Labadee Dreamworks Photo Safari -dance party back on board?

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#21
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We did this while on the 4/8 Harmony sailing. Our experience pretty much matched the previous review. The "hunt" was lame at best, no characters, a few statues, and they tried to move the group so quickly they didn't even give an opportunity to find and take pictures of the little picture signs they had posted around. It was hot and crowded, about 130 people on our excursion.

That said, my worst fear about the Aqua park was not realized. I was thinking it would be insanely crowded, but it really wasn't that bad. Many on our tour got both the slide and aqua park pass, and did the slide first. We just did the aqua park and went out with the 11:00 group. It was not just our excursion, there were a few other families that weren't part of our group. But our group was downright tiny compared to the 10:00 and 12:00 groups, which were way too crowded in my opinion. All said and done all four of us got in the aqua park for $8 less than if we had just booked that separately (during a sale weekend at that!). We were also back to Barefoot beach by lunch and had the afternoon to mill about before heading back to the ship.

The kids enjoyed the dance party, though I was expecting more. There were cupcakes, balloons, and poppy and branch made an appearance (no ship photographer though).
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#22
Toronto
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Joined Jul 2016
Originally posted by marcthemd
Hi all, I just returned from our sailing on the Oasis last week. We were in Labadee one week ago, today. I scoured the internet looking for details and info about this excursion, before we left. So I vowed to be helpful to others to provide some info about our experience.

I have two boys - 4 and 6 years old. The littlest one is just shy of 4ft (about 46 inches) but we signed up anyways. The height restriction is for the aquapark, but no one is walking around with a tape measure, and there isn't even one of those measuring sticks in sight. We arrived in port at 9am, our excursion started at 10am in Dazzles. Each kid was given a Troll bracelet, and a treasure map. They explained a little, and then we headed off the ship as a group. The safari basically takes you from the pier, to the aquapark, winding your way along and catching stops at 4 Dreamworks character statues. Note: there are NO live, real-person characters on the safari. Don't tell your kids they will meet characters. They will cry and be disappointed. (lesson learned). These statues are fully public and out in the open, so even if you didn't do this excursion, your kids would still be able to take pictures with them. Along the way the Adventure Ocean staff have them stop and do "challenges" like "do a funny dance", "tell a joke", "act like Alex the Lion" and then they earn stickers. You arrive at the Aquapark close to 11am, and parents sign waivers. All kids get a wristband for the Aquapark from 11am to noon. Adults don't need a wristband and can accompany kids into the aquapark. My boys and my husband had a great time playing for the hour. Then you enjoy the rest of your day on Labadee. All aboard is at 4pm. At 4pm, back in Dazzles, there is a dance party. Families arrive, check in and the kids are given a Trolls- themed gift. Each of my boys got a Trolls Art kit and activity book - markers, paints, stickers, etc. I think I read somewhere before I left that it was a backpack, so it may just be any Trolls-related merchandise. Keep this in mind, if you are packing tightly, or have multiple kids. Because now I had to bring two Trolls Art kits home!!! There are balloons, free cupcakes, and fruit punch drinks. A DJ plays and the AO staff get everyone up dancing. Then Poppy and Branch (the real-person-inside) arrive and dance with the kids. They have an opportunity to take pictures with each child - both with the ship's photographer and your own camera. All told the dance party is less than an hour. We had dinner at 5:30 and I remember going back to the cabin to change beforehand.
Bottom Line: the Photo Safari is nothing spectacular. You can visit each of the statues on your own and take pictures on Labadee. The Trolls bracelet and art kit were nice - probably something I wouldn't buy the kids myself, but they sure loved them. The little one wear the bracelet each day. The aquapark was awesome and the kids (and my husband) loved it. The real perk is the (short) private dance party with Branch and Poppy. They appeared twice otherwise during our sailing - once was smack in the middle of dinner and once was at 8:40 (too late for the little one to stay up). Plus, if you are just going to sit at the beach all day with two very active little boys, then for me it was nice to have something focused to fill up that first hour of the day.
I do hope that helps someone a little. Enjoy your upcoming sailings. I will try to pop back into this thread in a couple of days to answer any more questions from my experience.
Ditto! Super helpful, thanks!
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#23
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This is a great and very accurate review! I wish I would have found this before I went. But I filmed an in-depth review of it and I'm posting it to youtube now. My channel is Matt's Big Dream.


Originally posted by marcthemd
Hi all, I just returned from our sailing on the Oasis last week. We were in Labadee one week ago, today. I scoured the internet looking for details and info about this excursion, before we left. So I vowed to be helpful to others to provide some info about our experience.

I have two boys - 4 and 6 years old. The littlest one is just shy of 4ft (about 46 inches) but we signed up anyways. The height restriction is for the aquapark, but no one is walking around with a tape measure, and there isn't even one of those measuring sticks in sight. We arrived in port at 9am, our excursion started at 10am in Dazzles. Each kid was given a Troll bracelet, and a treasure map. They explained a little, and then we headed off the ship as a group. The safari basically takes you from the pier, to the aquapark, winding your way along and catching stops at 4 Dreamworks character statues. Note: there are NO live, real-person characters on the safari. Don't tell your kids they will meet characters. They will cry and be disappointed. (lesson learned). These statues are fully public and out in the open, so even if you didn't do this excursion, your kids would still be able to take pictures with them. Along the way the Adventure Ocean staff have them stop and do "challenges" like "do a funny dance", "tell a joke", "act like Alex the Lion" and then they earn stickers. You arrive at the Aquapark close to 11am, and parents sign waivers. All kids get a wristband for the Aquapark from 11am to noon. Adults don't need a wristband and can accompany kids into the aquapark. My boys and my husband had a great time playing for the hour. Then you enjoy the rest of your day on Labadee. All aboard is at 4pm. At 4pm, back in Dazzles, there is a dance party. Families arrive, check in and the kids are given a Trolls- themed gift. Each of my boys got a Trolls Art kit and activity book - markers, paints, stickers, etc. I think I read somewhere before I left that it was a backpack, so it may just be any Trolls-related merchandise. Keep this in mind, if you are packing tightly, or have multiple kids. Because now I had to bring two Trolls Art kits home!!! There are balloons, free cupcakes, and fruit punch drinks. A DJ plays and the AO staff get everyone up dancing. Then Poppy and Branch (the real-person-inside) arrive and dance with the kids. They have an opportunity to take pictures with each child - both with the ship's photographer and your own camera. All told the dance party is less than an hour. We had dinner at 5:30 and I remember going back to the cabin to change beforehand.
Bottom Line: the Photo Safari is nothing spectacular. You can visit each of the statues on your own and take pictures on Labadee. The Trolls bracelet and art kit were nice - probably something I wouldn't buy the kids myself, but they sure loved them. The little one wear the bracelet each day. The aquapark was awesome and the kids (and my husband) loved it. The real perk is the (short) private dance party with Branch and Poppy. They appeared twice otherwise during our sailing - once was smack in the middle of dinner and once was at 8:40 (too late for the little one to stay up). Plus, if you are just going to sit at the beach all day with two very active little boys, then for me it was nice to have something focused to fill up that first hour of the day.
I do hope that helps someone a little. Enjoy your upcoming sailings. I will try to pop back into this thread in a couple of days to answer any more questions from my experience.
#25
Toronto
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Joined Jul 2016
Originally posted by MattsBigDream
This is a great and very accurate review! I wish I would have found this before I went. But I filmed an in-depth review of it and I'm posting it to youtube now. My channel is Matt's Big Dream.
I found your video on youtube. It was all we needed to cancel this excursion. The photosafari looked really lame. My kids were not impressed watching the video. I thought I would still keep the excursion for the aquapark and the party, but my kids think they don't care. I just saved a bundle!

When I called to cancel, it was no big deal. The girl from RC checked, and if we decide they want to use the aquapark after all, we can buy tickets on the beach.
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#26
Orlando, FL
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Joined Feb 2013
I have an interesting question to pose... can an adult do this ting with zero kids?

Bottom line is that you can pay for the aqua park and the water slide separately. I am traveling with all adult friends and we are interested to both the aqua park and the slide but realistically why pay when you get it for free?

This photo safari costs $0.00 for adults. The slide $24 for adults. The aqua park $20 for adults. So logically, in order to save $45 I would sign up for this sill photo safari for free right? Although I have absolutely zero-interest to see the characters or go to the dance party after, the thought of saving $45 is interesting.

Any thoughts?
#27
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Joined Jun 2015
I believe you have to have a paying child to get the free adult.
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