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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!

 

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More Disney Planning

So… We got together with the cousins yesterday and they do things differently than what I’m used to, so it dawned on me that I’m going to have to be creative with planning what days were spending at each park! 

That being said, I just need to accept that I can’t do everything I want to do in four days SO I am going to make a wish lists for each of the parks and the cruise and rate them from absolutely must do’s to I’d love to but I can skip it.  

Being a newby with Florida like I am, I figured we would probably do one day per park but they were saying (and a couple of friends of mine agreed) that you need at least a full day and 1/2 if you really want to experience Epcot. My cousins told me too we could skip Magic Kingdom since “it’s exactly like Disneyland.” but I can’t miss the Magic Kingdom. I need 1 day there.  Most of my can’t misses are there.  

I want to get more tips from friends that have been before but I heard from a couple of people you could get Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios done in 1/2 days so if that is the case, maybe we could do Animal Kingdom in the morning 1/2 and Hollywood Studios the 1/2 half of one of the days and that would open up a day to maybe split between Epcot and Magic Kingdom again or to go do something else, I don’t know. Again, newby here.  

I do want to get at least an hour or two in Downtown Disney so when I go see my aunt again (which will before getting back together with our cousins) I may check with her to see if we should do that the day we embark on the cruise since our embark time is 3:45 so it would leave the morning to maybe head over there to have breakfast and do some last minute shopping.

Either way, I want to get at least a little time in there and I’m definitely going to do my research and get those wish lists going.  

Another thing my cousins aren’t crazy about are Fastpasses but they aren’t experienced with them and I have more knowledge of using them at Disneyland so I think they are open to me scheduling the Fastpass times (if we decide on a plan of attack for the 4 main parks) at least for the major rides that we don’t want to miss.

So, that’s where I’m at now. 

I got a lot done on the Disney Binders but it’s still in rough draft mode but I can’t wait to get them finished to show you all! I’m really excited to make them!  It’ll be a fun little memento for the trip and I want to make sure they are nice enough that they can be a souvenir after the trip.

And one thing I wanted to mention that is off the topic of the planning part (well sort of but not really), I saw this idea on Pinterest to buy Dollar Store photo albums, the ones that are the size of a 6×4 or 5×7 picture and bring index cards that fix the album sleeves and have Disney Characters sign those and make each page of the album a picture of you with the character on one side and the signature on the other. I’m not a big character person when we go to Disneyland because you have to wait in long lines to greet them so it’s something to think about for the Disney World/ Disney Crusie trip! 

Okay I’ll leave it there but I have some great ideas I learned on Pinterest for things to do on the Cruise so I will look forward to sharing those soon too! Just need to mention it to my aunt to see if she’s interested and I’ll go from there!