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Old 04-20-2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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Fantasy - July 12-21, 2012

This is our first trip report to post here on DIS. My husband wrote this report, but he rarely posts on DIS though he does have a name here (OKDisneyDad), so he can't post with pictures. Thus, I am posting the report. He wrote one for this trip, and also for one that we took this past February. I will post that report after this one. Both reports are written; it's just a matter of me posting them with the pictures now.

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Allen (46)  5th cruise on Disney
Debbie (47)  5th cruise on Disney
Blake (just turned 18 on 7/4/12  this was also a high school graduation present)  3rd cruise on Disney
Connor (15)  3rd cruise on Disney
Elyssa (9)  3rd cruise on Disney
Jon (40, Allens Brother who lives in Denver, CO) – 1st cruise on Disney
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:21 PM   #2
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Thursday, July 12th – Travel from Tulsa (Broken Arrow), OK to Dallas, TX

Trying to leave work at 2pm was a challenge for me as everyone decided to bring me their last minute problems. Finally at 2:45pm I was out of there and on my way home to pack last minute items and help load the car to get on the road to Dallas. Connor was driving so he could log some road time towards his driver education for his driver license. He drove for just over 3 hours and was doing great until we hit a downpour. He decided to pull over so I could drive the remaining hour. We stopped in Frisco to make a trip to IKEA and then have dinner at In N Out Burger (a family favorite not available in our hometown). Once we finished dinner, we drove over near DFW airport and found the hotel where we had reservations (Homewood Suites). We were leaving the next morning to fly to Orlando so decided to drive down the night before. When we got near the airport we encountered a huge traffic jam as they were doing road construction near the north entrance to the airport. We had to cut across four lanes of traffic to be able to make a U-turn in front of the entrance to the airport. Then we had to cut across six lanes of traffic to get over to the exit to the road that went to the hotel. This was all at about 10pm; there were hundreds of cars, and it took about 20 minutes to make it this short distance to the hotel. Finally we made it; good thing our flight tomorrow did not leave till 10:30am. This was a great place as the room had plenty of space for all five of us (Jon was flying from Denver on Friday morning and would meet us in Orlando). The room had two queen beds and a sofa that made into a double bed.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:23 PM   #3
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Friday, July 13th – Travel from Dallas, TX to Orlando, FL

OK, I know what you are thinking, traveling on Friday the 13th! Well, we could not have had a better trip to Orlando. We woke up, ate breakfast at the hotel, and drove over to long term parking at the airport. We had plenty of time and were not in a hurry. We only waited a few minutes for the parking lot shuttle bus to the airport. The bus made a few stops; then the next stop was for Spirit Airlines. We got off, and then went to the ticket counter. This airline charges you by the bag. When I bought the plane tickets, I also paid for five bags. When we packed everything, we ended up with six bags, so I paid for one more. Earlier this year when looking for plane tickets I happened upon Spirit Airlines who was starting service from Dallas to Orlando. I had been watching ticket prices from Tulsa to Orlando and the prices were outrageous. So, I started looking at options and happened upon a deal that was half the price of flying from Tulsa, we just had to drive to Dallas. With five of us, this was a bargain and kept us from having to drive two days each way to get to Orlando.

After checking the bags, we proceeded to the security lane which was fairly short. Just after we got in line, the line got really long. After 15 minutes we were at the gate and decided to buy a few drinks and snacks to take on the plane. Spirit Airlines charges for everything on the plane, so we just carried on a few things to tide us over. The plane was fairly full, and they were not very generous with the spacing of the seats, so we squeezed in. Before we knew it, the plane was landing in Orlando. We were on time, and it was a smooth ride. As soon as we touched down, I called Jon to make sure he made it. Yes, he landed about 45 minutes before us and was waiting outside of security. We made it off the plane and rode the train to the main building to get our luggage. All the bags made it, so we went down to the rental car counter. I reserved a car at Budget, so we could drop it off tomorrow at the port. We have always had good luck with Budget except for this trip. They tried giving us a small SUV to fit all six of us and seven bags of luggage plus carry-ons. This obviously would not work, so we asked for a minivan (like I reserved) and had to wait about 10 minutes for them to bring one around.


We piled in and were on our way to Downtown Disney for lunch. We went to Earl of Sandwich and were able to find seats after ordering. After filling our tummies with the yummy food, we wandered thru a few stores and decided to go to Disney Quest to kill some time. We have been there before, and each time it seems like they take away some of the magical effects that make it less magical. Now when you go up in the elevators after entering the building, they have covered over the screen that had the video with the Genie. We wandered around, and then rode Buzz Light Year’s Astro Blasters. This is a classic ride where two people ride in an enclosed bumper car that shoots small basketballs; one person drives and the other shoots. The line is usually fairly long since this only accommodates 10-12 people at a time, so we only rode it once. Then we did some of the virtual reality games which were interesting but definitely dated as the technology is not state of the art like when Disney Quest first opened. We did play some arcade games and found a four-way air hockey table. You can have up to four players with each side of the table having a goal. This was really cool, and we played it for awhile. After doing the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean virtual reality games, we decide we had enough. It was about 9pm, and we were hungry. We walked across from Disney Quest and ate at the House of Blues. Luckily there was no wait, so we were seated and had a good dinner. Their menu is decent, but it was a little pricy for all six of us. Oh well, after tomorrow we would not have to worry about paying a lot for meals. After dinner we headed to the Hampton Inn near Downtown Disney. I reserved two rooms since there were six of us. Now that we have teenagers you can’t just tell them they are sleeping on the floor like when they were younger. First day of the trip is over, and everything went great.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:29 PM   #4
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Saturday, July 14th – Drive to Port Canaveral and board the Disney Fantasy!

This was one of those mornings when we did not have any problem waking up; even the teenagers were up without having to threaten them. We packed up everything and put on the luggage tags for the ship. We put everything in the car, and then ate breakfast in the lobby with all of the other people who were going to the parks. This has got to be the largest breakfast dining area I have seen at a Hampton Inn, and it was packed! We got in line and got our food; we found a few seats on a sofa in the lobby and took turns so some of us could sit and eat. After seeing all of these people, we were glad we were not going to the parks. We usually go to WDW in the off season, and now I know why. After eating we got in the car and made a stop at a CVS Pharmacy to grab last minute items before heading towards the port.


We pulled up to the Disney terminal at 10:30am and were in a short line to drop off. We gave them our passports and cabin numbers, and they checked us in. Next we dropped off the bags, and everyone got out and headed into the terminal. I drove over to Budget to drop off the car. They had a bit of a line inside, and it took about 20 minutes to turn in the car. Then I got on the shuttle bus and made it back to the terminal. After a short line thru security, I made it up the escalator and found everyone. They had already checked me in. Since they had our photos from last years cruise on file, I did not need to take a picture.


We had boarding number 3, and it was time for us to board at 11:30am. We took our boarding picture, and then were introduced onto the ship. We were on the Dream last year so were fairly familiar with the ships layout. We took the midship elevators up to deck 11, and then walked slowly to the back of the ship. We entered Cabanas and noticed that they were not open yet; we walked around to the other side, and saw they were having a meeting with the crew. We have never been on the ship this early; we were one of the only ones on the ship. After a few minutes they started opening up. We had lunch and then explored the ship.

We went up to the Outlook on deck 14, then checked out the Edge on deck 13. Then we went to the Oceaneers Club and Lab to check in Elyssa. We played some of the computer games and checked out the different rooms; I am still amazed at the detail they have gone to in each room.

In the picture you will see Elyssa outside Pepes door. The door is just down the hall from the kids clubs. Make sure you look for it. Then find his phone number and call the number from your wave phone or stateroom phone. When you do, be sure to choose all of the options available, some more than once. There are some great things on there!


It was finally 1:30pm, so we went down to deck 2 to check out the rooms. We were in 2506 and 2508, right next to the forward elevators, and it was super convenient. We did not have any problems with noises or anything else; this was a perfect location, and I would definitely book these rooms again. We had adjoining rooms with a connecting door; the windows had a wide ledge with a pad, so you could sit in the window. This was Elyssas favorite place, and I have a lot of pictures during the cruise with her sitting in the window.

Before we knew it, it was time for the lifeboat drill. We were in the theatre, so we just had to walk up one flight of stairs, and we were there. After the drill we went to deck 12 to watch the Sail-Away Party.

We watched as the Disney port cast members were outside waving to the ship (love this part) and then watched as the ship headed out to sea. We went back to the room and relaxed for a bit before dinner. We had late seating and were in Royal Palace the first night. We had Dewayne from Jamaica as our server and Francisco (Franco) from Dominican Republic as our assistant server. They were both great and worked well as a team. They kept things moving, and we never had to wait very long for food and drinks and gladly shared information about the ship. I cant remember what we had to eat as we did not take pictures of what we had, but everything was good. After dinner we took Elyssa to the lab, and then Debbie and I went to Match Your Mate in The Tube. This is one of our favorite adult shows as there are usually some interesting couples who play this game (it is similar to the Newlywed Show show, only it is for newly married as well as long-time married). We really wanted to play so we yelled and cheered but were not lucky enough to be one of the three couples. Several cruises ago we were contestants and had a great time; we were known as couple #2 during that cruise as many people recognized us often around the ship after the game. The contestants on this cruise did not disappoint, and the show was very entertaining. After that we walked around the ship, and then it was time to pick up Elyssa from the lab and head back to the room. As usual, we had a towel animal on the bed to greet us.


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Sunday, July 15th – Day at Sea (Formal Night)

I can’t remember where we had breakfast (probably Cabanas – it is a favorite place to eat), but Connor and I went to the Animation Class in D Lounge mid-morning and had fun. They showed a video where they had over 50 Disney characters, and we tried to identify all the characters. Then we started drawing some characters. After the class we went to the Disney Tune Trivia; Connor and I did OK, but there were several groups that did better than us. Then we went back to D Lounge to play Bingo, and of course did not win anything.

Elyssa and I then did the Muppets Mystery Game that is part of the Mid-Ship Detective Agency and had fun going all over the ship. We were able to narrow down the suspects, and then guessed who was guilty and were correct.

Then Elyssa went to the Princess Gathering. This is a chance for kids to meet all six of the Disney Princesses at one time. One by one they take pictures and talk with all of them. This is a tradition for Elyssa as she has pictures with Belle (her favorite) on all of the cruises she has been on, and the pictures hang on her bedroom wall.


After it was lunch time, and we ate in Cabanas. Later in the afternoon, Elyssa went to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for a makeover. This is one of the many extras that the Fantasy has and the Dream does not. She had fun and looked beautiful for this evening’s formal night at dinner. Connor and I went to the rainforest in the spa and enjoyed the saunas, showers and tiled loungers. Then we rode the Aquaduck twice as the line was fairly long.

We were in Animator’s Palate for dinner and got to see the interactive show with Crush and the other Finding Nemo characters; we saw this on the Dream last year, and it was just as good this time. After dinner we went back to the room, and the towel animals were waiting for us again.
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Monday, July 16th – Day at Sea

For breakfast we ate at Enchanted Garden, then we went to O’Gills to play Giant Jenga. There were a bunch of people who wanted to play, so we split into two teams. Everyone took a turn, and it got interesting as the stack got taller, and all of the easy moves were gone. The ship was moving as we were going full speed, so the stack stared to sway a bit. Finally it was one of the crew member’s turn, and the stack toppled. This is always an interesting game to play on a moving cruise ship.

Dinner this evening was in Enchanted Garden. This is a nice dining room that changes from daylight to evening, and the lights open up like the flowers on a moonvine. We have a moonvine in our backyard at home, and I like to see it in the evening as it changes. After dinner, Franco amazed us with his entertainment as he balanced 2 forks on a toothpick that was hanging from a water glass. Every night he would amaze us with tricks or puzzles that we would sit there for awhile trying hard to figure out. Sometimes we’d be able to figure out the answer, but most times he’d have to tell us. After we left the dining room, we went back to the room, and there was a gorilla towel animal in one of our rooms and an Eskimo in the other. After that Debbie and I walked around the upper decks, and I snapped a few pictures. Then it was time for bed; we have a busy day planned tomorrow.


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I did this same cruise a year ago today , it was so awesome being on the first of the new sailings of the fantasy . I know you and your family have enjoyed it as well . Thanks for sharing .
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I enjoyed your trip report, thank you for sharing.
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Disney Fantasy here we come!
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Wow St. Maarten looks beautiful! I would love to do a 7nt cruise with that itinerary someday, as I too have mostly done the 4nt Bahamas! My boys would love the iguana farm, but I don't think 10 minutes would be long enough for them! Do you remember if it was really warm when you were there that time of year? Thanks!
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Thanks for posting a great trip report. I really enjoyed reading it.
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Wow St. Maarten looks beautiful! I would love to do a 7nt cruise with that itinerary someday, as I too have mostly done the 4nt Bahamas! My boys would love the iguana farm, but I don't think 10 minutes would be long enough for them! Do you remember if it was really warm when you were there that time of year? Thanks!
Very warm! Hot for sure.
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