How to lose Waldo in 10 days The Trilogy Todays the big day were going to Disneyworld! The bags are packed, my toe nails are all purtied up and my Flat friend Jen is in my carry-on bag. I sat here this morning thinking about how this whole trip started. Honestly, the seed was planted over a year ago. Last August I met up with some wonderful DISers by the name of PrincessV, Lauralee131, Sorul82?, and DisneyJo. We had a wonderful night including a meal at Kona Café and topped the evening off with 1 or 21 Lapus. In fact we cleaned the Poly right out pineapples. It was a night Ill never forget and the night a lifetime friendship was born. Jokingly, we suggested we make this an annual pilgrimage as Jo lives in England and the rest of spread across the US me in California, V in Florida, and LL and Slate in North Carolina. Well shortly after our return, Jo announced she was returning in August of 2008 and convinced the rest of us to join her. Not that we needed any convincing we all jumped at the chance to see eachother again and thus a trip was born. NOBarbraStriesand. Some photos of our DIS meet: Just the DIS ladies! Our darling kids! Now we all post on the Team Focker Watch thread and came to find out some other Fockers were going to be in the world at the same time. We decided on a few small meets and then a large gathering for a meal somewhere. Where could we go? Surely not Kona Café or the Polynesian? Wed practically been 86d from the joint last year. Some how the mention of Biergarten and Wiener Salad came in to play and we finalized that plan. So thats the meat of this trip report. Its another Fockerfest, this time the key ingredient is Wiener Salad! Before going any further, let me introduce myself and my family. First theres me Tracy. Im a 30-something wife and mother to 2 delightfully charming children. I work part-time in a dermatologists office where Botox is the flavor of the day. Im completely addicted to Disney and am constantly trying to get my DH to sign on the dotted line. For DVC, of course. We live in Southern California, minutes from Disneyland. All these years I was satisfied with Disneyland until we planned our first trip to WDW in 2006. That did it, I drank the Kool-Aid and was hooked. Whilst Disneyland is cool to have in your backyard, its no WDW. And so I am a woman on a mission. A mission my friends, that smells of fresh ink from the signature on a DVC contract. Then theres my DH Andy. What can I say about a man whose life is his family? Hes the sweetest guy ever and sometimes that drives me crazy. I know, I shouldnt complain, right? Anyway, he loves golfing, video games and playing with our children. Hes a good father and a wonderful husband. I am a lucky girl, even if he doesnt like Disney as much as I do. And now for the kiddos. First we have my 6 year old daughter, Maddie. Shes a combination Pixie and Princess. Shes got a feisty tude and then can be just as sweet as can be. Shes a cuddly kid and loves Disney. Its a maternal gene, apparently. Maddie and TE Next we have my 4 year old DS, Evan. I call him my devils spawn. This kid is so mischevious it about kills me. But in a moments notice he can change to the sweetest, most charming little thing ever imaginable. I think its best put he looks like an angel, but hes the devil in disguise! NOElvis. Waldo and Evan Coming along with us on this trip are my parents. My mother, aka The Enabler and my dad, aka Waldo. Dad acquired his nickname on our first trip to WDW. See my dad loves to wander and when dad wanders in a crowd, finding him is like playing the game Wheres Waldo, hence the nickname. I call my mom The Enabler because she enables my lifestyle. Never take mom shopping when youre on a budget. She has quickly caught on to all things Fuzzy; fuzzy math, fuzzy spending, and fuzzy savings. Shes taken over the infamous line that once belonged to Lauralee, Youve got to spend it to save it! I took mom shopping one day and have you noticed that receipts from the department stores now tell you how much youve actually saved from shopping? Well, that line is moms favorite part of shopping. Anyway, last time we went shopping we spent roughly 96 dollars or so. Well that little line at the bottom of the receipt said by spending 96ish dollars, we saved $90! Well mom thought that was the greatest and came home to tell Waldo how she saved him $90 today. Yup, fuzzy spending and fuzzy savings. So there you have it. Our happy group of 6. I suppose youd like to know all our stats, right? Heres a rundown of accommodations and such. Vacation dates: August 20th 29th Disney Resort: Saratoga Springs Resort 2 bedroom villa DDP: Nah, we dont need no stinking dining plan. NODDPpeeps Restaurants: Akershaus, Narcoossees, Biergarten, Tusker House/Donalds Safari Breakfast, Jiko (hopefully without kids), Mama Melroses, Crystal Palace, Spoodles, and Kona Café. Hmmmm I think thats it. : Well, were about 20 minutes now until our ride comes, so I better head on out. Cant wait for our trip and to see all our old friends and meet all our new friends. See you all in a few weeks!!! Adios, amigos! CHAPTER LINKS BELOW!