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Disembarking from the Disney Dream
The last morning on board the ship was bittersweet. On one hand, I was just getting used to the cruising life and could have stayed for a few more days. On the other hand, I couldn’t wait to set my feet on dry ground and be able to call home and check in with my kids!
We could have eaten breakfast at Royal Palace, but the seat time ticket they gave to us was later than would fit into our schedule. So, we ended up heading up to Cabana’s for one last round at the buffet.
Afterwards, it was time for us to leave the ship, pick up our bags, and head through customs. Having gone through customs after two trips to Vietnam, I have to say that this was a much simpler process! It really took just a few minutes and we were ready to head to the buses.
The good news is that we were the first two people on board the bus for Pop Century. The bad news is that we sat through most of Finding Nemo while waiting for the bus to fill up and leave! Oh well, at least there was good entertainment!
Back at Pop Century
As with the first night of our trip, we had arranged to stay on Disney property at the Pop Century Resort. (I was trying to save us a bit of money by booking at a Value Resort, but I’ve come to realize that I really don’t enjoy the Value Resorts at all. They do not offer the same quality as the Moderate and Deluxe Resorts do, and they are way too visually stimulating. It’s hard to relax there! But that’s a story for another post.)
We got to the resort, checked our bags outside (because we were too early for regular check-in), and immediately headed to the bus stop to spend some time at the Magic Kingdom.
On a Snack Mission
I really didn’t have many expectations for our time at the Magic Kingdom, other than I knew that it was going to be a day of snacking (and no real meals), since there were several snacks I wanted to try and I knew we’d be having a big dinner at ‘Ohana later that evening.
It’s a good thing my expectations weren’t set too high because the park was unusually packed! We’ve been to Disney over this same week various times in the past, and the crowds have always been light. Not so this time! I’m not sure what was going on, but it was wall-to-wall people in the park. You know it’s a busy day at the Magic Kingdom when there’s a long line for the People Mover! We did get to go in the Haunted Mansion and the Carousel of Progress (two favorites!), as well as the Hall of Presidents. But, otherwise, I wasn’t willing to stand in lines and wait.
Anyway, I did get to try some snacks . . .
First,we tried the Pork BBQ Waffle Fries from the Golden Oak Outpost. I have been seeing pictures of these all over Facebook for awhile now, but we never seem to hit the park on a day when it’s open. This time, it was! So we grabbed an order to share.
Second, we grabbed a bag of Caramel Corn from Dumbo Delights, over in Fantasyland. While I’m not a huge fan of popcorn, I do like Caramel Corn. Karamel Kuche definitely brags the best Caramel Corn on Disney property, but this is a good second. We sat outside the store, enjoying the popcorn and the people watching!
What I really, really wanted to try was the Cheeseburger Eggrolls. But, no matter how many times we looked around Adventureland (which was where I was sure they were located), we couldn’t find them.
So, I finally gave up and got my Dole Whip Float. Brian went in search of a soft pretzel and came back to tell me that all he say was eggrolls. What?! Well, I already had my Dole Whip, so I gave up on the eggrolls for this time (but I definitely plan to try them when I’m back this fall!)
Later in the afternoon, Brian was acting VERY tired, so I insisted we stop at Starbuck’s, where he got a hot tea and I got a Caramel Frappuccino.
Our Anniversary Dinner
We eventually decided it was time to give up on the crowded park and head back to Pop to check out our room and get ready for supper.
I had made an 8:15 reservation at ‘Ohana, Brian’s favorite restaurant. We’ve always enjoyed this restaurant, but I’ve read so many mixed reviews on it lately, that I wasn’t sure if it would still be as good. It was! We enjoyed every single bite of it. (My absolute favorite part is the noodles!)
We were not seated by the windows, but rather against the wall opposite the windows. However, we could see the fireworks over Cinderella Castle quite clearly from there. It was a perfect ending to a lovely vacation.
And just like that . . .
Our anniversary cruise/trip had pretty much come to an end. We got up the next morning and hung out at Pop Century ’til our bus came to take us back to the airport.
Will we cruise again?
Yes, I think so. After being removed for it a few weeks, and being able to process the whole thing, we both agree that it was a lovely, relaxing vacation and we’ll definitely do it again if the opportunity presents itself!
If you missed the first 5 posts in this series, be sure to check them out:
- First Impressions of the Disney Cruise Line
- Our First Disney Cruise Trip Report – Day 1
- Our First Disney Cruise Trip Report – Day 2
- Our First Disney Cruise Trip Report – Day 3
- Our First Disney Cruise Trip Report – Day 4