Hello there! Welcome to my very first Pre-trip Report! First Trip Report for that matter. In fact, the only thing I've done on the DIS so far is to post a few comments on other people’s TRs. So I warn you now - I have no idea what I'm doing!! But I just found out we are for sure going to Disney in three weeks and I'm dying to share my trip details with someone! I know what you're thinking: Hold on! Wait a second! Did you say three weeks??? And you just found out??? Hannah, this is serious cause for concern! You must be a very impulsive, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of girl! We're not sure you're going to fit in here at the DIS. You see, we are all hyper-organized trip planners who have the every detail of our perfect Disney vacations planned to a "t" months in advance. This three weeks out thing....well, we're not so sure.... I do have a good explanation, but you'll just have to keep reading to find out what it is! But before we get too far into this, let me introduce to you our little cast of characters. First, there's me. And I should probably introduce my little boy at the same time, since I don't have any pictures taken in the last year that don't involve him. Seriously. He is the focus of every picture, and if me or my husband are somewhere in the background, well ....that's just a bonus. So here is us: I'm a 30 year old ex-accountant - I worked in management for seven years before "retiring" to stay home when we had our little boy. I made my first trip to Disney World three years ago. Even though it was a super short trip (two days!), I had so much fun and immediately became a Disney addict (Insert comments here about how I love Disney so much I want to marry it, live in the Swiss family tree house, when I die have my ashes scattered around the base of the Tree of Life, etc. etc. etc.). Favorite Park: Animal Kingdom (I know, I know. This is no one's favorite park. But there's a story. I'm sure I'll get to it at some point in this PTR) Favorite Table-Service Restaurant: Yak N Yeti (I'll admit - this one's a little lame. Because our trips are always so short, we have pretty limited experience at table-service restaurants) Favorite Counter Service Restaurant: Boulangerie Patisserie Favorite Ride: Splash Mountain Favorite Non-Ride Attraction: FOTLK Next, we have this guy: We'll call him The Little Frattster (TLF). We just celebrated his first birthday and are so excited to take him on his first trip to Disney. I'm a little nervous about this trip because it's actually a work trip for my husband (WHAT? HE GETS TO GO TO DISNEYWORLD FOR WORK??? Yes, he's like the luckiest person on the planet. I'll explain the details later.) So for a big chunk of the time, it's going to just be me with TLF. On our own. By ourselves. Single-mommyhood. Did I mention that he's 1? Any advice would be appreciated. Prayers, too, for that matter. I'm just kidding. He's really a wonderful, easy-going baby. And we'll be in Disneyworld! So we'll have fun no matter what we're doing. Even if it's just sitting in the hotel room watching Stacey! Since he doesn’t really have any fun Disney favorites, I’ll just share with you a funny story about him. TLF hates going to sleep. Like a lot of babies, he screams his head off whenever we lay him down. So nap time and bed time are a lot of fun. We hold him, rock him, sing to him, pour him a glass of wine, follow it up with some benedryl (ok – I’m just kidding about the last two things. Please don’t call social services on me). Anyways, after he finally goes to sleep, he always poops. Then he wakes up because he’s pooped. So we have to change him, and then start the whole routine all over again. No lie. It’s every single time. We go through a whole lot of wine. Hannah, that’s not a funny story. That’s a gross story. Didn’t you read the posting rules on the DIS? No profanity, no talking about politics or religion, and no sharing stories about your child’s poop habits. Oh. Ok. Got it. Sorry. Please ignore above story and we’ll move on. Thank you. Last but not least, there's this guy: My amazing husband - my other favorite person in the world, and the reason we get to take this trip to Disney World! The only negative thing I will share about him is this: He doesn't love Disney (GASP!). I think it's because as a child, he had extreme motion sickness issues (like couldn't ride in a car for longer than short trips around town), so he grew up not enjoying theme parks AT ALL. And even though he's (mostly) outgrown the motion sickness, he just has a bias against theme parks in general. That's not to say he dislikes Disney, but he doesn't really get excited about it, either. And he hates talking about the plans for our Disney trips. On our last trip, I asked if he had any "must-do's" when I was making our plans. He said he just wanted to hang by the pool. Seriously? The pool? THE POOL??? Now I know Disney has some fantastic aquatic recreation areas. But if I am going to Disney World, I want to do some things that I can't do when I'm home. Going to the pool does not fall into that category. So this year I took a different approach and asked him if he wanted to hear about the places I'd made Dining reservations. His response? "Nah. Just surprise me." Boo. I should also mention that he is a borderline health nut. He never eats fried foods, fatty foods, and rarely eats dessert. His favorite meal is grilled chicken and steamed vegetables. In fact, on our first date, he ordered a salad as his entree. I momentarily panicked, wondering what the appropriate "date etiquette" was in this situation. Am I required to order a salad, too??? Will he not like me if I eat real food??? What if I order a salad, and then pass out later because I'm still so hungry???? And then I figured, what the heck. No point in pretending to be something I'm not! So I ordered a burger and fries. Then he asked me to marry him on the spot. OK that last part is a lie, but he did ask me out on another date, so it worked out alright in the end. I may have made him sound a little dull in this update, so let me throw in some positives as well. He truly is the most thoughtful and accommodating husband I can imagine. And in spite of not loving Disney himself, he eagerly goes along with whatever I want to do and truly has fun watching me enjoy myself so much. So he's pretty fun to have along as a touring partner Here's just a few of his Favs: Favorite Park: Animal Kingdom Favorite Ride: Kilimanjaro Safaris Favorite non-ride activity: Hanging by the pool Favorite Disney Movie: Aladdin With that, I'll close out this first installment. But join me next time - I'll give you a little background on how this trip came about and we'll get to the details of the actual trip. Thanks so much for reading!