Before You Go
Book your transportation through Disney. The Magical Express is not included with your cruise. You can use other forms of transportation but I like to know Disney has everything taken care of.
Pre-pay tips. Tips are not included in your cruise price. Pre-pay to save yourself the time while on the ship. And if someone blew you away with their service you can always add more to your initial amount.
Download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App. It allows you to check all onboard activities and text with other people on the ship once connected to the free wifi on ship. Additional wifi packages to allow you to use your devices like normal is available for purchase. Bonus: It has the cutest countdown clock!
Worried about motion sickness? Book mid-ship. My friends used pressure point bands and other remedies are available on the ship for purchase. The first time I felt the ship move it reminded me of when you are sitting down having a few fun adult drinks and then go to stand up thinking Woah. I’ve had more than I thought.
*Pre-Register the kids for their activities. If the line at the terminal is long, head to the ship and pick up their bands at the registration desk located near the kids clubs.
*Schedule your onboard activities (like character meets), adult dining options, and port adventures when the windows open. 75 days prior for first time cruisers and sooner for Castaway Club members.
Print all forms you must sign and fill out at home. If you forget don’t worry, they have extra at the terminal.
Celebrations. If you are celebrating something special, call Disney Cruise Line a few weeks before the cruise. And they will be happy to help you celebrate!
Dining. You have the option of choosing Main Seating or Second Seating. Main Seating dinner will be 5:45pm. Second Seating is 8:15pm.
*You will find these on the website under “My Cruise Activities”
What To Pack
Swim suits. If you are prone to getting burned like me, you might want to invest in a coverup too!
Pirate Night clothes. Pirate night is a big deal. I didn’t realize how much so until we were in the middle of it. Now you don’t have to go all out, but some people will! Disney gives you adorable bandanas, delivered to your stateroom, for the whole family. So don’t worry if you aren’t full cosplay, you will have something piratey to wear.
Optional formal wear. I saw some guests dress very formal for dinner on the optional night. But you don’t have to. My husband had on shorts and a Disney shirt, myself a sundress, and the kids in normal kid clothes.
Cruise clothes. Sun dresses, flip flops, just be comfy. Cute, but comfy. Cruises are all about relaxing and enjoying the moment. Who wants to be all stiff on the beach? Not me! I’m a Disneybounding kinda girl.
Costumes. Halloween on the High Seas includes a costume night. But even if you aren’t cruising during the holidays, kids will still enjoy wearing costumes. Especially when meeting their favorite characters!
Go Pro/Underwater Camera. So much fun to use and less panicking around the world.
Check In and Boarding
It certainly is a beautiful sight to look out the bus windows and see this!
During the booking process you will pick a boarding time. Once you arrive at the terminal head to Check In with your forms. The longest we have waited is about 10 minutes to get to a window. Once with a Cast Member in only took about 5 minutes to get our Key to the World Cards and be on our way. Sometimes a special friend is there to personally welcome you aboard!
On the Ship
Your stateroom will most likely not be available when you board. Be sure to pack a bag with your swim suits, sunscreen, and anything you might need for the day. We all wore our suits under our clothes so we could get right into the pool. Hungry? Head to Cabanas or one of the Quick Service type eateries located on the pool deck.
After the mandatory safety drill, which is not anything scary I promise. You will head towards the pool deck for the Sail Away Party! Mickey and the gang come out and we celebrate embarking on this journey together! And listen carefully, when it’s time to pull away from the dock it’s not just any ship horn you’ll hear. Nope, each Disney Cruise Ship is equipped with a magical one!
Disney’s own private island. It is paradise. I gushed about it and what you can experience: 5 Reasons to Book a Disney Cruise.
Is all the food included? I think this was the most asked question. Yes. everything is included with the price of your cruise except adult only dining, alcoholic and specialty drinks, special desserts, and any other place it is noted. But trust me, more is included than is not. You might leave 10lbs heavier! Even room service is included (except the tip) so go ahead and order something tasty before bed. I mean you are on vacation so why not?
Want more? Have an issue? Let your wait staff know. They are amazing and don’t judge when you have a problem with beignets!
Get a lanyard to hold your Key to the World card. This card is your ticket to getting on and off the ship, charging to your room, opening your door, and more. I bought this cute lanyard and pins to keep track of mine.
Oceaneer Bands are great souvenirs for the kids. And they do unlock something fun in Disney Infinity. But if you don’t want to be charged for them, make sure you return them to the club before the clubs close on the last night.
Ready to cruise again?
The best, most fantastic deal you can get on a Disney Cruise is while on a Disney Cruise. If you get the cruise bug like we did, make sure to stop by and book your next cruise while onboard the ship. You get a special discount plus a stateroom credit!
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Warning: Before this I thought re-entry from Disney World was rough. This might be worse. I wandered the house looking for the free ice cream and waited for someone to care that I wanted tea with my dinner. Alas, no ice cream machine, no musicals, and I had to make the tea myself. The real world is tough.
Did I leave anything out you want to know? Leave a comment below. Also find more information at Disney Cruise Line.
I was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I paid a conference fee to attend and received discounted & complimentary items from Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and their sponsors. We were not asked to write about our experiences at the conference. All opinions are my own. This post contains an affiliate link.
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Up early for park opening! That’s the way the Saunders clan does Disney. Okay, that’s the way Mommy does Disney and Daddy follows along like a good sport. I had us all up and out the door so that we could be first in line to meet Moana! She is meeting guests inside One Man’s Dream. She is a lot of fun and we even heard Maui fly bye to say Hi.
Then we rode our favorite rides before grabbing a mid-morning snack at the Trolley Car Cafe, aka Starbucks. There’s nothing like enjoying your favorite drink in a Disney Parks cup while watching Captain Phasma and her Storm Troopers patrol the park. Everyday should start like this!
I was thrilled that we would be able to catch the inaugural Festival of the Arts while at Disney. All the senses were engaged at this Festival. Instagram worthy food and drinks, live music including broadway performances, and meeting artists that are creators of some of my favorite Disney pieces! It was just amazing.
I couldn’t even finish this. It is MASSIVE. But sooo good!
The kids liked interacting with the live sculptures. It surprised them when one reached out to say hi for the first time. Wow they move Mommy!!
Probably the coolest, nerdy moment for me was meeting several artists that I admire. After watching Stephen Fishwick Jr. paint Minnie Mouse on the Fountain View Stage, we met him and he signed my print!
True Story: I jogged from Germany to Mexico to meet Don “Ducky” Williams with only 10 minutes to spare. I somehow had missed his name on the list of artists meeting guests around the World Showcase. But once I realized it I knew I had to meet him. I had a total nerd fan moment, aka I was super awkward because I was just so excited. But he was really nice and made the kids laugh with his stories of drawing Mickey and the gang.
If you missed the festival this year, good news it is coming back next year! It is a must for Disney fans!
The day was full of memories for all of us. We met Baymax, Joy and Sadness, talked to Crush, and just enjoyed being together as a family.
See the highlights of our time in Hollywood Studios and Epcot on the vlog!
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I was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I paid a conference fee to attend and received discounted & complimentary items from Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and their sponsors. We were not asked to write about our experiences at the conference. All opinions are my own.
Enchanted Rose Crown
As with the other Seedling projects we have created, it came with everything we needed to make the perfect crown. My little artist got right to work designing her crown on paper.
Flower assembly was next. Crafting tip: If you want to replace the flowers once you have assembled the crown, doing a different pattern or design, they are easy enough to remove to do just that.
I like the little details, like on the ribbon. If you look closely you can see Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, and more!
The only messy part is the glitter glue. If it hasn’t dried all the way you might get decorated as you attach the flowers to the crown. It didn’t bother me though, I always like a little extra Pixie Dust!
Once it was dry, we placed it on her head and used some of the ribbon to tie it on. Then you can add more ribbon all around the crown, hanging down in the back, or leave it off if you prefer.
I’d say she is ready for the premiere of the movie!
Whether you choose the Enchanted Rose Crown, Flower Press Book, or both, your Princess can embrace her inner Belle.
See Beauty and the Beast in theaters March 17th and check out all of Seedling’s Disney inspired crafts.
Thank you Seedling for sending us this craft kit. All opinions are my own.
Tip #1: Make a plan and pace yourself.
This is tip number 1 because it is easily why any type of major house cleaning fails. You don’t have a plan. Maybe I’ll start upstairs, oh the kitchen cabinets, ugh the garage. Yeah don’t do that to yourself. Also, who said this has to be a sprint. I saw those pins: clean the whole house in 2 days! Simmer down Betty I’m not trying to throw out my back.
Instead, try focusing on one room for a few days. Large projects like the basement and the garage might take several days or even a few weekends. Look at everything through the lens of practicality. Do you need it? Does it make you happy? Do I want to find a place for it when it has obviously been sitting in a forgotten corner for 5 years?
Tip #2: Have fun…it is possible
Make cleaning less boring with a dance party or all out jam session. Listening to music is how I get through even my basic week to week straightening up. Laundry is a little less blah when I can belt out One Direction at the top of my lungs!
I love that with Google Chromecast Audio I can use my old speakers. They work just fine except they don’t connect to my new phone. So it’s been sitting collecting dust while I debated getting a new one. With Chromecast Audio I don’t have to get new speakers. It allows me to play music from my phone, tablet, or laptop through these old speakers. Don’t worry it works on new speakers too I’m just behind on the times in this department!
1. Listen to your favorite music on your speaker.
By using your phone, it’s easy to play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in the home. Plus you can still text or call all while streaming. And it won’t drain your battery.
2. Crystal clear sound, powered by the cloud
Use Chromecast Audio to stream over Wi-Fi which has many advantages over Bluetooth including higher sound quality and your phone, tablet, or laptop can be anywhere in the house as long as it is on wifi.
3. Enjoy hundreds of your favorite audio apps
Stream millions of songs, radio stations, and podcasts through apps like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. Find more at here.
4. Play music everywhere with Multi-room option.
Any room or rooms in the house can be filled with music. Simply group your Chromecast Audio devices together to listen to the same music on multiple speakers.
Set up was simple, and only took a matter of minutes.
The Chromecast Audio even works on my daughter’s Princess CD player. Perfect timing too, since we have her birthday party this weekend. Using both Chromecast Audio hookups we can have the Moana soundtrack blasting all over the house!
Tip #3: Let it go and maybe make some money too.
And I don’t mean the song. I am as guilty as the next mom who hates giving things up that my kids no longer use or play with. It’s hard when you feel sentimental towards things. But you have to ask yourself why are you keeping it? Will it ever get used again? If I move do I really want to take this with me? That’s what helps me at least.
For anything in good condition you can try selling in local Facebook Groups. I give myself a time frame and if it doesn’t get sold by that time then I donate to a local non-profit. Somethings are not worth selling but still might be in decent shape. Donate. Others are so holy there is barely anything left to the original item. Toss it.
It might be a bit of a struggle at first but in the end your mind will feel better when you have a lot more open, non-cluttered space and less things to collect dust!
Tip #4: Get the whole family involved.
If you children are old enough to do basic cleaning up they can help with Spring cleaning too. Once their rooms were finished, ours were delegated to running for new trash bags and bending over to pick up stuff. Like I said, I’m not throwing out my back!
This is actually a lot easier when you make it fun with your Chromecast Audio. It’s amazing what kids will clean up if you’re willing to get a little goofy with them.
Pick up your Google Chromecast Audio today at Best Buy!
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