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Old 12-06-2006, 02:26 PM   #1
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2-8-07 or How the DIS created a DCL Expert/Addict:Chap 23 Up! TR Done!

Chapter One: A Dream is Born

The seed for this trip report was germinated several years ago. It was 2004, my precious bride and I were on Celebrity’s Millennium celebrating our 10th anniversary. My wife made the off hand comment, “We need to take the kids on one of these sometime” Which was of course, one of the most dangerous things she could have told me.

To understand why, you need to understand the characters of this happy tale. Larry Burkett once said that in a marriage if both of you are them same, one of you is unnecessary! His meaning was in a marriage we are often drawn to people who are opposite to us in many ways. This presents some of the most beautiful and challenging aspects of marriage. My beautiful wife and I exemplify this wonderfully. My wife is a very practical rational minded person. She approaches life with methodical precision that would make a brain surgeon jealous. I on the other hand, am not! I am the dreamer, I’m the type of person who would start a cross country road trip and buy a map somewhere around Kansas!

I am also a huge kid at heart. I have been itching to take the kids to Disney World for a while. My wife didn’t really relish the thought of going to Disney World with two toddlers and a husband in Clark Griswold mode, “We are paying $400 a day to be here! We WILL see everything, stop crying and start having fun! NOW.

So I got to thinking (at this point dear gentle reader you should know that you must now be afraid, very afraid!). Cruise, Disney World, Cruise, Disney World. “Hey! You got your cruise ship in my amusement park. You got your amusement park in my cruise ship! Two great vacations that would be great together (no copyright violations here! ). Disney Cruise Line! What could be more perfect.

Convinced that my wife would be blown away and awestruck at my veritable stroke of genius, I pitched her my idea. Which she thought was not a good one at the time. Seeing that crushed look in my eyes she softened the blow by saying, “Wait till both kids were in school then we would talk.” Being a cruise planning freak (I had it before I even found the DIS) I started looking that summer, two years ago!

So I started coming to the internet for as much info about DCL and the various options. I began lurking on another cruise discussion board to read reviews and comments of what others had to say when I saw the magic words that forever changed the way I planned vacations: “If you want some input from people who are hard core about all things Disney, you need to go to www.disboards.com.”

Our Cast of Characters:

Ashman- That would be me, your humble writer. Name is really Ashley, Ashman is the Avatar to avoid gender confusion about the name, yes I still have scars about that from childhood why do you ask?



MammaNurse- my dear wife, no she doesn’t have an account here, just made that name up for her, I hope she doesn’t mind, she is the love of my life and high school sweetheart.



Sweet Child- oldest daughter, 7 in first grade has the sweetest temperament.



MiniMe- younger daughter, 5 in preschool, wired very much like her father in both good and bad ways! Lucky for her she is sweeter and better looking!




Thus your humble author was introduced to this august group of fellow cruise planning nuts. I’m sure that some of you are thinking, “GEESH, this guy is starting a trip report for a cruise that won’t even be here for two months and its only a 3 day at that!” Remember dear friends getting is half the fun, and as many of you know planning is part of getting there. So I have some fun twists and turns to share with you along the way. I look forward to showing you how we got to this point, the surprises that lie in store between here and February 8, and the fun to be had on the boat itself! So until our next chapter, farewell and happy memories!
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Old 12-06-2006, 02:46 PM   #2
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Wow, that's hardcore...a trip report for a trip in the future. Impressive!! And anything referencing Griswold has got to be good. Can't wait to hear the details.
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Old 12-06-2006, 04:01 PM   #3
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Starting it this early is one way to ensure it gets written before your 2nd Disney Cruise! And yes... going on one pretty much requires booking a 2nd cruise (they're a tad addictive)!
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Old 12-07-2006, 09:52 AM   #4
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And anything referencing Griswold has got to be good. Can't wait to hear the details.
I hope to fill the report with lots of similar type references, I just hope my sense of humor makes sense to everyone else!

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Starting it this early is one way to ensure it gets written before your 2nd Disney Cruise! And yes... going on one pretty much requires booking a 2nd cruise (they're a tad addictive)!
If the cruises are half as addictive as the planning and anticipation, I am in serious trouble!
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Old 12-07-2006, 09:56 AM   #5
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Chapter 2: Are you Dis'ing Me?

Chapter 2: Are you Dis’ing Me?

When we last left our intrepid explorer, he had been thrashing through the wilderness of the internet and stumbled upon an Oasis known as “The Dis”

Now that the DIS was in my vocabulary, I created a profile for myself in July of 2005. I began to get some information, I posted some questions, and began aquatinting myself with the community. I found the board to be quicker, more informed and much more friendly than other boards I have frequented. I found myself getting more comfortable with the lingo and what I wanted.

First rule I learned was to book early. If you think you want to cruise book now and change it later but unlike other cruise lines the prices weren’t coming down. Armed with this nugget of knowledge, I proceeded to explain to my dear wife that yes although it would be almost two years before the time of the cruise we needed to make a decision and make it yesterday! With the information gleaned from you my fellow readers, I was able to appeal to my wife’s need for order by showing how planning now would be the intelligent rational thing to do!

With the greenlight from my chief planning officer and co-passenger on the roller coaster of life, we proceeded to narrow down specifics on when and where. My daughter’s school has had a two day break over the second Thursday and Friday of February. It has had this break every year for the least 10 years. It is a private school and the teachers all go to a certification conference those two days. So even though the 2006-2007 calendar was not out, we felt confident in selecting that date. We would do a 3 day cruise. Since it would cost too much to fly we planned on leaving after school on Wednesday the 7th drive about ¾ of the way and have around two hours to drive the day of the cruise. The kids wouldn’t have to miss any school, it seemed perfect in everyway! We called our agent and booked the cruise. That very day I attempted to start a cruise meet thread for a 3 day cruise that was over 450 days away
(see http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=977804 for an example of my sad attempt at a cruise meet)

With the planning done, the date set and regular payments coming out to my agent, all that was left to do was decide how to tell the girls, learn my tips from the Dis, and wait patiently for my trip ticker to get down to zero. Right? Riiiiiiiiiiiiight Life is too much fun for it to be that simple. To quote from that impressive tome of late 20th Century witticisms, the Muppet Show, “Stay tuned for the continuing saaaaaaga of a quack (that would be me) that has gone to the dogs.
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Old 12-08-2006, 12:31 AM   #6
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Your cruise is getting closer
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:52 AM   #7
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Ooooooooooooh Oooooooooooh You're there!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Old 02-09-2007, 10:24 PM   #8
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Hope you are having an awsome time! Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back.
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Old 02-11-2007, 12:30 AM   #9
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I hope your cruise was everything you hoped for! Let us know how it went.
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Old 02-11-2007, 06:00 PM   #10
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Weeeeerrrrrreeee Baaaaaaackkk!

Just got off the plane, great cruise good trip home. I will hopefully get the first installment up tomorrow!
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Old 02-11-2007, 06:18 PM   #11
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Welcome back!!!

Hurry Hurry!!!

We've been wondering all weekend!!!
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:06 PM   #12
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Ok... I don't know if I mentioned this before but everytime I see your TR come up... I start to hum Carol King's "Jazzman" but with "ASHMAN...Take my blues away..."
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MichelleAll it takes is faith, trust and a little bit of PIXIE DUST!!! Dream of Small worlds and large Mice!Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten. This is my family. I found it, all on my own. Is little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good.
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Old 10-06-2007, 08:51 PM   #13
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Ashman? Are you still out there? Can I have your autograph? Awesome TR!!!Question for you:

After it was all said and done do you regret reading so much about the cruise before going? Did you still have a few surprises?

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Old 10-07-2007, 06:06 PM   #14
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No worries

I'm still around! Don't know if you you really want my autograph bu feel free to copy my signature!

As to your question, do I regret knowing so much? Not really, I knew a lot of what was going to happen. But knowing what was coming and experiencing it was two totally different things. I found that knowing many things helped me get my family in position to maximize our enjoyment. With a three night, the cruise goes by so fast, knowing what to expect was a big benefit.

A key example, was the tip to bring your suits with your carry on bags. You may remember my "shamu shot"



We had the pool practically to ourselves, I never would have known it without the DIS.
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Old 10-08-2007, 05:35 PM   #15
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Thanks for your repply. I enjoyed reading your TR so much because it was from a "dad's " pespective. It was like we were right there with your family. We (dh, 2 1/2 yr dd and I) will be sailing next week we can't wait!!! These fun times are sooo important for our children, I loved the look on your little girl's face and many of the pictures, it was pure joy. Sometimes I cannot express how much I love my daughter and my husband especially when we are doing things together we are so ready for this trip! Ok, sappy moment is over. Got to finish dinner.

Wishing you and your family well.

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