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Old 12-27-2007, 12:08 PM   #16
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WOW what a deal!! I've never done bingo before (except in school lol) and now I just might play! Holy cow. What a good sign! I would've booked with it too, hee hee! I'm going to Vegas (annual family post-Christmas trip) at the end of the month, maybe I'll try a little bingo!

So did you get the same cat as you had on the Western? We'll be in SPH room #5520. I think I have seen that Bridget got 5020! We have 5020 for our Wonder cruise next year. If we end up not liking that room, I figure we can either upgrade or downgrade on ship for the 09 cruise. But I think I will really like deck 5 because of the proximity to the clubs.


So your kids are now 8 and 5? My daughter Rachel is 10 and my son Kyle is 7 (almost 8). They are in 5th grade and 2nd grade. They'll be 12 and 9 at cruise time. Our boys are close in age!

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We had a Category 4 last time as my neice who lives with us went as well. But she will be in Grade 11 for this vacation and i cant afford to take her out of school that long. Her grandparents will stay with her. So we downgraded all the way to a Category 9. We realized that we dont really care what room we are in as we hardly ever were in it. We might change our mind afterwards (LOL)
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:12 PM   #18
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Welcome DenverVal! I agree with you. There is a lot of life to live between now and our sail date. Hopefully, we'll be able to get a few more WDW trips in between then and now, maybe even a short cruise . Even though we have been to Disney during the holidays, it is always after Christmas so we miss MVMCP. I'd really like to try that party. We loved MNSSHP and the P&PP. I just know we would like MVMCP! DH and I always try to make it to WDW at least once a year. I truly believe it is one of the happiest places on earth.

I love Guitar Hero! Isn't funny how your suppose to outgrow video games yet Nintendo, Playstation, and XBox come along and make everything even better then when we were young! Seriously, how am I suppose to turn down a guitar that lets me play November Rain???

The countdown has begun for us. Nick got a lot of Tommy Bahama for Christmas! I'm determined to pack only a few t-shirts for him and the rest hawaiian wear. That way, I know he'll look tropical in our pictures!!! Hopefully, all our flights will go smoothly and the weather will be pleasant. I'll post pics when we get back. Talk to you soon.
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Old 12-27-2007, 06:39 PM   #19
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Welcome DenverVal! Glad you will be joining us.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! We did, the kids got Wii... so we've been playing A LOT! Wii is really fun, even my inlaws have been playing. I already had Guitar Hero 2 on my playstation, I asked for it for Mother's Day! LOL. I can only play on Easy but it's still really fun. The kids got Guitar Hero 3 for xmas, you know I was the first one to hit that on Christmas night after dinner!!

We'll be at WDW next November. We're doing a 3 day land/4night cruise, then adding on 3 more days afterward. I'm hoping to get to MVMCP, but not sure if it will start before we leave. Crossing fingers! It will have been 5 years since we have been to WDW at that point. I can't believe it. So we may end up adding on a day or two before the Eastern, ssshhhh don't tell DH. LOL. We do live about an hour from DL so we go there a lot, as we have annual passes. I'm trying to figure out a day we can go before school gets back in the 7th. I'm hoping Small World Holiday won't be down already.

DenverVal, have you cruised often on DCL? My inlaws love NCL. Seems people either love it or hate it. They did the Hawaii cruise on NCL last year and had a great time. I hope you do too! It's one of our very favorite places. The worst day in Hawaii is better than any day on the mainland. Okay, except maybe a day at Disney...
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:29 PM   #20
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DenverVal, have you cruised often on DCL? My inlaws love NCL. Seems people either love it or hate it. They did the Hawaii cruise on NCL last year and had a great time. I hope you do too! It's one of our very favorite places. The worst day in Hawaii is better than any day on the mainland. Okay, except maybe a day at Disney...
I dream about cruising a lot. We've been on two, both with Disney, a Western and the PC repo. I've been to Hawaii a bunch of times, but this will be the first trip there for my younger DD, and our first NCL cruise.

We just returned from a vacation at WDW over Thanksgiving. It's become a tradition these last few years - I'm not sure I remember how to cook a turkey! FWIW, I don't think MVMCP will be starting until after the cruise, so you may be able to attend during your post-cruise days.
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Old 01-06-2008, 12:06 AM   #21
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I dream about cruising a lot. We've been on two, both with Disney, a Western and the PC repo. I've been to Hawaii a bunch of times, but this will be the first trip there for my younger DD, and our first NCL cruise.

We just returned from a vacation at WDW over Thanksgiving. It's become a tradition these last few years - I'm not sure I remember how to cook a turkey! FWIW, I don't think MVMCP will be starting until after the cruise, so you may be able to attend during your post-cruise days.
Wow! WDW at Thanksgiving, how fun is that?! How long do you stay, and where? Is it really busy? A couple years ago we decided as an extended family to have Thanksgiving at California Adventure. We had it at the Grand Californian, which was fantastic eating but so crowded. After dinner we decided to hop across to DL... OMG the lines just to get in was so long!! Holy cow. I think all of So Cal decided about 5 pm after eating their dinner to come on over!! Is it really crowded at WDW too? I guess we thought we were the only family who thought spending the day there was a great way to spend Thanksgiving...LOL!!!!
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We love to be there at that time of year. In the past we have arrived on Thanksgiving or just after and it is insanely crowded, but most people go home the Saturday and Sunday afterwards. The following week is great.

This year we took Veteran's Day through Thanksgiving Day because they fell close enough together that my kids still only missed a week of school. Veteran's Day was busy, but the rest of the week was wonderful. People started arriving for the holiday starting on Saturday, and by Monday things were really hopping and lines were long. We actually got a fastpass for Buzz Lightyear with a return time of 1:15 am! lol, we used it too.

We ditched the parks the day before the holiday and went to Blizzard Beach instead - it was the best day of the week. Everybody must have been getting their park fix, because the crowds at the water park were no problem.
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:29 PM   #23
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This year we took Veteran's Day through Thanksgiving Day because they fell close enough together that my kids still only missed a week of school. Veteran's Day was busy, but the rest of the week was wonderful. People started arriving for the holiday starting on Saturday, and by Monday things were really hopping and lines were long. We actually got a fastpass for Buzz Lightyear with a return time of 1:15 am! lol, we used it too.
We went the week of Veteran's Day 4 years ago on our last WDW trip, and it was awesome. This year we're going again on the weekend before (then having a 4 night Wonder cruise during Veteran's Day) then staying again through the weekend after. We loved November there so much! DH really wanted to do Thanksgiving week, but balked once he saw the prices for the land/sea that week! LOL. Maybe in the future.

That's crazy about a 1:15 am fastpass!!! Now that we have Buzz Lightyear out here, it'll be fun to go on it again and see what's different about the two rides. At DL I know all the secret places you can hit a hidden "zurg" and get like 100,000 points

Getting excited about our Wonder cruise this year!! I tried to start a cruise meets thread, but nobody has posted on it We definitely decided to keep the 09 cruise a secret until next Christmas!! I think I'll have so much fun planning how to tell them, what little present hints I can give...
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That's crazy about a 1:15 am fastpass!!! Now that we have Buzz Lightyear out here, it'll be fun to go on it again and see what's different about the two rides. At DL I know all the secret places you can hit a hidden "zurg" and get like 100,000 points
MK was open regular hours to 1am that night and it was an extra magic hours night on top of that! We only lasted until almost 2am, but they were open until 3!

The two rides do have different "bonus" spots. DH has a talent for finding them and maxed out his score last time at WDW. DD should NEVER have told him we found one he didn't! He rode it until he found it. I really like emailing your score home though, and you can't do that at WDW. We solved the problem by taking our own photos of our scores!
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Hi everyone! Well, we made it back. Only a few minor glitches with United but other than that, it was a wonderful trip. Wow! Hawaii was amazing. By far one of my favorite places we have ever visited. Now I just can't wait to go back! Just like Disney, it's addicting. We're still a little tired right now. After I catch up on some rest, I'll be back on the DIS boards. I just wanted to say hi and see what's bee going on since we were gone. Talk to ya'll soon. Bridget
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:34 AM   #26
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Welcome back! I knew you would love Hawaii! I'm glad you had a great time. I bet you are tired after those flights back! How long did it take you?

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Wow! Hawaii was amazing. By far one of my favorite places we have ever visited. Now I just can't wait to go back! Just like Disney, it's addicting.
Yes, it's easy to fall in love with Hawaii. I'm glad you had a wonderful time, and I'd love to hear about it! Welcome back!
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Welcome back! I knew you would love Hawaii! I'm glad you had a great time. I bet you are tired after those flights back! How long did it take you?

Christine
It took us 13 hours to get there but it was well worth the flight time. Now, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Disney does a cruise there in 2010 to open up the new resort they're building.
I was actually surprised that I liked Oahu like I did. I had been told be family members that we wouldn't really like it but we loved our hotel (Moana Surfrider) which was on Waikiki beach and we loved the North Shore. We went back to the North Shore twice just for Matsamoto (sp?) shave ice. It was sooo good. I was amazed by the Pipeline and how big the waves got out there.

We watched the New Years Eve fireworks on the beach in front of our hotel, hiked up Diamond Head, and of course we did Pearl Harbor. Since Pearl Harbor was closed on New Years Day, and we were supposed to fly out to Maui the next day, I had to call and push our flight back to 6:30 that night. My grandfather is a WWII vet and there is no way I could ever tell him that we "didn't make the time" for Pearl Harbor. Plus, I've always wanted to see Pearl Harbor. It was one of the most defining moments in American history. We all agreed that it was worth losing a day in Maui just to visit the USS Arizona and tour Pearl Harbor. I can't believe the oil still comes up all these years later. They told us it is often called the Tears of the Arizona.

We stayed at the Grand Wailea in Maui and let me just say WOW! They don't call it the Grand for nothing. The place was HUGE. It was beautiful and big and had a beach and pools to die for. Plus, it wasn't stuffy. the best thing about it....we got upgraded to Ocean front rooms.

Maui was great. We saw whales, took a helicopter ride around the island, layed on th beach, watched the sunset at Kimo's, and just hung out. I'm sure we did more but right now I just can't remember.

My mother and I took a day trip to the big island. The other three wanted to sleep in and hang out in Maui. I still can't believe they missed that day. We took a helicopter tour with Blue Hawaii again and flew over the volcanoe. That was really neat. Then we drove to Volcanoe National Park and saw it from another perspective. We also went to BJ Penn's (UFC fighter) training camp. I got to stand in the Octogon! OMGoodness! Anyways, it was one of my favorite days in Hawaii.

Hawaii, like everyone said, was amazing. It was unlike any place we had ever been. Most places we go with the exception of Disney, I feel like I have seen enough and usually don't care about going back. But Hawaii was different. I just couldn't get enough. I'm ready to go back! I really do hope Disney takes one of the ships there eventually. I would be totally up for that trip!!!!

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Your trip sounds awesome!! How cool that you got to go to 3 islands. I've just been to Oahu and the Big Island. Maui, someday!! The helicopter tours sound awesome. WOW! I'd love to go back - but it looks like my "big vacations" this year and next are on DCL! LOL.

Disney I would think will move the Magic to the West Coast permanently when the new ships arrive. They could do Alaska in the summer, Mexico in the winter, and besides Hawaii they could also do some land/sea packages with DL. I am not sure if the new ships will be able to traverse the Panama Canal until the Canal expansion is finished, they might be too big. Hawaii would be a great destination for DCL- except that they would only be able to leave from the West Coast and will have to either stop in Mexico or Fanning Island, as US law requires foreign flagged ships to have a foreign port of call between US ports. NCL made a separate company, NCL America, and got a federal waiver to allow them their inter island cruises. They also have to have an all American crew - which means US labor laws. From what I hear NCLA is a money losing company, primarily due to the wages. My inlaws went on that cruise and LOVED it. But Disney isn't about to enter into having to pay US wages to its crew. I would think they might do a few "special itinerary" runs between LA and HI, but can't make it a regular thing. Besides, those limited itinerary runs seem to be very profitable for them!
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I'm all for Hawaii being a "special itinerary" cruise. That would make it even greater. We met a nice couple who was on the NCL cruise and they were having a fantastic time. DH and I talked about maybe doing that, but we would really like to do one with Disney. So we'll see but I can definitely see us going back in the next few years. I just wish we were closer.

The plane rides just about got us. On the way back we got rerouted to Dulles because our flight crew did not show up in San Francisco. Our bags went to Denver. It was 2 days before we got them back, but thankfully they all arrived back in Huntsville safe and sound. Like I said, a few glitches on United's part but they made it up to us. After calling the Mileage Plus number and speaking to a Customer Service rep, we each were awarded 500 a piece in ticket vouchers. Since there were 5 of us, that equaled out to a total of 2500 we could use for tickets in the next year. So now, I have to plan a trip somewhere, right???

I'm glad to be back and glad everyone is doing well. Now that the calender says 2008, I feel like the Disney cruise is even closer!
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