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Old 08-29-2012, 03:22 PM   #16
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Great updates!! Were you able to get any pics of the new part of Fantasyland that is finished? I am so curious to see what it looks like
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I read your Alaska trip report, really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to reading this latest edition. I know you explained why you write them, and I really appreciate that you take the time to share with the rest of us. For someone like me who is still counting down the days, it is a really great reminder (through pictures and words) of what we have to look forward to, why we are getting on that treadmill every day, and why we are skipping that meal out in order to save money for our own adventure.

Thanks for sharing; love your pictures!!!
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:37 AM   #18
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Glad to see another Cruise report from you. I really enjoyed ur Alaska cruise report...so much in fact that when I go on the Dream for my 2013/2014 birthday and NYE cruise I plan on booking Alaska.
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What is this SOTMK card game? and what is the Kiss goodnight ceremony?
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:11 AM   #19
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Great updates!! Were you able to get any pics of the new part of Fantasyland that is finished? I am so curious to see what it looks like
I didn't take but one I think, there were SOOO many people there it was really tough to get any at all, but I found a thread that has some really great photos in the first link, they are night photos but it gives you a really great look at it! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2893923

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I read your Alaska trip report, really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to reading this latest edition. I know you explained why you write them, and I really appreciate that you take the time to share with the rest of us. For someone like me who is still counting down the days, it is a really great reminder (through pictures and words) of what we have to look forward to, why we are getting on that treadmill every day, and why we are skipping that meal out in order to save money for our own adventure.

Thanks for sharing; love your pictures!!!
Thank you so much!! I am glad you are looking forward to reading this one! You definitely have a lot to look forward too!! I love my Disney trips and am already counting down the days until my next one as well, so I know how you feel!

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Glad to see another Cruise report from you. I really enjoyed ur Alaska cruise report...so much in fact that when I go on the Dream for my 2013/2014 birthday and NYE cruise I plan on booking Alaska.
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What is this SOTMK card game? and what is the Kiss goodnight ceremony?
How awesome! I hope you have a great time on your trips!! Now as per your questions: SOTMK or Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom it is an interactive card game throughout the Magic Kingdom, where you use spell cards to defeat Disney Villains, here is the link to the page on the Disney World site, there is a video on there that explains everything in more detail! There are also a couple really great blogs and stuff out there too, in case you need more in depth detail! Hope that helps! http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/par...ons/sorcerers/

Kiss Goodnight - This link is from Disney Mom's Panel explaining it, it is basically the last hurrah of the night at Magic Kingdom telling guests that the park is really closed...LOL But it is nice to see if you have never stayed late enough to experience it! http://disneyworldforum.disney.go.co...&pid=43&cid=60
There are also some videos out there on youtube showing it, and SOTMK if you are interested in seeing those as well
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:08 AM   #20
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Thanks for the information. I look forward to reading more of your TR and researching these new things for my trip. Tokyo Disney is waiting for you.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:10 AM   #21
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Busy Day Sailing Away!

We decided to walk around and get acquainted with the ship. We checked out all of the pools and went to see the Aquaduck! Next we took a tour of the spa because we had pre-purchased Rainforest Room day passes before we left! The spa is HUGE, just so you know! It is definitely worth taking a tour of and we didn't feel too pressured into getting a treatment or anything. But technically we were already coming back so we did have that as an excuse! After turning in our entries to the spa raffle, we walked down to the District! We met Ludo and Eduardo for in 687 and the District Lounge! Ludo offered Jeremy a sample of the 687 Beer which is made in Portland, Oregon! He really enjoyed it so I am sure that at some point we are gonna be back down here to get him a full size one! We have a DIS Meet-up at 3:15, so I am sure he will get one while we are waiting for everyone down there! By that time our room was ready, when we got there Jeremy's suitcase had already arrived!



When I originally booked our trip in June, I booked and IGT rate. I know you are thinking, that isn't an interior room! When our room was assigned to us, not only had we been upgraded to an Exterior room, but we had been upgraded to a Deluxe Family Oceanview Room Cat. 8C, which meant we had a huge split bathroom with round tub/shower, a lot more space that we thought we were going to have, and a giant porthole window seat! I was pretty shocked when we were given that room, but very thankful, the only thing that disappointed me for a moment, was that we were not going to have the Magical Porthole, but oh well, I'm sure I will go on another cruise and get one sooner or later! So in the room already we had our Castaway Club gift, dinner tickets, "excursion" tickets, which I will go into more detail about the day of, and our Rainforest Room Passes!



The first thing I always have to do when I get into my room is hang up my Fish Extender and put the magnets on our door! I didn't take any magnet photos this time because the door is exactly the same as in my other TR, but if you would like to see a photo of the other door, I will gladly put on here for you to see!



Jeremy went ahead and unpacked his things, and after that we made our way back down to 687 for him to get a beer and wait on the others for the Meet-Up! We got down there by 2:35 I think. Ludo was still in there and Jeremy went ahead and did the souvenir glass route, which meant to me that we were going to be in there quite a lot in the next 5 days! Jeremy did want me to tell everyone that he highly recommends trying the 687 Beer! I got my beverage of choice (ice water) and they also gave us some peanuts while were were waiting!



At 3:00 Jeremy walked back over and up to the spa for the raffle, he really wanted to win so he could get some kind of treatment! I did bring Birthday/Anniversary gifts for a few different people just in case they showed up to the Meet! It was a pretty goof turn out for the Meet! It was and always is fun putting faces with names. Jeremy came back, but sadly didn't win anything from the spa raffle, and at 3:45 we walked over to Muster Station A, which was the balcony of the Walt Disney Theater. It was cool because one of the Meet families was in our same muster station! by 4:15 we were finished with the drill and made our way up to Deck 12 to get a view of the Sail Away Party! Jeremy was excited because he could see the Kennedy Space Center in the distance! I just wanted to hear the horn! One thing we noticed is, if this is a half full ship, which we had heard was true, then we would hate to see a full ship! So anyway, the Sail Away party on the Dream was pretty different than the one on the Wonder. The Dream's was more of a musical performance than a party. Then all of the sudden, the horn blew signaling that we were sailing away. It was a lot shorter than the Wonder's and there wasn't even any buildup to the horn, which I was hoping for! Pretty much, it came, happened, and was over. On a funny little note, as we were leaving port the Carnival Sensation decided to start up a little horn battle with us...and sadly enough for them, they lost almost instantly!

We went back to the stateroom and my luggage had arrived, so I went ahead and unpacked all of my stuff. Because of what I had made for my FE gifts this time around, I really wanted to deliver them early so that they would get used if they families decided to use them. I made coaster sets for the dad's/older males, trip journals for the ladies, autograph books for the kids, water bottles for the teens/young adults, abc books for the 2 and under, and one color book for an under 1 year old, and when I say color book, I mean a flip book with colors in there in the shape of mickey heads!



The first two cabins we went to, people kept popping in and out, so we kept thinking that we were going to get caught. The majority of people had early dining, so we wanted to get all of the them delivered before they got out. We also wanted to make it to the Villains Tonight Show at 6:15! We did make it and sat in the balcony! I have heard such horrible reviews for this show, and lots of people really don't like it at all. But Jeremy and I actually really enjoyed it! I guess it might not be for everyone, but I would even go see it again, if I had the chance! After the show was over, we went around and made some more FE deliveries before dinner. Dinner on our first night was in Enchanted Garden! Sadly...I forgot to bring my camera this first night, but don't worry, I did remember every other night! I really think that this is a beautiful restaurant! We were seated at a table for 8 and were the first to arrive! After everyone had gotten here, there were only 6 of us! One newlywed couple who had just gotten married the night before, one couple who had been married for about 8 months, and Jeremy and I, at 5 years...the old married couple...ROFL For dinner this evening I had the Lobster Ravioli as an appetizer, asparagus soup, and for my entree I had the Sea Bass. Dessert was a Bananas Foster Sundae. Jeremy also had the Lobster Ravioli, a romaine wedge salad, prime rib, and the Bananas Foster Sundae! It was a good meal and I didn't have any complaints! We met our servers Robert from Ukraine, and Rezaan (Rezzan) sp? from South Africa! We didn't see our head server tonight though, I wonder when that will happen? After dinner Jeremy needed to go back to the room to change into shorts because we were going to go down to see Match Your Mate in Evolution, which was good for me because I had time to catch up on TR notes!

Match Your Mate was fantastic, as usual! it might not have beaten our first DCL cruise experience with it, but it was great nonetheless!We stopped by 687 before we went over there for Jeremy to have himself another beer. We also met Abie, another CM we would get to know over the next few days! Oh, I forgot to mention this! When we were on our way inside Evolution, a girl stopped me and asked if I was on the DIS boards! She said she had seen my Alaska video and ready my TR! That made my night! It was so fun being recognized like that, it really makes me happy to know that people enjoyed that Trip Report so much! So anyway, now it was time to head back to the room for bed! Castaway Cay Day number 1 is tomorrow, and I am totally psyched about that!! We had an adorable little Sea Lion? towel animal on our bed, as well as that lovely Disney chocolate I hoard in my purse for later


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Old 08-30-2012, 05:58 PM   #22
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Love the update! Thanks for the link!! Can't wait to see it the next time we go
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:27 PM   #23
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You are off to a great start! This is a great way to pass the time until my cruise!

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Yes! Glad you are back (although, I'm sure you'd prefer to still be on vacation) and already off to a great start on your trip report!! I hope you guys had a fantastic time!
I really enjoyed reading your Alaska TR and now have THIS TR to look forward to. Can't wait to read more!!
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:42 AM   #25
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Just wanted to send out a quick note to you guys, I had to make a quick trip to NYC Thursday afternoon but am on my way back so the TR will continue tomorrow along with catching up on comments! Thanks so much!!
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Konk Koolers and Gold Doubloons - August 20, 2012

I woke up at 7:08 from the sun rising in through the porthole. Just in time to see the front side of Castaway Cay before we docked. Jeremy was still sleeping so I took the opportunity to get ready. We chose to try Enchanted Garden for breakfast this morning, it didn't open until 8:00am, so we had about 15 minutes to spare before we went to breakfast!



The buffet breakfast was just what we needed and we were in and out before Clayton did the announcement for all ashore on Castaway Cay. We made a quick pit stop back by the room to grab the GoPro and then we were off! We wanted to stop by the post office, but it hadn't opened yet when we went by there. As we continued to walk the Photographers were out taking photos of everyone in front of the ship! There weren't that many people out though, I mean pretty empty actually, I assumed lots of people would be scrambling to get off, but there wasn't even a line or anything...anywhere! The photo we got taken in front of the ship at CC was the only other photo we purchased from this entire cruise, so we didn't get a package or anything like that. I did like the photo though and wanted it since it was our very first time there!



We kept walking and it was so beautiful there! The weather was fantastic! I really didn't think we could have gotten a better day at CC! The water is so clear and blue and the island is so clean!! Disney did a great job when they found this place! I took a few photos before we got on the tram



We got off the tram at Scuttles Cove, the first tram stop. I wanted to look and see if I could find a sun hat that I liked because I forgot to get one before we left for the trip. Unfortunately I did not find one, but we did get the opportunity to get a picture of Jeremy with Mt. Rustmore...I didn't realize that it was such a small area, I mean you almost walk past it if you are not paying attention. It looks so large in the photo, but it felt much smaller than it actually looks!



We kept walking over toward Pelican Point tram stop and made a bathroom stop before we got on the tram to Serenity Bay. It was a gorgeous sight when we got there, the beach and area was almost completely empty and with a bright blue sky, we found some chairs plunked our stuff down, loaded me up with sunscreen from head to toe and headed into the water! We stayed out there for a good hour and then came back and laid in a hammock next to our chairs for a nice rest!



After we were dry we headed back in, and before anyone says anything about taking up chairs and not using them...there were at least 100 EMPTY ones, so it wasn't like we were hoarding a beach chair or anything. There were only 6 hammocks I think, 8 max, but I'll get into that later...

We saw some fish swimming around our feet while we were in the water wading around and we even saw a stingray hanging out making it's rounds, we stayed in the water until our fingers started getting prune and hung out in the lounge chairs until 11:30. At which time we made our way over to the BBQ on Serenity Bay. On our way over there we saw our table mates and then another family from our FE group! The food at the BBQ was really good!



I really liked the banana ice cream and cookies they had for dessert! We...well, I really wanted to try a Konk Kooler because I had heard so much about them. So we went over to the bar for a bit. Jeremy had a beer and I a Konk Kooler. I thought it was o.k., I mean it was nothing to write home about like I had heard from everyone else. I dunno, it could have just been the bartender that made it for me. While we were sitting at the bar Jeremy starting looking at the bar top. If you are ever there, look at it! You'll notice that there are gold doubloon coins sealed into the bar. Back story...Jeremy's dad gave him a "pirate coin" before he passed away that he had for a long time, Jeremy keeps it in his wallet at all times and had it with us on CC. There was an exact matching coin inside the bar as the one in his wallet, he was so surprised to see something like that, it was such an unexpected "magical" Disney moment too. It was awesome! So with drinks in hand, back to our lounge chairs we went. Jeremy finished his drink and went straight back in the water, I took the time to sip my drink, catch up on TR notes, reapply sunscreen all over, and take a picture of Jeremy in that gorgeous clear blue water!



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Love the update! Thanks for the link!! Can't wait to see it the next time we go
I can't wait until they open up the next part!! I am super excited to see it!! YAY!!

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Awesome and Thank You!! I have a really long time until my next cruise, but this will help me pass the time until at least my WDW Birthday trip in October!! I know you will have a great time on your cruise!

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Yes! Glad you are back (although, I'm sure you'd prefer to still be on vacation) and already off to a great start on your trip report!! I hope you guys had a fantastic time!
I really enjoyed reading your Alaska TR and now have THIS TR to look forward to. Can't wait to read more!!
We did have a fantastic time!! Thank you!! You are so kind about the Alaska TR! I am trying to get this one going as fast as I can so you can read up on it as well!!! Yippee!!
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Awesome and Thank You!! I have a really long time until my next cruise, but this will help me pass the time until at least my WDW Birthday trip in October!! I know you will have a great time on your cruise!


When is your birthday? I'm celebrating my birthday early on the cruise and then later on the F&W trip. It didn't work out to be at WDW or the cruise on my actual birthday.

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When is your birthday? I'm celebrating my birthday early on the cruise and then later on the F&W trip. It didn't work out to be at WDW or the cruise on my actual birthday.

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My birthday is October 12th, I will be at WDW from the 10th-17th of October
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My birthday is October 12th, I will be at WDW from the 10th-17th of October
Very cool! Mine is the 25th.

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