Friday, March 30, 2012

August 2011 Trip Report, Day 3

The magnificent Disney Dream

After years of waiting, when we woke up on the morning of August 16, 2011, we couldn't believe that the day had finally arrived.  The day that we had imagined since before the ship was even built.  We were finally going to sail on the Disney Dream!  None of us could sleep very well, and we woke up early and quickly got ready and packed our things.  We got drinks at the Starbucks inside the Four Points hotel, and then we crossed the street and ate breakfast at McDonald's.  We then checked out of our resort and headed to the Thrifty rental car building, where we would return our car and be driven to the port.

There was much controversy about the check-in process on the Dream, and I was nervous about getting on the ship in a reasonable amount of time.  I wanted to get into the terminal as early as possible, to get a low boarding number, and we arrived at the terminal around 10:50.  I don't remember exactly which boarding number we got, but it was low enough that we were on the ship within 20 minutes of boarding beginning.  Nothing like stepping onto the Dream and seeing this...

Disney Dream chandelier
Fountain in Enchanted Garden
After we were finished ogling the lobby, we immediately went to eat lunch at Enchanted Garden.  It was so good!  I love Disney Cruise buffets, and this one was no disappointment.  After lunch, we went to explore the ship a bit.  While exploring, we found my parents waiting on line to make a Palo brunch reservation, so we gave them our things.  We wanted to ride the Aquaduck!

We waited about 20-30 minutes on line for the Aquaduck.  It seemed a little excessive considering how short the ride itself is, but it was worth it! The ride is a lot of fun, even for a self-proclaimed ride wimp like myself.  We encountered a problem upon getting off of the Aquaduck, however.  My parents had all our stuff, including our phones (we were still docked at Port Canaveral, so our phones were still usable), and we had no idea where they were.  We wandered the ship for a while until we decided to try our staterooms.  Luckily, they were there with our things!

Where the Aquaduck passes the Mickey slide!
Our stateroom!
I'll do a full review on our stateroom in a future post, but we had two connecting deluxe inside staterooms for the six of us.  My parents stayed in one room, while the other four of us stayed in the second.  One of the coolest things about the inside stateroom was the virtual porthole!  At this point in the trip, however, we wanted nothing to do with the stateroom... we wanted to explore the ship more!  And the most important place to explore on the first day was the kid's area, where we wouldn't be allowed once the ship set sail.

Me with Mr. Potato Head!
The whole kid's area on the Disney Dream, called the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab, is amazing.  If you have kids, I promise they will not be disappointed.  There is a huge Monster's Inc section, a fairy dress up section, a science section, an interactive play floor, and most exciting to us, a Toy Story section!  There are kid-sized versions of all the characters of Toy Story to play with and climb on.  Mr. Potato Head's body parts even come off, so you can change his expression and outfits just like the real toy!  We wished we could stay and play, but unfortunately this area is only for kids ages 3-10.

Next we explored the opposite of the kid's club... the adult area, called the District!  The District consisted of many different clubs and bars, from a sports bar to a champagne bar to a dance club and more!  (Plus the bathrooms are really cool!)  This area is for adults 18 and over at night, but during the day, my sister and cousin could join us as well.  Finally, before we headed back to the room to get ready for the muster drill, we decided to get some snacks at Flo's V8 Cafe.  I had pepperoni pizza, and I was in heaven.  I have unhealthy cravings for Disney Cruise pizza on a regular basis, and I was finally able to satisfy them!

One of our decorated doors!
After our snack, we returned to the room and decorated our doors with magnets we had made for the trip.  Then we headed to the muster drill.  For those who aren't aware, the muster drill is essentially where you visit your lifeboat stations, learn what to do in case of an emergency situation, and then you get to leave.  You used to have to wear your life jacket to the muster drill, but this is no longer required.  Our muster station was in Evolution, the dance club, and the drill lasted no more than twenty minutes.  Soon we were ready to head back to the room, but before dinner, we had to attend the sail away party!  After singing, dancing, and counting down until we left port (and the Dream played "A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes" on its horn!), we were off to sea and off to get ready for dinner.  Our first night's dinner would be in Animator's Palate!

Crush talking to guests at Animator's Palate
Perhaps I'll do a full review of Animator's Palate in the future, but it was very good!  Plus Crush came and talked to a bunch of the tables, which was a lot of fun.  And he had us all up and dancing around.  After dinner, it was time for the show.  If I'm not mistaken, the show on the first night was a duo of comedians/jugglers.  It was a lot of fun.

I can't remember exactly what we did that night, but most likely we explored the different bars and clubs in the District.  I'm not positive, but we likely went to bed relatively early... we had a big day coming up at Castaway Cay!

4 comments:

  1. Is it the same pizza as Pizzafari and Pizza Planet??

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  2. Blech, absolutely not! I've never had Pizzafari, but Pizza Planet is literally the worst pizza I've ever eaten in my life.

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  3. Oh I so want to go on a Disney cruise, if only to hear the horn play those songs! It looks like a great vacation so far.

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  4. You should! Disney cruises are amazing! And it was a great vacation.

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