Okay! Here we go…:laugh:
We all woke up very early (4:00 A.M.) the morning of July 8th! The limo was to pick us up at 5 sharp! Our driver is a very close friend of the family so he arrives in the company’s longest car! What a way to start! on the seats in the limoare two containers of orange “Tic-Tacs”, a tradition that started for our two DSs a few years back!:happy:
We arrive at the airport in great time and say our “so-longs” to John (our driver!) While we’re waiting to check in, about 15 minutes later, John comes back in and hands me my sunglasses! I’d left them in the limo, and he came all the way back to hand them to me! He had left the airport and was already on the highway when he noticed them! What a guy!
So we’re checking in, and one of our pieces of luggage is ALREADY overweight!!:ohmy: And we hadn’t even left yet!! (6:30 A.M., still to early for a Lapu-Lapu!)
We pay the excess, and head to our gate! After a bit, we get to board the plane! Now the excitement really builds! Nice easy take off and climb! After we level off, everyone gets comfortable! DC Bear even takes his own seat! I’ll tell you, that little bear knows how to travel! The flight gets a little bumpy…okay, it gets a LOT of bumpy!:blow: As a matter of fact it, it was probably the second most turbulant flight I’ve ever been on! (The first was a flight from England to Portugal…the oxygen masks actually came down on that one!!) Anyway, we get through all that shaking and bouncing and land! Yay, Orlando!!
As we are walking through the terminal we spot some neat shops: Universal, Kennedy Space Center, and of course, Disney! No time to check them out, we’ll hit them on the return flight! We process in at the DCL counter and wait for our bus!
We get on the special DCL bus and head out for a 45 minute ride to Port Canaveral! As we crest a small bridge, our driver tells everyone to look out for the ship, as we should see it as soon as we cross the small bridge! And…then…there she is! The Disney Magic in all her stupendous glory! The goose bumps were had by all!:happy: :laugh:
We get to the terminal and go through the “Castaway Club” members line (for returning cruisers!) We check in, and are all given Castaway Club lanyards and special Castaway Club pins! Alright!! Free stuff!!
By this time they aren’t boarding the ship yet, because they are wrapping up the filming of either a commercial, or a segment for the new DCL DVD! So we all get a quick bite to eat and something to drink! Then Captain Mickey shows up and it’s picture time! (see pics at the bottom!)
Now the boarding starts…and the excitement really (REALLY!!) builds! We walk through the giant Mickey ears and stop for a nice family “Bon Voyage” photo! Then we cross the gangway, and onto the MAGIC! They announce the “Return of the Falcone family!”, we all get serious goose bumps, and walk into the gorgeous deck 3 atrium! There’s the Mickey statue!.. There’s Lumiere’s!..There’s Minnie!!..Anybody hungry?! We all are, so it’s up to deck 9 and Topsiders buffet! As we enter Topsiders, we are given an antiseptic wipe by a cheerfull CM (we will get these wipes before entering any of the restaurants onboard, as well as before we enter the ship at each port of call!) Talk about keeping a germ free environment! Way to go Disney! Top marks!
The buffet was absolutely delicious, as was the scrumptious cheesecake I had for dessert! Hey, I’m on vacation!!:eek: This is the first of many…MANY wonderfull meals on this ship!
My family heads straught for the pools, while it’s time for me to explore and get my bearings! We all agree to meet up in our stateroom (#7032) at 3:15, so we can get ready for the mandatory boat drill!
I won’t bore you with the details of the drill, as it’s pretty much routine and not exciting! After the drill, my DW heads back to the pool, my DSs go exploring, and I…well, I head down to the Promenade lounge for my traditional vodka martini (shaken…NOT stirred, of course!)
Okay, I’m gonna’ relax now with my martini! Enjoy the pictures at the bottom of this report, and I’ll check back in tonight with another installment!
Hope you are all enjoying this so far, as I’m having a blast writing it!
Here’s a breakdown of the pictures that are with this chapter:
1.) My Disney Family (and guest!) in the limo!
2.) DC Bear in his seat!
3.) Captain Mickey and our twin DSs!
4.) Sailor Mickey statue!