I cannot complain too much though, we did manage to add a few Disney days in to the first half of the month - The best being, our pass holder preview of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street in Disney's California Adventure. All I can say is WOW!!!! No expense was spared to make both of these additions absolutely amazing. I would love to be a Disney buyer for the antiques and fixtures that they scatter around the interiors of their period pieces. Here are a few pictures from the preview and subsequent visits.
Then there is the family vacation. We headed to Florida to see a few things before climbing on Disney's Fantasy (their latest cruise ship) for a week in the western Caribbean. I know we are big Disney people but we had to hit the Wizzarding World of Harry Potter while in Orlando. Way too big a fan of the books to miss that opportunity. Wow. Just watched one of the movies again and stopped at one of the Hogsmead scenes. The park was amazingly accurate to the movie set. Nicely done. Butter Beer was delicious! But a hint to anyone who hasn't gone yet --- go to the Three Broomsticks for lunch and get the BB there, rather than stand in the VERY long lines outside at the "wagons".
|Butter Beer foam mustache.|
|6 foot "watch dog" security system around Cape Canaveral.|
|Artwork is found all around the ship. This was at the landing between two floors in the forward staircase.|
We visited Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands -
|Leaf Cutter Ants, carrying their leafy finds back to the nest.|
And of course, Castaway Cay (Disney's Island, in the Bahamas) -
|Adult beach, off the beaten path.|
|The inlet we went kayaking in. It is only a few feet deep. Clear, blue water. Lots of things to see down below - including a ray, conch, upside down jellys, and two six-foot nurse sharks.|
Castaway is a beautiful little island. Since only those sailing with Disney are on the island it makes it all the more special. There are beaches for families, adults, and teens. Rent bikes, hike, snorkel, para sail, or tour the island on a glass bottom boat.
So sad to have to say good-bye to the ship and come back to reality ---but it was fun. I will share some of my Visual Journal pages in another post.