New York Disney Magic 8 Night Cruise Day 1

For the days prior to our cruise we were bombarded with things to do.  I was working until the Thursday before the cruise so I didn’t get to help my wife get everything done.  One of my friends assisted us in watching our birds, cats, dogs, and rabbit.  Early the next week he would be relieved of one of the dogs because my parents took one for us because someone else had failed to keep a promise.

We ended up driving to the city because another series of “Unfortunate” events made it so that we had no choice.  We found a parking lot that was a few blocks away, but was drastically cheaper than parking at the actual cruise pier.  After hailing a cab we were whisked away to start our trip.

On August 25 we boarded the Disney Magic in New York City for a 8 night cruise.  Our ports of call were Nassau, Castaway Cay (Disney’s Private Island), and Port Canaveral (Day at the Disney World Resort).  At check-in we asked about any available upgrades.  We were told that there was only 1 upgrade available for the entire cruise.  What we found out was that the upgrade was only good for 3 people, and that we happened to ask before anyone else.  The stateroom we booked originally was a inside stateroom.  The attendant offered us a verandah stateroom.  Being my birthday was only 2 days away my wife decided that we would get the upgrade.  This also served her well because now she could smoke on the verandah in addition to Deck 9.  When we got on the ship we were advised that we could go to one of two locations for lunch.  We chose to go to Topsiders for the buffet.  This was so that we could see as much of New York from the ship as possible.  We were docked 2 piers from the Intrepid Museum, but got a real nice view.  By 11:30am we were able to go to our staterooms.  For us our luggage would be delayed because of the room switch.  The safety drill took place, and then we were free to do as we wished.

Within a few hours it was time for the “Adventures Away” deck party.  The cruise staff came out, and were joined by some of the Disney characters.  Once we were under way everyone seemed to converge on the front of the boat.  This was to see the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, and also to see the ship go under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.  It was a set of sights not to be missed.  For us our little one disappeared with her newly found friends, and she didn’t want to see the sights.  We have always chosen the later seating for dinner, and that is mainly because we know you can eat up on Deck 9 until late, and we didn’t want to be rushed either.

Later that night we went to Parrots Cay for dinner.  We had arranged to sit with a few other families that we had met through the Facebook page I had created for people sailing with us.  It was a fun night.

After dinner we went down to our stateroom and decided to finish unpacking, and relax for a bit.  We ended up laying down and watching a movie on the tv.  Little did we know that we fell asleep before our little one returned.  She came in and woke us, then proceeded to complain that we went to sleep without her being back in the room.  We apologized.  She was fine… She just wanted to let us know that she was back.

Part 2 will be up shortly so keep checking back for more.

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October 2009 Trip Report Part 4

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View Towards The Balcony

Well, yesterday we checked out of Old Key West, and checked into Animal Kingdom Villas. We are in a studio savannah view room.  Upon checking into Kidani you get to self park your car under the building.  This is nice, as you don’t have to walk very long distances to get to your car.  The rooms are very nice.  One thing we found in the room… there are automatic exhaust fans through the bathroom.  Just walk in, and they go on.  Now that is something I could really use at my home.

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View Away From The Balcony

There is a balcony that views the savannah, and a piece of the pool.  The room has a 32″ LG flat panel tv(contrary to what I had read about them being Samsung HDTV units), dvd player, and a media control box in case you need to plug something up to the tv for viewing.  The kitchenette has a coffee pot, sink, microwave, and dorm sized refrigerator.

 

If you are looking to get a really good view of the animals, then I must tell you now…
Request a savannah view other than the savannah I got with my room.
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The Drawn "X" Is Where We Were.

We went into Hollywood Studios for a while.  First thing we did was we stopped, and watched the Block Party Bash parade.  When we finally met up with little brother E. we went on Great Movie Ride, Backlot Tour, and saw some characters.  On the Backlot Tour my wife, and I had to return the favor from years ago by volunteering little brother E., and his fiancee.  I asked the ride attendant to make sure she gave E. the wettest spot in the show.

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Yes...That Is A Very Wet Spot.

After Hollywood Studios we went over to the Grand Floridian to have dinner at 1900 Park Fare.  The meal is always good there, and being on the dining plan made it more worth it because without the plan it would have cost @$85.00 for 2 adults, and 1 child.  After dinner we were all so stuffed that it felt like we were all going to be sick.

We returned to the room, and all passed out by 10pm.  Our next venture is going to be going into Epcot with my brother-in-law, and his family.  We will see if we can get along here, as we see very little of him when we are at home.  Tonight we will be dining at the Coral Reef restaurant at the Living Seas.

More videos, and pictures are coming… Keep watching.

For more of this trip be sure to read…

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4 (This one)

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October 2009 Trip Report Part 3

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Tonight we went to Mickey’s Not So Scary party in the Magic Kingdom.  This is a party that turns the Magic Kingdom into a kid/adult halloween party zone.

Upon purchasing a ticket for this event you proceed through the turnstyle.  Once you enter the gate you are subject to doom if you remove a wristband that is placed on you.  A few steps later you are given a Trick or Treat bag.  We started the evening by watching the parade that goes through the Magic Kingdom 2 times per night.  The parade is opened by the Headless Horseman.  Another of the parade features was the ghosts from the haunted mansion.  A lot of the Disney characters are in the parade.  Some short video clips will be put up as soon as I can.  Keep looking for them.

Some of the rides through the Magic Kingdom are open for riding.  Taking advantage of the smaller crowds is one thing that I would suggest.  We went on People Mover, Speedway, Tea Cups, and Peter Pan.  Throughout the park there are candy stations for kids, and adults to get some candy given to them.  This was great because the little one wasn’t home in NJ to be able to go door to door trick or treating.

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Rare Photo Of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

Along the way you will also find a few spots that have character greeting areas, and there was also a dance area in Tomorrowland, and Fantasyland.  We got lucky enough to get a once in a lifetime photo of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs during the party.  Other photo opps that we missed because of time were Pooh & Eeyore, Tweetle Dee & Tweetle Dum, Queen & White Rabbit, Buzz Lightyear, and others were scattered throughout the park.

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Wife & Little One Painted

There was a FREE face painting area setup in Toontown, and the wife, and little one got done up.  The party ends at 12 midnight, but there is a lot for everyone to do.  There is 1 fireworks show per night, and the music that is played seemed well placed with the show.  Prices vary based on when you purchase, and what day you are going to go.

For more of this trip be sure to read…

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3 (This one)

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