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Sunday, October 11, 2015
Fall 2015 Disney Cruise Recap

Buckle up. I am going to attempt to cover our recent Disney cruise over the next week or so here on the blog. As I sit here and wonder where to even start in tackling the thousands of pictures and hundreds of stories I am going to start with some overview of the trip and kind of a highlight reel of some of our favorite moments.

We were gone from home for a total of 10 nights. It was glorious to lock up the house, turn on the out of office email reply and just focus on family and play time for a week and a half. We flew down to Orlando late on a Friday evening and got a car service to a hotel in Cape Canaveral near the port. That way we could be up and to the cruise terminal early on embarkation day and get the cruise vacation started.

The cruise was 7 nights in the Western Caribbean with stops in Cozumel (spoiler alert we didn't get off the boat this day), Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Castaway Cay (Disney's private island) and a few days at sea.

After the cruise we went over to Walt Disney World for two nights at the newly renovated Polynesian Village Resort and played a little more at Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom and did a few really special things like a fireworks cruise and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Whew.

It was a spectacular trip full of Disney magic and lots of Halloween fun. Here is just a super small snapshot of some of the sights and experiences from the trip. Scroll down for descriptions. So much more to come!

1. We didn't waste any time once on board finding the mouse captain for a picture. Perry loved Mickey Mouse. He was always asking where he was and wanted to meet him over and over.

2. It was a Halloween cruise and the ship had been completely made over with lots of Halloween details and decor. Port holes had jackolanterns and spider web clings on them and the most prominent Halloween decoration was the massive Pumpkin tree in the atrium. It bloomed pumpkins throughout the week.

3. Perry is Peter Pan for Halloween this year. One of our favorite moments was when Perry got to meet Peter, dressed as Peter. Peter taught him about finding your shadows and how to stand with your arms crossed.

4. We hiked up a waterfall. All three of us. Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica is 600 ft long and 180 feet high and we got a guided tour up through the rushing waters. By the rules Perry was too little to do it and we planned for one of us to sit out, but when we got there the guide looked at us and said "oh no...he can do it...no problem." He did. And it was a blast.

5. Sea days were spent playing at the pool and splash area, eating and watching movies up on the giant outdoor screen. Potentially all at the same time.

6. We swam with stingrays in the Cayman Islands.

7. Castaway Cay is a little piece of perfect paradise. We laugh and say we would go on a cruise that only goes there. The trip was made when we were walking down the sidewalk and stumbled upon a certain warm hug loving snowman. You can't meet him just anywhere.

8. Semi-formal night and killing time taking pictures between dinner and the show.

9. We had some adult time too. Perry spent a few hours in the nursery so we could go and dine in the fancy restaurants without having to have discussions about whether he will eat one more bite of chicken nugget or macaroni.

10. We had so much fun on our "Mickey boat" as Perry called it. One morning when I woke him up (because we had to wake him...every single day) and pulled the curtains open to the balcony, Perry stood up and looked out and said "Mommy, I love this boat." Heart melted. He continues to ask where our Mickey boat is and when we can go back. Hmmmm....

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