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Old 01-08-2014, 07:54 AM   #1
tokyodisneydad
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The Dream is over, but I don't want to wake up...Sailing into a New Year

Well folks I am back in Japan and though it has taken me a few days to start this trip report I finally am.
First and foremost I am in severe denial that my trip has come and gone. I truly can't believe that it took 702 slow days of planning before I boarded an airplane in Tokyo Narita and then it went by like a flash. I've had the worst case of cruise and Disney withdrawel the last couple of days. My body is rejecting the knowledge that I am home and that today was my first day back at work. I went through the motions of teaching, but my heart was definitely not in it. I've slept alot and not eaten enough since starting for home and then arriving. To kind of make up for it I've already started planning the next one...either an Alaska cruise or a 7 night Fantasy cruise. We shall see.

Ok now to move on to the report itself. It will take a couple of days to get pictures loaded, especially since my computer is acting funny. When I do I will share what I have. The report itself partially a review,partially tips, but mostly just my story of what was a wonderful cruise. Was it perfect....well no as you will see, but it was an incredible experience.

Ok here is where I introduce the folks you will meet along the way in my story. Well one of the title opions for thie was "One Sumo and Five Ninjas and the quest for the Honey Dipped Bacon."

So I am the Sumo...pictures did not suit me well this time as I am a big guy. I will share some of them, but will leave some of the more frightening ones out. My name is Wally for those who don't know me. I took this trip with my wife and four other Japanese friends... The five ninjas.

My wife...Kiyomi..the love of my life...my angel...my sweetheart. I wanted so badly for this trip to be perfect for her. You will have to wait and see if it was.

THE HIROTA family
Tomo and Hidemi...Hidemi has been a good friend of ours for quite awhile and she is like a daughter to us, although she is only about ten years younger. Tomo is her husband and it was a first time cruising for both of them and a first time to Walt Disney World for him. He is a shy and quiet guy.

THE SUGIZAKI family
Maki and Shu...Maki was probably most excited overall. They are friends of Hidemi, but now are friends of ours also.

All of this adventure started 702 days before ever leaving Japan....and that is where I will leave you. I hope you will join in and read along. You will hear my thoughts on Palo, how to celebrate a birthday on the Dream and what really happens on a cruise ship on New Year's eve.

While you wait....this is my second TR....the first one is linked below and included my daughters, but they are grown up now and stayed home. This is an all adult ...mommy and daddy...trip...and believe me it was neeeded.

LINK for past TR

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1569813
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