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Characters, Brunch and the Wide Open Sea

Characters, Brunch and the Wide Open Sea

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.

Goofy
Goofy
Goofy
Goofy
Pluto
Pluto
Minnie
Minnie
Mickey
Mickey

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.

Palo
Palo
Spreads
Spreads
Seafood and more
Seafood and more
Pastries
Pastries
Lunch Plates
Lunch Plates
Breakfast Plates
Breakfast Plates
Palo Brunch
Palo Brunch
Desserts
Desserts
Pizzas
Pizzas
Chicken Parmigana
Chicken Parmigiana on a bed of Risotto
Buttermilk Pancakes
Buttermilk Pancakes
Lasagna
Lasagna
Dessert Selections
Dessert Selections
Gorgonzola and Grape Pizza - So good!
Gorgonzola and Grape Pizza – So good!

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.

DCL Trivia Winner
DCL Trivia Winner

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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— livingthedisneydream

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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 world famous Disney Characters online. As a Platinum Castaway Club Member, we wanted you to be among the first to know.

If you are interested in securing bookings for a Disney Character Breakfast, Princess Gathering or a Frozen Meet & Greet during your cruise vacation, please visit the My Disney Cruise section of www.disneycruise.com on or after Tuesday, June 7, 2016, to pre-book these experiences.

The email did not list when these would go live, and my cruise is only eight days away!  Being the over-eager booking fanatic that I am, I stayed up until midnight eastern, hoping to book these new offerings. With bleary eyes, I gave up around 12:30 a.m.  Ever the optimist, I was back online around 6:00 a.m. trying again to secure these reservations. Tap, Tap, Tap…anyone home?

Finally, just after 9:00 a.m. Eastern, the VIP Character Breakfast starting appearing. I was able to secure that reservation quickly, and then the system had technical difficulties. Heading off to work, I called my trusted travel agent to check on those elusive character meet and greets for me. After many technical difficulties, she was able to book them for us.

These bookings are now available for future cruises as soon as your booking window opens (120 days for Platinum Castaways, 105 days for Gold Castaways, 90 days for Silver Castaways and 75 days for first-time cruisers. Concierge guests will receive tickets to these events as a routine perk). The VIP Character Breakfast is only available on select cruises of 7-nights or longer. Best news ever – all of these activities are included for free! So how do you book? Let me show you!

After logging into the Disney Cruise Line website, click on My Disney Cruise, then My Reservations and then Explore Activities. You will then need to click on a cruise day. The VIP Character Breakfast is offered only on sea days. The Meet & Greets are offered at various times; you will need to click on each day to see what is available.

Once you have chosen a day, your screen should look something like this:

DCL Activities Menu 1

After clicking on On Board Fun, the next screen will offer two or more choices. My screen looked like this:

DCL Activities Menu 2

For the VIP Character Breakfast, you may see this option (some have reported seeing Disney Jr Breakfast listed):

DCL Activities Menu Breakfast 1

This breakfast was offered in 15-minute increments from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Each guest is allowed to book only one breakfast.

For the Meet & Greet, you will see these options:

DCL Character Greet Menu 1

On my cruise, both Meet & Greets were offered in 15-minute increments. The Frozen Meet & Greet hours were 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Princess Gathering Meeting & Greet hours were 9:00 -10:15 a.m. Each guest is allowed to book one time slot for each Meet & Greet.

I hope this helps as you pre-book these fun activities!

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— livingthedisneydream

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