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Our MAGICal Disney Cruise
Day 1 Navigator
Day 2 Navigator
Day 3 Navigator
Day 4 Navigator
Day 1 Part 1: Intro and getting there
Day1 Part 2: First afternoon on the ship
Day 1 Part 3: First evening
The kids were all up well before 7 a.m. I showered and got the kids ready and we went to the Topsiders buffet for breakfast. (For breakfast we had a few options--the buffet on the top deck at Topsiders, a sit-down breakfast in Lumiere's restaurant, a buffet in Parrot Cay restaurant, fast food breakfast items by the pool at Goofy's Galley, breakfast snacks in the adult-only Cove Cafe, or a continental breakfast through room service.)
|Breakfast at Topsiders buffet|
|Nathan at breakfast|
|Joshua at breakfast|
There were two things happening at 9 a.m. that I thought my younger two kids would like: Wake Up with Disney JR and the Princess Gathering in the atrium. I had read about both but couldn't decide if Alyssa would want to wait in the long line for the princesses. In the end, I decided to take them to Wake Up with Disney JR. in the promenade lounge. My 8-year-old decided to go with us, so all 6 o us went. We got there a few minutes early and Toddler Time was still going on. Toddler time was basically some toys on the stage that the younger kids could play with while their families were by their side.
|The end of Toddler Time in the Promenade Lounge|
|Dancing at Wake Up with Disney JR|
|Daisy Duck dancing at Wake Up with Disney Jr.|
After that, I dropped the boys off at the Oceaneer Club and Alyssa off at the nursery. The 3 adults were going on the adults-only "Art of the Theme Show Tour", which was a ship tour that highlighted various artwork around the ship and some interesting facts about the ship's construction.
|Venetian masks in Palo|
|The atrium chandelier looking up--a hidden Mickey!|
After the tour, we had a little bit before it was time to pick up Alyssa from the nursery. So we went to the adults-only section and had a drink by the pool. We also checked out the fitness center and spa, which is at the front of the ship. Pretty cool view on the treadmill!
I wanted to book a spa appointment for our next sea day, but the line was pretty long. We left to pick up the kids and headed for a sit-down lunch at Lumiere's.
|Nana and Alyssa outside of Lumiere's|
On our last cruise, we did one sit-down lunch and it was one of my favorite meals. This was, too. I ordered the strawberry soup as an appetizer. Yum.
We got a table right by the porthole window. Our napkins were folded like tuxedos, so Nathan asked our server how it was done. He got a lesson in napkin-folding.
After lunch, which ended around 1:30 p.m., I decided that Alyssa really needed a nap. So I took her back to the room. She would only nap if she slept ON me. I dozed off a little, too. It was during this time that I realized I missed having a window porthole in our room. It's nice to at least look outside and see the ocean passing by.
While we were napping, I think Nana went shopping. Brian took the boys to the Mickey pool. It wasn't too crowded, surprisingly.
On both of the sea days, the evening musical show was offered as a matinee at 2 p.m. We gave the boys a choice of seeing the show or going to the pool, and they chose the pool.
They came back sometime after 3 p.m. At 4:00, the Oceaneer Lab was having an open house and would be doing a Ratatouille Cooking School class, making chocolate chip cookies. Since I hadn't seen the Oceaneer Lab yet, I decided this would be a good activity. We walked in right at 4:00 and it was super crowded! They had to set up extra tables to accommodate everyone. And they ran out of bowls. The kids got to color their own chef hats.
Alyssa grew weary, so Nana took her in a different part of the Lab to play. Joshua continued to start making cookies, but it was so crowded and loud that he quickly tuckered out. I convinced him that instead of staying for the duration of the cookie-making, we should go back to our room and order chocolate chip cookies from room service.
And then we noticed Daisy Duck in the atrium without much of a line. Alyssa was so tickled to meet Daisy Duck, you can see her reaction in our music video.
And here are the giant chocolate chip cookies from room service.
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