Once upon a time, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was desperate, desperate for something. Something vital to survival, something he has always needed... And what was that exactly? A TRIP TO WALT DISNEY WORLD, OF COURSE! And if you weren't aware, this wasn't just any kind of trip. This Prince was approaching a big step in life, heading off to higher education and adulthood. With so many plans, he could only focus on one thing before that big step and that was this trip. It would have been three years now since he had been to the even-more-beautiful-than-his-castle castle above. It was imperative he return. Now I'm sure you're all wondering who this Prince is. He goes by many names: PlutosRHM55 Goofy_DisNerd Pluto's Agent Pluto's Right Hand Man The Diva The DisNerd Timmy But I know him personally as... MYSELF! So adorbs, right? Yes, I am the Prince (shocker). Thought it would've been much more interesting if I inserted myself into a fairy tale setting. Gotta love those fairy tales! *ahem* Introductions, yes! Hi DISBoards! My name is Timmy and I will be your host, your GHOST HOST for this pre-trip report, taking you through the haunted halls of the planning of a trip long (and don't take that word too lightly here) in the making. Spook it up, ya know? (; I am 17 years old, heading into my SENIOR YEAR!!! (Class of 2014, WHADDUP?!) This is a pretty big part of why this is such a special trip. I'm graduating this year and to go to Disney one last time before I hit that landmark and move on to "bigger better things", one of those being my DCP. There will be a lot of decisions to be made that will impact my future a lot so I'm hoping this trip will give me the boost I need so I can feel confident about those decisions. ANYWAYS... Like most, I'm a huge Disney Freak. I've been a fan of Disney my whole life, watching the films probably before I could even comprehend what was happening on screen, and an even bigger fan of the parks long before I actually went. I watched the heck out of a Disney Trip Planning Video I acquired from my Aunt who got it after taking my cousins down in the year 2000. Yes, the Millenium Celebration, Tapestry of Nations... Knew all about that! I also watched the Disneyland Sing-A-Long videos for years. This led to a near ten year struggle involving me begging my parents to take me to Disney and them continuing to prolong a direct answer. I am the oldest of three siblings and actually much older in age to my sisters, not by a huge margin but to the point where it was a long wait for that first trip to Disney. My parents wanted to make sure we were all old enough to appreciate/remember a trip, which probably was a good decision in the end I have to admit. I was going into my last year of middle school, thirteen years old, and by then I'd about given up on trying, when my mom finally said the five most magical words: WE'RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD! My first day ever in EPCOT and the only photo we got with the whole family! It was our Christmas card the following year. Donald helped set up the photo. (April 2010) And BAM, a monster was created! I am one of the rare few who can look fondly back on that first trip and remember how it was when I truly fell in love with Disney and why I fell in love with the place, the company, EVERYTHING. Not many seem remember their first trip or the trip where you finally rounded that corner in full-on Disney love, but thanks to my parents waiting until I was a teenager to take me, I will always remember how amazing that trip was. How it felt, what I saw, those moments of pixie dust, why I love Disney, why my outlook on life is so positive even when I'm feeling negative because of Disney, etc.: EVERYTHING Disney had blessed me with. It was because of that first time I felt the magic. This trip then led me to join the DIS Community and to write my first trip report so now I can even go back and read about it when everything that happened was so fresh in my mind! You can read about it too, if you so please at the aptly named When I First Felt The Magic... FINALLY! April 2010 Trip Report. After that, my Disney obsession just grew and grew. I was having Disney Movie Marathons, spending free time just learning about everything Disney online, joining other Disney fan sites, watching ride-throughs and trip videos, reading trip reports, etc. It literally happened like that and luckily I was going back soon after with my school's chorus and band. It was another shorter trip (well... by DIS standards), but it was completely different from the first and another incredible experience. It was my first trip as a DISer so the perspective has changed a bit even then, especially since it's written more classic TR style for the whole thing. You can read that one here: Cheerleaders! Blisters! Oversized Water Bottles! ...It Must Be Disney! February 2011 Trip. Oh and a picture from that trip! Morning Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios and we said hello to Minnie! She was the only character we met on that trip. (February 2011) Then, I went a bit insane and tried to get another trip to happen. This resulted in a TR that kinda became one LONG real life update with other non-Disney trips sprinkled in. If you would like to read about my Disney deprived life over the last two years, here is a link to that too: Even Miracles Take A Little Time... A Beyond Birthdays PTR. After so much talking about my Disney journey, I think I should tell you more specifics. In true trip reporting fashion, I present to you, My Disney Favorites: ATTRACTIONS: The Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Expedition Everest & Tower of Terror PARK AND LAND: Magic Kingdom and Tomorrowland MOVIES: Princess and the Frog, The Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Sleeping Beauty & Beauty and the Beast RESTAURANTS (CS & TS): Golden Oak Outpost and Garden Grill/Sanaa CHARACTERS: Pluto, Sebastian, Belle, Lottie, Tiana, Maleficent, Merryweather, Prince Naveen, Judge Claude Frollo & Lumiere RESORTS: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Yacht Club & The Polynesian Resort SONGS: Part of Your World, Bella Notte, A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, I'll Make A Man Out Of You, Be Prepared, Friends on the Other Side, Almost There, If I Can't Love Her (from Beauty and the Beast the musical), Be Our Guest, Go The Distance, Zero to Hero and... SO MANY! (I'm a theater kid, what can I say?) I tried to keep it at a minimum, honestly. Aside from my Disney obsession, I'm just as nerdy about everything else (hence the nickname DisNerd). The things that bring this out fall under three main categories: Theater, Movies and Literature. There also is a little bit of TV, Music and Swimming. I mean, I did have to lifeguard to raise enough money so I could convince my dad to let me go back to Disney. I'm also in the midst of trying to catch up on Breaking Bad before the final episode ever. AND once my final paycheck comes in I'm probably going to go on an escapade to buy all of Taylor Swift's albums, but the other three are where the "real nerdiness" lies. What is real nerdiness you ask? Well, I'll tell you in a moment. While I'm thinking, I'll tell you the names of various Broadway stars, their every role and how many Tony nominations they have; discuss with a few of you why Al Pacino totally deserved his Oscar win for Scent of a Woman and why he should have won for The Godfather Part II and why that movie is far superior to its predecessor; write a short story continuing the Harry Potter legacy with the story of Remus Lupin's son, Teddy Lupin, while trying to hold back tears; then we can talk about Disney for three hours straight after, sleep when it's all done and I'll tell you my answer in the morning. Yeah, exactly. Me in a nutshell. I might have over-exaggerated a bit, but now you have been warned. The random rants will arise soon enough and I encourage you to follow along. They are quite insightful and enlightening. At the same time, I think I should get back to the originally scheduled PTR, don't you? OKAY! Okay then, sheesh... Continuing with my personal venture with Disney, I end up at this PTR for a vacation that's been in the making since before I probably even wrote a TR or was on DISBoards. Going back to that first Disney trip, my family's last full day in Disney, we had decided to go to EPCOT for the day, we met up with my cousin who was graduating that year and went with her school to Disney. She told us a lot about staying in the parks with just her school and other kids her age along with other special privileges and it got me thinking about how I'd like to do that my Senior year too. To be clear, my cousin participated in what was probably the last GradNites Disney World ever hosted before they discontinued them the following year. Very unfortunate, but I was still bent on doing something big for a Disney trip senior year. When I joined the DIS and began hanging around the Teen board, I began thinking up this idea, learning most of the DISTeens over there weren in my graduating class that we would have a huge meet-up during our senior year. A lot were for it and it seemed realistic at the time and probably would've happened if I'd been in more close contact with that group. Of course, time goes by, things change, people lose contact, real life, etc. You know what I'm talking about. The original plan has kinda fallen through, but I tried to keep it alive as much as I could talking with all my non-DIS friend about doing this and now it's actually happening! I dubbed this trip early on as The DisGraduation Extravaganza 2014 or DGE 2014 for short, hence the title. Of course, the idea has been greatly diminished, but the intention was to get a group of graduating seniors down to the World one last time before heading off to college and I'm gonna go with it! As this PTR goes on, maybe it will be fully realized to its original plan. WHO KNOWS?! Here's some of the deets for this trip and yes, this is DEFINITE. (NEW DEETS! PLEASE BE AWARE THE DEETS BELOW HAVE CHANGED BUT ARE STILL NECESSARY FOR FOLLOWING ALONG WITH THIS PTR AND NEW DEETS ARE LINKED IN THESE PARENTHESE.)I am taking this trip with my high school chorus and band once again so it's basically a repeat of the 2011 trip, but I'm a senior this time and there are many new faces to my trip report series so it's bound to be quite a different type of trip. This extravaganza will be taking place at the end of February (See: FEBRU-Lous), lasting from February 20th until February 24th. We'll be staying in Disney all five days, four of which we'll have Park Hopper passes unless... well I'll get into that later. So that's the basics of this trip so far. I'll be going into more depth once I get confirmation of certain things. I hope you'll all follow along with the magic, the adventure and the beauty that this PTR aims to become. I promise to make this one exciting and fun adventure as you follow me into the world of tumultuous planning. With that, a formal greeting in true Ghost Host style: Welcome, Foolish Mortals, to... It's All Happening! Mission: DGE 2014 is a GO! A June-tiful Pre-Trip Report Kindly step all the way in please and make room for everyone, there's no turning back now.