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Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

We had our first opportunity to stay at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel this month. I was somewhat hesitant as all of my previous visits had been at Disneyland Hotel. Paradise Pier was not originally built by Disney and also is considered more of a moderate resort (in Walt Disney World Resort terms). It is also the furthest hotel from Downtown Disney and the parks, especially with the new security procedures in place. We used our Disney Vacation Club points to…

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Re-imagined Disney Wonder – Day 4

Re-imagined Disney Wonder – Day 4

Today is our last full day aboard this beautiful ship, and also a sea day. While those are very relaxing, this morning is jam packed! We decided to add-on to our Disney Vacation Club membership by purchasing points at Disney’s Polynesian Resort Villas. We arrived for our 8:30 appointment to find that they did not have things ready and we had to come back at 12:30 to finalize our contract. Next up was our Gingerbread House activity. It was full!…

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Re-Imagined Disney Wonder – Day 3

Re-Imagined Disney Wonder – Day 3

After breakfast on Cabanas outside deck, we went ashore in Cozumel. Being the typical tourists, we were looking for a few gifts. We purchased vanilla and salsa and were soon back aboard the ship. I found the shop owners were less bothersome than they had been in the past, which was a pleasant surprise. Once aboard, I purchased a Rainforest Pass at the Senses Spa. The spa has been completely gutted and redone. The staff was eager to give tours and…

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Re-Imagined Disney Wonder – Day 2

Re-Imagined Disney Wonder – Day 2

On our first full sea day, I was surprised to awake to the sound of rain. When cruising to the Caribbean, one expects days of sunshine. However, it was rainy and chilly most of the morning. We slept in a bit and then wandered up to Cabanas. After breakfast, we attended the Disney Vacation Club Member celebration where they offered a complimentary drink of the day or bottled water. Usually, there are also snacks, but none were offered today. During…

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Laissez les bons temps rouler at Tiana’s Place

Laissez les bons temps rouler at Tiana’s Place

One of the things I was most looking forward to on the re-imagined Disney Wonder was the new restaurant, Tiana’s Place. Formerly Parrot Cay, it was in need of an update. Tiana’s Place is based on the movie The Princess and The Frog. While not changing the overall layout and fundamentals of the restaurant, it was completely re-designed. With a New Orleans Mardi Gras feel, this dining experience was almost a party.   The menu features Cajun-style cuisine but was…

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Our First Day Aboard The Re-Imagined Disney Wonder

Our First Day Aboard The Re-Imagined Disney Wonder

A few months ago, as I decided to launch this blog, I knew I wanted to be one of the first on the re-imagined Disney Wonder. The Disney Wonder was home for our very first cruise back in 2003. That cruise made us fall even more in love with Disney and cruising. Our children were amazed and in awe of the fun and activities offered in the kids club. We love that we can have an extended family vacation with…

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New Children’s Areas on the re-imagined Disney Wonder

New Children’s Areas on the re-imagined Disney Wonder

The children’s areas aboard Disney Cruise Line ships are famous for providing hours of endless entertainment. Most kiddos love the clubs so much that parents have a difficult time getting them to leave! These new areas further exceed the expectations of even the most seasoned Disney cruiser, with visits from superheroes and princesses, I want to stay there too. Fortunately, there are many Open House hours where adults and siblings can also check out the club spaces. it’s a small…

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The WONDERful new Disney Wonder!

The WONDERful new Disney Wonder!

We recently disembarked from the first public sailing of the re-imagined Disney Wonder. She spent over a month in Cadiz, Spain receiving the largest update in Disney Cruise Line history. I will post more photos and information soon. Here are 30+ (before on the left, other than the first two pics) and after (on the right) photos from my personal collection. Note, in some pics there isn’t a color difference, it is a difference in the lighting. Most of the…

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Disney Cruise Line and Hurricane Season: What You Need To Know

Disney Cruise Line and Hurricane Season: What You Need To Know

So you finally booked your dream cruise only to find out there is a hurricane barreling toward one or more of your destinations. Before panic sets in, let me assure you that this can be an excellent time to cruise and you can still enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience. Cruise lines continuously monitor weather conditions and prepare for these yearly conditions. Some of the lowest rates for cruises are in the fall after school has started. What most new cruisers…

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Beach Life: Disney’s Hidden Gem

Beach Life: Disney’s Hidden Gem

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort has been a part of my family’s life since 2003. I have always loved the ocean. I have fond memories of vacationing with my grandparents when I was younger. My grandmother also loved the ocean. However, most of my beach memories were of a crowded, noisy beaches. Disney’s resort is quite different and some of our favorite vacation days are spent at this little slice of paradise on the Atlantic Ocean. Disney’s Vero Beach, located along…

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