Welcome to our first mom and daughter trip report! Trip includes many firsts: -first time with mom and daughter on our own. -first time attending MNSSHP -first DIS meet -first Illuminations cruise -first stay at BLT. Let's introduce ourselves. Cast Sue (suzycute) - just the right side of 50 This will be my 7th trip to the World and the second time staying with DVC points. I'm a psychologist by day and DIS boards lurker and poster by night. Kate (wishspirit) - 20 years old, and a university student, so trying to keep my part of the trip on a budget! I am a recovering agoraphobic, but getting much, much better of late. The plane is still something that makes my knees knock, but with my psychologist mother sitting next to me it shouldn't be too bad! This will be my 5th trip to Disneyworld, and haven't been for 4 years! So I am incredibly excited about Mommy and me going together. I am quite a poster compared to my mom (2977 currently!), however mostly lurk over on the Dis Unplugged podcast board. Plan Thursday 17th September Travel to Gatwick airport after work and check in at the Sofitel Hotel (hopefully with runway view). This will be our first stay at this hotel as we thought that it will be less stressful for Kate than travelling to the airport the following morning by train in rush hour. Friday 18th September Flight with BA at 11.20am so a nice leisurely morning stroll from hotel to check in at a civilised time of the day. Kate usually feels much better when she is actually on the plane but will probably feel very anxious before hand. She prefers to deal with her panic attacks on her own so I have strict instructions to ignore her in the terminal building. We land at Orlando International Airport and catch ME to Pop Century resort for our first 2 nights (I didn't have enough DVC points to stay at BLT over the weekend!). We'll probably potter round the resort, buy Kate's AP as she hopes to return with her DBF in June 2010. (I have mine from last year) and retire to bed. Saturday 19th September Up incredibly early I expect. It's early morning entry at DHS today and we want to be there for rope drop to get to TSM this will be Kate's first time doing this ride and she's heard so much about it since DH and I rode this many times last year. We'll spend the rest of the morning at DHS but will probably leave at lunch for a rest back at POP. I'd love to go to Illuminations in the evening but we'll see how we feel. Sunday 20th September Transfer to BLT!! Up early to leave our luggage with bell services to transfer them for us. We think we'll go to MK this morning. We have a lunch reservation at Chef Mickey's at 12.50. We'll then go and check in for 6 nights in a studio with lake view at BLT! Monday 21st September Not sure how we'll spend our day but we're so excited to have been asked by fellow Disers Becx and Gav to join their Illuminations cruise at 8pm. Tuesday 22nd September UK DIS meet at the Tambu Lounge at the Poly at 1pm. Really looking forward to meeting some other UK Disers and drinking my first Lapu Lapu. (Kate is not 21 till December so it'll be plain juice for her!) From 4pm onwards we're attending our first MNSSHP. We're still debating whether to dress up or not watch this space! We're looking forward to watching the parade and fireworks and going trick or treating. Wednesday 23rd September No specific plans except lunch at the Crystal Palace. Thursday 24th September No specific plans except lunch at Prime Time. Friday 25th September No specific plans except Cape May Cafe for dinner and carry out our usual family tradition of watching Illuminations for our last night we LOVE this show! Saturday 26th September All too quickly, it will be time to leave. We'll spend the morning at a park and catch ME back to the airport for our 17.30 flight back to the UK. Hopefully DH will come to meet us and drive us home. Toy Story Mania for the Wii comes out on the 25th and no doubt he will have spent most of Saturday getting really good at this so they'll be no chance for us to beat him. As time is so short on this trip, we'll be staying on site and not venturing out to US or Sea World this time but we want to fit in a Fantasia golf trip and possibly a trip to a water park.