NOTE (July 2017): When I wrote this TR in 2016, I used Photobucket to host all of my pictures. Photobucket has recently disabled third-party hosting (ie embedding pictures on other sites, as one would do in a TR) unless you pay several hundred dollars for their highest-level premium plan. So as of right now ... no pictures. I may eventually go back and reupload the pictures elsewhere, but we'll see if I end up having the time/inclination to do that. I See a Line, I Wait In It ~ A January 2016 TR Hello and welcome one and all to this trip report. My name is Sarah, and I’ll be your guide through this slightly readable trip report (I ramble … you get used to it after a while, I think). For my returning readers, welcome back! It’s great to see you all again, and I’m so happy you’ve decided to follow along with my latest adventure. To my first-time readers, thanks for joining in (and please say hi if you have not already done so)! I’m glad you’re here to read my story, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you a bit through your comments. If you’re interested in the planning behind this trip, feel free to check out the PTR (not mandatory reading, but some people seemed to like it). Otherwise … just dive in! Now that we’ve got the hellos and welcomes out of the way, let’s talk about the trip particulars: When: January 5th-12th, 2016 (8 days, 7 nights) Where: Walt Disney World, of course! Pop Century Resort was our home base, but we managed to see a nice chunk of the things Disney has to offer. Why: Marathon Weekend! We ran two races (5K & 10K) and built our awesome trip around the race weekend! Who: Sarah (me) and Beth (my sister) Here’s a little more about us: That’s me, Sarah. I have no life or job, so I’m pretty much always on the DIS. Here are some of my trip highlights: Overall Highlight: All of it! Seriously. I can’t pick just one part. Even our worst day was awesome. Favorite Character Meet: Remy and Emile. Just because they’re so rare. Favorite Attraction Experience: Our second trip on IASW on day 7 … because we became those obnoxious people who talk through the whole boat ride. Favorite FastPass+: The 3rd Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Favorite PhotoPass Experience: Witnessing a proposal while waiting for a picture. That or an awesome photographer we had at Animal Kingdom. That’s my sister, Beth. She’s a future optometrist (current college student) and loves Disney just as much as I do (she just has a little less free time for obsessing because of the school stuff, but I try to keep her up to date on what’s going on with the DIS). Here are some of her trip highlights (in her own words): Overall Highlight: Even though it rained the whole time, I'd have to say the 10K Favorite Character Meet: Peter Pan Favorite Attraction Experience: I can’t pick just one – there are so many things we love to do again and again- Buzz Lightyear, SDMT, BTMR - just to name a few Favorite FastPass+: Ticket for SDMT on Monday from the guy at the kiosk Favorite PhotoPass Experience: Tree of life at Animal Kingdom where Pascal was on my arm So, what can you expect from this TR? Here’s a sample of what you may or may not see (depending on how much of the trip I forget by the time I get to things), in no particular order: Pictures! I’ve got us at about 2300 pictures … and that’s before we add borders and whatnot to the Memory Maker pictures. We’ve got ~615 photopass, ~970 from my camera, ~100 from my phone, and ~600 from Beth’s phone. We may have gone a little picture crazy. I’m not apologizing. Rain! It was not our driest trip. Friday morning especially. It’s a good thing we weren’t planning to be outside for hours that morning (oh wait … we were). FastPasses! We love FP+. We have a lot of fun with the system. Availability of same-day FP+ was not great on our trip, but we still made the best of what we were able to get. Mile Markers! After all, we did run 2 races, for a total of 9.3 miles. Two people … that means 18 mile marker pictures. But we were together for many of those pictures, so it’s probably closer to 10-15 pictures. Medals! Both actual metal and rubber medallion. Once we got a medal, we wore it (with the exception of Friday, when we only wore the 10K medal and left Thursday’s 5K medal in the room). And the photographers (and characters) loved them! DIS Meets! I met three DIS’ers (two of whom my PTR readers may recognize from the comments), plus two members of the DIS Unplugged Podcast team. This was the first time I’d ever met anyone DIS-related on a trip, and it was great! I am a little sad that I missed some other people who were there and I just never ended up seeing, but there’s nothing I can do about that now. Fireworks! We saw three fireworks shows. One of them we saw twice. We like fireworks. Characters! Yes, we are adults who love character meets. There are days when we do as many character meets as we do rides (some days more), and I love those days! Princesses! I am aware that princesses are characters. But we did 2 princess meals and finally completed our February 2015 princess-quest, so the princesses get their own bullet point. Boats! Exactly what it sounds like. There were a lot of boats. And some monorail too. New Adventures! We tried a lot of new things this trip. Like a lot. I will mention as many of them as I remember when they come up. Now that we’ve got the introductions out of the way, I think it’s time to start the trip reporting. Hang on to them hats and glasses, because this here’s the wildest ride in TR-land!