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Opening Magic Kingdom

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Will Santa Finds Us On The Ship?




“Will Santa find us on the ship?” was the question the boy posed last year at this time when considering how we were going to celebrate Christmas in 2012—on the Disney
Dream in the middle of the ocean.

Well, that time of year has arrived and the pondering has continued.  Will Santa find us on the ship?  This Santa’s helper hopes so!  But Santa typically doesn’t have to take the TSA into consideration, yet Santa’s helper certainly does!

No wrapped packages in checked bags.  Okay!  So, there is are some small wrapped packages doubled bagged in the sipper compartment on the inside lid of one of the carry on bags.

Santa started thinking about this in spring when Ridley Pearson, the author of the Kingdom Keepers series of books released the 5th book in the series, Shell Game, which takes place on the Disney Dream.  Santa’s helper ordered the book from the local bookseller in the spring and has kept it hidden since.  The 6th book in the series is due out April 2013, Dark Passage, and also takes place on a Disney cruise ship.

Santa then found a t-shirt at Wal-Mart on the clearance rack this summer that has the Little Green Men from Toy Story on it that glow in the dark.  That will surely fit in a stocking and doesn’t have to be wrapped.

Amazon had a great deal on 2” Mario figures—18 of them for less than $20 shipped.  They are now wrapped in a small, but almost exploding, box.  Santa also found a water proof watch on-line this summer.

Toys R Us had a great deal on Nintendo games so two new games—both Mario—were gathered for the boy’s new Nintendo 3DS XL that he got for his birthday.  Santa finished yesterday when finding two Angry Birds Star Wars plushies on sale at Amazon.

Santa had to think small, yet meaningful, and with little or no movie parts for easy storage and travel.  So, no Legos, even though we most likely will make a purchase at the Lego Store in Downtown Disney before returning home.  At least then, the package can stay closed until we get home.

When Santa was done, mom and dad had to consider a gift.  Enter mom’s bargain hunting skills and a Disney Universe game for the Wii found its way under the Christmas tree that was purchased in the summer when Best Buy offered the game for less than $8.  What is driving the boy batty is the big box for him under the tree.  His imagination is running wild considering all that it could be and of course he wants to open it or know when he can open it, since the typical “Christmas morning” answer won’t be one of the choices.  What’s in the box?  Pajamas!  Several pair including some footy jammies for now and some for warmer weather.  I’m thinking the Angry Birds footies will be the favorite.

This Santa’s helper has told my other helper the plan and shown the location of the “delivery” that will be in my hands for the journey. 
So, will Santa find us on the ship?  I sure hope so!  And, as Santa’s helper, I am doing all that I can to help.

The boy continues to speculate how Santa might get to the ship.  Magic is one of the best answers.  He also thinks that Santa’s sleigh can turn into a boat and the reindeer can be dolphins pulling the boat.  Good answer!

No matter how Santa finds us, our plan is to have a joyous and memorable holiday and we wish you and yours the same!

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