First timers "Wonder"-ing the Caribbean (Oct 25-29, 2009) Pre-trippie!!

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports' started by tampabrat22, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. tampabrat22

    tampabrat22 Mouseketeer

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    It's official...in 7 days we will stepping onto the Wonder for our first DCL vacation! I just can't contain the excitement, so I thought I better start writing the trip report:)! We've sailed on another cruise line 4 times and had many wonderful trips to Walt Disney World over the years! But I've been dreaming about taking my kids on a Disney cruise for many, many years. And this was/is the year, finally!!

    Let me introduce our group:
    :surfweb: Me- Jessica (32) Mom, over-scheduled, travel & cruise lover, obsessive planner, photographer (this will be my 5th cruise)!

    :hippie: Linda (58) Grandma, over packer, wrapped around Jaden's little finger, always along for the fun (this will be her 3rd cruise)!

    :cool2: Tristan (12) Son, tween weirdo:lmao:, super smart, gamer, reptile lover, black belt karate kid, mama's boy (this will be his 5th cruise)!

    princess: Jaden (7) Daughter, shy, family princess, sweetheart, girly girl, Princess Jasmine fanatic & Disney lover (this will be her 3rd cruise)!

    A few pictures of us;
    My kids, on our last trip to Downtown Disney...
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    Me & my Mom acting silly at Islands of Adventure!
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    So I guess I will start from the beginning. Like I mentioned before, I've been wanting to go on a Disney cruise for years, but I really wasn't expecting to go this year. I've always been a Disney fan and thought this would be the perfect mix of Disney & cruising...two things I love! We had just taken an 8 day cruise in Dec. 08 and a few weeks later I was in the process of planning a quick birthday trip to Orlando for my DD's birthday (TR link is in my siggy). I was surfing the Disney website looking for hotel deals when I stumbled on the cruises and decided to just peek at the going rates. Imagine my shock/surprise to find an Oct 09 sailing for (what I consider) dirt cheap on a Disney cruise! With the 50% off deposit deal and some Cat 12 GTY's available, I booked ASAP! :cheer2::cheer2:

    Yeah, it was a cat 12 and a Guarantee cabin...but at this price ($1445 for 2 Adults & 2 kids) it was worth it and something I knew I could work into the budget with 2 other trips on the calendar for this year already. Anyways, I was ecstatic and couldn't wait to tell everyone!! LOL! Over the next few weeks I talked my sister, cousin and a friend into booking as well! It was official, we were going on a Disney cruise with a group of friends & family! YAY!:lovestruc

    Once I booked, I began reading everything I could find, these boards have been a HUGE help! We had so many questions and so much to figure out...like what will we do in port? What the heck is a FE & what do put in an FE? Will there be Halloween activities in Oct? How do I make all these fun magnets I see? But my biggest question at this point was "should I tell the kids or keep it a surprise"? I decided to keep it a surprise, which I later realized...would be no easy task!

    So fast forward a few months, it was getting harder & harder to keep the cruise a secret. My kids were always around when the subject would come up when friends and I would be talking, I was really suspicious always watching & reading about DCL, and I was even having to intercept Disney mail before they seen it, lol! So I started thinking of ways to let the cat out if the bag. I decided Easter would be as good a time as any, since our cruise was in Oct and my kids birthdays were spread throughout the year (April & Aug) there wasn't really any other big events I could work it into, so Easter it would be.

    So after reading here on the boards about another family who organized a scavenger hunt for their kids surprise, I thought I could do something along those lines. Over on the Creative Dis board I found a cute graphic that I personalized, then printed out (it said something like "I Wonder who is going on A Disney Cruise...Surprise You Are"). I glued it to some thick cardboard and cut it into puzzle shaped pieces. I put the pieces in plastic Easter eggs and on Easter morning I had their dad hide them. They quickly found them and began to put the puzzle together...

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    Ok, well this is just a start, I'll be back soon to post more about the planning before we depart. I've been taking pics each step of the way so I'll have plenty to share as we progress!
     
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  3. disneychard

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    Enjoy reading more!!
     
  4. tampabrat22

    tampabrat22 Mouseketeer

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    I was hoping to make it back here and add some more posts before we left, but the last 2 weeks have just been so busy with last minute cruise preparations! :eek:

    We leave first thing in the morning for our first Disney cruise, I'll be sure to take lots of pictures, I can't wait to come back and share all the details of our fab cruise!!:banana:
     
  5. mommyofthreeboys

    mommyofthreeboys DIS Veteran

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    Hope you are having fun! Can't wait to read all about it!!
     
  6. murphy4

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    I am eagerly awaiting your trip report! We go on our first DC in april and I can't wait......please include lots of pics with your review!popcorn::
     
  7. tampabrat22

    tampabrat22 Mouseketeer

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    Uuuggghhh, I'm so sorry, I really dropped the ball on this review:guilty:. I had such good intentions of writing a huge review full of pretty pics, but life just got in the way! But I am going to make it my priority to finish this ASAP! Who knows, it may even help a future cruiser,:confused3! LOL!
     
  8. nikapluto

    nikapluto Earning My Ears

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    Hey! I was so happy to see you were still going to do your trip report! We were on the same cruise and I was looking forward to your family's perspective of the cruise. Please keep going :thumbsup2
     

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