Cruise secrets that DCL doesn't tell you

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  1. Driving2DIS

    Driving2DIS Earning My Ears

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    We were just on the 4 day Bahamian cruise Mar 31 - Apr 4th and they allowed us to give 2 photo mats for signatures (we had two kids in our room). I asked for 2 big photo mats (I had the sandwiched between cardboard for protection).
     
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  3. mollymeaux

    mollymeaux Earning My Ears

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    Disney Tervis cups at Kohls for 20-30% off yesterday. Waiting to get ours with my 20% off coupon tomorrow.
     
  4. lilpooh108

    lilpooh108 DIS Veteran

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    Do the signatures come off the cups when washed?
     
  5. Jiminy'sGirl

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    I have never had one signed by characters, but I have sent Tervis tumblers with my kids to camp with their name on them in Sharpie and after going through the dishwasher the name is faded. I have to rewrite them about ever 3-4 goes through the dishwasher. If you hand wash my guess is the signatures would last longer, but I can't say for sure.
     
  6. Susiesark

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    What kind of Disney cups did they have? I have a 30% off coupon. :yay:
     
  7. classykids

    classykids Earning My Ears

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    We were just in WDW for 10 days in November so we are using the one day as a chance to enjoy some of our favorites.
     
  8. mamagoo

    mamagoo Earning My Ears

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    Can anyone explain how the wine service works?
     
  9. sjb95u

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    Thanks for everything...for us DCL newbies.
     
  10. Magical Dreams

    Magical Dreams Earning My Ears

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    Wow... It took me the better part of a week, but I've read all 98 pages! It was well worth it! I've learned so much and can't wait till we cruise this summer!

    For character signatures, I plan to paint a 12 x 12 canvas a light pink and have all the princesses sign it. Then hang it in my daughter's bedroom :) I may do another one that is just white and have all the characters sign in colorful markers...

    Something that people may not know is that you cannot sign up for the 5K on CC before the cruise. If they do have it (chances are they will :)), you'll see it in the navigator and will have to meet somewhere the morning of to register. You can also buy 5K t-shirts afterwards on CC :)
     
  11. llnolte

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    Thank you for such a wonderful idea. My friend's daughter has cancer and absolutely loves the Disney princesses. I wanted to bring her back something special that was signed. A pink canvas will be perfect! :)
     
  12. amejiajr8

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  13. firsttimecruisin3

    firsttimecruisin3 Earning My Ears

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    Hi there - I just came back from my first Disney Cruise (the REPO cruise from LA to Vancouver) and I had a few tips to share:

    * If you plan on bringing something for the characters to sign at the greetings and it's not a book, bring something hard for them to sign it on. At the character breakfast, the character "handlers" kept telling us to bring our pillowcases to guest services to have it signed since it was harder for the characters to sign. We borrowed a clip board at the princess greetings and that worked great.
    * If you are a first timer and don't get a lanyard with a holder for your Key to the World, consider bringing a small travel purse to carry. I lost my key on the first day. After that I brought a very small bag around and used it to hold the pillow cases, permanent markers, the Navigator and my key.
    * We didn't realize until halfway through the trip that we could've eaten breakfast and lunch at Tritons most of the time. This was a much more relaxing experience than the buffet in my opinionm though a much smaller selection.
    * We were able to book a reservation at PALO onboard, even though it was full in advance.
    * I wasn't terribly impressed with the Princess Tea - we signed up for it right away at Guest Services and got tickets. There were only two princesses and the whole experience was 20 minutes (they served apple juice and one cookie), though the kids did get to take photos with the princesses.
    * For the main princess greeting in the lobby, get their EARLY!!! Like 30 minutes early if possible. The last people in line were in line for well over 2 hours.
    * Our little one is over 2 1/2. We were able to get her into the Oceaneers Club - they asked her questions to make sure she could communicate, and they checked with us to make sure she was potty trained. Our little one is VERY independent so we thought she would be bored at the nursery and would prefer the club. In the end, she didn't care for the Oceaneers Club and we brought her once or twice to the nursery which she loved. The Oceaneers Club can be pretty overwhelming for the little ones.
    * I wish I had brough more activities for the kids to do in our stateroom. The weather wasn't great and there wasn't as much to do during the day for our kiddos that was age appropriate as I had expected.
    * Next time I will bring a cheap digital camera for my 5 years old to take her own photos. On one of the port days, she held onto my iPhone all day and took a ton of pics - I am going to make a photo albulm of the pics she made.
    * I didn't realize how many kids would wear their character costumes for most of the trip. Our kids wore theirs at least 1/2 the time.
    * If you plan on doing laundry, bring travel size amounts of detergent and dryer sheets. For the detergent, send away to Tide for a free sample. Much better than what they did onboard. You can keep the embroidered laundry bag in the room for a $5 charge to your stateroom. I took ours and plan on getting our name embroidered on it.
    * I made a magnet for our door by designing something on the computer, getting an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper laminated and putting magnets on the back. Much cheaper than printing on magent paper and it looked nice in my opinion.
    * I was suprised how many people used bags instead of fish extenders outside their door. I delayed signing up for it (and missed the deadline) because I was overwhelmed by the idea of making a fish extender, but so many people just used a Disney bag.
     
  14. rescuetink

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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!! :goodvibes
     
  15. TheTews

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    We plan on dropping off pillowcases at guest services and have read that the characters love treats....what kind of candy is best to gift them?
     
  16. swimfly

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    Thanks for sharing your experiences and insight. I truly hope the Disney bags went beyond the plastic shopping bag. I loved participating in the FE but know there are passengers who think the FEs "junk" up the hallways because we had the pleasure of standing behind one who was complaining at guest services.
     
  17. BealsRwe

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    Whatever candy you like...I usually take a few bags of individually wrapped candy bars...always appreciated!
     
  18. 2BoysMom

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    oops, sorry
     
  19. Marlea98

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    Thank you for the CC info. I wasn't aware you couldn't sign up earlier so that's great to know.

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  20. Marlea98

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    Thank you for the CC info. I was not aware of you being unable to sign up earlier.

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  21. LaVerne15

    LaVerne15 Earning My Ears

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    We wrap small treat size kit kats bars in $1 bills to give as tips for room service. The crew members love it and kids like to hand out the tips.
     

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