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Old 10-07-2012, 08:01 PM   #61
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WOW! Congrats on being the First Family, what an awesome experience! That is a great family pic on the boat!
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:24 PM   #62
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Wow, so exciting already, and you haven't even boarded the Fantasy!

I'm reading along as I am just shy of pulling the trigger on the Eastern Fantasy cruise next summer. It will be our first, and I'm just overwhelmed by the price and trying to figure out how to book it. I read (silently lurked in) your Dreamworks cruise report, and can't wait to hear how this compares!
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:22 AM   #63
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Jen - the shirts came out great, and obviously brought you lots of pixie dust!

Can't wait to see what else happened!
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:31 AM   #64
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I know the picture difference too. I had 3 cameras going on my trip and you can certainly tell the difference. But I do love the waterproof camera for fun events like that. may not be top notch pictures, but still decent and you can have the memories!
Oh absolutely! The waterproof one was our main 2nd camera and having it came in really handy when the batteries for the Rebel would run out. I had 3 batteries in rotation but still managed to deplete them frequently!

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The pool looks so fun. I don't think I have ever seen pictures (or not many at least) of this pool before. I am glad you shared them.
It was! all Disney pools are fun pools but it is right up there with some of the best we've had the chance to enjoy! (Animal Kingdom Lodge and Swan/Dolphin are other awesome ones!)

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From all your pics of just the pool I know now your not exagerating with how many pics you took lol. I wish i could take a vacation and just resort hop. Cant wait for more!
Yeah I ended up just under 10,000 once I found my Day 6 and 7 pics, I was totally freaking about those...just wait until I bombard you with Fantasy pics....I must have several hundred of the Aquaduck tubes from below as much as we were on it! hehe!

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JEN!!!

So excited that I happened to see your TR listed on the main page. We had a fabulous time on this trip, and loved meeting you and your family.
Darcy!

I second that- what a FANTASTIC (or is that Fantasy-tastic!) week! It was awesome meeting you and your family and again I can;t thank you enough for what you did to make the trip special! The Private Mixology was such a BLAST!!! I promise I don't have too many incriminating pics...LOL...

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Can't wait to re-live the week since I know I will never actually DO a trip report.
That is what I love most about doing a TR!

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And I need to show my family how many photos you took. They think I take a lot, and I only had a little over 500 on this cruise.
Oh believe me I was taking a lot of heat for it. "NO MORE PICTURES MOM!" was probably the most often uttered phrase of the week in our family! Its great to have so many especially since so many of them came out bad! LMAO!

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and definitely can't wait to see the Random Wind photos and read the details.
Yes, that was a really good time! Lots of great pics to come of that excursion! We all had a blast!!!

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We loved our St. John Champagne Catamaran excursion (from St. Thomas) and Jordan was so happy that we actually DID see some turtles and swim alongside them. It was amazing.
That sounds awesome! I will keep it in mind for next time we are there- I just LOVE St. John!

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I am subbing to keep reading about the trip - and OKW looks beautiful, I will add that to my list of places to try out one of these days if I can ever get the kids to go back to WDW instead of DCL!
I know, right? It's getting harder and harder even though we are close by. Some of the Fl Res Rates on the Dream are too good to be true- just our 3 day WDW passes were nearly $1,000...when you can take a cruise on the Dream for $1700 well how can you compare!

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Woo hoo! Hi Jen! Looking forward to reading along with you. I am a trip report flunkie...and why would I need one when yours are always fabulous! Can't wait to relive our trip on the fantasy again. Hope there are no incriminating pics from the mixology class....
Hi Jill! It was so great meeting you on the cruise! That Mixology was such a blast! SO GLAD we got to do that! I do have some incriminating pictures...LOL..I'll try to make sure they aren't too bad!

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I'm so...glad you had a safe journey and another wonderful Disney adventure.
Hi Joanie!

I'm sad it's over but excited for you guys- oh my gosh you and Sam are going to LOVE THIS SHIP! It really is THAT GREAT! We just loved it soo much!

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I watched for you guys on sail away, but image wasn't that great. I'm going to check when they have your cruise available to view.
Yeah, I know. A friend of mine grabbed a screenshot but even she couldn't really tell it was us. oh well...it's OK. I know the camera at PC isn't as good as the one in Port Everglades. I really do hope they post the video, it seems they aren't posting them consistently from PC.

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We sail on the 20th, so I'm hanging on every word. Looking forward to the Halloween activities again.

Thanks for sharing.
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LOL Ron said last night "I hate Halloween when we aren't on a cruise" HAHA!

I wish I could think of some tips to give you but I don't really think you will need any- the ship is a little different but I found it easy to get around as it is still very familiar to the Magic.

Less than 2 weeks! Yay!!!

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Enjoying your TR and pictures. You and your family really know how to have fun!!!
Thanks so much! We definitely always try to make the most out of our trips! Glad to have you reading along!

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Love your reports Can't wait to read all about your adventures
Thanks so much Cass, it's always a pleasure to have you aboard!

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How fantastic that you were the first family! What a cool way to start off your day at the Magic Kingdom
It was so awesome! I knew this trip was going to be the best EVAH and that pretty much confirmed it!

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Sorry to hear about Sarah not feeling so good, poor kid
Yes, I wish I could say that will be that last instance of overeating and vomiting on this trip...but let's just say it wasn't! I'll leave it at that for now!

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WOW! Congrats on being the First Family, what an awesome experience! That is a great family pic on the boat!
Thanks so much! It really was an amazing start! How in the world will the cruise match up to that? Well...it did! That isn't a spoiler is it? LOL!

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Wow, so exciting already, and you haven't even boarded the Fantasy!
I know! it was awesome and it keeps getting better!

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I'm reading along as I am just shy of pulling the trigger on the Eastern Fantasy cruise next summer. It will be our first, and I'm just overwhelmed by the price and trying to figure out how to book it. I read (silently lurked in) your Dreamworks cruise report, and can't wait to hear how this compares!
Oh my gosh- first of all so happy to have you reading along again. Second of all GO BOOK THE FANTASY RIGHT NOW! It's OK, I'll wait.....

:P In all seriousness..these cruises just keep getting better and better. We LOVED the Fantasy- it is OUTSTANDING! it really is the best of Disney Cruise Line- and as Ron says "the BEST overall cruise experience out there". Did he really say that? Yes...yes he did! So that oughta tell you something!

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Jen - the shirts came out great, and obviously brought you lots of pixie dust!

Can't wait to see what else happened!
Thanks! They really were Magical!
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:10 AM   #65
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I'm so...glad you had a safe journey and another wonderful Disney adventure.

I watched for you guys on sail away, but image wasn't that great. I'm going to check when they have your cruise available to view.

We sail on the 20th, so I'm hanging on every word. Looking forward to the Halloween activities again.

Thanks for sharing.
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Joanie,

We missed seeing you guys around every corner on this cruise! It's so funny how on cruises you see some people all the time and then others you wouldn't have ever known you were on the same cruise. We had a few that we saw over and over on this cruise too! I know you'll enjoy your cruise. Be sure to check out Satellite Falls! This was a nice quiet area to get away from it all. It's especially relaxing when they have the guitar player out there, playing Buffett-type music.

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Old 10-08-2012, 09:12 AM   #66
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Great start Jen! I can't wait to see how the rest of it turns out!
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:00 PM   #67
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Great trip report, Jen!!

Hey, remember me??? LOL

I really enjoyed reading your trip report, and so glad I was enjoying the same cruise! LOL

Take care!

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Old 10-08-2012, 01:01 PM   #68
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Great start Jen! I can't wait to see how the rest of it turns out!
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:46 PM   #69
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Hi Caroline! I guess this will be my new Dis Home until we transfer our dummy date to our 2014 Fantasy cruise and have a new meet thread. Opps, I hope that isn't a spoiler for this trip report. Yes, we enjoyed it enough to re-book...

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Old 10-08-2012, 06:40 PM   #70
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Hey Jen,

Lovin' your report! Congrats on being First Family!

Not to be totally off topic (oh, why not?!) but I found something interesting about the Allure. She will have a 3 nighter for Valentine's Day 2013! Still expensive, but I wish we could do it.

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/findac...31&date=201301
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:53 PM   #71
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How awesome to be first family. I didn't even know they did such a thing.

I had the same thought about the parking lot in March. I didn't remember them having two sets of trams like that and I thought the names had changed...but it's been so long since I last drove to the parks that I thought it might've changed years ago.

That peanutbutter gold rush sundae looks sooo good. Thats my style. I am a huge fan of the no way jose at Beaches and cream and I bet this would be just as good. I have yet to make it into there yet.

I am surprised you had a good review of that fast food place (I am blanking on the name right now) I mostly hear bad reviews and I actually heard it may be taken out. I only used the bathroom there, but not eaten there myself.


Poor Sarah. Was it just that she ate too much?
We had a puking incident at DHS one year. I push Claires head into a garbage can...gross I know, but I didn't know what else to do. Unfortunately she was sick the rest of the day and the next day we went home and she was very fussy on the plane. We had a good trip, but the last 2 days were hard.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:16 AM   #72
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Woohoo! So is that the cruise you are on Deck 10, in 2014? What is your date?
We were originally on D10 for the '13 cruise, but the '14 cruise we are going to try and lower ourselves a deck. That said I'm still curious about it and glad you grabbed the shots. There was a thread on here about the aft cabins and how folks are concerned with the sight lines from Cabanans. We are going to go on the first eastern in '14. With all the craziness of trying to get my business venture off the ground, it should be the one bit of sanity to look forward to. I would love to think about doing what you and Ron were talking about, I guess that is why the whole be your own boss is intriguing to me. (Speaking of the business, I have a few ideas that involves your young dancer that I need to run by ya.)

After showing Adam the facilities to OKW, I think he is warming up to a "hidden slide" and a place that has real sand. I didin't realize how I lived in Florida for soooo long and we had sand ever where. The first time he saw it was Sea World and Hotel Hell.

Very cool to get a Front of the Line pass.... (TEACHERS PET)
I also never knew there was ice cream in DTD at Ghiardelli's. I thought it was just Candy. I'm putting that on the list of need to do when I come down next. (as well as a run to Earl)

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Old 10-09-2012, 07:21 AM   #73
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Great exit (puke-o-rama) and entrance (first family)! Yuck, yuck, yuck on the exit, tho. My boys did enjoy the story, however!

And this-



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Old 10-09-2012, 10:47 AM   #74
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Sarah's hair has gotten so long! Now I'm wondering if you got it braided again on this cruise (and if so, if she fell asleep this time!). Guess I will have to wait until further on in the report to find out.

Did you know Ghiardelli's also gives a discount to military, fire and police? Me either! I thought for sure, military, but never thought about asking about the other two. Mike and his Mom were talking about something random about his job, the cashier overheard them, asked if he was a police officer, he confirmed and, bam, discount! And to think, all these years I've been paying full price for those sundaes.

Poor Sarah's little tummy. And the DTD bathrooms are unfindable. This happens to us all too often. Michael is the usual culprit. However, we just took a camping trip to go apple picking and on the way home, I kid you not, Michael, Allison AND the dog all got car sick. At different times, no less.

First Family? How cool is that!
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First family must have been such an exciting surprise!! Looking forward to reading more.
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