This is my first attempt at writing a TR. I do not claim to be a good writer maybe mediocre at best. Nor am I very funny. My claim to fame is obsessive planning and then obsessive documenting of how the plan is going. To that end, The Plan will be part of our cast. And our Cast of Characters: DH Mark. I tried to come up with a cute character name for him but couldnt. And honestly, he doesnt want one just like he will not wear character t-shirts, hats, etc. He is a high school teacher and coach who is wonderfully accepting of my obsessions and whims. He is a man of very few words (I talk more than enough for the both of us) and is definitely not prone to exaggeration or emotional declarations. Because of this, when he makes a positive comment about something, it is taken as the highest form of praise possible. As we were leaving MK on the last day of our first WDW trip two years ago, he said, This was fun. We need to come back sometime. Coming from DH, this was an amazing compliment and it got me immediately thinking about when our next trip could be. His favorite park is DHS (although we prefer to call it MGM). Myself, Born 2B a Princess (a/k/a Stephanie). I am a planner. I love to plan. I obsess over planning. I will plan anything and everything. I am a girly girl and always dreamed of being a princess in fact, that is one of my nicknames (really, it is!) and I wear the title with pride. I love my family and love spending time with them especially at WDW. I make the vacation plans for our family and was just watching and waiting for that perfect opportunity to go back to WDW. Thanks to Disneys Military Salute this year, that opportunity came along and I jumped on it. My favorite park is MK. DD Alyssa, almost 15 years old, Minnie for purposes of this TR. She really likes Minnie Mouse and tends to be obsessive about some things, just like me. She and I are girly girls yes, we wear full makeup to the parks and to the water parks. LOL Shoes and accessories more, please! And she is also an athlete (just like her Dad). She loves WDW and tends to occasionally have a bit of that lovely teenage attitude. Her request for this trip was to Pick a Pearl in Japan (an early birthday gift). Her favorite park is also DHS (MGM). DD Brie, 10 years old, Tinkerbell for purposes of this TR. She loves all things Tink and her main goal for this trip was to meet Tink. She is usually very calm and laid back, but underneath that calm exterior is a fiery red-headed temper and attitude. She is also an athlete and is definitely not a girly girl so I was very surprised when she told me she wanted to go to Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique! Being the girly girl that I am, I jumped on that request and scheduled an appointment for her as soon as I possibly could as a late birthday gift. Her favorite park is also DHS (MGM). Grandma and Papa (my parents). Again, no cute names. I'm just not that creative. This was their first trip. The girls and I were instantly addicted on our first trip to WDW and couldnt wait to go back. As stated above, DHs glowing praise of WDW meant he also loved it so we had to do another trip. My Mom doesnt care for rides (she tolerated trips to Disneyland when we were younger but really didnt enjoy them), while my Dad likes rides. They didnt really understand how we could get so excited about a trip to Disney even after we showed them the hundreds of pictures we took on our last trip. They were only with us for the first day of our trip (we drove down together on Friday, went to the parks on Saturday, then they left on Sunday to go home). But we got them addicted, as youll soon see. Because this was their first trip, much of The Plan for the first day focused on what they wanted to do and might like to do all part of our evil plot to addict them to all things WDW. Because my Dad is a veteran, we were able to take advantage of the Military Salute this year and get that great deal on tickets plus 40% off our resort. Thanks, Dad! The Plan. Yes, The Plan is a character unto itself. It was born a few months ago and was a culmination of months of studying the UOG, information from the DIS, experiences from our last trip, input from friends and coworkers, and input from Mark, Minnie, and Tinkerbell. Grandma and Papa were asked for input but pulled the typical, We are just happy to be going with you we just want to spend time with our grandchildren just watching them have fun will make us happy . Yeah, right. We knew their first day had to be magical or they would never want to come back. We wanted them to become just as addicted as we (well, the girls and I) were. Did it work? Next up...How this grand adventure came to be...the planning stages.