Earlier this year I got this great idea that when each of my daughters (I have five) turned 14 I would take them on a short Mommy and me trip. Of course, I didn't want Dad to leave completely left out so I did leave it open that they could chose to take a trip with Dad. One of the 9 y/os is leaning this way - but I still have a few years to change her mind! This year my oldest daughter turned the magical age of 14. Her birthday is August. Since I love to travel a bit off season and love low crowds I chose September. At one point I booked travel to Chicago. Then I started to look at hotel rates, things to do, etc. My familiarity with Chicago is limited. Also, the fact that the potential to spend loads of money shopping kept me looking at other alternatives. We received our first ever WDW postcard with a special code so I began lurking for cheap airfare. A SW Ding for Orlando one day got things rolling. I cancelled our Chicago tickets and used the funds for tickets to Florida. I called our TA and made reservations for AS Music since this was to be a 'budget' trip. Having never stayed at a value, I was a bit apprehensive but had a reservation for early September with DH for Pop Century so I figured I would be more acquainted with the value hotels by the time Sept. 24 arrived. In the meantime, I began lurking at the DVC boards. Eventually I made contact with an owner renting points and changed our reservations to Saratoga Springs for only an extra $60 investment. The trip was starting to get exciting. I was trying to keep the trip a secret from DD which was difficult because I was very excited about the trip. I began buying a few little things here and there for the trip - always mindful of the "budget" in this budget vacation but still making it special for DD and fun for both of us. While my DH and I were at WDW the first week of September I made my first slip up. I called the girls from AK and made some remark to my DD about eating at Flame Tree when we came to Disney. My DH's face looked shocked which made me realize my mistake and I tried to cover up my mistake. My DD played along but I later found out she told her grandmother that she figured out where she was going. The next week my DH made some comment about plans he couldn't commit to the last week of the month because of our trip in front of DD. This time my face showed surprise. He said he didn't realize she didn't know WHEN her vacation was. In the end, it was nice having her know because she was able to make some decisions about priorities for the trip before we left. The entire trip was only four days with only 2.5 days in parks so it gave her the opportunity to decide what was not to be missed and what she didn't really care to skip over. (She had been to WDW as a 5 y/o and again last Sept with the entire family).