Friday, 18 September 2009

Only 1 year, 3 months, 2 weeks and 5 days to go

Things have moved along since I last checked in on that tension-filled day of September 11. I surprised myself by resisting an early morning wake-up to check the new Disney 2011 itineraries. And so it is set. The Disney Wonder will be repositioned to the West Coast which means a Panama Canal cruise! With Los Angeles as its home-base, the Wonder will be cruising Alaska as well as the Mexican Riviera. The Magic appears set to continue its 7 night Caribbean itineraries with a summer break in the Mediterranean. The Dream will have its grand announcement on Oct 29. Why can't they just do it all in one go?!??!?!

Today, the Kohsino frequent flyers met up to discuss our strategy. One of the highlights of the day would have to be finding out that our theme park strategist cum secretary had purchased the newly released 2010 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. I was impressed and secretly (ok so not so secretly) chuffed that he took his assignment so seriously.

Whilst munching through our allowed yearly ration of KFC, we formulated a plan. At 11pm sharp on 28 September (that is when the bookings open), Malcolm will hit the phone while I use my touch typing prowess online to try and secure us 2 interconnecting category 9 rooms on the starboard side mid to aft ship with an over-the-corridor inside Category 11 room. Failing that, we will take whatever we can get. Failing that, we will go on a 7 day Disney eastern Caribbean cruise instead.

Other things that were settled on the day included the fact our dining strategist will research the best lobster buffet available, and resident craft guru will create autograph books for character signings for all the children. My mind is already racing with all the extra door magnets that I have to create. So little time...

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