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Old 05-21-2013, 01:52 PM   #331
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At MCO Hyatt, do they still take your bags from your room & transport them to the port for you? Is there a fee?
Yes and it's a free service. See my post above on the process.
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:22 PM   #332
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Thanks for the junkie t-shirt tip! Love it! Plus that would help me rid of shirts I wouldn't otherwise
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:39 PM   #333
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Love your thread

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Things I would do:
1)If I fly in the night before, would stay at the Hyatt again!
2) Book a lower class room. We got an upgrade for free... a veranda, but probably only spent 20 min on it. Location of ship was more important to us than the veranda.
3) Let my dd enjoy the club a bit more. I hated her in there, it was a family vacation and I really felt we should be together every single minute.... the few times I let her go, she loved it and has talked about it ever since. My oldest dd didnt' go at all, and although she and I had a blast hanging out, she regrets it a bit. So next time, will strive for a balance.... let them enjoy the kids club some and teach myself how to enjoy some quiet mommy time...
4) Next time I will pack differently. We did a split trip and next time I will have separate bags for our cruise... and then our days off the cruise(with the exception of toiletries obviously) I was too unorganized.
5) Participate in my cruise meet thread. Great having someone to do Atlantis via Comfort Suites with... a group of 8 of us rode over together in a taxi.
6) Definitely GO TO ATLANTIS AGAIN! Wow!!!! loved it!

Things I won't do:
1)FE. I took small item(made CD of disney music for adults and small gifts for kids)... but the girls got a ton of candy(we went mid november, they still had tons of halloween candy at home) and the stuff took up a whole small suitcase coming home.
2) Order room service for dinner. Thought it would be cool for the girls. Took 45 min and wasn't very good. Would have been better off just getting quick service by the pool and bringing back to the room.

Thanks for your information! What great tips!!!! I'm trying to soak up as much valuable feedback as possible for my first DCL trip and second WDW vacation for November! I'm from CA and broke my record for total of 30 days spent in the park within a 10 month period, you will love it! It's no WDW, but it's the original park so there is so much to love! Hope you stay at GCH or DLH... It's a toss up for which is better!
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:01 PM   #334
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thank you for saying this - my dh thinks I'm nuts because I suggested it for our 12 night Baltic trip - I was thinking all the souvenier space we'd end up with if we took old undies, socks & t-shirts
Great idea, but hate to be the CM that has to throw out a bag full of dirty, stinky, old underwear. Eww. I think I'll take mine home.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:06 PM   #335
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Thanks!

For all the great information!

We just booked our first cruise, and can't wait.
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:28 PM   #336
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Will do again:
Mixology - we loved making new drinks and trying them, yum
Champagne Tasting
Watching Disney movies on the deck (esp at night)
Palos
Staying on ship while in port and enjoying how empty it is at the pool/aqua duck
Doing the games in the Tube after the shows (Match Your Mate, Scavenger Hunt, 80's Trivia, ...)
Hot Stone Massage (my favorite)
Door magnets - love to hear peoples comments as they walk by the door
Taking family pictures before dinner - great photo's of entire family dressed nicely
Watch movies in theater - great to see new releases before they are out at home
Fly out the day before - less nervous about arriving in time
Be first on to start enjoying the ship - love to sit around pool and listen to tunes
Relax more - stop trying to fit it all in and just enjoy
Use glow sticks as night lights - helps getting to the bathroom without waking everyone up
Use white board on door to help communicate with family on where everyone is

Will not do:
FE - kids are older and it just takes too much planning and packing
Pirate Night - Really only enjoy the fireworks
Over pack - or at least try not too
Book a cabana by myself - too expensive but love having a shaded place with cold water and a shower to hang out in
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:52 AM   #337
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Great idea, but hate to be the CM that has to throw out a bag full of dirty, stinky, old underwear. Eww. I think I'll take mine home.
I really don't think the CM cares what's in the garbage. It could be stinky old underwear or stinky banana peels and apple cores or stinky whatevers. It's always going to be stinky, it's trash. point being, we so the same thing with the old tee shirts, socks, etc., it really does save a lot of space for souvenirs! I even do the same with old shoes or sneakers as well. (Just make sure you have something to go home in! )
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I really don't think the CM cares what's in the garbage. It could be stinky old underwear or stinky banana peels and apple cores or stinky whatevers. It's always going to be stinky, it's trash. point being, we so the same thing with the old tee shirts, socks, etc., it really does save a lot of space for souvenirs! I even do the same with old shoes or sneakers as well. (Just make sure you have something to go home in! )
I read this tip a lot, but I don't want to go on vacation with stretched out ugly undies. If I would not wear it at home why take it? Just take less good stuff and do laundry
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:52 AM   #339
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I actually do the opposite. I actually bring new underwear and socks. I can sit around in old stuff at home. I don't want to feel like a bum on vacation.

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Old 05-22-2013, 09:12 AM   #340
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I read this tip a lot, but I don't want to go on vacation with stretched out ugly undies. If I would not wear it at home why take it? Just take less good stuff and do laundry
I agree wholeheartedly! Its THE STRANGEST tip I've ever read!

Didn't Mom always say to have nice clean underwear on when you left the house?
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I actually do the opposite. I actually bring new underwear and socks. I can sit around in old stuff at home. I don't want to feel like a bum on vacation.
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I actually do the opposite. I actually bring new underwear and socks.
Just don't bring either? A lot more room....everywhere!
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:24 AM   #344
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I actually do the opposite. I actually bring new underwear and socks. I can sit around in old stuff at home. I don't want to feel like a bum on vacation.

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One of the few times of year my kids get new clothes is vacation. I don't think we wore anything that wasn't brand new the whole trip. We did buy 6toothbrushes for $1 at Target or Walmart and tossed those as we were leaving.
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Haven't read the entire thread but some great stuff on here. Here are a few of my dos and don'ts:

Do Again:
Take motion sickness meds before we start traveling.
Use the patch for me.
Book our SCUBA diving on our own. Easy and way better service.
Bring the shoe hanger for the door.
Sleep with ear plugs.
Watch the fireworks but skip the pirate party.
Bring pump hand soap for the bathrooms in our cabin.
Bring Lysol spray, Lysol wipes etc. to clean the cabin when we arrive. (I'm a germaphobe.)
Bring extra ziplock bags for wet bathing suits, dirty underwear, packing up cookies we ordered from room service (not in the same bag as the dirty underwear!)
Take lots of family photos
Ride the Aquaduck while everyone else is in port
Order Mickey Bars from room service
Decorate our door

Won't do Again:
Bingo. Spent too much money and didn't win anything.
Stress out before we leave
Bring ginger for motion sickness. Tastes horrible, took up room in the suitcase and was crazy expensive.
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