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Old 10-31-2012, 05:26 PM   #31
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Thanks everyone! I'll post more probably tomorrow. Have a great Halloween!
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:20 PM   #32
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TPR,

I was re-living vacation with your photos this afternoon as I talked with my mom on the phone. I made it to your Grand Cayman day and after reading the caption about having the ship to yourselves, I noticed the fellow walking in the photo and thought, "Hey, that looks like my honey! Wait, that looks like my kid! Wait, there I am too!". Thanks for the photo of a great memory! I'm going to try to print it now...this is just too fun!
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:26 AM   #33
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:59 AM   #34
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Thanks everyone! I'll post more probably tomorrow. Have a great Halloween!
Okay, you're keeping us hanging here. Very much enjoying your trip report. I will be going on the Fantasy in Oct. 2013 on the Western itenerary and am looking forward to more pictures!! Please post more!!!
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:17 PM   #35
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awesome pics ,takes me back to my april cruise this year .
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:09 AM   #36
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I am enjoying your report and look forward to more!
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:30 PM   #37
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I love your trip report. The photos of Mexico are hilarious and so true!!
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:37 PM   #38
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Well, that didn't take long for Elissa to find her dudes! I guess we know where she'll be the rest of the cruise!
Hi Elissa! My name is also Elissa so cool. I do not see too many people with that name that is spelled that way
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:35 AM   #39
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Fantastic and thank you for the photos. We cannot wait for our trip!
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:54 PM   #40
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Love the trip report so far!

We are doing this itinerary in February, can't wait! Can you tell me what the shows were, and which nights they were on? I don't want to miss any of the live shows, but still want to do Palo or Remy. Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:29 AM   #41
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Thanks again for letting me re-live our fabulous trip thru your pictures & trip report!

I was also nice to see a good picture of our cabin door (10024).

Can't wait to read more!
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:00 AM   #42
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^ Awesome that you participated in the gift exchange. That was our first time doing anything like this and we LOVE it!

Anyway, where did I leave off....


Tonight was the second night in Animator's Palate, with the theme of the restaurant changing from Crush to "Animation Magic", one of the most unique and impressive "Disney experiences" ever!


The restaurant has transformed once again with scenes from different movies.


Animator's Palate is simply one of the most amazing looking Disney restaurants ever. I'm shocked this concept hasn't been brought to a park or resort.


The theme is truly amazing.


Love the art from Ratatouille on the screens tonight!


Tonight Animator's Palate does something called "Animation Magic" where everyone has to draw a character...


Here are some of the characters we drew...


Work of art!


Jack Hannah would be so proud!


Anyway,we'll get back to the characters in a bit... Lets look at tonight's menu...


Again, another awesome selection...


Page two.


Once again, colour plays an important role on the plates in this dining room.


Mickey comes on the screen to let us know his team of Animators are working on our character drawings!


Lumiere kicks off a "dinner themed" montage of Disney footage.


Lots of clips from Ratatouille were included. We like this.


This is "popcorn soup" ... Very strange... But very yummy!


Quite possibly the best peppercorn steak I've ever had!


Another view of Animator's Palate.


Mickey is back to let is know he has prepared a special animated feature with our drawings... And them something amazing happened...


Not only do the characters you draw come on screen, but they are fully animated...


They are first presented running across the screen...


Showing off all the characters to the tables around you...


And then... They are incorporated into actual Disney cartoons and movie clips!


Everyone in the restaurant is in awe of this, clapping along, and the atmosphere is totally nuts!

Watch this video below. While I feel it's impossible to capture how awesome the show and atmosphere was in a video, this will at least give you some idea...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m91PFZTui7M
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:02 AM   #43
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Your characters dance with Mickey...


And are fully animated along with the real characters on screen...


Photos and video do not do justice of how "magical" the experience is or the atmosphere of the restaurant.


Again, I am so shocked that no other Disney park or resort has tried to incorporate this concept.


Once the show is over, they list all the guest animators!


There's Robb, Elissa, and Kristen!


Oh, and there is also dessert! Since creativity was the theme, tonight was the "create your own cupcake" night!


This was a pretty big hit for KidTums!


It's even Elissa approved!


I, of course, had another Mickey bar!


We all got our characters back with an official animator stamp!


Another absolutely amazing night!


Time to go check out AquaDuck at night!


More of the awesome Disney artwork around the ship.



AquaDuck at night was really amazing! It was like the waterslide version of Space Mountain! Watch this video...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpyFFYkAurc


The entire ship has amazing lighting at night.


And the best part... There was no line for AquaDuck at night!!!


The ship really does look amazing at night.


And even in the quieter, "adult" locations of the ship, they still have fun, "enchanted art" to play with...


Hey! That looks familiar!


It's just like being on the boat ride at Epcot!


Just in case you forgot what boat you were on!

I'll post more photos and videos soon!
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:48 AM   #44
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I found my honey again.....
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:54 PM   #45
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OMG!!! What is that on our porthole??? Oh, it's just Mexico...


Our next port was Cozumel, Mexico! For some strange reason I'm getting Deja Vu here! I guess that's better than Montezooma's Revenge, right? (Actually it's not!)


Beautiful photo of our ship... This could be a postcard or wrapping paper or something.


"Hooray... We're in Cozumel... Again!"
(Note - I was trying to go for grabbing Elissa's b**b in the shot, but my timing was awful!)


Welcome to Mexico! Lol.


Yeah, that pretty much sums up my thoughts on the matter!


We spent most of our time in Cozumel here.


Mexico really does have some weird super hero fetish!


We thought it was interesting that a lot of the merchandise seemed to be different from our last visit and geared towards the ship in port.


This is the closest we will get to a donkey show.


All Mexicans look just like this guy.


Enough of Mexico...time to go back to the ship... Yup!


Thought this porthole animation was funny!


Since its Pirates Night tonight, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has been transformed into...


The Pirates League!!!


Kristen's fairy godmother is a "fake pirate" today! She's giving Kristen her pirate name or something.


"ARRRRRR! Tonight I'm a pirate princess!"


The whole place was cleverly re-done.


KidTums gets to choose her hairstyle...


Once again, fairy godmothers... I mean fake pirates Sarah and Nicki tend to KidTums to make her into a pirate.


A little bit of pirate make-up...


KidTums must now take the pirate oath.


KidTums says "I have no clue what fake pirate godmother Nicki is talking about! She's just rambling on like a crazy person!"


ARRRRRR! Pirate princess KidTums has been transformed!


She's ready to set sail with Jack Sparrow!
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