Hello all! We just got back from a fabulous Dream trip on the Disney Dream, along with a stay at Residence Inn, Cape Canaveral, Pop Century at WDW, and Residence Inn near Sea World, with a few park visits to Magic Kingdom, Sea World and Epcot! The dates of this trip were March 30th to April 6th. Lets get started with the introductions of who was SUPPOSED to go on this trip. Me~ Jennifer~ The mom of 3 LOVELY Children (though they are not always lovely at the same time or even all the time) I am a very BIG Disney fan and am always trying to think of a way to get there! Skip~ My Wonderful husband of almost 9 years. He is a good dad, and he even puts up with my passion for Disney though usually with a lot of eye rolling. Claire~ a 6 year old girl who loves Disney very much and was very excited to take her first Cruise, as well as seeing and dressing like the Princesses. My 2 other children are now adults and did not travel with us nor really want to for the most part. They are Michael and Paige. As the title will tell you, we had a few mishaps, and there was a cast change more on that in a bit. Now for a little background info .history. It is a little long, but I promise, I have a ton of pictures to post after all of this! This is one of those trips that I thought just never would happen I know, youve heard it all before, but HONESTLY, it really took a LONG time to get to this point. We have gone to Disney with Claire in March of 2007, 2008 and 2009. I really wanted to go again in 2010. Skip had had a hip replacement in late 2009 and just was not ready to go back in early 2010. But believe me, I tried to convince him all the same. Claire and I then came up with the plan that we should go for her 6th birthday in December. Skip said he would think about it. Through out the year, we got a lot of some days, well sees, and maybes. In the mean time, Skip was still having troubles with his hip and had been sent to several different Drs all of them claiming to have no clue what was wrong with him. In Oct Skip started talking more about a possible Dec. trip. We had dates set, and places we want to go, etc. Then he threw a wrench in my plans. How much does a Disney cruise cost? . I was shocked! I had tried to convince him to do this in 2009 for my 40th birthday, but when it came down to it, he decided he would rather go to WDW. He had worries about a cruise with a little one with us. I did some quick pricing, and the price for 3 nights on the Wonder, along with a few nights at WDW were almost the same as 7 nights at WDW. Before making it a done deal, Skip had one more Drs appointment he wanted to attend and see what was determined. This was with his hip Dr. who had claimed all year long that nothing was wrong with the hip. Things totally changed this day. The Dr found that the implant had never adhered to the bone and the replacement was going to need to be replaced. It was scheduled for Dec 6th .2 days before we had planned to leave for our vacation. Plans then were postponed and we decided we would go in March and still be able to catch the free dining. (I must note that even though we agreed on this, Skip sometimes doesnt listen to me and just agrees anyways). Mid January rolls around, Skip seems to be healing well, and I mention that we have to have Disney paid for soon to be able to get the free dining. Skip goes in panic mode and says, he doesnt care about saving money (yeah right) and he would rather go in May now, but he WOULD NOT commit to any dates. Lets just say that I wasnt happy, and for a few days there wasnt much talking going on at all in our house. A few days later, Skip mentions he has called a Travel Agent and has looked at possibly going on the Disney Dream or going to Disneyland in CA. My job then, was to spend lots of hours on the computer pricing several scenarios, we chose the 3 night Dream, with a few added park days. FINALLY a trip is booked!