Our family had an amazing opportunity…we got to meet so many celebrities, eat some deliciously adventurous food, watch Broadway shows with some of our favorite people, and wake up with the fresh sea air every morning. We went on a Disney cruise! We were blown away by the accommodations they made for our little Linden. They paid each and every detail to his needs and nothing was overlooked. Our gang included me, my husband, Linden (of course) and my in-laws. Our group of five were a stellar vacation clan and we had a blast!
We had two next door balcony state rooms towards the aft of the ship. We decided to not get a handicap room as the bathrooms didn’t have a bathtub and parents with a kid with Cerebral Palsy know that a bathtub is crucial. Fortunately Disney has a Special Services department and they take your concerns very seriously. They were able to give me the dimensions of the door and room to ensure his wheelchair would fit. We also requested armed chairs in all dining rooms. They even had special menu items created just for our picky eater each night. For all deck parties and shows they made sure special needs people had the same equal opportunity to prime seats and locations as the rest of the ship. These things and the attention to detail are what made this trip worth every second (and penny).
Linden got to meet some of his favorite characters but was especially smitten with Cinderella. Check out all the pictures.
We had access to room service and unlimited ice cream 24 hours a day. Since we had an early dinner time we often would sit out on our balcony after the Broadway shows under the open sky full of stars and the sound of the ocean late at night and order a late night snack. This is one our families highlights. Linden was able to go back and forth from our room to his grandparents by way of the balcony. Our room steward made sure to have the doors between us open at all times and enough seating and tables for us to enjoy family time each night.
We also had Linden Royal Knighted to fight off the dragons. Throughout the week he insisted he bring his sword and shield everywhere to keep us save. It was so adorable.
The dining staff followed us each night to each grand and unique dining room. They were beautiful. One was themed after Triton, The Little Mermaid’s father. The second was Tiana’s Place from Princess and the Frog. They had live New Orleans music and on many occasions we found ourselves up and dancing around. The last dining room was the most fun. It’s called Animator’s Palate. The walls and drawings came to life throughout your dinner. It was amazing. We were even able to get in on the animation action. We designed some characters and when our dessert arrived so did our animations. This little green guy was Linden’s drawing. It’s dancing across the screen. Way Cool!
We has several stops but our highlight was Castaway Cay. It’s Disney’s private island and it was AMAZING! The sand was soft and golden. The water was gentle and sea-through. We were the only ship there that day so it felt like we owned the island. We built sandcastles, made new friends, enjoyed a daiquiri (or two), and went swimming. My husband went snorkeling and it was unbelievable. We found a sunken Minnie, boat and Dory. We stayed all and and I wished we could have stayed another. It was so peaceful and relaxing and exactly what our family needed. The hustle and bustle of our every day activities with Linden makes the weeks long and exhausting. Although I wouldn’t change our lives for a second, I did enjoy the laid back environment and still dream of being each night.
Linden loved being buried in the sand. As soon as we got close to being done he would just jump out and want us to start all over again. I’m happy we were able to give him this opportunity. We now know he loves the beach and everything it includes.
After our fun filled day we got all cleaned up and prepared for Pirate Night. We all purchased costumes prior to sailing and were ready to mingle pirate style. They had a fantastic show on the deck with all our favorite characters including Captain Jack Sparrow. They ended the show with fireworks. It was a blast.
We had a fantastic time aboard the Disney Wonder for 7 days out of Galveston. This was an amazing experience that our family will cherish for our lifetime. We chose this vacation because of the attention to detail they take on each individual family. They also are very serious about their special needs cruisers and that is what is most important to us. Linden was able to do everything any other child was able to do. I’d like to say we would go on one each year but Disney is not cheap. With the amazing time we had we will definitely be back though.
See ya real soon!