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Old 03-31-2012, 11:42 PM   #1
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The How-Do-I-Write-a-PTR PTR!

So I have been talked into writing a PTR for our upcoming cruise in July. And I have no idea what to write about because I have NOTHING planned!!!!!

So I will start with who the heck we are and why we DIS!

I am a 42-year-young woman. I am an only parent by choice to my amazing daughter, Willow. She just turned 5 this January. How did we celebrate? With a surprise trip to Disneyland, of course!!!!

Here we are last October in WDW:

We made our first trip to WDW in October 2010, and we were sold on Disney long before then when a good friend introduced me to the DIS - I spent at least a year on this board learning everything I could about Disney and feeding my new-found obsessions.

We enjoyed a wonderful first trip to WDW in 2010, bringing along my mom and a friend of mine, which resulted in the need to stay off-site and rent a house. Come 2011, and DD and I made our first just-the-two-of-us major vacation. And we chose WDW, of course! This time we stayed on property, renting DVC points for a one-bedroom villa at BWV! We spent 9 nights there, enjoyed all the parks, walked over to Epcot and DHS whenever we wanted, learned that Mommy loves MK but DD prefers DHS to every park in the World because of an obsession with ToT.

And then came DD's 5th birthday in January and my surprise gift - her first trip to Disneyland. Holy cow - we had an amazing time!!!!

And now we are going on a cruise!!!! To Alaska!!!! Honestly, I don't know how to plan for this. I am kind of mourning the fact that I don't have a WDW or DL trip to plan, and I'm not sure how to translate that into a cruise. I know that I could be booking excursions, but honestly, I am not sure that I can afford to spend a lot of money on excursions, so I need help here. What kind of plans should I make? What do I need to pack for? Is it cold in Alaska in July??? Seriously, I have never been less prepared!!!!!
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Yay! Who are these pushy people who are forcing you to do this PTR? Rude!

Now I'm going to go back and read the whole intro.
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:58 PM   #3
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I know nothing of Disney cruises, but DH and I got married on a cruise, and my MiL, BiL and SiL all cruised to Alaska 2 Julys ago.

It was cold. Not frigid I don't think, but jeans and coats and whatnot were needed (at least that's what they were wearing in the photos) I'm not a nature kind of gal, so I may have tuned out when they were all talking about that stuff. I'm probably not going to be too helpful at all. I'll just be here for moral support.
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:05 AM   #4
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How dare people force you to write a PTR! Some people just don't have any manners these days.....

So, I don't know about Alaska cruising, but I know a little (ok, make that very little) about Disney cruising. I will tell you that it is FUN! Of course, I've told you that before, so you already knew that!

Even if you don't book excursions, we're going to figure out some things for you to think about doing/planning on the boat!
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Yay! Who are these pushy people who are forcing you to do this PTR? Rude!

Now I'm going to go back and read the whole intro.


I'm so glad you found me!!!

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I know nothing of Disney cruises, but DH and I got married on a cruise, and my MiL, BiL and SiL all cruised to Alaska 2 Julys ago.

It was cold. Not frigid I don't think, but jeans and coats and whatnot were needed (at least that's what they were wearing in the photos) I'm not a nature kind of gal, so I may have tuned out when they were all talking about that stuff. I'm probably not going to be too helpful at all. I'll just be here for moral support.
I am so not a "nature kind of gal" either! My mom and I were talking about the weather for the cruise today. She and my dad did a non-DIS Alaska cruise some years ago - she does not remember much. But she did think that we would be best served by packing jeans and stuff instead of shorts. So that's something.....

Mostly, I'm just glad to have another place to chat with my DIS friends and to meet new DIS friends! I guess I should post a link on my other TR.

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How dare people force you to write a PTR! Some people just don't have any manners these days.....

So, I don't know about Alaska cruising, but I know a little (ok, make that very little) about Disney cruising. I will tell you that it is FUN! Of course, I've told you that before, so you already knew that!

Even if you don't book excursions, we're going to figure out some things for you to think about doing/planning on the boat!


So glad you are here, Amanda! Both DD and I are really starting to get excited about the cruise. Every night, when she goes to bed, we do this thing where I send her off to a "wonderful world of dreams" (I think I've told you about this ), and lately she is choosing the Disney Cruise as her first dream stop very night. She is so excited about the kids' club!
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:32 AM   #6
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So glad you are here, Amanda! Both DD and I are really starting to get excited about the cruise. Every night, when she goes to bed, we do this thing where I send her off to a "wonderful world of dreams" (I think I've told you about this ), and lately she is choosing the Disney Cruise as her first dream stop very night. She is so excited about the kids' club!
That is so cute that she's choosing the Disney Cruise now! She is going to love the kids club. It really is awesome!
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:44 AM   #7
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So glad you started!

Love the picture of the two of you in front of the castle -- very nice

I am not going to be any help at all here either --- never cruised, never been to Alaska --- but looking forward to the conversation all the same!

Glad to hear you are getting the four day weekend -- I hate the feeling of being swamped too -- We had two late nights in a row this week (not home until after 8, and I leave before 6 each morning) it just really throws off the whole routine at home --- not to mention one of my folks was helping me out by staying with my son so that threw off their nights as well -- oh well, I am hoping things will smooth out a bit soon.

I asked my son if he wanted to try a cruise, but creature of habit that he is his reply was "umm, no. We stay at the Dolphin." Since I love it there too we are a good match!
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Yay! Who are these pushy people who are forcing you to do this PTR? Rude!
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How dare people force you to write a PTR! Some people just don't have any manners these days.....
I'm here too!!!! You can never have enough Willow chat
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I asked my son if he wanted to try a cruise, but creature of habit that he is his reply was "umm, no. We stay at the Dolphin." Since I love it there too we are a good match!
I have a fear of boats so this is why I love others TRs so much.....
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That is so cute that she's choosing the Disney Cruise now! She is going to love the kids club. It really is awesome!
So do you think I will have some time to sit leisurely by myself, thinking about nothing, reading my Kindle, and ordering beverages???? I mean, could that actually happen? Dare I dream?

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So glad you started!

Love the picture of the two of you in front of the castle -- very nice
Thank you so much!

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I am not going to be any help at all here either --- never cruised, never been to Alaska --- but looking forward to the conversation all the same!
Oh, I'm just excited to have another place to post, and so glad you are joining in!!!!

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Glad to hear you are getting the four day weekend -- I hate the feeling of being swamped too -- We had two late nights in a row this week (not home until after 8, and I leave before 6 each morning) it just really throws off the whole routine at home --- not to mention one of my folks was helping me out by staying with my son so that threw off their nights as well -- oh well, I am hoping things will smooth out a bit soon.
It's hard, isn't it? I gave up private practice to avoid this kind of stuff, so it's a little frustrating, but so far, it has not happened often. It is nice that your folks help out!

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I asked my son if he wanted to try a cruise, but creature of habit that he is his reply was "umm, no. We stay at the Dolphin." Since I love it there too we are a good match!
That is priceless!

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I'm here too!!!! You can never have enough Willow chat
I have a fear of boats so this is why I love others TRs so much.....
I'm so glad you made!!!

And - yes, you are probably best to live vicariously when it comes to cruising!!!
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So do you think I will have some time to sit leisurely by myself, thinking about nothing, reading my Kindle, and ordering beverages???? I mean, could that actually happen? Dare I dream?
Dream big girl! Willow seems like such an outgoing child that I just can't imagine her not wanting to go & play in the kids club! You won't know what to do with yourself with the alone time. Seriously! When we went on the Dream & Reid would go to the club, Ed & I almost didn't know what to do with ourselves. Then, I found myself wanting to pick him up soon after dropping him off because I'm so not used to him being away form me. Don't be like me! Let her stay!!!
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In my opinion, you'd better get that Kindle loaded up! The pics of the kids' clubs look awesome. I wish that I could go to them!

I've often daydreamed about a Disney Cruise, but I think I'd miss Maddie a little if she wanted to be away from me all day-just like Amanda said-I'm so used to having her with me all the time!
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Just joining in now. I love the title of your PTR lol The picture you posted of you and your daughter is beautiful! I hope that you have a wonderful trip and I look forward to reading more about it
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Don't be like me! Let her stay!!!
Poor thing, this is how I get too

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So do you think I will have some time to sit leisurely by myself, thinking about nothing, reading my Kindle, and ordering beverages???? I mean, could that actually happen? Dare I dream?
This is exactly what will happen, and you and Willow will have fun together as well

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Yes the grown up clubs are too grown up for me
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Relaxing in a deck chair with a beverage, reading the kindle ---- sounds like a perfect vacation! and I agree that Willow sounds like a kid that would love hanging out in the kids club! I can't wait to hear all about it -- I have no experience with cruises --- looking forward to deatail

I am lucky that my folks help me out, but I really wish that I didn't have to ask -

Hope things slow down for you soon!
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Dream big girl! Willow seems like such an outgoing child that I just can't imagine her not wanting to go & play in the kids club! You won't know what to do with yourself with the alone time. Seriously! When we went on the Dream & Reid would go to the club, Ed & I almost didn't know what to do with ourselves. Then, I found myself wanting to pick him up soon after dropping him off because I'm so not used to him being away form me. Don't be like me! Let her stay!!!
Yeah, sometimes she is so excited about the Kids' Club that all I can think is, " Is she not going to spend any time with me on this cruise????" I am hopeful that we will strike a nice balance between doing our own things and having fun together!

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In my opinion, you'd better get that Kindle loaded up! The pics of the kids' clubs look awesome. I wish that I could go to them!

I've often daydreamed about a Disney Cruise, but I think I'd miss Maddie a little if she wanted to be away from me all day-just like Amanda said-I'm so used to having her with me all the time!
It certainly is going to be interesting to see how it turns out for us!

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Just joining in now. I love the title of your PTR lol The picture you posted of you and your daughter is beautiful! I hope that you have a wonderful trip and I look forward to reading more about it
Welcome!!!! I'm so glad you are joining in. I hope it won't be toooooooo boring.

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Poor thing, this is how I get too

This is exactly what will happen, and you and Willow will have fun together as well

Yes the grown up clubs are too grown up for me
I really do hope that we strike a nice balance so that we are both able to have a great and relaxing vacation with some time spent doing our own things and some time spent having a blast together. I think we both could use that!

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Relaxing in a deck chair with a beverage, reading the kindle ---- sounds like a perfect vacation! and I agree that Willow sounds like a kid that would love hanging out in the kids club! I can't wait to hear all about it -- I have no experience with cruises --- looking forward to deatail

I am lucky that my folks help me out, but I really wish that I didn't have to ask -

Hope things slow down for you soon!
Yep, I do think the club will be right up her alley - she is VERY social and outgoing.

I totally hear you on the "having to ask" thing.
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