Beach Trip 2012: Part 3

 

We left off part 2 of the trip after our amazingly fun day relaxing at the beach and playing some volleyball. Unfortunately, we had to be up bright and early Monday morning so Bobby could be at his conference for 8:00. We ate breakfast together before he left, and then I gathered my things and headed down to the pool. It opened at 8:00, so i was literally the first one down there. Here is what was behind me and the pool.

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It was nice and quiet and I obviously had my pick of the chairs. I settled in and started reading my book, it was glorious.  There was a swim behind waterfall at the pool as well. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the sound of water. Whether it be waves, a fountain or the rain, I just find it so soothing.

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I alternated between laying on my chair and dipping into the pool because it got very hot very quickly.

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After about three hours, I decided to head back up to the condo and take a shower before Bobby got back from his conference. I was getting hungry for lunch and I made us sandwiches for when he returned. We spent the afternoon just hanging out in the condo, reading, watching TV, and being bums. It was awesome. We did however decide to head over to the Baytowne Wharf for dinner and to walk around.

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For those not familiar with Sandestin, it’s huge, and on the bay side is this well, village, for lack of a better term. Condos, homes, shops, restaurants, all within walking distance. There are fun things for kids and families alike, and we had a good time just walking around.

We settled on a restaurant overlooking the water with a live band playing.

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There was a nice breeze off the water so it wasn’t hot at all. Not to mention there were some scary dark clouds overhead! We enjoyed our food, and then went for a walk down the pier right outside the restaurant. You could see the marina, and there were some big boats!

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We walked around the village for awhile, watching the kids, checking out the shops, and enjoying ourselves. Bobby even got a funnel cake.

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Those of you familiar with Disney, this area reminded me of the Boardwalk resort area. Smile

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There was even a magic show going on

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This is getting lengthy, more coming up on the next beach post!

On the workout front, I completed day one of the Best Body Bootcamp yesterday, and wow were my arms jello! It was an upper body workout, so it didn’t bother my foot any which was helpful. I can’t wait for more! It’s going to be a fun 8 weeks!

QOTD: Are you a beach person or a mountain person? Or both?

Beach Trip 2012 Part 2

 

If you missed part one of our beach trip, be sure to read it first then come back for today’s post.

I left off after our first night at the beach. We woke up Sunday morning excited for an entire day of fun in the sun and the sand. We ate breakfast out on the patio, and then lathered up the sunscreen, gathered up all our stuff, and headed down to the beach.  We got there early so we got a good spot in the sand with our trusty tent.

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The water was so clear and beautiful, no seaweed or jellyfish in site! I have gone on beach trips before where I refuse to get in the water because of this. Also, can’t beat the sugar white sands of Florida. Aaaahhh.

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I’m saying “I’m smiling but this water is freezing!”

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We did the obligatory beach things like go for a walk, read, play in the water, etc. Bobby even took a nap in the shade of our tent.

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After awhile, I looked around and realized the people were closing in. we started the day with no one around, but by lunchtime the beach was getting quite crowded.

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Luckily, I brought turkey sandwiches, plenty of drinks and snacks with me in our cooler, so we were well fed and didn’t have to leave the beach. A bit after lunch, we saw some guys playing volleyball at one of the nets so we decided to go scope it out. The group of guys turned out to be super nice and were in town for a bachelor weekend. We picked up on the next game and ended up having a blast and then soon some others joined in with us and we ended up playing for FOUR HOURS! We played until I literally was so tired I couldn’t even get my serve over the net and we all called it a day. We were exhausted. It was one of those exhaustions where you just want a shower and a comfy bed and some ibuprofen because you just KNOW every muscle in your body is going to be sore the next day. it. was. glorious.

Instead of going out to dinner we decided to make this our cook in the condo night, we were way to tired to care. Poor Bobby was really sunburned, but I faired well and was just slightly pink in a couple spots. We cooked tacos and sat in front of the TV watching endless episodes of Law and Order: SVU for the rest of the night. Aren’t we an exciting young couple? Oh ya! But me, I loved it. It was the perfect end to the perfect day.

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QOTD: Do you always eat out on vacation or do you try to do some of your own cooking as well?

Beach Trip 2012 Part 1

 

I’m bbaaaccckkk! Wow that trip flew by. Wasn’t I just packing? Did we just book it? So crazy to me! Anyway, I know I still have more to go on sharing photos from my Disney vacation, but I wanted to jump in and share a couple beach posts while it was still fresh in my mind. You know, since I’m getting older tomorrow and all.

We finally made it to Destin on Saturday after driving through more traffic than I think I have ever been in. I drove the whole way, and first we were stopped almost an hour in Mobile. After detouring in a bad part of town, getting lost, and almost running out of gas, we finally made it through the traffic. Just to find more the last hour into Destin…which should have taken 20 minutes. I was having some serious road rage issues by the time we got there and was ready to get out of the car and enjoy a pleasant vacation at the Sandestin resort. Well things didn’t exactly get off on the right foot. Check in was at 4:00, and we arrived a minute or so before 5:00 to be greeted with a line of people waiting at the front desk, seven people long!!! After waiting in traffic for hours I was not in the mood. We finally get to the front to discover our room was not ready. First impressions mean a LOT to me and so far this place that we heard awesome things about was not doing so hot. All I wanted to do was get to our room and relax! (Thankfully this was the only major thing that happened and we truly enjoyed our stay at Sandestin!)

About 15 minutes later we got a call our room was ready. We had to hunt down a luggage cart and finally made it up to our room. We usually stay at the complex next door right on the beach, but they only have two bedroom condos. Since it was just me and Bobby this year, we did need two bedrooms obviously, and since the conference was at Sandestin we decided to just stay on property a bit back from the beach in the Luau building. We were on the 12th floor, and when we got the cart up to the room, it wouldn’t fit through the door! So I am holding a ton of stuff in my hands and Bobby has the cart in the doorway trying to unload it so we can get our stuff inside. Let’s just say I was in a slightly foul mood by this point.

Our beautiful condo and panoramic views made up for it though, check it out.

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We also had a view of the bay on the other side. Surrounded by water!

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I spy the beach

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The condo had two bathrooms, a full kitchen and washer and dryer

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and a wrap around balcony

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Lots of space! Luau is the newest condo at Sandestin, and it was built in 2006. There are two towers and they share a really nice pool, and a sunset observation deck which I will show you more of later.

By time we got settled in, I was starving. it was getting late and we knew most of the local places would be packed, so we opted for an old standby, the place where Bobby took me last year on my actual birthday, McAlisters. Winking smile We ate, went to the grocery store to stock up on a few items, and then headed back to the condo for bedtime. We had a full day at the beach ahead of us!

QOTD: How do you handle driving in traffic? Do you have road rage or do you stay calm?

Cruise on the Magic Part 5: Castaway Cay

Happy 4th of July! I am so blessed and honored to live in America, and am thankful for those past and present who have fought to protect our freedoms!

Check out my earlier installments of the cruise before reading this one!

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We woke up very excited about this day, we were going to Castaway Cay! For those of you who don’t know about my husband and I’s obsession with Castaway Cay, here are a few posts you may want to read:

Castaway Cay 5k Take Two

Castaway Cay 5k

Disney Dream part 2

Disney Dream part 5

1st stop castaway cay

More of Castaway Cay day 1

Castaway Cay take 3

Get the idea? Anyway, because of our deep love the the island, we decided NOT to run the Castaway Cay 5k again. here’s why. I literally had just ran the race 5 weeks prior, and was totally cool not doing it again. Bobby didn’t care, he just wanted to be on the island. Also, it was very hot and I struggled 5 weeks prior due to my motion sickness patch, which I had on again and didn’t want to get dizzy like last time. We like to have as much time as possible and we love being the first ones out to the adult beach to get the best chairs and one of the coveted hammocks.

We watched us pull in from our verandah, it was really cool to see how everyone scurried around getting the boat tied off, and getting supplies on the island etc. before they let the passengers off.

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As soon as we got the all clear to disembark, we headed to the gangway and were back in our favorite place on earth.

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We hopped on the tram excited for a full day of relaxing fun in the sun. We switched trams to go to the adults only beach, serenity bay. I tell you no lie when I say we were LITERALLY the first people of the cruise to step foot on our beloved Serenity Bay, and it was fabulous. We have been the first one other time before and I just love those early morning few quiet minutes before it gets full of people.

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This is the life

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After awhile Bobby put on his goggles and headed out into the water, and I stole his hammock.

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Bobby made a friend (don’t worry he put him back in the water!)

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The sun was quite bright, so I found it necessary for my awesome hat to make a reappearance.

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After lunch and more relaxing, we decided to head to the family beach so bobby could do some looking around underwater at some of the statues and things. We have never been to the family beach, and since it was about 2:30ish, it was already starting to empty out. We found some chairs/umbrellas in a quiet area and Bobby took off towards the water.

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I may or may not have instantly fallen asleep for about 45 minutes. Bobby came back in from the water and we sat for a bit before decided to head back. Always the saddest part of the trip for me, walking back to the ship at the end of Castaway Cay day.

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Pulling away from the island

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bye bye. Sad smile

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The best part of the cruise is over, but the trip was NOT over. We still have more of our vacation to go so I have plenty more to share with you!

QOTD: What is your favorite beach activity? Reading? sitting in the sun? playing in the water?

Cruise on the Magic Part 4: Pirate Night

 

AAARRRGGHHH! We left off with part three at pirate night aboard the Disney Magic.

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hehe.

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Dinner was at Parrot Cay again, with a pirate menu of course.

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The food had a Caribbean flare, and after we were done with dessert we headed up on deck for the party.

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The actual party itself is more geared towards kids, we walked around another part of the ship and then waited for Mickey to come in and save the ship from those blasted pirates!

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Then, it was time for fireworks at sea! Being the smart kids that we are, we had already positioned ourselves on the correct side of the ship at the railing for the best viewing.

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Right as the fireworks were ending we did something else because we are veteran Disney cruisers and smart kiddos…we started heading down a deck to the pirate buffet! (Like we hadn’t eaten enough at dinner!) Bobby loves this part most because they have whole turkey legs like you can buy in the park, of course these are included in the price of your cruise!

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There were two different stretches of tables, one of “real food” and one of desserts. They had tacos, crepes, turket legs, fruit, cake, chili, it was wonderful.

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We took our plates back to the adult section and found a table. They had started playing one of the Pirate’s in the Carribean movies on the big screen outside at the family pool and it was loud and very busy over there with all the tables set up. Word of advice, don’t wait until the fireworks are over to get in line. The lines got SO LONG, SO FAST. When I was on the Fantasy they had the buffet in Cabanas where they have buffets every day so it wasn’t bad, but on the Magic and Wonder they have had them on the pool deck and it’s chaos.

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The happy boy with his turkey leg

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We waddled back to our rooms with very full bellies. Why do they make Pirate night right before Castaway Cay day when everyone will be in their swimsuits? I was feeling QUITE bloated the next day! My next installment will be Castaway Cay day!

Remember, I am a Disney travel planner. I have been on all four Disney Ships and would love to help plan your next vacation! It is no additional cost to you to have me book for you! e mail me at [email protected] for more details.

QOTD: When heading for a buffet such as this, would you head to the “real food” table first or the “dessert” table?

Wine and Dine Coast to Coast

 

So I did something a little wild yesterday….I signed Bobby and I up for Disney’s Wine and Dine half marathon! If you will remember, I ran this race last year and worked the expo for Running Skirts. I had a blast the whole weekend, and I also ran the Halloween 5k.

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As fate would have it, Bobby and I will already be in WDW with my parents and were departing for home TWO DAYS before the race. It really stressed me out that we would be there so close to the race but not get to run it. Especially when it would be Bobby’s only chance to get his coast to coast medal. (I will be getting mine in Disneyland because I ran Princess.)

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So, Bobby and I decided to stretch our trip out by a couple of days so that we can run the race. We will be staying at Port Orleans Riverside (my favorite moderate) in the new royal rooms! I am SO EXCITED! One of my favorite resorts with ROYAL decor? Yes please!

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This is going to be a very laid back trip, hanging at the resort and running the race. I am all for it! Last year, while we had a BLAST taking photos with every single character, it took us awhile and we got to the post race party a little late and didn’t have a lot of time do do things, so this year I plan to hurry us along a bit more (while still having fun of course!) so we can enjoy the after party as well. Don’t forget, this race doesn’t start till 10:00 at night, and you can still register! Hurry while there are still sports left!

Remember, I can take the stress out of booking for you, at no extra cost to you! I also know how to get you the best deal for your stay. E-mail me at [email protected] for details, and join my Facebook Fan page for Travel With the Magic for Disney photos, updates, and discounts

QOTD: Would you stay in a royal room? Have you run Wine and Dine or would you like to?

Cruise on the Magic Part 3

 

Ok so We left off with Key West’s sunset, and I realized my post was getting a bit too long. Let’s pick up with dinner that night:

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We saw captain Mickey in the lobby

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Dinner was great, not sure why I didn’t take photos of the restaurant. But I do have dessert!

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The next day was sea day. We hit up the sit down breakfast before heading to the pool. We relaed a better part of the morning, then decided to do sit down lunch. I wanted an ice cream mickey for dessert and the server asked if I wanted minnie or mickey, I said surprsie me. here is my “mini mouse” bar. Oh dear. The spelling.

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That afternoon we hung out around the ship, watched movies, went to the gym, and relaxed. It was glorious.  Dinner was semi formal, so we got all gussied up for the occasion.

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We were in Animator’s Palate for the evening.

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Dinner was great as usual, and we were tuckered out from all the sun so we headed to bed shortly after.

The next day was Nassau day. We have been here twice before, so we really had no desire to get off the ship. We woke up to this outside our balcony:

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aaannddd this was on the other side of us:

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Hello Disney Dream! This was our view from our pool chairs all morning! I was on the Dream last summer, so it was weird being on the Magic and looking over at her! After some relaxing at the pool we decided to go up a deck and get some shots of the Dream next to us in the port, and some higher up shots of Nassau..

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Another relaxing day complete. When we left the port, we soon realized we were right alongside the Dream. This was Deja vu for me because this happened when I was on the Fantasy in March!

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That night was pirate night, but I will save the photos for the next installment!

QOTD: Wen you cruise do you always get off at every port?

You Can Fly!

 

Did you know that registration for the Tinkerbell half marathon opened yesterday? That’s right, the 2nd annual race in Disneyland is back on again! I would SO love to run this race. If only money grew on trees and I could make it out to California for it. Looks like a BLAST!

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Here are some deets:

-Nearly 20k people are anticipated to sign up!

-you can register at runDisney.com

-This fun weekend is slated for January 18-20, 2013

-The half marathon runs through Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park – including the new Cars Land – and the streets of Anaheim. The half marathon course will include music, entertainment and Disney characters at various junctures as well as runners in colorful Tinker Bell costumes. Runners who finish the half marathon will receive a Tinker Bell medal with its own set of wings.

-The race weekend, hosted by Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim, features a variety of events, including The Never Land Family Fun 5K and the runDisney Kids’ races on Saturday (Jan. 19), and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon on Sunday (Jan. 20). There will also be a health and fitness expo Friday and Saturday (Jan. 18-19) showcasing the latest running merchandise, as well as guest speakers – all geared toward women.

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I am all about bling and I LOVE this metal! Hopefully I will get one someday! What are you waiting for? Sign up now! Prices increase mid July!

Speaking of price increase, the marathon weekend price increase for those races June June 19th, and Goody is already 72% full, and the marathon is 53% full. (Interested in more info on the full, check out my post revealing the new course for the special 20th anniversary run!)

More exciting news, registration for Disney’s Princess half marathon opens JULY 10th!!!

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Guess what? I will be hosting a discounted room block for the Princess half race, just like I am for marathon weekend (I still have plenty of rooms available for the marathon weekend room block! contact me for more info at [email protected], great rates!!!)

No matter what runDisney race you choose to run, you will NOT be disappointed. Feel free to contact me for more details on any runDisney race!

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QOTD: What runDisney race is your favorite (or would you like to run) and why?

*Don’t forget to joint he Under Armour What’s Beautiful challenge and enter to win a $500 gift card!

*Registration for Healthy Living Summit opened last night! I am one of the speakers, I can’t wait! Have you registered?

Cruise on the Magic Part 2

We made it over the hill and are headed down to the weekend on this Thursday morning. This week is flying by, I am still in awe that it’s June and we are starting the 7th day of it already!! I am a little behind on my vacation posts, so I thought today was as good a day as any!

Be sure to check out the first installment of our cruise before continuing on.

We woke up the next morning still sailing towards Key West. We had Palo brunch, so we didn’t eat breakfast. If you have never had the opportunity to do Palo brunch, you are missing out. It is an amazing buffet and plated adults only meal. So relaxing, and so good! It’s Bobby’s favorite part of the cruise. Please note that it is required for a guy to wear long pants for this brunch. No jeans or shorts allowed.

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We arrived early and were seated immediately. We were introduced to our server who was very nice and did an excellent job.

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Our waiter then brought us to the buffet and showed us all the different tables, and explained how to order the plated food, and then we were let loose.

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I didn’t take photos of all the buffet food this time but you can check out my Palo post from the Dream to see lots of buffet table photos! We also ordered several plated items. I got the buttermilk pancakes

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Bobby ordered FOUR eggs benedict. He says they are the best he’s ever had!

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My favorite, dessert! Cheesecake in a glass, tiramisu, chocolate covered strawberry

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Bobby’s birthday was on the reservation as a celebration for the cruise and they brought him this plate out

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This is our second cruise where we ate Palo brunch on Key west day, and we love it because you get to watch the ship pull in and dock while you eat.

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We went back to our room (more like waddled!) and changed so we could head out and explore. One of the nice things about this trip was that we had no plans. No port adventures, nothing we “had” to do. We have been to Key West before and done all the touristy things, so we just planned to walk around for a bit and then hit up the hopefully deserted pool.

Key West from our room balcony:

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The nice thing about docking in Key West is you can turn your cell phone back on! I was able to call my parents and check on my dogs, text and upload some photos, and check work email.

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These guys are everywhere!

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So, funny story. We walked to the pier and saw this guy fishing. This pelican was standing about eight feet away watching. All of the sudden, the guy gets a tug on his line and the bird starts moving in closer and closer and finally jumps in the water. The guy shoos it away enough to get the fish out of the water, but then decides for whatever reason to give it to the pelican anyway, who promptly put the whole thing in it’s mouth and then had to fight off another pelican trying to steal his fish. It was really comical!

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You can see the fish in his mouth! It was huge but he was determined not to drop it. I kept thinking of Finding Nemo when he tells the fish to get in his mouth and he would save them haha

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After walking in a few shops, we had our fill and decided to go back and try to get a spot at the adult pool. We lucked up, it was deserted! (The below photo is not where we sat, but still a nice view of Key West!)

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Later we went back to the room to try to get some shots of the famous Key West sunset

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I think I managed to get a couple good shots. Smile I shall leave you with that. My next installment will have plenty more photos!

I hope everyone got out and ran yesterday! It wasn’t a run day for me, but I couldn’t help it, I jumped on the treadmill to do a mile after my yoga class!

QOTD: Did you run for National running day? Have you ever been to Key West?

A Sweet Suite

 

If you missed any of my other posts on the Disney Fantasy, you can go to this post and check the old ones out. I promised photos of the most coveted suite on the ship…The Royal suite, so here you have it!

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An unparalleled combination of luxury, personal attention and sophistication come together in our Royal Suites—featuring 1 opulent bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a dining salon, expansive media library, pantry and wet bar. The Art Deco décor incorporates fine artwork, vintage Disney hallmarks, elegant furnishings and signature services to take your cruise to a whole other level.

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n addition to a host of upgraded amenities, a Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah has the following standard features:

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Size: approximately 1781 sq. ft. including verandah
  • Room Configuration: 1 master bedroom with queen-size bed, 1 wall pull-down double bed and 1 wall pull-down single bed in the living room, 2 bathrooms including master with double sinks, rain shower and whirlpool tubs (whirlpool tub is also on the verandah), living room, media library, open dining salon, pantry, wet bar and walk-in closets
  • View: Private verandah with floor-to-ceiling windows in main living space

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this bed pulls down from the wall, with privacy curtain

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your own hot tub, oh yes

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HUGE deck space

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beautiful view all to yourself

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  • 2 LCD 42″ high-definition flat-screen TVs (1 in the living room and 1 in the bedroom)
  • iPod Docking Station
  • In-room safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Phone with voice-mail messaging
  • Individual climate control
  • Couch
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Privacy curtain
  • Dining table

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check out the twinkle star/lights on the ceiling above the tub

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TV in the mirror? Yes please!

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private kitchen

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WOW! This suite is luxurious, but comes at a price. Smile If you are interested in booking a Disney cruise please e mail me at [email protected]. It does not cost you anything to have me plan your magical vacation! You can currently book through the end of 2013, and spaces fill up!

QOTD: What is your favorite thing about this suite?