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Old 02-04-2013, 09:41 AM   #1
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Talking The Pay It Forward TR-Concierge on Disney Fantasy Eastern Jan. 26, 2013–Complete!

Hello! Just returning from a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise, sailing concierge aboard the Disney Fantasy, and I am so sad to be back to “normal life.” Oh well, I am thinking that re-living the trip through a trip report might be the best way to welcome myself back to the world of laundry, cleaning, working, day care, school, etc.! If you didn’t read my pre-trip report, please check it out for full introductions and the planning scoop:
The Pay It Forward PTR.

Just a quick introduction before I get started (in case you don't read the PTR):
We cruised from January 26, 2013 through February 2, 2013 with stops at St. Thomas, San Juan, and Castaway Cay. We sailed concierge in room 12000. We added a day at the Grand Floridian on January 25, 2013 so we could dine with Cinderella at 1900 Park Fare prior to the cruise. There are three of us travelers:
DH – Jeremy. Loves cruising with Disney. This time did not disappoint. He is spoiled. Rotten!
DD – Jayden. Loves princesses and princes. She tolerated the furry, big head characters, but did not love them.
Me – Cassie. The planner. Being prepared makes a cruise better, so just be prepared!

Here is an updated picture of us and our three furry family members:


Next up: The Big Reveal!!!
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:43 AM   #4
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I love, love, love Jayden's nail polish!
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Also totally with you on the decor of the Grand Floridian. You would not find my home modeled after that, lol.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:49 AM   #5
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Looking forward to hearing all about your trip!
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:06 AM   #6
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The Big Surprise and Airplanes!

We decided that we would surprise Jayden with this trip by telling her the morning we were leaving. I don’t think Jeremy or I could have been more excited as we scurried around the house getting all of the last minute items packed and preparing for the big reveal.

After we were done, we realized we were a bit earlier than we planned, but neither of us could wait any longer. HAHAHA – who is the kid here? Jeremy got setup with the camera, and I ran into Jayden’s bedroom with as much excitement as I could telling her that Mickey Mouse left something for her in the dining room. It took about 20 seconds for that to register and for her to get out of bed…this is warp speed for her! We ran into the dining room, and I opened the card that Mickey left. Jayden was very excited – more about riding in an airplane with Mommy than the Mickey Boat! We finished getting Jayden ready, and off we went to IHOP to have some breakfast. At this point, we were still early, but early is better than late!

After a good breakfast, we headed to the airport. I looked up our flight and saw that it was going to be delayed about 15 minutes. We got to the airport around 11:15 am, checked our bags, went through security, and then waited around.


Our flight ended up being delayed about 20 minutes, but we made the time up in the air and landed in Orlando at 4:05 pm.

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Old 02-04-2013, 10:13 AM   #7
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The Grand Floridian and Dinner with Cindy!

We took the Magical Express to the Grand Floridian, and we were able to get on a bus and go almost immediately. The bus dropped at the Wilderness Lodge, BayLake, the Polynesian, and then the Grand Floridian. This was nice, as we are planning a WDW trip for December, and we were able to check out all of these resorts as we dropped people off.


Check-in at the Grand Floridian was amazing. As we got off of the bus, there were several cast members waiting for us. Each one grabbed a family and walked us into the lobby.


I was able to quickly hand the invitation to 1900 Park Fare to this very nice lady and she presented it to Jayden while we were waiting. Jayden was super excited that we were going to be dining with Cinderella and Prince Charming.


I checked my watch right before we checked in and it was already 6:00 pm, so it took about 2 hours to get from the plane to the lobby check-in. Our reservation was at 6:45 pm, so we didn’t have much time to get ready.

Our room was nice – I think we had a dormer style room. We had a great view of the castle! I did learn that the style at the Grand Floridian just isn’t for me. It is very floral, and I’m glad we stayed here one night to check it out before booking a longer vacation. We probably wouldn’t stay here again. Again, nothing bad about it, it just wasn’t our style.




We got ready for dinner and headed back towards the main lobby area. Jayden was very excited to be in her first princess dress. Just a warning, you will see this dress and a couple others a lot in my photos, as Jayden found out that you get lots of attention in these dresses



Dinner was really nice. I understand why people say you don’t go to 1900 Park Fare for the food, though. The character interaction was great, the food was OK. Anastasia and Drizella were not at dinner this night, though, because they were in trouble for shaving Lucifer (per Lady Tremaine). Jayden told this story to everyone who would listen on the ship. Here are a couple of photos from dinner. The first one is probably my favorite from the entire trip, as this was when Jayden first saw Cinderella.






This is where Lady Tremaine was explaining why Anastasia and Drizella were not present. This lady was GOOD!



Jayden ate really well, and we were off to our room to watch the fireworks. This part of the night was really special. We sat on the balcony of our room and watched the fireworks and the water pageant. Sorry for the blurry photos, but these will give you the idea!



We ended up going to bed really late, which I was hoping wouldn’t get our first day on the cruise off to a bad start!

Next up: Embarkation and Sailing Away!!!
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Dinner was really nice. I understand why people say you don’t go to 1900 Park Fare for the food, though. The character interaction was great, the food was OK. Anastasia and Drizella were not at dinner this night, though, because they were in trouble for shaving Lucifer (per Lady Tremaine). Jayden told this story to everyone who would listen on the ship. Here are a couple of photos from dinner. The first one is probably my favorite from the entire trip, as this was when Jayden first saw Cinderella.



I just love this expression on her face!!!
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:23 PM   #9
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I loved your post and enjoyed your recount of your vacation. We are booked for Room 12000 in September and I am debating if we should try to switch. How was the view from the balcony? Was the teen lounge annoying to overlook? What did you see when you looked left/right? The walls from the Roy and Walt suites? I am concerned that it isn't a very good view of the water.

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I loved your post and enjoyed your recount of your vacation. We are booked for Room 12000 in September and I am debating if we should try to switch. How was the view from the balcony? Was the teen lounge annoying to overlook? What did you see when you looked left/right? The walls from the Roy and Walt suites? I am concerned that it isn't a very good view of the water.

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We really enjoyed the room and view. The only time i saw anyone in the teen area was when a maintenance worker put the flag up. I'm not kidding, I didn't see a single teen there the whole week. You have a fairly wide-angle view from the balcony...maybe a 120 degree view. If I wanted to look far left or right, I got on a chair. HTH!
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:49 AM   #11
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Loved your PTR and can't wait for the rest of your TR. Thanks!
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I anxiously await every detail, loved your PTR report.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:10 PM   #13
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can't wait to read the rest we just booked our first ever Disney Cruise for next January and I read your whole PTR the other night
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:12 PM   #14
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One big question I have is...when was formal night? I looked at the first Navigator from the Eastern with the San Juan stop and it said Sunday night. I called DCL to confirm as I want to do BBB for my daughter. They told me Monday night. I did make reservations for both nights, but would like to know for sure.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:35 PM   #15
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Yay another good TR to read! I just read your Pre Trip Report and the start of you TR, your family seems lovely and I can't wait to read more. Thanks for taking the time to write it.
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