Yes, I'm going back again!! I'm so excited I just can't wait. Two years ago, I decided to celebrate my 50th birthday in my happy place - DLR! I invited all my friends over the age of 21 and no one came with me. BUT, a friend from San Diego came up specifically for one day and night for my birth DAY, and we had a blast! If you're interested, here's the TR: https://www.disboards.com/threads/t...o-like-my-own-company-again-finished.3555305/ My birthday is the middle of October so I knew I was in for a MHP and lots of fun. And fun was had! I felt weird at first, but by day 3 I was in a groove! I managed 2 MHP and had to only worry about myself for the first time in 14 years. It. Was. AWESOME! Then last year I was looking at everyone's fun time during Halloween Time and was kicking myself I didn't go back, especially since DCA was all decked out too. So I decided then and there that I would indeed return for this year's birthday. My kids, 11 and 13, were upset that I once again said it was going to be an over-21 party, but since we just went at Christmas (and it was Faaaaabulous!) and we're going back to SoCal again NEXT April for Easter/Spring Break, they can suck it up. Besides, they just want Lego, so I've promised them at least two cool Lego sets from the Lego store. They're okay with going every second year, and I'm okay with going EVERY year, thankyouverymuch! So this year I have a friend who is coming with me! She is a huge Disney fan too and is actually going at the end of June with her Mum! So she's getting a double shot of Disney this year, lucky her. I'm still trying to get other friends to join in but even with just my one friend, we're going to have fun. I have just ordered my 3 day Park Hopper from Airmiles and I'll be upgrading that to an AP upon arrival. We are staying at the Desert Inn & Suites - her first time so close to the parks. She usually stays further away and takes the ART, so I think this will spoil her being able to be so close to the hotel. I'm going to get our flights (she's going to fly with me) in May when my budget is more flush. We're going to fly WestJet this time around instead of Delta. Neither of us is crazy about connecting in Seattle, so we decided to spend the extra $100 for the privilege. She usually flies into LAX, but we're going to Santa Ana. I think she'll love the smaller airport and how much quicker it is to get to the hotel. We're planning on hitting at least one MHP. My friend hasn't gone to one yet, so this will be fun for her. Last time, I spent the first party meeting all the characters and the second one riding all the rides. This time I'll go with whatever my friend wants to do, but we both want to catch the Parade for sure. We also want to do the Pixar Parade meal, birthday drinks at Trader Sam's, a birthday meal at Steakhouse 55 (we debated on Napa Rose but decided SH55 had more things we liked on the menu to choose from), all the rides, meet Black Panther (squeeeeee), check out the new Pixar Pier area, and shop. *whew*! It's going to be a busy 4 days I think! One of the girls at work went to DLR recently and she's selling me her gift card that still has about $63USD on it for $55CAD! Awesome score! I'll have a bit of money to spend - maybe enough for my birthday dinner?! It's not going to be an inexpensive trip, especially since our dollar is falling faster than the end of Splash Mountain, but it's going to be so worth it! As things progress, I'll post more. Summer is coming and that means camping with our trailer! We're planning a week at the end of June about 6 hours drive north, then every second weekend throughout July and August, and at the end of August, we're taking her on a long haul through British Columbia out to Edmonton and Calgary and back before school starts up again in September. I think we'll have a lot of family fun time exploring our beautiful country. (Thankfully Calgary has a Disney store we might just make a pit-stop at!) YAY! It's getting real and I'm getting REALLY excited!