Set Sail With The Pirates League Aboard The Disney Dream

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The Pirates League

Ahoy me hearties! We recently returned from our second Disney cruise aboard the Dream, and wanted to share with you about a new experience we enjoyed. As if Pirates Night isn’t enough fun, we booked reservations for Tigger and Roo at The Pirates League on board the ship. This experience is available by reservation only for guests ages 3 and up on Pirates Party Night in the Bibbiddi Bobbidi Boutique. 

Pirates League Packages

Packages for the Pirates League are very reasonably priced and include not only a pirate makeover, but also Pirate souvenirs! Here is a breakdown of your choices:

All pirates need tattoos, right? Your little one will be given a tattoo on their hand, and if they are anything like my youngest, the pirate skull and cross bone tattoo will be a huge hit!

**Sidenote**I’m not sure exactly what to call the sweet cast members who do the makeovers for the Pirates League. I wouldn’t think they are Fairy Godmothers like at Bibbiddi Bobbiddi Boutique, but who knows. Maybe they are called wenches. **

The makeup process is fairly quick for the amount of product that is put on your children’s face during the makeover. New makeup and brushes are used on each child so you don’t have to worry about germs.

Keeping It Real

Just a friendly word of advice, the makeup used during the transformation is legit makeup. To put a positive spin on it, I would say that I was very surprised with how well the makeup stays on. This won’t be something that just flakes off. To give you a “keeping it real” perspective, we had to do some serious scrubbing to get it off, hence the scrub marks on my kids cheeks! Therefore, I would recommend bringing some very good makeup remover, baby wipes or coconut oil to help with the removal. Otherwise, you will end up making a trip to the spa before you disembark on Castaway Cay to try some of their specialty makeup remover so your 5-year-old doesn’t look like Jack Sparrow all day. Don’t ask me how I know this.

Pirate Oath and Loot

Your child will receive a sword, pirate sash, bandana, pirate necklace and earring after their makeover is complete. Once they have their pirate loot, it’s time to swear an oath of allegiance to the pirate code. My oldest son, Tigger, thought this part was hilarious. My youngest took it far more seriously. He still thinks he’s a pirate. 

We brought the clothes from home for Pirate Night, but they have options to purchase on board if you would like. The boys had a blast at the Pirate Party and got so many compliments on their looks. 

My boys didn’t think it could get much better than meeting Mickey on Pirate Night dressed as a Pirate!

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Set Sail With The Pirates League

If you are sailing with Disney and want to visit The Pirates League don’t wait too long to book! You will want to schedule your visit as soon as possible due to the popularity of this experience. You can secure reservations during your online check-in, and the makeover takes roughly 45 minutes. Disney Dream

The Pirates League is a truly fun and memorable experience before the Pirate Party on board. My family would recommend it! Yo-ho Yo-ho, it is definitely a pirates life for us!

Episode 83: I Was First

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I Was First: Experiencing Opening Days at Disney

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be one of the first to experience a new attraction at Disney? Or a movie premiere aboard a Disney Cruise ship? And in true first fashion, we’ve got our own first happening! Amanda, our Disneyland blog contributor, is with us today to discuss what it was like to experience opening day of the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout attraction at Disney’s California Adventure! Likewise, Meredith was able to experience Pandora: The World of Avatar on opening day and Amy was able to preview the premear of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie aboard the Disney Dream. So join us as we explore all the fun that being the first to experience a Disney attraction brings! Have you ever experienced a grand opening too? Please share with us!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know! And as always, for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Handicap Accessible Stateroom Review

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Meredith here, checking in to give you the lowdown on what it’s like to stay in a Disney Cruise Line’s handicap accessible stateroom.

Disney Cruise Line has great staterooms, but what if you need a special one? We've stayed in a handicap accessible stateroom onboard Disney Cruise Line and enjoyed the experience. Check out our review before you plan your next trip!


First things first, I sailed with my family on the Dream and boy was it! Disney cruise line is a great choice for families to looking to get out and explore the world while enjoying not only the wonderful Disney characters we’ve come to know and love, but the amazing customer service they provide. It’s great for all ages! And while some may be skeptical, it’s actually fantastic for those requiring handicap accessible accommodations as well!


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My grandmother, who uses a power chair as she can no longer walk, sailed with us and she had the most wonderful time! For someone who had never even left the country before, this was a HUGE trip her her. I’m pretty sure her favorite part was getting to know and appreciate how amazing the wait staffs are aboard DCL. She loved our servers, and so did we!

Because she was sailing with us, we knew we’d need a handicap accessible room. If you’re unsure how to begin researching and pricing out your own trip to include handicap accessible accommodations, try contacting a Disney travel planner. They’ll be able to help assist you with everything you’ll need.


For those who want to go ahead and check out the staterooms and what they offer, let’s get to it then!

Handicap Accessible Stateroom

Disney Dream Stateroom 6088- The Room itself

Stateroom 6088 is located on the 6th deck port side, midship. It’s very close and convenient to the elevators.

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Although I didn’t stay in the handicap accessible stateroom with my grandmother, the room is much larger than most of the staterooms. And we often found ourselves using the room as a meeting place. We had a group of 10 and though some of us sat on the floor, there was plenty of space for all of us.

Your Key to the World card opens the door and it closes on its own after you enter. To exit, all you need to do is hit the button and the door opens for you. The doorways themselves were nice and smooth and she didn’t have trouble getting around through doorways, and even out onto the verandah where her scooter fit comfortably. She loved the verandah!

The Bathroom

The bathroom is fantastic. Unlike most of the staterooms aboard the Dream which feature a split bath design, 6088’s bathroom is a single room. It’s very open and has plenty of space to move around . It’s also got handlebars for support around both the toilet area as well as the shower. The floor is completely tiled and the shower stall actually has drains flush with the floor surrounding it to minimize the amount of water collecting on the rest of the bathroom floor. You can see this on the floor in the bottom photo. There’s a seat for the shower that folds down and the shower head is hand-held.

The Closet

The closet features plenty of storage including a rack with a handle that allows you to pull it down to your level!

And Mom only had one complaint about the entire cruise. My Grandmother preferred to keep her things in her suitcase. She said that the stateroom host would clean and then place the suitcase under the bed. My grandmother couldn’t get to it easily and my Mom had to continually retrieve it for her. However, if she had only left a note to their stateroom host, I’m most positive he would’ve been happy to accommodate them. Likewise, if there’s something you need, don’t hesitate to ask or leave a note! Disney Cruise Line has some of the most amazing people you will ever meet working for them and are always so helpful. Just ask!


The overall experience was fantastic! So if you’re considering a cruise but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, then don’t worry!! Disney has you covered! ~Meredith ºoº


P.S. They even have free to use wheelchairs made to go in the sand on Castaway Cay! More on that later over on Instagram. Be sure to come follow me so you won’t miss out!

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Episode 26: Sailing the Disney Dream Part 1

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Hey howdy hey everyone! I’m back from our vacation and am here to talk all about our time aboard the Disney Dream. There was so much to talk about, that I actually had to split the episode into two! So here it, enjoy Pt1 of my Disney Dream experience. 🙂 ~Meredith ºoº

 

Get Ready: Cruise Planning and Early Packing

Get Ready: Cruise Planning and Early Packing

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Hey howdy hey guys, guess what today is! Go ahead… If you guessed the anniversary of the Disney Dream’s maiden voyage, then you’d be absolutely right! And that couldn’t be more relevant for me because I am in full-on planning and packing mode. I’ve got just a few days before we head out for our whirlwind few days at WDW and MK and our much-anticipated Disney cruise aboard the Disney Dream. I can’t wait to share all the fun once we leave on our socials (facebook, instagram, twitter, & periscope) since I won’t be able to share here on the blog until I return. You can find us on periscope by searching for “mouse and monorail” in your app.

Join Me on My First Cruise

First things first. Come follow us on all our socials before I leave! I plan to do some fun periscopes around the Wilderness Lodge on Saturday night and may even broadcast some of the “peaceful serenity” that is Whispering Canyon. Haha!! (If you don’t know what I’m laughing at, go check out what the Whispering Canyon is all about here). I’ll be broadcasting via periscope as much as service will allow on Sunday in the Magic Kingdom so be sure to follow us ahead of time to get the notifications on your device! Additionally, I’m going to periscope as much as I can on the ship Monday and possibly our Castaway Cay day (Wednesday). SO don’t miss out!! Speaking of watching live, did you know that you can watch Port Canaveral live via their webcam? Yep, come watch me sail away!! Haha!

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Cruise Planning

Finally to cruise packing. Now, don’t go throwing your favorite swimsuit and sandals in the suitcase just yet! There are things that can and should be done well in advance of a few weeks (or less than a week in my case) of your sail date. And for me, this has been the most fun Disney trip I’ve ever planned. From meeting people who we’ll be cruising with online months in advance via fb, to creating unique gifts to exchange through the fish extenders, to planning the ultimate “best friends” day at the Magic Kingdom for my kids and their best friends (who just so happen to be going with us! Whoo hoo!!) I can hardly contain my excitement!!

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Early Packing

But planning and packing isn’t always easy and some things that need to be done can get overlooked until it’s too late. And with a Disney cruise specifically, there are certain things you’ll want to do well in advance of your sail date. After booking, you can decide if you’d like to participate in Fish Extenders, and if so find your sail date group on fb and sign up. Check out Sarah’s amazing post on 5 things to know before you go for help on familiarizing yourself on what you’ll need to do to be prepared. Other items like passports, car maintenance services (in case you’re driving), scheduling your flights and auto rentals, and making boarding/other arrangements for your pets should all be done earlier rather than later.

Don’t Forget Documentation

Passports can take several weeks to come back and if there’s a particular hold-up on getting yours, it could be delayed even longer. A car servicing can also be beneficial to get done earlier in case something needs repairing so that you’re not forking out a huge chunk of change on your car RIGHT before you head out on your trip. And if you haven’t researched a bit about keeping your devices charged while on vacation, earlier is definitely better! Check out my post all about that very topic here.

Organize Your Packing

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The photo above shows my own (insane, I know. There’s five of us now) list of stuff to pack and whether you use a crazy looking app like me (which totally works beautifully for me 🙂 ) or a good ‘ole pen and paper, keeping a list is a great way to ensure that you’re on track. And while making your own personal list is key, you’d be missing out if you didn’t check out Amy’s Cruise packing list and Sarah’s WDW packing list! Both of them are great place to start and are printable so you can print whenever and even have copies for family members so big kids can help pack too!

 

Hooked on DCL design by Mouse and Monorail

 

Fish Extenders

I’m now a week out and have begun to pack starting with our fish extender and gifts. They’re all done and packed in a small separate suitcase. (Eeek! So excited to give them out and even more excited to share about them after I get back!!) This serves the purpose of ensuring that they all stay together, can be easily checked, and the suitcase space will be available to bring home our own fish extender gifts we receive. I’m updating my Hooked on DCL decal to include a silhouette cameo cutter file as well as a printable for instructions on how to apply the decal should you decide to make and give them as gifts for your own fish extenders! So exciting! Right click on the image to below to download the decal application instructions and be sure to check out the original Hooked on DCL post that has been updated with the additional file.

Decal Application Instructions

And packing early isn’t all about fish extenders! There’s extra space in our suitcase, so I’m adding in items that I can easily pack early like suction cup hooks for hanging swimsuits (we won’t have a verandah), door magnets, and our dry-erase magnetic board where we can write and encourage fun messages to people onboard. Pretty much anything else that we can deal without having until our luggage is brought to our room will go in here as well.

It’s Almost Time!

I’ve printed and gathered our signed cruise docs/signature pages from our online check-in, and placed them in my carry-on (yeah, that totally rad Disney Dream Inaugural bag my brother got me for Christmas!) since I’ll need those items to board.  That’s all the time I have for now since I’ve got to get back to packing!! And don’t forget to stay tuned for my live posts from WDW and the Bahamas this coming weekend and next week! ~Meredith ºoº

Our Day at Castaway Cay

I’ve cruised many times, and been to several Caribbean destinations. Hands down, my favorite port of call will forever be Castaway Cay (pronounced “key”), Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. This island destination is only for Disney Cruise Line guests traveling on the Bahama or Caribbean cruise itineraries. The island is just 3 miles long, but has tons of fun things for guests to enjoy on the island. Whether you are seeking active adventures or would prefer to sunbathe and relax, there is something for everyone!

Here are just a few things you can find on Castaway Cay:

  • Castaway Family Beach (for families) and Serenity Bay Beach (for adults). Both beaches have plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas and amazing views. You can also grab wagons and beach accessible wheel chairs for free right when you get off the tram for use on the island. 
  • Private cabanas available for rental
  • 2 Water Play Areas: Pelican Plunge and Spring-a-Leak. Both areas are so much fun!
  • The Hide Out, a teens-only activity area on the beach
  • 3 restaurants to choose from: Cookies BBQ, Cookies Too BBQ, and an adults only option on Serenity Bay. You can choose from BBQ, hamburgers, chicken, veggie burgers, and all the trimmings and sides you could imagine. And unlimited ice cream! The food was delicious! There are also fountain drinks that you have access to all day next to the ice cream area. 
  • Castaway Cay 5k race, complete with medals for people who enter. And don’t worry, this is a fun event!
  • Tubes, floats and water sports, including swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and more! My husband and oldest son rented snorkles and had a blast!
  • 2 shops featuring exclusive Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs
  • Open-air massages with an ocean view, a yoga class and a bar at the secluded, adults-only beach, Serenity Bay
  • Port Adventures for everyone in the family, including stingray interactions, glass-bottom boat tours, parasailing and fishing. We rented bicycles and enjoyed riding around the island at our leisure. There is so much to see, and a bicycle was such a fun way to explore. And if you are traveling with little kids, they have bicycles with seat for kids. There are also lots of water coolers stationed around the island for bikers, walkers or joggers. Gotta stay hydrated, cause it’s H-O-T!
  • Free childcare at Scuttle’s Cove, a children’s area supervised by Disney counselors
  • Disney Character Meet and GreetsCastaway Cay was a little piece of paradise. I had to drag myself back on the ship because honestly, it was exactly what I had been dreaming of when we planned our Disney cruise. We can’t wait to go back! Have you been to Castaway Cay? If so, what was your favorite thing? If you haven’t been, what would you love about a visit to this island paradise? Let’s chat in the comments! ~Amy ºoº

A Dream Come True Aboard the Disney Dream

It seems like ages ago, but it was only actually back in September, my family took our first Disney cruise aboard the Disney Dream cruise ship. We were on one of the Halloween on the High Seas sailings, and let me tell you, it was incredible! From the moment we set foot on the ship to the moment we sadly disembarked, the crew of the Disney Dream was incredible. Because there is so much I want to share with you, I’m going to break this into a few posts so it won’t be too much to handle. First up, I’m going to show you around our stateroom. We were in a Deluxe Verandah room. It was our first time staying in a cruise stateroom with a balcony, and it was amazing. We loved it. And if you are traveling with little kids, no worries about the balcony. The doors are super heavy, and they actually have a second lock at the very top of the door if you want to make sure your kids can’t get out of the room alone.

Many of the Disney staterooms have 2 bathrooms. One bathroom with a toilet and sink, and the other bathroom with a tub/shower and sink. It was super helpful for getting everyone ready!

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Couch during the day

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Couch makes down into a bed, and a bunk pulls down at night. Great use of space!

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Our balcony had 2 chairs and a table, and was perfect for enjoying the view!
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A huge thing to do on Disney Cruises is to decorate your door your magnets. So much fun! Also pictured is our Fish Extender that hung outside the room. 

Next up: A few shots around the ship
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Goofy Golf was so much fun! 
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The AquaDuck at night
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imageMosaic tiles scenes from Finding Nemo in Cabanas.

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We watched Inside Out in the Buena Vista theater. image

Who can watch a movie without hot popcorn?!?

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Amazing details on the Dream. Such a beautiful ship!

imageimageHalloween on the High Seas pumpkin decoration. Super cute!
imageMy boys, Tigger and Roo, with Captain Donald!
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Nemo’s Reef splashpad for kids. Super cute!

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Super fun slide for the kiddos!

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Outdoor shower by the pool area

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Funnel Vision for movies and shows

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The infamous AquaDuck. So much fun!imageimage

Goofy’s basketball court, complete with net around it, so the basketballs don’t bounce overboard!imageMickey’s pool

I took close to 500 pictures on our cruise. It was amazing, but honestly, a picture doesn’t come close to how beautiful it was. We can’t wait to go again! Join me tomorrow for more cruise fun when I show you around Castaway Cay! ~Amy ºoº

News for 10.27.15

Hey everyone!! It’s time for your weekly Disney news roundup!

 

•Hey Amy, this one’s for you! There’s a new game out called Disney’s Dream Sweets and just might make fans of candy crush drool. This game had me, (obviously a big Disney parks fan if I’ve been blogging about them for over 2 yrs lol) from the opening screen! You get to customize the game to your family and the levels are various restaurants around the world. And I don’t mean just around WDW, since some refer to it as such, I mean the entire world! There are levels from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris. And since I’ve only play around 22 levels, I can only assume that in the following 108 levels we’ll visit more Disney destinations. My girls loved the customization part too. And the animation of them eating the treat once they make the correct amount of matches is quite funny. “Hahahaha! Mommy, Daddy just ate 9 Dole Whips!!” Lots of fun for kiddos!  Check it out here. Or better yet, just go download it here (ios) or here (droid).

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•Starting November 27, you will be able to experience the holidays around the world in Epcot’s World Showcase. This event looks like something you won’t want to miss if you’re vacationing during its run. There will be lots to choose from including live music and opportunities to learn and experience how different cultures celebrate their holidays.

 

•Okay, so I don’t wanna sound crazy but this one is KIND OF a big deal. You can now visit the Retail MagicBand on Demand store to create your own custom magic bands! They’ve even got the most desirous yet elusive purple magic band! Check this post out for all the details.

 

 

• The Grand Floridian’s Victoria and Albert’s restaurant placed 6th in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveler’s Choice awards.

 

 

•Pretty sure I’m most excited about this one: The Disney Cruise Line has just released a little bit about the Disney Infinity experience that they’re premiered yesterday aboard the Disney Dream. I know for a fact my kids are going to LOVE standing on a huge infinity base and becoming a real infinity character! And the fact that you get to download all of the exclusive content (including custom toy boxes you make while onboard) is the best part!! SO very cool!

 

•Speaking of the cruise line, the DCL blog released special rates for military personnel today!

 

•Chef Rick Bayless to Open Frontera Fresco Restaurant at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

•Now that you’re done with the news, why not take a crack at the parks blog’s quiz:

 

I think that’s about it for this week. Stay tuned for more fun this week including some glow in the dark nails and a fun Disney countdown calendar! ~Meredith ºoº