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LSUfan4444
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WDW and Disney Cruise line aboard Disney Dream (pics and reviews now included)
Pictures and wrap up starts on page 1.





Ill be hopping back on DCL in a couple weeks and will like post a recap thread for mostly food and drinks, highlights but while I am on board is there anything specific you would like me to grab pictures and get some info on?

Our itinerary is 3 days at WDW (Boardwalk Resort), Disney Dream (4 night cruise to Nassau and Castaway Cay) then three more nights at WDW (Animal Kingdom Lodge).

Current WDW ADRs include:
Skipper Canteen (lunch)
Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
Trattoria al Forno (Bon Voyage Breakfast)
Restaurant Marrakesh Dinner
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant Lunch
Be Our Guest Breakfast (pre park ADR just to get one order of crepes and beat the lines to Mine Train)
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Tiffins Restaurant Lunch

While on board Disney Dream we are current;y booked for:
Golf Simulator
Princess and Frozen Gatherings
Mixology
Royal Court Tea (wife and daughter)

So, any questions about anything here let me know. Any other questions on anything else I'll try my best to get the info I can. We will be in Animal Kingdom and staying at AKL the opening weekend of Pandora an have 2+ days set aside with FP+ already for Flight of Passage and Navi River Journey so I plan on getting some extensive photos there.
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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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ll be hopping back on DCL in a couple weeks and will like post a recap thread for mostly food and drinks, highlights but while I am on board is there anything specific you would like me to grab pictures and get some info on?


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HailToTheChiz
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I went on a Disney cruise YEARS ago.

Wife and I are debating this with our two kids. I'm trying to figure out what age would be best to take them.

If you don't mind, how much did all that run you per person?


LSUfan4444
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how much did all that run you per person?


All that meaning Cruise, walt disney world, airfare, etc? Or JUST the cruise?


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Cruise then wdw



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We were on the Dream for Mardi Gras, service is excellent, food is pretty good. We didn't make either of the specialty restaurants, but I have heard nothing but good things


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Parrish
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re: WDW and Disney Cruise line aboard Disney Dream (pics and reviews now included)
I'm interested in your cruise review because my wife and I are talking about expanding the family we are looking to bring our daughter next spring either on a Disney cruise or to WDW right before she turns 3. We expect the cruise would cost more and since the daughter won't remember this we're leaning WDW and doing the cruise later, but I'm interested in your cruise review and age appropriateness. My brother and sister in law have done two Disney cruises and SIL raves that it's easier on a young family because everything is right there, better even than staying WDW on site.

As an aside about Trattoria al Forno I ate dinner there last May and it was the worst restaurant Italian food I'd ever had, so if you're going for breakfast you'll hopefully have a better experience. It was only memorable for me because it was the first place my daughter and I ever went alone for dinner without my wife.

AKL but not Jiko, Sanaa, or Boma?


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re: WDW and Disney Cruise line aboard Disney Dream (pics and reviews now included)
Disney Dream is hands down a great cruise experience. I like the Disney Dream more so than WDW. Just an amazing experience all around. Serenity Beach on Castaway Cay is cool as well. If money isn't too much of an issue do the atlantis water park.


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My FIL took us all on a Disney Cruise a couple years ago and my youngest was 3 then. I think the cruises are easier on the younger kids than the parks as everything is right there. Lines are shorter for the characters, the shows are great for adults and kids, they have a movie theater on the ships showing different movies including brand new ones(we saw Big Hero 6 the day it opened nationwide). Also the kids club on the ship is a blast for them, our two never wanted to leave. I'm not a cruise guy so I would rather visit the parks for myself but I did have fun as the water slides are a blast and when we went Disney still had the old rule of guests being allowed to bring unlimited alcohol onboard in your checked bags which saved me a lot of money, haha.

Our kids don't really remember the trip or any trip at they age but my wife makes photo books from our trips and they love looking at them and seeing what they did. If you didn't know at WDW kids under 3 get free park admission and can eat free at buffets and family style served restaurants so the costs may balance out about the same as a cruise.


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Strongly recommend doing Palo and Remi if you like fine dinning. The service on DCL is second to none. Kids club is great for those with younger kids, mine are 4,6 so it was great to check them in and give us some free time. We had a great time and I hate cruises. The adult only section is really nice.


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LSUfan4444
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Cruise


We are doing a 4 night cruise on the Dream (Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay and Sea Day) with a Deluxe Inside Stateroom (daughter had a nightmare she fell off the balcony once so she prefers inside staterooms) for two adults and one child and the cost was $2,884.89

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wdw


This is a little harder to breakdown because we don't do packages.

3 nights at the Boardwalk pre cruise (renting DVC points) was about $900
3 nights at Animal Kingdom Lodge post cruise (renting DVC points) was about $800

4 day park hopper tickets for three people was $1200 (but we are upgrading to annual passes once we arrive which will cost about another $750 or so).

We don't do the dining plan so ill have a better total for food once we're done but as annual passholders we will be getting 20% off most places we have chosen with their 45th anniv special discount.


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LSUfan4444
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I'm interested in your cruise review and age appropriateness


This will be our second DCL cruise and our daughter was 5 on our first sailing with them. We've sailed Viking, Royal Caribbean and Carnival as well and DCL is hands down the best for accommodating families. Viking and DCL are fairly equal in terms of service (both blowing away RC and Carnival) but the layout of the DCL with so many family activities really makes the ship feel less crowded. It wasnt until Castaway Cay when I sat back and said to my father in law...."Holy Shit, there are alot of kids on that boat"

The Oceaneers Club and Lab are amazing. The Cast members do such a greta job with the kids and they really love it. The main dining room food is what it is. Once upon a time MDR food on cruise lines was great but they had to make cruises more affordable and the dining took a hit. It's not bad on DCL but it's about the same as you would get on RC or Viking. Now, Palo and Remy and fabulous. Remy is up there with Victoria and Alberts in my book and a true dining experience.

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AKL but not Jiko, Sanaa, or Boma?


We've got another trip planned for January in 2018 and are going back to Jiko and Sanaa (probably two of my favorites anywhere on property). With this trip being the opening weekend of Pandora we expect to spend alot of the time in Animal Kingdom and didn't want to pull ourselves away for an ADR.


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LSUfan4444
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I think the cruises are easier on the younger kids than the parks as everything is right there


My wife and I were strong supporters of taking our daughter as much as we could under the age of 3 (free) and while she was in a stroller. Once they get to be 6-11 or so it's hard on them walking 6-11 miles a day so cruises make sense.

We still hit the parks at least once a year with our little one but our days are scheduled much differently now.

The other advantage I like with the cruises is if you have to wait till the kids are out of school to go on vacation you won't nearly feel the effects of a full ship like you will a full park. Mid summer in the parks is miserable.



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re: WDW and Disney Cruise line aboard Disney Dream (pics and reviews now included)
Mind if I ask how much all that cost you?


LSUfan4444
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Mind if I ask how much all that cost you?



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LSUfan4444
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re: WDW and Disney Cruise line aboard Disney Dream (pics and reviews now included)
I'll try and update daily...first up is tomorrow.

10:30 flight with a 1:10 arrival

Plan is to head straight to Hollywood Studios to meet Kylo Ren at the Disney Visa Meet and Greet before it ends at 4pm. While at Launch Bay we'll meet BB-8 and Chewie then head to One Man's Dream to meet Starlord and baby Groot.

After that we've got a FP+ for Star Tours from 5:45-6:45,Toy Story from 7:10 - 8:10 and Tower of Terror from 8:10 - 9:10 and are planning to see Fantasmic! at 9 pm.

For dining we will probably grab something quick from the boardwalk (Pizza Window or Boardwalk Bakery) right when we arrive then for dinner we're planning on the lounge at the Hollywood Brown Derby)
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1:10 arrival
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before it ends at 4pm
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FP+ for Star Tours from 5:45-6:45
All I have to say is Good Luck.


LSUfan4444
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Staying at the boardwalk should make things a little easier. All depends on how long DME takes and worst case scenerio we just go through the regular Kylo Ren meet and greet rather than the disney visa option.

Thanks though...we're gonna need it, lol


LSUfan4444
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Day 1

Got a call on Thursday from Southwest with an offer of $600 in vouchers to switch from the 10:30 flight to the 5:30 flight and we agreed but it forced some changes to our plans. We were able to move all of our FP+ up from 5-6, 6-7 and 7-8 to 1-2, 2-3 and 3-4. After that we went back to the Boardwalk, took a nap and headed back for a 4th FP+ at Rock N Roller Coaster and Fantasmic.

First thing we did was headed to Launch Bay and met Chewbacca. Interactive to a degree since he cant talk but if you talk to him (ask if it's play to fly the Falcon, etc) he'll interact back)

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From there we went on to BB-8. It was a cool experience but I really think this needs Rey with it (would be hard to cast). Interacting with Chewie is one thing. He cant speak to you but at last it's a human. Still, cool to see.

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We didnt have time to meet Kylo Ren so we will go later this weekend. Up next was the Starlord and Baby Groot meet and Groot which is currently happening at the back of One Mans Dream. Theres no way to say it other than Starlord sucks. I mean, not only does he not look like the character but he doesnt really act like him too. he almost whispers the entire time. Way too shy and timid but to be honest, we were there to see Baby Groot anyway.

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Left there and hit Star Wars: A Galaxy Far Far Away which is a stage show happening in front of the Chinese Theater about 6 or 7 times a day starting on the hour. Its usually followed or preceded by the March of the First Order which goes from the front of the park to the stage front and back to the front.

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After that we hit Star Tours and then Tower of Terror and headed back to the Boardwalk for a nap. My plan was to hit Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge for lunch but it doesnt open till noon and I was starving about 11:15 so we opted for The Commissary which is just awful but with a 3 am wakeup and having nothing in my system since about 3:30 am, I just needed calories.

Before our nap the wife and daughter got pizza from the Boardwalk Pizza window and I walked over to Epcot and grabbed the Beef Tenderloin Tips w/ Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables and a Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Saison.

No complaints here, exactly what I wanted and was looking for. Garlic was good in the potatoes but not overpowering. Only complaint is I wish it had more veggies.

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After the nap we walked back to Hollywood Studios just before sunset, knocked out Rock N Roller Coaster and ended the day with Fantasmic.

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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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Kick ass. I will add this to the sticky when I get home.

Although that photograph of your daughters face buried in Chewie's crotch may be subjected to some very undesirable commentary on here




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