Our time in port was very short, only about 5 hours, so we decided to keep the planned excursions pretty light. We signed up for the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Exclusive Disney show but that was it. We had to be at the Lumberjack show at 7:45, but had the option to walk over on our own, so grabbed a quick bite to eat and disembarked. The ship docks right in downtown Ketchikan and it was only a 5 minute walk over to the show.
Trip Tip #10: You would think after hearing it several times, I would have learned that you “can’t bring perishable food, including liquids” into Alaska when you disembark. As I was waiting to disembark, with my cup of coffee in hand, I thought to myself “They surely don’t mean COFFEE, right?!?!” Well yeah, they do – no coffee, no dairy, no nothin’ – except water. If they see you with it before you leave the ship, they’ll just ask you to throw it away (which is what happened to me). If they see you with it after you’re on Alaskan soil, they’ll ask you to throw it away but you can also be subject to a fine. I can’t imagine they’ll fine you for a cup of coffee, but i guess better safe than sorry – just don’t take it with you
The show is in an outside arena area with bleacher seating. It was a gorgeous day, so we didn’t need to worry about rain or anything, but the seating area is covered and they have heaters above you, so I’m sure it would be comfortable even if the weather wasn’t great. After everyone was settled in, we met our host, Lee. The show we went to was billed as “Disney exclusive” which meant that Lee was actually “Lost Boy Lee” and…that was about it. Oh, except for this “hidden Mickey”
Lee explained that we were going to be part of a little friendly competition, with the audience divided in half, each side cheering on a team of two lumberjacks who would compete against each other doing various “lumberjack-y” tasks. There was lots of audience participation, with kid volunteers being picked for various activities and to be the lucky recipients of the wood “cookies” that were cut off the logs being used in the competition.
It was a cute show and the kids really enjoyed it, so overall, I would recommend it for families with younger kids. Colorado Boy was very excited because he got to keep one of the wood pieces AND got it signed by all the lumberjacks after the show!
After we looked around the requisite lumberjack gift shop, we strolled around the city of Ketchikan, visiting some of the totem poles and the shops on historic Creek Street – Ketchikan’s original “red-light district” now turned into a shopping area unique for being built over the waters (literally) of Ketchikan Creek.
We grabbed some yummy clam chowder and wondered around the dock area a little bit before heading back to the ship
Colorado Princess was ready to head to the club as soon as we got back, so we dropped her off and the rest of us went to try our hand at trivia again. This time it was theme park trivia but we didn’t do any better, coming in 3rd place for the 3rd time
By the time we were done with trivia, it was time for the “Friendship Rocks” show. This cute 15 minute show provides a slide show of pictures from the kid’s club and brings all the kids together up on the stage of the Walt Disney Theatre where they get to do a little dance routine with Mickey and Minnie. This was the first time either of the kids did it and Colorado Princess looked a little terrified the whole time, but she survived it and got a cool t-shirt as a souvenir!
The evening’s show was Dreams, which is one of my favorites. Colorado Dad has seen it several times, so he decided to skip it while I took the kids. Everyone enjoyed their time and then we all met up in Triton’s for dinner. The dinner menu was the Captain’s Gala but both Colorado Dad and I forgot to grab the camera, so we have no pictures and for some reason, the only thing I remember eating was the chocolate lava cake!
Once again, we were exhausted after dinner, so headed straight to our room for bed.
Next up: Till we meet again, the beginning of the end