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Dyerneeds 02-06-2013 02:01 PM

UNDERDOG and SWEET POLLY's 8th DISNEY CRUISE...1st time on the DREAM
 
Well it had been a year since our last Disney cruise and while the original plan was a week at WDW in early Dec, the more we thought about it, the more we decided to sneak a 4 day Dream cruise into our vacation plans. A quick call to the legendary Cass and we were booked!

This would be our 8th Disney cruise, but 1st on the Dream and we were very excited to see what Disney had in store for us! :sail:
But first a few precruise days at WDW! :wizard:

The first day of travel and fun would be a long one as Robin woke for work at 5:30 am on Friday..She got out of work a little early as we had a 4 pm flight out of Akron.
Robin aka Sweet Polly aka Tart Annihilator and i'm her "worse half" Underdog aka Mike
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1st blue skies we'd seen in weeks..:cloud9: We live in Ohio.

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Smooth flight and we caught the 1st Magical Express bus to our resort.(our ME bus was even a DCL bus!!)..Dropped off our luggage and headed to Epcot for Illuminations.:3dglasses

Its Christmas in FLORIDA!! Orlando airport tree!
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Whoopie Goldberg was the celeb of the night at Candelight Procession
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We somehow managed to stay up till 12:30 am..a long day considering we woke at 5:30! Perhaps we're a little too old to be running around like this anymore?? No Way!popcorn::

Dyerneeds 02-06-2013 02:30 PM

yes, this is a cruise report, but one more day at the parks 1st!

DEC 1st
Underdog gets free bacon at the resort!
Got to sleep around 1 am and we were up at 7!
I got the waffles and bacon and Robin wanted waffles and sausage..mine was ready but had to wait a few minutes before Robins was ready..I was so hungry, without even thinking i ate my bacon while waiting in line only to realize later that i was only charged for the waffle..yikes! sorry Disney:blush:, i owe you for 2 slices of bacon.::yes::

On to the MK!! We had heard the taping of the Chistmas Day parade was today and were anxious to see all the excitement. We saw Nick Cannon (from Americas Got Talent) on Main St.. and Robin got some video of him...We actually got filmed a little in the backround) Robin saw herself on the actual broadcast Christmas day but Underdog was left on the editing floor i guess.:(

Main St was very busy with the fiming going on, however much to our surprise the New Fantasyland was open!! It wasnt supposed to be opened till Dec 6th but it had a "soft opening" i guess and they were virtually NO LINES!

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Cant tell you how much we love the New Fantasyland! It really opens up the entire area and The Little Mermaid ride was great! Gastons was amazing also!.. Really looking forward to seeing the Dwarfs Mine ride next year! We actually could have went into the "Be Our Guest" for lunch but we're really not "foodies" and usually just eat on the run while we're in the parks so we passed.

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Dyerneeds 02-06-2013 03:22 PM

Rapunzels Tower.
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Gastons..Highly recommend the Pork Shank!!! way better than turkey leg!
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Hahaha..Her feet dont touch the floor!:rotfl:
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Just for the fun of it we took a monorail ride over to Epcot...We heard the new Test Track running and we headed over there! It was scheduled to open Dec 6th as well but they were having an "employee only" opening so were were a little saddened at first...Then a girl came up to us and said "are you guys castmembers?". to which we replied, "nope"..She said "I am..wanna ride with me?". SWEET!! HECK YEAH!! So we rode the new Test Track 3 times with Lisa! Special thanks for making a "Magical Memory"!:thumbsup2:woohoo:

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LOVED the new improvements to Test Track!
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Dyerneeds 02-06-2013 03:34 PM

...back over to MK..its been a few years since we've been here for the holiday decorations and Disney didnt disappoint!



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Tomorrow would be cruise day and we were excited to see the Disney Dream!! :sail:

cntkg1 02-06-2013 04:00 PM

Whooo hoooo!!! Another trippie from two of my favorite people! :thumbsup2
Count me in guys! :grouphug:

cntkg1 02-06-2013 07:19 PM

Oh NO you did not just post that!!!!

:sick::crazy2::scared::duck::faint::headache:

cntkg1 02-06-2013 07:20 PM

Loving all the pictures...well most of them anyway. :cool1:

The castle is gorgeous! :love:

macfinn 02-06-2013 10:51 PM

Great review...keep it coming!

Dyerneeds 02-07-2013 11:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cntkg1 (Post 47427651)
Oh NO you did not just post that!!!!

:sick::crazy2::scared::duck::faint::headache:

thought you'd enjoy that PP!:rotfl:

Dyerneeds 02-07-2013 11:57 AM

OK..Rise and Shine!!:goodvibes we have a Disney Cruise to take!! :sail:

Sunday DEC 2

This would be our 8th Disney cruise, 3 on the Wonder and 4 on the Magic.
We usually rent a car and drive to the port the night before but this time decided to just use the Disney Bus to get us there..They didnt pick us up till 12:30 and we were TOO EXCITED to sit still so we took a bus over to Downtown Disney.


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As much as we love Earl's, we're not paying for food today when we can get "free food" on the ship!!:goodvibes
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Dyerneeds 02-07-2013 12:09 PM

Smooth pickup at the resort and we were in Port canaveral in about an hr.:dance3:
Being used to the Magic and Wonder, couldnt help but be amazed at the size of the Dream!

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Dyerneeds 02-07-2013 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by macfinn (Post 47429589)
Great review...keep it coming!

thanks..lots more fun to come.:beach:

Dyerneeds 02-07-2013 03:19 PM

Once we made it thru the big Mickey ears, we heaed straight for Cabanas for lunch! Cant say enough good things about Cabanas..We had breakfast there every morning..A BIG improvement over Topsiders on the Magic..( and we both were always very happy with Topsiders)


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I should have grabbed a divided plate!! ::yes::
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Dyerneeds 02-07-2013 03:52 PM

Then on to explore our 'free porthole" as we recieved an upgrade. :sail:
Our TA Cass must have pulled a few strings!:flower3::wave2:

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We pretty much spent the next hr or so just exploring and taking pictures..We were pleasantly surprised that as big as the ship seemed, it didnt take much time to figure out where we were going and how to get there. (I pretty much just follow Robin around anywhere she goes anyway);)

The sailaway party was fun but an unexpected quick storm blew thru and disrupted slightly our waving to family and friends veiwing on the portcanaveral webcam.

Dyerneeds 02-07-2013 04:12 PM

For some reason Robin had a little trouble getting 'sea legs" at the beginning of this cruise. So we just explored the ship and took TONS of pics..Disney really did a great job of decorating the ship for the holidays!!:santa:
We thought the decorations on the ship we better than in the Magic Kingdom..(and they were great too!)

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