AKA "We wanted to be an Ip-Dip too" PTR LINKS: Introductions - This post scroll down! # 2 The real planning begins # 3 Pictures and crafts etc # 4 Wouldnt you wanna be an Ip-Dip too? # 5 Tracy got crafty? # 6 Off the Disney Track then back on Time out for some travel news # 7 Back to the Kingdom, Animal Kingdom # 8 Toy Story Mania here we come # 9 The last of the itinerary *# 1 Smokey Mountain Memories Part 1 *# 2A Mountain views and a scenic hike Part 1 *# 2B Mountain views and a scenic hike Part 2 *# 3 Note to self NEVER go shopping with Marianne *# 4 Chik-fil-a, scrapbooking, and more scenery *# 4 Continued #* 5 Its not a cabin its a log home #10 Getting back to talkin Disney #11 No more ADR changes and October itinerary #12 Super Soap Weekend say it isnt so #13 I cant say how upset Bill and I are #14 Why are we getting up early again? TR LINKS # 1 TR STARTS HERE!! # 2 Oh were half way there, living on a prayer # 3 Pop, Pop, Pop Century!! Talk about, Pop Century # 4 Oh oh its magic when Im with you # 5 Walking on sunshine # 6 Dont need nothing but a good time # 7 In the jungle, the mighty jungle # 7 continued - In the jungle, the mighty jungle # 8 Sweet dreams (are made of this) # 9 Everybody have fun tonight, Everybody have fun #10 Everybody wants to rule the World #11 I cant drive 55 #12 I want my MGM!! (DHS) #13 Give me all your (Character) Lovin #13 Give me all your (Character) Lovin (Continued) #14 Let it Be, Let it Be #15 Karma Chameleon #16 I drink alone #17 Acey, Acey were coming home #18 My obsession- Actually Bills =========================================================== Since it is only 46 days until we leave on our trip I better get my booty into gear here. I will introduce the cast then explain why the heck I named the pre trip what I did. Here is a glimpse into our madness. Me Tracy 38 - OTP: Im pooh-sized, but really working on changing my life. I am a computer obsessed, soap watching, country & pop listening, Disney World A D D I C T. I totally admit it. I need a 12 step program for it, I really do. I can work the words Disney World into any conversation. I talk way too much about past trips, upcoming trips, and trips we havent even scheduled yet. Here is me split screened from the last two trips: Him Bill 38 - knight in shining wheelchair: My darling boyfriend, spousal equivalent, or what ever else you could call us. Gene Simmons (Bills idol) would say we have been happily unmarried for 4 years now. Bill has Cerebral Palsy, a speech impediment, cant use his right hand, and uses a power wheelchair. He has the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen, a fantastic sense of humor, and a smile that can melt your heart in a second. He has 3 college degrees and is currently working on his Masters in Rehabilitation Administration with a 3.8 GPA. He just got done building his second website for the company he works for. Here is Bill on the train at MK: Dog Ace 3 - neurotic: Sweet, loving, loyal, skittish, obsessive, and cuddly. He is half Jack Russell, half Rat Terrier and all lazy. We swear he knows the word Disney and cant stand it. I get this look when we talk about Disney or when the suitcases come out: Yes I know, the same old boring cast, but wait dont leave us, there are NEW things this time, I promise. We have added two more people to the cast!! Her Amy 22 fantastic person/friend: We met her in 2005 when Bill went to work for a summer camp for people with disabilities. They were camp counselors that summer and she is very familiar with Bill and his disability. She was in the same cabin with Bill for the first two weeks of camp. She has been a real friend to him, a true gem. Not many people give Bill a chance, they dont get to know him, or they say they are his friend but usually dont come around unless they need something. Not our Amy, she has been a fantastic friend since that summer and I dont think she has any idea how much we adore her. She is wonderful with people with all types of disabilities, autistic children love her. I dont know why she wants to hang out with people 16 years older than her, but thank goodness she does. I lifted this picture off her myspace, I am sure you will see many pictures of her on the trip report. Here is Amy: Another dog Charley 6 months? hyperactive: Amy's baby, she is insane, has no fear whatsoever, and is cute as a button. She is a King Charles Spaniel and is totally adorable. She is a love me, love me, you know you wanna love me kind of dog and it freaks Ace out. It is totally hilarious to watch her with him. She does everything she can to get him to play and he jumps on the couch and looks at her like she is an alien, only now she can jump up right behind him and still get in his face . This is the only decent picture I could get of her, she is too wiggly: Now that you know the cast I can answer the question why did she name her PTR that?? Well, I will tell you why. First off I have to let you know the official definition as told by Buzz in the absolutely fabulous TR The Man Report: Ip-Dip Whenever someone does something dumb, theyre an Ip-Dip. When I lost the car last year at Downtown Disney, Loud Girl called me an Ip-Dip. Why would we want to be an Ip-Dip?? I had followed Buzzs Man Reports for awhile. He has a great knack for writing and cracks me up. Linnie (Buzzs better half) is a very wonderful woman. They have a child with a disability that is very close to Bill and my heart. Bill and I loved reading about their family and how wonderful they were with their little boy and sweet little girl. Last year we had a fantastic meet with another family and I thought it would be fun to do it again. Buzz kept saying they wanted people to join in and come at the same time they were in Disney so I started thinking. Then other great people decided to crash Buzz and Linnies vacation and I kept reading about it. I really wanted to go, but I knew Bill wanted to go to Super Soap Weekend again. I mean I understand it, when he gets beautiful women like this to take pictures with, why wouldnt he want to go: I kept talking about Ip-Dip a lot. Bill then brought up Star Wars Weekend. There was a discussion and we decided to go to SWW and Ip-Dip, it made us both happy !! While we were there we had a bounce back offer from Disney and went insane by not only booking our October trip, but a weekend in November as well. Then some divine intervention happened. Bill and I had wanted a friend of ours (Amy) to go on the last two trips with us. She has never been to Disney, never been on a plane (sounds just like me before my first Disney trip in Feb. 2006), and wanted to go, but it just didnt happen. She came over, we were discussing our June WDW trip. We also told her about our upcoming October trip. I casually mentioned that it would cost next to nothing for someone (wink wink) to room with us. Her eyes lit up, those sweet beautiful eyes had that I want to go look. Bill and I both saw it. I threw out the bait and hooked her with one sentence . She asked how much it would cost; I told her I would call the next day. I did, and got a price. Bill and I decided, she was going this time, no matter what. I called her with the price, she said it sounded doable and would let me know in a couple of days. Then the other day, Southwest had a Ding for us, I purchased our tickets and Bill and I had a little chat. I called Southwest and asked them some questions about buying a ticket for someone else and if they didnt go could we apply the funds for us, they said no problem at all, so I went back to the Southwest website and bought Amys plane ticket. Bill and I had already decided to exchange the November trip for ESPN Weekend in March so this was no problem. We did this for several of reasons: We would be helping our friend She would get to go to the Happiest Place on Earth Bill and I would get to play tour guide We would get to talk about Disney incessantly to someone that actually wanted to hear it besides the people that are reading this report right now She would be helping me transfer Bill into rides I could not transfer him by myself. Pirates of the Caribbean and Spaceship Earth come to mind It would be wonderful for us to see Disney through her eyes. I called her, told her what I did, I think she was a little shocked and she said it was totally doable now giggling and saying YES I am going !! I said are you sure, I have ADRs to change and I have to know, she told me it was a definite. Well just like any other OTP would do, I immediately printed out my spreadsheet trying to decide what restaurants I knew we wanted to keep and what we might change to show her the most of the World . I got out my steno pad, wrote down what I wanted on what days with substitutions if what we wanted was not available, I also wrote down time frames. I am happy to say I actually got all the restaurants I wanted, there is only one I will keep calling about to try to get an earlier time, 8:55pm is a little late when the restaurant supposedly closes at 9:30pm . Next installment I try to rein in my OTPness so I wont totally exhaust her on this trip, do you think I can do it?