The Introduction "The Slowpokes’ Guide to WDW aka the kids' 1st trip to Disney!" Sept 16-20, 2018 AKA a princess focused adventure AKA our first time staying Deluxe !! AKA celebrating our 11th anniversary AKA the sweatiest, most humid trip ever AKA tackling Epcot alone with two under age 5 while my husband is in excruciating pain……. Welcome to my first ever trip report!! As you can see, I had a hard time deciding on a title, but the overall theme of this trip was how slow moving we were. There were a few reasons for the slowness that I will elaborate on later. Regardless, it was an AMAZING trip that I can’t wait to retell. I found The DIS sometime last year while dreaming about taking this vacation, well before I had even convinced my husband to go, and I quickly became obsessive about following the boards. I never thought I’d write my own trip report, mostly because I’m a bit ADD and I fear I’ll be one of those people who abandons their report, but I have enjoyed reading so many others and learning from everyone’s experiences so I wanted to pay it forward. And it's also self-serving because it brings me sooo much joy to relive the memories, and extend our short vacation just a little longer in my mind. Hopefully I can entertain you along the way.... But first, back to the introductions: The Author – My name is Diana and I’m a 36 year old Physician Assistant. I’ve been to Disney 5x prior to this trip, last visit was a big trip with my husband’s family (in-laws, brother in law’s family including 3 nieces) in 2012, prior to us having children. I am a Type A personality and used to be a park commando type, but I knew this trip would be a bit different and wanted to be able to live in the moment with the kiddos. Husband – Doug, 37 years old, software architect, married to your amazing author for 11years (our anniversary was a day after arriving home from this trip!) I’d say he is a moderate Disney fan; he’s not anti-Disney but definitely DID NOT want to take our kids to the Happiest Place on Earth for another few years (More on this later…). Of course, once we were there he had a blast and didn’t complain once, which is actually amazing considering he was in a lot of pain during our trip (more about this in a bit as well…) “B” – daughter, age 4, loves all things princess, mermaids, swimming and being a bossy big sister. She was at the perfect age to grasp the concept of WDW (from commercials, thanks Disney Jr) and be able to get excited about the trip in advance which was fun. “H” – son, age 2, loves firefighters, trains, and the color purple (not joking, his only meltdown of the trip was about not getting on the purple Dumbo). He has been a very easy going baby, until turning two and now is a bit more whiny and defiant at times but still an amazing kid. His only character he was really excited about was Mickey! CHAPTERS The Introduction Chapter 1 - THE WHY/WHEN/WHERE Chapter 2 - Pre-trip Planning & Packing Chapter 3 - Travel day & Why DH is in pain Chapter 4 - The Poly and 'Ohana Chapter 5 - What is with that darn bathroom fan? End of travel day Chapter 6 - Can we make it to rope drop? Chapter 7 - The plan falls apart Chapter 8 - Stranded On the Monorail Chapter 9 - HEA Dessert Party Chapter 10 -EPCOT DAY Chapter 11 -Frozen inspired afternoon: M&G, FEA & Akershus Chapter 12 - Who wants to ride The Seas with Nemo for a 3rd time?