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Old 12-08-2008, 04:51 PM   #1
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Disneyzell magical christmas cruise 2008-4/7/11:TR from my 8 year old pg 9 COMPLETED!

Hi everyone! So we are 12 days from sailing and DW told me that if I'm going to do a pre-trip report I better do it before actually sailing. Go figure! As I love to bore everyone with my adventures I figure we may as well start now!

Soooo, without further ado, here are my cast of crazy people...er I mean characters. We are, once again, travelling with our neighbors so they are part of the cast!

DH - That's me, Andrew. Because we are lazy and refuse to come up with a separate log-in, DW posts all the time under Disneyzell, so it's hard to tell who is who. Here is a tip: if there is something useful posted....that's DW. If you are bored out of your mind...that would be me!

DW - My lovely bride, Deanna. She is the all-knowing planner. I'm pretty sure she spends 28 hours a day on the DIS answering and asking questions and hooking up with all those people who are going on our cruise (hooking up in the strictly non-prostitute meaning of the word).

DS10 - Our son Nick, he is fired up to go on his 3rd cruise. holy cow we have given alot of our money to Disney. He is currently in 5th grade and recently made high honors at school! Thank the lord he got DW's brains. He also just finished up football where his team won the state of New Hampshire . I was a coach. Yet we still won. Crazy. Thankfully he got his mother's athletic ability as well!

DS6 - Our son Connor. He is also excited for cruise #3. The first one he was just a baby, Flounders for him (booooooring, wait, did I say that out loud??? He also just finished football...yes, he is 6 playing tackle football. and yes, Child Protective Services has considered visiting our house. Now, if your lucky we will post a picture of him in his uniform and bore you even more....

Now our neighbors.

DNH - Mike. Mike is the man with all the tools. He is always around to help and has saved me from myself on multiple occassions. We have lived accross the street from them for 4.5 years and have somehow managed to remain friends. they did, however, put up a fence. Hmmmmm, but that is a story for another time!

DNW - Kim is the better half of that relationship (don't go there). She is an avid runner, even in the cold of winter (did I tell you we are from New Hampshire?). 6-7-8 miles are no problem for her. I would join her on those runs, but I'm a much better and just wave as I drive by and splash her. DW tried to run her off the road one day. She claims is was an accident as she came around the corner...but maybe she is jealous about how much Kim exercises?

DNS12 - Chris. To be honest, not entirely sure if he is 12. Luckily I can correct this if he isn't. And I'll erase this note anyway, so you won't have any idea that I'm not always the smartest guy in the world. Or just don't pay attention. or all three. both, whatever.

DND8 - Kathryn. Same thing here on the age. I suck at this. I'm sure your asking yourself why DW isn't writing this. She is much better at the facts. Funny, I asked the same thing. Yet here I am. Kathryn is our resident soccer player and noter of all things that you might not have thought about. She will ask you questions you didn't even know should be asked. And naturally they are things, as an adult, you should know. Guess what? yup, I have no idea of the answers on those. DOH!

So that's it, although both families have dogs which will play a role later because they have to go somewhere while we are on a trip.

DDOG (Disney Dog???) - ours is Harley. He is just over a year old and is a Maltese. so, do you think of Maltese dogs as lap dogs? we did to. We are pretty sure he has ADD. We've considered drugs.

DNDOG (Disney Neighbor Dog?) - Theirs is Mulan (yup, named after that disney character). She is a Tibetan Terrier. She's a great dog, but a bit of an old biddy, and is the dog that keeps all the other dogs in their place in the neighborhood.

We head down to Orlando on the 17th, several days in advance!

More later on our preparations!

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Old 12-08-2008, 06:27 PM   #2
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Yes, it is DW here and DNS Chris is 11 not 12. I don't know how many times I have to correct DH on this one. But, not only did he manage to get DND Kathryn's age right, he got the spelling right as well. That is another one he usually gets wrong. But he tries...I'll give him that. We cannot wait to get down to Orlando...DH is in Atlanta right now, but he left us behind and at the bus stop this morning, with wind chill it was -5 degrees New Hampshire sure was not my choice of states to live it! Hopefully we won't bore you too much and will enjoy our report.
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Old 12-15-2008, 11:32 AM   #3
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Lights out!

Today is December 15th. We leave in two days for Orlando where we will spend several glorious days at Disney's All Star Resort! Woohoo!

However....

our adventure really started last thursday night. We live in New Hampshire and as some of you may know we had an ice storm...but let me set this up for you...

My two boys play tackle football. Thursday night was the celebration for the end of the year where we go to a place called Chunky's which is a movie theater/restaurant (yeah, very, very cool!) to eat dinner and watch their highlight video on the big screen. We knew that we had freezing rain coming our way but were hoping it would hold off. It did.

On the way home it had started raining. For those of you who don't know what freezing rain is (as I didn't until two years ago), it's basically where up in the sky it is too warm to freeze the water and turn it to snow...but on the ground it is below or at freezing. So when the rain comes down it freezes. It attaches itself to everything, by the time we got home and I let the dog out, our basketball hoop was frozen solid. Overnight everything had about 1/4 inch of ice on it. By the way, tree's after freezing rain are beautiful, they shine in the sun...very nice! but I digress.

Two years ago when we had freezing rain we lost power for a day and a half. I remarked to DW when we got home that I was surprised power had not gone out yet. We got home just before 9pm. At 9pm the power went out.

We put the kids to bed and were doing the same when the power came back on...(dang it! think of thing things you can do in the dark with nothing else to do.... )

We watched TV for a bit and then crashed. At some point during the night the power went out again. Um, that was Thursday night (for those of you not following along very well, today is Monday). The initial estimate was 2-3 days to restore power.

So a little power outage never hurt anyone, right? Well, there is a kicker to the whole thing, my Dad was coming in on his way back from a visit with my sister in Germany and was due in Friday night at 6pm, and staying until Tuesday afternoon.

So, let me recap...We lost power Thursday, due to be out 2-3 days and we have grandpa coming in for the weekend. That has interesting written all over it.

So I got ahold of his wife and left him messages on his cell to call me when he landed in Dulles airport. He landed late, and didn't make his original connection. We chatted and he decided to go ahead and come because he had not seen the kids in a while, which is cool. His reschedule plane was due to land at the Boston Airport (about 45 minutes from me) at 11:30pm

Now, luckily for us, we have nice neighbors. In fact they happen to be DNH and DNW who are going on the cruise with us. and they agreed to take us in, granpa and all. whew! They have one of those standby generators so they had everything except cable.

How many of you have gone 3 days without cable and internet? I have not done that in a while. It's amazing how out of touch you feel. No idea what was going on with the world, and missing all my shows! And on top of that, the last episode of this Survivor season was Sunday night. we didn't even get to see the prior Thursday's episode because we were out (Thank god for DVR's), so we were behind. What can we do! AND, the Patriots were on. Oh bother. So we went to a bar to watch the patriots, and then bought rabbit ears (Woohoo! it's not February yet, so rabit ears still work!) and watched fuzzy Survivor. Crises avoided. But I digress.

Sorry about that, but if you are going to read that you will just have to put up with it.

So it is Monday, we still don't have power and they are saying it might be next Saturday before we get it. Well, we will be on the cruise then! and hopefully our houses will survive the electricity coming back on!

One more thing before I sign off today...My dad appears to have the flu.

You ever have the feeling that hopefully things get better from here???

Hope I didn't bore you too much. There is a slight chance we might be able to go live from the Magic.

Next up: no idea because I don't know if I'll have power!!!
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:01 PM   #4
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Whew - I just saw your post on the DIS Meet Thread -- ay yi yi about the power outage -- you can definitely say this will be an adventure! And just think, it won't be long til you're in WDW and then on the ship - that's THIS WEEK! See you all soon!
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:25 PM   #5
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Let there be light

We woke up this morning to electricity! Glorious, wonderful electricity. Who would have thunk it? The Sailing Shamu's were more than happy to get rid of us (of course we will be in close quarters when we have adjoining rooms anyway! ).

Actually it was incredible to have such good friends as someone willing to take us in for 4 nights. It was better than a bed and breakfast! Thanks Sailing Shamu's!

So tomorrow we are off, flying down to Disney for a couple days before we hit the ship. I can't believe it's already here! sorry for this sad excuse for a pre-trip report...but I blame the electricity! really! Hopefully this whole thing will get better??

maybe, just maybe we might go live on this trip. time will tell. Until next time! go make someone's day!
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Yay for electricity. Yay for leaving for WDW. Yay for Saturday being just two sleeps away! Yay for great friends. Yay for new friends! Yay for DISBoards! See you soon.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:02 PM   #7
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Hi DisneyZell, while searching for our stateroom number, it come up that you had ours that we will have in Feb. Then I noticed you started a pre trippie report. How was that location...did you feel a lot of the ocean? And, If you have any pics, I would love to see my upcoming room . Welcome back, I can't wait to read your trip report. marci
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