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 not too spicy. Between the four of us, we tried almost everything on the menu!
In another Disney first, Tiana’s features the namesake herself, hosting the evening’s events. She introduces The Crawfish Crooners who perform as she visits with her guests, and then returns for a festive parade to end the evening.
We loved this new addition and cannot wait to experience it again!
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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 world nursery! is available for ages 6 months – 4 years (3-4 year olds who are not potty-trained or would feel more comfortable in these spaces) for $9 an hour. You can sign up in advance for the care or register once on the ship.
The Oceaneer Lab and Oceaneer Club are for ages 3-12 and have many activities throughout the day. They are included with the cruise at no additional cost!
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 before photos are from our Alaska cruise in 2013. I hope you enjoy this quick peek at the changes. It looks amazing!
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 A1A between Sebastian and Vero Beach, Florida, almost two hours south of the Walt Disney World Resort. The resort is nestled along the coast, surrounded by vegetation and the Atlantic Ocean. You will need transportation by personal car or rental as Disney does not provide transportation to this resort.
Upon arrival, your first stop is the guard shack. As Disney Vacation Club members, we are always greeted with our standard “Welcome Home.” They will request photo ID. The moment you walk through the front door of the Inn, you get the first glance at the coastal charm in the looming four-story atrium. After checking in at Guest Services, you will soon be on your way to fun island adventures.
The resort features the following room types:
Inn Rooms – These room types offer two queen beds, a ceiling fan, full bath, a mini refrigerator, coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, Blu-Ray player, iron and ironing board, safe, and flat screen TV. These rooms sleep four adults.
Ocean View Inn Room – These rooms are housed in the main Inn building and have a view of the ocean. While most are directly facing the ocean, there are a few at the ends of the building that offer a slice of Ocean View from the balcony.
Garden View Inn Room – These rooms are housed in the main Inn building and have a view of the foliage, walkways or parking lot (where there is also foliage). These rooms are on the opposite side of the of the hall from the Ocean View rooms. However, most of these rooms do offer an amazing sunset view in the evening.
Villas – These rooms are located in buildings not attached to the main Inn. There are three buildings 12, 14 and 15. In these buildings you will find:
Deluxe Studios – similar to the Inn rooms, these rooms sleep four adults and offer the same amenities. The configuration is a little different with a queen bed and a pull-out sofa sleeper. The Deluxe Studios can be connected to 1-bedroom villas to create a 2-bedroom villa.
One-bedroom Villa – These rooms sleep up to 5 adults and feature a King bed and full living area with a queen-sized sofa sleeper and a twin-sized sleeper chair. A Pack ‘n Play is available in the closet. The living area includes a flat screen TV with Blu-Ray player, full kitchen with stove, dishwasher, full-size refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. You will find dishes, cookware, and utensils you need to prepare most basic meals.
Two-Bedroom Villa – These rooms sleep up to 9 adults and are generally a combo of a one-bedroom and two-bedroom unit. They are available as a single-entry unit, or as a lock-off unit with two entries, one in the one-bedroom side and a separate entry for the studio side of the villa.
Recreation at the resort includes miniature golf, a pool with corkscrew slide, a children’s water play area, tennis courts, soccer fields, a fishing pond, bicycle rentals and more. The resort also has free wifi and laundry facilities. A daily schedule of activities includes many games and craft activities, a campfire sing-along with smores, (available select evenings) and more!
If you enjoy time at the beach, you will love this ocean-side gem!
How do you share your travel adventures with friends when you return? My friend Amy recently visited Italy. She was gone during my birthday and wanted to share her trip with me. She put together this collection of trip memories, along with gifts!
Her first two stops were in Rome and Assisi.
At her next stop in Florence, she picked up her first Disney gift for me – a cup and saucer set.
Now, she was on a mission to find Italian-themed Disney gifts in each city.
Next up was her stop in Verona.
Next, she was on to Venice.
At her last stop in Milan, she didn’t find a Disney store but did find this fun Italian magnet with Disney characters.
It was so much fun to hear the stories about her time in Italy. I love how thoughtful she was in not only picking out the gifts, but also in making the mini-scrapbook connecting my gifts and her travels. Have you shared your travels with friends in a unique way?
Today we are in Akureyri, Iceland. I decided to use a day of my Rainforest Pass, so after breakfast at Lumiere’s I headed to Senses Spa, and the boys went off to walk around the town and shopping area. I had the Rainforest completely to myself, which was fabulous! I mostly relaxed on a lounger and read.
We met up for a quick lunch in Lumiere’s and then boarded our bus for our excursion to Godafoss Falls. Our guide had a little bit of trouble finding her words in English but told a lot of stories about local life. Once at Godafoss, we exited the bus and took photos. We had a short walk to a shop to meet the bus at the end. Once again, I was amazed at the fact that you could walk right up to the edge of the falls. They did warn that the cliff edges could be weak and encouraged everyone to stay back. It was a beautiful sunny day, and the falls were gorgeous.
On the way back, we had a short tour and history of the town and a 30-minute stop at the botanical gardens, which are free and within walking distance of the ship.
After dinner, we participated in Majority Rules and watched a second Match your Mate. We moved forward another hour tonight (oh the time changes!). Tomorrow is another relaxing sea day!
We were supposed to attend a character breakfast on our first sea day, but I neglected to look at our tickets, and we missed it! However, the kind crew members at Guest Services were happy to give us new ones for today. We had brunch reservations at Palo, so we mostly went for the photos and a snack. Characters came through very quickly, so we were there less than an hour.
After breakfast, we went to Disney trivia and then on to brunch. We had our same server, Neilson. He told us that many people had cancelled brunch today because they were not feeling well from all the ship motion. Both Josh and I were feeling a little peckish, but the food at Palo helped us quickly recover.
After Palo, we went to Cruising for Trivia where our team won, though I did want to protest one of the answers, which said the Wonder had only been to Alaska for three years. We did Alaska in 2013, and we were not the first sailing there. Regardless, we won and got the coveted Mickey medallions.
After that we took naps, the ship motion is taking a toll, even though I am not sick. But cruising is for relaxing anyway, right?
Later in the afternoon, I took the Art of the Theme Show tour. There was a large group of maybe 30 guests. Our guide was excited as they normally have 3-4 attendees. It was interesting, and I learned a couple of new things. We ended at O’Gill’s Pub, where I stayed for an Innovations talk regarding the parks. After, I hit up deck 9 for a snack. I have been looking for the elusive Mickey pretzel but haven’t found one yet.
The rest of the evening was pretty quiet with dinner and some reading. It was a good day to relax. Tomorrow we arrive in Iceland!
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