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Old 07-18-2013, 06:42 AM   #16
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Ok, yeah, after looking at the Priceline-ing and Hotwire-ing wins and hotels on betterbidding dot com, I agree with you that Fort Lauderdale is a better choice over the highly overpriced Miami Hotels.

I have a Starwood card but no points to go along with it.

I'm thinking of a hotel close to the Fort Lauderdale Airport. I hope that's a good area. I will have to do some Trip Advisor reading.

However, it's time for me to concentrate on the 22 hour drive down and figure out how we are going to actually do this.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:33 AM   #17
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Rearranging B2B to include this cruise

Hello all -

My family of 7 will be on this cruise, we are going on the Dec 30 to Jan 2 and this one will be our final leg of our b2b. Originally we were hoping to do 11 nights from Dec 23 to Jan 2, but it wasn't doable so we opted for NYE on the newly refurbished Magic.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:42 PM   #18
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Hello all -

My family of 7 will be on this cruise, we are going on the Dec 30 to Jan 2 and this one will be our final leg of our b2b. Originally we were hoping to do 11 nights from Dec 23 to Jan 2, but it wasn't doable so we opted for NYE on the newly refurbished Magic.
WELCOME!!! This is the first leg of our b2b... we are so excited to check out the "new" MAGIC!!!

So far a very quiet cruise thread!!! (Does this mean an empty cruise?)
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:54 AM   #19
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Hello all -

My family of 7 will be on this cruise, we are going on the Dec 30 to Jan 2 and this one will be our final leg of our b2b. Originally we were hoping to do 11 nights from Dec 23 to Jan 2, but it wasn't doable so we opted for NYE on the newly refurbished Magic.


New Years Eve on the Magic sounds great! Hope you have a great time. I guess we'll be in the Parks New Year's Eve. I haven't really thought about it. I keep debating whether to stay at a Disney Resort or not. The cost around Christmas boggles the mind. Even renting DVC is a nightmare.

We picked this cruise because of the lower pricing, frankly. 3 days on the Magic is worth driving to Miami for-4 hours there and back before we drive 22 hours home! Yuck!
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:16 AM   #20
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We will be in Ft Lauderdale for NYEve! Last year it was the Nick Hotel!
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:56 AM   #21
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New reservation :-)

Hello everyone,

we just changed this morning our Fantasy cruise for this Magic cruise. It will be a nice end to our xmas vacation in south Florida, and we cant wait to see the "new" Magic ! WE were also told that holiday decoration would remain on this cruise, and that also was something we always wanted to see.

Theyre will be four of us , Myself, DH, DD (12), et DS (9). If anyone starts a FE list, we are in !

Our first time with Disney out of Miami, and finally, after 10 years ... our 11th Disney cruise ! We will finally change level in their program

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Old 08-30-2013, 07:30 AM   #22
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BIENVENUE barbeaujo!

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Roll Call (Updated 8/30/13 Most recent update on first page)

krazy4crusing-Me, DH DS9 DD4 (Ontario)
pershing-Myself single mom of 3 DS's, will be 19, 17 and 15 (Massachusetts)
gigi1313-Mom, Dad, Daughter turning 19 on cruise, Son 16 and Little Son 5! (New York)
DCLInauguralXMAS- there are 7 of us (Indiana)
barbeaujo-Myself, DH, DD (12), et DS (9) (Quebec)

and Congrats on your first cruise as PLATINUM MEMBERS! Woohoo! (We're getting closer)

Did you really hear that the Christmas Decorations would still be up? That would be so great as I didn't expect that. Although waiting to do it on the day the Magic is transitioning back to Port Canaveral (Jan 5) makes sense as there would be no passengers to get in the way.

I added you gigi, cause I figure you're gonna book in late October when the IGT's come out after the final payment is due on Oct. 18.

and~

I think we can start a FE LIST now cause 2 would have looked pitiful but 3's a party!

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I have so much FE stuff already. I overbought for the last cruise as I joined early and then it got so big they split it into 3 lists! Not that I think we'll have that problem on this cruise.
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:52 PM   #23
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Quiet

I really hope they don't offer any OGT/VGT rates after we pay in full, I will be really upset. We are happy with the price we paid considering it is the end of our Christmas holidays and the cruise before this one is twice as expensive. It will be a bit crazy heading back to work/school the day after the cruise but so worth it. We love DCL. I also love that this short 3 day cruise moves us closer to being gold members.

We are surprising the kids and not telling them about the cruise at all. This has been really hard for me. Our DS has been rambling on and on about all the new features of the Magic and asking when we may get to go and check it out. He has watched the videos online to see the new Aquadunk and has told everyone about it.... so funny. We just went on Carnival a few weeks ago and he was constantly comparing their water works park to the new slide on the Magic. He also compared everything else... this is nice mom... but it's not Disney.

We are planning on telling the kiddos we are heading to the airport but instead head to the port. I am going to video our son's face as we drive up because I am sure there will be much screaming and tears flying! (from all of us) LOL
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Hello everyone,

we just changed this morning our Fantasy cruise for this Magic cruise. It will be a nice end to our xmas vacation in south Florida, and we cant wait to see the "new" Magic ! WE were also told that holiday decoration would remain on this cruise, and that also was something we always wanted to see.

Theyre will be four of us , Myself, DH, DD (12), et DS (9). If anyone starts a FE list, we are in !

Our first time with Disney out of Miami, and finally, after 10 years ... our 11th Disney cruise ! We will finally change level in their program

Josee

Welcome!! Do your kiddos speak French and English? Our DS9 is in French Immersion and speaks French fluently so maybe the kids can meet up and chat. He has had a great time this summer speaking French with all of the Quebecois kids we met on our camping trips. Our DD4 speaks a little bit of French from her classes at school and her BFF who is bilingual. Bienvenue!!
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Lol ...

( sorry i dont know how to reply whiting a quote to more then one person )

Pershing, you made me laugh reading your reply. Thank you for your warm welcoming, it is appreciated :-)

I asked when we made this reservation for the xmas decoration and they assured me it would still be on. They usually remove it around Janaury 6th , they told me ( disney cc member phone line )

Krazy4crusing, we speak french at home but ... they go to an immersion school in english.. guess we live the same life, in an opposite way
We will definitly have them meet. Our son will also by 9.

See you all soon, i will start working on our FE
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( sorry i dont know how to reply writing a quote to more then one person )
C'est facile! You click on the "+ symbol at the bottom of the first post you want to quote (and the second post, and the third post etc) and on the last post you want to quote, you click Quote

and Voila, you have multi-quoted!

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I really hope they don't offer any OGT/VGT rates after we pay in full, I will be really upset. We are happy with the price we paid considering it is the end of our Christmas holidays and the cruise before this one is twice as expensive. It will be a bit crazy heading back to work/school the day after the cruise but so worth it.
You know it's gonna happen, you must be mentally prepared for it. Every catagory is still open except Navigators and they always sell out. I'm ok with it cause I know I'm not a risk taker. It would drive me more crazy if I waited to see if they had IGT's and then they didn't and the price went up.

Anyone else driving down like me? First time! Woo hoo! I'm scared!
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Just booked this am (YAY!) very excited ... I'm in if you start an FE group and is there a facebook page? This will be our 3rd cruise Myself, DD14 and DD9 (10 on Jan 29) Glad I found this thread!
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Welcome Mickeysgirlz!

Welcome to our thread. We are small but mighty!!
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Anyone else driving down like me? First time! Woo hoo! I'm scared!:eek


We are driving down too. It will be the 3rd time driving down to Florida and although I love to fly, driving is much more affordable.

Here is our survival plan:

We leave at 4 am. We take lots of snacks for the kiddos, bring a picnic breakfast and lunch that we eat on the fly so we can get as far as possible on the first day. The kiddos have DVDs ipods, DSs etc... to keep them busy. We also pack a wrapped gift (ie a movie and a box of candy) for each time we stop for gas. The kids love the little gifts and it keeps them quiet and amicable until we get to our next stop.

We priceline our hotel about an hour before we plan on stopping using a mobile app and we eat dinner at Cracker Barrel because its fast, good and convenient to the freeway.

Can't wait!!
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