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Old 04-01-2013, 12:48 PM   #226
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Does he or any of your family have any food allergies or sensitivities? Any snacks or candy to avoid?
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:19 PM   #228
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Does he or any of your family have any food allergies or sensitivities? Any snacks or candy to avoid?
Kelly can eat (and will) anything, his little brother has dairy allergies.

Too bad there is not "happy tears" icons to use, your thoughtfulness is heartwarming.

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Are you familiar with the pillowcases for autographs? You can give Guest Services a pillowcase at the start of the cruise. They will have the characters sign them and you get them back later in the cruise. It's a fun autograph book alternative/addition. Our girls love to sleep on theirs. Maybe Kelly might like that? (Big payoff with little work for you.)
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:42 AM   #230
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to meet Kelly! He sounds wonderful! our daughter, Jessi, is special needs and nearly 18 ( in June). she operates on a late elementary/ early middle school level ( on good days).
She has a hard time with the teen club because it is crowded and noisy, often. If she knows they are doing a cooking or craft activity she'll go in for a short time BUT she prefers the pools, the movie and live show theaters ( the live shows have TONS of fave disney tunes),she has also taken part in family games at the pools and clubs, and family karaoke ( she loves to sing). I think she will be happy to meet Kelly and his sibs, as she enjoys camp, here for kids and young adults with various developmental special needs.
on castaway cay she likes the family beach, the best. She likes snorkeling at her own speed, and dance parties that include the characters. She also enjoyed the bike ride and the water trikes. We got the extreme getaway package so the kids could just go have fun and do whatever. Dad also took her sailing in a hobie cat, rented on castaway cay. Those are some of the things she enjoys. None of them were in the kids clubs. She liked the live shows so much, she would ratchet them again and again on the stateroom tv, which was a nice way to process the shows without actually attending all three showings each night!
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Are you familiar with the pillowcases for autographs? You can give Guest Services a pillowcase at the start of the cruise. They will have the characters sign them and you get them back later in the cruise. It's a fun autograph book alternative/addition. Our girls love to sleep on theirs. Maybe Kelly might like that? (Big payoff with little work for you.)
Kelly has a special cowboy hat for autographs. He loves to attend our local music festivals in the summer and collect autographs from Country music singers. He wants to bring it and get the character autographs added with the Coutnry stars.

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to meet Kelly! He sounds wonderful! our daughter, Jessi, is special needs and nearly 18 ( in June). she operates on a late elementary/ early middle school level ( on good days).
She has a hard time with the teen club because it is crowded and noisy, often. If she knows they are doing a cooking or craft activity she'll go in for a short time BUT she prefers the pools, the movie and live show theaters ( the live shows have TONS of fave disney tunes),she has also taken part in family games at the pools and clubs, and family karaoke ( she loves to sing). I think she will be happy to meet Kelly and his sibs, as she enjoys camp, here for kids and young adults with various developmental special needs.
on castaway cay she likes the family beach, the best. She likes snorkeling at her own speed, and dance parties that include the characters. She also enjoyed the bike ride and the water trikes. We got the extreme getaway package so the kids could just go have fun and do whatever. Dad also took her sailing in a hobie cat, rented on castaway cay. Those are some of the things she enjoys. None of them were in the kids clubs. She liked the live shows so much, she would ratchet them again and again on the stateroom tv, which was a nice way to process the shows without actually attending all three showings each night!
I got your pm but didn't have enough posts to reply That sounds fantastic! Kelly gets anxious in crowds, but if there's music he's fine, he'l' bounce and dance for hours. We booked the extreme as well. My kids are beach kids, we live a short distance from the beach here and are there at least once a week in the summer. We will definitely have to find each other on board! Happy World Autism Day!
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:18 PM   #233
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He already purchased it. We're going to try to add on more points or buy another set on board. We've sat through the on board seminars quite a few times, and they do offer nice incentives.
Looks like you may be in luck, and they may be selling points for the GF villas on the cruise!
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:04 PM   #234
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Looks like you may be in luck, and they may be selling points for the GF villas on the cruise!
Yeah my rep was talking about they should be coming up "quite soon." If they don't want an arm and a leg!
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:01 PM   #235
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I got your pm but didn't have enough posts to reply That sounds fantastic! Kelly gets anxious in crowds, but if there's music he's fine, he'l' bounce and dance for hours. We booked the extreme as well. My kids are beach kids, we live a short distance from the beach here and are there at least once a week in the summer. We will definitely have to find each other on board! Happy World Autism Day! And to you, too!
My kids all love water and the beach. We live near Lake Tahoe, that is the closest "beach." Jessica loves to swim (actually was a medalist at the Special Olympics Summer games 3x over, last year), BUT has had in irrational fear of sharks (so irrational that she wouldn't take baths for awhile, as a shark might "sneak up" from under the bubbles!), last cruise a year ago she spent the CC day getting over it by venturing further and further out into the snorkeling lagoon area. She really loved it, and was able to take it at her own pace. The bad news? She sunburnt her back!!!!! Hopefully we'll do a better job with the sunblock this go round.
I noticed that our staterooms are on the same deck as yours, so it shouldn't be too hard to find one another. But we will also be at the 3pm DisMeet on Day 1 at club 687, so that will be another potential place to meet. My boys (James 17) and (Nick 15) will be happy to help out, if you want someone to play Midship Detective Agency, or take Kelly to one of the fun Karaoke parties so that you two could have a bit of "grown up" time......If you like? He can "hang out with the guys," with some boys that "get it." I know respite time is a precious commodity. James volunteered to the Special Needs team for his cheerleading gym all last season, and both boys are well versed in the ways of delays....
We are planning on a special little "goodie bag" for each kid on the FE list (from Kelly on down to the babies), but now we are thinking of an "extra sprinkle of birthday pixie dust" for Kelly! My youngest is trying to come up with something "extra goofy." lol. Hope your family is as excited as mine!!!! 26 days !!!!!!
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I got your pm but didn't have enough posts to reply That sounds fantastic! Kelly gets anxious in crowds, but if there's music he's fine, he'l' bounce and dance for hours. We booked the extreme as well. My kids are beach kids, we live a short distance from the beach here and are there at least once a week in the summer. We will definitely have to find each other on board! Happy World Autism Day! And to you, too!
My kids all love water and the beach. We live near Lake Tahoe, that is the closest "beach." Jessica loves to swim (actually was a medalist at the Special Olympics Summer games 3x over, last year), BUT has had in irrational fear of sharks (so irrational that she wouldn't take baths for awhile, as a shark might "sneak up" from under the bubbles!), last cruise a year ago she spent the CC day getting over it by venturing further and further out into the snorkeling lagoon area. She really loved it, and was able to take it at her own pace. The bad news? She sunburnt her back!!!!! Hopefully we'll do a better job with the sunblock this go round.
I noticed that our staterooms are on the same deck as yours, so it shouldn't be too hard to find one another. But we will also be at the 3pm DisMeet on Day 1 at club 687, so that will be another potential place to meet. My boys (James 17) and (Nick 15) will be happy to help out, if you want someone to play Midship Detective Agency, or take Kelly to one of the fun Karaoke parties so that you two could have a bit of "grown up" time......If you like? He can "hang out with the guys," with some boys that "get it." I know respite time is a precious commodity. James volunteered to the Special Needs team for his cheerleading gym all last season, and both boys are well versed in the ways of delays....
We are planning on a special little "goodie bag" for each kid on the FE list (from Kelly on down to the babies), but now we are thinking of an "extra sprinkle of birthday pixie dust" for Kelly! My youngest is trying to come up with something "extra goofy." lol. Hope your family is as excited as mine!!!! 26 days !!!!!!
So my daily bought of tears is over for another day I am so very moved. We had not planned on a lot of grown up time, our focus being on the kids. We each planned a "treat" for ourselves while we are onboard that we could do while the other was "parenting". Thank you to your family for your kind offer, we will see what works out while we are on board. I don't want to invade too much on your family's vacation.

My kids have been having fun putting together goodie bags for everyone on the FE list. Kelly has "packed" nearly everything in his room to take with him. I unpack it all then a few days later he is repacking again

25 days --- only 22 until we start the long drive!
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Have you checked out the disigns forum? Lots of fun activity book ideas for long drives!
Also helpful in my daily "autism mom" life is the disabilities forum (like my own online support group right here in the dis)
I hope this won't be your first and last disney cruise!
Check out Autism on the Seas (they don't ONLY serve families touched by autism) they specialize in cruise and resort vacays for families dealing with special needs. We haven't actually used them, but we hear good things. I would have booked one of the group cruises, this year; but I needed to fit my cruise dates with my boys WDW cheerleading competition the following weekend.....Maybe next time.
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Anyone else ready to set sail and leave the world behind for a few days?! The FE gifts are sorted and ready to pack, and I've got a few stacks of other cruise items ready to pack. Spring is here in Anchorage, and the sniffles and colds are coming in. I sure hope to kick it before we set sail!
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:32 AM   #240
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I am more than ready, we still have winter here in Bruce County, Ontario. There is snow in the forecast for today and had a snow storm at the start of the week. Since warm weather wear isn't an option the suitcases are full!

FE gifts are almost ready, gonna check that off my list before the end of the day!
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