hello all! so glad i discovered site. went to WDW once when i was a kid (back when it was only magic kingdom and epcot). but i still have vivid memories of certain rides (small world, space mountain) and events (electric light parade). now i'm married with a child and i've been meaning to take my son to experience the same magic. it's taken me a few years, but i finally convinced DH that now is the time. we are planning on going in October 2014. DS will just have turned 8 years old. i'm thinking of staying in a value resort and driving down from North Carolina. any and all information is gladly welcomed and very much appreciated. i'm full of so many questions...what is the weather like during october? i still want to be able to enjoy the water rides and pools. what about crowds? planning on going Oct 18th and staying for a week. any info on value resorts? prob. going to do the dining plan as well. any suggestions on character dining for an 8 year old boy? i know i've got plenty of time to plan and save $...but I'm so excited that I finally get to plan this trip!!!