Friday, June 14, 2013

Disney Dream Pre Trip Report

The following is part one of a trip report from my Disney Dream/Walt Disney World vacation from this past November. Please leave your comments and let me know if you have any questions. 

My husband Tom and I love to cruise. Living in New York, we've had a lot of opportunities to go on really fun and affordable cruises. However, I had been itching for a very long time to go on a Disney Cruise. My last Disney Cruise was on the Disney Magic in 2000. I was in high school and while I enjoyed it, I don't think that I appreciated it as much then as I do now.

As many of you know, one of the biggest obstacles to a Disney Cruise is the expense. It costs a lot of money, especially if you're used to Walt Disney World value or moderate resort pricing, or even pricing for other cruise lines. Is it worth the money? That's a different topic for a different day. I would certainly argue yes, it is worth the money; however, it doesn't make it any easier to save.

This time, however, I was determined. We were purchasing a house and I knew that after we got in and project after project piled up, there would be too many obstacles in the way of our dream (Dream?) trip. Because of a strict budget we had to be a little creative, but we made it work and we had a trip of a lifetime.

After convincing another couple to come with us we booked our trip for November. We used our United Airlines miles to fly from Newark Liberty Airport to Orlando International. We got in an inside stateroom on a four night cruise. We used my parents DVC points for a Walt Disney World stay at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. We made our dining reservations. We were ready.

Or so we thought...

Less than a week before we left for our trip, while our bags sat in our apartment fully packed, our home of Staten Island, NY was slammed, smashed and practically drowned by Hurricane Sandy. We were lucky in that none of our family members were harmed, but it hurt us deep down inside to see our hometown in complete shambles.

Our families convinced us to go, so I painted my toenails with a flashlight and headed off to the airport. It sure was an adventure...

Stay tuned for a daily trip report on Fridays!


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