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CustardTart
05-03-2009, 12:11 PM
Cast:

Me: Karen (a.k.a Kaz) 40-something. Loves all things Disney, a Kir Royale in Mizner's Lounge and spending slightly less of DH's $$$ than before...
Him: Richard (a.k.a Dick) Slightly older 40-something. Loves most things Disney, a Kir Royale in any Lounge and holding onto his wallet at all times...

Rogues Gallery:
Dick...
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/Disneyland%202008/DSCF0864-1.jpg

Kaz...
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/WDW2007/362418EB-BB07-4848-9869-85173ADED76.jpg


Good news, everyone!!! The sun is shining weakly, it's last day of the Championship season and I have much revision to do for Uni exams which start next week. That can only mean one thing - it must be a suitable time to start summarising our September pre-trip planning... ;) Added to which, our cruise info pack arrived this week...

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/Cruise%202009/DSCF1604.jpg

... inviting me to 'get ready to cruise'...

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/Cruise%202009/DSCF1605-1.jpg

...and who am I to ignore such a request? Since then, I have been consumed with considering the plethora of potential excursion opportunities. We have chosen one of the alternative Eastern Caribbean itineraries that are a DCL special feature for 2009 and are looking forward to visiting the Virgin Islands for the first time - Virgin Island virgins, if you will...

Mmm, anyway - this vacation is the first time Dick and I have taken time out to travel together since our onboard Vow Renewal of 2007 and we're overjoyed to be revisiting the Magic for a romantic stroll down memory lane - or should I say deck...? This trip is to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Vow Renewal as well as our 27th Wedding Anniversary - so there will be much glass-raising to our past, present and future...

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http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/Cruise2007/nicole-1.jpg

I'm also happy to be finally making the face-to-face acquaintance of the delightful DISers I have chatted with on our cruise meet thread. This esteemed group includes my lovely friend, Monica as well as a chapter of the celebrated Champagne Girls - I just know that's a club I want to be a part of...

So, without further ado - here's the incumbent itinerary...

Wednesday Sept 9th: Officially 09/09/09 - love it! Packed and prepared, we'll drive to Gatwick for the VS015 flight to Orlando. No Clubhouse facilities available for this trip so probably no Virgin Redhead sampling opportunities either. Here's a couple of artistic reminders of what we'll be missing...

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http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/WDW%202009/DSCF1331-1-1.jpg

Obviously I'm holding the tears in check at the prospect of no absurdly early alcoholic aperitif but, in truth, it will be nice to make a more leisurely journey to airport...

Flight over, we'll arrive in Orlando and catch the Magical Express to Bay Lake Towers where we have a lake view studio for the next three nights!!! Here's a view of the new DVC property from the lake...

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As we were so impressed with the look and feel of the refurbished Contemporary when we popped by in April 2009, we are beyond uber-excited to be trying out this new resort and can't wait to check out the room, the pool, the everything!!! I am also secretly hoping that Dick might part with a few dollars for a little piece of this DVC delight but that's a Disney dream for another day...

Thursday Sept 10th: We have no major plans for this pre-cruise portion of our trip. We actually don't intend to visit the parks but are more focused on mooching around the monorail resorts. We hope to hire a couple of the Sea Raycers as well as spend time at the pool and tonight is earmarked for dinner at The Wave where we have previously enjoyed a fab lunch...

Friday Sept 11th: A day of resort-based relaxation and marathon mini golf - we intend to conclusively prove who is King of the Club by tackling both courses at Fantasia!!! Bring it on!!! Decisions, decisions this evening as we have to decide whether to attend the MNSSHP or head up to Citywalk for 'A Night At The Opera' at Hard Rock Live. I think we're favouring the latter option as Dick would like to try out Universal's new coaster - Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit! But we'll see...

Saturday Sept 12th: Up bright and early to check out of BLT. We will be catching DCL transport to Port Canaveral where we hope to board the Magic promptly and grab some lunch before heading to stateroom 8602 a.k.a 'the Dick & Kaz Suite'. Glad to see DCL have finally taken the hint...

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/Disneyland%202008/DickKazSuite-1.jpg

I'm sure we will be meeting up with our DIScruise mates this afternoon but those plans are yet to be finalised and I will update as soon as I have that information... Once the obligatory "muster" is out of the way, we shall dash to deck 9 for a fruitaholic beverage in our eagerness to celebrate sailing to the Caribbean...

Sunday Sept 13th: At Sea. Kaz - Champagne Tasting with the Champagne Girls @ 2pm. I know we have tiaras and feather boas to wear fro this occasion and I can hardly wait to get all pink and fizzy... Meanwhile, Dick will be heading to the Spa for a treatment or two ... Tonight is Formal Night and I'm planning on getting a little dressed up for photos galore!!!

Monday Sept 14th: At Sea. No plans for today except the traditional "Wine Tasting for Two at Two"...

Tuesday Sept 15th: Tortola. As this is the special port of call for this cruise, Dick and I will be in super serious sightseeing mode! We are thinking a trip to Virgin Gorda in order to see the famous Baths is a must...

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...followed by lunch with a cocktail or two at the Top of the Baths restaurant...

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Hopefully there will be time for a souvenir smash and grab! At the very least I will need a charm for my Pandora bracelet to remind me of the trip...

Once back on the Magic there will be time to relax before getting ready for dinner. Tonight is actually Pirate Night but we'll be hoping to book Palo's for a more sedate and less marauding meal...

Wednesday Sept 16th: St. Thomas/St. John. So many choices!!! What to do??? Should we take the Skyride to Paradise Point...

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and sample their speciality, The Baileys Bushwacker...?

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Before moving on to the highest point of St Thomas - the Mountain Top where the Banana Daquiri was invented???

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/Cruise%202009/mtntop08h.jpg

OR should we spend the day at the Emerald Beach Resort making close acquaintance with sea, sand and sunloungers...?

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I'm finding it much too tough to decide right now so will continue to ponder the options - tho' not for too long as our excursion-booking window opens in less than 4 weeks!

Thursday Sept 17th: At Sea. Going to book a late Palo Brunch for this morning - definitely one of the highlights of the cruise!!! We shall relax onboard the Magic all day before getting ready for dinner in our semi-formal finery...

Friday Sept 18th: Castaway Cay and Serenity Bay! Hurrah - cannot wait!!! Here's the view that greeted us in September 2007 when we sauntered onto the verandah for our penultimate morning...

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And we are definitely looking forward to spending time on this beach...

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We hope to book the tandem parasail - tho' our fingers will be firmly crossed that it will be third time lucky as, due to circumstances beyond our control, we've never managed it yet! It's also possible we might opt for the Waverunner excursion which looks great fun and doesn't take us away from the sanctuary of Serenity Bay for too long...

Finally, we'll return to the Magic in order to prepare for our final night's dinner...

Saturday Sept 19th: Port Canaveral. Sadly the time has come for us to say goodbye to the Magic for the forseeable future as we have no plans to sail again soon! We did have a booking on the inaugural Baltic cruise of June 2010 but the crazy price definitely dampened our desire to do it with Disney so we cancelled. I think we'll probably hold out for the arrival of the new cruise ships before making any further cruising plans. I'm very much hoping Hawaii will feature when the new DVC resort opens there in 2011 - but I'm getting ahead of myself so back to the itinerary...

We are thinking of collecting a hire car from Cape Canaveral (there are shuttles to/from the port) and driving back to Orlando before making that all-important IHOP stop for breakfast. We'll then retreat to Wilderness Lodge, where I'll be staying for a few more days. Unfortunately, due to work commitments, my lovely husband flies back to LGW in the afternoon though he will be tagging Sophie in as she and I spend another Girls Only week in wonderful Walt Disney World!!!

But, dear reader, that's a whole other pre-trip report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2211596)...

Chilly
05-03-2009, 01:51 PM
Great Pre TR as always

mandymouse
05-03-2009, 02:18 PM
Great pre-trip report Karen, and it reminds me that I need to get my act together and sort one out for my August trip

Your plans sound fab, and I'm especially jealous of not being able to become a 'Champagne girl' (I want a tiara and feather boa !! :rotfl2:).

I would love one of the new ships to head to Hawaii too - it sounds like paradise ::yes::

I can't wait to hear all about your trip, you're going to have a great time :)

Cyrano
05-03-2009, 03:42 PM
Sounds like you have a wonderful trip planned :goodvibes

arieljasmine
05-03-2009, 04:36 PM
Sounds like you have a "Magic"al trip planned, Karen! Love all the photos, makes it all the more exciting. Look forward to your trip report, I always enjoy reading them.

Laur's xx

irisheyes123
05-03-2009, 06:00 PM
Sounds like you have a great trip planned :)

ibouncetoo
05-03-2009, 08:39 PM
Oh yeah! :woohoo: A trip report in which I'm sure to figure prominently! :lmao:


I think we'll need to coordinate a pre-cruise Sea Raycer event, as it is on my MUST DO THIS WDW TRIP list. We'll be across the water at VWL.
:boat: :boat: :boat: :boat: :boat: :boat:

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irongirlof12
05-04-2009, 02:31 AM
sounds amazing:goodvibes

wickesy
05-04-2009, 03:35 AM
Sounds like a wonderful trip Karen, the Bailey's bushwhacker sounds great! :thumbsup2

Sorry we're going to miss you on the Baltic cruise. :hug:

scottishwee35
05-04-2009, 04:22 AM
wow, sound great....

Scottishwee35:thumbsup2

wicket2005
05-04-2009, 04:52 AM
Sounds like you have a great trip planned.:thumbsup2

Pinky166
05-04-2009, 05:43 AM
Your trip sounds fab!!!! :goodvibes

I am loving the sound of the Baileys Buhwacker & wouldn'd turn down a banana daquiri or two either! :teeth:

I didn't realise you had cancelled the Baltics cruise. :sad1:

The Fetherstons
05-04-2009, 06:09 AM
Wow karen your Trip sounds amazing:thumbsup2:cool1::cool1::cool1:

jen_uk
05-04-2009, 06:50 AM
That sounds like an incredible trip! :cool1:

florida sun
05-04-2009, 07:07 AM
Sounds like a brilliant trip Karen:goodvibes

mark&sue
05-04-2009, 07:23 AM
sounds like such an absolutely amazing trip, bet you can't wait.


susan

Pegasus928
05-04-2009, 07:38 AM
It does sound like a fantastic trip in the making.

I've never really fancied a cruise but your itinerary and accompanying pictures sell it so well.

Hope you have a great time and looking forward to reading all about it later on in the year.

CustardTart
05-04-2009, 08:40 AM
Great pre-trip report Karen, and it reminds me that I need to get my act together and sort one out for my August trip...

::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes::

...I'm especially jealous of not being able to become a 'Champagne girl' (I want a tiara and feather boa !! :rotfl2:).

I would love one of the new ships to head to Hawaii too - it sounds like paradise ::yes::

Then join us, Mandy! There's more than enough room for a little one... ;) :thumbsup2 :goodvibes

Here's a pic of the tiara - I just know it would suit you...

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/CEG201751-2T.jpg

Oh yeah! :woohoo: A trip report in which I'm sure to figure prominently! :lmao:


I think we'll need to coordinate a pre-cruise Sea Raycer event, as it is on my MUST DO THIS WDW TRIP list. We'll be across the water at VWL.

Hey Jackie! :wave: And a Sea Raycer Rally sounds awesome!!! :yay::yay::yay:


Sorry we're going to miss you on the Baltic cruise. :hug:

I know, me too... :hug:


I am loving the sound of the Baileys Bushwacker & wouldn'd turn down a banana daquiri or two either! :teeth:

They do sound too good to miss, Claire! Plus I think the Bushwackers come in these hilarious souvenir mugs which makes their consumption essential... ;)

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/Cruise%202009/mugs.jpg

..I didn't realise you had cancelled the Baltics cruise. :sad1:
Well, we haven't actually emailed Dreams and done the deed yet but we will.

The fact that other cruise lines doing the same itinerary are so (too much for me to ignore) cheaper made me doubt the whole trip TBH, Claire. Plus we fancied to do something completely different so we provisionally have plans to go to Malaysia next June and the more I research it, the more excited I'm getting... :cloud9:

Pinky166
05-04-2009, 12:32 PM
Well, we haven't actually emailed Dreams and done the deed yet but we will.

The fact that other cruise lines doing the same itinerary are so (too much for me to ignore) cheaper made me doubt the whole trip TBH, Claire. Plus we fancied to do something completely different so we provisionally have plans to go to Malaysia next June and the more I research it, the more excited I'm getting... :cloud9:

I totally understand, we are on the verge of cancelling too. I was comparing other cruiselines last week - I checked NCL and it was a third of the price that we are paying DCL for the same cabin type & an almost identical route!
TBH I think we are going to cancel & see what they do with the new ships. ;)

Those souvenir glasses are funny. :laughing: We have got MNSSHP tickets for 11th - so if you & Dick do decide to go we could meet up for a drink at one of the monorail resorts beforehand?

wickesy
05-04-2009, 12:59 PM
TBH I think we are going to cancel & see what they do with the new ships. ;)


:sad1: :sad1: :Looks like Dad and I will have to keep the DIS UK flag flying. :goodvibes

I do know what you both mean, but neither Dad or I fancy the short cruises or the places they go to so this is probably our one and only shot at a Disney cruise.

Haanyway...back to the trip at hand. :thumbsup2

CustardTart
05-04-2009, 01:46 PM
I totally understand, we are on the verge of cancelling too. I was comparing other cruiselines last week - I checked NCL and it was a third of the price that we are paying DCL for the same cabin type & an almost identical route!
We found that we could upgrade to concierge with access to a private deck for less than half the cost of the DCL cruise!!! :faint: I just can't justify that kind of expense and even tho' we're now considering other options, I think that sealed it's fate...

TBH I think we are going to cancel & see what they do with the new ships. ;)
I think that's a great idea... :goodvibes :thumbsup2

...We have got MNSSHP tickets for 11th - so if you & Dick do decide to go we could meet up for a drink at one of the monorail resorts beforehand?
Definitely!!! :thumbsup2 I'll keep you posted...

:sad1: :sad1: :Looks like Dad and I will have to keep the DIS UK flag flying. :goodvibes
I am genuinely sorry about that, David. The thought of not meeting up with all the wonderful DISers is the only downside to our decision... :sad2:

...I do know what you both mean, but neither Dad or I fancy the short cruises or the places they go to so this is probably our one and only shot at a Disney cruise.
Then it's probably perfect for you guys! :thumbsup2 I think if we hadn't cruised DCL before we wouldn't hesitate...

...Haanyway...back to the trip at hand. :thumbsup2
Right you are... :rolleyes1

natalielongstaff
05-04-2009, 01:59 PM
How did i miss this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love your plans Karen, my birthday is on Sept 10th so i will think of you having dinner at the wave ( you lucky lady)

I hope you enjoy BLT as well :cool1:

EllaEnchanted
05-05-2009, 05:39 PM
Hi Kaz, awesome report. I want to know more about your DCL vow renewal. Tell me everything. What did you do? What things did you pick out? Do you have pictures. Could you give me a general ballpark figure as to what costs were involved? Aside from the cruise costs that is. We'll be celebrating our 19th anniversary on this cruise and would like to renew on DCL for our 25th also. It's never too soon to start planning and saving.

btw, If you decide to do the Emerald Beach on Tortola, me and John will keep you and Dick company coz that's what we'll be doing.

One more thing, CHAMPAGNE GIRLS RULE and I can't wait to have our party! :woohoo::woohoo::yay::yay::banana::banana:

raph_b
05-06-2009, 04:18 AM
Looks like another amazing trip you've got planned Kaz :) Can't wait for another ABC trip report on this one!

The Baileys Bushwacker looks absolutely lethal!

jjk
05-06-2009, 04:44 AM
sounds like a fantastic trip :thumbsup2

CustardTart
05-11-2009, 04:59 PM
Hi Kaz, awesome report. I want to know more about your DCL vow renewal. Tell me everything. What did you do? What things did you pick out? Do you have pictures. Could you give me a general ballpark figure as to what costs were involved? Aside from the cruise costs that is. We'll be celebrating our 19th anniversary on this cruise and would like to renew on DCL for our 25th also. It's never too soon to start planning and saving.

btw, If you decide to do the Emerald Beach on Tortola, me and John will keep you and Dick company coz that's what we'll be doing.

One more thing, CHAMPAGNE GIRLS RULE and I can't wait to have our party! :woohoo::woohoo::yay::yay::banana::banana:

Deb, I can tell you most things. Here's a link (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1550668) to the trip report of our vow renewal... The cost has increased from when we did it - I think it's now $1900 but it was wonderful, unforgettable, worth every penny and we remember it all the time... :cloud9::love::cloud9:

Oh and you're absolutely right! CHAMPAGNE GIRLS DO RULE!!! Can't wait to raise a glass with you...

Pugsly
05-12-2009, 01:52 PM
Not to wish your holiday away, but roll on September!

Great start, Karen. Thanks!

mishoe01
05-13-2009, 01:08 PM
LOVE IT!!!

So glad I get to share this trip with you! :goodvibes

CustardTart
05-30-2009, 08:13 AM
This morning our DCL booking window opened and despite sleeping through the 4.50am alarm, I managed to regain consciousness at around six and stumbled downstairs to fire up the laptop...

It took a while (my brain was MUSH!!!) but I checked in and added the following activities to my reservation without any problems...

Day 2: Well Being Massage for Richard @ 2pm...
Day 4: Tour to Virgin Gorda @ 12.30pm AND Palo Dinner @ 8pm...
Day 5: Skyride to Paradise Point - all day...
Day 6: Palo Brunch @ 11.30am AND Exotic Rasul @ 5pm... ;)
Day 7: Parasailing @ 9.30am AND Watercraft Ski Adventure @ 3pm...

105 days to go and counting... :dance3: party: :dance3:

jen_uk
05-30-2009, 08:33 AM
That all sounds fab! I'm very jealous!!! :cool1:

scottishwee35
05-30-2009, 08:33 AM
CustardTart

I am pleased for you and you must be exciting now...:goodvibes

Scottishwee35

wickesy
05-30-2009, 09:22 AM
:thumbsup2 All sounds great Karen, apart from having to get up at 4:50am to sort it all out. :eek:

suzycute
05-31-2009, 05:57 PM
Sounds like an amazing trip! Hopefully look forward to hearing about it first hand if we both attend the DIS meet on 22 Sept!! :thumbsup2

Snowy-girls
06-03-2009, 06:25 AM
All souds wonderful to me Karen :thumbsup2.x.

TotallyAngelic
06-05-2009, 10:05 AM
Wonderful start Karen - I will enjoy reading all about your cruise on the Magic as I am missing it so much right now! Reading other lucky people's trip reports is the best I can do for now!

CustardTart
06-17-2009, 09:26 AM
I have now booked my pre-cruise ADRs using the online system which was an absolute breeze!!! :surfweb: I hadn't really given any thought to what we were doing prior to the cruise except to plan not to go to the parks!!! However, once I started looking at possible restaurants, I found I couldn't resist a peek at Tour Guide Mike and, of course, that scuppered the 'no parks' plan pretty quickly... So our revised itinerary is as follows...

Wednesday Sept 9th: OK, so let's assume we've crossed the Atlantic, been admitted to the USA, made our way to Bay Lake Towers and found the Lake View studio that is scheduled to be our home away from home for the next three nights. We've then dumped our bags, freshened up and headed out as I've broken with time-honoured Taylor tradition and booked a late first night ADR!!! :scared: Normally we raid the room service menu but I'm hoping we make it to this lovely restaurant and bar for a change...

9.25pm: The Wave... I've opted for the convenience of on-site and hopefully the lateness of the reservation will preempt any delays... Famous last words, methinks...

Thursday Sept 10th: Our first full day now sees us getting up and out to Animal Kingdom first thing intending to ride Expedition Everest and Dinosaur until the Yeti and the Carnotaurus beg for mercy... We'll probably return to the resort for some pool time before heading over to EPCOT for a couple of hours fun before our early evening ADR...

7pm: Bistro de Paris... A new dining experience for us and we're keen to try the Menu Degustation (http://allears.net/menu/men_bisd.htm).

Post-dinner, we'll enjoy Illuminations before making our way back to Bay Lake Towers...

Friday Sept 11th: We're planning an early start as we want to get to Hollywood Studios and enjoy a little Toy Story Midway Mania!!! Not to mention a visit to that infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel... Ssssh, don't tell Dick, but I'm also intending to drag him into the American Idol attraction as last time he flatly refused - "It's just glorified karaoke!" I remember him saying scornfully. Just karaoke?? Just karaoke??? I still don't know what he meant by that...

Mmmm anyway, I think we'll stroll from DHS to the EPCOT resorts (specifically the Dolphin) and collect our hire car before heading back to the Contemporary and popping into the Magic Kingdom for a couple of hours. I'm hoping we can meet up with Claire (Pinky166) and her husband Lee at this point... We've decided to give MNSSHP a miss and opt for a more sedate evening enjoying something of a pre-anniversary celebration at our final ADR location...

7.55pm: California Grill... We haven't been here for about 5 years so very much looking forward to our final pre-cruise dinner! I have notified the restaurant that we are (to all intents and purposes) celebrating our 27th Wedding Anniversary on this visit so we'll see what transpires... I've chosen this restaurant as I hope we'll be able to see Hallowishes from here...

We'll make our way back to our studio and prepare for tomorrow's departure to Port Canaveral...

ibouncetoo
06-17-2009, 09:38 AM
Kaz, we'll be nearby at Citrico's for dinner on Friday! Don't be surprised if you see us out there watching fireworks too. Think I'd better go take a peek at that schedule.

I think last year Hallowishes was at 9:30P

natalielongstaff
06-17-2009, 11:36 AM
your updated plans sound great hun xx

Chilly
06-18-2009, 03:52 AM
Some great choices.

mandymouse
06-18-2009, 06:53 AM
Your pre-cruise plans look great Karen :thumbsup2

Are we going to get a Dubai trip report ? I'd love to see some pics ::yes::

Pinky166
06-18-2009, 07:10 AM
Great adr's Kaz. :thumbsup2 I used the online adr system to make a couple more, i agree it was fab & very easy.

What time are you thinking of meeting up on the 11th hun? I have an adr booked at 5pm I think, I need to check my notes.

CustardTart
06-21-2009, 08:40 AM
Kaz, we'll be nearby at Citrico's for dinner on Friday! Don't be surprised if you see us out there watching fireworks too. Think I'd better go take a peek at that schedule.

I think last year Hallowishes was at 9:30P

Excellent!!! I look forward to seeing you all...

Great adr's Kaz. :thumbsup2 I used the online adr system to make a couple more, i agree it was fab & very easy.

What time are you thinking of meeting up on the 11th hun? I have an adr booked at 5pm I think, I need to check my notes.

Where's your ADR, Claire??? We can be flexible...

Pinky166
06-21-2009, 02:22 PM
Where's your ADR, Claire??? We can be flexible...

It's at the Plaza as we want to get to MK early for MNSSHP. Just a thought but we could meet you at the Outer Rim beforehand for a cocktail or two if you fancy that?

CustardTart
06-24-2009, 10:27 AM
It's at the Plaza as we want to get to MK early for MNSSHP. Just a thought but we could meet you at the Outer Rim beforehand for a cocktail or two if you fancy that?

That's a great idea!!! :goodvibes I just switched our ADR from Narcoossee's to California Grill as I think we'll see Hallowishes best from there... :cloud9:

natalielongstaff
06-24-2009, 11:00 AM
That's a great idea!!! :goodvibes I just switched our ADR from Narcoossee's to California Grill as I think we'll see Hallowishes best from there... :cloud9:

Wise choice hun xx

Pinky166
06-25-2009, 02:02 PM
That's a great idea!!! :goodvibes I just switched our ADR from Narcoossee's to California Grill as I think we'll see Hallowishes best from there... :cloud9:

That's fab....I have added it to my plans. :thumbsup2

CustardTart
06-30-2009, 07:54 AM
Realised last night that I hadn't arranged for our Owners Locker (aka Kaz's Kit) to be dropped off so quickly sorted that this morning! Goodness knows I can't do without the fluffy bathrobes and my own personal "concierge lounge" cordials - I think there might be a bottle of fizz in there too... ;)

I have also rescheduled our car hire pick-up from the Dolphin which will now take place on the morning we check out of Bay Lake Towers... We don't have any desire to be at the cruise terminal early so will simply make our way out to Port Canaveral once we've collected the car - the usual mid-size 4x4...

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/WDW%202009/2006_Chevrolet_Equinox_ext_1.jpg

...and will probably arrive at around midday... :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/Cruise2007/IMGP1012.jpg

tinks_1989
07-03-2009, 03:08 PM
I love all your ideas i really want to to do a disney cruise but we are hoping to do this for our honeymoon :D

I must say as wow you look amasin i do not believe you are 40 something what do you do to stay looking so young

CustardTart
07-04-2009, 02:13 PM
I love all your ideas i really want to to do a disney cruise but we are hoping to do this for our honeymoon :D

You won't regret it, Leanne!!! The DCL people really know how to make sure you have a fab time... :cloud9:

...I must say as wow you look amasin i do not believe you are 40 something what do you do to stay looking so young

Well, you are an absolute sweetheart for saying that!!! :hug: You've really made my day!!! :goodvibes

tinks_1989
07-04-2009, 03:48 PM
You won't regret it, Leanne!!! The DCL people really know how to make sure you have a fab time... :cloud9:



Well, you are an absolute sweetheart for saying that!!! :hug: You've really made my day!!! :goodvibes


lol your welcome i am being honest though I hope i look that good at your age lol

CustardTart
08-19-2009, 05:28 AM
So I've double-checked the calendar and it seems there are only 3 weeks to go until we're parking Dick's monster truck at the short stay Gatwick South car park (I got a very good deal) and strolling to check-in for flight VS015!!!

Once through security, we'll quickly retreat to whichever lounge VA are serving up as an alternative to the 'closed for repair' Clubhouse! I confess my initial dismay at this deviation has now dissipated. After all, a change is as good as a rest and TBH I'm now more interested in seeing how the Clubhouse looks post-refurb than mourning it's absence... Whichever lounge makes us welcome, I'll wager there'll be champale in some guise to ensure the trip gets off to a cork-popping start!!!

But I'm getting a little ahead of myself...

On Monday our cruise documents arrived, which made the trip seem another little bit closer to reality...

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/General%20PIcs/DSCF1659.jpg

Don't they look goooood..? In addition, I've now printed off relevant documentation and vouchers in order to begin assembling that all-important holiday wallet - so we're good to go!!!??? Er... Not quite... I have to confess that there are one or two outstanding issues to deal with before I can relax into the trip - but you know me, I'm ever the optimist... ;)

The main thing is I have to renew my passport as it expires in November. I took the decision to leave it until the last minute and renew it in person at the London office - I mean, come on, how bad can it be...? Seems I have to ring for an appointment when it's two-week-prior-to-lift-off and then it can be sorted on the day. Easy peasy, then...

Then there's the onboard DISpeeps Fish Extender exchange thingy - I know it sounds stupid, but I just didn't realise how many were taking part!!! If I tell you there are 30 children and 60+ adults you'll get the idea!!! TBH I'm somewhat daunted but DD Sophie has showed me a website that may help so fingers crossed, people... Oh and I just realised I haven't designed a single door magnet!!! I really need a 'hair-tearing-out' smilie...

There are one or two other thorns in my side but I'm sure they'll be extracted prior to the trip with minimum pain and fuss so I won't bore you with the details. Suffice to say, they involve builders and boarding kennels - tho' not necessarily together...

And on that note, I'll bid you bye bye. Thank you for reading and I'll be back with the full-fat, all-singing, all-dancing trip report when I return. Catch ya later... xxx

ibouncetoo
08-19-2009, 08:55 AM
See you in a few weeks! :woohoo:

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CustardTart
08-19-2009, 04:49 PM
See you in a few weeks! :woohoo:

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::yes:: :woohoo: ::yes:: :woohoo: ::yes::

Pegasus928
08-20-2009, 12:30 AM
Hope everything falls into place nicely for you - and it's good to hear that none of it is getting you down and stressing you out (too much)

One question for you. What is that Mickey head shaped object behind your tickets?

CustardTart
08-20-2009, 05:27 AM
...One question for you. What is that Mickey head shaped object behind your tickets?

It's the wire basket from a beautiful DCL flower arrangement that our kids ordered for us when we sailed on the Magic in September 2007...

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/Cruise2007/IMGP1014.jpg

As we were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and renewing our vows on that cruise, I wanted it as a memento - so stuffed it with socks and crossed my fingers it would make it back OK... And, as you can see, it did!!! :goodvibes

Chilly
08-22-2009, 06:13 PM
Good luck sorting out those last minute details

CustardTart
09-08-2009, 05:06 PM
All the final details are sorted and, in 12 short hours, Dick and I will be leaving Taylor Towers for Gatwick. The lovely lady dogs have left for their extended hols - a tearful moment for me as currently I'm not sure when they will return. But I know they'll be happy, loved and well looked after, so it's a case of dry yer eyes, mate!!!

I've checked in online and printed off every conceivable piece of info we might possibly need - is that me or is it a DIS thing?? We're packed in traditional 'suitcase-in-a-suitcase' style - just toiletries and electrical items to throw in later. Oh and I have enough reading material to last a weeklong cruise!!! Good job we're sailing away on Saturday then... ;)

So bye for now. Please turn the lights off on the way out and I'll see you soon... :goodvibes

wickesy
09-08-2009, 05:23 PM
Have a great time Karen and Richard! :cool1:

tinks_1989
09-09-2009, 02:15 AM
have a great time i cant wait to hear how it went :D

Chilly
09-09-2009, 04:54 AM
Have a wonderful time.

Tammy Stringer
09-09-2009, 05:12 AM
Have a wonderful time Karen. Can't wait to read all about your adventures.

Tammy

mandymouse
09-09-2009, 06:50 AM
Have a fab time Karen, I can't wait to hear all about it :thumbsup2

Latte Lover
09-09-2009, 11:44 AM
I've probably missed you, but have a fabulous time. :banana::banana::banana:

natalielongstaff
09-09-2009, 11:51 AM
oh i missed you as well :guilty: bye hun, have fun xx

mandymouse
09-13-2009, 08:37 AM
I hope you're having a fab time on the Magic Karen, here you are as you passed twopalms yesterday :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/MMM120/e771c98fd5d02fb4cb3ac356ad9429c49c9.jpg

natalielongstaff
09-14-2009, 01:25 PM
I hope you're having a fab time on the Magic Karen, here you are as you passed twopalms yesterday :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/MMM120/e771c98fd5d02fb4cb3ac356ad9429c49c9.jpg

i can't see her :rotfl2:

mandymouse
09-15-2009, 02:14 AM
i can't see her :rotfl2:

No, she was in the Promenade Lounge sipping a cocktail :rotfl2::rotfl2:

CustardTart
09-28-2009, 06:06 AM
No, she was in the Promenade Lounge sipping a cocktail :rotfl2::rotfl2:

::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes::