Disney Dream Bahamas Cruise Trip Report {Day 1}

Way back at the end of Summer in 2013, I was toying around with some ideas for my 30th birthday coming up in January. I really wanted to do a cruise, but just kept talking myself out of it. Finally, that’s what we decided to do once Brett decided we should do a Disney Cruise. We had never done a Disney Cruise before, and we wanted to make sure Trent had enough to do once onboard. We booked it almost immediately after deciding on it and deciding on a room (see the review & photos of our amazing room here).

I found out I was pregnant a few months later and that I would be smack in the middle of my first trimester during the cruise. I had never gotten sick on a cruise before (even though I’ve only been on two before this), nor did I have much morning sickness with Trent…but I was still nervous and a little disappointed at the timing (of the cruise – not the baby). I wanted to take advantage of bringing alcohol on board, or stuffing my face with food without being repulsed by it, or looking hot in a bikini! But, we were going to make the best of it and see it how it goes. I mean, a vacation is better than working, right?

Of course, no trip to central Florida is complete without at least one day at Walt Disney World…and heck, why not two? Our cruise was 4 nights and we added 2 nights at the Contemporary Resort prior to the cruise. So this trip will start with our first 2 days at WDW and then our 5 day cruise onboard the lovely Disney Dream.


Day 1

On Friday, we woke up at 5am and left at 6am. Don’t even ask how we did it. We never leave on time. Ever. But today we did, so I guess I can’t say that any longer. Our goal was to swiftly take Trent from the bed to the car seat and have him sleep for a few more hours while we were on the road.

HA! Yeah right.

He woke up immediately and there were no signs of an immediate return to sleep. We visited the McDonald’s drive-thru (we’re fancy eaters…) for breakfast. Trent started eating my hash brown and since that’s my favorite part of breakfast, we had to swing through the other McDonald’s that we pass before getting on the Interstate so I could get another one. Two trips to McDonald’s within 5 minutes…I am ashamed.

Getting SunPass for tolls a few years ago….best decision ever. We get to fly right by without having to slow down, wait in line or find change.


Then it was time for the most beautiful sight…


We made pretty good timing and arrived at the Contemporary Resort at 9:45am. I had forgotten that the resort and express monorails were going through an upgrade and were not operational from 11:30 am-7pm. At first, I was pissed that I just paid an extra $150 a night for a convenience that wouldn’t be available, but then realized it only affected us today and not tomorrow, so I calmed down…a little. Shockingly enough, our room was ready, so we had a cast member bring our luggage to our room and got ready to quickly catch the resort monorail to take us to the TTC to transfer to the Epcot monorail.

Our first stop was The Seas with Nemo & Friends. The sign said the wait was only 5 minutes, but we were in line almost outside of the building and wasn’t moving, so we just decided to leave the line and go in the other entrance. Time to look at some fishies!

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A little bit about Trent at this age: he doesn’t want to be held, he wants to do everything himself (even if he doesn’t know how to do it) and will scream bloody murder if you take him away from something he is enjoying.

After we looked at the fish for a while, it was time to move onto something else…but not for Trent. When he realized I was leading him to the exit, he started to flip out. Oh boy, it was our first attraction and we were in trouble. I started bouncing him around like a maniac and he started laughing and forgot about what was happening. Mommy=1, Trent=0.

We started to head towards World Showcase, but not before Brett took advantage of a stopped monorail above the upward spraying fountain.

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Our first stop in World showcase was the Canada Pavilion. Brett spent quite a bit of time here taking photos…it’s a very scenic area.

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Where’s Mommy and Trent? Can you see us?

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This area is never crowded…even with the beautiful fountain towards the back. It’s a great place to relax or enjoy some snacks.

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I went ahead and left Brett in Canada while I headed to the United Kingdom pavilion to grab some lunch… fish & chips!

While we were eating, Brett joined us…along with plenty of birds and ducks trying to taste our delicious food. Animals in WDW are not afraid of anything…they were literally inches from us, just waiting for something to fall or be given to them. They must know how toddlers work.

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Continuing on to the France Pavilion, I took a risk and sat by the fountain to get a good photo. Trent wanted to dive in head first. That boy loves the water.

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In the Moroccan pavilion, we took a peek at the new Spice Road Table. They have lots of outdoor seating with a wonderful view of World Showcase Lagoon.

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A table by the edge would be a great spot to enjoy some dinner/dessert and watch Illuminations!

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I can’t even remember if they were actually open yet or not, but there probably wouldn’t have been anyone out there because of how unbelievably cold it was.

Oh yeah…I don’t think I’ve mentioned just how cold it was this day. Just look at Trent with a thick hat on that covers his ears, a long sleeve shirt, a jacket and blanket. His hands were cold, but he didn’t want to wear gloves. I have never been at WDW this cold. Now I know why I don’t go for my birthday. 🙁

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Time for another game…where’s Mommy and Trent?

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You may notice that many of these photos have a different look to them than you’re used to seeing here…that’s because Brett rented a tilt-shift lens from Borrow Lenses and wanted to use it as much as possible. Trent and I did our own thing quite a bit while at WDW this trip so Brett could take photos. I didn’t mind, as I wasn’t always feeling great because of the “morning” sickness, so it was nice to just stroll around and relax with Trent.

Plus, the result is a bunch of beautiful photos to enjoy!

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Trent fell asleep in the stroller, so while Brett wandered through the China pavilion to take photos, I set us up a nice little spot on a bench to relax and soak in some warmth from the sunlight.

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I wanted a snack, so when we started walking again, I grabbed an order of egg roles from the counter in China. They were ok, but not something I would go out of my way to get again.

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Even the Jammitors were bundled up!!

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We headed out of Epcot and took the monorail back to the TTC.

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Since neither the Express or Resort monorail was running at the time due to maintenance, we had to take the ferry. We have been taking the ferry for the most part these last few trips because it is a more scenic route, however, I would have definitely preferred the monorail this time…the wind chill was almost unbearable…so cold.

I occupied my almost frozen brain with laughing at this sign I saw on the ferry. It just doesn’t look right. Sorry.


We went to Dumbo first. Figures that there was basically no line when we got there, but by the time we were done letting Trent play, there was a long line! Oh well, it’s worth it because he really enjoys the little fire truck in the center of the play area.

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It was a cold cold ride on Dumbo!

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I don’t even know what I was doing in this next photo..maybe telepathically telling Brett how cold I was. Yeah, that’s it.

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Have you ever noticed the sidewalk outside of Dumbo? It has little peanuts! Disney puts so much attention to detail, I just love little things like this.

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We tried to do a little recreation of Trent’s photo outside of Dumbo during his first Disney trip, but it was just too sunny that he could barely open his eyes!

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Next up was possibly the longest I’ve ever been on It’s a Small World. The boats got extremely backed up and we were hardly moving. Sure, a slowed down ride = more time for Brett to take photos, but that also means Lynn slowly going insane from the song!

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Cold, sick and slowly going insane…but hey, we’re in Disney! Hahaha

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I really do like all the colors though…lots of things to look at in that ride.

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Next time you’re ready to start partying, just remember…it’s 5 o’clock somewhere 🙂

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Prior to the trip, I had reserved a FastPass+ time for Brett to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, since it had just come out of refurbishment and thought it would be nice for him to get some photos of it. See, aren’t I a nice wife? I couldn’t ride because I was pregnant, but I still thought of him. 🙂

It was a great time of day for a ride on the railroad!

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Unfortunately, Brett said he had the tallest guy ever in front of him that kept his freakishly long arms up the entire time, so he didn’t get as many photos as he had wanted, but still some fun ones nonetheless.

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While Brett rode, Trent played in the playground area by Splash Mountain. There were quite a few kids in there and it’s nearly impossible for an adult to get back just in case something happened. Trent saw all the other kids walking up without holding onto the sides, so he had to do it too, but he was slower at it since he was trying it for the first time, and of course another kid just kind of runs past him with a slight bump, knocking Trent over. He didn’t get hurt, but he was upset and I bumped my head trying to get in there and get him. 2 injuries is enough for me to end playtime!

We ate dinner at Columbia Harbour House…I had chicken tenders and fries and Brett has chicken/fish and fries and we both split a blueberry crumble dessert.

We started to head back towards the Hub area.

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We caught some of the Castle show…I was already in the Hub while Brett stayed back to take some photos.

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It was around this time that the cold was starting to wear me thin. I also didn’t like the idea of Trent being out in the cold like that since we were both sick and still had a week’s vacation ahead of us. We had FastPasses for viewing Wishes later on, but I had to make the tough decision to opt out and go back to the hotel instead. I was so grateful that we had made the decision to stay at the Contemporary. Getting back to the room was so easy and convenient. We stopped by the Contempo Cafe for some cereal and fruit for Trent to snack on since he didn’t eat much at Columbia Harbour House. Brett was far from finished that night and still had time to go back to the room, pack a few photography necessities and head back out to the TTC to catch Wishes from the Ferry dock.

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The fireworks look so much more extravagant and spectacular from the ferry dock. You just don’t realize how high they are when you’re in the parks due to the forced perspective illusion that Disney created.

While Brett froze outside, Trent and I were nice and warm in our room getting ready for bed. Turns out, you can have a fireworks view from a Garden View room at the Contemporary…if you stand all the way at the end of the window!

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Remember how I said Brett was far from done that night? Since Wishes was at 8pm, He had enough time to watch Wishes, jump on the Epcot monorail and run to the back of the park to the Japan Pavilion to snag a spot for Illuminations! Two fireworks shows in one night…quite an accomplishment indeed! Especially in that cold weather!

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Epcot had Extra Magic Hours that night and was open until midnight, although not very many people stuck around. So Brett continued walking around World Showcase to take photos.

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It was so cold that Brett even made a pit stop into the shop in Mexico to buy a set of gloves and a hat! But he says it was worth it to get so much accomplished in one night.

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Too bad I missed the fun…sure sleeping in the warmth and comfort of the hotel room is nice, but I would have liked to see these again.

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As Brett made his way out of the park, little did he know he was about to accomplish another first…the monorail back to the TTC was no longer running (even though the monorail operators told him that it stopped at a certain time, it stopped even earlier than that…probably because there was no one left in the park!), so he had to take a Disney bus back to the hotel – something neither of us have done before! The one bus that was there asked him where he needed to go and took him directly there. He had the bus all to himself.

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Well isn’t he special?! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed Day 1 of our January trip report!

Click here to continue reading to day 2 of our trip report!


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  • Ruth Marcavage
    Apr 8, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Great pictures, love them ALL..

  • charissa
    Apr 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous photos. Totally jealous of your “empty” park shots. Do you use a tripod for the night photos?

    • Lynn Svenson
      Apr 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks! Yes, he uses a tripod for all of the night photos. 🙂

  • Jennifer Bondi
    Aug 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Wow! Your husband is so talented!!!! I loved the Blog in your words. Those pictures are truly amazing. We go to Disney every year. And these pictures where better IMOP better then the real thing

    • Lynn Svenson
      Aug 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment Jennifer – I’m glad you enjoy reading!

  • Mariam Youssef
    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Awesome pictures, very talented. we been to Disney at least 17 times, but your pictures bring a whole new look to everything, thank you for sharing, I also loved reading your report….

  • Mary Clayton Liles
    Feb 5, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Hey there! I just stumbled across your blog while looking for DCL trip reports. (I’m planning our first DCL vacation, very excited!) Just wanted to tell you how much I’m already enjoying reading this report and seeing your hub’s amazing photos!! Those are some of the best photos of Wishes I’ve ever seen. And your little boy is precious. Thanks for sharing your trip!

    • Lynn Svenson
      Feb 5, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 Have fun on your trip!