Land and Sea- Hey Gilligan, the boat, the boat, the boat. January 2019 AOA and Disney Dream Adventu

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  1. cheapster316

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    This report will have no pictures. I enjoy looking at people’s pictures and reading trip reports. I do not put much information out about myself and do not even really know how to use Facebook. So, there will be no pictures.

    We tend to go every 2 years and do part WDW, part Cruise and part Resort trip. We like January, we like having something to look forward to after Christmas and to get away from the cold. We have found what works best for us is 1 day at MK, cruise and resort days. The first time we did land and sea, we did a park every day and it is was just too much. Now we do just MK, when Star Wars opens, I may consider adding a HS day. We are not hot weather beach people so this works perfectly for us. The kids have finally figured out we typically go every other January and instead of telling them the surprise on Christmas Eve this year we told them in July. This was a huge relief as I could get their input and no longer second guess ADRS/ FP etc.

    Locations: 2 nights pre-cruise Lion King Suites at AOA, 4 nights Disney Dream and 2 nights Finding Nemo Suites at AOA. Lion King was the last section at AOA we needed to try. We have previously done Pop and POFQ as well. We decided last time that we like AOA and even though we don’t need it, we enjoy the space of a suite. I am worried the price will go up considerably once the gondolas are running. We had the Dining Plan for both parts. I am a huge fan of budgeting and having things paid for ahead of time. I try and maximize my credits and make my family crazy. My parents did not have the dining plan. For the Dream we had a verandah 6082 (mid ship just past the elevators) and my parents had the giant porthole room 6010. We had almost the exact room different deck last time and had almost the same porthole room, different deck before as well. I had booked on opening day and had a 10% discount from putting the deposit down prior to leaving the cruise.

    Cost: Lion King 2 nights holiday weekend with DDP $1316.42. This was with stay, play dine promo and then DH got a pin in the mail and I think we saved another $62. This included 1-way shuttles to the Port through Disney for 3 adults, 1 kid, which was $35 each and has since gone up to $39 pp.

    4 nights Disney Dream $3,176.76 room 6082. This is opening day price plus 10 % off for rebooking while on the ship plus $100 ship board credit.

    Finding Nemo- No discount available, this was $1371.78 with DDP

    Happy Limo- $283 for transportation for 6 in a black stretch limo back to AOA from Port Canaveral (20 % gratuity suggested, I gave him $60)

    Cast of Characters: Me, DH, DD (12) and DS (9 but turns 10 after the cruise). Also joining us are GM (Grandma) and GF (Grandpa). They would meet up with us at MK. They were doing a week on Norwegian Bliss the week before with my brother and his family and would rent a car and drive up to Orlando after their cruise on Saturday. They planned to stay at Comfort Suites by Old Town. My dad loves Old Town. This would be their first Disney Cruise, but not first time at the parks and their first time staying on Property post cruise.
     
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    A huge storm was moving across the country. We watched the news all week and it seemed it would hit NY Saturday Afternoon. The cruise was scheduled for Monday, so even though I was worried about getting out Saturday, we still had a cushion to get there on time.


    Saturday morning, we got up and left the house at 4:37 am. We got to the park n fly at the airport at 4:55 am. This was our first time using it and was so easy and convenient. It was $5.60 a day. They loaded our bags and we were dropped off at the airport in 5 minutes. We checked in with Southwest and were in line for security at 5:12. By 5:22 we were done with security and both DS and my backpacks were searched. Once through security we started to relax a little, with the government shutdown we were unsure how long TSA would take and allotted ourselves lots of extra time. We used the Southwest credit card points for free tickets, just paid the taxes and fees and $15 a ticket for Early bird (before it went up). Both times I checked in exactly at 24 hours and got in the A 29-30’s.

    We stopped to eat at Chik Fil A. We have none by us, closest one is almost 2 hours away. You must go through security to eat here so it’s a big deal to finally get to eat. By 5:34 we had our food, 3 orders of mini nugget sandwiches and 1 bacon egg and cheese biscuit, some hash browns and lemonades. I was not able to use my gift card I had as they had a big sign that they did not take them. With everyone’s bellies full we waited to board. A huge snowstorm was coming and everyone was anxious to get out. They announced they were overbooked and looking for 2 people to give up their seats for $400. No one took it, they announce again later $700 and finally they announce $1,000, plus the cost of your tickets and they would get you on a flight to Ft Myers later that day. Finally, they had a taker. It was not us, but boy I was tempted.

    By 6:46, we were seated on the plane and by 7:03 we were taxiing down the runway. They served drinks, plane cinnamon cookies and pretzels. By 9:49 we were welcomed to Orlando and we made our way to the Magical Express, after stopping to change in to shorts, shop at Ear port, and Universal store. By 10:42 we were waiting in line 6 for the Art of Animation and we drove away at 10:56 (First stop, they were continuing onto POP) and were at AOA in line at the check in by 11:29. I had done online check in with the request room available early. She said they could find me a room but it would not be lakeview. I had requested lakeview, 4th floor but room early my priority. She said it was 4th floor (It was 2nd) and I should get an email/ text which I got a few minutes later.

    We stopped at the food court and got our refillable mugs and a pretzel with cheese to share as a snack. We had the dining plan so for the next 2 nights we would have 8 qs, 8 ts and 16 snacks with the refillable mugs.

    We walked over to Lion King building 6, room 6633 second floor. The entrance was right by the log with Timon and Pumba and our room overlooked the hyenas. Room was clean with little wear and tear. The carpet appeared fine. I had read some reviews that the carpets were showing their age. I do have to tell you it was slightly noisy at times in our suite from the hallway and the internet was horrible, beyond horrible, like I could not even check the weather. It was so bad. The tv in the room would give high and low temps but not current temperature.



    We had brought swim stuff in carryon’s and we changed and headed to the food court for a quick lunch.

    The kids split an adult (qs does not count kid’s vs adult’s credits) create your own pasta with bow ties and butter with a breadstick and a bottle of water for later in the room as we had our mugs and DH and I split a bacon burger, Coors light bottle (for later in the room) with fries and chips. Lots of food and no one went hungry. We are not big food sharers but found at Disney most portions are huge and they would easily give you extra plates.

    Next, we headed over to the Finding Nemo pool. Boy was that water cold, I did not get in past my ankles. I asked the lifeguard if any of the other pools were heated and she said they all are (Cars- Cozy Cone, Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo) but she heard Little Mermaid is the warmest because of the way the sun hits it.

    Off to Little mermaid where it was warmer. Finding Nemo is the fun pool with all the activities, zero entry and with a splash pad next door. Little mermaid was just a basic pool which met our needs. The kids were happy to swim and we were happy to be away from the snow. The worst part was getting out to dry off as it was windy.

    We hopped onto a bus to Disney Springs and were there by 4:39. We walked over to Chicken Guy. There was some confusion as to what is on the meal plan. It is a 3 pc tender, fries and drink. DH and DS said they needed more chicken. So I used to 2 qs credits for that and paid for 2 5 pieces orders of chicken tenders out of out of pocket and a fire roasted corn salad for a total of $26.50 out of pocket.

    It was chaotic, loud, long lines and not so helpful staff but OMG the food was to die for. Everyone loved it. The different sauces were amazing and the prices were good. Did we need that much chicken, No! We wrapped some tenders to go but never ate them.

    We went to Coca Cola store. The third floor has a great view of Disney Springs. On the second floor we used our camera and got the kids with the Coca Cola bear, they did photopass too I believe. The magnet I was going to buy on the first floor was buy 1 get 1 free on the second floor, um ok, Ill take 2, same exact magnet. We headed to Vera Bradley where I got the exclusive mickey castle triple hipster and kept my eye on a small bag and blanket. Its only the first day so I tried to be good. Hit up World of Sisney got some Mickey bar ears and micky ears pins for DD and Coco figurine set, deck of cars and 2019 Spinner pin for DS. He did some pin trading and by 6:59 we were at the very very long walk to stop 29, the last stop and back at the resort by 7:13 where we eventually called it a night and went to bed.
     
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    Sunday 1/20/19 Magic Kingdom Day

    We were up early. It was still dark. We had some granola bars and we got to the bus stop at 6:46 am. We were headed to Magic Kingdom. We found that if we went in and out of building 10 in the Lion king and traveled along the parking lot the walk seemed shorter and less crowded. It was 62 degrees and by 6:48 we were travelling to MK. We arrived at 7:03 and went over to guest services. We were the first in line but no one was there. I saw a CM and asked what time they opened and was told between 7:30-7:45. Umm ok, that’s precise. Someone else asked again later what time they open and were told they had jobs that needed to get done before they could open, sometime between 7:30-7:45. We chatted with the people behind us who were from Canada. I texted my parents with updates as we had a PPO for 6 people for BOG at 8:05 am they were joining us for. They were staying at Comfort Suites by Old Town and had a rental car. This was the first time dealing with magic bands and they were skeptical. Even though their Disney Resort did not start yet, the magic bands should still work. (I get my info from these boards of course) Just in case I gave my mom paper copies of everything. They got pixied dusted at parking, the CM told them to have a magical day and did not charge them for parking. Eventually guest services opened up and they helped us with our 2 paper tickets. We met my parents inside the park and headed off to BOG and some pictures along the way.

    I planned on buying the the 1-day memory maker for $69. Supposedly I could purchase it through the app once a photo pass picture was taken however I could only get the full price option of almost $200. We stopped and did a few pictures along the way and headed up to BOG. This is where pre- ordering and the DDP do not actually mix well. I wanted to preorder because 2 years ago we ate, got our food quickly and rode mine train 3-4 times prior to park opening. I heard there is no more pre- park opening ride but you could still line up to be walked over to mine train after you ate (again Thanks Disboards). Last time no one really liked the food except DH. DD wanted the gray stuff as did I so that was 2 snack credits, DH got the Croque Madame Open-faced Ham Sandwich topped with a Fried Egg, Gruyere Cheese, and Béchamel served with Fresh Fruit and DS got the Feast A La Gaston. Scrambled Eggs, Herb-Roasted Potatoes, Apple Smoked Bacon, and Sausage served with Fresh Fruit. They both loved it. GF had free breakfast at the hotel and GM does not eat breakfast. I reluctantly let DD get the gray stuff but she had to eat a granola bar too and she did. We got cups of cold waters and used the 2 drinks that came with the meals for coffee. They also give you a small platter of basic pastries. We had more than enough food and were good to go.


    It is qs but they bring you your food. You must get your own drinks and silverware. There was no ice, they were out of cream and it is usually chaotic. The pastries are ok, nothing you can’t get from Entemans at the grocery store but for free not bad. We made a restroom break and headed over to line up for Mine train at 8:43 and the line was already quite long. It was orderly and we walked over to Mine train and got to ride. The kids had a FP later that day to go again.


    Fast passes (FP)- I could make the kids at 60 days out, GF and GM were staying off property so 30 days and DH had 2 tickets for us that could not be made ahead of time. Kids got Mine train, Buzz and Dumbo, GM and GF got the same Buzz time, Barnstormer and Alice. The day of there was almost nothing, I got Dumbo that was the same time, meet and greet at Princesses and Barnstormer. Nothing good was left and throughout the day it was slim Pickens.


    By 9:13 we were in line for Pooh. 9:39 we headed off to Dumbo and were in the sky at 9:45. Everyone mocked me for Dumbo, what a waste, uggh. Well guess what when we got to Dumbo it was a 45-minute wait, so not such a waste now. To be fair they were only running 1 side of it so that is probably why the line was so long. We ran over to Big Top Circus, no lines and they had just switched out Minnie for Pluto a few days before, oops they don’t open until 10. So, we did Barnstormer than the circus meets and greets. Then we went shopping at the Big Top. I got Purple Minnie ears, DD got blue flowered ones and GM got Up ones. The kids did some cool pin trading they had stuffed popcorn buckets full of pins, instead of pin boards. We used 2 snack credits and bought our first bag of Sour cherry balls and DS got a lime slushy. The sour balls were so yummy. We have never had them before and think we ended up buying 6 more bags.


    We headed over too Little Mermaid, the sign said 35 minutes and we heard someone say they just changed it to 55 minutes. It looked like it might rain so we figured we would stay put. The que was interactive and interesting. After Little Mermaid we started to make our way to Buzz. We stopped at the place over by Pooh and DS got a Peter Pan slushy which was a lime soft serve with sprite and a chocolate red feather which he loved. They had some ice cream cookie concoction that looked yummy. We then stopped by the Cheshire Café for DD’s snack which was a Cheshire Cat tail. It was a long warm chocolate chip croissant with pink and purple Cheshire cat frosting. It was yummy. They all headed off to buzz but we only had 4 FP. I decided to scope out lunch/snack options. I saw Alice was meeting. I love Alice and had GF wait with me for pictures. She was amazing with the kids and family in front of us. I then felt awkward when she stayed in character with us but she did a great job. Her handler was very good at keeping rude clueless glued to their phone people from walking through where we were waiting and people were getting their picture taken. GF who can be a complainer was blown away by how nicely, yet firm the CM managed the guest. I told my dad, this is Disney they do it with a smile. He could not wait to tell my mom about it.


    I checked out the menu for the launch bay. I figured we could again split some lunch items as we had a 4:45 Trails End Buffet and it was around noon time. I walked into the launch bay and holy cow was it chaotic and crowded. Then I remembered something else from the DiS podcast. Mobile ordering. So, I pulled out my phone, Ordered a bacon double cheeseburger meal with fries and Iced T, Chicken nugget meal with fries and Iced tea. I did not get a confirmation email so I had no clue if it went through. I checked my credits and it appeared to have subtracted 2 QS. I went up to the disorganized counter and asked if they could check if my order went through. They asked my name and said they had the order it was not ready yet and they would call my name. We waited and waited as they would call the same name over and over. Ashley, Ashley, Ashley, Ashley no Ashley. Someone finally said I’ll be Ashley kidding around. Our food came out and we went outside where we had plenty to share. We also discussed what other snacks we would get later.


    The kids rode Mine Train again and I tried to make some fast passes. Not much available there was a 2 something Monsters Laugh Floor which is a must do with my family. The kids were hoping GF would be picked to be that guy. DH was 2 trips ago and the kids loved it. No luck this time but it was fun. We then headed over for Dole Whips. DH kept saying I do not care what we do as long as I get my dole whip. I wanted to watch the parade and it was windy. DS had runny nose/allergies that were getting worse. We ended up getting a dole whip float, a pineapple upside down cake with dole whip and a twist in a cup of pineapple and vanilla. The pineapple upside down cake was by far the best and each was 1 snack credit. GM was on the hunt for hot coffee and we headed over to watch the parade by the Country Bears. DH headed to go try and find some cold meds/allergy relief for DS and I suggested the emporium. We watched the end of the parade and I called and texted DH. He told me he was the first aid center and to meet him there. We stopped and off course the kids needed to pin trade while were there. I stocked up on Claritin, Mucinex and cough drops as well as tissues for $30 something which was not much higher than at home. I pushed our ADR back to 5:45, stopped for a funnel cake (just powdered sugar on top equals 1 snack credit) DH and GM got their coffee and then we headed over to the people mover as that is the kids favorite. I tempted them with shopping at the emporium while I went to guest services to purchase memory maker. I had stopped at the mobile guest services by Stitch and they said I had to go up front to guest services, I also asked at a gift shop but can’t remember which one. I reminded DH to stop at the fire house so DS can get Sorcerer cards. He does not play just likes cards. When they exited the emporium, there was a surprise character hanging out without a photo pass photographer and that was Chicken Little. I also got to see the flag ceremony while waiting in the long line at Guest Services and it was beautiful. It was nice to see so many people stop and watch respectfully. We then headed out to the boats to go over to Trails End.
     
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    phins_jazy Halloween on the High Seas

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    i am enjoying your trip report! We will have a land and sea vacation in October so thanks for getting me excited for our stay! :)
     
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    Thanks for reading along.I always wanted to do Halloween on the high Seas. It will be so much fun.
     
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    We were off to Trail’s End, a new resort and ADR for us. DH gets sick of the same Disney food, so I have been trying to find different places. I thought the boat ride would be fun and who does not love a buffet? When we left the hotel this morning it was 64 degrees, we had shorts and sweatshirts on. It started to get cold and by the time we were waiting on the boat dock we were freezing, DS’ nose was runny, his eyes were swollen and he looked awful.


    We were walking to the dock and the boat horn started blowing, we thought it meant last call, so we took off running. We got up there as it pulled away and the CM said, don’t you know 3 horns means you are too late, the boat is leaving. He chit chatted a little with us. We waited and waited and waited no boats and the wind was cold. Everyone was cold and hungry. My dad tried to get the cm’s attention, “excuse me”, “excuse me sir”, “admiral,” “captain”, “Hey Gilligan.” We looked at each other like OMG no he did not. But believe it or not Gilligan is what got his attention. He assured my dad that a boat would be coming soon and that there were no such things as a dining reservation but merely suggested times. This would give us the Beginning of our title Hey Gilligan and the first Boat in the Boat, the Boat, The Boat. The Boat, the Boat, The Boat was from some commercial maybe Geico where the grandparents complain about the family and the Boat, the Boat, The Boat, we don’t understand about the boat. The other 2 boats would be the ship The Disney Dream and the boat we took to Port Orleans French Quarter. The boat finally arrived and we were lucky enough to get a seat. Suddenly, that guy from Monsters Inc gets onboard. The kids were like it’s that Guy. We were like Hey It’s that guy and he smiled and waved while his family told him he was famous.

    We got to Trails End around 6 and did not get seated until 6:20. There is no inside place to wait and everyone was cold. I wanted to run over to the camp store and look for sweat pants for the kids. I asked if we would have time before we were seated and the cm said we should wait until after dinner.

    We finally get seated and there were many open tables and DH goes to use the restroom and it’s not in the building. You must go back out into the cold to use the restrooms.

    We were not off to a good start. However, the food was good, Fried Chicken, salmon crusted with corn bread, mashed potatoes, gravy, Mac and Cheese, salads, fruit and yummy rolls and butter plus much more. Desserts were good too. Make your own sundaes, strawberry something was particularly good and quite a few options.

    The buffet itself was not so easy to navigate. If you wanted 1 thing like butter it was hard to just go up and get without a death look from the long line that did not seem to move. I wanted more of something but I could not easily navigate the line so I just had dessert. We were on the DDP so we each got a moonshine (1 lemonade, 1 blackberry) with dinner. We headed out to the boat dock. The wind was even colder now. No boat yet, so we ran into the store and bought 2 beach towels for the kids to wrap around. They were $22 each when you bought 2 and I grabbed 2 Fort Wilderness pins. It was $77 but at least the kids would be warm. My phone kept going off, hurry up the boat is here so we ran to the dock and got on the boat. By sheer luck we could watch the fireworks from MK while we took our boat ride back. It was perfect. We saw the fireworks without the crowds and made it to the monorail before the crowd got out. I broke it to the kids we would not be finishing out the night at Magic Kingdom.

    My parents had a car rental so we jumped in with them and they took us to CVS in Kissimmee so I could get more allergy/cold meds for DS. I told them it had to be CVS and keep driving because I knew Crispy Cream was right next door and guess what the hot light was on. We got a dozen original and off we went back to the hotel. We also stopped at Orange World where I ran into and bought a half gallon of OJ. CVS was the only place I used my credit card besides check in at the resort and the cruise. On Friday when I got off the cruise my card had been used on Southwest and 2 restaurants at LAX. I last used it on the 20th and the charges happened on the 23rd while we were at sea so who knows. My parents brought us back to AOA, the guard asked to see DH’s license and we were off to sleep not long after.
     
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    Monday January 21, 2019 Ohana


    We were up at 6:00 am, the suitcases needed to be ready to go by 8 am for pickup by AOA to go to the cruise line. Unlike our magic express luggage tags (they gave us 4 for 4 of us), we had 8 tags for 5 pieces of luggage. We packed everything except our back packs and left for Ohana. It was chilly and I had sweatpants under my dress. I cannot find in my notes what time our ADR was for but we were running late, I think it was 8:30. I was stressing because the past 2 times we went to the cruise ship, pick up time at the resort was 12:30, this time it was 11:30 and I did not find that out until last night when we got back to the room. We were at the bus stop at 7:53, by 8:07 the bus was on its way to Magic Kingdom and we arrived by 8:21. We made our way through security and by 8:29 we were headed to the line for the monorail at 8:33. At 8:38 the monorail was on the way to the Poly and at 8:51 we checked in for Ohana. They seated us at 9:02. My anxiety was at an all-time high. With security and multiple modes of transportation I was worried about making it back to the hotel and just wanted to do an Uber or Minnie Van. Dh was like we will take the bus it is free. The waitress comes over, welcomed us explained that food would be family style and she could put reorders in for more food, the characters would come around and it would take about 1 hour and 15 minutes. I was like I don’t want to be rude but we need to be on the bus for the cruise by 11:30 so can we have the check now and we will be out of here before that. She was extremely accommodating, brought the check with food and took our reorder of sausage, eggs and POG juice. This was 1 TS credit each plus Tip. I left $30 a DH was like how much was breakfast?

    Everyone loved the food. It was a huge platter of scrambled eggs, sausage, ham with pineapple, Pineapple bread with amazing butter. biscuits and POG juice. POG juice was pineapple, orange and Guava juice, yum yum. DH also got coffee. DD had picked this breakfast to meet Lilo and Stitch. DS was dressed in his Stitch shirt and DD had a Lilo dress just like Lilo’s (Hot Topic) with Stitch socks and I had a Stitch print dress (Torrid) with stitch ears headband. We ate while the other kids did a parade. I asked DD if it was ok if we just went up to Lilo and skipped the other characters, I think Mickey was there too and Pluto was outside the restaurant. She said yes and the boys went to use the restroom.

    We found Lilo and waited while she finished the table she was with and explained we could not wait but asked if we could get a quick picture. She was very gracious and went nuts when she saw DD dressed just like her. Her handler told me in a not so nice voice that she would come to our table. I tried explaining that we had to leave and she mimed to him that it was ok and look at DD’s outfit. He is glaring in the background of the 3 pictures I took of DD. We thanked her and headed back. We left at 9:37 and was on the bus to go back to AOA at 9:57. The bus left at 10:05 and by 10:19 we were back at the resort. We went back to the room, got our backpacks and headed to the gift shop for more pin trading. We used up our remaining snack credits on Sour Cherry Balls, shortbread cookies and Nemo Cotton Candy. We checked in for the Cruise transportation at 11:04, at 11:30 were loaded onto the bus and 11:34 we were on our way to the port. There were 3 busses leaving from AOA and we did not pick up any other resorts. We had the best Bus Driver ever, Ruben. He kept everyone entertained with jokes, trivia and pointing things out along the way. He was great. He told us it would be 1 hour and 15 minutes and we were there at 12:49 . Next up, The Disney Dream.
     
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    Boat #2 The Disney Dream.

    This will be our third time on the Dream but much like Cinderella’s Castle I tear up when I see it. We got off the bus and went through security (kind of like the airport). They had a huge trash can of food and drinks that had been confiscated. We made our way upstairs and were in line for castaway club members by 1:10 (after you have completed 1 Disney cruise you become part of the Castaway Club which gives you different perks- one of them being a shorter line to check into when boarding.) By 1:20 all our paperwork was completed, they gave us our lanyards (Castaway Club) and we were officially checked in. We tried to enroll the kids at the kid’s club but they no longer do that at the pier, you must go to the kid’s club. We did our Welcome Aboard photos (I bought the photo package ahead of time for $196 it included all digital copies of any pictures taken onboard the ship- I know they tried to upsell me on the ship to include prints for another $80 but really who wants all those 8x10’s. If you buy the package ahead of time it is cheaper).

    We walked onto the ship and I don’t know why but I love it when the cm’s announce your name over the microphone and they clap for you as you board. It’s one of my favorite parts of vacation, it’s almost like it is official, now we are on vacation. I did not tell my parents they did that, they thought it was nice but were not as excited as I am.

    Decisions, Decisions where to go, what to do. Usually lunch is served buffet style at Cabanas and usually buffet style in 1 of the sit-down restaurants. They do not open the staterooms until 1:30 so if we went right to lunch we would have to bring our carryon bags, it was almost 1:30 and by the time we got to our stateroom, it was open. We ditched our carryon bags, our luggage had not yet arrived, texted my mom and headed up to Cabanas for lunch. I usually dread going to Cabanas for lunch first thing. It is always crowded, never has any seats together and is just hectic. Well this time it was different. My parents had a table waiting, we fixed our food plates and my dad went to get drinks. We had POG juice- just like at breakfast. The buffet was better than usual and everyone was happy. DH even said they stepped up their game food wise. My only complaint was the drink servers were very pushy trying to get us to buy drinks. Typically, that does not happen on DCL, but they just kept coming back every few minutes.


    I went to go buy rainforest passes for DH and me, GM accompanied me as I had bought her 2 day passes ahead of time. They were around $18 each with gratuity and they were delivered to her room with a note saying they were from the kids. I purchased these through Disney’s gift section on the website. I bought a length of cruise pass for couples (DH and me) it was $99 for a single or $144 for a couple. A couple can mean 2 people, I could have shared with my mom even though she was in a different room. The length of stay pass came with scrubs, there was no price listed if you did not want the scrubs. I think my mom paid $8 for a scrub one day. You cannot buy the length of cruise passes ahead of time. We got a nice tour of the rainforest rooms, hot tubs, heated chairs and changing room. They have dispensers of water over fruit and we had a cup of that. They then brought us into the spa raffle. It’s basically a huge sales pitch but people win real prizes of spa treatments. We left after a few minutes and met up with everyone by eye scream. Eye Scream is the soft serve free ice cream place that features 2 different stations of flavors and twist. This is on the same deck as Cabanas and the pools, deck 10, I believe. Usually they had chocolate and vanilla or chocolate and vanilla twist and on the other machine they might have strawberry, banana or strawberry banana twist. They have cones and dishes. DS would go get a cup of soda from the self-serve machines outside of cabanas and make a float.

    We went and checked out the grandparent’s room, 6010 which was an oversized porthole room. It was in the front of the ship and had a fold out murphy bed. My parents were very happy with the size of the room and enjoyed the porthole view. The porthole is big enough for the kids to sit in and has a pillow like bench for them in it. We parted ways for the Muster drill and everyone agreed to come back to our room for a sail away from the port.


    We were in room 6082, midship, right by the elevators. We had this location last time on deck 7, I think. I liked this location because it was midship and easy to navigate. I wanted deck 6 so it would be close to the kid’s club. Our luggage arrived and in DH’s was a note “Dear Guest, It’s great to have you onboard the Disney Dream! Please be advised that your electrical equipment has been removed from your luggage to be tested by the Electrical Department to ensure your safety and security onboard.

    Once approved the item will be delivered to your stateroom. For further information please call Guest Services by dialing “0” from your stateroom phone or by visiting Guest Services, Deck 3 Midship. Have a Magical Day! Guest Services Team Disney Dream.


    DH always brings a small fan on vacation to help him sleep. He was not happy that his fan was gone and did not say when it would be back. I know (Disboards) that at the resorts you can sometimes get a box fan at the resorts so I figured I would call to see if that was an option. I called and they very nicely told me they would consider it. We came back from the Muster Drill and the fan was hanging off our door in a plastic bag. DH was happy. GM had an extension cord that they took and she could have gotten it back the morning of debarkation but she did not try. Had she asked me I would have told her not to bother bringing one. We did have a 4-port charger that they did not take and that worked well with the electronics.


    After the Muster drill, we had room service deliver 2 all hands-on deck platters. This consisted of 2 plates of the free room service cheese, crackers and fruit platter. We ordered some cookies, a grilled cheese and a BLT. Room service is free, but I usually carry 50 $1 bills with me and usually tip $1 item, but it is your discretion. You do have to pay for drinks or some snacks they sell like snickers. It is not on the menu but you can also get things like Uncrustable sandwiches and Mickey Ice Cream Bars for free with room service. DH and DD took our refillable mugs from our AOA stay and got us drinks up by the pool.


    We watched the ship leave Port Canaveral from the balcony and made our own sail away party. The ship has one up by the pool with all the characters and we choose to skip this for our own private party.


    We went down to register the kids for the kid’s club. They put a magic band type bracelet on them with GPS. They charge you $12.95 a person but you can turn them in before you depart and get the deposit back. They try to encourage you to keep it as a souvenir. Really there is no reason to but some people might. I set the kids up for self-checkout for the first time ever (DD 12, DS will be 10 the day after the cruise). Once they are 8 you can choose to have them sign themselves out themselves or designate who picks them up complete with a secret word they need at checkout, The GPS band allows for the cm to see where the child is in the club so pick up is easy. You must have your keys to the world card, which they scan and check your picture before they let you take the kids out. The club is for 3-12 years old and the kids must be potty trained. You fill out paperwork regarding food allergies and the kids can eat at the club but they will not force them to eat. There are 2 sides to the clubs, Oceaneers and the lab. Sometimes one side is open house and the other is secured programming. Open house means anyone can come and use the facilities, including adults. Even if you have no kids it is still fun to fly the Millennium Falcon. The kids cannot hang out at Open House if you are not with them.

    DD was old enough for Vibe 11-13-year old’s as well as Oceaneers. She was reluctant to do Vibe without her brother. We went to Open House at Vibe, He loved it and wanted to stay. I asked if he could do Vibe with her and they said no, only open house hours. The open house hours were not often and scattered about. I can’t find them right now but it was 1 hour a day and usually at an odd time like 9 am or 3 pm. He was disappointed and she was reluctant. We told her to go for 30 minutes and check it out. We brought DS to Oceaners and told her we would meet her at the elevators a deck down from Vibe. I believe Vibe was on Deck 12 and they do have a dedicated elevator that goes only to Vibe if I understand it correctly and her key to the world card was set up to work the elevator. We told her we would wait just outside the door to Vibe at the prearranged time. She was nervous but this seemed to work well until she was comfortable just going back to the room after she would text us. She was not used to this new freedom and it took her a few days to get used to it. She did get to the point where she would go to vibe and then oceanears and pick up her brother and meet us up in the room. We had lots of rules, go directly to the room, No hanging out in anyone’s cabin, no exploring on your own. Text us when you are leaving.


    We did sign up to use the free texting app. Initially it was hard to use and did not always work. It was nice that we would get a text and the wave phones would too (we did not use the wave phones after the first day- they are difficult to work and heavier that your cell phone.). When using the App, we had to give DD Chat permission and they gave us a code to set it up on her phone. The app was nice also for activities schedules (like the navigator but digitally on your phone) and easy access to menus.
     

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