I keep meaning to start one of these, and then life gets in the way! So now is as good a time as any, seeing as how we leave in a week! We are a family of 3: I am 35 and divorced, my daughter is 5 and adorable, and my son is 3.5 and quite the character. When I was pregnant with my son, and recently separated from my (now) XH, I took my daughter to Disney World for the first time. She was 15 months old, and she loved every minute of it. One of my favorite pics from that trip: The following year my XH and I were attempting to reconcile, and we took both kids to WDW. We had an amazing time, and I thought this was a new beginning for our family. Fireworks! But later that year, things fell apart and I asked XH to leave. It was the toughest decision I have ever made but it was absolutely the best thing for myself and the kids. My mom lives in Florida part time, so I brought the kids to visit her and we took them on a short trip to WDW. Once again we enjoyed ourselves and I took the kids around the parks by myself a few times. I guess that was the beginning of my independence. A favorite photo from that trip, he wouldn't stop staring at her!!! Me, after losing a bunch of weight, with the kids: The following year at vacation time I had a tough time justifying the cost of our annual trip to WDW. But after perusing this board (and exploring forums outside of the WDW ones) I found that a trip to DLR could be less expensive, and that DLR was actually well-suited to families with younger children. So I decided to take the kids to California! We stayed at the Park Vue, which I would not recommend unless you absolutely do not care about your accommodations. I really couldn't picture the layout of the area, even with all of the helpful maps, so I wanted to be as close as possible to the entrance to the parks. Well, once we got there I saw that other hotels aren't really THAT far from the parks, and they are easily walkable. I had read so many conflicting reports about the walk from the HoJo, for example. Some people say it is SO FAR!!!!! While others feel it isn't that far at all. I'll have further insight on the HoJo after next week . Anyway, we truly enjoyed ourselves at DLR last year. It was so different from WDW, and yet still there were similarities. I found I could rely on instinct when navigating my way through the park. There were times where I thought "Hmmm, I need to get to Fantasyland, how would I get there if this were MK?" and lo and behold, I was right. Some of my favorite photos from that trip: One of my very favorite memories: charades with Alice, the Mad Hatter, and the queen. They were acting out various Disney movies, rides, and characters: DS cautiously approached the queen... They huddled to come up with their final charade... The Haunted Mansion! So this year I had enough airline miles for us to go on vacation! I couldn't get flights to Orlando to take advantage of the 4/3 promotion, so it's back to DLR! This time we are staying at the HoJo. So many people talk about it, I have to try it out! So we leave in a week, and this is (hopefully) going to be my pre-trip report, my in-progress report, and my post-trip report. Thanks for stopping in!