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Old 07-01-2014, 01:04 AM   #1
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A Very Pleasant Good Alaska Cruise - May 2014 Disney Wonder TR (Updated 12/12)

A Very Pleasant Good Alaska Cruise
A May/June 2014 Disney Wonder Trip Report


Hi everyone! I’m Taylor, and you might recognize me from my past trip reports—most notably my “life report,” We Moved to Disneyland! Now What…? I’ve been absent from the DIS for a couple months to deal with personal issues and major life changes, but during that time, my wife Tracy and I also had an amazing Disney experience: we took our first Disney Cruise!

Our adventure was a 9-night sailing to Alaska on the Disney Wonder, and we loved every minute of it! From the ship to the ports of call, the entire cruise was a one-of-a-kind experience that has (I think) made us lifelong cruisers.

I’m excited to share all of our experiences with you, but I’m going to try something a little different with this trip report. After years of dealing with the limitations like 25-picture limits per post here on the DISboards, I’m going to post the updates about our cruise on a new Wordpress blog that I started (and hope to continue using to write posts that both are and aren’t Disney related).

You can find the trip report on my blog here, and you can feel free to subscribe if you like. I will keep an up-to-date table of contents here on the trip report thread, and I’ll let you all know whenever I post new updates. I also love responding to your comments as you read along, and I will continue to do so whether you comment here or on the blog itself.

I hope all you wonderful faithful readers from my other reports will join us on this adventure, but in case you’re new to my writing and need a little more information to decide if this report is right for you, here is some basic information about Tracy and me.



That’s us. We’ve been together since 2005 and married since 2010, and we figured with the timing of this cruise, we could think of it as an early anniversary celebration. As you will soon read about, our lives changed pretty drastically right before we took this cruise, but up until the beginning of June, Tracy and I were living about 10 minutes away from Disneyland in Orange, CA. We’re Premium Annual Passholders who love all the Disney Parks on both coasts. This was my first cruise and Tracy’s first Disney Cruise, and it was both of our first times to Alaska. If you’d like to hear all about it, please click here to read on!
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:08 AM   #2
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Table of Contents

Prologue
Part I: The Last Frontier
Part II: Change Is Inevitable

May 22nd, 2014
Chapter 1: The Petite Airport

May 23rd, 2014
Chapter 2: Bus Across the Border
Chapter 3: Vancouver…

May 24th, 2014
Chapter 4: Almost There
Chapter 5: Ship of Dreams
Chapter 6: Adventures Away
Chapter 7: Setting Sail
Chapter 8: Here We Are, Now Entertain Us

May 25th, 2014
Chapter 9: Food, and More Food
Chapter 10: Bears
Chapter 11: Useless Knowledge Put to Use
Chapter 12: Hiya Fabian
Chapter 13: Who Knows Where a Dream Might Lead

May 26th, 2014
Chapter 14: Let Them Eat Mickey Waffles
Chapter 15: Afternoon Antics
Chapter 16: In Living Color

May 27th, 2014
Chapter 17: Sitka
Chapter 18: Walking Through History
Chapter 19: The Forest for the Trees
Chapter 20: Waiting for Bears
Chapter 21: Luxury Dining
Chapter 22: Boo, Seals!

May 28th, 2014
Chapter 23: Breakfast Guests
Chapter 24: Captain's Corner
Chapter 25: What Can We Af-fjord?
Chapter 26: Beware the Frozen Heart
Chapter 27: Totally Glacial
Chapter 28: Warming Up After a Cold Day

May 29th, 2014
Chapter 29: I Think We Can
Chapter 30: Prospectors, We’re Heading Your Way
Chapter 31: Dead Horse Trail
Chapter 32: One Horse Town
Chapter 33: Lazing
Chapter 34: Snow Dogs
Chapter 35: Dashing Through the... Dirt

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Old 07-01-2014, 04:55 AM   #3
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Yay! Can't wait to read your thoughts on the cruise and see your photo's. We've sailed on the Wonder twice now and Alaska is definitely on the 'must do' list, but we'd also like to try a different Disney ship! Just means a few years ahead of Disney cruises
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I started reading your last TR but I am not sure I ever commented. Jumping in on this one. Can't wait to hear about your cruise to Alaska.
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So glad to have you back and glad that life's bumps have smoothed for the two of you. I look very forward to hearing more about your continued adventures.
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:16 AM   #6
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So far so good...I'm in
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:19 PM   #7
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My husband and I have also been together since 2005 and married in 2010! Haha, I just thought that was a funny coincidence.

I have been reading your other "life" report thread, so I look forward to reading about your experience on a Disney Cruise. I have never been on a Disney Cruise, but I hope I can someday.
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Taylor every time I try to go to the blog it says page not found. Is there a trick I need to know?

I followed you on DIS and would love to read about your adventures on a cruise as we are avid cruisers. Went to Alaska last September and had a great time. Did the Panama Canal this year in April, a must do cruise for everyone.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:25 AM   #9
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Very curious -- I get the same error message when I click on the link to the blog. Have I done something wrong too? I'm looking forward to reading the trip report as we leave in 40 days for our Alaska cruise!
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Sorry for the error message. I realized I spelled the domain wrong...

It should be fixed now!
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Looking forward to more. Sorry you had a bad start to 2014
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Looking forward to the rest of the story. I feel like I'm reading a good novel
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Yay! Can't wait to read your thoughts on the cruise and see your photo's. We've sailed on the Wonder twice now and Alaska is definitely on the 'must do' list, but we'd also like to try a different Disney ship! Just means a few years ahead of Disney cruises
Glad you're reading along! We fell in love with the Wonder, and thought it was a great ship to introduce us to cruising. I agree that we want to try other ones too, but we'd definitely sail on the Wonder again too. Oh darn, guess we'll just have to take several more cruises...

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I started reading your last TR but I am not sure I ever commented. Jumping in on this one. Can't wait to hear about your cruise to Alaska.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting I hope you enjoy hearing about our adventures!

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So glad to have you back and glad that life's bumps have smoothed for the two of you. I look very forward to hearing more about your continued adventures.
I'm glad life is getting back to normal as well. The cruise was the perfect way to forget our troubles and just have an awesome time!

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Great! Hope you enjoy!!

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My husband and I have also been together since 2005 and married in 2010! Haha, I just thought that was a funny coincidence.

I have been reading your other "life" report thread, so I look forward to reading about your experience on a Disney Cruise. I have never been on a Disney Cruise, but I hope I can someday.
That is an interesting coincidence! Well, happy 4th/9th anniversary to you guys!

I'm glad that you hopped over here from the other thread, and I HIGHLY recommend you try a Disney Cruise sometime. As you'll soon see, it was an unforgettable experience for us!

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Taylor every time I try to go to the blog it says page not found. Is there a trick I need to know?

I followed you on DIS and would love to read about your adventures on a cruise as we are avid cruisers. Went to Alaska last September and had a great time. Did the Panama Canal this year in April, a must do cruise for everyone.
Hopefully you got the link to work after I fixed it. I accidentally misspelled "mouseketeer" in the original URL, and I couldn't let that stand so I had to go back and fix everything

We would LOVE to do the Panama Canal cruise! I think it's definitely on our list of must-do's for the future!

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Very curious -- I get the same error message when I click on the link to the blog. Have I done something wrong too? I'm looking forward to reading the trip report as we leave in 40 days for our Alaska cruise!
Sorry about the error. I hope it's fixed now and that we can get you pumped for your Alaska cruise coming up! You're in for an awesome adventure!!

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Looking forward to more. Sorry you had a bad start to 2014
Sometimes that's just the way it goes We're looking forward to the rest of the year being much better Thanks for reading along, and I hope you enjoy!!

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Looking forward to the rest of the story. I feel like I'm reading a good novel
Aww, thanks I hope you have fun reading along and reliving our awesome cruise with us!
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Can We Move Here and Be Pancho’s Handlers? A Sept '11 Throwback Disneyland Trip Report
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Update 7/5

I just posted an update to the blog. Check it out here!
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Update 7/9

Another update posted here.
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