Saturday, April 23, 2011

Land/Sea Pre-Trip Report

Where you can follow the trip:
Twitter Kristen @DVCMom
Blog http://www.dvcmom.com

I will do my best to update and post pictures to the photo stream live for the first 3 days.  However we'll be out of touch while out of the country. Also there will be no virtual window for this trip because the view from the concierge rooms at AKL is mostly roof. 

Kristen - Main organizer, blogger, foodie
Erik - Traveling Companion, guest blogger, foodie

5 Nights - May 3rd - May 8th, 2011
Mode of Travel - United Airlines, Chicago O’hare to Orlando International then Mickey’s Magical Express, limo to port

Hotel - Animal Kingdom Lodge, Concierge Studio Villa
Disney Dream - Family Stateroom with Veranda


5/3 - Travel, Arrive, Monorail Crawl, Dinner at California Grill, Wishes

5/4 - EPCOT,  Eat & Drink around World Showcase, Dinner at Le Cellier, Illuminations

5/5 - Boma for breakfast, limo to port, Settle in on the Cruise Ship
5/6 -  Nassau, Garden Tour, Thor Opening, Dinner at Palo

5/7 -  Castaway Cay, Jet Ski Tour, Lunch on the Island, Erik's Shave, Dinner at Remy

5/8 - Disembark, travel home

I’m getting ready to head back down to Florida for two nights at the Animal Kingdom Lodge followed by three fabulous nights on board the Disney Dream! Erik will be my traveling companion for this trip (DH Geordon didn’t have any desire to cruise) and it will be his very first trip down to Walt Disney World. I can’t wait to see his face when we walk into the Animal Kingdom Lodge and they cheerfully welcome us home. I think it’s going to blow his mind.

Much of this vacation is going to be all about the food & wine. We’ll start out with a Monorail Crawl that ends just in time for dinner at the California Grill, followed by Wishes Fireworks over the Magic Kingdom. Day two finds us at EPCOT where we will endeavor to eat and drink around the world on our way to Canada for the new signature dinner at Le Cellier. I haven’t eaten at either of these places in 20 years so I’m really looking forward to an exciting culinary experience. Boma, La Cantina de San Angel, and the Concierge Lounge will round out our dining options for the land portion of our trip.

On the morning of the 5th we take a limo (another first for Erik) to the port for our next exciting adventure. I’m so excited that for my very first cruise, we’ll be sailing on the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line’s fleet. With her maiden voyage just a couple of months ago I’m sure it will be a spectacular time.

I’m all checked in online for our hotel and the cruise, our documents are printed, cash is all allotted out in envelops (I love tip envelope day), and I have started to pack. Not that I’m excited or anything, but it’s going to be a great adults only get away! Some of the kidless options onboard the Disney Dream include:

The District, “a nighttime entertainment area on the Disney Dream with five unique venues. This playground for grownups features sophisticated lounges, each with its own unique design, look, feel, and palate-pleasing delights.” The Disney Dream carries Banfi Rosa Regal, so you know what I’ll be drinking every night. I’m also looking forward to trying the sparkling rose’ that Tattinger designed especially for the Disney Cruise Line.

Senses Spa & Salon, “offers adult tranquility with 17 private treatment rooms, lavish spa villas with indoor treatment rooms and private outdoor verandahs, and Rainforest, a special section of the spa offering the benefits of steam, heat and hydrotherapy to relax the mind and body.” Erik (my traveling companion) and I have Rain Forest Passes, and he’ll be getting a shave while onboard.

Remy, We’ll cap off our magnificent food & wine experience with a treat for the senses at Remy for Dinner. “Disney Cruise Line’s first-ever premier dining option. With French-inspired, gourmet cuisine by two award-winning chefs, Remy melds classic and contemporary styles in a sophisticated new dining concept exclusively for adults.”

At Palo, I’m most looking forward to trying the legendary chocolate soufflé. The “sweeping ocean views, rich décor and epicurean excellence create the setting for a romantic escape aboard the Disney Dream in a redesigned version of Disney Cruise Line’s signature specialty restaurant. Guests also may dine al fresco on Palo’s private outdoor deck.”


  1. Sounds like a great time!! Can't wait to hear all about it during the trip and when you return. :)

  2. It sounds like you have such a great trip planned. It will be interesting to see your review, particularly of Remy. The chocolate souffle is a must eat at Palo!