Okay, here is the deal, bare with me this is long... Normally we vacation in May and October. Well on our October, 2001 trip we booked our May 2002 trip only to come home and find out from DH's work (Staples) that we could not have that time off due to a convention that certain people had to attend in Toronto. That was a very expensive lesson as we booked airfare too and had to swallow the $100 per person change fee So from that point on we are very cautious of booking trips. We decided on HH for our spring trip and then that ended up being moved to June which we are SO excited about since we are going with friends!! This will be our first long drive so it will pave the road for any future drive trips to WDW! So, we are about to book our October trip when DH finds out that the convention is being moved to October this year, and perhaps at WDW!! Okay, now he may have his own store sometime in Spring and may be attending. So, OK we decide to wait to do anything in October. Then the holiday schedule comes out (already geesh!) and we always thought the beginning of December was a black out period. Well, its not!!!! SO...we are thinking of the 1st week in December and staying at our home resort for the first time WLV...I get goosebumps everytime I think about it But we just want to talk to DH's District Manager to make sure that he does not have a problem with us going then. We went that same time in Dec back in 2000 and it was incredible, cold...very cold, but still incredible. And December at the Lodge, ahhhh... WELL, here is my panic. I did not want to make the reservation until it was totally okayed through DH's work and I was just reading a thread on the resort boards WL -vs- WLV, blah blah blah and people were talking about how getting the reservation at the 11 month is impossible and calling day by day for that exact time we are looking. So is it?? Do I just call on Monday and book it and of course cancel when we know for sure or what?? Why can't MS be open right now Thanks for listening and I am trying to breathe through my panic!! LOL!!