Halloo! I'm Molly, spouse of Robert, and we are the crunchy granola parental units of Eamon. **************** The pre-trip DCA stuff you're looking for (said with the Jedi hand swoosh) is at the last page (for the moment) of this thread. ETA: post #192, page 13. Pre-trip for DL quickie trip starts shortly after. Links to the pages the TRs start are further down on this page. We now go back to the original continuation of the start of the then-pre-trip for our May '09 visit! **************** E will be turning 5 next month, and since his b'day is right around Memorial Day, and since no one ever really came to his b'day parties b/c of holiday plans, last year we threw in the towel and decided to just go to Disneyland (resort) for his 4th. It was so successful, and there was so little (in other words, none whatsoever) outcry of remorse from friends and family, that we decided to do it again this year. We would have just stayed happily at HoJo, but this year (this spring!) something big changed. We faced our disney uber-fan facts, added up past, present, and future $$ that has gone and will go to Disney, and took the plunge into DVC-land. I hear you, I hear you say "but you work with a budget when you go! but DLR isn't the best value for DVC! but but but!". Well we'd first considered it in Sept of '07, and passed. We figured that our big trip would "do" us for awhile, and we only upgraded to APs because I knew we'd have a one-day visit, while visiting my brother in San Diego, within the year. You know, it just made sense. (and it did, a 5 day and a 1 day was more than an AP and then you get food discounts!) But then by December of '07 we found ourselves on planes again, going to DLR again. And then there was that "well THAT wasn't much of a vacation" "Molly you have to go, we'll be fine" quickie solo trip just a month later. And so on and so on and so on. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Past trip reports! Sept 20, '05, Oct 5, '06, & Sept 17-23, '07 at Paradise Pier Hotel and HoJo Dec 5-9, '07 at Anabella Jan 25-26, '08 solo at Carousel May 26-30, '08 at HoJo solo day Nov 5, '08 & family family Dec 5-8, '08 one night at the Hilton then "Big Kahunas" at PPH (upgraded to a suite!) (I didn't do a trip report for the Ladies Trip, but I was there, early March, '08!) DLH for HoJo fans One day in DCA with newbies starts here. Two days of mudder 'n son mainly at DL starts here! What will be next??????? ::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Then you have to realize that I have relatives in Florida. Relatives I love, and haven't seen in WAY too long. My aunt I last saw in '04. Her daughter I last saw in '00 (and I've never met her hubby or kids). The other cousins I haven't seen since '95, I think! Crazy. I should see these people more often. One group lives in Port Orange, the other group in Orlando. Seriously, what is keeping us from visiting? Now that we really do want to start visiting, it only made sense that we'd go to WDW. The Port Orange cousin used to be a store CM, and she and her hubby spent their year of courtship at WDW on seasonal passes, they are also mega-fans. You can see that many trips to WDW are in our future. And so the decision was made. And with this decision came "incentive" points, which mean "extra" points to use at DLR (or Saratoga Springs Resort in Florida) before October 3rd. Therefore, this 5th b'day trip came to be!