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Old 06-13-2014, 02:24 PM   #1
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A 21-hour tease and one FANTASTICAL voyage - May 2014! UPDATE:12/16-Kid Stuff,Cozumel

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my second trip report! I have to say, writing these reports is a little addictive…almost as addictive as reading everyone else’s reports! I love reading everyone’s trip details and get so many great ideas – I hope that my reports can provide some helpful info, or at least some entertainment! (Especially for anyone traveling with a toddler!!)

Our last WDW trip was last November. And when we left after that trip, we didn’t have any plans for a future trip. Little did I know that not 6 months later, we’d be booking our first Disney Cruise Line adventure!

Ok, so here are the details:

Who: Our little family of 3! We live in northern VA, near DC (but are originally from New England, and miss it a lot!). On this trip, DD was just over 2 ½ years old (2 yrs and 8 months to be exact!). Every trip we take is a new adventure – we took DD to WDW at 14 months and 26 months, and now DCL. Probably the biggest change for this trip was that DD was potty-trained! WOOHOO! Motivated in part by the fact that certain pools on the ship required kids to be potty-trained…

Here we are in November 2013:


DH:
Favorite resort: Yacht Club for location, Wilderness Lodge for atmosphere (although he really like POR after this last trip!)
Favorite attraction: Spaceship Earth
Favorite Disney food: A bratwurst from Germany!
Others favorites: Craft beer and hiking

Me:
Favorite resort: Ahh, don’t make me choose – it’s a toss-up between Wilderness Lodge and Yacht Club
Favorite attraction: Expedition Everest, with Splash Mountain as a close 2nd …oh but I also love Illuminations…and the Main Street Electrical Parade…
Favorite Disney food: Grand Marnier slushies …and Dole whips!
Other favorites: Cooking and shopping

DD:
Favorite resort: Anywhere with a pool!
Favorite attraction: It’s a Small World or The Seas!
Favorite Disney food: Mac n’ cheese!
Other favorites: Sofia the 1st and Frozen


What: One night at Port Orleans-Riverside and a trip to Downtown Disney, followed by a 7-night western Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy






When: May 23-31, 2014

Where: DCA – MCO – WDW - Port Canaveral – Cozumel, Mexico - Grand Cayman – Falmouth, Jamaica - Castaway Cay, Bahamas – Port Canaveral – MCO - DCA




Why: Do we really need a why? This trip wasn’t to celebrate anything in particular. Life as working parents who don't live near family is crazy --- and we just needed a little break from the daily grind. For us, a trip to Disney is a total break from reality, and where we are the most relaxed --- no work, no cooking, no cleaning, no yard work – just lots of time to be together as a family in the happiest place on earth!



So welcome!! Can’t wait to get started!!!
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My 2014 trip report!
A 21-hour tease and one FANTASTICAL voyage! May 2014 TR!

My 2013 trip report! Makin’ our way, it’s an ADVENTURE every day! A Nov (10-16) trip with a 2yr old!

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WL-January 2015; DCL-Fantasy, Western Caribbean-May 2014; YC-November 2013; WL-November 2012; WL-December 2010; WL-September 2009; POR-December 2004; WL-June 1999; WL-June 1997; GF-April 1990;Treehouse Villas-1986

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Old 06-13-2014, 02:25 PM   #2
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Pre-Trip Details!

Off we go! WDW here we come! (Friday, May 23)

Any Evening in Downtown Disney! (Friday, May 23)

Breakfast at Boma and we head for the Port! (Saturday, May 24th)

Lunch and Sail Away! (Saturday, May 24th)

Dining Highlights!

Lots and Lots of Character Meet n' Greets!

Kid Activities and the Nursery

Monday, May 26: Cozumel
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My 2014 trip report!
A 21-hour tease and one FANTASTICAL voyage! May 2014 TR!

My 2013 trip report! Makin’ our way, it’s an ADVENTURE every day! A Nov (10-16) trip with a 2yr old!

DW DH DD3 Baby #2 (Coming, March 2015!)

WL-January 2015; DCL-Fantasy, Western Caribbean-May 2014; YC-November 2013; WL-November 2012; WL-December 2010; WL-September 2009; POR-December 2004; WL-June 1999; WL-June 1997; GF-April 1990;Treehouse Villas-1986

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Old 06-13-2014, 02:53 PM   #3
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I'm here and can't wait to hear all about it.

I enjoyed the intros.
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:56 PM   #4
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Of course joining in Julie!! I haven't read any cruise TR's before, so this will for sure be fun. I mean Castaway Cay... Hello!!!
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Ohhhh this is exciting. Disney by land and Disney by sea! I'm in.
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Here! Excited to read about your cruise the week before ours!
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:37 PM   #11
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Following along and so happy to see this report!

I semi-lurked my way through your last report, but haven't read the whole thing yet and haven't commented. It's on my reading list still.

But this is perfect, as we are tentatively planning a Disney cruise NEXT May when our DD will be 2 years and 8 months old! Can't wait to hear all about it!!
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I'm following along too Julie! Can't wait to read about what you thought about POR and the cruise... We just got back last week from POR and loved it.. We are considering a cruise in 2016!
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I just finished reading your November TR and I am looking forward to this one! A Disney cruise is on our wishlist. Hopefully we can work one into our budget and schedule in the next year or two.
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Of course joining in Julie!! I haven't read any cruise TR's before, so this will for sure be fun. I mean Castaway Cay... Hello!!!
Hi there! Welcome -- so glad you are reading along!
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My 2014 trip report!
A 21-hour tease and one FANTASTICAL voyage! May 2014 TR!

My 2013 trip report! Makin’ our way, it’s an ADVENTURE every day! A Nov (10-16) trip with a 2yr old!

DW DH DD3 Baby #2 (Coming, March 2015!)

WL-January 2015; DCL-Fantasy, Western Caribbean-May 2014; YC-November 2013; WL-November 2012; WL-December 2010; WL-September 2009; POR-December 2004; WL-June 1999; WL-June 1997; GF-April 1990;Treehouse Villas-1986
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