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Old 05-11-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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Fantasy Eastern San Juan 3-9-2013

My first attempt at a full trip report. I have the whole thing written I just need to bring it over and drop the pictures in. I hope that will be easier to do than I think.

Before we start this is a report about our 3rd Disney Cruise and first on the Fantasy. Our previous cruises included an Eastern on the Magic in 2011, Canada from NY on the Magic in 2012 and was an Eastern with San Juan on the Fantasy in 2013.

Cast of characters -
Me - Kristie age 37
Husband - James age 37
Megan - age 7 (she was 1 week shy of her 7th birthday on the cruise)
Alice - Age 3 (she was 2 and 10-1/2 months on the cruise)
And my parents aka grandma and grandpa (or poppy by my youngest)
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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Day 1 – March 8, 2013 Travel and the Magic Kingdom

We had an early morning flight leaving Houston Hobby airport and since it was the start of spring break I figured that there would be a lot of people at the airport so we wanted to get there early and not deal with Friday morning rush hour traffic. We choose to use the park and stay option at the Holiday Inn Houston Hobby. We have done this before and it really does make for an easy start to the vacation. Our flight was at 7:25am so we set the alarm for 5:30 am. We got up, got dressed, picked up a luggage cart and went down to get the shuttle. We dropped our overnight bag in the van got on the shuttle and we were on our way.


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The other plus to this plan is that you get dropped off at the curb side baggage check-in point so you don’t have to schlep your luggage all over the airport. There were about 2-3 families in front of us. We had new luggage so we had to write new luggage tags for all our bags. Baggage check in was painless. I tipped the porter got our claim tickets and tickets and headed off to security. After our last trip I was smart enough to remember to take the girls to the bathroom before trying to go through security. There is nothing worse than a potty training two year-old in the middle of the MCO security line telling you I have to go now. Fortunately Hobby has a family lane for families with young children and strollers and it is very fast to use. I will miss that lane when Alice gets bigger. (It is the same lane as the A-list passengers so I use it when traveling by myself too. I do not like the regular security line). Security was easy. I also love that I rarely have to use the imaging machine when traveling with the girls. When traveling for business I always use that line and 9 times out of 10 I get stopped for something and they have to do a partial pat down of anything from my pony tail to my waist band to my bra. It doesn’t matter what I wear. I have grown to dislike that machine.
After security we got breakfast at Wendy’s and found our gate. It wasn’t long before we were boarding our plane. Even though I am A-list preferred and had a A-19 boarding number I boarded with the family on this flight at A59, A60 and (technically B1). I knew it was the first flight of the morning so I wasn’t concerned about getting seats together. We found my preferred seats in rows 18 and 19 (yes I have preferred seats on Southwest and no they are not the typical preferred seats most people coven) and got settled. The airplane was WiFi enabled which was great for me (another A-List preferred bonus is free Wi-Fi). Alice and I played with playdoh and she played on the floor while I caught up on a few Facebook posts for the last time. We landed in MCO a few minutes early and were ready to start our vacation.

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Our flight was packed with a dance/cheer team of teenaged girls. All of them had checked bags so it was a little crowded around the baggage claim carousel. Normally at MCO I find the baggage claim area to be a little light thank to the Disney ME luggage service, but not this time. It wasn’t a big deal though. We found our bags quickly and were off to the rental car. I had a Budget rental car and from experience knew that FastBreak is the only way to go at MCO. It is the start of spring break through and even the FastBreak line outside was long. Our car wasn’t ready when we first got there. As we were waiting Alice was goofing off in the stroller fell out and got her required Disney head bump. We finally got to our car (a very nice Ford Taurus), installed the car seats, loaded the luggage in the trunk and we were off. We decided to go ahead and get lunch and check in at Bonnet Creek before heading to the Magic Kingdom because we knew it would be very late otherwise (plus it is easier to leave the luggage at the resort instead of our car). Wendy’s and Chick-fil-a were right next to each other so we got the girls lunch at Wendy’s and then went next door to Chick-fil-a (my oldest is silly and prefers Wendy’s nuggets over Chick-fil-a – I don’t understand her taste buds). We got through registration at Bonnet Creek and checked into our 2-bedroom room in Tower 2 with a parking lot view. I won’t complain it was only one night. Normally we stay in Tower 5 and have great views of either Epcot or Hollywood Studios but this time we wouldn’t be here long enough to enjoy it. We unloaded the car and we were off to the Magic Kingdom.
I am not used to arriving at the MK this late. It was 1:20 PM when we pulled into the parking lot. We parked and took the tram to the TTC instead of walking this time. We were parked in Zurg 105. The girls wanted to take the Ferry over which was arriving right as we got there. We went upstairs and found a seat. The girls had fun dancing and playing on the ferry. I kept joking that this was our cruise ship and when we got off. Ok the cruise is over wasn’t that fun lets go home. They didn’t like my joke.


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We entered the park and were walking down Main Street by 2pm.


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Can you guess our first stop? Did we run to Dumbo? Did we go to Buzz? How about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad? Tune into the next chapter to find out . . .
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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Day 1 Continued - An afternoon of Magic

Day 1 Continued – A Magical Afternoon


We entered the park and were walking down Main Street by 2pm. Can you guess our first stop? Did we run to Dumbo? Did we go to Buzz? How about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?

No we went to Sleepy Hollow so my husband could get a Funnel Cake.


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As we were eating our Ice Cream and Funnel Cake, the castle show started so we watched it from the side. I had a few bites of the girls ice cream and ran off towards Buzz to get Fast Passes while they ate.
It was fun to watch the Castle Show from the side. The characters would come out of the castle and before they would enter for their cues they would stand behind the platform where we could see them and wave at the girls each time.

After the snack and show were over we headed down the path and into Fantasyland. We started our trip off with a ride on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. But first we had to try to pull the sword from the stone.

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Next we walked through Fantasyland and went to the Tea Cups. James doesn’t ride the tea cups so he sent me on with the two girls. He took the camera and I took the video camera (which also takes some stills). The girls had lots of fun getting me dizzy of course.


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I loved this picture on the wall for the Mine Train of the Dwarves painting the roses red

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We now had just enough time to head over to Buzz and park the stroller. We might have walked in a couple minutes before our Fast Pass was technically due (1-2) but they let us in without waiting. Buzz is always a hit with the girls. As usual Alice rides with me and Megan rides with James. Maybe on the next trip we’ll get her to switch that up every once in a while.

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After Buzz I ran to get FastPasses for Goofy’s Barnstormer and meet the girls and James at the Tomorrowland Speedway. The line took right at 20 minutes which wasn’t too bad considering it was Spring Break and 3:30 in the afternoon.

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We had just enough time after that to take a bathroom break and get ready for Goofy’s. Alice had grown just enough since Thanksgiving where she was tall enough now for her very first roller coaster. She loved her first ride and wanted to go again later. We again showed up just a few minutes early and again were let in early (this time we might have been pushing closer to 5 minutes but they didn’t make us wait).

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We were going to grab a FastPass for Dumbo for later, but it would have expired before we could have finished dinner so we decided to head back to Fantasyland to see if we could grab a FastPass for one of the other rides for later. Little Mermaid was perfect timing so I got that while James and the girls took another spin on the Carrousel.

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Old 05-12-2013, 06:05 PM   #4
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Great start!!

Great start! We were at Disney for Spring Break too! So funny when you mentioned the cheerleaders, they were everywhere that week!

Looking forward to your ship review. My kiddos are looking forward to a future Fantasy cruise.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:13 PM   #5
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Day 1 Part 3 - Be Our Guest

It was now time to check in for our 4:50pm dinner reservation at Be Our Guest. I wish they had a little better signage that stated that everyone had to check before your crossed the bridge. We crossed the bridge and were turned back at the gate so the kids and James waited outside the gate and I went to check in on the other side of the bridge. It just seemed like poor placement in my opinion.

I got our ticket and went back to join the rest of the family. We were seated almost immediately in the main ballroom. Our server was a little slow. We were there for quite a while before we had our drink order taken or even got our menus. James and I each ordered a garden salad and split the Strip Steak. James enjoyed it. I thought it was overcooked, but that is because I prefer my stakes to be Medium Rare/Medium and he prefers them to be Medium Well. It was Medium Well. Megan had the Mickey Meatloaf. She is very picky and she ate it so it must have been decent at least. Alice had the Macaroni and Marinara sauce. She didn’t eat much. I tried it and it was pretty good. The restaurant was beautiful. Beast walked through twice while we were there. We were celebrating both girls birthday’s while we were there so they each got the Grey Stuff with a little candle and could make a wish. I’m not even sure I was able to convince Megan to try the Grey Stuff, but she had fun blowing out her candle. Alice and I liked the Grey Stuff. We then split a dessert, but I honestly can’t remember what we had. After dinner we walked through the West Wing to take a look and then went out via the Study so we could meet the Beast. Megan met the Beast but Alice was definitely not interested. At this point I was afraid this might be foreshadowing for the rest of the cruise and I was imagining another trip with no characters.


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My overall impression of Be Our Guest was that it was a nice place, but I don’t think I’d go out of our way for another dinner there. I would have loved it if they could have incorporated a “show” with things like dancing plates and Lumiere and Cogsworth etc. The food was good but nothing wowed us. I’d like to try lunch sometime as some of the menu items for lunch sound much more exciting to me.

After dinner we went and used our FastPass for the Voyage of the Little Mermaid.

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Then we walked around and rode Dumbo “standby.” I liked it much better at Thanksgiving when the gate was open between Little Mermaid and the Storybook Circus. It is a long way around when it is closed. There was no line at Dumbo, so we were given the option of going in and play and come out whenever we wanted or go straight to the ride. We choose to play. The playground is the best part according to the girls. I love riding Dumbo at night.

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Next we took another ride on Goofy’s Barnstormer. I think I had grabbed another FastPass but I honestly can’t remember if we rode standby or with FastPass. James and Megan rode in front of this this time so he got a couple great pictures of Alice and I on Barnstormer.

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Megan and Alice wanted to ride Buzz again so we walked over to Tomorrowland for another ride. The line was non-existent so we rode standby.

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When we walked out of Buzz they were having the Tomorrowland Dance Party. They were playing Megan’s favorite vacation song Dynamite (they played it a lot on our first cruise so we consider it our happy vacation song). We ran over and danced for a while.

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At this point I wanted to go find a spot to watch the fireworks, but Megan wanted to go shopping. We headed to Main Street. We went shopping instead of the fireworks. I did get to see a few minutes of them when Alice decided she needed a potty break. Oh well we’d have fireworks on the ship in a few days.
It had been a long day and everyone was tired so we went ahead and skipped the parade and headed back to Bonnet Creek for the night.
We took the Ferry back to the TTC center. The girls definitely didn’t like my joke now that our cruise was over and it was time to head home.
Alice fell asleep in the car on the way to Bonnet Creek. She almost woke up when we got the room and I put her in a pullup and into bed. She was worn out.
All in all it was a great way to start our vacation and a fun bonus day at the Magic Kingdom.

Next up - Come Sail Away with me
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:51 PM   #6
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I am going to have to start the cruise portion tomorrow. I left my mouse at work and it is driving me a bit mad to add the pictures without the mouse.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:20 PM   #7
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How fun! We always stay at Hyatt MCO before the cruise. Your girls are adorable! I love the outfits. I just have a boy who could care less what he wore. May I ask what date your Alaskan cruise is? We are going 6/23/2014 on the Wonder. My family thanks I am crazy for booking so early, but I wanted a verandah. Can't wait to here more.
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