Our first full day on the ship started out great, with the sun shining and the kids sleeping “late”. We wanted to attend the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Members celebration first thing in the morning so Colorado Dad took the kids up for a bite to eat at Beach Blanket Buffet before dropping them off at the kids club. While he did that, I tidied up and made sure all our door magnets were out.
Trip tip #4 – You may remember one of my previous posts where I explained how you can add some extra magic to your cruise by decorating your door. Not only is it fun, but it’s also functional! The hallways and stateroom doors all look pretty much identical so it can be tough to keep track of which door is yours. With our door magnets in place, we never had to worry about finding our way. Even our next door neighbors commented on how helpful it was to have the magnets up – they knew once they saw our door, their room was next You don’t have to do a lot – even something simple will help you find your way after a long day in port.
The DVC Member celebration is always fun. The DVC team goes through some of the latest incentives for adding additional points to your membership while you sit back and relax with a beverage. They also play fun little games with door prizes like waterproof lanyards and backpacks and one lucky member even wins a couple hunder dollar onboard credit (alas, we’ve never won it). Even if you aren’t a member, you can still join in the fun by joining one of the group presentations done during the cruise (there’s usually 3 or 4 different times scheduled).
Trip tip #5 – If you have ever thought about buying into DVC or even if you just want to see what it’s all about, attending a presentation on the cruise is a MUST. It’s a well-known “secret” that the very best incentives for buying in are always given on the cruises, so it’s a great way to save a little money and maybe get some additional perks as well. Last year we added points at Aulani and paid less per point than we would have elsewhere, got a $500 onboard credit and received 18 Fastpass tickets for Disneyland. If you do attend a presentation and Matt or Ann Marie are there from DVC, make sure to say hello for me
After the DVC meet, Colorado Dad and I headed up to the Outlook Cafe to grab a snack since I had missed breakfast. Added especially to the Disney Wonder because of its colder itineraries, the Outlook Cafe is an adult-only coffee shop/bar that has really great views of the scenery outside the ship. It’s a quiet atmosphere, with comfy chairs, so a perfect place to curl up with a coffee and a good book.
After our snack we went to go pick the kids up for the Princess Gathering. So popular, they do it twice every cruise, this is a mega photo opportunity with all the princesses on the ship in the atrium at one time for pictures, autographs and hugs. I won’t bore you with EVERY princess picture we got, but here are a couple of Colorado Princess’ favorites.
After our royal encounter, we headed over to Parrot Cay for lunch. Once again, I forgot to take pictures, but it was an Italian buffet and I remember it being pretty good. The highlight for the kids was the ice cream station, where they could pile on as many marshmallows, chocolate chips and chocolate or caramel they could handle.
Colorado Dad decided to head over to the Buena Vista Theatre to catch John Carter, which was playing in 3D. Colorado Princess headed back to the club and Colorado Boy and I decided to head over to the Disney Tunes Trivia session.
This was the first time we had done trivia on the ship (last cruise with the kids we had been sucked in to the black hole known as bingo), so weren’t quite sure what to expect, but it was a lot of fun! Charlotte was our host and Ryan played all the “tunes”. Each team was given an answer sheet with space for 20 or so answers. Each question was worth 3 points and you had to give the name of the song, what movie it was from and then answer a bonus question about the movie. There were definitely some tough questions, but we did ok – 3rd place out of about 15 or so teams. Scoring is all based on the honor system and the winners each received a plastic Mickey head “medal”.
After trivia, the kids and I headed back to our stateroom and we all hung out on the verandah looking for whales until it was time for the show.
No whales were spotted, but the scenery was starting to get pretty cool.
That night’s show was The Golden Mickeys and it was also formal night for dinner, so we got dressed in our fancy clothes before heading down to the theatre. We’ve seen this show several times and while there are some parts of it that are getting a little old, I really enjoy hearing all the music from the various Disney movies they talk about, so it’s still a show I enjoy.
Trip tip #6 – If you’re not into dressing up, don’t worry! You have a couple options. First, I’ve seen all kinds of attire during formal night, from ball gowns to sweatsuits (yes, really!) so you’ll be fine in whatever you wear to the dining room. But, if you’re not comfortable coming to the dining room, head up to Beach Blanket Buffet for a casual meal, or order room service and enjoy dinner in your stateroom. Either way, if you haven’t seen the show, make sure to check it out – you don’t need to dress up for the shows and it’s one I recommend seeing, especially if you’re a fan of Disney movies.
After the show, we went down to the atrium to the Captain’s reception where you can meet some of the ships’ officers and get your picture taken with the Captain. We stood in line to get our picture taken with Mickey in his “formal” attire
We wanted to do a formal family picture but Colorado Princess was beginning to have a meltdown, so she and Colorado Dad wandered around Deck 4 while Colorado Boy and I got our picture taken and then I took over so the boys could get their picture with Captain Fabian.
Our dining rotation had us in Triton’s (my fav for formal night) and the menu was The Golden Mickeys (found here - http://disneycruiser.info/menus_w2011/goldenmickey.htm). Unfortunately, dinner didn’t go great, so the only pictures I got was of our appetizers, but I had the crispy cheese ravioli, oven-roasted tom turkey breast and the Golden Chocolate Award. Colorado Dad had the bay scallops, the turkey and the baked apple and blueberry pithiviers. The few bites I had of everything were all good!
Once the Mickey bars came around, the kids were back in the high life again.
As we headed up to our stateroom we had a chance encounter with Princess Tiana and even Colorado Boy was excited to see her.
Tonight’s towel animal extraordinare was ready and waiting to wish us a good night’s sleep when we arrived back in our room.
Up Next: Iceberg, dead ahead! Sailing through the Tracy Arm Fjord.