Magic, Mickey and Mayans - A Pre-trip Report

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  1. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    As I nearly finished my last trip report and there is still to much time left between the end of this trip report and our next trip, I have decided to start a pre-trip report for the next trip.

    The Cast

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    Corinna:

    I am an absolute Disney-nut and love cruising. I am a big kid at heart and spend considerable time on each cruise and to a lesser extend on our land-based Disney trips meeting the characters. I will celebrate my birthday during the cruise part of the trip and I am hoping that this will be a double celebration. I applied for British citizenship in August and I keep my fingers crossed that my approval comes through in time that I can schedule the citizenship ceremony for the day before we leave.

    Graham:

    He does not really get Disney, but loves the service aspect of all things Disney. He also loves to cruise. Up to a point, he also goes along with anything that makes me happy. His favourite part of a Disney vacation is going exploring and visiting the various resorts.

    The Background:

    We have not been to Walt Disney World properly since early October 2010. We have not been on Disney Magic for about the same time. We rediscovered Disneyland and the Disney Wonder has had the more tempting itineraries recently. Graham had spent his last three birthdays at Disney (Disney Magic, Walt Disney World and Disney Wonder respectively) and I decided this year it was my turn. This very nearly went pear-shaped. I had spotted a cruise on the Magic that I really wanted to do just over a year ago. We had every intention to book this when we were on the Wonder last year, but the price that we were quoted was insane. So we passed. I suppose I never really gave up on this. So when my time came to book our Walt Disney World Stay, I booked it from the 17th November onwards, which meant that we were not getting there until after my birthday. I also found it really hard to get excited about the trip for whatever reason. I had spotted discounted restricted guarantee rates for the cruise at the beginning of August and was crunching numbers to see if I could make this work. Then I saw something mentioned on the cruise forum about a website that offers discounts on cruises. I decided to check it out and actually came across an Interline rate (special rate for people working in the travel industry) and this rate made it a no brainer. I suppose all is well that ends well. I am now really excited about the upcoming trip and time cannot pass quickly enough.

    The Itinerary:

    7th November
    Check in at Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport in the afternoon
    8th November
    Fly to Houston via Frankfurt and check in at Holiday Inn on the Beach at Galveston, Texas
    9th November
    Galveston
    10th to 17th November
    Western Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Magic
    17th November
    Day in Houston and fly to Orlando in the evening, check in at Boardwalk Villas
    17th to 21st November
    Disney's Board Walk Villas
    21st to 27th November
    Disney's Old Key West
    27th November
    The sad day of leaving. Flight from Orlando to Manchester via Frankfurt

    Corinna
     
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  3. Pinkocto

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    I'm here for the fun :)
     
  4. dolphingirl47

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    Welcome.

    Corinna
     
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    Sounds like a great trip planned! So glad you will be able to celebrate your birthday Disney style. Prayers and pixie dust that your citizenship comes through in time!
     
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    Thanks, in the the greater scheme of things, it does not matter when the approval does come through as I will still have to travel on my German passport anyway, but this is going to be such a wonderful vacation that I would love to use it to celebrate becoming a British citizen as well.

    Corinna
     
  7. PJB71

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    Really enjoy your TR's Corrina :thumbsup2 you really make them so detailed & interesting:worship:

    Looking forward to reading morepopcorn::
     
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    I am looking forward to this Corinna, as we are doing a Western Caribbean with DCL next October. Will be interesting to see what you get up to on your cruise - so glad you will get a chance to celebrate your Birthday with Disney :thumbsup2
     
  9. dolphingirl47

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    This is kind a do over for us. We did a Western Caribbean on the Magic in October 2009, but the months surrounding this cruise were probably the darkest ones I experienced in my life. I always wanted another chance to do this cruise. We have been to Grand Cayman and Cozumel on that cruise, but Costa Maya will be new. There will be a trip report and plenty of photos after the holiday.

    Corinna
     
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    Thank you for the heads up - so we, your groupies - can keep following your adventures. I was so lucky to meet you & enjoy your fantastic jewelly making classes on the Hawaii cruise. Now I look forward to you next adventure.
    Joyce :hippie:
     
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    Hi Joyce,
    nice to see you around and thanks for following along.

    Corinna
     
  12. Wills Mom

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    Looking forward to reading all about it! :goodvibes Glad you're looking forward to the trip more now! And even better if you will be celebrating your birthday AND British citizenship on it! :)
     
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    Sounds like a good trip. Good luck on getting British Citizenship in time.
     
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    That would be really sweet. At the moment approvals for British Citizenship seem to come through about two months after the fees were debited. At that rate, my turn will be 18th October.

    Thanks for the good wishes.

    Corinna
     
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    A number of firsts

    I am always trying to do something for the first time each holiday. One would think that with all the Disney cruises and holidays to Walt Disney World that I have had, I would have a few problems finding things that I will do for the first time, but there is a huge long list:

    First time flying with United
    First visit to Texas
    First meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
    First time staying in a veranda stateroom on a Disney ship
    First time seeing the Mayan ruins
    First time staying in the Epcot resort area
    First time attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
    First time going resort hopping to see all the Christmas decorations
    First time seeing the Candlelight Processional
    First time seeing the The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
    First time seeing the character trees at Camp Minnie-Mickey
    First time doing a behind the scenes tour with Graham
    First time staying in a one bedroom villa

    I am sure there will be a lot more firsts, but this will keep me going for a while.

    Corinna
     
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    Wow, what a list! I am looking forward to seeing all of it through your eyes.
     
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    I love all those firsts!! I must make a list like that for our next trip ;)
     
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    I hope you enjoy all the Christmas Decorations as much as we do Corinna:santa:
     
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    I am sure I will love them. I was lucky enough to see the Christmas decorations at AKL when we stayed there for one night before our Panama Canal cruise in 2011 and I was so excited. With a bit of luck, the Christmas decorations will be up on the Magic as well or at least start to appear during our cruise.

    Corinna
     
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    I hope they are:thumbsup2 will keep everything crossed for youxxx

    We saw them on the wonder and the Gingerbread house was soooo cute:santa:
     
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    Done

    Flights booked
    Hotel booked in Galveston
    Hotels booked at Walt Disney World
    Disney's Magical Express booked
    Most ADRs for Walt Disney World done
    Candlelight Processional Dinner package booked
    Reservation made for Thanksgiving dinner
    Online check in made for cruise
    Excursion for Costa Maya booked
    Palo Brunch and Dinner booked
    Seating sorted out for longhaul flights
    Bought tiara for Prince and Princess night
    Ordered new formal night gown
    Ordered door spotter

    Things to do
    Book airport hotel for the night prior to departure
    Book transfers in Houston
    Add Disney Dining Plan
    Buy ticket for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
    Buy Premium Annual Pass
    Buy one day ticket to Walt Disney World for Graham
    Book Disney's The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour
    Buy extra memory card
    Call Big River Grille & Brewing Works for Priority Seating
    Get a couple more dresses to wear for dinner on the cruise
    Research what to do on Grand Cayman
    Get 9" Create Your Own Vinylmation to be signed by characters
    Make door magnets


    Corinna
     

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