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  • On Dec 20, 2010
    Dione from CO Asked

    We have a Disney Cruise planned for May 2011 on the Dream. We LOVE DW and I am just wondering if the cruise is as magical as Disney World? I know that seems like a silly question, but we are trying to decide if we should book a few extra days at DW.

    Hi Dione,

    This is a great question! To answer this, I looked back to what makes a WDW vacation special for me - and the things that top my list are service, entertainment, magic, style/themeing, safety, and family-friendly fun.  A Disney Cruise embodies all of these things - and expands on them.  I always like to say that if you can imagine all of the fun, food, excitement, service and style you find at the Disney Parks, without having to make dinner reservations, figure out transportation schedules, wait for busses, carry day bags, and decipher park maps - you're ready to cruise.  Add to that the fact that you'll have your beds made and turned down each day, there will be a huge variety of fresh food available all the time - and I think it's pretty easy to convince yourself to try a cruise.  

    Now one of the best things about a Disney vacation is the amazing cast members - on a Disney Cruise the cast makes a great effort to get to know you and your family - and I think this is what can really set the cruise apart.  For instance on one of our voyages, my son was in a ranch-dressing phase - and by the second night the servers automatically were bringing ranch-dressing to our table.

    The entertainment and character interaction can be a major part of a Disney Parks vacation - and this is something that has carried over beautifully onto the cruise line.  The entertainment is top notch Broadway-style productions that leave my entire family mesmerized.  There are a lot of character interaction opportunities, and I have found that I am much more likely to "bump into" a character unexpectedly on the cruise than anywhere else.

    Now if you've got a little extra time at the end of your vacation, I would never pass up an opportunity to spend a few days at the parks!
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Meet the Panelist: Karen, New Hampshire

Ahoy matey!  My name is Karen and if there is such a person as the all-American Disney Mom, I'm it. I am a proud card-carrying member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Karen

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