Overview: This pre-trip report is now a discussion about a BUNCH of trips! Confused?? CLICK HERE FOR AN OVERVIEW OF ALL TRIPS! Next up!!! Marathon Weekend! Dates: Jan 7 - 10 Transportation: Flying and Renting a Car! Resort: POP (Nope - Upgraded to POR FQ!) Event: Spectator for Marathon Weekend and MEETS! Freaking Out! ANOTHER Upgrade! Woo Hoo! Thursday Plans! Obsessing about the Weather! Plans A, B and C Good Grief. My last one was....DECEMBER 14-20, 2009! ********************************************************** Christmas In Disney The Cast: Joyce and Rachel Joyce and Rachel are my good friends from church. We also enjoy being addicted to a few TV shows (One Tree Hill anyone?), so we get to hang out watching TV, too! Rachel has a rare genetic disorder called mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS). There is a conference for families who are dealing with MPS in Orlando in December. Which is why we are going to Disney! In addition to MPS, Rachel also has a spinal cord injury from a surgery she had just 3 days before Katrina wiped out our coast. To our knowledge, Rachel is the oldest living person with MPS. Rachel and Joyce have been to Disney before, but this is the first trip for Rachel since she has been using a power chair. When we were planning Lauren's wish trip, Joyce was quoted to have asked why in the world I LIKE Disney? In fact, I really thought she was a Disney Hater... But...as we have started to plan this trip, I have discovered that Joyce actually LOVES Disney. She gets sorta giddy when we talk about it, actually. Of course, Joyce and Rachel can't go to Disney without this precious girl... Meet Ellie! Ellie is the 4-yr-old grandaughter to Joyce, neice to Rachel. Of course, Ellie has very sweet parents, too...so we guess they can come along! This is Gina with Rachel and Ellie. Gina is Ellie's Mommy! And this is Justin. Justin is the Daddy to Ellie and brother to Rachel! So...are you confused yet? No? Ok...well let's add the rest of the cast! Meet Rosemary! Rosemary is one of Rachel's best friends! And then there is me... Maroo! And I won't go through my details again. All you really need to know about me is...I am a DIS addict! Dates of this trip...December 15 - 20! Rachel, Joyce, Rosemary and I are all driving down. Gina, Justin and Ellie are flying to meet us. More on the details of this trip are coming as soon as I can get organized some! Links for the December Trip New Camera! New Cheat Sheet Leaving on a JET plane! I GOT A PIN!!!! Resortitis DAP Logo - Does it hold any CLUES?? Wilderness Lodge I GOT IT!! I forgot my ADR's!!!! Not Too Bad for Forgetting my ADRs! The FLU has ruined my TRIP! Decisions. Decisions. Ressurecting this little Pre-Trip Report Shirts Get in the Christmas Spirit! Decorated for Dax! My Cast Just GREW!! They want to go WHERE? Monday and Tuesday Plans Wednesday Plans Thursday Plans Friday Plans Two Weeks! Two Weeks! Two Weeks! Houston, We have a Problem! Check out Below some Trips that have Come and GONE! ************************************* Ten Days in September (2009) - Free Dining Well, gang, it is time for another pre-trip report! I am so excited! My last pre-trippie was ... so ... fast! Only 4 days, if you recall! And lacking of good stories, suspense and...well, planning!! So, I decided to start this one off right! This is going to be a very cool trip. A trip that is definitely a work in progress! So I will need LOTS of help from you guys. I have been hanging out a lot these days on the Free Dining threads. There are several threads out there describing this wonderful thing that Disney does. FREE Dining. It is really FREE!! Really!! Who turns down free food? Not me!! So...THE CAST!!! The cast is sort of a mystery. Because I am not sure of ALL of the cast members yet. But two are in stone...so I will share those with ya! Meet Sharon! Hello, Sharon! Sharon, like me, is single and has no kids. She is an awesome high school teacher from the great state of FL! Florida is cutting their teachers WAY back, but she has kept her job so far. She is one of those few teachers that live, eat and breathe to teach. She is a really great teacher...focusing on the slower kids to get them back up to grade level! Sharon and I have been friends for several years now...she used to go to church with me when she lived in MS! She was a missionary in Japan when she was younger (which was not that long ago, since she is still young!!) And then there is me... Yep, that's me!! And my dog, Muffin. Muffin can't come, but she wanted to be in the picture this time! Some of you already know how crazy I am...but for those that don't...I will tell ya a little about myself. I am single, no kids. Although I would love to not be single and have several kids...so, if you know of a special someone... I have a regular job working at a cancer clinic. I fight with insurance companies to pay for my patient's chemotherapy that they need. I also have a heart - a passion, really - for helping disabled and medically needy kids. I actually take care of Lauren, who some of you know from the rainbow TR, as a second job. Although I don't really consider that work. I am terribly...or wonderfully...addicted to the DIS! I hang out on several boards and threads, including the Wish Trippers thread...where we plan Wish Trips for medically needy kids! Hi guys!!! Links for the Sept Pre-Trip Where to stay? Where to stay? Doing the DANCE! Muffin visits the DIS! Where to eat? Where to eat? I lost a potential diner! Eating options... Wishes on the beach?! Flights! Flights! Flights! Convincing evidence for an early morning ressie! Lauren's Sweet 16! Help me decide! Food at DHS?! ADRs, ADRs, ADRs! New Camera! New Cheat Sheet New Resort and Day 1 Plans! 3 weeks to go!! Sunday Plans - AK, Boma A Hurricane History One Final, FINAL Resort Switch! Monday Plans - Special Wish Granting, Cali Grill! Tuesday Plans - DHS (AI Tryouts!) and a Rachel Update Plans for Wednesday! Crystal Palace, MK It is RAINING on my NEW COMPUTER! SICK! And Lauren is Famous! ************************************************************************ Magic Meets So, another trip is in the works. Magic Meets is a Disney convention of sorts where Disney fans from all over the country come to PA for a day and a half of Disney fun! They will have a social event or two for people to meet and mingle. They organized break out sessions where we can learn about cruises, pin trading, DVC, trip planning and the like. It is organized and supported mostly by podcasters - all people that I have gotten to know in the past several months listening to podcasts on my iPhone. So I am really excited! I got the tickets to the sold out event because I won an auction on the June Live Show for WDW Today. The guys and gals at WDW Today, allears.net, MouseVanTravel have all been over the top nice to me! So...here are the links for the Magic Meets info! And more coming! Links: And the Confusion Continues Christmas at Maroo's - Part 1 Christmas at Maroo's - Pictures! A New CAST Member! And she is REALLY CUTE! Our Newest Cast Member gets a SHIRT! Photography Contest!!! I am Home!