That's right, this trippie has been in the making since 2005! EEK!!! I have read many reports on the board and have loved every single one of them. And I always said I would set out to make one of my very own. Well, with returning from the trip right in the height of Christmas Shopping season....well, I kinda put it in the back burner. Then of course life got in the way... Christmas led to spring....which led to summer vacation.....plans to start school to earn my certification and Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education...and not knowing how 11 years out of college, 2 kids, and a list of activities in which I have to shuttle the kids to or lead (I am also a Girl Scout Leader). WHOA! It's a miracle I got my head screwed on the right way! But enough about that! Now I am ready to relive the Magic! This will also be a great way for me to get even more excited about our upcoming trip to the World! The Cast: Let me begin by introducing you to the cast. We are a funloving family of four originally from the heart of the Big Apple, New York City. We relocated to the Jersey Shore in the Garden State almost 7 years ago. We surprisingly fell in love with it immediately. We love our little house, love the schools, the town, the activities....(I Did say we were funloving! LOL). We are also HUGE Disney fans. We have the Disney channel on all day, purchase all the movies the moment they are released, and make special trips into the city to visit The World Of Disney Store in order to experience a little magic at least twice a year. Unfortunately we are not one of the blessed families that gets to go to the World every year. To be exact, prior to this trip, we had not gone to Disney as a family at all. DH had gone twice as a child and one time once we became a couple. I had visited every year from the time I was 9 till I was about 21. (Lucky enough that my favorite uncle is a castmember!) DD had been there 2 times for day trips when visiting the grandparents, and DS went once as a 3 month old, again with the luk of having an uncle who is a castmember, so they were not planned trips, but free spur of the moment trips. But we have never experienced Disney just the four of us. So without any further interruptions here are your Cast: Tink- Quite simply me. I am sweet and friendly until you push me to the limit. I can be one fiesty lady! LOL I am a self proclaimed OCD planaholic. I leave no I's undotted, no T's uncrossed. I love knowing what I will be doing at all times. I enjoy seeing things fall into place. I am the type that has a plan for the year on New Year's Eve. I feel like I have accomplished so much when I see them all get crossed off as Mission Accomplished. Prince Donald- He is like Half & Half, just enough Prince Charming, with just as much Donald in him. He lets me do all the planning but will question every step of the way. I call him a closet Disney fan. He will tell you that Disney is no big deal, but just take a peek at him watching a parade, and you can see the twinkle in his eye! Princess Ariel- She is the epitome of a princess! She loves all things girly, is sweet, and kind, but with just enough sass. She was born for Disney. She has grown out of me calling her my baby girl....but does not mind at all, in fact strongly approves, me calling her princess. Stitch/Experiment 626- My little man is your classic energizer bunny! From sun up to sun down, he keeps everyone in the house going. He also gets himself into some huge messes. But he can get himself out of it with that adorable dimpled smile. Stitch is fitting for this little guy! The Start of The Dream Vacation: After becoming parents, we decided that we would leave the big city behind for a quiet little existence in the suburbs. With housing cost astronomically high in NYC and taxes no better, we decided that we would move out of our homestate altogether. This meant moving somewhere that we were not familiar with. It also meant we had to make a big decision. Ariel's babysitters were either her grandma or my very close friend. Would I continue working and leave Ariel with a total stranger? She was a late talker so this meant she couldn't tell us if something was wrong. Not to mention child care costs are through the roof! So we made the decision that although we would miss my nice salary, we would be forfeiting it for a good cause. I would be seeing my little girl grow myself. Of course this meant we would have to be more frugal with our spending and not take vacations every year (who am I kidding???? Vacation would be few and far between! LOL) So we made our choices and add another child, we stick by our decision and are happy with it! Since we had not taken a real vacation in 4 years, we started discussing going to Florida to visit my mom and dad (divorced and living on two ends of the state) as our next vacation. We planned to drive and visit with my mom for 3 days and then with my dad for 4. We knew that we would require a hotel stay for the visit with my dad since his place is really small. No matter. Everything was going as planned until..... We see the Disney commercial on the television! The one with the family having fun at the resort and the parks and all that stuff. Yeah, well Ariel tells us, "Wow that looks like so much fun! Is that the hotel we will be staying at?" I immediately answered no. But Prince D looks at me and says "Hmm, I wonder how much it would cost to stay on property?" THe wheels of planning were cranked on! It has been a dream of mine to stay on property since I was a little girl. But of course my uncle worked there, so it was more cost effective to visit daily and stay at his house. Or when my whole family went we stayed at those motels along I92 that cost $30 a day. Rent a car was the way to and from the World those days. Besides at that time, staying on property were for the wealthy! LOL So I didn't get my hopes up and told Prince D I would run the numbers and call AAA and see what they can offer us. Up Next: The Dream is Becoming a Reality!