Hello everyone! My name is Sooze. If you know me, welcome to my latest TR! If you don't, I'm going to be jumping right into this report, so if you REALLY want to get to know me, feel free to click on one of the links in my signature. If the date of the trip is underlined, there is a link to the TR! Enjoy!! Day 1 Arrival at POFQ (Just scroll down!) Day 1 Starting at Epcot Day 1 Mission: LOUD! Day 1 Divide and Conquer End Day 1 Wishes! Day 2 DHS Morning Day 2 More DHS Fun Day 2 Block Party Bash and Osborne Lights End Day 2 at AK with EMH Day 3 EMH at MK Girls' Morning Out Day 3 Spin Fest on the Teacups and Crusin' the TTA Day 3 Princess-Palooza Day 3 Meeting Rapunzel and Flynn Rider Day 3 Main Street Show and the Tray Dance Day 3 Thanksgiving Meal.... Meh. End Day 3 MSEP and EMH at MK Day 4 Drama before Epcot This Thanksgiving, we were able to surprise our kiddos with a short getaway to Disney! We woke them up at 4am and told them we had to go to the airport to pick up a 'surprise' Thanksgiving guest. DS (Ty) was on it right away. The boy is now 10 and can see through a surprise pretty quickly (much to our dismay). He was questioning our actions, and even mentioned Disney a few times... but didn't nail the surprise on the head. After parking ("Why are we parking if we are just picking someone up?") we quickly unloaded the suitcases and handed the kids their princess ears (for DD-Shae) and lanyard. We said, "We think you may need these!" Then, it sunk in!! It wasn't a giant explosion of gratitude and joy... it was more of a slow, bubbling realization that we weren't kidding. Well... here... see for yourself! What's that? You can't SEE?!?! Well, that's because it was 4:30 in the morning, and our lighting situation was not ideal. Oh well... at least you can enjoy the cold Hoosier wind.. Our flight was direct and we were HOME in no time!! This was our first time staying at POFQ, so we were excited to see some new digs. Here we are arriving: We just love taking the first flight out in the morning and arriving at Disney just as people are getting up and out of the resorts. It feels like we have the whole day ahead of us.. and, heck.. we kind of do! Right away we were greeted by a fabulous CM who gave DD a purple coin to match her purple outfit: That coin gave us lots of entertainment throughout the trip, and my little princess did not let it out of her sight! She treasured that little cheap piece of plastic! We had to wait much longer than we are used to. Not that we minded, just a bit DVC spoiled, I guess. I had time to enjoy the fabulous Mardis Gras artwork: I had to sing a few rounds of "Down in New Orleans" from Princess and the Frog. In fact, every time we came "home" to POFQ, I had to sing that song. It just fit so perfectly! The kids entertained themselves while we continued to wait for an available CM: I just love how my children get along at Disney World. Why is that? They are just so happy to be there that they forget about their supposed sibling rivalry? Or maybe they're afraid we'll turn around and go home if they misbehave? DS singing a lovely POFQ song: Ok, enough of this lobby! Finally, it was our turn.. and it was worth the wait. Not even 11am and our room was ready! YEA!! This meant we could eat and take a quick nap before heading out for the day!! AND we were in the building right next to the main building! SCORE!! It was building #3 and I loved how the building looks hidden from the parking lot: Building THREEEEEE, Mommy! We arrived in our room to find: Sing with me now, "In the Southland, there's a city, way down on the river. Where the women are very pretty. And all the men deliver..." Another picture of our building: We dropped our luggage and headed immediately to the food court... at RIVERSIDE!! DH (Matt) and I had taken an adults-only trip a few years ago and stayed at POR... we LOVED the food court. So, sticking with what we know, we found our way there. It was deserted and we quickly enjoyed our first $45 counter service meal. Ouch... the OOP meal prices were already starting to hurt. Nevertheless, we still sprung for a couple of these: Filled them up with Diet Coke. Then headed back to the room for a little bit of this: Ah... Disney naps, blanket love, and Stacy on the TV. Good night, Disney World! And speaking of World... we had two of them calling our name. Future World and World Showcase. After naps... EPCOT HERE WE COME!!! Come back now y'all!