Hello and thanks for coming check out my pre-trip report / planning phase. We made it twice to Walt Disney World in 2016 for marathon weekend (I ran the marathon only) and again in early November as part of a DD's and my birthday celebration. Since a trip in 2017 was not to be, I tried to create a little magic at home as seen below. So lets meet some of the cast of our next trip! From left to right is myself Jerry, Hannah (age 3 at the time of this photo), and my amazing wife Cherie. This picture was taken on our last night at Epcot last November during EMH. We were ready to leave but DD wanted to ride the "Epcot!" again. Yes she calls Spaceship Earth - The Epcot and at around 10:45 PM asked that we stay to ride the Epcot. Great memory of how excited she was to be in the park and also amazed how she was still so full of energy! So at this point you may be asking, well I thought this was a family trip of four and this is only three. Well a few short weeks later we were blessed with new of our newest member of the family. So a few months after discovering this news we decided to plan a trip in 2018, and the goal was to go at a time when the parks are not overly busy and the weather has a chance to be pleasant, or at least a little cooler than the summer months. After a lot of research we picked April since this is likely our last trip we can take before DD is in real school and we cant take her out of school for vacation. During this time a friend of mine and his family decided they would like to join us since he lives out of state and this trip would be fun for everyone involved. So now we are a group of 8 (4 Adults 4 Children all 4 or less). Pictures not yet available as I havent asked if he would approve is this. Booking the Trip and How Disney Finalized the Name of our Child: It's time to book our trip finally and I start filling out all the information required for the group. Well I get to the last name of our group of 4.... I felt we had talked enough about what name we were going to call of new baby, but it wasn't 100%. I'm sitting here thinking, I gotta call DW to make sure because correcting a misspelled name on a reservation is a pain, but the wrong name all together would be like pulling out teeth. The conversation went something like this: Me: Hey are we sure we are going to name the baby Luke Jospeh? DW: Ummm why? Is someone pressuring you into a Jr? Me: Nope. DW: Well why are you asking me this? Me: I'm booking our trip to WDW, and I need to put his name as the guest. Just want to make sure we agree this is the one we want to go with. DW: Your telling me a Disney trip is going to help make the final decision on DS name? Me: Yes, and we only have a few minutes before it probably kicks me off and I have to start over. DW: Well do you like the name? Me: Very much! DW: Me too, so go ahead lol. I would like to thank Disney for speeding up that process. The Final Piece of the Puzzle and Resort Choice: Everyone reading along, meet the fourth member of the family, Mr Luke Joseph born August 2, 2017. This picture was taken while we were still at the hospital. The reason for the trip is because we just love going to Disney World and we haven't been in the Spring before. I am looking forward to Flower and Garden Festival and a different season in the parks. It should also be interesting to see how things go with a infant. Resort choice. When we first talked about the trip we thought about staying at the Port Orleans French Quarter. It has been on our list of places to go, but we ultimately decided to stay at Pop Century this trip. This will be our first time to the property and by the time we go, I think a majority of the refurbishment will be completed. Hopefully we end up with a refurbished room! We went with Pop, because for nearly the same money we are able to extend out stay with going with Pop, and when it really came down to it. we wanted more park time over a moderate resort. Maybe next time PORFQ! Stay tuned as my next few post will go over ADR's, Trick or Treating, and DD's B-day with a very special guest!