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Old 02-27-2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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Question POST YOUR DISNEY DREAM TIPS/MUST do'S!

Hello all,
Now that there have been several sailings of the newest ship do you "Dreamers" have any specific tips related to the new ship? We "yet-to-be-Dreamers" would sure love to learn from your experience!!

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Old 02-27-2011, 03:41 PM   #2
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Does no one out there have any tips for those of us who have yet to go on Dreams?

Help?
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:45 PM   #3
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don't arrive at port (if driving) until 11-11:30. otherwise the lines are looooong for everything! i know no one wants to hear that but it is true. moves MUCH fast after 12 noon!
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:27 PM   #4
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Either get there really early to be one of the first people on board (ahead of the crowd) or later after the big morning rush. Waiting outside the port earlier (around 9:00 AM ) allowed us no line at guest services, lunch at an empty cabanas, and a few rides on the aquaduck with no line at all before everyone boarding behind us caught up. We felt like we had an extra afternoon on the ship!

Go to the mid ship elevators on deck 5 for a family picture in front of the BEAUTIFUL chandelier (just grab someone getting off the elevators to snap the shot)

Wait until Castaway Cay to have ice cream. The stuff on the ship isn't as good (except for the hard ice cream at cabanas)

Get to the theatre early on sea day if you want a seat to see a movie.

Have fun. It's a beautiful HUGE ship and the staff is wonderful.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:14 PM   #5
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Thanks!!

Thanks for the tips...

Anymore out there?
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:41 PM   #6
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Don't let the size of the ship overwhelm you - once you figure out your routine and the places you visit most frequently, it's not bad at all!

Bring your own hairdryer - otherwise, quite honestly, you can stand out on deck when the ship's underway and dry your hair faster than the provided hairdryer!

Remember you can enter both theaters on 2 different decks - it could save you time when looking for seats!

If you're an early riser and like your coffee, visit Cove Cafe for a latte (or whatever) and a tiny pastry, then hit Cabanas when the buffet opens for 'second breakfast'!
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:34 PM   #8
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Bring a watch with you. There are not any clocks around. I am so used to using my cell phone for the time that I did not bring a watch. We didn't need to use the wave phone as we were always together but we did carry it for the time.

Make sure you do the detective thing. It was really cute. We did it on the sea day.

Allow for time at the dinners. They do take 1-2 hours. They are not fast bringing you drinks, but they do give ou water fairly quickly. We did have a hard time sitting for such a long time, but enjoyed ourselves.

I hope you have a wonderfu trip!
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Take any of the unused hangers out of the closet. The first night we heard some strange rattling noise and took us a little time to figure out that it was the wooden hangers rattling in the closets.

Its a great ship! You'll have lots of fun!
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Either get there really early to be one of the first people on board (ahead of the crowd) or later after the big morning rush. Waiting outside the port earlier (around 9:00 AM ) allowed us no line at guest services, lunch at an empty cabanas, and a few rides on the aquaduck with no line at all before everyone boarding behind us caught up. We felt like we had an extra afternoon on the ship!

Go to the mid ship elevators on deck 5 for a family picture in front of the BEAUTIFUL chandelier (just grab someone getting off the elevators to snap the shot)

Wait until Castaway Cay to have ice cream. The stuff on the ship isn't as good (except for the hard ice cream at cabanas)

Get to the theatre early on sea day if you want a seat to see a movie.

Have fun. It's a beautiful HUGE ship and the staff is wonderful.

What if you have a late "check-in time"? Will they still let you board early? It's our first cruise so I'm afraid when we are able to do online check in at 75 days we will get a late check in time.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:36 PM   #12
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don't arrive at port (if driving) until 11-11:30. otherwise the lines are looooong for everything! i know no one wants to hear that but it is true. moves MUCH fast after 12 noon!
This is good to know...Thank you. We sailed on the wonder for the first time last Sept and were amazed at the empty terminal at around 1pm. although lines to get into parking etc were long during that time....
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Pick up a map at Guest Services. I can't tell you how many "wrong" turns we took trying to find places. You can not walk front to back on all decks.

Visit the promenade deck ( I think it was 4). It is a quiet spot to enjoy the breeze and beauty. There's some neat little cozy spots. It's a great place to relax and read. It's also a nice place to walk... especially if your little one likes to be pushed in their stroller to be lulled to sleep.

Join your FE group. It is a neat way to become familiar with the decks and even the magic artwork. Our kids loved all the neat surprises they got everyday. It was a real treat!
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:15 PM   #14
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When you get to your room, make sure both wave phones are charged or put in charger. We used ours a lot and loved it.

If your TV freezes (ours did on 3 occasions) unplug the router from the wall and plug bag in. This allows the TV to "reboot" (router reconnects to the server) and your TV works again.

Rebook your cruise on Day 1.

I echo many of the recommendations given above.

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Old 03-01-2011, 06:03 AM   #15
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About the check in time on your paperwork- I called DCL prior to ask about it, and I was told that they just want an idea of when people are going to be arriving in order to control staffing and crowds. Noone ever looked at our time on our sheet at the port. I don't know if this will change in the future or not, but it was the case on the 20th.

Another bit of advice- If you have DVC points (even if you didn't book with them) stop by the open house for at least a few minutes, they were handing out cute baseball caps, lanyards, and champagne.
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