Hi everyone. This will be my first PTR. We aren't going for a while but I thought everyone might be ok with going along for our planning ride. Let's first meet the victims of this crazy roller coaster we call a WDW vacation. Me ~ Heather, 22 ~ wife, sister, daughter, student, secretary, restaurant lover, DIS lurker, impatient vacation planner DH ~ Mike, 24 ~ husband, brother, son, restaurant manager, peanut M&M lover, Biergarten addict, main WDW vacation financier DSis ~ Courtney, 12 ~ daughter, sister, WDW first-timer, Winnie the Pooh's number 1 fan, softball and soccer player, family comedienne DSis ~ Hannah, 10 ~ daughter, sister, stuffed animal collector, computer game junkie, chicken finger and french fry lover, WDW first-timer This will be my fourth trip to WDW and I am more excited than ever. DH and I WERE planning a trip to go in September for FD but then, we had a greater idea... SURPRISE TRIP!! for my 2 DSis. My family has never been to WDW and probably will never go. It has kind of been a long running joke in my house that my parents tell us every 6 months or so that we are going to WDW but it never pans out. At this point, it will not happen. There are two teens still living at home who really have no interest in going there and my Dad doesn't want to go either. Seeing as he is the one with most of the money... WDW is out. Every time I even mention WDW around Courtney and Hannah, they get all sad and jealous. It is the one place in the whole world that they want to go. For the last couple of years, I have had this fantasy of taking my whole family with us to WDW but that is completely unrealistic considering we are only two newlyweds not even close to being able to cover a 15,000 dollar vacation especially when half of the family doesn't even want to go. We have come to the conclusion that we will only take the two girls. Believe me when I say this trip will be the trip of a lifetime for them. So, onto the planning... we will be going in September of 2009. We will be staying at a value resort and getting the Free Dining Plan. We are flying there and renting a car so we won't have to take the Disney busses. Now, for this young married couple, this seems like a lot of money. BUT, we are so motivated to do it, I think we will stay on top of it. To help us keep our eyes on the prize, I made a sort of game board. This will be great because we will be able to see the progress we are making and when I see this poster, I will be less inclined to spend money and more inclined to save it. Sorry about the glare but hopefully you can see it. I used the Behr Disney paint samples for the spaces and my Disney picture/day calendar and a coloring book for decoration. The game piece that you can kind of see in the top left corner is flying money.. I found the picture in one of DH's birthday cards and thought it would be a perfect game piece. The quote at the top says "Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy." which, in case you don't know, is posted at the MK. We have deposited our first money into our glass water bottle (so the only way to get it out is to break it) and we are on our way. Thanks for tuning in and hopefully you will enjoy my updates. If you have any tips for me, especially because this will be our first time traveling with kids, PLEASE let me know. See ya next time!