Planning 2 Disney Vacations-Part 1. (Pre-Trip Report) My first trip report and I already dont know where to start. I guess I can start by saying thanks to a certain TR writer (I won't mention Nebo's name quite yet *coughs*)and all his sidekicks for pushing me into writing this TR. I just hope I can write this TR as could as he can, and hold everyones attention. Of course I will have lots of help from DW. She's the true writer between the 2 of us. I'm just going to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I dont want this to turn into a cookiep-cutter TR. If any of you followed Pkondzs Hawaiian TR, then you know its filled with many cookie recipes. Patience Nebo, patience. I'll give you credit at the end of this TR. If it makes it that far. Im not as good at this as you are. As many trips as you take to WDW, you would think you wouldve taken one to Disneyland by now. Send the rookies out to DL and wait to hear back from them. Decide if its worth going or not. We do feel honored though that you consider us WDW veterans, although weve only been to WDW twice. So who are the rookies you ask? Well I guess that would be me (Mike), T-Man as Im known by Nebo and all his sidekicks. Although Ive also been called thumpy, thumper dude and wascally wabbit. Can you guess which one is me? Im the cute cuddly one. Then theres DW, the love of my life and the lady with many nicknames. Most know her as Lady H (H standing for her real name Heather). Shes also been called Mrs. T, Smiley Queen (), TMW (short for Thumper_Mans Wife, her disboard name) and what ever other names people have come up with for her. For this TR, I will refer to her as Lady H. This seems to be the nickname that has really stuck with her. Meet Lady H. She is also the cute cuddly one. (She wanted me to post a warning so you don't get scared to death. So I guess WARNING: Cute lady in picture.) No these pictures weren't taken on our DL trip. We haven't gone, yet. "Hey Ponzi, quit pushing us out the door. Not time for us to go yet." These were taken on our last trip to WDW in October of 2010. We almost gave up hope taking a picture with Miss Bunny. Finally got a picture with her on our last day there. Literally within our last hour, but that wouldve been another TR we never got a chance to write about. And heres the 2 of us together. So now you met the rookies. Why am I calling us rookies? This will be our first trip to DL together. Lady H and I have each gone to DL, but never together. Its been years since either one of us has been to DL. That last time Ive been to DL was about 19 years ago. Disney California Adventure wasnt even built yet. Heck, I dont even know if what was even a thought back then. All I remember was I was young, dumb and full of.................................................................................RUM of course. What were you thinking I was full of? I had just turned 21 that year. I was legal now. And I went with family, so I had to be some what good. As for Lady H, its been 14 years since shes last been there. Probably just started building DCA the last time she was there. How we could we be rookies since weve each been there in the past? Well so much has been added and changed since weve last been there. The only parts of Disney that existed back then was DL and the Disneyland Hotel. Since then, DCA been added; as well as 2 more hotels and Downtown Disney. Now that there is more to do and see, and it's taken us FOREVER to go back, we feel like this will be our very first time going to DL. Which brings me to why I called this chapter, Planning 2 Disney Vacations. I (yes, yours truly) am in the process of planning 2 Disney vacations for us. Lady H just comes along for the ride. She leaves me to do all the planning. Isnt it supposed to be the other way around? I know all the women here like to take control and plan their Disney vacations. Or at least most do. Anyways, I just have to tell her when and where were going, and how much dinero, moo la moo, yens, pounds, loonies I need. Our first Disney vacation will be to DLR. Which is why most of you are probably here. Our second Disney vacation will be back to WDW in December. This will be our 3rd trip to WDW (first close to the winter holidays). You probably want to know how DLR will compare to WDW. If this is your true objective, then I will disappoint you right now; we will not compare DLR to WDW. Or at least we will try not to. If we do, it may be inadvertently. Our objective is to tell you about all the wonderful things we did, and about all the things we wish we had done. And the occasional, we'll never do that again and this is why. Were going with an open mind and really dont want to spend all our time on vacation comparing DLR to WDW. Ive read TOO many heated threads about how DLR is better than WDW, and vice-versa. I believe everyone who goes to each place should enjoy each place for what they have to offer. This is our intention and exactly what we plan to do. I hope Lady H and I can take you on a magical journey. So grab your glass of wine (you know who you are), beer, fuzzy cup or whatever it is you like to drink; sit back relax and have a good time with us. Hope to have Part 2 up by tonight.