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Old 04-04-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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From Reality to Fantasy - May 26, 2012

Pre-Trip

We have officially dipped below the 60 day countdown mark (Woohoo! ) so I decided if I was going to write a pre-trip report I should get started. I had so much fun writing the trip report for our Alaska cruise on the Wonder last year I just had to do it again. This cruise will include the same cast of characters only a year older and to a new, more tropical location.

If you would like to read my Alaska TR you can find it here. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2707642 It is photo heavy and contains all the Daily Navigators and other informational papers and an entire meal section with photos of many of the dishes and menus.
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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Yay!! I loved your Alaska TR - I'm much more a Caribbean girl so seeing the Alaska trip through another's eyes was fun. Can't wait to read your PTR and your TR for Fantasy...only 13 more months til my Fantasy comes true.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:24 PM   #3
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Yay!! I loved your Alaska TR - I'm much more a Caribbean girl so seeing the Alaska trip through another's eyes was fun. Can't wait to read your PTR and your TR for Fantasy...only 13 more months til my Fantasy comes true.
Thank you. I am really looking forward to the Caribbean. I hope your 13 months preparing for the Fantasy flies by with magical Disney speed.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:26 PM   #4
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Yay!! I loved your Alaska TR - I'm much more a Caribbean girl so seeing the Alaska trip through another's eyes was fun. Can't wait to read your PTR and your TR for Fantasy...only 13 more months til my Fantasy comes true.
I just saw your adorable baby timeline. Congratulations!!!
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:32 PM   #5
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Can't wait to hear all about your trip. I'm on the 10/6 Fantasy and cannot wait!

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Old 04-07-2012, 11:39 AM   #6
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Cast of Characters

Iím Dawn (DW), the researcher, planner, scheduler, travel agent, photographer, archivist, blogger and dreamer. (to name just a few of my starring roles) Cruising with me will be my hubby Ryan (DH), our 13 year old daughter Josi (DD) and 11 year old son Chance (DS) and Perry (DP: Disney Platypus). Conveniently we are all Disney fanatics so I never get any argument when it comes to planning a Disney vacation. This will be our third Disney cruise in 3 years. Our first was a 4 night Bahamas cruise in January of 2010 on the Wonder, and the second was a 7 night cruise to Alaska, May 24, 2011, also on the Wonder.

Us from last year's Alaska cruise.

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Joining in I can't wait to read all about your trip on the Fantasy!
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I loved your Alaska TR so I am really looking forward to this

We are going to be on the fantasy a couple of weeks before you so I will be sure to look after it for you
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We are on the same cruise and can't wait!!! Let's hope we have beautiful weather and calm seas....regardless, we will be on the FANTASY!!! That beats a day at work and home anyday.
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So excited to see you started the pre trip!! Following along
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:18 AM   #11
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I loved your Alaska TR so I am really looking forward to this

We are going to be on the fantasy a couple of weeks before you so I will be sure to look after it for you
Thank you! Will you be doing a trip report? I'd love to hear about your adventures and learn any tips or tricks you might suggest.
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Hello TamieH and Verygfy. Nice to see some familiar names. 47 days and counting girls.
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Hello TamieH and Verygfy. Nice to see some familiar names. 47 days and counting girls.
Can you believe it is almost here
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The Planning, The Booking, The Waiting

The easier part, booking all the travel, is done. The hardest part, the waiting, is really just beginning. Boy does the calendar move slowly when I am looking forward to a Disney vacation. I booked this cruise way back in 2010 so we have been waiting quite a long time. (538 days to be exact)

We are booked on the May 26th to June 2, 2012 Western Caribbean cruise. The 9th official cruise of the beautiful Disney Fantasy. We booked almost immediately after reservations opened up. It might have been the 1st day. I donít remember for sure. (Itís been a while.) We wanted to have a magical porthole room mid-ship and I knew the only way that was going to happen was by booking ASAP. Luckily we had no trouble getting our first choice. We have mid-ship cabin 9077, near to the front funnel stairwell and elevators. Just two short decks up to the Quiet Cove pool area and Cove Cafť and another couple to the Edge Tween club where both our kids will probably be much of the time. Our main reason for mid-ship though was that DH & DS are prone to sea sickness and DH requested it.

We booked using our DVC points at a cost of 554 points for the four of us. The cash price when we booked was $4,600. By May 2011 the cash price had gone up to $5,300 and it is now $6,700 for our same category 11A cabin. I feel that we got a pretty good deal and have really enjoyed being DVC members so far. (300 pts at Saratoga Springs) We have taken quite a few DL & WDW land vacations and this is our second cruise.
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