Hello DISers...I've decided to take the PTR (and later TR) plunge and put it all out there. In my time on the DIS I've found that I enjoy reading PTRs and TRs more than just about anything else as I love getting to see how other people approach their trips. I've learned some great tips from reading along and also been inspired by some pretty cool people. I've decided to do a PTR for our November 2013 trip when we will be indulging in F&W for the second time, attending our first MVMCP and participating in our first RunDisney event (Jingle Jungle 5k). INTROS: Jayne, your overly chatty guide. I'm native St. Louisan and newish Disney fanatic (I'm three years in). I'm an attorney, dog lover/rescuer, sports nut, runner, cruise director (i.e. I love to be our group social planner), reader, political junkie and comedy fan (bring on Anchorman 2). I am also an avid Anglophile and lover of all things British as I studied in London for 6 months in college and it's never left my heart. With me as always will be my DH, Joe (joben) here on the forums (the screenname name is an odd adage to I Love You Man when Paul Rudd awkwardly tries to come up with a nickname for Jason Segel). Joe works in research at a medical school here in town. He's a science guy through and through and loves Star Wars, Star Trek (I guess anything with "star" in the title) and all science related programming and literature. He's also a St. Louis Cardinal nut, a camper, cyclist, dog fanatic, beer snob, bbq judge extraordinaire, Top Chef fan and fellow Disneyphile. We have been together for the past 9 years, married for 5. Every year it becomes a little more obvious that we were meant to be and every year I'm happier that we found each other. Our Disney obsession is something that we found together and continue to grow together. Our goal is to own DVC in the next five years. Together our joint interests revolve around dogs, baseball, travel, Disney, our obsession with Christmas, music (most specifically Mumford & Sons who we will be getting to see again this summer on the Gentelmen of the Road Tour) and our mutual loves of certain TV shows (GoT, Walking Dead, Modern Family, Parks & Rec, Arrested Development..thank you to the TV Gods for the 4th season...he won't admit to being taken by Big Bang Theory yet, however he's used the word "Bazinga" more than once) I also can't leave out our faithful companions Pete (also known as Big Buddy, Petey Boy, Peetar...and about another million nicknames) and Charlie (also known as Bear, Bear Bear, Charlie Bear and Lil' Guy)...why we have a million nicknames for them, I cannot tell you. We also have songs about them...we've made up voices for them, etc. We are clearly obsessed. We rescued them when they were about 7 weeks old (which was almost 8 years ago!) and they have been our best buds ever since. This will be our 7th trip to WDW together, although both of us traveled there fairly frequently as children. It's funny as DH is one of 12 kids and I'm one of 2 our early experiences at WDW as kids were pretty different, but we both loved it nonetheless. We rediscovered it together in March of 2010 on a day trip while vising friends in Orlando and that trip was quickly followed by a camping trip to FW in August 2010 (so fun but so hot) and a 60th birthday trip for my dad in March 2011. After that March 2011 trip, the spell was cast, the bug had bitten, the Kool-aid was gulped. I joined the DIS boards shortly after returning and was sucked down the rabbit hole. We had no immediate plans to return (having been three times in the last year) but somehow I (and over time Joe) was determined to make it back there again. It was odd at first because both of our families had just been and we knew our friends would likely not be that willing to go to WDW (we've converted some by now) and for some reason we felt like that was going to stop us from going, until I looked at Joe one day and said, "Why don't we go just the two of us?" Why it took that long for us to occur to go alone baffles me (we travel quite a bit and love going places just the two of us). Over the course of our 9 year relationship we have been to Costa Rica, London, New York, Florida, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Zion, Colorado, etc. but somehow a trip to WDW started out as mystifying... Soon the who, when, where, what and why started to form and we learned about renting DVC points. We decided to go in March 2012 and combine spring training with WDW but to use WDW as our home base. I wanted to stay at BWV or AKV but neither were available so we ended up at our 3rd choice OKW (which is now our home away from home). (pic from WDW website) Welp, the first trip to OKW put the final nail in the coffin...my normally quiet and reserved DH (who is hilarious but isn't normally a chatty Kathy) was relaxed and outgoing in a way that I'd never really seen and I was swept up in a soft glow of sunshine and smiles. It was truly amazing and we've never looked back. We now have a MNSSHP and F&W under our belts and can't wait to go back in November for our first MVMCP and RunDisney event (the Jingle Jungle 5k). TRIP DETAILS: When: November 2-10 at Disney's Old Key West Resort Who: Jayne & Joe (and possibly others?? if we can finally convince some of our friends to pull the trigger) What: do we really need a what?! It's Disney...we're all on these boards because WDW IS our "what" I will be honest, I'm a bit nervous doing this as who wants to do a PTR that nobody reads..ya know?! Hopefully someone will want to tag along at some point...please feel free to pop in and say hi! I'll also be covering some small items that will be happening between now and our trip (best friend's wedding, trip to Chicago for the 4th of July, moving into our new house that has it's own Mickey head!, family camping/float trip and a trip to Troy, OH to see Mumford & Sons in September). Part of me knows that if I have this PTR to be accountable, I'll take all the pics I always promise myself I will take! Chapter links in Post # Thanks for reading!