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Disney Cruise

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Spur of the moment we booked a Spring Break trip that included a Disney cruise. We actually went a couple days early and stayed a day later in Florida because I found good flight prices for that time frame. On land, we stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort which allowed us free transportation to Downtown Disney. We went down there our first day and our last day to shop and eat. The day before our cruise, we went to Magic Kingdom. We maximized our time there by staying basically until they kicked us out of the park. We were really lucky because the rides didn’t end until 1am. Since we would be able to sleep in the next morning, this worked out well. I can't even tell you how many times we rode the barnstormer. We did almost everything in the park as it basically cleared out after the fireworks and we could get on rides just as fast as we could get to the line. There was a new area that featured the Little Mermaid ride and the almost completed seven dwarfs mine train. As always the parade, electric parade, and fireworks were spectacular. The other new thing this trip were the billion dollar wristbands. We each got one. They were our hotel room key, our park admission, our fast passes, and our credit card, There was a PIN you set up on it and then you can use it for just about anything (shopping, food, etc.).

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We had a bus ride to the port the next day just after lunch. The style of the bus was really cool. It was about an hour ride and they played videos to keep up entertained. Our ship, the Magic, was waiting for us when we got there. As the bus pulled in, we got our first taste of how big it actually was. After checking in, we were able to board the boat and were announced as we entered.

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The ship was amazing! It had 4 restaurants, a movie theater, a Broadway style theater, a huge kids area, three pool areas, and a basketball court. There were also quick serve stations for pizza, hot dogs, fries, ice cream, and soda. We definitely didn’t go hungry during this trip. There was a party to start the cruise off with Mickey and friends. We had dinner at Animator's Palate. The walls all started out black and white and filled in with color as you ate. The food was really good too. After that, we stopped to check out the kids Oceaneer Club. This was a huge kids area with games, activities, and play area. That was followed up by a play in the big theater and then meeting Captain America.

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Our 3 night cruise ported just twice, once at Nassau and once at Castaway Cay. We didn’t actually get off the ship at Nassau. We decided to enjoy the ship by going to a movie (FROZEN), meeting characters (Jake, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Pluto), and swimming. Jamie tried the AQUADUCT which is a tube slide where you get stand in a tube and the floor drops out. You then slide 25 feet over the edge of the ship and back to the pool deck. The main family pool had a large screen which showed movies throughout the day. That evening after dinner and a show was a pirate party on the top deck complete with fireworks. Holly packed outfits so we could all dress up as pirates.

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We got off the ship at Castaway Cay the next day. Castaway Cay is a private island owned by Disney. It was very nice and lunch was a BBQ at the beach. Jamie went snorkelling and saw a bunch of cool fish and under water wreckage which included a sunken Mickey Mouse ship. It was partly overcast that day and the water was pretty cold. The kids loved playing on the beach and building sand castles. There was an end of cruise party in the main atrium that evening.

They feed everyone breakfast the last morning before leaving the ship. Then it was on the bus and back to Pop Century for the night. We did hit up Downtown Disney again that afternoon before our last night in Florida before heading home. We really loved this trip and will definately doing a Disney Cruise again in the future.