Okay, yes, 2012, ONE year away now (I started this thread when it was 2 years away... but we're getting closer!)... but I really can't stand not starting a PTR. So here goes. Cast of Characters: Me (the mom!) DH (not as Disney enthused as me, but he'll go along with whatever I say!) and DD (who will be 8 3/4 in December 2012) A little background: We are from Oregon... have been to DL a few times (not as many times as others on this board by far--see my siggy.) And we love it!! About every other trip DD and I go by ourselves because DH is out fishing somewhere or something, so I book a trip to the Land as payback. Why 2012?? Well... we just went, and sure, I'd go again tomorrow if I could, but I have put some thought into this. Little Mermaid is done now... and then Carsland summer of 2012 correct? Well, DD is an Ariel fan, but DH is really a Cars fan... so I think we might as well wait till Carsland is done... odds are summer of 2012 will be nuts. We've been twice for Halloween, so that is out... and we have never been for the Christmas season. So, there you go, December 2012. . So that brings me to dates... I really don't know when we want to go... I narrowed it to a two week window... and we want to go for 6 days. We've done 4, 5, & 6 day trips. And 5 is really perfect, but if Christmas-time is more crowded, I think we'll do 6 just to be on the safe side--we are after all going to have to find time for Carsland and Little Mermaid in the schedule!! So, dates... ummm.... November 22nd is Thanksgiving in 2012, and there is no way we'll be going that weekend... so the Wednesday following I think would be the earliest we'd leave-- November 28th. I am leaning toward a Wed-Monday in the parks... so drum roll please... we chose: Wednesday, December 5th - Monday, December 10th Of course, I could do Tuesday-Sunday... but I think being there a Sunday night will give us an extra entertainment night. And with any luck Wednesday & Thursday will be pretty quiet. I am hoping we will manage to miss CP (hopefully it will be before or after we are there) and the cast parties will probably be the night we leave, so we'll miss those too! I usually get my plane fare 8-10 months out on some sort of sale... and that will be way before any type of calendar is up. Be sure though I am watching the boards carefully in during 2011 Christmas-time. What about where to stay though? More thoughts to ponder!! DD and I just did PP for the 1st time, and really loved it. It felt miles closer than the DLH to us. DH has only stayed at the DLH with us, and knows nothing other than that. So, maybe we splurge and do the GCH in 2012? The weather won't be awesome enough for pool time, but the DLH pool area should be all done, so it might be nice to stay there in one of the new refurbished rooms (since that should be done too...) At any rate will be staying on site. It will also be interesting to see if they bring the Christmas Party over from WDW and try it at DL. I know some people are really opposed to it. But, we've done the Halloween Party twice, and really loved the experience, and would do the Christmas party in a heartbeat... even if it only means cookies and cocoa and a few meet and greets, and probably special fireworks. Then of course we'll need a night for F! and a night for WOC (we love them both and could never bear to choose between them...) So, that is why we definitely need the 5 nights/6 days... whew!! I also know we will be flying into LGB as long as Jet Blue is still flying there... we love Jet Blue... and will fly with them any chance we get.... So there you have it. The beginnings of my crazy PTR... I am such an over planner!!!