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    Disney Cruise Line Newbie Plans 1st Sailing

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    Please welcome our very special Guest, Kuleen from The Disney Kids! Kuleen is an expert on traveling to Walt Disney World with young kids, and is known for striking up conversations with random preschoolers. She also rides the rails each month aboard Magical Blogorail Teal.

    After numerous Disney World trips, in March of 2014, The Disney Kids will embark on their first Disney cruise on the MAGIC, sailing from Cape Canaveral to Nassau and Castaway Cay. It feels strange to be a Disney newbie all over again.

    Here are some of the things we have learned so far:

    PLAN EARLY
    When it comes to cruising, the earlier you do things the better. You get the best prices, your choice of dinner seating, your preferred excursions and excursion times, spa appointments, kids activities, and well, everything.

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    BE PREPARED
    Order the free Disney Cruise Line DVD, read books, and visit blogs to learn about everything your cruise has to offer. Read trip reports from people that have recently sailed on your ship on the same itinerary you are sailing. Not only will you learn useful tips such as what to pack, but you will also save precious ship by already having an idea of activities in which to participate or avoid.

    MEET PEOPLE BEFORE YOUR CRUISE
    It is fun to vacation with your family, but even more fun to vacation with friends. This is especially true for your kids. Through forums such as DISboards.com and Facebook you can meet other families on your cruise and find out who has kids the same age as yours. You can also participate in group activities such as Fish Extenders (a gift swap during the cruise).

    Thankfully planning a Disney Cruise is almost as much fun as taking one.

    Oh, and one last thing. Cay is pronounced “key.”

    Thank you so much for being our Guest today, Kuleen! We hope you’ll join us again sometime!

    Today’s Takeaway:

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    The Disney Kids are sure going to enjoy themselves at Disney’s Oceaneers Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab aboard the MAGIC!

    At Disney’s Oceaneers Club, children ages 3-12 will feel like they’ve been transported to Peter Pan’s Never Land, where they will discover a vast play area with a slide and rope bridge, a captain’s closet of costumes and toys, and an open area for arts, crafts, games, storytelling, musical fun, and dancing. They can go to infinity and beyond at the space- and science-themed Disney’s Oceaneer Lab, a room filled with twinkling stars and giant planetary spheres, along with an oversized Buzz Lightyear figure.  Computers with video games and music stations are available, and kids can participate in crazy experiments at the interactive science lab (like making flubber!), karaoke jams, pajama parties, sports challenges, and more.

    Today, choose an activity described above and set sail with it! Sing along to your favorite Disney songs in a karaoke session, dress like pirates and duel it out with homemade cardboard swords, or follow the recipe below to make your very own flubber!

    You will need glue, water, water color, and Borax soap. See Youtube for tutorial!

    SCHOOL SUBJECT: Recess, Arts & Crafts, Science
    SKILL LEVEL: Elementary

    ©2013 Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, your Disney homeschool resource!

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    • Amber Britt

      I’ve never been on a cruise before and always said if I did I want it to be a Disney cruise. I’m such a chicken and so scared of being in open water like that especially with hearing about all the boats that have been breaking down in the past few months but I think if I go on a Disney cruise it would take my mind off all the silly stuff I think. LOL

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Absolutely! The only one I’ve been on was the DREAM’s christening cruise, and I tell you, you almost don’t know you’re on a ship! It’s so smooth, and there’s so much to see and do.

    • http://magicalfamilyadventures.blogspot.com/ lori ketcherside

      How exciting for them! I’ve got a blog full of DCL if you want some (more) to read on the subject!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Thanks, Lori! I’ll check it out! What’s your blog?

      • TheDisneyKids.com

        I would love to visit your blog Lori

    • http://magicalfamilyadventures.blogspot.com/ lori ketcherside

      On second reading, does she mean she’ll be setting sail in March 2014 or did she go this last spring?

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        She means 2014! I’ll go correct that. Thanks!

        • TheDisneyKids.com

          Thanks Jodi!

          • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

            No prob! Thanks for being our Guest!