– look at all that snow! Naturally the day we are leaving we
wake to the biggest snowfall of the year. It was those great big
giant snowflakes that go “thud” when they land. Fortunately
there were only three inches on the ground and it was light and
At about 9:30 I went out to shovel. Another two inches had fallen
by then. I fired up the snow blower; just to be sure it was
working OK. My neighbour will probably need it while we are away;
he’s pretty good about taking care of the place for us. I did
our drive with the blower and then shoveled his drive by hand
before heading back indoors about 10:00 a.m.
Carol was muttering some meteorological expletives. “Dad-blasted
snow!” “Mutter-fusted snow!” and stuff like that! She’s
pretty excited about this trip and no-one or nothing should get in
Our cruise documents had not arrived so we decided to wait a few
hours until the mail came. We pulled out at 11:30 and swung by the
mailbox. The mail was there – good! There were no cruise
documents – bad!
We made a quick stop at Carol’s parents and dropped Zak off for
his three week stay. We were back on the road shortly after noon.
The closer we got to
, the less snow we saw. By the time we pulled into our hotel near
the airport there was no snow at all.
We settled in and rested a bit, and then it was dinner time. We
ate at a restaurant just around the corner. By 7:00 we were back
at the hotel and heading for a swim and dip in the hot tub before
watching some TV. Ooops . . . the pool was down for maintenance
– so was he hot tub – and the sauna was stone cold. But the
steam room was hot – steamy hot. Neither of us had ever enjoyed
a steam bath before and it felt good, after we turned the
temperature down a few notches.
We were back to the room by 8:00; tomorrow we’re up bright and
early (actually it will be dark and early) to catch our 7:00 a.m.
January 5, 2011
had to be up for a 5:30 shuttle ride to the airport so we
developed a fail-safe wake up system.Carol set her cell phone for a 4:45 alarm.I set the alarm clock in the room for 4:45 and then our
“fall-back” in case of disaster was our 5:00 a.m. wake up call
from the front desk.
woke at 4:30 to the sound of Carol in the shower.She was just too excited to sleep.After six hours of my snoring she had had enough and got up
to get ready.So I was
up before the cell went off. I
had just fumbled through shutting it down when the alarm clock
sounded.The clock was
a challenge to turn off too!
was in the shower by the time Carol handled the wake up call.There we were, wide awake but still tired!We were in the lobby on time and the shuttle was on time.We whisked through the airport, cleared security, cleared
US Customs and then sat to enjoy a few minutes savoring our last
Tim Horton’s for a few weeks.Air
surprised us - the flight boarded quickly, left on time and
touched down in
a few minutes early.Then
we hit the baggage claim.I
may have brought their own baggage handlers along; the wait was
almost as long as the flight.
we were aboard the Magical Express bus and on our way.After quick stops at the Polynesian Resort and the Grand
Floridian we pulled up at Wilderness Lodge.We were checked in by noon but our room wasn’t ready yet.We checked our bags with Bell Services and caught the
launch to the
, snapping a few pictures along the way and soon we were enjoying
a hot dog at Casey’s.Yum!
wandered further up
to The Hub and took a few more pictures before heading over to
.Carol browsed her
way through the Christmas Shop while I relaxed in Santa’s
Christmas decorations are still up but the cast member who checked
us in at Wilderness Lodge said they would all be disappearing
amazing how quickly they can put them up and take them down!
look at the line for the
and we doubled back.It
was huge!We wandered
over to Frontierland and planned to see the Country Bears but
Carol got sidetracked by the pins for sale in Frontier Mercantile.She emerged from the store just after the show had started
so we carried on toward Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.Lord thunderin’ bejeebers!There was a huge line there too!No wonder there was no one on the streets; they were all in
boarded the train and took a ride to
then hiked over to Tomorrowland.Along the way we stopped to see the new interactive entry
to Winnie the Pooh.Guess
what?Yup . . . a 70
minute wait!We passed
on the interactive line.We
headed on to Buzz Lightyear where the standby line read 30 minutes
but we were shooting within 20 minutes.After Buzz we hopped aboard the Tomorrowland Transit/Wedway
Peoplemover and took a spin.No
bought a special Mickey Mouse Christmas popcorn bucket - we took
him for a ride on the Wedway too!
been wandering around the park for hours and our early start was
catching up on us, so we shopped our way down
on our way back to the hotel.Carol was shopping more diligently than I was so I dashed
off ahead and found a nice bench in front of City Hall.While I sat there waiting for her Mike and Michelle spotted
me and came over to say hello.They are running in the week end
events, along with Michelle’s son Liam.Soon Carol joined us and we had a nice visit before we
headed off to the dock for our boat ride home.
wind was blowing strong and the boat had some trouble pulling into
dock.We had fun
watching for about 10 minutes until the skipper decided to use the
worked much better and we were soon underway.As we walked from the dock to the lobby we gazed over to
the hot tub, where we planned to go after dinner.What’s that green fence around the hot tub?Dang!It’s
said that we were welcome to use the tub at the Wilderness Lodge
Villas . . . that became the new plan!
room was ready so we retrieved our luggage and got settled in.We have a very nice room on the fourth floor overlooking
outside our door is a balcony with two rocking chairs looking
directly across to the Whispering Canyon Café.
it was time for our dinner reservation.Carol went ahead to spend some time in the shops (not my
favorite thing) and I joined her a half hour later for dinner.We had a great time at
Café – good food and a very entertaining show by the wait
staff!Just as we
finished our friends Bob and Juanita arrived for their dinner.We chatted with them briefly and then headed back to our
8:00 we were in the hot tub at the Villas.Aaah!That
about 20 minutes in the steamy water we were fading fast!We headed back to the room and settled in front of the TV
with plans to get to bed early.It’s been a long day and we’ll have a busy one tomorrow
Note:Our posts from here on will be sporadic at best!Internet access is very expensive and very slow on the
ship.We will be checking in occasionally, but we won’t be
posting reports from the ship.I plan to write about our adventures every day and I might
be able to post if we find a wireless connection at one of our
port stops.Just thought I’d let you know that you may not hear any
more until we land in
was dozing and thinking, “This is it, we sail today!”when a loud clap of thunder woke me up.It sounded like a moose was crossing the corrugated roof
just beyond our balcony!
was out of bed by 7:00 and quickly hit the shower to avoid the
flurry as Carol began repacking.
wandered the lobby taking a few pictures while Carol got ready and
I had just settled in a comfy chair to read my book when she
joined me.Before long
John & Cathy joined us and we headed for Whispering Canyon Café
for our 9:00 breakfast reservation.The restaurant wasn’t crowded so the cast had plenty of
time to perform for us!It
was great fun!
all hopped in John’s rental van and headed off to Port
Canaveral.We made a
short (but vitally important) stop at the ABC Liquor Store.Once we were fully stocked with scotch we were eastbound
pulled into the Disney Cruise Line Terminal at about 11:00 and
checked our luggage at the curb.Carol and Cathy headed into the terminal while John and I
returned the van.The
shuttle had us back at dockside before noon and we joined the
ladies for check-in.We
had a bit of a chat with Ripkensnana and MyBob before their
boarding number was called. The crowd was still very light so we
had an “almost private” audience with Captain Mickey.Then Mickey’s shift was ending so Minnie came to relieve
him.They both put on
a bit of a show for us.
we knew it they called our boarding number and we were on our way.Gosh it feels nice when you walk aboard and they announce:“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Cruise
stateroom wouldn’t be ready for another 45 minutes so our first
stop was Beach Blanket Buffet on deck 9.After a bite of lunch we headed down to our staterooms on
deck 6.Soon our
luggage arrived and we (“we” means Carol) unpacked and got
drill was at 4:00 and once again we were in Artists Palette (you
no longer have to wear or take the life jacket with you on the
soon as the safety drill was over we headed up to deck 10 and
staked out a prime spot along the rail to see the new Disney Dream
as we sailed by.Most
people were waiting for the sail-away party to begin in the
walked right past them and found a terrific spot along the rail
near the bow (the pointy-end).The skies were overcast and the wind picked up as we
waited. We had some time to visit with Bob and Juanita, Carol,
Bob, Pam and Mike. It was getting cool so they all left so it was
just John, Cathy, Carol and I left. By
5:30 they had cast off lines and we were underway.There was a glorious sunset behind us but no one noticed .
. . all eyes were focused ahead at the Disney Dream.OMG – it’s huge!And
that water slide looks so cool!The cast and crew from the new ship were all on deck,
lining the rails cheering at us and waving streamers.We were cheering back and waving our white gloves!The ships both had their searchlights panning the skies.It was glorious!As
we passed the Captains began a game of dueling banjos with the
ships horns.When You
Wish Upon A Star resounded around the harbor six times, three
times from each ship!WOW!What a treat!Carol
and I both got a bit misty.
Click the arrow to
see a video of the "dueling horns"
it was all over we noticed how chilly it had become so we headed
to the Walt Disney Theatre for the nightly 6:15 p.m. show.The show was “Let the Magic Begin” – a spirited song
and dance show followed by a short show by Bronkar Lee, a
Bronkar – he was making three different noises with his mouth
while he juggled five balls and danced.I cannot walk and chew gum at the same time - therefore I
hate Bronkar!We hope
to see his show at WaveBands on Friday night, he’s a great
show our Cruise Director, Christian, announced a few statistics.The cruise is sold out, meaning that every cabin is
occupied, but there are only 1,900 guests aboard and 1,400 of us
have cruised with Disney before.The passenger load is very light compared to a normal
cruise – there are only 289 children aboard compared to the
normal average of 1,100.It’s
unusually quiet around the children’s pool and the 29, 0 – 3
year old kids will probably be outnumbered by the care-givers in
the show we quickly changed clothes and headed off to Parrot Cay
for dinner with our tablemates John, Cathy, Pam and Mike.It was nice to sit, relax and catch up with friends over a
good meal.We loitered
and chatted until after 10:00 and then the guys moved on to John
and Cathy’s balcony for a nightcap.After savoring a fine highland nectar it was lights out!What a magical day!
woke up just before 7:00 and looked out the sliding door – no
sign of Castaway Cay yet!I
left the sliding door open and went back to bed.Carol and I laid in bed watching the horizon jump up and
down past the balcony railing.The winds were strong and the seas were high.The ship was rocking, the drapes were waving, spume was
flying off the crests of the waves.Uh-Oh!
Castaway Cay came into view – the waves were crashing over the
break-wall and the dock where we were supposed to land and
was entirely soaked by the spray carried by the high winds. The
captain turned the ship and lined it up to back into the dock but
the thrusters could not hold us in position against the high winds
while we backed into the dock.He swung us around again and waited for the winds to
subside a bit, then lined us up again.Unfortunately the wind was just too strong again once
again.Then came the
fateful announcement over the PA system – no Castaway Cay day on
this cruise.There was
just no way we could dock safely - so we gained another sea day.We had hoped to rent bicycles and do a bit of exploring on
the island . . . it’ll have to wait until next time!
and I headed up to Beach Blanket Buffet for breakfast and then
made ourselves comfortable on deck 9.Carol found a deck chair in the sun and I picked a table in
the shade where I could sit with my new e-book reader, a
PanDigital Novel, which Carol gave me for Christmas.I was so engrossed in my new toy that I didn’t notice her
leaving.I was quite
surprised when she showed up with the new pins she had just bought
– there will be a new limited edition pin released at each port
of call and she had just picked up the Castaway Cay pin.
had an up-close and personal encounter with Pluto!
met John and Cathy at Beach Blanket Buffet for lunch and then
meandered down to our cabin and settled in for a nap . . . Aaah!
We needed that!By
3:30 we were back on deck 9 looking for a comfy spot to settle
when Cathy spotted us and let us know they were on the Overlook
Lounge above the Cove Café.We
had a quick snack at Goofy’s Galley and then joined John and
Cathy at the Outlook.We
relaxed and chatted for a while and then headed off to look at the
art to be auctioned off on deck 4.We stopped along the way to have some pictures taken with
so few children aboard that the characters are running around the
ship stalking the poor little tykes!
checking out the art and our photos at Shutters it was time to go
get cleaned up for dinner.After
our showers Carol went to the pin trading gathering in the atrium.A little later I headed down to the Promenade Lounge where
we had agreed to meet John & Cathy.Carol met me there and John & Cathy soon joined.We decided to move to the Cadillac Lounge, it’s quieter
than the Promenade.
a drink we headed off to Triton’s for dinner, it was great.Carol and I both had a seafood fettuccini with a light
curry sauce.It was
dinner the ladies headed to WaveBands and got six seats for the
10:30 show featuring Bronkar Lee.Mike led John and I astray . . . we didn’t want to go,
but he dragged us back to his cabin for a scotch before the show.Just to show that we’re good sports we had a Balvenie
Doublewood with him.Then
it was showtime.We
took the drinks with us to WaveBands.Bronkar was terrific – he spiced his show up for the
“Adult Only” crowd and had the men laughing and the ladies
screaming for more.They
seemed to really enjoy the way he handled his silicone juggling
the show was over we wandered off to the mid-ship elevators and
were heading back to our cabin after a long and pleasant day.We had just said goodbye to Mike and Pam and turned toward
the elevator when a stranger walked up, looked directly at me and
said, “Princess Poopyknees?”I was totally shocked and blurted out, “Yeah, that’s
Carol, John & Cathy are now giggling hysterically.There were about a half dozen people in the group of
strangers and the man explained that he has been reading our trip
reports for years.His
wife said, “Yes, he calls me in all the time and says - You just
got to read this!”By
now I was laughing along with the rest of the group.It was really a hilarious encounter.They even remembered
Beaverly . . . Moley, you've created a monster! What
happened to the six degrees of separation?Seems like there are only two or three degrees these days.I think he said his screen name on DisBoards is Sergeant
something-or-other but I don’t remember exactly.He also mentioned that he has read Carol’s pin trading
blogs on AllEars.netSarge, if you read this on Carol’s web site please sign
the guest book and let us know (again) who you are.Wow, what a small world!
& Cathy went for a stroll on deck while Carol and I headed
back to our cabin.We
were still giggling sporadically as we fell into bed.What a shame to be famous for poopy knees!But hey, it’s fun!
would we be awake at 6:15? What’s
got up to open the balcony door to let some fresh air in and we
were surprised by the blast of hot humid air. We both decided that
we might as well get up so
got dressed and went up for coffee while I watched the report from
the deck on TV. This was another sea day and it was looking like
night before I had taken the time to actually read the personal
navigator and I highlighted the presentations and shows I wanted
to see. It was going to be a busy day. We had our coffee, got
cleaned up and headed up to Beach Blanket Buffet for breakfast.
There were not very many people yet so we took our time checking
out the lineup of food, the omelet station got our attention this
breakfast we started to walk around deck 10; the sun was shining
and there was a light breeze. Just as we were passing by the big
screen at mid ship the cruise director came on with his morning
report. Christian was joined by Clayton, another cruise director
and they did a half hour talk show, it was very informative and
entertaining. After watching the show we continued our walk around
the deck. We ran into John and talked for a bit then finished our
ended up back in the cabin about 9:30 a.m. and I decided that I
was going to the shopping presentation. It was something I had
never done on other cruises but since we had all kinds of time
this cruise I thought it would be a good time to check it out. It
was OK, not something I would do again. It was over at 11 a.m. and
I raced from the Buena Vista Theatre to the Walt Disney Theatre to
. We found seats and settled in to listen to Don (Ducky) Williams.
Ducky is a Disney artist with a very entertaining background. He
tells his remarkable story of how he started with the Walt Disney
Company. The whole time he is talking to the audience he is
sketching Disney characters. At the end of the presentation there
is a raffle for the sketches. I didn’t win but I sure would have
the presentation was over Gary and I decided to go back to the
buffet and have some lunch. We met Pam and Mike in the line so we
shared a table and enjoyed another very good lunch.
lunch we went back to our cabin and rested for a few minutes, then
I got changed into my Palo clothes and we headed back to the Walt
Disney Theatre to listen to Ken Puckett . He is a former Panama
Canal Pilot and maritime historian, His presentation traced the
development of the
from the 16th century to the marvel it is today. The
presentation ended at 3 p.m. and I literally ran to Palo’s to
meet Cathy and Pam for High Tea.
were seated by the window in the restaurant and had the best view.
We started of with two trays of little sandwiches and our
individual pots of tea. We all preferred the cucumber finger
sandwiches so another plate was delivered to the table. The next
course was the most delicious scones with Devonshire cream and
raspberry jam. Then the tray of petite fours arrived followed by a
small sherbet glass of creamy vanilla sauce with strawberries
topped with a raspberry. By the time we finished that it was time
to waddle back to the cabin. I was exhausted.
I got back to the cabin
was just getting ready for a nap, he had spent the last hour down
at the adult pool watching the poolside entertainment. We both
dozed for a bit and then got cleaned up for dinner.
was a unanimous decision, we were not going to get dressed up for
formal dinner, we would go to the Beach Blanket Buffet instead. We
met John and Cathy at The Cove Overlook Lounge and watched the
sunset. Then we wandered around a bit waiting for the restaurant
to open at 6:30 p.m. We
thought it would be a buffet but it was table service. The meal
was okay; we all managed to clean up our plates but I like the
buffet much better.
dinner we decided to go to the cruise desk and book ourselves
another cruise. There were some nice perks to booking on the ship
so we took advantage of it. We are booked on the Fantasy for 2012,
adventure. After we got that out of the way we went back to the
cabin. John and Gary sat out on the balcony having a scotch while
Cathy and I just did some relaxing.
had originally planned on going back to WaveBands for the 10:30
show but the hot tub and pool won out.It was very soothing, just what we needed after a busy day.On our way back to our cabin we stopped to watch the last 2
½ minutes of the football game which was being shown on the
some folks take their football seriously.
were back to the room shortly after 11:00 and crashed!
was a wasted day – a gloriously wasted day.
woke at about 6:30 and knocked on John’s door.He joined me on a trek to deck 9 for coffee.We filled our mugs and headed down to the Cove Café where
we saw Pam sitting outside.John
and I joined her and shortly Linda came along and we all yakked
for about 45 minutes.I
thought that Carol might be up and growling for coffee by this
time so I headed back, refreshing my mug and filling hers along
the way.When I got
back to the cabin she had just finished her shower.She had already been up to deck 9 and picked up a coffee,
so the edge was off her normal morning fury!
8:30 we were heading for Beach Blanket Buffet where I had a Mickey
waffle.I was hungry
but I didn’t want to spoil our 11:00 a.m. brunch at Palo.After my waffle we wandered the deck and once again sat a
few minutes to watch Cruise Director Christian’s morning TV
broadcast on the mid-ship jumbotron.
it was time for Carol and John to line up for pins, the special
pin was being released at 10:00 a.m. and they were lined up by
9:30.Like a sane and
sensible person, I sat on deck 9 reading my book.
11:00 we met John & Cathy, Mike and Pam for our Palo brunch.What a wonderful place.Fabulous food, wonderful service and good company.It just doesn’t get any better!
brunch we changed and I headed to deck 9 and nabbed a table while
Carol went to Guest Services to get some information about the
next day’s excursion.
change) . .
at the quiet pool, it was nice and sunny so I found a spot out
around the pool. Soon John and Cathy joined us. Cathy and I had a
sit in the hot tub. It was getting close to 3 p.m. so we all went
up to deck 10 do watch the Wonder pull into port.
were gale force winds up on deck 10, I took my glasses off as I
was afraid they were going to be ripped off my face by the wind.
Once we got into the lee of the island the wind diminished. The
pilot led us up to the wharf in Oranjestad and before we knew it
they were announcing debarkation. We had decided that we would
wait until the next day to debark.
went back to the cabin to get changed and rest a bit before the
6:15 show. We were able to pick up a Wi-Fi signal from shore so we
got updated with mail and stuff. Then we headed off to the Walt
Disney Theatre for the show.
show was Intrigue, the Magic and Illusions of Mike Super. It was
quite entertaining and the hour seemed to pass very quickly. After
the show ended I went down to deck 3 to check out the pin cart and
went back to the cabin. I picked up a couple of pins then joined
him back at the cabin to get dressed for dinner.
dining rotation was at Parrots Cay, this meant that we had done
the rounds and we were back where we started. The menu was
flavor and very good.
back to their cabins, got changed into swim wear and met on Deck
9. We took the laptop with us and made a call to Moley, just to
say hi, and of course have a few laughs. Some of us had a swim and
hot tub, the guys had their scotch. Before we knew it, it was
after 11 p.m. so we decided that we needed to get to bed, we had a
busy day planned for
both slept well last night.The
ship wasn’t rocking, the engines were shut down and all was
quiet.I woke at 6:30
and within a few minutes Carol was out of bed too.I went up to deck 9 and got us coffee and took a slow start
to the day.
about 8:00 we headed off to Parrot Cay for breakfast, it was a
nice change from Beach Blanket Buffet.There was plenty to choose from on the buffet and it was
not too crowded.We
both enjoyed it.
headed back to the cabin and changed into our beach gear for our
excursion to De Palm Island.Soon
we joined the excursion group in WaveBands for our debarking
instructions, got our wristbands and towels and headed down to
deck 1 to the gangway.
bus took us east past the airport, past the electric generating
station, water desalination plant and finally past the brewery
before turning into the dock.We got off the bus and boarded a small ferry which took us
a few hundred yards across a channel to De Palm Island.There was a lovely view of the island ahead as we crossed,
and a not-so-lovely view of the power station, desalination plant
and brewery behind us.
island wasn’t the lush tropical paradise we were expecting.It’s a few hundred yards of rock which an entrepreneur
has covered with sand.There
is a small water park for kiddies and two very small beached where
most of the sand has washed away to reveal the rocks beneath.It is surrounded by lots of colorful fish and marine life,
but the snorkeling area was crowded with bobbing bodies and the
sea was a little too rough for us to venture out.We snagged six lounge chairs which had been shoe-horned
into a shady location near what we thought was the beach.Ooops – we were at the snorkel area.By the time we figured it out all the chairs at the beach
were taken.So we
settled in under our shade trees at about 11:00 and headed to the
beach.Ouch – those
rocks are really hard on the feet!Carol and I got out to our ankles and had turned back when
Pam came over and said, “Try the next beach, it’s much
was!It was 60% sand,
40% rock!We grimaced
our way out into some waist deep water and frolicked a few
minutes.Then I swam
and pulled myself in toward shore with my arms as far as I could
to avoid the rocks.It
was refreshing but I knew I was not going again.I settled in under the trees and read my book.Everyone else did much the same, relaxed in the sun or the
shade.We had a nice
lunch in an open air restaurant built over the water and enjoyed
the varieties of colorful fish swimming past.Carol nosed around the shops but didn’t buy anything.Soon it was 2:00 and we were ferried and bussed back to the
ship.Overall it was a
is about a foot long!
stopped at the shops in the dockside welcome centre but there was
nothing that caught our eye; we were back aboard by 2:45.We were sticky from the salt water and salty breeze so we
both had a shower and I took a nap.Carol took the laptop up to deck 9 to read her e-mail and
just couldn’t get past the ice cream shop without a cupful.
it was time for her to line up for the new pin release so off to
deck 4 she went.I
joined her at about 5:15 and met our friend Juanita from
in the hall by the shops.We
had a very brief chat as we dashed past each other and then I
joined Carol.The line
snaked down the hall and around toward the Walt Disney Theatre
twice!Yup – a
double loop around the circle where you enter the theatre.There were hundreds of people – pin collectors are a
& Carol were close to entering the shop when I arrived.They pointed out “Sarge” (the Princess Poopy Knees
stalker) behind them in line.I had another chat and shared a few chuckles with Sarge,
his real name is Chris.
were a few pleasant surprises during the day.First, Carol received a call from Guest Services – they
had added her name to a list for a private session with Don
has an appointment for 10 minutes with Ducky and he will draw any
character she selects.Now
she’s stressed . . . what character to pick?
the host at Palo called – we have another brunch booking at
11:00 Tuesday January 11th tomorrow.Hooray!
headed to deck 3 at about 7:30 and I waited in the Promenade
Lounge while Carol did some pin trading.Soon John & Cathy joined me, and then Pam and Mike came
along.Carol came back
with her pins and soon we were off to Tritons for dinner.It was the regular Tritons menu with a distinct French
influence.Yum!We all enjoyed it!
dinner we were whacked out.I
suppose it was all the sun and fresh air, but I didn’t even have
the energy to lift a glass of scotch.Yup, I was that tired!
read for a few minutes while Carol flipped around the TV; it was
“lights out” before 11:00.
both slept in, it was just after 7:00 when I opened my eyes.I popped out on the balcony – it was already hot and
first priority was getting coffee for my precious bride so I
dashed off to deck 9.I
came back and before long I headed back up to wander around decks
9 and 10.I stopped at
the forward overlook on deck 10 and spent about 10 minutes making
sure the captain was steering us in the right direction.After I was sure all was in order I headed back to the
cabin, logged on to the internet and uploaded another day to the
trip report on Carol’s web site.
was still in bed so I picked up my e-book reader and headed up to
deck 9.I found a
shady spot beside the Quiet Cove Pool, it was already a steamy 90
degrees, and settled into my book.Carol joined me about 10:00 a.m. and we did some low-impact
people-watching (we waved at the occasional passer-by).
it was time to get dressed for our 11:00 brunch at Palo, so we
headed below deck to shower and change.We met the gang on deck 10 and were promptly seated.We had he same table and the same server, Vladimir from
.What a wonderful
meal!We grazed at the
elegant buffet, ordered a few hot dishes from
, sipped a few mimosas and then vigorously attacked the dessert
tables!Pam had called
earlier in the morning for another brunch reservation and was told
they were full, but in the middle of our meal the Palo host,
Marko, arrived and handed her a slip of paper confirming our
reservation for January 16th, same time, same table and
Captain announced during our lunch that we were cruising at 17
knots with a trailing wind at 35 knots.He chuckled as he told us that the ship was body-surfing.The waves had risen and were now between 13 and 20 feet
are running in the same direction as the waves and slowly
a smooth ride, just a bit of side to side motion.
brunch Carol dashed off for her signing session with Ducky
Williams.He signed a
litho and two of his postcards for her.The rest of us changed and headed to the Quiet Cove Pool.When we arrived Pam and Mike had grabbed a table right
outside the door to Cove Café.It looked very comfy but I knew I could not sit in the sun
all afternoon so we carried on down beside the pool.All the tables were occupied, but we grabbed a couple of
free chairs and dragged them over to a shaded open area near the
deck chairs.As the
rest of the group arrived we were able to add more chairs and
finally one of the nearby tables was free, so we grabbed it and
dropped it in the middle of our circle.
had a leisurely afternoon at poolside.Dipping and drying was the best way to stay cool in the 90
degree temperature here close to the equator.We have seen the news reports about our friends in
who are snowed in and all we can say is – neener, neener, neener!
3:00 our eyelids were getting pretty heavy, probably from the
low-impact people-watching, so Carol and I headed off for a
we got back to our stateroom Carol saw a dolphin through the
balcony door so we spent some time on the balcony watching – no
luck, there was just the one.
were up by 4:30 and watching from the balcony again.Still no dolphins, we saw freighters, seaweed, shoes, and
lots of other flotsam, but no dolphins.Soon we got ready to head out to the Buena Vista Theatre
and join the gang for a 5:30 showing of Tangled 3D.We had seen it at home a few weeks ago but it was quite
good so we went for an encore.
the show Carol went to join the nightly pin trading while I got
dressed for dinner.Tonight
we’re off to Animator’s Palette.
was great once again.I
had baked potato soup and salmon baked in phyllo pastry while
Carol had mushroom risotto and roast chicken with root vegetables.After dinner we returned to our cabins and changed before
meeting again on deck 9.The
guys sipped on a scotch as we watched the captain navigate through
about 30 ships waiting to pass through the
tomorrow.Carol and I
took a dip in the hot tub and the pool, we had it all to
ourselves, there was no one else in sight.Bliss!We were
anchored in the middle of a small floating city.We hit the hay at about 11;30; we’ll be up early tomorrow
to watch our progress from the
to the Pacific!
actually started for me at the stroke of midnight. We had gone to
bed when the captain came on the intercom and announced that we
were going to be refueled and that there would be no smoking
allowed on board. I hopped out of bed and went out on the balcony.
Directly below our balcony was the tanker, the bigtanker. I was captivated watching the ship pull along side the
Wonder. They tied off the bow first with two lines, and then they
moved to the stern. When they shot the ball from the Wonder to the
tanker the first one hit one of the crew and just about knocked
him overboard. His buddies thought it was funny, I could see them
laughing. The second shot was right on and they attached the bow
lines. The crew on the Wonder then pulled the ropes over and
secured them on our end. The Tank crew then drew the lines taunt
using a winch. When everything was secure they started feeding the
fuel line over to the Wonder. At that point I decided to go back
to bed. It took a long time to fall to sleep, the spot lights from
the tanker were level with our window.
5:55 a.m. I could hear
on the balcony talking to John, they were planning their coffee
meet. I waited until he had left then got up and got myself ready.
I was on Deck 10 by 6:15 a.m. and met up with Gary, John, Mike and
Pam. Cathy wasn’t far behind. We all drank our coffee and
watched as the Wonder started towards the Gatun Locks. While
we were standing there Carol (ripkensnana) joined us and then a
bit later our friend Bob from
joined us too. We had quite a crowd.
were plenty of characters on deck!
Wonder was the second ship to enter the locks. We watched the
first ship go up the first step, then we entered the right hand
lock, as we went up the first step the ship ahead of us went up
the second step. By this time it was steamy hot and it was only 8
a.m. We all started to wander in different directions,
and I went back to the cabin to watch for a while from the
balcony. Then we went back up to deck 10 to watch from the aft
deck. We found a shady spot with a bit of a breeze, it was quite
nice. When we left the last lock and entered into
we were getting hungry so went into the Beach Blanket Buffet for
breakfast we went back down to our cabin to sit on the balcony
while the ship made it’s way through the Gatun Lake heading
towards the Gaillard Cut. As we approached the
we decided to go back up to Deck 10, we lasted about 15 minutes
and had to go back to the cabin. It was just too hot standing out
in the sun. Our balcony was a much more comfortable way to watch
the scenery go by. At 12:45 p.m. we passed under the
and neared the Pedro Miguel Locks. Gary and John headed back up to
deck 10 for some photo shots of the bridge, I decided to stay put.
1 p.m. we had reached Pedro Miguel Locks and had to wait our turn;
there was a passenger ship and a container ship entering the locks
ahead of us. When they reached the second step we entered the
lock. By 2:25 p.m. we were through Pedro Miguel, on our way to
Miraflores Lock. When we arrive at Miraflores Lock we only waited
about half an hour before we entered the first lock. I was amazed
by the number of people waiting for us in a four story
restaurant/bar along the side of the canal. There had to be four
or five hundred people waving at us. The captain of course had to
blow the horn and the “When You Wish Upon A Star” tune was
received with a huge roar from the crowd. We pulled out of the
second lock at 4:10 p.m. and made our way towards the
. We sailed under the
to the east and then left the
, making our way to Puntarenas.
crowd cheered the ship's horn!
Bridge of the Americas
was 5 p.m. and I was exhausted.
was still up on deck but I was done. I lied down on the bed with a
blanket and pillow.I
come in but it didn’t disturb me, the next thing I knew it was 7
p.m. I struggled with
whether to get up and shower or just roll over and go back to
was up and showered so I figured I better get moving too. The
phone rang and it was John, on his way to the Promenade Lounge so
went off to join him. I got ready for dinner and then went down to
the pin cart. There wasn’t anything new so I wandered over to
the Promenade. They guys were having drinks and wolfing down
peanuts; I decided to go upstairs to Shutters and check out the
photos that were taken today. When I got back to the Promenade the
guys had been joined by Bob and Carol so we all sat and chatted
until it was time for dinner.
tonight was at Parrot Cay and it was lobster night. We met Pam and
Mike at the door and all walked to our table together. We had one
empty seat tonight, Cathy chose sleep over food. We all had
lobster except Pam. It was wonderful, cooked just right. We took
our time over dinner tonight, I think we were all just too tired
to move. When we finally found the strength to leave it was all I
could do to get back to the cabin. The three guys were meeting on
deck nine for their evening scotch,
wore his bathing suit he was going to have a swim and hot tub.
Tonight we set our clocks back an hour so we will have an extra
hour to sleep. It will be another sea day – man I could get used
a great day! We gained an hour sleep but we were still up at 6:30
a.m. It was sunny out
opened the cabin door to let some fresh air in.It was warm but not as humid as it has been. I kept my eye
on the ocean; I knew being on the Pacific there would be various
marine sightings. I saw a bit of movement so I stepped out on the
balcony.What a treat;
we had a school of porpoise playing in the wake of the ship. John
& Cathy were also on their balcony watching and
soon came rushing out. We watched them for quite a while then
spotted a sea turtle floating along, beside a piece of debris. We
also saw a stingray go by, then we spotted a flying fish. The guys
decided to go for coffee while Cathy and I got ready for
breakfast. While I was waiting for
to come back I went back out on the balcony just in time to see
two dolphins swim by.
all headed down to Tritons for breakfast.It was the first time this cruise that we opted for a
sit-down breakfast. When we walked into the restaurant our server,
Frano, spotted us and came running over to escort us to a table in
his area. We had a wonderful meal and I am sure we will make a
point of doing a sit-down breakfast again.
breakfast we decided to go down to the pool.On our way we stopped on deck 5 to look at the art in the
hallway and then we explored the Oceaneer Club and the Oceaneer
Lab.It’s no wonder
the kids never want to leave these places, they are really
carried on to deck 9 and found a table.Soon Pam and Mike joined us. I kept asking
what time it was, I had an 11:10 private sitting booked with Don
“Ducky” Williams and I did not want to miss it.
finally gave me his watch to wear until it was time to leave. We
went to the Treasure Ketch Shop for my assigned sitting.Each sitting was for 10 minutes and “Ducky” would
sketch one character for you. I had mulled over for two days what
character I would chose; I finally decided on Captain Mickey. I
figured since Mickey is where it all began and we were on a cruise
that he would be a good choice. Ducky thought so too, he said that
it was a good choice and there was a bit more to the drawing. We
had a wonderful chat, all the time he was sketching my Mickey. At
the end we said our goodbye’s, shook hands and posed for a
picture, all in all I ended up with 20 minutes of his time -
carried my treasure ever so carefully back to the cabin and stowed
it away with my signed lithograph. It was then time to head to the
pool. We met up with the gang and spent the next 3 hours swimming,
eating, sun bathing and soaking in the hot tub. I then went back
to the cabin to get ready for Bingo, the big prize was a cruise.
arrived shortly and decided he needed a nap.
knocked on the door at 3:00 p.m. and we headed to the Walt Disney
Theatre to play bingo (
was still snoring). We each got our bingo cards which are
programmed in an electronic machine that does everything except
actually yelling bingo for you, it does tell you if you have a
bingo. We found a couple of seats and waited for it to start. We
were joined by Bob and Carol. The game started at 3:45 and Carol
won the first game, she shared the prize with 3 other people. We
played 4 games and then it was over! It was fun though, I may have
to do that again before the end of the cruise.
and I went into the store to look around, we browsed through the
pin book and Cathy found a couple of pins to trade for. Then we
went up to Shutters and looked at some of our pictures. It was
getting close to 5:00 p.m. so we decided we would go back to the
cabins and catch the sunset. Our balconies face the west so we
will have the luxury of watching the sun set every night. While we
were sitting on the balcony we saw a few more porpoise swim by.
had been out but got back to the cabin just in time to take lots
the sunset Gary and I went up to Shutters, we went though all our
pictures and eliminated the ones we knew we did not want. We came
back to the cabin to get ready for dinner. I went down to see what
was happening in pin world and
went to the Promenade Lounge to meet John and Cathy for drinks. I
wasn’t long at the pin cart and joined them just as Mike and Pam
were arriving. We all had our before dinner drinks and munched on
was in Tritons and the theme was A Taste of California. It was a
very good dinner once again and I ate way too much. We lingered at
the table, I think everyone was just too tired to move. When we
finally did leave we walked through Shutters and looked at
pictures again. Then Gary and I decided we would call it a night,
all this relaxation is wearing us out!
we woke up this morning we were already docked in the port at
.The ship pulled in
at about 3:30 a.m.I
crawled out of bed at 6:30 and headed up to deck 9 for coffee.Carol was getting up as I returned and we stood on the
balcony and sipped our coffee while we enjoyed the vista of this
beautiful port on the
.We heard last night
that our private tour of the rainforest was cancelled; our guide
had a conflict and had to back out.We were not all that disappointed – we could sleep in!
joined John & Cathy for breakfast at Parrot Cay and then began
our trek to find an alternate excursion.We stopped at Guest Services on deck 3 – everything was
booked except for a coffee-picking excursion.That didn’t sound too appealing so we just headed to the
gangplank and on to the dock to see what we could find.We walked past a few buses and quickly found our savior –
Jairo (pronounced Hair-o) who served as our guide and Roberto our
driver.At 10:00 a.m.
they took us away in a private eight-passenger van, just the four of
a few blocks down the road we stopped along the beach to get a
picture of the Wonder.
we headed further south along the coast to visit the Monkey Lady.We pulled off the main highway onto a narrow gravel road,
then turned onto a narrower dirt road.The trees and foliage were dense and canopied the road.I was a bit worried and began scanning the bushes for
albino Costa Ricans playing banjos!But everything worked out well.Jairo picked up a few trays of cut-up fruit and we followed
him as he shouted to call the monkeys.They came down out of the trees, at least 15 to 20
held the fruit in her loosely clenched fist and the monkeys would
pry her fingers open to get their treats.She fed them again and again, so did Cathy while John and I
along came a coati, the coati is a distant relative of the
raccoon.He took fruit
from our hands as well.
about a half hour of monkeys and coati we boarded the van again
and headed off to
.We stopped beside
the river and walked out on a bridge to look down at the huge
beasts swimming and basking below.
were at least 20 of them in sight along the river, some up to 18
feet in length. The
river runs through pasture fields and our guide said that the farmer
loses a few cattle to the crocs every year.Ouch!
next stop was Villa Lapas, a hotel and resort complex which
featured a rainforest canopy walk (an elevated rope walkway
through the treetops) and a zip-line adventure.
didn’t try either the canopy walk or the zip-line but we certainly
enjoyed walking around the resort grounds, deep in the rainforest.There were iguanas everywhere we looked, orchids growing on
many of the trees, exotic flowers and trees of all kinds; we
didn’t know where to look next.
along the way our guide pointed our melon plantations, rice
plantations, fields full of freshly planted teak tree seedlings and
many other tropical crops.
last stop was the highlight of the tour.We left the main highway about 30 miles south of Puntarenas
and began climbing a mountain.As we went higher and higher the road became narrower and
several “white knuckle” turns along the way and several cars
had to back up to let us pass before we arrived at Villa Caletas,
a luxury resort hotel perched on a mountaintop overlooking the
.Wow!What a view!
hotel rooms are mostly individual cottages nestled into the side of
the mountain surrounding the pool and dining rooms.The grounds are terraced and beautifully landscaped with
stone walkways connecting all the facilities.Some of the walkways overlook sheer drops of several hundred
feet.The main dining
room is perched on the very top with full Pacific views to the
south, west and north.You
can sit and enjoy a cocktail of a meal while you watch a
breathtaking sunset every day.There
is even a stone amphitheatre cut into the mountainside directly in
front of the dining room.Take
a cushion and sit in the amphitheatre to watch the sunset – if you
dare!It’s very high
and very steep.Vertigo
kept us from trying it out!Yikes!
Villa Caletas we headed back to Puntarenas and spent a few minutes
poking around the dockside flea market before heading back to the
Wonder.We were back
aboard, very hot and very tired, by 2:00 p.m.What a great tour!
stopped and picked up a bite at Goofy’s Galley and Pluto’s Dog
House, then ate on the rear deck beside Beach Blanket Buffet.It was time for a nap; a well-earned nap!After resting I headed off to the pool for a dip and then
spent some time in the hot tub soaking my aching knees.
I knew it the sun was heading for the horizon so I hurried back down
to get some pictures of the sunset from our balcony.
. . . another amazing
sunset!Carol and Cathy
went off to join the line-up to purchase pins while John and I
savored a scotch on the balcony and watched the Captain pull us away
from the dock.
it was time to get ready for dinner.We met for cocktails in the Promenade Lounge and then moved
to Animator’s Palette for dinner.Once again it was a terrific meal.
dinner we changed into our bathing suits and met on deck 9 for a
swim and a nightcap.
11:00 I was fading fast so we headed back to the stateroom.Carol stopped on the way back to check the laundry room.There were a few machines available so she started a couple
of loads of wash while I played on the computer for a while.
was a terrific day but very tiring, thankfully we now have two “at
sea” days to rest up before we dock in
woke and headed to the balcony at 6:30.There was nothing but blue sea and blue water.Not a cloud in the sky and not a ship in sight.After fetching coffee in order to avoid the wrath of my
beloved bride I went back outside and reveled in the nothingness.I tried to use the GPS on the computer but I couldn’t
read enough satellites from the balcony.I took it up to deck 10 and got a good satellite read.At 8:00 a.m. we were about 100 miles off the coast of
, heading west-north-west at 24 miles per hour.There was still nothing to see on deck 10, just 360 degrees
of clear blue skies, blue sea and horizon.It was spectacular.
sky at 8:30 a.m.
both had a shower and joined the gang for breakfast at Parrot Cay.It was a character breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto,
Goofy, Donald and Chip & Dale.The characters made their way around the dining room and
stopped at every table for photos.It was a hurried trip for them but we did have a little
time with each character.Our
servers, Allan and Frano, made us some hats out of napkins to fill
in the time while we waited for the next character.
breakfast we congregated on deck 9 beside the Quiet Cove Pool.We dunked and dipped until about 1:00 when someone noticed
that we hadn’t eaten for almost three hours!So off we went to Beach Blanket Buffet.We carried our trays back out to poolside and most of us
spent the next 45 minutes dodging flying shells and juice as Carol
and John devoured their way through a few bowls full of crab
claws.The sky was
still that boring shade of blue with not a cloud in sight to give
any sort of variety.
sky at 2:30 p.m.
sky at 5:30 p.m.
2:30 the sandman was making overtures and my yawns were disturbing
folks at the neighbouring tables so Carol took me back to our
stateroom and tucked me in for a nap.Then she went out to look at the emeralds for sale on deck
4.I vaguely remember
her coming back, with no new bling!Next thing I knew it was 5:00 – my normal one hour nap
was 2 ¼ hours today!Too
much fresh air and sunshine I guess!
sat on our balcony and watched another Pacific sunset.There was not a cloud in the sky all day . . . so it was a
good one!We’re not
seeing too many shows on this cruise; they always conflict with
dressed for dinner, at Parrot Cay tonight, and headed down to get
some pictures with characters.We
found Cinderella, Mickey & Minnie and Snow White before we
joined the gang for drinks at the Promenade Lounge.
another fine dinner at Parrot Cay we went back to the room, changed
and then went to the Walt Disney Theatre for the 10:15 show
featuring the comedy and hypnosis of Ricky Kalmon.
was great, about a dozen volunteers helped out.Three men thought they were pregnant and their water broke on
stage.All the volunteers entered an air guitar competition and one
fellow was convinced he was Susan Boyle and rose and sang every time
her music was played.We roared with laughter throughout the hour long show.We got back to the stateroom at 11:30 and fell into bed after
another fantastic day.Tomorrow is another “at sea” day and we have brunch and
dinner scheduled at Palo. A Palo "double-dip"
slept in until 7:00 and I immediately rushed up to deck 9 to get
coffee for my dear wife.I’ve
tried to take very good care of her ever since she took me as her
trophy husband almost ten years ago.
8:00 we were out on the balcony sipping coffee and enjoying a
clear blue sky with scattered clouds.We stood at the rail for several minutes and watched the
show as we sailed beside a school of playful dolphins and flying
I knew it she dragged me down to deck 3 where we prowled around
looking for characters and snapping some pictures.We browsed through the shops on deck 4 and as we were
heading back to our stateroom we ran across Goofy and Max.
changed and headed off to Palo for our 11:00 brunch.Pam and Mike were already seated when we arrived.John and Cathy had to cancel; John was a bit under the
weather.We once again
savored the array of food and enjoyed a leisurely time nibbling,
chatting and soaking up the view off the stern of the ship.
sky at 8:00 a.m.
another wretched day in paradise!
brunch I changed into my bathing suit and Carol and I headed up to
deck 9 where we found a table in the shade.I settled in with my book and wasted the entire afternoon
sitting beside the pool and visiting with folks who wandered by.Carol flitted around the ship chasing characters and
dropping off at special events.She went to the auction of Ducky Williams art on deck 3 and
joined me on deck 9 for a few minutes before heading off to a
Disney Vacation Club presentation.She wanted to win the $300 onboard credit but all she won
was a new pin.
know what you’re thinking . . . didn’t the poor guy have a
nap?Yes, I did -
between 4:00 and 5:00.Carol
came back from the DVC presentation as I was waking up.
skies were clear and another magnificent sunset was shaping up but
we decided to skip it and see the show tonight.We met John and Cathy and headed off to the Walt Disney
Theatre for “The Art of the Story” It was a variety of song
and dance numbers from Disney movies; some animated and some live
entertaining, but not one of my favourites!
- there be pin tradin' going on!
four of us headed directly back to our staterooms and changed for
our 8:00 dinner reservation at Palo.It was a super time.We
enjoyed excellent food in elegant surroundings and good company.Before we knew it two hours had passed and dinner was over.
Pirates in the Caribbean Party was in full swing on deck 9, even
though we were in the Pacific, not the
.We changed and
joined the party in time to see some dancing followed by the
wrapped up at 11:00 and the late buffet opened on deck 9.We looked longingly at the array of food, but we were far
too full from Palo to even consider it.Very shortly after 11:00 we headed back to our stateroom.Tomorrow we dock in
at about noon.
was up bright and early today.Mickey gave her a wake-up call at 7:00 and she was out the
door at 7:10 a.m.Since
the ship stores cannot be open while we are in port they were
selling the Manzanillo pin at 8:00 a.m. rather than the normal
she had to line up early.It’s
a particularly nasty addiction she has!
got up after she left and headed to deck 9 for coffee.I took one for Carol too and headed for deck 4.The line stretched all the way from the forward door to the
Treasure Ketch Shop through the Walt Disney Theatre lobby, down
the hall past Mickey’s Mates, through the mid-ship elevator
lobby and around the atrium.Ouch
– there are sure a lot of pin-aholics aboard!Carol and Cathy were about half way down the line in the
the shop opened the line moved quickly.They were back to the staterooms by about 8:30.
met for breakfast at Beach Blanket Buffet and as we ate the PA
system came on.Captain
Henry announced that we were arriving in Manzanillo.We all headed to deck 10 to watch our approach to the city.They pulled the ship into the dock area, then stopped and
turned it 180 degrees and backed it into the dock.I am amazed at how easily they can manoeuvre a ship this
’s second busiest deep sea harbour with a huge container
terminal just down from the cruise ship dock.
the captain announced that we were clear to head ashore so we
headed down to the gangway on deck 2.We walked the length of the dock and stood for a few
minutes looking around before Carol commandeered a van to take us
on a private tour, the two of us together with John & Cathy,
Mike & Pam.The
van driver, Victor, weaved his way through the narrow streets of
Manzanillo and pulled into a spot that boasted 500 iguanas.I didn’t see 500 of them but there were sure plenty
around, and there were some big ones!Cathy got to pet one, but she didn’t want to take it
Victor took us out into the countryside to see a banana
for a few minutes and saw the banana flowers before carrying on.Victor took us all the way across the city to a high hill
filled with luxury homes overlooking the beach and the harbour.The view was magnificent.
the time we absorbed the view from that hilltop we had been gone
about 2 ½ hours and we were getting hungry and thirsty.Victor dropped us off at the dock at 2:45 and we headed to
deck 9 for a cold drink and a bite to eat.We were back in the stateroom by 4:00 and had a rest before
the show in the Walt Disney Theatre.Tonight’s show was Circurious – a Cirque du Soliel
style show featuring jugglers, acrobats and aerialists.It was very good.
the show the ladies did some pin trading while the guys adjourned
to Diversions for a pre-dinner drink.The ladies soon joined us and we headed to Animator’s
Pallette for dinner.
last stop of the day was back at the Walt Disney Theatre where
John & Cathy, Carol & I enjoyed the “Match Your Mate”
Christian asked for three volunteer couples who joined him on
stage to answer 10 questions and try to match the answers their
spouses would give.It
was a hilarious way to end the day!
smelled smoke and heard a siren.I opened my eyes, crawled out of bed, crossed to the
sliding door and opened the drapes.The first thing I saw was the Wal-Mart across the street.I thought, “I must be home!But what are those mountains doing there?”It was 6:55 a.m. and we were almost tied up at the dock in
.I ran up for coffee
(OK – what really happened is that I dragged my weary butt up to
deck 9 for coffee) and we drank it on our balcony as we supervised
the docking process.
everything was secure we both had a shower and joined John at
Beach Blanket Buffet for breakfast.We wanted to get away early and do some poking around in
the old part of the city.We
headed out at about 9:30 and Carol commandeered a cab in the
parking lot.He agreed
to take us to her timeshare resort for $12.00 US Dollars.We shoe-horned ourselves into the Nissan Sardine Can and
off we went . . . dodging and darting through the blaring horns
and smoking buses.Within
seconds Cathy asked Carol if she could reach down far enough to
extract a seat belt buckle from Cathy’s nether region.They were crammed in so tight that it was an extremely
difficult (but hilarious) manoeuvre.It was fortunate for Cathy that Carol managed to remove
that buckle before we hit the cobblestone streets.They were rugged!
arrived safe and sound – but well shaken and in mere moments
managed to un-wedge ourselves from the Sentra.
timeshare is beautiful.Carol
shares it with four of her girlfriends and they have been going
there every second year for a couple of decades.She served as our tour guide as we walked down the beach
and along the Malecon, a sea-wall lined with sculptures, statues,
shops, restaurants, hotels, condos and some very unique sand
strolled the Malecon for a couple of hours, stopping along the way
for pictures and ice cream before we finally came to the beach at
the far end of the sea-wall.
stopped at one of the beachfront bars for a drink and spent a
leisurely half hour fighting off the vendors walking the beach.They are a very persistent lot and would not leave until
each of the four of us had said no and scowled at them.It has to be a tough way to make a living.
bought a bracelet from one vendor, not because she wanted it, but
because of his sales technique.He was honest!When
he said, “Come and see my junk; I have the best junk on the
started chuckling and Carol forked over $5.00 for a piece-of-crap
walked a few blocks up from the beach to the main drag and Carol
once again negotiated with a cabbie.$20.00 got us back to the Cruise Terminal in – you
guessed it – a Nissan Sardine
Can.We are learning; the
loading and unloading went much more smoothly . . . unfortunately
the trip home was almost entirely on cobbled streets.I think I lost a few fillings along the way!
– we made it back before 2:00 and Beach Blanket Buffet was still
open.We went directly
there for lunch.After
lunch I went back to the stateroom for a lay-down.The morning involved a lot more walking than my poopy knees
are used to and they were reminding me!Carol headed off to the pool.I joined her and the rest of the gang at about 3:45, had a
dip and watched many of the shore-tour groups return to the ship.The all-aboard time is 4:30 and we are supposed to sail at
left the room at 4:45 to join the pin line.The shop is scheduled to open at 5:30 for the special
pin.We pulled away on
time at 5:00 p.m. and headed out to the Pacific on our way to Cabo
San Lucas.The captain
played musical horns with the adjacent Princess Cruise Line ship,
The Sapphire Princess, as we left the harbour.The Disney ships have a very distinctive horn!The crowd on the Princess deck cheered us all the way out.
headed down to deck 4 at 6:00 and met Carol outside the Walt
Disney Theatre just in time for the 6:15 show.Tonight the feature was the “Crew Talent Show”
showcasing the talents of many of the crew members.It was surprisingly good.They sang, danced, played the piano, juggled and performed
Host, Maurice, brought tears to everyone’s eyes when he played
and sang a song he had written about his life aboard the Disney
Wonder.It was a very
tonight was at Parrot Cay and the theme was “
had every intention of heading to the 10:30 show in the Walt
Disney Theatre but once we got back to the stateroom inertia set
in.We relaxed and hit
the sack about 11:00.All
this fresh air and relaxation is killing us!
Wow!It was a Wow day!
sensed Carol getting out of bed.It was dark.She
opened the drapes and slid open the sliding door.Within seconds she was calling, “Come out here; you’ve
got to see this.”We
were just a few miles offshore at Cabo San Lucas.The town was twinkling on the hillsides and a huge full
moon was hovering over the town as it slowly descended behind the
scrambled to get dressed (at 6:15 in the morning) and headed to
deck 10 where we could have an unobstructed view.The sun was rising to the stern as the full moon set off
the bow.It was an
what an amazing experience . . .I looked around and saw the oddest assortment of people . .
. everyone had done the same as we did, jumped out of bed, pulled
on whatever clothes they could find and scurried up to the top
deck.One fellow had
on a t-shirt, shorts, a white terrycloth bathrobe hanging open,
white socks and red crocs.He
looked like an off duty clown.I probably looked much the same, but we were all enjoying
too soon the moon was down, the sun was up and we were firmly
anchored off Cabo.The
captain gave the OK to go ashore at about 8:00 a.m. and the
tenders began ferrying everyone to the pier.Our whale-watching excursion wasn’t until 1:00 p.m. so we
were in no rush.We
sat on our stateroom veranda and enjoyed a free floor show.We were thrilled and amazed to see jumping stingrays.Who knew they jumped?Not
us!They seemed to
work in groups, first one would jump two or three times, doing a
180 degree back flip while in the air. Then
his partner would do the same.Seconds later another group would jump several hundred
yards away.It almost
seemed as though they were competing!They kept us entertained for almost an hour.
joined John and Cathy for breakfast at Beach Blanket Buffet at
about 9:15 and took our time before heading for a tender to take
us ashore.We joined
the group assembled in the Buena Vista Theatre at 10:15 and by
10:30 we were heading to deck 1 to board for the short trip to the
harbour area at Cabo San Lucas is a bustling tourist area.The vendors abound, selling all sorts of tours and
excursions, but they aren’t nearly as persistent as they were on
the beach at
.We roamed up and
down the board walk area and wandered through a few shops, posed
for some pictures with the living statues, stopped for an ice
cream, and then it was time to head back to the pier for our
in at the Disney Excursion desk on the dock and within a few
minutes we were led to our boat, the CaboMar.The boat was a catamaran, about 60 or 70 feet in length and
would have easily held over 200 people.When we got to the top deck we met up with Bob and Carol,
they had commandeered a table for all of us at the stern of the
boat so we had an excellent view. There were fewer than 50 of us
aboard so we had plenty of room to move around for pictures.Our first destination was the very tip of the cape, where
Los Archos (the arch) and the sea lion colony are located.The captain held the boat there for about five minutes and
did a few 360 degree turns so everyone had a good view.As we watched the guide gave us an interesting commentary
about the Cabo area and the different species of birds and sea
life we were seeing.And
the other crew members brought us a variety of snacks and
captain headed out to deeper water in search of Pacific Grey
Whales.He found them
– lots of them.We
probably saw a dozen grey whales, they spouted and breached again
and again as we followed their progress down the coast.They are really awesome creatures!
captain pointed us a bit further south and promised is a look at
some Humpback Whales.Sure
enough there they were, three of them, once again performing the
blow and breach routine.Wow!
the guide came on the PA and said, “You are in for a rare treat
normally see three different species of whale on the same day, but
there are Great Blue Whales nearby.”Off we went to find them . . . and soon we did.There were two of them, a mom and a calf.The calf was big and the mother was HUGE!They are the biggest species on the planet and they are
followed them for what seemed like half an hour and watched them
blow and breach five or six times!Wow!
whales at a time!
it was time to head for shore.On the way back to the dock Carol screamed “Oh My” and
we all turned to look out the back of the boat. There was a
humpback whale jumping completely out of the water. We docked and
headed directly to the tender which had us back aboard the Wonder
by 3:30.I downloaded
our pictures while Carol lined up for the new Cano San Lucas pins
was back all too soon, shut-out.The pins were all sold before she made it into the store.By this time I was pooped and laid down for a nap while
Carol headed to deck 10 to see more whales.I tossed and turned for a half hour, couldn’t sleep so I
headed off to find her.I
saw a few more whales from deck 10 before connecting with Carol on
deck 9.She was
whaled-out and so was I.It
was very windy on deck so we picked up a light snack at Goofy’s
Galley and headed back to the stateroom.
started a load of laundry and began to pack up a few things while
I had a shower and fiddled at the computer.
passed on the show, it was “Dreams” and we have seen it a few
times before so we took it easy and enjoyed another Pacific sunset
before joining the gang at Diversions for a pre-dinner drink.
was once again followed by scotch on deck 9 for the guys and then we
headed off to the Walt Disney Theatre to enjoy the comedy and
ventriloquism of Michael Harrison.He was great, we laughed until it hurt.
the show John, Cathy and Carol went to Tritons to investigate the
not a chocolate fan so I passed and headed back to the room.It has been a long and tiring day . . . but wow . . .
it was a good one!
woke up at 6:15 . . . so turning the clocks back an hour last
night didn’t gain us any sleep.Oh well, it will be a relaxing “at sea” day;
unfortunately it’s the last full day of our cruise.Sometimes it seems we’ve been on the ship forever and at
other times it seems it has all just zoomed by.How can that be?
went for coffee and fiddled at the computer, Carol did a bit more
packing, whimper, sigh!It
was a cool and overcast morning.
long John and I went for breakfast at Beach Blanket Buffet while
Carol and Cathy joined the line up for the Los Angeles Port Pins.They stepped in line at 8:00 a.m. and waited two hours
until the store opened.The
line stretched from the Treasure Ketch shop around the foyer of
the Walt Disney Theatre, down the hall to the mid-ship elevators
and all the way around the atrium.At 9:15 John and I went to relieve them in the line and
give them a break.We
found them in the line in the atrium.Some people had been in line since 10:00 p.m. the previous
don’t understand pin people!They’re nuts!
went back to the room and picked up Steve Barrett’s book about
Hidden Mickeys on the Disney Cruise Line ships.John and I headed to deck 10 Forward where we began
Steve’s Hidden Mickey Trek.We were soon chilled and since we had already seen all
these Mickey’s a few years ago on the Deb & Steve Cruise we
decided to scrap the trek.We
found a nice table by the Quiet Cove Pool.We had a spot in the sun, sheltered from the wind and
enjoyed some solitude.All
the totally sane people were inside where it was warm and the
totally insane folks were in the pin line.That left John and I and a few other semi-loco folks on
deck 9.Soon Carol
joined us, they were shut out of pins.The lady directly in front of them in the line got the last
of the 500 pins.Ouch
– so close – that’s gotta hurt!Carol was able to get one from a friend who got an extra
ahead of her in the line. She’s still trying to get one for
Cathy, a little wheeling and dealing on deck 4 might work . . .
she’s pretty good at that
headed back to our stateroom where Carol did some more packing
while I read my book and tried to stay out of her way.She says that’s the best contribution I can make to
packing . . . and I like it that way too!
one point during the packing I looked out to the balcony and saw
the water boiling.I
called Carol immediately and we stood on the veranda for about 5
minutes watching the dolphins leap and play.Just as we were leaving the school of dolphin a whale
breached, only a few hundred yards west of the ship.Wow!
had lunch at Parrot Cay and then headed to Shutters to finalize
our photo selections.John
& Cathy were there looking at their pictures so we
consolidated our selections and bought a 30 credit package to
share.Then Carol went
to the shop to buy a purse she’s been admiring all through the
was feeling guilty about all the buffets we’ve been wading
through, so I headed to the gym.I spent a half hour on the stairmaster and worked up a good
sweat, then hit the treadmill.My knees won’t let me run anymore so it was a four mile
walk at a quick pace.Then
I decided to work a bit on firming up my abs, so I. . .
. . what? . . . do I detect some scepticism?You doubt my story?Well,
okay, I admit it, I had another nap!Yup, another nap!But
I did go up to deck 10 for a brisk walk.Really, it was a brisk walk.I walked very slowly, but a brisk wind was blowing!
watching yet another Pacific sunset from out veranda we dressed
for dinner and headed to the Walt Disney Theatre for our last
show, “Remember The Magic”.
the show Carol and Cathy went to do some pin trading with the
officers and then they joined John and I at Diversions.Soon Pam and Mike came as well and after a drink we headed to
Animator’s Palette for dinner.
servers, Frano & Allan
dinner was finished we rushed back to the stateroom to finish
packing and place our luggage in the hall.Then it was time to see the characters for the last time in
the atrium.John and I
had one last scotch in his room before we all called it a night.We have a big day coming tomorrow – it’s time for
woke at 5:15, there was a light shining through the window and
sliding across the opposite wall.I got up, opened the sliding door and looked out.We were sailing up a channel in the
harbour.I went back
got up about 6:30 and I soon followed.We were moored by this time.There was a large home-made banner across the pier
welcoming the Wonder to her new home and there was a large
contingent of news photographers taking pictures of the ship as
the sun rose.It was a
nice welcome to
we were showered and ready to roll.Our luggage had been hauled away last night so we just had
a couple of small bags to carry as we went to Animator’s Palette
for breakfast.We said
goodbye to our servers, Allan from the
and Frano from
.The girls wanted to
pack Frano up and smuggle him off the ship!
sat for a few minutes in the Promenade Lounge and then it was time
for our group, the Donald Group, to debark.We were off the ship, through customs and piling into our
stretch limo by 10:20.This
thing was a super-stretch, we felt like royalty.Too bad we didn’t think to get a picture.The driver whisked us to the Disneyland Hotel and we were
checked in by 11:15.Our
rooms weren’t ready so we checked our bags and headed to the
parks.Of course the
girls had to stop at the shop in the hotel, then the pin kiosk at
Downtown Disney, then DStreet, then . . . you get the picture!
was fun for Carol and I to watch John and Cathy as they saw things
for the first time.Just
like we did in 2005!
12:00 we were in the
and walking up
.Ouch – there is a
lot of construction going on.There are barricades in
and all along
where they are working on street repairs.It is so chopped up that they have cancelled parades until
the rehab is completed.Bummer!As we passed through
I heard someone shout, “Princess PoopyKnees!”It was Twinks and LuvsPiglet.It was out first face-to-face meeting and we had a nice,
but brief chat.They
had just left for
New Orleans Square
when Miss Bianca and Bernard arrived.They too were heading to
to hook up with Pam and Mike.
12:00 we were at Carnation Café chatting with Oscar, the longest
serving Disney employee.He
in 1956, just months after the park opened.Soon we were seated and enjoying that amazing potato soup
they are famous for!
headed through Adventureland to
New Orleans Square
and John, Carol and I rode Pirates of the
different from the
version and we really like it!John and Cathy headed back to the hotel to settle in, Carol
and I headed off to the
for a ride before we headed to the hotel.
as we exited the park and were walking through Downtown Disney
Carol received a text message from John saying, “This room is
it was.We have
adjoining rooms on the second floor of the
overlooking Downtown Disney.The
bathroom is bigger than our entire stateroom on the Wonder.We are in the newly renovated rooms and they are awesome.An aside to our travel agent, SuzyQ of MouseFanTravel.com
– Suzy, you done good!
unpacked and got settled then headed back to the
.We ran into Carol
and Bob in Downtown Disney, they are in the
.Our first stop was
the train station; we took the grand circle tour of
and then headed up
and turned toward Adventureland.Next stop the Jungle Cruise.We met Pam & Mike and chatted for a few minutes.The Indiana Jones ride was down when we got there so we
headed on and rode Pirates of the
and then headed to the River Belle Terrace for a bite of dinner.It was getting close to 8:00 p.m. when they were scheduled
to assign seating for the Fantasmic Dessert Party so Carol lined
up for our seat assignment while John, Cathy and I carried on to
Haunted Mansion and then to Winnie the Pooh.We left Critter Country and went back to Adventureland.Indiana Jones was running so the three of us took a ride.It stopped several times during the course, it was not a
good ride, but at least we got through.Carol was waiting when we finished, she was the first one
in line for Fantasmic seating and got front row centre seats.We headed over through Fantasyland and rode
in Wonderland and then the Nemo Submarines.It was almost time for wishes so we made our way to the hub
where we stood for the show.They
sure do a great job with the fireworks in
!As soon as
“Remember Dreams Come True” fireworks were over we joined the
crowd heading to
New Orleans Square
for Fantasmic.We were
seated right away, there was no one else in our section of the
preferred seating area!Bonus!We had plenty of room and excellent service from our server
Fantasmic we slowly made our way to the exit and then wandered
through Downtown Disney on our way back to the hotel.It was a busy day and we were pooped but very satisfied.We sure saw a lot!
were up bright and early.I
grabbed a bagel at the coffee shop near the pool and by 8:30 we
were off.We caught
the monorail at Downtown Disney and rode it to Tomorrowland.We meandered over to Toontown in time for the 9:00 a.m.
early entry to Toontown Morning Madness..What a treat – we had a full hour before this portion of
the park opened to the public.
were no more than 50 or 60 people there and plenty of characters.We roamed among the buildings, watched the show in front of
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, took lots of pictures and then
rode Roger Rabbit’s ride.
it was time for our first Tagrel.com meet at Mr. Toad’s Wild
assembled at about 10:15 and there were introductions all around.Plenty of internet friends were meeting face-to-face for
the first time.We
gathered for a group photo at 10:30 and then at 10:35 moved into
the queue to ride as a group.Ursulinda and LuvsPiglet were the first to board.As Carol and I were boarding we saw Ursulinda and
LuvsPiglet finish their ride.This meant that the Mr. Toad ride was full of Taginators.No one but Taginators on the ride!Who’d a thunk that would happen!We had a lot of ground to cover in just a few days so we
soon said our farewells and headed off to Pinocchio for a ride.
I dashed off to get a table at the Golden Horseshoe for the Billy
Hill & the Hillbillies Show.Carol took John and Cathy on a tour through Sleeping
Beauty’s Castle and John & Cathy took a ride on the Sailing
Ship Columbia while Carol joined me for lunch at the Golden
Cathy arrived and got their lunch just before the show started and
we laughed non-stop through the rollicking musical revue.We managed to commandeer two tables; John, Cathy, Carol and
I sat in a box beside the stage while Mark, Judy, Kristen, Hannah,
BetsyAnn, Miss Bianca, Harvey, Pam and Mike sat front row centre.Everyone had a great time!
lunch the four of us headed across the concourse to California
Adventure for a whirlwind tour.We started by riding Monsters Inc. and then toured the
and spent a while watching the amazing Zoetrope.Then we carried on to the Hyperion Theatre for the Aladdin
song and dance revue is one of our favourites, and the genie
always steals the show.We
lucked out once again and got front row centre seats on the
mezzanine. There are
no better seats in the house!
on the agenda was the California Screamin’ Meet.Just as we were beginning to assemble beside the attraction
a group of Tags arrived, escorted by a cast member.He was escorting them to the FastPass line for a “Magic
invited us to join, so nine of us hopped in the FastPass line and
off we went.The cast
member rode with us and then offered to take the entire group over
for a quick trip through the FastPass line there as well.Wow, what a treat!The
Screamin’ Meet kind of took a turn, but it looked as though
everyone was happy with the double-whammy FastPass.The four of us skipped the trek to the
and headed back to the hotel to put our feet up for a few minutes.
were heading back to California Adventure by 6:00 for our 7:00
dinner at Wine
dinner we wandered over to Toy Story Midway Mania and took a spin
with Buzz and Woody!
it was time to return to the Trattoria and wait to be seated in the
preferred area for the Wonderful World of Color show.This was our first time at the new show and it was fantastic!It takes place on the lagoon in the Pacific Pier area of
are hundreds of high pressure fountains and water cannons in the
lagoon and they are synchronized with music, coloured lights,
lasers, animated cartoons projected onto water screens, and just
about every other visual technique known to man!It is just breathtaking!The water seems to hang in the air at time, at other times
the lasers make it seem as though comets are streaking through the
Jellyrolls described it as “The Bellagio fountains on steroids!”
– and she’s right!
arrived back at the Disneyland Hotel at 11:30, tired but contented
after another great day!
Carol and I hit the road early today, early entry once again!By 8:00 a.m. we were lined up at the
gate, watched them welcome the Family of the Day and then took
part in the countdown.Half
we stopped at the bakery for breakfast, a quick muffin, and then
walked through the castle to Fantasyland.
crowds were very light so we got plenty of rides in.We all rode Mr. Toad, then Pinocchio and Dumbo.John and I wedged ourselves into a teacup for a spin, Carol
stayed on the sidelines to immortalize the memorable event on
film!We all rode
and then hopped on Casey Jr. Circus Train for a ride around
took a detour to
New Orleans Square
and rode Pirates one more time, then headed to
where we met Cathy at City Hall at about 10:30.Through the castle once again and we knocked off a few more
Fantasyland rides –
, Peter Pan and Snow White.The
gang headed for
for lunch while I scooted over to Indiana Jones for some
FastPasses.Ooops!The ride was down, no FastPasses.I met them at
and we enjoyed sitting for a few minutes (well, they did – I’d
been sitting most of the morning).
lunch we headed to Buzz Lightyear and helped Buzz defeat the Evil
was starting to drag their heels by this time, so we slowly
shopped our way down
, stopped to see Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln, took the train on
a Great Circle Tour around the park and then made our way to the
exit.On our way
through Downtown Disney we stopped at Hagen-Das for an ice cream.
at the hotel, Carol and I put on our swim suits and headed to the
hot tub for a leisurely soak.Aaahhh - we sure needed that!Then it was time for a short nap – needed that too!
were up and ready to go at 5:00 p.m. when John called, they had
decided to pass on dinner at the Blue Bayou.We were all dragging and I suspect they wanted to spend
their last night at the park just slowly wandering and soaking in
and I headed for the park and went directly to Buzz Lightyear for
a second spin.When we
had finished saving the universe I dashed over to the Golden
Horseshoe and grabbed a table.Carol shopped her way over and arrived just as Billy Hill
and the Hillbillies took the stage.Another riotous performance!They have several different shows so it’s not the same
the Golden Horseshoe I headed to
New Orleans Square
to cancel our reservation at Blue Bayou and then met Carol at
Indiana Jones for her first ride.This time it was non-stop; much better that way.Hopefully the technical glitches are fixed!From there we wandered through The Hub and had dinner at
The Plaza Restaurant.I
like the cobb salad and Carol always goes for the fried chicken,
truth be told, the food is much better than the Blue Bayou.
we were so close, we rode Buzz one more time and then shopped our
our way out of the park Juanita texted – they were leaving in the
morning and had a fistful of FastPasses they couldn’t use.We met her in the World of Disney Store and she handed over
20 FastPasses from the extra DVC points they recently bought.Thanks Juanita – it’s gonna be a busy day tomorrow!
were back in the room by 8:30 – wiped out after a few long and
can we be so tired at night and still wake up so early in the
morning?I was up at
6:30 and Carol followed just a few minutes later.We drank a pot of coffee and took it slow and easy.John knocked on the door at 8:15 and we visited for about a
half hour before they left for the airport.We said our goodbyes in the hotel lobby and headed to
Disney was so quiet at 9:00 a.m. that we wondered what was going
on.When we got to the
bag check area no one was going through.Turns out the park didn’t open until 10:00 a.m.So we went to La Brea Bakery for breakfast and then shopped
in World of Disney for a bit.By 9:45 we were on Main Street USA and the into the
Emporium waiting for the park to officially open.
watched the countdown and then waited for the crowd to disperse
before we headed to Tomorrowland.We met Pam and Linda near the Plaza Restaurant and visited
for a few minutes before heading on to Buzz Lightyear.After riding Buzz we took a spin on
then I scooted over to California Adventure to pick up our picnic
lunches at Wine Country Trattoria.We bought them to get the preferred seating package for
World of Color.Carol
did some pin trading at Westward Ho and toured a few shops while I
I got back, there were Billy Hill & the Hillbillies on the
veranda at Pioneer Mercantile.Linda came by and took my picture with the Billies, then I
took hers.We headed
into the Golden Horseshoe Tavern and ate our picnic lunches while
we waited for the 12:15 Billy Hill show.We do not recommend the picnic lunch.I was struggling with a piece of cold fried chicken,
looking for any form of meat on it.Carol picked it up and broke it in half to show me where
the meat was – but there wasn’t any.She picked up my other piece and broke it – no meat there
either.Then she tried
her two pieces – Yikes – no meat at all.The coleslaw and potato salad were OK – not great but OK
and the apple strudel was good.We were still hungry when we finished so we each had a
sundae. As usual, the Billies were great!
lunch we went to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and took the
wildest ride in the wilderness before returning to the Jungle
Cruise for a ride in the daylight.We headed to California Adventure and looked for PhotoPass
Photographers as we left
.There were none in
front of the train station.That’s
California Adventure we found several photographers and had some
shots taken.They told
us that most of their Disneyland comrades hang out in front of the
castle, so back to
we went.The first
photographer at the Partners statue was some sort of depraved
lunatic who posed the family ahead of us in about fifteen
took forever. When our turn finally came he started
the same process.Hold
your arm here, lean in, lift your chin, hand on your chest . . .
we finally had to say that’s enough.All we wanted were a couple of shots with the statue and
the castle in the background.Later we looked at our pictures – he missed the castle!How can you do that?Isn’t
that what it’s all about?
found another photographer closer to the castle and got some good
shots and then headed to Tomorrowland where we caught the monorail
to Downtown Disney.We
were back to the hotel by 3:00.
was no nap today, we rested a bit and by 4:00 we were heading
back.We caught the
monorail and headed to the
.It was closed –
Boo!Carol had yet to
ride Winnie the Pooh so we carried on to Critter Country and took
a spin around the Hundred Acre Woods.We spent a few minutes exploring the shops around
New Orleans Square
and then headed to Café Orleans for our 5:30 reservation.
food was great, the décor was wonderful, the group sitting nearby
were six adults and nine children under the age of six.I don’t think they were related because no one acted like
a parent!The adults
were seated at one end of the table and all the children at the
other end.There was
no form of supervision at all.The noise level was incredible!At one point two little girls, about 5 years old, had a
not exaggerating . . . they stood about two feet from two of the
adults, covered their ears and screamed at the tops of their
were trying to outdo each other and the adults were blissfully
unaware.I wanted to
go over and spank the parents but Carol wouldn’t let me!I daydreamed about one of them going into anaphylactic
shock and the whole group rushing off to the hospital – no luck
they all had special diets so they kept our shared server very
busy.Our service was
huge and painfully noisy time gaps between our soups, entrees and
desserts.At last the
family from Hell left during our desserts – for a few seconds I
thought I had gone deaf.
was getting to be time for the World of Color show at California
Adventure so we headed out of
and across the concourse.We
diverted through Condor Flats for a quick ride on Soarin’ and
then carried on to the World of Color viewing area.Our seating area was better than the first time we saw the
show.It was great,
this really is a great way to wind up your day.
parks were closed and we were bushed so we headed back, through
the Grand Californian Hotel and Downtown Disney.We were back to the hotel by 9:25.
we head home to the cold!Brrrr!
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