NEW-we are currently here at POP. I have 24 hours of internet right now. My DM was concerned she had a blood clot in her leg and wanted me to check the symptoms. Based on everything we read she doesn't But I will have 24 hours of internet. I will post a little about our trip. Okay, let me admit it right off the bat, when it comes to planning WDW trips I can be a very sneaky DD! When free DDP is announced (in April or May) I usually go ahead a book it without telling my DM. And she goes with us! And we live together! But wait, Im getting a little ahead of myself. Let me start by introducing my cast of characters (pictures of us are in my siggy below which will remain there unless I put a ticker in my siggy) Age before beauty My DM, 72, but doesnt look or act her age. Okay, shes really not 72, shes 71 and will be 72 before we go to WDW in October. About 10 years ago my DM and I decided to each sell our houses and buy a larger home, together, so she could help me raise my DD11 (more info on that in my info). My DM is self-employed, in construction, as I am, and we both run our businesses from our house. My older DSsis works with my DM and I see her everyday, M-F. Here she is walking with DD at Discovery Cove. (they were having a good time, I just happened to catch them unsmiling.) And her she is cutting up with the DC sunblock) My DM is a real trooper and I frequently forget that she is almost 72. Seriously, she doesnt act her age and for the most part is uncomplaining. She keeps up with DD11 and I most of the time. In keeping with the age thing, heres me Im a self-employed, single mom, 52, of a wonderful DD11. Shell turn 12 in Sept. I was lucky enough to be able to adopt my DD when she was a baby. She is my daughter by choice and she is also related by blood as she is my biological niece. Best thing Ive ever said is Ill take her when she was in the NICU being weaned off drugs and no one knew if the drugs would have a lasting result. Luckily, they didnt, and shes a very healthy, happy, and very smart (sometimes scary smart) young lady. Here's me This was last year on Siesta Key-we came upon this almost completed sandcastle and DD had the best time finishing it. 5 years ago I started a POP Fridge Swap that is still continuing to this day. I have been able to use it 5 times now, my DSis used it this May for her 30th anniversary, and I will be using it again in October., number 6! When I started that swap so long ago I never expected it to still be going on. AMAZING! And finally, the reason I do what I do, my DD, almost 12. (last year in the airport on the way to WDW) She is the light of my life and a wonderful child. She is very loving and giving. She is very smart and started in the 7th grade IB (International Baccalaureate) program about 5 weeks ago. This year her school is still year round which allows us to go to WDW in October without missing school. From K-5th grade her school was also year round and she was off in Sept. Thats why we really started going then and we love that time of year. Plus we would usually celebrate both my DD and my DM's birthdays. They are only 3 days apart. In 6th grade her school changed to traditional so I took her out for 8 days to go to WDW. Afterwards her teacher told me usually a child will drop a letter grade when they miss more than a week. Luckily, she didnt, and she carried a 4.0 from 4-6th. Im so proud of her. She is also a pre-teen and starting puberty. Eye rolls and tone are pretty much a part of everyday life. DD is a voracious reader and has been since she first picked up her first Harry Potter in 1st grade. In 5th grade she earned the most AR points at her school that has ever been earned. The record remains unbroken. She also loves to play softball and is a pretty good 2nd baser. She just missed out on being on All-Stars this year and hopes to get picked next year. Winter ball evaluations were held yesterday and we should find out what team/manager she got this week and start practices. First game is Sept. 10th. She will miss 2 games while at WDW. So, thats our small cast of characters. Ill try to come up with some cute little names for us. If I do, Ill edit this post. Right now my DD is wanting to get on the computer so I will be getting off now and I will update this thread soon. I hope you will find my Pre-Trip report of interest. I did one last year and then did a few updates while in Florida (before we reached WDW and still had FREE internet access). Unfortunately I never did a Trip Report after we got home. This time I promise I will!