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Old 11-05-2006, 12:03 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the nice comments, and thanks Amlee and KKB for the extra hints. I didn't think to ask for more hangers! I wonder if they agreed to remove our table because our cruise wasn't full so they could stick it in an empty stateroom, and maybe on full cruises there is no place to store them.

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Old 11-05-2006, 12:15 PM   #17
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Thanks for the info!!!!!!
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Old 11-05-2006, 03:26 PM   #18
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Thanks for taking all the time to post! First cruise coming up and am grabbing every tip I can get my hands on!
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Old 11-05-2006, 09:21 PM   #19
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Thought of another one. This bothered me the whole time we were there and I couldn't think of a solution.

36) If your little ones usually stand on a stepstool to brush their teeth, you might want to bring one. I have a folding stepstool that I could have thrown in a suitcase, but I didn't know we'd need it. DS(3) wasn't tall enough to get his chin over the edge of the sink to brush his teeth. I held him up sometimes, and he stood on the toilet lid and leaned oooooverrrr sometimes. That was precarious and scary! All week I kept wishing I had our step stool, and I couldn't think of anything we had in the room for him to stand on.


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Old 11-05-2006, 09:49 PM   #20
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EXCELLENT!!
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Old 11-05-2006, 10:01 PM   #21
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Thanks for the great tips - I am bookmarking them now. We are on the magic in February with an almosy 3yo & almost 6yo. I just know my almost 3yo will not be fully potty trained by the time we go.

I did not know the thing about no swim diapers in the pool - I understand it though. I will have to factor this in in my planning as my youngest is an avid swimmer...but with swim dieapers on!
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Old 11-06-2006, 01:14 PM   #22
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Thanks for the great tips - I am bookmarking them now. We are on the magic in February with an almosy 3yo & almost 6yo. I just know my almost 3yo will not be fully potty trained by the time we go.

I did not know the thing about no swim diapers in the pool - I understand it though. I will have to factor this in in my planning as my youngest is an avid swimmer...but with swim dieapers on!
Yeah, my DS(3) LOVES to swim, much more than his older sister. Since he's still in diapers, we just never put his swimsuit on or let him hang out at the pool, so he didn't feel like he was missing out. We swam at the condo the day before the cruise, and we went to the beach at Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Castaway Cay, so he got plenty of swimming in. It was sort of a shame that he didn't swim on the ship, but honestly he was so busy doing all the other things that he didn't notice. Have fun!!

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Old 11-12-2006, 08:37 PM   #23
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Thanks for the help!

We are getting ready to go on our cruise and you have provided a lot of help and reminders from past cruises! Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to do that. One extra hint to the high maintenance: when you get to your stateroom, you can request down pillows... I learned that a couple of years ago on the dis boards and love doing it.
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Old 11-12-2006, 08:58 PM   #24
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what a great list, and so timely, as we are going next week! Not our first cruise, nor even with our youngest who isn't quite three (we did a Carnival cruise in April), but it IS our first Disney cruise, so all your Disney/toddler hints are most welcome! (I'm really happy about the recent changes to the Wonder to expand the pools for non-potty-trained kids!)

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Old 11-13-2006, 12:05 PM   #25
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Just thought I would post a couple hints for the guys. First keep a couple of the dry cleaning bags from your suits, returned from the cleaners, wrap each item, use extra hangers in your suit bag, they tend to wrinkle less when compressed in the suit bag for transport. Second, make friends with a specific bartender at a favorite watering hole, tip fair, you will discover your perks. Last, I take the dollar coins along for tipping,especially the gold ones, everyone seems to appriciate them, and if at the beachs on shore, you can place them in a swim suit, no soggy dollars to present, and none to keep with you if you don't use them . Who wants soggy bills on the dresser to dry?
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:12 PM   #26
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Thanks for the info, especially pertaining to toddlers. We are booked on our 1st DCL cruise and it happens to be the last cruise in May before the Magic repos and DS will be 37 days shy of 3. I wanted to cruise a few weeks later but the Med repo makes that impossible. Its a blessing and a curse. On the one hand he's Free except port charges/taxes but on the other hand I'm not sure if he'll be allowed into the clubs (he won't be within 30 days to move up until the day we disembark) or if he'll be potty trained (its not going well) so I appreciate the info about the Open House and the closing of the pirate ship during activities so that I can be prepared.

I too swear by the over the door shoe hanger, pop up hampers and nighlight. I also never cruise without a power strip and extension cord, ear plugs, travel steamer (irons are not allowed), travel clock, post its and duct tape.
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:51 PM   #27
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What is the duct tape for?
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Old 11-15-2006, 04:00 PM   #28
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What is the duct tape for?
That's what I was going to ask!! Does it have to do with unmentionables?
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:50 PM   #29
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That's what I was going to ask!! Does it have to do with unmentionables?
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No actually you would be amazed by the number of cruisers who swear by it for so many purposes. I got the idea a few years ago on CruiseCritic and I'm so glad I had it. I have used duct tape (in neon colors but now lime green) on my luggage (even brand new luggage) so that I can see it from a mile away because I don't know how DCL does things but some lines leave you searching for your luggage in a sea of black bags at the end of the cruise. I have used duct tape to tape a door open when I didn't have a night light. I used duct tape to tape a bag when I broke the zipper. Duct tape to hem a pant leg that my shoe heel ripped the hem out. Duct tape (with paper) to wrap up fragile souvenirs. I know there are more uses...some people use it to keep privacy curtain closed in rooms. Hmmm....if the kiddies or DH misbehave But in these days of heightened security, I pack it in the checked luggage!

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Old 11-16-2006, 11:27 AM   #30
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I wanted to thank everyone for all thier helpful tips. I am taking twin 2 year olds next year on the Magic. I am very excited but very nervous at the same time wondering how it is going to work. We have an inside stateroom, CAT 11, and was wondering if you could fit two pack n plays in a room? It has been over 3 years since my last Disney cruise, and that was kid free.

Thanks again for all the help!!

Another tip that I heard....ask for a diaper genie for the room!
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