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Old 12-13-2012, 09:52 AM   #16
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If I were you I would say either option 1 or 3. If option 1I think you should go on the cruise first because to me, 4 nights on a cruise is just not long enough it seems like you get on and have to get right off again and then it is really sad leaving the ship but if you had WDW after then you could still have some magic left over. And if you haven't been on the dream yet then you could go on a new ship as well and have the best of both worlds more or less.

If you go on the Fantasy (which is an absolutely beautiful and amazing ship for lack of better words) I really don't think you'll regret it but then your kids wouldn't have the option of WDW. When I went on I was nervous about the food, which you mentioned was a concern of yours, since I had read numerous people's trip reports mentioning how they didn't care for it, was repetitive, etc. I personally loved it and thought they had a great option and was even able to try some new things which I ended up loving. So food was not a problem for my family. I don't know if you'd want to go on the eastern instead of western so you could visit different ports but that's something to consider as well unless you're not interested in eastern. You mentioned how your kids wanted to ride aquaduck (it was so fun!) so if you went with option 1 you could go on a new ship, be able to still ride aquaduck and go to wdw. Besides, the dream and fantasy are pretty similar for the most part.

But it's all disney we're talking about so no matter which option you do choose you will all have a blast.
Good points. We are going to DL in March. The kids love DL (as do I). I like that we can see it all in 3-4 days. For first timers, I don't know if 3-4 days is enough for DW.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:37 PM   #17
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I would definitely do the 7 night cruise. The longer cruises are SO much more fun and relaxing, and there is onboard entertainment you don't find on the shorter cruises.

WDW will always be there, and you can pretty well go any time on short notice (doesn't require much planning in advance as it is always there and always open). Give you something to look forward to in the future.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:07 AM   #18
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Another vote for the 7 night. We did the western Magic in 2009 and will do it again in 21 days on the Fantasy-for us it is not about the ports but the ship.

Have fun. All are great options


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Old 12-14-2012, 07:39 AM   #19
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Since you said the rest of your family has not yet been to DW....I would be "afraid" of giving them only three days to enjoy the world on their first visit. My vote would be give them a full 7 day 1st time experience at the world and do a cruise/DW combo another year.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:46 AM   #20
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I love seeing how others think. This is great. I need to have my husband read this thread. I am leaning towards 7 nights on the Fantasy.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:55 PM   #21
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Update:

We decided to go ahead and change our cruise to the 7 night Western on the Fantasy. I can't wait!

Thank you to everyone who shared their insight.
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Personally, I'd always opt for the longer cruise!

But if you do go for the WDW/Cruise combo... do WDW first! You'll be exhausted and ready for the relaxation of the Cruise!
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:18 PM   #23
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If we were to do the combo, I do think I'd want to do it that way, but more because I want to see the refurbished Magic. I loved that ship!
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