Hello and to my latest PTR: SURPRISE! (I Hope He Didnt Really Want to go to Chattanooga!): A December 2012 PTR For those of you who might not have gotten the reference, Im talking about the surprise video of the two kids who were told they were going to Chattanooga when they were really going to WDWand then ended up being genuinely shocked/saddened that they werent going to Chattanooga after all! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf3Sd5t9a3Y This trip is a surprise for our 4 (5 at the time of the trip) year old son, Eli! The surprise has yet to be hammered out, but with every passing day, he asks that we go back to Disney World, and our answer is always, "when we have the money to go again and when you're bigger"... little does he know, it's coming up SO quickly! We can't wait!!! Who, You Say? Here's the cast of characters as it stands today: Me (Jillian): I'm a 30 year old Disney nut, event planner for a University by day. I love the great outdoors, reading, playing and being fully immersed in Disney planning... Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom Favorite MK Ride: TTA Peoplemover/Space Mountain Favorite DHS Ride: Tower of Terror Favorite AK Ride: Expedition Everest Favorite EPCOT Ride: Spaceship Earth Favorite Character: Snow White, Mickey, Swedish Chef Favorite Cartoon: Phineas and Ferb DH (Nate): 37 year old, works in merchandising for a hardware chain, Loves paintball, napping and harassing me about talking about Disney too much. To my credit, our 2011 trip turned out MUCH better thanks to my attention to detail (and he will fully admit that... I think.....) Favorite Park: DHS Favorite MK Ride:Space Mountain Favorite DHS Ride: Tower of Terror Favorite AK Ride: Expedition Everest Favorite EPCOT Ride: Test Track Favorite Character: Carl from Up! Favorite Cartoon: Phineas and Ferb DS (Eli): 4 (5 at the time of our trip) year old boy wonder. Loves all things Pixar/Disney/Marvel superheros. A boy to the core, he can be found building Lego cities in the basement, watching Phineas and Ferb or battling the universe in one of his many superhero accessories... Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom Favorite MK Ride: Splash Mountain Favorite DHS Ride: Tower of Terror Favorite AK Ride: Kilimanjaro Safari Favorite EPCOT Ride: Spaceship Earth Favorite Character: Woody, Buzz, Mickey, Belle Favorite Cartoon: Phineas and Ferb The Backstory: Weve been to Disney World twice as a family. Once in 2009 with my in-laws, which was my eye-opening, jaw-dropping introduction into how much planning a GOOD Disney vacation takes (we went with no plan, no ADRs, nothing ..and paid the price). Last year we went December 2-10th, staying at POR in a standard room, with 8 day PH and the Free DDP. We were joined by my parents and brother: 30598230000 by sunnysideup03, on Flickr We had a great time and didn't want to leave (I actually teared up on the DME to the airport--that place is SO magical!).... I was unable to convince DH to let me book the bounceback offer ("We'll go in 2 years, 1 year is too soon...yada yada yada.....), I came home and immediately re-immersed myself in the DIS, reading TR's and DR's and longing to go back. It was around Christmas/Chanukah that DS started asking to go back. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Even going so far as to lay on the guilt trip, using such lines as: "Mickey Mouse misses me...." "I didn't get to meet (fill in the blank) character" "I want to ride on Splash Mountain and the Elevator Ride (TOT) again tomorrow..." In January, DH had the ability to get full-time hours at his job, which I reminded him would allow us to take a WDW vacation pretty easily now. I believe my exact quote was "You won't even know we're saving for it!" (I do use the Disney website to pay a little here, a little there... like a vacation layaway-it works out so great for our family!) So after some curmudgeonly grumbles, he agreed we could go again this year...but we both agreed, we were keeping it a surprise from DS. Partly because we couldn't wait to see the look on his face when he knew he was going again and also because we didn't need to hear about his touring schedule 260 days out...we were going to bottle his excitement. So how have our plans unfolded? What dates are we going? Where are we staying? Are we "branching out" this trip? Stay tuned for more! I'm so excited to have you join me (and advise me!) on this Disney journey!