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Old 12-07-2004, 04:28 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

The Disney Wonder's horns just played that famous seven-note tune, so it must be All Ashore time here on Castaway Cay! Boy, time just sails by when you're having fun.

And we have been having a great time, whether you count the roughly 200 people in the MouseFest/MouseEarVacations group, or every passenger along on this all-staterooms-booked vessel. I've just popped up to the Cove Cafe on Deck 9 (a new feature on the Wonder, and about a year old on the Magic) to log onto the computers (Hot Tip: If you're over 18, it's far easier to get a computer here than downstairs at the Internet Cafe). But I've gotta dash in a moment - as a repeat cruiser, I'm due down on Deck 3 for the Castaway Club reception ("Hello, Captain Henry!").

The weather has been totally delightful - just enough sun, just enough of a cool breeze, and just about perfect temperatures. Eat your hearts out!

The MouseFest group has been having a fabulous time - we've meeted and greeted at the terminal at Port Canaveral, dined in style surrounded by fellow MouseFesters (Note to me: Something's not quite right about that word, gotta find another one), and about 25 folks joined me to stroll 'round Nassau town yesterday seeing the sights through my own, peculiar eyes. Reportedly, a whole bunch of folks had a hoot late last night in WaveBands as my brother-in-law Chad stepped up to the karaoke microphone to croon an Elvis classic, and we all massed on the boat beach at Castaway Cay for a group photo (those poor DCL photographers!). Tomorrow, a glorious day at sea. Ahhhh! What a life!

It's impossible to go anywhere aboard or ashore without seeing a familiar, smiling face and share the good times, even though we're all going about our days following our own agendas. It's a great way to travel, and you can be sure we'll be doing this sort of thing for a long time to come.

Well, later tonight Jennifer and I are checking baby Alexander into Flounder's Reef nursery so we can host a MouseFest group at '70s Night at WaveBands. '70s Night is fun under any circumstances, and it's awesome when you can share it with old (and new) friends.

So, TTFN, and you have the itch to read even more about MouseFest, pay a visit to Deb Wills' report at AllEarsNet.com.
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Thanks for the update Dave! Wish we could all be there to represent the Passporter Boards in style! Sounds like things are going a-okay!!

Here's some pixie dust that Alexander will love his foray into Flounder's Reef, and that you and Jennifer get to enjoy your grownup time!
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So sad that I could not be with you all for this portion of the trip.
I was happy to see that you did post something so that I could live vicariously through you...Thanks!
I am looking forward to seeing you and the whole gang on Thursday. Save a seat for me at all events...

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Well, later tonight Jennifer and I are checking baby Alexander into Flounder's Reef nursery so we can host a MouseFest group at '70s Night at WaveBands. '70s Night is fun under any circumstances, and it's awesome when you can share it with old (and new) friends.

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I can say that again! We certainly did disco down at '70s Night. And while I don't want to give anything away for those who have never been to '70s Night, I also don't want you to hear abou this from anyone else...

'70s Night is big on audience participation. Not only is everyone up on the dance floor to do the Hustle and the Electric Slide, but about a dozen passengers are chosen to take center stage and strut their stuff. Tonight four (or was it five) of the favored few were MouseFest cruisers! Yours truely was one, as was my brother-in-law Chad (as if Karaoke Elvis the previous night wasn't enough). Jennifer took lots of pictures, and I'm really, really hoping she (or Deb Wills) doesn't post any. For those of you of a certain age, perhaps you'll know what we did... the rest of you will just have to guess. There were five guys on stage at the same time. One wore a construction helmet, another a sailor cap, the third a black cowboy hat, Chad had a police cap, and I wore an Indian headdress. We were all shirtless, and our dance number told people just how fun it was to....

And when the smoke cleared it was time for Jennifer and me to take our leave and head to Flounder's Reef to pick up Alexander. When we arrived he was wide awake and smiling, relaxing in a little bouncy chair and watching the end of a Disney film (naturally). Mama was all verklempt, 'cause as she went into the room he looked up at her and gave her a huge grin! "He knows me! He really, really knows me!" This was the first time we'd left our precious four-month-old with someone other than family, so Jennifer was less than completely relaxed and she was expecting the pager to go off at any moment, summoning us to retrieve our miserably misbehaving baby. Not! Reportedly, he never even whimpered. That's my boy!

So, tomorrow's our day at sea. Some folks are brunching at Palo, some will no doubt just laze about, and many will attend DCL's legendary stage show, Disney Dreams. And for the gamblers amongst us, the bingo jackpot is up over $1000 and they have to award it to someone before the day is out. What excitement!

OK, the night is no longer young - I'm the only person signed on in the Internet Cafe. Time to go, but we'll keep in touch!
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Thanks for the updates Dave - it sounds like you guys are having a wonderful time. Can't wait to read more!
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Thanks for the updates, I've really enjoyed reading them Sounds like you're having a magical time - that 70s Night sounds like a hoot! Who knows, maybe one year hubby and I will be able to join you for Mousefest. Have fun everyone!

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Thanks Dave for taking those of us who could not go along with you---your updates keep us posted and allow us to share the trip.
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Sounds like you are having a blast! I am soooooo jealous. But we hope to be there again next year!
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A big Thank You, Dave, for the Updates! It's so cool to know what fun you're all having - ROFL about you wearing the headdress - I'm sorry but I hope Jennifer posts those pics!! LOL Glad that Alexander enjoyed his time at Flounder's, too!

Can't wait to read more!!!
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How fun! It's almost like being there with you.
Thanks for taking the time to inform us of the big doings!

Is Allie with you guys too?
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Hmmmmmm, for some strange reason I just couldn't stop myself from raising my arms and spelling out YMCA!!!
Hope you win that Bingo jackpot!!
So glad Alexander enjoyed himself so much!
Looking forward to the next installment!!
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That 70s night sounds like a real blast.
Can't wait to see the photos from Jen and Deb...
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So glad you are having a good time - sounds like a LOT of fun!!! And I'm glad for Jennifer that baby Alexander had fun and was so well behaved!
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Sounds like a lot of fun is being had! I'm hoping one day to be able to get to a MouseFest.

I really want to see those pictures! I'm sure my mental image doesn't do it justice!
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Can't wait for the pictures!!!
Sneak 'em on here, Jen!
Seriously, thanks for the live updates!
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