|07-17-2013, 11:25 AM||#1|
Lauren S. @baseballsbows
Join Date: Apr 2008
Ahoy, Kids! Scrap the Summer Plans...We're Sailing with Mickey to Alaska! (Upd 9/8)
Hello! My name is Lauren, and we are fresh off the Disney Wonder (sailed 7/8). Reading trip reports here on the Dis helped make our experience amazing, so I thought I would start one of my own. I plan to include lots of details and pictures, so feel free to join in as I share our trip!
I am the Disney-loving parent in our family. I love knowing that we can always count on Disney customer service, and that our vacation will have something that appeals to all of us. I am on a restricted diet, primarily for gluten intolerance, so I also appreciate that Disney looks after guests with special diets so wonderfully! I will confess that I cheated some on this cruise (with my doctor's permission), but I have cruised with Disney and stayed true to my diet. (I will post links to my blog where I wrote about our last cruise soon). I am also a bit obsessive-compulsive about planning; I am not a go-with-the flow kind of gal! WDW is my first love, but this was my third Disney cruise, and DCL is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to vacation.
DH enjoys WDW because he likes to see me and our two kids happy, but DCL is much more his speed. He enjoys having time to relax, and he really enjoyed the scenery on this trip. Pictures with Mickey aren't high on his list, but he is always willing to oblige his Disney-loving family. Although not quite as obsessive about planning as I am, he is still a scheduled kind of guy. Not much spontaneity going on with us!
My son is a lot like his dad and me. Very scheduled and likes routine. Not a risk-taker at all. He can navigate and plan for the Disney parks like a pro, and loves poring over the DCL Navigators to check out the daily plans. Of course, even with all the activities on the ship, his favorite is playing basketball on the sports deck!
Our daughter is the one that adds all the excitement to our family. She moves at her own pace and is filled with drama and spunk. She is passionate and emotionally charged, but also loving and ready for hugs. She definitely pushes her brother's buttons (sometimes on purpose, sometimes accidentally), and this led to quite a few issues over the course of 11-days of non-stop togetherness!
As the title of our post suggests, this trip was last-minute for us (which is not something that my non-spontaneous husband or self would normally do), but we were able to grab a VGT rate at 31 days out, and we couldn't pass that up. We ditched our summer trip to San Francisco and Yosemite, and boarded the Disney Wonder instead.
To read more about the details of our planning, you can find the short pre-trip report here:
I'm still putting up laundry and sorting through pictures, but I'll be back soon for an update!
Edited to add: I am finally adding the links to my blog. If you are interested in reading about our Dream cruise, you can use the link. I did not write about it on the Disboards.
Last edited by MickeyMomTo2; 10-27-2013 at 03:06 PM.
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