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Old 09-17-2011, 12:46 PM   #16
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:25 PM   #17
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Let's see if we can bling this up a bit!!!

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A Little Schmain but No Hurricane
Before I go any further, let me catch you up on one minor detail. First, there was no Maria, either hurricane or tropical storm. Magically (dare I say pixie-dustishly?), she began projecting a northward turn and did just that, bless her pea-pickin' little heart. We found out this little nugget watching the Weather Channel Friday night in a Brunswick, GA, La Quinta Inn. We drove about 7 hours to get into Brunswick after I got off work Friday afternoon of the 9th--that way we were prepositioned for our triumphant entry into the Kingdom by mid-morning on Saturday. And as visions of sugar plums danced in our heads. . .wait, wrong holiday. . .and as visions of MK and VWL pranced in our noggins, we saw the sought after news saga that Maria had opted to take a sharp right turn. Ecstatic is a word that comes to mind upon seeing that report, and we have video to prove it!
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By 7:40 on Saturday morning, we were up, the car loaded, and a hot triple tall latte' with one raw sugar was gracing my hand and tickling my tummy.
Or, as I refer to it, a "FATTY" for you. And. A SKINNY for me. We OBVIOUSLY can see who's the "Skinny" of this duo.

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We rolled through the archway at the Wilderness Lodge at 10:30, strains of "Quigley Down Under," "Silverado," and various Aaron Copland compositions floating through our sound system. We pulled up to the main lobby to drop off our bags since we knew the room wouldn't be ready.


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Let me say right now that the CMs we encountered during our entire, albeit brief, stay and play at the World were as friendly, helpful, and genuine as I've seen in years. There seemed to be a new air about most of the CMs--they made us feel quite special and welcomed, reminiscent of years gone by. Perhaps we caught them on a good two-day cycle, or we were predisposed to like them what with a cruise on deck (get it? on deck?). Regardless, the customer service was memorable.
Is this really going to be filled with corny jokes???

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Our room, as suspected wasn't ready, but they did say we had our request--a 2BR suite with a courtyard view. We strolled the lobby and grounds for a time, took a few pics, and soaked in our "home." We even took the time to attend a Love Bug Wrestling Referee Camp as they were numerous. . .the bugs not the referees.






It really WAS buggy. When we pulled up to the the hotel we noticed a little extra baggage - a bug cemetery on the front end of the car!!

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The Pre-Cruise
As previously mentioned, one of the two of us couldn't just go on a cruise, but rather had to enjoy a day at Disney first before taking in her first sailing. I thought such a move would drive me crazier than the hunchback's bells, but it wound up being a special touch. We felt relaxed, took time to relish the relative quiet and low crowds (as low as I've ever seen), and hit our faves at both MK and DHS (which had evening EMH): Space Mtn, BTMR, Haunted Mansion, Tea Cups, POTC, Buzz, RnR, TOT, and Star Tours.
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All that was left to do entailed one thing: sleep! We're such partiers. We did yet another brief check of Maria (she was gonna head north almost certainly), lingered hand-in-hand along the wooden boardwalk between the main lodge and the villas, and thanked our lucky stars for the good fortune that we not only were on a much-needed vacation but with each other. The trip was off to a momentous start. . .

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OHMYGODIT'STHEDREAM!

One of the quality customer service touches we found on our brief stay at WDW happened when we first drove up to the main entrance to the WL. We pulled off to the side, grabbed two suitcases (one with a half case of wine for the cruise!), and as we walked up were greeted by a woman who called us by name and escorted us into the lobby then over to the check-in desk. What a simple, but memorable, touch that was! But, I digress. . .

We got up early Sunday morning, grabbed some Mickey waffles at RF (they were good!), loaded up the car, stopped by SOG for some Starbucks, then headed toward Port Canaveral. Our plan was to get there around 10:30 as that was our original check-in time before the new system was put in place. The drive was punctuated by the occasional yelp ("Port Canaveral, 30 miles!!") from my navigator, aka "love of my life," and drama-free. . .well, if you don't count having to outrun the DCL bus--"Pass them! PASS THEM! We have to beat them there!!" That bus was moving, let me tell you, but we passed them with about 20 miles to go and left them in our figurative dust. As we crossed over one of the bridges right before getting to Port Canaveral, I was momentarily rendered deaf: "OHMYGODIT'STHEDREAM!!!!!" There, in all her shining glory was the ship waiting to take us on our first cruise together. I gotta admit it gave me goosebumps.

We arrived at DCL parking garage around 10:45 (tip: though the directions on the documents from DCL says to take the Terminal A turn, it's actually Terminal 8), dropped our bags on the ground level (the baggage guy said not-so-subtley, "you won't see us again so this is your time to tip" which I interpreted as "if you don't tip me, you'll never see your bags again!"), then drove to the third floor of the garage where the walkway is located. We sailed through the checkpoint at the head of the walkway despite the drool on my DSO's clothing.
"Sir, is she okay?" queried the cast member checking passports.
"Yes, she just does that occasionally when faced with a new Disney experience. If you speak directly to her, she'll respond," I answered jovially.

I attempted to photograph and video strolling down the walkway with the Dream as a lovely backdrop, but I was bombarded with, "Will you COME ON!?" I managed a couple of shots before entering the bag scan zone where the agents commented, "Planning to party a little bit?" when they saw the wine. The other agent saw the drooling on "love of my life" and dryly remarked, "I can see it's already started. You're free to go, sir."

We immediately got in line at the Castaway Club, and within two minutes, we were talking to a check-in CM. Five minutes after that, we had our boarding pass number--3--and got in line to take a picture with Captain Mickey. . .only we never made it. The line was long, and at 11:30 they started loading. We got up to within six people of the head of the line when they called our boarding number; unfortunately, those six people all had six degrees of family join them and we figured it would be another hour before we actually got to have our photo taken, so we opted to board instead. And we did so without any regret.

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OHMYGODIT'STHEDREAM!

One of the quality customer service touches we found on our brief stay at WDW happened when we first drove up to the main entrance to the WL. We pulled off to the side, grabbed two suitcases (one with a half case of wine for the cruise!), and as we walked up were greeted by a woman who called us by name and escorted us into the lobby then over to the check-in desk. What a simple, but memorable, touch that was! But, I digress. . .
It really was exceptional service. As much as I love VWL and for as many times as we've been there, I've never felt more "Welcome(d) Home."

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We got up early Sunday morning, grabbed some Mickey waffles at RF (they were good!), loaded up the car, stopped by SOG for some Starbucks, then headed toward Port Canaveral.
Mmmm!!!! Chocolate chip Mickey waffles!!! And Starbucks. Of course!!

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Our plan was to get there around 10:30 as that was our original check-in time before the new system was put in place. The drive was punctuated by the occasional yelp ("Port Canaveral, 30 miles!!") from my navigator, aka "love of my life," and drama-free. . .well, if you don't count having to outrun the DCL bus--"Pass them! PASS THEM! We have to beat them there!!" That bus was moving, let me tell you, but we passed them with about 20 miles to go and left them in our figurative dust.
So I may have been a tad bit excited. A smidge. Maybe. Just a little. And. There was NO WAY that bus load of cruisers was getting in line before we did, lolol!!!

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As we crossed over one of the bridges right before getting to Port Canaveral, I was momentarily rendered deaf: "OHMYGODIT'STHEDREAM!!!!!" There, in all her shining glory was the ship waiting to take us on our first cruise together. I gotta admit it gave me goosebumps.


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We arrived at DCL parking garage around 10:45 (tip: though the directions on the documents from DCL says to take the Terminal A turn, it's actually Terminal 8), dropped our bags on the ground level (the baggage guy said not-so-subtley, "you won't see us again so this is your time to tip" which I interpreted as "if you don't tip me, you'll never see your bags again!"), then drove to the third floor of the garage where the walkway is located. We sailed through the checkpoint at the head of the walkway despite the drool on my DSO's clothing. "Sir, is she okay?" queried the cast member checking passports. "Yes, she just does that occasionally when faced with a new Disney experience. If you speak directly to her, she'll respond," I answered jovially.
Ha Ha. So VERY funny. NOT!!!

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I attempted to photograph and video strolling down the walkway with the Dream as a lovely backdrop, but I was bombarded with, "Will you COME ON!?" I managed a couple of shots before entering the bag scan zone where the agents commented, "Planning to party a little bit?" when they saw the wine. The other agent saw the drooling on "love of my life" and dryly remarked, "I can see it's already started. You're free to go, sir."
I think we might have already established that I was a wee bit excited. And. Again with the funny?? Not funny before, not funny now. For future reference.

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We immediately got in line at the Castaway Club, and within two minutes, we were talking to a check-in CM. Five minutes after that, we had our boarding pass number--3--and got in line to take a picture with Captain Mickey. . .only we never made it. The line was long, and at 11:30 they started loading. We got up to within six people of the head of the line when they called our boarding number; unfortunately, those six people all had six degrees of family join them and we figured it would be another hour before we actually got to have our photo taken, so we opted to board instead. And we did so without any regret.
I can't believe how quick and easy it was!! Literally 2 minutes in line and bang! We're done. The longest wait really was for our picture with Captain Mickey. Which we never did get. But I get that everyone's on vacation and they all want their pictures in every way, shape and form possible. After all, you only get one chance, really. So. I didn't mind. Besides. I think it's firmly well established by now that I was anxious to hit the road, uh, seas, lolol!!!



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We arrived at DCL parking garage around 10:45 ..... dropped our bags on the ground level (the baggage guy said not-so-subtley, "you won't see us again so this is your time to tip" which I interpreted as "if you don't tip me, you'll never see your bags again!"),
This happened to us too!!! When DH dropped me and the girls off with the bags, the guy said to DH "this is the last time you will see me or your bags" or something to that effect and that we should tip him now!!! Then DH turns to me and says, "hey can you tip him for me?" as he gets into the car!!!!!!! He must say it to everyone! That's so hilarious. I also felt that if I didn't give him a tip, I wouldn't see my bags again either!

Great trip report so far!
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Love your tag team trip report!! Great pictures.
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Love the way this trip report is going!

I really love reading reports with lots of pictures! Can't for more!
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This happened to us too!!! When DH dropped me and the girls off with the bags, the guy said to DH "this is the last time you will see me or your bags" or something to that effect and that we should tip him now!!! Then DH turns to me and says, "hey can you tip him for me?" as he gets into the car!!!!!!! He must say it to everyone! That's so hilarious. I also felt that if I didn't give him a tip, I wouldn't see my bags again either!

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I'm sure it's a typical line, and honestly, I understand why they would say that since everyone is looking forward to getting on the ship and some likely assume the tips for the baggage handlers will be taken care of onboard. I love how your hubby left the tip up to you, though! Hope you enjoyed your cruise!

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Love your tag team trip report!! Great pictures.
Thanks! I can't seem to keep her from following me around. This truly was a memorable trip for us on so many levels, and I can assure you that luvvwl is every bit as excitable as she appears. . .and, yes, that's part of her charm. (shhh! don't tell her I said so, okay?)

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Love the way this trip report is going!

I really love reading reports with lots of pictures! Can't for more!
Well, then, you're in for a treat because we have lots more pictures and banter coming up, 'cause that's just the way we roll. lol Along the way, we'll also give our opinions on such things as the food, service, rooms, and the like, so stay tuned!


Thanks to all who have commented so far and also to those who have viewed without comment. We'll try to keep updates coming at least every other day. Slainte!
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Bummer! I'm already at the current end of your trip report

Good news is that there is more to come, right????

Loving the report. We sail in October so very interested in your take of the Dream!
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Bummer! I'm already at the current end of your trip report

Good news is that there is more to come, right????

Loving the report. We sail in October so very interested in your take of the Dream!
I'll try to be done by then! Ummm, when do you sail? There is more to come, and I plan to do some tonight. Now, if I can just get LOMF to post more pics. . .
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You guys are pretty cute in your banter.

Hope you have a fantastic voyage and smooth seas
We did! I promise to have more details of the actual cruise coming soon.



P.S. We banter this way a lot. . .
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Oh, yea!!! People!!!!

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We did! I promise to have more details of the actual cruise coming soon.



P.S. We banter this way a lot. . .
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Thanks! I can't seem to keep her from following me around. This truly was a memorable trip for us on so many levels, and I can assure you that luvvwl is every bit as excitable as she appears. . .and, yes, that's part of her charm. (shhh! don't tell her I said so, okay?)
PS~ I saw that, lolol!!!
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You are hilarious. I can't wait to read more.
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PS~ I saw that, lolol!!!
Where are the pics, slacker?
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The Dream Has Arrived

After posing for the obligatory boarding shot (did we even purchase that one?), we were announced aboard amid much applause and fanfare as befits the beautiful woman with whom I was traveling. Most of the ship's crew of 1500 were there, and we were showered with gold doubloons, and upgraded to the Walt stateroom. . .okay, at least 3 crewmembers were there and sunlight filtered down from the oversized portholes. . .and no upgrade. Actually, I find the little announcement ceremony rather endearing though I do wonder what the ship's officers who have that duty think of it. When we boarded, there were 6-8 of them clapping and one of them took us aside to explain things a little better, such as the fact our room would be available by 1:30, where to dine, etc.

During our two-hour wait for the stateroom to be available, we explored the ship a bit (I had been on the Wonder before while this was LOMF's first cruise of any sort), taking pictures, admiring the architecture & theming, locating the correct floor and hallway for our room, and just basking in the glow of finally being on our dream cruise. . .on the Dream. Since we had only Mickey waffles and Starbucks coffee to sustain since early that morning, we made our way to Cabanas for lunch. The place is huge! We found a lovely window table (it was too hot outside since the ship wasn't moving), dropped our gear, and headed off to load our plates. The selections were numerous and appetizing--shrimp, crab (okay, the crab looked just so-so), salad fixings, pasta salads, fruit, wraps, soups, and more (I'm guessing luvvwl's memory of the offerings will be better than mine, just sayin').

I find it difficult to exactly put into words the overwhelming sense of wonderment (or should that be dream-ment? ) we felt sitting there, basking in the sun, gnoshing on lunch, and anticipating the cruise to come. We had been talking of going on a cruise for a long time; we had planned this cruise for nearly a year; and we had spent countless hours poring over menus, excursion descriptions, Navigators, and the DIS Cruise Line forum culling tidbits of information and stoking our desire to go to sea. More than that, this trip was a pinnacle (just one of many to come) of our separate paths to finding each other. For me, it was the slow dawning that this amazing woman was the perfect fit: patient, loving, sexy, full of grace--more than I'd ever come to believe was possible. We found each other later in life (ummm, not that we're old or anything), and this cruise represents just one of the many spectacular adventures we will share. But, I digress. . .

After lunch, we explored a little more, but as the time grew nearer to 1:30, we found ourselves hanging out by the opening to our hallway, not unlike that old commercial with the woman standing at the window of a store mumbling, "Open, open, open. . ." Finally, way later than they'd said--I mean, it was at least 1:33!--we got to our room--8656. We had no luggage waiting for us (they did say that could arrive as late as 4:30), but the room was ready and gorgeous. It screamed, "You're here! WELCOME!" We checked to make sure everything was in working order--it was--stepped out on the verandah (it took luvvwl, ohhh, about 20 minutes to figure out how to open the door), and soaked up. . .the heat and humidity of the port. Honestly, it was so wonderful to be in the room we'd share the next few days and nights. We were "home."

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