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Old 09-01-2011, 10:50 AM   #1
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A "Dream" was her wish

For a little background on our trip and why/how we went, check here.
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:51 AM   #2
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Day 1

It's hard to believe we've been home for almost a week. Reality hit hard when we got home with school starting and trying (still trying) to establish a good routine after being able to sleep in, eat whatever you wanted and not having to do anything! We had an amazing time on our trip and owe a very special thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego for making it all happen. Also thanks to Disney Cruise Line for the extra Pixie Dust they provided over the 5 days we were on board.

So on with the story! Day 1!!!

Saturday was an EARLY day for the T fam. We were being picked up by La Costa Limo service at 5 so we had to make sure we were up and ready before they got here. We were all up at 4:15 and ready to go in less than 30 min. I guess we were a little excited! Everything was rather uneventful until we got to Texas. I had the times screwed up so we almost missed our flight to Orlando. Thankfully we made it (we had to sit apart but we managed).

Upon arriving at MCO, we were greeted by an Orlando police officer holding a MAW sign. He was our escort to the Hyatt (inside the airport). Imagine the looks we received having a police escort at an airport! If they only knew... He was really nice and showed us where our luggage would be and took us to the registration desk for the hotel. The Hyatt staff was super friendly and efficient. The girls and I were able to hang out in the room while Mike and Mr. PO went to get our luggage. We had an awesome view of the middle of the terminal. It seems kind of weird but it was great for people watching!

After getting settled a little, we went to go find some dinner. We not only found dinner but we found Krispy Kreme! We had breakfast already planned! After dinner at Chili's, Mike took the girls shopping and I went to bed. I don't sleep well on planes (and well, sitting with the girls makes for chatty plane rides) so I was beyond exhausted. We knew we had another early morning on Sunday so we made sure all of us were tucked in early.

Traveling is never really any fun but I think our anticipation of what Sunday was bringing made everything okay! Stay tuned for Day 2 coming soon!!!

***here is a link for pics from day 1. The password is MAWtrip
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:19 AM   #3
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Great start to your report! I actually understand the strange looks. My husband is a prosecutor and when I had my first daughter I went into labor a month early. I went to the hospital on my own to get checked out and assumed they would say it was false labor and send me back home. He was doing a ride along for his job. I had no way to get a hold of him as this was prior to cell phones. They paged him on the 911 system and he was escorted to the hospital with flashing lights and all. Then I sent him home to get clothes and diapers for the baby as one of his friends in uniform sat with me. I am sure the hospital staff thought I was under arrest! It will make an interesting story when you tell people about your trip report! I can't wait to read about all of the pixie dust on your cruise!
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:17 PM   #4
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Great start.. My kids thought the hotel in the terminal was cool.
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:53 PM   #5
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Can't wait to read all about your cruise! The view at the Hyatt is way cool!
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:30 PM   #6
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Woohoo cant wait to read
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:19 AM   #7
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Day 2

While the Hyatt is a very nice hotel, it is in the middle of an airport! That made and early day for Mikayla and mom. Nothing like waking up to the sounds of "ID's and boarding passes" over and over again. It ended up working out well because I had plenty of time to sort our carry-on for the cruise and get everything ready for Disney to pick up our luggage from the hotel room. We were all ready and out the door by 8 am. I guess the thought of Krispy Kreme AND Starbucks made us a little excited (oh, and the fact we would soon be on board the Dream)! We checked out and headed down for our ultimate breakfast.

Once we got breakfast, we went downstairs to check-in for the cruise. The process was extremely simple, we handed in our preprinted boarding pass, filled out the medical form, had our picture taken (for security), were given our Keys to the World cards (KTTW) and our bus "number" of Cinderella. We sat down and anxiously awaited 9:30 so we could board the bus and head to port (all while enjoying our KK and coffee).

Finally 9:30 rolled around and we lined up. We were given our boarding number (number 7. I was pretty disappointed and tried to change it with no luck...but it ended up working out okay). Then before we knew it, we were on the buses, heading to port. The bus ride was about 45 min but it didn't seem like it was that long before we looked over to our left and saw the Disney Dream and all her glory. She is BEAUTIFUL and the other ships around her definitely paled in comparison to her size and beauty.

We unloaded the buses, went through security and up to the waiting area. I tried again to get our boarding number changed but no one could help me, oh well, such is life. We got the girls checked in for the kids club, got their bracelets w/ GPS things (that's what I called them anyway) and had them change into their swimsuits. While we were waiting we saw Daisy Duck in her cruise attire. Around 11, they started boarding. Having number 7 was fine because they waste NO time boarding. We were hearing "The Disney Dream welcomes the Tranchitella family" by 11:30. Finally, we were on board!!! Now to find food (because I'm sure we all know that KK and coffee is not really a great breakfast!).

We headed upstairs to Cabanas (we were told there was ice cream up there, lol). We easily found a spot to sit, dropped off our carry-on things and got some yummy food. I can't remember what all we ate but it was very good. After we ate, off we went to the pools, mainly the Aqua Duck though. The pools were not crowded at this point and the line for the AD was only about 10 min. We were all able to ride the AD a few times before the line became too long. It was a lot of fun, the girls had a blast on it and screamed each time they rode. Oh, Mike and I got the drink of the day (Bahama Mama) to start our trip off right, lol!

1:30 rolled around and we headed off to see our room. Our luggage wasn't outside our door yet but we headed in to check things out. We had a little pixie dust from our Make-A-Wish host, Ana, a wonderful cheese and fruit platter to welcome us on board. This was just the first of many little things Disney did for the MAW families. Since our luggage wasn't there yet, we headed BACK to the pool for some fun in the sun before it was time for the safety drill.

Before the safety drill, we headed back to the room to get ready for it and cool down. We had some time to kill so we went and toured the kids clubs. We had a lot of fun in the clubs, they were amazing (loved the hand washers and I wish we could have them at home!). Back upstairs we went to thankfully find that our luggage had arrived so decorated our door with magnets, situated all of our things and headed down to our spot in the Walt Disney Theater for the safety drill (thank goodness it was indoors because this lady is not used to the hot and humidity any longer, Cali has corrupted me!).

After the safety drill, it was time for the sail away party! So off we went, back upstairs for some more fun in the sun and the Sail Away drink (I can't remember the name but it was yummy!). We pulled out of port while dancing and singing to Mickey and the gang. What a great way to start out a vacation!

After the sail away party, we went and got ready for dinner. We had early seating and this night we had dinner in the Royal Palace. We sat down and met our asst. server, Angel and server, Warren. They were both fantastic and welcoming. We ordered our food and enjoyed every moment of it (minus the escargot...how anyone eats that stuff is beyond me).

After we stuffed ourselves with food and, of course, dessert, we headed back upstairs because the girls wanted to go back to the pools. Mike and the girls went to the pools, I went to bed.

Day one was amazing, exhausting, slightly overwhelming, but absolutely amazing. Each day gets a little more amazing...stay tuned!

***pics from day 2, password, MAWtrip***
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:57 AM   #8
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Yeah for making it to the boat! I love all of the food photos. Your daughter in the window cut out is adorable. I am so glad that you enjoyed your first day on the Dream. The aquaduck sounds like fun!
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:37 PM   #9
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What a wonderful start! That hotel in the airport looks like alot of fun but I bet you are right about being woken up in the morning. I knew the hotel was there but didn't realize you could see right down into the terminal. I almost want to stay there (we always drive to disney).

Love your photos on board! I think my favorite is of the girls checking out the bed. It just looks like they are having a wonderful time aboard! Your door and FE is so cute!! I really loved the MAW shirts, perfect for boarding and the skirt sets!

Isn't that carriage the bread comes in just wonderful!

Can't wait to hear more about trip!!!
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:33 AM   #11
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SOOOOOOO FUN!!!

Thank you for sharing!!!
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:57 PM   #12
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Loved the Trip report so much.
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:42 PM   #14
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Joining in for the fun. MAW foundation is wonderful and I am glad your family was able to go cruisin
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:19 PM   #15
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I haven't forgotten about the rest of the TR! Things have been a little crazy w/ school, soccer, cheer, Girl Scouts, etc. I was in the middle of writing up day 3 yesterday on here when we lost power (those 4 million, that was us...so much fun...). Mike leaves on Monday for the week and I start back to school that day also. Hopefully I'll be able to get the rest posted before things get even crazier!
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