#TBT Our 1st family trip to WDW back in 2006!

So many things have changed at WDW since 2006. Here are some of my favorite pics. from the 1st trip we took together as a family back in 2006, before our 3rd child was even born! We went to all 4 theme parks and both of the waterparks. We had a blast! It was the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day, my son’s 7th birthday and our 10th wedding anniversary.

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Think your child is too young for Walt Disney World???

….you are so wrong!

I have been asked many times…”Is my child too young to enjoy WDW?” , “Will they even remember it?”, “Will it be a waste of time and money?”

When they are very young, it is not about what they will remember about your magical vacation to WDW, it is about what you will remember! The memories we created when our youngest was only 5 months old and we took him to WDW are simply magical. I never thought we’d take an infant to Disney and boy am I so happy we did 😉 Plus under 3 is FREE!

 

Here are some of my favorite pics. from our vacations to WDW when he was young! My little guy is only 7 and has been fortunate enough to have been to WDW 7 times and has been on 2 Disney cruises.

 

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Fun things to do while onboard your Disney cruise!

One thing that I get asked many times about a Disney cruise is, “Will we be bored?” The answer to that is a huge “NO!”

On our first Disney cruise onboard the Magic back in 2009, I was actually overwhelmed by how much there is to do while onboard the ship!! Everyday you get a different personal navigator and it shows you what is offered each day on the ship. This includes the shows, prate night with fireworks, movies, family activities, adult activities, character meet and greets, all the fun things that are going on in the kids clubs and more!  Even if the ship did not stop at any ports of call you would still have plenty to do.  I had to make sure that we also made time to relax 😉 When we cruised on the Dream in 2011 we enjoyed many of the things not found on the Magic, such as the mini-golf and the AquaDuck but we love both ships and can not wait to sail on the Re-imagined Magic this November.

Here are some pics. to show some of the things we did while on the ship, and we only did maybe 10% of them! My only regret is that I wish I had taken more pics.

Now I did not include food pics. in this post but let me tell you that is an activity all in itself!

 

 

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Exploring the ports of call while on a Western Caribbean 7 night Disney cruise!

As much as my family and I love going to Walt Disney World, there is just so much to love about being on a magical Disney cruise.

The service is phenomenal, the food is yummy and you will definitely never be bored!   During our first cruise I was shocked at just how much there is to do while onboard the ship. Of course there are plenty of shore excursions to choose from as well.  The great thing about a cruise is that you can do as much or as little as you want. The choice is yours. When we cruise we love to do lots of things as a family, but my kids did enjoy doing things in the kids clubs as well. We also chose to keep excursions on the more relaxing and cheap side!

 

Back in May 2009 we cruised on the Disney Magic on a 7 night Western Caribbean cruise with stops at Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and of course Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. For this post I’ll share some pics. of some of things we did while visiting our ports of call.

When we visited Key West we chose simply to walk to the Southermost Point, while enjoying looking for some of Hemingway’s cats and exploring the shops.  Of course we did stop and eat some Key Lime Pie!

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Next up was Grand Cayman and oh how I could not wait to sink my tootsies in that white sand and swim in the gorgeous clear water. We were trying to decide between the Turtle Farm or Stingray City as our excursion and instead just opted to just take a van to Royal Palms beach to relax and snorkel a bit. There are bathrooms there and even a place to eat. We found the people here to be very friendly.  It was the perfect choice, as we all had a relaxing time.

 

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In Cozumel, Mexico we chose to visit Chakanaab. It was a short 15 minute taxi ride up the coast from the port.  The port itself was very clean and safe with lots of nice little shops and cheap things to buy. At Chakanaab we did swim with the dolphins, but there is so much to do there other than that. Relax, snorkel, eat, hike the trails and relax in the little pool they have there or play in the splash park. It was a very safe, family friendly place to visit and my kids always talk about how they can not wait to go back someday. I did not take as many pictures as I wish I had, simply due to the fact that we were doing lots of stuff and had 3 kiddos to keep track of while we were there.

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Last, but certainly not least was our visit to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. We could not wait to dock at the island, get off the ship and explore. I had signed my husband and older 2 children up to do the Stingray Adventure and they had a great time while Ryan and I watched and relaxed on the beach near them. After that we spent some time hanging on the family beach, eating a yummy lunch at Cookie’s bar-b-q and then had fun with the characters. Then I took Ryan back to the ship for a short nap while the older 2 played in the kids club on the island. After naptime we met up and took a few pictures by the Flying Dutchman. Castaway Cay is gorgeous and is a true Disney gem.  All in all we had an amazing day!

 

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Check back for my next post!

 

Disney Cruise Line ships received 29 Cruisers’ Choice awards!

Today Cruise Critic announced that Disney Cruise Line ships received 29 Cruisers’ Choice awards! 12 of these were first place honors – such as Best Overall, Best for Families, Best Service, Best Dining & Entertainment, Best Cabins and Public Rooms for the Disney Fantasy in the Large Ship category.

I have cruised on the Disney Dream and Disney Magic and the food, service, activities and staff were simply magical.

Contact me at Tracey@aywvacations.com to get a free quote for a cruise. Cruises are great as they simply require a deposit and then you can pay what amount you want whenever you want, even if it’s just $25 a week.

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