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nativetxn
05-02-2004, 01:00 PM
Illuminations cruises are a fun and special way to view the Illuminations fireworks at Epcot. These cruises are very popular and require some advance planning in order to get a reservation.

You will tour seven seas lagoon prior to the beginning of Illuminations and be entertained, by your boat's pilot, with Disney trivia and views of the Boardwalk and other resorts, then you anchor beneath a bridge for an unobstructed view of the fireworks. One of the things we enjoyed the most about our Illuminations cruise was being able to just get off the boat and go to our car without fighting the huge crowd that was leaving Epcot afterwards.

Illuminations cruises are technically called "Specialty Cruises". There are 3 levels and prices for these cruises and you can read about them HERE (http://www.wdwinfo.com/recreation/fireworks.htm).

There are only 5 boats available for this activity and they depart either from Boardwalk or Yacht/Beach Club Marina:

Pontoon Boats: Only 4 pontoon boats are available for this cruise. Each pontoon boat will accommodate up to 10 adults or 12 passengers if some of them are children. The cost is not determined by the number of passengers, so sharing a cruise is good idea if you want to reduce cost.

The Breathless: This is a reproduction of a 1930's ChrisCraft Runabout. It will accommodate a maximum of 7 passengers. This boat departs only from the Yacht &Beach Club Marina. This vessel has more speed than the pontoons.

In addition to the basic cost of the cruise, you should allow a gratuity for the Captain. We had 4 passengers on our cruise and tipped our Captain $25. He did a great job and paid special attention to my 6 year old nephew, my dh says now, that he wishes he had tipped him more, because he just made the whole experience wonderful.

How to book an Illuminations Cruise:


You need to call 407-939-7529 exactly 90 days before the date you want to reserve. You can determine when to call by using the DIS's priority seating calculator if you CLICK HERE (http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/pscalc/dispscalc.html)

Since these cruises are so much in demand, start calling about 6:55 am est. If you get a recording that they are not open yet, disconnect and immediately hit redial. If you get the recording thanking you for calling hit #3 right away, as soon as the second recording begins press #2, when the third recording begins press either your reservation number or phone number and finish with the pound sign. Then press #1, then #2. This will take you to a reservationist, if you have to hold do not disconnect or you go to the bottom of the queue.

When the reservationist answers do not make small talk, immediately tell him/her that you want to reserve the 8PM specialty cruise for such and such date.Do not ask to reserve an Illuminations cruise or you will waste time hearing that there is no such thing. After you get your reservation you can talk all you want, but these cruises are very difficult to reserve and seconds count when thousands of people are competing for only 5 boats.

When the reservationist indicates that you have obtained the reservation, tell him/her that you want to see Illuminations. He/she will then make arrangements for your cruise to depart the marina about 1/2 hour before Illuminations begins.

You will be told that they cannot guarantee that you will see Illuminations. They tell you this because, if Illuminations is delayed for any reason, your boat will still return to the marina at the end of your hour. So far, there have been no known instances where Illuminations was not seen.

If you have flexibility in your WDW itinerary, it is best to try to reserve a cruise for the first night you have available. That way, if you don't get the reservation, you can try the next day and the next, if necessary.

If you are unable to secure a reservation for an Illuminations cruise, do not give up. Cancellations happen every day. Keep calling and trying for that reservation, even when you are in WDW. I was told by a captain of one of these cruises that his boat has often sat idle because someone cancelled. You can snag a cancellation. I know, because I was lucky enough to get a cancelled cruise only 6 weeks before our trip last year.

You can also sometimes find someone who has a reservation already and is willing to share the space and cost of his cruise with you. The Illuminations Cruise Central posts on the Theme Parks board are there to help people match up for these cruises. There is an Illuminations Cruise Central for each month, beginning 3 months ahead of time.

If you want to try to find a cruise to share, or if you have a reservation for a cruise already and are willing to share with others please post to thread.

Good luck getting a reservation for an Illuminations Cruise, I hope this information is helpful to you.

Katholyn

adriannabannana
05-13-2004, 12:58 PM
This is priceless info., nativetxn! I plan to use this for our next trip, I've always wondered about those people out on the boats, but I never could figure out how to find out more!

Thanks!

baby_natz16
05-16-2004, 02:33 PM
so, if you want to fill your boat up with people you find in the forum. Should you say there are 10 people in your party or can this be changed at a later date?

I saw the minimum no of guest is 4, but there are 2 of us, so we will be looking to fill our boat with people who are willing!

Thanks in advance for any info! x

Aisling
05-16-2004, 05:33 PM
so, if you want to fill your boat up with people you find in the forum. Should you say there are 10 people in your party or can this be changed at a later date?

When I originally booked the boat, there were only 3 of us. Then a Dis family agreed to join us, so I called back and told them it will be 7 now. Then my mom decided to come, so I called them again and told them 8.

Just tell them you have 2, if that's what you have, and you can let them (Disney) know later if you get more people. They said they was no minimum, even one person can book a boat for him/herself.

The CM said they need to know how many are going to be on the boat in order to supply the proper life vests, especially if there are children going, since they need child-sized vests.

secretmickey
05-18-2004, 02:38 PM
I am taking my husband on a surprise Illuminations Cruise this July, but I read one review that said the smoke from Illuminations was unbearable. We will be bringing our one year old along and I am afraid the smoke will be too much for him. Has anyone else had this experience? Maybe it just depends on the direction of the wind. Any suggestions?

Crazy Hakim
05-20-2004, 06:36 AM
Well, it all does depend on the wind and weather conditions. On a clear night even if the wind is toward the boat most of the smoke will rise and go well over your head. On a more humid night it would stay much closer to the ground level.
I guess the best suggestion is be prepared. The boats are equipped with clear safety glasses, that you can ask the driver for. If your child is very susceptible to smoke, maybe bring a mask, much like a painter might wear.
Bottom line, I wouldn't not do a IllumiNations Cruise strictly on the possibility that the wind might be blowing your way.

wdwaholic
05-25-2004, 01:04 PM
I booked us a cruise for Aug. 17 leaving from Boardwalk and also ordered the level 1 option.(Sandwiches, drinks and chips)I asked the CM if there was a way I could order some chicken fingers for my 9yo Ds-very picky eater- and she said no and that I also couldn't bring food aboard either. Is this true? I know that I could probably feed him before we get there .Also has anyone done the Level 2 option?(dessert) and what do you get with that?The CM did not sound as if she knew a lot about the levels.

Boy,just when I think I've got things under control here comes another fly in the ointment!!:crazy:
Trish

nativetxn
05-26-2004, 05:01 PM
It is my understanding that if the food/drink is purchased on Disney property you can bring it aboard.

I hope Crazy Hakim sees this, he could give you a definite answer on this issue.

Katholyn

K9pal
05-28-2004, 11:25 AM
We did an Illuminations cruise last September and brought champagne on board. Unless they've changed the policy since then, we had no trouble at all bringing a cooler, cups, etc. There were places for trash on board.

Diamond_Girls
06-03-2004, 05:41 AM
Everything I see about the Illuminations Cruise talks about how the boats leave the Boardwalk. I think I have one booked but it leaves from the Yacht/Beach Club Marina. Is this really an Illuminations cruise? When booking they told me to call back closer to the date to find out what time it will leave...

also, I've invited other DIS'ers to come along but am not positive how shared cruisers determine price and how the "guest" pays. Do they send money ahead of time? Do they pay when we board?

Thanks!

Crazy Hakim
06-03-2004, 06:05 AM
Originally posted by Diamond_Girls
Everything I see about the Illuminations Cruise talks about how the boats leave the Boardwalk. I think I have one booked but it leaves from the Yacht/Beach Club Marina. Is this really an Illuminations cruise?

Yes "Virginia", you have an IllumiNations Cruise ;)

Point of fact, "they" are trying to have all boats board at The Bayside Marina at The Yacht Club. It is just easier and less confusing to have all of the boats and parties at the same dock plus the BoardWalk Dock is really a Friendship Boat Dock. If at all possible, always request to be picked up at Bayside Marina, you can be dropped off at any of the following docks. Epcot Dock, BoardWalk Dock, Swan/Dolphin Dock, MGM Dock (as long as the park is still open) or back to Bayside Marina.

iloveblonds2000
06-07-2004, 10:10 AM
:bounce:

Atotty
06-07-2004, 04:15 PM
Be sure who you book to share with.

We just got back last week. We were suppose to share a cruise with a fellow disboarder. We exchanged cell phone numbers and hotel info so in case something happened we could contact each other and let each other know there was a problem.

We confirmed the cruise the day before the other family left on vacation. We were getting there a day after them.

The night of our cruise, we showed up and waited. Checked at the desk...was told everything was fine....and we waited.....and waited.....after about 55 mins....at 8:45ish...we finally found someone that would look on the computer and found out the person we were sharing with had cancelled the day before.....and never called us. Tried calling her cell phone and got her message system.

We've been home a week and still haven't heard a word from these people who seemed **extremely** nice while we were setting everything up but who obviously aren't.

My girls decided that day they didn't want to do the cruise, but I told them we had made a commitment and couldn't back out at the last minute on someone else. All day I had to reiterate this to the girls because they really wanted to go to MK that night. Unfortunately, the other family didn't feel the same way.

Our family ended up not getting to see the show that night and ended up having to decide between Illuminations and Wishes for later in the week instead of getting to see both.

Sorry that this is so long...and so negative. I just had to vent and ya'll are the only people that would understand.

One question, if it was you, would you contact the other family? I haven't so far. But, maybe they had an emergency and couldn't make it. Maybe I need to give them the benefit of the doubt....but then again, it's been more than a week and they haven't contacted us to apologize.

rocketmah781
06-08-2004, 05:41 PM
HI!
We are a family of 4, myself, wife, 2 young well behaved boys,9
and 6. Would like to share cruise from 25 June to 2 July. I should say the illuminations cruise, that is for a ressie.

nativetxn
06-11-2004, 02:27 PM
Hi! Welcome to the DIS! You might have better luck finding a cruise to share if you post this request to our Illuminations Cruise Central for June HERE (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=566273) and our Illuminations Cruise Central for July HERE (http://***************/showthread.php?s=&threadid=583476&%20highlight=%2BIlluminations+%2BCruise+%2BCentral )

NBFUN
06-12-2004, 06:37 AM
I just wanted to hear some feedback that it is worth the money. I am surprising my husband, son and parents and want to make sure they will like it. Thanks so much for any advice and feedback.

Thanks.

nativetxn
06-12-2004, 04:21 PM
It was worth the money for us. My 6 year old nephew pronouced afterwards, "This was the greatest day of my life". I get all teary just remembering :)

K9pal
06-15-2004, 07:49 AM
VERY much worth it for DH and I. We did one last September with several other DISers. DH wasn't too enthused about it (since it was with people we didn't know), but once on board he loved it. We were supposed to have 10 people but 1 couple didn't show. So we split the cost 8 ways which was still a great deal for an unobstructed, front row seat for Illuminations. The weather was perfect, the pilot was great and shared lots of great WDW facts with us.
We loved it so much, just this morning I reserved a cruise for our September trip. We'll be taking my parents to celebrate their 80th birthdays, both this year, and it will be a surprise for them. Can't wait!!
Many thanks to nativetxn for the great instructions - followed those and had no problem at all!

rocketmah781
06-22-2004, 05:21 AM
I called yesterday morning and got a ps for a illuminations cruise
for our stay,couldn't believe my luck, and yes, unfortunately we have no room as a rsult of friends being with us!

nativetxn
06-22-2004, 10:19 PM
Congratulations!

ecugrad2003
06-25-2004, 01:14 PM
I got the cruise..on my 1st try. Okay..maybe there werent' that many people calling ..but she said I was the 1st person...to call in. I really didn't want the 1st day..but i was told to try because it's so booked..so I'm going to call another day...because I rather not do it on the 1st day..so I may cancel this one ..and someone else can have it.

The day we have right now is on Sept. 23rd

I hope my luck continues tommrrow when i call for Cinderella's Castle breakfast!

Deb T.
06-25-2004, 03:29 PM
Hi ecugrad2003 - Just wanted to say that my dd is a rising senior there! Small world, huh? :)

Diamond_Girls
06-28-2004, 07:04 AM
I hope I didn't miss this on the thread somewhere, but can you tell me about paying for the cruise? They took my credit card info so I assume they will charge it when I take the cruise (or even if I don't show). Can I add a tip, or should I plan on paying cash for that?

Thanks!

Crazy Hakim
06-28-2004, 07:47 AM
Originally posted by Diamond_Girls
I hope I didn't miss this on the thread somewhere, but can you tell me about paying for the cruise? They took my credit card info so I assume they will charge it when I take the cruise (or even if I don't show). Can I add a tip, or should I plan on paying cash for that?

The Credit Card is to hold the cruise and will be charged ONLY if you do not show up.

When you do show up, you will be required to pay for the cruise, you can put it on your room, a credit card or pay cash. The cruise drivers do not have access to your original credit card information. Also, the cruise driver position is an un-tipped position so you cannot add any sort of grat to the charge.

Enjoy your cruise!

Diamond_Girls
06-28-2004, 07:52 AM
Thanks!

We're still supposed to tip though right? It just needs to be in cash...?

annieh6
06-28-2004, 01:13 PM
Does anybody have room for 4 sometime between July 20 and Aug 3?
(Forgive me if this keeps showing up in the wrong place, don' knw what I am doing wrong!:confused:


If anybody can help, please leave a message or send an email

Annie::MickeyMo

tmli
07-01-2004, 06:21 AM
Yeah!!! I got an illuminations cruise for Sept.29. We are completing my sisters wedding day by seeing illuminations. I am sorry we are 11 so we have no room. This is my 3rd cruise and I can't wait!!!

Kendra17
07-07-2004, 02:30 PM
Hi. Anyone interested in sharing a cruise for either October 24, 25, 26th? Actually, I'm speaking too soon.. ..I don't have reservations yet! I suppose I should try making them and write again. . However, if someone else out there already has reservations and wants to share on those days, let me know. I have 3 wonderful kids, 12, 8, and 1 and they are really well-behaved and friendly.
Kendra

bridgettesmom
07-08-2004, 06:33 AM
Native Texan..... Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! I got a cruise for Illuminations ::yes:: If it wasn't for you I would not have known, what to do, in oder to get one. This is very special, since, it is for grandma's 80th birthday. She is going to be surprised!!

I may not have room right now, since, we are a party of seven and we may have family drive down from Tampa for the cruise. If my family decides not to visit, I will post here to share my cruise for October 6th. I'm so excited, I've been planning this for 2 months.. I almost called yesterday,thinking it was the 90 day mark :rolleyes:

Thank you, you are the best :love1:

northern michigan
07-08-2004, 11:49 AM
Is there just one specialty cruise? When people talk about seeing Fantasy in the Sky or Wishes while on there cruise, are they talking about the illuminations cruise?

scakul
07-08-2004, 08:43 PM
Does anybody have room for 3 people between July 18 and July 24?

Disbug
07-10-2004, 07:16 PM
Hi everyone! We currently have a WISHES cruise booked for Wed, 21 July 2004. There is a possibility that we will be cancelling. So I thought I would give a heads up to those who might be looking for this!

jennilouwho
07-12-2004, 10:50 AM
Hi there!

I will be honeymooning at Disneyworld and my fiancee and I managed to book a cruise for 10/6 at 8 pm for Illuminations. We would love to split the cost with one or two other parties consisting of adults only. If you are interested, just let me know!

Jen

tevagirl
07-14-2004, 07:31 PM
Thanks for the tip! We reserved one this morning for our October trip :)

Laurabearz
07-17-2004, 05:57 PM
When the reservationist answers do not make small talk, immediately tell him/her that you want to reserve the 8PM specialty cruise for such and such date.

We need one of the pontoon boats... should that also be stated? And where can I find information about the food options.

Thanks bunches:wave2:

contempgal
07-19-2004, 01:05 PM
Now, this may be a very stupid question, but I'm going to ask it anyway................do the Illuminations (or Wishes) cruises require life jackets?

Has anyone done a Wishes cruise?

Debbart
07-19-2004, 06:13 PM
I've done it three times and I believe they require children (up to age 11/12) to wear them

kimbac3
07-20-2004, 04:38 PM
Can I assume that because you leave from the marina you don't need to use a day on your park hoppers? Also how complicated is it to be in Epcot and then go to the cruise? Is this immpossible? Like do I have to leave Epcot and drive to the marina?
Thanks,
Kimba

minniesota
07-20-2004, 04:39 PM
Has anyone had to enter your reservation number or telephone number when trying to call at 7 a.m.? My friend called this a.m. and had to jump through some hoops before she got a reservationist and the cruises were all booked by then.:(

Crazy Hakim
07-21-2004, 06:43 AM
Originally posted by kimbac3
Can I assume that because you leave from the marina you don't need to use a day on your park hoppers? Also how complicated is it to be in Epcot and then go to the cruise? Is this impossible? Like do I have to leave Epcot and drive to the marina?

Yes, you do not enter Epcot thru any sort of gate, you must remain on the boat at all times, so there is not need for park tickets or hand stamps.

You can easily walk from the International Gateway (between United Kingdom & France) to the Bayside Marina at the yacht Club. Short walk, no more than a 10 minute stroll. It is very possible.

IF you are parked in the Epcot lot, you can leave your car there, and after the cruise ask the driver to drop you off at the International Gateway dock. The driver will have to wait for a moment between Friendship Boats and then scoot in and drop you and your group off. You could then walk thru Epcot back to your car.

jennilouwho
07-21-2004, 11:04 AM
Yes, I had to enter my phone number. I think they must have changed the system. I can't believe I got one!

GoofyJoofy
07-22-2004, 09:24 AM
I have never done an Illuminations cruise, but the sound like a great addition to an already wonderful vacation.

I have a question though, can you hear the sound track for Illuminations while you are watching from the boat?

I don't have a good feel for how close you are to the show.

Thanks in advance

Crazy Hakim
07-23-2004, 06:05 AM
Originally posted by GoofyJoofy
I have never done an Illuminations cruise, but the sound like a great addition to an already wonderful vacation.
I have a question though, can you hear the sound track for Illuminations while you are watching from the boat?
I don't have a good feel for how close you are to the show.
Thanks in advance

YES! Unlike "Wishes" at the IllumiNations Cruise you are right on top of the action, in fact there is a speaker in the nearest Torch Tower with is about 10 yards from the nearest boat.
You are parked directly under the bridge-walkway that attaches United Kingdon to France.

Here is a good representation photo of the view:
http://www.mouseplanet.com/kenny/intro.htm

Mickey4Me
07-24-2004, 08:19 AM
I'm hoping to be able to book one of the cruises during our Nov trip for my DH's birthday. Would love to hear opinions on which cruise is better - Illuminations or Wishes? I'm also considering the Breathless cruise. Any thoughts on which is better? We'll be staying at VWL, but have no issue getting to YC/BC to meet the boat if Illuminations or Breathless is the way to go.

Thanks in advance for your input!

Figment56
07-26-2004, 03:59 PM
We were able to get a Wishes Cruise (yea) for the night of
Wednesday, August 25 at 8 pm. We were wondering if anyone would like to share our cruise? We have room for 4 more! It will be leaving from the Polynesian Resort. Anyone interested? PM me if you are!


:wave:

bexareaglecheryl
07-26-2004, 09:32 PM
I know that the largest boat only holds 12 people. We are a party of 7 adults, 2 teens and 4 children under 8. Is that too many for the pontoon boats?

Thanks for the responses!

EeyoreJMH
07-27-2004, 02:41 PM
Originally posted by minniesota
Has anyone had to enter your reservation number or telephone number when trying to call at 7 a.m.? My friend called this a.m. and had to jump through some hoops before she got a reservationist and the cruises were all booked by then.:(

Yes, we called yesterday and today for an Illuminations cruise for our trip at exactly the 90-day mark. I start calling about 6:55 am and kept hitting redial as suggested. When I finally got through, I had to enter my reservation number or phone number, then answer about a 5 question survey. Both days when I finally got through to a reservationist all cruises were booked :(

I've been trying off and on to get one of these cruises for the past 6 trips without luck-- is there something I'm missing? We did do a Seven Seas lagoon cruise (pre-Wishes) several years ago and enjoyed it, but we'd really like to try the Illuminations one, especially for this trip since we have several family members joining us. Any ideas?

Thanks! :crazy:

parrotheadlois
07-27-2004, 03:12 PM
Do you happen to know what kind of food is available for purchase from the Yacht Club for these cruises (and the approximate cost). I know you can order food, but that's about all I know.
Thanks!!

tevagirl
07-27-2004, 03:49 PM
EeyoreJMH...I just booked a cruise and this is what I did:

1-407-939-7529- then 4 -then 2 and your phone #- then 1- then 1 again. It worked for me. Each time hit the number as soon as the tape starts. I hope you get one next time!

minniesota
07-27-2004, 04:45 PM
EyeoreJMH-

I did succeed the second day I called by following the directions at the top of the thread. However as soon as the welcome message started, I pressed 4 and then 2, home phone, #, 1, 1 and someone came on the line. I couldn't believe it! As soon as I heard the live voice, I said my date and illuminations cruise - and I got it! Good luck!

EeyoreJMH
07-27-2004, 05:19 PM
Originally posted by tevagirl
EeyoreJMH...I just booked a cruise and this is what I did:

1-407-939-7529- then 4 -then 2 and your phone #- then 1- then 1 again. It worked for me. Each time hit the number as soon as the tape starts. I hope you get one next time!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you tevagirl and minniesota for the great instructions! I'll try this tomorrow :bounce:

wdwaholic
07-27-2004, 05:49 PM
Parrotheadlois-
We have an Illuminations cruise booked for 8/17 and am getting food(Level 1).this includes sandwiches,chips and drinks for 4 people for $180 approx. every additional person over 4 is approx $20 each..
Call WDW-PLAY and ask about the various options avail.
HTH,
Trish

Giselle A
07-28-2004, 12:00 PM
Originally posted by Figment56
We were able to get a Wishes Cruise (yea) for the night of
Wednesday, August 25 at 8 pm. We were wondering if anyone would like to share our cruise? We have room for 4 more! It will be leaving from the Polynesian Resort. Anyone interested? PM me if you are!


:wave:

Hi, we'll be there at that time and would love to join you if you still have room. It would be for myself, my husband and our 2 children. I'll send you a PM

thanks,
--
giselle

Tink10
07-30-2004, 08:10 AM
I wanted to share this with all of you.....

We took an illuminations cruise to celebrate my daughter's birthday on 7/20 , which was our first night of our vacation. We loved our captain & had a wonderful time.

On 7/23, my daughter & I were meeting my Mom & Dad on the Boardwalk & we saw our Captain from our 7/20 Illuminations Cruise. My daughter wanted to say "Hi", so we went over.

It was 8:45 pm & he was a bit distraught & told us that a family of 4 had booked a Birthday Illuminations Cruise, complete with balloons, cake & drinks & hadn't shown up yet. He said that they were going to be charged the $220 whether they showed or not & his supervisor told him to find another family & go.

Of course, I told him that we were available ;) , but honestly, I figured the family would come running up & didn't think that we would actually be able to take the boat.

At 8:50, his supervisor told him that he had to go even though the family that had booked the cruise never showed up. So he loaded us on the boat & off we went, at no charge (we did give him a huge tip though).

We were told that this happens from time to time.......

So, if you weren't able to book one of the boats, try showing up at the Boardwalk or Beach Club at 8:45, keep your eyes & ears open.....you may end up with a freebie Illuminations Cruise!

ellenmiele
07-31-2004, 07:15 AM
Well I shouls have read this thread all the way thru before I tried calling today for an Illumination Cruise. The beginning of this thread says to press 4 then 2 then 2 when you get thru but tevagirl and minnesota have to right info about having to enter you phone no. (or room reservation no.) then 1 then 1. Unfortunately I wasted precious seconds this am by just hitting 4 - 2 - 2 and as a result I didn't get a reservationist until 7:17 - too late!!! So I'll try again tomorrow but I hope I can save someone else from this mistake!

SnackyStacky
07-31-2004, 07:26 AM
I updated Katholyn's original post.

They did change the prompts, and just so that it's clear, the proper sequence is:

1.) 4

2.) 2

3.) either your resort reservation number, or your home phone number followed by the pound sign

4.) 1

5.) 2

Sorry for the inconvenience it may have caused anybody.

ellenmiele
07-31-2004, 09:23 PM
Thanks Dan -- I'll be trying agian tomorrow am and I'll let you know if I get it!

mom2cinderella
08-01-2004, 02:05 PM
Y'all might want to check out the last few pages of Cindy's Breakfast Advice (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?threadid=195400) .

:)

beaubeau8853
08-01-2004, 10:35 PM
Hi -

I know that it is to early to book, but am hoping to find someone as overeager as I am to plan ahead. We (my husband and son (age 5)) are going to be at Disney 12/18-12/23 and would really love to do this cruise. Anybody else going to be there then and would you like to try to share a pontoon boat?

Just let me know, thanks!

Diamond_Girls
08-02-2004, 06:47 AM
I understand the illuminations cruise departs from the Beach & Yacht Club marina. I have ressies at Cape May at 6:30 at the beach Club. Can I get to the marina by 8:15? Apparently there are 2 marinas, how far is the marina I need to go to from the Beach Club?

Thanks!!!

betterlatethannever
08-02-2004, 10:49 AM
Originally posted by Diamond_Girls
I understand the illuminations cruise departs from the Beach & Yacht Club marina. I have ressies at Cape May at 6:30 at the beach Club. Can I get to the marina by 8:15? Apparently there are 2 marinas, how far is the marina I need to go to from the Beach Club?

Thanks!!!

There are two marinas that the boats depart from, BWI and YC. The BWI marina is right in front of the BWI (where the Friendship boats dock to go to MGM and Epcot).

The YC marina is at the far end of the YC (near S/D).

Cape May is a buffet, so if you stop eating, you can make it:D

It is about a 5 minute walk to the YC marina from Cape May.

Ed

Diamond_Girls
08-02-2004, 11:19 AM
Thanks Ed! I appreciate the help! So it would make sense to park at the Yacht club and walk over to Cape May, then back to the marina for the cruise, right? That way we can get home quicker with the kids by being parked closer to the marina. Does that make sense?

betterlatethannever
08-02-2004, 04:29 PM
Originally posted by Diamond_Girls
... So it would make sense to park at the Yacht club and walk over to Cape May, then back to the marina for the cruise, right? That way we can get home quicker with the kids by being parked closer to the marina. Does that make sense?

Yes, that's the way to go.

Ed

Banshee
08-03-2004, 09:02 AM
Do you have to be a guest at a disney resort to book this cruise? We are staying off site this time and would really enjoy doing this! Thanks for any info :wave2:

EeyoreJMH
08-03-2004, 10:24 AM
Originally posted by ellenmiele
Well I shouls have read this thread all the way thru before I tried calling today for an Illumination Cruise. The beginning of this thread says to press 4 then 2 then 2 when you get thru but tevagirl and minnesota have to right info about having to enter you phone no. (or room reservation no.) then 1 then 1. Unfortunately I wasted precious seconds this am by just hitting 4 - 2 - 2 and as a result I didn't get a reservationist until 7:17 - too late!!! So I'll try again tomorrow but I hope I can save someone else from this mistake!

Yes, these new directions helped quite a bit. After a couple of unsuccessful tries, I tried the new steps and somehow ended up with a cruise (I'm still in shock) :D

tevagirl
08-03-2004, 06:52 PM
Congratulations, EeyoreJMH! :Pinkbounc

EeyoreJMH
08-04-2004, 11:47 AM
Thanks, tevagirl! I couldn't have found one without your wonderful assistance. We have my in-laws and my mom with us on this trip, so we're keeping it a surprise for them. :hyper:

(yup, still can't beleive it . . . .)

minniesota
08-04-2004, 01:08 PM
EyeoreJMH-

I'm so glad you got one! We are really excited since my parents who are both celebrating their 75th birthdays will be along on this trip and they have no idea what we have in store for them! Yipee!

EeyoreJMH
08-04-2004, 03:03 PM
Originally posted by minniesota
EyeoreJMH-

I'm so glad you got one! We are really excited since my parents who are both celebrating their 75th birthdays will be along on this trip and they have no idea what we have in store for them! Yipee!

Isn't that the best? It's like having access to your own magic wand for an evening. Have a wonderful cruise, minniesota, and thanks for your help as well! :)

LBurg93
08-08-2004, 08:34 AM
I also have been trying to get a boat from 11/1-11/7. So far no luck. If you have room to share. My family consits of 2 adults & my daughter. This is her first trip. If you have room or any new information, please email me at LawLee2000@aol.com or PM.

chiconh
08-10-2004, 11:45 AM
My DW, DD and I are looking to share an Illuminations cruise. We will be staying at the Wilderness Lodge, celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary from 8/27 - 9/2. If you have availability, we would be willing to share the cost. Thanks.:moped:

RAD
08-10-2004, 09:16 PM
As an FYI, I tried to book Breathless for 11/7. The cast member took 10 minutes then finally came back, Breathless is down for rehab, of course all the other boats were gone by then.

So if you're interested in Breathless I'd recommend you call them the day before and make sure that it's not still in rehab so you can make other plans.

francie
08-11-2004, 10:00 PM
hello all. what's the most boats you've seen parked under the bridge to view illuminations? does the amount of boats affect your view? thanks in advance.

betterlatethannever
08-12-2004, 04:10 AM
Originally posted by francie
hello all. what's the most boats you've seen parked under the bridge to view illuminations? does the amount of boats affect your view? thanks in advance.

I think there is a maximum of five.

If you do a search, about a year ago, Crazy Hakim posted a picture of the boats lined up for Illuminations.

Ed

francie
08-12-2004, 09:39 PM
thanks for the info.

MizlurksaLot
08-13-2004, 05:17 PM
Originally posted by tevagirl
EeyoreJMH...I just booked a cruise and this is what I did:

1-407-939-7529- then 4 -then 2 and your phone #- then 1- then 1 again. It worked for me. Each time hit the number as soon as the tape starts. I hope you get one next time!

I'm confused. In the beginning of the thread, it says to press 4, then 2 then enter phone or reservation number and hit the # key ~ then hit 1 and finish with 2

So ~ which is it? For the last number, is it 1 or 2 :confused:

While I'm here, if I do get a reservation, will they charge my credit card right then??

minniesota
08-14-2004, 07:02 AM
Mizlurksalot-

You want to dial 407-939-7529, hit 4, then 2, enter your home phone number followed by the pound sign, then 1 and 1 again. Hope this helps and good luck!

jaugus
08-15-2004, 03:42 PM
Good afternoon,
I am going to try and book a cruise for Nov 15-16-17. Can you provide me with any other information. Do you board the boat in Epcot? If not where do you get it and should I know this before I book? CaN I spend the day at Epcot and top it off with this cruise to end the day? Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Please email me if you have time Jaugus9593@aol.com
Thanks
Jack

MizlurksaLot
08-16-2004, 11:47 AM
Originally posted by minniesota
Mizlurksalot-

You want to dial 407-939-7529, hit 4, then 2, enter your home phone number followed by the pound sign, then 1 and 1 again. Hope this helps and good luck!

Just a little tip :) ~ It actually goes a little faster if you dial 407-939-7529, hit 4, then 2, enter your home phone number followed by the pound sign then hit 2 <a href='*******************************************ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/37.gif' alt='Winky' border=0></a>

heidica
08-18-2004, 12:56 PM
I have a question about exactly what to say when you finally get through and want to tell the CM that you want an illumination cruise? Earlier in this thread it said not to say "illumination cruise" because the cm will waste time telling you that there is no such thing, so instead say "specialty cruise". But with different firework cruises (illuminations and wishes) how do you tell them which one you want? When my 90 days comes up, I want to try and reserve a birthday pontoon boat for illuminations. What do you recommend, so there is no confusion and I am not wasting time?

betterlatethannever
08-18-2004, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by heidica
I have a question about exactly what to say when you finally get through and want to tell the CM that you want an illumination cruise? Earlier in this thread it said not to say "illumination cruise" because the cm will waste time telling you that there is no such thing, so instead say "specialty cruise". But with different firework cruises (illuminations and wishes) how do you tell them which one you want? When my 90 days comes up, I want to try and reserve a birthday pontoon boat for illuminations. What do you recommend, so there is no confusion and I am not wasting time?

From the first post:

When the reservationist answers do not make small talk, immediately tell him/her that you want to reserve the 8PM specialty cruise for such and such date.

From what I understand, "specialty cruise" only means the Epcot area cruises.

Ed

MizlurksaLot
08-18-2004, 10:48 PM
Originally posted by betterlatethannever
From the first post:



From what I understand, "specialty cruise" only means the Epcot area cruises.

Ed

actually, when I called, the CM asked me if I wanted MK (for Wishes I'm assuming) or Epcot (for Illuminations) ~ I'm not sure how you'd clarify this except to come right out and say you want to see Illuminations, after you say you want a "specialty cruise" ;)

mickeys friend
08-25-2004, 04:12 PM
Does anyone have any room on a Illuminations Cruise anytime from Sept 19-25th? If so, e-mail me at mickeys_friend@hotmail.com All adults.

disney's daughter
08-25-2004, 04:48 PM
I think I am going to try to make reservations for ten of us in February for the Illuminations Speciality Cruise. (six adults and four children). It is my understanding twelve people can fit in the boat. If I am able to make the reservations, what happens next...do two other people just show up or am I supposed to ask other people if they want to join us? What happens if we want to have snacks and drinks...Do the other two people have to opt for that, too? :bounce:

betterlatethannever
08-25-2004, 05:12 PM
Originally posted by disney's daughter
I think I am going to try to make reservations for ten of us in February for the Illuminations Speciality Cruise. (six adults and four children). It is my understanding twelve people can fit in the boat. If I am able to make the reservations, what happens next...do two other people just show up or am I supposed to ask other people if they want to join us? What happens if we want to have snacks and drinks...Do the other two people have to opt for that, too? :bounce:

When you book the cruise, it is your cruise. flat fee. You can be by yourself. Disney will not put any other people in it.

IF you want to split the cost, then you can try and get other people to join you.

Ed

disney's daughter
08-25-2004, 10:39 PM
Thank you for your reply, Ed...I really appreciate it. :Pinkbounc

nycazn
08-27-2004, 10:05 AM
I'll be there from Sept 17th-20th if anyone needs a couple to share in the expenses for the cruise. I would love to take my fiance on the Illuminations cruise. My e-mail is nycazn@gmail.com. Thanks.

nativetxn
08-27-2004, 07:05 PM
Welcome to the DIS, <b>nycazn</b>! I'm so glad you decided to join us and I hope you can visit often.

You might have better luck finding a cruise to share if you post to our Illuminations Cruise Central for September. You will find that thread <b>HERE</b> (http://***************/showthread.php?s=&threadid=578947)

Good luck!

Katholyn

nycazn
08-27-2004, 10:24 PM
Thank you for the welcome & the great tip.

blondeqtip
08-30-2004, 03:10 PM
I have tried to read all posts in this thread and my head is spinning. Forgive me for asking a question that I'm sure has already been asked 50 times in this thread, BUT, when you call to book the specialty cruise do you:

1) say you want a specialty cruise for illuminations (so that it's not confused with wishes);

2) say you want 8pm and then further clarify that it's for illuminations (when exactly does illuminations take place in January 2005????)

I'm confused as to what time you're suppose to specify since the cruise is only 45 minutes (or is it an hour) long and you're trying to time it with the illuminations.

PLEASE HELP ME!!!! SO MUCH CONFUSION!!

heidica
08-30-2004, 03:28 PM
I'm with blondeqtip. It still isn't clear to me on exactly what you say when you finally get a CM on the phone. On one post, it said to specify EPCOT (versus MK). Or do you specify, Illuminations versus Wishes?? Do you really need to specify a time if the CM knows you want to see Illuminations?? Or if you tell them 8pm, the CM will know you mean Illumations??:confused:

For those who have gotten through and gotten an Illumination cruise - what did you say to the CM so they knew what you were talking about??

Crazy Hakim
08-30-2004, 03:31 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by blondeqtip

1) say you want a specialty cruise for illuminations (so that it's not confused with wishes);

In the Disney CRO system ALL Fireworks Cruises are called "Specialty Cruises" They are listed as such:
Specialty Cruise Bayside Marina
Specialty Cruise Boardwalk
(Both of these are IllumiNations)
Specialty Cruise Wilderness Lodge
Specialty Cruise Grand Floridian
Specialty Cruise Polynesian Resort
Specialty Cruise Fort Wilderness
Specialty Cruise Contemporary Resort
(All of these are Wishes)


2) say you want 8pm and then further clarify that it's for illuminations (when exactly does illuminations take place in January 2005????)

Except for the time between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve, IllumiNations is ALWAYS at 9pm.

>I'm confused as to what time you're suppose to specify since the cruise is only 45 minutes (or is it an hour) long and you're trying to time it with the illuminations.

The night time cruises are ONLY for Wishes and IllumiNations. You cannot book a pontoon boat with a driver after 5pm except to see one of the shows, so don't worry about the time.

I hope this helps!

blondeqtip
08-30-2004, 04:01 PM
Crazy Hakim (Mike)...THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

You have answered all my questions. Are you a teacher in your non-mickey life? HAHA.

Seriously, thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. It's truly appreciated!

P.S. Did I say thank you?

Crazy Hakim
08-30-2004, 10:10 PM
I am glad to be able to help. Living in central Florida is a perk I enjoy!

francie
09-04-2004, 10:34 PM
hi, would you also know what the limit is for the amount of boats parked under the bridge for illuminations? if they allow the max, does it interfere with your view? is one spot better than another? thanks in advance.

Crazy Hakim
09-05-2004, 07:37 AM
Originally posted by francie
hi, would you also know what the limit is for the amount of boats parked under the bridge for illuminations? if they allow the max, does it interfere with your view? is one spot better than another? thanks in advance.

There is space for only 6 boats under the bridge. They are aligned as such.
Space 1-far left closest to United Kingdom.
Space 2-left center between boats
Space 3-next to space 2 and up against bridge center support
Space 4-opposite side of bridge support
Space 5-center space between boats
Space 6-far right closest to France

Check for photo here:
http://www.allearsnet.com/btp/illum.htm

OK, if you understand that, here is how the spaces are assigned.
Space 1 is the Platinum (Grand) Plan boat. This boat is booked by guests on the Platinum Plan which includes a IlluimNations Cruise, but they are grouped togther upon availability until 10 guests are scheduled.
Space 2 and 3 are rugular pontoons, usually held for the largest sized parties, or Special Cruises such as Birthday's and Anniversaries.
Space 4 is Breathless.
Space 5 is again a regular pontoon
Space 6 is always the pontoon launched from BoardWalk (Cap't Jeff's) cruise.

All spaces are almost equal in view. The farther left (Space 1-3) you see the globe from it's initial lighting. The farther right (Space 5-6) have the globe centered at its fianl position just a little better than the left. You should never have a pontoon in front of you.

I hope this is clear. Any other questions?

Pooh's Pal
09-05-2004, 01:01 PM
No getting through to the rec. dept. today....I'm sure the phone lines will be either busy or down for the next few days!! :(
Hope WDW doesn't take a direct hit.

mikesluss
09-06-2004, 09:22 AM
called this am at 6 am cdt not open called at 8:30 cdt open able to snag a boat for dec 4 th hope everyone else has good luck

mikesluss
09-06-2004, 09:22 AM
called this am at 6 am cdt not open called at 8:30 cdt open able to snag a boat for dec 4 th hope everyone else has good luck

francie
09-06-2004, 09:17 PM
thank you, crazy hakim. the only other thing i was wondering about is if you can see the majority of countries that are all lit up from the boats as well as from land? thanks

Crazy Hakim
09-07-2004, 12:09 PM
Originally posted by francie
thank you, crazy hakim. the only other thing i was wondering about is if you can see the majority of countries that are all lit up from the boats as well as from land? thanks

You can see:
Mexico, Norway (but not lit up), China, Germany, Italy, and maybe America (depending where you are parked).
To your immediate left you could see parts of United Kingdom and on the right and from the back of the boat France.

So why is Norway NOT lit up?
BONUS QUESTION!
What other country does NOT light up?
And why?
Evil LOL

sista
09-07-2004, 12:21 PM
I was told today that the Breathless was going to be under refurbishment the months of November and December. I hadn't read that on these boards yet and wonder if she was correct? I am so bummed!

sista
09-07-2004, 12:21 PM
I was told today that the Breathless was going to be under refurbishment the months of November and December. I hadn't read that on these boards yet and wonder if she was correct? I am so bummed!

francie
09-07-2004, 10:53 PM
again, thanks, crazy hakim. norway and morroco probably don't light up because their pavillions include religious structures (church in norway, temple in morroco.) so besides theses two, the only countries you can't see lit up are canada and japan. am i right on both counts?!

Crazy Hakim
09-07-2004, 11:01 PM
Originally posted by francie
again, thanks, crazy hakim. norway and morroco probably don't light up because their pavillions include religious structures (church in norway, temple in morroco.) so besides theses two, the only countries you can't see lit up are canada and japan. am i right on both counts?!

MOVE TO THE HEAD OF THE CLASS!

You are correct!

Pooh's Pal
09-08-2004, 06:49 PM
Just wondering if it's my computer or can anyone else reach it? I am able to view the "November" link and others, jut not the December sharing link?

Wondering if anyone has had any luck getting a boat lately? I've tried everyday....Sunday, Mon. Tues & Wed...got two more days left...hoping for something...looking for room with anyone....4 adults and a 2 yr. old. ???? Anyone got anything Dec. 4th till the 10th???
mikesluss---got any room?

Here's to hoping and a wishing!

Misspie
09-09-2004, 09:15 AM
Illuminations Cruise - 2xAdult Sept/Oct Share!!

Well - maybe there is someone out there that can help....

I'm after two spare seats on a Illuminations Cruise between the 19th Sept and 8th Oct, for 2 adults.

If anyone could help me that would be greatly appreciated

VERY MUCH!!!

You can contact me on

Email - Lorna.Wilson@Crescentgroup.co.uk / LornaWilson23@aol.com

Cheers

mikimaus6009
09-10-2004, 06:09 PM
We would love to join someone on a cruise on Sept 26 or 27th. It's just two of us, myself and my 7 yo DS. Please email me at bilezmom@bellsouth.net. We're old pros at this and have organized many a cruise inviting DISers to join us. I hope someone out there can include us this time. Thanks!
Lori

javaj
09-13-2004, 11:37 AM
I read through every page of this thread so if I missed this info, sorry. Is the activities reservations center (407-939-7529) available on weekends? Or is this a Monday to Friday only? So if my 90 days out is on a Sunday, can I call then or on Monday?

Thanks!

betterlatethannever
09-13-2004, 03:38 PM
Originally posted by javaj
I read through every page of this thread so if I missed this info, sorry. Is the activities reservations center (407-939-7529) available on weekends? Or is this a Monday to Friday only? So if my 90 days out is on a Sunday, can I call then or on Monday?

Thanks!

It is open 7 days per week. Call on Sunday

karabba
09-14-2004, 09:33 AM
If I can't find anyone to share a cruise with, where would I go and what time to see if there are openings that night? We have 3 nights open, the 18th 19th and 20th of Sept. I appreciate any answers. Thank you karabba2@aol.com :earsboy:

Crazy Hakim
09-16-2004, 06:28 AM
Originally posted by karabba
If I can't find anyone to share a cruise with, where would I go and what time to see if there are openings that night? We have 3 nights open, the 18th 19th and 20th of Sept. I appreciate any answers. Thank you karabba2@aol.com :earsboy:

Look'e here:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=578947

BynnyA
09-17-2004, 03:58 PM
Hello everyone! I am going to be trying for an Illumination cruise. My 90 days begins on Sunday (7 am.....on a Sunday....yuck!). So here's my question......How do you guys that have shared cruises split the cost? If 2 families are going do you just divide it in half? What if one family has 8 people and another only 2? Still 50/50? I ask because if I get it for the first 3 nights, my neice and nephew will be with us, so we will have 8, and the other nights we will have 6.

If I am lucky enough to get one from 12/18-12/25, I would love to share, so another family can enjoy it, and to help with the cost.

Thanks!

~Bynny, who keeps forgetting to get a counter!

X-mas with Mickey! 12/18/04-12/26/04

mikimaus6009
09-17-2004, 06:38 PM
We have always used # of passengers. Since the boats carry 12 we just divide the cost by 12 (plus tip). That way you can have more than one or two families.

javaj
09-19-2004, 06:41 AM
I got a cruise for 12/18 yeay! A sharing question - do you just trust that the other parties will show up and then they pay you in cash the night of the cruise or do you collect paypal beforehand, like a week or so before? Thanks for any info!

Haley Whippet
09-25-2004, 09:10 AM
:Pinkbounc
Anyone planning a ILLUMINATIONS CRUISE this far in advance and want to share??????????????? May 2 - May 8 2005
:bounce:
Haley

Cinderpals
09-25-2004, 08:40 PM
Hi,

Just needing some encouragement. I'm going for 11 nights in December, and still haven't been able to snag an Illuminations Cruise. I haven't been able to call every morning, but only have 3 more days to try, and WDW Play may be down tomorrow because of Hurricane Jeanne. I've already booked 2 Wishes Cruises as consolation.

This is preventing me from calling in my other PS times 1st thing. I must be doing something wrong to not get 1 out of 6 tries! Oh well, there are just a few boats, right?

northern michigan
09-26-2004, 10:34 PM
I prefer the wishes fireworks (MK I think) over the illuminations fireworks (epcot I think). Is the viewing via one cruise better than the other? What's the big difference? Isn't illuminations the fireworks in the lagoon at Epcot? What's the view of wishes like on the cruise?

clnational
09-29-2004, 08:23 PM
My family of 5 is making our first trip "home" the 6th thru the 11th of October. I am looking to share the cost of a fireworks cruise in anyone has additional room. Family has three childred---17, 12. and 8.

TomD
10-02-2004, 08:03 AM
I called at 7am this morning. I couldnt get an Illuminations but I could of got a tier 3 Wishes cruise. I did not take it. Probably should :rolleyes: but I wasnt sure if it was worth $346.

sherry8253
10-10-2004, 07:23 AM
Called at 7:00 am and cruises were all booked. :( Guess there isnt any way to bypass all of the questions you are asked???

minniesota
10-10-2004, 07:49 AM
sherry8253,

This was posted on page 4 of the thread - hope it helps!

I did succeed the second day I called by following the directions at the top of the thread. However as soon as the welcome message started, I pressed 4 and then 2, home phone, #, 1, 1 and someone came on the line. I couldn't believe it! As soon as I heard the live voice, I said my date and illuminations cruise - and I got it! Good luck!

disneygirl319
10-13-2004, 10:50 PM
I am looking to share a boat for Illuminations OR MK Fireworks on November 26th (a Friday). I would need space for 4 people (1 adult, 2 teenagers (well-behaved), and a 3 year old (who LOVES boats!). My DH is deployed to Korea so this will be a special (SURPRISE) treat for them!!

Please send a PM, reply post, or email me directly at michelledavis319@hotmail.com

BTW, I am also going to try and call for a boat for that same evening if anyone else is looking to share. Before I call though, do I need to specify a particular boat or area (to view Illuminations or MK Fireworks...i.e., is one boat better than another)?!?

Thanks!

nativetxn
10-15-2004, 11:18 AM
Welcome to the Dis, <b>disneygirl319</b>. I'm very glad you found us and I hope you can visit often.

You might have better luck finding a cruise to share if you post your request to our ILLUMINATIONS CRUISE CENTRAL FOR NOVEMBER. You will find that thread <b>HERE</b> (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=617071)

Crazy Hakim
10-21-2004, 06:48 AM
Just want to remind everybody to never give up. Cancellations DO happen. In fact, one pontoon did not go out last night when the family was a no-show!

Keep calling. After you arrive, walk over to Bayside Marina during the day, and ask to be put on the Waiting List. Finally, if you are around Bayside Marina between 8:00pm and 8:45pm, check if there were any No-Show parties. (I know this is not an easy thing to do, especially if you are not staying in the immediate area).

Tammi67
10-29-2004, 03:35 PM
Does anyone have a cruise they want to share Nov. 29 with 4 adults and 2 children (5 and 2)

Tammi67
10-29-2004, 03:43 PM
OK, I just realized that I posted this in the wrong place and it won't let me edit it, so I hope a moderator comes along and puts this in the right spot. Sorry.

nativetxn
10-31-2004, 04:49 PM
Welcome to the DIS, <b>Tammie67</b>. I'm very glad you found us and I hope you can visit often.

You will have better luck if you post this request to our Illuminations Cruise Central for November and you will find that thread <b>HERE</b> (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=617071)

Katholyn

Tammi67
11-01-2004, 03:09 PM
Originally posted by nativetxn
Welcome to the DIS, <b>Tammie67</b>. I'm very glad you found us and I hope you can visit often.

You will have better luck if you post this request to our Illuminations Cruise Central for November and you will find that thread <b>HERE</b> (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=617071)

Katholyn
I realized that I did that after it was too late. I will get it in the right spot and hopefully someone can help me out. Thanks.

calypso*a*go-go
11-03-2004, 10:31 AM
We just got back from sharing an Illuminations Cruise on 10/26 we two other DIS families. Overall it was a great experience but we did have a problem though as the spot we anchored next to under the bridge had the view obscured by one of the ferry boats they use for transportation. Apparently it was a trial run using the ferry boat that had been scheduled for months but just happened to fall on the night of our reservation.

Everything to the right was visible but the left was not. We voiced our concerns/complaints to the CM piloting our pontoon boat. He was very accomodating and tried to anchor in different locations but they all had the same result. When we returned to the dock we spoke with a different CM that authorized a 50% refund on the price of the cruise. We were happy to receive the refund but still felt compelled to stay and wait for the manager to let him know they should not anchor the ferry boat in front of the pontoon boats.

I have know idea if this is something they will do on a regular basis and don't want anyone to panic but just wanted to give a "heads up" in case anyone else has a similar experience.

WDWguru
11-05-2004, 04:03 PM
We took the Breathless out on October 23rd and it was WELL worth the effort! I just wanted to report that our captain informed us she will be undergoing refurbishment for an undetermined amount of time beginning November 1st (this past Monday). For the time being, this means only pontoons will be available for the Illuminations cruises.

When we asked how long it would take, he produced a ziplock bag of miscellaneous screws and parts and said "as long as it takes to figure out where these go"! LOL!

Cinderpals
11-07-2004, 09:17 PM
Hi! I'm wondering if anyone knows if there's a difference between being P/U at the BW or Yachtclub for Illuminations. I don't think that I can wait to call WDW play tomorrow afternoon for the answer! Hee hee.

Crazy Hakim
11-08-2004, 07:07 AM
Originally posted by Cinderpals
Hi! I'm wondering if anyone knows if there's a difference between being P/U at the BW or Yachtclub for Illuminations. I don't think that I can wait to call WDW play tomorrow afternoon for the answer! Hee hee.

FYI, there is one boat dispatched from BoardWalk, usually piloted by Cap't Jeff. The remaining boats dispatch from Bayside Marina at the Yacht Club Resort.
It is easier for those drivers to leave from Bayside, since that is where they have to process your payment and also get any life jackets, etc. Once you are on the cruise, they can drop you off at just about any dock (Epcot, BoardWalk, Swan & Dolphin, or MGM).
It's a short walk from BoardWalk to Bayside Marina, so if it doesn't matter to you.............

Muffy
11-11-2004, 06:24 AM
Called at 7:00am but got slowed down up after hitting #4. They ask for a phone number followed by the pound key. I must of put my phone number in 3 times before it took. What am I doing wrong? I would welcome any tips for tomorrow!

Mommaof3
11-11-2004, 08:12 PM
I have a cruise booked for Dec. I have a question about payment. Do you pay the captain or someone else? What forms of payment are accepted?

Thanks in advance for any responces.

Melissa:wave:

Crazy Hakim
11-12-2004, 06:27 AM
Originally posted by Mommaof3
I have a cruise booked for Dec. I have a question about payment. Do you pay the captain or someone else? What forms of payment are accepted?

When you book the cruise you give a Credit Card Number to HOLD the boat. The captain does not have this credit card info at the marina so you need to pay, either by credit card, Disney room key card, or by cash.
When you arruve at the marine see your captain to make the payment.

Steffy
11-13-2004, 10:38 PM
Hi,

I have an Illuminations cruise booked for December. Will it be cold on the boat? We will have 2 toddlers, 2 children, and 8 adults. All but two are northeners and will have warm jackets and gloves and stuff. Should we bring some warm clothes for the two Texans???:rolleyes: :chat:

Crazy Hakim
11-13-2004, 11:31 PM
Originally posted by Steffy
Hi, I have an Illuminations cruise booked for December. Will it be cold on the boat? We will have 2 toddlers, 2 children, and 8 adults. All but two are northeners and will have warm jackets and gloves and stuff. Should we bring some warm clothes for the two Texans?

It may be cold on the boat, but all boats have blankets on them for your use.

Steffy
11-14-2004, 08:24 PM
I appreciate your quick reply! Thanks.....:Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc

Mommaof3
11-14-2004, 09:10 PM
Thank you so much for the information concerning cruise payment. You have great information and I appreciate your willingness to answer questions!

Melissa:wave:

Muffy
11-21-2004, 06:05 AM
I was just told Breathless is down for rehab until 2/28! I thought Breathless just finished rehab! Can anyone confirm this? TIA

Crazy Hakim
11-21-2004, 07:23 AM
Originally posted by Muffy
I was just told Breathless is down for rehab until 2/28! I thought Breathless just finished rehab! Can anyone confirm this? TIA

Breathless was supposed to be down starting 11/1, and WDW-PLAY was not booking it. But, for some reason it never was taken for rehab. So there is a good possibility that they decided to delay the rehab until after the holidays. As of this week Breathless was still on Cresent Lake and being used for IllumiNations Cruises.

Muffy
11-21-2004, 07:43 AM
Originally posted by Crazy Hakim
Breathless was supposed to be down starting 11/1, and WDW-PLAY was not booking it. But, for some reason it never was taken for rehab. So there is a good possibility that they decided to delay the rehab until after the holidays. As of this week Breathless was still on Cresent Lake and being used for IllumiNations Cruises.

Well, that would explain it! I did get a pontoon boat for 2/19 so I'm not completely out of luck! Thanks, Mike!

HughJackman'n'me
11-25-2004, 05:37 PM
..looking to share a pontoon boat for 2/23, 2/24, or 2/25. PM me please:rolleyes: !

nativetxn
11-25-2004, 07:43 PM
HughJackman'n'me you might have better luck finding a cruise to share if you post this request to our Illuminations Cruise Central for February thread and you will find that <b>HERE</b> (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=673300)

Katholyn

cabsbaritone
11-29-2004, 11:09 AM
Hey all ... I'm just gonna post here as well as a couple other boards...

Does anyone out there have room For 2 Poeple on an Illuminations Cruise on Dec. 2nd, 4th or 5th...

Please let me know ASAP if you do!

HughJackman'n'me
11-29-2004, 11:25 AM
HughJackman'n'me you might have better luck finding a cruise to share if you post this request to our Illuminations Cruise Central for February thread and you will find that <b>HERE</b> (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=673300)

Katholyn

...Katholyn, you are a big help, as usual! :flower:

nativetxn
11-29-2004, 11:54 AM
Welcome to the DIS cabsbaritone! I'm glad you found us and I hope you can visit often. I think you will have better luck finding a cruise to share if you post this request to our Illuminations Cruise Central for December. You will find that thread <b>HERE</b> (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=636425&highlight=%2Billuminations)

Katholyn

bexareaglecheryl
12-03-2004, 08:35 PM
The Illuminations Cruise is so well worth it. We took ours on the 18th of Nov., the first night we were at WDW and what a great vacation kick off. We were a big extended family so it was just us and the little ones loved it. We had some warm blankets to snuggle under and our captain was super (and we tipped him big!) He made it so fun and funny. And he kept telling everyone in my family how this cruise was the hardest PS to get in the World and whoever got it for them should be treated like a Queen for the entire trip. How funny! But hey, I played it up for the laughs.

Try it!!!!!!! And use this boards dialing tips. Believe it or not I got my the first ring the first time I called (and I started at 5:54 am).
Love you all.

Disney Parrothead
12-06-2004, 07:44 AM
Thank you for posting this information. I started calling yesterday at 6:58 a.m. and got right through to book our cruise for March 5, 2005. Now it's just the waiting that's going to drive me crazy.

mareed
12-09-2004, 11:44 AM
The Breathless is apparently not in rehab for the end of Dec., because I just called today and reserved it for Dec. 20. But the thing is, there's 12 in our group and I'm thinking that I don't want to split the group and leave anyone out, so if anyone has a pontoon boat for Dec. 20 and wants to switch to the Breathless, let me know! I did cross-post this info to the Dec. Illuminations thread also, and I hope that's OK.

WDW-UK
01-07-2005, 02:54 PM
Just a quick note to say thanks to everyone on here as I've booked an Illuninations Cruise on the first attempt by following your tips and advice.

I love the internet...........................how whould we live without it.

As I'm from the UK I never thought that I had any chance but at the risk of sounding boastful I've also managed to book PS for CRT, a Fantasmic Dinner package and breakfast at MC and The Contempory all over Easter!!!!!!!!!

I've even managed to share the cruise with another DIS member.

Lets all keep talking as it really does help share the Magic!!!!!!!!!

nativetxn
01-08-2005, 10:11 AM
Hi Jason--welcome to the DIS. We have a chat tomorrow evening at 7pm GMT (2pm in the US). I hope you will join us. We plan our trips in this chat and have lots of fun doing it. This is a chat scheduled specifically so that our British DISers can join and there are Brits and Americans both in attendance.

The chat room is <b>HERE</b> (http://disboards.com/chat/)

I hope I see you there Sunday.

Katholyn

WDW-UK
01-08-2005, 01:37 PM
update

mel64
01-08-2005, 08:00 PM
Jason, I beg your pardon. Disneyworld is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the United States. When someone is on their honeymoon or any other time for all that matter and want to take a romantic cruise or have a romantic dinner it is not taking anything from the children.

mikesluss
01-09-2005, 08:55 PM
Just wanted to get back with everyone after our trip I was able to get a cruise for our first night and it was our first time to see illuminations from this vantage point heck I dont think I've every really seen the show because I refuse to stake out a spot for hours for a fireworks show but Illuminations specialty cruises cant be beat it was completely worth the money and I could see myself trying again now that I know where to aim the video camera for best viewing later leave the zoom alone

but thanks to the tips here I wont forget our last trip

Again thanks Disers and good luck to anyone else who is trying keep trying it really is worth it :boat:

nhpooh
01-09-2005, 09:15 PM
We have a troll on the board, Jason WDW-UK he as another thread out there like this. DON't responed to this just looking for feed back. Wants to upset you. :grouphug:

giasmom
01-13-2005, 08:46 AM
Thanks for all the tips I was able to book the Breathless for my husbands bday in early April for Illuminations. I couldn't have done it without all your tips. I was also able to get CRT and the princess breakfast at norway.

Thanks again to all for your tips!!

giasmom

WDW-UK
01-14-2005, 02:07 PM
We have a troll on the board, Jason WDW-UK he as another thread out there like this. DON't responed to this just looking for feed back. Wants to upset you. :grouphug:

I have now apologised

nhpooh
01-14-2005, 03:15 PM
yes we saw that, thanks :cool:

yogibigdog
01-21-2005, 08:23 AM
I once called 6 days in a row using 6 phones with no luck. I was very disappointed. One afternoon I called back and check back on the days I would be there. I got lucky someone had cancelled. Some people try for the first day just to make sure they get one. Then they go back and try for the day they really want to go so they do get cancellations. Also try a dry run the day before you have to call so you a familiar with the phone prompts.
I enjoyed the cruise but I probably would not do it again. It was cold for December even though they gave us blankets. We brought our own dessert on board with no problem. The bridge you sit under blocks many of countries. It was nice though not to have to deal with the crowds.

jillb
01-26-2005, 04:15 PM
Hi, I am looking for an Illuminations cruise March 9th thru March 14th. We are a party of 7. Myself(33), DH(33), GM(62), GP(68), DS(4), DD(4), and our newest addition DD(4 mos). First time to WDW together and I was last there in 1990. This would be a great surprise for all! Please reply...Thanks, Jill

Disney Hot Mama
01-27-2005, 07:07 PM
We are going in July 2005. Possibly doing this cruise (assuming we can get reservations) Anyone interested. Dates looking for July 17, 18, 19 or 20th

LBurg93
01-27-2005, 09:51 PM
Just to let everyone know the Specialty Cruise, pontoon boat for up to 12 people, price went up to $140.84 + tax and the Breathless Boat for up to 7 people $179.24 + tax, price did not change. :rotfl:

VistaLeigh'smommy
01-28-2005, 05:33 PM
Looking for an illuminations or Wishes cruise May 21st, 22nd,23rd, or 24th! It's just my boyfriend and I for our 3 year anniversary! I will even book it if anyone wants to share!!

ctrezek
01-29-2005, 09:52 AM
Its still not clear what the last number should be to dial....1 or 2
Tevagirl, Minniesota, and others say its 1.
The lead on this subject, plus Snacky Stacky say its 2.

I'm guessing there was a change at some point...does anyone know the specifics? exactly what is this last selection doing?

Also, the 6:55 is for EST. I will be calling CST, so I'm planning a 7:55 call.
My date is for June 22, 2005, which means 90 days is March 24, 2005.

Would it work to call earlier? say... 6:55 CST, or perhaps on March 22?

heidica
01-29-2005, 01:04 PM
ctrezek - You confused me a little with your times. If you live in CST you need to be calling at 5:55am (not 7:55am) your time so that will be 6:55am Florida time. For CST you need to call 1 hour ealier than the posted EST time. I live on the West Coast, so when I get ready to call, I will have to be calling at 3:55am my time (3 hours ealier than EST) and I am not looking forward to it, but it will be worth it if I get the cruise.

Duet
01-30-2005, 10:53 AM
Does anyone have specific information on the Birthday Package Illuminations Cruise? Do they personal the cake, what drinks are provided, etc?

We want to do something special for my mom's birthday and thought dinner at O'hana's followed by an Illuminations Cruise would be cool. :idea:

ctrezek
01-30-2005, 07:17 PM
Thank you for correcting me...that would've been terrible, I would miss the timing completely!

:worship:

areno79
01-30-2005, 08:53 PM
So do you get dinner with the cruise? DH and I would like to do this for our 1st anniversary on May 1 :)

mikesluss
01-30-2005, 09:37 PM
No No dinner just about 125.00 to cruise now that is for the entire boat which holds 10 comfortable on pontoon so split one or try to find one to share by the way spoodles on boardwalk was great we did that before our cruise on dec 4th will not forget it good luck to all

Crazy Hakim
01-31-2005, 06:43 AM
<snip> just about 125.00 to cruise now <snip>

FYI, This recently went up to $150.00

Crazy Hakim
01-31-2005, 06:52 AM
Does anyone have specific information on the Birthday Package Illuminations Cruise? Do they personal the cake, what drinks are provided, etc?

Your boat will be decorated with balloons and a "Happy Birthday" Banner
You will pre-order a cake to your specs, flavor, icing, filling & personalization.
Your driver will have sodas and waters in a cooler, if you have any specific requests (all diet sodas, or more waters, be sure to call Bayside Marina a few days in advance, because most drivers will try to guesstimate what drinks are preferred).
Anything other than this would have to be arranged with WDW-PLAY or the Yacht Club Room Service Department prior to the night.

Duet
01-31-2005, 07:35 AM
Thanks, Crazy Hakim, you rock!

I'll be training my hubby and best friend on the calling procedure this week so hopefully between the 3 of us we'll get 1 for Mom's birthday! ;) I'll surely not be sleeping Friday night in anticipation! :rolleyes:

VistaLeigh'smommy
01-31-2005, 09:01 AM
Should I just go up to the dock and ask people if I can share? I might be a little too shy for that! I think if we get to sneak a trip in May for our anniversary, that would be the best surprise!

Eyore4Ever149
02-01-2005, 03:32 PM
2 adults, me and my husband, in our 30's looking to share an Illuminations Cruise May 2,3,4,5,6,7, or 8th.

Please PM me if you have a cruise to share on these dates.

Thanks
Nicole

areno79
02-01-2005, 05:02 PM
Sorry Nicole, I'm looking for May 1...that's our anniversary :teeth:

Cooky45
02-02-2005, 11:44 AM
Does anyone have room for 3 adults (dh, dw, ds (19)) ?? between 2/9 and 2/12? Still looking! Haven't done either before. Please let me know.

Thanks!
Cooky45 ::MinnieMo

Eyore4Ever149
02-02-2005, 12:51 PM
Should I just go up to the dock and ask people if I can share? I might be a little too shy for that! I think if we get to sneak a trip in May for our anniversary, that would be the best surprise!

No, I would not do that. You can post the dates you are looking for and how many are in your party. If you have not reached the 90 days yet, you can call at the 90 day mark at 7am and see if you can get a cruise that way.
407 WDW PLAY

Eyore4Ever149
02-02-2005, 12:54 PM
So do you get dinner with the cruise? DH and I would like to do this for our 1st anniversary on May 1 :)

You may get snacks and drinks, or different levels/packages of food, for an ADDITIONAL price, and it is pricey. Better to have www.disneyflorist.com deliver something to your room earlier in the day, or the day before and then just bring it with you. You might also be interested in the WISHES cruise, which is easier to get also fun.

Eyore4Ever149
02-02-2005, 01:00 PM
Yipee! :cool1: We were able to get through this morning. We booked May 3rd for Illuminations.

I am looking for folks who would like to share, no children under the age of 5 please.

I will divide the cost amongst the total amount of people. So if the cruise is $150 and I get 6 people it will be divided 6 ways. I have to verify the cost.

PM me if you are interested.

Nicole

Tinkaroo
02-02-2005, 02:05 PM
I wanted to share a couple of tips with everyone. I was able to secure an IllumiNations cruise (after multiple tries) for April 22, and thought I would share a tip one of the CM's told me.

After being frustrated for many mornings (I started calling 3 days before my "preferred" date, just so I wouldn't be completely shut out), I called back one afternoon, and got a very nice CM on the phone. I jokingly asked her what I was doing wrong, and if she had any tips on how to get the boats. (Plus, I was getting conflicting reports from every CM I talked to on how many boats there actually were available for these cruises).

The one thing she told me was to make sure you blurt out that you want an IllumiNations Cruise the moment the CM answers the phone, and mention checking the YC marina first. She said the cruises come up in alphabetical order on their screens - the Boardwalk Marina is listed first (which also has fewer boats available), and then the Yacht Club is listed later. She said she always checks the YC first for people (even if they don't ask) because most CM's check things in alphabetical order. So, the ones departing from the Boardwalk marina are always taken first, and by the time your CM could then check the YC marina, those could be gone as well.

Well, I tried this, and had no problem getting one the very next day. And my preferred day, no less! I also had my parents calling as welll, and they both ended up with boats, too. This method really works! And now, we have a great surprise for my husband's 30th!

Also, instead of going through all the different prompts (and wasting time), I pressed "4", and then pressed "1" (when asking if I was calling from Orlando...). I did this by accident one day during the afternoon - I was put immediately into the calling queue, and the CM never said anything about my wanting a date beyond the 7-day window prompt 1 mentions. Just another hint.

Incidentally, I plan to call this evening and release the extra IllumiNations cruise I'm holding on April 22 - don't need two! So, I hope someone here is able to snatch it up. Good luck!

Crazy Hakim
02-03-2005, 06:42 AM
Plus, I was getting conflicting reports from every CM I talked to on how many boats there actually were available for these cruises.

There are a total of 6 boats.
ONE Pontoon Boat is dispatched from the BoardWalk Marina.
Breathless is dispatched from Bayside Marina (Yacht Club Resort).
THREE Pontoon Boats are dispatched from Bayside Marina (Yacht Club Resort)
This leaves ONE more pontoon boat, it too is dispatched from Bayside Marina, but it is set aside for Platinum Plan guests. When a guest is on the Platinum Plan, they are entitled to one Fireworks Cruise (Wishes or IllumiNations). The guests are booked until the limit of 10 ppl is reached. Some nights there are 10, some nights as few as two. IF there are no guests booked on this boat it is released as a regular cruise.

Any questions?

Duet
02-03-2005, 07:59 AM
I just called the Walt Disney Sports & FW Cruises # (407-939-7529) and listened to the prompts. It directs you to dial 3 for recreation, boat rental & fishing excrusions, and 4 for current WDW weather. I know that when I called in last week for our fishing excursion that the prompt was 4 - I even wrote it down. What's up??!! :confused3

VistaLeigh'smommy
02-04-2005, 09:05 AM
I am going to try this again...
I am going to make a reservation either way for May 21-26, not sure which day yet. Would anyone be interested in joining my boyfriend and I? It would be a surprise for him.

rosiejo
02-04-2005, 11:20 AM
Yeah!!! I got an illuminations cruise for Sept.29. We are completing my sisters wedding day by seeing illuminations. I am sorry we are 11 so we have no room. This is my 3rd cruise and I can't wait!!!

Woah - I thought you had to do it on the 90th day before - I really want to do this cruise on my wedding night - should I call up today??

Eyore4Ever149
02-04-2005, 03:33 PM
Yes, it's 90 days out to book- unless you have a silver package (read Crazy Hakim above)

Come and post here only if..
A. You are posting because you want to join someone's party- simply state who is in your group and # and what dates you are hoping for.
B. YOU ALREADY booked a cruise and are listing it for other's to read.

Eyore4Ever149
02-04-2005, 03:35 PM
THis is on the first page

Illuminations cruises are a fun and special way to view the Illuminations fireworks at Epcot. These cruises are very popular and require some advance planning in order to get a reservation.

You will tour seven seas lagoon prior to the beginning of Illuminations and be entertained, by your boat's pilot, with Disney trivia and views of the Boardwalk and other resorts, then you anchor beneath a bridge for an unobstructed view of the fireworks. One of the things we enjoyed the most about our Illuminations cruise was being able to just get off the boat and go to our car without fighting the huge crowd that was leaving Epcot afterwards.

Illuminations cruises are technically called "Specialty Cruises". There are 3 levels and prices for these cruises and you can read about them <b>HERE</b> (http://www.wdwinfo.com/recreation/fireworks.htm).

There are only 5 boats available for this activity and they depart either from Boardwalk or Yacht/Beach Club Marina:

<b>Pontoon Boats</b>: Only 4 pontoon boats are available for this cruise. The cost is $150 plus 6% tax for the boat (this includes the pilot). Each pontoon boat will accommodate up to 10 adults or 12 passengers if some of them are children. The cost is not determined by the number of passengers, so sharing a cruise is good idea if you want to reduce cost.

<b>The Breathless</b>: This is a <b>reproduction</b> of a 1930's ChrisCraft Runabout. It will accommodate a maximum of 7 passengers. The cost is $175 plus 6% tax. This boat departs only from the Yacht &Beach Club Marina. This vessel has more speed than the pontoons.

In addition to the basic cost of the cruise, you should allow a gratuity for the Captain. We had 4 passengers on our cruise and tipped our Captain $25. He did a great job and paid special attention to my 6 year old nephew, my dh says now, that he wishes he had tipped him more, because he just made the whole experience wonderful.

<b>How to book an Illuminations Cruise</b>:



You need to call 407-939-7529 exactly 90 days before the date you want to reserve. You can determine when to call by using the DIS's priority seating calculator if you <b>CLICK HERE</b> (http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/pscalc/dispscalc.html)

Since these cruises are so much in demand, start calling about 6:55 am <b>est</b>. If you get a recording that they are not open yet, disconnect and immediately hit redial. If you get the recording thanking you for calling hit #4 right away, as soon as the second recording begins press #2, when the third recording begins press either your reservation number or phone number and finish with the pound sign. Then press #1, then #2. This will take you to a reservationist, if you have to hold do not disconnect or you go to the bottom of the queue.

When the reservationist answers <b>do not</b> make small talk, immediately tell him/her that you want to reserve the 8PM specialty cruise for such and such date. <b>Do not</b> ask to reserve an Illuminations cruise or you will waste time hearing that there is no such thing. After you get your reservation you can talk all you want, but these cruises are very difficult to reserve and seconds count when thousands of people are competing for only 5 boats.

When the reservationist indicates that you have obtained the reservation, tell him/her that you want to see Illuminations. He/she will then make arrangements for your cruise to depart the marina about 1/2 hour before Illuminations begins.

You will be told that they cannot guarantee that you will see Illuminations. They tell you this because, if Illuminations is delayed for any reason, your boat will still return to the marina at the end of your hour. So far, there have been no known instances where Illuminations was not seen.

If you have flexibility in your WDW itinerary, it is best to try to reserve a cruise for the first night you have available. That way, if you don't get the reservation, you can try the next day and the next, if necessary.

If you are unable to secure a reservation for an Illuminations cruise, do not give up. Cancellations happen every day. Keep calling and trying for that reservation, even when you are in WDW. I was told by a captain of one of these cruises that his boat has often sat idle because someone cancelled. You can snag a cancellation. I know, because I was lucky enough to get a cancelled cruise only 6 weeks before our trip last year.

You can also sometimes find someone who has a reservation already and is willing to share the space and cost of his cruise with you. The <b>Illuminations Cruise Central</b> posts on the Theme Parks board are there to help people match up for these cruises. There is an Illuminations Cruise Central for each month, beginning 3 months ahead of time.

If you want to try to find a cruise to share, or if you have a reservation for a cruise already and are willing to share with others please post to the appropriate Illuminations Cruise Central. Here are links to the current posts:

<b>ILLUMINATIONS CRUISE CENTRAL FOR JANUARY</b> (http://***************/showthread.php?s=&threadid=655141)

<b>ILLUMINATIONS CRUISE CENTRAL FOR FEBRUARY</b> (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=673300)

<b>ILLUMINATIONS CRUISE CENTRAL FOR MARCH</b> (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=7003551#post7003551)

<b>ILLUMINATIONS CRUISE CENTRAL FOR APRIL</b> (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=7227782#post7227782)


Good luck getting a reservation for an Illuminations Cruise, I hope this information is helpful to you.

Katholyn

nkkilala
02-05-2005, 02:08 PM
Hello Everyone!
I am excited to say that through these boards I have been able to book a curise!
I orginally wanted a pontoon for May 6th but when I got though they were all gone.
The cast member checked however for the Breathless.....and I GOT IT!!!
I am so excited to be doing this boat! I never dreamed of being able to get it especiall with calling late (7:45).

I would like to say thank you to everyone on this forum and let you all know that YOU ROCK!!

KayleeUK
02-05-2005, 02:42 PM
May 1st Illuminations Cruise to Share

*Cruise will be leaving from the Yacht Club Marina*

Each Cruise seats up to 10 Adults and 2 Children, for a cost of $140.

There are four adults so far, so we have room for up to 6 Adults and 2 Children.

Cost will be divided equally.

Families welcome, if anybody is interested in sharing send me a PM :)

rhiansmom
02-06-2005, 05:16 PM
Sorry, I don't see a May thread so I'll post here. I am looking at reserving a cruise (hopefully) or joining someone on a cruise. My available days are May 8 to the 12th. If you are interested in joining me or if you have a cruise booked that I could join, please message me.

There are only 2 of us - me and my 5 year old (fairly well behaved) daughter.

VistaLeigh'smommy
02-07-2005, 07:51 AM
I am not sure if anyone would know off hand if and what the cast members get as a discount on the cruises? ... my boyfriend is a cast member (a college rep) and I would love to surprise him, but if he gets a sweet discount I might have to let him in on the plans (unless we can present it when we pay because then he wouldnt have to know till the last minute!) Any help would be wonderful!

jkjjhuddle
02-07-2005, 09:03 AM
I am looking to share a cruise for any of these three nights. It will be just DH and myself.

Kristy

ctrezek
02-07-2005, 10:35 AM
I'm planning on going to Illuminations, and noticed on my Silver package that we get 'preferred viewing'. But I've seen posts saying the preferred area is in Morocco and its terrible.

Has anyone had different preferred seating for the Silver Package?
Why would Disney make special seating 'worse'?

Maybe I'll have to book a pontoon, but then I've seen complaints about those too. Saying the bridge they're under has people on it viewing the same thing for free!

How disappointing.

Crazy Hakim
02-07-2005, 11:30 AM
I am not sure if anyone would know off hand if and what the cast members get as a discount on the cruises?

Currently there are NO Discounts applied to IllumiNations Cruises, cast member, DVC or otherwise.

Pienut
02-07-2005, 03:56 PM
My daughter and I are looking to join an illumination cruise on any evening 3/2-3/6 if anyone has availability. :cool1:

iluvwesties
02-09-2005, 06:47 PM
We still have 3 or 4 spaces available.

If you are interested in joining us for a "Wishes" cruise on Friday, February 25th leaving from the Polynesian Dock please pm or email me at:

dmcleac609@rogers.com

If we can't get enough people we may have to cancel :0(

Look forward to hearing from you!!!!

iluvwesties (AKA Carol)

iluvwesties
02-10-2005, 06:13 AM
If we can't get enough people we may have to cancel :0(

Look forward to hearing from you!!!!

iluvwesties (AKA Carol)

THIS CRUISE (FEB 25TH) HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST :sad2:

Eyore4Ever149
02-10-2005, 08:25 AM
THIS CRUISE (FEB 25TH) HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST :sad2:

So you still had 8 ppl to divide the cost with and you cancelled it???? And they are so hard to get! Im sure someone will be thrilled that they can book a cruise so late in advance.

iluvwesties
02-10-2005, 01:20 PM
Actually,

I DID NOT have 8 people to share the cost.

We had 2 families originally interested, but they both decided to cancel due to their schedules.

I could not afford the cost of this cruise by myself (single mom with 2 kids)

I am not sure if it was because it was a "Wishes" cruise rather than an Illuminations cruise, but either way, If people had been interested, I think I would have had some replies?

What would you do? Pay $150 and hope someone is interested?


We are leaving in less that 2 weeks and I am sure I can find another way to spend the amount I had set aside for the cruise on something else Disney ::yes:: .

We are going to have a GREAT time, no matter what!!! :cheer2:

iluvwesties (AKA Carol) :wave:

Eyore4Ever149
02-10-2005, 02:03 PM
Actually,

I DID NOT have 8 people to share the cost.

We had 2 families originally interested, but they both decided to cancel due to their schedules.

I could not afford the cost of this cruise by myself (single mom with 2 kids)

I am not sure if it was because it was a "Wishes" cruise rather than an Illuminations cruise, but either way, If people had been interested, I think I would have had some replies?

What would you do? Pay $150 and hope someone is interested?


We are leaving in less that 2 weeks and I am sure I can find another way to spend the amount I had set aside for the cruise on something else Disney ::yes:: .

We are going to have a GREAT time, no matter what!!! :cheer2:

iluvwesties (AKA Carol) :wave:


Oh I thought I saw that you only needed 3 or 4 ppl to fill the boat. What a shame. I had a Wishes cruise in May and filled it, but maybe its the time of year?????

If its any consolation my DH and I decided it wasn't as much fun as seeing it from in the park or at California Grille- we couldn't hear the music at all. I was fun cause it was different, but not THE best way to enjoy the fireworks. I hope your family has a terrific time.

I basically just assume I will pay the $140 or whatever it is and then any DISers that join me are "bonus". But its a lot if you are budgeting in other stuff too.

Well, if you are back in May ours is an Epcot one on May 2...a quickie return trip??? :cheer2:

Cinderpals
02-10-2005, 04:05 PM
Hi! I wouldn't keep the Wishes Cruise especially if you don't want to pay for the whole boat. It's not nearly as popular as the Illuminations Cruise. Maybe, you could post a need to share an Illuminations Cruise with someone who has reserved a boat during the time that you're going to be there. You can post an amount that you're willing to spend for you and your kids to ride it. We've had several ressies for Illuminations, but have had to cancel for some reason or another. We've always enjoyed watching Illuminations from Mexico and between Germany and China** :wave:

iluvwesties
02-10-2005, 05:56 PM
Hi Cinderpals and Eyore4ever149,

Thanks for your replies.

I was really caught in an awkward situation as I had reserved the boat in the hopes that others would like to join us.

I had one family say Yes they would join us and I posted a thread advertising that there was still space for 3 or 4 (there were 7 of us originally) then the first family decided to go to Cirque du Soleil instead and cancelled.

We then had another family of 4 interested in joining us, and again I posted another thread for 3 or 4 spaces.

The second family were very nice and let me know that they were juggling schedules and found it might be difficult and asked if we had any other's interested, also the cost for 7 sharing was going to be higher than $15 each (more like $21 = tip)

This left just myself and kids. As mentioned before, I could not afford to pay for the entire boat, so I had to let it go before It became a burden instead of a bonus.

Hope this explains everything!! Maybe another time.

We will still view Wishes from the park instead.
And like I said before, we are going to have a GREAT time!!! :banana:

Eyore4ever, Thanks for the invitation, I would love to go in May, but it is out of the question right now.

Talk to you all again soon!

iluvwesties (AKA Carol) :wave:

rebecsu
02-11-2005, 06:40 PM
Do you have a reservation or are you looking for one?

disneymom1
02-13-2005, 06:41 AM
I am interested in sharing an illuminations cruise any night from April 23 to April 30. We have 4 (2 adults and 2 kids - 8yrs and 10yrs).

Does anyone have space available on their boat?

Disney Hot Mama
02-13-2005, 11:09 AM
I don't have anything booked yet (it's to early) but I am interested in splitting the cost. My party is me, DH both 40 and DS 9 and DD 7.

Anyone else thinking of going this time of year assuming I can even book it?

ShellyShellfish
02-14-2005, 09:55 AM
Does anyone have a cruise booked May 30-June 5th? My H2B and I will be down there for our honeymoon and we're thinking of doing the cruise but only if it's within our budget...

thanks!

mrmike972
02-14-2005, 08:57 PM
If anybody needs to unload spots for the wished cruise APRIL 25....I need 4 spots please contact me

LBurg93
02-15-2005, 08:11 AM
I am interested in sharing an illuminations cruise any night from April 23 to April 30. We have 4 (2 adults and 2 kids - 8yrs and 10yrs).

Does anyone have space available on their boat?

Hi Disneymom1, I have an illumations cruise for 4/27/05. I will probably cancel this boat. If I cancel, hopefully I can arrange with you & Disney to transfer the reses to you. If I don't cancel you and your family are welcom to join us, we are 3. :cheer2:

smoochie
02-16-2005, 05:32 AM
Ive done the illuminations cruise before. This time we will be doing wishes. How do they compare? And can you hear the music at MK like you can at Epcot?

Eyore4Ever149
02-16-2005, 07:39 AM
Have Illuminations Cruise for May 3rd. Please PM me if you are interested in joining. Adults or children over the age of 8 please.

my2girlsmom
02-18-2005, 11:28 AM
Hi Everyone,
My very first post here...so hope I'm doing right!

We're going to Disney 5/14 - 5/21 with dh, 2 dd's (6.5 and 4) and my senior parents (75 and 78)

Wanted to do the Illumination cruise...but my hubby is worried about my mom getting on and off the pontoon.

Is it easy to get on (i.e. ramp, etc?) also...are there seats on the boat or do you have to stand the whole 1 hour?

any help would be appreciated!

Marion :earsgirl:

Crazy Hakim
02-18-2005, 11:48 AM
These photos should answer all of your questions, if not just ask.

http://www.amazon.ofoto.com/PhotoView.jsp?&collid=466357466103&photoid=366357466103

my2girlsmom
02-18-2005, 12:10 PM
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The link you are using is no longer valid. If this link was sent to you in an email and you would like to view the photos, you will need to contact the album owner and have them share the album using Ofoto's share feature.

Hi, Did I do something wrong? (I am a member of Ofoto...and logged in...)

weluv M&M
02-21-2005, 10:50 AM
I feel like I am "armed" with everything I need to take a shot at making a reservation for an illuminations cruise for our WDW trip in June. Thanks to everyone :flower: My question is about where you board the cruises....I read about the boardwalk and yacht club marinas...Since we will be staying at the Polynesian should we take transportation to these resorts or to Epcot and walk to the marinas? AND afterwards where is the best place to dock and get transportation back to the POLY? We will not have a car and will be using Disney transportation. Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer. :wave2:

Crazy Hakim
02-21-2005, 11:27 AM
You want to depart from the Bayside Marina which is at the Yacht Club.
You could walk to the marina from Epcot, or MGM
After the cruise, you could have the driver drop you off at the Epcot Dock and walk thru Epcot to the monorail, or at the MGM dock (IF MGM was open past 8pm that night) to catch a direct bus to the Poly.
Otherwise you would have to go by bus to Downtown Disney to transfer, or by bus to the Magic Kingdom.
Fastest way back would be a taxi from the Yacht Club.

Crazy Kanga
02-21-2005, 12:36 PM
I have a few questions. I am thinking of booking an Illuminations cruise for the first night of our stay. We won't be checking in until about 5 pm. I don't want to use park admission that night. I just wanted to be sure that it would not be needed. Also, since we will be relying on Disney Transportation, could we take the bus from Pop to MGM then walk or ride the boat over to the marina and do the same in reverse to get home?
Thanks!

weluv M&M
02-21-2005, 02:31 PM
Thanks so much Crazy Hakim....I dread that mass exit after Illuminations, been there done that, it is crazy. Is the epcot dock close to the exit or is a pretty good walk? My other option is MGM...isn't it usually open past 8 during the summer? If so how far is the walk from MGM dock to exit to catch buses?
Since we are staying at the POLY...we need to catch a bus back to the TTC.

Crazy Hakim
02-21-2005, 03:28 PM
I have a few questions. I am thinking of booking an Illuminations cruise for the first night of our stay. We won't be checking in until about 5 pm. I don't want to use park admission that night. I just wanted to be sure that it would not be needed. Also, since we will be relying on Disney Transportation, could we take the bus from Pop to MGM then walk or ride the boat over to the marina and do the same in reverse to get home?
Thanks!

1. You do NOT need park addmission to view the IllumiNations Fireworks from the boat.
2. If MGM closes early, the dock will be closed by the time IllumiNations is over (9:15ish), you would not be able to be dropped off at the MGM Dock. If the busses were still running from MGM, the driver could drop you off at BoardWalk Dock and you could walk (hike) it over to MGM.

Crazy Hakim
02-21-2005, 03:30 PM
Thanks so much Crazy Hakim....I dread that mass exit after Illuminations, been there done that, it is crazy. Is the epcot dock close to the exit or is a pretty good walk? My other option is MGM...isn't it usually open past 8 during the summer? If so how far is the walk from MGM dock to exit to catch buses? Since we are staying at the POLY...we need to catch a bus back to the TTC.

1. The Epcot dock is the one near the International Gateway entrance, just past United Kingdom Pavillion. You would have to walk from the dock, past UK and Canada, then thru the fountain area and past Spaceship Earth. Little bit of a walk.

2. From the MGM Dock to the busses is just around the entry area, not a very far walk, depending on where your bus stop would be for your particular resort.

daisylove
02-21-2005, 03:39 PM
Does anyone have 2-4 openings from March 17-March 20th??? I know it is last minute but I am hoping.

Crazy Hakim
02-21-2005, 03:47 PM
Does anyone have 2-4 openings from March 17-March 20th??? I know it is last minute but I am hoping.

Look here:
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=7003551#post7003551

Hunk-A-Nick
02-21-2005, 06:59 PM
I went on the illuminations cruise last summer it was very relaxing and its a good time for you and your family, or friends to come together and take part in a great show.. we were in the very front of all the boats and we were on the right hand side and the smoke was fine for us.. i didnt even notice it as a problem.

QuiltTeddy
02-23-2005, 07:04 PM
Wow, this all sounds so interesting and like something DH and I would love to do, but it's only two of us and it's sounding mighty confusing and complicated at this point. We aren't going until 12/18/05, so I'll just keep reading up on it.

Mad2Scrap
02-24-2005, 09:45 PM
I just did my experimental call. This is what I did:
1-407-939-7529
Pushed 3 (not 2, two asked if I wanted to reserve golf course, has this been changed since the instructions were posted?)
Pushed 2 (first time visitor to resort, one if return visitor)
entered my phone number - got a reservationist! I, embarrassed, told her that I was experimenting to see if I had the numbers right. She asked when I was coming, was ready to assist me. Very nice.
I made my call at 7:44 PM Pacific time! Isn't that 10:44 EST and well past when they are supposed to be closed??

Sheesh, I'm new at this.
Marsha in Seattle

Crazy Hakim
02-25-2005, 06:14 AM
REMINDER!

I was talking to Cap't Scott just last night at Bayside Marina. Just this week there were TWO No Show groups and two pontoon boats went unused for IllumiNations! Bear in mind, the drivers cannot release the boat without first giving the schedule party the time to check-in, but when they have still not yet arrived by 8:45, there is the opportunity to snag a boat.

Also, he told me that Breathless is back on Disney property (not at Bayside Marina yet) and should (*should*) be used starting March 1st.

NeverlandClub23
02-25-2005, 09:39 AM
I feel like I am "armed" with everything I need to take a shot at making a reservation for an illuminations cruise for our WDW trip in June. Thanks to everyone :flower: My question is about where you board the cruises....I read about the boardwalk and yacht club marinas...Since we will be staying at the Polynesian should we take transportation to these resorts or to Epcot and walk to the marinas? AND afterwards where is the best place to dock and get transportation back to the POLY? We will not have a car and will be using Disney transportation. Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer. :wave2:
I would go through Epcot and grab a monorail to the TTC and then just take the short walk over to Poly.

Cinderpals
02-25-2005, 09:46 AM
Just thought I'd post this. Miracles do happen. Need an Illuminations Cruise for Epcot 3/22-3/27 any night. Thanks!

:banana:

Mad2Scrap
02-25-2005, 04:18 PM
These are the instructions on the first page of this thread:

"Since these cruises are so much in demand, start calling about 6:55 am est. If you get a recording that they are not open yet, disconnect and immediately hit redial. If you get the recording thanking you for calling hit #4 right away, as soon as the second recording begins press #2, when the third recording begins press either your reservation number or phone number and finish with the pound sign. Then press #1, then #2. This will take you to a reservationist, if you have to hold do not disconnect or you go to the bottom of the queue."

However, when I called a couple of nights ago to test it out, at, I believe it was 11:00PM EST (it shocked me they were open so late), if I pushed #4 I would get "current" WDW weather. #3 was for boat rentals. Then I pushed #2 (for first time visitor to a WDW resort, #1 for returning visitor), then I gave my phone number. I did not push anymore numbers after that because I got a person!

I think this information needs to be updated or have I missed emails on this. I am, admittedly, new to this whole thing.

mommiechewie
02-27-2005, 02:22 PM
i also would like this information. i am going to be trying this soon and i need to make sure i have the most updated info. any help would really be appreicated!!!!

slinky101
02-27-2005, 03:08 PM
Hi, I had the same shock as you did last week when I did a trial run, you need to push 3 not 4 after, "thank you for calling......." it is worth perservering as I got one today :teeth: it was just what I wanted, its on my DD's 9th birthday, she knows I,ve booked it but does not know about the cake and decorations etc.
Hope you get one, I have been smiling all day, can,t believe it!!!!!!!!!!!


:cheer2: :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc :cheer2: :Pinkbounc :cheer2: :Pinkbounc

Mad2Scrap
02-27-2005, 04:36 PM
Do the Illuminations cruises always start at 8:00, winter or summer? Seems the Illuminations display would begin later in the summer, after dusk, then in the winter. So, if I want the Illuminations cruise I ask for the 8:00 pm cruise no matter the time of year?

danny1649
02-27-2005, 05:24 PM
:sunny: :goodvibes :earsboy:

MAGICinMYHEART
02-28-2005, 06:31 AM
Called this morning and got my cruise first try...just wanted to THANK everyone for the information...Tylor (CM) was surprised that I got through on my first attempt. :earsboy:

We are now ready to cruise.

Crazy Hakim
02-28-2005, 11:29 AM
Do the Illuminations cruises always start at 8:00, winter or summer? Seems the Illuminations display would begin later in the summer, after dusk, then in the winter. So, if I want the Illuminations cruise I ask for the 8:00 pm cruise no matter the time of year?

IllumiNations is 9pm every night except between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve, then it is 9:30pm

Check in is always 1-hour before IllumiNations starts, regardless of what WDW-PLAY tells you to do.

teedee
02-28-2005, 01:55 PM
Hi - I'm getting confused with conflicting information. I read the instruction page for making reservations. I understand that the numbers have changed and to press 3 instead of 4, but I'm still confused. The first page I read said do not ask for an Illuminations cruise, you'll be told there is not one, but then posters on this thread are saying they asked for an Illuminations cruise as soon as they got the operator. Which one should I do? I really want to book one as a surprise for the kids. My other question is if I ask for an 8:00pm cruise as instructed won't it be over by 9:00 when Illuminations starts? I'm sorry if these are questions that have already been asked, I looked back a few pages but could not find the answers.

Thank you very much for any help

Terri

slinky101
02-28-2005, 02:27 PM
:flower: :flower: hope this helps, the numbers have changed and it is 3 not 4. when i booked mine I asked for the speciality cruise at 8pm and they asked did I want wishes or illuminations, the CM told me later that there are four boats at the moment, 3 do illuminations 1 does wishes. In fact last week i could not get illuminations and she offered to check for wishes and it was available but I did not want that. As for the time she told me that as park hours are not confirmed for may yet, I should phone two weeks before for an exact time but, the boat I had booked was to see illuminations whatever time it was (even though it is always at 9pm) weather permitting of course!

I know its all confusing I,ve been there myself, believe me the relief when you get one is worth the anguish :flower: :flower: :flower: :flower:

teedee
02-28-2005, 02:33 PM
:flower: :flower: hope this helps, the numbers have changed and it is 3 not 4. when i booked mine I asked for the speciality cruise at 8pm and they asked did I want wishes or illuminations, the CM told me later that there are four boats at the moment, 3 do illuminations 1 does wishes. In fact last week i could not get illuminations and she offered to check for wishes and it was available but I did not want that. As for the time she told me that as park hours are not confirmed for may yet, I should phone two weeks before for an exact time but, the boat I had booked was to see illuminations whatever time it was (even though it is always at 9pm) weather permitting of course!

I know its all confusing I,ve been there myself, believe me the relief when you get one is worth the anguish :flower: :flower: :flower: :flower:

Claire - Thanks for the information :earsgirl: We will be there from June 4-11 and I can start trying to reserve this Sunday. I think this will be a wonderful surprise for the kids!

Terri

mommiechewie
02-28-2005, 09:46 PM
Claire - Thanks for the information :earsgirl: We will be there from June 4-11 and I can start trying to reserve this Sunday. I think this will be a wonderful surprise for the kids!

Terri
TeeDee
we will be down there at that time too. let me know if you get a cruise.

teedee
03-01-2005, 07:07 AM
TeeDee
we will be down there at that time too. let me know if you get a cruise.

I will. I can start trying this Sunday. We have 4 in my family - me and 3 teenagers.

Lizzybee
03-01-2005, 10:20 PM
I got a MK cruise for the fireworks on Easter Sunday...just now! The cast member who helped me was absolutely WONDERFUL and if she were here right now I'd kiss her!...whew, I had to say that so I wouldn't yell and wake up the kids :jumping2: :Pinkbounc

teedee
03-02-2005, 09:01 AM
I got a MK cruise for the fireworks on Easter Sunday...just now! The cast member who helped me was absolutely WONDERFUL and if she were here right now I'd kiss her!...whew, I had to say that so I wouldn't yell and wake up the kids :jumping2: :Pinkbounc

Congratulations!! I hope I am also lucky on Sunday and can get an Illuminations cruise!

Terri

Mad2Scrap
03-02-2005, 09:17 AM
Could someone PLEASE :wave: tell me what numbers you dialed? Since the instructions on the first page are outdated.... :crazy:

Marsha in Seattle
Leaving in June 2005!

shannon1219
03-02-2005, 10:17 AM
Can the Pontoon boat hold 10 adults and 1 child.

Crazy Hakim
03-02-2005, 11:33 AM
Can the Pontoon boat hold 10 adults and 1 child.

Yes, 10 adults and 2 children (small) would fit, but that's
just about the MAX.

tc
03-02-2005, 12:26 PM
Just so you know, it's really, really, really hard to get the Breathless. I got up at 4:55 every morning for a week and a half, and it was never available for a Specialty Cruise. I really wanted this for our 25th anniversary in late May, but no go. I will continue to call, just in case of a cancellation, but I am not getting my hopes up.

I just don't know how someone books this boat. I am sooo disappointed.

javaj
03-02-2005, 02:10 PM
Yes, last December we had 11 people, 8 adults and 3 children. BUT I don't think that the people in the back got as good of a view (sorry Jen!). Because of this, we decided not to share our cruise in May, we will have only 6 people on our Illuminations cruise.

Can the Pontoon boat hold 10 adults and 1 child.

teedee
03-04-2005, 03:07 PM
Could someone PLEASE :wave: tell me what numbers you dialed? Since the instructions on the first page are outdated.... :crazy:

Marsha in Seattle
Leaving in June 2005!

OK - I just did a trial run and here's what I did:
Dial: 407-939-7529 then 3 for boat rentals Next if calling from the Orlando area or visiting in the next 7 days press 1, if reserving for upcoming trip press 2. Next enter phone or reservation number followed by the pound sign. Next if have been before press 1, if not press 2. Next if you have been more than 4 times in the last few years press 1 if not press 2. After that it takes you to a live person. I hope this helps, I know it sounds confusing!

Terri

Mad2Scrap
03-04-2005, 03:19 PM
Wow, thank you, Terri! :bounce: Now I'm all ready to attempt to make my reservation. Wish me luck for one day in late June! If I am lucky enough to get a reservation I will start hunting for another family of 5 or so (there are five of us including a 9 year old child) to join us. Isn't this exciting!? :banana:

teedee
03-04-2005, 07:00 PM
[QUOTE=Mad2Scrap]Wow, thank you, Terri! QUOTE]

You're welcome :wave: I'm so excited about our trip. I can't believe I'm actually looking forward to getting up extra early on Sunday morning so I can start trying to get a reservation!

Terri