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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I have no pictures of our buffet breakfasts. This was the day we ran into our assistant server from our January cruise. We were happy to find out he is now a head server.

The princess meet and greet started at 9am. Pete and I got in line about 8:05am. We called my sisters room over and over again. I was getting nervous. It was getting later and later and we were line 4th in line. Finally at 8:45 Pete got ahold of Laura and she said Brandon was on his way to the lobby with Alyssa. Thank goodness! I was a wreck.

Finally my girl was here!

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She looks thrilled right. HAHAHA! She was full of all kinds of interesting faces today!

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About 3 minutes before 9:00am my sister and Austin showed up. He doesn’t look ready for princess love does he?

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Alyssa had her autograph book and was very excited!

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Up first was Aunt Lisie’s favorite. Cinderella. Cinderella knelt down to be on Alyssa’s level, but Alyssa plopped down too. Soo cute.

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Austin was not impressed.

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Next was Belle. I really love how they have you stand in one line and then work your way down the line. Alyssa tells Belle about her Cinderella dress.

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Now they talk about how old Alyssa is. Look at those cute little hands.

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Princess Aurora was next in line. I love the smile on Alyssa’s face in this picture.

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Is it just me or does Tianna have the most beautiful dress? I love it.

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Ariel (Popeye’s favorite) gets Alyssa to spin around.

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Last but certainly not least is Snow White. She remembered Alyssa’s name and they talked a while before posing.

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Right next to the princesses were a few more Characters. We hit the Character jackpot this morning. Pinocchio was here with such a short line.

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My dad showed up around this time. Of course Austin wanted my Dad. Popeye is his favorite person in the whole world!

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On the other side of the Lobby was Aladdin. We to in his line. Look at Austin checking him out. Ha!

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Alyssa was getting tired and headed over to the lobby chairs where Pete was hanging out. She climbed up for a little rest. Princesses and Autographs are hard work.

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This spot was perfect. As each princess was done with her line she walked this way past the Bon Voyage bar, down past the shops and down to the cast member entrance. We were staking out a watch for Ariel.

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Then Snow White made her way down the hall! “Hi Snow White” yelled Alyssa. “Well Hello Princess Alyssa, came walk with me” replied Snow White. Alyssa took off with her. Of course Popeye was right there with her. One of her best memories of the cruise I am sure!

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Then it was time for Austin to shine.

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The Diaper Dash! They have a contest where all of the crawling babies compete in a crawling contest. There was only one other little guy who was participating. Austin smoked him. But in the little guys defense he had just started crawling and Austin was an old pro. He started walking very shortly after this cruise.

We were all so proud of our little guy though. Fastest Baby on the Ship.

Austin wasn’t overwhelmed. LOL

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Whatever! LOL

I took a few more pictures of my princess before we go on with the rest of our day.

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The was the day we were in Nassau, Bahamas, but since my family has been before we had no interest in getting off of the ship.

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We used the empty ship as a good time to play in the pools!

My Dad however loves to play the slots. He headed right for Atlantis. He took this picture….

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Which ship is prettier???

I love the Mickey Hand. Alyssa loved the slide!

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Our first stop however was Nemo’s Reef. What fun! The best part is that it is in the shade!

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The kids really had a good time. I think the family splash area on the Fantasy is going to be a lot of fun!!!

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The kids slide is really really fast! Notice the black cushy mat.

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I love how Alyssa is helping catch Austin…LOL

Alyssa insisted she pose with each and ever Nemo Character.

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While we were on deck we had some lunch before the crowds started rolling back in.

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The kids were getting so sleepy, nap time for them

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and I needed my Adult pool fix!

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We headed to the Quiet Cove and it was getting more and more crowded as people returned from Nassau. We spent a few hours in the Adult Pool. Patty and Dale and Aubre joined us. It was great to recap our vacations so far and talk.

I found my favorite chair and read my book…code for took a nap. LOL

This was my view

To the right….

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To the left ….

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I had to get up though, I needed to shower and get ready for Pirate Night!

After we were ready we headed over to my sister’s room and grabbed our favorite pirate.

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Alyssa wanted her picture with the Girl Pirate who was welcoming us to the Walt Disney Theater.

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Pete and I along with pirate Alyssa went to the show. We got seats, not saved them, just sat there with enough seats around us for our family.

The show was Villains Tonight. While I love me some Villains (Malificent is my favorite Disney Character ever) This show never thrills me. I think while the concept is good the show s missing something.

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Pete and I left the show early to secure a good spot for the 1st Pirate party. The rest of the family had to go meet Ariel again at Popeye’s insistence. LOL

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Meanwhile Pete, myself, JoJo and Matthew were securing a good spot.

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I heard there were pirates on board.

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The rest of the family showed up and we got ready for the show.

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The show started and it was really good! SO much fun!

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Now the following Video will prove that a one year old is 100% NOT to young to enjoy a Disney Cruise. People who abject to taking babies due to “them not remembering” are insane. Sure in 3 years he won’t remember this, but we always will.

In the End Mickey saved the ship!

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We headed down to Dinner at the Enchanted Garden. Everyone ran for bathroom breaks before dinner. Matthew held Austin.

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This is what they were looking at.


Dinner was in the Enchanted Garden and since we had the welcome lunch in Cabanas this was our first time seeing it.Wow, so pretty!

Well my Dad showed up with a Black Beard. Talk about freaking out, Alyssa could not get over it. She giggles and laughed. It was so funny!

JoJo came to dinner tonight with gifts for the kids. It was Austin’s birthday cruise and having a little something to open really helped keep Alyssa well behaved during dinner.

Austin too loved his gift!

Now we had the late dining instead of the early dinner. While most people choose early dinner with kids, I find the late is better. See if you have early dinner you have late show. We would feed the kids around 5pm before the show then head to the show. After the show we had dinner. Alyssa and Matthew were ready to eat again and Austin would last about half way before one of us would walk him out of the restaurant. He was always asleep and the “walker” was back before the main course. We just brought the stroller in and he slept the night away. I feel being awake and enjoying the show is better then having the early dinner and sleeping through the show.

Did someone ask for a spoon???

We called him Cousin B. He was great with the kids.

Finally after dinner Alyssa wanted to know what was under Popeye’s eye patch. He lifted to reveal his “sore eye”…..

That fool had that fake eye under that eye patch all during dinner….He is sooo funny!!!!

After dinner we went up to the deck to see the fireworks. We skipped the Pirate part of the party and hung out near Signals. Great spot to see the fireworks.

After the show Pete and I walked around some. We went to check out the Outlook. It is a an intimate cocktail lounge located on Deck 14 Midship with ocean views. I wanted to see it since this is where the cake cutting is for some weddings & vow renewals. It was sooo nice. We were there all alone. It wasn’t being used for anything.
I was super tired at this point so after snuggling in one of those alcoves and talking a while we decided to head down to our room for a good nights sleep!!!
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