My guests Chad & Sarah Quillen tell us about their recent vacation to Orlando.

Stayed at The Fountains.

Day 1 - Sea World - Dolphin Encounter & All-Day Dining Plan

Day 2 - Rest Day

Day 3 - Universal Orlando Resort

Day 4 - Clearwater Marine Aquarium & then went to the beach.  

For the Beach they parked near Frenchy's Rockaway Grill and ate dinner here.

Day 5 - Downtown Disney with lunch at T-Rex Cafe.

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My boys (ages 8 & 7) went to see Cinderella today.  Here are our quick thoughts.

 

Frozen Fever - Played before the movie.

Released March 13, 2015

 

Your favorite Frozen characters are back in a 7 minute short before Cinderella. 

 Also announced this week that a full-animation sequel to Frozen is in the works while a release date has not been announced.  This is logical considering Frozen is the top grossing animated film of all time at 1.2 billion dollars.

  

Cinderella

Released March 13, 2015

 

Lady Tremaine  - Cate Blanchett

Cinerella - Lily James

Prince Charming (Kitt) - Richard Madden

Fairy Godmother - Helena Bonham Carter

 

I attended with 2 boys.  They were 7 & 8 and they are very much into the Disney princess movies.  Everyone loved the movie.

 

It is true to the classic animated version.  I think Disney took some flack with the Malificient remake and that so many of the plot points were modified.

We do learn some of the motives that are glossed over in the original.

We learn why Cinderella was so eager to go to the ball.

A part of why Lady Tremaine is so mean to Cinderella.

What it is like to be in a coach that turn back into a pumkin.

 

My only criticisms of the movie are petty and the only reason I bring them up now is because they annoyed me in the film.   There are a couple of scenes that the swirling and camera movements were to much for me.  One I won't mention because I think it is spoilery, but the others where when Cinderella gets her ball gown and the other the ball scene. 

 

My boys and I give this 3 thumbs up.  One for each of us.

 

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In this episode we continue our conversation with Angie Muma as she tells us about her Disney Cruise Line Vacations with a focus on Castaway Cay and Shore Excursions.

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Castaway Cay

wdwinfo.com has a great page with information on Castaway Cay.

Disney's own private island.  There is no tendering, the ship has a pier for access to the island.  This is a nice for ease of getting off and on multiple times through the day.

Serenity Bay is the adult only beach.

Family Beach as well.

There are trams that can help you get to the beach since the walk could be a little long.

Angie participated on both of her cruises on parasailing with her daughter.  They loved it.

Rentals on the island are additional charge.  Bikes, snorkel gears and others.

Character meet and greets are available through out the day.

Splash Pads for the little kids are available.

Pelican Plunge is the older kid play area that has water features and slides.  There are life jackets for children if needed.

Lunch is provided on shore at 2 locations with drink stations.  Your lunch is included.

Cabanas are available for an additional charge.  $549 on the family beach.  Angie was able to use one on one of her cruises.  They are very nice with a place to get out of the sun, furniture to rest on, a mini-fridge with soda and water, and fruit.  The cabana also has hammocks for use and includes your snorkel gear.  

Shore Excurions

Angie went on a couple of shore excursions at her ports and booked through Disney.  Pay attention to age limits when selecting your excursions when traveling with young children.

Grand Cayman - Angie and her daughter participated in the swimming with the dolphins.  After the dolphin experience, they then went over to the turtle farm.

Costa Maya - They did not book a shore excursion.  However they did venture over to Starbucks to use the Wi-Fi and send messages to family.  The ship was less crowded.  They enjoyed the pool with low crowds.

Cozumel - Catamaran Boat Ride and Snorkeling.  About a 30 minute ride to snorkeling location.  She enjoyed the snorkeling and saw a lot of interesting fish and coral.  After snorkeling they went to a beach that had inflatables and slides to have fun at.

Bahamas - Bird sanctuary where you could feed the birds with a flamingo show. It also included a city tour.

Debarkation

You are provided forms you will need to fill out and are provided luggage tags.

2 ways to disembark.

Regular process is you place your luggage outside your room the night before with the luggage tags and your room attendant will take them off the ship.

Express Walk Off is when you leave the ship a little earlier and you keep your luggage with you.  Notify your attendant for this option.  If you have an early flight this may be an option.  Do not book a return flight home before noon.

 

 Fish Extenders

On the outside of your stateroom is a decorative fish or sea horse that Disney can use to leave (clip) little messages to you.  Reminders about dining reservations, etc.  People will hang little bags of the fish is how the name fish extender was created.  Cruisers would create groups on online Dinsey communities and then do a small gift exchange for the members of the group. This is not Disney sponsored, you will need to seek out a group yourself.  

 

Bring Items on Board to Decorate

You can bring 2 items per room to drop off at guest services and have the characters sign for you.   You can chose between the Fab 5 or the Princesses or both.  Picture mats, pillow cases, and Vinylmations are good choices.

 

Door Decoration

You can decorate your stateroom door.  Do not use any adhesive or advertise for a business.   

 

Tipping

Tipping is included on your stateroom charges.  You are provided envelopes to pass out to the waiters and stateroom attendants.

 

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This episode we discuss my family's May vacation and the trip planning we have done.  I share our planning strategies with our budget and the starting of making the daily itinerary.

 

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