Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday dear Tanner, Mickey wants to celebrate too! Hi friends, welcome to yet another trip report, I cant believe this is my third! I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them. Weve expanded the cast this time around. So lets start with some introductions for those of you I havent met, or even for those who just plain dont remember who I am. Im Missy, the 29-year-old Disney-aholic. To fund my Disney habit, I work as an editor in the sports department of a newspaper in Washington D.C. I love all things sports, pop culture and, of course, The Mouse. My favorite Disney character is Minnie Mouse. My favorite Walt Disney World ride is Big Thunder Mountain. And my favorite Disney snack? Caseys corndog nuggets. My partner in crime is Franklin, a.k.a. Pixel Dust here on the Dis. He just turned the big 3-0 and works for an architecture firm to pay the Disney bills. His passions are cars (both the lower-cased cars and the movie Cars) and photography (he is who we have to thank for all the beautiful photos in this TR). Guido from Cars is his favorite Disney character. And he could ride Expedition Everest all day if given the chance. We started going to Disney together in February 2009, can you believe that was Franklins first-ever Disney World trip? This trip marks our fourth together and we love going so much that we just closed on our first Disney Vacation Club contract at Boardwalk Villas. But many of you already know the two of us, lets get to the new faces. And why not start with the star of our show, the birthday boy himself... Tanner! Since the day he was born, Tanners grandmother began telling him that his Auntie Missy wanted to take him to Disney World. And so when he was just a few months old, I proposed the idea of a birthday trip for the newest member of the family. Everyone agreed and the March trip was born. Who is everyone? Well, lets start with those responsible for creating the most adorable baby Ive ever seen: Franklins sister Lala and her husband, Keith. Lala was last at Disney World for spring break in the 1990s. Her favorite character is Mickey (especially Sorcerer Mickey). She loves Space Mountain and her favorite Disney snack is funnel cake. Keiths last trip to the World was in 2002. He loves to ride Test Track (so glad we got it in before its rumored refurb!). He loves Eeyore and enjoys a good Mickey Bar on a hot day. How cute do all the boys look in their Star Wars T-shirts? Rounding out our intrepid group is Franklin and Lalas mom, Kotkham. She might have been the most excited of all of us to visit Mickey. Her favorite ride is Its a Small World. She loves Minnie Mouse and couldnt wait to see the Flower and Garden Festival. Now that you know the who, lets give you the rest of the trip data: When: March 6-10 Where: Though Im a convert to the Disney onsite experience, renting a Windsor Hills townhouse ended up being the right choice for our group. The house had three-bedrooms, so everyone had their own space. And it cost about as much as one value room would have cost for the trip. It killed me to leave the bubble, but it was for the best. Why: As I alluded to earlier, Tanner turned 1 on February 28. And what better celebration is there than a trip to Disney World? I caught plenty of crap from various people in my life about taking a 1-year-old to Disney World. My favorite quip was You could write Disney World on a cardboard box and put the kid in it and he wouldnt know the difference. But I knew better. Tanner is an inquisitive kid, always wants to see everything and know what everyone is doing. And I knew he was going to love EVERYTHING about Disney World. Was I right? Youll just have to read on to find out.