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Old 09-19-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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Our Disney 'Dream Weavers' September 1, 2011 (update 12/30)

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me - Patricia
dh - Dale
dd - Aubre (23)
ds - Tyler (20)

DH and I took a Disney cruise September 2008 for our 25th anniversary and had a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding (Vow Renewal); and NO kids! So now we wanted to take our kids on a cruise.

A little back history on our furbabies. Abbey is a pug, she's 10 and diabetic and had eye surgery 3 years ago. She gets two insulin shots a day and eight eye medications a day. Furbaby #2 is Jade, our bulldog. She's easy going and only special needs is her diet.

The best place to start this TR is actually the night before. We were packed for the most part and knew that dd's bf was taking us to the airport and then staying at our house to take care of our furbabies.

Due to some confusion, there was a point after midnight that we weren't sure if df would be able to take us to the airport or care for our furbabies. So, I was going to get up at 5am and call my sister if need be and drive them to her house (30+ minutes in the opposite direction). She was our original dog sitter, but thought life would be easier with bf staying here.

Thankfully, I did't have to do that.

So, morning arrives, bf is here and we are getting ready. We go over things again with him and I stressed to not get worked up over Abbey’s EIGHT eye meds, just make sure she eats on time and gets her insulin.

Aubre is now upset, not feeling well, feeling like she is going to be sick (I honestly think she was ‘upset’ leaving bf for the week). Once we got on the road at 9am, she was fine and not feeling sick any longer.

We get to the airport and breeze through security. First stop was Dunkin Donuts which was in the next terminal, so we took the long walk over, everyone got their coffee and headed to our assigned gate in our terminal. The kids stopped to get magazines before we got to our gate (and we sat while Dale ate his breakfast sandwich, his second breakfast for this day). They each walked out with three magazines.

I was a ‘little’ surprised that Aubre picked up a Bride magazine. I know she and Danny have been together for some time and ‘thought’ they might be ‘getting serious’ but not quite sure since she doesn’t ‘share’ much of her life.

We get to our gate and realize it’s going to be lunch time while we are in the air, so the kids each got something to eat and Dale gets MORE food. I swear, I don’t know how he doesn’t weigh a ton more, he can eat constantly.

We each had a separate reservation (long story) so when I checked us in the previous day, I had IE; Firefox; Chrome and my phone Southwest app all open to ‘check us in’ at the 24 hour mark. Dale and I got upper A’s, Aubre and Ty lower B’s.

We were able to secure the emergency exit row again. This is now our favorite place to sit if available as the extra leg room is wonderful. So we all get boarded and are soon on our way to Orlando!

Up next, arriving at MCO and meeting the Purple Van!!!
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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After an uneventful flight we arrived in MCO a little ahead of schedule. We were due in at 1:50 pm and I don’t even think it was 1:20. We made our way toward baggage claim. We were to meet John from Owners Locker at the bottom of the escalator. We got down there and looked but didn’t see anyone. We figured Dale could go get the car paperwork done and we would head down to the baggage claim as soon as we got our Owners Locker. We were getting ready to get one of those carts since there is no way to carry the OL, I’m digging in my bag for my wallet so I can use my card for the machine and Dale spots our OL!!! John was so sweet, he had our locker and had a cart for us (saved us $4!). It was great to finally meet him as we’ve used our locker for numerous trips already. We said a quick hi and bye and then were off.

Dale went to car counter and the kids and I headed to the luggage carousel. We got a great deal on a car on Hotwire. For less than $200 we had a car for the eight days (granted we were on the cruise 3½ of those), but transfers for us to and from the ship would have been $300.

In no time our luggage was on the cart and we headed down to the car rental counter and Dale was already done. We made our way to the garage. Oh, our great car deal was through Hertz! We’ve never had such nice treatment. We got to the Hertz section in the garage and the gentleman working there took our info and went and got our car. They had cold water (in little Hertz bottles) for each of us and had the car a/c running and brought the car to us. He helped load our entire luggage too. It was really nice.

We were on our way to Port Canaveral before 1:45, I don’t know how, But, woohoo!!!.

Ty reading a magazine along the way (I get whatever photos we can of him since he’s not always with us)



We arrived at the Country Inn and Suites and checked in. It wasn’t even 2:30 when we checked into the hotel. We pretty much had our pick of rooms, they asked if we wanted first floor, second?, near lobby, near pool? It was really nice. We got a room nearby the lobby so we didn’t have far to take our stuff. We brought all our stuff in to get organized. The reason I got our OL before the cruise was so we could take all the ‘essential’ stuff that we didn’t have to pack (all bath stuff; power strip; first aid kit; etc). If we had a cart to ‘tote’ the OL we could have taken it on the ship, we had plenty of room in our cabin.

We got settled in while Aubre was playing with her camera or checking online (she had a class that was to start the next day and had been waiting for the instructor to load the information) and Tyler checked out the bed.





We then drove down to Cocoa Beach and checked out the Ron Jon Surf Shop. It amazes me that this place is open around the clock. It’s huge. We really took our time and checked out the surf boards and other items (didn’t take the time to do this last time).

We walked on down to Cocoa Beach so the kids could take a look. It was really gloomy looking out, but still so nice and relaxing.



It was getting close to dinner time and we had checked out all the fast food things we drove by and decided, no, we are going to sit down and eat. So off to Zachary’s which I read about on the Disboards. It’s right next to the Radison (which also offers cruise parking). It’s a Greek restaurant (who’d have thought with a name like Zachary’s). No food porn, I really sucked at that this trip. This meal was delicious and filling. Our waitress asked ‘Where in Pennsylvania are you from?’ We were shocked that she had us so close to where we live. We are two miles if that from the PA line. Turned out our waitress was from Philadelphia. She’s been down there for some time now, but obviously we still had that ‘philly sound’. Before leaving, we asked where was Manatee Park? I’d read about it on Shirley’s thread of tons of info and wanted to make sure we checked it out if it was close by. It was so close we could of almost ‘spit’ on it!! It was down the road right beside the restaurant.
We took a short ride down the road to this cute little park. We didn’t get to see any manatees, but we did see an alligator (I think)



Then a couple photos of the manatee and us







We were getting attacked by mosquitos and wanted to hit the Publix and liquor store before heading back to the hotel. We picked up some snacks for the evening and a few things to take on the cruise. We then headed back to the hotel and relaxed and soon were getting ready for bed.

Tomorrow the DREAM!!!!
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:10 AM   #4
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We actually did see two Manatee's. When we first got to the park two were swimming from our left to our right. Opposite of the gator. We would have liked to stay longer at the park but the mosquitoes were feasting on us.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:24 AM   #5
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We actually did see two Manatee's. When we first got to the park two were swimming from our left to our right. Opposite of the gator. We would have liked to stay longer at the park but the mosquitoes were feasting on us.
Guess I was so busy looking 'through' the camera, that I didn't really 'see' them I think they are real active early in the morning. Maybe 'next time' we'll get to check them out again.
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I'm in! (And jealous, because I have not even finished uploading my photos yet, let alone started my TR. ) Can't wait to see more!
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