I’m Not Afraid of a Few Stinkin’ Cheerleaders: A February Tale of Bronchitis, No Dining Plan, Record Heat and yes, Cheerleaders We arrived back home from our epic anniversary and birthday trip last Tuesday, and this trip proved that no two Disney trips are EVER the same. We did have some great times on this trip but, it was just one of the those trips that was too much. Too much illness, too much crowds, too much heat… too much too much. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, first up is our cast of characters: Not to kill suspense, but this was us at the end of our epic #4Parks1MagicalDay. Do we all look a bit goofy? We definitely felt it! 4 parks in one day was a miracle this trip! First up you have me, Sara, or Mom or MOOOOOOOM! as my kids like to scream. Fitting that I am holding the Mickey Pretzel, since I craved it more than anything else this trip. I am your Disney trip planner extraordinaire for my family, and my friends’ families as well to be honest. I am a secretary and rental coordinator by day and a student by night. To be honest this trip came right in the middle of an important semester and I was stressed beyond belief at the amount of school I was behind on when I got home. Writing a thesis is no joke! That being said my annual pass expires May 31st and I am itching to find a way home before it does! Next up you have DH, or Erik a.k.a. Dad He is a great sport on these trips, although crowds and heat really stress him out. Our goal for going in February was to avoid those two things, yet it didn’t pan out the way that we hoped. He is a manufacturing planner by day and all around great husband and dad by night. He is just as big of a Disney fan as I am at this point, and his dream is to be a Disney Friendship Boat Captain one day! Next up is E, our 12 year old wild child! He LOVES Disney World and was probably looking forward to this trip more than anyone. You can usually see the stress of everyday life just lift off of him while we are at WDW, but this trip was a challenge for him. In addition to extreme ADHD, he also has challenges with impulse control and severe anxiety at times. We made the decision before the trip to inquire about the DAS system and I will cover how this affected our trip. Last but not least, is our Birthday Princess, Lorelai. She turned 11 on this trip and loved all the attention she got from her birthday button. I don’t think she will ever go back to Disney without a button again! This trip was a testament to our patience as she seems particularly in a rush to become a moody teenager before her big brother! She does not like heat, so she was not amused with the record heat that we had while there, but she would go back in a second. She fell in LOVE with the murphy bed at the Poly and is trying to get DH to build her one. The particulars! We stayed at two new resorts this time: February 6-11 at Port Orleans French Quarter February 11-13 at the Polynesian Villas, Pago Pago What, no dining plan? Are you crazy? The big departure for this trip was no dining plan! I set a food budget for our trip at a little under what the dining plan would have cost us and hoped for the best… how did we do? You will have to wait and see, I will try and keep a running total as we go through the trip! So hold on to your ears, because here we go…..