Hi everyone! I am new to this forum and need help planning a trip for January 2009. We are considering going from Jan. 3rd to Jan. 9th. I will be taking my DD (12) out of school for the week so we can go at a less busy time. We also have a DS who will be 2 1/2 and this will be his first trip to Disney. DH and I have been 3 times since Jan. 2001. DD has been 2 times. First visit Jan. 2001, last visit April 2004. Since we have all been except our DS, we know it can be a more relaxed trip, so he can enjoy his first Disney experience. I have planned the trip myself before and used AAA travel agents. I don't want to spend money I don't have too, yet I do want us to have a great vacation. We have stayed at All Star Movie, Pop Century and PO French Quarter and are considering a Deluxe resort this trip. Scratch the above dates. We are now planning on booking in early December (6-12). Any advice for these dates. Also has anyone attended the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party? How is it? Can I pre order tickets and where? Here are some of the questions I have: Is this is a good time to go to WDW? If so when should I book our room? We are considering staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge or Wilderness Lodge, are they worth the money for the amount of time you are in your room? We will probably have 2 days of free time (no park tickets)? Questions to ask when booking? Do I book directly with WDW? Should I book everything separately or go for a package once they are available? I could go on for hours, as I am sure you all know. Any help you could give me would be great.