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Old 06-22-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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Mickey + NYC = MAGIC - June 2, 2012 8-night - FINAL 2/23



We are back from another wonderful cruise on the Magic. This time out of New York City on the 8-night NYC-Bahamas cruise.

This was our second trip on the Magic, the first being March 26, 2011 Eastern Caribbean.

Who we are:
Kristi: I love everything Disney and love to plan our trips!

Steve: My wonderful husband who works very hard to allow us to take these amazing vacations .

Matt: Our first-born who is 11. We found out on this cruise that the word "Tween" truly fits this age bracket (more to come on this later).

Shawn: Our little man who is 8. He couldn't wait to get back to the Lab.



The planning
On the Magic in 2011 we booked a "dummy" cruise to get the great benefits. After we were home for a week or so they came out with the NYC trips. How great would it be to be able to drive to a Disney cruise and not have to worry about how heavy our luggage is. We live in the Cleveland, OH area, so making the 6.5 hour trip would be easy.

I booked the July 15th 5-night cruise to Canada and we were very excited. After a few weeks though, the 8-night trip that included a day at the parks, kept calling my name. We had not had a trip to the parks since February 2010 and I needed a park fix. Not only would this trip include that but we would also have 4 at-sea days. On our Eastern trip, I loved the at-sea days.

We decided to change the 5-night to the June 2nd cruise! Our boys last day of school would be May 24th, so we would have no books to bring!!!

Up next: Where to stay, when to leave?? The planning begins!
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Joining in. We are on the 8/25 sailing, and have a DS 11yo, so I can't wait to hear about your trip.

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Oh my.... this will surely be an "interesting" TR.....
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I spotted a few more friends, Brook, Maria and Heather.
Yes, you tend to do the stalker dance in the terminal, eh?

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Ah... you see we moved to Ohio a few years ago: "Home of the worst drivers in the country" I think that may actually be the state motto.
And the state animal is the Orange Barrel......

And I see from sailaway pics that poor lil Shawn was left on his own again, huh? I swear, I will have to be on my toes on NYE 2013 and watch that poor lil guy!!!! He's just too cute for his own good!!!!

And no, Steve, he does NOT take after his daddy.... just want to put that out there before you get any funny ideas....
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Yes, you tend to do the stalker dance in the terminal, eh?
She doesn't think she's a stalker but... Last year she pretended that she randomly stumbled across you in the terminal but in reality she had been following you for a couple of days. If she looked a little ruffled it was from sleeping in the bushes outside your hotel... again.

NYC was the same thing. We weren't even through security before she had already identified everyone from the FB group, knew all their social security numbers and blood types.

This is why I line my hat with aluminum foil. She's spooky.

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And no, Steve, he does NOT take after his daddy.... just want to put that out there before you get any funny ideas....
That's ok, I understand you don't want Jeff to be jealous. *I* know the truth. Me, Jack Sparrow, tough to tell us apart.
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She doesn't think she's a stalker but... Last year she pretended that she randomly stumbled across you in the terminal but in reality she had been following you for a couple of days. If she looked a little ruffled it was from sleeping in the bushes outside your hotel... again.

NYC was the same thing. We weren't even through security before she had already identified everyone from the FB group, knew all their social security numbers and blood types.

This is why I line my hat with aluminum foil. She's spooky.



That's ok, I understand you don't want Jeff to be jealous. *I* know the truth. Me, Jack Sparrow, tough to tell us apart.
I KNEW it!!!! Tell her I'll leave a pillow outside my door of the CI&S in Port Canaveral before the NYE cruise..... And I'll be sure to pack the Reynolds Wrap... Thanx Jack, er STeve.....
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Now that we had the cruise booked - I started to plan. How many days we would spend in NYC, where to stay...

We were driving, so I was looking for hotels in Manhattan that would have easy parking and that would not be too difficult to drive to. After many hours looking at reviews, I booked us at The Travel Inn on W. 42nd St. It is the only hotel in Manhattan that has FREE parking. It is also easy to get to - just a few left turns after coming out of the Lincoln Tunnel.

We decided that we would leave Friday morning, June 1st, bright and early. We could drop our dog Bella off at Pooch Palace at 7:00. The drive from NE Ohio is about 6.5 hours, so that would get us into the city in the afternoon, giving us a few hours to do some sightseeing.

The months went by - very slowly. I created a Facebook group for our cruise which worked out great! I have met some great ladies through that group and I hope I can meetup with them again in the future. We would chat endlessly about the cruise and it was great to give tips to the newbies. It did help the time go by. We also decided to be in the Fish Extender group so I had the gifts to plan.

As we got closer to departure time we decided that we wanted more time on Friday in the city, so we decided to leave Thursday evening after baseball game/soccer practice. We would leave around 9:00 and just drive 3 or so hours and get a hotel in central PA for the night. This would make the drive much shorter in the morning thus giving us more time in the city!

Thursday, May 31st finally arrived. We had all the bags packed the night before so the day went pretty smooth. Steve worked, I mowed the lawn and dropped Bella off at her home away from home. Shawn's team won their game and he got the game ball. A great way to start the trip. When we got into the car at 8:45 to leave, our GPS said that we would get to the hotel at 3:15 am. Steve is a night owl and can easily stay up that late. So we went for it. I called the hotel and they had space for us that night. It was a very easy drive and there was NO traffic getting into the city!

We arrived at 3:30 am and were a sleep by 4:00.

Next up: Our day in NYC.

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Gee, I guess this is your wonderful husband? Too funny.
That would be my wonderful husband We had a great time and Matt loved the Edge.
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I think I woke up around 8:00 or so - too excited to sleep. We got put together and decided to get a bagel at the deli that was next to our hotel.



We then decided that a good way to see the city would be to do one of the double-decker bus tours.



We did the uptown tour first.





We got off the bus and walked around Central Park for a bit.







Next we headed to FAO Schwarz. Shawn loved the BIG Piano.



We continued to walk back towards Times Square



Next we hopped back on the bus for the Downtown tour





By the time we finished the downtown tour we were getting pretty hungry so we headed to W44th St and John's Pizzeria. The pizza was very good - so was the margarita.

We then walked through Times Square which was CRAZY and decided to call it a day and head back to the hotel. I think we got back around 7:00 and we were out by 8:00.

Next up: Time to see the Magic!
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I think I woke up around 8:00 or so - too excited to sleep. We got put together and decided to get a bagel at the deli that was next to our hotel.
Let's be clear here. Sparky was acting like a 6 year old on Christmas morning. The rest of us would have been happy to sleep another couple hours. (wait until you hear what time she was up on sailaway day! )

Another note... while the room served our needs nicely clearly it was not made for American-sized adults. Now I used to be north of 300 pounds.. thankfully I'm not anymore or there is no way I would be able to fit into the shower. It was a quarter-sized tub with full size shower doors so the opening was TINY. I made it in and out but definitely squeegied both sides in both directions. I may have had more room climbing over the top than trying to use the actual door.

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We then decided that a good way to see the city would be to do one of the double-decker bus tours.
What? And skip right over my brush with a star?

As we were walking up (down?) 42nd street towards Madame Tussaud's two women leaning against the wall said something to another woman walking towards me. She smiled nodded and kept on walking. When she got to me I was surprised to realize that I recognized her. It was Whoopi Goldberg strolling 42nd street headed to... somewhere Whoopi-ish... or some place that would become more Whoopi-ful when she arrived.

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We did the uptown tour first.
The bus tour is HIGHLY dependent on how good your guide is. The woman on this bus did a great job and we enjoyed this one.

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Next we hopped back on the bus for the Downtown tour
The downtown tour was spitting rain and FREEZING cold for those of us in shorts. There were some interesting facts along the way (none of which I can remember at this moment) but we were all too chilly to really enjoy this one.

I especially liked that the circle tour of downtown NYC forces everyone to get off half a dozen blocks from where you get on. It wasn't quite the circle I expected.

Overall for having just one day in NYC the bus tours were a nice way to get a glimpse of the city.

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By the time we finished the downtown tour we were getting pretty hungry so we headed to W44th St and John's Pizzeria. The pizza was very good - so was the margarita.
The pizza was good, the building is beautiful, the beer was good, your margarita was about 80% tequila....

By now we were all pretty much done. The short night, touristy day (and that margarita) left us all ready for bed knowing we had another busy day on tap tomorrow.

So... let's start the pool... what time do you think my Disney nerd wife was awake on boarding day?
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Loking forward to your report

I am one of the first timers you talk about as we are going on our first Disney cruise in September on the Wonder. I am looking forward to learning from your experience.
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