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More characters!

By Tara Zandra | March 22, 2011

Alternate title- Aaaaaah, relaxing.

Tuesday morning was our turn for a character breakfast. We had to be in Parrot Cay at 9:45am. Here’s where a late dinner seating came in handy as it meant a late breakfast seating as well. We had our same dinner servers which made me wonder what kind of hours these poor cast members must work. I assume they get some time off, but it sure doesn’t seem like it!

Breakfast was regular, American breakfast fare but with a dash of our favorite characters. We were visited by Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale, Goofy, and Pluto all dressed in vacation gear. Now, we’ve got some experience with character meals and I would say the characters are the most leisurely at Disneyland. In Disney World, they don’t seem too rushed but they certainly aren’t taking their time. On the cruise, it is apparently the character handler’s mission to get those characters to each table in record time. We, of course, really do just want the picture and aren’t too concerned that we get a very special character interaction each and every time as we can and do see the characters often. But I imagine for some families they wouldn’t be too happy about the rapid nature of the drive-by character sighting.

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After breakfast we went to the family activities again with Deano. Tabitha stayed in the room but the rest of us got to decorate a Disney Cruise Line tote bag with fabric markers. We took turns on different aspects of it and now it sits in our home filled with all the collected confetti from the ship.

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Next the kids went to activities again. Daisy did Hats of to Peter Pan and Tabitha took part in Gender Wars. We all met for a little lunch and then back to the clubs for the kids. Daisy did a Jojo’s Circus activity and then Story Time with Belle while Tabitha joined a Kinect Dance Off followed by Trivia. While both kids were entertained, Chris and I did a behind the scenes adult activity which was a talk by Broadway star Jeanne Lehman. Among a ton of other roles, she played Mrs. Potts on stage and possibly even when Chris and I first saw Beauty and the Beast in LA. She was not only interesting in her talk, but she also sang three songs for us.

Once we had kids again, Tabitha opted to hang out in the room and read while Chris and I took Daisy to the lobby for a Character Dance Party which of course featured our beloved Deano. Mickey and Minnie did a little dance then off they went to be replaced by Pluto and Goofy who actually danced in the middle of all the kids. Daisy grabbed some confetti and declared herself done.

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More club time but this time the kids didn’t have a choice because Mommy and Daddy booked themselves some spa time. Oh yeah! We booked a couples session that was amazingly fabulous and more than a little sensual. We were there almost an hour before our time was up and we walked out of there quite relaxed.

We got the kids back, one of which had a painted face and it was time to get ready for dinner. Before going in to the restaurant, I took some pictures of Tabitha as she looked lovely and I wasn’t getting any pics of her since she wasn’t seeing the characters and was always running off to The Edge.

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We then spent some time character chasing with us splitting up to minimize our time in lines. Despite seeing the characters often at Disneyland, Daisy truly loves them and it was important to her. So we managed to see Daisy Duck, Belle, Ariel, and Cinderella before dinner.

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We dined in Animator’s Palette again but this time it was their show night. The whole restaurant is black and white, but during dinner bursts of color seep in here and there. There are scenes from Disney movies around the restaurant so it was fun to see them in both b&w and color. At the end of the meal, there’s a show of sorts where all the servers disappear and Mickey dressed in his Sorcerer’s Apprentice outfit comes in and leads the festivities. The thing that was funny, to us anyway, was he used the Fantasmic music. Now, I worked umpteen Fantasmic shows back in the day (way back) so that music is forever imprinted on my mind. But it was fun and he was right in front of our table and then all the servers come back and their previously black and white vests are now full color and they go all around the restaurant in a marching formation. As the music climaxes, the restaurant comes alive with color. Simply amazing.

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That was the end, pretty much though I should mention I did order dessert this night. I figured I didn’t want to know how Wayan would react if I didn’t. I chose a Mickey bar off the kids’ menu, but he said he’s bring me a Minnie bar which means it was covered in marshmallows, which I can’t eat, and sprinkles, which I won’t eat. I discreetly shook it all off before digging in.

After dinner, we brieftly stopped for me to take a picture of the girls on the beautiful grand staircase in the lobby and then it was off to bed. We were to have an early morning as were finally getting off the ship. Land Ho!

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One Response to “More characters!”

  1. Mel Says:
    May 24th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Looks like so much fun. I really am enjoying all your cruise updates.

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