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Old 05-05-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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The MR Halloween & Sweet Sixteen Trip Report! Finished 9/3~ See Ya Real Soon!

Greetings DisBoards!

After a several-month hiatus, we are back with a (perhaps) long-awaited TR from our October '11 trip on the Wonder! Oh, come on... don't give us that look! Like you've never procrastinated before!



We'll be around during the next couple weeks with a few updates and LOTS of pictures... especially food-related ones...

Good to be back! Hope you can join us!
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:50 AM   #6
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Well, thanks to all of you who are along for the ride, er, the sail, I mean.

So I'll introduce the fam. Now, I typically don't like to share too many personal details on the world-wide web, but I'll try to give you an idea what we're all about! *takes deep breath* We're:

DH: All around great guy (if somewhat less Disney-enthused than the rest of us!) Puts up with our craziness as best he can (and that's saying something!)

Me: Total Disney enthusiast... After 12 years, I actually left the comfort of being a stay at home mom to work for Disney... yes, I'm a castmember at a Disney store! Looovvveee it! It's my dream job, and I'm reminded every time I go to work just how fortunate I am. There's rarely a day that goes by when someone doesn't ask about an application to work there. When the store opened, I actually got to introduce Mickey and Goofy to the throngs of people assembled for the huge grand opening and "entertain" the crowd with trivia and contests for a couple of hours as they stood in line to get their pictures taken with Mickey and Goofy (can't believe I finally got to use that smilie!). Truly one of the Best.Days.Ever. IF I had a bucket list, this would have been way up there on it ! And let me just say this: Disney loves and values all of their guests so much (this means YOU!) They truly want everyone's experience to be magical! It's an amazing place to work, my castmates are awesome, and I couldn't be happier to go there each and every time. You know that saying about finding what you would do for free and find a way to make a living at it? Well, you do the math, cuz I'm there (but the paycheck does come in handy...) Okay, I'll stop the ridiculous gushing. You can probably guess how excited I am to be cruising once again!

DD: Sweetest, kindest, loveliest teenager ever (okay, I may be a BIT biased. We celebrated her 'Sweet 16' on the ship, and I'm pretty sure it will be a top three memory of her childhood! She still loves Disney, and hopes to participate in the Disney College Program and/or work a contract on a Disney ship when she graduates college. Truly my inspiration...

DS: Our little man...six years old. (Yes, there's a bit of a gap between our kiddos, but we love how it's turned out, i.e., built in babysitter but I digress...) Our boy also loves all things Disney. Has a sweet spirit, but is all boy, too. He keeps all of us on our toes!

So, there you have it! We have lot of pictures to share... if there was a character appearance, we were there (creepers)! Also, Halloween festivities (all the characters in their Halloween costumes!) and a surprise visit by the 'dark side of the universe' (*insert heavy breathing here*), a sweet 16 birthday celebration, my formal dress that totally blended in with the formal night backdrop (good times), FOOD... lots and lots of food! Hope you'll enjoy our walk down memory 'deck!' We'd love your feedback (I know, I know, cut back on the smilie-usage!) and questions, too!

So I'm going to go look for picture to post to whet your appetite... *minutes passing......*

I'm baaaccckkk!

And so it begins...



When you're first in line (yeah, we're food creepers, too!), you get the best food pix!



Señor Donald and friends:
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A dream's made of magic and music and you. Just have faith, trust, and pixie dust to make it come true! Dreams are as real as you want them to be... Just change your perspective, your point of view: the magic in your dreams is right inside of you!

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Old 05-06-2012, 11:57 AM   #7
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Life does tend to move quickly these days! Hope you can join us when you 'have a few minutes' LOL!

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Thanks everyone! We'll do our best to entertain and to share the 'Wonder' of it all!
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I'm in, too! We are thinking of celebrating our DD's Sweet Sixteen this November on the Wonder, so I am super excited to hear all the details.

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Old 05-06-2012, 02:48 PM   #9
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I'm in, too! We are thinking of celebrating our DD's Sweet Sixteen this November on the Wonder, so I am super excited to hear all the details.

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Yay! Do it! You won't regret it... She will be a princess for a day, and remember it forever. I bought her a really cute sparkly -but grownup- crown from Joann, Etc. (in their wedding department for about $12.50 with a 50% off coupon) kind of like this one (metal, not plastic!):

and she wore it all day long so everyone knew it was her special day! We'll be sharing the pictures as we continue our retrospective, so check back with us! (after you book that cruise!)
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A dream's made of magic and music and you. Just have faith, trust, and pixie dust to make it come true! Dreams are as real as you want them to be... Just change your perspective, your point of view: the magic in your dreams is right inside of you!

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Old 05-07-2012, 04:29 PM   #10
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I've decided to go heavy on pictures, light on words due to time constraints (and lack of creativity) at least today... So, here goes!

Day One: The adventure begins... We managed to push and shove our way (not really!) on the boat right after all the VIPs boarded and headed straight for the buffet at Parrot Cay:

Mama's plate (full of food, calories and so much anticipation!)




Strawberry Soup (a high-on-the-priorities-list delicacy! Think melted ice cream... but better!)



DH decided to start off 'healthy'... it's always been a dream of his not to overindulge on the cruises (he's even seen the inside of the workout room on the boat... but his healthy eating dream would not come true on this trip *slightly evil laugh*!)



My first run (of so very many) at desserts (it looks small, but remember I'm just getting started!):



DD and I exploring until that glorious moment when our luggage arrives at our stateroom!



Sail away festivities:



At dinner, we meet our servers for the week, Budhi and Sasha. Sasha and his fresh pepper grinder would become our nightly ritual/photo op.



DD and me with our best "How-soon-before-the food-arrives smiles?..."



Shrimp cocktail appetizer!



Beef (tenderloin)! My motto: Beef... order it any and every way they serve it!



DD gets sea bass on risotto...



Desserts! (Sorry about the blue tint... my camera wasn't cooperating when they turned the lights down.) We get the sampler (as a dessert appetizer, then order a full size of our favorite... it's not as embarrassing as you might think... after the first few times)This one is chocolate mousse....





And, this one is Grand Marnier souffle...



This is the sampler which was creme brulee, chocolate mousse and something called a 'praline petite choux' for those of you with some culture!
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Magical Caribbean Cruise ~ 2003 ● Magical Caribbean Cruise ~ 2009 ● Wonderful Mexican Riviera Cruise ~ February 2011 ● Wonderful Mexican Riviera Cruise ~ October 2011 ● Magical Bahamas Cruise ~ Summer 2012

A dream's made of magic and music and you. Just have faith, trust, and pixie dust to make it come true! Dreams are as real as you want them to be... Just change your perspective, your point of view: the magic in your dreams is right inside of you!

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Old 05-08-2012, 10:49 AM   #11
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Eek! My Dress Makes Me Look Like Wallpaper!

Hope you'll check back later today for the exciting details wherein I demonstrate what not to wear on Golden Mickeys Night!
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A dream's made of magic and music and you. Just have faith, trust, and pixie dust to make it come true! Dreams are as real as you want them to be... Just change your perspective, your point of view: the magic in your dreams is right inside of you!

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Old 05-08-2012, 04:18 PM   #12
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Smile Exploring, eating, loving life...

Highlights of our first full day on the Wonder... (once again short on words, long on pictures!)

Exploring:
Port Adventures Desk as Rarely Seen (Empty!)



Outside Studio Sea, Golden Mickey Shines in Preparation for the Evening Festivities:


Inside Studio Sea, A Photo-Op for DD and Her Favorite TV Detective:


Also Inside Studio Sea, DS Demonstrates His Walk Like An Egyptian Prowess...


Some Kind Stranger Offered To Take Our Picture, So We Surrounded This Helpless Flower Display and Smiled!


DS Pretending He's in Disney Jail...


The High Point of Breakfast... BACON... Lots and Lots of Bacon!


If you look closely, Dolphins are excited to see the Wonder, too!


Lunch treat...


Time for Dinner with Sasha and His Pepper Grinder...


The Three Phases of Day One Fatigue:
One: The Eye Rub...



Phase Two: The Unrestrained Yawn


Phase Three: Surrender!


And, finally as promised earlier, What Not To Wear on Golden Mickeys Night, etc...

The Dress seemed harmless enough here...



BUT, when you put it up against the wallpaper background, it seems to evaporate! I look like a floating head and arms


And again!


Oh well, live and learn
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A dream's made of magic and music and you. Just have faith, trust, and pixie dust to make it come true! Dreams are as real as you want them to be... Just change your perspective, your point of view: the magic in your dreams is right inside of you!

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Old 05-22-2012, 06:07 PM   #13
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Day 3! Characters galore, colorful dining, and a new mousketeer is born! (Part 1)

As Day 3 dawned... we were in pure bliss! This was the day when our happiness peaked! We hadn't yet reached the halfway point, but we'd gotten two days of food under our belts (quite literally!) and we were just getting settled in... This was the morning of our character breakfast, so we all trooped down to Parrot Cay to smile pretty, eat big*, and get fitted for our napkin hats.
*This also happened to be the morning, for DH and me, of Palo brunch, so we didn't eat too much off the Mickey's Island Jam menu, saving up for the deliciousness to come...

Here are our pics!











(DH had to run off to some fantastic adventure, so it was just the three of us with Minnie and Dale...)

Time for Palo's wonderful brunch! (Sorry... I couldn't resist! ) These are my favorite of the no-less-than 32 pictures I took!











I LOVE me some of those pastries...


Of course, everyone does, but I highly recommend the grape and gorgonzola pizza! We tried to "replicate" or at least imitate it at home, but it paled in comparison, of course...





I wished DD could have come with me to brunch, and I joked with her that if she had been there, I would have dared her to eat one of those long breadsticks. I'm sure they're delicious! But I wasn't quite brave enough to take one...




Delish desserts! I especially love the chocolate on top of the tiramisu! DCL sure can make food beautiful AND tasty!

More to come soon...
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A dream's made of magic and music and you. Just have faith, trust, and pixie dust to make it come true! Dreams are as real as you want them to be... Just change your perspective, your point of view: the magic in your dreams is right inside of you!

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Old 05-23-2012, 04:49 PM   #14
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Wow! Looks like fun. Considering going to the Christmas Party at Disney this year!
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:10 PM   #15
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Any chance I could entice you to come back and post some more of your trip? We're off on the last MR cruise the Wonder will be doing for the foreseeable future, and I'm drooling over all the trip reports - which, for the MR, are not very many...

Love your pictures and humor - and I'm totally a dessert person, too!
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