Wow, I knew we were lucky but I didn’t know how lucky:wub:-- last Jan Me, my DH, DS, and DD were staying at tthe BCV and had stayed for the AK EMH(I’m going to miss those!). We decided to get off at the Swan or Dolphin, whichever was first, and walk back instead of staying on the bus. We were on our way to Beaches and Cream for dinner.
As we walked by the dock, a man came over and asked us where we were going and we told him–he said, “they’re open 'till 11, would you like to go on a free fireworks cruise instead?” :huh:Here someone had reserved and then either didn’t show or cancelled at the last minute, so the boat was just sitting there empty. It had “Happy Birthday” balloons all over it, which was cute. :wub:
Of course, we said “yes”, so we got on and there complimentary sodas and snacks like cheese popcorn, pretzels, chips, and Doritos. We had a slightly cut back version because we didn’t walk by until close to 8 and they tie up under the bridge by about 8:30, so he just took us by the Boadwalk and explained all the shops and restaurants and clubs there, then we went under the bride and he explained how Illuminations was run(where the projectors were, where the lazers come from)–I have to tell you, it takes a lot to make my 14 year old DS grin from ear-to-ear that’s not a new video game, but this did.:biggrin:
When Illuminations started it was incredible! We had done the Grand Gathering dinner and dessert viewing and I thought that was amazing, but this rocked! It was a bit chilly so the boat captain gave us blankets, and my son was thrilled to see pieces of the fireworks floating down on us. He kept a larger piece and put it in our scrapbook.
On our way back to the dock, people on the bridge were yelling “happy birthday” so I told my DD to pretend it was hers and she kept yelling back “thank you.”
When we went to Beaches and cream we were all a bit awestruck and agreed it the BEST Disney Magic we ever had. When we went back to the hotel I told the manager about our wonderful experience and got an e mail address to praise our boat captain, which I did as soon as I got home.
It seems incredibly expensive for just the two of you though, and as for the romantic part, you are docked right next to another boat or two boats(we were on the end so only next to one boat, but the people kept yelling over “hi” to us before the show started) so I guess that would be luck of the draw as to who was next to you. In Jan you could have snuggled under a blanket together, but in May, not so much:laugh: