Hello, hello! So, as some of you may remember, (maybe?) I did actually have a PTR going for this, but I abandoned it due to lack of interest (100% on my part) because I just wasn’t able to get myself in the mood for writing it. I hadn’t added any pictures, or information, just thrown information out into the void in a panic-stricken attempt to make my brain function properly. So I’ve decided to scrap it and start over. Sound like a plan? Okay? Okay! Let me please (re)introduce myself then. For those of you who have never read one of my Trip Reports or (shockingly lacking) PTRs before, I’m Elle! I’m a 7th grade English teacher who was born and raised in Central Massachusetts (with a little bit of southwestern Connecticut, southwestern Ireland, and East Midland thrown in for variety). I also teach Drama after school, and when I’m not at work I’m generally at my local theatre, somehow involved in one of their productions. I love Disney and have been going every year since I was 11. I love Magic Kingdom and Epcot most, but Star Tours will always be one of my favorite rides. So, why am I doing this PTR? Well, this trip is going to be my 30th birthday trip. I mean, my birthday is next month, so our July 8-14 2018 trip to WDW and Universal is a bit far away from that. But….it was the best time to do it. I even promised I’d wear a birthday button! I was on the Dis last time I went for my (23rd!) birthday/New Year’s, but I didn’t write up a Trip Report about it. Let’s just say….the surprise birthday dinner actually had a “please don’t sing happy birthday to her” addendum. I don’t love being the center of attention. Anyway, we made the decision back in July that we were going to go on this trip, and it has spiraled into something awesome and completely overwhelming and of course I’m the one planning it, because let’s be real, if I weren’t the one planning this I would still be micromanaging everything. There are seven (7!) of us going on this trip, coming from at least 3 different places/leaving at different times, so it’s actually kind of awesome to try and figure out. But I’m insane and this kind of stuff is what I live for. I should have been an event planer or something. Maybe I’ll quit teaching and do that lol. So, I guess I’ll just have to introduce who else is coming? I guess the best place to start is with those faces familiar to you guys who have read any of my Trip Reports in the past. First up, Liz! Liz and I have known each other since we were in elementary school. She and I do practically everything together. The guest room in my parents’ house is called “Liz’s Room” and she got to pick the new paint color. She will (hopefully) be one of my two roommates once my house is finished being remodeled. She is a former parks CM and worked for Disney for six years before moving back up north to get a new job. I have spent five of my trips to Florida meeting up with her, so she’s been a frequent pop in to many of my TRs over here. We also recently went to Disneyland together, (that TR is over here). She loves Beauty and the Beast and is the worst Disney influence ever (which is why we get along so well). Liz will be 27 when we go. Next up is Jen! Jen and I have known each other since we were sixteen and have been close ever since. I consider her more a sister than anything else. She used to come to Connecticut and visit me on weekends when we were in college, we lived together for two years before job locations made our apartment a less than ideal location for either of us, and we have gone to Disney seven times together since graduating high school. She and Liz are my oldest friends and thankfully we all three are super close. Like Liz she is also a former CM. She’ll be 30 this trip as well (her birthday is a couple weeks after mine) so we’ll be celebrating her too – which is why I’m more okay with the attention, because I’m forcing her to share it with me. Third up, Jenny! Jenny is a familiar face to anyone who’s been keeping up with my DLR TR over on the other side of the boards. She is Jen’s DGF and an amazing artist. Liz and I met her when she joined us in Disneyland for the weekend back in August and even with all of Jen’s panic we all clicked perfectly. She’s never been to WDW before and is super excited. She’ll be 29 by the time we go. Now, for the three people who have never been introduced in a PTR or TR before. I have to go hunt down non-Disney pictures for them, gasp! Kristen is next! Kristen is one of my best friends, who I met about six years ago. She is the sweetest person you’ll ever meet, absolutely lovely. She hasn’t been to Disney since she was in high school, so this is really her first real trip, and she has fallen head-first into my and Liz’s planning insanity (which is impressive, because Liz and I tried to plan our CASUAL vacation to Disneyland this summer). She has only met Jen once, at our friend’s wedding, but is excited to get to know her. She’ll be almost-25 on our trip (she’s a baby). Sadie is our final female companion! Sadie is ACTUALLY the baby of the trip. She’ll be 17 when we go. I’ve known her mother forever, and I’ve known her since she was a little kid, and I promised her that next time I went to WDW she could come with me. Since her mother knows the majority of us going, and trusts us, she allowed Sadie to come with us on the trip. I treat her like my baby sister – seriously, once Kyle and I took her out to brunch to have the make good choices conversation with her. Speaking of Kyle… Kyle is the only guy on our trip. It was his idea that we should even do this epic trip, though I do feel badly for him. I have known him for nearly ten years, but we’ve only become friends in the past year. He is Liz’s DBF, and plays the part of overprotective big brother to Sadie. He LOVES food. He’ll still be 28 on our trip. So, where are we shoving this insane group of “adults”? We’ve reserved a Lion King suite and a Little Mermaid room, though I may still upgrade us to an 8 person room somewhere else. Welcome to the insanity! I promise there will be charts, there will probably be memes, and let’s be real, this insanity certainly calls for a copious amount of gifs!