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Day 5: The grand Grand Cayman Day…

At 7am I was awake and escaped to the verandah, here I enjoyed a breeze of wind and the sound of the sea before the others woke up. Today we’d be docking at Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands but we didn’t planned anything except for staying on the ship.

Nothing bad about that course, we started of with breakfast at Cabanas before we went to toddler playtime in Andy’s room. Closer to 10am we moved on the other section of the Oceaneers Club where there was a meet & greet with Thor from the Avengers. I wanted a picture with him for sure…

While I was waiting Emily was running around through the club and making drawings together with Mama in Pixie Hollow, an area themed with the Disney fairies in mind. We stayed after I got my picture with Thor to play Star Wars Simulator games where I got to fly X-Wings and other vehicles.

Soon it was time to meet Dr. Strange the next Avenger. After his show and picture we went to the pool deck on level 11.

Emily loved the splash pads and the shallow pool, on the Fantasy there a couple more possibilities as on the Dream too but only for potty trained kids. Lucky Emily!

We had a simple lunch at the pool deck from Cabanas and ice cream from Eye-Scream. And after lunch Emily got to go to the nursery, this time want to go either but quickly she was quiet and we got to enjoy ourselves in the adult area.

But before we went there, I got to ride the Aquaduck, a water slide/coaster with my GoPro. One time with Danielle and one time on my own. What a crazy slide and what a great view…

Next stop was the adult only area where we found ourselves cocktails and pastries which we enjoyed laying down in a lounge sofa/bed.

When we finished our cocktail we we went upstairs to enjoy the view over the island and towards other ships in port. One of the reasons we didn’t went off ship was the fact that we needed to use tender boats to get on shore, a one way trip would cost about 30-40 minutes and that wasn’t the time I wanted to spend waiting to get on shore.

At 3:45pm Goofy and his son Max where meeting guests and since we had never ever meet Max this was on our todo list. The meet was fun, although we missed our little princess.

After meeting them Danielle went back to our room for a shower and to get dressed for dinner, while I was waiting for a picture with Donald Duck!

And after that picture was taken I hurried upstairs to pickup Emily from the It’s a Small World nursery. She had some water, crackers and she slept for about 40 minutes. First thing she asked where is mama… But we had no time for questions we need to run, run, run really fast as Doc McStuffins was standing on the balcony on the 4th floor meeting people and checking out stuffed animals.

Emily loves running and walking down the stairs by herself so that was easy and we made it just in time. After getting water and cookies at the coffee bar we went one floor down to meet with Minnie Mouse. That’s also where mama joined us again, Emily couldn’t be any happier.

Next character to meet was Goofy, Emily isn’t afraid of him anymore and she even gave him kiss… Goofy was so surprised that he fell on the ground! Emily came running back to him giving him a really big hug and they both rolled over the floor again. Unfortunately there is no picture or movie from that but the smile on her face was huuuuge….

On the 3rd floor we heard from Joanna, Elin and Danny that there was no line up for Pluto in the Preludes. Emily walked over and gave him a kiss and a hug.

It was almost time to go to the restaurant but we saw Mickey standing on the balcony, we decided that it would be great to meet with him instead of being on time for dinner. And off course kisses and hugs again. Emily also liked his fancy shiny shoes.

Just a couple minutes late we made it to dinner in Animators Palate, tonight we got to draw something which ended up being animated on the screens in the restaurant at the end of the dinner. Emily was more interest in drawing on every piece of paper she could find and the Disney movies on the screens.

After dinner we decided to get one more picture with Stitch and that line-up was huge…but we made it. We thought Emily would be a bit scared from the real Stich but no she loved him! He even showed her to pick her nose and she instantly followed his example! Thank you Stitch!

After the picture we went straight to our room and along the the way Emily told everyone that was going “Naar bed” which means I’m going to bed.

In a record breaking time she was sleeping and I was on my way to the Walt Disney Theatre to see Disney’s Wishes a musical about three kids visiting Disneyland which make a wish and go on the ride of their lives along Disney classics.

After I got back I found a sleeping Emily and a sleeping Emily. I decided to write the blog and about halfway through I fell a sleep too… While I’m writing the remainder of yesterday’s blog the ship is docking in Falmouth, Jamaica. We are going of ship around lunch to visit the Good Hope Estate, I’m really curious what we’ll be doing there as we both forgot what we booked.

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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 11: Rope drop…

Our favourite (Emily is not old enough to vote legally) park was on the agenda again today. We planned being there early as I wasn’t able to get fast passes for Mickey, Minnie and Goofy. At 8:20am we left the house at 8:40 we were waiting inside the park for rope drop. Rope drop is the official opening of the park. 

As soon as this was done we headed to Joy and Sadness from the movie Inside Out and we were second inline. In December we had a fantastic meet and great here. Today it was regular, also the setting change no more controls panel for example. But we were able to keep the autograph book out of Emily her side, 

Right after we went to the Character Spot, just 5 minutes waiting time for a picture with a Mickey, Goofy and Minnie. Emily loved Goofy for some reason she wasn’t afraid at all. Here Emily saw the book but there was no drama this time and everyone got a kiss, for Minnie she took her pacifier out.., 

Next we went back to the entrance for a picture with the one and only Daisy Duck. The cast member was really helpful, she got the autograph before it was our time to meet with her, Emily walked up on her own and gave Daisy a big hug. 

Now it was time for our first Fast Pass, Soarin for Danielle. She got me a baby switch pass for later that day. The remainder of the day we did not use any Fast Passes by the way. While Danielle was Soarin’ over the World Emily and I where visiting the After Market from Test Track. 

Until I found out that there were playgrounds added throughout the park for kids to play. Officially Emily needed to be 2 years old but because she is tall and I speak Dutch the attendant didn’t even dare to ask me about here age. Emily had a lot of fun going up and down stairs and sliding down the slide. Mama joined with some ice tea from the local Starbucks before we walked towards World Showcase, our favourite area in Epcot. 

On our way to World Showcase we walked through a indoor butterfly area, I expected a lot more from it, I think I saw only 10 butterflies. 

While walking through the park we also made some pictures from and with the Disney themed topiaries, below a selection from what there is to see in the park p. 

World showcase is only partially open until 11 o’clock. We went counter clock wise and here you can only walk up towards French were there is another rope drop. We made this on as well and we ended up being fourth in line for a picture with Belle in her village outfit. The photo was not (yet) available in our Memory Maker and will follow later. 🙁 And now with the photo from Belle!

After saying Au Revoir to Belle we moved to the almost complete opposite of World Showcase for a picture with Mulan in China. 

While walking there I reserved a table at the Biergarten. This is a buffet restaurant in the German pavilion with Bavarian style food, it’s not exactly the same! We sat on the table with people from Hamilton in Ontario, about 1,5 hours from where we live. Emily’s appetite was enormous nothing she didn’t eat… 

When lunch was done we decided to go to the car, but as we left World Showcase Emily was already sleeping in her stroller. This gave me the opportunity to ride Soarin’ before we left to the car. 

Just before we arrived our car Emily woke up. At home we played a little bit and Emily had another nap from about an hour. When she woke up we went to Twistee Trear for ice cream and got us some Chicken Nuggets from McDonalds on the way back home. 

After dinner we decided to jump in the pool with our new floating thing for Emily. In the beginning she didn’t really enjoy it but in the end she didn’t want to leave her island. The best part of the pool is splashing water. I splashed a lot to make her laugh. 

At 7:30 we got out of the pool took a shower and after a bedtime story she went to bed. Danielle is doing some laundry while I’m preparing today’s blog. 

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