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HarborBlvd
04-29-2011, 08:37 PM
We live in Skagway, Alaska and next Friday is the first time ever we will have a Disney ship in port! I am so excited to see the Disney Wonder docked out there in our harbor. For years we have wondered if Disney would ever bring it's ships here and it's finally happening. Yay!

stargazertechie
04-29-2011, 08:38 PM
That's awesome. I have fond memories of my trip to Skagway- such a beautiful town.

Lilbunnyk
04-29-2011, 08:51 PM
I know how you feel, today was the first day The Wonder ever docked in San Francisco which is my home port. I was so excited to have her so close to my home. I took my dogs out to the pier today and had lots of fun, here are some pics of them with the boat! I will be on The Wonder in two weeks and can't wait to see Alaska.
http://jamesafarris.info/disney/wonder4.jpg
http://jamesafarris.info/disney/wonder5.jpg

jdb in AZ
04-29-2011, 09:10 PM
Love the pictures. We have a yellow labradork too. 8^) Today on Facebook, DCL showed a picture of the Wonder passing under the Golden Gate Bridge. Did you hear the ship blow its horn? heavy sigh.

Skagway is one of my favorite towns in Alaska. I hope somebuddy posts pictures of the Wonder when she arrives up there. Are you promising warm weather without too many mossies?

HarborBlvd
04-29-2011, 09:21 PM
Love the pictures. We have a yellow labradork too. 8^) Today on Facebook, DCL showed a picture of the Wonder passing under the Golden Gate Bridge. Did you hear the ship blow its horn? heavy sigh.

Skagway is one of my favorite towns in Alaska. I hope somebuddy posts pictures of the Wonder when she arrives up there. Are you promising warm weather without too many mossies?

We'll be out bright and early to welcome her! Will post pics!

ACDSNY
04-29-2011, 10:04 PM
We have a yellow labradork too.

You've have the perfect description for our yellow lab...Labradork! He hates water and doesn't retrieve anything.:rotfl:

We'll be out bright and early to welcome her! Will post pics!

I can't wait to see pics of the Wonder in Alaska. Hopefully we'll get back to Alaska some day for a visit.

Diannah
04-29-2011, 11:27 PM
We live in Skagway, Alaska and next Friday is the first time ever we will have a Disney ship in port! I am so excited to see the Disney Wonder docked out there in our harbor. For years we have wondered if Disney would ever bring it's ships here and it's finally happening. Yay!

Soooooo.... Being as you're a bonafide insider;), any suggestions on what to do/not to do while we're in Skagway? We'll be there May 27. We've currently booked a Liarsville salmon bake and gold panning, but it won't fill up the day. Any suggestions?:worship::flower3::rotfl:

vatchr
04-30-2011, 07:18 AM
Would love suggestions also for Skagway. We've got a two hour sled dog/glacier flightseeing scheduled, but would love low cost ideas for 11 and 9 yr old girls for before and after.

engle
04-30-2011, 07:21 AM
Love the pics of your pups!!! Soooo sosososo cute!! I am leaving today for the May 3rd Alaskan and will miss the heck out of my 3 labs!! They will be home in good hands but boy will I miss them!! But Skagway here I come...and Juneau and Ketchikan!!! Can't wait!!

mmmears
04-30-2011, 08:18 AM
We have nothing planned for Skagway yet, so I would love some suggestions of what to do in your beautiful city. :goodvibes

HarborBlvd
04-30-2011, 08:30 PM
Soooooo.... Being as you're a bonafide insider;), any suggestions on what to do/not to do while we're in Skagway? We'll be there May 27. We've currently booked a Liarsville salmon bake and gold panning, but it won't fill up the day. Any suggestions?:worship::flower3::rotfl:

We have nothing planned for Skagway yet, so I would love some suggestions of what to do in your beautiful city. :goodvibes

Well, I work for the railroad, so I'm a little biased. Honestly though, you can't go wrong with the train. It's absolutely gorgeous.

Skagway has so much to offer. Rich history, every tour imaginable. And it's small and close-knit, so most everything is walkable. Great day hikes. You're welcome to PM me for more detailed info. :)

MontanaDJ
05-02-2011, 12:31 AM
My husband is a huge railroad fan...we have lots of railroad stuff around our house...locomotive bell, signal...fun for me...we are so looking forward to our trip...we'll be up your way on the 5/17 sailing...only 2 more weeks! Look forward to seeing your pictures!

Dizpinfriend
05-02-2011, 06:54 AM
http://jamesafarris.info/disney/wonder5.jpg

I love the look on the little one's face - here is what I think he would be saying:

"I'll sit and I'll stay - but I will not smile!!! Not unless you are taking me on that ship with you!!!


Too cute!!!

yukongirl123
05-02-2011, 11:10 AM
Not to hijack your thread, but we are excited about seeing the Disney Wonder in Skagway also. We are from Whitehorse, so will drive to your lovely town on Friday to meet up with some folks that we cruised with last September

Janice

HarborBlvd
05-02-2011, 07:11 PM
Not to hijack your thread, but we are excited about seeing the Disney Wonder in Skagway also. We are from Whitehorse, so will drive to your lovely town on Friday to meet up with some folks that we cruised with last September

Janice

Whitehorse? That's awesome. I've always wondered if there were any DIS'ers close to us. I've seen a couple others from the interior, but that's a ways away still. We were just in Whitehorse yesterday for the trade show. The weather was wonderful. Wish the sun would come out here.

If you're ever down in Skagway, I'm the Station Master for the RR, so I'm always out on the loading platform at the rear of the depot. Stop by and say hi! Maybe I should put a LGMH on my radio for other DIS'ers coming off of ships this summer...

smb6
05-02-2011, 07:24 PM
I'm excited too! I'm excited to ride the Disney Wonder into Skagway at the end of this month:cool1:

How cool that you are the station master! We are booked on the White Pass RailRoad for June 3rd through Chilkoot:)!

mmmears
05-02-2011, 07:53 PM
So the steam train excursion is booked so we can't get that. What is the difference between that and the WPRR excursion? Anyone know?

LeslieG
05-02-2011, 10:22 PM
Well, I work for the railroad, so I'm a little biased. Honestly though, you can't go wrong with the train. It's absolutely gorgeous.

Skagway has so much to offer. Rich history, every tour imaginable. And it's small and close-knit, so most everything is walkable. Great day hikes. You're welcome to PM me for more detailed info. :)



We will be in Skagway end of May/first of June next year, although not on Disney, but we were thinking of renting a car and driving to Emerald Lake. Would you recommend this?

WDWDeb
05-03-2011, 08:45 AM
We have been to Skagway twice in the last 2 years on NCL (Pearl and Star.) Had a WONDERFUL trip on the White Pass Railroad where we went to the Canadian border and turned around and came back. The kids really enjoyed it. At first, they were questioning the length of it but then when they saw how pretty it was, and that you would stand outside at the end of each car, they thought it was really neat...especially when you went through a tunnel! We also did the panning for gold and the kids really had fun with that. Finally, we did the dog sled camp experience where we got to ride on a dog sled. That awesome and the favorite thing the kids did. All the puppies and being able to interact with the sled dogs is really a great time if you are a dog lover. It was interesting to hear about life in a dog camp and how they prepare for the Iditarod.
Skagway is also a nice town to just walk around in.

joyride27
05-03-2011, 09:24 AM
im doing this one. I hope it will be a lot of fun

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cruises-destinations/shore-excursions/skagway-alaska/yukon-suspension-bridge-city-and-white-pass-railway/

yukongirl123
05-03-2011, 03:32 PM
Whitehorse? That's awesome. I've always wondered if there were any DIS'ers close to us. I've seen a couple others from the interior, but that's a ways away still. We were just in Whitehorse yesterday for the trade show. The weather was wonderful. Wish the sun would come out here.

If you're ever down in Skagway, I'm the Station Master for the RR, so I'm always out on the loading platform at the rear of the depot. Stop by and say hi! Maybe I should put a LGMH on my radio for other DIS'ers coming off of ships this summer...

We'll stop by on Friday to say 'Hello', what time do you work?


Janice

geffric
05-03-2011, 04:06 PM
im doing this one. I hope it will be a lot of fun

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cruises-destinations/shore-excursions/skagway-alaska/yukon-suspension-bridge-city-and-white-pass-railway/


me too...:thumbsup2

HarborBlvd
05-03-2011, 10:36 PM
So the steam train excursion is booked so we can't get that. What is the difference between that and the WPRR excursion? Anyone know?

What a bummer the steam train is booked up. It's limited seating, so it sells out fast. The Summit Excursion is a nice 2nd choice. It's basically the same trip, but your train uses diesel engines instead of the steam engine. It travels the same route, so the scenery and tour are the same. I think you'll really enjoy it. Plus, if you go in the afternoon, you have a good chance to get pictures of the steam train on the rails ahead of you.

We will be in Skagway end of May/first of June next year, although not on Disney, but we were thinking of renting a car and driving to Emerald Lake. Would you recommend this?

Emerald Lake is gorgeous! I should find a picture and post it. I think renting a car and driving up the pass is a great way to see the scenery at your own pace. There's so much to take in, and plenty of picture stops along the highway. And bears too! Always a plus. Just make sure the place you rent your car from allows you to take it across the border into Canada. Skagway is just about 14 miles from the US/Canadian border and the majority of your drive will be in Canada.

Only three more days until she's here! I'm so excited!

mmmears
05-03-2011, 10:41 PM
What a bummer the steam train is booked up. It's limited seating, so it sells out fast. The Summit Excursion is a nice 2nd choice. It's basically the same trip, but your train uses diesel engines instead of the steam engine. It travels the same route, so the scenery and tour are the same. I think you'll really enjoy it. Plus, if you go in the afternoon, you have a good chance to get pictures of the steam train on the rails ahead of you.


Thanks for the info. We didn't book it right away since we're concerned about motion-sickness issues on the train (yes, I know we're booked on a cruise :rotfl:)... so now I'm considering adding it to our "to do" list. It looks like the trip is through some beautiful scenery. Otherwise, we plan to walk around town and check things out. Can't wait to get to Alaska!

joyride27
05-04-2011, 08:42 AM
me too...:thumbsup2

when are you going? im on the july 5th cruise.

Diannah
05-04-2011, 03:50 PM
Are there any coffee shops/etc with free wifi in Skagway?

mlsmith703
05-04-2011, 04:15 PM
We will be on the Wonder May 23rd for the cruise and very excited. Our first time ever in Alaska. Would love to here from anyone on what to expect and what changes are made to the Wonder. We are from Orlando and have made many trips to the islands on the Wonder, so excited about this trip.

HarborBlvd
05-04-2011, 04:41 PM
Are there any coffee shops/etc with free wifi in Skagway?

The library is the only place with free internet. Otherwise, there's about five or six hot spots around town where you can access the internet for an hourly/daily fee. I think there's also a couple internet cafe locations, but you pay for it.

Diannah
05-04-2011, 05:24 PM
The library is the only place with free internet. Otherwise, there's about five or six hot spots around town where you can access the internet for an hourly/daily fee. I think there's also a couple internet cafe locations, but you pay for it.

thank you very much!!! :worship: DD and I will have just completed an audition before we leave, and they generally contact the cast by cell or email. Since we have to tell them "we'll be gone for 10 days right after callbacks", it's nice to be able to also say, "But we'll be able to check emails on such and such day"!:rotfl: I know we could sign up for internet on the ship, but I also know that if we do that, we'll be WAY to tempted to be online more than we should! :surfweb: If we limit it to only places and times we can find free wifi, we *might* not stay so hooked! :lmao:

Thanks again! SOOOOO looking forward to visiting your beautiful state!:banana::banana:

geffric
05-04-2011, 05:26 PM
when are you going? im on the july 5th cruise.

not til August 9th.. :thumbsup2 DS #1 has finals August 5th and DS#2 starts college August 18.. so only window of oppty.

Since you are going before me, Tell me how it is..

HarborBlvd
05-07-2011, 12:22 AM
She's here!

The Wonder arrived in Skagway today for the first time ever. I was down at the dock at 5:30am watching her come in. It was misty and grey and totally surreal to see her and all her bright colors as she came closer to dock. I snapped a bunch of photos before I had to go to work, and then we went and saw her off tonight. I was so hoping they'd blow the "When You Wish Upon A Star" horn, and as they were out in the middle of the harbor, they did! It was so cool! Totally made me tear up. The thing that I got the biggest kick out of was all the passengers out on their balconies waving good bye to us and saying thank you for a great day. I was floored. I've seen a lot of ships off at the end of the day, and this was a first. Disney fans have class.

This morning, I met Karl Holz, the President of DCL, and boarded him and his family on the train. He was wonderful. Very friendly and everything you'd expect.

Can't wait to see the Wonder in here every Friday. She's only been here one day and I'm dying to take a Disney Cruise. Here's some photos of the day. It was pretty foggy and socked in this morning, and even snowed for a bit, but by the afternoon, it cleared up and the sun came out. Perfect day!

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011016.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011020-1.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011022-1.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011025.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011030.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011035.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011046.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011047.jpg

Makayna
05-07-2011, 12:28 AM
She's here!

The Wonder arrived in Skagway today for the first time ever. I was down at the dock at 5:30am watching her come in. It was misty and grey and totally surreal to see her and all her bright colors as she came closer to dock. I snapped a bunch of photos before I had to go to work, and then we went and saw her off tonight. I was so hoping they'd blow the "When You Wish Upon A Star" horn, and as they were out in the middle of the harbor, they did! It was so cool! Totally made me tear up. The thing that I got the biggest kick out of was all the passengers out on their balconies waving good bye to us and saying thank you for a great day. I was floored. I've seen a lot of ships off at the end of the day, and this was a first. Disney fans have class.

This morning, I met Karl Holz, the President of DCL, and boarded him and his family on the train. He was wonderful. Very friendly and everything you'd expect.

Can't wait to see the Wonder in here every Friday. She's only been here one day and I'm dying to take a Disney Cruise. Here's some photos of the day. It was pretty foggy and socked in this morning, and even snowed for a bit, but by the afternoon, it cleared up and the sun came out. Perfect day!

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011016.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011020-1.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011022-1.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011025.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011030.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011035.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011046.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/HarborBlvd/May6th2011047.jpg

WOW! Great pics! :thumbsup2

jdb in AZ
05-07-2011, 12:31 AM
Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

NWmom
05-07-2011, 01:40 AM
Okay after seeing the photos of the ship in San Francisco I thought the ship looked huge.

Now after seeing the photos of the ship in Skagway, the ship is teeny tiny compared to the snow topped land beside it, Wow!!

I'm from Washington State and this really impresses me. Way bigger and closer than the snow capped mountains I see year round from my windows.

And did I hear that right? Snow today for a while? That helps a bit with the wardrobe planning.

We'll be there May 27th. Great way to spend our anniversary, riding the train up to Frasier.

NW

NWDAD
05-07-2011, 09:52 AM
Okay after seeing the photos of the ship in San Francisco I thought the ship looked huge.

Now after seeing the photos of the ship in Skagway, the ship is teeny tiny compared to the snow topped land beside it, Wow!!

I'm from Washington State and this really impresses me. Way bigger and closer than the snow capped mountains I see year round from my windows.

And did I hear that right? Snow today for a while? That helps a bit with the wardrobe planning.

We'll be there May 27th. Great way to spend our anniversary, riding the train up to Frasier.

NW

I agree, Sitting at my Desk at work on break and saw the beautiful pics can' wait

NWdad

CBEB
05-07-2011, 10:00 AM
Love your pics! Thanks so much for posting!

docbrown
05-07-2011, 10:05 AM
[QUOTE=HarborBlvd;41019136]She's here!

The Wonder arrived in Skagway today for the first time ever. I was down at the dock at 5:30am watching her come in. It was misty and grey and totally surreal to see her and all her bright colors as she came closer to dock. I snapped a bunch of photos before I had to go to work, and then we went and saw her off tonight. I was so hoping they'd blow the "When You Wish Upon A Star" horn, and as they were out in the middle of the harbor, they did! It was so cool! Totally made me tear up. The thing that I got the biggest kick out of was all the passengers out on their balconies waving good bye to us and saying thank you for a great day. I was floored. I've seen a lot of ships off at the end of the day, and this was a first. Disney fans have class.

This morning, I met Karl Holz, the President of DCL, and boarded him and his family on the train. He was wonderful. Very friendly and everything you'd expect.

Can't wait to see the Wonder in here every Friday. She's only been here one day and I'm dying to take a Disney Cruise. Here's some photos of the day. It was pretty foggy and socked in this morning, and even snowed for a bit, but by the afternoon, it cleared up and the sun came out. Perfect day!

HarborBlvd you gave us great pictures, thank you so much.
It makes it so much real, and close.
We will be there at the beginning of june and can't wait.
:hug::hug:

WestCoastMama
05-07-2011, 10:41 AM
Amazing pictures! And how exciting to meet the DCL Pres. :)

BuzzLightyearInTampa
05-07-2011, 10:52 AM
WONDERful pictures!:thumbsup2 I'm guessing the pools were pretty empty, judging by the amount of snow that was visible there. :)

lilbug13
05-07-2011, 10:52 AM
Beautiful pictures! Can't wait to be there next year (such a long time...)

mmouse37
05-07-2011, 10:58 AM
Amazing pictures! And how exciting to meet the DCL Pres. :)


He seems to be genuinely a nice guy....he stopped to speak with me for several minutes on the MV of the Dream....very pleasant man and takes an interest in what you say.

MJ

WDWLVR
05-07-2011, 11:06 AM
Great pictures - thank you so much for sharing them.

mmmears
05-07-2011, 11:17 AM
Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! :goodvibes I'm looking forward to seeing the Wonder in your lovely city soon. ;)

Zandy595
05-07-2011, 11:26 AM
Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing. :goodvibes

Disney Dreams
05-07-2011, 01:11 PM
Love these pictures, especially the ones of the ship sailing off in the distance... a photo my DH and I hope to never be able to take during our 7 day cruise (knock on wood!)! Would you mind if I shared one of these with friends (giving you credit for the picture, of course)?

Thanks for sharing,
Dreams

tvguy
05-07-2011, 01:15 PM
Is it just me, or do these photos show those who thought Disney picked the wrong Alaskan itinerary wrong?
Breathtaking!

tink,too
05-07-2011, 02:58 PM
Beautiful photos - thanks for sharing. :goodvibes

Mmketeer
05-07-2011, 04:46 PM
I know how you feel, today was the first day The Wonder ever docked in San Francisco which is my home port. I was so excited to have her so close to my home. I took my dogs out to the pier today and had lots of fun, here are some pics of them with the boat! I will be on The Wonder in two weeks and can't wait to see Alaska.
http://jamesafarris.info/disney/wonder4.jpg
http://jamesafarris.info/disney/wonder5.jpg

That's an adorable picture. Too bad theirs not a cruiseline that caters to four-legged kids.

sayhello
05-07-2011, 04:47 PM
Is it just me, or do these photos show those who thought Disney picked the wrong Alaskan itinerary wrong?
Breathtaking!:confused: There was never a question about the ports. The ports are the same as 75% of the other cruises. It was the lack of good glacier viewing that was the chief complaint.

Sayhello

HarborBlvd
05-07-2011, 05:31 PM
Thanks for all the nice comments about the Wonder pics. It was such a fun day and I look forward to seeing her off every Friday. It'll be fun to take pictures in a few months when the snow is gone and the wildflowers are out.

Love these pictures, especially the ones of the ship sailing off in the distance... a photo my DH and I hope to never be able to take during our 7 day cruise (knock on wood!)! Would you mind if I shared one of these with friends (giving you credit for the picture, of course)?

Thanks for sharing,
Dreams

Oh my gosh, please do! You're welcome to do whatever you want with any photos I post.



Is it just me, or do these photos show those who thought Disney picked the wrong Alaskan itinerary wrong?
Breathtaking!

Hah! Alaska is gorgeous, regardless of which route the ship takes. I hope people enjoy it when they visit. Just bring a jacket. :goodvibes

Bethd5
05-07-2011, 06:21 PM
Beautiful photos - thanks for sharing. Saved one as my computer desktop - will be on the May 24th cruise. Can't wait!

So many options while in Skagway - thinking of the Eagle Preserve River Cruise - it's pricy; is it worth $200 Appreciate an honest answer

Thanks

HarborBlvd
05-07-2011, 07:44 PM
Beautiful photos - thanks for sharing. Saved one as my computer desktop - will be on the May 24th cruise. Can't wait!

So many options while in Skagway - thinking of the Eagle Preserve River Cruise - it's pricy; is it worth $200 Appreciate an honest answer

Thanks

I took this tour a few years ago and really enjoyed it. The ferry to Haines is just as scenic and pretty as the float part of the excursion. We came across a bald eagle sitting on top of a stump in the middle of the river and our guide got us within about ten feet of it for photos. The thing I remember most is feeling so small out in a wide open valley with giant mountains all around. It was amazing how larger than life the scenery was. If they haven't changed things, you don't actually do any paddling. Your guide sits on a bench up front and steers the raft along the river. I mention this only because I had never rafted and was concerned about it when I went, but I never even had to worry about it. Have fun! Watch out for bears!

scoutsmom99
05-07-2011, 08:07 PM
Great pictures, thanks for sharing them with us!

Inkmahm
05-07-2011, 08:34 PM
Is it just me, or do these photos show those who thought Disney picked the wrong Alaskan itinerary wrong?
Breathtaking!

Nope, Glacier Bay pictures would be SO much more impressive than Tracy Arm pictures... I still disagree with the DCL itinerary. But I'm still going on the cruise. I'll just do Glacier Bay again in a few years with Princess.

disneymath
05-07-2011, 11:28 PM
Great pictures!

melsherard
05-08-2011, 08:05 PM
I was just did an Alaska cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas last September, and we had a wonderful time.... it would've been over-the-top-fabulous on a DCL ship!!! We loved Skagway.... I got goosebumps seeing your pictures... thank you!!!

jdb in AZ
05-08-2011, 08:38 PM
Before DCL officially announced they were going to Alaska, they were bidding on the rights to sail through Glacier Bay. Apparently there's a limit to the number of ships allowed to sail there each summer due to the ecology. Only two ships are allowed to sail through Glacier Bay per day.

For whatever reason, DCL backed out of the bidding, and rumor had it that DCL would not be sailing to Alaska at all. Obviously they decided to sail there, and tho the itineraries aren't all that they had hoped for, at least they have their foot in the door now. The bidding only happens every few years, so it doesn't look like DCL will be sailing through Glacier Bay any time soon.

plutojudy
05-09-2011, 08:58 AM
All I can say is WOW. Thanks for posting those Skagway photos. I can't wait. We are booked on the Steam Train, we will look for you!

Jhalkias
05-10-2011, 05:36 AM
Such beautiful photos! We can't wait to visit you at the end of July.

One of the things we keep wondering about is how to pack for this trip. In late July/early August, are shorts out of the question? Are light jackets enough or necessary at all? We are from Ohio, and are the ones at WDW wearing shorts in January while the locals are in their parkas!

HarborBlvd
05-10-2011, 02:14 PM
All I can say is WOW. Thanks for posting those Skagway photos. I can't wait. We are booked on the Steam Train, we will look for you!

Oh, you will love the Steam train! That's my favorite. I get goosebumps everytime it goes by and I hear the whistle. I never tire of it.

Such beautiful photos! We can't wait to visit you at the end of July.

One of the things we keep wondering about is how to pack for this trip. In late July/early August, are shorts out of the question? Are light jackets enough or necessary at all? We are from Ohio, and are the ones at WDW wearing shorts in January while the locals are in their parkas!

Southeast Alaska is so moody with the weather. I've seen it snow six inches in July, but that's not very likely to happen regularly. You will probably experience cooler temps than you would normally associate with typical summer weather. We think anything over 70 is a scorcher. ha ha. A couple years ago, it was in the 90's for a week in July and we thought Hell had taken over. I would pack maybe one pair of shorts and some capris. But very few people need actual shorts day after day, unless you just run really hot. Even if it's "hot" by our standards, it's going to be breezy off the ocean. I wouldn't by any means bring a heavy coat, but a light jacket wouldn't hurt. Layers, layers, layers.

I laughed at your comment about wearing shorts in January at WDW. We wer ethere in January of 2010 when it snowed :eek: and it was in the 30's for a couple weeks. Everyone was so cold, but we were fine. It was about 30 below zero when we had left Alaska, so having it in the 30's was wonderful for us.

mmmears
05-10-2011, 02:28 PM
Oh, you will love the Steam train! That's my favorite. I get goosebumps everytime it goes by and I hear the whistle. I never tire of it.

Great to hear. I was able to grab a couple of places on it last night (it was previously completely booked) and guessed that it might be a good choice (we were going to just book the "regular" train trip until we saw that this one had opened up). :)

mmmears
05-11-2011, 03:39 PM
So I've realized that the "All Aboard Steam Train" excursion is quite a bit more $$$ than the regular "White Pass" train excursion. It sounds like they are both round-trip.

Can someone tell me what the difference is (in the experience)? Thanks!

HarborBlvd
05-11-2011, 03:51 PM
So I've realized that the "All Aboard Steam Train" excursion is quite a bit more $$$ than the regular "White Pass" train excursion. It sounds like they are both round-trip.

Can someone tell me what the difference is (in the experience)? Thanks!

The difference is the steam engine versus the diesel engine. The ride feels different, sounds different.....smells different. ;)

The Steam train also goes 7 miles farther into Fraser, BC, whereas the Summit Excursion stops at the summit. The Steam also includes a commemorative brass ornament, private tour guide and a champagne/cider toast at the summit.

mmmears
05-11-2011, 03:55 PM
The difference is the steam engine versus the diesel engine. The ride feels different, sounds different.....smells different. ;)

The Steam train also goes 7 miles farther into Fraser, BC, whereas the Summit Excursion stops at the summit. The Steam also includes a commemorative brass ornament, private tour guide and a champagne/cider toast at the summit.

Thank you so much for your quick response. I really appreciate it. I will probably keep the steam train excursion since it's the more "authentic" engine. But it's nice to know what the differences are. :goodvibes

jamie@dvcstore
05-11-2011, 06:25 PM
Hi HarborBlvd,
Thank you SO much for the beautiful pictures. I was in AK last July on a non-Disney cruise and man do those pictures make me miss being in Alaska. I thought it would be a one time trip, but I can't stop thinking about going back. :lovestruc What an unbelivable place with such wonderful people.

I took the train in Skagway and that is one of my best memories from the trip. Thanks again for sharing! :thumbsup2

Schachteles
05-11-2011, 06:42 PM
She's here!

The Wonder arrived in Skagway today for the first time ever. I was down at the dock at 5:30am watching her come in. It was misty and grey and totally surreal to see her and all her bright colors as she came closer to dock. I snapped a bunch of photos before I had to go to work, and then we went and saw her off tonight. I was so hoping they'd blow the "When You Wish Upon A Star" horn, and as they were out in the middle of the harbor, they did! It was so cool! Totally made me tear up. The thing that I got the biggest kick out of was all the passengers out on their balconies waving good bye to us and saying thank you for a great day. I was floored. I've seen a lot of ships off at the end of the day, and this was a first. Disney fans have class.

This morning, I met Karl Holz, the President of DCL, and boarded him and his family on the train. He was wonderful. Very friendly and everything you'd expect.

Can't wait to see the Wonder in here every Friday. She's only been here one day and I'm dying to take a Disney Cruise. Here's some photos of the day. It was pretty foggy and socked in this morning, and even snowed for a bit, but by the afternoon, it cleared up and the sun came out. Perfect day!

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You got some truly awesome pictures, thank you for sharing!!!

HollyTyler
05-11-2011, 08:45 PM
WONDERful pictures!:thumbsup2 I'm guessing the pools were pretty empty, judging by the amount of snow that was visible there. :)

Nope, lots of people were swimming. Pools were heated. Just like bathwater. And how cool to be swimming with snow covered mountains to watch. :cloud9: It was wonderful! We swam most days.

HollyTyler
05-11-2011, 08:50 PM
Is it just me, or do these photos show those who thought Disney picked the wrong Alaskan itinerary wrong?
Breathtaking!

There were no words to describe how beautiful it was, and no pictures do it justice. Just amazing! :cloud9:

sabrecmc
05-12-2011, 02:41 PM
We did a Yukon tour with the White Pass RR and dog sledding through Chilkoot Charters and it was FANTASTIC!!! It was really well handled, our guide was outstanding and made tons of photo stops for us (like at the Welcome to Alaska sign and Emerald Lake). The White Pass was truly a highlight. Can't say enough about them. We had a blast in Skagway. Easily my favorite port.

I took pictures of the people swimming with the glacier behind them so people would believe me, lol.

I don't see how anyone can be disappointed with Tracy Arm. It was amazing. What a great day. Seals, mountain goats, fully narrated by a park ranger, coffee and hot chocolate on Deck 10, characters dressed up in appropriately Alaskan attire for pictures and the Wide World of Sports deck netted off for the kids to play while parents gaped. Fabulous. Glacier Bay vs. Tracy Arm seems a bit Louvre vs. Smithsonian for me. They're both awesome.

BibbidyBobbidyBoo
05-12-2011, 03:30 PM
^^ We did the same above- it's thru Chilkoot charters but I booked it with shoretrips (the only company I use when not booking thru DCL. We've done a lot of excursions thru them throughout the years)

It was wonderful- as said above. The bus tour was much longer than I thought- probably because we had to go so far and did so many photo stops. And the photo stops weren't quickies- some exploring allowed... at the Alaska sign we played in the snow and had snow fights, at another stop we stacked rocks (I forget what they are called but basically supposed to stack them to look like people), etc. then we stopped in Caribou Crossing and had lunch and did dogsledding and pet/held husky puppies. Then the steam train back down to right near the port/shopping. We enjoyed the steam train more than we thought we would too! Wonderful views, tunnels, bridges, waterfalls, snow right new the side up higher than the train, etc. It was all day excursion and we really felt like we saw a lot and had a lot of fun experiences!!!! (and much cheaper than booking thru DCL- sorry DCl. LOL We booked thru DCL for Juneau and Ketchikan though)

I didn't read the whole thread to see about disappointment in Tracy Arm. I did notice that the navigators were basically empty from 12-5 with only "tracy arm viewing and narration" listed for adults/family and the clubs. So I suppose if you didn't want to do that- you wouldn't really have much to do. It might have bothered us more (not having things to do except view Tracy Arm on upper decks) if we hadn't had verandah rooms I suppose. But it was ok with verandahs- we could watch thru and step out constantly to take pictures and get a better view instead of having to stand out on open decks the entire time. Some kids, especially younger ones, might be a bit bored and/or get kinda cold (although might be warmer thru the summer)? IDK.

docbrown
05-12-2011, 04:19 PM
We did a Yukon tour with the White Pass RR and dog sledding through Chilkoot Charters and it was FANTASTIC!!! It was really well handled, our guide was outstanding and made tons of photo stops for us (like at the Welcome to Alaska sign and Emerald Lake). The White Pass was truly a highlight. Can't say enough about them. We had a blast in Skagway. Easily my favorite port.

^^ We did the same above- it's thru Chilkoot charters but I booked it with shoretrips (the only company I use when not booking thru DCL. We've done a lot of excursions thru them throughout the years)

It was wonderful- as said above. The bus tour was much longer than I thought- probably because we had to go so far and did so many photo stops. And the photo stops weren't quickies- some exploring allowed... at the Alaska sign we played in the snow and had snow fights, at another stop we stacked rocks (I forget what they are called but basically supposed to stack them to look like people), etc. then we stopped in Caribou Crossing and had lunch and did dogsledding and pet/held husky puppies. Then the steam train back down to right near the port/shopping. We enjoyed the steam train more than we thought we would too! Wonderful views, tunnels, bridges, waterfalls, snow right new the side up higher than the train, etc. It was all day excursion and we really felt like we saw a lot and had a lot of fun experiences!!!! (and much cheaper than booking thru DCL- sorry DCl. LOL We booked thru DCL for Juneau and Ketchikan though)

Thank you sabrecmc and BibbidyBobbidyBoo for this review on the tour. we have it booked for the first week in June and can't wait.
You made my day!:goodvibes