Since we booked at the last minute (about 5 days before sailing), we had very few stateroom options. The least expensive option was actually a Guaranteed Verandah stateroom. Now, we have never sprung for a stateroom with a balcony in the past. We just don’t stay in the room that much, and especially since this was a short cruise, I thought it was kind of unnecessary. (I have since discovered that the inside staterooms with the “magic portholes” are very popular and are in high demand. Leave it to Disney to figure out how to get people to want an inside cabin and actually, in some cases, pay more for one than an oceanview cabin!) But, money is money, and so we booked the guaranteed verandah room, not knowing what we would get or where it would be located. They don’t tell you your room assignment until you get to the port. Actually, the porter who took our luggage was the first person to tell us our cabin number. He also said our room, 5658 (aft, starboard), would be ready at 1:30pm (I believe the rooms are not ready until 2:00 on the other lines I have been on). It turned out our room was a category 4E (Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah) and the verandah was extended, i.e. double the size of the balconies above (ours could fit four chairs while the balconies above had two). Awesome! I figured we would get a tiny balcony with an obstructed view, but Mickey was good to us. We really liked the location because we were one Deck up from the nightlife area (The District). I thought it might be loud, but the room was very quiet and no noise came up from the bars below. And being more aft, less people passed by our cabin, so it was extremely quiet! The cabin also had a split bathroom (one part with a shower and sink, the other part with a sink and toilet), a small fridge (more on bringing your own beverages later), a sofa sleeper, safe, and the bed was raised to store luggage below. We would take this room again in a heartbeat! Our room steward was great – we never saw her but knew she had been there.