Disneyzellin through the Canal,12/9 - 12/23 the Wonder Final Chapter updated 8/21/13!

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  1. QuiltTeddy

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    Being a "seasoned" follower of DZ and his TR's, I would strongly suggest that you do NOT hold your breath waiting for each installment. DZ often gets sidetracked and forgets all about those of us waiting for the next installment. However, if you offer to store him in a trunk, drag that trunk onboard, provide him with silk sheets and pillow, a private verandah on Deck 7 when you embark on your next cruise, he can be persuaded to post a little faster. :rotfl:



    TDD, be advised that it is highly probable that DZ is still working on those M & Ms and thus, that is why he is unable to give an update quite yet in this TR. After all, the fact that they have not been fully consumed would easily extend this TR.

    You and my DH can sit below and miss out on all the high action fun!! :eek:
     
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  3. tokyodisneydad

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    If it is the M&Ms that are causing the delay I have an idea to help:
    STEP
    1. Make an impressive label that says Magic Diet Pills with some fake company name on it and fake nutrition/diet facts.
    2. Tape that label to a large ziploc bag
    3.Fill the bag with said M&Ms
    4.Mail to Japan.

    Not sure if it is going to fool the wife and get by, but hey it's worth a try.:rotfl2:
     
  4. LindaBabe

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    :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:
     
  5. DisneyZell

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    Funny you mention ferris wheels...if you ever get out to California Adventure you might want to avoid the Sun Wheel... it has two types of ways to ride...one is regular and the other is swinging, as you go up your car is on rollers like a roller coaster on it's own track. So you get quite a ride. DW enjoys it but always gets a funny look on her face and holds on for dear life. The Kids and I, of course, never give her a hard time about that. :)

    tastings...seems to me if I answer that question I will be giving away the TR. You know I can't do that! :)

    Billy was cute. He gave us our kid fix on the cruise. OK, my kid fix since I'm like a 10 year old at heart. Dw will back me up on that!
    None of the climbs were easy. There is a weigh limit of 250 pounds, I wonder if part of why they have that is that they figure if you are over 250 you might not be able to do the hikes. Again there were times I wasn't sure I would make it. yikes! :)


    Maybe that's it, I don't know. I think it's also the uniforms the CM's wear. They seem outdated to me for some reason, and they always have so it's not that the time has passed or anything.
    :)

    Good point on the noise. I agree it is very loud in there!

    DW already answered this, but thought I would give my two cents. While I agree with DW it may be overkill...do whatever makes you comfortable. if you would feel better with the shots knowing you are covered just in case then do it. I firmly believe you do whatever you need to make everything relaxingand not worry about getting sick, etc. :thumbsup2 That being said, we did not do anything. :)

    that's too bad. I wonder if different people demand different things. I would have thought it would not matter. Did you go on one through DCL?

    Hopefully my TR will help you with your journal. it might take a while though :)

    I resemble that remark for one reason....just because you brought me in a trunk on your cruise did *NOT* make me post faster. :lmao:

    again, no way I'm telling you about the M&M's. of course when you find out what happened it will be a big letdown. But it is what it is. :)
    I like your plan TDD. But stop trying to jump ahead in the story!! :)

    Thanks everyone for the nice words and playing along...and not falling asleep. Or rather not telling me that you are falling asleep.

    I meant to post another episode this weekend but forgot and I'm travelling this week..so unfortunately it will likely be Friday before the next one. sorry about that!

    DZ
     
  6. dededisney

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    And the excuses just keep coming, don't they:love:
     
  7. DisneyZell

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    Hey, um you kinda know I'm gone. :)
     
  8. QuiltTeddy

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    Sureeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.........................


    *rolls eyes*
     
  9. Relaxin'

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    Hi Drew,
    Not sure when you are going to get to the day you learned "Euchre", but I have done some research for you. First I learned that the origins of Euchre is Europe, South Africa and Canada. Not sure how it originated in three different countries, but Canadian's should know the rules vs. Zach who lives in Michigan, and it sounds like the bartender knows it all:
    Another regional variation, especially popular in Canada, and therefore sometimes referred to as 'Canadian Rules', is that if the partner of the dealer orders him/her up (forcing the dealer to pick up the turned card) during the initial bidding, then the dealer is automatically forced out, and the dealer's partner plays a lone hand. This variation is also popular in Croydon, Australia and is referred to as 'bonchre'. It is considered to be fair, since otherwise the makers (specifically the partner of the dealer) would have an unfair degree of knowledge about the distribution of the cards, as well (in the case of the dealer) knowing which card to discard (see voiding).
     
  10. DisneyZell

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    what is this, pick on Drew day? here I thought I had a perfect acceptable excuse....apparently not! note that everyone else is waiting patiently. :)

    I haven't gotten there yet, but I supposed adding in South Africa and Europe as other potential originators or Euchre makes it harder for me to sell my idea that some Canadians lost the other cards so had to make up a new game using only some of them! :thumbsup2

    And always fun to needle Zach, but he *does* live in Michigan so I suppose we should give him a break. Eh? :lmao:

    DZ
     
  11. DisneyZell

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    Apparently on all the special cruises Disney will create some special trading pins. This cruise was no exception. I'm sure this is all for the benefit of those on the cruise...not to make money. :thumbsup2 They only make a limited number and we got notified that they would be offering these pins on the 13th (which happened to be today). You could start getting wrist bands at 8:30am, and if you get a wrist band that allows you to purchase two full sets of pins. There were 6 pins I think, one for Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas, one for Puerto Vallarta, one for the panama canal, one for Costa Maya, and one for Miami. Apparently they didn't like the quality of the Cartehena pin. We all saw that as a pretty funny thing because…well, more on that later. :) Foreshadowing. or something.

    Anyhooo, DW wanted to get a couple of the pins, no not a couple of sets, we aren't like that. But she did want to get the Panama Canal pins to give to our kids. At least I think those were the ones we wanted, she will correct me if I was wrong. :) So she had Mickey call us and wake us up at 7:15. Well, ok, wake her up. I was lazy and stayed in bed! :)

    Audrey also wanted the pins so she and DW met outside the stores. In fact Audrey got there at 6:45, and saved DW a spot in line. In true DCL fashion they had coffee available and were passing out pastries. So at least they didn't go hungry. At about 7:45am a CM came around to tell everyone they would hand the wrist bands out at 8am instead of 8:30. That was nice. I wish they had done that on Black Friday! But that's a whole other story that you don't need to be bored with!!! DW got her wrist band by 8:05, about the time I was waking up. Oh wait, no that's not true. :)

    She came back and went out on the balcony to wait for me to wake up. She saw dolphins out there jumping around and got a few pictures of them. Then she decided rest was a good thing so she came in and laid down for a while.

    [​IMG] Dolphins are awesome. funny how they love to play around ships.

    [​IMG] Obviously one picture was not enough

    [​IMG] I like this one because you can see the sun coming up.

    No breakfast this morning because we had our group Palo lunch…so I viewed that as meaning there was no reason to get up early!! We got dressed and headed up around 10, looking forward to stuffing ourselves on Palo brunch, generally one of our favorite things on the ship. There were 12 Disers in our group, Audrey, Doug, Jennifer, Jim, Linda, Terri, April, Michael, Rochelle and her husband…we didn't get his name (Sorry!!! We will try to look it up, if not hopefully someone else can chime in with his name).

    [​IMG] Our brunch group. Note Doug and Audrey with the cool Santa hats. These were awesome and it made them easy to spot. In fact there was one point when, apparently, Doug walked right past me and I ignored him. When he didn't have his hat on I didn't recognize him and apparently became rude! :)

    Our server was Sasha and he did a nice job corralling all of us. We were in the private room which we had never done before (yup, chalk that one up!). Brunch was good, but I don't know if I would go as far as great. They had some excellent cheeses which is usual, I had Eggs Julia, and I think the hollandaise sauce on this ship just isn't good because the flavor issues remained even in Palo. One huge thing that was missing was Stolen Bread which we have always really liked, but it wasn't there. I asked Sasha about it and was told the recipe was stolen. Ha! Get it! But that was very disappointed! The Smoked Salmon and Smoked Trout mousse was very good as usual, as was the blue cheese and grape pizza. So given all that why am I saying it was only good? Not sure to be honest, but again I think it sort of goes with the whole cruise…ie. that the food just wasn't up to the level we expected There have been a lot of theories kicked around about this…and I'm hoping it is just a temporary thing.

    One of the frustrating things about this is that we cannot mark Disney down for their food quality as they have somehow managed to tie food quality to the servers. The theory as I understand it is that the servers should get you something else if what you got the first time wasn't good. But they don't cook the food and I won't hold them accountable if the kitchen can't cook a steak. That was one of our biggest issues, I don't think a single person at our table had a steak cooked perfectly. That should be one of the easiest thing to do…but it's not. So basically Disney gets feedback that the food quality is excellent...which is isn't...because we are all too guilty to mark it down because it hurst the servers. AAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHH! More on that later as well.

    Dang, I better stop doing that, you guys have to keep me honest if I forget to actually talk about the various things I claim I'm going to talk about! :)

    So after brunch we headed back to our room and sent a couple of e-mails out. OH! funny story about e-mail. one day we were out on deck with my computer sending out and receiving e-mails. We were in port and a woman asks if we have wifi. I said we didn't , but that I was using the ships internet. Holy cow, you would have through we were worshiping satan the way this woman recoiled, like "why would you do that" as she turned her nose up at us. Very strange. We pointed out that our kids were not on the ship and this was how we were maintaining contact with them…and she walked away. Funny how people have to get all up on everyone's business like that. Strange stuff! Frankly if I was working while on the ship that's up to me, isn't it? And it's not like we were bothering anyone. :confused3

    Since DW waited in line for the wrist bands we had to go pick them up…mainly so she could get the black wrist band off of her wrist. As I said before they had several options, but the ones we got were Costa Maya (which had Chip and Dale on it which is Nick's Favorite), and Panama Canal which had Pluto. Connor's favorite is Stitch, but as Stitch didn't make the group no luck. Maybe he was the reason the Cartagena one was rejected! :lmao: In fact we spent a good chunk of the rest of the cruise trying to trade for Stitch pins, but apparently those get snapped up really quickly. We finally found one….but are still looking for one more. The funny thing is that a few years ago you could not find a single Chip and Dale pin…but now they are everywhere in every form…kind of funny how the characters ebb and flow.
     
  12. DisneyZell

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    As we were without kids we did a lot more adult type stuff than we normally had before and one of the things we chose to do was New World Wine Tasting. This was white wines. They had a guy from Palo there to present the wines and takes us through how to taste and evaluate the wines. It ended up being 4 different wines, and 1 sparkling wine. The cost was $15.

    [​IMG] Here are our wine glasses filled...er....filled up?

    [​IMG] DW getting ready to taste

    [​IMG] Aw, aren't we cute.

    Overall I would have to say this was not worth the cost. The total amount of wine wasn't even a full glass…not that I need to get hammered at something like that…but for $15, you would figure you would get at least a couple glasses of wine worth. We thought maybe all of these types of things were like this…but would find out later that it wasn't the case.

    The guy from Palo did a nice job…it just felt kind of chinsey. I don't think that is even a word…but I've made up words before and see no reason to stop now! :) Adding insult to injury I only liked two of the wines…so that made it worse. However, we did get a free pin which we then traded for pins our kids would like…so that worked out well. :) But I have to say on the new world white wine tasting I would not waste my time. We did not do the red wines so I don't know if it is the same amount of wine. I know quite a few of you DISers did do it….so maybe you can weigh in here?

    After that it was time to head to the pool. No kids…so we wanted to be at the adult pool but there was not any room. This was an issue this whole cruise…partly because of the number of adults, and partly because people reserve their chair with towels and just go elsewhere. I know at one point I walked by 3-4 times over a couple of hours an the same chairs never had any rear ends in the seat even though they had stuff and/or towels laid out. Kind of annoying, but it is what it is. We headed up to deck 10 and found some empty seats. I'm not a huge sit in the sun guy anyway, so I was in the shade curled up with my book. Now *that* is my idea of relaxation. Lose yourself in a book….nice! DW spends her time chasing the sun.

    Tonight was Formal night, and before that was the Captains Reception. Before we went out we tried pictures with our timer again. At this point I was stacking stuff on top of stuff and putting my camera on that. I believe in this one the camera was stacked on top of 4 lifejackets. Hey, it works!

    [​IMG] Yup, I clean up well. If only DW didn't look so dang good thus making me look so darn bad! :thumbsup2 You're hot stuff Babycakes!

    We brought our camera along and took a few pictures…or rather had some other guests take pictures.

    ****tip****
    If you don't want to spend a bunch at Shutters, go to the pictures spots with a friend or make friends with people in line so that you can take their picture and vice versa. That way you can get all the cool pictures without paying the shutters prices. Since we are solo on this cruise and there weren't any of our DIS friends there we made friends with the folks around us to get the pictures.

    HOWEVER, if there is a Disney employee with the photographer you can get them to take the picture. This is typically when there is a character involved. You can tell by the name tag. Although the Shutters folks have a similarly shaped name tag it does not say Disney on it…those folks will not take a picture of you with your camera, only the ones that work for the company.

    [​IMG] With the tree on Deck 3

    [​IMG] With Goofy. We had a good laugh that it looks like Deanna has giant whiskers because of Goofy's!

    [​IMG] DW overlooking the atrium

    Dinner was at Tritons, DW had Crispy Ravioli (I think I had this too and it was yummy), Broccoli & Blue Cheese soup (also very good, note above I complained about the food, but the soups on this cruise were fabulous. I don't think I had a bad soup the whole time, including an avocado soup at lunchtime of, I think, Panama Canal day. I actually had two servings of that. Yum!!!), and Turkey Dinner (I did not have that. If I am thinking of the right day I had Escargot. But that might have been the first tritons day. See what happens when DW doesn't write down what I ha to eat?? What kind of journaling is that???).

    [​IMG] Here is our group at dinner. Good looking group!

    Tonight was Golden Mickey's…but we have both seen that many times so we opted to go to see Lincoln in the Buena Vista Theater instead. Good call. That was a terrific movie which we both really enjoyed. The actor that portrayed Lincoln did a terrific job, and of course it was about a very interesting time in our country's history. Definitely a must see, and I assume it will win some awards

    It's late again…quick snap of the towel animal (and formal shirt) and off to bed for us.

    [​IMG] cool stuff!

    [​IMG] Mr. rabbit just hanging out

    Thanks for sticking with me!

    Next up: Day 7 day at sea…again?
     
  13. iloverags2

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    Dolphin! How cool!!!

    And you had Sasha at Palo....BEST. SERVER. EVAH! He was our regular dining server back on our first Disney cruise in 2000, and then we had him again in Palo in May 2012...still as good now as he was back in 2000.

    Thanks for the heads-up on the wine tasting. I have always wanted to do one of those, but may pass now. The Margarita/Tequila tasting I went to was ok (several issues with it actually), but at least we got our money's worth. Three full shots of Patron, and two mini margaritas. All for $15.

    Really enjoying your report!
     
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    I didn't do any wine tastings myself, but Jim did all of them. He says the wine pour got better as the cruise progressed. It all depended on the bartenders, not the wine steward that gave the talk.
    I did do a martini tasting and the chocolate tasting, and enjoyed both.
     
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    May I ask what was offered at the chocolate tasting? I'm intrigued and may potentially be interested in doing it in May! Thank you!
     
  16. WestCoastNovaks

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    There's a chocolate tasting?!?! Count me in! Hopefully they will have it on the May Westbound Panama Canal.
     
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    Details? Details? Where are the details.:rotfl2: I mean I need to know what wines they gave you to taste.
    You are right, they looked to be a little stingy on the pouring there.
    A proper tasting pour is 4 oz, but I prefer a bit more. Maybe if they don't pour me enough I will have to ask for a bit more.;)

    I'm also surprised they seperated it into Red and White. Heck I can taste 5 white and then 5 red....throw in a couple of sparkiling and maybe even an ice wine and I am happy.

    Did you sign up for that the first day?
     
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    Great TR :thumbsup2
    The pictures of you both zip lining are great - looks like so much fun :goodvibes
    Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your cruise
     
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    We were the test subjects for the chocolate tasting. It was run by Sasha, the Head Sommelier (don't confuse him with Sasha the waiter, or call him anything but the HEAD Sommelier, he gets very indignant) It was Godiva chocolates, a white, milk and a dark chocolate. Both hard and melted varieties. We tasted them with different drinks, I don't remember which ones, but there was a champagne and a Whisky that had a distinct chocolate flavor. Supposedly the whisky is not for sale onboard, as they only had the one bottle.
    This tasting was also more expensive than the regular tastings, at $30. It was interesting, and my DH signed me up as the last participant so he couldn't join me. I don't think I would do that one again, but I bet they will offer it on the longer cruises.

    We signed up for all our tastings on the day of or day prior. Since our sailing wasn't full, that may have been the exception. The chocolate tasting was the only one that we almost missed out on. At others, there were empty seats, so obviously not sold out. Nice, because the bartenders poured for the scheduled numbers, so anyone seated near the empty seats got extra drinks.
     
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    Good luck with the details!! Since I didn't write the wines down, I know Drew will not remember them either! Just not impressed overall. Not only did they separate the tastings into red and white, it was new world red, new world white, old world red and old world white. Maybe if they combined all four of them into one tasting, you might get 1 full glass of wine:rotfl2: However, when it comes to the details of the mixology, I have it covered as I wrote down all the drinks (just for you!)...you'll have to stay tuned for that part of the report, though and we all know that could take a long time:cool1:
     
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    And we missed you! Had fun with Jim, though!
     

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