Disney Alaska Cruise Day 4: Skagway, Alaska

Day 4:June 14, 2012

Day four started nice and early with a 7am port.  We wanted to get off the boat pretty early in attempt to buy tickets to ride the White Pass train. The tickets sold through Disney were sold out because we waited too long to buy them. We also had hopes that it would end up costing us less but it ended up being about the same price at about $120 per adult ticket through M&M Tours.

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The Disney Wonder docked at Skagway, Alaska

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The thing I love about this port was that it was within walking distance of the town. If you buy train tickets through Disney you can just walk straight off the boat and the train is waiting for you right there. Because we didn’t have tickets yet we walked right outside the docking area and there was a nice little tourist office. The guys inside were super nice and not pushy at all. We ended up getting tickets for the afternoon train, so we headed into town for some tourist shopping. I really hate tourist shopping so I ended up finding a bench outside and people watched most of the time.

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Katie and I modeling hats we found.

When I say this is a cute little town I really mean it is a little town. Lets just say that the population more then doubles when a cruise ship comes into port. We learned that is last year’s high school senior class consisted of 4 kids (3 girls and 1 boy). They also don’t have a doctor in town, if someone is in need of a doctor the closest one is in Juneau, Alaska. Women are taken to Juneau by boat or plane when they are going to give birth.

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View looking down Broadway

At the end of the main tourist street (Broadway) is a microbrewery called Skagway Brewing Co. As soon as it turned 10am my dad and I poked our heads in for a quick beer and let my mom and sister finish up there shopping. It is a cute little bar and the staff was very friendly. They had a nice little game room on the upper level with shuffle puck (I love this bar game). This would be a great location to escape the cold rainy weather. We were lucky to not get any rain at the port.

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Skagway Brewing Co.

Disney Alaska Cruise Skagway Brewing Co. | domesticated-engineer.com

Disney Alaska Cruise Skagway Brewing Co. | domesticated-engineer.com

Disney Alaska Cruise Skagway Brewing Co. | domesticated-engineer.com

A great thing about having the port so close is that you have the option of walking back and grabbing lunch without wasting too much time.  My mom and sister did this but I was nowhere close to hungry. I stopped over at the Alaska Fudge company instead for a sweet snack.

Disney Alaska Cruise Skagway White Pass train | domesticated-engineer.com

We picked up the train at the downtown station. It was a very pretty ride. There was commentary over the speakers telling about the town and the history with the goal rush. They also announced bear and goat sightings.

Disney Alaska Cruise Skagway White Pass train | domesticated-engineer.com

Katie and I on the train

Katie and I loved being able to stand outside the car. It was a little scary, especially when going over a bridge.  The only downside to standing outside was it was cold and we couldn’t hear the commentary.

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Katie outside on the train.

I always ducked back inside when we went through tunnels. It got really dark.

Disney Alaska Cruise Skagway White Pass train | domesticated-engineer.com

Disney Alaska Cruise Skagway White Pass train | domesticated-engineer.comDisney Alaska Cruise Skagway White Pass train | domesticated-engineer.com

Disney Alaska Cruise Skagway White Pass train | domesticated-engineer.com

Disney Alaska Cruise Skagway White Pass train | domesticated-engineer.com

The train is a one-way trip and all the tourists get off at the first stop. The stop is in Fraser, Canada and they have a station that you can stamp your own passports. We had some time to walk around and take pictures of the wonderful scenery before our bus from M&M tours came.

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Pictures taken in Fraser, Canada

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We really just paid for the train ride and bus ride back down but the bus driver got everyone’s approval to take a couple of photo stops and to be able to do commentary the way down. He was amazing and really cute too but married (sorry Katie).

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Disney Alaska Cruise Skagway Alaska Sign | domesticated-engineer.com

The view behind the welcome to Alaska sign

We stopped at the welcome to Alaska sign and again at a really cool bridge. This area has tons of tiny earthquakes because of being so close to a fault line. The bridge was designed so that only one side is attached to the ground, that way it doesn’t fall every time the earth moves below it.

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Bridge connected only on one side.

After getting back to town, we were really tired so we headed back to the boat for some down time before dinner.

One thing I wish I had planned on doing was taking a hike in Skagway. There are lots of trail heads very close to their downtown area.  They have a park ranger station on the main street; they can help you plan hikes. Some of them are as short as a one hour roundtrip.  I wish I had done a little planning beforehand.

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Ran into Peter Pan on the way to dinner!

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The parents at Animator’s Palate

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We found Minnie too!

Dinner this night was in Animator’s Palate. My favorite dining experience! As you eat dinner color starts seeping into the wall of the black & white dining room. At the end the wait staff does a little show.

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Disney Alaska Cruise Animator's Palate Dinner Menu | domesticated-engineer.com

Animator’s Palate Dinner Menu

Disney Alaska Cruise food Roma Tomato and Portobello Mushrooms on Polenta Cake | domesticated-engineer.com

Appetizer: Roma Tomato and Portobello Mushrooms on Polenta Cake

Disney Alaska Cruise Cherry Diet Coke loaded with cherries | domesticated-engineer.com

Cherry Diet Coke loaded with cherries!

Disney Alaska Cruise food Animator's Grilled Veal Chop | domesticated-engineer.com

Main Course: Animator’s Grilled Veal Chop

Disney Alaska Cruise food Sesame-flavored Rock Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake | domesticated-engineer.com

Appetizer: Sesame-flavored Rock Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake

Disney Alaska Cruise food Lemon-Thyme Marinated Chicken Breast | domesticated-engineer.com

Main Course: Lemon-Thyme Marinated Chicken Breast

Disney Alaska Cruise food Asian Marinated Beef Tenderloin | domesticated-engineer.com

Main Course: Asian Marinated Beef Tenderloin

Disney Alaska Cruise Animator's Palate Dessert Menu | domesticated-engineer.com

Animator’s Palate Dessert Menu

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Dessert: Buckled Warm Apple Crumble

Disney Alaska Cruise food Animator's Sweet Temptations | domesticated-engineer.com

Dessert: Animator’s Sweet Temptations

After dinner they had the first showing on the Avengers 3D in the big theater. I started falling asleep before the opening credits so I headed back to the room to find my sister already asleep. I took a quick nap and then we both headed out to the adult show. The show was called “Match Your Mate”. It was fun and we learned way too much about a few of the couples on the ship.  It was like the old game shows were you got points for answering questions the same way. This is the night we learned they could ask any question as long as the Disneyfied it, “Where is the most exciting place the magic has happen?”

I know you are all waiting for it… here is our towel creature of the night. I think this one is a frog.

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