So I thought it might be a good idea to start a pre-trip report for our trip which is set to commence in just FOUR DAYS!! We are doing 2 nights at Walt Disney World, then we board the Disney Dream for our very first Disney cruise for 3 nights, then we return to WDW for another 3 nights. It's going to be a whirlwind trip full of new firsts for us despite our many, many past trips. It will not be our first Thanksgiving in Walt Disney World so as we've told others who think we are nuts for going during this busy time of year....this ain't our first rodeo! We are seasoned park people and we know how to work the system. We haven't done as well as we should have during past trips for maximizing our time, but this time we are hoping to improve on that! Our last Thanksgiving trip was November 2007 though...so it has been a while. Still I think we can manage to get everything done that we hope to for this trip. The cast of characters is the same as most of our previous trips, but there is a twist for this trip. We will have some other family members joining us for the last leg of our trip and that should be fun. Even the kids involved aren't aware of this...but I'll explain that later. So a quick introduction here of our cast: Dina (me!): 40-year-old Disneyholic and mom of three kids and wife of a VERY understanding husband who recognizes and helps feed my addiction to Disney! DH: 42-year-old hubby who indulges me in my quest for MORE DISNEY! The kids: DS12, DD10 and DS8. They are total adventurers and love all things Disney as well. This kids know their Disney parks. Just tonight at dinner they all discussed their favorite rides at each of the parks! FIL and MIL: FIL is 70 and MIL is a few years younger and they are both up for anything and everything. We travel with them often. I think my FIL might be almost as addicted as I am now. They ride every ride, love thrill rides especially and definitely can hang with us and the kids. And joining us later on our trip will be SIL (age 44) and her son who is 7 years old. This will be the interesting part as DN7 is not up for all things...not even close. We just *MIGHT* get him on BTMRR this time but he won't be going near Space Mt for sure. We have hopes for Everest but that's probably unlikely too and RnRC and TOT will be a definite NO. So we are planning on getting most of these done early in our trip with the 7 of us and then working with him on the 2nd leg of the park trip to see what we can get him to ride. We'll see how it all goes.