Three Days on the Disney Dream

A family trip report

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Post-dinner it was off for one last show in the Walt Disney Theatre — Believe. The only repeat performance from our time on the Fantasy, Believe got me right in the mom heart both times I've seen it, trotting out the tearjerking "Baby Mine" and throwing in a dash of Mary Poppins, my all-time favorite movie heroine.

Not ready to give up the ship just yet, the kids and I (sans one pooped-out husband) made our way to the lobby for "Sea Ya Real Soon," a musical good-bye from Captain Mickey and mates preceded by last-chance character meet-and-greets. We grabbed a shot with Chip and Dale, and once we told Daisy Duck she shared a name with our puppy, my younger son got extra kisses.

Speaking of extras, we had one final stop to make, back to the Buena Vista Theater for an 11pm screening of Muppets Most Wanted. I love me some Kermit, Fozzy and Animal, not to mention Rickey Gervais and Tina Fey, but this flick didn't land with me the way Frozen had just two nights earlier. The kids loved it, though, and were loath to leave their seats, knowing that was the last gasp of the trip.

Bright and early next morning, docked again at Port Canaveral, we gathered our luggage, wheeled it over to Cabanas for one more breakfast buffet, then took our spot on the express checkout line. At 7am on the dot, the queue moved forward quickly, and before we knew it we were off the ship and whisked through customs, awaiting our ride back to the airport. As it turns out, our flight was delayed and we would have had time for the traditional sit-down breakfast with our servers and the return trip to Orlando on the Disney Cruise Line shuttle. Oh, well. Maybe next time.

And there will be a next time. . . .  Despite all we packed into three days, the ship had so much more to offer than we'd had time to sample. We were lucky to have already known the ship's deck plan--we spoke to fellow passengers who were just getting their bearings when it was time to leave. This three-day trip only whetted our appetite for more; we've already priced out and started saving toward the weeklong Wonder cruise to Alaska for next summer.


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