Are you seriously nuts? Those of you who dont know me and our History must be thinking, she owns DVC, why wouldnt she be going? Well without belaboring the subject heres the short version October 2011 10 day trip planned, booked, ADRs set, F&W Deminars and Wine Tasting Dinners booked. 2 days before departure. Canceled. Pixie dust ensues and points were magically placed back in the account. December 2011 Trip rebooked at a different resort for Christmastime instead of F&W. ADRs made, airline reservations rescheduled. One month before departure. Canceled. Paid $$$s for frequent flyer miles to be put back in account. May 2012 New 8 day trip scheduled with a friend. ADRs set, DME scheduled, One day prior to departure. Canceled. Points in holding. October 2012 Reschedule of previous years trip, including US/IOA, VWL & BCV. ADRs set, but didnt bother booking any deminars as the prospect of this trip looked even more unlikely. One month out. Canceled. Points did not go into holding! Why all the cancellations you ask? Well evidently this problem can be traced back five years or longer. The long and short is that Fran has vasculitis in her left leg. This condition caused Venous ulcers to form inside her leg and burst open. We didnt realize what was going on in 2011 and it wasnt until March 2012 that she began treatment at the Wound Clinic. Normally these things have about a 16 week recovery period, give or take. She has had two debridement surgeries in the last year, and the wounds are almost all healed. One giant step was made when I overcame my squeamishness last summer and started to change the dressing on her wounds. With me playing nurse we could at least travel for 2 weeks or less as long as I did the dressing changes daily. She feels really bad about all these cancellations, but really what kind of a spouse would I be making her travel when she is in such pain and feels so horrible? So here we are less than two weeks away. Normally by this point, I am obsessively planning my day to day stuff, suitcases are almost packed, notebook is prepared with printed confirmations. However Im finding it hard to believe that this trip is actually going to happen and therefore hard to get motivated to get ready. I decided to bail on my PTR which has been a work in progress for over two years now and dive into a new PTR that will evolve into my TR! For those of you who have followed me on my journeys in the past youll know that me and my partner Fran are obsessive Disney lovers. Weve been DVC members for over five years now and as much as we love going to WDW, it seems that we end up using our points at DLR more than we get to the East Coast. Our last visit was in May of 2011, but that was more for educational purposes as we attended the D23 event and spent two full days of the 4 ½ day trip in a convention hall listening to seminars. My last real Disney World Vacation was in January of 2010 when we took my parents for their first trip. As you can see, it has been a very looooooong time since I have had a proper relaxing trip to the world and have every intention of making the most of it. For those who have followed my trips, you know that we take things pretty slowly. No park commandos here. For us its more about soaking in the ambience, sipping some tasty cocktails and most of all, the food! We come back to the room every afternoon for a nap This is the two of us on our last vacation. It was a little over a month ago. We took one of the last Mexican Riviera Cruises on the Disney Wonder. Heres a shot of us from that trip. Being an obsessive planner, even without the drive and gumption that this trip will really come to fruition, I have some pretty detailed plans. Heres what I have so far. Day 1 Monday January 28th, 2013 Fly from LAX to MCO Arrive 4PM, Pick up Rental Mini Van Check in at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, CL room Dinner in the Lounge or Jakes American Bar, or the Orchid Lounge or the Sushi Bar. Dessert on Club Level I was really hoping that we would have a refrigerator in our room. I might have to pull the refrigerator for medical needs card. Technically insulin is supposed to be kept chilled. Here are the amenities from staying at the Club Level: 300-thread-count, 100% cotton bed linens 32" Flat Panel Television with HD channels iHome clock radios with iPod docking stations Lather skin and body care products made from the most unique, natural ingredients Two dual-line telephones (one cordless) with voicemail system On Demand in-room movies and video check-out fees apply Keurig Coffee Makers featuring Emeril's gourmet coffee and assorted teas Separate bath and vanity area in most guest rooms 100% combed, ringspun cotton terry towels, plus hair dryer and make-up mirror Iron, ironing board and In-room safe Refreshment pantry including soft drinks, snacks, candy, nuts, etc. for purchase In-Room wireless high-speed internet access (charges apply) Complimentary high speed internet access (HSIA) in public areas. Smart room technology for automated heating and air conditioning And Club level amenities Access to our 2,000 square foot lounge Additional room amenities: evening turndown service, and cotton signature bathrobes Free access to health club, The Gymnasium Personal concierge services to help with all your vacation needs Complimentary coffee, tea, and soft drinks throughout the day Continental breakfast served each morning (7:30 am - 10:00 am) Afternoon snacks (12:00 - 3:00 pm) Hot & Cold Hors d'oeuvres and Complimentary beer and wine, along with $5 cocktails (4:30 pm - 6:30 pm) "Sweets Hour" each night (8:00 pm - 9:00 pm) Lounge Open daily 7:00am - 9:30pm Day 2 Tuesday January 29th, 2013 Use our Early entrance to Islands of Adventure to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Breakfast on Club Level On Our Way WWoHP Part 1 Part 2 Definitely enjoy a Butterbeer Shopping HoneyDuke's Zonko's Lunch at Three Broomsticks or not. Not sure what to do the rest of the afternoon Dinner is at 7PM at Emerils Tchoup Tchoup. Day 3 Wednesday January 30th, 2013 Use our Early entrance to Islands of Adventure to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or Go to the Titanic Exhibit and shopping. Check out of the hotel at 11AM and head to Kidani Check in at Kidani, Make arrangements to use DME for Thursday. Shopping at Publix Lunch somewhere (OK, now youll think Im crazy, but I plan to stuff a frozen Prime Rib in my luggage when we leave home. Bagged up tightly in several layers to avoid spillage, and this is why the fridge is important at Universal. You see when purchasing my on sale Prime Rib this past Christmas I was horrified to find that I still had three from last year, so I decided this was a good use for one of them.) Roast Prime Rib, Potatoes and Green Beans for dinner while watching the animals. Day 4 Thursday January 31st, 2013 Visit AK in morning Safari Part 2, Safari Part 3 Festival of the Lion King FOTLK Part 2 Snacks and Dinosaurs Return Rental Car to MCO, take DME back to Kidani View the Animals from the Balcony Dinner @ Sanaa 6:45PM Day 5 Friday February 1st, 2013 Breakfast in the room Head over to Epcot on Busses Ride a few rides See a farm Heading through World Showcase Lunch at Le Chefs de France Return to Kidani for the Culinary Tour Stroganoff and Green Beans for dinner with leftover Prime Rib Today I booked the nighttime safari for the two of us! Day 6 Saturday February 2nd, 2013 This is our day to wing it, maybe hot breakfast in the room Who knows what else? Turns out we go to AK And get lost in things Hanging at the Resort Dinner at Fultons 6:30PM Day 7 Sunday February 3rd, 2013 Switch day for resorts. Quick breakfast in the room Check out of Kidani Head to DHS Lunch at Sci Fi Dine In Theater 12:55PM Rides Check in at BLT Dinner will be Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches, mashed potatoes & gravy Wishes from our MK view room Day 8 Monday February 4th, 2013 This might be another day for a hot breakfast in the room We will head over to the MK on this day and check out the new Fantasyland including Be Our Guest, Little Mermaid Ride and Storybook Circus. Maybe slip in a ride, part 2 Try to get in for lunch at Be Our Guest for some soup Some more around the MK, and a Dole Whip Afternoon nap in the room Dinner at Ohana 6:40PM Day 9 Tuesday February 5th, 2013 Well see what we have left for breakfast in the room Surprise Trip to DHS Park of the day is Epcot (after DHS) Lunch reservations at Via Napoli Another stop and back to the resort No other plans Dinner well be winging it, leftovers, QS, wow! The spontaneity! Day 10 Wednesday February 6th, 2013 Last day Breakfast Booked only 1 week out! Part 2 Grand Floridian Construction and Hidden Mickeys DTD BalloonWoD Shopping Absolutely no plans other than Dinner at Narcoosees at 6:10PM Day 11 Thursday February 7th, 2013 Rope drop at MK Enchanted Tales with Belle (in the queue) Enchanted Tales with Belle (the attraction) Winnie the Pooh Interactive queue The ride and leaving WDW Catch DME back to MCO and fly home Please feel free to come along and join the ride. There will be plenty of food porn and other unique views on our laid back approach to the world! Looking forward to generating some excitement that this trip WILL actually happen!