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  1. I just completed my Grand Slam last week! Finally made it to the Wonder. We had a few bumps because of weather and my husband had to cancel the day before we flew. We are supposed to do a make up trip now with him in March, but he won't commit to anything yet. If I know him, he will wait till very last minute...and annoy the heck out of me. Thanks for reading! It was a quicky, but a lot of fun.
  2. Another great cruise! Thanks for writing once again. I am flying to San Juan to cruise this weekend and most of my info has come from rereading your stuff. You are always so helpful!
  3. Typically over holiday sailings or very busy typical sailing dates
  4. it looks like a lot of fun at the 80s night! I love 80s music still!!!!!
  5. We have booked more than 2 per cabin..But if the same family in the cabin, the additional ones may not get all the same perks (no discount)..but usually some. For that you do need to go to the desk and it varies by who you talk to.
  6. You typically will get some onboard credit based on cruise length and for some cruises you will get a discount on the cruise. longer cruises get a discounted deposit as well. There are black out dates. We typically do an actual placeholder for $250 and then we can decide what date works for us best later.
  7. Follow up… As the title says….we cruised for practically free. Our whole trip for me was very little out of pocket. The way it worked for me would not work for others, but there are ways to “earn” free gift cards to help pay for vacations. We had our air covered with points (Claire and I) minus taxes and early bird check in. Our Disney hotel and tickets were covered by gift cards that I had earned either by doing something to earn free gift cards or buying them when I had extra money. Our cruise was the same way...gift cards for Claire and I. We had some extra gift cards to pay for extras on the ship for the most part and for some food. I also had saved up spending money. And then Mom was a big contributor to many "free meals" for Claire and I. That was not in the plan, but was nice. We basically paid out of pocket for our pre-cruise hotel and car rentals. All in All in was a VERY cheap vacation for us when it came to anything out of pocket. I have picked right up when I got back home to earn more cards and also buying some when I have extra money. I had quite a bit saved up and on Christmas Eve we booked another cruise at a discounted rate. I had enough to pay for all of us (my husband is coming too) and enough air points to fly us there and back...sadly my points are pretty depleted now. We are excited to finally go on the Wonder for the first time and will be sailing her on Jan. 27! This cruise was short, but oh so much fun! Whenever I travel with J and gang, it’s a good time. P is also is so much fun! And I got meet more daughters and they were all so nice. I am so excited to be sailing with J once again this year and another friend of ours who we sailed with in the summer of 2017. I am so glad we checked out Toy Story Land. We got to see firsthand how the land looks and pros and cons to it. I can’t wait for Galaxy’s Edge to open, but I know the crowds will be insane too. I have learned over the last few trips I just can’t go like I used to and need more resting time. Part might be the heat too. I always forget how that can slow me down….but I also kind of need more sleep now too. A nap does wonders!!!!! Thanks for joining me on our little adventure!
  8. July 16, 2018, Monday I never took any pictures today, so it is all from memory…so bear with me. We had a very early flight, so sadly we had to be packed up and out the door fairly early. Off to the airport we went and we dropped off our rental car and checked our bags in. I believe the airport was pretty busy, but we moved fairly fast. Again, we have TSA pre-check, so even when lines are long, we usually get through fairly fast. We found our gate and got some food for breakfast and settled in to wait. I believe we were on time, which was good as it seems the last few flights I have had delays. As we got in line to get on the plane, people in line were talking about the heat of Florida. One gal said she couldn’t wait to get to Ohio where it would be cooler. A guy said to her “Oh no, it will be just as hot there.” The girl then replied….LOUDLY…”It’s Hot in Ohio?” So many people started to laugh. Um yes…it’s not the North Pole. This gal was visiting a friend in Ohio…and packed all long sleeves and sweaters. Did she not even look at a weather app? It had been in the 80’s and 90s with very high humidity most of the summer. Definitely not sweater weather. I don’t know why people think Ohio is cold year round. Even when we got off the ship our porter was asking us about the weather and was surprised we had humidity. I don’t remember anything big about the flight, so it must have been just normal. Every so often, Claire, who thought she was hilarious, would say in a high squeaky voice “It’s Hot in Ohio?” and then she would just giggle and laugh. As we were starting to descent, a little kid started chanting over and over and over….”Are we in Ohio yet?” Mom says under her breath….”Someone ANSWER that kid!” hahaha. He just kept saying it over and over. Claire’s responds was…”It’s hot in Ohio?” Hahahaha. Once we landed and got off the plane, we headed to the bathroom. As we were washing our hands I noticed Miss Sweater standing near us washing hers. Claire saw her and looked right at me and I gave her a warning glare. I knew she wanted to say it, but thank goodness she didn’t. As soon as we left Claire started laughing and said she really was holding back. However she didn’t hold back for about the next week and kept saying “It’s Hot in Ohio?” over and over and over at any chance she could. We got our luggage and took the bus over to get the car and loaded up. We programmed my sisters work address in since I had to pick up my laptop and other things I had left at her house and off we went. Once there, Amanda gave us the tour of her work place (My Uncle owns it) and we chatted a bit, but it was time to get moving on. Skip called and wondered if we were on our way home yet. I let him know that we were making our way there, but had stopped at Amanda’s work and would get a bite to eat along the way. There were grumbles about us taking so long to get home…..which I thought was stupid. There is no time limit from the time I land till the time we pull in the driveway. I was a little irritated. We stopped off for some lunch and then made the drive home. I was so tired and it was nice to be home, but of course I started to unpack and get the laundry going. And that was the end of our vacation! It seemed so short, but we had so much fun and it didn’t cost much out of pocket at all! It was "practically free" in the grand scheme of things!
  9. As we walked out of the park I took some pictures of the flags for one of my co-workers. Of course there was no wind and they were all droopy. mk84 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk42 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk43 by Jenseib, on Flickr We hopped on the boat over to Wilderness Lodge and soon were there. wl1 by Jenseib, on Flickr wl2 by Jenseib, on Flickr wl3 by Jenseib, on Flickr Mom and Chloe were there and we were seated right away. Most of us got the family style meal, but Claire got a steak and Kelsey got the vegetarian version of family style. wl4 by Jenseib, on Flickr And we totally pigged out! wl5 by Jenseib, on Flickr We had such a fun dinner…telling stories and laughing at jokes. The food was good and we all agreed it was a good decision to eat here. When the bill came, once again my Mom snatched it from me and paid. Again, she did not need to do that, but she insisted. Chloe and Mom went to get a taxi back to French Quarter and the rest of us headed back to the boat to ride back to MK. wl6 by Jenseib, on Flickr A Disney trip isn’t complete without a ride on Small World….so we headed there. mk44 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk45 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk46 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk47 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk48 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk49 by Jenseib, on Flickr And then we took a spin with Ariel. mk50 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk56 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk57 by Jenseib, on Flickr I think we made our way over to Buzz too. I wasn’t very good at taking pictures this evening. We wanted to end our evening on the People Mover…so off we went. The kids got 1 or 2 cars I think…but the adults (J and I) got our own. mk59 by Jenseib, on Flickr And then not far out it stopped. And we waited…and waited…and waited. Then the fireworks started and we saw people get out of their cars and run off to go watch. Hahaha. Claire said she could see the fireworks from where she was stopped but I saw nothing from my spot, which was a bummer. After a while we did finally start to move though. mk60 by Jenseib, on Flickr And I could see a few fireworks as we moved along. mk61 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk62 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk63 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk65 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk66 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk67 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk68 by Jenseib, on Flickr By the time we got off the show was over. We slowly made our way to the front and the bus stop. No need to hurry. As we approached the bus stop area I was just so tired and my feet hurt. J’s girls were walking fast and I told them to go on. They got to the bus and I could see it was full and J said hurry up….they told the bus to wait for us…and they were turning other people away. I couldn’t even believe it. Hahaha. She was shocked too. So we all rode back to FQ together and then said our good byes. They still had another day, but we were leaving tomorrow morning bright and early. We packed up and headed to bed.
  10. And more parade…. fest47 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest48 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest88 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest89 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest90 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest91 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest49 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest50 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest10 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest92 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest93 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest62 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest51 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest52 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest40 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest53 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest54 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest63 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest64 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest55 by Jenseib, on Flickr We were glad we had arrived in time to see the parade. We do love this parade. And a walk down Main Street. mk70 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk71 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk72 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk73 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk74 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk75 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk76 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk41 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk77 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk81 by Jenseib, on Flickr I think Claire may have gotten a pretzel at some point for a snack. mk82 by Jenseib, on Flickr I believe we rode Splash Mountain, which had a fairly long wait and then headed to Haunted Mansion and then met up with J’s family….who were talking about dinner options. Kelsey was looking on the app and found a few with Whispering Canyon Café sounding pretty good to most of us. We texted Mom and Chloe and told them to taxi over to Wilderness Lodge and we would meet them over there and then we headed to the front of the park.
  11. More parade…. fest70 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest31 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest32 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest71 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest33 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest36 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest72 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest73 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest37 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest9 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest74 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest38 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest75 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest58 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest76 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest41 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest77 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest42 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest79 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest80 by Jenseib, on Flickr And as you probably know…the Dragon blew up earlier this year…so we had a substitute float. fest81 by Jenseib, on Flickr Which was nice to finally include Sleeping Beauty in this parade. fest82 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest44 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest39 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest59 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest60 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest61 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest83 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest84 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest86 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest87 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest45 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  12. We saw the parade was getting ready so we found a spot and sat down. About 5 minutes later a CM came over and asked for our ticket…except I couldn’t understand what she was saying. Someone nearby said I needed a ticket. Oh, gosh…no sorry, we don’t have one. And we moved on to another spot. It was odd. I don’t know of an area with a physical ticket needed…then I thought about it and maybe it was a lunch/parade combo. Either way…the CM obviously wasn’t doing a good job since we sat there for at least 5 minutes before she asked us for one. And I will warn you now…I took a lot of pics. fest11 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest13 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest14 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest15 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest16 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest18 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest20 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest17 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest by Jenseib, on Flickr fest21 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest23 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest2 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest3 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest25 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest4 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest26 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest5 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest27 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest65 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest66 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest28 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest56 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest57 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest6 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest8 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest67 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest68 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest29 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest30 by Jenseib, on Flickr fest69 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  13. The characters made the rounds. mk12 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk27 by Jenseib, on Flickr Actually I think they came around a couple of times as the place was pretty empty. mk28 by Jenseib, on Flickr Round 2. mk29 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk33 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk30 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk31 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk34 by Jenseib, on Flickr Claire was too cool for characters. We definitely had our fill here and it was good. Mom insisted on paying for Claire and I. Again, I told her no need as it was not even planned but a last minute meal, but she insisted. The kids had a Space Mountain Fastpass, so they headed that way and the adults went into a gift shop to keep cool. T is getting married and was talking about that…but after a bit, my back was hurting, so I went outside to sit for a bit. I saw these strange characters walking around…..I have no clue who they are or why they were there. mk35 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk36 by Jenseib, on Flickr There were at least 3 or 4 dressed up in these odd costumes. I saw the Incredibles having a dance party too. mk37 by Jenseib, on Flickr Once the kids came back we headed off to the People Mover. mk14 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk15 by Jenseib, on Flickr proposal34 by Jenseib, on Flickr We spotted more costumed people. mk38 by Jenseib, on Flickr We decided to shop a bit on Main Street as we worked our way to the front. Sadly, Josh was going to have to leave soon. Mom headed back to the hotel as she wanted to swim. A few minutes later Chloe decided to leave too. I texted Mom to let her know to look out for Chloe but no reply. I gave Chloe her number and off she went. I found out later that Mom decided to ride the train around the park before leaving, so Chloe actually got back to French Quarter before Mom. T invited us all over to Bay Lake to look at her room, which was a 3 bedroom, so we walked over there. mk39 by Jenseib, on Flickr Picture from the hall. contemp1 by Jenseib, on Flickr She had cakes and snacks and served us some. Since it wasn’t someone I knew I didn’t take pictures, but it was a huge 2 story room. Super cool. I did take some view pics though. contemp6 by Jenseib, on Flickr contemp7 by Jenseib, on Flickr contemp2 by Jenseib, on Flickr contemp3 by Jenseib, on Flickr contemp4 by Jenseib, on Flickr contemp5 by Jenseib, on Flickr After a bit though, I had to go the bathroom and I felt funny about asking to use theirs, so Claire and I said we were heading back to the park. T is J’s friend and I didn’t want to intrude for too long. We used the bathroom in the lobby and walked back over the MK. mk40 by Jenseib, on Flickr
  14. J’s family arrived and Kelsey looked nice…..even in her ratty shorts. We headed off to the bus stop. pofq29 by Jenseib, on Flickr pofq30 by Jenseib, on Flickr Once we arrived at MK, J was a little nervous as Josh and T had not left yet to come to the MK. We went in on the far left and let them know where we were so they wouldn’t accidentally bump into us. mk2 by Jenseib, on Flickr I was instructed to use my bossy side and start yelling out things I wanted to do. LOL. First we stopped off to get a disability card. One of the kids has some issues with heat and lines and though not normally uses this card, it was a way to waste some time…and we scored a Mine Train time as well. Can’t beat that! mk16 by Jenseib, on Flickr Josh still had not arrived yet, so I went into Bossy mode and stated that I wanted to ride my favorite ride first before the lines got long….so we are heading to pirates….then I want to get a picture in front of the castle with all the kids. Poor Kelsey wanted Starbucks to start her day and we kept telling her later…later…we will get there soon. We didn’t want to be in Starbucks and have her accidentally spot Josh walking up Main Street. She was polite enough not to grumble too much. Hahaha So off to Pirates we went. mk17 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk18 by Jenseib, on Flickr I still think they should now say “We wants the Red Hen” at the auction. LOL mk19 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk20 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk21 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk22 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk23 by Jenseib, on Flickr Well that was fun! Kelsey wanted her Starbucks! Ok, let’s walk that way. Shoot! No word from Josh…so we take our time going out of the gift shop and on our way towards main street. Then J got word they were in place and says…Let’s get those castle pics before going to Starbucks. We want to do it before it gets busy. So we headed that way and walk to the hub. mk24 by Jenseib, on Flickr And Josh came up behind Kelsey and she was excited to see him and so surprised! She knew he had big tests going on and was shocked he was there…..and then he went down on his knee. proposal5 by Jenseib, on Flickr T had set up 2 photopass photographers to snap pics…and we all were snapping away too. mk86 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk88 by Jenseib, on Flickr And she said YES! The photographers took lots of pictures for them. proposal21 by Jenseib, on Flickr proposal26 by Jenseib, on Flickr And some with us too. mk85 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk89 by Jenseib, on Flickr And we walked to a few other spots for pictures as well. mk4 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk5 by Jenseib, on Flickr I spotted one of those fancy carriage strollers. mk6 by Jenseib, on Flickr proposal30 by Jenseib, on Flickr After all the pictures were done we decided to head to the Mine Train. We were hungry, so while walking over we looked on the app for somewhere to eat. Kelsey stopped at Be Our Guest to see if they could get us in, but unfortunately no. We decided on Crystal Palace. I texted Mom and told her if she wanted to eat with us, she better be on her way and she was. mk7 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk8 by Jenseib, on Flickr mk9 by Jenseib, on Flickr We had a blast! While in line I told Bella and Chloe that now their future boyfriends would really have to step it up when they proposed. Hahaha. Chloe said she wasn’t going to get married. Hahaha. Off to Crystal Palace. We checked in, but Mom hadn’t arrived yet. She said she waited forever for the bus today…of course. She kept us posted and soon was walking up main street and then once she arrived they seated us. proposal33 by Jenseib, on Flickr It was so hot out and it felt good to sit down and cool off. mk10 by Jenseib, on Flickr Breakfast was being served, but before we left they brought out the lunch offerings as well. Unfortunately I was so full that I couldn’t enjoy those offerings so much. mk25 by Jenseib, on Flickr
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