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Laurabearz
02-28-2006, 04:43 PM
**@@** October 6th, 2007 Magic**@@**

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YAAAAHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
We are booked!!! And just had to start a thread!!! So either, take this as a warning not to book this cruise..... or jump on in and let the next million years fly by! :bored:

Tick Tick Tick.... Is it too early for a countdown thingy??? :rotfl2:

OF COURSE NOT....
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TO CHAT>>> Look at the menu bar at the top of the page (in this fourm it should be red and blue, unless you have the default set to something else lol) but it reads across... UsedCP Chat News Community Photos FAQ etc... Click on the CHAT BUTTON and see if it works for you. I think you need the lastest in flash for it to work, but try it first, then post issues if you have them, and I will see if I can help.

RECENT NAVAGATORS AND CURRENT MENUS http://www.cruisingthecaribbeanprincess.com/magicwest.html


DIS MEETS!!

SEE where where all are here! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=18590245&postcount=456)


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First, and biggest of the meets..

THE ICE BREAKER!!!

3-330.pm Promenade Lounge Deck 3 AFT

This will be the first real chance to get all the kids together! (grownups too) I have a short fun game for the kids to play (basically they all write their names and ages on cards, then I mix them up, hand them out, kinda of by age, and they have to find each other... ) which should keep them busy while the adults chat. AND it will help them learn names and faces of the kids they will see in the clubs!

I sure hope everyone can stop by for this first meet.


Party in your PJ's Breakfast

****KEY WEST Morning 9 am Luminaire's... Kids wear PJ's if you like (bought my girls some cute ones to wear lol)


Margarita Tasting


**** Second Sea day 2pm Location TBA

BELOW ARE ALL THE PEOPLE I HAVE RECIEVED INFO ON> PLEASE EMAIL ME OR PM ME @ UsedtobeSmith@aol.com if you would like to Join updated 9/26 at 6.08pm

18 people! Woot!

Laurabearz Laura and Tom
BoosGram Dh and Joanne
AW24 Tommy and Ann
giandave Gia and David
MiddwestCruisers Rob and Laura
Bellastella227 Jennifer and Tony
Time4Disneynow Monika And Joanne
lildeb724 David and Debbie
rdy2bpampered Teri and Bernice(rdy2bpamperedMom)
disdel Ken & Debbie


CABIN TOURS

Because of the time constraints and planning the Stateroom tour has now been split into two days..

On the first day we will see MOST of the catagories.. But if you would like to see the Cat 3's We need to meet on the Second sea day.

First Sea Day--- 12:30 Deck 3 Atrium--- Once we gather in the Atrium we will go down to Deck 2 and work our way up. Hitting most of the Catagories and ending up in the Cat 2. Plan on at least an hour. Kids welcome, but they might get bored. lol

Second Sea day the Meet time is 12:45 Midship elevator lobby Deck 8. Tour the Cat 3 followed by my Cat 2 if anyone wants.. And for those who just want to peek at the Suites, this is a quick way to do it :-)

I really hope this works for the majority of people. If not I am trying my best lol

**@@** Group Photo On Pirate Nite **@@**

We're going to try and do a group photo on Pirate night. I'll get Shutters to provide the photographer.

When: 7:40pm (between Main & Late Dining)
Where: Outside Lumiere's
Why: pirate:

We'll have to take the pic @ 7:45pm so we can be out of the way of the folks arriving for Main dining @ 8pm

Andy



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OMG! We have had 32 different posters to our thread!!


UPDATE THROUGH POST 1373 lol

Laurabearz 8516 Laura, Tom, Madeline 8, Abigail 6, Charlie 4 Stateroom tour Cat 2

rdy2bpampered 2088 Teri, Shane 15, Juliet 9 Stateroom tour Cat 9

Rellyrooly 8546 Cindy, Ryan, DS Jordan (10), DD Cameron (6) Stateroom tour Cat 3 Regular like any cat 3 is regular lol


rdy2bpamperedmom 2090 Bernice, Maxine

stenogoddess 6092, Lauren and Jeri

bellastella227 6603, Jennifer & Tony, Sammy (1); 6602, Ellen & Avi (ILs); 6601, Shanna & Brad, Haylee (5), Dani (1) (SIL/BIL and family) 6603 Stateroom tour Cat 11 normal

Selket 5512: Carol, Hal, Rod (9 almost 10),William (5)

gouodux ???? Sorry I can't find your info :-(

CM_Mom Reine (sounds like Renee) and Paul 6015; DS and DDIL Chris and Julia, 6503 ; DMIL and DSIL, Lois and Janet 6011 Stateroom tour Sideways Cat 11


lenzs4 6060: Shirley, Bobby, Trenton (9), Emily (6)

lildeb724 8032 Debbie & David, Rachel (6) Jeremy (3.95) 8034:Tom & Mary Caitlin (9), Megan (4) Sean (1) 6634: GM Pat and GP Arte 7620: Special Friend Linda 6048: Uncle Winne (David) and Aunt Corie Stateroom tour MidShip Cat 3, Redesignated Cat 7


goldmanrawnsley 8532, Rebecca, Rob, Jacob (12) Elizabeth (8)

BoosGram 5622, Joanne and Wayne


aw24 7120 - Ann, Tommy, Nathan (14) Stateroom tour Secret Cat 7 Redesignated Cat 7


AndyR Andy, Susan, Sarah - 8568 & 8570 Louise, Greg, Evelyn - Stateroom tour Cat 4


threeCsmom 6612 & 6614; Greg, Melissa, Elmer (my dad), Wilma (my mom),
Chappel (12), Chloe (9), and Cole (4)

TexasGirl 6081 Michael, Nita 30 somethings, Sarina (7) and Nathaniel (2)

HayesFamily 8596 (DD6 and me) and 8594 (DS8 and DH).


PrincessBTS 6611 Beth & Dan, Talia (2) and Sari (7months); 6610 Rose & Tom (p-rents); 6613 Philip (brother/uncle)

MCKAMEYfam 6139 MyselF, DW -33, and DS -8.

nanatink 7131 Martha (59) Harvey (59)

eeyorefreak 2574 Shannon, DH Pete, DS Sam (4).
My parents, Mike and Linda are in room 5634.


MadJoker 7584 DH 35, DW 37, DD7, DD6

disdel - 7532 Ken & Debbie Stateroom tour Cat 5


Ham Ham 7012, Kenny, Kim, Sarah (13), Erin (8)

Time4disneynow 6568 & 6570 Michael Monika Joanne (sis) & Amanda (16)


wifeofgrumpy 2515, Tammy, David, DD Hunter (11)

lowery1226 2638 Jeff and Janna; Brandtley- 9 son, Braxton - 21 month son)
2640 The Borst's (Donnie and Laurie; Taylor - 11 son, Garrett - 4 son)


giandave23 7067 Gia (36) and DH David (34)



2neverlandwego - 2606- Braden (47) Hunter (13) Angie (38)
7121-Tim (36) Kim (34)

eapawsat 2150 me, DH, DD5, DS4

midwest cruisers - 6068- Rob and Laura; DS Ryan (4) DD Kara (2)

nycemschic 6544-- Sophia (33), Chris (43) and Kayleigh (7) Stateroom tour Cat 6


And we have maps...

Rooms in red are on the tour

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Laurabearz
02-28-2006, 08:22 PM
Cruise Itinerary

Day Port Ashore Onboard


Saturday Port Canaveral — 4:00 p.m.

Sunday Key West 11:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m. (was listed as 9:30)

Monday At Sea — — FORMAL NIGHT

Tuesday Grand Cayman 7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday Cozumel 9:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. (was 10:00) PIRATE NIGHT

Thursday At Sea — — SEMI FORMAL NIGHT

Friday Castaway Cay 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Saturday Port Canaveral 7:35 a.m. —

What are the possible Dining Rotation times based on recent cruises?
7 day cruise
APL 5:30 and 8:00
PLA 5:45 and 8:15
LAP 6:00 and 8:30
__________________
For Concierge and Romance package people the booking window is 105 days out.. 06/23/2007
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For repeat cruisers the booking window is 90 days out... 07/08/2007
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For first time cruisers the booking window is 75 days out... 07/23/2007
http://v50.net/cd/07-24-2007_75+days+out+booking+window_220-20-60.png


DCL Does hold back Some reservations for each time frame, and for booking on ship.


LINK TO THE KID"S CRUISER Message board INFO! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=17512130&postcount=297

http://www.cozumelparks.org.mx/eng/parks-chankanaab.asp

Great thread on things around the port! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1520273)


The Halloween party dates for 2007...
The dates for 2007 are: September 14, 21, 28, October 1, 4, 5,9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31

The Valhalla in Grand Cayman... http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1295891

TIP CALCULATOR! http://cruisetip.tpkeller.com/\


MAP OF CHANK PARK http://www.cozumelparks.com/images/Chankanaab-Park-Map.jpg

PICTURES OF Chankanaab Park
http://www.sjdistributors.com/chankanaab_park_pictures.htm


To see what other ships are in port.. http://www.cruisecal.com/dnn3/


As far as orientation on the ship -- the carpeting is NOT reliable (while many times the red anchor faces aft, it is not always). Easiest way for me to remember is that lower numbers are forward -- so if the numbers are going up you are going aft. Also odd numbers are inside; even numbers outside.

Finally, the second digit (the "hundreds") -- a "0" or "1" is port side; "5" or "6" is starboard side.



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I found this cool information on the web. Now you can find out the sunrise/sunset on the dates of your cruise, as well as phases of the moon.

The site is here: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneDay.html

Info below for the shore excursion days...........



Sun and Moon Data for One Day

The following information is provided for Key West, Monroe County, Florida
(longitude W81.8, latitude N24.6):

Sunday
7 October 2007 Eastern Daylight Time

SUN
Begin civil twilight 6:59 a.m.
Sunrise 7:21 a.m.
Sun transit 1:15 p.m.
Sunset 7:08 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:31 p.m.

MOON
Moonset 4:42 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 4:15 a.m.
Moon transit 10:48 a.m.
Moonset 5:14 p.m.
Moonrise 5:08 a.m. on following day



Phase of the Moon on 7 October: waning crescent with 11% of the Moon's visible
disk illuminated.

New Moon on 11 October 2007 at 1:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.



The following information is provided for Grand Cayman (longitude W81.2,
latitude N19.3):

Tuesday
9 October 2007 Universal Time - 5h

SUN
Begin civil twilight 05:56
Sunrise 06:18
Sun transit 12:12
Sunset 18:07
End civil twilight 18:29

MOON
Moonset 16:41 on preceding day
Moonrise 04:57
Moon transit 11:07
Moonset 17:12
Moonrise 05:46 on following day



Phase of the Moon on 9 October: waning crescent with 2% of the Moon's visible
disk illuminated.

New Moon on 11 October 2007 at 00:01 (Universal Time - 5h).




The following information is provided for Grand Cayman (longitude W86.9,
latitude N20.4):

Wednesday
10 October 2007 Universal Time - 5h

SUN
Begin civil twilight 06:19
Sunrise 06:41
Sun transit 12:35
Sunset 18:28
End civil twilight 18:50

MOON
Moonset 17:35 on preceding day
Moonrise 06:10
Moon transit 12:10
Moonset 18:06
Moonrise 06:59 on following day



Phase of the Moon on 10 October: waning crescent with 0% of the Moon's visible
disk illuminated.

New Moon on 11 October 2007 at 00:01 (Universal Time - 5h).

The following information is provided for Grand Cayman (longitude W77.5,
latitude N26.1):

Friday
12 October 2007 Universal Time - 5h

SUN
Begin civil twilight 05:44
Sunrise 06:07
Sun transit 11:57
Sunset 17:46
End civil twilight 18:09

MOON
Moonset 17:53 on preceding day
Moonrise 07:18
Moon transit 12:54
Moonset 18:25
Moonrise 08:12 on following day



Phase of the Moon on 12 October: waxing crescent with 2% of the Moon's visible disk
illuminated.

New Moon on 11 October 2007 at 00:01 (Universal Time - 5h).

lildeb724
02-28-2006, 08:54 PM
Cast of Characters
Mom - Debbie, was working mom until 2/28/06 - adjusting will be difficult Dad - David - Super Dad
Daughter - Rachel - just turned 5- already thinks she is 15 (can you imagine what 15 will bring
Son - Jeremy - almost 2.5 - Happiest Kid on earth - but a crazy man - if he had been my first..........
We are from Long Island NY and this will be the third Disney Cruise for the grown ups - the second for the kids.
We are in Room 8032 (CAT 3)

momm2four
02-28-2006, 09:09 PM
When can the general public book this cruise. I'm wanting 2 category 10's for this cruise and have been watching for it to come open for weeks and weeks.

Congrats on booking! I'm so excited just thinking about it!!!

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
03-01-2006, 01:01 AM
I think they go on sale tomorrow.

Our CAST

Me, Laura, the SAHM who will turn 45 freaking years old Oct 4th 2007
DH, Tom, The dad Great guy, hates getting there, but once there he is happy
DD's (6 and 5 right now) 17 months and worlds apart, and the boy kicker... he turns 3 this May and is a pickle!

This will be our second Disney Cruise, our first was a 3 day September 2005. We are DVC owners and love to travel.

As you can see I have been around the DIS boards for a while, and am a total over planner (note the current 7 day itineary above)

I know the cruise is 584 days away, but lets think of it as more time to get to know each other! :rotfl2:

Look forward to more people jumping in as the months fly by :wave:

Oh we we are in 8516, forward Starbord side

momm2four
03-01-2006, 07:47 PM
Okay guys! I'm official!!!!!!

We will be in 7006/7008.

Our Cast:
Me: A 37 year old who is so excited about another DCL cruise, she can hardly stand it.
DH: A 37 year old is is so tired of hearing me talk about the DCL cruise, he can hardly stand it. (Actually, it was his idea to book another cruise, lol)
DS10: A fourth grader who loves video games, bioncles and soccer
DS8: A third grader who loves socializing and, much to the chagrin of his mom, GIRLS.
DS6: A kindergartener who likes video games, reading books and computers
DS5: A pre-k kid who just likes to MOVE, funny kid, but you have to watch his every move
My mom and her DH (my wonderful step-father of two years): They joined us on our 2005 cruise and are actually crazy enough to go with us again, lol.


This morning, I put my seventh graders to work on a project and then hopped on the phone. I tried to get three of the SPR's, but they only had two available....at 8:01 in the morning!!! Whoever got the others must have been FAST!!!

I am a little disappointed and wonder will this cruise be as good as the other one b/c I absolutely LOVED our location when we had the SP rooms, but then I have to tell myself to stop being silly. Of course, I will love it!!!

Well, it's time to put the kids to bed, so I'll run. Hope everyone has a nice Thursday,
Lori P :)

Laurabearz
03-01-2006, 08:11 PM
That is soo awesome Lori!!! Welcome! You must be busy (and hear that a lot I bet lol)

Are you sure you got the cabins right?? THose two dont connect... just wondering? (7004 and 7006 do)

Your in the front of the ship like us!

We have 42 views so far... wonder if there are some people deciding if they like us before posting :rotfl2: Of course the fact that I realized there were 42 views could scare some people off, but hey folks... it is 583 more days... why not pass the time being tickled pink :Pinkbounc

momm2four
03-02-2006, 05:09 AM
I bet it's that my mom/step-dad have 7008 and we have 7006/04. I don't have the room numbers here at home since I left them on my desk.

Another thing that I have to let go of is that I am paying more for this room with a porthole than I did the level 10 "secret porthole". I HATE to pay more for something, when I know I could have had it for a lesser price. Okay...this is me...letting it go.....ahhhhhhhh....I'm alright now :hippie:

Laura, I kind of enjoy having a large countdown number. I booked our Oct. '05 Wonder cruise 20 months in advance and had fun planning and talking to people on the boards, especially the ladies in my DIS meet thread, so HEY! let's start planning :teeth:

I'd better go fix my hair, or I'll scare my students to death. :scared1:
Talk to you later!
Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
03-02-2006, 08:27 AM
Morning early birds!!

Oh good! I am glad you guys do have connecting rooms. On our 3 day we did 2 connecting Cat 6's I cant imagine having to go into the hall to get to the kids room (although it would ahve been quieter in our room, but DH likes his space for I figured, for our 7 day we would splurge on the 2. (hippo birdies to ME)

Oh and.... have you waitlisted for the SPH cabins?? Lots can happen in 582 days!

Laurabearz
03-02-2006, 08:29 AM
Lori... Is Chattanooga, TN onthe Knoxville end of town or the Memphis side?? We are heading to Pidgeon FOrge this summer on the way down to Hilton Head...

momm2four
03-02-2006, 09:31 PM
Chattanooga is about 2 hrs. west from Knoxville. I hope you enjoy Pigeon Forge. We went to Dollywood when we went there for our honeymoon. All I remember about it was it that I had a humongous headache. :headache: Do you mind if I ask where you're driving from?

Yes, I told my TA to waitlist me for those. That would be wonderful if they turned up available since I know the location is great, and the price would drop down quite a bit.

I'm glad to have found you. Last time we cruised, it took over a year for someone to reply to my post. I thought I would be the only one on the ship, lol. I guess there ended up being around 5 of us posting. Great people!

Happy Friday!
Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
03-02-2006, 10:03 PM
We live just outside of Chicago, but we are driving to Columbus Ohio to visit my dear Aunt before heading to Pigeon Forge. It should work out to be around 7-8 hours of driving a day for each leg of the trip. Not too bad. We are meeting friends there and then all continuing the road trip to HHI. I am very excited! Our first big huge super de dooper family road trip!!! That which does not kill us, only makes us stronger!

I think there was around 6 or so of us who chatted before our first cruise, but it was a 3 day, and due to a bomb scare, we all missed hooking up before the life boat drill and then we were all zoom zoom zooming around trying to do everything on the ship in just 3 days!! We did all see each other a lot though, but I guess on a ship you see everyone all the time! LOL

My guess is in about a year, we will get others posting with us :rotfl2:

I was thinking today... as I was reading the boards, I wonder how much of what they are currently doing, they will still be doing when we sail :rotfl2: I mean, in theroy all the shows could be different, etc. Can you tell I think way way way too much! hee hee

Okay... that's it for tonight... 582 days and counting..

momm2four
03-03-2006, 06:40 PM
Hi! Whew! I'm glad it's the weekend. Don't have much planned, and it feels GOOD.

Hey, have you thought about doing any excursions? When we went on the Wonder to Nassau, we didn't do anything like that. I don't regret it, but I'm wondering what will even be available on this cruise since we'll be going to different places.

I need to get my Passporter back out, I guess. OMGoodness, I am SOOOOO excited :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc I feel as though I'm wishing my life away, but I'm ready to see that beautiful port again!

Okay...let's list our favorite things about DCL to keep this going and keep us dreaming.

Number One on my list: Sitting by the MIckey Pool, watching my kids swim, while I eat food from Beach Blanket. :coffee:

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
03-04-2006, 03:34 PM
I have peeked at excurisions, just to get an idea what the boy can do (he will be 4, so that limits us a lot) but I wont really look at them until we are 7 or 8 months out. They can change, so why bother.

It is a lovely weekend here. 40's and sunny. I need to go and kick the kids outside for a while.

I have been researching Disneyland like crazy... I can make ADR's in a couple of days, and I need all those ducks in row. Very excited.

My favorite thing... is having the servers place my napkin in my lap.... silly huh.. for some reason I love it. It says, we are here to take care of YOU.

momm2four
03-04-2006, 08:51 PM
Beautiful here, too. I think it got to around 58 or so here today. The sun was shining, but a little wind kept it chilly to me. I hope it's nice again tomorrow. I have put off my kids doing their science experiment for the science fair project until the last minute, so if it rains tomorrow, we'll be in a fix. Their project isn't due until Wed, but I wanted to do the actual experiment part tomorrow.

#2 of my favorite things: getting up earlier than my family (I normally get up at 5:10 for school, so my body wakes up earlier anyway), heading to deck 9 for a cup of coffee and one of those delicious chocolate croissants. I hit one of the deck chairs and just take in the scenery.

Talk to you later!!! I'm going to go surf for a little bit. Haven't been on the computer very much today, so I need to get my fix, :goodvibes

Lori P. :)

momm2four
03-05-2006, 07:38 AM
Good Morning! What a beautiful day!

The sun is shining, and although it's only 37 right now, I think it's supposed to hit the high 50's today.

Laura, hope you get sunshine up in Chicago. If not, I'll send you some! :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny:

My DH almost made me drop my teeth last night. He told me that he didn't want me saving money for the cruise until our debt is paid off! One of the first silly things I thought is, "I'll have to post on my cruise meets boards that I'm not going and Laura won't have anyone to chat with" :rotfl:

I finally got him to agree that the $1500 I saved for the deposit can go towards the cruise, and that I won't hoard money for the trip until our little bit on the card is cleared up (except for my change jar). Since my paycheck is basically going towards debt right now, it shouldn't take too long, then I can concentrate on paying off my REAL purpose for working, lol. So, for now, I'm safe. It doesn't hurt that he really enjoyed our first cruise, and wants to go back.

Gotta go get ready for church! Finding clothes for myself and four boys can be quite a scavenger hunt :)

Have a great day!
Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
03-05-2006, 11:36 AM
I am glad you set him straight about things! LOL I did mention this cruise to DH, told him I canceled our Oct 2006 cruise for 2007, but I have not told him I reservered a Cat 2! That will be my little surprize until we walk to our stateroom!! I may even forgo the preboarding perks... no, wait, I can just tell them, this is how all repeat customers are treated.... and he will buy it. He enjoys his space even more than I do, so the Cat 2 is the way for us to go, he just wouldnt see that right now, and would only focus on the bottom line...

(17 dollars a day everyday, between now and the cruise)

We are thinking about going to Curious George today, if the girls clean up like they are suppose to... it could just be me and the boy.

No sun here so far... a chilly 31 degrees according to my weather bug.... but heck, it is March so anything Mother Nature wants to throw at us is fine, since the end of winter is near...


Ugh... gotta fly... girls are fighting about who is cleaning more... lol

lildeb724
03-05-2006, 07:07 PM
I saw it a few weeks ago with my 5 year old. She liked it...I LOVED it....the Music, the story....I thought it was great...Hope everyone had a nice weekend.

Laurabearz
03-05-2006, 07:15 PM
Hey Debbie!! Yes, we saw it. I loved the music a lot! I ended up taking all the kids myself and they all were great! So that means they liked the movie... if they are bored, they get into trouble! (Dont we all)

momm2four
03-05-2006, 10:06 PM
Hi Debbie!

Well, I'm official! I put my countdown in my signature, so it's really happening, lol. :goodvibes

Laura, I think a category 2 would be just awesome. You'll have to host our DIS meet, hehe, Just kidding! I do bet you'll enjoy all that space.

Looks as though you girls are the same ages as my youngest two. Do they enjoy the kids' clubs? Mine used them quite a bit last time, especially my oldest son. He LOVED it.

I'm going to bed now, or at least going to go watch tV for a bit. 5:15 will come mighty early in the morning!!! Goodnight, all!

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
03-06-2006, 10:36 AM
Yes, my girls liked the clubs a lot, but on a 3 day cruise there is so much to cram into such a short time period, that it was just crazy., esp with the bomb scare which started things in a frenzy.... I am looking forward to 7 lovely slow days....

Ok.. I thought of another Magical moment... When you first come over the bridge leading to the port and you see her....

momm2four
03-06-2006, 10:16 PM
Good evening ladies. Busy, busy day here! I'll be glad when the Science Fair is over, lol.

Okay...at what point do you guys start packing for your trips? I actually have a drawer set aside for things I find for our trip. I haven't put anything in it yet, but I'm keeping my eyes open. :magnify:

Hey guess what! Tomorrow puts us UNDER the 19 month mark!!! Yeah....okay...I'm grasping at straws, but it sounds good anyway, :goodvibes

Another favorite moment: Watching Hercules...I just loved it!

Good night all!
Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
03-06-2006, 10:26 PM
We missed Hercules... we only saw one show... I cant wait for SEVEN DAYS to have some time to do more things!!! lol

I have several trips coming up (well always) so I am always in a state of either packing or unpacking. last trip was WDW right before Christmas. Never again in cool weather. I had to pack soooooo much stuff and we needed every fleece and mitten I packed too!!

Last cruise I had one whole suitcase with nothing but our Pirate garb in it. All the stuff should still fit, if not I will add to it, for 2007. I will also have one large suitcase dedacated to Formal Wear... and then tiny carry ons for bathing suits and shorts for the rest of the time!! I wonder if concerge does laundry?? :rotfl2:

As far as hosting a meet for all of us in our room OF COURSE!! Unless we meet up with the Walt or Roy folks!!! :rotfl: I have read the con staff is great at putting together gatherings. Maybe a fruity/cheesy kinda of thing on a sea day??

I really need to get cracking on our Disneyland dining reservations for May... the 60 day mark is quickly approaching, and the only place I want to eat is PALO's!!!

momm2four
03-07-2006, 09:54 PM
Whew! I'm tired. The boys finally finished their science fair projects for tomorrow. I'm going to get a snack and go to bed! (but first I had to check in with my new Magic buddies, hehe.

Well, we're officially under 19 months. Before you know it, we'll be boarding that beautiful boat :sunny:

I hope you guys have a great day tomorrow!
Lori P. :)

Oh, another DCL favorite: seeing Castaway Cay for the first time. After seeing so many pics of it on the DIS, it was surreal to be seeing it for myself, firsthand.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c123/momm2four/disneycruise018.jpg

momm2four
03-07-2006, 09:55 PM
Whew! I'm tired. The boys finally finished their science fair projects for tomorrow. I'm going to get a snack and go to bed! (but first I had to check in with my new Magic buddies, hehe.

Well, we're officially under 19 months. Before you know it, we'll be boarding that beautiful boat :sunny:

I hope you guys have a great day tomorrow!
Lori P. :)

Oh, another DCL favorite: seeing Castaway Cay for the first time. After seeing so many pics of it on the DIS, it was surreal to be seeing it for myself, firsthand.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c123/momm2four/disneycruise018.jpg

momm2four
03-07-2006, 09:56 PM
delete, repeat post

Laurabearz
03-07-2006, 11:58 PM
great picture!! (well not of your mom, and shame on you for taking a picture of her with food in her mouth... that is a violation!!!) I will dig some of mine out before this is all over.... lol

i am tired today too, and for no real reason. I miss the days of sleeping 12 hours....

Big Fun fair this weekend at my oldest school... I am helping out during the first part, and playing the second. Should be fun.

DD5 has picture day tomorrow. That means early to rise to do her hair in a flip... lol ugh

Favorite moment... managing to swim out to see the hidden mickey under water on CC. My dd5 was on my back and it was a long way out hauling her!! but soooooo worth it. I plan on buying the kids snorkle stuff for the pool here at home, so we all can swim out and see him and I dont have to carry anyone!!!

momm2four
03-09-2006, 04:20 PM
Hi Guys! Hope you are having a good week. Today was a little crazy at school. One of the teachers had her cell phone taken, so we were dealing with that on top of one of our teachers being absent today. We also didn't have enough subs, so we had to take turns watching another teacher's class during our planning period...so goes the world of education.

I received my receipt for my down payment from Dana today in the mail, and she had put one of the DCL books in it. You would have thought it was a $100 check, I was SO excited.

Laura, I was laughing to myself as I re-read our favorite things. If we keep that going, by the time we get to October '07, we'll really be scraping the bottom of the barrell for things to say......"My 467th favorite thing is, um, um...the texture of the toilet paper." :teeth:

Seriously, one of my favorite memories is watching my two oldest dancing at the sail-away party. (My youngest got tired of it all and just laid down on the floor in the middle of the party)

Talk to you later!
Lori P :)

Laurabearz
03-10-2006, 12:21 AM
Evening all! Busy day today... and a crazy weekend! Fun Fair at the school is Saturday and DD 6 has a Brownie field trip to ED DeBevics (kinda like 5o's prime time cafe) at noon on Sunday and DD 5 just got invited to (TODAY!) a birthday party for a class mate also at noon on Sunday. The kids social life is better than mine!!

Nother good DCL thought.... I loved watchting all the activty that happens when the ship docks... and why we will always ahve a veranda!! dozens of people run around unloading and load things up... quite fun!

momm2four
03-10-2006, 10:57 PM
Laura, I hope your weekend goes well, sounds busy! We're going to sign the three oldest up for soccer tomorrow, but other than that, I don't have anything else planned. I guess I'll end up cleaning out the garage tomorrow. woohoo!


Favorite moment: playing Bingo. I didn't win, but it was fun anyway. One of my DIS meet buddies did win. That was neat to know one of the winners.

Well, my eyelids are drooping, so I'm heading off to bed. I'll catch you later!
Lori P :)

Laurabearz
03-11-2006, 01:01 AM
I am starting off tonight with a favorite thing... Taking pictures before the life boat drill. (NOT THE drill iitself) But I loved the moments before the deck filled with people and my kids were running around wearing the life jackets.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5ce22b3127cce943012449f6900000016108AZsWLNozbNR

And for the heck of it, here is a shot of the shirts I made the kids (we surprized them with that cruise)

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5ce22b3127cce94301ce99fc300000016108AZsWLNozbNR

We will also surprize them with this cruise. Since it is still hurricane season, better they not know if the cruise is cancled, ya know??

Some more pictures...

My boy.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5ce22b3127cce943012929fbf00000015108AZsWLNozbNR

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5ce22b3127cce94301336df8300000015108AZsWLNozbNR

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5ce22b3127cce943013a4df1100000015108AZsWLNozbNR

How is that for a favorite memory. He went around and around and around, happy as a clam for 20 minutes. He is even cuter now. LOL (Sorry mom brag)

lildeb724
03-11-2006, 08:40 AM
Hi Everyone,
I think my two favorite moments have already been metioned....the Dcl hon and the sail away party. We are off to Dance class (David has my son at Little Gym Class) Hope everyone has a great weekend.

lildeb724
03-11-2006, 08:49 AM
I could not keep it quiet for a day!

Laurabearz
03-11-2006, 10:31 AM
Like I said... we are cruising during hurricane seasons and The kids would be super bummed if we missed the cruise... so if they dont know what they are missing... my life is better... lol

And DH doesnt know we are in a cat2... that is his surprize... he likes his space (well we all do) and the two cat 6's just didnt cut it, so I am hoping the Cat 2 will fit the bill.

momm2four
03-11-2006, 08:16 PM
I could not keep it quiet for a day!

Debbie, I'm with you, I can't even keep it a secret from the stranger standing next to me in line at Walmart, lol :rotfl:

Laura, what cute pics. I hated the safety drill (I guess I'd be hard pressed to find someone who love it), because we got there on time and were supposed to stand in line from tallest to shortest, which put my youngest in front of his older brother, neither of whom like to stand still. Then people who got there later were put in front of us and my youngest kept bumping into them. It was NOT fun. I just kept thinking, "When this is over, we'll be FREE to cruise"

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
03-11-2006, 09:43 PM
Lori, notice I said I loved the moments before the drill, the drill itself was a nightmare.

They expected my 2 yo to stand at the front of the line 3 people away from the next family member (my 4 yo dd) since we needed to line up by height... He had other thoughts and after the morning we had, with the bomb scare, and us spending 4 hours in the parking lot waiting to board ship (we arrived at the port at 1015 and barely made the lifeboat drill at 415 (it was pushed back) all in 90 degree heat...

BUT the 15 minutes before everyone got there... priceless :-)

momm2four
03-11-2006, 11:16 PM
That's RIGHT! I forgot that. They did try to get Matthew to stand in front of some people in front of us, and it was such a chore, the CM finally just motioned for me to let him stand in front of me. She recognized that as a battle not worth fighting, I guess.

Goodnight you guys! I'm heading to bed!

Lori P.:)

momm2four
03-14-2006, 05:27 PM
HEY! Where is everyone? :confused:

It must have been one wild weekend. :crazy:

Beautiful day here in Chattanooga. Our students only come four days this week, so I'm counting down the days until Friday. Actually, I love being with the kids most of the time.

Hope to hear from you guys soon!
Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
03-15-2006, 09:57 PM
Hey! DH left today for Hilton Head Island, so we have been doing family stuff. DD 5 is working on the Book It thing with Pizza Hut, which works out nicely since DD6 can read the books to her. Killing two birds with one stone.

So it is me and the kids until Sunday night. Thank goodness they are great kids (for the most part) I did get a sitter for Saturday night though. My girl friend and I are going to go to a movie. Not sure which one yet, it all depends on the start times :rotfl2:

Tomorrow I MUST call for our Disneyland ADR's. I keep forgetting!! Cant wait for MAY!!!

Anyway if you dont see me over the next couple of days I will be so proud since it would mean my kids bonded together (against me).

momm2four
03-16-2006, 10:13 PM
Laura...good to hear from you. I was thinking you'd gone MIA, lol

Yesterday, I was showing my class something on the internet using my laptop. I left it on while they were doing independent work, and my screen saver started up. My saver is a slide show of my Disney Pics, and it was so fun watching those with my class as they were working. One of my students, who has cystic fibrosis, is going on DCL next week with Make A Wish Foundation. I hope she has a blast!

I'm off to bed. I have to go to teacher inservice tomorrow and then..I'm off for a week...Go me! Go me :cool1: :cool1:

Talk to you later!
Lori P :)

momm2four
03-19-2006, 11:18 AM
Bumpin' us back to the top!

Another favorite moment...hearing the horn blow for the first time. http://monorailgreen.info/cruise/horn.wav

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
03-19-2006, 11:27 AM
Hey Lori! It has been a super busy week here. DH comes home today (yay) But first DD5 has a birthday party to go to this afternoon and we still havent bought the gift!!

I still cant beleive we are sailing in a Cat 2. So that is my favorite momment for today... booking a glorious Cat. 2!

Is it time yet?

momm2four
03-20-2006, 10:09 PM
Are you guys having spring break this week? We started ours today, but not very springy...COLD and RAINY allllll day. My kids had me going BONKERS by the end of the day, so we ended up at Sir Chuck E. Cheese tonight, lol.

I was thinking today that my next cruise will be the last one I take in my 30's. I will be 39 in May '07, so the next one will be the big 4-0. I'm still waiting to feel like an adult, so the fact that I'm almost 40 is unreal to me. :crazy:

Favorite moment: My son getting a "gold coin" from the kids' club (after scaring off Captain Hook) and telling me "Now, I can order room service."

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
03-23-2006, 08:29 PM
We went to Chucks last weekend! LOL

Tomorrow is the last day of school!! WOOT!! I am looking forward to sleeping in a bit. Plus we are going to spend a couple of nights at an indoor water park resort! It will be nice to get out of the house for a little trip. The kids dont know, which makes it even better.

I hope to get out in the garden this week. I just want a day in the 50's.... wish me luck. lol

momm2four
03-24-2006, 09:53 PM
I hope you have a great break! I have to go back on Monday. Good thing I like my job, or I'd be dreading it like the dickens'.

Wasn't that just the saddest thing about the Americans who were killed on their excursion in Brazil? Really makes you think about what could happen, huh?

Well, I'm going to read a little on the DIS and then read a little in my new book. They had a sale at Books A Million tonight, and I went a little nuts. :)

Talk to you later!
Lori P. :)

momm2four
03-31-2006, 08:11 PM
Just bumping this up since we've slid WWAAAYYY back to the back.

Thank goodness it's Friday. My seventh graders evidently have decided that the school year has ended without telling me, because it seems all they want to do is TALK and SOCIALIZE instead of learning what they need to know. Our standardized testing starts in two weeks, and there are several things they need to know, but I don't think they care in the least. Blah! Blah! Blah! I could go on and on, but I won't.... :crazy:

Lori P. :)

momm2four
04-04-2006, 08:27 PM
Bumpin'...Bumpin'....

Where is everyone? We're under the 550 day mark!!! :cool1: :cool1:

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
04-07-2006, 12:15 AM
http://v50.net/cd/10-06-2007_7+Day+Western+Cruise+on+the+Magic_220-20-60.png

Sorry.... life with kids is sometimes busy... ha sometimes... ha.

Life here is good. I just got the kids summer camp program and they are all excited about camp. Me too, since the boy can go!! FREE TIME woot!

I still need to book our cabin for our July Road trip to Hilton head. I keep putting it off, since it is so hard to tell which cabin company to use. Oh well everyone should have my problems.

We went to a indoor water park with the kids for a couple of days over spring break. It was a nice little trip. The kids had a blast.

I really cant wait for summer. I love warm weather. I am tired of being cold.

Hope all is well with you all..

Laura

momm2four
04-10-2006, 08:42 PM
Good to hear from you again, Laura!

I am officially homesick for DCL. One of my students went on the Wonder over Spring Break with the Make A Wish foundation, and she brought her pictures to school for me to see. It made me excited to look at them, but also a little sad b/c it'll be quite a while before we go. Then I felt guilty, b/c I was thinking that this child will probably NEVER go on another DCL cruise. Even if her health stays good, I don't think finances would allow them to go back.

All those emotions from looking at one picture album, lol.

We are having beautiful weather here in Chattanooga. 74 degrees today. :sunny: The only problem is that we turned our air conditioning on last week and it wasn't working too well. I REALLY hope my DH gets someone here to work on it this week since it's supposed to hit 80 this weekend. Once the heat hits here in the south, we get that lovely humidity which makes it seem twice as hot.

Well, I'm going to put my dear children into bed. Ahhh...nothing like the sound of silence...knowing you have two hours of time to yourself...even if it is just folding laundry.

Catch you later!
Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
04-11-2006, 05:11 PM
Hi!

Our weather the past two days have been wonderful. 70's. Suppose to stay that way thru easter. RAin is also in th forcast, but I will take that over snow any day!

I just signed the kids up for summer camp. I cant wait for summer. We have taken advantage of the warm weather to clean up the back yard, and I hope to powerwash the pool deck before they come to open it April 25th (not that we will swm that early,just nice to look at.... it's allgreen and icky at he moment)

OK I am off to cook dinner... like laundry it is a task that never goes away. I cant wait to hve the napkin put in my lap for our meals aboard the Magic. CANT WAIT!!!

momm2four
04-14-2006, 08:06 AM
Laundry..uuggghhh! Isn't it amazing how much clothing a family of five or six can amass? I'm tempted to take all ours and just put it in on the front lawn with a big "GARAGE SALE" sign.

Guess what? We're under 540 days! I know...I know...I'm sad, lol. I look for any little reason to celebrate at all. :banana:

I'm home today for Good Friday. Supposed to be 87 and sunny, but before I can get outside, I MUST clean my bedroom and put away our winter clothing.

Did you see that someone else started an Oct 6 thread (can't remember the name right now)? I posted on her thread about this one, but I haven't heard anything else from her. Hopefully, she'll join us a little later.

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
04-15-2006, 12:46 AM
I did not see the other thread, but just posted on it and included a link to this one. I hope we see her soon.

Life here is good. It is getting warm out. I cant wait until we are outside most of the day.

Well it is late, just wanted to pop in... under 540 days... cool. Time is flying!

Laurabearz
04-18-2006, 11:46 AM
So did everyone get their taxes done?? Thank goodness that is over with lol

I looked at my reservation online yesterday. Dont know why, but It did bring a smile to my face. :-) I wish I could change the cruise to tomorrow! :rotfl2:

The weather here has been lovely. We hit 80 the other day, but now it is cool and crisp and sunny. Love it! The flowers are all sprouting up. Spring is the best!

We have decided to tell the kids we are going to Disneyland in May. Not sure when or how, but it soon. Heck the trip is three weeks away. Maybe next week. Hmmmmmmm

I hope everyone had a great Easter. Ours was filled with family and friends, as all holidays should be. Life is good here. If only the cruise date would get here faster!

Later!

momm2four
04-20-2006, 08:13 PM
We got our taxes in back in February. There's something about knowing you're getting a refund that helps you get it done a little faster, lol.

That is so cool, that you have a trip to DL planned. All those trips in between will hopefully make the cruise arrive faster.

I keep reading about the free dining at WDW and keep trying to finangle a trip, but I have to concentrate on paying off that dang credit card. My DH and I are going to my mom's in June, and she has said we could leave the boys there for a few days while we go away for a few days to celebrate our anniversary. I have to think of something fun, but not too expensive.

Survivor's back on, so I gotta go! Talk to you later!

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
04-22-2006, 11:01 PM
I just watched this weeks survivor on TiVo... lol Love that show!

I am deep into planning our spring/summer trips, but I keep peeking in on the cruise board for some reason... I guess that means I am still excited! LOL

Today was spent at soccer and then pulling weeds... lots and lots of weeds. I am toying with the idea of letting them win, and having a lot more time for other things...

I cant wait for school to let out and the hanging out to begin! I love to sleep late, and even though they have camp at 930, it is a big improvement over 8am lol

Guess that is it for today... Take care!

Laura

momm2four
04-26-2006, 08:46 PM
Hey! We're under the 530 day mark!!!!

Whew, we made it through TCAP week. (Our standardized testing time) I actually was able to get quite a bit of work done at my desk while the kids were testing.

Talk to you later, just wanted to bump us up and note the under 530 day!!!

Lori P. :)

momm2four
05-05-2006, 07:37 PM
Hey!!! We're under 520 days!!!

I bought the 4th edition of Passporter this week and have started reading up on all the excursions. Of course, they may change before 2007, but it gives me something to dream about. :cloud9:

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
05-05-2006, 07:47 PM
We leave in six days for Disneyland! WOOT! Not as good as our cruise will be, but I am very excited about it (and busy getting everything ready)

I dream about the cruise. I cant wait to walk aboard the Magic for 7 wonderful days. I dont even care what the excurisons will be.... I could stay in our cabin verenada and eat from Palos menu all week long.

Oh yeah... that is my happy place right now! lol

momm2four
05-05-2006, 11:10 PM
That's fine....just go off to Disneyland...I'll sit here....alone.....with my Passporter, just thumbing through the pages...but, you have fun...don't worry about me....LOL :rotfl2: Just kidding!

I do hope you have a safe trip and a wonderful time.

I'm just glad that our Beta Club Induction ceremony is over. I have had that hanging over my head for two weeks and now that it's passed, I can be free to think about other things....like the grad. course that I need to complete by May 15th. :)

Hey,I am going to a park this month. We're taking our seventh graders to Six Flags over Georgia at the end of this month. Not WDW,but we had a blast last year, and hope for the same this year.

I'm going to go read a little, but I'll talk to you later!
Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
05-15-2006, 03:34 PM
Hey everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day. Mine was spent in traffic in Los Angles and a long flight home. No complaints though, other than being home from our trip.

Disneyland was wonderful. I am working on a trip report and when I finish it, I will like you all........ lol

Anyway off to unpack and do laundry!

momm2four
05-16-2006, 07:20 PM
Ooohh...I want pictures!!! I would love to go to CA just once. I hope the weather was good for you guys. Can't wait to read the trip report.

I'm just excited that our students have only 8 more days. Yeah!!!! Tonight I had a FRUSTRATING phone conversation with a student's mom. I called her b/c the girl had called my house four times from her cell phone and hung up each time I answered. (The girl actually seems to like me, emails me all the time, wants to stay after class and talk) I think she was just being silly, but mom didn't want to believe that her daughter would call like that, until I proved it by redialing her number from caller ID on my cell and letting her hear the message from her daughter's phone. THe girl finally admitted that she had called to get help on her math project, but was too "scared" to talk to me. Yeahhh, right!

She then launched into this huge tirade about another girl that is supposedly bullying her daughter. Well, it's six of one and half a dozen of the other as far as I'm concerned, but the mom doesn't believe that her angel would do anything to instigate this problem. If she could only see and hear her at school...Lord have mercy, lol.

Okay..Lori...that's enough venting for now. Enjoy the unpacking..or just do what I do and live out of the suitcase until it's empty, lol.

Good to hear from you again! Where are all the October 07 "sailors"???

Lori P. :)

momm2four
05-24-2006, 05:18 PM
We're under 500!!! We're under 500!!! :cool1: :cool1: :cool1:

I'm also excited because school's almost over. I'm sooo looking forward to not getting up so early in the morning. It will be nice to have time to work on my house as well.

Hey, Laura, do you know anything about the Disney Reward Card? I wonder if I can apply the dollars I have on that toward my cruise.

Talk to you later!

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
06-09-2006, 01:02 AM
Yes I do think you can use reward dollars towards the cruise, if not then for ship board credit. I can imgaine the stink everyone would make if you couldnt, and since I smelled nothing about this, I think your good to go!

School has ended!!! Today was the last day!!! WOOOOT!!!

Tomorrow we sleep late, go to a bowling party, and are having a sleep over. Fun! Saturday is filled with soccer game, end of year soccer picnic then on to family's house for 8 th grade graduation party! whew! nothing planned for Sunday and lots of sleeping in the next week. (I hope I hope) Camp starts late and is only for two hours a day. I nice break for me since all three kids are going. Woot!

A few weeks ago I found out that this past years big ITBS testing was the same week in Oct as our cruise and I freaked. It took many phone calls to finally find out if they even had a clue when they would be in 2007 lol. Turns out hey have decided to go with the 4th week in September and we were given the go ahead to make plans... YAY! So that is why I have been quite over here... I thought my dream was going to be crushed! lol

In two weeks I leave for a girls trip to WDW. I really need some fun and rest, away from the kids. Cant wait! It is the rest before the BIG road trip, two weeks after we get back.

What are your summer plans?

Laurabearz
06-17-2006, 05:50 PM
475 days left! WOW! That just about a year away until we can book our Acitivites! WOOT Day 1 - Port Canaveral - Saturday, October 6, 2007
No Activities are reserved.

Day 2 - Key West - Sunday, October 7, 2007
No Activities are reserved.

Day 3 - At Sea - Monday, October 8, 2007
No Activities are reserved.

Day 4 - Grand Cayman - Tuesday, October 9, 2007
No Activities are reserved.

Day 5 - Cozumel - Wednesday, October 10, 2007
No Activities are reserved.

Day 6 - At Sea - Thursday, October 11, 2007
No Activities are reserved.

Day 7 - Castaway Cay - Friday, October 12, 2007
No Activities are reserved.

Day 8 - Port Canaveral - Saturday, October 13, 2007
No Activities are reserved.

Laurabearz
06-19-2006, 12:41 AM
Is it wrong of me to be thinking about dining rotations and Palo dinners/brunches?? APL is the rotation I want... Formal night in Luminaire and Pirate Night is Parrot Cay... Last cruise we had pirate night in Tritions and I would prefer to be in a more suited restruant this time around... pirate:


Cruise Itinerary

Day Port Ashore Onboard

a Saturday Port Canaveral 4:00 p.m.

p Sunday Key West 11:30 a.m. 9:30 p.m.

l Monday At Sea Formal Night Palo Brunch

a Tuesday Grand Cayman 7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Palo Dinner (need to find out times)

p Wednesday Cozumel 10:30 a.m. 10:00 p.m. Pirate Night (I wish the Pirate party started earlier)

l Thursday At Sea Semi Formal Night Palo Brunch

a Friday Castaway Cay 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Saturday Port Canaveral 7:35 a.m.


I am making a payment this week, so I have been thinking a lot about the cruise... lol Can you tell?

Can't beleive this thread was started over 100 days ago!! Time is zoom zoom zooming by!

Hey!!! ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE???

married2grumpy
06-30-2006, 09:07 PM
I just switched from the 5/06 sailing to this one. This date works out better with the kids school/dance/religion schedule. I just hope the weather and the seas in October will be as great as it has on our past May cruises.

momm2four
07-01-2006, 12:12 AM
Hey Laura!!! Good to hear from you :)

I've not checked this board for a while as you can see. Now that you're living the "free life", I'll check more often, lol.

Married2grumpy, welcome!!! We have plenty of time to get acquainted.

I love summertime. It hasn't taken me long to get used to getting up at 9:00. It's going to be hard to get back into the 5:15 am thing in August (teachers go back Aug. 3 :guilty:) The only good thing about that is that it puts us closer to our cruise :banana:

Hey! The making of WDW is on the History channel. Yeah!!! My DH was flipping channels, saw what was on and just stopped and threw me the remote. I guess he knows the way to my heart, lol.

I'll write more later, gotta watch TV.

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
07-01-2006, 12:43 AM
I just switched from the 5/06 sailing to this one. This date works out better with the kids school/dance/religion schedule. I just hope the weather and the seas in October will be as great as it has on our past May cruises.


Our only other cruise was end of September 2005.... It was hot and humid, but lovely in the water, and the seas were calm. (those days anyway)

Glad you found us. I look forward to getting to know you all better! How old are you kids? Mine are 7, 5, 3 or 8,5,4 at sailing... lol Two oldest are girls... :-)

I am digging sleeping in too.... we leave for Hilton Head Island next week and we are all very excited! We are driving and that makes me a littl nervous, but hopfully between the movies, games, and songs I have planned the kids will do ok.

married2grumpy
07-01-2006, 07:26 AM
It will be myself, DH and our 3 children: (ages at time of sailing) DD 10, Ds 8 and DD 7. I think my MIL will be joining us as well.

Wow my kids sound so old when I have to age them like that!!! My oldest DD will just turn 10 right before we cruise and my youngest DD will turn 7 the day we set sail. My DS will be 9 that December.

We don't mind hot and humid weather that is one of the reasons why we chose early October. We figured the seas will still be warm that time of year too. Plus, the kids will only miss 4 days of school since Columbus Day is that week.

We can't wait to get back on that ship! :teeth:

momm2four
07-01-2006, 10:33 AM
My DS will be 9 that December.

I have a 9 year old DS as well. Actually, I guess he'll be 10 on the cruise. My oldest son will celebrate his 12th birthday the day after we sail, and my other sons will be 6 and right at 8 (his birthday is late October).

If any of your kids want to correspond before the trip,let me know. My 9 year old, especially, loves to socialize. He would be excited to know someone before the trip.

Laura, I hope your trip to Hilton Head is a blast. I've never been there. Lots for the kids to do?

My DH were able to go to Pigeon Forge, TN this past weekend...BY OURSELVES!!! The oldest three went camping, and my youngest stayed with a friend. We thought about going to Dollywood, but ending up just eating out, reading, taking naps and walking around Gatlinburg. It was soooo relaxing.

I'm noticing that I will be the newbie to the Magic of our little group. We did a four night in Oct. 05 and loved it so much that we booked a 7night. I am loving the thought of a whole week on the ship. There are so many more things to do as well, it seems.

I guess I need to get off the computer, I'm trying to be ready to have a garage sale next Sat. Don't want to, but this debt must be paid off before I start saving for our cruise. Stupid credit cards...or I guess I should say "stupid me" for using the "stupid credit cards". :p

Lori P. :)

momm2four
07-04-2006, 07:29 PM
HAPPY 4TH!!!! :cheer2:

How did you guys spend your 4th of July? I had a grand ole' time cleaning out my garage and pricing items for a garage sale that I'm having this Saturday. <crossing my fingers for no rain>

My DH did bbq some chicken, and I made corn on the cob and baked beans, so we ate well. It's actually relaxing to just stay here and listen to all the people around us lighting their fireworks (as long as they stop by midnight, lol)

I guess we celebrated last night. We down to the riverfront downtown Chattanooga. We were going to watch our minor league baseball team, but they were sold out so we ended up watching Nacho Libre instead. We then walked down to the river and watched both the fireworks from the ballgame and the ones that the city does. Beautiful!!!

Talk to you later!
Lori P. :)

momm2four
07-04-2006, 10:50 PM
I thought I'd present a list of our total CAST so far:

1) Laurabearz (Laura) Room 8516

-DH (Tom)
-DD (6)
-DD (5)
-DS (3)

2) lildeb724 (Debbie) Room 8032

-DH (David) From Long Island,NY
-DD (5)
-DS (2.5)

3) momm2four (Lori) Rooms 7006/7008

-DH (David) From Chattanooga, TN
-DS (10)
-DS (9)
-DS (6)
-DS (5)
-my mom Room 7004
-my step-dad

4) married2grumpy

-DH
-DD (9) (I estimated your children's ages based on their ages at the time of
-DD (7) the cruise)
-DS (6)
-MIL (maybe)


Sounds great so far!!!

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
07-04-2006, 11:27 PM
Wow! We are almost a GAGGLE! WOOT!

Just got back from the fireworks show around here... we know a spot where we can catch two big firework shows.... so we have had our fill this evening!

Hilton Head and kids........ go great together if they are into swimming and beach stuff. Our kids dig it. :-)

We leave tomorrow evening and hope to make it to the other side of Lexington KY before Midnight... sleep there and push on to Pigeon Forge the next day.

Off to pack~!

momm2four
07-05-2006, 10:24 AM
Have a great trip Laura!

Lori P. :)

bamagirl@hrt
07-08-2006, 01:23 PM
Hi everyone! We are booked on the 10/6/07 Magic as our very first cruise ever! I'm so excited! DH & I are celebrating our 15th anniversary next year (in June, but didn't want a Med cruise). Our cast, with ages at travel time, includes me(36), DH(36), DD(9), and DS(6).

And HI, momm2four, we live "up the road" in Maryville, TN. I grew up in Fort Payne, AL, and spent a lot of time in Chattanooga growing up. Went to several concerts at the UTC Roundhouse. We still go through Chattanooga on our way back to visit my family.

We booked our cruise in March, but I've been so consumed with planning our Oct. 2006, trip to WDW that I haven't focused much on the cruise. Now that I have all of that trip planned, I'm thinking more about cruisin'! Can't wait!

I look forward to getting to know you guys before we set sail next year!

Christy

momm2four
07-08-2006, 05:09 PM
Hi Christy!!! So nice to "see" another face. So, is the October 06 trip to WDW? I would love to go back in Oct. We cruised Oct. 05 and went to WDW right after that. We loved MNSSHP and hope to do it again next year either after or before our cruise.

What grade will your children be in this year? My boys will be in 5th, 4th, 1st and K. They'll all be in one school for one year. Here's an updated list.

(Oh, per your screenname, are you an Alabama fan? If so, my DH would say that you're "Good People", lol.)

Here's an updated list.

1) Laurabearz (Laura) Room 8516

-DH (Tom)
-DD (6)
-DD (5)
-DS (3)

2) lildeb724 (Debbie) Room 8032

-DH (David) From Long Island,NY
-DD (5)
-DS (2.5)

-Brother (David) (Cat. 5 somewhere :) )
-SIL (Cori)

-Friend (Tom) Room 8034
-Friend (Mary)
-DD8
-DD2.5
-DS(soon to be born)

3) momm2four (Lori) Rooms 7006/7008

-DH (David) From Chattanooga, TN
-DS (10)
-DS (9)
-DS (6)
-DS (5)
-my mom Room 7004
-my step-dad

4) married2grumpy

-DH
-DD (9) (I estimated your children's ages based on their ages at the time of
-DD (7) the cruise)
-DS (6)
-MIL (maybe)

5) bamagirl@hrt (Christy) Room 2106

-DH From Maryville, TN
-DD9
-DS6

bamagirl@hrt
07-08-2006, 07:34 PM
Tell your DH I said ROLL TIDE!!!!! I've been a Bama fan all my life. It's hard being up here in the middle of "Big Orange Country" but I get by. The few of us up here stick together!

Yes, my Oct. '06 trip is to WDW. We're doing a split stay with 3 nights at the WL and 6 nights at the BCV. It's our first time at each of these resorts, so we are very excited. We're doing MNSSHP for the first time. Our last trip two years ago, DS had just turned 3 and was too young, we thought, to be able to stay very long at the party.

For your roll call, we'll be in room 2106.

My DD will be in 3rd grade this year. My DS, who turns 5 in September, will be attending a K-Readiness class at preschool, which is 2 days/week. He could go to Kindergarten this year, but I don't want him in school for a month before he even turns 5. Too young, I think.

I look forward to getting to know ya'll!

momm2four
07-08-2006, 07:50 PM
My DH was actually born in Birmingham, AL. His dad's side of the family comes from Ward, AL (heard of that?), so he and his dad are Tide fans. His aunt's family just went on a Alabama cruise (thru Carnival?). Mike Schula and some of the Bama players were on it. We wanted to go, but just didn't have the funds to swing that cruise and next year's too.

I don't blame you for holding your son back. I teach school, and I have never taught a child for which I thought, "Boy, this kid should have started school earlier", but I have had kids that I thought the opposite of. I have two sons who have October birthdays, and it's nice that they're some of the oldest kids in their class. I don't think you'll regret it.

My DH just told everyone to go get in the van, so he must have something planned. Talk to you later!

Lori P. :)

lildeb724
07-10-2006, 10:39 AM
We all know how busy life gets.....
I am enjoying being a SAHM, though I am having trouble with managing my time....
Glad to see there are some more people joing us...
I can also add some more people though they have not joined us on the message board....
In a cat 5 somewhere...I don't know there room number is my brother David and His wife Cori...The Caveat to this is that they are thinking about having a baby and if they get pregnant there will be a sixmonth window where they can't come on the cruise (the last trimester and then I believe the baby must be 12 weeks to cruise)
Next door to us is 8034 is my friends from college Tom and Mary...They have a daugter Caitlin who is almost 8 and a daugher Megan who is 2.5. They are also having a baby boy this summer.
I also have invited two other familes to join us, though they are not definite yet and depending on my finances, I might pay for our friend Linda to join us. Both of my parents have passed away and Linda is like my kids grandmother.
MarriedtoGrumpy - where in Long Island are you? We are in Port Washington!

I will keep in touch.
Debbie

momm2four
07-10-2006, 02:48 PM
Debbie,
Good to hear from you! Let me know about the other possible families and I'll add them to our cast. :)

I think Laura is in Hilton Head now, so it may be a while before we hear from her. Hope she's having fun!

Well, I have put off cleaning my house long enough, so I'm going to pry my fingers from this keyboard and let my son have a turn so I won't be tempted to get back on. (Of course, there's always the laptop which is portable...NO! NO! I must clean or they will come and take my children away...)

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
07-10-2006, 03:11 PM
I AM in Hilton Head, but never far from the internet! :rotfl2:

Big kids at pool with daddy... the boy hanging in the room about to fall asleep, so I am taking advantage of the down time and DISing.....

Glad to see som both old and new faces here. The more the merrier!!


I just made a BIG payment on the cruise... I know it is far in advance, but I want to widdle it down way before the cruise so I can start saving for all the photos and excurisions we are going to do.

Ok... off to lay next to my boy and get him down for a bit!

momm2four
07-11-2006, 09:52 PM
Laura, you are too funny. Reminds me of when we went to Gulf Shores, AL one summer. We were all in the condo, and I was having internet withdrawals. (This was the time that the last Harry Potter came out, so I was dying to see what all my DISfriends thought of the ending)

I left everyone napping and spent a glorious two hours at this little coffee house...drinking coffee and surfing the net...what a way to spend my time at the beach, lol. :surfweb: :goodvibes

I'll be glad when I can officially start saving for my cruise. I just have to get that stupid card paid off. What I did last time was put my deposit down and then I didn't pay anymore off until the deadline. I put it all into an INGdirect account and made quite a bit in interest.

As far as excursions, I don't have a clue in the world what we might be interested in. There was one involving riding horses and seeing some ruins, but I don't know if all my boys will be old enough. Heck, I'm not even sure I could ride a horse... :crazy: You think they'd let me take a moped, lol :moped:

I'll be honest, I'm just lazy and the idea of just hanging out on the boat sounds appealing to me...Maybe I'll change my mind as I read up on the excursions, I'm just not the adventurous type. Reading, doing math problems and surfing the net are three of my favorite activities. Sounds kind of sad when you list it out like that, lol.

Well, I'm going to run. Talk to you guys later!!!

Lori P. :)

momm2four
07-15-2006, 01:53 PM
Busy week? :)

Hope you all have a great weekend. I think we're taking the boys downtown to play in the fountains down by the carousel and then going to the drive-in. They are showing Pirates II and Cars. Later!

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
07-16-2006, 09:12 PM
We just got back from HHi today... drove 1000 miles in 2 days and I am tired! Sad be be home, but OH SO HAPPY to be OUT OF THE CAR!!


I think the age requirement is at least 8... if not 12, for the horseback riding...

Me I am wondering what the min. age for the banana boat at CC is..... :rotfl2:

Ok, off to catch up on EMAIL... I might DIS and play games while on vacation, I draw the line at answering EMAIL... lol

momm2four
07-17-2006, 09:56 PM
Laura,
Glad you made it home safe and sound.

I would love to go on a vacation right now...BY MYSELF!!! My kids are driving me absolutely nuts. I feel like the world's biggest failure as a parent. They seem to be fighting quite a bit. I never can understand why one of them can't walk by another without nudging or hitting them. ARRGGHHH!!!

Sorry, just venting. I guess it's just been a yucky week so far. My DS6 broke the screen on my laptop. It just made me sick. It's my favorite thing that I own and I do everything on it. I did a really bad thing tonight. I went to the Apple website and ordered a new MacBook for myself. My DH is going to be a little perturbed, but I "need" a new one before school starts. (I was able to get him a free IPOD Nano by buying it, think that'll make a difference?)

Well, thanks for letting me vent a little. I think I'm going to put the kids to bed, put Live 365 on the computer and just surf the DIS until my brain falls out, lol.

Talk to you guys later!
Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
07-18-2006, 09:19 AM
I never can understand why one of them can't walk by another without nudging or hitting them. ARRGGHHH!!!

Lori P. :)
:lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

So true!!!!

Our power was out last night.. just came back on this morning.... boy it was hard to sleep without a fan blowing.... lol

I have to re wash the load that was in the dryer.. all wrinkled since it stopped mid way thru the cycle.... ugh

Ok... must feed the kids.. lol

momm2four
07-19-2006, 09:02 AM
Good morning!

I was reading yesterday about the cruise ship that had the accident. That is really scary. Can you even imagine being in a pool and all of a sudden, all of the water and YOU are being dumped out?!? It's a wonder that noone went overboard. If it went 45 degrees, couldn't someone have fallen if they had been standing at the rail? I'm glad it wasn't more serious than it could have been.

Gonna run...just wanted to say hi (and keep us off the last page, lol). I promised myself I would clean my room from top to bottom today (even under my bed...shudder...)

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
08-02-2006, 10:53 AM
Hey Everyone! Been a while since we all touched base!

Summer is just FLYING around here.... can beleive is is AUGUST already! WHEW!

It has been hot and steamy here.... thank goodness for the pool. I think my freckles have freckles and I almost look tan... well splotchy tan is what freckles do best....


About once a week I pop over to the cruise boards to read.... torture pure torture! I cant wait until we are able to book Palo and excruisions!!!!! less than a year for that though... :rotfl2:

TOmorrow my new Kindergartener gets her SHOTS!!! Poor thing... I dont think I should have told her about it until tomorrow morning, but I blabbed... She will get to pick where we go and eat dinner and I need to pick up a little something (toy) to ease the pain.

Ahhhhhhhh I will miss summer. I am truely diggin waking up late. Soon though I have to crack the whip about bedtime or the first week of school will be way to grumpy for me!

Hope everyone is doing well....


WOOT!

Laurabearz
08-19-2006, 09:14 PM
412 days left... time is zooming by!

Counting down the days until school here. Everyone is excited. I will be thankful for more of a routine again. Summer is great, but I am running out of ideas!

Hope all is going well with everyone.....

momm2four
08-25-2006, 11:09 PM
I cannot believe that it's been over a month since I've posted on this thread. Actually, I can believe it. We (teachers), started back on August 4, and the students came back on the 14th. It has been one thing after another since then. OH MY GOODNESS, the first two weeks of school are BUSY!!!

This summer, the cruise was foremost in my mind quite a bit of the time, but since school started, I haven't thought of it hardly at all. I was thinking this week that this time next year, I'll be getting ready to leave!!! :)

Well, I'm about to fall asleep, so I'm going to sign off, just wanted to say hi! Hope everyone is having a good school year so far.

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
09-01-2006, 01:12 AM
My count down thingy is not working today... but I think we are really really close to the 400 day mark.

Looking back I started this thread at 590ish days out :rotfl2:

1/3 of the way there :lmao:

2 more 'sets' of 200 to go Woot!

But even better.... we are 30ish days away from MNSSHP, Food & Wine, and my birthday! YAYAY

Ok off to bed. This getting up early is rough....

Laurabearz
09-01-2006, 03:30 PM
Oh my! Count downs working and I was Right! 400 days!

Anyone else still out there?

My guess is in another 2-3 months more people will start booking and we can get the partying rolling again!

momm2four
09-01-2006, 05:39 PM
I'm here, but between my teaching responsibilities and my children's schedules, I'm just not posting very much.

I have one son playing football, one playing soccer and one playing football, not to mention one of them is also doing cross country at his elem. school. They also want to participate in the school's chess club and chorus, which meets before school. They started a new elem. school this year, and there are so many activities to choose from, and my 9 year old wants to do them ALL!

My countdown clock says 399 days and so many hours. I know it's really 400 das but 399 just looks better, lol.

I think you're right about more people. I bet once we get under a year, we'll start seeing more crusiers.

Talk to you later!

Lori P. :)

Zoop
09-04-2006, 09:22 PM
Hello Everybody!

My family and I will be joining you on this MAGICAL cruise in 2007.
We are also Disney Vacation Club members whose home resort is the Boardwalk. We are going to the Boardwalk the week after Thanksgiving this year and the cruise will be our Disney fix for next year.
This will be our third Disney cruise in six years and our second western in a row. We loved strolling around Key West and never did get to go to Cozumel due to hurricane dammage after that really nasty hurricane last October so we decided to do the western again. There will be four of us and we are staying in room #8074 which is the same room we had last time. We will be able to find our room because it will be the one with the Mets magnets on the door. We are really big Mets fans so hopefully we will be able to watch a few playoff games somewhere on the ship next October. I have two Sunday season tickets to the games at Shea Stadium and it is 100 miles of traveling each way so you know I'm a die hard. Looking forward to attending a few games at Shea this October as well. Can't wait to meet you all next year.
Here is my starting line up for October 6, 2007...

DH (myself)46 John
DW 43 Tami
DS 19
DD 9 (my princess)

My soon to be 19 y.o. son has down syndrome and I can't say enough about the way the Disney Cast Members have gone out of their way to make our cruises with them extra special. He actually was allowed to be with the
10 - 12 year old group last year and had the time of his life. We had a hard time getting him out of the club for dinner! There were plenty of tears when we had to pick him up from his club for the last time. We hope he will be allowed to be with this group again next year. It's not often that my wife and I can get a chance to really relax knowing that he is in such good hands and is only a beep of my pager away. That pager system they use is terrific.
Like I said earlier, looking forward to our cruise in 2007 and a chance
to meet you all. Zoop :cool1:

lildeb724
09-05-2006, 09:09 AM
Glad you can join us! We are from Long Island and my husband is a huge mets fan as well. We gave up our package a couple years ago because two little kids at the games was a little chaotic (one was manageable two was insanity) My husband says the Mets are doing well because we don't have a package anymore! Next year though we will get a package again.

My older one is starting kindergarten tommorrow...When we cruise they will be 6.5 and almost 4.

Once again welcome.

Laurabearz
09-05-2006, 09:58 AM
Zoop! Love the screenname!! Welcome!!

We are truely a gaggle now!

I used to work with special need young adults, it was the most rewarding work I did in my younger days. Good to hear that DCL is accomindating to his needs. :-)

We are 30 days away from the 1 year mark.... (we will arrive at WDW on the 5th... lol) I am very excited about the cruise, even though it is so far away.

Cant wait to have my napkin placed on my lap, and someone else cutting my kids meat.... rofl

We are getting into the school routine here. Next week the boy (3) starts preschool.... he is ready, but he doesnt know it yet. Next week should be interesting.

Ok that's it for me for now.....

YAYAY More cruisers! WOOT!

momm2four
09-09-2006, 10:07 PM
Yeahhh!!! Another cruiser!!! :cool1:

Here's the lastest cast list: (Ages are current. Let me know if I made a boo-boo or if one of your children has a birthday)

1) Laurabearz (Laura) Room 8516

-DH (Tom) from Chicago, IL
-DD (6)
-DD (5)
-DS (3)

2) lildeb724 (Debbie) Room 8032

-DH (David) From Long Island,NY
-DD (5)
-DS (2.5)

-Brother (David) (Cat. 5 somewhere )
-SIL (Cori)

-Friend (Tom) Room 8034
-Friend (Mary)
-DD8
-DD2.5
-DS(soon to be born)

3) momm2four (Lori) Rooms 7006/7008

-DH (David) From Chattanooga, TN
-DS (10)
-DS (9)
-DS (6)
-DS (5)
-my mom Room 7004
-my step-dad

4) married2grumpy

-DH
-DD (9) (I estimated your children's ages based on their ages at the time of
-DD (7) the cruise)
-DS (6)
-MIL (maybe)

5) bamagirl@hrt (Christy) Room 2106

-DH From Maryville, TN
-DD9
-DS6

6)Zoop (John) Room 8074

-DW (Tami) from Deep River, CT
-DS19
-DD9


Looks GREAT!

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
09-09-2006, 10:27 PM
Great list!!! We are from Chicago :-) And the ages of our kids are their current ages, they will be 8, 6, and 4 on the cruise...

The boy and I went to his preschool open house today.... He seemed to like it. I hope he feels the same way Monday!

momm2four
09-10-2006, 10:25 PM
I hope he likes preschool. My son seems to like kindergarten okay. My first grader is a little different. Every night, when I ask him to get his clothes for the next day, he informs me that he won't be going to school the next day because he's going to be sick. When I tell him that he's fine and he can go to school, he tells me, "Okay, don't blame me if I get my behavior clip moved."
Once he gets there, I guess he's okay b/c he seems excited about the day when I pick him up.

We're almost to the year mark everybody!!!

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
09-11-2006, 01:05 AM
He did 'ok' in camp this summer.... I bit of crying and a few days they had to take him from me..... but he settled down after a bit... And the preschool is in the same building as Camp, so there is familairity working for me.....

I have also been talking to him about picking the girls up from school, and how we need to be on time.... And that is what mommy's do... they take their big kids to school and then always come back and pick them up. But first they get story time, and snack time and time to say hi to Murtle the Turtle.... new friends to come to his birthday party.... rofl... Oh yeah, I am working ALL the angles. LOL

Ok off to pack up his little bag....

momm2four
09-22-2006, 11:18 PM
Almost to October!!!!

It'll be soooo nice when we get below a year. Then we can say,"In October, we're cruising," instead of saying NEXT October.

I'm excited, but getting a little nervous, since that means the deadline for paying this off will be closer. I did start a math club after school twice a week, which will give me an $2000 for our cruise. Right now, I'm asking if it's worth it, b/c it's just more planning and staying later after school, but I guess in June, when I get the check it'll be worth it. I also agreed to mentor a new teacher at school which is another $1000. We're friends, so I would have helped her anyway, but now I get paid to do it, lol.

Soooo..I've got half of the cruise paid for, I just have to get the other half. :)

Talk to you guys later!

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
09-23-2006, 01:18 AM
I will be in WDW at the 1 year mark :thumbsup2

Cant wait!!! Cant wait!!!

Also at the 1 year mark is if offically ok to start scouring the DIS DCL boards.... Of course I have UNoffically been scouring them for quite sometime. :-)

I have taken on two jobs, but neither pay... lol

I am the New Daisy Scout leader for my 5 yo, and Co- Leader for my 7 year olds Browine troop! Little bit freaked out, but doing well so far!! lol

Ok off to bed for me... early soccer game tomorrow!

momm2four
09-30-2006, 07:51 AM
Laura,
Looks like you're getting a Disney Fix this weekend! Hope you enjoy MNSSHP! We went last year for the first time and had a BLAST!!!

What kind of weather is everyone having. Here in Chattanooga, it's unpredictable. One day it's 75, then it's 85, then who knows! I do love Fall though. The mountains of TN and the changing leaves makes for the most beautiful scenery.

Gotta go clean the house. The boys have two soccer games, a baseball game and a football game today, so I need to get that done before they start.

Later,
Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
09-30-2006, 09:13 AM
Yes we leave tomorrow! I am VERY Excited. Nothing like spending your birthday at WDW!!! And as strange as it sounds I am also excited to hit the 1 year mark while at WDW.... lol

DH took dd to the early soccer game this morning... and I have to take the other DD to her game this afternoon... she is also snack person this week, so I need to go grab snacks....

But first I have to print out all our flight stuff and finish packing!


We should be getting some more people to this thread soon... There HAS to be more DISers on the best date for a 7 day cruise in OCt!!! lol

Ok... off to do mom stuff

gouodux
10-02-2006, 10:29 PM
It looks as if we will be joining you all on this cruise. We won't find out for sure until we discover when next years Fall break is for school. Pretty positive it is going to be during this week, so we booked while on the Wonder. We just got home this morning from the 11 night Southern Carribean cruise. Added a few days at the World (including MNSSHP).

Anyway - our family includes:

Leslie (38) @ time of cruise
Shawn (39)
Jenna (7)
Kayla (5)

Early dining and we will be in room 6548

Our friends that joined us on the Southern cruise will be coming along too:

Tracy (36)
Steve (35)
Paxton (13)
Paige (8)
Presley (6)
Paris (4)
Parker (2)

Long way off, but we are looking forward to being back on the Magic.

momm2four
10-04-2006, 09:50 PM
gouodux, WELCOME to our thread!!!

An 11 night cruise! I can't even imagine....I would think I'd died and gone to heaven :)

Can't wait to hear from you and Laura how MNSSHP went. I was looking at my pics from last year and really miss getting to go this year.

And...Now, presenting our new cast:

1) Laurabearz (Laura) Room 8516

-DH (Tom) from Chicago, IL
-DD (6)
-DD (5)
-DS (3)

2) lildeb724 (Debbie) Room 8032

-DH (David) From Long Island,NY
-DD (5)
-DS (2.5)

-Brother (David) (Cat. 5 somewhere )
-SIL (Cori)

-Friend (Tom) Room 8034
-Friend (Mary)
-DD8
-DD2.5
-DS(soon to be born)

3) momm2four (Lori) Rooms 7006/7008

-DH (David) From Chattanooga, TN
-DS (10)
-DS (9)
-DS (6)
-DS (5)
-my mom Room 7004
-my step-dad

4) married2grumpy

-DH
-DD (9) (I estimated your children's ages based on their ages at the time of
-DD (7) the cruise)
-DS (6)
-MIL (maybe)

5) bamagirl@hrt (Christy) Room 2106

-DH From Maryville, TN
-DD9
-DS6

6)Zoop (John) Room 8074

-DW (Tami) from Deep River, CT
-DS19
-DD9

7) gouodux (Leslie:38) room 6548

Shawn 39 (Ages at the time of the cruise)
Jenna 7
Kayla 5

Joined by friends:

Tracy 36
Steve 35
Paxton 13
Paige 8
Presley 6
Paris 4
Parker 2

We're almost to the one year mark!!!

Lori P. :)

jenschaef1
10-07-2006, 04:34 PM
just checking in...got off the Sept 30th eastern today and rebooked this cruise on board. We are DH, DW (me), DD18, DD15, DS10, and DD7. It will be our 2nd western and 5th DCL. I look forward to a whole year of cruise planning. I am still on vacation, but will check in when I get home.

Jennifer

gouodux
10-07-2006, 07:28 PM
Cool - some more folks from Arizona!

On the 11 night Southern Carribean cruise we met a family from Glendale. Live only about 15 minutes away from one another and we meet in Barbados!

Laurabearz
10-10-2006, 09:19 AM
Cool! More people!!! I cant beleive we are under the year mark! WOOT!!! In 2 days I need to book our Poly Luau for Disembarkment day...

I cant wait... CANT WAIT!!!! (can this excitement level last for a whole year.... YUP!)

It also looks like we have a lot of kids around the same age! YAY!

Is it too early to talk about Pirate Night?? We will be in full pirate gear... I bought the kids costumes big enough to use again on this cruise (we did a 3 day in Sept 05) Last time we passed out gold coins and pirate tattoos to anyone who wanted them, really added to the fun of the night. Although I kind of felt a teeny tiny bit ackward eating in Tritons in Pirate gear... it all worked out.

Oh and I wanted to toss out Linking our dining reservations so we are all seated next to each other.... Lot of DISers do it... What is everyone's thoughts about that?? I mean we all have to eat... we would be sitting next to people when we eat... why not each other??

Ok off to catch up on mail from our trip...

momm2four
10-12-2006, 06:21 PM
Welcome Jennifer! I'll update the list a little later.

Laura, as far as linking the dinner reservations, I'm game if you guys don't mind sitting next to four boys who may or may not be perfectly behaved at all times, lol. (Actually, they hardly ate with us on the last cruise, they LOVED the clubs.) We are doing the late dining time though. Anyone else doing that one?

I'll be glad to get back home. We've driven from Chattanooga, TN to Hershey, PA to Gettysburg, PA to Washington, DC to Ahoskie, NC, going to Suffolk, VA tomorrow and then heading back to Chattanooga on Saturday. Whew! I need a vacation from my vacation!

At least when I go back to work on Monday, I'm giving a quarterly pretest, so I can get some work done at my desk.

Catch up with you guys later!

Lori P. :)

momm2four
10-13-2006, 11:59 AM
1) Laurabearz (Laura) Room 8516

-DH (Tom) from Chicago, IL
-DD (6)
-DD (5)
-DS (3)

2) lildeb724 (Debbie) Room 8032

-DH (David) From Long Island,NY
-DD (5)
-DS (2.5)

-Brother (David) (Cat. 5 somewhere )
-SIL (Cori)

-Friend (Tom) Room 8034
-Friend (Mary)
-DD8
-DD2.5
-DS(soon to be born)

3) momm2four (Lori) Rooms 7006/7008

-DH (David) From Chattanooga, TN
-DS (10)
-DS (9)
-DS (6)
-DS (5)
-my mom Room 7004
-my step-dad

4) married2grumpy

-DH
-DD (9) (I estimated your children's ages based on their ages at the time of
-DD (7) the cruise)
-DS (6)
-MIL (maybe)

5) bamagirl@hrt (Christy) Room 2106

-DH From Maryville, TN
-DD9
-DS6

6)Zoop (John) Room 8074

-DW (Tami) from Deep River, CT
-DS19
-DD9

7) gouodux (Leslie:38) room 6548

Shawn 39 (Ages at the time of the cruise)
Jenna 7
Kayla 5

Joined by friends:

Tracy 36
Steve 35
Paxton 13
Paige 8
Presley 6
Paris 4
Parker 2

8) jenschaef1 (Jennifer)
DH from Chandler, AZ
DD18
DD15
DS10
DD7

9) Rellyrooly (Cindy)
DH (Ryan) from AZ
DS10 (Jordan)
DD6 (Cameron)

jenschaef1
10-14-2006, 11:21 AM
Hi all, back from vacation. We had a great time, did the DCL cruise followed by another week in FL visiting relatives and then back to Orlando for MNSSHP before heading home. Weather was perfect the whole trip with low humidity in FL - just like us Arizonans like it :thumbsup2 .

There will probably be quite a few of us from AZ booked this week as many school districts have off. I know of at least one other family (possibly 2) from Chandler that was on the 9/30 rebooked for 10/06/2007.

Jennifer

momm2four
10-15-2006, 09:54 AM
Jennifer,
glad that you made it back safe and sound. We got back into Chattanooga this morning around 2 a.m. Had to make a pit stop at the emergency room, because my DH came down with the flu over our 11 hour drive and that along with simply being cramped up in the car caused his chest to start hurting. He was a little scared, so we had him checked out, but flu was the diagnosis. What a way to end a vacation!

I'm sitting here drinking hot chocolate and am looking around at all the cleaning I need to do. Maybe if I pretend it's not there, it'll go away, lol. Probably what will happen is that after church, my in-laws will drop by to check on my DH. They probably already think I'm the worst housekeeper in the south, why spoil their image of me? ;)

Okay guys, we're under a year away....let the planning begin!!!

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
10-15-2006, 01:32 PM
Okay guys, we're under a year away....let the planning begin!!!

Lori P. :)

Lori (((Hugs))) to your DH... how scary. If your DH is anything like mine when they finally admit they feel bad, it's bad. Glad it was just the flu, hope he feels better really soon. (and better to get sick at the end of a vacation than at the begining)

Now onto PLANNING!!! We are trying to figure out where we are staying before and after the cruise and how we will get to the port and back... Also what dining rotation we would like.... If I can talk DH into a suit I would like to be in Tritons (is it Tritons on the Magic.. hmmm) on formal night... If I cant talk him into a suit, then I dont want to be in tritons on formal night LOL

momm2four
10-15-2006, 03:50 PM
I didn't know that you could pick your dining rotation. Oh great...another thing to worry about, lol

If we link together for dinner, I guess that means we'd all have the same rotation, right? Are you guys early or late dining? We did late on the Wonder in 2005, and I liked it.

We liked the place we stayed before the cruise last year, now if I can just remember where we stayed... :rotfl: I'd like to either go a day or so earlier or stay a day later and hit MNSSHP next year, so maybe I'll splurge and stay onsite at WDW.

Oh, it's my understanding that now, you are given a number that determines when you board. Do early arrivers get the earlier boarding numbers or is it random?

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
10-15-2006, 06:15 PM
We are in a Cat. 2 and that affords us some favors such as asking them to change out dining rotation... which of course doesnt lend it's self to linking very well, so I guess we would opt to link over picking our rotation :-)

I do feel that our family works better with the early dining... but then part of me thinks feed the kids in the room, go to the show, they head off to the kids clubs and DH and I eat a lovely uninterupted dinner.... UGH but early dinner then the shows allows us to digest before maybe hitting the clubs while the kids are in the kids clubs.... 6 in one hand 1/2 dozen in the other... lol around and around I go.

jenschaef1
10-16-2006, 06:05 PM
Momm2four: Even if you don't have a suite you can request a dining rotation. (it's not guaranteed of course but they will do their best.) A couple weeks ago we had the early dinner and got 5:30 which is the earliest of the early. We did not like it as it was always a rush to get to dinner, I plan on requesting the 6:00 rotation for the 10/6 cruise. However by the time the cruise rolls around I might even change to late seating (and then I would request 8:00 - the earliest of the late)

Jennifer

Rellyrooly
10-16-2006, 08:16 PM
Hi All-

So busy from still "recovering" from our 9/30 eastern (with Jen), that I didn't think to pop over here. Plus, I am still visiting our "old" thread. Thanks for the reminder Jen!

We are one of the families that Jen was referring to that lives in Arizona that also booked onboard. This will be our 3rd DCL cruise and can't imagine ever stopping! We are also looking into purchasing a Disney Vacation Club place at Saratoga Springs. We'll see......

We are booked in cat 3. I am really bummed that "our" room is currently taken but we are on the wait list in case it opens.....crossing fingers..... :worried: We are:
Cindy (me)
Ryan (DH)
Jordan (DS-10)
Cameron (DD-6)

We are also cruising with some good friends of ours that we actually met on this last cruise. We had such a good time together that we booked and linked res's. We will be late seating with whatever lands us in Lumiere's on formal night.

Well, can't wait to see who else will join us here that we already know and can't wait to meet the rest of y'all! Jen-did Shirley book?
Cindy

jenschaef1
10-16-2006, 10:56 PM
Cindy,
I checked the other thread today and indeed she did rebook for 10/6/07 :thumbsup2. Someone else from 9/30 rebook also??
Jennifer

momm2four
10-17-2006, 07:01 PM
Hi Cindy! I hope you don't mind, but I added your family to the last cast list. I don't want to take up the whole thread. Does anyone know how I can post this list to a site somewhere and provide a link for us to click on?

Looks like our cast is growing by leaps and bounds! :teeth:

INTEREST SURVEY:

On your last cruise, how much contact did you have with other DISboard members?


My answer:

There were only about 6 of us, and we met briefly before the Sail Away party to get a picture and get to know faces. We didn't really talk during the cruise, except I saw one member win at Bingo, and another couple went on the galley tour with me.

I guess this is why I would love to link up with someone at dinner, b/c I felt it would have been more fun to have other people at other tables to interact with. I love my DH, my mom and step-dad, but having new "folks" to talk to is always interesting.

Lori P. :)

Rellyrooly
10-17-2006, 07:24 PM
Cindy,
I checked the other thread today and indeed she did rebook for 10/6/07 :thumbsup2. Someone else from 9/30 rebook also??
Jennifer

Jen-
Oh good to hear Shirley booked too! There are a few other people that rebooked but I can't remember who exactly. Remember the friends we met on board that were next to us? They are the ones who rebooked with us.

Lori-

Of course I don't mind that you added us, in fact, thank you! I know on our last thread one of the members made an excel file and then posted a link to it. How he did that though, I have no idea. Sorry I can't help more.

We had a pretty good amount of face time with some board members. We dined next to to different families that were board members. It was totally by coincidence but worked out well. If we didn't see them much, we knew that we would always see each other at dinner. We also tried to meet at sailaway party. Not everyone showed or if they did, they didn't identify themselves. Many board members from our thread ordered shirts or wore neon green so that they were easily identifiable.

I also wanted to add that we are on for APL/second seating this time. That lands us in Lumiere's for formal and semi and Parrot Cay for Pirate night. I LOVE that rotation.

Cindy

Laurabearz
10-17-2006, 07:28 PM
WOW A flurry on new cruisers!! WELCOME!! YAYAY!!!
Cant wait to get to know you all better!!!

Lori... I quoted your list and stuck it in the first post of this thread, not an Excel thingy, but workable..... Yes?? I can just keep quoting you or take over the list..... (hoping you say please quote me) :-)

INTEREST SURVEY:

On your last cruise, how much contact did you have with other DISboard members?


On our 3 day cruise there were 6 or 7 of us that posted... we made door signs and such... We also had plans to meet at the sail away, but due to a bomb scare no passengers were allowed to enter the terminal until very late... they had to postpone the lifeboat drill and everything... made for a very rushed cruise... BUT the time we did spend together was WONDERFUL!! All very nice people. 3 day cruises are soooooo rushed. Hard to do everything you want to do AND hang out and chat with new friends.... I do really look forward to spending time with all of you.

As I always say.... Why talk to strange strangers when you can talk with weird ones.


ANyone else thinking about trying for the 6pm dinner... Not my favorite rotation, but the timing seems like it would work the best with shore excurisions/ formal night and such.... I know my DH would flip a lid, if we did late dinner which I know works for some of you... just hoping there are some looking at Early dinner too...

gouodux
10-17-2006, 08:44 PM
Sweet - more folks from the Valley of the Sun!

Looks to be (just guessing, don't want to look back and count) at least 19 of us so far.

lenzs4
10-17-2006, 10:27 PM
Hello all! We are also booked for the Oct 6, 2007. The count down has begun at our house!!! We are cat. 6 - family of 4

Me- Shirley
DH - Bobby
DS8 - Trenton
DD5 - Emily
Although they will be 9 and 6 by that time!!!

Had a great cruise this Oct - hope we get good weather two years in a row!

Shirley

Laurabearz
10-24-2006, 01:43 PM
It seems we have been invaded by Arizona!! :::waves to everyone:::

:cool1:

I cant wait!

Just read that 2008 cruises will open up next month sometime AND yet another rumor aobut 2 new DCL ships to hit the waters in 2010... I also thought I read something about Pirate night being changed to a different night??? whew!

As much as I am tempted to book a cruise in 2008, it is killing me that we cant get to WDW for any extended period of time next year because of the Oct 2007 cruise.... but I know the cruise will be worth it.... still we are kind of sad about not hanging out in the World.....

This time around DH and want to try Palo! Have any of you eatten there? We are thinking at least a Dinner and maybe the brunch, as I have read the brunch is devine. We only have like 200 days to figure it all out... how in the world will I do it! :rotfl2:

Ok... since most of us have kids....

What are you kids dressing up for on Halloween?

I have A fashion prison girl (dd5) A devil Girl (dd7) and a Red power Ranger (ds3) and if the weather is decent, I will wear my Pirate costume from our last cruise....

#1 Minnie Lover
10-24-2006, 08:26 PM
Hi everyone may I join?

I just got off the wonder this past sunday w/ dh and dd, our first Disney cruise. We rebooked for 10/06/07 western, can't wait! Dd will be 17 months old during the cruise hope it goes as well as last week did.

BTW- we live in Nashville, TN

I look forward to meeting everyone. :)

Michelle

Laurabearz
10-24-2006, 11:01 PM
Hi Michelle! Welcome! So glad you found us!

We dont talk much... well this thread is 9 pages long, but it took a long time to get here! As the Cruise date gets closer I am sure we will all be gabbing much more.

Rellyrooly
10-25-2006, 03:01 PM
It seems we have been invaded by Arizona!! :::waves to everyone:::

:cool1:

I cant wait!

Just read that 2008 cruises will open up next month sometime AND yet another rumor aobut 2 new DCL ships to hit the waters in 2010... I also thought I read something about Pirate night being changed to a different night??? whew!

This time around DH and want to try Palo! Have any of you eatten there? We are thinking at least a Dinner and maybe the brunch, as I have read the brunch is devine. We only have like 200 days to figure it all out... how in the world will I do it! :rotfl2:

Ok... since most of us have kids....

What are you kids dressing up for on Halloween?

I have A fashion prison girl (dd5) A devil Girl (dd7) and a Red power Ranger (ds3) and if the weather is decent, I will wear my Pirate costume from our last cruise....


Ok to answer some of your questions....

Yes, the rumor is true, there are 2 more disney ships in the works. We were informed of this from our concierge on this last cruise. They say they are a good 5 years away from sailing but at least we know it is true! Why are they changing pirate night? To what? I haven't heard that one...

Yes, you MUST go to Palo! Do dinner and brunch-high tea you can skip. I have to say that it is the best brunch I have ever had. Delicioso! Book it as soon as you are able though, it fills up quick!

My kids are going to be: DD (5) Ariel-little Mermaid, of course! and DS (10) is a bleeding reaper thingy. It's gross but it's what he wanted. No more Disney costumes for him...sniff sniff :sad1:
Cindy

Rellyrooly
10-25-2006, 03:03 PM
Hi everyone may I join?

I just got off the wonder this past sunday w/ dh and dd, our first Disney cruise. We rebooked for 10/06/07 western, can't wait! Dd will be 17 months old during the cruise hope it goes as well as last wek did.

BTW- we live in Nashville, TN

I look forward to meeting everyone. :)

Michelle


Welcome, welcome, Michelle. Congrats on your first Disney sailing. Now your gonna be hooked! pirate:
Cindy

HayesFamily
10-31-2006, 02:25 PM
My family and I will be joining you from Chandler, Arizona on the October 6th Western Cruise. This will be our first Cruise. There will be four of us (DH, DS7, DD5, and I) in adjoining rooms 6016 and 6018.

We are very excited about our first Disney Cruise :yay:

Bridget Hayes

lenzs4
10-31-2006, 08:02 PM
My family and I will be joining you from Chandler, Arizona on the October 6th Western Cruise. This will be our first Cruise. There will be four of us (DH, DS7, DD5, and I) in adjoining rooms 6016 and 6018.

We are very excited about our first Disney Cruise :yay:

Bridget Hayes

Hello - you are up and running. I am glad you found us!!! Emily is excited to have you join us!!!
Shirley Lenz
Chandler AZ

Laurabearz
11-01-2006, 07:01 AM
Cool Beans More people!!!

Did everyone survive Haloween? My kids had a blast! My Three year old thinks Halloween is the best... dress up, knock on door and everyone gives you candy!! 3 yo heaven!! lol

#1 Minnie Lover
11-01-2006, 08:11 AM
Thanks for the welcome, YES, I am HOOKED! :)

Halloween was ok.... I was all excited and dress dd up in her winnie the pooh costume, she sat on the couch and started to cry. I thought she was over heated so I changed her clothes and she fell asleep at 5:00pm. This was mine and dh's first Halloween as parents, how exciting, lol. She is only 6 months so maybe she will stay up later next year.

Did everyone else have fun?

lenzs4
11-01-2006, 08:35 AM
We had a blast - in a neighborhood that went all out - blocked off the street, haunted house, carnival games... My kids loved it!

Don't worry about your little one - we all have Halloween memories like that! In a few years it will be a fond and funny memory. When my DS was 3 he wanted Eeyore. IT was the first year he got to choose a costume and could put it on himself.... Well, when it came down to it - he refused to wear it (someone might see him LOL) We trick-or Treated with him holding the costume in his hands (so people could tell he reallly was ready for candy) I was mortified that year - now it is a favorite Halloween memory!

Shirley

PS Welcome to all the new families on the Dis and on the cruise!!!!

Laurabearz
11-01-2006, 09:34 AM
Oh Minnie! She sounds so cute... well except for the crying part... ((hugs))

My kids are the perfect ages... 7,5,3. We only were out for about an hour (chilly here) but then the 7 and 5 year olds took turns handing out the candy... My 5 yo even said she liked that better than trick or treating!!!

I used to go all out.... dressing up... hitting the party's.... then I had kids... Now all my fun it put into decorating the house.... which I love! I always hit the sales today and tomrrow looking for 50% OFF things to add to our front porch for next year.

Although this year I splurged and bought the 3 hitching hiking ghosts from Disneyshopping.com. I LOVE THEM!!!!

Ok... off to clean!

goldmanrawnsley
11-01-2006, 10:54 PM
Hello to all fellow cruisers!

Brand new to the Dis Board!

We are another family cruising on 10/6/07 (8532) from Chandler, AZ!! What a small world!!

We are:
Me - Rebecca
DH - Rob
DS(11) - Jacob
DD (7) - Elizabeth

We are also traveling with 2 other families from our area as well. We can't wait!! Like you all, we're counting down the days!

Rebecca

goldmanrawnsley
11-01-2006, 10:59 PM
My family and I will be joining you from Chandler, Arizona on the October 6th Western Cruise. This will be our first Cruise. There will be four of us (DH, DS7, DD5, and I) in adjoining rooms 6016 and 6018.

We are very excited about our first Disney Cruise :yay:

Bridget Hayes

Hi Bridget,
I just heard today from Shirley that you guys are booked on our same cruise. To think that Lizzie was already excited to be on the same cruise as her teacher was going to be on, but now Mr. Buttercups too? Too much excitement!!!!

lenzs4
11-03-2006, 09:42 PM
Rebecca,
You found the Disboards. I was getting ready to email the link and when I logged on to forward it to you I found out you already found it!!! I am glad you have logged on! The count down has begun!!

Well I am on a spider hunt. I went outside tonight and found 4 black widows so now I am armed with bug spray and a shovel and I am on a hunt for more. They scare me!! Well, at least they are not scorpions.

Has anyone been on the Western before? This is our first Western, so any favorite stops, excursions, things to see etc. -- Please post. I love to research the places I am going and it would give me a starting place.

Shirley

momm2four
11-03-2006, 09:56 PM
Oh my! I feel like it's been forever since I posted! I have worked nonstop for the last week. Between having to get progress reports ready to send out today, planning our Jr. Beta Club convention trip and taking my son to the doctor (ruptured eardrum), I haven't had a change to sit down. My DH asked me tonight if I would work on something, to which I replied that this was the first night that I didn't have to do homework with the kids or my own, so I was simply vegging out with a Curious George movie (gets pretty wild around here, lol)

So great to see new faces! Sounds like AZ had the corner of the market on this cruise, but watch out, TN is gaining on you, lol. :goodvibes

I will update the cruise list later this weekend, I promise.

We had a great Halloween. We went to a family party on Saturday night, then went "Trunk or Treating" at a neighborhood church Sunday night, then went Trick or treating with friends on Tuesday night. Between my four boys, I bet we have 15 pounds of candy.

Once again, welcome to all the new posters! I'm excited, as I said in an earlier post, there were only about 5 or 6 of us posting on our last cruise, so I'm looking forward to "knowing" more people on this cruise.

Talk to you later!
Lori P. :)

goldmanrawnsley
11-04-2006, 12:15 AM
"Shirley" (It really is weird not calling you by your teacher name!)
I'm so glad I found this board too. What a cool thing!!
Good luck with those spiders....No fun. We did a western cruise for our 10th anniversary and also did that 4 day western Disney in March, 2005. The kids loved the dolphin encounter. Grown ups liked the snorkel/beach party mini booze cruise!! We'll definitely have to chat more as it gets closer!
Rebecca

Rellyrooly
11-04-2006, 09:44 AM
HI All-

It's been a little while since I posted also, SO MUCH going here. We are buying a local golf course and due to take ownership the end of this month so things are just nutty here.

Wow Shirley, your gonna have students on board with you? You just better watch your partying younglady! :rotfl: Really though, welcome to all the new chandler members, it will be so nice to meet you all!
Cindy

goldmanrawnsley
11-04-2006, 03:30 PM
Nice to meet you all too!!
As for you, "Mrs. Lenz" :teacher: .....No worries at all......What happens on the Disney Cruise Ship STAYS on the Disney Cruise Ship!!!! :-) party:
We just can't wait!
Rebecca

lenzs4
11-04-2006, 08:23 PM
No issues - I party like a kid - not an adult so it is OK!! :cool1: I am looking forward to it - and I am still telling everyone I meet that they need to try the Disney cruise as well!!! I am working on other teachers now - we will see how that goes!:wizard: Shirley

BoosGram
11-14-2006, 06:33 PM
[QUOTE=Zoop]Hello Everybody!

My family and I will be joining you on this MAGICAL cruise in 2007.
We are also Disney Vacation Club members whose home resort is the Boardwalk. We are going to the Boardwalk the week after Thanksgiving this year and the cruise will be our Disney fix for next year.
This will be our third Disney cruise in six years and our second western in a row. We loved strolling around Key West and never did get to go to Cozumel due to hurricane dammage after that really nasty hurricane last October so we decided to do the western again. There will be four of us and we are staying in room #8074 which is the same room we had last time. We will be able to find our room because it will be the one with the Mets magnets on the door. We are really big Mets fans so hopefully we will be able to watch a few playoff games somewhere on the ship next October. I have two Sunday season tickets to the games at Shea Stadium and it is 100 miles of traveling each way so you know I'm a die hard. Looking forward to attending a few games at Shea this October as well. Can't wait to meet you all next year.[ENDQUOTE=Zoop]


Ahoy Mateys,

It was fun to find some fellow Mets fans among the 10/6 cruisers. We live in VA, but come from Queens and Brooklyn originally.

We just booked last night. We also cruised last fall and also missed Cozumel...maybe this time? It will be just my DH and I this time. Our DDs are all grown up, so it's playtime for mom and dad...sweet! Traveling will be DH, Wayne, and me, Joanne.

Hope to meet with the DISers; we know from our previous cruise that they're the best!

Joanne aka BoosGram :sunny:

jenschaef1
11-20-2006, 12:09 AM
Ok haven't posted in a while, so I thought I'd check in.

Shirley, we went on the western a few years back. this is what we did:

Key west: A Personal water craft tour. I personally would not do this one again, I was petrified that I would lose my teenagers off the back and the tour guide wanted us to go fast...needless to I was always bringing up the rear...I think they were calling me "grandma" by the end of the tour.

Grand Cayman: Never got there :sad2: due to a hurricane. Had a stingray swim planned with a private company and will probably rebook this again (if I can put the whole Steve Irwin thing out of my head :sad2: - yes I know I am being not rational)

Cozumel: DH and DKids favorite day. Took the kids to Paradise beach to play on the water toys and relax - I know we will be doing this again as the kids loved it.

For all you out there that are not from Chandler, I might have mentioned this before but I will say it again...we have the most wonderful school schedule in the world. Although we only get 2 months off in the summer (our summers are not nice weatherwise anyway) we have very long breaks in Oct. March and December, thus the reason that we appear to be taking over this ship. I believe several other school districts in the area also have the whole Columbus day week off, so we will have a large contingent of "Valley of the Sun :sunny: " people.

Hmm...looks like some neighbors of mine must be going on this cruise...I know where Shirley works :teeth: , and although my kids are supposed to go to her school, we attend a neighboring school (beginning with a J :teeth: ) since I work there.

More soon,

Jennifer

goldmanrawnsley
11-22-2006, 09:03 AM
Nice to hear from you, Jennifer. Yep, we're right in Fox Crossing. It is so odd to meet a neighbor this way! :chat: I've never been on a message board before until I talked to Shirley and she told me about this site. What a neat way to meet people and find out more about the cruise details. Thanks for the excursion advice too! :thanks:
Rebecca

jenschaef1
11-23-2006, 11:34 PM
Happy turkey day!

I must say, the Disboards are comprised of the nicest bunch of people. I have met a lot of people including Shirley and Cindy (Rellyrooly) thru the Disboards and have never been disappointed. Last year we got together at the local McDonalds so we could have the kids meet before the cruise so they would know each other and have friends in the club. It was great!

Enjoy the rest of the day with your family
Jennifer

Rellyrooly
11-26-2006, 11:47 PM
So, I'm sitting here on Sunday night after a long weekend of shopping and looking for something on T.V. to zone out to. I turn on the Travel Channel and what is on? The Disney Cruise Line special. Now this is my 10th or 11th time seeing this program but it is still as exciting as the first. I guess that is how we all feel about the cruise itself and that's why we keep coming back! Also, I am torn and need help....I am conflicted as to where to stay in WDW after our cruise. I had thought about the Beach Club due to its awesome pool and location to Epcot, MGM and the boarwalk area (which we have never been to, can you believe that?) OR the Contemporary due to the monorail and the fact that it was just renovated. The Contemporary is considerably more $. I also considered the Wilderness Lodge which is cheaper than the others, is pretty cool looking, but not near anything and only has bus service. Any thoughts?

Also, WELCOME to Rebecca! We live in Sun Groves at Riggs and Lindsay. We will have to meet you at our Mickey D's annual event. Right girls?

goldmanrawnsley
11-27-2006, 08:24 AM
I've only been to WDW once and we stayed @ the "Contmporary" in March, 05 and were very disappointed. I felt like the place was quite dumpy for how much we paid. :sad2: If it has been recently renovated, that would not be as much of an issue.

My only other complaint about it is that it is very spread out and we were in one of the very back wings at the end of a crazy long hall. It was such a long walk just to get to the main lobby or to the monorail and that got old very fast. I do think they have rooms that are more central, but we didn't know to ask. The kids really liked the cafe downstairs and we ate there quite a bit. Being right on the monorail was also very nice, but you still had to take shuttles to lots of places. Hope this helps.

Rebecca

BoosGram
11-27-2006, 08:28 AM
Also, I am torn and need help....I am conflicted as to where to stay in WDW after our cruise. I had thought about the Beach Club due to its awesome pool and location to Epcot, MGM and the boarwalk area (which we have never been to, can you believe that?) OR the Contemporary due to the monorail and the fact that it was just renovated. The Contemporary is considerably more $. I also considered the Wilderness Lodge which is cheaper than the others, is pretty cool looking, but not near anything and only has bus service. Any thoughts?

We've only had limited experience with the resorts (DD and DSIL are DVC members), but the Boardwalk is a great place to stay (we'll be staying there again in September-October the week before the cruise! :yay: ). You've got some pretty good restaurants very close by (e.g., Spoodles, Flying Fish), ice cream and pizza, and lots of entertainment by the water. Sometimes you can see the fireworks if your room faces the right way. Also, you can easily walk to Epcot or take a boat to several other locations, including Disney-MGM. The Wilderness Lodge is very cool; we really liked it (it has a very different feel to it making it seem like you're in the northwest, and we loved the creek running through the lobby and the geyser by the pool), but it is not as conveniently located as Boardwalk. Whispering Canyon restaurant is a hoot but don't be deceived by the name; it's fun, especially for the kids (when we were there, they had the kids gallop around on stick horses), but not the place for a quiet dinner. Not even close. The other place we have stayed is Old Key West, which is a beautiful resort; the biggest downside is that it is very inconvenient to pretty much anything else, especially if you don't have a car (count on lots of travel time), and the food is very limited. The room sizes are impressive though, as is the view since you're located by the water.

And I know what you mean about watching the DCL show over and over and....

Can't believe I'm already this excited this far out! :Pinkbounc

lenzs4
11-27-2006, 09:10 AM
I agree - the Contemporary was a dump when we stayed there and it was only easy to get to MK. To go any where else you had a lot of switching to do. I say, stay closer to MGM and Epcot and ride to MK and AK - lots less travel time!!

Laurabearz
11-27-2006, 10:01 AM
We stayed at the Contemporary the night before our first cruise... stayed in the 'tower' with a MK view. We did NOT have the newly remodeled rooms, but I was thankful for that... those WHITE bedspreads and my kids grubby meathooks do NOT mix.... lol Also I didnt think it was all that convient to MK... unless you walked. From the Cont. MK is the last stop...

I too have been thinking aobut where to stay both before and after the cruise.... I think I have settled on the Poly for the night after... and I was going to book the Luau for that night... Since we are shoved off the boat so gosh darn early, I thought a quick trip to MK , doing the early luau, then hitting the pool.... would be a nice segway back to reality.

The night before.... still up in the air. We are DVC owners so I suppose it should be a DVC resort, since our last night option isnt.... Still I am torn! lol Good thing we have a bit of time to figure it all out!

I am so happy to see all the new faces here! Lots of new DISers too! Welcome! We have just over 300 days to get to know each other... think we can do it?

gouodux
11-27-2006, 07:34 PM
Sure is cold here in AZ today! Did it even reach 70 degrees? On my way home from Scottsdale today, my car told me it was on 66. Oh, and on the way to work this morning it was 46. That's down right cold for our thin blooded skin!

Just wanted to say that we LOVE the Beach Club. We contemplated staying at the Contemporary on our visit in September but ended up glad we stuck with the BCV. Our Monorail ride from MK to the Floridian for the Pretty Princess Tea (lengthy due to some mechanical problems) left us with a bad impression of the Contemporary. Just didn't seem very lively.

Our first visit to WDW we stayed at BC and were blown away by the ease to all of the surrounding areas. Our second visit this year, we were now DVC members so we were able to stay in the Villa's section of BC. Wow, the rooms were cool. The girls are insane about the pool. Don't think they will let us stay anywhere else.

HayesFamily
11-28-2006, 09:18 AM
We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge for 10 days this past October and loved it!! We found that there was great access to everything with just a short bus ride. Also, there was boat service to and from the Magic Kingdom. My kids loved all the activites at the hotel (boat rentals, bike rentals, magic cookie hour, board games in the lobby, electric boat parade, etc). It was also just a hop and a skip over the the Wilderness Campground for the hoop de do revue and Chip and Dale Campfire Sing along. (Both of which my children loved).

Hope that helps make your decision easier!

Bridget

Laurabearz
11-28-2006, 09:27 AM
Morning everyone!!!

I kind of feel silly asking... but.... Are any of you entering the Ebay contest for the Dream trips to WDW?? If so... and your NOT using the VMK codes you get when you enter, could you toss them my way? My oldest and I play VMK (www.vmk.com aka Virtual Magic Kingdom) and would love to have any codes any of you are not using...

If you dont know about the contest.... www.winit.ebay.com There is like 5 days left.... Great prizes!!!

Thanks bunches!~



Oh and back on topic... We took our First NO PARK trip to WDW and stayed at VWL... 8 days NO PARKS and we found so much to do at that resort!!!

ANyone thinking about staying close to port on the first night... like Ron Jons or the Radisson??

Rellyrooly
11-28-2006, 10:15 AM
Well I think we have decided to stay at the BC after all. Thank you all for all the input. I just think we will love the pool area on our last day with no parks, plus we have never been to the boardwalk so that may be a fun new experience as well. I also really want to check it out because we have been considering becoming DVC members anyway. It will be a good way to see the properties.

On a "off topic" side note...some of you know of our venture in buying a local golf course here in Gilbert, AZ. We are supposed to close tomorrow and things have been REALLY hectic. It's actually quite amazing that I have any time to visit here at all but I have to relieve my stress level some how...
I will keep you all posted on how it goes.

lildeb724
11-28-2006, 10:49 AM
It has been a while since I have posted...not sure why- I read it all the time. Our exciting news is that I just bought DVC - On Thanksgiving of all days. We purchased at WLV but will have our first trip to BCV in May. I love WL but since BCV was available,I figured we would give it a shot. Planning a very relaxing hang by the pool sort of trip. We are coming in the night before the cruise, but I think we will stay somewhere near the port since we wont be in until the evening.
Hope everyone is well....

momm2four
11-28-2006, 06:12 PM
Hi, everyone! It's been a while since I've posted, but I guess I need to now since yesterday I cancelled our cruise. I am soooo sad, but we have some credit card debt, and I feel it is silly to put so much into a vacation when we have consumer debt.

I have known this for some time, but was stubborn about going on this cruise b/c I wanted it so badly, however I have come to the conclusion that maybe this will give me the incentive to get this "crap" paid off.

I really hope you guys have a wonderful time, and maybe we'll meet up in 2008. :)

Lori P. :)

Laurabearz
12-07-2006, 09:44 AM
Oh Lori ((((Hugs))))) I am sorry your not going with us but so totally understand why! Good for you for taking care of those pesky credit cards!!

So does that leave me alone with all the AZ people!!! :dance3:

We had an interesting Thanksgiving... My oldest DD started throwing up... two days later on my Second DD's birthday she starts throwing up and just as those two start to feel better my DS starting throwing up. Fun fun fun NOT! DH got it too, and then once everyone was better I GOT IT! Oh yeah! At least I lost a few pounds!!! We are all fine and dandy now, but it was a long 2 weeks....

Back to Cruise talk...

I think I have figures out our shore excurisions!!! Woot!

Key West, we are just going to rent an electic car and tool around... maybe head to the Southern most point and do the aquarium....

Grand Cayman... there is a pirate ship excruision via Disney that is for 3 and up, so that means we can ALL do it! Sounds like fun, but I still need some feedback from the boards on it...

Cozumel... I think just the heading to the Beach... Or maybe Chank Park, but I think over all my family would prefer just hanging at the beach....

castaway Cay... DD8 and I might do the banana boat ride and I really really want to rent some sort of sail boat....

All Ihave to do now is wait 200 some odd days to book it all!!! :rotfl2:

I also have to figure out a good time to fit Palo in!!! But I am not going to worry about that until we are 200 days out! heehee

Oh For all you AZ people... it is current 9 degrees in Chicago... 9 freaking degrees out. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

jenschaef1
12-07-2006, 08:52 PM
Laura: You could always join us in AZ. I think it was about 76 today. Beautiful...of course it was a little colder last week (like in the low 60s with some wind) and I was freezing my tushy off. (yes, we are wimps and will admit it) DH travels to Chicago for work (Quaker bldg downtown) all the time, I feel sorry for him this time of year.

Ran into Rellyrooly last thursday at the local Kohls...I was buying jeans for DD because all she had was shorts and like I said it was (sort of) COLD :rotfl2: last week. They hopefully have now closed on their new golf course!

Oh I am so glad there is only one more day until the weekend....I'm beginning to look like this guy :crazy:

Jennifer

Rellyrooly
12-08-2006, 06:07 PM
Yes! We did it! We closed on our golf course! Things have been really hectic here. We closed on 12/1; the same day that all the members renewed their golf memberships for the year. Needless to say, that was a really good week! We are still trying to figure it all out. Of course, things break right away so there goes lots of $$$. As fast as it comes in, it goes right back out.

I hope everyone is well and is ready for the holidays. We are heading out tomorrow up to Williams to go on the Polar Express. This will be our first time and the kids are so excited.

Well, talk to everyone soon...

gouodux
12-08-2006, 07:18 PM
So, uh, do you want to mention the name of your new course? Congratulations by the way. Perhaps we will have to frequent your new adventure!

We are headed up to Williams on Wednesday to do the Polar Express. Have heard great comments and are looking forward to it. Haven't told the girls, we are suprising them. Only thing Jenna knows is that she doesn't have to go to school on Thursday and that's all that matters!

Rellyrooly
12-08-2006, 10:28 PM
The course is Trilogy at Power Ranch. It is in Gilbert on Queen Creek between Higley and Power. Come on out!

I have heard that there is a reindeer farm as you come into Williams that is worth visiting. I will let you know if it is worth it. Do you know of anything else there is to do there? We figured we might as well go early but I was wondering if it is worth it or will we be bored? Off to go do some research....

lenzs4
12-09-2006, 08:43 AM
I have not been to the deer farm since I was 7 - I loved it then. I have pictures of the deer eating my dress. It was covered in yellow flowers. There is not much in Williams except the train! Have fun!!

Shirley

Laurabearz
12-09-2006, 08:15 PM
Cruise Itinerary Day Port Ashore Onboard
Saturday Port Canaveral 4:00 p.m.

Sunday Key West 11:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m. (was listed as 9:30)

Monday At Sea FORMAL NIGHT

Tuesday Grand Cayman 7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday Cozumel 9:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. (was 10:00) PIRATE NIGHT

Thursday At Sea SEMI FORMAL NGIHT

Friday Castaway Cay 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Saturday Port Canaveral 7:35 a.m.

lenzs4
12-09-2006, 08:38 PM
Cruise Itinerary Day Port Ashore Onboard
Saturday Port Canaveral 4:00 p.m.

Sunday Key West 11:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m. (was listed as 9:30)

Monday At Sea FORMAL NIGHT

Tuesday Grand Cayman 7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday Cozumel 9:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. (was 10:00) PIRATE NIGHT

Thursday At Sea SEMI FORMAL NGIHT

Friday Castaway Cay 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Saturday Port Canaveral 7:35 a.m.

OOH!!! I like this itinerary much better that the Eastern (well except I like more at sea days also) Pirate night followed by a day to sleep in is great!!! I had not paid any attention to it yet. Does anyone know why they are changing our port times?

Thanks for posting this!!
Shirley

Laurabearz
12-09-2006, 08:46 PM
I was just about to post that question over on the main cruise board... lol I will report back here if they have anything to offer...

Laurabearz
12-09-2006, 09:40 PM
Just wanted to mention that today we are officially 300 days out!!!!

For me that means 285 days have passed since I booked the trip... 285 days... seems like yesterday... but then again 300 more days doesnt seem like tomorrow, WHat's up with that??? lol

Laurabearz
12-17-2006, 12:06 PM
I am looking to update the list... I know I am missing a few of you. Sooooooooo check it out, and please post your information! Thanks



THE CAST SO FAR!!!
1) Laurabearz (Laura) Room 8516

-DH (Tom) from Chicago, IL
-DD (6)
-DD (5)
-DS (3)

2) lildeb724 (Debbie) Room 8032

-DH (David) From Long Island,NY
-DD (5)
-DS (2.5)

-Brother (David) (Cat. 5 somewhere )
-SIL (Cori)

-Friend (Tom) Room 8034
-Friend (Mary)
-DD8
-DD2.5
-DS(soon to be born)


3) married2grumpy

-DH
-DD (9) (I estimated your children's ages based on their ages at the time of
-DD (7) the cruise)
-DS (6)
-MIL (maybe)

4) bamagirl@hrt (Christy) Room 2106

-DH From Maryville, TN
-DD9
-DS6

5)Zoop (John) Room 8074

-DW (Tami) from Deep River, CT
-DS19
-DD9

6) gouodux (Leslie:38) room 6548

Shawn 39 (Ages at the time of the cruise)
Jenna 7
Kayla 5

Joined by friends:

Tracy 36
Steve 35
Paxton 13
Paige 8
Presley 6
Paris 4
Parker 2

7) jenschaef1 (Jennifer)
DH from Chandler, AZ
DD18
DD15
DS10
DD7

8) Rellyrooly (Cindy)
DH (Ryan) from AZ
DS10 (Jordan)
DD6 (Cameron)

lenzs4
12-18-2006, 08:31 AM
Lenzs4 (Shirley) from Chandler, AZ
DH - Bobby
DS - Trenton - 9
DD - Emily - 6
room 6060

BoosGram
12-18-2006, 09:24 AM
Boosgram (aka Joanne) :goodvibes
DH Wayne :love2:
Ages? Old enough to know better and old enough not to care ;)
We're from Stafford, VA, and headed for the fifth deck....

Laurabearz
12-19-2006, 04:58 PM
I just wanted to announce that I am finally closer to the sail date than I was to the booking date.... WOOT Booked the cruise 295 days ago.... and have 290 days to wait!!

glassslipper2004
12-20-2006, 04:10 PM
Hi there. My name is Sandy and I am pretty new to the boards, but wanted to say hello. I just took my first Disney cruise a few weeks ago (a 4-night on the Wonder) with some girl friends (all moms happy to get away for a few days) and had a fabulous time. Now I have booked the 4-night leaving Oct. 7, but am very much wanting to switch to the 7-night leaving Oct. 6. I really, really want the 7-night, but am wondering whether it might be better to start shorter and save the longer one for another time (after having made sure my kids really like it - can't imagine they wouldn't, but I guess there's a chance). My daughters will be 8 and 9 next October, so it seems like a perfect time to go (they will even be in the same sub-group in the kids club).

Anyone with thoughts on whether the 4 or 7 would be better - or on what the Oceaneer Lab is like - I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for letting me butt in!

BoosGram
12-20-2006, 04:52 PM
Hi there. My name is Sandy and I am pretty new to the boards, but wanted to say hello. I just took my first Disney cruise a few weeks ago (a 4-night on the Wonder) with some girl friends (all moms happy to get away for a few days) and had a fabulous time. Now I have booked the 4-night leaving Oct. 7, but am very much wanting to switch to the 7-night leaving Oct. 6. I really, really want the 7-night, but am wondering whether it might be better to start shorter and save the longer one for another time (after having made sure my kids really like it - can't imagine they wouldn't, but I guess there's a chance). My daughters will be 8 and 9 next October, so it seems like a perfect time to go (they will even be in the same sub-group in the kids club).

Anyone with thoughts on whether the 4 or 7 would be better - or on what the Oceaneer Lab is like - I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for letting me butt in!

IMHO, if you can go for the 7, you should. We took the 7-day last year, and it went so fast I couldn't believe it. And there's always something for the kids to do. Wow, are they lucky girls!

The one downside to the cruise is they actually make you get off when your week is up. :p

Laurabearz
12-20-2006, 06:57 PM
Hi there. My name is Sandy and I am pretty new to the boards, but wanted to say hello. I just took my first Disney cruise a few weeks ago (a 4-night on the Wonder) with some girl friends (all moms happy to get away for a few days) and had a fabulous time. Now I have booked the 4-night leaving Oct. 7, but am very much wanting to switch to the 7-night leaving Oct. 6. I really, really want the 7-night, but am wondering whether it might be better to start shorter and save the longer one for another time (after having made sure my kids really like it - can't imagine they wouldn't, but I guess there's a chance). My daughters will be 8 and 9 next October, so it seems like a perfect time to go (they will even be in the same sub-group in the kids club).

Anyone with thoughts on whether the 4 or 7 would be better - or on what the Oceaneer Lab is like - I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for letting me butt in!


I am so happy you found the DIS! Welcome!! My Family did a 3 night back in Sept 05 and it was way to short... we were going to do a 4 day next, but opted for the 7 day for two reasons... First to be on the ship longer!!! And Second to have some ports of call that would be of interest to us as a family. The options for excruisions are way better on the 7 day and you dont feel as rushed to do everything!!

I suppose the big concern would be if your kids are seasick... but you could be proactive in that and bring aboard some remedies....

My girls will be 8 and almost 7 when we cruise... and we also have a boy who will be 4. :-)

As far as the Kids clubs are concerned, you might want to read up on the main cruise boards about them That gang has a lot of info on just about everything Disney!

Keep us posted on your decision!!!

gouodux
12-20-2006, 08:22 PM
After doing the 11 day, we are wondering if we can go back to a 7 day!! Thought about doing a repo instead, but, well, $$$$$$!

Do the seven!

married2grumpy
12-25-2006, 04:36 PM
[QUOTE=Laurabearz;16000006]I am looking to update the list... I know I am missing a few of you. Sooooooooo check it out, and please post your information! Thanks

3) married2grumpy

-DH
-DD (9) (I estimated your children's ages based on their ages at the time of
-DD (7) the cruise)
-DS (6)
-MIL (maybe)

Hi,

The ages of my kids at the time of the cruise will be:

DD 10
DS 8
DD 7
Also, my MIL is coming with us!

jenschaef1
12-29-2006, 05:40 PM
Hi all, hope everyones holidays were great:) . Just bumping the thread so I can find it easier. I was checking our reservation today and we are in 6108 and 6109. Cat 6 with a cat 11 across the hall for our teens.

Jennifer

stenogoddess
12-31-2006, 06:54 PM
Hey everyone! I wanted to go ahead and jump in the thread and on the list.

It's me, Lauren, 34*
and DH, Jeri 36*

*ages at time of cruise*

Stateroom 6092, prefers late seating and doesn't mind linking ressies.

This trip is for our seven year anni. The DH thinks we're "just" going to the World. We have a DVC at Wilderness Lodge so he thinks the amount of time I'm now spending researching our upcomig trip strange as I could totally work the WDW useless information hotline. :rotfl:

I'm totally the worst at secrets. If he weren't working so much right now and so tired, I know he would have busted me out. Luckily, as I posted over on the main board, my dad has now asked me to look into a four day family cruise for Dec. 9. I quickly did up some notes for that and then hid my notes for this under it by the computer. What with my general sneakiness and my cat, I could totally be a James Bond villian! ;) They just got done with a Bond marathon here from over the holidays so I have a little Bond on the brain.

Nice to meet y'all and I can't wait to cruise. :woohoo:

Laurabearz
12-31-2006, 08:07 PM
I am looking to update the list... I know I am missing a few of you. Sooooooooo check it out, and please post your information! Thanks



THE CAST SO FAR!!!
1) Laurabearz (Laura) Room 8516

-DH (Tom) from Chicago, IL
-DD (8)
-DD (6)
-DS (4)

2) lildeb724 (Debbie) Room 8032

-DH (David) From Long Island,NY
-DD (5)
-DS (2.5)

-Brother (David) (Cat. 5 somewhere )
-SIL (Cori)

-Friend (Tom) Room 8034
-Friend (Mary)
-DD8
-DD2.5
-DS(soon to be born)


3) married2grumpy

-DH
-DD 10
DS 8
DD 7
Also, my MIL is coming with us!

4)Zoop (John) Room 8074

-DW (Tami) from Deep River, CT
-DS19
-DD9

5) gouodux (Leslie:38) room 6548

Shawn 39 (Ages at the time of the cruise)
Jenna 7
Kayla 5

Joined by friends:

Tracy 36
Steve 35
Paxton 13
Paige 8
Presley 6
Paris 4
Parker 2

6) jenschaef1 (Jennifer)
DH from Chandler, AZ
DD18
DD15
DS10
DD7

7) Rellyrooly (Cindy)
DH (Ryan) from AZ
DS10 (Jordan)
DD6 (Cameron)


8) Lenzs4 (Shirley) from Chandler, AZ
DH - Bobby
DS - Trenton - 9
DD - Emily - 6
room 6060


9) stenogoddess Lauren, 34*
DH, Jeri 36*
Stateroom 6092




Just updated the list....

Laurabearz
01-01-2007, 04:26 PM
Everyone once in a while I work on plans for the cruise... So far I have managed to figure out our shore excursions...

Key West we are renting an electic car and zooming around to the Southrenmost point and the aquarium
Grand Cayman hitting the Pirate Ship cruise with beach swim
Cozumel just heading to the beach
CC, the banana boats with DD8 and snorkling


What I have NOT figured out is where to stay before and after and how to get to the port!!! Driving me crazy! Way way way too many options! I tried pricing out car rentals but right now there seems to be no deals to be had, which is sad... but could change.... UGH!!!

ANyone else overwhelmed with where to stay?? lol

Ok off to look up how early the DCL bus leaves from the various resorts... lol

bamagirl@hrt
01-01-2007, 04:35 PM
Hi everyone!

I need to remove myself from this cruise thread, as we changed our plans. We decided for our first cruise that we'd rather do a land/sea package. Therefore, we're sailing on the October 7th Wonder, instead of the 6th Magic. If we love as much as everyone here says we will, we may rebook for the Magic next time!

Have fun planning!

Laurabearz
01-01-2007, 04:40 PM
Awe sorry to hear that. But Have a BLAST doing the land and sea!!! Woot! Twice the fun!

glassslipper2004
01-01-2007, 04:51 PM
Bamagirl -- We're going on the October 7, 2007 Wonder as well -- come join our (extremely short) thread (or start a new one? I'm not really sure how this all works). Myself, DH, DD-8 and DD-9 will be going. We'll then do three days at the parks afterwards, haven't decided where to stay yet.

gouodux
01-01-2007, 10:58 PM
We'll chime in with a long note . .
After spending 11 days on the Wonder, and then 4 days at WDW in September - we don't want to have the girls miss that much school again. So, for this cruise in October (even though it is Fall Break) we will not add any days at WDW this time. Instead, the girls have begged us to stay at the NickHotel the day before the cruise. This is the plan at this time. We have already reserved. It actually looks kind of cool!

We have used FL Tours for our ground travel in the past and it is so easy. Our experiences with them have only been positive. Will most likely use them again for transportation to the port and the back from the port to airport.

Couple things for Arizona folks. We found a great trip on Princess going to Belize and Honduras during Spring Break (March 17th) out of Galveston, TX. It was such a great deal that we couldn't pass it up. Never have cruised anything but Disney, so we will see how it compares. It is at the least, half the cost of Disney. Don't get us wrong, we will continue with Disney, just had to find something for this Spring Break.

Last thing. Being on the "West Side", we had never been to the Melting Pot before. Went to the one in Ahwatukee last night for New Years Eve. My word!! Had heard rave reviews before, but after tip, cocktails, etc., the final bill was $880 for six of us. It was good, but it wasn't THAT good!

stenogoddess
01-02-2007, 06:07 AM
Laura: I'll tell you, I'm overwhelmed too! The think I can't decide is to drive is the day before and stay at the port somewhere or just stay at the World to try to get in the Disney spirit. And then coming back, stay at WDW for a few days or head back home. When is the halloween party, cause would like to do that again. I thought about costumes (We went as Sandy and Danny this year from Grease) and thought maybe we could wear our pirate night stuff, BUT WE DON'T HAVE ANY PIRATE NIGHT STUFF and I'm not sure where to get any or what it should be. I haven't even thought about excursations yet at all I'm so caught up with this other stuff! :rotfl:

Goudoux: I'm not sure it's the same type place but the melting pot I've been to was a fondue place? Years ago my old roommate used to wait tables in there and she still jokes that I wouldn't even let her come in and take her shoes off before I was like, shower, shower, shower! She just smelled like hot oil. After a few months neither one of us could take it anymore so she found something else and we had to throw out her uniforms they smelled so much. As I recall, the deserts were pretty yummy though amd the resturant itself was very pretty.

I've heard good things about the Princess and I saw Honduras on TV the other night and it looked very pretty and lush. I hope y'all have fun.

Laurabearz
01-02-2007, 09:56 AM
The Halloween party's are normally Sunday Monday Tuesday Thurs... so not really easy to tag onto the cruise without pullling the kids out of more school..

I have figured out how we we are getting everywhere for our trip... We will Take ME to and from WDW (hotels still to be chosen) and then have a Van service take us to and from the port. The van service is around 260 bucks rt, which is close to our DCL transfer cost, AND we get to arrive at the port when WE want to not when the DCL busses want us too. lol

I am also now leaning towards staying at VWL at the end of our trip, as we want to do Hoop De Doo the saturday we get off this ship, and VWL seems a good place to get to and from Hoop de doo... lol Still no clue on the first night hotel... I guess that really depends on when we leave Friday. If we leave AFTER the kids school we wont get into WDW until after 10 pm at night, so it doesnt matter where we stay... if we take them out a half day on that friday we will need a hotel with a good pool ROFL

Ooh just noticed I am missing one or two cabin numbers on our list... Also I would like to add Early or Late seating to our list, so if everyone could post when they are eatting... lol

Ok that's it for now!

Toodles

glassslipper2004
01-02-2007, 10:51 AM
What's VWL? (I'm getting better at the DIS boards abbreviations but some of them get by me).

Laurabearz
01-02-2007, 11:23 AM
Villa's at the Wilderness Lodge... part of the DVC family (Disney Vacation Club)

From there is would be a short boat ride over to Ft Wilderness for Hoop de doo....

Laurabearz
01-03-2007, 01:39 AM
Ok here is a question for everyone....


How Formal is your family going to be on Formal Night??


I am up in the air... DH has a suit, but all my fancy Dresses really require him to wear a Tux... I mentioned it to him and he laughed, but I have my ways.... It's either rent him and the boy Tux's or ME having to buy a fancy, yet not to fancy dress.... Given the choice, I rather him do the TUX... lol But who knows, if I can really talk him into it or not......... giggle

Sooooooooooo has anyone else given this any thought or am I the weird one of the group... (that's not from AZ)


Ohohoh!!! I just saw the pictures of the changes to the spa!!! OMG the Spa Villa's are Devine!!!!!!!!!

Are we really still 270 some odd days out??? Arg!

lenzs4
01-03-2007, 10:38 AM
We play down formal night. My formal dresses are to heavy to pack - I would end up over the weight limit so I will probably bring a long simple black dress. The guys will wear slacks and a tie and my DD will be dresses to the hilt!! - She would dress up for school if I let her!
Shirley

I just booked the week before the cruise at WDW - well at Summers Bay near WDW. We have remaining tickets from last time so that is covered. I will need to buy MNSSHP tickets. Everyone needs to do that - it is great!!! Virtually empty park, normally unseen characters roaming around (stationed around) great parade and fireworks plus CANDY - Ok that last part was the excitement of my kids - but we loved it last year and can not wait to go again!! No costumes, just matching outfits (we are tourists). My son - 8 - will not dress up for Halloween and I could not see packing costumes for one night when I am already packing clothes for two weeks plus formal and semi formal and pirate and ..... Thank heaven for laundry rooms near us!!

Well, we finally have approval to build our house on our lot. We got a water meter yesterday and everyone is lined up to start building except the pad and concrete - go figure!!! Hopefully dirt will start moving soon!!

Shirley

Laurabearz
01-03-2007, 11:06 AM
We did MNSSHP last year and had a blast... I am sure if I looked hard enough I could still find some candy we scored from the event lol AND we have decide if we ever go to WDW in Oct again, the only time we will hit MK is during the party. We rode more in that 5 hours than we had the previous week! This past year we all dressed up as.... girls were Cheerleaders and the boys were Chicago Bears! Woot Bears!!! Light and easy to wear in the heat! I cant beleive how many FULLY costumed Incredible families we saw sweating their brains off, while we were nice a cool in our outfits... lol

Sadly we do not want to pull the kids from anymore schooling this year, so we are flying in on Friday and out on Sunday.... so no MNSSHP for us this year... sigh

glassslipper2004
01-03-2007, 07:47 PM
We did MNSSHP this past October, and it was one of my best Disney experiences ever. I can't wait to go again.

bamagirl@hrt
01-03-2007, 10:37 PM
Bamagirl -- We're going on the October 7, 2007 Wonder as well -- come join our (extremely short) thread (or start a new one? I'm not really sure how this all works). Myself, DH, DD-8 and DD-9 will be going. We'll then do three days at the parks afterwards, haven't decided where to stay yet.

I'll look for the other thread! My DD will be 9 also! I also have a DS who will have just turned 6. They are a little apprehensive about not being together in the kids' clubs, especially the younger one. DD makes friends very easily; I think (hope) DS will too. He is excited about the activities available, though. He's counting down the days until he can do flubber experiments!

We are staying 3 (possibly 4) nights at the Polynesian before sailing on Sunday. What stateroom are you in? We're in 6060, I believe. We're really excited about our first cruise, as well as our 4th WDW trip in 6 years! I just love it there and really wish we could go every year!! I'm hoping that the cruise will allow DH & the kids to get their beach fill for awhile. I like the beach, but I don't LOVE it like they do. DH said something about going to the beach in 2008, but I'm really hoping that Disney Destinations will do NYC in '08.

Well, I'll look for the 10/07/07 Wonder thread, so that I don't keep posting info here that doesn't pertain to others on this thread. Nice to hear from someone else on our cruise!

Laurabearz
01-06-2007, 06:55 PM
Just bumping up... I added some information to the second post in this thread... dinning rotations and countdowns for when we can all book our shore excruisions etc online.... :-)

stenogoddess
01-07-2007, 11:26 AM
First of all, thanks so much for keeping this thread up. I really appreciate it! Right now I've developed tendonitis in my right wrist, and so I'm not supposed to be doing any extra typing and saving my wrist for work. But I just had to ask a couple things! LOL I don't think one little post is going to be the one to push me over the edge personally.

Anyway, I didn't know and now don't understand about dining rotations. When we've cruised before it was early or late. We are always late and then go to the late show of whatever. I'm sort of picking up that that's not the case here?? Also what does APL, PLA and LAP mean?

I looked into the Dolphin Discovery thing online. I think we may have to do that. It looks like it might be cheaper to do a package through them so if anyone is thinking about it make sure to check out how much the packages are. From what I can tell from just reading it looks like the package includes entry into the park and haning out with Sea Lions along with your Dolphin experience for the same price as Dolphins alone. If I'm reading that wrong, somebody please tell me.

And lastly, someone asking about dressing up as of right now I'm totally going for it with a long dress and all. I wanted to do a full "gown" but decided I already had too much luggage as it is. But it's going to be long and possibly even have sequins of some kind on it. :goodvibes We never get to dress up so I'm taking whatever change I get.

Happy day to all. I'm off to ice my wrist, again. :mad:

Laurabearz
01-07-2007, 12:26 PM
Ok dining rotations work as follows...

A = Animators Palete P = Parrot Cay and L = Lumiares...

On Disney you change restraunts every night... your severs stay the same(they follow you from place to place) and your table number stay's the same, and the relative location of your table is kind of the same in each resturant.

Once you get your KTTW card it will have one of the following listed on it... APL PLA or LAP. That is the order you will eat in each dinning room.. for our 7 day of course it's more than 3 dinners so you repeat APLAPLA or PLAPLAP or LAPLAPL

Following me so far?? I hope I hope...

Ok Soooooooooooo If you have APL you start eatting at either 530 for early dinning or 8 pm for late dining... every night, you will eat at 530/800 with the first restruant you eat at being Animator's palete, second Parrot Cay, third Luminares.. and so on...

If you have PLA you will eat at either 545 everynight or 815, again rotating restraunts everynight... but same time 545/815... and so on...

APL 5:30 and 8:00
PLA 5:45 and 8:15
LAP 6:00 and 8:30

The APL rotation puts you in Lumiares on formal night and Parrot Cay on Pirate night, so some people really really want the rotation...

I would LOVE APL rotation BUT HATE the thought of dining at 530 (since we are slated for early dinning) and I really dont want LAP rotation, but would prefer to dine at 6... SOOOOOOOOOOOO I am hoping we split the difference and get PLA (as Animator's palete would be nice on Formal night, and our pirate outfits kinda sort of go with Luminares decor... lol

Ok I hope that explains it rather than confuse you more! rofl

Laurabearz
01-07-2007, 12:34 PM
Ok now on to shore excruisions...

We are booking all of ours via Disney. Why... because it just seems simpler and with my brood, simple is the way to go rofl.

BUT a lot of people book directly with varous companies for their shore excruisions. It is cheaper and often you can get more for less money.

A good place to reserach offsite places is cruisecritic.com Look under Ports of Call or something like that... Lots of great info there. Also Post on the DIS and ask others who they have used....

Oh a small word of warning about cruisecritic.com.. some posters can be... hmmm... can be rude there, but the quality of information is wonderful... so read between the lines on some posts... lol

I think the place your refering to is Chank Park (cant spell the long name for it sorry lol) I was there pre Wilma and the place was lovely, the staff was super friendly. I hear it is looking good, but the jungle that surrounds it is gone... but they are up and running which is good. We met a lot of people there. I did the SNUBA (snorkling with an airhose attacted to a raft above) and it was loads of fun. Saw lots of fish, nice reefs (which are mostly gone now thanks to Wilma)

There is GREAT info to be had on Chank Park on CruiseCritic...

Rellyrooly
01-07-2007, 01:51 PM
Hi all-
I haven't checked in here in a while and for some reason, I haven't been getting my normal email notifications that people have been posting here.

I want to start by saying Happy New Year! to everyone. It has been a little crazy here for us. We have now owned our golf course for a little over a month and man are we tired! Also, last night my father in law had a heart attack and is in ICU at Banner Heart Institute. He is visiting us from Minnesota so he is a little out of his element. It was extremely scary; they had to air lift him from one hospital to the next and they were only a 15 minute drive by care so it was pretty serious. He is doing ok today so we're are holding on to hope that he will make a full recovery.

Now for the the cruise...yes, we dress up for formal night. DH rents a tux-not because he likes it, but he doesn't want to lug a suit for one night so he says it's worth the $85 for the ease of use. I wear a cocktail dress, DS wears a suit (heck, we invested in it so we want to use it!) and DD wears a nice dress. I actually just did her dress shopping this last week as all the stores were having massive sales. I actually got her quite a few dresses for the next couple of years because they were so cheap. Some came to only $10 or $15 and they were originally between $80-100! What a steal!

We are on APL/second seating. We LOVE that rotation. I like not having to rush back to the ship to eat and love being in PC for Pirate nite and Lumiere's for formal. We usually wind up in Palo for semi-formal nite and that is ok with us as the kids hate dressing up twice.

We are ina cat 3 but are still unsure of what room. We are trying to get our old room for last year plus we are traveling with some friends who are also trying to get their old room which is right next door. We'll see....
Cat 3's are nice because we don't have to do the whole booking excursions and Palo on the internet thing. We go through Concierge the day we board and can get anything we want at anytime. That ALMOST makes the price worth it...almost......

Well I hope everyone is well and now we are really counting down now that we are actually in 2007!:cool1:

Laurabearz
01-07-2007, 01:59 PM
Hey! Glad you found us again... I think when they did the new server thing the email notes went bye bye, you might want to set it again...

Also.. How do you know your dining rotation or are you assuming you can change it to APL because your Cat 3?? I do plan on requesting our prefered rotation, but didnt know if it was a lock... something to count on....

I thought about renting a Tux onboard for DH, but he is a hard fit... plus I figure our formal wear and pirate gear would fit in one suitcase (large lol) and all our other things could go in another large bag, since it will be hot and clothes for hot weather dont take up much room! rofl

BoosGram
01-07-2007, 06:51 PM
Hi Laura,

I saw your updated list on pg. 12 and we're not on it :sad2:. (We're right after lens4.) Please count us in. :thanks:

momx2
01-08-2007, 03:50 PM
I guess we're in! We are booked for Oct. 6th. It's me, DH, two DDs 9 and 6 (at sailing time). We are in a cat. 6, room 6040. Never cruised before and I am still struggling with the acceptance of how much DCL costs! But, we've paid our deposit and my girls are soooo excited. Now praying for no hurricans!
I hope to get to know all of you guys and make my wait shorter. Renae

BoosGram
01-08-2007, 04:05 PM
I guess we're in! We are booked for Oct. 6th. It's me, DH, two DDs 9 and 6 (at sailing time). We are in a cat. 6, room 6040. Never cruised before and I am still struggling with the acceptance of how much DCL costs! But, we've paid our deposit and my girls are soooo excited. Now praying for no hurricans!
I hope to get to know all of you guys and make my wait shorter. Renae

Hi Renae,

Welcome to the crew! It definitely helps to have a support group to get you through the waiting. :laughing:

stenogoddess
01-08-2007, 07:21 PM
Ranae:

Welcome! I'm so glad you're going to be with us. I know y'all will have a great time. A word of warning, making DCL your first cruise, y'all will be spoiled for anything else! ;)

Rellyrooly
01-08-2007, 07:27 PM
Laura-

I had requested that rotation when we booked and yes, it can be changed, not only cat 3's but everyone can. When you board the ship, the dining staff is set up in Rockin Bar D so that people can go make changes with them. They will give you your new rotation at that time. Hope that helps.

Renae-
Welcome! I know there is some sticker shock with this cruise (just imagine how much we are paying for a cat 3!) but I have to tell you, it is well worth it. Get ready to have the time of your lives!

Time4disneynow
01-08-2007, 07:51 PM
All sign up for our First Disney Cruise ................ 6 Oct 2007 .....:cool1:

Cast of
pirate: Me
princess: DW -
DD - 16
My Dsis -

Ordered my Passporter and looking forward to planning a great trip with wonderful weather :dance3:

lildeb724
01-08-2007, 08:24 PM
Looks like we will have a lot of 6 year old girls on the cruise....maybe we should have a meet for them:) :goodvibes

lenzs4
01-09-2007, 09:17 PM
I guess we're in! We are booked for Oct. 6th. It's me, DH, two DDs 9 and 6 (at sailing time). We are in a cat. 6, room 6040. Never cruised before and I am still struggling with the acceptance of how much DCL costs! But, we've paid our deposit and my girls are soooo excited. Now praying for no hurricans!
I hope to get to know all of you guys and make my wait shorter. Renae

Hey I have a DS 9 and a DD 6 (at cruise time) and we are 6060!!!
Welcome to our cruise!!

HayesFamily
01-09-2007, 09:43 PM
We didn't make it on the updated list. We will be traveling from Chandler, AZ DH, DS -8, DD- 6, and myself (ages at time of travel). We have adjoining rooms 6016 and 6018. :)

Laurabearz
01-09-2007, 10:44 PM
Ok I reupdated the list on the front page :-) I sure hope I got everyone this time, but I feel like I am missing some Chandler people... Can anyone else chime in on that?

Also someone suggested a meet for the all the girls. We do have quite a few of them. How you everyone feel if I set up a little message board for them to chat a bit on like we are here. It would be a private message board (members only for safety) and our kids could chat there, maybe swap photos and such...) I know most of the kids are on the younger side, but siblings and us parents could help them get started... maybe making a simple poll... things like that. Great ice breaker! It's always nice to see some 'familar' faces and most of our kids will be in the same group. (it's a small world after all)

Anyway give it some thought. It's easy enough to set up, I have done things like this before. I like the private aspect of it, where we can lock it so no one can read it.... just them (and us of course) I am thinking, start it maybe 3 or 4 months before the cruise starts... Thoughts??

Ok that's it for me... for now ;)

lenzs4
01-10-2007, 06:53 PM
Goldmanrawnsley is coming from Chandler, AZ but must not be getting the email links. Their info

Me - Rebecca
DH - Rob
DS(11) - Jacob
DD (7) - Elizabeth

I do not know their room number

gouodux
01-14-2007, 10:36 PM
Our apologies to all our neighbors in Arizona, but . . . . . . .


HOW BOUT THEM DUCKS!!!

luvmygrumpy
01-18-2007, 03:28 PM
:wizard: we just booker yesterday!!!! YIPEE We are in a stateroom guarentee for now. . This is our first Disney Cruise Butg will be our 12th trip to WDW. We are doing a week at WDW before the cruise if anyone else is doing the same let me know.
Tina:wizard:

threeCsmom
01-19-2007, 12:44 PM
Hi everyone! I have just found the DIS boards this week and I am already hooked!:surfweb:

We are on the October 6, 2007 Western - can not wait! Our crew is:

Melissa (me) 38
DH - 37
DD - 12
DD - 9
DS - 4
My mom
My Dad

We are all from Chattanooga, TN.

This will be our third time on DCL - but our first Western. We are in 6612 and 6614. Even though we are repeat cruisers, you guys are giving me great tips!

Does anyone know if Twice Charmed is still on the Magic or have they brought Hercules back on?

Talk to you soon....

Melissa

luvmygrumpy
01-19-2007, 03:34 PM
Oh my Gosh i am from Nashville Tn.
My mom just bought a cabin in Mt. Eagle. Wow we are almost neighbors.
Anyways we will have to stay in touch and share ideas.
Tinaprincess:

Laurabearz
01-19-2007, 04:01 PM
Seems we have TN folk and AZ peeps on this cruise! Fun fun! All the more to help everyone bond!

threeCsmom WELCOME!! Not only to our thread, but to the DISBOARDS! So glad you found us! Lots of information floating around here, good thing we all have time to soak it all in!

I will add you to the list shortly :-)

threeCsmom
01-19-2007, 06:32 PM
Tina - hey!! What fun - a fellow TN resident. I noticed you have kids - what are their ages? My DD are wanting to make some friends before we travel!

Talk to you soon!

luvmygrumpy
01-19-2007, 07:01 PM
My ds is Caleb 13
my dd is Coral 10
my ds is tristen 7
My kids wouild love to know that other kids are going and would be able to play with them.
When are you going down?
We are getting ther on the 29th of sept.
I ahve not been to WDW in over a year and i am going nuts.
My DH says that i am nuts for loving "THAT MOUSE" so much.
Anyways I know deep down he loves the Mouse too!!
Talk with ya soon,

threeCsmom
01-19-2007, 08:01 PM
We are not going down until Oct. 5th since the kids will be in school. Chappel is :cheer2: and the football game will be Thursday night. My kids are:

Chappel - 12
Chloe - 9
Cole - 4

You guys are so lucky to be going to the park and the cruise!:yay:

Maybe we can let Chloe and Coral join the thread -if it was started? - for the kids to all chat. I am not sure how to check on that.... If you know, give me the directions!

Talk to you soon!

Rellyrooly
01-19-2007, 08:37 PM
Does anyone know if Twice Charmed is still on the Magic or have they brought Hercules back on?

Talk to you soon....

Melissa

To answer your question...Twice Charmed was still playing as of our last cruise which was this past October (Eastern) so as far as I know, Hercules still isn't back. Maybe by our sail date though...?

Welcome to the boards and to Tina as well. Looking forward to chatting more in the future!

luvmygrumpy
01-19-2007, 09:06 PM
I am not sure how to do that but we should figure it out. Coral would think that that would be cool. Let me know if you figure it out. You can email me at luvmygrumpy@comcast.net

luvmygrumpy
01-19-2007, 09:10 PM
Oh and we take the kids out of school for the 10 days we are gone and they get to make up the work. we have done this every year and have never had a teacher have a problem with it.
Our oldest Caleb plays football as well but he knows his mommy is disney crazy so he deals. HAHAHA

luvmygrumpy
01-19-2007, 09:17 PM
FYI - I started a thread "Kids chat about 10/6/2007 cruise"
Take a look and we can let the girls chat.
by the way Chappel is a cool name.

BoosGram
01-20-2007, 11:22 AM
:wizard: we just booker yesterday!!!! YIPEE We are in a stateroom guarentee for now. . This is our first Disney Cruise Butg will be our 12th trip to WDW. We are doing a week at WDW before the cruise if anyone else is doing the same let me know.
Tina:wizard:

Hi Tina Joy,

My DH and I will also be at WDW the week before. We're staying at the Boardwalk. Sorry no little ones on the cruise :sad2: , but DGD4 will be with us at WDW. :love:

luvmygrumpy
01-20-2007, 11:50 AM
I just love these boards.
I am going to have met a ton of people before we even get on board.
Are you guys going to the MNNSHP? If so what night?
We are going to book Thursday the 4th.

gouodux
01-20-2007, 04:49 PM
We talked with our daughters Principal and teacher prior to "paying" for our trip on the 11 night Southern cruise in the middle of September. In Arizona, at least our school district, class starts the 2nd Monday of August. We were worried that she would be out of class for a full two weeks. We suggested she make a video and written journal of her travels to her teacher and principal. Both thought this was a great idea, and the places she would visit would outweigh what she would learn in class. Great!!! No worries! During the Christmas break we received a letter that Jenna had missed too much school (only missed two other days besides the vacation) and we were now facing a possible fine, court appearance, blah, blah, blah. All has been worked out, but we were quite scared and felt like horrible parents after reading that letter.

Luckily this Western cruise is during their Fall Break next year.

However, we are going to roll the dice again with the school district and sign up for the WB Repo next May!!! Can't pass up on the Panama Canal!

luvmygrumpy
01-20-2007, 05:25 PM
Wow that was not Fun!!!!!
We had a little problem one year because our DD Coral had missed for the 10 days of vacation and she got strep throat 6 times in one school year and had her tonsels and adnoids removed that same school year but they just called me on the phone and confirmed all her doctors notes and everything was ok.
I agree that they learn so much on these vacations. I homeschooled my oldest for 3 years and that was part of his school work.
Are you giong on this cruise?

lenzs4
01-20-2007, 09:53 PM
I just love these boards.
I am going to have met a ton of people before we even get on board.
Are you guys going to the MNNSHP? If so what night?
We are going to book Thursday the 4th.

Would not miss it!!!! I have not looked at dates but Tues. or Thurs over any other night, so we may be there at the same time!

Shirley

stenogoddess
01-21-2007, 01:29 PM
I haven't picked what day yet, but we are totally doing it! We went last year and had a great time. I figured we would just wear our pirate night outfits for costumes and that way not have to pack anything extra. Not that you "have" to dress up for the Halloween party but we did last year it made it just that much more fun. :goodvibes

Would not miss it!!!! I have not looked at dates but Tues. or Thurs over any other night, so we may be there at the same time!

Shirley

Rellyrooly
01-21-2007, 09:54 PM
OK-what the heck is MNNSHP? I feel so uninformed......:rolleyes:

luvmygrumpy
01-21-2007, 10:00 PM
MNSSHP is Mickeys not so scary Halloween party.
Hope this helps

stenogoddess
01-22-2007, 09:45 AM
Hey, if any of us were totally informed, we wouldn't be here! :goodvibes

As mentioned, it's the Magic Kingdom's kid friendly Halloween party. It's a hard ticket event around 30 to 40 bucks. I can't remember what I paid last year. They start letting you in around four and kicking everyone else out at around six or seven. They have trick or treating and the Boo to You parade and a Halloween fireworks show. (which is good, but no Wishes in my opinion) You stay in the park until about midnight.

The other thing to remember is that if you get a photopass card, at the hard ticket event you get a photopass card that is good for 50 percent off as long as you use it within a certain amount of time. I was able to get 50 percent off all my photopass pictures from that trip along with my Halloween ones. So that was a real savings for me. The other nice thing was we got to ride all the rides with no wait because all the little kids were trick or treating. It was great. I've never seen Space Mountain with absolutly no line before. We even rode some rides we never get to ride, like Dumbo and Peter Pan, just because there wasn't really a wait.

Also, if your family likes characters, they are all out, and some rarer ones too, and they all have their costumes on so it makes for some nice photo oppurtunities.

In looking at our schedule I'm thinking that we will go down early on the 4th, rest, and then do Halloween. We are one of the lucky ones that can easirly make the drive in five hours. I think being there a couple days early will help get us in the vacation spirt. I can't wait!

goldmanrawnsley
01-25-2007, 08:23 PM
Goldmanrawnsley is coming from Chandler, AZ but must not be getting the email links. Their info

Me - Rebecca
DH - Rob
DS(11) - Jacob
DD (7) - Elizabeth

I do not know their room number


Mrs. L.....Thanks for keeping us in the loop while we were bumped. I'm still new to the whole Dis Board but think it is just the coolest thing!!!
I'm not exactly sure which room we're in. I'll have to check with Rob AKA Clark Griswold :-)
I also have to say that I'm glad I wasn't the only one who didn't know what that abbreviation for the Halloween party stood for!!!! I can see that I still have a LOT to learn from all of you pro-cruisers!!!
Hope everybody is doing well and we just can't wait for October!
Rebecca :)

Laurabearz
01-25-2007, 09:08 PM
Hey Rebbeca! Glad you found us again! MNSSHP and MVMCP (mickey's very merry christmas partt) are waaaaaaaaaaaaaay to long to type. Both GREAT parties!

I am a HUGE Fan of the Halloween party.... this past year we must of scored 8 lbs of candy! We rode more that night than we did when we spent the whole day at MK. The crowds are marvy!

The parade is great too.... Boo To You! The Headless horseman is UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Sadly we cant pull the kids out of any more school so we cant make the Tuesday or Thursday it runs... But it is so worth it.


EDITED TO ADD>... To make sure your getting email notifcations you can go to User cp (near the top of the screen) then on the left hand side you will see Edit OPTIONS... click that and scroll down There are lots of different settings in there. Hope that helps :-)

goldmanrawnsley
01-25-2007, 09:18 PM
Thanks Laura!
It's good to be back in biz on the dis!!
I love to hear about everybody's experiences and advice! It really helps!
Thanks again!!
Rebecca

gouodux
02-02-2007, 07:02 PM
Nothing in about a week. Where is everyone? Anybody still going on the cruise?

We added the WB Repo this week, and the thread for that cruise is well over 100 pages. Hard to keep up with!

stenogoddess
02-02-2007, 08:00 PM
The WB repo cruise, that is so great! Is there a green with envy smiley? I'll pick :sick: . In our future that's one the trips we would like to take.

Laurabearz
02-04-2007, 09:49 PM
As much as I love the idea of doing a repo cruise, the fact is, at this time, our kids are too little and it would be a pain! lol Once they are all out of the house, DH and I will do one. :lmao:


We have been kicking around doing a 4 day in Oct 2008... As much as I would love to do another 7 day we are really starting to miss the PARKS! With a 4 day, we can hit Food and Wine, Cruise and do MNSSHP all in the same vacation! But first I need to pay this cruise off! lol

Bears just lost the Superbowl... very sad around here....

Laurabearz
02-08-2007, 02:09 PM
Gosh what a week here in Chicago... The Bears loss hit us hard.... and then add in temps in the MINUS numbers... well yuck! Been hanging out on the cruise board here to escape!!!

I think I have my massages all planned out now... I melt just thinking about them! woot!

For Concierge the booking window is 105 days out..
http://v50.net/cd/06-24-2007_105+days+out+booking+window_138-43-226.png
For repeat cruisers the booking window is 90 days out...
http://v50.net/cd/07-09-2007_90+days+out+booking+window_95-158-160.png
For first time cruisers the booking window is 75 days out...
http://v50.net/cd/07-24-2007_75+days+out+booking+window_220-20-60.png


It's getting closer.... (hardy har har) I might change my siggy to include the above countdowns since they are much shorter than my current countdowns :lmao:

Also for some twisted reasson 239 days seems so much shorter than 8 months away... doesnt it??

Sooooooooooo how is everyone? Pop in for a quick update :-)

Laurabearz
02-11-2007, 11:37 PM
Here is a great tour of the ship, I thought you all might like :-)

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1346265

BoosGram
02-12-2007, 10:08 AM
Here is a great tour of the ship, I thought you all might like :-)

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1346265

Thanks for the link, Laura. That little guy is adorable. And the ship ain't so bad, either. ;)

Yes, we're also having fun with the cold (although not nearly as cold as you all, but still pretty cold for us Virginians, 5-10 degrees some nights), and, really, my biggest pleasure now is reading about WDW and DCL. Anticipation.....:goodvibes

stenogoddess
02-13-2007, 10:35 PM
Thanks for the tour link. That was fun, helped perk me up a little bit. This waiting game stinks!

Laurabearz
02-14-2007, 01:07 AM
Thanks for the tour link. That was fun, helped perk me up a little bit. This waiting game stinks!

Tell me about it! I booked this sucker 585 days out!!!!! Killing me! Plus my best bud is going on a 7 day Western this April! She just booked her excrusions online and I CANT WAIT TO BOOK OURS!!!!

We all just need to chat more! Help pass the time! popcorn::

stenogoddess
02-14-2007, 10:11 AM
Well, I've been keeping occupied laying a false trail for DH. It's kinda fun I have to admit. :cutie: I can't decide between going to the Halloween Party or staying at the port. I've laid the ground work for the port though. It went something like, let's start our vacation at the port. I've read about some great resturants around there and I would really like to see the Kennedy Center. Your mom and dad and sis and brother in law can drive over and have dinner with us since that's pretty close for them. Plus, we can sort of get the lay of the land for if we go on a Christmas cruise with my family. We'll already know where the Publix is and the McDonald's.

He totally went for it! :rotfl:

Then there was the problem of how to get his suit packed without arousing suspicion so that coversation went like this: Hey, honey, it's our seven year anni and I would really like to eat at Victoria and Alberts at the Grand Floridian. Would it be too much of a drag to pack your suit just for one dinner though? I got the nope, I don't mind if that's what you want to do. :woohoo: Notice how I made it look like it was up to him, his choice, suit or no suit. They teach that in Wife 101. :lmao:

Now, the only thing that might ruin me is the fact that I'm planning this trip in October, and our upcoming trip to the World for Flower and Garden is in April and I'm sort of cruising on auto for that one. So he might find that strange as usually I'm all over it. But I made sure to book dinner ressies and a tour of the World Showcase and to talk about times and discounts and stuff when he was home instead of while he was at work, which is what I would usually do. That way it seems to him like I've got April in the bag and have moved on to October.

So far I think the wool is staying pulled over his eyes. Who knew how much fun that was going to be. :rolleyes1

BoosGram
02-14-2007, 02:08 PM
Stenogoddess, perhaps you could persuade him that you're going to WDW in October for the Food and Wine Fest? ;)

Speaking of food and wine, I just spent 2 1/2 hours shoveling snow and sleet, so what did I do next? Came inside, had some lunch, read some more DCL posts, and had a Mud Slide. Oh, yeah! :woohoo:

Laurabearz
02-16-2007, 04:35 PM
Boo, I could that plan backfiring... F and W is marvy... and he could be disapointed.... (shocking, but a posiblity)

BTW I added the actual dates to call in to book our excruisions to the second post of this thread, instead of just how many days until we can book...

MY DH is cluelss about everything... in fact is was a couple of months after I booked this cruise that I told DH about... lol He was like... Ok remind me again when it get's closer! :lmao: (and sadly he means like a week or two before the cruise! he is way to care free about vacations and thinks all the places we eat magically has room for us!!)

BoosGram
02-17-2007, 10:20 AM
MY DH is cluelss about everything... in fact is was a couple of months after I booked this cruise that I told DH about... lol He was like... Ok remind me again when it get's closer! :lmao: (and sadly he means like a week or two before the cruise! he is way to care free about vacations and thinks all the places we eat magically has room for us!!)

Don't I know it! DH is also pretty oblivious. The upside is we can make the plans WE want. ;)

Zoop
02-17-2007, 11:01 AM
Hi Everyone,
Just added one more person to our reservation.
My 17 year old son has decided to join us after all, so we switched over to two connecting cabins on deck 2.
I had a feeling he would change his mind and want to come along.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in October!

:sail:

5)Zoop (John) 2 Connecting Rooms 2107 & 2109
-DW (Tami) from Deep River, CT
-DS19
-DS17
-DD9

Go Mets!

Laurabearz
02-23-2007, 03:32 PM
I added your son Zoop.

How is everyone doing? I am trying to make plans for Sping Break trip (short non disney trip lol) and also a short big girls only trip, which will prolly be at WDW (love WDW without the kids! rofl)

Everyone excited aobut the 2 new DCL ships! Although 2011 and 2012 is a long way off, it still puts our family at good ages to sail on one of them. I can dream cant I?

Ok off to pick kids up from school...........

Laurabearz
02-25-2007, 01:31 PM
Heh... I changed the title of this thread to make it easier for me to find on my subscribbed list lol

How is everyone doing? Weather here SUCKS! Ice all over the roads... so we are stuck inside today! I am so ready for spring... and summer... Our pool is currently an ice skating rink (not really)

I need sun! I need Warm! I need the next 200 some odd days to FLY!