12/7/12-12/13/12 Port Orleans Riverside Hello All. This is my first Pre-Trip Report, so I hope I don't ruffle any feathers through the course of it. As the tagline says, this will be our (me & fiance') 2nd trip down to Walt Disney World in 3 years. Our first trip was a surprise Valentine's Day/Anniversary/Birthday gift to her. From Feb-Oct I planned, and paid, and booked, and reserved (and re-reserved, and re-booked. Anyone else a victim of that computer upgrade last year?). The whole time without letting her in on it. I even made an excuse of having to go to work early 1 day so that I could book the Candlelight Processional/dinner combo without her knowing. But, on her birthday, I let her in on the gift and gave her some Disney Dollars as a bonus. This last trip is also where she became my fiance'. I semi-spontaneously proposed to her on our last day there in front of the castle at a photo-pass location. I say "semi-spontaneous" because I went down with just the intention of us having a long overdue vacation together. On our last night there, I snuck away from her for a short period and puchased her a Mickey ring. The next day, I spent the whole day trying to keep up the gumption to go through with it (and keep her on my right side, the ring was in my left pocket). On the way out of the Magic Kingdom, with only the airport to look forward to, I suggested that we take 1 more photo-pass shot. We got the pic, and I begged the photographer for 1 more shot, to the grunts and groans of people in line. But those turned to "oohs" & "ahhs" when they realized what was happening. We even got some applause from some teenaged girls walking by. Thanks girls. By the way, she said "Yes". But that was last year. This report will deal with the upcoming trip. And like most trip reports, you have to wait for that 1 committal moment or act that will cement that you are going. For me, it was emailing my AAA rep. I know it sounds simple, but there is no turning back now... This time, we hope to be traveling with some family. We are hoping that her sister (and my future SIL) will be joining us. She doesn't know if she will be travelling with a friend or family member yet. I'll have to update you on that later. The general plan, as it stands now, is that we will be returning to WDW in early December. We went Dec 10-15th last year and had a ball. We are looking to repeat as much of that experience, not just so we can share it with my future SIL, but for selfish reasons as well. WE WANT TO EXPERIENCE IT AGAIN. But we will do our best to book a Candlelight Processional/dinner combo, take in the Osbourne Lights (RIP Jennings), MVMCP tickets (LOVED the non-existent lines), a couple of character breakfasts (DF' loves cheesy potatoes at Akershus) and we will set aside 1 morning to ride the monorail to check out the decor of the monorail resorts (anyone who has seen the Home&Garden Network special on Disney knows what I am talking about). First and foremost, we want to secure the resort that we stayed at last time. The Port Orleans Riverside. We probably won't try for the princess rooms, but I have always loved my stays there and the boat ride to DTD is so convenient. So, here we are, January 5th, 2012. I am looking to book our trip for approximately 12/5th or 6th for 6N/7D. I am just waiting for a couple of things to fall into place. There are a couple of variables that I am trying to lock down and a couple that I am weary of (Pop Warner tournament UPDATE: PW Tourney 12/1-12/9). But as it stands, here are some important dates. May 1st: MVMCP tickets go on sale MVMCP Dates: Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party will be held on the following dates: November 9, 12, 15, 16*, 25, 27, 29 and 30* December 2, 4, 6, 7*, 9, 11, 13, 14*, 16, 18, 20* and 21** *Advance Sale pricing is not available for these dates. Even when purchased in advance, "Day Of" pricing is in effect. Advance Sales $58.95 Adult / $53.95 Ages 3-9 (plus tax) Day of Event Sales $64.95/$59.95 ** Premium Night Dec 21 $67.95/$62.95 May 14th: December hrs and EMH are releasedhttp://media.disneywebcontent.com/S.../pdf/ParkHours/WDW_Operating_Calendar_dec.pdf ADR's - Post 111 (YUM!!!) Dec. 2012 Cancelled ADR thread: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2883873 ) Roster of narrators for CP released Narrator lists from 08-11 post #56 Oct 22nd: Trip must be paid in full I will list our cast of characters in a later post and will update any info as it comes. If anyone reads this and has some helpful hints, tips, tricks or insight. Please let me know. Also, I'll probably be the only man on this trip, so if there are any guys that have had similar trips and can tell me what to expect, I'd appreciate it. Thank you. Hope you have a Happy New Year. And I hope to see some of you in December.