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Old 05-29-2012, 02:39 PM   #301
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I've never done DCL, but I'm already obsessed with Animator's Palate. Personalized water glasses? A great touch.
And they remembered what the kids had to drink from night to night, so when we got to our table on the second night, they each had their milk or lemonade already sitting there for them.
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I love the picture of Madison with her peas, she's a clever little thing. You probably are in trouble...
The problem is that she gets her sense of humor from me, so I can't even get mad.
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I'm thinking that the towel animal might be a seal. What did you guys come up with?
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I hope that the waters calmed, that would have been super weird to experience at dinner!
The rocking was a bit unnerving, that's for sure!

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Suddenly the premium you pay for a Disney Cruise doesn't seem like so much of a premium.
<heavy Russian accent, because it just makes it funnier>Oh, you want boat that floats? Let me transfer you to our "executive" cruise line.

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Really? You took the time to google a picture of a pallet just for that?
Nothing but the best for my readers!

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Sounds like our first night as well. Walking like a drunken sailor and trying not to puke like one is a tall order.
All the side effects of being a drunken sailor, none of the drinking. Don't look now, but I think we got ripped off on that.

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Did your family get any special attention?
No. There was a pretty large group (probably 10 people) that seemed to get Crush's focus before he had to move on.

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These guys do a really good job. Can't beat Disney customer service.
We did have a bit of an issue with the assistant server - she kept messing up the drink orders or just forgetting them all together. But Dennis more than made up for it.

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Mind. Blown.
Sorry, I guess I should have warned you to wear the cast iron hat to keep the wall splatter to a minimum.

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Yeah, that sounds...appetizing. Is it like yellow snow, only melted?
I never did figure out why lemon never caught on as a popular color/flavor for shaved ice.

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Reject from the Yankee Candle store?
Hmmm..wax monster? Could be!
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And there it is... the typical FreezinRafiki visual pun.
I did that just for you, Andy.
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You didn't just take a picture and keep walking when you saw Proud Mom, did you?
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Looks awesome. I don't know why they don't have something like this in Hollywood Studios. That would be a very popular restaurant.
Agreed! I'll get my Imagineer friends right on that.....as soon as I get some Imagineer friends.

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See, he already is good at faking like he knows what you like.
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She can't be any worse than her dad.
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Poor Bambi
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Animator's was our favorite restaurant. So yummy! I love that the waitstaff will cut your child's food for you. When our waiter did that on the 1st night, I tried to take the silverware from him so I could do it myself. But, he told me to eat & enjoy my meal, that I was on vacation too. I wish I could've taken him home with me.
I'm not sure I could even try to pick our favorite. They were all so good!

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Been lurking on your trip report for awhile. This one made me go read some of your other ones. Love them btw, you are hilarious and your kids are adorable. I also say the towel animal is a seal.
Thanks! Glad to have you aboard! I hope you liked the others. Or at least tolerated them. Actually, I just hope they didn't put you to sleep - or worse. But you're still here, so I must be doing something right!
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:53 PM   #303
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I'm so glad you enjoyed your dinner despite the rocking! Glad it didn't bother anyone in your party.
While they were some fairly hefty swells, they were gentle enough that you weren't knocked out of your chair or anything.
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Thanks for taking the cool closeups of all the great touches in the restaurant. It really looks so cute in there and the kids probably loved it!
There was sooo much stuff around. Did you ever see the mock up of the animator's work station in the Animation building of Hollywood studios? The restaurant reminded me a lot of that, only in a much larger scale.

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I did the same thing. I actually asked him if he wanted to come home with us. And the housekeeper, she was amazing as well.
She was excellent as well. Do you remember her name?

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I'm glad to know I'm not the only who tried to do that.

Our housekeeper was great, too! The first night he came into our room to tell us about the amenities, etc. Our son wanted to show him his new toys so he sat on the floor with him and played. I have to say that I thought the Disney customer service outdid itself on the Dream.
That's awesome!
I forget where we were going, but just as we were leaving she was in the hallway and we chatted for a bit. She asked if we had sunscreen, which of course we forgot in the room. She really saved our skin that day. (No, really - she saved our skin! )
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OK… I’m caught up.
First: Sorry I’ve been AWOL for a while

Second: Nice updates Barry, but I’ve missed so much that conducting a proper multi-quoting assault would be entirely too time consuming. But then again I see that the rest of the gang has been doing a fine job of harassing you so it’s all good. That being said, there are two things that I feel require a comment or three. One because I was asked a direct question (and y’all know just how dangerous that can be), and the other one… just because I feel the need.



First the direct question which will result in a little bit of mini-bonuses-feature thread piracy (and do remember that you did make the mistake of asking it in the first place).


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At first I though these were the Liberty Star and the Freedom Star - the NASA owned boats that picked up the Solid Rocket Boosters after the Shuttles take off, but a little research after I got home told me they weren't. Rob - can I get a little help here? Any idea who these twins are?



What you’re looking at there are a pair of US Army (yes I said Army) LCUs (which means “Landing Craft - Utility”). They’re used for transporting heavy supplies, gear and vehicles between various coastal military facilities. These are both sisters of the “Runnymede Class” of LCUs. There are thirty five of these ships (and I can list ‘em all if you really, really want me to). There are usually one or two in Port Canaveral and any time. Which ones are there varies depending on what cargo needs to be moved in or out of the port. The current locators for the web-cams at Canaveral for instance show that there is only one of these ships in port at the moment and it happens to be the USAV Bristoe Station (LCU 2006). All of these LCUs are assigned numbers from 2001 to 2035 and the last two digits are painted on the top of the bridge structure in a fairly large format so you can pretty easily figure out which of the thirty five sisters you’re looking at on any given day (assuming you have the whole list that is). In your photo, LCU “01” is nearest the dock and happens to be the class leader USAV Runnymede (LCU 2001). The one on the outside with the big “04” painted on it would be the USAV Aldie (LCU 2004).


Remember… you asked for it.






Now for the bit that I just couldn’t help but comment on…


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Yes, I realize that Grandma did not get a Pirate theme. She's a big Belle fan and I just couldn't bring myself to transform Belle into a pirate wench. (Although it would have been pretty funny)
You may not have been able to bring yourself to transform Belle into a pirate wench, but there are certainly others in the world who feel no such compunction. So with out farther ado…

Here are three of Disney’s heroines envisioned as swashbuckling privateers by some artistic sole with a buccaneer’s eye for detail.







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Great update. I don't think Madison is going to be trouble....I just think she is very creative.
Exactly. She'll find very creative ways to be trouble.
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Sorry about the "rocking boat", but it looks as if everyone enjoyed their dinner. I love that they let you enjoy and helped cut the kids meal...very cool.
The food, service and atmosphere were excellent. All ingredients of a great meal!

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Wow, Barry. Great report!
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Great pics of the ship! Gotta show this to Molly when I get home! And maybe Jack to convince him to do a cruise...
Thanks! Is there anything in particular holding him back from wanting to go? Or just fear of the unknown and different? Let me know if there is anything I can do to help persuade him!
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for the magnets!
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Five in that room would be a tough fit, wouldn't it? Welcome to the land of >4 person families...
Yes, yes it would. Disney does have 5 person staterooms, and with DVC we can always put 5 in a 1 bedroom. But the world does seem set up for the family of 4, doesn't it?
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I'm all caught up.
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Where to start: Oh, the pallate. AWESOME.
That's all the encouragement I need to include more visual puns.
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Next: I second the +1 on the Spaceballs quote
Would that be a +1+1 or just a +2?
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The picture of the kids in the porthole was great! Do you know if all the staterooms have similar size windows, or if yours was a super-cool-Rafiki-special?
From what I understand, all outside staterooms have either a verandah (fancy talk for balcony) or portholes. Most have the single big porthole, but some have two smaller ones. Not sure how big those are.
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So, Food IS included in the price of admission (minus specaility drinks?) Does beer count as a specialty drink? (I've never been on a cruise, so I'm asking).
Yes, beer is a speciality drink. I don't think there is free alcohol anywhere on the boat. They do have a deal where you can buy a special mug (and my numbers are off, but it is something like this) that is 16 oz, but then you can use it for the rest of your cruise to get 16 oz pours for the 12 oz price. Or something like that. Disney also allows you to carry on your own alcohol. So you can mix your own rum with their free coke.

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And, the restaurants are buffets, but, are they unlimited? Meaning, can you always fine SOMETHING to eat somewhere on the boat, or are there set times to snarf grub, and otherwise, you're forking over $11 for a box of popcorn?
Cabanas's is the buffet. It's open most of the time, except late a night and for the little while that it takes them to switch from breakfast to lunch or lunch to dinner. Everything in there is included with your cruise fare.
They also have smaller counter service restaurants up by the pool serving pizza, sandwiches, salads, wraps, etc most of the day. And an ice cream place with soft serve ice cream. All included.
The 3 main dining restaurants on the Dream are Animator's Palate, Enchanted Garden and Royal Palace. They are sit down meals that have salads, appetizers, a main course and dessert. But you can mix and match - can't decide between the New York Strip and the lobster? No problem, they'll bring you both!
The Dream does have 2 fancy restaurants - Palo and Remy. There in an additional charge for these adults-only places. I think it's $15, but I've never eaten there so I don't know.
And when all else fails, there is room service. The food and most of the drink is free (they charge for things like cans of soda, but open drinks like glasses of milk or lemonade are free). We didn't do it, but I hear that getting milk and cookies delivered at bed time is a popular event on the ship.
The only places they really charge for food are the concession stands outside of the theaters.

So in conclusion, you really have to work hard to find a way to have to pay for something to eat on the ship!

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(and, it just occurred to me you're a guy writing a TR, not a travel agent....)
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But, very entertaining so far. My DW said not terribly long ago, "hey, would you *want* to do a Disney Cruise?"
Yes. Yes you do.

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Thus, i'm trying to fill my head with as much cruise data as possible.
Ask away! I'm full of information. Most of it is correct!
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And i got hit in the head a bunch as a child, thus, i find your humor funny.
It doesn't matter why you enjoy it, just that you do enjoy it.
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(and in case I didn't say it yet, congrats to Bambi (and you) on Ryder! And I'm jealous of the Dole Whip t-shirt)
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Yep, a little princess. And, yes, we do have a name...I think you might be partial to the middle name. Our princess will be Isabella Madison. (Family name on DH's side for first name, and I was born in Madison...and it's a nice name!)
You're right! I do like it! Congrats again! When are you due? We will need to see pictures, of course.
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The dining room looks pretty neat. Sounds like fun to have the character interaction on the screen (we love the Crush show at Epcot).
It is very similar to Epcot - Disney did a great job with this!
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OK… I’m caught up.
First: Sorry I’ve been AWOL for a while
Welcome back to the virtual world!
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Second: Nice updates Barry, but I’ve missed so much that conducting a proper multi-quoting assault would be entirely too time consuming. But then again I see that the rest of the gang has been doing a fine job of harassing you so it’s all good.
Thanks. And yes, there are always plenty of people to take up the harassment slack.

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First the direct question which will result in a little bit of mini-bonuses-feature thread piracy (and do remember that you did make the mistake of asking it in the first place).
I asked, fully knowing the repercussions. Please, explain away...


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What you’re looking at there are a pair of US Army (yes I said Army) LCUs (which means “Landing Craft - Utility”). They’re used for transporting heavy supplies, gear and vehicles between various coastal military facilities. These are both sisters of the “Runnymede Class” of LCUs. There are thirty five of these ships (and I can list ‘em all if you really, really want me to). There are usually one or two in Port Canaveral and any time. Which ones are there varies depending on what cargo needs to be moved in or out of the port. The current locators for the web-cams at Canaveral for instance show that there is only one of these ships in port at the moment and it happens to be the USAV Bristoe Station (LCU 2006). All of these LCUs are assigned numbers from 2001 to 2035 and the last two digits are painted on the top of the bridge structure in a fairly large format so you can pretty easily figure out which of the thirty five sisters you’re looking at on any given day (assuming you have the whole list that is). In your photo, LCU “01” is nearest the dock and happens to be the class leader USAV Runnymede (LCU 2001). The one on the outside with the big “04” painted on it would be the USAV Aldie (LCU 2004).
Ah! Excellent! I knew I could count you, Rob. But you would think the Navy would get all upset that the Army is infringing on it's color pattern. You'd think they'd have trademarked "gunmetal grey" and sued anyone else that used it.

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You may not have been able to bring yourself to transform Belle into a pirate wench, but there are certainly others in the world who feel no such compunction. So with out farther ado…

Here are three of Disney’s heroines envisioned as swashbuckling privateers by some artistic sole with a buccaneer’s eye for detail.


These are awesome!
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These are awesome!

And now you have an image you can use for Grandma on the next cruise.
(I can supply copies of those in a larger format if you’re interested)





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Ah! Excellent! I knew I could count you, Rob. But you would think the Navy would get all upset that the Army is infringing on it's color pattern. You'd think they'd have trademarked "gunmetal grey" and sued anyone else that used it.
Naaaaa… they’re not as picky about it as you might think. These are the same folks that have at one time or another seen the need to paint ship in some rather… shall we say… creative liveries. There was “usually” a method to the madness, but still…












And the winner of this little contest…





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Well, I guess before the days of GPS and laser guided missiles those paint jobs might have been useful in war. Kind of hard to shoot something that screws with your depth perception like that.
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And now you have an image you can use for Grandma on the next cruise.
(I can supply copies of those in a larger format if you’re interested)
The plan, as it stands now, is that grandma & grandpa won't be on the next cruise. I'm not entirely broken up by this.

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Naaaaa… they’re not as picky about it as you might think. These are the same folks that have at one time or another seen the need to paint ship in some rather… shall we say… creative liveries. There was “usually” a method to the madness, but still…
That's....just....wow.

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Well, I guess before the days of GPS and laser guided missiles those paint jobs might have been useful in war. Kind of hard to shoot something that screws with your depth perception like that.
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Naaaaa… they’re not as picky about it as you might think. These are the same folks that have at one time or another seen the need to paint ship in some rather… shall we say… creative liveries. There was “usually” a method to the madness, but still…
Wow. It looks like the Navy was taken over for a time by the people who make the fabrics for golf pants.
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Show Time!

We relaxed in the stateroom for a bit and listened to the kids have a rather heated conversation about who would get the top bunk. Unfortunately, their debating skills have yet to evolve beyond:
Madison: "Me!"
Evan: "Me!"
Madison "Me!"
Evan: "Me!"
Madison: "Me!"
Evan: "Ok, you."
Madison: "Really?!"
Evan: "Of Course Not. Me!"

(Ok, that last part may not have happened, but it sure would have been funny. For the first 3 seconds, then she probably would have punched him.)

We did point out that we had 4 nights on the boat, so each child would get 2 turns in the top bunk. I guess Mr. Kreuger, my high school math teacher, was right. I would use math after I graduated.

So, with the sleeping arrangements all settled, we made our way back upstairs for that evening's show. We emerged from the elevator to hear the sweet sounds of live music coming from the Atrium. A quick peek over the 4th floor railing revealed none other than our own Goofy tickling the ivories.





And just in case you were wondering, yes, you will find touches of Mickey everywhere. I'd call them Hidden Mickeys, but they're not really hidden.



Even the bathrooms are Mickeyed! (Yes, it's a word. Its on the internet, so it must be true)



We made our way past the shopping district on the ship and into the Walt Disney Theatre. (You can tell it's a fancy place because they spelled "Theater" wrong. I've been told this is on purpose.)





We settled into our seats for the performance, complete with snacks. Yes, we just ate, but grandpa decided we needed popcorn for the show. And who am I to argue with free food.



The camera panned around to show some of the celebrities in attendance.




What a prima donna. He has to bring his own chair. Sheeesh.

As we sat waiting for the theater (sorry, theatre) to fill, we watched the heavy red curtains swaying with the rocking of the ship. Photos don't do it justice, but they had to easily be swaying 3-4 feet at the bottom. I'm sure the performers are used to conditions like this, but how anyone can sing and dance on stage was beyond me!



Before the show began, we were greeted by Captain Gus and Rachel the cruise director. First of all, Captain Gus did assure us that another member of the crew was in fact steering the ship. To tell you the truth, I was a bit worried. He thanked us for choosing Disney Cruise Line (there are others?) and introduced some of the senior staff. Rachel went on to tell us all about the wonderful amenities on the ship, including the Buena Vista Theater. She explained that DCL is the only cruise line in the world to offer 1st run Hollywood movies on the ships. Because "we own most of them!"

But as they say in Hollywood - and out in the middle of the ocean - the show must go on!



Unfortunately, my camera does not. A combination of a swaying ship, seats near the back of the theater(re), fast action and a less that ideal lens and I have very few pictures of the show. Which is a bummer, because it was a really good show.

The premise is that the Golden Mickeys (think Academy Awards without the copyright infringement of using the word "Oscar") is an award show to be hosted by the Captain. However, he is unavailable and stage manager "Ensign Benson" must, despite her fear of public performances and the spotlight, must take his place. As host. Not as captain. I want someone with experience driving the ship.

Ensign Benson gets encouragement and advice from several people, including the head of the Walt Disney Company. Wait, that's Mickey. Make that the second in command of the Walt Disney Company, CEO Bob Iger - "live" via satellite.

The show presents awards for such Disney-fied categories as Heroism, Music, Villians, Frendship, and Romance. Each category has some great song and dance numbers from Disney films such as Snow White, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Mulan, The Little Mermaid, 101 Dalmatians, Toy Story, etc. Even Tangled makes and appearance.

I did get a few decent shots of the ending when the performers were standing still just long enough for me to snap a few pictures.





And wouldn't you know it, Ensign Benson rose up to the challenge, faced her fears and did a wonderful job as host. I love a happy ending!

We joined the heard of people moving out of the theatre(er) and headed down the flight of stairs to our stateroom. We fell into bed (well, Madison had to climb, but then she sort of fell off the ladder into bed), exhausted after our first day on the ship. The boat was still rocking in the heavy seas, but instead of keeping any of us up sick, it gently rocked us to sleep....


UP NEXT: Halloween on the High Seas and our first port of call.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:08 AM   #315
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I'm so sad that we missed the Golden Mickeys on our 1st night. But, we were just too tired to go. We put it on the TV in our room but we all fell asleep too quickly. It seems like it's a really cute show. Hopefully, they'll have it on the Fantasy next year.

Love all the pictures - especially the Mickeyed bathroom.
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