Ths DIS is a great place to ask Disney Cruise Line questions and share tips.
Dreams Unlimited Travel - The official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums Dreams Unlimited Travel - the official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums  

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Cruise Line > Disney Cruise Line Forum > Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 08-09-2010, 02:41 PM   #1
UGAFan0829
DIS Veteran
 
UGAFan0829's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: North GA
Posts: 4,347

Mike & Missy's Saying Goodbye to the Wonder 09/19/10 Pre-TR--Now a TR!--Updated 12/05

Here we go again!! I’ve finally decided to start the Pre-TR for our upcoming cruise on the Wonder! We are set to sail on the 4-night itinerary on September 19th, and I am so very excited to be cruising DCL for the 4th time! This will be our official good-bye to the Wonder before she heads out West, which is where I came up with the title for this report!

Before I go any further, let me introduce you to the cast—
First there’s my DH, Mike. He’s 33 and my very best friend in the world. I am VERY fortunate that Mike loves Disney *almost* as much as I do. He gets just as excited about the trips as me. Mike is a very down-to-earth, go with the flow guy, who is very much the opposite of me! I think Mike is most looking forward to the self-serve ice cream on the ship, which we visited SEVERAL times on our last cruise!!



Then there’s me, Missy. I’m 30, and holding! I love, love, love most all things Disney! As I said, I’m quite the opposite from Mike—I’m an obsessive planner who can stress over things very easily! Mike and I have been married for 10 wonderful years (which we celebrated aboard the Disney Magic last year!)



Now I’ll tell you how this trip came to be--We booked using our DVC points. I know, I know…a lot of people will say that using points for a cruise isn’t the ideal thing to do, but in this case, it was really what we wanted. It all started because the original plan was to take our 16 year-old nephew on his first trip to WDW (he refused to take a cruise). I’d went as far as booking a room at WLV, and had even made all our dining reservations. However, my nephew decided to screw around in school and got into a little bit of trouble. Mike and I decided that a trip to Disney wasn’t a good way to “reward” his poor choices, so we decided to cancel the trip. What I didn’t realize when I cancelled is that because the points had been borrowed from our 2010 use year, we had to use them this year, or we’d lose them. Before we booked the trip for my nephew, we had tossed around the idea of cruising again. Until last September, we hadn’t cruised since 2006, so needless to say, after 7 wonderful nights on the Magic; we’d been bitten with the cruise bug, again. So with knowing those points had to be used, I started exploring the possibility of using them to book a cruise. The thought of cruising and not having to pay a dime was thrilling. We tossed the idea around a little more, knowing that this was probably the only time that we’d ever use our points like this, and decided that we’d do it. Since we’re relatively new members (we joined in July of last year), this was our first time booking an “exchange”. It was fairly easy—I called Member Services, paid the $95 fee and that was it. She gave me a confirmation and told me that since we were booking using points, we’d be in a GTY status. Since cruising does take a lot of points, we decided to go with a Cat. 11, as that’s also the lowest category that’s available to book using points. On our past 3 and 4 night cruises, we were never in the room very much, so we were fine with having an inside room. Plus, there's always the small chance of getting an upgrade, which I'm not expecting, but would be happy to get!

Next up, I’ll be posting our plans, cause planning is what I love to do!

Last edited by UGAFan0829; 12-05-2010 at 10:30 AM.
UGAFan0829 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2010, 03:19 PM   #2
wld4mky
DIS Veteran
 
wld4mky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 528

Red face

Hi Missy, Loved your last TR s I will be subbing. We are going in on our 2nd cruise in Feb. Can't wait to hear all about your plans and trip!
__________________
Karen
me: DH
DS (22) DS (10) DD(9)
wld4mky is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 08-09-2010, 03:19 PM   #3
JKSWonder
Twelve plus trips and counting
 
JKSWonder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: New York
Posts: 1,564

I'm in! I've read your prior trip reports and thought they were great. Imformative, funny and with the kind of details I love....food reviews!

We are sailing the Magic for the first time in October. We have a Cat. 6 GTY and are anxiously waiting for our room assignment. We sailed once previously, a 4 day on the Wonder, and are of course, completely hooked now!
__________________
JKSWonder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2010, 08:00 AM   #4
UGAFan0829
DIS Veteran
 
UGAFan0829's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: North GA
Posts: 4,347

Quote:
Originally Posted by JKSWonder View Post
I'm in! I've read your prior trip reports and thought they were great. Imformative, funny and with the kind of details I love....food reviews!

We are sailing the Magic for the first time in October. We have a Cat. 6 GTY and are anxiously waiting for our room assignment. We sailed once previously, a 4 day on the Wonder, and are of course, completely hooked now!
Hi, Karen! Thanks so much for joining in! I'm glad you enjoyed my prior report. I believe that was the first time I included the food in there, so I'll have to try and make sure to do the same this time, too!

I know how you feel about waiting for the room assignment! I'm crossing my fingers that you'll get something that you'll love!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by wld4mky View Post
Hi Missy, Loved your last TR s I will be subbing. We are going in on our 2nd cruise in Feb. Can't wait to hear all about your plans and trip!
Hi, there! I'm glad you're here! I love reading Pre-TR's and TR's to help pass the time in between my trips, so I hope I can do the same for you here!!
UGAFan0829 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2010, 09:14 AM   #5
UGAFan0829
DIS Veteran
 
UGAFan0829's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: North GA
Posts: 4,347

Doin' the Doc Dance!

On Saturday, Mike went out to check the mail, and came back with a wonderful surprise. As he walked in the front door, he told me, "We got something really special in the mail today"! Of course, I never would have guessed that he was talking about our cruise docs, but he was!! I was totally excited, and jumped up and down as he opened them! Getting the docs makes everything official for me! For past cruises, I've always anticipated their arrival, but this time I guess I lost track of time, and they totally caught me off guard. It kinda puts me in panic mode a little too, as I knew the days were ticking away, but this really put it into perspective for me!!
Since it looks like the docs have changed a little since the last time we cruised, I thought I'd include a couple pics:


I love how they've changed it to a spiral bound book. That way everything stays together until you need it. The pages are preforated, so once you get to the cruise terminal, you can tear out what you need. Pretty handy, in my opinion!!

As I said, receiving the docs has made me a little nervous. Though we don't have a lot to do to get ready for this cruise compared to the others we've taken, we did decide to participate in the FE exchange this time. For the adults, I decided to make the gifts, so that has been a little time consuming. So far, I think we have about 11 adults in the group, and I've only been able to complete 1 of them. I'd really love to share what I'm making, but I don't want to ruin the surprise for anyone who's cruising with us and might be reading this. I'll make sure and keep you posted on my progress though!!
UGAFan0829 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2010, 10:42 AM   #6
wld4mky
DIS Veteran
 
wld4mky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 528

That is very exciting news! Can't wait to see what you are doing for the FE. We participated on our 1st cruise, it was alot of fun and the kids were always so excited to see what they got.
__________________
Karen
me: DH
DS (22) DS (10) DD(9)
wld4mky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2010, 11:34 AM   #7
mojjo627
Earning My Ears
 
mojjo627's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bucks County, PA
Posts: 15

Thanks so much for starting this...We're starting to plan our first cruise so it's nice to see the whole process from start to finish.
__________________
Me (37), DH (52), SS (17), and DS (8)

mojjo627 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2010, 08:00 AM   #8
UGAFan0829
DIS Veteran
 
UGAFan0829's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: North GA
Posts: 4,347

Quote:
Originally Posted by wld4mky View Post
That is very exciting news! Can't wait to see what you are doing for the FE. We participated on our 1st cruise, it was alot of fun and the kids were always so excited to see what they got.
I'm really excited about our FE gifts as well! I just hope everyone likes them as much as I do!

Quote:
Originally Posted by mojjo627 View Post
Thanks so much for starting this...We're starting to plan our first cruise so it's nice to see the whole process from start to finish.
Thank you for joining in! I can't tell you how many tips I've picked up just from reading reports here on the DIS, so I'm glad to be able to return the favor. You are going to have so much fun planning! If you have any questions, ask away!!
UGAFan0829 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2010, 08:07 AM   #9
UGAFan0829
DIS Veteran
 
UGAFan0829's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: North GA
Posts: 4,347

We received another surprise in the mail yesterday--except this time, I was actually expecting it!! Since this will be our first time participating in the FE exchange, I didn't actually have a FE. So, with the help of some DIS'ers on our cruise thread, I found a lady who makes and sells customized ones on e-Bay. It came in yesterday, and I was so excited to see it. Of course, I had to take a pic to share since I love it so much:

She did an awesome job! The quality is great!! I would highly recommend her!! Now I can't wait to get on the ship and hang it up!!
UGAFan0829 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2010, 09:40 AM   #10
Jennifer48
Not a Disney bride but engaged and honeymooned at Disney!
 
Jennifer48's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 3,346

Hi Missy!

I'm excited for you for taking a "last minute" cruise! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Your FE is awesome!
__________________
WDW: '00, '04, '05, '06, '07, '08 , '08 , '09 , '10 , '10 , '10 , '11, '11, '12 , '12, '12 , '13, '13
DCL: '06 , '07, '09 , '12 FMV
DLR: '07
Aulani: '13
My Latest Invention: The Traffic-eliminator-inator!
A Road Trip Engagement
Best Friends and New Friends - A MAGICal Tale
My First Disney Cruise Trip Report
Jennifer48 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2010, 08:05 PM   #11
travelfanatic
Mouse fan
 
travelfanatic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Acworth, Georgia
Posts: 356

Missy I love the FE!! How cute! We are actually cruising with you on the
19th! This will be our first disney cruise. SOOO excited! We did not choose to do FE since we are first timers, I just felt it would be a bit much. But it looks like a lot of fun. I will look for you on the cruise!
__________________
travelfanatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2010, 08:28 AM   #12
UGAFan0829
DIS Veteran
 
UGAFan0829's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: North GA
Posts: 4,347

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jennifer48 View Post
Hi Missy!

I'm excited for you for taking a "last minute" cruise! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Your FE is awesome!
Hi, Jennifer! I'm so glad you're here!! I'm glad you like my FE...I was impressed with it as well. I'm looking forward to participating in the exchange this time...should be lots of fun!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by travelfanatic View Post
Missy I love the FE!! How cute! We are actually cruising with you on the
19th! This will be our first disney cruise. SOOO excited! We did not choose to do FE since we are first timers, I just felt it would be a bit much. But it looks like a lot of fun. I will look for you on the cruise!
Hi, Angela!! How awesome that you'll be with us on the cruise. Have you been over to our meet thread? I honestly don't blame you for not doing the FE this time...with it being a shorter cruise, you will already be overwhelmed. I hope to meet you on the cruise as well!!
UGAFan0829 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2010, 09:20 AM   #13
UGAFan0829
DIS Veteran
 
UGAFan0829's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: North GA
Posts: 4,347

Plans-Day 1

I took the time to look through some of the recent Navigators posted here on the DIS to try and see what may be going on during our cruise. In looking at them, I've really been able to narrow down a lot of things that we want to try and do, which turned out to be a lot more than I initially thought. When we started planning this trip, we said that we were just going to take it slow to relax and enjoy the ship. But the reality is, there is no relaxing when it comes to Disney!! We can relax on the couch at home, not on a Disney ship!! So, with that being said, I thought I would post my "rough draft" of plans for the week. I'd love to get feedback from anyone who's willing to offer!

(Before, I start, I want to say that I've borrowed the majority of the following photos from Photobucket)
Saturday-9/18
We're going to try and leave the house somewhere between 5 and 6, but who knows what time it will actually be. It seems as though we always end up leaving late no matter what!! We'll stop for breakfast and lunch somewhere along the way. If we leave on time, I'm hoping to be in WDW around 1 or so. Last year, we stayed at the Country Inn at the port, left our car there and took the shuttle to port. But, this year, we decided to try something a little different. For one, since we weren't incorporating WDW into this trip, we thought staying on property would be nice. Plus, when we took the shuttle over from the CI last year, there were a ton of people already at the terminal, so we decided to try and be there earlier this year. So, we decided to stay at Pop!

We've always wanted to stay there, so this is our chance. And, I was able to get a decent rate for the one night that justified us staying there and driving to the port!! Other than checking out the resort and taking lots of pics, the only other plans we have for the evening is dinner at Trail's End, and hopefully a game of mini-golf at Fantasia Gardens!

I'm really excited about Trail's End, as the menus I've seen look really, really yummy!!!

Our ADR for dinner is at 5:30, so even if we do play a mini-golf, I'm hoping that we'll be able to head back to the room pretty early so that we'll be bright eyed and bushy tailed for the next morning!!

Last edited by UGAFan0829; 08-19-2010 at 08:11 AM.
UGAFan0829 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2010, 09:54 AM   #14
Timon


DIS Junkie
 
Timon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 8,203

Oooh another Mike & Missy cruise, how exciting!!!

Can't wait to hear all about it Missy!
Timon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2010, 10:58 AM   #15
mousetravel
DIS Veteran
 
mousetravel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SC
Posts: 2,553

Hey, haven't seen you in a while, but glad I found your PTR! I also love the new format for the cruise documents. Can't wait to get ours for our June,2011 cruise!
__________________
Mom/Daughter Graduation trip: June 2013 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3211306
Mom/Daughter Birthday Celebration! June 2012 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....3#post45286013
Mom/Daughter Christmas TR! 2011http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2851142
Mom/Daughter PTR: Christmas Trip! 2011 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post42724982
Mom/Daughter Trip Report June 2011: Disney Dream! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2744972
Mom/Daughter Trip Report: Disney & Sea World 2010
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2443520

Mom/Daughter Trip Report: WDW & Disney Cruise 2009 ttp://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2095302
mousetravel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:49 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: