Hi, Everyone!! This is my first trip report, and while it's kind of old, I try and journal regularly, so the details haven't faded! A bit of (post) pre-trip background: My family of five grew up going to Disney regularly. It was always a highlight, but of course, as our teenage schedules got more and more full, traveling to Florida from Iowa as a family became more and more difficult, and we lost the magic a bit, as it were. Fast forward 15 years, and all three kids are grown up with families of their own, living in different parts of the country, and the once family of five, now has 13, with six grands (14, 13, 10, 2, 10 mo, and 10 mo at the time of the trip). Here we are day one: For our parents 40th wedding anniversary, however, we wanted to get a bit of that magic back, as it had been about 9 years since we had been as a family, and there were some significant additions that needed to experience WDW with the whole clan! So I (back row, dark shirt and glasses), as resident DISBoards lurker, deal finder extraordinaire, and Type-AAA planner, set to work planning a time we'd love. I like to think I succeeded! Dates: July 3-10, 2018 Resort: Kidani Village - Two studios, and a 2 BR Lockoff (mainly so there were enough bathrooms and so every family could have a separate space). We did splurge for a Savanna view, and that was totally worth it!!! Goals: - Loose Plans: One or two meals together, per day, as a time to spend together, but since we had such a wide age spread and differing needs (NAPS!!!), we wanted plenty of flexibility so as not to poison each other's apples! - Food. We love to eat, so we wanted to make sure we were able to try a lot of the TS, Dinner Shows, and unique opportunities WDW offers. - New Stuff. Toy Story Land opened the weekend before our trip began, and since it had been almost a decade since we'd been, we wanted to see as much of the new stuff as we could! - MEMORIES!!! Duh! Must haves: - Be Our Guest - My sister loves Belle, and since it was new to them, we had to do BOG. - Chef Mickey - Love it or hate it, we'd never done it before, so we wanted to experience the Fab 5 in the iconic setting! - Nighttime spectaculars! As many as possible. - Character time. Old or young, we all love the Disney characters, so we wanted to capture as many of those memorable (re)introductions as possible. - All the rides. We also have some big adventure seekers, so we had to try climbing all the Mountains! Anyhow, bear with me, as this is my first guided tour of our Disney trip!