Preface: This trip was truly magical for many reasons. First, I'm the same age as MK, so I had to share my 40th with my favorite place. Second, we were celebrating our 10th anniversary, and there were a couple great pixie-dust moments associated with that which I will explain as my report evolves. Third, this was my 10th visit to WDW. Finally, and most importantly, about six months ago DW was hit by a car while riding her bike. For a couple hours there, I wasn't sure she would ever see WDW again. This trip meant so much to her. To just be able to walk around and see everything was the best magic of all. Day One (November 26th, 2011): Up at 4:15 for our 6:15 flight. What a whirlwind, walking the dog, last minute checks of all our stuff, getting the dog to her sitters (mom and dad). It seemed as if we had barely awoke before we were sitting on our plane with Disney dreams in our heads. Had a brief lay-over in Memphis. I don't think its fair that they line the concourse with BBQ joints when I don't have the time to sample them all. Arrived in Orlando at 11:25 (the ONLY benefit of taking a red-eye flight). Was impressed with the ME service. We stood in line for maybe 15 minutes before boarding our bus. And what a surprise, POR was the first stop for our bus. With the on-line check-in, we were in our room by 1pm. Well ahead of our luggage, but we had packed our carry-ons with that possibility in mind. Because of DW's injuries to her leg, I had asked for a preferred room. We were in building 27, which worked for us. Relatively close to everything. What a beautiful resort! We will be staying here from now on if I have anything to say about it. The attention to detail, the relaxed lay-out, the theming. Loved it all! Since we had so much time this trip (10 days) this first day was to acclimate and settle in to the resort. We fought the urge to immediately hit a park by grabbing a short nap. Afterwards, we went over to check out all the ammenities. By the time we returned, our luggage had arrived and we got all unpacked. We then decided to take a carriage ride. What a great time! We learned that our horse, Bob, was from Iowa (like us) and had been raised by one of the Ammish communities we have here. He was a beautiful, gentle guy. Our driver, Steve, was excellent and he took us on a romantic tour of the Sassagoula and the French Quarter. We had dinner at Boatwrights. I don't see a lot written about this place on the DIS, but we had a wonderful dinner with great service. The food was excellent. I had catfish with an andoullie sausage crust. Fabulous!!! Have to see if the recipe is in any of the WDW cookbooks. Then early to bed for our first day at MK. Next chapter: Wow! EMH are awesome!