Okay, here's a quick back story to get everyone up to date: I am a 31 year-old Disney fanatic. My family enjoys Disney, too, but I'm the real fan. So last year some friends and I decided to do a girl's only trip to WDW. To sum up a (really) long story, my friends bailed and I decided to make it a solo trip. I was researching and scouring these boards when my mom announced she wanted to come with me. So, we had our special mother/daughter trip. Here we are after I bought my ears, but before mom bought hers: Well, ever since then, I've been toying with the idea of taking a solo trip. It sounded very enticing (and scary!). Then I decided that I wanted to lose weight and take up running as a sport. (What the hell was I thinking?!) Ever since I had my wonderful little boy, I haven't been able to lose my pregnancy weight. (It's still called baby fat if my son is 11, right?) So, I thought, hey, what better motivation than a half marathon? And what better place for my first half marathon than Disney, right? And hey, how hard can this training thing be, anyway? (Insert ominous music here.) So I paid for my entrance fee and bought my plane tickets and started training. Then I hurt my shins and had to scale back. Then I had a work meeting to go to, so I had to skip a day of training. Then it was so stormy outside that I couldn't drive to the gym, or run outside and I don't have a treadmill at home. Then I had a class at school. Then I had to take my son to his haircut. Then the family wanted to go out to dinner. Then my favorite show was on TV. Then I didn't really feel like it. So here I am many a moon later and not one pound lighter or one step closer to running a marathon. I cancel my DVC rental and tell everyone I failed. But I can't get a refund on the plane tickets or marathon entrance fee, so I don't do anything with those. Then one day, I'm cruising the boards to see what's going on, and I end up on the W.I.S.H. boards reading everyone's encouraging stories and kudos, and kind words and I think hey, maybe I can still do a half marathon! Onto the Disney Sport site where I find the Princess Half. Now that sounds like a great time. I'm convinced. I register (and plunk down another $120) and get my plane tickets changed. Thanks to a lower fare, even with the $150 change fee, I only owe an additional $37 to make the change. Done. Now I have to find a hotel. The first thing I do is check online. There are a lot of choices, but nothing is sounding perfect. So I contact my DVC gal again and ask if she's willing to rent me points again. She is super helpful and next thing I know, I have a studio at Animal Kingdom Villas. (You're amazing, C!) So what comes next...?