Monday, 12 November 2018

Show 235 - Cruising and Walt Disney World Mash Up

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 235 for Sunday 11th November 2018.  If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us in iTunes, Libsyn, on Stitcher Radio or via any good podcast catching app.

On this weeks show, Michelle is joined by first time guests Emily and Alex to talk about their recent mother/son Disney Cruise Line experience and then to look forwards to their Thanksgiving trip to Walt Disney World. For the purposes of this blog, we will focus on the Cruise Line element of the show.
Emily and Michelle on the Disney Fantasy
Michelle actually got to meet Emily whilst onboard and the story of the meet up is shared on the show.    
How did Alex spend his cruise time?  
Alex talked on the show about being able to check himself in and out of the childrens club (as being ten years old, this is something he was able to do).
Disney provides kids clubs for different age groups:
  • "its a Small World" nursery
  • Disney's Oceaneer Club and Lab (for 3-12 year olds)
  • Edge (for tweens)
  • Vibe (for teens)
Alex spent his time betwwen the Oceaneer Club and Lab and he really liked the ability to 'pilot' the Millenium Falcon. There was lots of other activities in the clubs and he was able to make new friends and hang out with them at other parts of the ship with them.
A big favourite was popping by the self serve ice-cream area and grabbing a snack before heading to the Donald's pool to watch a movie on the funnel vision TV.
How did Emily spend her cruise time?
At the end of each day a new navigator was put in their stateroom. This document listed all the activities for the following day. Additionally, this information was available on the Disney Cruise Line app (sadly only goes 'live' once onboard your cruise).
Using these documents, Emily was able to schedule trivia quizzes in between time spent at one of the the adult only pool areas. Additionally, she bought day passes to the Rain Forest Spa and once there she was able to relax even further using the facilities. 

How did the pair keep in touch?
Emily was able to loan Alex a phone and then they were able to communicate via the messaging facility on the cruise line app. Alex would simply message his mum and state where he was.

Positives for the cruise
There were so many! However,  they both felt they were able to get the most out of their holiday. Emily had peace of mind Alex was going to be entertained and she found lots to keep herself busy.
Another positive was Castaway Cay! The family beach was packed with things to do but they caution that the shallower water did get murky quickly due to the numbers of people using it. However, the tranquil bliss of the adults beach compensated Emily for this and even with just an hour here, she loved it!

They chose the later dinner and they felt that this led to Alex missing out on some of the kids club activities and they were very hungry by the time they got to eat. 

If you want to know about their plans for Thanksgiving plus lots more information about their trip - make sure you listen to the podcast!

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