Chunkymonkey and Chubbyhubby's Year of Disney! Hi Everyone! I thought I should start a PTR that will help keep track of all the trips I am planning to take in the next year. There's a lot going on and it will be mostly a benefit to ME as I try to plan everything myself, including a massive family trip sometime in August of 2017...but let's start with the simple things...Introductions! Who? Chunkymonkey and Chubbyhubby, of course! Hi I'm Chunkymonkey aka Su-Lynn. I turned 40 this past Feb, and spent my birthday on a Disney Cruise and celebrating at WDW. IMO there was no better way to ring in 40 - it was a trip that will be long remembered! We live in the NY/NJ metro area and I work in Financial Services in IT and write a travel blog on the side (that is being sorely neglected since I've been writing too many TRs on the DISboards instead, haha). I love love love Disney, especially Walt Disney World! Of course I am also the planner of everything and with that comes a bit of anxiety and stress (you planners know what I'm talking about) - so I thought writing this PTR would help gather my thoughts, layout my plans, and get some advice from all you very great people on the DIS. I'm also running/walking my first 5k ever so all of you Run Disney vets please let me know how the hell I am going to survive (I'm a non-runner).My favorite character: Changes all the time but for now it's Minnie and Eeyore. And BB-8 because I like round things. My Favorite Princess: I like them all, really, but always had a thing for Belle. So smart, so pretty! My favorite park: Epcot followed by MK My favorite WDW restaurant: Too many to pick from but for overall experience I love 'Ohana and food-wise, Tiffins and Sanaa is up there, however I can't forget our wonderful experience at Victoria and Albert's...there's just so many! My favorite WDW quick services: Hmm, I haven't thought of this much but I think I really enjoy Columbia Harbor House every time I go and Be Our Guest for Breakfast/Lunch My favorite resort: The Polynesian, and any of the Epcot Resorts! My favorite rides: Peoplemover, BTMRR, 7DMT, RnRC, TSMM and Soarin'. UPDATE May 2017: Flight of Passage too!!!!My DH is Chubbyhubby aka Steve. He is 41 and also works in Financial Services. He indulges me with all my Disney trips but I know he secretly loves it, especially all the thrill rides and he has a great time at the Flower and Garden festival. We've really also enjoyed all the Star Wars stuff happening around the parks and can't wait for the new Star Wars land to open! DH's favorite character: He never mentions a favorite but he seems to have fun with Chip n Dale and he also has his moments during meet n greets with Chewbacca at Star Wars Launch Bay! UPDATE MAY 2017: It is, irrevocably, GASTON. DH's favorite park: Epcot and DHS (because it has Toy Story Midway Mania) DH's favorite WDW restaurant: 'Ohana, Tiffins, and Garden Grill DH's favorite WDW quick services: Hmm, I'm not sure on this one but he loves going to BoG for PPO breakfast DH's favorite resort: The Polynesian DH's favorite rides: TSMM, 7DMT, Soarin', RnRC and BTMRR Why? Well, we bought annual passes for the first time ever! I decided that the only thing that could top my epic 40th b-day trip this year (The epic-ness included Star Wars Day at Sea, and dinner at Victoria and Albert's to name a few) was to get a whole other year of Disney! Actually this also stems from the practical fact that I signed DH and I up for the Princess 5k in Feb 2017, and we were also planning a family trip in August 2017, therefore it just made sense for us to get the AP. We did not get the one with the water parks as it is not our thing, so we just got the ones without them. We love that it includes Memory Maker now! *crosses one thing of the to-do list for every trip* Since we have the annual pass I thought it would be cool to start things off this year so we're heading down there in December 2016 to use it for the first time! When? and Where? The following trips have been booked so far: Dec 2-7 2016 staying at The WDW Dolphin - a last minute trip to celebrate DH's birthday and to see the Holiday decor for the first time! COMPLETED See Dining Report. Feb 23-28 2017 staying at The Contemporary - Princess 5K race and also my birthday on the 27th! COMPLETED See Trip Report. May 2-7 2017 staying at the Boardwalk Villas - so we can be there for May the 4th as well as the Flower and Garden festival, DH's favorite time of year! COMPLETED See Trip Report May 18-21 2017 (updated April 2017) staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge - to preview the new Pandora World of Avatar section of AK. Pandora Review here Aug 11-20 2017 (updated April 2017) staying at the Polynesian. This is our big family trip and I am planning for 15 people including 6 kids! HELP. COMPLETED See Trip Report September 1-5 (updated May 2017) staying at Universal Royal Pacific Resort and the Yacht Club. This is a trip to visit the dark side, aka Universal as well as 2 nights for the start of Food & Wine! Oct 21-28 2017 (updated April 2017) DCL Canadian Coast Cruise on board the Disney Magic which is round-trip out of NYC. We found out it will be a Marvel Day at Sea cruise as well as a Halloween on the High Seas cruise and couldn't be happier! DH's parents and aunt will be joining us on this trip! Oct 30-Nov 6 2017 (updated Aug 2017): After our cruise we'll have 2 nights at home in NJ to do laundry and repack before heading down to WDW! We will be staying at the villas at Grand Floridian as well as two nights at the Swan. The reason we're going at this time is to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary on Nov 1st and we'll be celebrating at MNSSHP as well as a bunch of Food & Wine events (including Victoria and Albert's!). Oh and we'll also be running in the Fall Feast 5k and attending the Post-Race Party on Nov 5th! Dec 6-11 2017 (updated July 2017): This is a tentative trip planned, staying at the WDW Dolphin, pretty much the same thing we did on our first trip with the annual passes. It only makes sense to come full circle, right? That's it! (for now) I think all these trips are pretty good use for the annual pass right? I'm totally going to milk it for all it's worth and then some. I'm not going to rule out a weekend trip here and there maybe even a solo trip for me if flights are cheap! OK, that's a lot of trips...let's get started! I'm ready for a year of WDW, are you?