WONDERful Cruise on the Disney Wonder, Day Four

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Features, Weekend Update

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Published on November 24, 2012 at 5:02 am with 6 Comments

Every cruise on the Disney Cruise Line is special, but day four of the MiceChat cruise on the Disney Wonder stands out because of the activities that were planned by MiceChat and Fairy Godmother Travel. Join our cruisers as they visit Pixar Studios, Silverado Winery, the Frank Family Winery and the Charles M. Schulz Museum. ~~Rick

On day four of our cruise on the Disney Wonder, we find ourselves docked in San Francisco:

We had to be off the boat at 8:00 AM for an excursion led by Micechat’s Mel/Gullywhumper:

En route to our destinations we stopped outside the Pixar studios briefly for a photo-op:

Our first destination, the Silverado Winery in the Napa Valley:

Beautiful location:

The main tasting room. The winery is owned by Diane Disney Miller (daughter of Walt) and family. That’s Walt’s granddaughter in the center of the photo, who was on hand to meet the group:

Learning about the winery:

We headed down the hallway…

…to the private tasting room:

Wine and glasses ready for our tasting:

We began with a behind-the-scenes tour:

After the tour it was time to sample the wine:

We sampled the grapes as well:

Artwork from a Ratatouille wine that was produced but cancelled, when it was decided not to tie-in a wine to a movie marketed to children:

Our next stop was at the Frank Family Vineyards, owned by former Disney Motion Pictures President Rich Frank:

After the second winery, we stopped at the Sharpsteen Museum in Callistoga:

There was time to walk around the very small and quaint town of Calistoga:

There was a whole series of shops in old train cars:

Next up was the Charles M. Schulz Museum:

There was at least one Disney connection:

Next door to the museum is the Redwood Empire Ice Arena which was owned by Charles Schulz:

We stopped to see the house where the movie Pollyanna was filmed:

Driving towards the Golden Gate Bridge, and back to the ship:

A delicious cold cream of mango and papaya soup:

Grilled Sirloin Steak, Lamb Chop, Bacon Wrapped Sausage and Jumbo Shrimp on Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus and Grilled Tomato with a Cabernet Mushroom Sauce:

French Toast Banana Bread With Coconut Ice-Cream and Caramel Sauce:

It was a long day, and there would be more to do in San Francisco the next day.

If you have been enjoying our special Weekend Update coverage of this MiceChat Cruise on the Disney Wonder, you might be interested in the next MiceChat Cruise on the Disney Fantasy on October 19th through October 26th of next year. Click on the link below for more information.

About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

    The Charles Schultz Museum was a very pleasant surprise.

    Of all the wineries I’ve visited in my life, I think Silverado is one of the most impressive. Getting a tour of the facility from Walt’s granddaughter was the icing on the cake.


    What memories! Everytime I see that boat I want to get back on it asap! Possibly stowaway for life? The Silverado winnery is beautiful and I have always wondered about the poster or Remy . But the Charles Shultz museum has been on our list of memeorable experiences for years. It was nice seeing it since we havent gone there for awhile.Years ago when Mr Shultz was alive they had Holiday shows on ice at the skating rink. Great productions with lavish sets, top skaters and great music. Leading into the ice rink is a coffee shop and Mr Shultz would mingle with the guest.The rink would be set with small round tables and would be so cozy, the guest were served hot cocoa or coffed or hot cider along with some dessert pasteries for the table . Talk about a close up and personal ice show! Over the years it became so popular that days were added and ticket sales that were previously handled by the museum were turned over to a ticketmaster type venue. Bleacher seating was also sold. After a few years the show was discontinued. One of the best memories I have is my dd chaseing down Robin Cousins to get his autograph! This show as long as his creator is missed ! But what great memories !

  • jbm500

    You peaked my interest in Disney Cruising and winetasting too. Thanks,

  • BC_DisneyGeek

    Just think, if this cruise looks good, imagine how the Fantasy will be. Everything about the new ship, from what I’ve seen, is bigger and better than the Wonder, which was fantastic as it was.

  • Country Bear

    Wonderful coverage, thank you for sharing. I wasn’t aware of many of these sights so this was a treat to read about. Were these special for the Micechat group or are there regular tours from the ship to these places? It really looks very beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

    • BC_DisneyGeek

      These excursions were organized by Micechat. There are official excursions to wineries and the Walt Disney Museum, but they are not the exact same in terms of content, and certainly not the same in terms of price (Micechat excursions were significantly cheaper compared to the Disney-run excursions).

      I don’t think Disney offered excursions to the Schulz museum or Calistoga.