Friday, October 25, 2013

Disney Dream 2013: Prep and Planning

I can't wait to tell you all about our cruise on the Disney Dream. Hands down best vacation ever!
For both the kids AND the adults! When we returned from our Disney trip in February, we knew we needed more magic - and soon! I'd read about the Disney cruises before but once I dug a little deeper and read blog after blog and pin after pin about how the trip was perfect for families with little kids, I knew we would give it a go at some point. Our Disney travel agent scored us an awesome deal on a 4-night Bahamian cruise out of Port Canaveral, Florida, and knowing how much we enjoyed our October beach trip last year, we knew the weather would be just what the doctor ordered. As soon as we were 100% sure we were going, our trip was booked and the planning began.

Luckily, the kids could still fit into most of their outfits from February, so I pulled a few of the short sleeved ones out and got to planning. These princess outfits were from a FB auction last year on summer clearance and I made Sam the chevron Mickey pocket shirt this time to match. Sambo grew a LOT this year so most of his shirts were too short or long sleeved.



Annnnnd because I didn't spend a dolla this time on all new outfits, I allowed myself to get the girls these smocked Mickey outfits from Smocked Auctions (another FB auction) when they offered them on one of their Saturday sales (which are always at 7am and everything is always $29.99 or less!) I was lucky they had both sizes because usually the Saturday sales are limited. Sam wore some black shorts and a red pocket tee from Target and I added the Mickey. 


Annnnd since it was Halloween and all, I had to do some Halloween shirts too. Some ghost Minnie's and a FrankenMickey to be exact. These were a hit.


The stateroom doors on the cruise ship are magnetic and many people bring door decorations for fun. I decided to make a few Mickeys and Minnies, one for each member of our family, modeled after our t-shirts. I used foam paper and hot glue and googly eyes, and I hot glued magnets to the back of them. I cut out the "Morgan Family" letters on my Silhouette using the Disney font "Waltograph" and these turned out so cute as well. I love Sambo's little four-eyed FrankenMickey.


 Once I read a little more on how the ship would be celebrating "Halloween on the High Seas" I pushed myself into high gear getting this year's costumes ready! This particular cruise held a pirate night and when I saw this parrot costume at Old Navy I knew it would work for our littlest one. We already had 2 pirate dress-up costumes for the big kids so she was the perfect complement to our pirate family. Clearly she is thrilled with her costume.


Our parrot rode on this guy's shoulders and was a hit with other cruisers.

Chad's costume is simply a white button down, red shorts, and a black t-shirt from Michael's that I cut up the middle and made jagged along the bottom. I also cut off the sleeves. The red striped bandana is just fabric I had on hand (from Walmart) and the eye patches came in a pack from Target's party aisle.

A few of our old swimsuits got "Mickey makeovers." 


The cruise was also hosting a Halloween Masquerade night where kids could trick or treat and dress in their Halloween costumes, so we took these along too.


The dining room was packing central for a couple weeks straight. 


The kids also prepared in their own ways.
 Sam worked on his Mickey impressions.


Little Miss practiced wearing floaties nonstop for hours at a time.


The girls sat in a crowded pool for 3 hours each afternoon.
(not really.)


And we all perfected our all-you-can-eat-24/7-soft-serve devouring skills.


And once the prep work was complete, we were ready to go.
But not before a pre-cruise dinner of Velveeta mac and applesauce. And gummies. Go me.
(Really I was just desperate to use these anchor cupcake toppers I'd bought back in the spring. The placemats are just wrapping paper I cut into rectangles. Straws are Target. Plates are small red paper plates from Dollar Tree; I cut up another plate to make 2 ears and hot glued them onto the main plate.)


I knew if I fed them this before the cruise, then they would be truly amazed at the food on the boat. :)





My 3 littles. The eldest is giving me her very best pirate face. In case you can't tell, she was a wee bit excited.


Next up: the road trip and a stop at Downtown Disney!

See all my Disney posts here!

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