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Old 12-05-2011, 08:56 PM   #736
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:00 AM   #737
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I wear my laynard and put the sticker inside it and don't even take off the back of the sticker. You won't loose it and you wont have a # or Character in your photo.
What stickers are you guys referring to. Do you have a pic of what they look like
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:32 AM   #738
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What stickers are you guys referring to. Do you have a pic of what they look like
When you book your shore excursion through DCL, you meet up in your group and the leader carries a placard and everyone in the group has matching stickers. This way it makes it easier to stay in your own group. It's small, maybe 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" but you don't want it in your photos.
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:57 PM   #739
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I spent days reading this thread to then find the fabulous summary RescueTink posted on page 46! Thank you for summarizing - just wish I knew that a few days and pages ago

I can't wait for our first Disney cruise in February 2012. I had already started a list of the things to remember to do and bring and I'm sure I will be adding to it over the next few months.

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Old 12-06-2011, 11:50 PM   #740
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Tshirts

Not sure if this has been mentioned...

We make t-shirts for each cruise, we have done them in a couple of different ways. We have done iron-ons and air brushing we have a great guy in Hawaii who does the air brush for $10-$20 a shirt and ships them to us and is amazing.

We always do the shirts with a nice picture on the front we chose a different one for each cruise. Then we put on the nametags if you search the magnet boards there is templates for the disney cruise nametags.

We wear them on the day we board the ship, makes for a great first picture and you can always tell the whole family.

Also the crew will greet you by name which is really special for the kids.

Finally at the end of the day, before dinner I take the kids shirts and drop them off at Guest Services to get signed.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:07 AM   #741
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When you book your shore excursion through DCL, you meet up in your group and the leader carries a placard and everyone in the group has matching stickers. This way it makes it easier to stay in your own group. It's small, maybe 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" but you don't want it in your photos.
Just another fyi......On our last Disney cruise my group sticker left a residue on my top. It never, ever came off and it did ruin the top. It was a fluke and I don't expect that to happen again but I'll be applying future stickers to my lanyard.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:30 PM   #742
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weight

Ok so I was reading other pages, I think I am up to 31 and someone was talking about how much they gained.

Here is something they tell you if you attend the gym presentation on day 1, the average person gains 1-2lbs a day on a cruise.

This was a huge shock to me...how could this happen. I tell you its the the abudance of food,

Here is how I combated it:
-I worked out before I left so my body was in full swing of burning.
-I worked out twice with a trainer (it was considerably cheap compared to my gym).
-I only took the stairs (which was pretty easy even with heels on)
-I ran the 5K on CC, it only takes about 1 hr (of course I sent DH to get a good spot on the beach, cause he can blink and lose weight)

I ended up losing 2lbs on the cruise and I ate everything possible, I was a food addict.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:37 PM   #743
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Magnets

for those of you who like to decorate your door...

I print my magnets on card stock paper and then stick my 13 year old to cut them out which she loves.

I buy a roll of magnet tape at the hobby store and cut about an inch or a little less and stick it to the back.

This is considerably cheaper than if you print your magnets on the printable magnet paper they sell and many people suggest. We have never had a problem with them falling off and after 3 cruises I still have magnet tape left. If someone steals ours off the door, I'm not to bothered as it didn't cost me much. I tend to keep a lot of them and recycle for the next cruise, I just keep them in a large manila envelope.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:43 PM   #744
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Dinner

Sorry I am posting another one but as I read through the comments it sparks a light bulb for me...

When we were on the Dream, one night we didn't like our table location (or our server) so we asked the head waiter if they could sit us in another section and they did.

1st it depends on availablity, it is easy to sit you in a section when someone has reservations somewhere else. Also when you tell your waiter you are not dinning there the next night (for whatever reason) they notify the head waiter so they can make that table available for these reasons as well if someone missed thier meal.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:28 PM   #745
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Didn't read thru this whole thread, but have a few unofficial tips:

- On the day you set sail, try to get to the port early. You get on the ship earlier, which means you can have a nice lunch that you wouldn't get if you arrive closer to sailing time. Plus it gives you a little time to get to know the ship before you unpack; maybe even use the pool, if you're so inclined. Only drawback: you can't get into your room until early afternoon (1:30/2:00), so you'll need to carry a small bag around.
FYI- They are getting really picky with the port times. No matter what time you show up, if your number doesn't corespond with the time your registered for online, the person who checks you in may switch your number. It happens more often than not...

On the bright side, if you have issues in the port where you get a higher number then you should just talk to the check in person and they will help you out.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:38 AM   #746
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Just another fyi......On our last Disney cruise my group sticker left a residue on my top. It never, ever came off and it did ruin the top. It was a fluke and I don't expect that to happen again but I'll be applying future stickers to my lanyard.
My DS had a swim shirt on and we put his sticker on it, it never has come completely off!! It was one of those stretching, sun block type shirts!!
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:51 AM   #747
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Bump. Keep them coming!
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:31 AM   #748
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Wooo 50 pages in 2 days...thanks guys and gals...great tips

I have a tip and story to explain why It has probably been said, but I want to emphasize the importance. If you are going to participate in the FE gift exchange on your cruise, make sure you go on the Cruise Meets boards and register with your group and the FE group.

Back in August 2007 I took my first and so far only cruise. I had read about the fish extenders and gotten excited. However, I misunderstood the whole concept. While reading I just assumed that if you hung a FE and hung it outside your door that random people would bring small gifts on board and pop them into your FE. In turn I took load of small things from Japan to share also. Well first night my 2 DDs went around popping things like Japanese fans, Character chopsticks, Japanese snacks and Japan Disney pins into random FEs around the ship. There were far mor FEs than we had gifts, but we put stuff into atleast 50 FEs. Then we waited. Four nights and Five days passed and the only thing we ever got in our FE was the bill. The girls were disappointed. I just assumed that it was because we were at the end of the hall. Now 4 years later as I begin to research for my birthday cruise in 2013 I understand why.

Another tip for international travelers who don't speak English...you can pre request that one of your serving staff be able to speak your language. We had a wonderful server from Japan. In addition to her tip we took her a care package from home. Menus are also available in a variety of languages if you let them know before you go.

See you on the Dream..Dec.29 2013...Say happy Birthday and put something in my FE
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:39 PM   #749
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Ok, so thanks to msabol01 he showed me how to post the list as a Google Doc!!

I hope this works!! If not I'll just keep sending it out, I don't mind at all!!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...TnQeDYrkA/edit
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I meant to add this which I was including in the emails that I've sent out:

There are a number of things that seem to repeat themselves, but it shows that different people had different experiences with different things!! But all in all it seems to be an easier read then paging through the thread!! I did do a spell check and make some minor changes to some posts. It also indicates the end of each page so if you see a post that interests you, then you can just go to that page on the DIS and see the responses after it!! If you see anything that I posted incorrectly PLEASE let me know so I can change it!! I just got off the magic and can't wait to sail DCL again in 2013!!

Oh, and one of my BIGGEST tips is to re-book another DCL trip while your onboard!! And what we did was book a December 2013 3 day sailing and paid the required 10% deposit on that, we booked 2 rooms at around $89.00 per room deposit. Now we can decide when we actually want to sail, which we can even push it into 2014, and then we can change our sail date!! And if we decide that we can't do the cruise, or something else get's in the way of us going (NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!!) we can just get our deposit back, but we can never get the discount once we get off!!) You can also add a TA after you book online depending on who has the best incentives, as long as you don't pay the cruise off before you try and add the TA!! Oh, and I think that the re-booking desk was without question the #1 busiest spot we saw on the cruise!! That girl had a line of people waiting before she would sit down twice a day, and she wouldn't get a break till she cut the line off!! So try and get to her early!!

Oh, and keep the suggestions for the thread coming!!! I love the DIS... and all the DISigners who made wonderful door magnets and shirt DISigns for my family!!!

Happy Sailing!!
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:18 AM   #750
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Great thread, thank you to everyone who has shared their secrets, this is going to make our first cruise and Disneymoon even more magical now!
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