Well, I admit that I am intimidated to even post on this board. I feel like a high school student who so badly wants to be a part of the in-crowd. Of course this in-crowd is cyber. Consisting of the likes of Vettechick, Mel Happyhaunt, and Prom King/Quarterback of the football team/Most Popular ZZUB!! How can I compete? Am I worthy to even post on this board? Much less start a thread? I will heed the advice I always give my daughter Who cares what others think? So, Ill post this thread for all the DISers who helped me plan the most INCREDIBLE vacation I have ever shared with my family for all of you who are planning your next trip and drinking in all the trip reports you can get. Just for the information. Not necessarily for the entertainment. There. I said it. Im not gonna care who thinks Im good I just hope you get some good tips along the way. Just like I did. And I hope you have the BEST Disney vacation ever just like I did. Pre-Trip: I love Disney. I never went as a child, but I have been eight times since I was married and seven of those since my DD7 was born. And DS3 has been three times. But weve never been at Christmas. So we planned a little jaunt on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and spent three nights at the GF since we had lots of Disney Visa reward dollars. We did just 2 days at MK with a MVMCP thrown in as well. It was wonderful I discovered the DIS about three weeks before the trip, and learned all kinds of great tips that made my husband think I was 1) A Disney Geek 2) Very good at planning family vacations. Hes Type-A, really anal retentive, and his motto for life is People dont plan to fail, they fail to plan. Blah, blah, blah I usually say until the DIS. I was a trip-planning fool. I was addicted. I threw out all kinds of impressive facts before and during the trip and DH was truly awed. But what to do when we came home? When the trip was over and I had no reason to DIS? Well, I just DISed anyway. And eventually talked him into going back over our Spring Break. But of course three nights and two park days would not suffice Theres SO much to do!!, Id say. Lets do it right. My DH is a hard worker he believes in a hard work ethic and does whatever it takes to do everything he does well. Im very proud of him. But he also likes to play hard. And he likes nice vacations especially when the place you are going also believes in working hard (all Cast Members) and playing hard (it doesnt get any more fun than Disney!). So, he too has always wanted to do Disney right, but we never have. However, the Lord has been good to us, and this year it was gonna work. So I went to DISin. My kids think I have a full-time job that I do from the computer at home. Its gotten so bad that I erase my internet history every time I sign off. Dont say a word you know you are just as bad. Lets see a show of hands for all of you who DIS when you should be working!! Remember hard workin honey? He dont like no slackin wife. He already thinks my entire life is a vacation. I hear the screams from all you stay-at-home moms. Being at home with two kids all day is not a vacation! But only one kid is at home all day. And hes even gone three mornings a week. So, yeah, I cook and clean a little, but I do have lots of time to spend on the DIS. And spend it I did. I even signed up for Tour Guide Mike (best $20 Ive spent in a LOOOONG time). Next thing you know, we have gone from a 4 or 5 night stay with four 5-day PHs, to a 7-night stay with an AP for me, and 8-day PHs for DH and the kids. But honey, look at the money we save on the hotel room if I get an AP. Secretly, I know this will secure a trip in less than a year. Who could waste an AP? (We actually stayed for 8 nights, but Ill get to that later.) So I DIS and I plan. And I TGM and I plan. And I send private messages to DISers who seem REALLY informed about certain things. I even begin to post questions. Can we this .? What do you think of that ? I have an itinerary in Excel and more ADRs than any one family can use in a week. So did the expectations live up to the trip? Yeah, they did. And more. Next installment DAY ONE 3/25...Are the Resort Pools Really Getting Colder? First of many helpful facts from the DIS: 1.Stormalong Bay is the best pool on Disney property (in many, not all, opinions). We wanted to spend time in the pool this trip, so we chose Yacht Club. 2.Tour Guide Mike. Say what you want about his site, but I had an entire notebook filled with his tips, best days, ect. And I will go to my grave saying it worked. 3.California Grill. As with most things DIS, the quality of this experience is hotly debated but we loved it and went twice. 4.AKL. We didnt stay here, but the loyal fans had me curious we went for breakfast at Boma our departure morning and loved the whole place. We will probably stay there next time. 5.A crowded day at Disney is better than a good day at home.