The McSparklesons Sail the Magic... AGAIN! $500 Potato Chips! 3/13

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  1. jcarwash

    jcarwash DIS Veteran

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    Last week I saw that dude's photos of the Magic and Fantasy together in whatever port that was, and I remembered you were on the Magic that week...so today I went looking for this trip report today and here it is! :goodvibes
     
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  3. onejellyshelly

    onejellyshelly Mouseketeer

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    Cannot wait to read more!
     
  4. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    How ARE you????? I have plenty of photos to compete with "that dude" - Jeff even asked me one time, "are we on the Magic of Fantasy?" because I was taking so many pics of the Fantasy in both ports!!!!

    Thank you!!!! I'll be back later today I hope!
     
  5. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Ok, sister- that was the BEST post ever!! Even without pics! You are crackin me up as usual....:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:
     
  6. SallySkelington

    SallySkelington <In mourning of my lost tag>

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    OMG~ Another McSparklesons TR!

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    I lurked on your last one. AHH! SO EXCITED!
     
  7. kgoldenh

    kgoldenh Mouseketeer

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    Oh I love that idea. that would make is easier on us - save tons of times. :rotfl: :rotfl2:

    I am already ready to go again

    kate
     
  8. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    Sir Snores-A-Lot was in full force the night before the cruise - guess that's what happens when you have a stressful job and can FINALLY truly relax.....

    So I crawled into bed with Ally and tried to sleep. But it was hard. I mean, who sleeps before vacation? I kept waking up, hugging my cell phone, checking the time, then snuggling back up with my snuggly phone.....

    I obvioulsy dozed in and out, because the next thing I know, I see a smidgen of light and I hear, in the cutest little chipmunk voice.... "There she is!"

    That would be my snuggly little Ally peeking out the window and seeing the Magic in port!!!!

    I heard Jeff giggle a little bit when he heard her - apparently Sir Snores-A-Lot didn't sleep much either - and was tossing and turning when he heard Ally get up and go to the window.

    So then I start giggling and the next thing you know we are all three up and looking out the window!!! And Ally was right! Our beautiful ship was out there waiting for us!!!!

    I quickly got my shower then grabbed my camera to get a pic of MY ship in port!

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    Um, excuse me???? Who let Royal Caribbean bring in THAT ship and dock in front of my beautiful ship????

    Seems I'm gonna have to have a little chat with someone at the front desk. I mean, when I said a room with a view, I didn't mean THAT view!!! :confused3

    Oh, and for the record, it was 6:30am when the chipmunk uttered those words.....

    So we tried to lounge around the room. We tried.

    We finally headed down to breakfast which was a madhouse!!! And it got even madder after we sat down. I can only assume that word got out....

    McSparklesons in da house!!!!!!

    Very pleased with Country Inn and Suites, but they need to enlarge the breakfast room. And considering there were only 2 ships in port this day, and none of them were huge, I cannot even imagine what happens when Freedom of the seas (4000 pax) and the Dream (4000 pax) are in port the same day!!!!

    Well, I guess not all 8000 people will be joining us for breakfast at the CI&S... unless of course they hear the news....

    McSparklesons in da house!!!!!

    We ate. We left. We went back to the room. We dilly dallied. I'm not sure in what order though. Dilly. Dally. Or vice versa. But we really tried to stall.

    It was no use. Ally and I finally made a majority decision to go ahead and head down to the room where we were to meet at 10:30 for our shuttle to the port.

    It was only 10am, but we agreed to walk s l o w l y......

    So by 10:02 we were shuffling our feet just outside the Celebration Room. And we were celebrating.... like Kool.... and his gang.

    Word.

    As soon as we walked in, celebrating, we met a super neat family from Indiana. It was Mom and Dad and 7 year old son. And Grandma and Grandpa.

    Pay attention. Because this will come up again.

    We were no sooner celebrating, then the Hitchcocks called us to the van. It was time to go!!!! Yes, they are celebrated in the Port Canaveral area. They drive the shuttle to/from the port and have been doing this for 40 years. Fun couple and they got us there well before 10:30 which is a BONUS!

    But the port doesn't open until 11 now?

    Not when MCSPARKLESONS IN DA HOUSE!!!!!!

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    We were dropped off right before 10:30, we told Indiana to watch and learn... we might have called them "young grasshoppers" but I can't remember for sure..... and we mosied on over to the terminal.

    And just as we walked up.... you guessed it! They "opened" and we were on our way inside!!!!

    After Jeff set off the metal detector 7 times, we were up the escalator, and filling out our, "no we are not now, nor have we been puking in the past week" forms, and walked up to check in.

    Then the coolest thing happened! A CM asked, "Is this your first cruise?" And when I answered, NO, we were taken to a special line just for McSparklesons......

    OK, upon further review, I found that this was for Castaway Club members. Remember what Telly Savalas said? Membership has its privileges!!!! We are Castaway Club members, along with anyone who has ever sailed DCL before.

    But we still got to go to the McSparkleson line.

    And I swear I heard the announcement.....

    "Ladies and Gentlemen... MCSPARKLESONS IN DA HOUSE!!!!!!!"

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    First things first, we had to head outside to see her up close and personal!!!!

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    Up Close and Personal - VIDEO - click to play!

    Back inside to get Ally signed up for Oceaneer's Lab, unlike last year when we laughed at everyone in that long line because WE had registered her online, only to realize that we still needed to wait in line for her ID bracelet! :rotfl2:

    No wait for these McSparklesons... we're veterans....

    As we were standing at the counter waiting for the ID bracelet to print out, Ally looks over and says, "There's Tori!"

    See, Ally and Tori met on last year's cruise and had such a great time that Tori's mom, Tammi, decided to rebook when we did so the girls could cruise together again.

    Are we cool parents or what????

    And sure enough, it was Tori!!!

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    They acted like they'd been together every day since that last cruise. Not just email buddies for a year....

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    And look what else I saw outside... "up close and personal."

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    That would be my Magic blocker.....

    But there would be nothing blocking the Magic now!!! We were ready to head through THAT head very soon.....

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    Boarding Group 3, don't forget.... McSparklesons in DA HOUSE!!!!

    The cattle call came before we knew it, and we were on our way!!!!!

    Mooooo-Take 2 - VIDEO - click to play!

    So glad Ally and Tori are such shy little girls.....

    Ally and Tori boarding - VIDEO - click to play!

    And now I will leave you with Jeff's award winning video of the McSparklesons being announced as we boarded the ship......

    McSparklesons Entrance - VIDEO - click to play!

    Mmmmhmmmmm... it's one button. How can he mess up one button????

    Up next... McSparklesons on DA SHIP!


     
  9. luvslikepi

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    More!! More!! This is the only thing providing respite for me on the first day of finals and me frantically fluttering around campus trying to fix testing center computers.
     
  10. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    Just wait until the NEXT TR I'm involved in!!! :rolleyes1

    Ooooh, that's so cool!!! How'd you do that???

    I'll send you the link to my shutterfly book too? :rotfl2:

    Whoa there cowboy!!! Remember, the sooner it's over, the sooner the whole trip is over for me.... I'll drag it out as long as possible.... :lmao:
     
  11. luvslikepi

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    LOL....sorry, You just got me so darn excited reading your TR. :cheer2:
     
  12. CRdisMom

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    Jeff is a wonderful videographer-heee-hee. i do hope that all the videos are that long. hahahah! Loved that you got to see the fantasy in port. Can't even begin to imagine NYE with your crew and the ellen's--slightly green-eyed jealous.

    looking forward to the horn battle:)

    BTW how many life boats do these ships have? I only counted 8 on the one side of the fantasy? I assume everyone can fit in them?
     
  13. Jaymepops

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    So happy you went on another cruise! Now we can read another TR!!:cool1:

    My kids and I really, really, enjoyed the last one and it's given us something to do as we look forward to our first cruise! Can't wait to hear more!!!

    Thanks for the pictures of the Fantasy...that's the ship we are sailing on!!
     
  14. SallySkelington

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    Shhhhhh... It's a secret. Cause you know. I have to be interesting somehow. lol. JK. I have a website of Tangled and Disney GIFs that I get these kinds from. I'll PM you websites and instructions if you'd like.

    And don't worry, I'll post more just for you.

    Your DD must think you're the coolest mom in the world. When you're not breaking out in song and embarrassing her or something silly that is. :rolleyes:

    Your announcement must have been oh-so-grand! Too bad your DH did what I would have done and pressed the wrong button. :rotfl2:

    Can't wait to read more!
     
  15. papertraveller

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    Oh man, that entry video is so funny.

    This last time we sailed, a CM came up and offered to take the camera away. (Must have seen some of DH's earlier work, methinks.) It was pretty cool as they shot us walking onto the ship. We gotta work on our red carpet stroll a bit, though, cause we sure weren't channelling our inner Angelina.
     
  16. Wicket's Mom

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    I want to do one of those cruises. We haven't cruised since 1990 as it was the cruise from he**. It looks like it's time to go back on the high seas!:woohoo:
     
  17. Simba22

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    ohmygosh im so excited to read more i feel like it's ME about to step through that giant Mickey head!! :hyper:
     
  18. Cheryl726

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    Great TR, love the details and the pics of the girls with Captain Mickey!
     
  19. anewmac

    anewmac Ive got nothing planned whats an OCVP to do?

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    Hey I vagly remember that ship that blocked your view.. E and I took it on a 3 days cruise to mexico.. but with enough patron and beer you forget anything...

    I honestly know how Jeff felt with the record button.. I was so excited to get on the Magic the 1st time I forgot to press it and I had written a cute lil card welcoming E home from Iraq and ya forgot that too.. That mouse just makes me so nervous.
     
  20. MAGICFOR2

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    Laura! I can't believe you are still worried!:rotfl2: They don't really expect us to count, so we see the shiny yellow things and assume there are enough for all of us - what we don't know is if anything bad happens, they close the gates to "steerage" - decks 1 and 2 - and that leaves enough seats for all of us... Oh, wait - that is a different movie. :3dglasses:

    Okay, really we did look closer on our last cruise - they have a capacity sticker on them - they each hold 53 or something like that. Where you see them from the outside, they are double-stacked. Then there are also inflatable rafts attached to the ceiling in that area, too. We decided we would not get into an enclosed space like that with the heat potential and the potential for vomiters - we'll just float in our life vests and hang on to the sides, thank you very much.:goodvibes
     
  21. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    You just keep up that excitement, young grasshopper....

    I believe I heard them say that each lifeboat holds 200 people - they are much larger than they look.

    Jeff was so upset when we got home and he realized what he did with the camcorder. He also recorded the DISmeet.... or so he thought.

    I'll be on the Dream in 3 weeks, so that will be my first taste of the "big one." So you'll have to read our DISmoms TR to get a feel for that ship, too! And we booked the Fantasy for NYE 2013..... that's so far away I don't know how I will do it!!!

    Oh, I can't wait! I love moving pictures.... and shiny objects..... :rolleyes1

    I really wish we'd given it to a CM. You know, one who had absolutely no idea what they were doing? Cause they would have done a better job! I've found so many that he did this on, he just left it on, then to record, he hit stop and then at the very end, when he thought he was hitting stop, he hit play, that's why you caught our rear ends entering the ship!!!!

    Oh, Mother of Wicket, you need to don your life vest, grab a drink of the day, and head out on the seas!!!! So wonderful!

    Don't you be trying to steal my thunder! That is MY Mickey head!!!

    They were so cute with Mickey!!! They had lots of joint pictures this trip!

    Ah, the infamous booze cruise. Ya know what's funny? On that other message board all about cruising, RCI loyalists swear by the Monarch of the Seas. I guess she's the Magic of RCI, being an older, smaller ship. She's been sold to another line and will be gone by next summer.

    Also, Port Canaveral is going through major changes - dredging and widening for much larger ship..... rumor is that Oasis is coming!

    Just pull a Dory..... just keep swimming, just keep swimming!
     

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