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Old 03-17-2013, 08:12 AM   #121
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I looked into the auto train. But it cost 2600 for my family of 6 plus car. When my airfare, parking and rental car is 1600.
Im there in 5 hours including drive to and from airport verses 19.
Was that for coach or were you looking at a sleeper car? What days were you planning to travel? Is that 2 adults & 4 kids or are some kids over 15? Regular size car or extra size vehicle? Just curious.

This time of year the snowbirds are coming home so it is cheaper going down than coming back. That is why we are taking the train down & driving back. Round trip with a Deluxe sleeper car both ways for 2 adults and a large vehicle would have been over $2000. Going down it will only be $662 with a AAA discount.

The train isn't for everyone. We like riding it and enjoy the time it takes to get there. We count it as part of our vacation. I hate airports. I don't mind flying, just the airports. Driving both ways at our age is getting tiring and I want to be fresh when we get to Disney. Driving home is less stressful and we make stops on the way. When we drive down, we tend to drive straight through & are very exhausted when we get there. We can have wine with dinner & not have to worry about driving drunk. The engineer is doing the driving for us, just like taking the busses at Disney. We can drink or go to the parks and be really tired & not have to drive ourselves back to the hotel & we can doze along the way.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:01 AM   #122
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:41 PM   #123
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Was that for coach or were you looking at a sleeper car? What days were you planning to travel? Is that 2 adults & 4 kids or are some kids over 15? Regular size car or extra size vehicle? Just curious.

This time of year the snowbirds are coming home so it is cheaper going down than coming back. That is why we are taking the train down & driving back. Round trip with a Deluxe sleeper car both ways for 2 adults and a large vehicle would have been over $2000. Going down it will only be $662 with a AAA discount.

The train isn't for everyone. We like riding it and enjoy the time it takes to get there. We count it as part of our vacation. I hate airports. I don't mind flying, just the airports. Driving both ways at our age is getting tiring and I want to be fresh when we get to Disney. Driving home is less stressful and we make stops on the way. When we drive down, we tend to drive straight through & are very exhausted when we get there. We can have wine with dinner & not have to worry about driving drunk. The engineer is doing the driving for us, just like taking the busses at Disney. We can drink or go to the parks and be really tired & not have to drive ourselves back to the hotel & we can doze along the way.
That was with two family sleepers cars since I have 6 in my party and a traverse.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:40 PM   #124
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Hi, the FE closes on Monday, March 25th, you can sign up anytime up until then. You will see on the first post, some information needed, like names/ages/cabin number. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:08 PM   #125
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Popping in to say hello...

We *may* be joining you. DH & I will decide tonight.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:48 PM   #126
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got our cruise docs yesterday!

Thank GOD I called the town hall........we don't have passports so are just using our birth certificates. For the heck of it I decided to call and ask about DH's because it was on a card instead of paper (still had the seal and everything though so I totally assumed it was ok) and they said those aren't good for travel any more, you need to come in and get the long form with the seal. I do'nt know if we (he) actually would have had a problem getting on the ship with it, but that would have sucked if he did!
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:07 PM   #127
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This is our first cruise and I am trying to figure this all out. Can someone explain to me exactly what the process is for the FE and what kinds of things we exchange?

Cabin 8670
Adults in cabin and relationship to each other: Me (Dana) & DH (Brian)
Children in cabin and also their relationship to you: DD 8 (Elianna), DD 6 (Cailyn), DD 4 (Ashtyn)
Interested in participating in an FE: Yes
Where are you from? Massachusetts
Early or Late dining: Early
First cruise? : yes
Excursions: gardens in Nassau and sting rays and parasailing in CC
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:56 PM   #128
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We are in!!

Cabin GTY
Adults in cabin and relationship to each other: Me (Heather) & DH (Chris)
Children in cabin and also their relationship to you: DD 6 (Reagan)
Interested in participating in an FE: Maybe...
Where are you from? Western NY
Early or Late dining: Late, but waitlisted for early
First cruise? : No, 6th
Excursions: None

Celebrating DH's b-day!!!
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:39 PM   #129
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I am soooo freaked out about this whole cruise thing. I'm just so out of my comfort zone....I'm a WDW expert and know it like the back of my hand, but I don't hardly know WHAT to expect on the cruise!
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:41 PM   #130
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This is our first cruise and I am trying to figure this all out. Can someone explain to me exactly what the process is for the FE and what kinds of things we exchange?

Cabin 8670
Adults in cabin and relationship to each other: Me (Dana) & DH (Brian)
Children in cabin and also their relationship to you: DD 8 (Elianna), DD 6 (Cailyn), DD 4 (Ashtyn)
Interested in participating in an FE: Yes
Where are you from? Massachusetts
Early or Late dining: Early
First cruise? : yes
Excursions: gardens in Nassau and sting rays and parasailing in CC

WELCOME

If you read a lot of post on these boards, the FE is done in different ways. I think it to be short, sweet, and stress free! This is what I do with the FE, there are no rules, just do what you want. Mine are homemade (I am not extremely crafty but I have fun trying, my kids on the other hand say I'm a dork when it comes to my crafting, and I admit, I am!) but there are some that buy things and embellish them or just give them as is. I once got chapstick from someones home state, I gave candy from our home state (all foods have to be from the store and in packaging, not homemade). Again, it is whatever you feel comfortable doing. You can get ideas on Etsy, Facebook (they have FE facebook pages) or even google. We try to deliver ours either the first night or the next morning before everyone is up and off the ship. I'm an early riser so we deliver when I get my coffee. I think the most important thing is to just have fun with it and not to stress. It is to add fun surprise and a little extra pixidust. I hope this helps. This is just a fun thing to do, so just have fun with it

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Old 03-20-2013, 07:43 PM   #131
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We are in!!

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Children in cabin and also their relationship to you: DD 6 (Reagan)
Interested in participating in an FE: Maybe...
Where are you from? Western NY
Early or Late dining: Late, but waitlisted for early
First cruise? : No, 6th
Excursions: None

Celebrating DH's b-day!!!
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:50 PM   #132
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I am soooo freaked out about this whole cruise thing. I'm just so out of my comfort zone....I'm a WDW expert and know it like the back of my hand, but I don't hardly know WHAT to expect on the cruise!
Deep breaths....deep breaths....there is no freaking out about a Disney cruise If I could give you one piece of advice, don't try to do everything, you won't be able to, there just isn't time. So you will just have to plan to go again (and again, and again) Enjoy what you are doing, don't rush from one thing to another. Let your kids set your pace. Is there anything specific your worried about or just everything in general? Ask away, on this post or on the main boards. There are so many people waiting and wanting to help!
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:26 PM   #133
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Deep breaths....deep breaths....there is no freaking out about a Disney cruise If I could give you one piece of advice, don't try to do everything, you won't be able to, there just isn't time. So you will just have to plan to go again (and again, and again) Enjoy what you are doing, don't rush from one thing to another. Let your kids set your pace. Is there anything specific your worried about or just everything in general? Ask away, on this post or on the main boards. There are so many people waiting and wanting to help!

Exactly!! This will be our 6th DCL and 5th time on the Dream. Ask away!!

BTW - We are IN for the FE.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:59 PM   #134
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Unfortunately, we aren't going to be able to participate in the FE this cruise. We're going to be out of town the next couple of weekends so I won't have time to put the gifts together. Anyway, looking forward to seeing everyone!
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:35 PM   #135
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Hi Everyone, just found this thread. We are first time cruisers and we are sooooo excited to be on the 3 night Bahamian cruise on April 18th. Following the cruise we are also spending some time at the parks. My wife and I can't stop talking about the fun we are going to have with our kids, it looks like there is so much to do. Our kids ages are one and six. It's also overwhelming at the same time making sure we pack everything we need for both the cruise and our stay at the park. Any tips/suggestions would be appreciated! We read about the FE, it looks like a ton of fun. Being that this is our first cruise we aren't going to take part in the FE but its on our list for the next cruise. We will definitely take part in the door decorating this time around. Only 26 days away, can't wait to experience what everyone raves about! See you all soon.
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