Hi everyone! I've been meaning to do this pre-trip report since...well...September, I believe. I finally realized that yes, I really had better get started or it's going to be a post-trip report! So my mom and I had a wonderful trip to Disneyland in November 2011, right after Thanksgiving. Weather was great, crowds were fine, took something like 1000 pictures of my Tiny Duffy and Tiny Shellie May, etc. Even though Buena Vista Street and Cars Land weren't open yet, we had a great time...I even sort of fell in love with the construction walls! (I have problems) But with the economy and such, I figured that was going to be my last trip until 2013. We went all out and even splurged on 2 nights at the Paradise Pier Hotel (I figured by the next trip, the on-site hotels would be so pricey I couldn't afford them). Fast-forward to February 2012, 3 scant months after my previous visit. I'm still wistfully remembering my trip to Disneyland, and frankly, entering every Disney trip contest I can find. When what should come up, of all things? Even DIS Unplugged is having a contest, in honor of their 1-year anniversary! All you had to do to enter was provide a Disneyland tip. I procrastinated, as I tend to, but submitted while my friend (referred to as Miss D in my previous report) was in town for our city's annual used book sale. I'm almost certain that I told her (while I was busy ignoring her so I could play on my computer) that if I won, of course she would be invited too. So I entered and forgot about it until the podcast was up. So I listened to the podcast (first one I'd listened to but now I'm a faithful listener, albeit a bit on the slow side). When they read the tip at the end about riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad during fireworks, I was shocked that someone else submitted the same tip as me. No. No they didn't. Or if someone else did, well, it wasn't their version of the tip they read. It was my tip! Oh my goodness, my heart was pounding and when they said my name I felt close to ready to faint. My hands were shaking as I typed to my BFF (best Florida friend ) that I had WON! 2 nights and 2 days at the Grand Californian, a hotel I literally thought I'd never stay at due to the expense. With park hoppers! Once I got control of myself I called my mom, still in disbelief. When my brother and I were kids she took us on at least half a dozen trips to Disneyland, so I thought it was only fair to return the favor to her. I knew I was going to invite Miss D as well, but who to take for the 4th person? I suppose one reasonable option would have been to just take the 3 of us, but the trip was up to 4 people...how could I not bring 4 people??? Decisions, decisions. But how blessed am I, to have that decision to make?!?! We'll get on to my decision in my next post. THANK YOU to the DIS and DIS Unplugged for making my dream come true!