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My Multi-Part Review of the Disney Dream

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I took our first-ever cruise on the Disney Dream.  Not just our first cruise on the cruise but our first cruise, as a family, on any cruise line.  I had taken a week-long cruise around Hawai’i with my parents when I was a teenager but a lot has changed since my last cruise.  The ships are bigger.  They have more amenities which are more luxurious and comfy.  They offer more port excursions.  Just everything is different and mostly for the better.

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Minnie’s Holiday Dine and Jingle Bell Jingle BAM

I returned from Walt Disney World on Sunday and one of the highlights of the trip was my evening at Hollywood Studios.  Hollywood Studios is undergoing a massive transformation with addition of Star Wars Land and the expansion Pixar Place.  Even with this transformation, there are still enough attractions and events to keep people in the parks all day.

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Adventures in Disneyland: Day 4 Part 1

After an evening with friends, we were up and ready to go right at park open.  The only parts of the park that we had attacked were Fantasyland, Toon Town, and parts of Tomorrowland.  We headed straight to Fantasyland and, most importantly, we went straight to Peter Pan’s Flight.  Even at park open, we had to wait about 30-40 minutes for the attraction, however, most of that time was spent dealing with a mechanical issue with the ride.  The good news was even with this wait, there were not enough people in the park to create extended wait times on other attractions.

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Adventures in Disneyland – Day 3 Part 1

Welcome to day 3 of Dad For Disney’s Adventures in Disneyland.   For those of you who have just found my adventures, you can catch up at the following links:

Day 1 Part 1

Day 1 Part 2

Day 2 Part 1

Day 2 Part 2

One of things that I enjoyed about this trip was being up and ready to go before the parks open….stinking jet lag.  But this allowed us to get a head start on the crowds and get a lot of things done before they arrived.  Day 3 was no different.  Once we got our daughter up and moving, we headed into Disneyland Park for the roller coasters that we missed on our initial visit.

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Adventures in Disneyland – Day 2 Part 2

There was a lot of speculation has to where my family and I ate lunch during the afternoon.  My daughter and I finished our ride on Space Mountain and met my wife at……….

photo courtesy of wdwinfo
photo courtesy of wdwinfo

Our family had one of the best, if not the best, counter service meals at either Walt Disney World or Disneyland.   My daughter had a giant plate of pasta (no sauce or butter) for her meal.  My wife got the pot roast which again was a big portion of pot roast.  For me, the menu came down to one item….the fried chicken.

Plaza Inn #2

The chicken was juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.  There were three pieces (a breast, a thigh, and a leg).  The mashed potatoes were great as well and there was just enough gravy to cover the potatoes but not spill out on the rest of the plate.  We were too full from our entrees so we passed on dessert.

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