Monday, October 15, 2012

Cruisin' with Mickey

After nine nights in Disney World we headed to Port Canaveral to board the Disney Dream for four nights.  It was a great idea to do a cruise AFTER a trip to Disney because we needed a rest, and we actually got one.  The food was amazing, the pools were amazing, and so were the shows.  And best of all, the CHILDCARE was incredible.  The girls actually begged to go to "Pixie Hollow" and when we would go to pick them up, they wanted to stay.  I can't blame them.  They did a talent show with Tinkerbell, danced with Lilo and Stitch, and Storytime with Snow White.  No other child care will ever compare.  We took Noah a few times but mainly to keep him out of the sun when we were on the pool deck.

And the girls had a blast on that pool deck.  Leah was amazed by the huge movie playing over the pool where she could swim and watch tv - her two favorite things.

But that pool water was cold, huh Dandy?

Noah enjoyed sitting with Mimi before he went to the nursery.

We also found them some swimsuits that have mermaid tail coverups.  I couldn't resist and had to buy these for my princesses.  Now maybe I don't have to make them a swimmable mermaid costume like Leah has been begging for.  :)

We stayed on the boat for our first day at port which was Nassau and loved that decision.  Pool time, adult time, and a lovely dinner was perfect.  Since we were eating in the Royal Palace restaurant the girls dressed up in their princess attire.

And got pictures with Princess Minnie

Our second port day was to Disneys private Island, Castaway Cay.
We enjoyed this day immensely.  A beautiful beach with turquoise water and no waves, umbrellas and chairs everywhere, and a lunch buffet made for a dream day.  Even Noah enjoyed a nice long nap under the umbrellas.  It was hard getting back on the ship, but we had to get ready for Pirate night!


With all crew members and most guests dressed as pirates, it was quite a fun evening.  After dinner we went up to the top deck for a pirate show and fireworks.  Disney is the only cruise line that can set off fireworks at sea.  And we loved it.

We spent our last day at sea playing on the ship and letting poor Noah take a nap.  Packing up was really hard this time.  4 nights is just not long enough.

We departed the ship bright and early.  Matt and I headed back to Disney World for one more night (stayed in the Little Mermaid room at the Art of Animation which the girls loved).  We got to enjoy Magic Kingdom once again and do all the things we didnt get a chance to do, see some characters we didnt get to see.
Disney world oct 2012
Disney world oct 2012

Magic Kingdom closed early that night, but it was a cool day, minimal crowd, and very little wait times if any.  It was a great way to end our trip.
Disneyworld 2012
Disney world oct 2012

And as we were headed out of the park we got one last frozen lemonade - our favorite Disney treat and said goodbye to Mickey.
Disney world oct 2012

We HAD to stop and take pictures with every Little Mermaid statue at the hotel, and finally crashed after a long day so we could be up at 445 to catch the shuttle to the airport.
Disneyworld 2012

It was a great trip.  And we are truly blessed to have wonderful parents who would treat their kids and grandkids to such an amazing experience.

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