I am sorry to hear that the danazol has stopped working Yea! for Wish Trip official dates! As far as a send off party, the is no "standard". For Bella's send off, we went bowling with about 5 or 6 of her friends, had pizza and soda, and then the Wish Granter gave her some gifts and gave us the packet of information and other stuff. Others have had parties at home. It can be just your family or it can be your child's friends. Talk with your Wish Granter and see if they have any ideas, a budget, or other parameters and go from there. She's a DOLL! Although it's technically not "meeting" Pascal, in the Rapunzel Rest area (right next to ISAW), there is a Pascal Scavenger Hunt. About 10 or so Pascals are hidden among the landscape. It's also a great place to charge your cell phone and take a rest. You can read more about the rest area here: http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/articles/fantasylands-tangled-rest-area-elevates-theme-park-bathroom I think 3 is definitely old enough to start pin trading. As long as your daughter isn't terribly shy and is willing to ask Cast Members to trade, she will have a blast trading. We always buy 20-30 pins for each of our girls off of ebay before we go. By the time we return, they have swapped the random ebay pins for Princesses, Tinkerbells, and Mickeys that they love. I would imagine that the busiest times for GKTW would be Spring Break, Summer, Thanksgiving break, and Christmas thru New Year. Anytime kids already have off of school, they probably fill up fast. However, if you don't mind your kids missing school, you should be fine. When we chose our dates for December 09, we selected them in May and had no problem getting in. Our dates were in the beginning of December and I can tell you there is no more magical time and place than Disney at Christmas. My suggestion/recommendation is the first or second week in Dec.