Tips, tricks and trip reports to turn any reluctant first time cruiser into a Disney Cruise Line Oceaneer.
Join me, a vegan, homeschooling Mouseketeer mother, as I set out to sea and approach both magical vacations and everyday life with a spoonful of faith, trust and pixie dust!
And apply for Panel! I am super excited to throw my mouse-ears into the ring as a Disney Parks Moms Panel DCL Specialist for the first time. Now if only the application could open in time for me to work on it before my kids wake up.
Maybe I'll wait until after they go to bed.
The Disney Parks Moms Panel, That Is.
For those who may not know, the Disney Parks Moms Panel serves in Disney Parks Forum as everyday folks who love Disney and help out as vacation advisers. They are currently gearing up to search for a few Magical Moms, Dads or even Grandparents to join panel for it's seventh year.
I feel a bit like Anne-Marie in "Disney Dreams: An Enchanted Classic," as she waits on the rooftop; I'm ready to jump and see if my own magic is enough to help me fly!
Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust!
Are any of you applying? Have you applied? Please let me know about your experience in the comments!
Although Disney lists limits on dress (no swimwear in the dining rooms, etc.) here on their website, what exactly do people "normally" wear?
I've got you covered. Formal, Semi-Formal, Cruise Casual, Optional Dress Up, or Pirate will be noted as the evening attire on the front corner of your Personal Navigator each day. So let's break those down
These evenings, most guests seem to go with somewhere in the range of "Sunday Best" to cocktail dress. Some opt for tuxes and ball gowns (when else can you really wear one?) Jackets, although requested on the website, seem pretty rare. Dark slacks and a button down are more common.
The little princesses often choose a favorite costume from their wardrobe (yes, leftover Halloween costumes, tiaras and fairy wings are welcome) while the boys range from tiny suits to khakis and sweater vests and full length jeans are not unheard of in the elementary set.
Semi-Formal means one tiny step down from fo…
Disney Cruise Line Pronunciation /ˈdɪzni kruːz laɪn/
1.) A magical sea voyage, especially taken for the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful award winning vacation.
2.) A fantasy often appearing on a Disney fan's bucket list, right under "spend the night in the Cinderella Castle Suite."
3.) A dream come true.
If you've decided to pull a fairy godmother and Bibbiddi Bobbiddi Boo this fantasy into being, let's start you off with a few helpful hints:
Who wouldn't love an upgrade? Moving from an interior stateroom to a verandah or from a verandah to a concierge suite doesn't have to be only a Dream.
The question, of course, is when and how exactly to score an upgrade. Before the Sail Date
There are two ways to score an upgrade in advance of packing your bags.
1.) Pixie Dust!
Imagine logging in to your reservation one day and the stateroom number doesn't match your memories. You go to look up if they've moved you down the hall to an identical porthole room. No, the room is up a deck and seems to be a verandah stateroom.
That can't be right.
That's not what you paid for so you call up Disney Cruise Line only to find out "Surprise!" they've sprinkled pixie dust on your stateroom and you will be enjoying ocean breezes from the privacy of your very own verandah at no additional cost. More often you will shift staterooms to one within a similar size and category.
On our "second honeymoon&qu…