Click to skip to each new entry: Pre-Trippie part 1 - Are we finally going to do this? Scroll down please [post=22917773]Pre-Trippie part 2 - Would they or Wouldn't They????[/post] [post=22939704]Pre-Trippie part 3 - DH and the Binders[/post] [post=2309278]Pre-Trippie part 4 - DH Continues[/post] [post=23074199]Pre-Trippie part 5 - Cast of Characters[/post] [post=23217272]Pre-Trippie part 6 - An Unexpected Invite[/post] [post=23272428]Pre-Trippie part 7 - Back in Time[/post] [POST=23690294]Pre-Trippie part 8 - First Itinerary[/POST] [POST=24088472]Pre-Trippie part 9 - Let the Changes Begin[/POST] [POST=24167194]Pre-Trippie part 10 - Are you kidding me? ADR Changes Already[/POST] [POST=24407962]Pre-Trippie part 11 - Hotel Flipping[/POST] [POST=24734943]Pre-Trippie part 12 - Return of the Binder[/POST] [POST=24946569]Pre-Trippie part 13 - Fly vs Drive[/POST] [POST=25014599]Pre-Trippie part 14 - I'm a Scared![/POST] [POST=25762907]Pre-Trippie part 15 99 Days on the Wall[/POST] [POST=25943862]Pre-Trippie part 16 And so it Begins [/POST] [POST=26622527]Pre-Trippie part 17 Our Very First One[/POST] [POST=26635532]Pre-Trippie part 18 A Medical Update[/POST] [POST=27016076]Pre-Trippie part 19 38 Days on the Wall[/POST] [POST=27229651]Pre-Trippie part 20 28 Days on the Wall[/POST] [POST=27467315]Pre-Trippie part 21 We are TEENS[/POST] [POST=27639140]Pre-Trippie part 22 Single Dancin[/POST] [POST=27795849]Pre-Trippie part 23 And were off![/POST] [POST=27939212]Mid-Trippie Update OH NO![/POST] [POST=28103502]Day 1 - De Plane De Plane[/POST] [POST=28175940]Day 1 - Indoor is now Outdoor? Belz is now Prime?[/POST] [POST=28226642]Day 1 - DH Quick Update[/POST] [POST=28277626]DH's Defense! | Day01 #1 - the night before[/POST] [POST=28277649]DH's Defense! | Day01 #2 - the flight[/POST] [POST=28285901]DH's Defense! | Day01 #3 check in[/POST] [POST=28285929]DH's Defense! | Day01 #4 - Belz[/POST] [POST=28290437]Day 1 Bottoming Out[/POST] [POST=28353862]DH's Defense! | Day01 #5 TyRy, speechless[/POST] [POST=28358993]DH's Defense! | Day01 #6 Room & exit strategy[/POST] [POST=28390512]DH's Defense! | Day01 #7 PT & dining rants[/POST] [POST=28390864]DH's Defense! | Day01 #8 post-dining fun[/POST] [POST=28391006]DH's Defense! | Day01 #9 TyRys drink videos![/POST] [POST=28391914]DH's Defense! | END of Day 01: FWIW my Daily trip notes[/POST] [POST=28405311]Day 2 Goin Explorin[/POST] [POST=28409082]DH's Defense! | Day 02 - Oh So Sore![/POST] [POST=28410861]DH's Defense! | Day 02 - Voyeurism @ Swan&Dolphin [/POST] [POST=28421091]Day 2 - No Red Soup for DH[/POST] [POST=28459315]Day 2 - Pineapples & Coconuts[/POST] [POST=28668099]DH's Defense! | Day 02 O'Hana[/POST] [POST=28676816]DH's Defense! | Day 02 O'Hana Dessert pt.2 [/POST] [POST=28762626]Day 3 - Almost Home (Our NEW one that is!)[/POST] [POST=28781062]Day 3 - We're FINALLY at our new home![/POST] [POST=28836254]DH's Defense! | Day 02 Final Notes on the Day[/POST] [POST=28837076]DH's Defense! | Day 03 - Sleeping In & Raglan Road[/POST] [POST=28841595]DH's Defense! | Day 3 Our New HOME[/POST] [POST=28862027]Day 3 - Halloween Meets Thanksgiving[/POST] [POST=28994297] Day 3 - Halloween Time[/POST] It's time again - YEAH ! Another trip is being planned and we get to go this year! Last time I started with a trip report, so this time Im actually going to start with a pre-trippie. Who knows what twists and turns will happen between now and the time we are supposed to leave for the World. And youll need a little background. Im one of those obsessive compulsive planners who plans each trip 18 months out (we only go every few years WAHHHHHH) On our last trip I ended up with a HUGE three inch binder full of information, that of course, we not touched the whole time we were in the world. I also HATE to fly so will spend most of my time trying to talk DH into driving which is what we did last time. August 2007 Cant remember the exact date I know shock of all shockers, but DH had promised to go out to Woodfield when the DVC Store Doorway to Dreams opened. I think it was a promise made so he would not have to hear me constantly talking about going and seeing and he was hoping Id get a little fix off talking Disney to someone beside him (and the boards and tiggerbell for lunches) constantly. So off we go in the middle of August to the preview center. DH actually parked right by the entrance closest to it at Woodfield, so that was shocking, I hadnt even told him where to park. So we walk in and are greeted after a minute by a person asking if we like Disney and know anything about DVC. At this point DH is just snickering cause he knows I know a LOT about it and we are not your average off the street person walking in cause it looked cool. So we start talking with the CM and it turns out I do know more that she does. She suggests if they expand there I should apply for a job, too bad the pay is probably not a whole lot. She then asks if we have time would we like to meet a guide and speak with them. We say sure. So out comes Derrick - our guide Well call him DVG (Vacation Guide). He talks to us for just a minute and realizes hes dealing with people who actually know about Disney and DVC. So we take the tour through the Animal Kingdom mockups and Im trying to get a read on DH I think hes really liking it but Im not sure. We then sit down to talk about the most important stuff will it work for us. And would we buy at SSR or AKV? There was no question that what lured DH in was AKV and that was the only one he would consider buying since he loved it so much on our last trip. At one point DVG and I are talking in acronyms and DH looks really confused. DVG is also a member of the Disboards so we touch on that as well. So after unconfusing DH a number of times with our code speak, we take the information and leave. By the time we get home, DH is ready to sign on the line and (ready for the shocker) Im having second thoughts - WHAT?! I know, I know. Im the one who has said we should do this from our first trip in 95 and now DH is ready and Im throwing the brakes. Perhaps Mars and Jupiter were unaligned or something. So about midweek I decide this is a really good idea and lets sign up .uh-oh I waited a little too long to come to my senses and evidently made too many good arguments cause now DH is thinking it doesnt make sense. Great now I have to come up with new and better arguments to refute everything I had said in the beginning of the week to make him come back to the good side. DFIL is a retired numbers guy, so he also has great financial advice. We decided to ask him his advice this worried me as I wasnt sure which way he would go. Thankfully, he thought it was a good idea for us and told DH that .as a side note he may have had ulterior motives which youll see soon. The weekend comes and our seven days (to receive incentives) are up to make up our mind. We made an appointment for Saturday (which was our sixth day) and since we were still undecided called and moved it to Sunday. Sunday comes and it's rainy, and icky out but we head over to Woodfield anyway the place is PACKED. Last weekend we had no trouble parking, I think we ended up parking in Wisconsin this time. Im still not sure what DH is going to do as we walk in ..