Welcome to our adventures on the Disney Fantasy! This trip was a long time in the making and I had so much fun with the planning that lead to an awesome vacation. I am hoping by doing this report I can hold on to the magic just a little bit longer! I have included an index with links to all updates in the second post. Our journey includes DD10 DD7 DH and me Our planning for this adventure began in 2012. We had decided that for our next family vacation we wanted to take a cruise. We looked at several options, but we just kept coming back to Disney. We decided to book on opening day for first time Disney cruisers which was December 6, 2012, for the February 8, 2014, Eastern Caribbean sailing. The only problem was we now needed to wait 430 days until our cruise! We ended up booking a category 4C stateroom, which means we had a deluxe family oceanview stateroom with verandah on deck 7 midship. Our particular stateroom would sleep 5 because it had the additional Murphy bed. We had stateroom 7596, which we felt was a great location. We tried to use the stairs as much as possible while cruising to justify all the food that we were eating and we felt like deck 7 allowed us to never be too far from any one location. Another thing that we did was to join our groups Facebook page and FE exchange. I would highly recommend doing this. There were many people in the Facebook group that were previous cruisers and they were a wealth of information. I wasnt sure about joining the FE exchange since this was our first cruise, but the kids ended up having such a great time both passing out gifts and checking their pouches for treats each time they came back to the room. DH was skeptical of the whole thing, but while it was going on he commented that it was really fun to see the girls reactions to all of the awesome gifts we received. I can by no means sew, so I found a blog that explained how to make a no-sew FE. This was right up my alley and I was satisfied how it turned out, especially since it cost under $10 for the supplies. For our FE the girls and I made magnets out of Perler beads of different Disney characters. Our intent was for people to be able to put them on their doors for decoration during the week and bring them home for refrigerator decorations after the cruise. Unfortunately I learned my lesson the hard way that we couldn't rely on the adhesive that was on the magnets to stick to the beads. They all stuck fine at home, but several were falling off after the travels and the humidity. If anyone tries to make these be sure to use some other type of adhesive to make sure the magnet is secure. I felt awful that they didn't work out as I had hoped, especially after we received such amazing gifts from our fellow travelers. Our intentions were good! Up next: The day has finally come!