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Old 02-24-2012, 10:11 AM   #1
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You Best Start Believing in Ghost Stories...Halloween on the Dream | The End P40 8/15


"You best start believing in ghost stories Miss Turner. You're in one."




My family and I are Walt Disney World veterans. DVC members, (former and future) Annual Pass holders. We've stayed off site, on site, Value, Moderate and Deluxe DVC villas. We've slept out in the woods in a Saratoga Springs Tree House. We've braved the savannahs at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Through the years we've hit rope drop and closed down every Walt Disney World Theme Park.

But we've never been on a cruise.

That all changed over Halloween of 2011 when we stepped foot on the Disney Dream. But I seem to be getting ahead of myself. In fact, I haven't even introduce anyone yet.


That's the 5 of us, up there in that picture. I'm Barry, the tall one on left. As you can see from my DISboards signature, I've written a few trip reports. People keep reading them, so I keep writing them. That's how this goes.

Next to me is our son, Evan, who just turned 5 twelve days before this trip. He loves his sports - football, baseball, hockey, golf, racquetball. (Well, not really "racquetball" in the traditional sense. He like to go in the court with me and use me as a target). He's also into every other thing 5 year old boys enjoy: Legos, Super Heros, Star Wars, doing things that grosses out his mom, etc.

Just down the railing from him is our Daughter Madison. She hit the big "Oh-Seven" 13 days before we left. (Yes, their birthdays are one day apart. Which means we can get two-for-one when we do a birthday trip.) Madison is the sweetest little girl I've ever come across. A princess through and through, but not afraid to get up in someone's face when they need a talking too.

The beautiful lady with her hair gently blowing in the breeze is my wife of 11 years, Bambi. I don't know how she does it, but her hair is always gently blowing in the breeze, even when there is no breeze. This should tell you just how awesome she is. She's E3yore here on the DISBoards, and she'll pop in from time to time to let all of you know where I messed something up in the TR.

Now, I know what you're thinking. "Barry you dolt, you said 'the 5 of us', then showed us picture of 4 people. Either you can't count or you fat-fingered the keyboard again" I did say the 5 of us. The 5th, Ryder, was on this trip, but still hanging out in utero. Yes, Bambi was pregnant while on the cruise. 17 weeks (ish) to be precise (ish). He's due April 11, so he'll be making is way into the world in the middle of my TR. I hope you don't mind, but in my sleep deprived state a few of the updates might not make any sense. In fact, just assume that about all updates that don't make any sense.

So, that's us. Before I get on with the trip report, why don't you tell me a little bit about yourself...
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Table of Contents
1. Adventure is Out There! Page 6
2. Magic Kingdom Pit Stop Page 8
3. A Little More Magic Kingdom Page 9
4. In Which We Say Good Bye to the Magic Kingdom, for now. Page 11
5. Look! A Boat! Page 14
6. Lunch and Play Page 16
7. Heading Out to the Open Seas Page 17
8. Doorways to Dreams Page 18
9. Animator's Palate Page 20
10. Show Time! Page 21
11. A Morning Walk-About Page 23
12. Halloween Morning Page 23
13. Nassau Page 24
14. Halloween on the High Seas! Page 27
15. Enchanted Garden Page 29
16. Villains Tonight! Page 29
17. Morning on Castaway Cay Page 30
18. More Castaway Cay Page 31
19. Take the ship! Start with the dining room! Page 33
20. Pirates In the Night Page 34
21. A Morning on the Open Seas Page 35
22. Believe Page 36
23. See Ya Real Soon Party Page 36
24. The Last Night on the Ship Page 37
25. Off the Ship and onto Vero Beach Page 38
26. Sunrise Page 38
27. Epcot Page 39
28. The End, Part 1 Page 40
29. The End, Part 2 Page 40
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:49 AM   #3
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I'm in! Can't wait to see how the 5 (4 1/2?) of you enjoyed the cruise!
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:54 AM   #4
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:45 AM   #6
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:53 AM   #7
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:03 PM   #8
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Hello! I lurked on your last TR, but since I'm getting in on the beginning of this one I thought that I'd come out of hiding. Nice family picture! Can't wait to hear about the cruise!
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:15 PM   #10
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I plan on using this to sell DW on a cruise so you better make it a good one!

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Old 02-24-2012, 12:36 PM   #12
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Here! I'll be back later. I have to catch up on your last report too. Now I have grocery to attend too.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:30 PM   #13
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Fun, We've never been on a cruise! I can't wait to hear all about it!

I think I've introduced myself before, but I'm Preschoolmom, My three kids are just turned 9 (third grade) and about to turn 8 (second grade). They are 13 months apart. We leave in a month for our third family Disney World Trip. We are driving.

We live in a suburb of Chicago.

As always, thanks for sharing your vacations with us!
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:37 PM   #14
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You know, a PRIVATE MESSAGE would have been nice to let me know you had started this. I've been a little busy with my son's surprise he gave us.

But I'm here now since you FINALLY finished your other TR and shared the link.

I love the intros. And you cracked me up when you used "sleep deprived" after Ryder's arrival for some of your updates might not make any sense. I hate to break it to you...but that goes on now.

Seriously, you know I love you and your family and I can't wait for this next adventure.
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I hope I make it on the first page but will settle for page two. I have never been on a cruise but DH wants to go on one. Maybe you can convince me to go. I don't know how to relax so a cruise has never appealed to me. I would rather go, go, go than be stuck in one place.
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