The McSparklesons are BACK and they are CRUISIN! COMPLETE 10/4

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  1. MagicMe

    MagicMe DIS Veteran

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    so glad I found your trip report! I keep smiling and laughing and wondering why everyone keeps staring at work!!!
     
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  3. 999ghostslover

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    Myself is okay. It is me that can be a little scary. But I am glad the three of you worked it out.
     
  4. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    Stare back. It will make them very nervous and they'll leave you alone...

    Me is good. So is I. But my English teacher is probably rolling over in her grave right now..... :eek:
     
  5. CRdisMom

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    23 days baby and we will be in the happy place!!! Lord knows I need it. The butt pool just scares me. Its not like they can just drain it and start over even though you are on water. ughhhh!
     
  6. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    Actually, they DO drain them and start over all the time. Anytime they have a stage show at the Goofy pool, they drain it and cover it..... then they refill it later. It's crazy!
     
  7. KristiMc

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    Let me just say that I am very jealous of the DISMom trip that you girls are taking. Sounds like you are going to have a blast.
     
  8. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    This will be the third straight year at WDW for 4 nights :cool1: and NEXT year I booked us a 4 night cruise on the Dream!!!! :cool1::cool1::cool1:
     
  9. anewmac

    anewmac Ive got nothing planned whats an OCVP to do?

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    and any time a UFO is spotted!! (Unidentifed Floating Object!) our cruise MANY were spoted :headache:
     
  10. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    ewwwwwww!!!!!!
     
  11. FrogLady23

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    Kara,

    Thanks SOOOOOO much for this. I finally jumped on the thread and I'm LMAO. I am really enjoying reliving our cruise through your humor. Can't wait for the next installation........

    BTW, Tori was very excited to see her bootie on you tube (video with Ally by the pool). She now thinks she's famous (I think this might be the beginning of something scary).

    Tammi
     
  12. CRdisMom

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    well that makes me feel a bit better about the pools but still not getting on a cruise ship.
     
  13. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    :rotfl2: Tell Tori she might be the new Selena Gomez, but blonde, and not singing... okay, so maybe the new Woody Woodpecker? Wait, who am I kidding, I'm sure she's never even heard of Woody Woodpecker!!!! Tell her to stay tuned though, because someone as famous as her is bound to turn up again in this TR!


    You big wuss!!!! Hey, if I can get on a plane 3 weeks from today and make it to Orlando and back..... then you can eventually do a cruise.

    Oh, and I'm reading Cruise Confidential (Thanx Tammie for the Nookbook loaner!) and I can assure you Ally will NEVER work on a cruise ship! :scared1: The stories this guy tells would freak out ANY mother!

    My internet is really goofy (well, gawrsh!) and keeps going in/out, so I won't be posting an update until that is fixed on Tuesday (hopefully!). Cause if I get a whole segment written and then my internet flickers, I will lose my ever lovin mind!!!!!
     
  14. KristiMc

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    Write your post in Word and then paste into DIS when you have internet. We can't wait till Tuesday for an update! :)
     
  15. SA53

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    I absouletly love, love your TR. We are doing a 7 day Eastern on the Fantasy next summer so I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on the ports.

    I do have a question that may have been answered but what exactly is a "DIS Mom"?:confused3

    K in SA
     
  16. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    If I do it on my laptop I can do that, but we got a new Mac and it doesn't have office on it (or whatever it's called in Apple land.....) but I'm still working on it.....

    I really have no desire to do the Western itinerary - and what I loved most about the Eastern was the THREE sea days...... I did like the ports but I would do them differently next time.....

    DISmom - noun, meaning mother of one or more children, spends way to much time on DISboards, thereby neglecting said children..... :rolleyes1 Actually, we are a group of moms who met on DISboards!!! Creepy, right? When I lived in FL, Ellen (podsnel) and her friend Lonnie were going to WDW for a couple days and she contacted me and said, "this might sound weird but I feel like I know you already and thought you might want to come hang out with us for a couple days...." The rest, as they say, is history! Turned into 4 of us at AKL the first year, then 6 of us last year at BCV and now 6 of us this year at BWV. Only Ellen, Lonnie and I are the same from that first year though.

    And next year the DISmoms are doing a 4 night Dream cruise!!!! :cool1:
     
  17. jcarwash

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    I use a MacBook and there should be a simple application called TextEdit on your system. I used it to write my trip report postings and then I pasted them in. Then I used the DISboards editor to do the final formatting like bolding.
     
  18. WannaBeADisMom

    WannaBeADisMom WDW...it's my "happy place"....

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    popcorn::Mrs. McSparkleson!!! Just found your TR and will hopefully be caught up by the DISmoms trip in (count 'em) 18 DAYS! So excited to see you again, but for the time being, I'll have to be satisfied with reading about your adventures on the high seas!:goodvibes
     
  19. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    We checked in to the Vista Spa a couple minutes early and the oh so mature CM behind the counter giggled when she said, “Oh….. you’re here for the Exotic Rasul, right?”

    We were asked to have a seat and fill out a couple of forms. As I looked around I thought, Oh, they all KNOW what’s about to happen……..

    About 20 minutes later the same very mature CM came to escort us back to the locker room. As we were walking back she said, “My boyfriend and I would like to do this some time…..” <giggle, giggle>

    What is up with this girl???? Oh, and for what it’s worth, I’m reading “Cruise Confidential” right now – a Carnival crew member’s accounting of his time working on a cruise ship. And let’s just say that if Miss Oh So Mature is “dating” another crew member, I hope her mother never reads this book. Not exactly a mission trip, if ya get my drift……

    When we got to the locker rooms, Jeff went to one and I went into the other and we were told to change into robes, and she’d be back to get us “shortly.” Well, I think she and I use different dictionaries because after I got changed I stretched out on a heated lounge chair and watched not one, not two, but FOUR women come through and get showered. And still no Miss OSM……

    It was about 3:10 before we were taken into our spa room (our appointment was at 2:30). The giggle monster explained all the scrubs, lotions and creams and the order in which they should be used. She snickered her way through explaining the showers and then left saying she’d be back in 40 minutes.

    Nobody told me I needed to bring a stenographer to keep track of everything she said. Or at least a notebook…..

    Let me skip ahead now…. You don’t REALLY think I’m going to detail those 40 minutes, now do you?????? ;)

    I think the Exotic Rasul would be a lot of fun for a couple IF one or both of said couple are not absolute control freaks. I felt like Captain Hook the whole time, all I could hear was “tick, tock” and I kept “hearing” the giggle monster knock at our door…….

    Once the REAL knock came, we waited…. And waited…. And waited….. and the giggle monster never came back.

    So I opened the door and waited…. And waited…. And waited. Still no giggle monster.

    So off we went to the locker rooms. We got changed and met up in the hall and made our way out.

    Giggle monster ran after us as we were leaving to have us sign the receipt. Tip? She wanted us to leave a tip????

    Of course we did, but I was not happy about it. She did absolutely nothing. I can understand tipping for a massage. Or a pedicure. But for explaining a couple of body scrubs and then disappearing? Oh, wait, I forgot the going rate for a KNOCK must be 18%...... :sad2:

    Because we got in so late it was nearly 4:30 by the time we got out. So Jeff went to pick up Ally in the Lab while I went back to the cabin to get showered. After missing the show the first night there was NO WAY I was missing tonight’s show.

    I had read that you needed to get to the theater 30 minutes early to get a good seat. And being the good DISer I am, I would follow this advice.
    Plus, it’s FORMAL night!!! So we get to get all gussied up…….

    When I walked in the door I saw Jeff’s shirt hanging neatly over the closet door – he had it pressed for dinner after getting all wrinkled in the garment bag. One thing I learned is that I will not take a garment bag again. I will just send all items that need pressed out the first day. They are back before dinner the same day and charged less than $3 per item. WELL worth it…….

    By the time Jeff and Ally got back I was out of the shower and ready to begin the task of – duh duh duhhhhhhhh – drying my hair…… I have VERY thick hair and using this reverse vacuum cleaner with upholstery attachment took me about 20 minutes, during which time I had to continually switch hands to keep from getting burned. You would think as hot as it got on the outside, that it would dry well…… You would think wrong.

    If you have long or thick hair, I highly recommend bringing your own hair dryer……. This would be my ONLY complaint in our stateroom.

    After Ally finished singing in the shower – and it’s NOT a pleasant experience to listen to that howler monkey – we were ready to roll. It was 5:40 by now, Day 2 of the cruise and I was convinced that if we did not walk out the door RIGHT THEN that we would miss the show at 6:15!!!!! Cause it’s a loooooooooong walk, down three levels and forward so we needed to get our AFT in gear!!!!

    I told Jeff that Ally and I would meet him there. We grabbed one wave phone and told him to call when he left the cabin. We hurried to the Walt Disney Theater and were there in about 3 minutes……. Okay, so we hauled AFT to get there. And it was on Day 2 at 5:43pm that I realized the ship is just not that big after all!!!!

    When we got to the theater, exactly 32 minutes before show time, the echo was quite pronounced. I think we were the only ones there. Except for these guys……

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    So happy that the first characters that Ally saw on the trip were her two favorite squirrels….. and I dare you to call them squirrels to their furry faces…….

    Jeff met us by 6pm, and came bearing drinks…….

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    And now…. SHOWTIME! Twice Charmed, a Twist on the Cinderella Story.
    Great show, worth the price of admission. OK, not quite. That’s my claim for most shows at WDW. But I guess a one day ticket to Animal Kingdom to see Festival of the Lion King MAY be a bit less than the price tag on a 7 day DCL cruise……. But I digress……

    Definitely a “Broadway style show” as Peter Popper would tell us every night when he introduced that night’s show. I think this would be Ally and Jeff’s favorite of the week.

    After the show we tried to make our way down one level to Beat Street to catch the family cabaret show in Rockin Bar D. I think people got out of early dinner seating quicker than we ever got out of the early Peter Popper/Gopher McCoy Broadway Style Show each night, because we NEVER got a decent seat at Rockin Bar D for the early family show. In fact, we just stood inside the door and watched about 3 minutes of the hypnotist. Ally was not at all interested so we left to just wander the ship a bit before dinner.

    I think this was my favorite themed area of the ship....

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    This is what happens when you take a 10 year old to the restroom in a gown.... in a deserted hallway. She becomes a model..... WAIT!

    "I'm Too Sexy for this Dress....." I KNEW she'd come around and get her McSparkleson groove on!!!! :cool1:

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    We knew we wanted to have our photo taken with all the characters in their formal attire, cause what’s sexier than a tuxedoed mouse??????

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    Or a dressed up captain?

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    Do you know why he is snarling? Because he just realized that because he posed with the McSparklesons, the line would now form for others to have photos taken with him too..... Just look what precedent the McSparklesons have set.... yet again...... :rolleyes1

    Or Gopher McCoy/Peter Popper? WHAT? His name is Peter Hofer???? But Peter Popper rolls off the tongue so much better. I think I’ll just let Ally correct me the rest of the week and continue to call him Peter Popper………

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    Dinner tonight was in Lumiere’s and I was really hoping I could make up for lost eating from the first night…….
    Up next, Lumiere’s and some soft core food porn!
     
  20. CRdisMom

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    18 is awesome!!! can't wait to meet everyone. woooooo-whoooooo !!!!!!
     
  21. Pooh's Pals

    Pooh's Pals Earning My Ears

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    Wow, what a great trip report. Imagine my surprise when I saw a photo of my daughter on there too. (She is the CM behind Ally in the photo at the Lab :)) Any chance I could have a copy of it please? Also the You Tube links of the Sail away Party don't seem to work, have they moved somewhere else?
     

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