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Sunday, April 16, 2017

3-Night Disney Wonder cruise to Castaway Cay with Grandma Genie


On Thursday, April 13th, we drove to Port Canaveral and set sail for a short 3-night cruise on the Disney Wonder. We'd been on the Disney Wonder 3 years ago (http://www.vernonvolumes.com/2014/03/spring-break-cruise-on-disney-wonder.html) with some friends, and at the time we were a little disappointed with the boat since it was showing its age. Just this past Fall, the Wonder went in to drydock and it had quite a few improvements including an all new Frozen show and a new Bibbidi Bobbidi boutique.

We got to the terminal early, and got all checked in, and were some of the first people on the boat. We ate a quick lunch, then wandered around for a little while to explore. We stopped by the Bibbidi Bobbidi boutique right when they opened at noon and were thrilled that they had an appointment available for Thursday night at 5pm. Andrea had tried to reserve a spot for Paige online ahead of time, however the one sea day available (Friday) was only pirate-themed makeovers, and it seemed like a big waste of money to get her a makeover on the last day when we were at the Castaway Cay beach all day. Thankfully they'd reserved a few appointments for onboard registrations and we were so happy to get her signed up. Good thinking Andrea!


Once we were allowed in to our rooms, we went in and dropped off some of our things. I took a short video of one of the rooms. They were next to each other, however were not adjoining rooms.


We stopped by the kid's club open house so Grandma could see the kid's area.


Ariel was wandering through, so we snapped a quick pic of her with Paigie.



At 5pm, we took Paige to the Bibbidi Bobbidi boutique for her appointment. She decided on her Belle dress, and was the first appointment of the day. It was fun to watch her get her makeover, and see all the other guests wandering in and watching her.








I got a few videos, but decided the most fun video was Paige getting to see the big reveal after her Fairy Godmother was all finished.




Afterwards, we took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of Paige around the boat, and with everyone.







Dinner was an odd affair. We were seated with another family, and they weren't very interested in talking to us, and didn't seem in a very good mood. After dinner, the servers sang Happy Birthday to Paige. Unfortunately, I didn't remember that they were also supposed to sing to Andrea, so Andrea didn't get anyone to sing for her on the cruise :( Sorry Andrea!




After dinner was done, I requested that future dinners would just be our family, then we went to see the "Golden Mickeys" show and went to bed.

On Friday, April 14th, we got up and got ready for our day at sea. One nice bonus of having the Bibbidi Bobbidi boutique on the first day was that we had all kinds of makeup and goodies for Paige the rest of the cruise. Grandma Genie stood in as the Fairy Godmother in the morning and got Paige all ready for the Princess Gathering.


On the way there, Connor spotted one of the port hole windows where he likes to relax and take pics, so I snapped a pic of him and Paige.



The Princess Gathering was fun as always. Paige still enjoys getting dressed all fancy and saying hello to all the princesses. Connor was good about going along with everyone and smiling for the pics.










After the princess gathering, I took Connor to do some boy stuff. We went to the sports deck, but it was soooo super crowded. They had one basketball hoop for the whole boat and there were some big tall wild boys playing a game that resembled basketball, but was mostly just shooting the ball, yelling "BALL BALL BALL BALL", very little passing, and lots of wrestling for the ball. Connor wasn't interested. Thankfully. We went to the arcade, which had been transformed in to the 11-14 year old area. It was open for an open house, so we played some video games, and then wandered around for a bit.

Andrea, Paige, and Grandma Genie went to the Frozen princess meet to see Anna and Elsa. They took their turn taking pics with the girls.



In the afternoon, Connor decided he wanted to go to the kids club. We dropped him off, and he wanted to stay there the rest of the day. We checked in on him a few times when we went to see the live action "Beauty and the Beast" movie, and then for dinner, but he was having fun with a buddy and wanted to stay.


For dinner, everyone else went to Tiana's Place. It was a cute new restaurant with live music, a trumpet playing gator, Princess Tiana, and a party.






Tiana stopped by our table to say hi, and then led the room in a conga line and Mardi Gras celebration.



That evening, we picked up Connor and we all went to see the live show "Dream".

In the morning, we got up early and got ready for our beach day at Castaway Cay. When we got off the boat, there was a little table with big pump bottles full of bug repellent lotion. We debated about it, and then decided we may as well apply some. Then, we stopped off to take some pics with Daisy and Minnie on the way to the beach.







The beach was not too busy, the water was a bit cold, and it was mostly sunny during the day. The tide was in, so Connor and Paige both tried the monkey bars and ropes over the water. Connor conquered both the monkey bars and the rope before his hands got too tired. Paige reluctantly went out with me and with a bit of encouragement she made it all the way across the rope. She was too scared to drop off, and started to make her way back to the platform. Thankfully she decided to drop in to the water after I told her I was right there.



Andrea got a video of Paige, just as Paige was midway across the rope.





I wore my big floppy goofy hat for the first time at the beach. It didn't look super cool, but it kept me from getting a sunburn on my face, so mission accomplished!


When we put Paige's sunscreen on, we noticed she had some small hives on her body. Unfortunately, they've since spread and gotten worse. Even with some antihistamines, she's struggling and the hives are really bothering her. I'm guessing it was the bug lotion.



Andrea cuddled with Paige on the hammock and went for a long walk with the girls down the beach. They swam out on to the platform with the slides and Andrea actually went down one.


Connor made a few buddies at the beach, Blake and Malachi. He got to catch lots of footballs, and dive in to the soft sand until he was thoroughly coated in it.


Our last dinner was in Triton's, and we all ate together. After dinner, we went to see the new Frozen show, which was a very well done adaptation of the movie.


We went to bed fairly early, and then drove home the next morning. It was a short cruise, but we crammed in so much fun! Thanks to Andrea for putting it together, and to Grandma Genie for traveling down to Florida to vacation with us. It was an awesome trip, and we created some fun memories together.

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