It Only Took 29 Years to Finally Get to WDW on my Birthday (And Who Knew That It Would Be With the Man of My Dreams!) The Trip Report Soooo! Some of you know me and my story from my PTR. For those of you who are new to my thread, WELCOME! And here is a recap of who we are, etc... THE DETAILS: Who: Myself & the Boyfriend (Cast Details to follow!) What: Our Magical Disney Getaway When: December 1-7, 2009 Where: Coronado Springs Resort Why: It's WDW, do you really need a reason to go? THE CAST: ME: Billie, 28 (turning 29 during our trip) ~ The obsessed one. WDW planning is my life, I have been told more times than I can count that I should be a Disney travel agent, but I've yet to find the right opportunity. I wish I could say I'm a lifelong WDW junkie, but sadly that's just not the case. I have memories my first trip when I was 5 years old, with my mother and father and grandmother. But coming from a family who doesn't vacation, I wasn't exposed to WDW again until I was 17 and a senior in high school. We came down for "Grad Night," but being thrill-seeking teenagers, Disney was boring and Universal was more fun. (I'm hanging my head in shame even as I type this! ) Fortunately, a year and a half later, a good friend who did have a love of Disney invited me to join her on a trip at the beginning of January 2000. And wouldn't you know it, I had the most amazing time, and I cried the night we left. I finally understood the magic, and I have been hooked ever since, returning as often as possible! Thanks to being hit by the bad economy, this will be my first trip "home" in three years, and I could not possibly be more excited. DBF: Ron, 30 Ron and I have been together for a year now (more on that later). He's never been to WDW, only Disneyland, and is almost as excited for this trip as I am. He likes to kick back and let me do all the heavy planning, but is also happy to offer opinions when I send him links and ask him questions in regards to the trip. ("Honey, look at these two menus, pick a restaurant please!") In general, though, when I'm surfing the DIS, he's surfing car forums and what-not. Ahh, men! (P.S. - He doesn't have some great fondness for Johnnie Walker and wine coolers, he was just bartending at his grandfather's 80th birthday party! ) OUR STORY: Our relationship has been anything but conventional, that's for sure. Just when I'd given up on ever finding the right guy, I found him on... where else?... the internet, of all places. We started talking and became friends in August of 2008, and I was instantly smitten. It took him a little longer to finally get on-board, though. Despite the impossibility of our situation, him living in California and me living in South Carolina (literally opposite ends of the country!), on Dec. 11th of that year we decided to be a couple. The real world meeting very soon followed, and now we travel back and forth as often as we can to spend time together. He's moving to South Carolina in the spring, but we have a couple more trips planned before then. HOW THE TRIP CAME TO BE: I've had a long-time love affair with Walt Disney World but due to feeling the effects of our nation's fractured economy, I have been unable to return "home" since 2006. He's a Disney fan (I knew he was "The One" when I saw that he has more Disney animated features in his DVD collection than I do!), and has been to Disneyland... but seeing WDW was a dream of his. So when discussing what to do with the trip we were planning for him to come see me in December for my birthday... the answer seemed obvious. And so the planning began, with me determined to show him why Walt Disney World is the most amazingly special and magical place in the world! WHAT ARE WE CELEBRATING?: That's the Disney question this year, isn't it? Well, to answer... (1) Just being able to be together and hold each other and make the most out of every precious moment! (2) My 29th Birthday, December 3rd! (3) The anniversary of us being together for 1 year, December 11th! (4) His first time at Walt Disney World!