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Old 07-13-2010, 01:11 PM   #1
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Yo Ho Ho Ho a Wonder we will go!..Dec 5-9th Pre-Trip Report: OUR 1st Disney Cruise

Hello!Hola to everyone...this is my first attempt at a Pre-Trip and Trip Report...Ive read many on here and am excited to do my own. I pretty much think about the cruise everyday...and I'm also a great planner I planned this trip originally for May 2010, 5 day double dip cruise..and um I got pregnant and due date was in April 2010..so I moved it to December and was even happier about that since its during my favorite holiday CHRISTMAS.

Here's the crew:

Me: I'm 33yrs old. Puerto Rican, Single Mother of Two. (However Daddy is coming along on this trip, we still are very close-just you know). I hail from Chicago. and lived in Florida for 8yrs...and I remember always wanting to come to disney world as a kid, as teen, and as a young adult. I got my chance when I was 25yrs old when I moved to Tampa. My father took me to Magic Kingdom. I was so excited, it was hard to control. I was actually jumping up and down at everything I saw...especially the Castle. I instantly fell in love..the next year, My dad took me to Epcot...I hated it. lol I was mad that I didn't choose Magic Kingdom...anyways...in 2007 I got pregnant with my first son...here's me in Minnie's House at Magic Kingdom (this was during christmas time, I think a couple days before christmas actually). Notice I had painted my face...I think I was the only pregnant woman with face painting on.



after this day..I said I vow to take my son to DIsney world all the time..So at 8 months I brought my first son to MVMCP 2008!!

This was us at end of night...notice the tip of my nose..that's chocolate..I had that on my nose the whole night..no one said anything to me. I was mad when I saw my reflection in the mirror at the end of the night!!!




So why do a cruise early december? well Its expensive after that first week or else it would've been right before christmas day. and I love christmas..I really love that time of year...

My Tree in 2007 with my son's gifts from Santa. (sorry its sideways)


and here's the tree in 2008


So now you've met me...and you've seen my son at 8months..here's my son Miguelito now at 2 years old..He loves Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Stitch, Lightning McQueen (not the movie, but the actual cars), Princess Tiana, Eeyore, Buzz, Woody, Jesse. This was just in June...



We've been to DIsney World like 20 times in one year...
During Christmas 2009 -Pregnant with my second. At Garden Grill. Daddy is with us on this trip.


This is Flower and Garden Festival in March 2010..yes..I know am I crazy...well I had a wheelchair..my mom pushed me around..lol!! anything for a glimpse of Magic!



and this was us in May for my birthday..I know I just had the baby 5 weeks before that..I was crazy..but we had fun..



And finally here's my baby boy, Manuelito..he's only 3months...but he will be 8months for the cruise!! My first son walked at 8months..Im hoping baby will
too!



So with that said we love Disney and now we must experience the Wonder!!!


our door at Pop Century during our Christmas Trip 2009


As I said before, Daddy will be with us on this trip...more to help me and to enjoy his sons vacation...he's not a disney fan..although I've caught him singing MouseCabonga with my son...often..lol..

So thats the cast...up next...what do to with all this time....SHOP!! Yes Mickeys and Minnies...I have already bought things for the cruise...EBAY, DisneyStores, Walmarts, Targets, Dollar Stores, etc etc..I pick up things here and there...wait..I'm getting ahead of myself!!

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Well I see I got some views

Last night I was all excited to go through all the things I've gotten so far for my trip...so I can post pics of them on my PreTrip report..I really think this pretrip report is like therapy for me

Just so you know...I write the way I talk..so hopefully, I won't have too many grammatical errors.

now I'm a great planner, but when it comes to paying trips off, I wait till the last day...lol..I love to spend money but I hate to spend it too. I know, odd. so unfortunately, I won't be able to get first dibs on Palo dinner and babysitting hours...but its all good.

So to occupy my time till any of my next Disney Vacations, I am everyday on this board and I'm everyday listening to Disney Tunes. So since my next trip is a cruise...I am even more excited to be in the planning stage of the trip. I can't wait to make magnets and my FISH Extender and tshirts..(I think I'll start those off when I pay off the cruise)..

I've already introduced myself to those DISers that will be on the ship that week..so awesome..shouts out to Shadowryter!


I have collected many DISigns for magnets and tshirts...the question is what do I choose for t-shirt disigns and really how many tshirts should I make when I already bought DIsney tshirts for my family...I will post some of the Disigns when I'm on my other computer...so for another day.

Well, now I get to show off the goodies I have gotten off of the many websites/stores/brochures that sell disney stuff....

I love fashion and I love playing dress up..and um hello DIsney fashions are awesome...

Sorry the pics are all big..I was trying to resize them but oh well...I'll figure it out sooner or later

Here's my favorite item...I wish it was in black.


Here's my bling bling for the cruise...I still want to get a bow for my ponytail and another set of earrings. (3 necklaces, 2 bracelets, 1 watch, 1 toe ring, and 1 ring



here's my son's two swimsuits that I bought last year, and some pajamas for me (stitch and mickey swimsuits, goggles, mickey and tink pjs.


Here's some of my 2yrs old button up shirts (Buzz, Mcqueen, Handy Manny) and his McQueen Suitecase with a couple of tees (I got most of these last year)


Here's some more t-shirts for my 2yr old, some McQueen swimming trunks..some tshirts for me..a makeup bag for me, a mcqueen hat for my 2yr old..and red disney crocs for my baby..hoping they will fit him by then...I'm actually not going to buy any more shoes for the cruise until we hit OCtober. I bought some McQueen water shoes size 9 and my 2yr old is already looking like he'll be a 10 by end of the month!!


Here's some more stuff, I bought a purse, some floppy hats, one for each son, goggles, sunglasses, tiny bookbag, robe for 2yr old (looking for one for my baby)..flip flops for my 2yr old, size 9/10, maybe they'll still fit


Rain gear for my 2yr old and me and a umbrella found at the Dollar General Store!!!


Some tshirts for me..I found the lovely "vintage" tank online..and I wish I can find mor...but I also bought me and my 2yr old beach towels. I have a mickey one for daddy to use


Now these shoes are suppose to be new...I couldn't help myself and wore them so I told myself no more! I don't want to have worn out shoes by the time the cruise gets here.


this is a pooh dress I hope to fit in


and here's a tink dress I hope to fit in.



and here are my babies clothes are size 12months...just missing jeans for the dinners
and one nice outfit for dinner. also his beach towel is the light blue mickey head.




I have a bathing suit for myself with mickey heads on the top part of suit..AGAIN hopefully I lose the baby weight by then!! No picture yet..but I officially started to work out this past weekend. I need to lose 30lbs, my normal weight is 130, I'm still 160 after giving birth 3months ago!! So the bathing suit I bought last year when I got pregnant because I am determinted to fit in it and fit in it well.

I'm really going all out here..
I have outfits picked out for myself as well but won't be buying any dresses for the dinners or shorts for lounging around until Ocotber when I hit my target weight..

For one of the dinners I want to wear a red and white polka dot dress, my minnie ears, and some yellow strappy sandals with heel!!


And of course, our pirate costumes. My 2year old has his which I bought last year. I'll wait till September to buy mine and the babies.

look how ridiculous I am..I even bought nail decals with mickeyheads to put on my toes!!!! woop woop..

I even have my materials for the Fish Extender..once I start working on that I definately post pictures..

well I'll be back in a couple weeks I'd imagine with more "items" for my cruise...

I'll be hitting up the Disney Stores this weekend to see if the swimsuits are even more discounted...cross fingers...

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Old 07-15-2010, 11:09 AM   #3
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I wanted to post some of the DISigns we'll be using for magnets or shirts..I'm not going to post them all because I'll post the finish products..

however, I do think I will start working on my fish extender..since i already have the materials..I'm hoping that i can do it all my myself and I am not CRAFTY..but it seems to look easy enough...we'll see









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so I've been wondering what I will do when we get to Nassau on our trip...and looks like we will go to Atlantis...there's Kiddie Pools/Splash Pad in the water parks. and there's an aquarium, plus the beach...so it's looking like thats what we will do when we get to Nassau.

For Sure, at Castaway, we will just hang out on the beach, especially since we have to be b ack on the boat early.
Here's the itenarary for the ship:

Day Port Ashore Onboard
Day 1 Port Canaveral, Florida — 4:00 p.m.
Day 2 Nassau 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Day 3 Castaway Cay 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Day 4 At Sea — —
Day 5 Port Canaveral, Florida 7:30 a.m. —

I also read that the Sail Away party is around 4:15pmish...so I plan to be at the deck at 2:30ish. that should give me enough time to hang around Deck 9, and if a Line starts to form around the stage, then I can stand in line, while my kids play in the pool...

I wish I had copies of navigators for that week!! I'm going to do some searching.

but hey I found this out on the Disney Cruise website:
Tinkerbell is the Godmother of the Disney Wonder.
and Disney's classic "When You Wish Upon a Star" from the movie, Pinocchio, playis via the ship's blow horn (during sail away party)!!!

How cool.

I do want to add that I just bought Ultimate Disney 3 Disc Set, so I should get that in the mail...so I can listen to my Disney Music in my car...I think I've become obsessed with Disney...it was always dormant in me..I just never had kids and my friends were not going to spend money to go to Disney World...so now, with kids..I'm making up for lost time!!! Even at work, anything Disney related they come to me...just this week, they asked me if I had "Its a Small World" on CD, they need the song for their sales meeting..lol..

anyways, I also found more gifts at the Dollar Tree for our group gifts...i found baby socks, word search books, coloring books, books, bubble wands, goggles!! goggles for $1 I was so mad, since I had bought some goggles from Disney Store for alot more than a dollar!!!, arm floaties, and beach balls, and chalk boards (all disney themed)!!! So all I have to do now is save about $50 to buy these water bottles, that have a handle on them

here's the link to the bottles:
http://www.dollartree.com/kitchen-ta...?method=search

and I'm going to put a DCL log on them, with our Sail Date, and my name on it, and that will be my gift to everyone in our group..

So that's my project for the next two months, is to make our shirts, our Fish Extender, and the water bottles...

till the next time.
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hey this is my 1st disney cruise with my 5yr and 18yr daughters been to the parks a million times 1st time disney cruiser Sept 9, 2010 you have some great stuff how can i get started. staying at animal kingdom villas post cruise this should be great for my 5yr old.. i need those shades....
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Love the Mickey sunglasses!!! Where did you find them???
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hey this is my 1st disney cruise with my 5yr and 18yr daughters been to the parks a million times 1st time disney cruiser Sept 9, 2010 you have some great stuff how can i get started. staying at animal kingdom villas post cruise this should be great for my 5yr old.. i need those shades....
Hi Yolie..welcome to my pretrip report..I started this last year. Started buying stuff here and there..but now that the cruise is coming up soon (i know 5months will pop up quick) I started furiously bargain shopping...alot of the stuff is from Ebay..I just type in Mickey Mouse and start hunting...I've typed Disney and done the same...Disneystore I go to every other week. and when I"m in Walmart or Target I always walk around looking for Disney Stuff...and same with any store I go in..I never realzied how many places have DISNEY stuff!!!! like the dollar tree..never would have guessed.
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I wanted to post some of the DISigns we'll be using for magnets or shirts..I'm not going to post them all because I'll post the finish products..

however, I do think I will start working on my fish extender..since i already have the materials..I'm hoping that i can do it all my myself and I am not CRAFTY..but it seems to look easy enough...we'll see









Love your magnets... Did you make them or someone else design them???
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steelek..I wish I can disign these..but no I requested them on the Creative Disigns thread...I've requested over 100 disigns..lol..so my magnets will be changed daily on my door!!

Cheryl!! thank you..my boys are cute huh lol
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Well, now I get to show off the goodies I have gotten off of the many websites/stores/brochures that sell disney stuff....

I love fashion and I love playing dress up..and um hello DIsney fashions are awesome...

Sorry the pics are all big..I was trying to resize them but oh well...I'll figure it out sooner or later

Here's my favorite item...I wish it was in black.

Where did you get these amazing sunglasses!!??!!
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yourMarie..aren't they awesome...trust me I'm on ebay every night just hoping there's a black pair out there for me. The person I bought them from said she got them from the Disney Store...I'm not sure if she meant her local disney store or the stores at Disney or DTD....sometime from here to my cruise I will be making a stop at the the World Of Disney Store in DTD...I'll probably do it in Sept or on the weekend of halloween when we go for MNSSHP.
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missing disney

I really wish I can afford an AP pass right now..I'm so having WDW withdrawals. But I know even if I did have them it would be so hard to take the boys alone (their dad's not big disney fan, so its hard to get him to cough up $$ for disney trips)....and plus its too hot to be out there with the little one...I'm contemplating going to Seaworld since its not soo crowded and my son loves SHAMU!!!!.I still have my passes to that and Busch and probably will for rest of my life...I love Seaworld and Aquatica!! I think I will actually add Aquatica next year, when I have to get my son his pass as well...ah the days of freebies are almost over...geez I don't know what I'm going to do when both my kids have to start paying for food and admission!!!!! ouch!! I'm going to have to start saving now for any trips after my lil one is 3...lol

Here's us in Seaworld summer last year


these dolphins are in aquatica


miguelito playing drums in Shamu Harbour? I think thats what its called


dine with shamu


Normally I have small trips plan throughout the summer and then october and december.

This year with the baby, I doubt I can do much. Last year my son and I hung out at Sanibel Island...love the beach there..it was so sweet.

We went to almost all the beaches on the gulf coast. we would go to the zoo, rescues, we would do things all the time...it was cheap because all I had to do was pay for myself...and pack lunches...so I'm really hoping next summer we can plan our Sanibel Trip again..


this is shell key island in st pete, fl


and I found some other pictures I wanted to share earlier in the Pre-Trip to show my disney-anity...

My son's first bday:




i made this pinata






I drew these



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Mnsshp mini trip report

I will add pictures in sometime this week..so check back on this same post for pics (i couldn't find my card reader!!)

Friday morning at 2am I was packing our bags. I was not prepared...nor did I have time to buy snacks or water for our trip...so I was going to have to just wing it when we get to the parks..

As I was packing the car, I noticed my antenna Mickey Ghost was gone!!!! All month it was on my antennae and it chooses to disappear now!! Ugh!! We left at Noon (originally had planned to leave at 10am)...

We got to Destiny Palms (Motel) around 1:30...not bad timing...as soon as I walk in the lobby, the fire alarm goes off and everyone is running around..my boys started crying because it was too loud...We ran outside and I said OH NO this is a SIGN...So I started unpacking the car and finally the frenzy was over. We checked into our room and it wasn't bad at all:



I unpacked a few things and started getting our costumes together. My kids were so excited..I mean the baby was the best..he was jumping around on the bed and laughing so hard and jumping on his brother..I was cracking up...The bed was like a King size? I mean it was huge (note to self, consider a King size mattress in January)!




We rested a bit and then my plan was to leave at 3:00pm...ha ha ahaha hahahahahah yea right..so of course I started to get flustered when Miguel took off his costume and complained about it was too hot...I told myself to just relax and if we are late we are late ..we left at 3:30, that means we will definately be late to our 4:15 reservation at Crystal Palace.



I was watching the clock on my radio from the corner of my eye, time was going too fast...but my blood pressure lowered once I saw this:




We got to parking and I decided to walk to the Ticket and Transporation...because both my boys had fell asleep:



So walking of course cost me some time...then as I was walking under the bridge, I realized, I didn't check to see where I had parked...so I just had to remember how far I walked LOL...the good thing is they let me be the first one in the parking lane so I can spot my car easy. As I was walking I took a picture of this:

The things you get to see when you take a new route

I decided to take the ferry, which of course added more time lost, to the Magic Kingdom...My kids were still sleeping...I got to sit and relax a bit look at the resorts I would love to stay at one day.
I think this is one of the best sites:




We made it to the park and it was 4:30ish. The boys were still sleeping so I wasn't able to take cool pictures in the front with all the pumpkins. But one of the CM's was helping me and I took a picture of him




There's always something calming about this place, even amongst the chaos. I walked up main street with the same awe and happiness as I have done over 20 times...



So I decided to go to the Crystal Palace to see if they will still let me in... the line to check in was almost wrapped around the building...of course..so I said well the boys are still sleeping let me see..I got in line and by the time I got up there it was 5pm...they let us in!!!! WOOP WOOP! it was meant to be...

So I got my pager and sat at the bottom of the ramp, while MIguel and Manuel started to wake up...They called us in and they put is in the back corner..which worked out well...I had requested a table closer to the buffet line so I don't have to keep carting the boys over with me...as soon as we go in, Miguel spotted Tigger and was dying to see Tigger..We got our food which was n't so bad with baby in his baby carrier and Miguel holding my camera ready to take pictures (Miguel was the photographer for most of this trip...only way to get him to cooperate).

Tigger arrived at our table and the baby was LOVING him...Miguel wanted to play with him but Tigger took too much time playing with the baby so we were able to get a few shots:



after that Miguel started to eat his food..and like always the Cous Cous and Quinoa salads were delicious..I also had their cornbread YUMMMY, I can eat a whole pot of that if they let me...and the salmon was delicious. The bread pudding was not that good...and they took my coconut flan away!! (sidenote: I don't eat dairy filled products because my lil one spits up to dairy since he's still nursing but I couldn't resist).

Miguel was being silly and didn't want to meet Pooh and Piglet..said he was scared...but he just wanted to play with the camera. He took pictures of the place and everyone was cracking up because MIguel was getting into this photography thing..

Luckily I brought my camcorder so I was able to take some pictures too.




After we saw the characters, both the kids started to have meltdowns..So I gave Miguel the camera again, and I nursed my son in the corner hoping no one will see me..Dilemma neutralized!!

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need to vent

well talk about a BIG OLE MONKEY WRENCH....I was driving my car to drop off the boys at daycare... singing songs with my boys...I pulled into the driveway, and I tried to put my car into Park and the shifter or whatever its called, went all the way up to the park position but the indicator on my dashboard said it was still on neutral..luckily my emergency break works. so worse case scenerio my transmission just went out...its still in the driveway and all I'm saying is of course this will happen right before christmas, never fails..inside I am sooooo angry but there's nothing I can do but just try and just relax and say it is what it is...and pray that its just the cable to the transmission that is needing replacement and the repari will only cost $300, vs $2000.

I'll be getting it towed to the shop later today and I will know either tonight or tomorrow morning the verdict...

and ps I'm bummed out...I have to drive a F150..you know how much $40 in gas is for one of those trucks???? It laughed at me when I stopped at $40...it didn't even hit the middle of the gas gauge...
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