Hi- Daniel here! I just arrived back home from my recent Disney World Trip and 3 day Disney Cruise aboard the Disney Dream for Halloween on the High Seas. Once again my Disney trip was absolute magic and filled with plenty of vacation pixie dust. We stayed in a Nature View Room at The Wilderness Lodge - my first time visiting this resort and DEFINITELY not my last. The resort is perfectly appointed and has great character; designed after US National Park Resorts. The hotel features newly remodeled rooms, great on site dining, numerous pools and hot tubs, and is a spectacular distance to the Magic Kingdom - just a quick boat ride to the entrance of the park.
On our second night of our stay we woke up to the 50th Anniversary fireworks being tested - WHAT A VIEW! This show starts on OCT 1 and is one for the books. The first night after we arrived we enjoyed dinner at California Grill High (very good- highly recommend) atop the Contemporary Resort which offered a prime view of the Magic Kingdom Fireworks complete with music and a private patio to enjoy the show. This would be my last viewing of the Happily Ever After Fireworks as Disney will transition to a new 50th Fireworks Show on October 1st.
The next morning we were off to the parks! We got to get on a few rides at Animal Kingdom and made our way over to Hollywood Studios in the afternoon to travel to Batuu Star Wars Galaxy Edge where we shopped and stopped in to Ogas Cantina for some galactic libations. No trip is complete without joining the resistance and riding my favorite new Disney attraction Rise of Resistance. We completed our Disney World Trip with a stop in Epcot to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival ( an absolute must for adults) and dine at San Angel Inn which gave us a fabulous front row view of the World Showcase Lagoon and Epcot’s Forever Fireworks soon to be replaced by Harmonious a new nighttime spectacular. The perfect end to a perfect day.
The next day we were greeted at our resort by Disney Cruise Line cast member who escorted us on to the Disney Cruise Line Bus to begin our sea voyage. Currently, Disney Cruise is requiring all guests over 12 to be fully vaccinated and take a test at port. Guests under 12 are required to provide a negative PCR test and be tested at port. With that said the boarding process was quite simple - we waited no more than 30 mins once we arrived to board the ship. I booked One Bedroom Concierge Suite and this was my second time on the Disney Dream. From the moment we walked on the ship not a detail was neglected. We arrived and were escorted to a private concierge lunch where our host for the week met with us and discussed our itinerary over a coursed lunch with drinks. The concierge on Disney Ships are truly the best of the best and ensure you have a truly unforgettable vacation.
Our cruise had 1,200 guest which normally, at full capacity, holds 4,000. We felt like we had the ship to ourselves! We rode the Aqua-Duck twice after lunch, explored the ship, and of course had more cocktails in the concierge lounge which serves drinks from 5-10pm daily. Our room was very spacious and had two bathrooms (great for families), a huge Jacuzzi tub with a in-mirror TV so you can watch Disney Movies while you soak, and a large balcony. We went to see Beauty and the Beast The Musical which truly is a one of a kind Broadway show. Followed by dinner in Animators Palate where we had a lively conversation with Crush from Finding Nemo about Maryland - this served up a lot of laughs. Our sea days were filled with relaxing in the Adults Only pools, dining around the ship, and seeing characters. We also reserved the Rainforest Room which currently is running on private reservations for your travel party. The room is filled with Dry and Wet Saunas, Aromatherapy showers, Hot Stone Benches and two hot tubs. Reservations are for 2 hours. We used the rest of the day to relax and unwind and take in the ship. We also took in the Disney Ever After Signature Fireworks at Sea which we watched from the exclusive concierge deck - no other cruise line offers fireworks.
Our final day we opted for a Cabana on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Castaway Cay is one of my favorite Cruise Ship private islands as it is themed to perfection and is absolute paradise. Our cabana was on the family beach and we had a great view of the ship and plenty of room to relax swim and lounge all to ourselves. The Cabana is stocked with drinks and sunscreen and includes bike rentals, snorkeling gear and inter-tubes. Many Disney movies have been filmed on the island and is the perfect place for a day of fun in the sun.
After a day on the beach, which was virtually empty, we dined at Palo one of Disney Cruise lines Adult Only restaurants which has a wonderful Italian Menu and fantastic wine list. Do not miss the Veal Ossobuco and the Chocolate Soufflé. Our disembarkation morning we had breakfast in our lounge, said our goodbyes to wonderful team who delivered and impeccable service, and walked off the ship. With that we said See You Real Soon to the Disney Dream.
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