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Snowpuff526 08-13-2013 03:42 PM

The Harris Family's Fantastical Voyage on the Disney Fantasy: August 3-10
Hello Everyone! And welcome to my very first trip report. My family and I just got home from our first ever Disney Cruise sailing the beautiful Disney Fantasy to the Western Caribbean. But before I dive into our trip I’d like to formally introduce my family and I.

To the very right is me, Emily. I’m fifteen years old. Turning sixteen in December, and I love everything Disney. ::MickeyMo It’s been a dream of mine for the past four years to go on a Disney Cruise, and I’m so proud to say that my dream has become a reality! Next to me is my mom, Kim. She’s a pianist and a music/performing arts teacher at my old school. She also loves Disney and was very much looking forward to going on this cruise. To the left of my mom is my dad. He’s a very goofy guy, and really likes to embarrass my sister and I… mainly in public. Like my mom, he too is a musician, and he is a Professor of Jazz at a local college. At the far left is my sister Madelyn. She’s nineteen years old, almost twenty (YIKES!!) and is going to be a junior at college.
Well there you have it! Now that we’re all introduced let’s get this show on the road.

The Pre-Trip Report
Our vacation started bright and early on August 2nd. Here’s a pic of my luggage packed up and ready to go.

We had to get up around 5:00 a.m. in order to make our 8:40 flight. It was still dark outside when we loaded up the car. Then we were on the road. :drive: It was about an hour drive from our house to LA so we arrived at the airport around 6:00.

After checking in we went through security, and headed towards our gate. My sister and I were in the mood for some Starbucks so we went to go wait in line.

And there was a line indeed. It took us about 45 minutes to get our order in. But it was well worth it.

While drinking my lovely Chai Tea Frappuccino, my mom and I watched our plane get ready to load the passengers on.

It was about a 15-minute wait until we boarded. There were a lot of families that were going to Walt Disney World, but there was actually a family that was going on our same cruise! It's such a small world. :goodvibes
Virgin America is a really cool airline. When you board they have this awesome mood lighting.

And personal televisions for every guest!

Here's the view from my seat.

And before I knew it we were off in the sky. Here’s a pic of the personal television with a map to show us where are plane was. It was a pretty neat feature.

I loved these cloud formations.

Finally after 5 hours we landed in Orlando. Woohoo! Let the vacation officially begin! :dance3:

What’s really cool about MCO is that they have a Hyatt hotel inside the airport. My family and I stayed there for the night.

Here’s a sign regarding Disney Cruise Line guests.

Besides being a big fan of Disney I also LOVE Harry Potter, so my mom and I decided that it would be fitting for us to spend the rest of the day at Universal to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So in order to make the most of our time we went to our room to drop off our luggage.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Snowpuff526 08-13-2013 03:46 PM

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

My mom and I took a taxi, and within 15 minutes I could see the Hogwarts castle off in the distance! (You can see it if you look to the right of the light post in the middle of the picture.) I couldn’t believe that we were actually there!

We practically ran through city walk to the gates of Islands of Adventure, and then dodged all of the people to get to Hogsmeade. :crowded:

Off to the side, if any of you have seen the movie Aquamarine, I saw the star Sara Paxton at Citywalk. It was pretty awesome!

When I walked into Hogsmeade I was in complete awe. I was actually in the movie/book of Harry Potter! It was stunning!

I was also very pleased with how many people there were. I was anticipating a huge crowd, but it was very pleasant. I didn’t have to wait more than 30 minutes for any ride. Score! :woohoo:
After a whole day of travel my mom and I were famished so we went over to the three broomsticks to get some dinner.

Here’s the menu:

My mom went in line to order the food while I went the Hogshead Pub to get some Frozen Butterbeer.
I love the attention to details!

I found a nice table for two in the back and I waited for my mom to come with the food. She ordered Fish and Chips, and I got the Shepherd’s Pie.
She’s holding the shepherds pie in the photo, and the fish and chips are in the bottom left corner.

A close up pic

The shepherd’s pie was FANTASTIC! I definitely recommend it.
After we ate, it was time for me to try my butterbeer.

Oh my goodness it was SOOO GOOD! I am officially addicted to frozen butterbeer. :rolleyes1

After eating we walked around Hogsmeade exploring all of the shops.

Honeydukes is really fun to look at!

I love all of these treats. They looked incredible.

Zonkos joke shop is pretty cool. It’s fairly small, but there are a lot of hidden things: Such as these Extendable Ears hanging from the ceiling.

After meandering around Zonkos and Honeydukes, we went to Ollivanders. Now, I heard that some people had to wait such a long time just to see the show that Ollivanders puts on, but when I was there we only had to wait 5 minutes!

In the next post:
More Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Snowpuff526 08-13-2013 03:47 PM

We then decided to go on Harry’s Forbidden Journey ride in the Hogwarts Castle. The wait was 25 minutes. And went by very fast. First off, here’s a breath-taking picture of the beautiful Hogwarts Castle.

At the beginning of the line you enter the Herbology Classroom.

Some Mandrakes.

Then you enter a corridor inside of the Castle.

Going into this ride I was expecting in to be just like Soarin from California Adventure, but it was nothing like that at all. You literally feel like your flying a broomstick with Harry and Ron. You almost go upside down, there’s twists, turns, sudden stops. And can I say, it was awesome! One of the best ride’s I’ve ever been on. If you’re a thrill seeker, this is a ride for you. After the ride (sorry I couldn’t take any pictures inside of the ride, it was way too dark and you couldn't use flash) I stopped to take this super cool photo. My personal favorite of the WWoHP.

I then went to ride the Flight of the Hippogriff. It was really fun, and very fast!
In the line they have Hagrid’s House.

And Buckbeat!

At this point my mom and I were getting pretty tired. So we did a little bit of shopping. And we saw the Monster’s Book of Monster’s.

We left the park just when it was about to close. So about 10:00ish.

We had such a great time at the WWoHP, but little did I know how much excitement our Disney Cruise would bring us!

Coming up soon: Boarding the Disney Fantasy! :sail:

lwilliam 08-13-2013 03:58 PM

We were also on this cruise
Can't wait to read your overall review: FANTAStic:cheer2:

Cheryl726 08-13-2013 05:00 PM

What a great start, looking forward to reading more! We also stayed at the Hyatt MCO before our 2011 cruise and hope to do it in 2014 also!

wiigirl 08-13-2013 05:05 PM

Great pics! :)

disprincess4ever 08-13-2013 05:15 PM

Hi Emily! I'm Anastasia and I'm 16; so I was very excited to see another teen writing a cruise trip report! :goodvibes Us teenage writers who love Disney seem to be a rare breed. I'm looking forward to reading more and love all the pics so far. :thumbsup2

lwilliam 08-13-2013 05:23 PM

The teenagers on the trip reports
ROCK! The most detailed posts I have read in awhile........can't wait to read the rest of the report, Emily - we also stayed at the Hyatt at the airport Friday night (before the cruise).....we took the first bus to the port (my DH is always the first one when it comes to cruising!!! - except to get off the ship the last day:rotfl::rotfl:) Can't wait to re-live our cruise thru your posts.

Anastasia - once again, THANK YOU for making our future cruise to the Med more exciting.....we are loving that you love Disney as much as we do!:hug:

rngrblu9 08-13-2013 06:38 PM

beautiful family

Snowpuff526 08-13-2013 10:51 PM


Originally Posted by lwilliam (Post 49273531)
Can't wait to read your overall review: FANTAStic:cheer2:

Thanks so much! More is coming soon! :)

Snowpuff526 08-13-2013 11:02 PM


Originally Posted by disprincess4ever (Post 49274369)
Hi Emily! I'm Anastasia and I'm 16; so I was very excited to see another teen writing a cruise trip report! :goodvibes Us teenage writers who love Disney seem to be a rare breed. I'm looking forward to reading more and love all the pics so far. :thumbsup2

Hi Anastasia! Thank you for all of your kind words. It is nice to know that there is another teen disboard writer out there like me. :cool1:
And thanks for following along! :thumbsup2

nirrakel 08-14-2013 05:05 AM

Uk reader following along
Loving your trip report, it's so detailed and I feel like I'm there with you! - and I'm so entertained you can get shepherd's pie at the wizarding world!

darrenf67 08-14-2013 07:39 AM

Just joined in - we travel to Florida from Australia in November - cant wait o hear all about your cruise!

lauralynn0612 08-14-2013 03:10 PM

Enjoying your trip report thus far! I loved WWoHP. I am really looking forward to the upcoming Universal HP addition and riding the Hogwarts Express. We sail on our first Disney Cruise next May on the Fantasy so I am really looking forward to reading the rest of your report. Thanks for sharing.

starousse 08-14-2013 03:38 PM

Joining in. Great review so far.

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