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kathy6890
10-19-2007, 08:13 PM
On the "photo of the day" page there is a picture of a child holding a pool noodle. Is there room in the pool on the ship for toys? floats? noodles?

Also-what about at CC are there beach toys?

If not, are there beach buckets etc to purchase on the ship for other island beaches?

Thanks,

Kathy

jnsma
10-19-2007, 09:00 PM
They sell buckets and other toys at CC but none sitting around on the beach for free.

We actually ordered the sand pail from The Perfect Gift for our kids as a special treat for when they got on the stateroom (like the cruise itself wasn't enough). The medium pail had plenty of sand toys and shovels in it for the beach, although the bucket itself was too big to pack to come home. In addition to the toys there was some candy and snacks for them, yes more stuff they really didn't need but enjoyed.

I also "invested" in a fruity drink of the day in a plastic coconut cup at CC. I got the contents, the kids got the cup. It made great dome shaped sand castles.

I don't recall seeing anyone in the pool with a noodle. The pool can get crowded, especially the afternoon of departure and full days at sea.
Jeff.

CSwan1
10-20-2007, 04:34 PM
We bought a small sand bucket and ashovelon Castaway Cay but thought it was overpriced. For our next cruise, I have been picking up beach supplies now, since it is the end of the season. I plan to mail them to the ship before we go and whatever we can't bring back, we will leave on the island. I have found really good deals ($.30 for buckets and shovels) so it won't bother me to leave them behind if I need to.

draamamom
10-20-2007, 04:59 PM
I have found really good deals ($.30 for buckets and shovels) so it won't bother me to leave them behind if I need to.

Just out of curiousity, where have you been able to find them on sale. I am in Maryland and have been looking, but have not found any so far. I think I may have waited a little too long. :sad2:

aprilgail2
10-20-2007, 05:45 PM
On the "photo of the day" page there is a picture of a child holding a pool noodle. Is there room in the pool on the ship for toys? floats? noodles?


Kathy

There is no room in the ships pools for floats, there is barely room for PEOPLE half the time LOL nevermind a float.

kathy6890
10-20-2007, 07:51 PM
That was the impression that I had- but thought I'd ask anyway:-)

lg3
10-20-2007, 08:55 PM
Nope - no room for noodles or anything else onboard at the pools.
After much pondering, we ended up purchasing some beach toys at CC - they weren't really all that much and we truly didn't have the extra room in our suitcases to bring the ourselves. Glad we got them.
I have heard talk of floats being available late in the day at CC, after those that have rented them aren't using them, but that was definitely not the case when we were there - no extra floats (or hammocks) to be had at all.

CSwan1
10-21-2007, 11:02 AM
Just out of curiousity, where have you been able to find them on sale. I am in Maryland and have been looking, but have not found any so far. I think I may have waited a little too long. :sad2:

I got ours at Target, WalMart and CVS. I suffer from OPS (obsessive planner syndrome) so I have been planning and shopping for a long time. :) Most of this stuff I bought last season or in August and September of this year. Hope you can still find some things.:wizard: Although the prices on CC weren't completely outragous, I thought $15 for 1 small pail and shovel was high and would rather get them on special!

atinkerbellmom
10-21-2007, 11:12 AM
GRant it, we bring our own too and leave them behind. The room they took up is now replaced by new things we pick up at port or on the ship. You know all that stuff that has to be declared on the "customs form". Weget ours at the end of the season as well, but do not mail them. I feel, by the time you mail them, you are not really saving much money. We did a couple of cruises buy things at CC, but I do not recall it being sooo $high$. Grant it, we did not stop at the first barrel of stuff. We did spend a little more for the big Mickey shovel. I just wonder if sooo many of us are buying the toys and leave them behind, why can't DCL collect them and keep them for other kids to use. Kind of the first come first serve thing.:hippie:

calgarymom
10-21-2007, 11:37 AM
You can sign out pails and shovels with the oceaneer's club on the island. We were on the Sept 1st Eastern and that's what we did. DD only played with it for a little while so we were glad to not waste any money buying something that we were going to leave behind.

ejacoby1
10-21-2007, 12:14 PM
You can sign out pails and shovels with the oceaneer's club on the island. We were on the Sept 1st Eastern and that's what we did. DD only played with it for a little while so we were glad to not waste any money buying something that we were going to leave behind.

How do you go about signing out pails and shovels?

Ed

calgarymom
10-21-2007, 04:33 PM
Once you are on CC go to the kids club on the beach. Just ask the counsellors at the check in desk and they will give them to you. The bucket, shovels, and toys are the same as the ones you buy on the island. It' first come first served, but I imagine they have lots.

CatFish Show
10-21-2007, 04:59 PM
I have asked people in the thread for the ship before ours to see if anyone has some pails that they will leave behind - and if maybe they would be kind enough to leave them for us.

Then I went to the thread for the ship leaving after us - and offered to leave them there for someone if they were interested - so this may work out really well, and nobody is stuck trying to bring stuff home.

I hope it works - otherwise I will order them from Perfect Gift and then leave them behind.

atinkerbellmom
10-25-2007, 01:04 AM
WONDERFUL idea. Maybe we can do a "pay it forward" thread with sand toys in addition to post cards.:wizard:

dzorn
10-25-2007, 06:36 AM
Do they have an air pump to blow up floats you have bought from home? I happened upon some on clearance for $.75 so I picked a few up, just don't know if I should bother if I have to inflate them by mouth.

Denise in MI

TLANE30
10-25-2007, 07:13 AM
I bought a gift basket for my son from The Perfect Gift. It came in a BIG sand bucket and it had a lot of sand toys in at - as I had requested. I'm glad I had it at Castaway Cay.

Andrew DEREK UK
10-25-2007, 07:24 AM
I bought a gift basket for my son from The Perfect Gift. It came in a BIG sand bucket and it had a lot of sand toys in at - as I had requested. I'm glad I had it at Castaway Cay.

I did the same when I cruised from Florida

needAcruise
10-25-2007, 09:39 AM
I have asked people in the thread for the ship before ours to see if anyone has some pails that they will leave behind - and if maybe they would be kind enough to leave them for us.

Then I went to the thread for the ship leaving after us - and offered to leave them there for someone if they were interested - so this may work out really well, and nobody is stuck trying to bring stuff home.

I hope it works - otherwise I will order them from Perfect Gift and then leave them behind.


Where would the beach toys be left so the next wave of cruisers would get to them?

I would think DCL staff would clean the beach after each use to remove all trash and items left behind. (beach toys, discarded beach towels, the odd flip flop, etc) so the next set of vactioners would not need to encounter items not naturally found in nature. ;)

Maybe they give it to the Oceaneer Club for use. But I highly doubt they would leave items out. If a storm came in, then all the stuff may be blown out to sea. Not good. :eek:

Does anyone know what DCL staff do with discarded beach toys? :confused:

zakatak
10-25-2007, 02:30 PM
I also wonder what DCL does with all of the beach toys. I really hope they don't throw them out!:scared1: Even recyclling that amount of plastic each time must be somehow not good. :confused3

I'm not sure why, given the amount of money it costs to TAKE a Disney Cruise, Disney can't provide shovels and pails for kids. Yes, they would have to be washed (as the fins and snorkel equipment does) but I would pay $6 to rent them for the day. Of course, free would be good but... :rotfl:

Any ideas what they do with them and why they can't provide this service for the guests?

zakatak
10-25-2007, 02:57 PM
Haha... I just called DCL and was told, "They clean them up and leave them on the beach for the next set of guests.". :lmao:

MiknMinMouse
10-25-2007, 03:56 PM
Not to sound like Scruge McDuck, but we forked out the money for the sand toys after having the kids beg and beg and beg. We then got to the beach and people proceeded to take them from us while we were there. My little guy would play with one piece at a time and anything he walked away from someone tried to take. We got most of the stuff back. However, when we went to get lunch and I was gathering up our stuff, one of the dad's who had been pilfering our stuff asked my husband (not terribly nicely either) to please leave the stuff behind so his kids could keep playing with it. I turned RED, but hubby said no problem just leave it here for when we get back. And was it? NO when get got back everything was gone. I can't imagine that man didn't know it wasn't on the beach for free. Everyone passed the gift shop with the sand toy displays. I would have been happy to share with the next family coming through but to have it taken away before my kids could even finish playing was a bit much. Next time, we're not buying the toys.

cdndizzylizzy
10-25-2007, 04:19 PM
Two summers ago, we bought sand castle carving tools - basically, you build a big pile of sand with cups or anything else you can find and then you carve the castle out of the sand - it's exactly the opposite approach, but you can be really creative - building roads, levels, windows - etc. We took these with us in our suitcase, as they are narrow and don't take up any room! I would recommend bringing these with you to CC and home again. Our DDs played with them for hours, and even built a mini-Magic on the beach. (see the Mickey Pool - that was DD's creativity at work!)

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w59/duck56/IMG_7148.jpg

yogibigdog
10-26-2007, 12:49 PM
I saw some buckets at Michael's craft store the other day. They were orange for halloween but for those leaving soon who can't find them in any other store you might check there.

needAcruise
10-26-2007, 01:17 PM
Did anyone also use these toys at the port beaches?

I figure since I am bringing from home, might as well use them at all the beaches. My kids love just digging in the sand and dancing in the waves. :beach:

Anyone use "brought" sand toys or encounter issues at Cozumel (Paradise Beach) or Grand Cayman (Royal Palms or 7 Mile Beach)?

draamamom
10-26-2007, 01:57 PM
However, when we went to get lunch and I was gathering up our stuff, one of the dad's who had been pilfering our stuff asked my husband (not terribly nicely either) to please leave the stuff behind so his kids could keep playing with it. I turned RED, but hubby said no problem just leave it here for when we get back. And was it? NO when get got back everything was gone. I can't imagine that man didn't know it wasn't on the beach for free. Everyone passed the gift shop with the sand toy displays. I would have been happy to share with the next family coming through but to have it taken away before my kids could even finish playing was a bit much. Next time, we're not buying the toys.

That is so rude of the man! However, it does bring up a thought - maybe the way to do it is to say 'well, I paid for them with my KTTW card, but if you wants to buy x (t-shirt, etc.) for my kid on your KTTW card, then you're welcome to them'. Either he will agree to the barter system, or say forget it - either way you might come out ok! ;)

I saw some buckets at Michael's craft store the other day. They were orange for halloween but for those leaving soon who can't find them in any other store you might check there.

Thanks! that's a great suggestion. I waited too long and have not been able to find any so now I am thinking I will just improvise. My ds will be 20mos when we go and it's not like he'll care, he'll just be glad to be in the biggest sandbox he's ever seen! :rotfl:

Mickeyhugger
10-26-2007, 02:36 PM
Does anyone know what DCL staff do with discarded beach toys? :confused:[/QUOTE]

Some of the discarded beach toys are taken home by the " help" that comes from the island near Castaway Cay. I saw the boat that does the parasailing leaving before the Magic pulled out and it had a lot sand buckets etc.. stacked in it.

birkner
10-26-2007, 02:37 PM
Not to sound like Scruge McDuck, but we forked out the money for the sand toys after having the kids beg and beg and beg. We then got to the beach and people proceeded to take them from us while we were there. My little guy would play with one piece at a time and anything he walked away from someone tried to take. We got most of the stuff back. However, when we went to get lunch and I was gathering up our stuff, one of the dad's who had been pilfering our stuff asked my husband (not terribly nicely either) to please leave the stuff behind so his kids could keep playing with it. I turned RED, but hubby said no problem just leave it here for when we get back. And was it? NO when get got back everything was gone. I can't imagine that man didn't know it wasn't on the beach for free. Everyone passed the gift shop with the sand toy displays. I would have been happy to share with the next family coming through but to have it taken away before my kids could even finish playing was a bit much. Next time, we're not buying the toys.

The man was beyond rude and personally, I would have picked up the sand toys. My DH is a softie and would have said the same thing but I would have just told the man where the toys were for SALE!!!

I always carry a permanent Sharpie and mark my GK's sand toys with their names on it so there is no confusion on who owns the toys.

MiknMinMouse
10-26-2007, 03:43 PM
[QUOTE=draamamom;21485743]That is so rude of the man! However, it does bring up a thought - maybe the way to do it is to say 'well, I paid for them with my KTTW card, but if you wants to buy x (t-shirt, etc.) for my kid on your KTTW card, then you're welcome to them'. Either he will agree to the barter system, or say forget it - either way you might come out ok! ;)

Oh I wanted to say something but hubby said no worries, it wasn't worth it. He was being way too nice :-). I'm all about sharing, but for him to demand that we share something we paid for just got my goat.

draamamom
10-26-2007, 06:38 PM
[Oh I wanted to say something but hubby said no worries, it wasn't worth it. He was being way too nice :-). I'm all about sharing, but for him to demand that we share something we paid for just got my goat.

I agree completely. I think Birkner's suggestion above to mark things with a sharpie is a great idea. I am definitely adding that to my packing list!!!

MaryKatesMom
10-27-2007, 08:42 AM
I agree completely. I think Birkner's suggestion above to mark things with a sharpie is a great idea. I am definitely adding that to my packing list!!!

Great minds think alike! :idea: I just typed it into my packing list!

Andrew DEREK UK
10-27-2007, 10:07 AM
I think all the toys should be kept in one place for kids to re use, with limite luggage space its difficult to bring along.

For the Panama in 2008 I cannot use perfect gift as we start in LA

MiknMinMouse
10-27-2007, 11:02 AM
Great minds think alike! :idea: I just typed it into my packing list!

Definitely a good idea. One thing I should have brought also, even though this is a tiny bit off topic is a highlighter for the navigator. I read about it everywhere and forgot it. But it is helpful, a CM gave us one to use. The sharpie will also be well worth it.