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Old 01-23-2011, 07:57 AM   #76
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So much fun reading about your plans! The dolphin encounter sounds like it will be a blast!

I like the idea of taping them as you get towards the port. What if you play it off and say you are going to the Space Center -- would they buy it? That way even if Sarah is reading the signs, she won't realize it until you are much closer.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:55 AM   #77
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I'm getting excited just reading it all. We have late seating for dinner as well. Did you know that the shows are now assigned. We have the 7PM show assigned to us. I have heard that they are going to scan your KTTW card when you go in to be sure you are at the right show. I guess the theater is only big enough to hold a certain amount of people, so they want to be sure you are going to your assigned show. 7 works for us though. We have more time to get ready.
I keep looking at the dolphin encounters. Claire saw something the other day on TV and said she wants to pet a dolphin. It is a hefty price though. I thought maybe DH and her could go and it and I could buy the observer ticket. But even then, it would still probably put my DH into shock at the price.
He does want to go over to Atlantis and look around.(we did that once before too with a NCL cruise) I would like to do a little bit of shopping, but I don't know if we will make a full day at Nassua either.

I can't wait to hear more of your plans!
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I can't wait to hear all about your cruise!! I've been checking them out, too.
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:47 PM   #79
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Your girls are going to be so surprised!
The dolphin encounter you described sounds exactly like the one my brother and nephews did while they were at Atlantis in October. They videotaped the entire experience.
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Oh my - I didn't realize this was going to be a surprise. I love the T shirt idea, but if you give them out too soon it will definitely be a give away. Maybe wait until you drive by the parking lot, then pull over, turn the car around saying, "woops - we forgot something". Then wip those shirts out.

OH - your cruise is going to be SO MUCH FUN!
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:02 PM   #81
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I'm torn between your two options of revealing the cruise to the girls. I like the t-shirt idea because you'd be sure and get their reactions on video, but it seems so much more fun to wait and watch their surprise as they see the port come into view!

I'll look forward to hearing about the dolphin encounter. We're looking at that or the sea lion encounter, leaning towards sea lion just because it's more than $100 cheaper. Of course, as much as we're paying for this vacation is $100 really that big of a deal???

Anita - the straw market scares me!
Well, I think we've decided to just let them think we're going to Auntie Debbie's house and drive to the port. I don't have time to make t-shirts along with all the FE gifts we're planning!
I hope the dolphin encounter is fun. You will get a full report. I agree - we keep saying, heck what's another $100? Funny thing is, this was supposed to be the "inexpensive" trip instead of Europe!

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Michelle-We need to look at those encounters....
The straw market (from what I hear) has a new inside home. I can't go back without knockoff purses for my daughters.

Sheree-I like the pulling into port idea myself. Just be sure to get it on video....
We might have to make a run through the new improved straw market. Mommy might like a faux Coach purse!

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Sheree- your trip sounds FANTASTIC!!!

I vote for letting the cruise reveal itself on the drive. Imagine how proud the girls will be for figuring it out on their own rather than just reading the t-shirt.

You could also do really corny ship puns- "I've Dreamed about this trip for a long time" "Glad I a am in ship-shape for this trip" "Lifesaver, girls?"

Your stateroom sounds absolutely divine!!!

They will LOVE the dolphin encounters. We did one in Jamaica (actually, Ben and Mark did a dolphin encounter and Nate and I snorkeled with SHARKS!) Then at Atlantis, Ben and I did a dolphin encounter since Ben was not old enough to do the swim/footpush that Mark and Nate did.
We are so excited! We keep saying things like, wouldn't it be cool to try the Aquaduck? Sarah says I really want to go on the Dream for my birthday and we keep telling her it's too expensive and we can't get a room now at this late date.

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So much fun reading about your plans! The dolphin encounter sounds like it will be a blast!

I like the idea of taping them as you get towards the port. What if you play it off and say you are going to the Space Center -- would they buy it? That way even if Sarah is reading the signs, she won't realize it until you are much closer.
Oh, good point, I sort of forgot about the Space Center. They really like it there too.

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I'm getting excited just reading it all. We have late seating for dinner as well. Did you know that the shows are now assigned. We have the 7PM show assigned to us. I have heard that they are going to scan your KTTW card when you go in to be sure you are at the right show. I guess the theater is only big enough to hold a certain amount of people, so they want to be sure you are going to your assigned show. 7 works for us though. We have more time to get ready.
I keep looking at the dolphin encounters. Claire saw something the other day on TV and said she wants to pet a dolphin. It is a hefty price though. I thought maybe DH and her could go and it and I could buy the observer ticket. But even then, it would still probably put my DH into shock at the price.
He does want to go over to Atlantis and look around.(we did that once before too with a NCL cruise) I would like to do a little bit of shopping, but I don't know if we will make a full day at Nassua either.

I can't wait to hear more of your plans!
I was reading about the assigned show. I think if you want to go to the 5:00 they will let you. It's the only way I'll be able to cram everything in I want to do! That will be one busy day! I plan to rest with a lovely tropical beverage on Castaway Cay the next day though!
I have to go back and check your ticker - when are you going? ETA just saw in your ticker and PTR that you are going at the end of March. I'll try to get you lots of info when I get back and of course, you can ask any questions too! Isn't it exciting??


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I can't wait to hear all about your cruise!! I've been checking them out, too.
Oh, it's so much fun! I hope you can get to go on one - it's money well spent!

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Your girls are going to be so surprised!
The dolphin encounter you described sounds exactly like the one my brother and nephews did while they were at Atlantis in October. They videotaped the entire experience.
It's so funny because Paige thinks she's figured it out that we're going to WDW, but I won't confirm or deny it. That's okay even if she thinks that's it, the cruise will be a total shock. The only challenge will be packing without giving it away.

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Oh my - I didn't realize this was going to be a surprise. I love the T shirt idea, but if you give them out too soon it will definitely be a give away. Maybe wait until you drive by the parking lot, then pull over, turn the car around saying, "woops - we forgot something". Then wip those shirts out.

OH - your cruise is going to be SO MUCH FUN!
Yeah, I've never tried to surprise them with the whole trip before, just little things like dining in the castle. It's challenging, because we tend to talk about Disney a lot. But with the Dream being all over the news lately, we can talk about it in really vague terms about how cool it would be and get ideas about what they would like to do. It's definitely "someday" in their minds.

Hopefully I'll have more time soon to post some more plans. Work has been crazy busy and will continue to be for a while. I'll have to find some down time to DIS though!!
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:53 PM   #82
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Your trip sounds like so much fun! Well all except the 24 hour drive.



I would not like that part.

I vote for no t-shirts (which you already decided lol). You could do a puzzle like a scramble for the car, or let them figure it out. You might be surprised at how clueless kids can be. I did a surprise trip last April and even getting on the PLANE they didn't have a clue.

And then the puzzles I made them to figure it out had a lot of pieces and took the whole plane ride. It was a riot!

POP will be fun, I was a little bummed we ended up not staying there on our trip.

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Old 01-29-2011, 09:37 PM   #83
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I love hearing about your surprise plans! The girls are going to be so excited!
Makes me want to start planning my surprise in 8 months!
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I was reading about the assigned show. I think if you want to go to the 5:00 they will let you. It's the only way I'll be able to cram everything in I want to do! That will be one busy day! I plan to rest with a lovely tropical beverage on Castaway Cay the next day though!
So I noticed today on the DIS that they posted the Navigators for Day 1 and Day 2 of a three day cruise. There is NO 5:00 show listed. So I might have gotten some bad information. Not sure what we'll do now. Might try to move my Palo earlier if possible. Then go to 6:30 show and 8:30 dinner (again).
Anyone know how long to plan for a meal at Palo??? I'll have to research that! I have so many things to squeeze in on a three day cruise!!! Wish I could have done the 4 day!

I also wish they would tell you your dining rotation before you get there. Then I would know what's going on! It's not nice to do that to an uber planner!

I got DISNEY MAIL today!!! Got a little booklet from Pop AND a Disney Cruise Line Planning DVD. No, the kids did not see the Pop thing come in the mail, but Sarah watched some of the DVD with us - just the Dream part. We kept going on about maybe next year, blah blah blah. I told her we need to save our money or we'd never get to go - it's just SOOO expensive. I'm pretty sure she doesn't suspect it. I told her it's all over the internet because it's new and people are reporting about it. I think it's just fun to see.

I decided after seeing the video of the restaurants, I might want to dress up. It looks so elegant!!! Packing for this trip will be challenging. At least driving will help - no bag fees!!! I think I'll pack cruise stuff in one bag and then the rest. I'm sure we'll have to take 2 suitcases on the ship.
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:13 PM   #85
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If those are the same Navigators that I saw, I wouldn't change any plans based on them. They are from the christening cruise which was not nearly to capacity so they weren't running things as they normally will be. I even read somewhere that people on that cruise were told that it would be different when the ship started it's regular cruises. Hopefully we'll see some Navigators from the maiden voyage posted soon!
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Hi Sheree -

Just found your PTR and all caught up! This brutal winter in MN combined with the FRENZY of press coverage about the Dream must be making you soooo anxious for your trip!

I've done the 24 hour MN to WDW drive several times myself and I'm considering it for our next trip. Wed like to go to WDW over MEA and I'm afraid the airline tix are going to be outrageous. One of our Florida drive traditions is the "Waffle House Challenge" - you count the number of Waffle Houses you can see from the freeway. Once you hit the southern states there seems to be one at every exit! It's also fun to take pictures of the outside temp (if you have a display in your car). You can watch the temp increase as you drive south.

Can't wait to hear more about your trip.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:18 AM   #87
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The more I see and read about the new Dream, the more excited I get about your trip! You are going to have so much fun!!!
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Disney mail is the best kind of mail
So glad your girls don't suspect anything yet.
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:00 PM   #89
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Ya for Mickey mail!!

I have heard too, not to go by those naviagtors. They are not correct yet, as they were for preview cruises. They didn't even have all the 3 shows running either.
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Hi Sheree -

Just found your PTR and all caught up! This brutal winter in MN combined with the FRENZY of press coverage about the Dream must be making you soooo anxious for your trip!

I've done the 24 hour MN to WDW drive several times myself and I'm considering it for our next trip. Wed like to go to WDW over MEA and I'm afraid the airline tix are going to be outrageous. One of our Florida drive traditions is the "Waffle House Challenge" - you count the number of Waffle Houses you can see from the freeway. Once you hit the southern states there seems to be one at every exit! It's also fun to take pictures of the outside temp (if you have a display in your car). You can watch the temp increase as you drive south.

Can't wait to hear more about your trip.
We are making our first drive to Disney this May and I know we will watch for Waffle Houses! We do that every time we drive south of Kansas!!! We play a game trying to be the first one to spot them and see who can get the most!
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