But first, there’s something that you should always do before you set sail on a cruise and that is… GO TO THE MOVIES! (I told you our schedule was jam-packed!).
Off to the Movies at Disney Springs
We had an early wake-up call to get our bags packed and ready to go for a 7:15am bus ride. We left the bags in our room and magically they showed up to our stateroom hours later on board the Disney Wonder. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
We were tired but ready and excited to see the latest Disneynature installment, Born in China. As with other Disneynature films, it’s set to be release on Earth Day, April 21st. The fact that we got to see this film so early was amazing.
The film was shot over a 12 month period in remote regions of China chronicling the adventures and misadventures of the snow leopard, giant panda, and golden monkey. I won’t spend too much time on it here except to say that tears were shed and a full review is coming.
After I dried my eyes, we headed back to the buses for our 45 minutes ride to Port Canaveral, the cruise port of Orlando.
Permission to Come Aboard
Once inside the terminal, it was pretty smooth sailing (see what I did there?). Since we did online check-in for the cruise, it was a matter of minutes before we were boarding the ship.
A quick goodbye and I sent my family off to explore the ship while I sat down with other social media moms for a private lunch at Animator’s Palate, one of three main restaurants on board.
The Eating Journey Begins
The animation themed restaurant started us with an appetizer of animation. That’s right. We were put to work with a placemat and magic marker and asked to draw our own creation.
And now you know I like big-handed women with hairy legs.
But the best was yet to come. After we finished our lunch, we were treated to an animated show featuring OUR CHARACTERS! That’s right. That lovely lady above came to life on board that ship and if you watch my video (down below) closely, you’ll see her waving her big hand around!
Back to the food…
After spending a good 30 days eating my way to better health, I was trying to ease my way back into the world of sugar and carbs (just wait – you’ll see how long that lasted).
There was bread but there was also tuna, lamb, shrimp, and my very own mushroom strudel.
Oh, and there was dessert. It’s a cruise. Dessert after every meal is mandatory.
Welcome to the Disney Wonder!
After we were settled and stuffed, we joined the event team again for a champagne greeting where we raised a glass to toast Captain Gus (don’t worry – he abstained since he was the “designated driver” of the ship).
Fun fact: Captain Gus has been sailing with Disney Cruise Lines since 1996.
A few quick housekeeping notes and we were done for the day!
I headed to my room to check out the digs and I was not disappointed with our verandah stateroom. The storage and design is so clever that we were comfortable with three of is in the room as well as our three giant suitcases.
I love sitting on the balcony to just watch the water and listen to the waves. But the balcony provides some much needed getaway space for anyone in the room. I loved catching Evan out there devouring his latest book.
Dinner and a Show
After I reunited with my family and we settled into our room, we cleaned ourselves up for our scheduled dinner (we chose the early seating at 5:45pm). Our assignment for the evening was a new restaurant addition to the ship, Tiana’s Place, where we dined on the most deliciously prepared beignets and devoured the Bananas Foster Sundae.
Yes, there was real food, live music, and plenty of entertainment but I only have so much room here. I had to show you the important parts.
After dinner, my husband promptly slipped into a food coma in the room and Evan and I headed to Walt Disney Theatre to catch a live show, The Golden Mickeys (that’s us on the “red carpet” in the very first photo).
It was fun but we were slipping into an exhaustion coma so we grabbed a slice of pizza up on deck, watched the end of Wreck-It Ralph (showing on a large movie screen above the pool) and called it a night.
I promise you that it was much more fun than I’m making it sound. That’s why I made another lovely video diary for you! Check it out and relive some of the magic with me.