Sunday, October 28, 2018

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 4 - Disney at Sea with D23!

Date of Visit: October 17, 2018

Disney at Sea with D23! is a presentation in the Buena Vista theater featuring information and clips about upcoming Disney stuff such as movies, video games, and attractions. It was kind of a short version of the type of stuff covered at the D23 Expo presentations mixed with the Faniversary type presentations.

As D23 members and fans of other D23 events, we did enjoy it. However, we did find it odd that they enforce it as adults-only event and wouldn’t let a teenager stay in the theater, especially since they were with their family, and that’s definitely not how most actual D23 events are handled.

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 4 - 3D DCL Ship Crafts

Date of Visit: October 17, 2018

Other than maybe the door hangers, the 3D DCL ship craft was our favorite craft activity this cruise. Mik couldn’t help, but he did enjoy the final product.

It was particularly fun to then take pictures with it and the scenery as we cruised.

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 4 - Animator’s Palette

Date of Visit: October 17, 2018

While Tiana’s may be our new favorite, Animator’s Palette is still fun. It’s really fun to see the different sketches and how they come to life at points and then around dessert Sorcerer Mickey comes out and everything gets color.

Mik enjoyed the Bora Shake with dinner.

For the appetizer, Mik went with the Sliced Serrano Ham.

Mik enjoyed the Herb Crusted Pork Chop for his entree.

For dessert, Mik for once didn’t go with the sundae because I did and instead went with the Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake, which he liked, but I think he likes the Cookies ’n Cream Sundae more as he was eyeing mine.

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 4 - Halloween Origami

Date of Visit: October 17, 2018

Out of all the origami, Mik was most interested in the Halloween one. It turned out to be a big disappointment. It was mainly because it was the only time we’ve done something in the Promenade Lounge and the place was totally packed. We were lucky enough to have a table, but then ended up with a family joining us that was kind of out of control and ended up with wet paper and Mik kept getting bumped.

We also didn’t enjoy this origami because the person leading it wasn’t easy to follow and they were just harder origami in general. Finally, Mik was just disappointed that the things were rather a stretch to be Halloween other than the bat. Like I guess the ball could’ve been a pumpkin if I could’ve actually figured it out to do right and it had been orange paper, but the “box” that was more of a little basket was quite a stretch.

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 4 - Origami Creations

Date of Visit: October 17, 2018

This origami was probably our favorite. It wasn’t anything all that special that we made (turtle, penguin, heart, and, sailboat), but the person leading it was doing it their first time and went slow and repeated steps to make sure everyone could follow along. They were also probably some of the easier ones since he was new to it, but it was still fun in that it wasn’t just making one thing like the flower one.

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 3 - Pirates in the Caribbean Dinner at Triton's

Date of Visit: October 16, 2018

Pirate night has always been our least favorite. The food isn’t bad and actually, I think the menu has been reworked since the last time we cruised. Also, we managed to get through dinner quickly and sneak out just as they started the pirate entertainment part that we just aren’t into.

Mik had the “Boucanier” Smoked Saucisson, Baked Brie, Brioche and Honey. He enjoyed it, although found it a little hard to get out of the dish and eat.

He kept going back and forth on what to get for his entree, especially since he had yet to order any kind of steak as he sometimes does almost every night on a cruise. In the end, he went with the Tia Dalma’s Jerk Chicken as it seemed most fitting for the Caribbean and he was glad he did.

Dessert was actually an easy choice as most of the choices weren’t even a little tempting for him. He did enjoy the Bananas in Paradise, although he thought the wrong dessert was delivered because it looks more like a slice of cake as it is a layered dessert with banana bread and not slices of banana bread as he imagined.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 3 - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Date of Visit: October 16, 2018

Since Cabo San Lucas is a tender port, Mik couldn’t get off the ship. Mom and I did get off and walked along the waterfront, stopped at Starbucks for a mug for her collection, and quickly popped into Cabo Wabo Cantina to get drumsticks for Mik’s collection (sadly Hard Rock Cafe is no longer walkable here as they have a hotel, which is rather far to walk to from cruise terminal).

While Mik couldn’t get off the ship in Cabo, he did still get to enjoy some good scenery just from the ship. We enjoyed some drinks on our verandah as well as lunch up by the pool taking in the view.

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 2 - Triton's

Date of Visit: October 15, 2018

As Mik loves mango, he had the specialty non-alcoholic drink called the Princess Delight.

As usual, Mik had to have Gaston’s Escargot Gratinee

Mik enjoyed the Roasted Rack of Lamb Medium for his entree.

For dessert, he enjoyed the Apple Tart Tatin.

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 2 - Black Widow

Date of Visit: October 15, 2018

We are pretty much never into characters and I don’t even pay attention to them, but when scrolling through the daily activities on the app I noticed Black Widow and when I mentioned it to Mik he got all excited (yes, I mentioned it only because I have no clue about Marvel or whatever the character is from).

Black Widow was on Deck 5 Mid, which actually seems like one of the better places for a line to form and not end up in the way of other things or making it hard to navigate through if you aren’t doing the character(s).

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 2 - Origami Flower

Date of Visit: October 15, 2018

The first origami activity we went to was making an origami flower. Mik wasn’t confident enough to really try it on his own and mainly came to the origami to watch me. He did help some with the folding the yellow pieces in half, though. If the table height wasn’t so low in the Promenade Lounge, he may have tried helping more.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 2 - Door Hangers

Date of Visit: October 15, 2018

Mik and I enjoyed a few different craft and origami events this cruise. The door hangers were probably our favorite, especially since Mik was able to actually do it without much help. The only problem is the small round tables are kind of short to roll up to and use, but since it was just gluing things down it worked out okay for this craft.

Mik made a Lakers themed one and I made a Halloween themed one.

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 1 - Tiana’s Place

Date of Visit: October 14, 2018

This was our first time on the Wonder since they turned Parrot’s Cay into Tiana’s Place. We enjoyed the atmosphere of the new design, although we also did like Parrot’s Cay, and the first night it was just the same menu in all the restaurants and we didn’t get the full Tiana’s Place experience until later in the cruise.

Going into the restaurant was a little awkward as the host decided to take over pushing Mik at the entrance. I initially just let him because I thought he just wanted to do the go backwards over the big bump to enter and was going to then let me continue pushing Mik, but instead, he handed Mik off to someone to lead us to our table. That guy then kind of got lost and another guy did a slick switch of table numbers when he realized the original table 67 was impossible to get a wheelchair to and there was no one at the nearby table next to the main aisle.

We all enjoyed the calamari for our appetizer. Mik was going to get the clam chowder, which is another fav of his, but I messed up when ordering for him and he didn’t correct me because really he kind of wanted calamari and wasn’t hungry enough to also do a soup.

For the entree, Mik chose the pork tenderloin wellington. As usual, the server asked if he needed help cutting it up and we enjoyed letting them do it instead of us the whole cruise.

Mik was going to be different and have the warm sticky fig and pecan pudding, but I discouraged him since he usually doesn’t like pecans and he hadn’t noticed that was part of it. Instead, he enjoyed his typical choice of a sundae (Magical Express Sundae).

I enjoyed the creme brûlée while also feeling like something was missing until the next day I realized that my typical choice of the trio of desserts seems to have disappeared from all the menus.

Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 1 - Cabanas

Date of Visit: October 14, 2018

Mik wasn’t really hungry as he had eaten the rest of the free DoubleTree cookies right before we went to the port. However, when Mom brought over a piece of pumpkin pie, he found some room.

Other than when we first get on the ship we have never taken Mik to the buffet so I’m not sure if the table pedestal leg design has always been a problem or not. At first we tried to sit near the windows at a rectangle table and found we couldn’t roll Mik up close enough. In another area we ended up getting some help from a cast member to turn a circle table so he could roll up with one of the corners of the pedestals between his casters.

We later found at breakfast the next day the way the rectangle tables were next to booth seating actually worked out the best, especially since we got the table right by the main pathway. However, mostly we just find it easier to bring it back to the room or if you can get a table outside by the pools.