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Old 05-03-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.
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DCL First Timers (and won't be our last!) *It's about dang time update 10/16/13*

Our First Cruise Ever - Disney Dream, January 6-10, 2013
Well at long last 4 months after our cruise I finally get this TR started! Our vacation entailed 4 nights on the Disney Dream and then 4 nights at the CBR in WDW. I am going to split up this TR into 2 threads, one here on the Cruise Line Forum for the cruise portion, and then do a separate on the WDW TR boards. I will finish this one first before I start on that one but will link them both together. I will get this started with some intros and background information about our crew. First off, my name is Dan. I am a long time fan of all things Disney. We are from the cold arctic tundra of Western New York. My main reason for doing a cruise in January was to get away from the Niagara Falls snow. It was also kind of a Christmas gift for the family. It wasn't a surprise trip but the kids were prepared that Christmas gifts were gonna be meager so we could save for Disney! They got some nice new summer/cruise clothes, bathing suites and flip flops for Christmas. Which by the way if you go shopping online for summer clothes in December you get some MAJOR deals! It was tough finding my son flip-flop though, Carters at our local outlet mall can to the rescue with those! I also want to give you guys as much info as I can to help those planning a first time cruise, I learned a lot of stuff but there were still some things I wish I had of know before. Any questions ask away at any time on this thread.

Our merry crew of Neverland Pirates aboard the Dream was myself, my beautiful fiancé Cathleen, our princess DD Hannah age 9 and our little Buckner DS Noah. Here we are in front of The Dream on Castaway Cay, and then below is us on pirate night at Animator's Palate, Cathleen is wearing what I call her Mr. Smee shirt, she thought it was fitting for pirate night.

I am a supervisor for a group home for people with developmental disabilities. I am also a student working on my Bachelor's degree in Social Work. I also have two children as you can see so my life is kind of hectic. That's one of the reasons I haven't gotten this TR up and going yet but with school letting out now I have more time to type this TR while not having to type papers. I am starting a summer course soon but let’s hope that doesn’t distract from DIS time. Hannah and Noah are from my previous marriage, they both live with us. Cathleen and I got engaged on Thanksgiving last November and wedding is set for October 31, 2014. Cathleen really wanted a Halloween wedding, it’s going to be like a classy romantic masquerade theme, and not a costume party like everyone asks us. Cathleen is also a social work student with me at Niagara University; we are set to graduate together next May. My favorite Disney character is Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey and Cathleen’s is Cinderella.
Hannah is 9 years old and in 3rd Grade. She is our little smarty pants in the advanced enrichment program at her school. She does gymnastics which she just graduated up to the next advanced level (which is an advanced level of tuition also!). Hannah has been to Disney World twice, when she was 3 and 5 years old. Her favorite Disney character is Ariel.
Noah is 4 years old and in Pre-K this year. He is a little ball of energy. This is his first time on vacation, on a plane, to Disney and like the rest of us his first time on a Cruise! He loves the Avengers, anything pirates, Disney Junior, Mickey Mouse, and one of his current favorites is Doc McStuffins. His all time favorite is Buzz Lightyear.
Okay, well that’s us, if you like us stick around. If you don’t like us well then you just don’t know us well enough yet so stick around! Alright jump aboard we are about to set sail. Stay tuned for day one of our adventure coming up next.

Trip Update Links:

Day 1 - Father Forgive Me

Day 2 - The Case of the Phantom Elevator
“Look at all the happy people who have come to visit us today.”

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