Hi There! Welcome to my attempt at a Pre-Trip report. Hopefully this will have enough followers that I'll be moved to do a Trip Report! My name is Erica, and I am a Disney Addict. My DH Jason is not a full fledged addict like I am, but were slowly making progress! Just a little background on us- We dont have any kids (yet) but we do have kiddos in our lives that we adore. Weve taken all of them- with the exception of our youngest nephew -who is not quite a year old and an unborn niece (at least thats what my sister says she wants, so well go with that for now) We love sharing Disney World with other people- mainly my family because Jasons family just doesnt get it. We bought into DVC as a reward to me for having gastric bypass surgery. I was very overweight pre-surgery and my quality of life was going down the tubes. From what my surgeon says, the surgery literally saved my life. My liver was in really bad shape, and to pair that with other medical issues I was having , he thinks that I may have been dead within a few years had I continued on the path I was on with my habits. To date, I have lost 184 lbs. We took our first trip as DVC members back in September 2011. We stayed at Bay Lake Tower in a 1 bedroom with a Magic Kingdom view- I loved it! We hadnt planned on heading back until September 2013 because we had been toying with the idea of doing a Vow Renewal for our 10th anniversary in Disney World so I knew wed need to save money for that. Jason and I have both been married once before so we got married at the courthouse. The vow renewal is our way of celebrating all that weve been through and survived together, and besides, what girl doesnt want to be a princess for a day? Our plan was to just bank our points or rent them out while we saved money for the vow renewal. There would be no talk of a Disney trip before the vow renewal because we wouldnt be able to afford to do the things we wanted to do at the vow renewal if we also had a trip between now and then. Being the good Diser that I am, I continued reading trip reports, looking at pics of the castle lit up at Christmas, and reading about the decorations and all that good stuff and decided that I MUST go one year in December. I let the idea of a December trip go for a while and while we were out having lunch one day we started talking about things we wanted to do on our next trip. I know, I know, who randomly talks about what they want to do on their next Disney trip? Lemme tell ya, this gal does! Im not happy unless Ive got a trip planned- even if the planning is just going on in my head! We started talking about our points, how many we would need if we wanted to give our families rooms for the vow renewal using our points, why we MUST do an add on at the Grand Floridian when DVC goes on sale there , that kind of thing. I started calculating and tried to determine when the points needed to be banked by, and when they would expire, It was discovered that we had points that would need to be used by Jan 31, 2013 so Jason suggested that we go THIS DECEMBER. He didnt have to tell me twice! I was on the phone booking our stay at Old Key West as soon as my 11 month window opened up! Next up ..plotting and planning for one of the most magical vacations ever!