Well....between the record crowds and the record heat...I was difficult to have a good time....even though we did....but it was not all it could have been. I don't know if the whole state was down there or not but it sure seemed like it. As I mentioned on another thread...I'd rather go in the summer. When the parks are open later, we spend the heat of the day by the pool and go to the parks when it cools down and the crowds thin out. I will never go the first week of Nov. again...even though my kids have the whole week off from school. I mean 1 1/2 hour lines for splash mountain.......1/2 hour for Pirates???? I've never waited on line for Pirates. Easter week we basically walked on. It was unbelievable. Anyhows, the good parts. We stayed at the Poly for the first time and I will never stay anywhere else again. I luuuuved it. The atmosphere was phenominal. Of course, that's a matter of opinion. I love the Hawaiian atmosphere and Disney captures it wonderfully. We had a room in the Nuie building (smoking) and I would highly recommend it to smokers. We were on the first floor facing the quiet pool. Beautiful view. Close to EVERYTHING. No musty smell AT ALL. I am a smoker but I really didn't smell smoke when I walked into the room but maybe a non-smoker would. Everything was great I have not one complaint....oh, wait....except the cockroach in the bathroom one night. But there's nothing anyone can do about that....its like crickets here in NJ. MNNSHP was fantastic. The kids loved it. I loved it. I went as Miss New Jersey Week, DD as a piratess, DS as a soldier. DS and DH went to Universal's HHN. They were a little disappointed. Long lines and to DS not scary enough for him (go figure). Unfortunately, DS (8) and DS (16) didn't have the "Magic". For DS (8) too much walking, too hot and too crowded. For DS (16) Universal is more his speed, although he luuuvvved watching the gorillas in AK. That was one of the highlights of our trip. Cried at Wishes, Cried at Spectromagic, Cried at Illuminations. And I forgot to bring tissues!! And cried when we had to leave while checking out. How embarrassing! Loved O'Hanas and Crystal Palace. Oh, if you go to Universal I highly recommend Mythos in IOA. Great place to Eat!! Okay, for the highlight of our trip. We take Amtrack down because I do not fly. I actually love the train trip. However, on our trip home our train was 2 hours late coming into Orlando. It was supposed to pull in at 7:30 pm and didn't come in until 9:30. Okay, not too bad. Hung out on the train for a while...then went to sleep. In the middle of the night I kept rolling over and noticing that we were not moving. That happened a couple of times but in my sleepy state I didn't really care. Woke up at 8:00 a.m. to find that we were still in FLorida. Couldn't believe it!!! Why oh why! Well, apparently out train hit and killed someone outside of Jacksonville. They're not sure if he committed suicide or if he tried to outrun the train or if he was sleeping on the tracks. So we were 8 hours late coming into Newark, NJ. 32 hours on the train!! They started running out of food and drinks for Pete's sake!! I mean, I feel bad for the guy but jeez, I was ready to throw myself in front of the train after 32 hours. Well, I can't think of any other highlights of our trip. Despite all we had a great time. I would like to stay at the Poly next time and only do the parks a few days. I'd really like to spend more time at the resort than I did. I have no problem sitting by the pool listening to hawaiian music drinking my pina colada for a week and going to see Mickey only one or two days. Next time that's what I'll do!!