Hello all! I could not resist starting a PTR for my upcoming trip! No one wants to talk about Disney with me in real life anymore, so I figured maybe someone here would be excited with me; if not, at least I'll be able to ramble to myself until I get to go, and then I'll come back and start my TR (which may ALSO be rambling to myself!). This will be my 5th trip since November 2010. I went with my ex-DBF in November 2010. We went and saw the Osborne lights and visited the parks when they were all nice and decorated for Christmas. It was my first visit to WDW since 2000. In October of 2011, I went with my mom. I surprised her with a stay at the CR! In January 2012, I took my first solo trip, staying at AKL: And in September 2012, I went back with my Mom; we stayed at YC: Hm, she seems to be unhappy with me in that picture..... This trip was decided fairly last-minute. I had decided NOT to take a vacation this year, and to not go back to WDW until October 2014 with Mom, when the 7 Dwarves coaster will be finished and all this MB/FP+ hoopla figured out. So what happened? I started really wondering why I wasn't going on vacation; I have the money, I have the PTO at work, I have the easy ability. I have no one to worry about - I don't have kids or a DH and my cat is fairly self-sufficient. It started looking like I was just not going on vacation because ... I had decided not to. Here's the cat, by the way: Some different news stories broke while I was considering if I was really just going to pass up traveling for a stay-at-home vacation this year. I decided that you never know what's going to happen tomorrow, and I should make plans to go somewhere and just GO. I thought about a few different places. Maybe back to Europe? My good friend was getting married in Germany (she's German; we met while I was in school there), so it would be impossible to go, as much as I wanted to be at her wedding - I wouldn't want to stay at her house and be a distraction during such an important time, and I wouldn't want to pay an extra few thousand EURO to stay in a hotel instead of with her. I thought of Hawaii. I have a friend who lives on the big island. But right before deciding, he wrote me to say he'd actually be in the Chicago area at the time of my trip! That's out. I considered some other places as well, but in the end I want to relax and get away and have FUN. So guess where I'm going! As a plus, I can get an AP to cover my trip with Ma next fall. So in a way, I'm getting two cheaper trips instead of just one regular-sized trip. My dates are 11/12 - 11/16 = my flight gets in early on Tuesday and leaves late Saturday night, so I get 4 nights and 5 FULL days at the world. I am staying at Pop Century on an AP discount!: I am looking forward to heading over to check out AoA if I ever get any free time. I'm not sure about the free time, because I'm trying out MB and FP+ this trip! More about that in the next post; this one is getting too long!