Disney Parks

Day 1 – Epcot

We decided our first day would involve heading to Epcot to take in round 1 of the Food and Wine Festival.  We had visited during Food and Wine a few years ago and loved it.  We definitely were excited to enjoy it again.

Bus Area at All-Star Movies
Bus Area at All-Star Movies

We got up super early to make sure we would make it in time for Rope Drop.  We caught the first bus that came by and got to Epcot well before rope drop.  This was our view from our spot at the turnstiles.… Read the rest

Food Cost, Travel

Our travel day finally arrived for our trip.  The girls had school that day, so we had arranged to pick them up at 10:45 so we could get home in time for the taxi to pick us up at 11:30.  Our flight was scheduled for 1:45 pm, so with the taxi ride, we would have two hours at the airport to get through security, get some lunch, and arrive at the gate.  We picked up everyone and got back home in plenty of time for the taxi to arrive and take us to the airport.  We breezed through security thanks to TSA PreCheck

Signs direct you to your gate at Dulles Airport
Signs direct you to your gate at Dulles Airport

We grabbed some lunch and settled in waiting to board.  While waiting to board, I received a text message letting us know that our room at All Star Movies was ready.  We were staying in Building 8, Room 8741.  This is one of the Preferred Rooms at All Star Movies since it is close to the main building.  I had booked this category room (mainly because it was the only thing I could find at the time of booking). 

Check in Text from All Star Movies
Check in Text from All Star Movies

Boarding started and ended without incident and the plane backed away from the gate.  Then, we stopped.  The pilot came on and told us that we were on a ground stop because of traffic congestion in Charlotte.  I thought we had plenty of time since we had an hour and 15 minutes to make our connection, despite the flights being in separate terminals.  I was now concerned because we were on at least a 20 minute delay.  We eventually got permission to take off and we were on our way. 

 

Delays in air travel make me nervous
Delays in air travel make me nervous

Despite being delayed in arriving into Charlotte, we made our connection without issue.  Our arrival gate ended up being right next to our departure gate, so we didn’t have to traverse the airport in Charlotte.  We boarded that flight to Orlando and landed in Orlando with no further issues.… Read the rest

Disney Parks, Flight Cost, Hotel Cost, Travel Cost

Since we decided to activate our annual passes for a quick weekend trip in the summer, we decided to book a fall trip as well.  We planned to travel during a long school weekend in early November.  The girls had an early release on a Friday, plus the next Monday and Tuesday off from school.  If we could get down there on Friday, we could have four days in the parks!

Flight

Booking the flight portion of this trip turned out to be the easiest portion of the trip.  American Airlines had flights at the saver level on that Thursday.  The flight left from Dulles and went to Charlotte.  We would have to change planes for another flight to Orlando.  It was a bit of a long flight (as opposed to direct), but it was free.  The main problem was that if we wanted to use this itinerary, the girls would miss two half days of school.  We discussed it and decided that it wasn’t a huge amount of time away from school.  We booked the flights going down.… Read the rest

Disney Cruise

We stayed in Stateroom 6110 on the Disney Wonder on a Spring Break cruise in April of 2014.  It is a Category 05C – Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah located on the aft (rear) starboard (right)  side of the ship on Deck 6, about a third of the way between the aft and mid ship elevators.  

Here are our pictures of the room!

Stateroom Door
Stateroom Door
Hallway Looking Towards Verandah
Hallway Looking Towards Verandah
Bed and Sitting Area
Bed and Sitting Area
 
 
Desk Area
Desk Area
Trunk/Dresser
Trunk/Dresser
Bed
Bed
Hallway
Hallway
Split Bathroom With Toilet
Split Bathroom With Toilet
Split Bathroom With Shower/Tub
Split Bathroom With Shower/Tub
Slightly Fuzzy View through Verandah Door
Slightly Fuzzy View through Verandah Door
Verandah View
Verandah View
Panoramic Verandah View
Panoramic Verandah View

If you have enjoyed this article, please be sure to check out our Disney Cruise Line information page, which has useful hints in addition to our cruise trip reports!… Read the rest

Disney Cruise

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in a concierge stateroom as of February 3, 2018.  The Fantasy has one sailing on the list, but it looks like its during prime hurricane season!  The rest of the sailings are on the Magic and the Wonder.  There are five Very Merrytime cruises on this list, which makes me think they aren’t booking up.

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Concierge Price Concierge Price Per Night
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan.
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Disney Cruise

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in a verandah stateroom as of February 3, 2018.  There are lots of great sailings here, including two on the Fantasy!  There are two Very Merrytime cruises and two Halloween on the High Seas cruises!

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Verandah Price Verandah Price Per Night
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan. 5 January 9 2019 Disney Wonder Galveston Texas $3,230.40 $646.08
13-Night Eastbound Transatlantic Cruise from Miami to Barcelona.
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Disney Cruise

In March of 2016, we stayed in Stateroom 7610 on the Disney Wonder.  We were originally booked into a Category 9C Oceanview on Deck 2, but we upgraded at the port to this room for just $400.  Stateroom 7610 is a Category 05B Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah located on the aft (rear) starboard (right)  side of the ship on Deck 7, just behind the aft elevators.  This is really the only time we’ve managed to upgrade at the port.  The rest of the sailings either didn’t have anything available or didn’t have anything better than what we had already booked.Read the rest

Disney Cruise

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in an oceanview stateroom as of February 3, 2018.  This list is similar to the inside stateroom prices with lots of sailings out of San Juan and there are three Very Merrytime Cruises in this list.

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Oceanview Price Oceanview Price Per Night
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan. 5 January 9 2019 Disney Wonder Galveston Texas $2,750.40 $550.08
13-Night Eastbound Transatlantic Cruise from Miami to Barcelona.
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Disney Cruise

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in an inside stateroom as of February 3, 2018.  Lots of sailings out of Galveston/San Juan, with two long cruises as well.  All of these are on the older ships.  There are actually two Very Merrytime Cruises in the list!

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Inside Price Inside Price Per Night
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan.
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Disney Cruise

We have stayed in Stateroom 2612 on the Disney Wonder twice.  It is a Category 9C Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom located on the aft (rear) starboard (right)  side of the ship on Deck 2, just in front of the aft elevators.     Our first time in this room was during our trip to Alaska in August of 2013, then we returned to the same stateroom in March of 2015 for a Western Caribbean Cruise.

Here are our pictures of the room!

Door
Door
Look towards Window from Edge of Bed
Look towards Window from Edge of Bed
Looking towards Bed from Sitting Area
Looking towards Bed from Sitting Area
Desk Area
Desk Area
Window
Porthole

If you have enjoyed this article, please be sure to check out our Disney Cruise Line information page, which has useful hints in addition to our cruise trip reports!… Read the rest