Splish, Splash, the Dream was a Blast! UPDATED 10/21 with FE Pictures!

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  1. ThereYouSeeHer

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    Saturday, September 3rd

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  3. ThereYouSeeHer

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    Saturday, September 3rd

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  4. Ssamara28

    Ssamara28 Mouseketeer

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    Ok more questions I am doing a journal that I will have bound together. How many papers are given that you would consider keepsake. Are the navigators 8x11? How many pages are provided each night? Are they front and back copied? What about Castaway Cay? Is that 1 page or 2? Is it back to back pages? Thank you in advance. I know it sounds strange to ask but I am thinking about having my book bound ahead of time and trying to figure out how many extrablank pages to put in the book.:rotfl2:
     
  5. ThereYouSeeHer

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    That's a really interesting question!

    For our 3-night cruise, we received 3 Navigators. They are 2 pages each, front and back, so a total of 4 pages per day. The Navigators are actually a 17x11 inch paper that have been folded in half, so the pages are not stapled together nor loose. The Castaway Cay page was 1 page, double-sided, so another 2 pages. We also received a 1-page, double sided, Welcome Home debarkation paper on our last night. Other documents we received were a 6-page, double-sided, hard cardstock 8.5x11 booklet that had itineraries for 2011 and 2012, so that guests could re-book while onboard. On average, I would say we received an additional 8.5x11 "letter" each day, with some additional information (for example, one night we received a letter telling us about the Pirate Party that night). We also received other smaller sized "cards" telling us about DVC or that night's entertainment. We also had a larger, legal size paper, that provided us a map of the ship.

    In total, counting all the 8.5x11 documents, the Navigators, the Castaway Cay page, the Itinerary Booklet, the Welcome Home page, and an average of 1 additional 8.5x11 paper per night, that would be: 17 actual pages, but double-sided, so about 34 pages of information total?

    This does not include smaller cards, larger maps, or other documents that you may acquire along the way (such as documents needed for Mickey's Midship Detective Agency, documents about the children's nursery, port excursions lists that you can pick up, etc.). Also, although the restaurant menus are not for keeping, if you were to take pictures of them each day, that would increase your overall amount (note that the dinner menus are large, so it may be difficult to get the entire menu in one picture).

    If you have your book bound in advance, how would you insert your cruise documents? Will you cut and paste them onto the extra blank pages or are you inserting them into pockets or by some other means?

    Thanks for the question! Let me know if you need more information!
     
  6. Goldeelox9

    Goldeelox9 Our Disney Cruise Line Wedding ~ November 4, 2008

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    I was on this cruise! I miss it so much! I need to work on my trip report!!

    I enjoyed your trip report so much. Your girls are adorable!
     
  7. ThereYouSeeHer

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    Thanks! I miss the cruise, too!

    I believe I remember you from the Dream Weavers thread. Welcome to my trip report! :)
     
  8. msucooper

    msucooper Earning My Ears

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    I really enjoyed your trip report...thanks for sharing.
     
  9. ThereYouSeeHer

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    Thanks for reading along!

    I have one more day to write about, and then I'll start posting the Fish Extender gifts I made. Saving the best for last! :yay:
     
  10. Ssamara28

    Ssamara28 Mouseketeer

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    I know crazy questions. I laughed myself. I am torn about a pre bound book that is why I am gathering info. I do not want it to be pre bound but it would make it easier to carry around in Florida and on the cruise. I was going to cut and paste the navigators when I thought they were 8.5X11. Thanks for the idea of inserting them into pockets that is exactly what I am going to do. THANK YOU. You and your report are awesome. Sending a BIG midwest hug your way. With 17 pages I could bound just those together.
     
  11. ThereYouSeeHer

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    Sure, glad I could help!

    Whenever we go to Disney, I carry our documents in a poly/plastic/vinyl envelope. Here is an example, although the one I use has a velcro closure:

    http://www.staples.com/Staples-Poly-Envelopes-w-Side-Opening-Letter-Assorted-5-Pack/product_906380

    I think it would be good to find a basic way to carry your documents while on vacation, and then consider a more permanent home for them when you return home. I know alot of people use binders on vacation, with various folders and pockets in them. Whatever you choose, I would suggest something that is flexible and can be added to or modified as needed!
     
  12. Ssamara28

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    Thanks again that is exactly what I have it in now.
     
  13. ThereYouSeeHer

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    Sunday, September 4th

    6am-8am

    After waking up in Port Canaveral, we quickly got dressed and finished getting packed. Note that suitcases had to be placed outside your stateroom door between 8:30pm and 10:30pm on the previous night, if you want them delivered to the terminal. I honestly thought it would take them hours to collect luggage, so I figured I had time. However, it was right at 10:30pm when I heard attendants in the hall, strapping everyone's suitcases together and pulling them away in a single visit. They weren't fooling around! Since we only managed to get one suitcase outside our door, we ended up keeping the other suitcase and carry-on bags, so that we could finish packing.

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    We did a final check of the room, to ensure the safe was empty and nothing was left behind. Then we proceeded to our 6:45am breakfast at the Royal Palace, which is where we had dinner the previous night. For the sake of time, we ordered quick items like yogurt and pastries. During breakfast, one of our girls needed a potty break, so we had to cross the atrium to the closest bathroom. I was surprised at the long line that had already formed to exit the ship. Considering debarkation was stated as beginning at 7:30am, I figured most people would be grabbing a bite to eat, rather than waiting in line. However, after returning from the bathroom, we saw that they were already letting people off the ship around 7:20am. We hurried back to the restaurant and wrapped up our meal. By the time we got back to the atrium, the line had already diminshed and was proceeding nicely around 7:30am. Similar to the embarkation process, getting off the ship was a breeze. We virtually didn't stop walking from the time we left the ship to the time we were back in our car. It was just one constantly moving line, with a brief pause to find our luggage, which happened quickly. On a side note, even though your luggage will have identification tags on it from Disney, I strongly suggest placing some other identifying item on your luggage, so that you can spot it from a distance. After finding our luggage, Customs checked our passports briefly, we walked past the luggage-sniffing dog, and that was it! It was around 8am when we paid our parking fee and took a final snapshot of the ship as we drove away!

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    8am-10pm

    So, after a bittersweet goodbye to the Dream, we were on our way to Disney World! We were pleasantly surprised at how quickly we arrived there by car, just about an hour. We pulled into the Port Orleans French Quarter resort around 9am, checked-in, and then headed to Magic Kingdom for the day. We have never visited WDW in the Fall, so I was surprised to see it was nicely decorated already! We stayed there all day and left after our 7:30pm dinner reservation at Tony's was complete. At that time, our feet hurt, we were exhausted, and we were looking forward to resting up for our long drive home the next day. We woke up in the morning, had breakfast at the resort, and was on our way home by 9am on Labor Day Monday. All in all, it was a wonderful vacation!

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  14. teach819

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    Wonderful TR! I cannot wait to go on our cruise! I wrote down many of your suggestions so I would remember them in April.
     
  15. ThereYouSeeHer

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    Thanks for reading along!

    Ready to spark some creativity? FE's are up next!
     
  16. ThereYouSeeHer

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    Some quick background: Because I was traveling with a party of 9, we did not participate in a formal FE. Since this was everyone's first Disney cruise, rather than explain FE's to them beforehand, I decided to surprise each cabin with daily gifts!

    Even though this cruise was booked 15 months in advance, I somehow "ran out of time" to make my own Fish Extender! Thankfully, I had enough Disney totes to make it work. And honestly, they worked out better than anything I could have made. Plus, I saw many homemade FE's that had very shallow pockets. Since some of the gifts I brought were large, I was happy to have a tote that was long enough to store everything safely.

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    For the first day, I decided to give each cabin 2 toiletry bags filled with "essentials" that they may need or may have forgotten to bring. I thought this was appropriate for the first day, so that once guests started unpacking, hopefully they wouldn't fret if they realized they forgot something. The 'Minnie' Survival Kit (get it, mini?) included: a travel pack of Clorox disinfecting wipes, a travel pack of Advil, one Shout stain remover wipe, a tube of Banana Boat 30 SPF sunscreen, and a tube of 15 SPF Chapstick. The Bare Necessities Kit included an assortment of 10 different sized Band-aids (from knuckles to knees to waterproof varieties), 2 cleansing towelettes to help wipe any cuts or scrapes, a travel pack of Cars-themed tissues, and 1 travel-size hand sanitizer. Almost all of these were picked up from Target's travel-size section of toiletries and were about $1 each or less. I then placed all of these items in a clear, waterproof toiletry bag.


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  17. ThereYouSeeHer

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    View of Friday's Note that was Tucked Inside the FE
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    View of Saturday's Note that was Tucked Inside the FE
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  19. jenseib

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    I jsut read through this. Looks like you had a great time. I love to see how others tour the ship...and gives me ideas for next time. 3 nights is just not enough. We are thinking of going to Atlantis next trip. I did the Aquarium tour many years ago, but it looks like things have changed over there since then.
    I loved your family FE idea too. Very cute.
     
  20. ThereYouSeeHer

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    Thanks for reading along!

    Yes, 3 nights turned out to be pretty brief, but we'll be doing another 3-nighter next year to make up for it! :rotfl:
     
  21. MamaJessie

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    A full day at Magic Kingdom seems like a great way to end the cruise before going back to normal life!

    Thanks for explaining the FE. Looks fun.
     

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