Magic Your Way to the Magic Kingdom...sounds like a good idea! COMPLETED

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  1. ukintheus

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    Hi to anyone that may follow along as I stumble through another trip report from Galveston. :wave2:

    Castmembers for our 8 night sailing are....

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    Jenny (47 and counting, but trying not to) & Scott (ridiculously younger but will be good for my retirement ;)) We are self-confessed WDW & DCL addicts who are always up for another adventure on the Magic (or any DCL ship) especially when it is sailing from our home port...

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    our friends who 1) have never sailed on Disney before, 2) have never taken their kids to WDW before and 3) were on the cruise to celebrate A's 40th birthday which had been a month earlier, although I think we can all agree she doesn't look a day over 39. :lmao:

    So! With lots of adventures awaiting us we busily got planning and before we knew it the time had flown by and it was time to go! :cheer2:

    Our Itinerary was:

    Thursday - Overnight in Galveston
    Friday - Sail away on the Disney Magic
    Saturday - At Sea
    Sunday - At Sea
    Monday - Castaway Cay
    Tuesday - WDW
    Wednesday - At Sea
    Thursday - Key West
    Friday - At Sea
    Saturday - Disembark

    Scott & I decided to take an extra day at the beginning of our trip as we both had a ton of stuff going on at work, and I knew there was no way I'd be able to get ready during the evenings prior to Friday. We started packing on Thursday morning while trying to juggle last minute work panics and finally got away from the house at about 1:30 pm after stuffing down a pizza that was delivered while all the packing chaos was going on. :thumbsup2

    The (world famous) Buccees was first stop for gas and a car wash..because no respectable girl can be seen pulling up to a cruise terminal in an vehicle that is no color other than DIRT!!

    I took this photo just to drive Scott nuts with my picture taking :goodvibes but even he has now conceded that it's a pretty cool photo!

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    Coming up....our overnight stay at Harbor House hotel because Photobucket is acting up and I don't want to lose anything I've done so far. :upsidedow.
     
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  3. ukintheus

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    Getting across Houston in the early afternoon on a Thursday was a piece of cake and we arrived in Galveston at about 3:30 pm. Harbor House has a check in time of 4 pm but were happy to set us up in our room a bit early. We got a rate of $89 a night for a king room, plus $10 for 1 night of parking (plus all the other fees, taxes and misc money that seems to make its way on the bill).

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    We have stayed here one time before. The rooms are a really nice size, but the bathrooms could do with a bit of renovation. I'm sure I read somewhere that the hotel is due for renovations this fall. We really like the fact that it's walking distance to the cruise terminal, has plenty of really great restaurants and bars right at its door step, and is really close to the Strand area. :love:

    View from our room...

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    It was fairly obvious when we stepped out of the car that Galveston was NOT as balmy and warm as it had been in Magnolia :scared1: and instead of being in the 70's was in the low 60's. In fact, I was decidedly CHILLY, and at that moment I recalled my rash decision to put my light jacket BACK into the closet just a few hours earlier. :crazy2: This led to us making a quick trip to the Walmart on the island after we had checked in, although Galveston was firmly in the "fun in the sun" mode and although there were plenty of bathing suits to be seen, not a single jacket was in sight...nor at the Academy just down the street. So we decided that we would have to move on to plan B....which was to drink something alcoholic to ward off the chill. :banana:

    We drove back to the hotel and went to Nonno Tony's which was ridiculously close (within stumbling distance should that be required) and also had a great happy hour menu going on.

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    I had a cosmo, Scott had some kind of draft beer (both were $3.00 I think) and we had calamari and bruscetta for a snack. The calamari was really good, the bruscetta was just OK. After sitting outside for a while and braving the chill, we decided it was time to move to an indoor bar. :rotfl2:

    We were planning on dinner at Olympia Grill anyway, and they conveniently have a great bar to sit at, so we moved on into their bar to continue our happy hour. We were happy indeed! They had Stella on happy hour price (Scott's fav) and some good white wines, so we chatted with the bar tender there until we decided we were hungry enough for dinner. Olympia Grill is fantastic - their food is SO good, and they had just been awarded Food Networks "Best Seafood" award the day before so I'm glad we managed to squeak another meal in before it becomes completely overrun when the program airs sometime this month.

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    Because we were staying at Harbor House (and mentioned it), they gave us a free bread pudding dessert which we took back to our room :thumbsup2. Full bellies, a couple of drinks and half a bread pudding later, at about 9:30 pm we finally crashed and fell asleep.

     
  4. MrsKP

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    Thanks for posting. Looking forward to your report and more pics!
     
  5. mandymouse

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    Great start Jen, looking forward to reading about your cruise ::yes::
     
  6. ukintheus

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    Thanks for following along. :hippie: I am going to try and get some more done this morning while I've got laundry going. :laundy:
     
  7. ukintheus

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    I was awake early and just had to peak out of the window to see if I could see the Magic coming in. Much to my disappointment, she wasn't there, and she wasn't showing up on my Marine Traffic app on my phone as being in range. :rolleyes2 This forced me back into bed, only to keep hopping out like a kid about every 5 minutes and probably really annoying Scott in the process! :rotfl: Eventually my persistence was rewarded and I watched her sail on by and turn around to dock at about 6:30 am.

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    Zoomed in a bit...
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    Docked...zoomed in
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    Docked....the real view :)
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    We both took a quick shower and packed our overnight bag and then headed to the 2nd floor to see what they had for breakfast. The breakfast offerings were a little scarce. They have a complimentary continental breakfast, but that morning there was cinnamon toast and about 4 danish pastries left. They were also out of coffee, although thankfully they replenished that fairly quickly, but the food stayed the same while we were there.:confused3 We were meeting Susana, who works on the Magic, outside the terminal at 9:30 am to go to breakfast anyway, so it wasn't the end of the world that there wasn't much food, although there was one little boy in there who definitely believed it WAS the end of the world. ::yes:: I felt sorry for the Dad who had obviously been sent on a food run and so they wiped out what was left of the pastries.

    We slapped our luggage tags on, and loaded up what we had used overnight and drove to the cruise terminal to pick up Susana and spent a great couple of hours with her at Denny's enjoying breakfast and catching up. She wanted to get back to have an hour or so of internet (free wifi is ALWAYS popular with the CMs) before she had to go back, and so we dropped her off close to Starbucks.

    We were back at the cruise terminal at 11:15 am and dropped our bags and set off in search of BOI Valet parking. It took us a while, and a couple of trips around the block to find them. If you are reading this, and are using them in the future, they are inside the very FIRST building on the corner - if you get to the street where Park N Cruise are located, you've missed them. The drop off procedure was fairly easy. It took us about 5 minutes to wait on the people in front of us to get unloaded and then we were on our way across the street with our hand luggage.

    The terminal was busy, but not chaotically so. We didn't have to wait in line for anything for more than a couple of minutes. Soon, we were checked in with boarding group 3 and we had about 20 minutes to wait until they called our number.

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    We called our friends to see how they were doing on their journey. They had to pick up their little boy from school at 10:30 am so that he wasn't marked down for a day of absence and so they were just a little behind us.

    We got through the security lines and at the top of the escalators Mickey was on his way down to take some photos...
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    We snapped some of the ship from the gangway...
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    We walked on board about 12:15 pm and made our way straight to Rockin Bar D to add our friends to our Palo brunch reservation. We also made a reservation for the martini tasting and the mixology session. :thumbsup2

    They had a drink sales table set up outside and we got a Dasani water package.
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    From there we headed up to the pool deck as we weren't hungry and we needed to get a good phone reception so we could guide our friends to where they needed to go.

    Scott managed to snag his first drink while I was in the restroom...
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    We got a call that our friends had arrived. He dropped off A and the kids and went in search of their parking...
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    By the time they texted to say that they were on the way onto the ship, we scrambled into an elevator that stopped at every floor, and then missed them walking onto the ship by about 10 seconds. :guilty: I wanted to get photos but it was actually funny that they could see us coming down in the glass elevator and so we all waved frantically at each other and met in the lobby to exchange hugs and share the excitement of actually all being on board. pixiedust: :cheer2:

     
  8. ukintheus

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    By this time it was about 1:15 pm and despite the fact that the whole family were about the chew off their arms they were so hungry, we decided to head to Deck 6 and wait on our rooms so that we could drop all of our bags. The rooms were available promptly at 1:30 pm and we got our first look at our home away from home for the next 8 nights.

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    Our room was in great shape. There was nothing that was ripped/torn/badly worn or smelled unpleasant. :thumbsup2 The verandah has some signs of rust, but all in all we were happy as clams that we were back. :dance3:

    Galveston doesn't have the prettiest water in the world and is fairly industrial, but we are somewhat interested in all the goings on around there, so we took all of it in.

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    They were doing something with the life boats, but I think it was painting of some sort...
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    We then all headed up to Topsiders so that the G family could finally eat.

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    A bunch of rowdy seagulls were making life difficult for the CMs...:rotfl:
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    The second most important thing for the G family was ice cream so as soon as they were done with lunch we headed straight for it (and as you can see from the photos so did nearly everyone else! LOL) and the kids were on ice cream #1 of the trip....I think we lost count of how many ice creams were actually consumed by them...:laughing:

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    We wandered the ship some, A went to the kids clubs and checked the kids in, and then it was time for muster drill, which went quickly and was uneventful. :worship:

    By the time we got back to our staterooms the G family luggage had arrived, but of course there was no time to do anything with it as the Sail Away party was about to begin!

    We watched from Deck 9 - this was a first for Scott and I as we usually avoid that deck at all costs and stay up on Deck 10. It was fun to see the kids enjoy it from down there.
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    OK, so maybe not just the kids...:goodvibes
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    The really cool thing about Deck 9 is that it has a bar VERY close to all the action :worship: First drink for me...Bahama Mama....:love:
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    Scott went up to Deck 10 and snapped these of the characters...
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  9. ukintheus

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    We all decided to head up to Deck 10 to wave goodbye to Galveston and all the people waving back who were NOT on our cruise. :laughing:

    Harbor House where we had stayed overnight...
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    The Offshore Oil museum...
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    And a lot of stuff from Del Monte...
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    The G family went to see the show at 6:15 pm while Scott and I did our unpacking and we all met up for dinner. Tonight we were in Parrot Cay, which I love to be in on the first night so I was a happy girl. :woohoo:

    Forced picture in the elevator :lmao:
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    Our servers were Sampong (Sammy for the remainder of the trip) and Ayhan and they were a lot of fun. Ayhan created this cute plate for J-bug.

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    We had late dining at 8:15 pm and by the time we were done, the kids, big and little were all exhausted and we all agreed to call it a night.

    Back in the room we had this guy waiting for us...
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    And in the envelope were these commemorative cards showing the new improvements to the Magic when she is out of dry dock. They were cool and a nice touch as Disney had made the announcement that day (which none of us had seen) about the new changes to the ship.

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    We also got this nice little goodie package for being Gold members...
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    I read my book for about 15 minutes before I was out cold with the gentle swaying of the ship. :goodvibes About half way through the night I wondered why the room was creaking so badly, it sounded like a river of pebbles running over the roof. :listen: I finally I figured out it was the empty hangers in the closet that we hadn't used, so got up and took care of that before falling back to sleep. :faint:
     
  10. mandymouse

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    A great start to your cruise Jenny. I wish we'd been given those commemorative cards, that is a lovely touch, I look forward to your next update ::yes::
     
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    Thanks Mandy - I hope to get some more done tonight maybe. I need to arrange photos and upload to photobucket first. :) I've got lots of non-DIS friends and family following along so I'm sure they are all looking for an update. ;)
     
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    What a great start to what seems to be a fantastic vacation. I love the Magic - I think it's the perfect sized ship and I love the adult pool area!

    Can't wait to read the rest.
     
  13. ukintheus

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    Thanks for following along. We love the Magic too. :thumbsup2 We are looking forward to having the Wonder here in Texas in the Fall so that we can do a comparison. :goodvibes
     
  14. jennorthernireland

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    I love your trip report so far! I will be on the Magic with my family this summer - our first ever cruise, and although we will be sailing from Barcelona, I'm getting so excited reading all about the ship itself. I look forward to reading more of your updates!
     
  15. ukintheus

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    I would love to sail on the Magic in the Med - I know you will have a marvelous time. ::yes:: We think that the Magic still is in great shape, despite her age. :goodvibes Which itinerary are you doing?
     
  16. Schmoopsie Poo!

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    Love your report so far!

    We were on the Magic out of NYC this summer. and we had a server named Sompong. Any chance the server on the left was your server too? We loooovvved him! He was so funny but a very efficient server as well. He gave us one of our best laughs ever, and we still count him as one of our favorites. Just curious if it is the same person. :) (Hope you don't mind the gigantic pic of strangers on your TR... I can delete it if you like...)

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  17. ukintheus

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    We were up somewhat early for us and decided to order room service for breakfast. We got some coffee, juice, toast, and english muffins. The coffee wasn't great, but we decided that it was the creamer we didn't like and after that morning always ordered milk to have with it which worked out perfectly. :thumbsup2

    I snapped some pictures of an oil rig drilling/service ship thingy (zoomed in) and the general beautiful weather. It was sunny with a bit of a breeze.
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    We decided to head on up to the adult pool area and grab a good cup of coffee seeing as the first one of the day hadn't really hit the spot.

    We took a pic of our door and the G Family door on our way. I decided to do a single family FE for them as I've participated in FE with the DIS before, and with the G family already totally overwhelmed pre-cruise, I decided it might be fun if I made them the sole participants in my own little FE gift exchange. It worked out perfectly....their kids loved it and it was quick and easy for me. pixiedust: The only slight negative was that (as far as we know) one gift went "missing" on one of the days which was a shame. :sad2: Thankfully, it was easily fixed with a "Magical" visit to the gift shop. :upsidedow

    Our room (6076)..
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    The G Family (6106) with "Magical" magnets that arrived on their first day. :joker:
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    We got a couple of loungers and I went in to get coffee only to run into Captain Jack Sparrow (some random guest) who was boldly announcing to the coffee shop that he was going to take over the ship. I advised him if he fancied taking over a ship, he might want to pick one that didn't have 1,400 kids on board. :rotfl2: You could tell he hadn't thought that one through! :lmao: I wish I'd had my camera with me though.

    Back with the coffees....
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    And a few pics of the almost empty adult area...this was at about 9 am...
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    This has probably come up before and I've just not seen it, but there were two things about this sign on the whirlpools that make you go...:scratchin .... one is "Do not swallow the water" :sick: and the second is "Bather load 21 persons" :crazy2: I think you'd be hard pressed to get 21 people in the POOL let alone one hot tub! :rotfl:
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    It was pretty chilly with the wind in our original loungers so we switched over to look out at the seas.

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    Scott decided to be very healthy and went off to get changed and go for a run.

    I decided to be healthy by getting in a veggie requirement.....:goodvibes
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  18. ukintheus

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    Yes, that is our server too! He was hilarious! Did he sing you 80's songs every day?? That was the funniest thing! :laughing: Was your drink waiter's name Widi??
     
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    We spent several hours reading and just doing nothing....this found its way to me...
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    But in my defense, so did this...
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    Midtown were playing. If you've ever seen them then you know that they are quite the entertainment. The lady does a good job all by herself! :thumbsup2

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    We had just decided to go back to the room and chill and maybe take a nap, when Scott remembered that we had signed up for the Martini tasting in Sessions! :crazy2:We had to rush back to the room and just made it down there in time. :hourglass

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    There were quite a few people and it turned out to be a really fun group. First up was a dirty martini, which is one of my favorites. Turns out it wasn't so much of a favorite for everyone else...which in turn led to me drinking several other peoples as well as my own...:rolleyes1...they seem very small when you first start drinking them...:lmao:

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    Next up was a cosmo....very yummy indeed

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    Then an apple martini....

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    This guy and his group were so much fun...we kept running into them from that point onwards and they were at our Mixology class on Friday too...I don't think they are DISers, but waving in case they are...:wave2:

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    At this point needless to say the drinks were going to our heads, it's a lot of drinks in a short time (not to mention the extras) and so when he asked for a volunteer...I stepped forward...not my finest pictures, but I include them for completeness of record. :rotfl2: I can't tell you what it was that I made either!

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    He told me to shake it....and, yes, that is a flashlight he is using as a disco strobe. :rotfl2:
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    Up next was a chocolate martini that we somehow forgot to take pictures of. By this time we'd made good friends with the others sitting around us, and so we stayed and chatted for a bit before heading off to go and get some FOOD!!

    The big pink one in the middle is the one I made...
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    We found A&G by Pinocchio's Pizza and sat and had (lots) of pizza with them while the kids were in the kids club for an hour or so. I wanted to book another cruise while we were onboard so we headed over to do that while the Future Cruise Sales was fairly quiet...Scott took these while I was booking...

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    Then we headed back to the room to (a) sober up a bit :rolleyes: and (b) think about getting ready for formal night.


     
  20. sager1969

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    I love cruising out of Galveston. Thanks for the info on Harbor house. We just stay at the Hilton because we know what it is. However, I could stay at HH.

    Love your idea of veggies! That is how I get my fix during morning Bingo. We did the Tequila tasting class and it required a nap post class. I am a lightweight so my poor hubby had a few too many shots. LOL not that I did not take care of the Margarita's for him. Nope, I did not need a nap.:thumbsup2

    Love your pictures. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    We wanted to get down early before dinner as we wanted some photos taken, so the G family came and knocked about 6:30 pm and off we went all looking very snazzy indeed.

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    After photos we had some time to kill before dinner in Lumieres so we went and watched Midtown perform in the Promenade Lounge. They had a lot of people up and dancing....
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    Dinner in Lumieres was great, I always like being in there for formal night. Even though I didn't request a dining rotation, I loved the rotation that we had.

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    Ahh golden slipper...how much more I would have loved you if I hadn't cheated on you all day with your "friends"...:rotfl2:
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    The kids enjoyed being all dressed up, and were still awake enough for dessert, although it was marginal whether they were really awake or just running on that extra-overdrive that kids get.
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    First ever Mickey Bar....before...
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    The adults all wanted to go and see the Hypnotist show that night in Rockin Bar D, as it had come highly recommended, so despite the fact that the kids were flagging a little, they went to the kids club while we hopped over to see the show. I think the hypnotists name was Danny K, and he was GREAT!!! Totally hilarious and the G family went to see his family show later in the week and said that it was almost better than the adult one. A&G left right after the hypnotist as they wanted to put the kids to bed. Scott & I stayed to watch Match Your Mate but about half way through my tummy started to act up and so we decided to call it a night. I figured it was just the abuse of alcohol and food and that a good night's sleep would do the trick. ::yes::

    This guy was waiting for us when we got back to our cabin.
    (Picture to come...photobucket is giving me trouble)
     

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