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Day 7, Part 1- Tour of Nassau

Our first stop on the Disney Dream cruise was to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. I totally forgot to mention that the doors (except for on the concierge level) are magnetized and a bunch of people decorate their doors.  We got some magnets at the parks specifically for that reason but people go all out with their doors.


My aunt and I were the only ones going to visit Nassau as Georgette still wasn’t feeling great so they rested and explored the ship while we explored Nassau. But first, breakfast.  We went back down to The Enchanted Garden as they had a breakfast buffet as well and it was closer to the exit of the ship.


Onto our first visit to the Bahamas.


There were three ships docked and ours was easily the largest.


We were so excited as neither of us has visited the Bahamas before.

We were a little overwhelmed because we had no excursions or anything planned but we thought we’d walk around near the ship look at a couple of shops and head back before lunch.  We were quickly bombarded with a lot of people offering tours of the island and we just kept saying no thank you.

We got to a square past all of the bustle and were about two seconds away from calling it quits and there was one guy nearby that had 6 people ready to go on a 2 hour tour and he just felt genuine to us so we decided to give it a go and it was the best decision we made that day.


He told us all about the history of the Bahamas, specifically Nassau Island and how the slaves had to carve roads between the limestone that inhabited the island.


Our first stop was at the bottom of the Queen’s Staircase.


He dropped us off at the foot of the stairs and drove to the top to pick us up.



It was absolutely breathtaking.  It almost looked like something you’d see in a jungle with all of the greenery.




That’s a lot of stairs… But we decided to give it a go.  We just took our time and stopped at each landing.


The Queen’s Staircase is named after Queen Victoria.  The staircase was hand carved by slaves to get stones up the hill to build Fort Fincastle.




The stairs were named in the Queen’s honor as she signed a declaration to abolish slavery.

At the top of the stairs are a few shopping options and a café.


The Water Tower is also located just next to Fort Fincastle.  It is the highest point on the island. You can go to the top of the water tower but that wasn’t on the agenda for the tour.



The shops had a bunch or touristy things but I ended up getting a fan for my mom and a little grass weaved bag for my sister-in-law.



Fort Fincastle overlooked Nassau and Paradise Island.  It was originally used as a lighthouse on the island then became a signal station.


Our next stop was hopping over to Paradise Island to explore the Atlantis Resort.


They have a dolphin pool you can pay to swim with dolphins.

The arch between these two towers is a suite all itself and our tour guide told us Michael Jackson stayed there at one point.  I thought he said it was around $25,000 per night and looking the suite up online I wouldn’t be surprised.


We were dropped off at the front of the hotel to explore for 20 minutes. IMG_1322

They had some pretty fancy shops down from the lobby.  Nothing I could certainly afford to shop in!  IMG_1333

Further down was the casino.
And this interesting glass sculpture.


We decided to try our hand on the slots for a minute.

And very quickly lost $20 each but that’s okay, it was fun! I got to say I gambled in the Bahamas at least!

After that, it was time to get back on for the remainder of the tour.


I am going to stop there and will continue with the rest of the tour of the Bahamas in the next blog post.  I hope you’re enjoying my VERY old trip report and am trying hard to get it all caught up because before I know it I’ll be on my next trip to Disneyland in one month!


Day 4- Magic Kingdom

Well I was doing really well there on getting the trip report out!!! At least I’m almost 1/2 way done with the trip! I have been really busy with a lot of life complications that I’ll explain on my other blog but for now, lets get into day 4 of our trip!

We decided to grab a quick breakfast at the lounge area of our hotel.


The lounge area was really neat and had a vintage library room feel.


I loved the old toys and games they displayed on the bookshelves along with the books.


Not that I want to keep complaining about the weather, but this gives you an idea of how humid it was… And us Californians with our dry heat are not used to this much moisture in the air! I know… We’re wimps!


After our quick breakfast (which consisted of another bagel…), we walked through Epcot to get to the Monorail to head over to the Magic Kingdom. We had a friendly little hello from a squirrel.  He was pretty cute.


So, apparently we can’t swim into Epcot from the Boardwalk… Bummer…


Even the Manhole covers have hidden Mickeys on them.


Ah, beautiful World Showcase.


There’s the monorail!


The Imagination Pavilion.


Fountain by Spaceship Earth.


Leave a Legacy at the entrance in Epcot.  They don’t let you add your picture anymore but it’s pretty cool to see who has.


My cousins were bummed they couldn’t add anything…


The big Spaceship Earth Ball.  That thing is so freaking huge!!!


Made our way out of Epcot to head towards the Monorail.


Scooter brigade following their leader! They look like three big kids!


Had to take advantage of the great view of the ball.


Got on the Monorail almost immediately.


There is so much more room than Disneyland’s monorail!  We fit my aunt’s scooter in the middle of our space and our cousins’ were in another car on the same monorail.


Pretty views of the resort.


It took maybe 5 minutes to get to the Magic Kingdom.


My only glimpse of The Grand Floridian (no joke, I wrote Californian… Oops!) and I definitely plan on making a stop there next time I visit to take a look around.


There’s the castle!


I know it’s blurry, but I was excited to see the inside of the Contemporary Resort! Besides, we were moving fast and my photo taking skills aren’t amazing…


Outside of the Contemporary. I would love to stay here sometime! I’d love to stay anywhere who am I kidding but with a view of the Magic Kingdom and easy access to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot via the Monorail?! Who could ask for more?!


The best view I got of Space Mountain.


We made it!!!


The front of the Main Street Train Station looks like a bigger version of the Disneyland one.


Seeing this sign at Disneyland always turns me into a kid, and it was no different at the Magic Kingdom!


Everything is so much bigger here!


Definitely similar in looks but a lot bigger.





Taking a casual stroll down Main Street.


We stopped to take a picture with Walt and Mickey.



This nice family offered to take our picture together.



We had a fastpass that morning for the Seven Dwarves Mine Train so we made our way to Fantasyland. They were working on the front of the castle so we had to make a detour through the side entrance by Liberty Square.



So pretty!!!


Magic Kingdom marker.


La Fontain de Cendrillon.


See, that’s what it says…


Backside of the castle.


Hi Minnie!


I was a doofus and forgot to put sunscreen on my pale body so we had to stop and get some so I didn’t become one giant red blister…


Love the beanstalk vines climbing up Sir Mickey’s shop.


Seven Dwarves Mine Train was shut down for a bit so we had to put off our fast pass and we decided to hit some of the other rides in Fantasyland while we waited.  Our first attraction was Mickey’s PhilharMagic which I was really excited to see and I loved it!


We sat in the handicap section.


The ride was up and running after PhilharMagic so we headed over to Seven Dwarves Mine Train!


I love that there is more representation of the princesses such as Rapunzel’s tower.



Of course you can dine with Belle and the Beast too which we would have loved to do but it’s next to impossible to make reservations there as it’s so popular… Next time though!


Finally off to the Mine Train!


I love the queue!!!


We were right in the front row.  It’s like Big Thunder where really being in the back is more fun but I am glad we got the front for our first time.


Yay! This by far is my favorite ride in the Magic Kingdom!


I had to get these pictures from the ride as I have never seen happier faces!!! Four of the biggest kids!



You end the ride seeing Snow White dancing with the dwarves.


Ooo… Be careful, Snow… Don’t take any of her apples! Especially the red one.


Our cousins wanted a little break so my aunt and I headed for it’s a small world.


This is the first ride of our trip I was truly able to compare to Disneyland and I have to say I love Disneyland’s way better… Not only the façade but also the ride itself.  I still love the ride though.


Selfie time! I do feel guilty for not taking more people pictures on our trip…











Au Revoir Small World!


I hope Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum aren’t harassing that poor little girl.  She doesn’t look too happy.  I wouldn’t be either especially with the Queen of Hearts standing behind me!


Around lunch time we decided to head over to Liberty Square and had lunch at the Columbia Harbour House.




The Fish and Chips were amazing! Super crunchy! I got the combo with the nuggets in case I didn’t like them (and because I’m 5 apparently) but there were so good!


Our cousins had a hankering for a funnel cake after lunch and the Sleepy Hollow restaurant nearby sold them so I walked through some of the shops while they sat and had their dessert.


Couldn’t miss out on the Christmas Shoppe!


I got stuck on the other side of where there while the Festival of Fantasy parade went on so I figured I might as well enjoy it.


Hi Ariel!


I loved the Peter Pan float!


And what’s a Disney parade without miss Tinker Bell! My absolute favorite!


Merida’s float was pretty cool too.


I got this picture totally by accident!


The Fantasia Float.


Of course Mickey and Minnie are the stars of the parade!


The end. I am not really a parade person as I don’t like wasting several hours to wait while I could be going on rides or doing something better with my time but this was an amazing parade and I’m very happy I got to see it.


We took advantage of being nearby the Haunted Mansion.


I will admit they have better queue, but I like our mansion and ride overall better.


The Queue was interactive.  If you put your hand on one of the instruments of this mausoleum, it would play that instrument.



I love the nod to Thurl Ravenscroft. Not only did he voice the narrator for the Haunted Mansion, he voiced many other characters for Disney.



This one was my favorite.


Oh so THAT’S where Madame Leota is buried…


It’s beautiful, and probably goes along better with the Liberty Square theme, but I like our mansion much better.


I took a quick walk through Memento Mori which is the only all Haunted Mansion store (we don’t even have one in Disneyland). I didn’t get anything as I’m not a huge Mansion fan… (Don’t hurt me, I’m just a big chicken!)


The liberty bell.


We were all looking forward to seeing the Hall of Presidents.


Lobby area.


We sat in the back again which is nice because it’s high up enough so no heads are in your way. It was really cool to see all of the presidents together.


After that, we walked through Fantasyland to get to Tomorrowland and saw Tigger and Pooh off to do something important.


Now was my turn to get a sweet.  I was looking forward to getting one of the layered cake cups at the Cheshire Café and man it did NOT disappoint!


Look at all of that sugary/cakey goodness! It was sooooo good! I wish they had these in Disneyland!


We wanted to get out of the heat so we went in and saw Carousel of Progress which I was looking forward to seeing. It left Disneyland several years before I was born.


It was neat to see the different new inventions in each decade they showcased.


After Carousel of Progress, we split off from our cousins because they were pretty tired and they were going to park their scooters early to rest and wait to see the parade and fireworks.  So my aunt and I went off to go on the Peoplemover and even though it’s different, I never thought I’d have the chance to go on the Peoplemover ever again in my life since it left Disneyland in the early nineties and it was also one of my favorites as a child.


They even have the escalating walkway like the Disneyland one had.


So excited! We got a front car too so after taking this picture, my aunt and I sat on her side and had a great view from the attraction.


The ride brings you all around Tomorrowland.



After Peoplemover, we went through a couple shops in the area.



Then we made our way back to the castle.


So we could walk through to see the beautiful mosaics of Cinderella’s story.


So pretty!



It was getting into early evening and we wanted a good spot to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade so we headed over to walk through the rest of the park.


The Diamond Horseshoe (I didn’t know they had one…) looks just like the Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland just a little bigger.


Another thing that I was super excited to do and never thought I’d be able to see again is the Country Bear Jamboree.  My dad and I LOVED this show!


Glad to see Max, Buff, and Melvin again. If you’re in Disneyland and go on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Critter Country, once you enter the Hunny Heaven room, turn around and you’ll see them hanging on the back of the wall.




We were getting pretty tired and wanted to get a good spot on Main Street for the parade so we headed for a quick walk through Adventureland.



Pirates was closed for a refurb so we couldn’t go on it anyway.


I’m not sure if the Tiki Room Under New Management is still running but we skipped this attraction just in case because I heard it was awful and I didn’t want to taint my love of The Tiki Room.


I love the look of the shops though. Has an outdoorsy market vibe.

Watch out, he spits… No really, he does.  It’s a good way to cool off I guess.  The kids were enjoying it.


The Magic Kingdom still has the original Swiss Family Robinson too.  I love the Swiss Family Robinson movie and was bummed to see it replaced in Disneyland but Tarzan’s Treehouse is neat too and they have a nod to the old treehouse by playing Swisskapolka on the gramophone at the bottom of the treehouse.


My aunt wasn’t feeling all that well and decided to skip dinner. I just grabbed some corndog bites at Casey’s Corner and they were just okay.

We parked her scooter and I sat on the sidewalk in front of it and we had a little big of time to rest.  Here’s Roe E Disney’s window.


My aunt wanted to go into a couple of shops quickly so I had a quick facetime with my mom and my cousin who she was visiting down in LA for a couple of days so it was good to talk with them.  And I had to get in a selfie with my ears on.

Before we knew it, the sun set and we were getting close to seeing the parade. This cute little girl and her parents were sitting next to us on the sidewalk and almost immediately, she comes up to me and told me that she was four and she loves Minnie (I was decked out in Minnie gear) and she talked to me for close to an hour. She was so cute.


It was finally getting to be time for the parade. So many memories of things I loved as a child. It was great to relive them!

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A couple of minutes after the parade they had, Celebrate the Magic, a projected show on the castle.


It was kind of hard to see some of the projections from the pictures but mainly showed some of the more popular animated movies such as Frozen, Alice in Wonderland, Wreck it Ralph, Rapunzel, and some others.



Shortly after, they performed the fireworks, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.


No one does fireworks better than Disney.


We were super tired after the fireworks so we did a little bit of shopping on Main Street and decided to head back to the hotel.  We had to take the bus back because the Monorail drops you off at the other entrance to Epcot and it was closed by then.  We did take the monorail to the parking drop off because that’s where we were told we had to go for the busses but it turns out they pick up right outside of the entrance to the park… Oops…


Instead of taking the Monorail back, we thought it would be fun to take the Ferryboat.



We finally found where we were supposed to go.


Finally on our way back to our hotel room.


We had an amazing day at the Magic Kingdom and it was very nostalgic for me and I can’t wait to go back.  Up next will be our last day at Disney World and since these seem to run really long, I’m going to start splitting up the days into parts with my trip reports so they are easier to read. Maybe easier to get out as well!  I hope you’re enjoying my trip reports and I will start working more on these once things die down a bit in a couple of weeks.

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!

BIG News!

Sorry for having such a long hiatus from the blog. I am working on a recap of the Disney meetings I have been to between my last post and now and a post of my loot from my last trip to Disneyland (which wasn’t really a trip TO Disneyland, we just happened to go one day while we were visiting my cousin), and I’m coming up with more ideas so I’m writing here more frequently.

So guess what?  I just got invited to go on a trip to DISNEY WORLD including a 4 day trip on a DISNEY CRUISE in June. I’m so freaking excited I can’t even express it properly.  Never in a million years did I think I would do either of those things.  I have all of these questions going on in my head on what I need, what I have to prepare to do, what I need to get, etc.  I got my days in already and it’s all official.

My aunt and two of our cousins went in to AAA to just talk about it and they just went with and my aunt called me up and asked if I would like to go and the rest is history. We have a 4 day park hopper and a 4 night cruise.  There is so much to plan but I will keep you all updated on our itinerary and I’m working on a long update of the past Neverland Disney meeting’s I have attended that should be up soon, but for now I have to get off to bed since I’m heading to the Bay Area for a baby shower tomorrow!

Good night!!!