I’ve written a few posts on how blogging has changed my life and the fantastic opportunities that have come to me through my humble little writing space in the blogosphere. I’ve also shared with you my first family vacation experience with my little ones – a Mexican cruise with some of our closest family members. While memorable and full of adventure, my children were less than enthused about their first cruise experience. But what I haven’t shared with you, what I’ve been keeping a secret for almost a year from even my closest family and friends, is the most exciting opportunity, and most treasurable family experience I think my family will ever encounter, thanks to a promotion I did with Disney Junior and Disney Cruise Line.
Last August, I was contacted by a representative from Disney after she had browsed through my blog and social media sites. She was looking for Canadian moms who fit a list of criteria, and I had met the requirements and was offered the opportunity to apply for an undisclosed Disney assignment. Without knowing the details of the opportunity, I agreed to the terms, and our family submitted a video for consideration.
When they called to notify me that our family had been chosen, I was speechless. We were to go on an all-inclusive Disney vacation to film promotional spots for a contest run by Disney Junior, but we were to tell no one.
With only a few family and friends aware that we were leaving town (and no one aware of where we were going and why), we packed up and travelled to Florida where our adventures began.
Our Disney jaunt began with a fun-filled day at Walt Disney World, a first time visit for all of us. Equipped with all-day Magic Your Way park passes and a gift card to spend at our leisure, our family ventured into the magical world and were mesmerized by the characters, sights and park attractions that surrounded us. We strolled through castles, hugged princesses, and rode through enchanted places on rides unique only to Disney Parks. With the blink of an eye, our day was over and we were exhausted, unable to wipe the ear-to-ear grins from our faces.
The next morning, we boarded our Disney Dream cruise and headed for a Bahamian dream vacation.
When we stepped aboard the Disney Dream ship, our surroundings took our breath away. With a warm welcome announcement and applause from the ship’s crew, we strolled through the Atrium and into a magical Disney wonderland at sea.
Our itinerary was filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences: private encounters with beloved Disney characters, a red carpet interview before the Golden Mickey’s evening show, and a private cabana on an exclusive island in the Bahamas.
We enjoyed rides on the AquaDuck – an elevated “water coaster” that wraps around the ship’s exterior. Our children spent hours splashing around in the Mickey Pool, and Nemo’s Reef spray park, and the hubs and I were able to get away for a little grown up time at Senses Spa, and the beautiful adult exclusive Palo restaurant.
And unlike on our previous cruise, our kids enjoyed every minute of their time at the Oceaneer Club – a children’s activity centre filled with Disney-themed play areas (the life-sized replica of Andy’s Room from Toy Story was so amazing, us adults wanted to spend the day playing in there too!), engaging and fun activities, and a friendly and enthusiastic staff of counsellors.
The ports-of-call were equally as exciting. We strolled the breathtaking beaches and observed the unique and colourful architecture that decorated the shoreline of Nassau, and spent an action-packed day at Castaway Cay – a private island reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise guests, and featuring water parks, an open-air BBQ, various water activities, Disney character encounters, and lots of beach fun!
Our trip was a whirlwind of adventure, magic, and ongoing family fun, and was an experience that we will never forget. And our entire experience was captured on camera for Disney Junior viewers to enjoy through the eyes of a real-life family.
Want to win a once-in-a-lifetime Disney Cruise experience like ours? Click on the link below for contest details.
Watch Disney Junior during the month of August to see our full, four-part promotional series
on our adventures aboard the Disney Dream, and to learn more about this exciting contest.
For channel information in your area, visit this link: Disney Junior Channels