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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! They did not have a microphone or screen for the Chef demonstrating, so everyone was pretty much on their own unless they were right near the demonstration table. Crew members did walk around and offer assistance. We worked on ours for about 30 minutes and then were off to our Palo Brunch reservation.

Chef Vivek Demonstrating
Putting on the finishing touches
Our gingerbread house

Brunch at Palo is our favorite meal on board the ships. They now offer a menu of the freshly prepared meals, but it is still unlimited, and you can order at any time.

Salad, Fruit, Meat and Veggies
Seafood
More Cheese and Breads
Cheeses
Sweet Breads
Desserts
More Desserts
New Palo Brunch Menu

As Platinum Castaway members, we were also invited to see the dress rehearsal of the new Frozen, A Musical Spectacular show at 11:00 a.m. My daughter and my husband sped through brunch to attend, while I grazed over my meal until about 11:40 a.m. Of course, no photos were permitted of the dress rehearsal, but Chelsea loved it and was excited to see it again this evening.

Frozen!

We returned at 12:30 p.m. to sign our DVC paperwork and finally had a little downtime. The new show did live up to the hype! I wish we could share video or photos, but none are allowed in the Walt Disney Theater. You can learn more from a few clips and information online. After the performance, we finished this amazing cruise with dinner at Tiana’s Place.

I think Disney did a remarkable job re-imagining the Disney Wonder. Honestly, it may be my new favorite ship! I hope you have the opportunity to be on board for a Disney Cruise Line vacation soon!

— livingthedisneydream

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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 special activities for each member of the family. Sixteen cruises later, we still love cruising with Disney and looked forward to seeing the ship updates.

We spent the night before the cruise at the Tremont House in Galveston. It is a lovely hotel, just a couple of blocks from the ship. The hotel features a café that offers a small food selection (average breakfast item was $10 and included a side of fresh fruit) and a Starbucks. Parking is available along the street. If we sail from Galveston in the future, I will plan to arrive a couple of days early to explore the area.

We had a rental car and had prepaid for port parking ($5 discount). I dropped the family curbside around 10:10 a.m. and had a porter take our bags. My family entered the line outside the port while I parked the car and rode the shuttle back. We were let into the port area around 10:35 and were able to go straight to a check-in Cast Member (we are Platinum Castaways). We were told rooms would not be available until 1:30 p.m. and that no upgrades were available as this sailing was completely full.

The waiting area is upstairs, and we were one of the first to arrive. I was second in line for the character photos and Mickey came out very soon. Around 11:30 they started boarding concierge. There was some confusion with boarding as this was the first time back in Galveston in a few months. People were told to go different places, but it was quickly worked out. Everyone was so excited to get on the ship that most of the Group 1 boarding skipped the boarding photo.

Upon boarding, a crew member did not follow us, so we had to stop and ask if Tiana’s Place was available for lunch. We were told Cabanas was open and Triton’s would open at noon. We decided to go to Cabanas rather than wait. We were also told we could go directly to our rooms as the ship was empty before this cruise!

I sent the family ahead while I stopped at Guest Services to acquire the complimentary Gingerbread House tickets (those were gone by early afternoon). Cabanas was very empty. It was very nice to have it so quiet! I was able to take photos and shoot a quick live video. I think most people were running around checking out the new areas of the ship before it filled up.

After lunch, we were able to make a change to our Palo dining (with no wait!). I spent the afternoon taking pics around the ship and grabbing a quick nap. The crew members were very excited to have passengers on board and for everyone to see the changes on the ship.

Tonight’s show was The Golden Mickey’s. There were changes and updates to the show. A cast member told me new segments for the show were filmed just earlier this week! After dinner we went to the evening shows at Azure. It was surprisingly very empty. I think most people had long travel days and skipped the evening activities. My plan for warm cookies and milk were replaced with my stronger desire for sleep.

Tomorrow is our first sea day!

Disney Signature

— livingthedisneydream

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