Welcome to what I hope is a moderately entertaining pre-trip report as I take you through booking, the "big reveal" and our planning leading up to a 4-day, 3-night trip beginning on October 23, 2018! The Cast of Characters: Me : My friends all call me "Shoe", so I think that will be appropriate for this thread. Last Trip To Disney: 1987. Yes, at age 37, this is my first trip to Disney World in 30+ years. In full disclosure, I remember nothing from the trip other than riding Space Mountain. I fully remember getting a killer earache in the back of a Ford Bronco during our 17-hour drive to Orlando, but the trip evades me. Favorite Disney Movie: The Sword In The Stone. Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers Thing I'm Looking Forward To Most: Happily Ever After, Waking up to see the Magic Kingdom from our hotel room. DD : The true star of our show is 9-years-old, but will be 10 when we embark on our trip next fall. While I'll make sure everything we do is logistically doable and within our budget, I'll let her take the lead when it comes to making FastPass+ selections, what rides we want to focus on, shows to see, etc. Last Trip To Disney: 2016. She traveled with her mother and grandmother for a 2-day trip. There's still several things she hasn't experienced, so I'm excited to take her for another round! Favorite Disney Characters (in no specific order): Moana, Aurora, Belle, Joy, Cinderella. Favorite Activities: Dancing, Making slime, Reading, Playing with her new puppy. The Trip Details When: October 23-26, 2018 Where: Contemporary Resort, Theme Park View, with 4-day Park Hopper tickets. I debated heavily between the Contemporary and Boardwalk. But I'm banking on the notion that at least two of our nights will end at the Magic Kingdom. And after a long day of touring, I'd rather simply walk 10 minutes back to our room, rather than wait on other transport. Dining/ADRs: All meals will be paid out of pocket, as no version of the DDP seems to be financially in our favor. While we're still way out of our 180-day window to book any ADRs, my DD has a pretty simple palate and eating habits. So unless something drastic changes, we'll make a minimal amount of ADRs and our meal planning will be focused on simple sustenance and efficiency and less on "experience." All breakfasts will be at Contempo Cafe, where we can quickly grab a breakfast buffet, or simple meal. All lunches will be QS/CS locations that utilize mobile ordering, in hopes of saving ourselves some time of waiting in line. All of this, I hope, will save us a few bucks to splurge on a couple of more fun experiences listed below: Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing. (Our dinner would be at Tomorrowland Terrace, leading right into this.) Fantasmic! Dining Package, with dinner at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, as long as it fits into the plan without too much trouble. (If you haven't yet figured out, I've put way too much thought into this, still 350 days out. But here we are...) Coming Soon...the "Big Reveal" Now comes the fun part. DD turns 10 in early January. Her birthday party will be January 14, and that's when she'll find out the news. The next part of the story is figuring out how to best surprise her. I am definitely open to ideas or unique ways that anyone else may have surprised their children that I could use!