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Old 10-09-2007, 03:48 PM   #1
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Sept 29 - Oct 6: Trippin' with the Mimis and a 17 month old - completed!

Getting Ready for the Cruise – 9/27/07

Me (Irene), 30 – Compulsive planner
DH (Erik), 31 – Hates to plan
DD (Fallon), 17 months old – A very outgoing child and lover of all things Elmo

After 11 months of perusing the DIS boards, I was ‘in the know’ for our first DCL voyage. We were cruising the Disney Magic for 7 nights from 9/29 -10/6. I had my list of DIS tips printed, we were flying in the day before, and all our reservations were confirmed. Thursday we dropped DD off at her daycare bright and early so that we could pack quickly. I was all set to pack ASAP but DH had other ideas. After we got the car washed, picked up our ginger (I’m a planner but also a procrastinator, they were on order because I just went to the vitamin store the Saturday before and they were out of the Minty Ginger for kids), bought photo mats and Sharpies (which included price comparison shopping – ended up getting a pack of 25 for $4 at Target since we did have the WHOLE day ahead of us anyway, according to you know who) I was ready to pack. DH had other plans, so we picked up his mother and headed out for lunch and a quick stop at Blockbuster to watch a movie not sure when. The day went on like this and we finally packed after DD went to sleep, finishing at 1am. A-OK by me because my real concern was getting to the port at the crack of dawn to get a #2 boarding pass and making my Palo reservations.

Will we get to the port on time? For that matter, will we make it to the airport on time? Do I get my Palo reservations? Do we follow any of my well thought out planning? Will DD call any/all of the characters Elmo? Stay tuned to find out the answers to these questions and more.

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What is minty ginger
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Ginger droplets for small children. Ginger soothes an upset stomach (food as well as motion sickness) and the droplets form is easiest for them to ingest.
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Thank you I use candy ginger but its to spicy for the kids
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:58 AM   #8
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9/28/07 – the start of our trip

9/28/07 – just 1 little day left before the cruise

At 9am, my in-laws arrive to pick us up and take us to the airport. I wanted to take a picture SO bad but my MIL threatened me. In the front was FIL driving, MIL sitting next to him holding our full size stroller in her lap so that DD can sleep in the airport and on board where needed. When I say she was holding the stroller, it was folded but the wheels were by her head and her arms were wrapped around it, she could barely see out of the corner of her right eye as all other views were obstructed by the full size stroller. In the back was my DH, me squished between him and DD’s car seat, and DD all comfy in her extra-wide car seat, with the dog at our feet (on her way to get dropped off at the kennel). In the trunk of the car was our luggage, carry-ons, pocketbooks, and 1 non-stop ringing cell phone (MIL’s). We dropped the dog off and continued on our merry way to Newark Airport. We ate some lunch and boarded for DD’s first flight. We didn’t get a seat for her which was a mistake. I ended up holding her the whole time because she wanted to sleep (on me only, not dad), she was a bit cranky but not too bad. Good thing it was a short flight.

We landed safely and on time. We went to pick up our car rental (Budget) but had a bit of miscommunication regarding the car seat. I had added the toddler car seat on our reservation about 2 months ago. The man in the garage insisted that they didn't have toddler seats, only infant seats and booster seats. We explained she was in between weight limits on those 2 and he said that was all they ever offered and he never even heard of a toddler seat? OK, after a few minutes we discover that the infant seat is actually a convertible but thanks for being so informed buddy. They gave us a nice upgraded car (hey, we can only take what’s available!) so onwards and upwards with our travels.

We arrived at our hotel exhausted from the day’s travels. It was such a good move flying in the day before, it’s definitely the only way to start a vacation off for us from now on. We checked into the Wingate Orlando Airport that I got on hotwire - nice, clean, convenient, breakfast in the am, and one of those cappuccino flavor steamer machines in the lobby 24/7. We went to TGIFriday’s (in the complex area by the hotel) for dinner and ended up sitting next to a family also going on the cruise the next day. It was their 3rd cruise and they loved it. Talking to them got us even more excited and ready for the trip! By the time we finished with dinner it was too late to go shopping for all the stuff we needed to get (ex. alcohol, diapers – I wasn’t packing a week’s worth of diapers in my luggage!) so DH got the diapers and baby stuff, the liquor run was to be saved for the next day. I was tempted to set the alarm but didn’t, I had a feeling I wouldn’t be making the terminal by 10:30am . . .
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