Were Back! And we had the time of our lives! Hi everyone, Im Staci. For those of you who read my PTR, you already know that. For those of you who didnt follow along, Welcome! Heres the link in case youd like to go read the prequel to our trip story: Click Here for PTR. As you can see from the title, this was my husbands and my first trip to the World as Mr. and Mrs. We were married last December, and just took a small honeymoon since we got married only a few days before Christmas and wanted to be back home for our first Christmas together. We knew wed be taking a small honeymoon, so we decided last October to start planning a trip to Disney World for this September. This leads me into a little background on the Cast: Staci, 22thats the Mrs. (me)! As many of you know, Im a graphic designer for a legal services company. I also do freelance design. Im an obsessive planner. I just love fitting all of the details together like a puzzle. Insane? Maybe. I think this is one of the reasons I love Disney World so much. There is just SO MUCH to plan! And let me tell you, I had it planned down to the last pair of socks in our suitcases! I also just love all of the details at Disney World and how everything works together to provide such great opportunities for amazing vacations. When Im not psychopathically planning, I love helping my hubby with the youth kids at church, reading, watching The Office & 24, and spending time with family. This was my fourth trip to the World. I dont remember my first trip at allI was two. My second trip wasnt until I was 15. I went with my family and my uncle and his family. We stayed at Fort Wilderness and even though it poured every day, we loved it! I went again in October 2006. It was the girls and Pawpaw trip. I went with my mom, sis, grandparents, aunt, cousin, and her two girls. We stayed at POP Century and had a blast! Lets just say I was excited beyond all measure for our trip to finally start! Michael, 22thats the Mr.! Michael works as a youth and music minister for our church. Even though it can be very challenging at times, he loves his job and we both love hanging out with the kids. He loves playing the guitar (and I love listening to him play) and is very talented at making highlight videos. While Im more of the obsessive event planner, Michael is more of the obsessive orderer. For example, all of our vacation video is already labeled with the day, place, what, and clip number. Together, we make quite the vacationing pair. But we have TONS of fun at it! I mean, who doesnt have fun once they admit theyre a nerd?! When hes not putting his iTunes in order, Michael also loves watching The Office & 24 (he got me hooked on both), reading (though he doesnt like to admit it) and interpretive dancing in the car. We laugh a lot! Michael had only been to Disney World once before. He was 9 and stayed in the Contemporary. While he was excited about our trip, he didnt really get the hype like I did. He was more excited to be away from work and the world for a week than go to Disney World. I think its safe to say that is NOT how he feels anymore! Hes already talking about our next trip! Heres a pic of what were really like: And this is us being a little more civilized: When we started planning our trip, we planned to stay at POP Century. I really enjoyed it last time, and we knew itd be in our price range. However, I bought The Ultimate Disney World Savings Guide online and found out about all kinds of new savings, including renting points from DVC owners. In fact, thats what brought me to the DISboards in the first place! I ended up renting points and staying at a Deluxe Villa for less than what it would have cost us to stay at POP! We stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jambo House in a DVC Studio. I cant even tell you how much we loved this resort! (But more on that later) We had the Disney Dining Plan and Park Hoppers. Our trip dates were September 20-26, 2009. We drove down to Dallas (from Oklahoma) on the 19th to stay with my aunt, and then left for Walt Disney World early Sunday morning. Im so excited to share ALL about our trip with you all! It was absolutely fantastic, and itll be a lot of fun to re-live! Thank you all for reading!! Up Next: An extra passenger? Frozen Custard Pretty, Pretty Disney Princess I've included a quick link to the different installments...I'll update this when I have a new post: 1. Day 0: Traveling to Dallas 2. Day 1: Flight to Orlando & DME 3. Day 1: AKL Check-In and Room 4. Day 1: Exploring Animal Kingdom Lodge 5. Day 1: DownTown Disney 6. Day 1: Video of AKL 7. Day 2: Epcot Future World 8. Day 2: Epcot Future World 9. Day 2: Break from Epcot 10. Day 2: Coral Reef and Epcot 11. Day 2: Spectro and Wishes 12. Day 3: Disney's Hollywood Studios opening and first ride 13. Day 3: Disney's Hollywood Studios morning and afternoon 14. Day 3: Disney's Hollywood Studios and end of Day 15. Day 4: Magic Kingdom Rope Drop 16. Day 4: Magic Kingdom Morning 17. Day 4: Magic Kingdom late morning, and a fun break! SO SORRY!!!!! 18. Day 4: Dinner and Magic Kingdom Evening 19. Day 5: Keys to the Kingdom Tour! 20. Day 5: MK Afternoon and a Magic Moment! 21. Day 5: Epcot World Showcase Late Afternoon 22. Day 5: Epcot World Showcase on Speed! 23. Day 6: Animal Kingdom Morning 24. Day 6: Animal Kingdom late morning INTERRUPTION: Help Please! INTERRUPTION: Contest Update 25. Day 6: Rest of Animal Kingdom 26. Day 6: Boma and DHS night! Excuses are like a butt... 27. Day 7: Boma Breakfast and DHS morning 28. Day 7: DHS and Home 29. Life Update 30. Trip Wrap-Up! Life Update: We're Moving!!