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Old 01-26-2011, 09:03 AM   #91
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Thanks for picking this TR back up, I didn't see it orginally.

I love love love the photos taken at SSR because it looks so nice and warm there. You can just see the humidity and heat in those photos and it's something I yearn to feel (It's cold and snowy outside here in Wisconsin). I really don't mind Florida in August.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:49 PM   #92
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Thanks for this great trip report! I can't wait to read more. It looks like you had a ball!! Will you be on the 2011 Member Cruise?
I had such a great time on the cruise and at the resorts. It was a very relaxing vacation and I enjoyed spending time with my family. Unfortunately, I will not be on this year's member cruise since, fortunatley, I will be going on a cruise in August. Thank you for reading.

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Marsha - so glad you are starting your TR back up. It will be like reliving our cruise all over again. Only I saw a picture of my backside, and ughhhhh. Not very pretty. lol.

Hope all is well with you and your family. Can't wait for the next post.
Hi Chris! Glad you are still onboard. I like doing TRs because they always bring back memories. And, don't worry about seeing your backside. I did not even notice.


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WOO - HOO!! Thank you for coming back!
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Thank you for coming back. Great pictures and looking forward to more.
You are welcome and thank you for reading. I was so happy to be using my new camera. It really took some great shots.

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Thanks for picking this TR back up, I didn't see it orginally.

I love love love the photos taken at SSR because it looks so nice and warm there. You can just see the humidity and heat in those photos and it's something I yearn to feel (It's cold and snowy outside here in Wisconsin). I really don't mind Florida in August.
I am glad you found it. The weather was beautiful. I wish it was like that outside not. But, unfortunately it is sleeting. It has been so cold. I am going back to my happy place ... thinking warm thoughts and thinking about WDW and DCL.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:09 PM   #93
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DIS Meet

One of the great things about the DIS is chatting with people who will be cruising with you before you cruise. And, when you finally meet, it is like meeting old friends. We had a great bunch of people on our cruise meet thread and I was so excited to finally meet them in person. Some I had met before on the '09 cruise so it was great seeing them again too.

Before leaving for the cruise, I made a mini-navigator for our DIS meet thread.







So, I grabbed the mini-navigator and DH, DS, DMIL, & I headed to the Promenade Lounge for our DIS meet.

It was great seeing everyone and of course I had my camera ready. Here are a few pictures from the meet.















Next it was time to get ready for the muster drill. So we headed back to our room to prepare.







The muster drill was not too bad this time around. DS was not irritated or overly tired like on the '09 SSMC. However, there was this couple who showed up late with drinks in hand and no life jackets who proceeded to question the condition of the lifeboat we were standing under. So, annoying! After the muster drill, we headed back to our room and got ready for the sail away party.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:29 PM   #94
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Sail Away Party

I was so excited to be going to the sail away party. This would be the first one I have attended. I was looking forward to it more than anyone else and it did not disappoint. I was even shown on the jumbotron. I wish I got a picture of that but I was too busy dancing. Here are a few pictures form the sail away party.



Me waving to some of my DIS friends:






DS had a great view sitting on his uncle's shoulders.




After the party, we headed back to our staterooms to relax a little before dinner. We did not have much time before dinner but I did have the opportunity to look at the navigator.









I also read about staying connected but I really did not want to stay connected so it was a quick read.




DH was concerned about what was showing on tv and what was playing in the theater.



Now, it was time to get ready for dinner. Tonight we would be dining in Animator's Palate.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:53 PM   #95
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Animator's Palate is one of my favorite restaurants. Despite what some say about the show, I really enjoy it. I love how the restaurant changes from black and white to color as you dine. I know the Animator's Palate on the Disney Dream is different. I am hoping that it will have the same appeal.

This time around, I did not get any copies of the menus, except for the children's menu. But, I did take pictures of the food. And, when I forgot DH reminded me. I have trained him well.




Now, for pictures of the food & decor:

Decor:









Menu Covers:







Dip for the bread:


Appetizers:






Soups/Salads:


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Old 02-05-2011, 07:02 PM   #96
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Animator's Palate Continued

Main course:














The Finale to the Show:




And, the finale to our dinner - DESSERT:


YUMMO:






On this night we also celebrated DMIL's b-day:


The meal was delicious. We all left felling very satisfied. I also took some more pictures of the decor since who knows when I will be on the Disney Wonder again.





This is a picture of the special artwork commissioned for the member's cruise:
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:16 PM   #97
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After dinner, we dropped DS off at the Oceaneer's Club and then went to the Golden Mickeys. The GPs were not too thrilled with dropping DS off but he seemed to be find with it. Of course, I snapped some pictures along the way.





Now for the:

















I love the Golden Mickeys and can't wait to see the revised one on the Dream.

I took pictures of the sign language interpreters because they were excellent. I found myself watching them a lot. They were awesome every night.


Then, we headed off to pick up DS. Though he was having a good time, he came willingly.
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:24 PM   #98
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After picking up DS from the club, we headed back to our room to rest. It was a long but fun filled day. When we arrived at our room, our FE was overflowing.



One of the FE gifts:



Towel Animal:




The sofa converted into a bed for DS:


I finally had a chance to look at the Castaway Club gift.





Overall, it was a great day. Now, for some shut eye since tomorrow will be a great day at Castaway Cay.
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:49 PM   #99
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Loving your report!
Your little boy is adorable.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:40 AM   #100
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Wow - great job and a lot of work with your trip report. Thank you for taking the time. Everything looks absolutely great!!
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:45 PM   #101
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Hope your not done yet. Again you have done an excellent job at getting me excited for my own upcoming trip.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:08 AM   #102
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Marsha - So glad you are reliving our cruise!!! I love the photos!!! It puts me right back there!!!
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Loving your report!
Your little boy is adorable.
Thank you to both comments.

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Wow - great job and a lot of work with your trip report. Thank you for taking the time. Everything looks absolutely great!!
You're welcome. I apologize that it has been taking so long for me to update it.

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Hope your not done yet. Again you have done an excellent job at getting me excited for my own upcoming trip.
No, I am not done. I definitely plan on completing it because I do not like to leave things unfinished. Plus, I like reliving the moment.

When is your trip?

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Marsha - So glad you are reliving our cruise!!! I love the photos!!! It puts me right back there!!!
Thank you. Please feel free to add any comments along the way. How are you and the family doing?
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SSMC Day 2 - Castaway Cay

We were so excited to be stepping on Castaway Cay again. The night before I ordered breakfast through room service for DS & DH since I knew I would be going to the Hawaii Homecoming Presentation. Room service arrived right on time. I left it on the table for DS & DH and headed out with my MIL to the presentation. Before I talk about the presentation, here is the navigator for the day.









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Hawaii Homecoming Presentation



As usual, the presentation was held in the Walt Disney Theater.



The presentation was actually pretty good. For those of you who have not been on the member cruise, DVC hosts a presentation where members can discover some of the incentives that DVC is offering on the cruise. Each year, the presentation has a theme. The 2010 theme was Hawaii Homecomig which was a presentation about the new DVC resort, Aulani. I really enjoyed the presentation because of the speaker, Joe Rohde, the leader of the creative team for Aulani.



He was a great presenter. He was very knowledgeable not oonly about Aulani, but Hawaii since he grew up in Hawaii. From the pictures that were shown and the discussion about all of the little details that are going into the resort, I am sure Aulani will be a stunning.

After Joe's presentation, the guides told us about the incentives.



At the presentation on the 2010 SSMC, the Aulani incentives were:
Deeded to 2062
No closing cost
$114 per vacation points
Price increase either Nov. 21 or Nov. 26 (I can't read my own handwriting).
Annual dues: $4.31 per vacation point estimated for 2011.

With the purchase of 125 vacation points or more you received the limited addition artwork of Beauty & the Beast created by Rodell Gonzalez - Disney Fine Artist (picture above) and a $10 per point discount which was approx. a $1250 credit.

With the purchase of 160 vacation points or more you were considered a founding member and your name would go on the Pohaku (limited to the first 800 people), a $12 per point disocunt, and a $1500 Visa pre-paid card.

With the purchase of 200 vacation points or more you received the LE artwork and founding member status plus a $2000 Visa pre-paid card.

With the purchase of 250 vacation points or more you received the LE artwork and founding member status plus a $14 per point discount, you were confirmed for the 2011 SSMC oceanview room for up to 4 people or a $2500 pre-paid Visa card.

With the purchase of 320 vacation points or more you received the LE artwork and founding member status plus a $16 per point discount and a confirmation for the 2011 SSMC verandah room or a $3000 pre-paid Visa card.

With the purchase of 500 vacation points or more you received the LE artwork and founding member status plus an $18 per point discount and a confirmation on the 2011 SSMC or $5000 pre-paid Visa card.

The giveaways at the presentation were a (1) one time allotment of 50 points, (2) a one time allottment of 100 points, and (3) a 1 week RCI 1-bedroom stay.

After the presentation, the attendees were given a little menehune, a great craftsman, who lives deep in the Hawaiian forests and stay out of sight of humans. You will statutes of the menehune strategically placed throughout Aulani.

Now, off to Castaway Cay...
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