Spring Break 2013 – Disney Dream day 1
Sunday, March 10, 2013
After we left the Universal Studios area, we drove to Cape Canaveral to stay the night at a Country Inn and Suites. It was a decent hotel. What was really nice is that they offer a park and cruise for $40. We didn’t know this until we checked in. We had planned on leaving our rental car at the cruise terminal garage and paying the daily fee. This saved us money. They had a shuttle service that drove us over to the cruise terminal and practically dropped us off at the door.
It was so nice to see the Disney Dream again as we walked into the cruise terminal!
Going through the cruise terminal this time around did not take us nearly as long. I think part of it had to do with the fact that we are now Castaway Club members. You automatically become a member once you have sailed once on a Disney ship. We are a silver level. Maybe someday we will make it to gold or platinum!
Our room wasn’t ready, so we decided to grab a bite to eat at Cabana’s. Cabana’s is a buffet restaurant on the ship with pretty much every type of food you can imagine. This is where we always eat breakfast when we are onboard.
After lunch, our cabin was ready. This is what our bed looked like when we walked into our cabin. We received a Castaway Club backpack that had key chains and Mickey crackers inside it. We had a note from the Disney Vacation Club and the ship’s onboard activities for the rest of the day.
On the other side of the bed, is a pull-out sofa and a Murphy bed…along with a large porthole window with a window seat! It was funny, we were assigned the same stateroom that we were in on our first cruise.
We had been invited to attend a Disney Vacation Club seminar. Michael wanted to go listen. He had plans…BIG PLANS!!! While he went to the DVC meeting, I took the kids to the pool deck. They slid down the Mickey slide several times. They wanted to ride the AquaDuck, but the line was pretty long. So, they settled for the Mickey slide and had a great time!
Then, they decided to head over to the Donald Pool. OMG!! There were so many people in it. There are two pools in this area of the deck. The Mickey pool isn’t very deep…more like a wading pool. The Donald Pool is around 5 ft. deep. Maybe a little deeper.
It wasn’t long that they decided they were done with the pool and decided to check out the Nemo splash area. This is the last time they will be able to go in this area as it is for kids 8 and under.
We went back to our room to meet up with Michael and get ready for the Sailing Away party.
It wasn’t long before the ship was leaving port and we were on our way to the Bahamas!
The kids love hanging out in the Oceaneer’s Club and Lab. In the lab, there are lots of different video games…they even have a lit up dance floor that can be turned into a giant video game that the kids have to move around on to get the game to work. On the first day at sea, they have an open house, so anyone can come in and play. Normally, parents only go in when they are there to pick up their kids.
Zachary started by playing a Pirates of the Caribbean game. Then, he and Michael decided to play a game that was a digital air hockey.
Taylor decided to head over to the Oceaneer’s Club area. She wanted to check out Pixie Hollow first and play a few games.
She then headed over to Andy’s Room (Toy Story) and reconstructed Mr. Potato Head’s face.
Before long, it was time for our dinner. We were in the first dining rotation. So, that meant we ate dinner at 5:45 and then went to the 8:30 show.
Our first dinner was at the Enchanted Garden.
While we were eating, the ship started getting really rocky. We were told later that the waves for 11 ft. waves and they were that strong due to the Nor’easter that was hitting the New England area. It felt like we were on a giant teeter totter.
After dinner, we were going to see the Golden Mickey’s show (it is like the Oscar’s for Disney characters…amazing show) and we ran into Princess Tiana by the elevators. I think she was on her way to a meet and greet, but she made time to meet Zachary and Taylor and talk to them for a bit before she had to leave. That is one of the things that is so fun about being on a Disney ship. You never know who you are going to run into at the elevators or be behind when you are walking down a hall. So magical!!
The last time we were onboard the Dream, the kids had wanted to take part in the Midship Detective Agency. We ran out of time. So, this time we made sure to get them signed up for it and they started their mission that night before and after we watched The Golden Mickey’s. It is really cool. It is kind of like a scavenger hunt around the ship. There are certain pieces of framed enchanted art that will come to life and play out whatever investigation you have signed up for. Through the short movies that play, you are given clues as to which villain is guilty in the crime you are investigating.