Introductions Welcome and thanks for reading my Trip report! Before I begin, let me familiarize you with the cast. This is me: I'm Alicia, the writer of this TR and the one who chose, planned, and guided this vacation. I'm a 20 year old student in my third year of college, and I have been a Disney lover my whole life. My first trip to the world was back in 1997, when I was only 7 years old. Since then, I visited four more times until I was 15 years old. Before the trip I was curious to see how the experience would differ now that I am an adult. If you'd like to know my final answer, you'll just have to follow along and see. The other cast member on this report is my sweet and wonderful DBF, Alex: He is in the Air Force and is the reason why I was able to go WDW. He promised me a vacation last February before he deployed, and when he returned this past July I was able to start planning the trip. He used to be reluctant about all things Disney, but after this trip, he is a Disney-fanatic! Our trip was from Dec. 16-Dec. 21. The worst time to go to the parks. The crowds are astronomical. The weather is biting. The prices are mindboggling. So, why choose such a difficult time? We had no other choice, unfortunately. Since I am a full time student, we had to work around my school schedule. December 16th was my last day of finals and the earliest I could break away. Unless we wanted to wait until next March when I had Spring Break, there was no other alternative date. In addition, I wanted to see the Christmas decorations. My family can be a bit, uhh, nuts about the holiday season. I'm not talking about a few strands of lights on the gutters. Or some holiday ornaments on a fake tree. I am talking about arches along the driveway and lighted candycanes showcasing the sidewalk. I am talking about an entire room dedicated to a village. I am talking about a dozen different batches of holiday goodies. My family doesn't just love the holiday season, we are the holiday season. We are that house on the street that people take their children to see in the car. Our breathe smells like peppermint for months and we have tinsel stuck to our shirts and shoes the day after Thanksgiving. Needless to say, I was excited to see Disney during the holiday season. For our first trip together, December was the only month I wanted. A short sidenote before I finish up this intro: DBF and I have known each other for five years now. We began dating in 2008 and have spent most of it apart. When we began dating, I was away at another college, and after I moved closer he deployed. So, you could say this trip was a test for us. We had never been around each other for more than three days at a time, and this vacation put us around each other constantly for a total of 8 days. (We visited his family after WDW). Did we manage to go the whole trip without killing each other? Did I love all the holiday decorations? Was the trip a huge success? Follow along to find out!