Welcome to my newest Trip Report. For those who dont know me, I am Jen. Thats my Daughter Claire with me. We just got back from an amazing vacation with several family members. We traveled Nov. 1st thru the 15th, 2012. We rested our headed at 6 different places on this trip, and though it wasnt always easy to keep moving from place to place, I am happy to have tried some new resorts out and stayed at some familiar ones as well. This trip came about over a year ago. My Moms cousin Vicki wanted to take a trip with her and my Aunt Mary. Her Daughter Katie also wanted to come along. After some talking and planning it became a group of 16 traveling. I was elected ring leader since I have quite a bit of Disney experience. Plans were made, some were changed, and some were a little slower at making decisions than others. My husband Skip is what is known in the Disney groups as a resistor and he decided NOT to come along. He was not so happy about the amount of time I was going to be gone. The dates for the cruise were set first, Nov 4 through the 8th on the Disney Dream. We all planned to arrive a day early and stay at the Residence Inn near the port. Soon I decided that I must add a few Disney days, and so did everyone else eventually. I thin decide heck lets add some more, and Claire and I ended up staying 3 more days after the rest left. Then after doing some research and with a heads up from my good Dis-friend Carey, I was alerted to the fact that the last Halloween party was on Nov. 2nd. How could I pass that chance up? So Claire and I decided to fly in a day earlier than everyone else to hit that party. Claire and I also decided to fly out of Columbus. My family lives near the Toledo, OH area, and the best direct flights are out of Detroit. My youngest sister, who was not going on the cruise, lives in Columbus, and I was able to get a decent priced direct flight from there, so Claire and I drove down Nov. 1 and spent the night before our early flight. Plans were finally all set in stone and we just had to wait for our time to arrive. Not an easy task, but we all managed. Let me introduce you to the crew. This is a picture of a picture. My sister has the CD with the actual digital copy, but hasnt yet loaded it to the computer, so I had to go with this for now till I can get a copy. In the back row, left to right, we have my parents, Joe and Paula, next to them is my Uncle Geoff. Next to Geoff is cousin Vicki and her son in law Thad. Next to Thad is Pete, Vickis husband and then me. Aunt Mary is on the end, she is married to Uncle Geoff and my Mothers sister. Down towards the front, left to right, is my nieces Alexis and Abby with their parents Rob and Gail. Gail is my sister. Front and center is Claire. Behind Claire are Jude, and Katie. Katie is married to Thad and is Pete and Vickis Daughter. And then we have baby Luke in the stroller. He is only about 9 months old and what a cutie he is. This trip had the usual ups and downs that most every family will have, but I have to admit things went much smoother than I planned. We never felt the need to kill each other for the most part. LOL We had several cruise newbies and several Disney World newbies as well. Please join me in reliving a very magical trip with all the places we traveled and all the people we met along the way!