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Day 11: Two parks in Mickey Town…

Good morning world, it’s 7:30am and we plan to enter Disney‘s Hollywood Studio‘s around opening…

8:15am Emily is still sleeping, it’s still possible as it’s just a 13 minute drive from our townhouse. Around 8:50 we drive by the entrance gate of Mickey Town (Emily started calling it Mickey Town today). We arrived at the parking lot at 8:55am and that’s when it got ugly…the longest ever bag check lines I’ve seen at Mickey Town ever!

Emily and I raced passed them and stood in line for a picture with Donald & Daisy Duck at 9:03am. Mama joined us just before it was our turn for a picture and everything worked out perfectly fine.

We got to be first in line to meet with the Royal princess of Enchancia, Princess Sofia the First. Emily showed of her doll and got to look at Sofia‘s beautiful purple shoes.

Time for a show, he Disney Junior show to be exact. The story was about the birthday preparations for Minnie Mouse her birthday. Emily was very focussed and danced on the songs she knew. She loved the snow, bubbles and confetti which came down from the ceiling.

After the show we strolled around the park, more precisely the new area which will be the way leading into the Star Wars Land which is being build at this moment. After our walk we figured that the 35 minute wait for Mickey & Minnie Mouse couldn’t be that long as we didn’t see a line at all and we decided to step into the line.

And indeed that was a very short wait. In the meantime I reserved a table for an early lunch at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe. After as short stroll through the park, during which we also got some pictures taken it was time to go the restaurant.

What a great restaurant, the food is classic American comfort food but the theming is based on the early 50‘s. Server John did a fabulous job and made sure we finished our plates and had no elbows on the table. The only complaint he had was the number of drinks we ordered and wanted to know if we were racing each other.

From the restaurant we went back to the car to make sure Emily had her afternoon nap in her bed today. She slept from 2–5pm, I guess she is still a bit tired from last week. While Emily slept I made some pictures from the Townhouse!

As soon as Emily woke up and was dressed again we got in the car and went to mama and papa‘s favourite Walt Disney Wo…euh Mickey Town park: EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow)! Again it was a lot busier as we expected and it took a while before we parked our car in Discover 14.

Lucky for us we still had some time to use a FastPass, or. Better to say I used one at Soarin’ around the World and got a rider switch for Danielle which is valid until the end of this month. She decided to use another day.

Emily and Danielle enjoyed a quick service restaurant in The Land pavilion and when I got back from my flight we split up again, that way I could stand in line for a picture with Joy & Sadness from Inside Out.

After meeting them we had a FastPass for the Character Spot, a meet & greet with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy. Emily loved it 3 characters in a row.

It was close to 8pm now and we decided to start moving towards our favourite spot to watch Illuminations from, Germany in World Showcase. Our spot was still free and while mama and Emily blocked our spot I went for beers and a pretzel.

The next hour we walked around the area to keep Emily busy. As soon as she heard music she pulled me towards it and believe it or not we ended up dancing in front of the stage to music from Margret Almer & The Bavarian Band…

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit

Der Gemütlichkeit 

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit 

Der Gemütlichkeit. 


After our performance it we checked out the miniature trains, then Emily watched them one more time with mama and finally it was time for Illuminations. A Mickey Town vacation is not complete without seeing that fantastic show.

After the firework we went walked back to the car, Emily sat in her stroller and thus that went pretty quick. Just after 10pm we arrived home and within a couple minutes Emily was vast a sleep.

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Day 4: The Cool Cozumel Day…

After a long night, the clocks turned back one hour while we sailed into another time zone, we woke up somewhere around 7am. 45 minutes later we were sitting on a table in an overcrowded Cabanas eating Mickey waffles, cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, fruit, chocolate croissant, cereal and more for breakfast.

After breakfast we went to the Walt Disney Theatre where we were put in group Jasmine. From there we took a long walk through the ship, through customs onto Cozumel, Mexico. Here we boarded bus number 27 towards Playa del Maya a beach resort about 20 minutes from the Port.

We didn’t expect much as it was one of the lower priced excursions but it was amazing. There were a couple pools, slides a very nice beach, food, a splash area for kids and free (non-)alcoholic beverages!

Without talking about it we booked the same excursion as Danny and his family and so we decided to spend the day together. Around 10am we had our first Dos Equis (beer), sand between our toes, palm trees over our head  and blue skies everywhere we could see.

Emily had a blast she loved jumping into the big pool the most, probably while she practiced this in the pool from one of our neighbors. The splash pad was fun too after a while she went on every slide in there.

After lunch mama and Joanna decided to do something different, the let fish eat from there feet right at the experience and had very soft feet afterwards!

Soon after the feet eating adventure it was time to head back to bus but not before Danny and I got our free double shot Tequila! This time the bus driver, Gasper, had a different bus. Maybe he wrecked the first one? Nevertheless we had a pleasant trip back to Port, Emily slept a little while and found a little bit of energy to enjoy shopping. The shopping consisted of getting a Starbucks Coffee and new Starbucks city mugs for our collection.

Back on the boat we dropped Emily of in the nursery somewhere round 3pm, she cried for a minute and was then most likely distracted by someone/something.

We both showered and prepared for Halloween. Danielle dressed up as Wendy Darling, I went as John Darling and Emily would join us later as Tinkerbel. Before Emily got back from the nursery we enjoyed the first Halloween Masquerade and we got some pictures taken mainly without characters, except for Goofy in his very cool Mummy Outfit.

Around 4:30pm she went to bed and at 5:30pm she woke up again. Just in time for a picture with Chip & Dale as Danielle came rushing towards me and she made it while I was almost first in line.

After the photo it was time for dinner in the Royal Court. It was French style cuisine and I can remember that we ate a lot. I got 2 appetizers and 3 desserts and every single thing was more delicious as the others.

During dinner Emily seemed really tired but we wanted to party with her at 7:30, good that we did as she smiled from ear to ear the whole time. After the party she was so excited that we waited to get a picture with Mickey Mouse in his Halloween outfit. Emily loved it and again she gave Mickey kisses and hugs and ended the visit with a lengthy goodbye.

That was it for today, time for bed!

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Day 3: The Seasational Sea Day…

Oh my god, today’s was amazing! If anyone would have told me that a cruise would be this good I would have booked it even earlier!!!

Today the sea is still rocky but we don’t have any problems with sea sickness, nauseous or something else. Although maybe walking straight could be considered a problem, unless your are really drunk you in that case you would not even stand out.

Emily woke up really early but mama got her back into her big girl bed with some mama magic, after which she slept till 8am. That was also the time we set our alarm as we had a Disney Jr. breakfast planned where we got to meet Doc McStuffins, Jake the Neverland Pirate, Mickey Mouse and Princess Sofia the First.

Emily loved meeting her favorites, and it was close but Sofia was still a bit more interesting as the boss himself (Mickey Mouse).

After breakfast we walked outside on our way way visited a couple other characters which had meet & greets on the ship. What a wind by the way, we felt the sea water spraying in our faces although we where on Deck 4, about 2-3 above sea level.

Back to the characters the first one we visited was Daisy, who got a hug and multiple kisses from our little princess.

Next was Cinderella, Emily was jumping up and down, blew kisses and when she said bye Cinderella got a big hug.

From all these meet & greets we got hungry and we went to Cabana’s, a buffet restaurant, for lunch. I’m not entirely sure what we all had but mama and I loved the pepper grilled shrimps and Emily was happy with her white rice and green beans.

After lunch we continued with characters. We started with Minnie Mouse, one bundle of joy exploded. Emily didn’t really know what to do but there were multiple kisses and hugs and a lengthy goodbye.

The last one before lunch was Tinkerbel, she didn’t really like her and she didn’t even want to sit close to her. I do believe it’s the wings…

The next character was Ariel, she was the first of 4 princesses we got to meet in the Atrium. This is a ticket event and thus the wait was relatively short. While in line Emily kept pointing at Ariel and shouting her name until it was finally her moment, that’s when she got star struck. But she recovered…

Next was Cinderella which she met earlier today already.

Finally she got to meet Princess Belle. She loved her and eventually she didn’t want to leave her but Princess Tiana was next…she saved us for problems by keeping Emily busy and distracted.

Emily was really tired and we had “It’s a Small World” booked for that time. While mama went back to the stateroom to grab Emily her stuff for in the club we walked through the ship until she saw the Sign for the club… that’s where she broke down in tears.

Within minutes after we handed Emily over to the crew she was quiet and later we learned that she slept about an hour ate crackers and a banana. In the meantime we went to the Buena Vista Theater to see Cars 3 for the first time, great movie better as number 2 but not as amazing as the first one.

After the movie it was time to pick our little princess up, she enjoyed herself. So much that she wanted to show me what she was doing  but that’s not allowed as it’s a club for kids not for parents.

Tonight it was also the formal night on the cruise and thus time to dress up. Mama and Emily had pretty dress and I went in a suit with a shirt matching with the dress from Mama.

We were really lucky while we were able to join the line for a picture with Captain Mickey Mouse before dinner. This was Emily her 2nd meet with him but she couldn’t stop kissing him. I asked Mickey if he would be in trouble if Minnie would knew about it and we both came to the conclusion that we keep that info between us.

Just after taking a picture with Mickey I saw Princess Tiana and  Princess Bell standing around on deck 5. Time for pictures…

Finally dinner time…the whole table went for the Ahi Tuna appetizer. Danielle and Emily went for the Oven Baked Salmon as entree and I picked the Sea Scallops. Everything was delicious and to top it of the desserts where amazing!

Emily was still relatively awake and thus we went on take some nice pictures with beautiful backdrops.

After the boring ones we stood in line for a picture with Minnie Mouse and that’s when we reached Emily’s limit. After the picture we went back to our room.

Tonight it was my turn to stay with Emily in our state room, which gave me time to download the pictures from and Danielle was able to enjoy Aladdin the Musical.

The show was great and after the show she got a picture together with Donald before she got back to the stateroom. We finished packing the last items for our beach excursion on Cozumel, Mexico tomorrow.

And not to forget we need to set the clocks back one hour as we arrived in a different time zone which meant an additional hour sleep tonight.

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