2011 Disney Dream Vacation – September 4, 2011 – Day 6

So Sad…My Niece and Nephew (and the rest of the family members) are leaving me today.

We did not tell Alyssa that we were staying on the ship, just that we were not on her same airplane on the way home. I was sad and wish she was staying with us.

She came over to our room to hang out a little this morning. We were trying to soak up as much Alyssa Time as possible.

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Crazy kid!

Now I must warn you the trip gets much less exciting once the kids leave. Austin and Alyssa were the true stars of this trip report.

We took some pictures and waited for our waiters to come. As soon as Austin was born Alyssa announced that Belle was Austin’s favorite princess. LOL We have just went with it.

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Of course everyone loves Popeye. Can you tell how much these kids adore my Dad. They cry when he leaves their house and when he is there Austin wants to be held the whole time and ALyssa can not be more then an arms length away from him.

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It makes me sad sometimes thinking about how much they love my Dad and how much they would have loved my mom. She passed away 8 years ago and never got to meet the kids. I know she would have been right up there on the pedestal with Popeye!

Alyssa loved our waitress!

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YOu can see my Photobombing Brother in Law peaking into this picture! LOL I can not begin to tell you how many photobombing pictures we have of him. LOL

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We started with donuts and pastries for our first course. Alyssa had chocolate.

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I would say she enjoyed it.

Austin was in a great mood. Boy was I gonna miss these guys.

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Isn’t he the cutest!!!!

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Thankfully we were sitting near Patty and her family and got to say our goodbyes to them. It was nice having them on our cruise with us.

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After breakfast we headed out to the Lobby. My family got in live to get off the ship and we hung out with them.

Now one of the reason’s I requested the dining rotation I did was so we could din at the Royal Palace the last night, knowing we would also be there the last morning for breakfast. I have done this my last 4 cruises and it has worked out wonderfully.

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Lots of Hugs and Kisses were exchanged. I told them to call me when they landed since they would be home in Baltimore before we set sail again!
We got off the the ship and headed down to customs. The guy in Customs called us cheap since we were not declaring anything on our form. I fixed him when I told him I was not cheap I was getting back on the ship!!!

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So we headed up the escalator and re-checked in. It was super fast and we were handed a card with no boarding number! Weird. LOL

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The led us to the concierge waiting area.

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It was not too exciting. Just some sofas.

I went to the bathroom and looked around the empty port. Kinda cool!

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At about 10:30am they came and got us and the one other couple who was waiting to reboard. They had not even started letting people in the building yet.

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We walked in and they scanned our Key Cards and we walked down the hall and reached the screens where they take the welcome pictures. a Non-Disney Employee offered to take our picture.

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Then we walked onto the ship. No announcing, no Cast Members clapping or cheering. Just us…well us an the couple who walked on right after us.

They took our picture and we took theirs and that was it. we had the whole ship to ourselves!

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We walked around the Lobby a little bit.

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It was sooo amazing being on the ship alone. We went to out room to drop off our passports and stuff and then we started a self guided tour. I wrote a complete review of the whole ship. All that we did wen we were onboard ourselves. The first part was published in my Travel Agency’s newsletter this month. There are 3 parts. Once they are all published my boss said I can share it….so I will add it to the end!

But let just say I LOVED it. I saw things I have never even thought about. Places I will never see as a passenger!

We went to lunch at the Enchanted Garden.

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I liked lunch in Cabanas much better. It was more organized and the food was better for sure.

After lunch we headed to out room and put our swim suits on. We had a plan!

We headed to the life boat drill 5 minutes late and it was perfect. We waited no time at all and then we left the drill and went right to the adult pool!

It was empty!!!

Everyone else was at the sail away party.

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It was great! We enjoyed it sooo much. We swam for a nice long time. We talked about our favorite parts of the ship, our favorite cast members. It was fun.

We got out of he pool with just enough time to shower and get ready for Palo!

Pete and I checked in and headed to the Meridian. It was really nice.

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This table was set up outside. when we left dinner a group of officers from the ship were dining here.

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They called out name, it was time for……

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We were so excited. Our server came over and it was Annie Marie. Our MOST FAVORITE server ever!!!! This was our 4th time having her. We had requested her and I was sooo glad our request was granted. She is soo awesome. When we saw her last on the Magic she told me she would not me coming to the Dream. But her husband got a great promotion and she tagged along. Sadly (for the cruises) but wonderfully (for her) she was leaving the ship for vacation. Heading back on South Africa.

She remembered us and we shared hugs and did a bit of catching up.

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Our table was set so nicely.

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Palo was amazing. I could not get over it. I liked Palo on the Magic and Wonder, but Palo on the dream…WOW

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Pete started dinner with a beer. I forget which kind. He said it was good.

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Antipasti anyone?

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YUM. The Dried Beef was my favorite.

Now it was time for appetizers. I had the Mushroom. OMG….I wish I had this every night. I wish I had gotten this as my main dish. Ge the Mushroom appetizer!!!

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Pete got the Calamari.

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We had Sorbet to cleanse our palate.

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I got the steak for dinner and Pete got the Veal Shank maybe??

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I also ordered the scallops for us to share. I love scallops. I love everything about Palo.

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We also got Lobster ravioli to share.

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Now since we were sooo full what did we do? We got desert.

Pete got the Chocolate soufflé.

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I got Vanilla Ice Cream and the Chocolate Sauce. BEST hot fudge sundae ever.

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Last but not least an after dinner lemon-y shot. MMM

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Annie Marie too us on a tour of Palo.

This alcove is made of all glass tiles. They shimmer and glow!

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This is the private room. It can be reserved for parties of 12 – 14.

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The carpet in this room cost $20,000!!!!

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Annie Marie told us to look at this window and she would be back in a few minutes.

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All of a sudden the frost disappeared and we saw….

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The Palo Kitchen staff!!!

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We said our good byes and told Annie Marie we would se ever at brunch!

We took some pictures waiting for the elevator, and decided we were heading to out room to crash! It was a long day. Sure you didn’t see it all, but I will post the tour later, I promise!

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2011 Disney Dream Trip – Day 5 – September 3, 2011

Today was Castaway Cay Day. We started off with Breakfast in Cabanas. There was a small misunderstanding, a small family fight and we got to the Island a little late.

Before that Popeye and the kids play in the Bunk Beds. Alyssa is a big fan of the Bearinstein Bears so she had it planned that Popeye was going to be “Brother Bear” and she was going to be “Sister Bear”.   So instead of sleeping in the Murphy bed my Dad was stuck on the top bunk. LOL

So Pete and I headed to the beach and saved spots. Everyone else come about an hour later.

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2011 Disney Dream Vacation – September 2, 2011 – Day 4

Today was a big day…It was the day of the Princes Meet and Greet. Pete and I were up bright and early. We headed to Cabanas for breakfast.

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2011 – Year in Review

Ok so I have seen a lot of people writing a year in review.  I thought I would try it.  It is a lot harder to do this since I am not blogging on a regular bases.  This is the best that I could come up with.

In January, we rang in the new year very low key since we were getting ready to  leave for a nice long vacation.  We went to Disney World for almost a week.  I got to spend a lot of time with my great friends.  Over 20 of us met for what we like to call a “Mega Meet”.  Pete and I also staying at Bay Lake Towers on rented DVC points.  After almost a week in Disney we headed to Port Canaaveral to meet my sister and family for a week long cruise on the Disney Magic.  It was Magical.  On board we took the plunge and bought Disney Vacation Club!  We also celebrated Alyssa’s 3rd birthday on board even thought we were two weeks early.  Pete and I also visited Ocean City Maryland and discovered our favorite restaurant down the Ocean was closed up for good.  On Alyssa’s real birthday I made her cake, as I have every year since she has been born.  This year’s cake was a firetruck.

February brought in some more cold weather.  I surprised Pete with a weekend away on Superbowl weekend.  It was great.  We were sitting at breakfast and I told him we were going away for the weekend.  He didn’t believe me until we left Cookies and opened the trunk to see all of our bags.  We started in Clarks Summit, PA.  Boy was the weather nasty.  After that we headed to a Bed and Breakfast in Intercourse, PA.  What a FUN weekend.  I made the drive to Connecticut, first time visiting that state!  I helped my friend Amy host a baby shower for our friend Laura.  Laura’s twins wanted to come early and she almost missed the shower.  Thankfully they held off for another month or so.

In March, must have been a slow month.  I can’t think of anything exciting.  Well besides the fact that Pete had Lasik Eye surgery and is not enjoying life without glasses.  We also visited good friends in New Jersey.  Always lots of fun.

When we got to April,  Pete got his iPad2 finally and I got me a new camera.  I got a Nikon D7000.  It took a while to get used to it, but I can honestly say I love it!  Pete and I also took a week long trip to Arizona.  It was such a great visit with P Daddy and Mama Reese, oh and Ann too.  I got to spoil our friend’s little girl Zoey with lots of Disney goodies.   The week was over way too fast but did include visits with lots of family and friends.  We also visited Jerome, AZ as well as Phoenix, Green Valley and Tucson.  We also had a great Easter with our favorite kids!  I went to PA to a fun baby shower/sleepover with great friends the last weekend of April.

May…YAY my Birthday Month!  This month started with a new job.  I was happy to have a job that came with lots of benefits.  I went through the training class in Annapolis and started working full time in Columbia.  May also marked 8 years since I have gotten to hug my Mom!  I still miss her so very much and can not believe we lost this wonderful lady 8 years ago.   Pete also bought me a great Birthday Gift.  MORE DVC points!  YAY!  I am so excited to own a little piece of BLT!

June came with another New Job.  I started with Pixie and Pirate Destinations as a Disney Specialist Travel Agent.  I was sad to leave my old agency, I learned so much there.  But at Pixie & Pirate my business has grown.   We also booked our January vacation in June.  8 nights at the Boardwalk Resort in a 2 bedroom villa!  Alyssa started her countdown.  That child loves a good vacation as much as her Aunt Lisie.

We rang in the 4th of July with a visit from some Great Friends.  Caitie and Jasmin, along with their Mom & Dad came for a great 4th of July.  We visited Cunningham Falls State Park as well as watched the fireworks in Columbia from a VIP Policeman Family location.  In July we also reviled to Caitie and Jasmin that they would be joining Alyssa on her birthday trip to Disney World in January.  Towards the end of July Pete’s sister Ann came for a nice visit.  We love when she has summer conferences on the east coast.  She told us that her winter conference would not be on the East Coast this year so we would not see her for Thanksgiving.

August was the most stressful month of the year for me for sure.   The highlight was joining the Disney Wedding Blog as a Mentor for Cruiseline weddings.   Pete and I found out that he was going to be sent to India a few days after his 35th birthday.  It was originally going to be a two week trip.  This turned into a slightly longer trip once he was there.  He enjoyed meeting his co-workers from India and sharing his knowledge of the job with them.  I missed him terribly.  While he was gone there was an Earthquake in Maryland.  It was super scary.  The only casualty for our family was our beautiful mirror that was over the mantle.  Another slap in the face by Mother nature was Hurrricane Irene!  I was home alone to face the storm and to keep the basement dry.  It was a long stressfull night.  I was never more happy to welcome someone home as I was the day I picked Pete up from the Airport.  Two days after landing back in the good old USA Pete (along with me) headed to the airport to head to Orlando.  We spend two great nights at the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walk Disney World.

September 1st we stepped aboard the Disney Dream.  We did a 3 night cruise followed by a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas.  It was great to cruise with our extended family.  We celebrated Austin’s 1st Birthday on board.  It was so much fun.  Once we got off the ship we headed for another for days at the Villas of Wilderness Lodge.  We visited Hollywood Studios and had a great post cruise vacation.  Once we were home we planned for Austin’s 1st Birthday on the 17th of September.  Pete and I also booked next year’s vacation….Disneyland and Hawaii aboard the Disney Wonder.   When we were in Disney we had received notice the P Daddy was pretty sick.   We were pretty worried, it seemed serious.

In October my laptop died.  I was cut off from the world.  I use my laptop for work, so I was pretty upset.  Pete bought me a MacBook as an early Anniversary gift.  I was in love!  We followed P Daddy’s progress.  This took a turn for the worse and Pete flew out to Arizona to be with his family.  Two days later we lost a great man.  I flew to AZ the day after he passed to be with my family.  It was so hard.  Losing a parent is never easy.  We flew home to Baltimore the day before Halloween.  We went and spent Halloween with Alyssa and Austin.  The cutest Flounder and Princess Ariel ever!

In the beginning of November I broke down and bought a Kindle.  What was I waiting for???  It has changed the way I will read books forever.  I went to work planning Pete’s Dad’s funeral.  We decided to hold the funeral the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Mama Reese and Ann came to stay with us for that week.  Although we were all together due to a horrible tragedy it was so nice to have Thanksgiving dinner with my entire family!   We also decided that Mama Reese would be coming back to Baltimore for Christmas!  YAY

In the beginning of December we decorated for Christmas and put up our brand new Christmas Tree.   We also booked the Grand Californian for our pre cruise stay at Disneyland.  We will be visiting Disneyland with our good friends, Zoey and her parents!  Pete and I made a trip to New Jersey to put out Christmas flowers for his brother and father.  We also picked up Christmas Decorations for my Mother and Grandmother’s graves.  I dodged a layoff bullet at my job and Pete worked 6 day, 60+ hour weeks for all of December.  We were so happy when Mama Reese landed in Baltimore.  We enjoyed Christmas morning at Laura’s house with the family and the Skyped with Ann once we got home.  We have Christmas at Aunt Lisie and Uncle Petey’s house a few days after Christmas.  We said good bye to Mama Reese before New Year’s eve.  Pete and I spent a relaxing New Years Eve at home, together!

It was a year filled with ups and downs.  We can not wait to see what 2012 holds for us!!!

2011 Disney Dream Vacation – August 31, 2011 – Day 2

Today was the day the rest of our family was joining us at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We had booked everyone’s rooms with our “bonus” DVC points that we got for adding points on. We had rented points from a friend and the original plan was to stay at Old Key West, but we switched to the Animal Kingdom Lodge and used our points for the upgrade in rooms. We got my Aunt & Cousin and my Sister and her family Savannah View rooms. My Dad was crashing with Pete and I.

We woke up this morning and enjoyed our fabulous view.

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I was sooo excited that my family was going to be here today. They all got to the airport on time. They had an uneventful flight.

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The tram at the airport. Alyssa loves her cousin Matthew. He is her favorite cousin.

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Pete and I went to downtown Disney. I forgot the Camera. We had lunch at Wolfgang Puck Express and bought some Christmas ornaments and some treats in Goofy’s for the kids.

We got back to the hotel and waited for everyone.

My sister had call me and Pete and I were waiting out front. We wanted to see what everyone thought of the resort right away. I also wanted to help them check in in case there were any issues.

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Everyone’s rooms were ready right away. It was like 1pm

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We went and checked out everyone’s rooms. My Aunt and sister’s rooms were right a crossed the hall from us.

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They had not eaten lunch so we went to the Mara and grabbed lunch.

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After lunch we played in the kiddie pool for a bit.

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After we ate Alyssa and Pete went to nap while the rest of us went to check out the Animals.

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I headed up to our room and found Alyssa still asleep. Pete was already awake.

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After everyone woke up we headed to the pool! Alyssa LOVED the slide!!

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After a few hours at the pool Pete, Alyssa and I were going to head to the Poly to see the fireworks and get dinner. I then realized we had spent too much time in the pool. We didn’t have time to get there in time for the fireworks . Instead we all took showers and headed to the Mara for dinner.

After dinner my sister had to do laundry and we all laid around hanging out. Alyssa was in our room with my sister. Brandon had put Austin to sleep so Alyssa and Laura were hanging out with us. Laura had fallen Asleep and Alyssa and my Dad stayed up so late playing. LOL Finally everyone settled down and we all went to sleep!

Disney Dream Vacation 2011 – Day 1

This trip report is a report on my Back to Back on the Disney Dream in September 2011. I must finish this in 19 days…We are heading back to Walt Disney World for Alyssa’s 4th birthday.

Cast of Characters

Me – Lisa
DH – Pete
DSis – Laura
DBIL – Brandon
DNiece – Alyssa – 3.5
DNephew – Austin – almost 1 year, this is his Birthday Cruise
DD – Dad
DA – JoJo, my Aunt
DC – Matthew, my cousin

Me and Pete:

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Laura and Brandon

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Alyssa

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Austin

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Dad & Aunt JoJo

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Matthew

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I planned this trip for all of us. I was so happy my Dad, my aunt and cousin were joining us this time. I love vacationing with my family.

I have over 2000 pictures from this trip. So lets get started.

August 30, 2011 – Travel day

Pete worked today. As soon as he got home we were packed and ready for my BIL to take us to the airport. Brandon and the kids got to my house around 3pm and we loaded the truck. Alyssa helped with last minute packing.

Went we got to the airport she was not very happy to be saying good bye. i told her I would see her tomorrow.

Out flight was uneventful. We landed at MCO around 9:30pm. We made our way to the Magical Express.

We had a small wait. Once we got on the bus we stopped at Old Key West first and then the All Stars, Music I think. Finally we were at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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We checked in and we had been assigned the perfect room facing the pool just like we requested.

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At this point it was about 11pm. We were starving and of course the Mara was closed. We ordered a chicken sandwich and a burger. The bill was like $45 but at that point it didn’t matter. In room dining was great. They come in a set up a table for you. It was really nice.

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After dinner Pete went for a walk around the resort and I went to sleep!

Two Days until we board the ship….

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We stayed here at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for our Honeymoon and we were not too impressed. After this trip we changed our tune for sure. We thouroghly enjoyed our stay this year.

Disney Vacation 2011 – Day 13 – January 15, 2011

 

Today we got up and had breakfast in Triton’s and headed off the ship. We almost missed our flight and got the last 5 seats on the plane. It was stressful to say the least. I have No pictures from today!

Once we got home we all crashed!

It was a great vacation and made me sure that a week was the way to go!

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