|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|
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!|
|Me with Mr. Potato Head!|
|One of our decorated doors!|
|Crush talking to guests at Animator's Palate|
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!