc we were spoiled by Disney on our first trip, with a FREE upgrade from Value Resort to OKW 2 Bd Rm Villa. I think POFQ is gonna be great though. Didnt think I had to worry about ADRs, then I read about the Candlelight processional, and thought - awww! I wanna do that! we arrive after the MVMCP is over, so I wanted to do this. Read up on it and realized if I wanted to do it Christmas Day, I was prolly outta luck - but low and behold yesterday I managed to get us ressies for Christmas Day at Le Cellier. Sweet! Score one for us! So that is what I have done so far - now its time to plan when we go where. We got park hoppers this time, so its wide open. I know DD11 REALLY wants to see the HP part of IOA, but my goodness one day tickets for that are insane!!! Anyone have a hook up for a deal??!? Dining Plan Worries Tentative Plan Hubby doesnt get it, but the kids do! Labor Day Must Do's Packing List Free Photopass Plus? Can Santa Text? Paid in Full and ADRs West Nile and new ADRs Buying some Christmas Decorations! More Shopping - Please vote!! Getting the shirts, and feeling better Decisions Decisions, I'm so indecisive. ChChchchchchangin' again Life Update ADORABLE Shirts! DISigns for our trip You want me to add WHO to our trip??! Mickey Mail! 18 Days 18 days - and the flu? 14 days! time to pack? WHAT DO YOU MEAN MIL TOOK A NEW JOB? DON'T YOU KNOW SHE's our PET/HOUSE SITTER??!