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Old 02-22-2013, 07:40 PM   #136
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Interesting.......our head waiter came to our table every single meal. He was amazing. I even commented to him how shocked we were. Most cruises we have been on we would see the head waiter once or twice - usually the last day when tips are being handed out. I've never tipped a head waiter before - this was the first time I did - and was happy to do so. He was seriously awesome! He went around to every table each night and also assisted all the staff getting the food out.
To be honest, he might have come every meal, but it was for about 30 seconds most of the time, so I don't remember. I don't blame him in anyway - we are quite low-maintenance - no special food needs, no real concerns about anything, and no real need for a head waiter. I am sure he was doing a lot behind the scenes, and we did tip him extra too. I definitely never saw him helping get the food out, though, and I was generally positioned so I would have seen (I'm a "back to the wall" person!)

He did check in in more detail for sure about mid-way through. We were happy, so there was nothing for him to do. He mostly just told us the stuff that Roque had already mentioned (where the meal would be the next night, etc.)
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:43 PM   #137
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Sheraton Gateway YYZ

In case you were wondering, I haven't forgotten that I need to post about whether we'll be going back on DCL - that will be the last post. You can't make these decisions in haste!

Back to the Sheraton Gateway. We have stayed here on some part of 3 trips with Conor - this one, and two others when he was 1.5 and 2.5, plus one trip pre-Conor (when I was pregnant, actually). Obviously, we keep going back, so there must be a reason!

As I've said before - the main purpose of airport hotels is to get you a good sleep before or after a flight (or in between, I suppose - we've done that too). It has a particularly important role for us, though, on our winter vacations - helping with the transition back to cold reality.

While I like the convenience of the Sheraton before a flight (not having to go outside in minus-frigid weather to get to our gate the morning of our trip has huge benefits to my frame of mind), I love the Sheraton on the way home, for its ability to help me gradually transform - I feel like I go to bed still (mostly) in summer mode, and wake up in winter mode. It also means not driving 300+ winter km while tired, which is huge.

Since we've been there when Conor was little, I can tell you they do provide cribs (not sure about Pack'n'Plays), and they're the usual hotel kind - non-adjustable, but safe and on the small side. We used to have a trick with Conor in hotel rooms when he was in a crib - pictures are worth a 1000 words, so....



(Nearly got to the finals of Canada's Best Parent competition with this one!)

Yep - to facilitate napping and bedtime, while he was falling asleep, we would drape a sheet over the side so he couldn't see us - it was always open at the top and one side, and we took it off once he was asleep. It was a bit of a sad day when we couldn't use this trick anymore. However, I then got very good at planning for some quality time in the dark in a hotel room - hello, Kobo, with a tiny book light, and please join us, i-phone with apps.

The trek to our room

Once we cleared the dinosaurs, we (finally) found the signs for Terminal 3 (Hyatt MCO has better signage for sure) and got to the tram - yet again, thrills for Conor. Our luggage cart came with us too, this time. When DH checked in, he noted the signs saying no luggage carts in the rooms (or on the elevators anyway), so he asked if a porter could help us - his sherpa arms/back were tired out, not surprisingly. The Desk clerk grinned and said sure, or you can use your cart... so, not being dense, we did.


One last night before home.

Most of the Sheraton Gateway standard rooms are not huge, but bigger than the room we had at MCO Hyatt. However, DH and I finally remembered to indicate our Starwood status on the reservation, so we got a huge room this time, which, given that we had our friend luggage cart with us, was a welcome thing.

After the usual tour of the room "Wow Mom! This is cool! I can fit in the closet!", we decided on the restaurant for supper, based on not wanting to risk room-service delays. This is always a risk after a long flight - Conor can get a bit wild when he's tired, but hotel restaurants are low-risk in that there is always a lobby (tip I learned on another on-line forum) - so there is a place to go to run around.

The food was OK and overpriced, as anticipated. This was followed by the now-boring bathroom, bath, books, and bed process, which also meant me sitting in the dark, since we no longer had Disney's brilliant curtain, and I can't put a sheet over my kid anymore. He now sleeps mostly on a nifty inflate-a-bed (a Tuckaire bed), which has the distinct advantage of taking up much less room than a cot, and we don't have to rig up bedrails since it's so close to the ground - it just wasn't worth bringing on our flight to MCO initially for one night.

We did pay for someone's "long blink", as expected, so we didn't have the best night, but happily, we could sleep in as we weren't in a rush to get anywhere the next day.

Pool

In my careful packing back on the Fantasy (remember that post?) I had ensured I had packed our swim stuff in an accessible place, since our goal was to wear out the kid in the pool before our drive home. In all our stays at the hotel, we'd never quite managed the pool before.

It's lovely! We had it to ourselves for the better part of an hour. I adjusted to winter by using the hot-tub while the men swam about. I got to check out the change rooms after another "Mom!!! I really need to pee!!!" (I am guessing he swallowed a lot of pool water ... YUCK), and they were really nice too.

And with that... we dried off, went back to the room, changed and gathered our gear (and luggage cart!), and left the room. DH fetched the car which was no worse for wear after its week inside, and we shivered, packed up, and hit the road.

So, we're nearly done. I'm planning one more post on the trip home and the aftermath, and then a final reveal about our overall thoughts about DCL... will we return?
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:35 PM   #138
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The Aftermath - or - how you feel after the vacation is over

Conor was in an après-swim zen state, and we loaded up with electronics in the back seat, so the trip home was peaceful on that end, except for the mandatory sneaky pee argument wen we stopped at an OnRoute place. I also got ignored by the people at Tim Horton's, which was just bizarre. I persevered though, and obtained our supply of 10 old-fashion plain Timbits - yep, we're just wild.

We had great weather (for February, in that it was not frigid, and it was dry - that's the best you can say) for the boring drive home on the 401, until about 20 minutes from home, where we suddenly hit this:



Yep - snow squalls - yippee! So much fun while driving. Our last 20 minutes took closer to 40 minutes. On the upside, we were glad we had paid for the driveway plowing service to cover us on Sunday too.

Home at last

We arrived home to a fair bit of snow - so Conor was thrilled. Ah, to be 4.5 again!

After that, it's just boring - unpacking, laundry, unpacking, laundry, find the cat puke, laundry, sort through mail, laundry, go get groceries, laundry.

However, all this scintillating activity allows one to reflect on one's vacation, actually...

Next up: The (next-to) last post.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:29 PM   #139
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The Verdict

I'll not keep you in suspense.

We did not book again while on-board.

We did not, however, rule out returning to DCL at some point in the future, but probably not for another few years, and probably not for a 7-day cruise.

So - why not?

2 reasons, really...

The first reason - in photos, mainly

First, this:



(Conor on his first birthday)


then, this:



(Conor at 18 months)

then, this:



(Still 18 months, but I love this photo - so totally Conor)

then, this:



(Conor at 2.5)

and, this:



(Conor at 3.5)

I think you've figured out the theme.

Seriously, though - we take 1 vacation South a year, so we want to enjoy ourselves as much as possible, and we want to relax as much as possible. This, we find, at this stage in our lives, is best accomplished by having very little schedule, complimented by a lot of sand and pools.

To be blunt, I don't WANT to have to read a navigator every day to make decisions about the next day. My job is such that I make a gagillion decisions a day, and I just don't want to on vacation - other than the "do I go to the juice bar now, or later?" By its very nature, a cruise (any cruise) has schedules that must be respected. I get it. I just don't want it on vacation.

Last year, we had our best family vacation ever (so no, it wasn't this year) - we hit the perfect resort for us, and our week went like this:

Day 1 - arrive by mid-afternoon, beach.
Day 2 - beach in a.m., pool in p.m.
Day 3 - beach in a.m., boat ride, pool in p.m.
Day 4 - beach in a.m., pool in p.m.
Day 5 - beach in a.m., submarine boat, pool in p.m.
Day 6 - beach in a.m., lazy river and pool in p.m.
Day 7 - beach in a.m., pool in p.m.
Day 8 - pool in a.m., leave

Now, I exaggerate a bit, but really, it was awesome - we could just decide on a whim to go to the beach, or not. (Clearly, we always went.) One of us could skip the beach (the adult part of the family) and do something else for an hour and then catch up with the family. We could take food from breakfast and bring it to the beach, and not risk a $50,000 fine. Had we had a bad weather day (we didn't, but that was a fluke) - no biggie, there was inside stuff to do, and, no worries, the beach WILL be there tomorrow. There was a playground too, which served as a break from beach/pool once in a while. It was nowhere near as full of people as the ship, and it was really easy to get away from people.

We could also use in-room babysitting, which we did once (all we need), so Conor can mellow out in the room as opposed to getting all riled up with other kids.

All in all, we just prefer all-inclusive laziness of an all-inclusive resort. So, that's not Disney's fault.


The second reason


OK - this is probably where I get kicked off Disboards. We just don't love Disney. We respect Disney's smarts, and we appreciated Disney's thoughtful design, and how Big Mouse treats kids and parents. The service was great. Loved our room. Clearly, Conor thought the mystery game was the next best thing to chocolate.

However, we still have a kid that hates characters, doesn't like shows, and finds noise bothersome. Disney seems to always involve characters, shows, and noise. The thought of the parks makes me break out in a cold sweat at this point.

And, um, we are somewhat not impressed by Disney's over-the-top commercialism, and, as a very non-princessey woman, I am often bothered by the princess thing. (My turn to duck!)

Now, I'm not naive - I don't pretend that the companies that own the AI resorts we've been to are going to win any corporate citizenship awards, but, let's be honest, they don't have anything like the influence of Disney. If Big Mouse wasn't doing the princess schtick, someone else would. There are equally bad things out there for boys (over-the-top violence, anyone?), I know.

I am sure Disney does good things, and they seem to have done great things for many families, and I'm delighted that Disney brings so much joy to so many - it just really doesn't for us. We all had a great time, but that was, to some extent, despite some of the Disney stuff.

However, I will give full credit where it's due - it's a very smart deal, the DCL experience. The trip was essentially problem-free (despite my carryings-on on this board), and much of that credit goes to Disney. I'm glad we went. Conor would go back in a heart-beat. However, he would equally go back to our beach from last year in a heart-beat.

Honestly, though, it's the cruise issue that is the bigger issue for us. We're spoiled, and probably lazy, but we're heading back to our beach next year.

But... who knows, you might get see us on a DCL cruise again sometime! Time will tell.

Thanks sooo much for reading this. It's been fun. I promised myself I would get this done in 2 weeks, and I seem to have managed that.

I'll stick around to answer questions and comments (that don't annoy me!) and then, believe it or not, I'll be done with Disboards for now. My good friend will keep me caught up, though - right now, she's enjoying the tightly moderated "refillable mug" debate on the non-cruise threads.

And with that... Good night!

ETA - Of course, after I posted this - I remembered I had to post at least once more about a few loose ends (loose ends drive me bonkers) - so I'll do an epilogue.
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Just loved your trip report! I have been stalking it for updates daily.

Just one question, where was your trip to last year? We are considering not doing a cruise in 2014, looking for other options.
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Thanks for taking the time to post your very interesting trip report! I loved reading it. Especially your conclusions as to why you won't book a cruise again anytime soon. I love reading reviews where you can understand why people like something or don't as this helps me to project whether I might feel the same about an experience or not.

I found your comments about how the fact that you aren't Disney people did take away to a certain extent from your cruise experience very interesting. While I do enjoy a lot of the Disney products, I can very well understand a lot of the criticism against Disney - and very much agree with you on the princess issue (and btw, here in Germany someone else is exploiting that niche, a storybook character called Prinzessin Lillifee). What I find interesting is that in a way it sometimes seems that Disney as a company does not only expect its guests/customers to buy the product and appreciate it, but also enter into a kind of personal and emotional relationship with the company. Disney is very much in the business of emotions, and of course if you don't want that part, I can understand how being subjected to this for a week might start to get on your nerves. And it would be more difficult to escape from than another cruise company that is just in the business of running the ships. Hope this makes sense!
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Just loved your trip report! I have been stalking it for updates daily.

Just one question, where was your trip to last year? We are considering not doing a cruise in 2014, looking for other options.
Ah - I was afraid someone might ask, because now everyone is going to laugh and point finders we went to Beaches Turks and Caicos. But, wait - don't they have characters there too? Um, (sheepishly, I must admit), yes, but they are far fewer of them. MUCH easier to avoid.

We loved Beaches, but it's super expensive, which is part of why we didn't go back this year. They do a great job of meeting parent and kid needs, though. We didn't use the kid's club, as there is no way Conor would have gone last year, so I can't comment on that. It seemed fine when we checked it out, but I'm sure it pales in comparison to DCL clubs, at least in terms of physical space.

As well, it's not the same level of customer service - we thought it was totally fine, but if you read the reviews, some people find it lacking.

So, when I say we're going back to our beach, we're not yet sure if that will be Beaches or another AI. There are a lot more options we're willing to consider now that Conor is older and not napping every day, so I'll enter the fun planning stage now.

We will definitely go back to Beaches though at some point- we just have to make our choices about what we're choosing to afford.

Thanks for reading along! You'll note that I've figured out I forgot things so I will do one more installment.
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Thanks for taking the time to post your very interesting trip report! I loved reading it. Especially your conclusions as to why you won't book a cruise again anytime soon. I love reading reviews where you can understand why people like something or don't as this helps me to project whether I might feel the same about an experience or not.

I found your comments about how the fact that you aren't Disney people did take away to a certain extent from your cruise experience very interesting. While I do enjoy a lot of the Disney products, I can very well understand a lot of the criticism against Disney - and very much agree with you on the princess issue (and btw, here in Germany someone else is exploiting that niche, a storybook character called Prinzessin Lillifee). What I find interesting is that in a way it sometimes seems that Disney as a company does not only expect its guests/customers to buy the product and appreciate it, but also enter into a kind of personal and emotional relationship with the company. Disney is very much in the business of emotions, and of course if you don't want that part, I can understand how being subjected to this for a week might start to get on your nerves. And it would be more difficult to escape from than another cruise company that is just in the business of running the ships. Hope this makes sense!
Thanks! Interesting about Prinzessin Lillifee.

Somewhere on these boards, I remember reading about some marketing research that classified people who went to Disney (not the cruises specifically), and I laughed - we fell squarely into the group of people who go on one trip per year, and we try out different things- and we are, not surprisingly, very different from those who go to Disney yearly, and way different than those who go frequently. I think Disney is just more overt about the playing on emotions thing than other companies - they all do that! Heck - Starbucks and I are in the midst of a very long, complicated relationship.

We are realists, though. While we tried to delay the introduction of Disney to Conor (sounds like a plan to avoid foods that he might be allergic to!), we didn't aim to avoid it entirely. Obviously, he loves Jake, so he watches other Disney Junior stuff too. And, Disney is has my heart-felt appreciation for Doc McStuffins, because, well, she has the same job as me, and she's a strong female, unprincessy-character - and her dad seems to be the main caregiver for her younger brother and he cooks - so a lot like our house. They've partnered with the Artemis Medical Society, too (Doc McStuffins). Conor loves her, I'm pleased to report. She ranks just after Jake right now, which is pretty impressive.

Anyhow, I really am glad so many people get so much pleasure from Disney - there are far worse things in the world! However, we just don't get that added (dare I say it) 'magic', so it's a bit lost on us. It's fascinating to watch, though!

Stay tuned for my epilogue - it's relevant to this discussion.

Thanks so much for your thoughtful response!
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Epilogue: By the Genius who went on a Disney Cruise, and then decided not to go back soon because it was too Disney and too Cruise

Conor is sick with a bad cold, so he was up a bit last night. During one of these awakenings, I had one of those 3:00 a.m. sudden realizations I had neglected to tidy up a few loose ends, so now I need to post this epilogue, or I'll lie awake at night worrying about this.

Life after DCL

We've been back 3 weeks now, and back in the swing of work, school, skating and swimming lessons. We had the first snow day of the year (Feb 8th), and, obviously, we've acquired the first bad cold of the winter. We survived making valentines (yes, I insist on making them, missing crafty gene notwithstanding - I HATE buying valentines).

(My friend whose son is in school with Conor picked up the milk-encrusted pants for us and washed them for us. Sent them back the day Conor returned, and then they went into missing pants limbo land for 2 weeks - but we just got them back early last week. I know you were all worried about the pants.)

I got back to work to find out that Conor's school had called on the Tuesday we were away (St. Thomas day) to try to reach me because they were closing the school early due to impending freezing rain. My colleagues assured the school that, while I was away and couldn't come to the phone, they were pretty sure I had in fact brought Conor with me on vacation, so he wasn't at school to be picked up. Good to know that my 2 messages about him being away got through. I'm sure it was chaos, though - they decided at 11:00 to close the school at noon- so finding parents for some 250 kids would not have been fun.

Most of the FE stuff has scattered in the wind - the few princess things I brought home were passed on to Conor's girl friends, who were, of course, delighted. As of now, no postcards have arrived from CC. Some leftover FE stuff has made its way into the rainy-day box, which is used to entertain Conor on days he can't go outside - we also raid it when we are heading out on road trips. Most of the pirate stuff that didn't go in the garbage (Conor is anti-tattoo) is now in the dress-up drawer.

Conor has yet to do his presentation - we're aiming for this week. We just wanted to get him back in the routine of school first. So, now that I'm done my TR, we'll work on his presentation - that's homework we can handle!


Why DH DOES win the parent of the year award


I will first confess that DH does not know I've written this TR. Let's not tell him, OK? He was suspicious for the first time last night when he saw all the emoticons that I was up to something, but I ignored him and he went away.

So, you may recall DH bought old, expensive (but duty-free) scotch at MCO on the way back. It came in a fancy-pants box. Said fancy-pants box has undergone a transformation...





Yep - it's a pirate's treasure chest, for Conor's pirate treasure. DH used his superglue to glue on a few things to cover up the scotch info.

Conor is delighted. His only disappointment was that his spy-scope didn't fit in there, but that doesn't usually bother him anymore. He brings it out to show everyone who visits. (Meanwhile, DH gets to enjoy the former contents of the box...)

Final thoughts

We are fully back to normal now, and I can honestly say I don't think there is any more Disney in our lives now than before - if there is an increase, it's minor. This morning, while I've been typing this, Conor has been resting on the couch after his bad night, and he has not been asking for Disney stuff - instead, he's thrilled to be watching Sid the Science kid.

He hasn't changed - I will risk another reason for Disboards eviction by telling you about his latest jaw-dropping conversation.

It was last Saturday, at 7:00 a.m. - I was in my pre-caffeine state, which is to say my brain cells are not fully operational. Conor had just finished in the bathroom, and he came out to present the following near-monologue:


Conor: "It would be a BAD idea to pee outside today, mom. My p**** would freeze."

Me (in pre-coffee state): "Um, sure, bud, but I don't know if it would freeze. Ask your father."

Conor: "Yeah, you're a girl, and girls don't have p*****s. You just have a hole. (Pause.) It's a flat p****. (Pause.) Not like mine - mine sticks out (looks down) - well, it's sticking down right now."

Where the &$(n is my coffee, anyway???



So, thanks DCL - you gave us a great time. It's not your fault you're a bit to Disney and a bit to Cruise-y for us. We appreciated all you did for us.

THANKS!
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Thanks for the great trip report!

As someone who was indoctrinated early into all things Disney (we lived close to Disneyland in California and as a child we made frequent trips) and now owns a Disney Vacation Club membership at WDW, let me say that I really enjoyed your trip report. I get it that Disney isn’t for everyone. We got grief about going to WDW for our honeymoon (Isn’t it just for kids?) but I think it’s more important to spend vacation time with your family in a way that make you happy.

I understand about the crowds. We have never (and will never) go to WDW in peak season – we always go at “slower” times of the year. We also hit the beach for a few days at the end of our family WDW vacation to have some down time after the busy days at the parks and have some unscheduled lazy time.

Thanks again for the trip report. My DH has arrived home with Starbucks on this fine Texas morning, so I will bid you a fond farewell.
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Smile Thank you for the best trip report I ever read!

Thanks so much for your entertaining and informative trip report!
I have so enjoyed laughing with you while at the same time gleaning so much insight into a Disney cruise on the Fantasy! Wish you were cruising on my upcoming voyage...because you would be so much fun to talk to. I would laugh so hard my cheeks would hurt! I will write more later. I had written a longer post but I somehow lost it before posting it. Will try again soon.
All the best to you and your family. Hope Conor is feeling better very soon. I think he's going to need both sock pals today!
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Smile A beach resort suggestion

Here is a shorter version of the post I lost.....
Reading about the beach vacations you like to take, I would like to give you an idea for next winter that sounds like a good match for your family. Yes, it is a Disney resort, but you would hardly even know it, except for all the things that Disney does best: Customer service, attention to detail, providing a clean, safe, beautiful environment....all on the Atlantic Ocean and almost two hours away from the Disney parks! You may want to take a look at:
DISNEY'S VERO BEACH RESORT
I have so much more to say about this resort, but since I lost all that typing I will have to come back later to tell you so much more. (Character sightings are extremely rare...only sometimes at Saturday brunch and easily avoided)
Till then.......
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As someone who was indoctrinated early into all things Disney (we lived close to Disneyland in California and as a child we made frequent trips) and now owns a Disney Vacation Club membership at WDW, let me say that I really enjoyed your trip report. I get it that Disney isn’t for everyone. We got grief about going to WDW for our honeymoon (Isn’t it just for kids?) but I think it’s more important to spend vacation time with your family in a way that make you happy.

I understand about the crowds. We have never (and will never) go to WDW in peak season – we always go at “slower” times of the year. We also hit the beach for a few days at the end of our family WDW vacation to have some down time after the busy days at the parks and have some unscheduled lazy time.

Thanks again for the trip report. My DH has arrived home with Starbucks on this fine Texas morning, so I will bid you a fond farewell.
Thanks for the feedback! I agree 100% - do the vacations that bring you happiness. Having that strong childhood connection must make a huge difference. I'm sure we will go to WDW at some point - but we'll wait until there is at least one person in the family other than me that likes rides!

Nice DH you've got there.... mine does a wicked job of making espresso drinks at home, so no complaints here either.
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Thanks so much for your entertaining and informative trip report!
I have so enjoyed laughing with you while at the same time gleaning so much insight into a Disney cruise on the Fantasy! Wish you were cruising on my upcoming voyage...because you would be so much fun to talk to. I would laugh so hard my cheeks would hurt! I will write more later. I had written a longer post but I somehow lost it before posting it. Will try again soon.
All the best to you and your family. Hope Conor is feeling better very soon. I think he's going to need both sock pals today!
I hope you have an amazing time!

Conor has had better days - he had a nap yesterday (now renamed a "doze") and was still falling asleep at supper. He didn't have a great night, either, so I think we'll have a quiet day of lying on the couch and watching TV. If I hadn't been done my TR, today would have been the day, for sure.

Thanks for reading an all your comments along the way. And... see below...

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Here is a shorter version of the post I lost.....
Reading about the beach vacations you like to take, I would like to give you an idea for next winter that sounds like a good match for your family. Yes, it is a Disney resort, but you would hardly even know it, except for all the things that Disney does best: Customer service, attention to detail, providing a clean, safe, beautiful environment....all on the Atlantic Ocean and almost two hours away from the Disney parks! You may want to take a look at:
DISNEY'S VERO BEACH RESORT
I have so much more to say about this resort, but since I lost all that typing I will have to come back later to tell you so much more. (Character sightings are extremely rare...only sometimes at Saturday brunch and easily avoided)
Till then.......
Interesting - I didn't know about that one. I'll add it to my research list.

Thanks again!
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Well, once again I typed quite a lot about Vero Beach and lost it all because this site logs out if Im typing too long or somthing like that. So, if you do look into Disney's Vero Beach Resort, and have any questions, just let me know here on your thread and I will answer.
Thank you for the best trip report I ever read! If I have any more questions before my cruise in TWELVE DAYS!!!!! I will come back here and ask the expert! All The Best to you and your family (sock pals included) !
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