Hi everyone! Welcome to another one of my Trip Reports! For those of you who don’t know me my name is Elle. By day I’m a middle school ELA and drama teacher. I’m an annual passholder, so I go to Disney multiple times a year and run a Disney-centric instagram feed under the handle “elleindisney”. I love all things Disney, especially being in the parks or buying cute Disney merch. My favorite characters are Daisy Duck, Merida, Anna, Nick Wilde, Sadness, and Megara. I also did some videoing during our trip. I meant it to be a vlog but then got more into it just filming snippets of my trip with my crazy friends. I’ll still post them up for entertainment purposes. Along for the adventure were the rest of the Rose Gold Rat Pack. Who is the Rose Gold Rat Pack? Well, back in August 2017 when rose gold ears were hard to come by, my friends and I happened to be walking through World of Disney in Disneyland during a restock. We managed to snag a pair for all of us and wore them proudly for the rest of the week. Nobody had them yet, so between them and our matching backpacks it was a great way for us to find each other whenever we need to split up. Well, on our last day before we all went our separate ways we did a meet and greet with the Evil Queen and the second she saw us in our matching accessories she dubbed us the “Rose Gold Rat Pack”. (Her exact words were a wonderfully condescending "what do we have here, the rose gold rat pack?" For the past two years I've used the One Second Every Day app to do a sort-of video diary and I happened to catch that on film. It's now my favorite Second of 2017!) . We laughed about it and then about three days later started actually calling our travel group by that name. So, who are the other members of the Rose Gold Rat Pack? These lovely ladies! Matching backpacks, matching coffee sleeves, matching ears (not pictured but we all brought them), and pretty impressively in-theme clothing for DAK! We also had two other travel companions, these ridiculous humans: So, let me introduce you to everyone: First up is Liz and Kyle: Liz is one of my oldest friends. She loves Peter Pan and Belle, and has a deep love for Big Thunder Mountain. She is a former parks CM and loves everything Disney, especially planning Disney outfits. She is also a WDW Annual Passholder. There are some cameo appearances throughout this TR of friends of hers who are still CMs or still live in the Orlando area who spent a day or even a few hours with us. Kyle is our resident guy of the trip. He is also Liz’s DBF. I have known him for years though we have only recently become good friends since he started dating Liz. He's pretty laid back most of the time. He loves Captain Hook and Woody from Toy Story and is also an Annual Passholder. Next up is Jen and Jenny (Jen's in white, Jenny's in green) Jen is my best friend from high school and the person who is featured most frequently in my TRs because she and I have been going to Disney together since we were 19. She is a former Disney Store CM who is a Disneyland AP holder. She loves Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella. Jenny is Jen’s DGF and while I’ve just met her last year, we get along very well. She is the brilliant person who happened to find a discarded pair of rose gold ears that led to our discovery of the small cache that led to the name of our group. She is also a Disneyland AP holder. She loves Bruce from Finding Nemo, Genie, and Simba. Then there's Kristen: Kristen actually wasn’t on the trip where we were dubbed the Rose Gold Rat Pack but she is without a doubt a part of our group. She is wholly and officially part of our crazy planning and the next few trips we are going on over the next few years. She and I have been friends for about five years, and she, Liz, and I are very close. She adores Cinderella. Finally, there's Sadie: I have known Sadie since she was little. She is a teenager still, and when she found out that we were going on this trip waaaay back in December she asked if she could tag along. We decided to make a promise that if she could pay for her portion of the room and ticket she could totally join us, with parent permission. She loves Moana, Finding Nemo, and Ursula. So, the specifics of the trip: When: July 7-14, 2018 Where: Art of Animation, Little Mermaid room & Lion King Suite(s) Why: originally it was supposed to be my 30th birthday trip but we really just wanted an excuse to go to Disney again. I planned the entire thing and it was stressful until the moment we were all together. I haven’t been on a trip with a lot of people like this since I was a teenager when all I had to do was show up, so navigating fastpasses, Magical Express, and dining reservations for a bunch of different people going in different directions was difficult. I was also really worried because it was a trip where we were kind of shoehorning two groups of people together. See, let me see if I can explain how we all know/didn’t know each other: Liz and I knew everyone involved in this trip. She helped me a lot with planning, and since we have known each other for so long our friend groups kind of intermingle. Kristen, Sadie, and Kyle know each other as well as Liz and I because we all do things at our local theatre together. Kyle's always treated Sadie like his little sister. Jenny only knew Liz, Jen, and I. Jen and Liz are very close friends, but because we don’t live near each other Jen had never met Kyle until our first day of the trip (okay - this may not be true, they did have mutual acquaintances like 10 years ago, but they have definitely never spoken before). Kristen and Jen have met once before at a wedding, but it was a brief meeting where they didn’t really get to know each other. So, basically up until we got to Florida I was stressed about the group dynamic. Was it going to work? Would we come back out of this alive, with friendships still in tact? Well….let’s find out, shall we?