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Old 10-08-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
Earning My Ears
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Our Surprise Disney Fantasy Cruise 9/22-9/29/2012

Here is a little snip-it of our pre-trip report. (Pre trip report was posted in the pre trip thread.) We had booked a 5 day WDW trip for our family. 6 weeks before our trip, we found an AWESOME deal on a 7 day Disney Cruise on the Disney Fantasy. We booked it and cancelled our WDW trip. We booked a GTY Inside Stateroom with dining at the late seating because that was all that was available. We could not book our specific room because of the rate we got. My BFF booked the same thing and we had our reservations linked, in hopes that we would get rooms close to each other. We decided to surprise our kids and not tell them that we were not going to WDW and were going on a Disney cruise instead. We were so excited and were hoping they would be just as excited!!!!

Our trip had so much fairy dust and pixie dust - for the most part this was a dream vacation.

Friday, September 21 - DH got back to Atlanta at 6:30 a.m. after being in San Francisco for the week. I worked that morning so the house would be quiet and hoping that DH could get a few hours of sleep before we left. We checked the kids out of school at 12:30. We loaded the car and were on the road by 2:00. We were traveling with my BFF and her family. The ride to Cape Canaveral seemed to take forever. BFF and I could only talk in code about the trip because we still had not let the kids in on the surprise. (We had decided to tell them after breakfast on Saturday outside the hotel (with the ship behind them when we told them.) We stopped at Chickfila in FL around 6:30 p.m. The older kids (DS – Mitchell and BFF’s daughter Taylor - 12 years old) rode with the husbands and the younger ones (DS –Jackson 7 and BFF’s daughter Addi 6) rode with BFF and I. As we got closer to Cape Canaveral, the older kids were chatting about what all they wanted to do at WDW. The younger ones were watching a movie and focused on that. As we came over the hill (when you can see the cruise port), the older kids said hey that looks like a cruise ship. It was a well lit cruise ship but they were quickly told that it wasn’t a cruise ship that it was a hotel. They didn’t believe it but didn’t make a big deal about it. We were not expecting ships to be in port that night since we thought most would arrive in port while we were sleeping Friday night. We finally got to the Country Inn and Suites around 10:00. As soon as we pulled in the parking lot, we (the adults) quickly started discussing if we should go ahead and tell the kids since they had seen the cruise ship. We decided that we would go ahead and tell them. We called them to the staircase, in the hotel, so that we could get them all together to video their reaction. They were really tired and didn’t really want us to take a picture of them. We started taking pictures and videoing too. We asked them if they were tired, too tired to go to WDW. They said yes. Then we asked them if they were too tired to go on a Disney Cruise. They said no but didn’t catch on to what we said. Then we said what if we told you we were going on a Disney Cruise and not going to WDW. They gave us really puzzled looks and said HUH?!?!?! We told them we were going on a 7 day Disney Cruise on the new Disney Fantasy. They were excited and smiling but were not jumping up and down like we thought they would do. Because we didn’t get the jumping up and down and screaming reaction, BFF and I regretted telling them that night and thought we should have waited. (She and I jumped up and down and screamed and yelled when we found the great deal on the cruise.)

We wanted to show the kids the cruise ship and Aquaduck videos on Youtube and the planning DVD we received from Disney Cruise Line. They started really getting excited once they saw where we were going to spend the next 7 days. Once we got to our room, we had some fairy dust waiting for us. We had been upgraded to a suite instead of a standard room. That was pretty awesome! The kids congregated in our room since we had brought our laptop. They loved watching the videos and checking things out but we told them they had to go to bed. About 11:30, we finally got in the bed. Before we crawled in the bed, we looked out of our window and could see a cruise ship outside our window. About 3:30 a.m., Jackson woke me up and said “Mommy, I can’t sleep or be still because I am so excited about our Disney cruise.” That made my heart smile. I was so happy and had a really hard time going back to sleep. Jackson and I woke up again about 6:30 and looked out our window to see the Disney Fantasy for the first time. I wanted to jump up and down!!!! We wanted to get ready and leave right then. We tried to lay back down but Jackson wanted to watch more videos of the cruise ship and the Aquaduck on Youtube. So he and I shut the door to the bedroom and watched some videos. He had a million questions.

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