Disney Magic!

I can’t believe that we are already done with our Disney Cruise.  It has been like 2 years in the making I feel like.  And I can’t believe it has come and gone.  We had a great time, of course.  Who wouldn’t?  We’re talking Disney and tropicalness combined.  It was lovely.

Our first day we went to Magic Kingdom at Disney World.  It rained all day.  Rain like I have never seen.  It was semi-discouraging.  But somehow we managed to keep little Jack Jack dry and even ride Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean which Jack loved.

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Jack’s hair really liked the humidity and laid flat for its first time ever almost the entire time we were gone.  Don’t worry, now that we are back in dry Utah, it is sticking up again.

After our day at Disney, we set sail on the Disney Magic.  And it was lovely.  It was also  incredibly hard to believe that it is a ship and not a resort hotel.  Although for whatever reason, my body had no problem remembering we were on ship.  I spent the first 24 hours on board in bed seasick out of my  mind.  But thanks to a little dramamine, ginger ale and the all important “Seaband” (which you will see in all of my onboard shots, wristbands that supposedly apply pressure to a pressure point that alleviates nausea…I am not sure if I am a believer, but I was an avid wearer of the bands cause I didn’t want the vomiting to come back!), I was back on top of my game sooner than I thought possible.

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Our days on the ship were filled with a lot of time in the Splash pool.  Jack loved it.  He could have spent all day in there.  He had no problem with the water in his face or anywhere else.  And I am sure anyone who knows our sweet boy would not be surprised to learn that his favorite feature of the splash pool was, of course, the drain.  He kills me.  He was the only baby that even noticed there was a drain!

Another ship activity, eating!  The food was awesome.  All you can eat fruit and soft serve ice cream.  It was a dream.  And you know what else, they showed the Laker games on the top deck of the ship.  I only managed to stay awake for the last game of the series.  But it was the best one to watch since we kicked Denver’s butt!

The first island stop was Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.  We hopped on a water taxi and went to The Virgin Gorda.  It was lovely there.  I snorkled for my first time.  There were some really cool fish.  I wish I could have done more.  But you see, Jack was not to fond of Tortola.  He cried almost the entire time we were there.  He liked the sand and surf for about the first 5 minutes and then he was done.  It is not surprising, however, he missed his good quality naps and had to settle for cat naps in mom and dads’ arms.  It was lovely there, nonetheless.

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The next day we docked in St. Thomas which is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It was my favorite place.  I wish I could have spent another day there.  I thought Jack would be the same fussy guy about being at the beach again so I decided not to wear my swimsuit.  Well, he was a completely different baby and loved the water.  I was sad that I couldn’t get in with him and Dan.  And even sadder that I couldn’t go snorkling again because it was supposedly even better than Virgin Gorda.  Boo hoo!   It was so so lovely there.  The clearest water imaginable, a taxi ride with Spiderman, a fresh island smoothie on the beach, and an engagement for Ben and Brittany!  Hooray!

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The last island stop was Disney’s private island in the Bahamas called Castaway Cay.  It had the potential to be the greatest stop, but it poured rain the last half of the day so we had to stay inside the ship.  In the morning, however, we did manage to swim with the sting rays.  Ummm…it was my favorite thing in the whole world.  I am pretty sure my heart was at an elevated rate the entire time I was in the water.  But I did it.  Dan loved it, of course.   And Jack had a fun time with his cousins and Grandma and Grandpa.

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Our last day of the vacation, we went to Animal Kingdom and Epcot.  It was sunny and hot.  But a lot of fun!

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It was a great vacation.  Jack was, for the most part, was a good baby.  And it was super fun to be with Dan all day everyday.  We miss him when he is at work.  But anyway, great memories!

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6 Replies to “Disney Magic!”

  1. I loved it all! I can’t wait for your trip to So Cal. Jack is going to have so much to explore here in the B-Town. I love the face Jack is making by the closet door. That boy is a water dog. We’ll have to hook up with some of our friends that have pools when you’re here. You sure have been busy today getting all these pictures and comments posted. Congrats to Brittany and Ben. That’s exciting news! Another Grossen wedding!

  2. Wow! That all sounds soooo fantastic!! I am so jealous!! I am glad you had such a great time. And that Jack was so good, considering all the busyness 🙂

  3. I love looking at everyone’s pictures. Jake was sad the other night when I was falling asleep to him explaining something and then perked up as soon as I saw that everyone had posted their pictures.

  4. Guys, what a fun trip, I loved all the pics!! I have always wanted to go on a Disney Cruise- I’m glad Jack was a good boy. We are going to Disneyland next week and am praying all goes well!! You have such a beautiful family and miss seeing you guys!!

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