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Old 01-27-2013, 10:07 PM   #16
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Great review---how was animatorwhere you able torequest a table ifo a big screen to interact with crush?
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Great review---how was animatorwhere you able torequest a table ifo a big screen to interact with crush?
We were actually right next to the screen without requesting it. Crush came over and started talking to our table, but the people at the next table started answering all the questions even though Crush was pointed at our table and no where near theirs. But whatever Lol.
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That sounds like a good plan. We used Thrifty and their rental counter was a little slow, but we were still at Disney by 10:30 or so.
Thanks...that's what I wanted to hear! I posted te question on CC and you'd think I was trying to tour all four parks with the answers I got lol.

The pics of your DDs with the characters are too cute. I love that they still love it all too! My boys are teens now and people are always surprised they can't get enough Disney.

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Old 01-28-2013, 12:21 PM   #19
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I was going to try and finish the report this morning before work.....but this girl had other ideas.....



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Spent my morning taking her walks and playing with her ball......PSA if you want a calm dog do NOT adopt the cute little herding dog puppy because they are "so cute!" I love my baby, but omg she's a pain!

I'll try and finish tonight after work....
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I was going to try and finish the report this morning before work.....but this girl had other ideas.....



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Spent my morning taking her walks and playing with her ball......PSA if you want a calm dog do NOT adopt the cute little herding dog puppy because they are "so cute!" I love my baby, but omg she's a pain!

I'll try and finish tonight after work....
She is so cute!! Fortunately my couch potato of a pug wants nothing to do with the great outdoors today. It is snowing/sleeting at the moment and he could not for a minute think that was worth getting off the couch for
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Great trip report so far. Interesting enough I've got an DS18 who will be going with us on the Fantasy in June. Maybe 1 or both of your DD's could give their thoughts on what they thought about the trip. What were their highlights? Recommendations? My fear is that since he is no longer young enough for the Vibe, he now has to hang out with the older crowd and may not like that.
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Following along! Great TR so far
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Thanks...that's what I wanted to hear! I posted te question on CC and you'd think I was trying to tour all four parks with the answers I got lol.

The pics of your DDs with the characters are too cute. I love that they still love it all too! My boys are teens now and people are always surprised they can't get enough Disney.

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Lol...I saw the responses over there. You could even go to Ron Jon's first to check it out and THEN head to DTD and still have plenty of time to get to the airport for an 8 pm flight.

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Great trip report so far. Interesting enough I've got an DS18 who will be going with us on the Fantasy in June. Maybe 1 or both of your DD's could give their thoughts on what they thought about the trip. What were their highlights? Recommendations? My fear is that since he is no longer young enough for the Vibe, he now has to hang out with the older crowd and may not like that.
They would say make sure he goes to the 18-21 year old ice breakers and activities. My girls didn't really go other than the first night, but it's because they have each other to hang out with. They do like to make new friends, but with them both being at college and not seeing each other very often they really just wanted to spend that time as "seesters" as they call each other. I am so lucky that they get along so well! Hopefully you will have great table-mates like we did. It was a family of 4 who brought their niece along. So at our table we had my 19 and 21 year olds, and they had a 17 year old boy (who acted way older) and two 21 year old girls. Disney couldn't have done it any better!

Looks like Castaway Cay is going to have to wait until tomorrow....it's 9pm and I JUST finished dinner and I'm beat....

but I will leave you with this pic that I took of Serenity Bay in July 2011...



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Castaway Cay

Serenity Bay at Castaway Cay is pretty much my most favorite place on the planet! The girls weren't old enough to go there on their last cruise so they were pretty excited this time.

Got up early and had a small breakfast at Cabanas and headed off the ship around 9:15 or so.

We skipped the first tram and walked towards the tram spot for Serenity Bay and took a few pictures and looked in the shops along the way. I wanted a new Castaway Cay sweatshirt but just couldn't find one I liked.


<untitled> 3298 by michellevw04, on Flickr


I think we were on the first tram out to Serenity Bay! We saw the people running the 5K and while I admire those people they don't look too happy Lol.


Had pretty much our pick of where we wanted to sit!


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We picked the first two hammocks on the right so we would be close to the food/bar/bathroom!!

DD21 got motion sick on the hammock Lol so she opted for a chaise.



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So from 9:30 until 11 this is what we did......



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I think I went up to lunch around 11:15 to 11:30 by myself since the girls weren't hungry yet. I had the steak which is AMAZING and a TON and I mean a TON of mango!! I think I went back for 4 or 5 different plates of mango. Then I went and got a cookie and topped it with soft serve!!

While I was stuffing my face with mango the girls were meeting Capt Jack on the beach!


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Then the girls went up for lunch and then it was time for more of this.....



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After lunch there was a couple that showed up to take wedding pics.



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The girls were brave and got in the water....but not me.....



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I think we headed back to the ship around 2-2:30ish. Gave up our hammocks to a couple that had dropped off their kids at the kids club and wanted quiet time.

Had to get the typical pic from the beach with the Dream in the back.


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Looked in the shops one more time, but never found anything we wanted.


to be continued
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I think we must have passed each other in Serenity Bay that day - but I don't think I saw you there! The steak was unbelievable there - I though since it was thin it would be tough, but it worked perfectly on a bun!

That day was about as perfect as it could be. Sigh.
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Castaway Cay cont

As we headed back to the ship we took a few pics



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then we headed back to the room to pack up a bit...

Can't really remember what we did after that Lol...but my guess is we chilled in the room and watched a Disney movie on Demand!

Cleaned up and went to the 6:15 show. We never got to the shows very early yet we always got pretty good seats. After the show we went to Evolution for 90's Trivia with Nick. We lost of course, but it was still fun! Dinner the last night was Animators Palate again. Food was awesome and we gave our servers their envelopes with their tips and heard a few more stories from our server Kamil. He was awesome but ready for a vacation as he only had a couple weeks left before he had a few weeks off. He was excited because he was being moved to Palo. Dinner was a LONG event the entire cruise and lasted no less than 2 hours every time. We said goodbye to our tablemates since we weren't going to breakfast in the morning and then headed to Evolution for one last night.

The last night they had the Magician and his wife preform one more time. That woman changed clothes every 2 seconds!! He was good, but I'm just not a magic fan since I want to know how they do it. After the magic show came pretty much the best part of the cruise....the goodbye sketch by the crew. Holy Moly it was HYSTERICAL!!! We were rolling!!! What made it funnier was that we had met and talked to a few of them so it was like watching your friends be silly. After that we said goodby to Nick (adult actives director) and headed back to our room since we had a long day ahead of us the next day....


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up next...the sad task of leaving the ship
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The last night they had the Magician and his wife preform one more time. That woman changed clothes every 2 seconds!! He was good, but I'm just not a magic fan since I want to know how they do it. After the magic show came pretty much the best part of the cruise....the goodbye sketch by the crew. Holy Moly it was HYSTERICAL!!! We were rolling!!! What made it funnier was that we had met and talked to a few of them so it was like watching your friends be silly. After that we said goodby to Nick (adult actives director) and headed back to our room since we had a long day ahead of us the next day....
This was one of the only nights we missed the show in Evolution - but we were finishing up in Palo, saw the character sailing away showette, played the midship detective game, and other assorted activities. Would have loved to have seen the crew goodbye sketch - I've heard it was great!

Also, DW has informed me that we DID cross paths in CC - at Serenity Bay and that we ate at the same time for lunch two tables apart from each other. I guess I was too focused on the steak and mangos!
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This was one of the only nights we missed the show in Evolution - but we were finishing up in Palo, saw the character sailing away showette, played the midship detective game, and other assorted activities. Would have loved to have seen the crew goodbye sketch - I've heard it was great!

Also, DW has informed me that we DID cross paths in CC - at Serenity Bay and that we ate at the same time for lunch two tables apart from each other. I guess I was too focused on the steak and mangos!
Lol....I just couldn't get past the mangos to notice anyone!
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