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Day 6, Part 3- Dinner and a Movie

Okay I have to get this trip report done because I have another trip report for a year ago in February and I will be going to Disneyland again in November so I have a lot to do! My computer wasn’t working for a while so I did have to go on hiatus for that and this year has just been a really rough year for me and my brother.  I don’t want to get into it here because I’ve talked about it already on my other blog so you can catch up over there…

This blog I want to be about happy times so onto the rest of our first day on board the Disney Dream!

So after a big of a rest, my aunt and I went to go see the live action Cinderella movie while our cousins rested.  Georgette was feeling under the weather from her COPD and the humidity in the air so she wasn’t up to a movie.

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We took a quick walk outside to see the ocean on our way to the theatre.

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It was big commercial sized theatre and you can purchase popcorn, candy, etc but we decided not too since it wasn’t really worth it.

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We loved the Frozen short they played before the movie. I saw the movie before with my mother so I already knew I liked the movie but my aunt really wanted to see it as Cinderella was her favorite princess growing up.

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After the movie, we went to use the restroom nearby and I loved the Mickey Mouse mirrors!

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We went back to our room to get dressed and grab our cousins and saw that turn down service had already happened and our person made a crab for us out of the blanket on our bed. You get a “Navigator” which was a schedule of the activities happening for the following day.

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We walked by the nursery on our way to dinner which is so adorably themed to It’s a Small World.

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Some of the prints on the wall are animated including this one which looked like a ship during a storm. I should have gotten video of one of the paintings.

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Can you spot Mickey? This is part of the outside cover of the main elevators on the ship.

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The main elevators also have cool Mickey hands pointing to what level the elevators are on.

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The germaphobe in me loves that they hand wet wipes to EVERYONE who goes into the restaurants to avoid people getting sick which is apparently a common thing on cruise lines… Our first night’s for our rotational dinner was at the Enchanted Garden and unfortunately Georgette just wasn’t feeling up to joining us for dinner and decided to get some rest.

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The “windows” would show daylight or night time depending on the time of day. Also, pretty cool Mickey fountain!

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The flower lights opened and closed depending on the time of day as well.

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Happy and hungry!

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We loved our servers.  They were just the nicest and they really get to know you and your preferences especially if you have any allergies. They were very sad that Georgette wasn’t able to make it that night either. They seemed very concerned that she wasn’t feeling well.  She was definitely missed at dinner.

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The bread selection was country currant bread with chickpea-garlic puree which was very delicious. Interesting pairing but it worked. If they didn’t have butter already on the table, they would give it to you if you asked but I’m pretty sure that was on the table as well.

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For my appetizer I chose the Applewood Smoked Bacon Wild Mushroom Tart with Creamy Leeks. It was delicious and quite rich for an appetizer but that didn’t stop me!

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Up next I had a spinach and raspberry salad which was okay but not great.

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For my entrée, I chose the Slow Roasted Prime Rib and I NEVER get prime rib but it sounded really good to me that night and holy cow was it! It came with roasted vegetables and a stuffed potato. I got the end piece too which is supposed to be a good piece to get.

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Each restaurant has a selection of desserts and each night they have a choice called Sweet Temptations which gives you three of their desserts in mini form which I what I decided to get as those looked interesting to me.  They included a Sacher Torte which I believe was the one on the right, a no sugar added strawberry cheesecake, and a Esterhazy cake… They were delicious but I could have passed on the cheesecake. It’s not my favorite thing in the world.

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We were all stuffed after dessert and decided to end the night and head back up to our rooms for more adventures the next day.

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This ship is just one of the most magical places I have ever seen and I think I might be ruined for other cruise lines in the future. I may have to save up for Disney if I ever want to go on another…

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The lobby is just so stunning.

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Okay that marks the end of day six of our Disney trip and the first night of our Disney Cruise and I’m only over 2 years late… If you want to see what’s been going on in my life, check out the link at the top of the page and you can catch up on my regular blog.

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Day 6, Part 2- Onboard the Disney Dream

Well, hello again! I’m finally getting on to part two of our first day on the ship.  My family is dealing with a lot right now most notably my sister-in-law lost her battle with colon cancer last month so it’s been kind of hard to be distracted with anything else… Anyway on to part deux!

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So for whatever reason, we were able to take a shortcut into the side entrance of the check-in building and made our way through carryon bag check then up the huge escalators to the check-in stations.

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Once we got upstairs we made our way through the lines so we could get onto the ship.

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The Disney Cruise Line logo frosted into the “porthole” windows. Check in was pretty quick and before we knew it, we were ready to head onto the ship!

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I was sporting some Little Mermaid décor posing in front of a scale model of the first Disney Cruise Ship built, the Disney Magic.

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The backside of the model shows the rooms other stuff inside of the ship.

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Okay, finally we were off through the big yellow Mickey Ears to get on the ship!

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One you go through mickey’s ears you get in line to have your picture taken, then you give the announcer your party’s name and they announce your arrival onto the ship.

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The very first thing we did was make a beeline for our room to check it out and drop off our carryon luggage.

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We had a lovely room with a partial view veranda.

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We got the Bon Voyage package thinking that it would be more than it was but it was still neat to see.

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The bathroom is split into two rooms.  One is a sink and toilet and the other a sink and bath/shower so two people can get ready at the same time.

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The bed was super comfortable.

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The lamps had map shades with little castles on the locations of each of the Disney parks.

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The back of the sofa turns down to make a bed but my aunt and I just decided to share the queen sized bed since it was plenty big.

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We loved having the veranda too.  This is what a partial veranda looks like.  The others have dividers between the rooms and full view without that curve you see. We didn’t mind it at all though. Felt like we had a little privacy.

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After dropping out stuff off, we went to our cousins’ room to get them to go upstairs to lunch at Cabanas, the main buffet restaurant.

We surprised them for their anniversary with a hidden Mickey boquet.

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And some white zinfandel.

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Then we were off to lunch.  There are several elevators but the main elevators in the middle of the ship are the only ones that go to all floors.  Being that we were at the way back of the ship, we took the closest ones and it brought us right up to the restaurant.

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Cabanas is tropical themed with a lot of influence from Finding Nemo.

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Nigel from Finding Nemo was there to greet you as you came off of the elevator.

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You see wall sand sculptures of each of the park castles when you enter the restaurant.

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I ran and got us a table while our cousins checked out the food.  They had a ton of options to chose from and it was all pretty good.

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There was a beautiful Finding Nemo mosaic alone one of the walls.

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And the time zones of all of the Disney parks.

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I tried a few different random things as you can see and I’m sure I went for more.  We were starving and dinner was at 8 so we had a bit of time.

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By the time we got back to the room, our ship was off and running.  We decided to rest for a minute then go and see a movie before dinner.IMG_1156

I’m going to stop there and finish up the rest of day one in my next post which will come much sooner, I promise!

 

Disney Trip Binder

I’ve been seeing this idea floating around Pinterest about making a binder for your Disney trip which you could really do for any trip but since that’s where I’m going and this is a Disney blog, that’s what we’re going to talk about… 

I have been watching a ton of videos and looking for information on Disney blogs for our upcoming Disney World/Disney Cruise Trip and I have to say it’s been a week so far and I am still on a high and I’m obsessed with the planning and watching videos and just Disney in general because I’m so excited that I can’t even stand it.  

Anyway I’m going to try to just stick with the subject of this topic and that is creating a Disney Trip Binder. I only decided to do this last night although I’ve been thinking about it for a few days now and while you can really do all of your planning on the My Disney Experience app that you can get for free on your iPhone and I’m sure they have it on Android or set everything up on your computer, some people don’t have smart phones and it’s good (for me at least) to have something printed out. It’s something that can be added to or rearranged and would be a great memory of the trip to add to your Disney stash (you all know you have a bunch of Disney crap around your house!).

So, I haven’t gotten started on it yet, but I will keep you updated and post pictures on my progress. For now, I’ll give you a rough draft idea of what I want to add to the binders I’m making. I’m sure parts will change and things will be added and/or condenced as I go along, but it’s better to at least have an idea to start out with.

First off I made a list of specifics I want in the book and that included:

  • an itinerary of the entire trip to add to the front to be an at a glance type of thing.
  • maps of the parks, ship, hotel, etc.
  • lists of attractions for each land in each park with a brief description of each ride (maybe including a picture of the ride/attraction).
  • lists of restaurants and menus if available for each land in each park, shops in each land/park.
  • wishlists of what each person wants to do for each land/park.
  • flight information
  • hotel information
  • bus schedules/monorail info
  • tips and must dos from friends/family
  • park hours
  • reservations for meals and fastpasses
  • important phone numbers
  • a special page to manage how many dining credits are left (we haven’t set up a Disney Dining plan yet, but we’ll figure that out this weekend)
  • activity, restaurant, shopping, etc info for cruise

Again, I’m sure there will be more to add to the list and I’ll see with the rest of the group what they wanted added.  So far I’m organizing it into the following tabs and sub tabs:

  • Itinerary/Basic Info
  • Hotel
  • Disney World
    • Magic Kingdom
    • Epcot
    • Animal Kingdom
    • Hollywood Studios
    • Boardwalk
    • Downtown Disney
  • Disney Cruise
    • Nassau
    • Castaway Cay
    • Restaurants
    • Shops
    • Activites
    • Wishlist (will go under each park for Disney World but have own tab under the Cruise Line)
    • I’m sure there will be other
  • To do/get list for the trip
  • Packing list

I can’t wait to get supplies to start work on the binders. 1/2 of the fun is in the planning. Up next I should have the update on the meetings I’ve gone to from the last one I talked about and I hope to have the binders at least started and details on where we’re staying and hopefully some of what we plan to do.