Hi all. For those who visit the cruise board I might be familar. I'm also Hypermommy's husband, for those who may know her. I wrote a pre & post TR about our first ever (and almost free) cruise Apr/May 08. We got bit real bad by the cruise bug and Castaway Cay, so our second (and last) family cruise will be Nov 09. (and there is a current PTR over there). Anyway, we try to go semi-often, even buying Fla res passes in 06. But Mickey's boat cost too darn much, so future trips were put on hold to save for the return cruise. We were cool with that, even though it's been 18 mos for DW, and 30 months since I've last been there. Then the Mic said we could get in for free! Well, one of us at least, and only on our birthday. That got me thinking we could go down without the two boys, for just a day trip, and spend very few dollars. (I know, I should know better by now). I missed kidnapping my wife the morning of her Bday in April and hauling her away, mostly due to her job situation and my thin wallet. Then I kinda let slip that I wouldn't mind a quickie at the end of May for my Bday, provided she get a different job (or something like that). Ka-pow! she put in her two week notice and lined up a freelance gig. She also has a Disney related website, so we have another acceptable reason to show up there once in a while. The eating machines (aka DS 15 & DS 13) are even OK with staying behind, as a greater payoff looms large. (Yes, they had a blast on the boat) But oh how a simple day trip did morph. Did ya know we could get Fla res 2 day passes for only $99 and a merchandise credit on my Bday? So we need a room, hum... extra magic hours Fri night at MK? Book us a room at the All Stars will save us parking fees also, so sure, I was fine with the upgrade. We'll go the 29 & 30 May. The only real snag wasn't what to do with the kids, but what to do with the 2 dogs. Heck, we know lots of fools, er.. friends who will make sure they don't kill each other, but taking in big and medium dog, no, not really. Boarding? I think not, as there is no line item for it in the new budget and this could kill the whole deal. Thankfully a fellow Boy Scouter will stay here with everyone both Fri & Sat night, allowing us to stay late on Sat night before heading home. And then it happened again, he reached right into my pocket with barely a how ya doin? They stopped selling the 2 day pass! They now sell THREE day passes. Whoa, that means another night at A/S. Well, I guess I'll have to deal with it, we will just leave Sunday afternoon and be home by dinner. Then D23 makes reserved seating available to the concert and fireworks at Epcot on Sunday evening. Of course DW's a first year member, and wouldn't it be nice.... Oh fiddle sticks, not again. How can this be happening to me? Just as that sinking feeling set in I remembered the kids. Oh good, we have kids and no one to watch them. That didn't last long as the neighbor said they could sleep over there Sunday nite. Ouch! So a third night was added to the reservation. At least it won't cost the old checking account much as creative financing has again bailed me out. Some very insured clown rear ended me 2 weeks ago, and his insurance company has been very generous to me when they found out I wasn't claiming injuries. So I get to take a rental car to Orlando and I'll just let Mickey cash the check. Just tell me one thing, how does he ALWAYS know when I have a few extra bucks?