A day fit for a Queen – Kirkwall, Scotland

A day fit for a Queen – Kirkwall, Scotland

My tour, “A Special Invitation to Balfour Castle” left at 9:00 a.m. We had a 5-minute bus ride to the docks where we waited for our ferry to Shapinsay Island. It was windy and rained on the bus and ferry rides, but stopped, and the sun came out while we were on the island. When we arrived on the small island, our guide led us down the main street and through the gardens towards the castle. It was built in…

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They love us – Newcastle, England

They love us – Newcastle, England

Today is our first Port of Call, docking in the Port of Tyne. Keith left early for a tour, while the boys and I had breakfast and planned to walk around the area. This port is away from the city. Disney was offering a shuttle to the seaside town of Tynemouth.  From there you can catch the Metro into Newcastle proper. We walked through the main street to see the beach area and Tynemouth Priory and Castle. It was not…

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A Sleepy Sea Day – But PALO!

A Sleepy Sea Day – But PALO!

I woke up this morning to realize it was 9:30 (3:30 a.m. at home for those keeping track)! I wanted to go back to sleep but realized my day would soon be gone if I did. Yesterday I downloaded the free 50mb package for the internet, but it was still on after I signed off. The guys had the same problem. I visited the Connect At Sea desk and was told the sign on was hung up in the computer….

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Dover Castle & the Disney Magic

Dover Castle & the Disney Magic

We were up early and walked to a local shop to pick up breakfast. The hotel continental breakfast was £24 per person, and that was just a bit much. At Pret A Manger and were able to get sandwiches, fruit, and drinks for £18 total. I booked our transfer to Dover and a tour with International Friends. As promised, a driver arrived and came in to get us around 8:15 a.m. The drive was about two hours to the port. We…

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Five Hours in London

Five Hours in London

The day has finally arrived! After 17 hours of travel, we arrived at Heathrow Airport just before 11:00 a.m. We flew Delta on a 767-400ER. This plane was not quite as nice as the one we had last time we traveled to Europe. The seats had less leg room, and there were no USB plugs in the seats for charging. It was comfortable enough, and the flight attendants were very helpful. We were given a blanket, pillow, dinner, a bottled…

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Booking Disney Cruise Line On Board Activities

Booking Disney Cruise Line On Board Activities

Disney Cruise Line threw us all a little curve ball with an email announcement on June 6 – We are pleased you will be sailing with us soon and want to share with you some additional information about a few activities that are included in your cruise vacation that can be reserved online. On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, we will open the opportunity for Guests to pre-book a special character breakfast and two of many meet & greet opportunities with our…

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Welcome!

Welcome to Living The Disney Dream! I am excited to share an inside view of my Disney life. Through this site, I will post live trip reports, planning tools, and the latest news for all things Disney! See ya real soon! — livingthedisneydream