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Old 11-12-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Fantasy Swashbucklers take on MNSSHP and the Western Caribbean….

2012 PTR

Well another vacation has come and gone…..sigh. It’s taken me a while to get this TR in gear but as I posted in my PTR life just has a way of kicking you even if you’re not down. Case in point…Many of you know that I have been dealing with my dad who has Alzheimer’s. My mom and I work together to keep him in line and keep each other’s sanity. Well, on the evening of November 4th my mom took a spill off the dining room chair which resulted in a fractured hip. She is 79 years old but a real trooper. She underwent surgery the following Tuesday and is now in a rest home/rehab center to recover. She won’t be home for Thanksgiving but hopefully will be for Christmas. So how does one follow that news? The best I can.

So here is a re-introduction to my family:

Linda (me) I’m 57 years young. I am a designer of many things Disney and I simply love doing it. T-shirts, magnets, letters and invitations just to name a few. I’ve been afraid of flying for many years but faced that fear last year and now I wouldn’t travel any other way. I injured my leg last year in October and sustained nerve damage so there was an issue if I would be able to walk and especially if I could wear my heals for formal night. More on that later.

Dan (DH) 9 years my junior and the love of my life for 23 years. He loves Disney and is hooked on Disney cruises which is fine by me. He challenged me to fly and if I did he would go to the World once a year. Again…fine by me. He surprised me by really getting into the Pirate thing, even agreeing to go to the parties in full Pirate attire.

Heather (DD) She’s 22 now and like so many young people is looking for a job. We hope to help her out a bit by giving her our SUV next spring when it’s time to buy a new one. She loves Disney, particularly the cruise part and was a lot of fun to be with.

When and how did we get there?
We left on October 9th via Southwest Airlines and returned on October 20th.

Where did we stay?
We spent 4 nights at the Port Orleans French Quarter staying in a water view room with 3 day base park tickets and the deluxe dining plan. This was followed by a 7 night Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy in a deluxe verandah stateroom on deck 9. POFQ and the Fantasy was a first time for us.

Our special plans?
Disney World ~ We attended Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival and MNSSHP. We also celebrated mine and Dan’s 23rd anniversary as well as Heather’s 22nd birthday. We celebrated with characters and signature dining and cakes. Lot’s of mini cakes!
Disney Fantasy ~ We knew we had to have our picture taken with Captain Jack and wanted to hit the different lounges. We did some tasting’s and celebrated on the Fantasy as well. My first night didn’t go over that good…can you say rough seas and I forgot I packed Dramamine?

Day 1 ~ Oct 9th…
We knew this was going to be a tough one. Our Southwest flight out of Providence was at 6:10 am which meant the airport limo would be at our door at 3:10. Where does one sleep you may wonder? Well so did we. The plan was to get up as early as possible and tire ourselves out so we could go to bed early and get up at least a little refreshed. Nice on paper but didn’t happen. We did just the opposite, staying up as late as we could, just not sleeping at all. Problem was everyone was exhausted and crashed around 1 am. Sleep deprived we managed to just rest but was ready to go when the limo came precisely at 3:10. We were excited and ready to go even more so when we realized we had a private town car waiting for us. I guess the vans were all busy so we got a free upgrade.

With no curb side check-in at this wee hour in the morning we dragged our luggage through a small line, went through security with Dan being chosen once again for the body scan. Our flight was smooth and before we knew it we were landing at MCO a half an hour ahead of schedule. We headed to Disney’s Magical Express line and soon we were on our way to POFQ.

Coming up….Computer upgrades…No room…No tickets…No dining plan but would our first stay at the Port Orleans French Quarter be our last?
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I have done the 6am flights out of Providence...I always park and fly when I do that. Towncar sounds nice though! I live too far away for that.

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How did I miss this? Thankfully it's not too far along. Your next update doesn't sound too promising.

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Great Start!!! Except for the lack of sleep...........and the computers down........that was our last day there and I was hearing from a few PPer's that were checking in that day that they were having issues

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