As y’all now know, we spent our Thanksgiving week on board the Disney Dream for a Very Merrytime Cruise!!! It was probably the best, most magical week of the year! The littles knew we were going to Disney World, but had nary a clue that we would be continuing on for a Disney Cruise! In spite of the fact that they woke up to find their Duffy bears dressed in sailor outfits and their Mickey anchor shirts laid out, they didn’t put it all together until we were literally staring at the boat from the car…it was a priceless moment.
We spent most of our days poolside on the top deck. When they weren’t in the Oceaneer Club, the littles swam, splashed around in Nemo’s Reef, watched movies on the big screen, played mini golf, ping pong and basektball, and did countless trips down the Mickey slide and around the Aqua Duck water rollercoaster.
The pool deck was also the site of loads of fun events, including Pirate Night, the Sail Away Celebration…
(my arm of the family was in hysterics over seeing the rest of the family on the big screen multiple times)
…and the Deck the Deck Tropical Holiday Party. I mean, where else can you be watching a Disney movie on a big screen in the Bahamas and have Mickey leading a conga line next to your pool chair?!? Or limbo under candy canes with Chip and Dale?! Or hula hoop with Goofy and Pluto?!?! Magical!!!
There were so many special events and activities going on for Christmas, and boat was more beautiful than ever decked out in its holiday finery. We came out of dinner the first evening to find hot chocolate and cookies for the grand tree lighting…
We loved examining every nook and cranny of the huge gingerbread house – baked and constructed right there on the Dream!
And we decorated (and promptly consumed) our own gingerbread houses too!!
We sang Christmas carols by candlelight on our last night…
(and I spied Mother having an animated convo with Christian the Cruise Director – who she adored on BOTH of our voyages on the Dream)
We saw loads of characters with almost no wait time. The fab 5, Disney Junior, princesses, you name it!
As usual, Peter Pan was a hit. The littles loved it when he asked them if they could show him how to walk like a zombie.
We were so excited to have the chance to meet Belle in her Christmas gown…a rare opportunity!
And of all the character we met, the best was this. Our little Cinderella meeting Cindy. LOL
It pretty much went down like this every time. Meeting Minnie, Mickey, etc. was ok. Princesses, however, were not happening.
The littles spent countless hours in the Oceaneer Club. They built and exploded volcanoes, played freeze tag with Mickey, had a pajama party with Pluto (and decorated pillow cases), watched movies, and did so much more. Most of the time it was like we were on two separate vacations :-) (Pictures taken during open house on the first time…parents are not normally allowed inside)
While the little were happily enjoying the kids club, the girls had the chance to do something we’ve always wanted to do at Hollywood Studios – take an animation class!
While the ten of us didn’t spend a lot of time together during the day, we loved our big, silly family dinners each night! Like last time, the food was all plentiful and yummy and the service was impeccable. I mean, they bring the littles food out first thing, cut it for them, and have them in the kids club (if they want…and they did) before our entrees come out. So it’s like half family dinner, half just adults!!
(it took days for the baby’s eyeliner from the Pirate’s League to wear off)
The dinners were delish, but the breakfasts and snacks were amazing too. I could hardly believe my eyes when I found the cream cheese filled pretzels I loves so much in the parks!!
If you’ve ever wondered what the best birthday ever for a nine-year old might look like, it has to be on the Disney Dream! After he went to sleep, we decorated his bunk and laid out a birthday pin and snorkel gear as a surprise.
We got off at Castaway and had the very best time! It was so fun to see the tropical island all decorated for Christmas.
The littles were excited to go to the kids club on the island while the adults ran (most of us, lol) the Castaway 5k!!
Afterwards, we retrieved them for a day of characters, swimming, sliding, snorkling and sand castle building. Oh, and a yummy BBQ lunch right there on the island!!
At dinner that night, we loved surprising John with the most divine Mickey cake that will ever cross your lips.
He wanted an entire ear as his slice and we were happy to indulge :-)
And, before heading to kid’s club until midnight, Mother and Sister took him shopping for new pins as his birthday gift. He was in heaven.
Not only did we celebrate a birthday and enjoy all of the Christmas festivities, but we also spent Thanksgiving Day on the Dream! John spent the whole day in the Oceaneer Club while Whit hung out with us watching football and eating countless cones of ice cream by the pool.
Between games we did another round at the Mid-Ship Detective Agency. (similar to Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom)
That evening we enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and loved hanging with the characters in their pilgrim get-ups.
Since it was our last night and the littles wanted to stay until kid’s club closed at midnight, we spent the evening in The District… watching more football. While Thanksgiving is not the happiest of holidays for me, this was hands-down the best one I’ve had in a long time.
When we weren’t doing some sort of activity, meal or family gathering, we were soaking up other fun sights and scenes around the boat.
And, before I wrap this up, I thought I’d share our stateroom. Again this time, we went with the cheapest, smallest interior staterooms that would get us on the boat. It’s plenty of room and the littles still loved the magic port hole.
Since the littles were in kid’s club every night while Honey and I got ready for dinner, we had a cheese plate sent up. (room service is included) Yum!!
I will treasure this magical week spent together, celebrating a birthday, Thanksgiving, the start of the Christmas season and FAMILY. And I will be back this week with more tips & tricks!!
See ya real soon, Disney Dream!
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