Ths DIS is a great place to ask Disney Cruise Line questions and share tips.
Dreams Unlimited Travel - The official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums Dreams Unlimited Travel - the official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums  

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Cruise Line > Disney Cruise Line Forum > Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-21-2011, 11:17 PM   #1
mousetravel
DIS Veteran
 
mousetravel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SC
Posts: 2,678

Sweet Sixteen on the Dream! The Good, the Bad, and the Crazy!

Join me for another Mom/ Daughter trip report!
Cruise dates were June 12-17, 2011.


We had a wonderful time on the Dream! BEST VACATION EVER!!!!!


Quick introduction of us:

I am a single mom to DD. We love to travel together. Here's a couple of pics from the party so you can "meet" us.







This was a trip to celebrate DD's 16th birthday, which would actually be while we're on the cruise. I decided to have her party, which mainly consists of family, the same night we were leaving. Our Amtrak would be scheduled to leave at 1:44am!! So I tried to do what I could to keep us up & going till time to go. The party was 7pm-9pm, then it would be time to get on the road to Columbia, SC, which is 2 hours drive. The party extended on till after 10pm, so were rushing out the door! This is the main common factor of everything about this trip...LAST MINUTE!!!

So on this TR, I will be doing reports on not only the cruise, but also

*16th "early" birthday party
*our trip on the Amtrak
*our hotel in the Disney area
*day at MK
*Downtown Disney
*hotel at Port Canaveral
*Cocoa Beach, FL
*the DREAM CRUISE!


**and a special edition of WHY we had to extend our trip an extra day!!!
(You will just have to stay tuned for this one!)




[U]Adding a disclaimer here: I will also be adding the "bad" portions of this trip. I wouldn't really call it horrible or anything, but after reading some negative reviews and points of the Dream, I will be adding in some of my "not so magical" moments. Don't worry, though, wasn't enough to ruin the trip or anything, but enough to where I'd like to share with my Dis-friends.

So join in with me, as I get this party started!
__________________
Mom/Daughter Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort:November 2014:http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3349510
Mom/Daughter Pop Trip: May 2014 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289750
Mom/Daughter Graduation trip: June 2013 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3211306
Mom/Daughter Birthday Celebration! June 2012 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....3#post45286013
Mom/Daughter Christmas TR! 2011http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2851142
Mom/Daughter PTR: Christmas Trip! 2011 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post42724982
Mom/Daughter Trip Report June 2011: Disney Dream! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2744972
Mom/Daughter Trip Report: Disney & Sea World 2010http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2443520
Mom/Daughter Trip Report: WDW & Disney Cruise 2009 ttp://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2095302

Last edited by mousetravel; 06-22-2011 at 01:09 AM.
mousetravel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 08:07 AM   #2
MagicMe
DIS Veteran
 
MagicMe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Outside Philly, PA
Posts: 4,202

Ready for the party!!
__________________
Melodie
Disney Dream/AKL - JUL14; Disney Fantasy - SEP12; Disney Dream/OKW - OCT11; Disney Wonder - Alaska AUG11; Disney Magic WBTA - Sep10; Disney Magic - Sep08; WL - Dec07-MVMCP; OKW - Oct/Nov06-MNSSHP; Disney Wonder - Aug06; OKW - Sept05; Disneyland - Jun04; Offsite - Dec03-MVMCP; Poly - Aug02; POR/Wonder - Aug00; POR - Jul99; And many more...


MagicMe is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 06-22-2011, 08:10 AM   #3
DisneyOHFan
Livin' for Disney
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,447

I can't wait to hear about the trip. That is SO wonderful that the 2 of you get to create such great memories together.

(BTW, we have mixed reviews for the Dream too )
DisneyOHFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 08:23 AM   #4
UGAFan0829
DIS Veteran
 
UGAFan0829's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: North GA
Posts: 4,446

Whoop whoop!! I'm here!!
I'm so glad to know this this was y'alls best trip ever! I can't wait to read all about it! And I'm sure I will have tons of questions for you!!!
UGAFan0829 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 08:34 AM   #5
tyandskyesmom
DIS Veteran
 
tyandskyesmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Illinois
Posts: 1,360

I'm here...
tyandskyesmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 02:15 PM   #6
jlwatkins
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 68

Great start!
Love the cake!
jlwatkins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 02:29 PM   #7
mousetravel
DIS Veteran
 
mousetravel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SC
Posts: 2,678

Quote:
Originally Posted by MagicMe View Post
Ready for the party!!
Quote:
Originally Posted by DisneyOHFan View Post
I can't wait to hear about the trip. That is SO wonderful that the 2 of you get to create such great memories together.

(BTW, we have mixed reviews for the Dream too )
Quote:
Originally Posted by UGAFan0829 View Post
Whoop whoop!! I'm here!!
I'm so glad to know this this was y'alls best trip ever! I can't wait to read all about it! And I'm sure I will have tons of questions for you!!!
Quote:
Originally Posted by tyandskyesmom View Post
I'm here...
Quote:
Originally Posted by jlwatkins View Post
Great start!
Love the cake!

Thanks everyone for joining in!!!!
__________________
Mom/Daughter Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort:November 2014:http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3349510
Mom/Daughter Pop Trip: May 2014 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289750
Mom/Daughter Graduation trip: June 2013 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3211306
Mom/Daughter Birthday Celebration! June 2012 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....3#post45286013
Mom/Daughter Christmas TR! 2011http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2851142
Mom/Daughter PTR: Christmas Trip! 2011 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post42724982
Mom/Daughter Trip Report June 2011: Disney Dream! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2744972
Mom/Daughter Trip Report: Disney & Sea World 2010http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2443520
Mom/Daughter Trip Report: WDW & Disney Cruise 2009 ttp://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2095302
mousetravel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 03:04 PM   #8
Bashful in TN
Mouseketeer
 
Bashful in TN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 238

Coming over from our meet thread. I can't wait to read about your experience on the Dream!
__________________


May 2015 - Fantasy / Jun 2014 - POFQ / Jun 2013 - Poly / Jun 2013 - Fantasy / Sep 2012 - POR / May 2012 - WL / Jun 2011 - Dream / Sep 2010 - POR / Jun 2009 - Wonder / Sep 2007 - CBR / Sep 2006 - POR / Sep 2005 - POR
Bashful in TN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 03:29 PM   #9
mousetravel
DIS Veteran
 
mousetravel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SC
Posts: 2,678

More birthday pictures

Here's a few more pics from the party.

The CAKE!!! It was wonderfully made by a lady that has done cakes for her before.




I'll throw in this pic, also, of a cake she made for DD's b-day after our 2009DCL.








With the little ones


With me, my Dad & my Sis


With Grandma



Here's a couple more of the "party animals"

My chihuahua


and Grandma's shihtzu



I had these sling-bags and T shirt made for her, for her to take on the cruise.
The lady that made these is on the Disboards!!!








Being silly!








Hope you all enjoyed a few of the party pics!
Coming up......our transportation there on the Amtrak!!!!
__________________
Mom/Daughter Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort:November 2014:http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3349510
Mom/Daughter Pop Trip: May 2014 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289750
Mom/Daughter Graduation trip: June 2013 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3211306
Mom/Daughter Birthday Celebration! June 2012 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....3#post45286013
Mom/Daughter Christmas TR! 2011http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2851142
Mom/Daughter PTR: Christmas Trip! 2011 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post42724982
Mom/Daughter Trip Report June 2011: Disney Dream! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2744972
Mom/Daughter Trip Report: Disney & Sea World 2010http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2443520
Mom/Daughter Trip Report: WDW & Disney Cruise 2009 ttp://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2095302
mousetravel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 03:37 PM   #10
UGAFan0829
DIS Veteran
 
UGAFan0829's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: North GA
Posts: 4,446

Those are great pics! I love the one of her on your back...way too cute!! She is really growing up and is such a beautiful girl!!

I LOVE both the cakes, but especially the one from 2009!!

Can't wait for more!
UGAFan0829 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 03:41 PM   #11
mnrhannah07
1,287 miles from WDW
 
mnrhannah07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 427

totally subbing! Your trips are always so fun and laid back..Kinda go with the flow which is the best way to vacation!!!
__________________
ME(27) DH(29) DS(5)
mnrhannah07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 03:49 PM   #12
teatah
Earning My Ears
 
teatah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Shillington, PA, USA
Posts: 51

I cannot wait to read more!
__________________



WDW: off site '93, Dixie Landings '96, ASMo '00, '04, '06, '08, Pop '09, '10, '12, AKL '11, AoA '12, OKW '14
DCL: Dream '11 & '13, Magic '13, Wonder '14,
teatah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 09:30 PM   #13
mousetravel
DIS Veteran
 
mousetravel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SC
Posts: 2,678

Quote:
Originally Posted by UGAFan0829 View Post
Those are great pics! I love the one of her on your back...way too cute!! She is really growing up and is such a beautiful girl!!

I LOVE both the cakes, but especially the one from 2009!!

Can't wait for more!

Thanks!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by mnrhannah07 View Post
totally subbing! Your trips are always so fun and laid back..Kinda go with the flow which is the best way to vacation!!!
That is so true about us! At MK, we don't really use any kind of "plan", we just do things that we want, as we get to them. We're not the "running around the park from ride to ride" kind!
The only time we even used fast pass was for Space Mountain & Peter Pan. Everything else was less than 30 minute wait! But I'll definately get more into that on my MK portion of the TR.


Quote:
Originally Posted by teatah View Post
I cannot wait to read more!
Thanks for joining in!
__________________
Mom/Daughter Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort:November 2014:http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3349510
Mom/Daughter Pop Trip: May 2014 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289750
Mom/Daughter Graduation trip: June 2013 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3211306
Mom/Daughter Birthday Celebration! June 2012 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....3#post45286013
Mom/Daughter Christmas TR! 2011http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2851142
Mom/Daughter PTR: Christmas Trip! 2011 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post42724982
Mom/Daughter Trip Report June 2011: Disney Dream! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2744972
Mom/Daughter Trip Report: Disney & Sea World 2010http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2443520
Mom/Daughter Trip Report: WDW & Disney Cruise 2009 ttp://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2095302
mousetravel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 09:49 PM   #14
tessasmom
Mouseketeer
 
tessasmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NW Suburb of Chicago
Posts: 440

Subbing! Can't wait to hear more!
__________________
Julia Sam Tessa

AoA 11/2013~Fantasy Eastern 11/2013
DREAM 12/4/2011~ FANTASY 11/30/13~ AOA 11/28/13~POP 12/1/2011~WDW too many times to count as a child!
tessasmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 10:20 PM   #15
mousetravel
DIS Veteran
 
mousetravel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SC
Posts: 2,678

Amtrak

Can you believe I didn't really take any pictures of the Amtrak?? I took some video of it, though with my camcorder, but don't know how to load it onto youtube or anything. I have just a couple of pics, but they were taken at night, mainly to show how much space we had. I'll post those.

Our Amtrak would leave at 1:44am. So my goal was to leave Grandma's by 9:30pm, just to be sure to get there on time, get luggage checked, etc. We didn't get out of there till after 10pm, so we were running out the door, cause we were leaving straight from Grandma's, instead of going back home.

I have an obsession about, if I left my stove on, anything plugged up, etc. So I figured if I went back home, I would be triple-checking everything again!

So we get there in plenty of time, get luggage checked in, etc. Then they said the train is running about 20 minutes behind anyway, so we're good.

The seats are not "assigned" but they say they do their best to seat families together. Me & DD got seated next to each other both ways, so no problems there.

The Amtrak has tons of space and plenty of leg room. The seats go back further than on a plane, and you can hold all your carry on's by your feet, or in an overhead bin that is also larger than a plane. The overhead bin doesn't have a "door" over the storage area, it's open space with a divider thing (think of a book-end type thing). Also, there is a foot rest that you can pull up to rest your legs, kinda like a recliner chair foot rest.

The only thing we didn't like, was our inability to sleep on the train. My DD did get a little sleep, but I didn't sleep at all!

So as morning approached, we headed to the dining/snack car. It had booths to sit in along with tables. We got breakfast. I got some donuts, and DD got a bagel w/cream cheese, and we shared a Sprite (with 2 cups of ice ). We sat there for a while watching the scenery.

We arrived at Orlando on time, even though the train was late arriving in Columbia.

For your luggage, when you get it checked in, they give you a tag that has a # on it. When you go to claim your luggage, they have to match your # up with the # on the tag. I really liked this idea!! (for security)

So after we gathered our luggage, I go over to the rental car desk. It's actually in the train station, so no worries there!!!! I had it reserved already, so I got it fairly quickly.

So here's the few pictures I took, even though it's dark, to give you an idea of the space. (These were actually taken on the way back, but it's the only pics I took)


My DD got into the seats across from me, because they were empty. The workers never said anything about it)






This is where our car meets up with the dining car. (It was a little scary walking in between the cars in those little walkways!)

__________________
Mom/Daughter Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort:November 2014:http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3349510
Mom/Daughter Pop Trip: May 2014 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3289750
Mom/Daughter Graduation trip: June 2013 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3211306
Mom/Daughter Birthday Celebration! June 2012 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....3#post45286013
Mom/Daughter Christmas TR! 2011http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2851142
Mom/Daughter PTR: Christmas Trip! 2011 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post42724982
Mom/Daughter Trip Report June 2011: Disney Dream! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2744972
Mom/Daughter Trip Report: Disney & Sea World 2010http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2443520
Mom/Daughter Trip Report: WDW & Disney Cruise 2009 ttp://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2095302

Last edited by mousetravel; 06-22-2011 at 10:30 PM.
mousetravel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:01 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: