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July 19, 2014

A Frightfully Good Time Awaits Disney Cruise Line Guests this Halloween

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Disney Cruise Line will treat guests sailing this fall to a wickedly good time as the Disney ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland filled with frightfully fun events and activities, special decorations, unique menu items in the restaurants and themed parties on deck.

In 2014, Halloween on the High Seas takes place on most voyages aboard all Disney Cruise Line ships from September through October. This extra-spooky celebration features Halloween-themed parties, lively entertainment and elaborate décor, including The Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise.

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Other special experiences include:

Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, a celebration in addition to Pirate Night with games, dancing and lots of candy! Beloved Disney characters, wearing special Halloween costumes just for the occasion, will join guests for this fun-filled costume party.

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A Nightmare Before Christmas—Sing and Scream, an interactive movie experience where guests are part of the action, followed by a meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally.

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Haunted Stories of the Sea, where the bravest cruisers gather under the stars to hear some true—or not so true—tales of the sea told by a mysterious sea captain storyteller.

Creepy Cabaret, a party in the atrium featuring favorite Halloween-themed music performed live by a band of ghostly musicians.

Halloween Isn’t Just For Kids: For adults, the nighttime entertainment district on each Disney ship becomes the ghoulish setting for a costume contest and a Villainous Takeover on the dance floor.

Spooky Movies: To get guests into the spirit of the season, Halloween-themed movies will be shown in Buena Vista Theatre, on Funnel Vision by the family pool and in guest staterooms.

Ghoulish Delights: Disney Cruise Line chefs have conjured some very special treats for Halloween, including chocolate cake with pumpkin filling, spider cakes and “Spooky Juice.”

More spooky fun includes mask-making and a ghostly takeover of the ship announcements!

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To celebrate Halloween, the Disney Magic sails three-, five- and seven-night Bahamian and Caribbean cruises departing Sept. 27 to Oct. 26; the Disney Wonder sails four-, five- and six-night Bahamian cruises departing Sept. 26 to Oct. 31; the Disney Dream sails three- and four-night Bahamian cruises departing Sept. 7 to Oct. 31; and the Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing Sept. 6 to Oct. 25.

May 19, 2014

Disney Cruise Line Returning to Hawaii, West Coast and Galveston in 2015

Popular destinations and home ports return for limited-time engagements

CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 19, 2014) ­ In the fall of 2015, Disney Cruise Line is returning to popular destinations and home ports for limited-time engagements. Two Hawaii cruises, a return to the West Coast with departures from San Diego and a Galveston, Texas homecoming make up a season of special sailings.

Disney Cruise Line will explore the Hawaiian Islands with two special 10-night cruises in September. The Disney Wonder will sail through the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, where guests can experience the famous beaches of Waikiki on Oahu, see the views from high atop the summit of Haleakala Crater on Maui, take in the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of Kauai and, on Hawaii Island -- the Big Island, explore the natural wonders of the world¹s most active volcano.

Bookings open to the public on May 21, 2014. More details on 2015 itineraries can be found on the Itineraries and Ports for 2015 section of disneycruise.com.

Hawaii Sailings

Disney Cruise Line will explore the Hawaiian Islands with two special 10-night cruises in September. The Disney Wonder will sail through the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, where guests can experience the famous beaches of Waikiki on Oahu, see the views from high atop the summit of Haleakala Crater on Maui, take in the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of Kauai and, on Hawaii Island " the Big Island, explore the natural wonders of the world’s most active volcano.

10-night Hawaii with two days in Honolulu " Vancouver to Honolulu

Ports: Vancouver; Hilo (Hawaii Island); Nawiliwili (Kauai); Kahului (Maui) and Honolulu (Oahu)

Departure date: Sept. 7

10-night Hawaii with two days in Kahului " Honolulu to Vancouver

Ports: Honolulu (Oahu); Kahului (Maui); Hilo (Hawaii Island); Nawiliwili (Kauai) and Vancouver

Departure date: Sept. 17

Rates start at $1,650 per person for 10-night Hawaii cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Galveston to the Bahamas

Starting in November, Disney Cruise Line will return to Galveston for the holiday season, offering a seven-night itinerary aboard the Disney Wonder to Key West; Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. These sailings depart Nov. 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 28 (New Year’s cruise).

One seven-night western Caribbean cruise on Nov. 6 will visit Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Falmouth, Jamaica.

Two additional cruises are included in the Galveston season: a six-night sailing departing on Dec. 18 that stops at Key West and Castaway Cay and a four-night Christmas sailing that departs on Dec. 24 and stops at Cozumel.

Rates start at $948 per person for four-night cruises, $1,116 per person for six-night cruises and $945 per person for seven-night cruises departing from Galveston for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

San Diego to Baja

Disney Cruise Line will return to the West Coast for a limited time, offering six cruises from San Diego aboard the Disney Wonder. The five-night Baja sailings depart Oct. 4, 11 and 18, stopping at Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. A three-night cruise on Oct. 1 stops at Ensenada. Two-night Weekend Getaway voyages depart Oct. 9 and 16, giving guests the perfect weekend retreat aboard their Disney ship.

Rates start at $404 per person for two-night cruises, $435 per person for three-night cruises and $625 per person for five-night cruises departing from San Diego for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean

In 2015, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean on a variety of itineraries. All of these cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

From Port Canaveral, rates start at $480 per person for three-night cruises, $640 per person for four-night cruises, $1,465 per person for five-night cruises and $1,150 per person for seven-night cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

From Miami, rates start at $480 per person for four-night cruises and $600 per person for five-night cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom. Government taxes and fees, gratuities and Port Adventures are not included.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.

May 14, 2014

New Castaway Cay Challenge Added To 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 14, 2014) -- Runners taking part in the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend can add the ultimate finish to their experience " the new Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, a joint venture by runDisney and Disney Cruise Line.

After competing in the 5K, 10K, half marathon and/or full marathon during the Disney Marathon Weekend (January 7-11), runners can compete Jan. 14 in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, a special 5K race on Disney Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private Bahamas island. Every runner who finishes this new runDisney Challenge event will earn two medals - an inaugural Disney Castaway Cay Challenge medal and a Castaway Cay 5K medallion, plus any medals earned for running any Disney Marathon Weekend events (5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon).

The Castaway Cay Challenge takes place during the 4-night Disney Dream cruise itinerary that sets sail Jan. 12, 2015 from Port Canaveral, Florida and includes a stop in Nassau in addition to Castaway Cay. The cruise will feature exclusive activities designed for Castaway Cay Challenge participants, plus special menu items and merchandise.

To sign up for the Castaway Cay Challenge, runners must book the Jan. 12, 2015 Disney Dream cruise at www.disneycruise.com and then register for the Castaway Cay Challenge at www.runDisney.com. Race registration opens May 23.

March 25, 2014

Disney Cruise Line Visits Norway in 2015

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Adventure Awaits During the Northern Europe Summer Season with First-Ever Cruises to Norwegian Fjords, Iceland and the Faroe Islands

CELEBRATION, Fla. (March 25, 2014) " In summer 2015, Disney Cruise Line is charting a magical new course for northern Europe " exploring for the first time the Norwegian fjords, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Plus, Disney Cruise Line is returning to the Baltic for all-new itineraries, including sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark to St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruises to the Mediterranean, Alaska, Caribbean and Bahamas also are included in the summer lineup.

Bookings open to the public on March 27, 2014. More details on 2015 itineraries can be found on the Itineraries and Ports for 2015 section of disneycruise.com.

Norwegian Fjords

On seven and nine-night sailings departing from Copenhagen, Disney Cruise Line guests are immersed in the splendor and charm of Norway with exciting new ports, steeped in Viking history. An 11-night sailing on the Disney Magic takes guests to Iceland and the Faroe Islands for the very first time.

The Norwegian fjords served as the inspiration and backdrop for Disney’s blockbuster animated film, “Frozen.” Here, guests will discover breathtaking natural wonders such as magnificent mountain ranges, massive glaciers, steaming geysers and majestic fjords. The enchanting Scandinavian culture of the region comes to life through local attractions, stunning architecture, storybook villages and historic city centers.

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NEW Seven-night Norwegian Fjords

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen, Norway

Departure date: June 6

NEW Nine-night Norwegian Fjords

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger, Molde, Olden and Bergen, Norway

Departure date: June 20

NEW 11-night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger Norway; Akureyri and Reykjavik (overnight), Iceland; Torshavn, Faroe Islands; Dover, England

Departure date: June 29

Rates start at $1,561 per person for seven-night cruises, $2,133 per person for nine-night cruises and $2,453 per person for 11-night Norwegian fjords cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Northern Europe

On northern European cruises, the Disney Magic will sail the Baltic waters where guests will explore richly diverse cultures and national capitals including Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark and St. Petersburg " Russia’s second largest city known as the country’s cultural capital. These itineraries depart from Copenhagen, Denmark and Dover, England " just a quick jaunt from London.

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NEW Seven-night Northern European

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden

Departure dates: May 30, June 13

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12-night Northern European

Ports: Dover, England; Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemunde, Germany (July 10 cruise only); Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia

Departure dates: July 10 and 22

Rates start at $1,463 per person for seven-night cruises and $2,844 per person for 12-night Northern European cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Mediterranean

The Disney Magic returns to the Mediterranean, treating guests to popular European destinations. Departing from Barcelona, Spain, these sailings take guests on an exciting journey of cultures and locales, with romantic boulevards, iconic locations, mild climates and the brilliant blue Mediterranean Sea.

Five-night Mediterranean

Ports: Barcelona, Spain; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia) and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Departure date: Aug. 10

Seven-night Mediterranean

Ports: Barcelona, Spain; Naples, Rome (Civitavecchia) and Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Nice (Villefranche), France

Departure dates: Aug. 15, 22 and 29

Rates start at $1,255 per person for five-night cruises and $1,302 per person for seven-night Mediterranean cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Alaska

In 2015, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska.

These cruises combine the grandeur, natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience found on a Disney ship. Disney Cruise Line works closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to experience Alaska’s natural beauty and rich history.

Seven-night Alaska:

Ports: Vancouver, Tracy Arm (scenic cruising through fjord), Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

Departure dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Rates start at $1,155 per person for seven-night Alaska cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Caribbean and Bahamas

In 2015, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral and Miami to the Caribbean and Bahamas on a variety of itineraries. These cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

From Port Canaveral, rates start at $495 per person for three-night cruises, $662 per person for four-night cruises, $1,465 per person for five-night cruises and $1,145 per person for seven-night cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

From Miami, rates start at $400 per person for four-night cruises and $500 per person for five-night cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom. Government taxes and fees, gratuities and Port Adventures are not included.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.

March 8, 2014

Finding "Frozen" in Disney Parks

From the kingdom of Arendelle, guests can immerse themselves in the Oscar-winning animated blockbuster hit Frozen throughout Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. From meet and greets with royalty, to vacationing at the stunning sites that inspired the blockbuster film, here's where you can enjoy your own icy adventures:

Walt Disney World Resort:
• Meet Elsa and Anna inside the Prinsesse Plass, located in the Norway pavilion at Epcot (See photos from this meet and greet HERE.)
• Elsa and Anna will join the new daytime spectacular “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at Magic Kingdom, when it debuts March 9
• Also at Magic Kingdom, the “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime projection show transforms Cinderella Castle with visuals from Frozen

Disneyland Resort:
• Meet Elsa and Anna in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park
• Olaf the snowman greets Disneyland park guests before they meet Elsa and Anna in Fantasyland
• Elsa appears in “World of Color " Winter Dreams,” the holiday version of the popular after-dark spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park. “World of Color " Winter Dreams” may be seen during the Holiday season, which starts in November.

Adventures by Disney:
• A new vacation experience to Norway guides families through an eight-day, seven-night adventure across the stunning lands that inspired the movie Frozen: Fjords, Bergen and Oslo

Disneyland Paris
• Elsa, Anna and Olaf appear in the “Disney Magic On Parade”

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• Anna is onboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream
• Olaf greets guests at the post office on Castaway Cay
• Guests can watch Frozen in the theaters on all four Disney cruise ships

November 21, 2013

Disney Fantasy Presents Royal Court Tea

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CELEBRATION, Fla. " The Disney Fantasy is celebrating the “Royal” in everyone, and whisking children and parents off to a magical affair during the Royal Court Royal Tea.

This royal teatime provides families with classic Disney entertainment and exclusive meet and greet opportunities that evoke nostalgia in even the biggest “kids” who attend.

In the Royal Court, children are greeted by Lady Chamomile, the Royal Tea Hostess, and are crowned as young princesses or dubbed as royal knights before they are escorted to their seats where more surprises await them. Lady Chamomile hosts the stately celebration with Chef Brule, the Royal Pastry Chef, and the pair presents the young princes and princesses with some of their most delightful culinary specialties during the merriment.

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Of course, no royal celebration would be complete without a visit from classic (and modern) Disney Princesses, dubbing this fantastical affair a truly unique and unforgettable family moment for all who attend. Each Princess will enter the Royal Court by invitation from Lady Chamomile and Chef Brule, with a little help from the royal guests. Escorted by a Royal Page, the Princesses will visit each table to meet guests and welcome them to the tea party.

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Lady Chamomile and Chef Brule prove to be welcoming and entertaining hosts of the event, telling stories, singing renditions of classic Disney tunes and dancing"encouraging children to participate. Served with tea sandwiches, pastries, cupcakes and tea, this courtly reception showcases some of Lady Chamomile's and Chef Brule's most delicious confections.

Tea party guests soon discover that the Royal Court Royal Tea is full of surprises"young princesses receive a My Disney Girl doll dressed as their favorite princess, as well as a memory book, a jewelry box and more, including very special gifts from each of the Princesses! Daring young princes complete their knightly fashions with a stately shield, seafaring Duffy bear and more great surprises throughout the event. All royal guests also receive a memorable photograph and meet and greet opportunity with the Princesses, making this event a stand-out experience for both children and families.

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Now offered during 7-night itineraries on-board the Disney Fantasy, the Royal Court Royal Tea can be enjoyed by all.

November 14, 2013

New Onboard Booking Rules for Disney Cruises

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Disney Cruise Line has changed the onboard booking policy for cruisers.

Guests who book a future cruise while onboard a Disney Cruise Line ship will receive the following benefits:

• 10% off prevailing rates (as quoted on disneycruise.com)
• Up to US $200 onboard credit per stateroom
• Reduced deposit on sailings 7-nights or longer

With this change, Guests who book onboard must complete travel within 18 months in order to maintain these benefits. Guests who are unable to sail within this time period will have any current onboard booking benefits removed from their reservation. Guests can modify their sailing dates within this 18-month timeframe as long as these modifications are done outside of any applicable cancellation period.

This change will also apply to Guests with an existing reservation made onboard; however, Guests with an existing reservation will have an additional six-month extension and will need to sail prior to Nov. 30, 2015 in order to keep their onboard booking benefits.

November 12, 2013

Disney Cruise Line Unveils Itineraries and Ports for 2015

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With all four Disney Cruise Line ships sailing from Florida ports in the early part of 2015, Disney's private island Castaway Cay takes center stage. Every cruise departing from January to April includes a stop at Castaway Cay, a lush tropical island reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.

Bookings open to the public on Nov. 14, 2013.

Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral

In 2015, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral to the Caribbean and Bahamas on a variety of itineraries, offering families magical days at sea to explore all of the activities aboard their Disney cruise ship and days in port to lounge on warm, golden beaches, swim in azure waters or shop to their heart's content in local marketplaces.

Three-night Bahamas. Perfect for a quick getaway, the Disney Dream will sail to Nassau and Castaway Cay. Rates start at $450 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay

Dates: Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24

Four-night Bahamas. The Disney Dream will sail to Nassau and Castaway Cay, including a day at sea to enjoy the one-of-a-kind Disney Cruise Line shipboard experience. Rates start at $600 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay

Dates: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27

Seven-night Western Caribbean, including Key West, aboard the Disney Magic. Rates start at $980 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Castaway Cay

Dates: Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 1, 15, Mar. 1, 15, 29, Apr. 12, 26

Seven-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica, aboard the Disney Magic. Rates start at $980 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay

Dates: Jan. 11, 25, Feb. 8, 22, Mar. 8, 22, Apr. 5, 19

Seven-night Eastern Caribbean, including St. Maarten, aboard the Disney Fantasy. Rates start at $1,225 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, San Juan, Castaway Cay

Dates: Jan. 3, 17, 31, Feb. 14, 28, Mar. 14, 28, Apr. 11, 25

Seven-night Eastern Caribbean, including St. Thomas, aboard the Disney Fantasy. Rates start at $1,225 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Thomas, San Juan, Castaway Cay

Dates: Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, Mar. 7, 21, Apr. 4, 18

Caribbean and Bahamas from Miami

In 2015, the Disney Wonder will sail from Miami on four-night Bahamian and five-night Western Caribbean cruises. Rates start at $352 per person for four-night cruises and $440 for five-night cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Four-night Bahamas

Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West

Departure dates: Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22

Five-night Caribbean, including Grand Cayman

Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Jan. 9, 23, Feb. 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3, 17

Five-night Caribbean, including Cozumel

Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 1, 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom. Government taxes and fees, gratuities and Port Adventures are not included.

April 26, 2013

Disney’s First Cruise Ship, Disney Magic, Offers Guests Brand-New Experiences and Reimagined Spaces

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (April 26, 2013) " There's an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic, when the Disney Cruise Line vessel relaunches with new spaces, reimagined areas and exciting additions for the whole family. Guests will experience new adventures from stem to stern throughout their journey on the cruise ship that set the standard for oceangoing majesty and family fun.

From a new grand atrium lobby and a children's area of “super hero” proportions to a three-story water thrill slide and a spa to stimulate the “Senses,” there are plenty of new and magical surprises in store for cruise guests. The ship features fun new experiences with Marvel characters " the first time Super Hero icons from the Marvel Universe have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship.

“We have always been committed to reinvesting in our fleet and continuously making shipboard enhancements that elevate the guest experience,” said Karl L. Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “What we're doing with the Disney Magic is yet another step forward in our commitment to delivering the absolute best family vacations at sea.”

“Storytelling is at the heart of everything we do,” says Joe Lanzisero, senior creative vice president for Walt Disney Imagineering. “Walt Disney was a master storyteller and knew how to engage people's emotions into stories. Our job is to take what we learned from Walt and apply it to the experiences on board our ships.”

Here are some highlights of new “magic” in store for guests aboard the Disney Magic after the “reimagineering” transformation of the ship that takes place during dry dock Sept. 7-Oct. 10, 2013 in Cadiz, Spain:

A Grand First Impression

When guests board the Disney Magic, they enter the grand atrium lobby that is redesigned to be “elegant art deco, inspired by elements of the sea,” according to Lanzisero.

“Filmmaking is the history of our company and in film the ‘establishing shot' sets the scene,” he says. “This is the same with the atrium, as we begin telling our story.”

The spacious and spectacular three-deck lobby features hand-tufted, custom-made carpet that dazzles in a palette of vibrant coral, blue and aquamarine seashell-inspired designs. The art deco atrium chandelier is inspired by rays of the sun and the glisten of the surface of the ocean. Opulent furnishings, a grand piano and giant portholes recall the days of early 20th century ocean liners.

The lobby's centerpiece is a cold-cast bronze statue of “Helmsman Mickey,” ever-smiling and keeping watch as guests stroll past. The famed statue, which has stood in the atrium since the ship was launched, will receive a special makeover bringing new luster to its golden hue.

Disney, Disney-Pixar & Marvel Characters Join the Fun


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Disney's Oceaneer Club, open to 3- to 12-year-old children, is a completely re-imagined area that transports children to the magical realms of brave super heroes, adventuresome toys, fanciful fairies and Mickey Mouse's club for creativity and fun.

With Marvel now a part of the Walt Disney Company family, this will mark the first time the Super Hero icons of Marvel have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship. Marvel and Walt Disney Imagineers have created a new space for children to enter into the Marvel Universe.

Marvel's The Avengers will make their presence known in an epic way aboard the Disney Magic, with Marvel's Avengers Academy calling Disney's Oceaneer Club its new seaward home. Young crime-fighters will be transported to a high-tech command post used by The Avengers for special missions and operations training.

Throughout the base, displays featuring some of the equipment that helps to make The Avengers the earth's mightiest heroes " Iron Man's suit of armor, Captain America's shield and Thor's hammer " inspire super hero “recruits” through their academy missions. Avengers Academy is a multi-day, immersive entertainment experience where children interact with Marvel characters and unleash their inner super heroes.

Adjacent to Marvel's Avengers Academy is Andy's Room, where stars of the Disney-Pixar “Toy Story” trilogy come to life in a multi-level space. Stocked with all of Andy's favorite toys, the room features a larger-than-life Mr. Potato Head, a giant version of the lovable piggy bank, Hamm, and a Slinky Dog slide.

Next door is Pixie Hollow, the enchanted land of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. In this magical forest setting, Tinker Bell's teapot house serves as a costume closet and children can make crafts while sitting on stools shaped like mushrooms and acorns.

In Disney's Oceaneer Club guests will find the Mickey Mouse Club, another new children's area. Inside a room splashed with Mickey's signature colors of red, yellow and black, kids can create crafts and play games on ear-shaped tables. The club also features Goofy Gears, an oversized activity where kids play with wacky, magnetic spinning gears.

But the kid-sized fun doesn't stop there!

Disney's Oceaneer Lab takes 3-to-12-year-old children on a journey of discovery, exploration and adventures. At this new pirate-themed area, children are encouraged to create, play and explore. An animator's studio, a pirate workshop and lab lets kids get hands-on to create experiments and art projects, and Navigator Simulators let young buccaneers steer a ship through the mysterious waters of The Caribbean.

For the youngest cruisers " ages three months to three years " is the new It's a Small World Nursery. Inspired by the style of Disney Legend Mary Blair, this whimsical world is a place of age-specific fun and discovery, with trained counselors.

H2…OH!

The upper ship decks of the Disney Magic have been redesigned for plenty of splashtacular fun, with waterful adventures that include a three-story water slide for thrill-seekers and a Huey, Dewey and Louie-themed toddler splash zone for smaller ducklings.

“From small children to teens to adults, everyone will have a space to have fun in the sun and water. We added more water play areas, dynamic slides, interactive elements for the kids, and more shade,” says Lanzisero.


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Water thrills are found on the AquaDunk, a three-story body slide that begins with a surprise launch. Riders step inside a translucent tube and await the near-vertical launch that takes place when the floor beneath them opens like a trap door. The drop sends guests on an exhilarating, swift and splashy ride in a translucent tube that extends 20 feet over the side of the ship. Guests taller than 48 inches can enjoy the AquaDunk.

Guests can also soak in the sun and the water fun with AquaLab, an interactive water playground open to kids ages 3 and up. In the AquaLab, families can frolic among pop jets, geysers and bubblers in this fun and fanciful 1,800-square-foot space, while the Twist n' Spout water slide gets them delightfully drenched with more than 250 feet of sliding fun of loops and turns. Twist n' Spout is for guests between 38 and 64 inches tall.

Tots up to age 3 can play in the new Nephews' Splash Zone, a splash-a-second area dedicated to interactive fun and starring Donald Duck's mischievous nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie. The area features water play with pop jets, squirting figures of Donald Duck's nephews and plenty of high seas hijinks.

Disney Dining With an Extra Dash of Pixie Dust

New restaurants and new technology are on the menu for the restaurants aboard Disney Magic.

Animator's Palate, one of the most popular restaurants on the Disney ships, is updated with all-new, animation-adorned walls and larger high-definition flat-screens to provide the best views of the animation magic that takes place all around.

A heaping helping of entertainment is served up during the brand-new “Drawn to Magic” experience at Animator's Palate. Throughout this deliciously fresh take on Disney Cruise Line's much beloved classic dinner celebration, the restaurant's black and white “blank canvas” explodes into full color as favorite Disney and Disney-Pixar characters, such as Rapunzel from “Tangled” and Remy from “Ratatouille,” come to life right before guests' eyes.

On every Disney Magic cruise, guests will have an opportunity to experience the tremendously popular “Animation Magic” dinner show that celebrates the magic of Disney animation and allows families to create and participate in an innovative way. First unveiled on the Disney Fantasy, “Animation Magic” invites guests to create their own characters that magically spring to life, become fully animated and join the show onscreen.

The vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro creates an energetic atmosphere in Carioca's, a new restaurant named after Donald Duck's parrot pal in “The Three Caballeros,” Jose Carioca. Festooned with lighted lanterns, the restaurant is designed to be “fun by day, elegant by night,” says Lanzisero.

During the day, there's a festival theme and, when night falls, the atmosphere transforms into an after-hours scene of Rio de Janiero, with city-side windows softly illuminated and lanterns flickering overhead. Carioca's replaces Parrot Cay restaurant, currently on the Disney Magic.

Another new restaurant to the Disney Magic is Cabanas, a casual dining experience with food and beverage stations during daytime hours and a table-service restaurant during dinner. The Australian setting of the Disney-Pixar animated classic “Finding Nemo” inspires the décor with hints of the film's fishy and feathered friends throughout the restaurant.

Cabanas, which replaces the current Topsider Buffet, also is expanding. More inside space is being added, increasing the total square-footage of air-conditioned area by nearly 3,400 square feet to more than 9,460 square feet and a total of 455 seats.

Disney Cruise Line's popular Palo restaurant for adults receives a makeover with stylish fixtures, glass artwork and new stone floors. Red and white striped poles reminiscent of those found throughout the canals in Venice are a design feature.

The Fun's Just Begun When Nighttime Comes

After a day of frolicking on the decks and out and about the ship, Disney Magic offers big city-style fun in After Hours, the nighttime adult entertainment district. An all-new lineup of clubs includes venues for dancing, comedy, music and variety shows. After Hours replaces Beat Street, currently on the Disney Magic.

“It's our goal to create a sleek and sophisticated adult experience in After Hours” says Lanzisero. “Each of the three clubs has a different feel that complements the others.”

Fathoms night club is a celebration of the sea that utilizes special effects, lighting and sound to create different atmospheres from early evening to night.

“The ocean can sometimes be very calm and sometimes have some big excitement,” Lanzisero says. “That's what we wanted to create with Fathoms.”

For guests seeking a more low-key nighttime experience, there is Keys piano bar and lounge. Whether guests want to relax with a cocktail and the soft sounds of a piano or “wind down” after an evening of dancing and revelry, Keys provides a refined retreat.

Pub days of olde are recalled in O'Gills, an Irish pub and sports bar designed with traditional decor. Live televised athletic events are on tap for sports-lovers.

Open Up, and Say “Spa”

For the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, the enhanced Senses Spa & Salon offers many indulgences. Redesigned with a sleek and contemporary style, this haven of personal harmony provides an unmatched ocean-view environment. The size of the spa is being expanded by 725 square feet, to a total size of nearly 11,500 square feet.

A new Smile Spa offers teeth whitening services, a new barbershop offers services for the gentlemen and the new Chill Spa provides treatments especially for teens 13 to 17 years of age.

Family Fun in the D Lounge

Another reimagined area, D Lounge, offers a variety of family-friendly games, shows, dances and activities designed for all ages. Colorful and contemporary, this space encourages creative and kinetic fun. Families can enjoy entertainment, game shows and activities together in D Lounge which replaces Studio Sea, currently on the Disney Magic.

Putting more “room” in staterooms

Disney Cruise Line knows that traveling families always need more space, so features are included in each room to provide more usable space. Bed frames are elevated to provide storage space underneath. The bathrooms include the split-bath feature that Disney introduced to the cruise industry " providing even greater convenience to guests.

February 12, 2013

Disney Cruise Line Unveils New 2014 Itineraries and Ports

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First-Ever Venice and San Juan Departures and New Destinations in Greece, Sicily, Spain and Grenada

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2013) " In 2014, Disney Cruise Line will offer new itineraries, including an expanded collection of European cruises highlighting the Greek Isles. Plus, Disney Cruise Line will depart for the first time from homeports in Venice, Italy and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Disney Cruise Line was designed to cater to the unique vacation needs of families, and next year will continue to enhance cruise options for guests " from the wonders of Europe to sun and sand in the Caribbean to outdoor adventures in Alaska.

Highlights of the Disney Cruise Line 2014 schedule include…

Mediterranean from Venice and Barcelona

From May to August 2014, the Disney Magic returns to the Mediterranean with exciting new ports and popular destinations, treating guests to the best of Europe.

New for the European season, Disney Cruise Line will use Venice, Italy as a homeport for select sailings. During these cruises, the Disney Magic overnights in Venice, giving guests the opportunity to experience an evening in the spectacular city.

Disney Cruise Line also will visit new destinations in the Greek Isles and Sicily for the very first time, including Katakolon, Rhodes, Heraklion (Crete), Santorini and Corfu, Greece and Catania, Sicily.

NEW Nine-night Mediterranean Greek Isles

Ports: Venice; Katakolon; Pireaus; Kusadasi; Rhodes; Mykonos; Venice (overnight)

Departure dates: June 26, July 5

Throughout the summer season, Disney Cruise Line is offering a rich array of European itineraries with a variety of cruise lengths and ports of call. Guests will experience richly diverse cities and cultures, showcasing iconic locations, romantic boulevards, bustling bazaars, sun-drenched islands and the brilliant blue Mediterranean Sea.

Details on all Disney Cruise Line European itineraries can be found on the Europe destinations section of disneycruise.com.

Rates start at $796 per person for four-night cruises, $995 per person for five-night cruises, $1,015 per person for seven-night cruises, $1,827 per person for nine-night cruises and $2,388 for 12-night European cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Southern Caribbean from San Juan

Disney Cruise Line will homeport in San Juan for the first time in 2014. The Disney Magic will sail four cruises to the Southern Caribbean, including Grenada " a new port of call for Disney.

Known as the “Spice Isle,” Grenada offers Disney Cruise Line guests a lush and lively destination filled with spice estates, tropical gardens, beautiful beaches, thrilling diving, snorkeling, fishing and exploration through mountain landscapes and waterfalls. A picturesque harbor is home to shops stocked with spices and restaurants serving unique cuisine combining Creole, Caribbean and West Indian flavors.

Rates start at $945 per person for seven-night cruises from San Juan for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

NEW Seven-night Southern Caribbean from San Juan

Ports: San Juan; Antigua; St. Lucia; Grenada; Barbados; St. Kitts

Departure dates: Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11

Alaska from Vancouver

In 2014, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska. One special nine-night cruise calls on Sitka, Alaska " a first for Disney Cruise Line.

These cruises combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience found on a Disney ship. Disney Cruise Line works closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to experience Alaska's natural beauty and rich history.

Rates start at $1,015 per person for seven-night cruises and $1,305 per person for the nine-night Alaska cruise for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Seven-night Alaska:

Ports: Vancouver, Tracy Arm (scenic cruising through fjord), Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

Departure dates: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1

NEW Nine-night Alaska:

Ports: Vancouver, Sitka, Tracy Arm (scenic cruising through fjord), Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

Departure date: May 24

Bahamas and Western Caribbean from Miami

In 2014, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Miami on four-night Bahamian and five-night Western Caribbean cruises. Rates start at $460 per person for four-night cruises and $575 for five-night cruises departing from Miami for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Four-night Bahamas

Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West

Dates: Disney Wonder Jan.-April; Disney Magic Oct.-Dec.

Five-night Caribbean

Ports:Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

Dates: Disney Wonder Jan.-April; Disney Magic Oct.-Dec.

Five-night Caribbean, including Castaway Cay

Ports:Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay

Dates: Disney Wonder Jan.-April; Disney Magic Oct.-Dec.

Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral

In 2014, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral to the Caribbean and Bahamas on a variety of itineraries. Every cruise departing from Port Canaveral includes a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Details on all Disney Cruise Line itineraries sailing from Port Canaveral can be found on the Bahamas cruises and Caribbean cruises sections of disneycruise.com.

Rates start at $450 per person for three-night cruises, $600 per person for four-night cruises and $910 for seven-night cruises departing from Port Canaveral for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom. Government taxes and fees and Port Adventures are not included.

December 4, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Announces 2014 Itineraries and Ports

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Homecoming for Disney Magic Gives Guests More Opportunities
to Visit Disney's Private Island Castaway Cay

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2012) " The white sand beaches and azure waters of Castaway Cay, Disney's private island, take center stage in the early half of 2014 voyages for Disney Cruise Line. With all four Disney ships sailing from Florida ports, not only will guests have more options to visit Castaway Cay, but they may combine their cruise with a visit to Walt Disney World Resort and experience the expanded Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom.

In the early part of 2014, the Disney Magic will return to Port Canaveral, Fla., joining the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, while the Disney Wonder will homeport in Miami. During this time, guests will have more opportunities than ever to enjoy a Disney cruise that visits Disney's private island in the Bahamas reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay.


Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral

In 2014, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral to the Caribbean and Bahamas on a variety of itineraries. Every cruise departing from Port Canaveral includes a stop at Castaway Cay.

The itineraries also offer families magical days at sea to explore all of the fun aboard their Disney cruise ship and days in port to lounge on warm, golden beaches, swim and snorkel in azure waters or to shop to their heart's content in local marketplaces.


Three-night Bahamian sailings
are perfect for a quick getaway. Rates start at $420 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan.-Aug., 2014; Disney Magic departures Jan.-May, 2014


Four-night Bahamian
sailings include a day at sea to sample the one-of-a-kind Disney Cruise Line shipboard experience. Rates start at $480 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan.-Aug., 2014; Disney Magic departures Jan.-May, 2014

Seven-night Eastern Caribbean. The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises, including St. Maarten and St. Thomas with three days at sea. Rates start at $1,155 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan.-Aug., 2014

Seven-night Western Caribbean. The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Western Caribbean cruises, including Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel with two days at sea. Rates start at $1,120 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan.-April, 2014

Seven-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica. At Falmouth, Jamaica, guests can sample the city's history and culture, taste Jamaica's signature jerk recipes, enjoy lush tropical scenery on a bamboo raft river ride and visit the spectacular Dunn's River Falls located nearby. Rates start at $1,120 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Disney Fantasy departures May-Aug., 2014

Bahamas and Western Caribbean from Miami (Jan.-May, 2014)

In 2014, the Disney Wonder will sail from Miami on four-night Bahamian and five-night Western Caribbean cruises. Rates start at $352 per person for four-night cruises and $440 for five-night cruises departing from Miami for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Four-night Bahamas

Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West
Departure dates: Jan. 15, 29, Feb. 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 9, 23

Five-night Caribbean

Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Departure dates: Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18

Five-night Caribbean, including Castaway Cay

Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom. Government taxes and fees and Port Adventures are not included.

For a quote or reservations, contact Disney Cruise Line or the AllEars exclusive travel partner, MouseFanTravel.com

November 29, 2012

The Disney Wonder Countdowns to Port Miami

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Captain Mickey Mouse officially kicked off the countdown for the arrival of the Disney Wonder to Port Miami with a Disney-style unveiling of a larger-than-life banner proclaiming “See Ya Real Soon.

When the Disney Wonder arrives in Miami on December 23, 2012, it will mark the first time a Disney Cruise Line ship has home-ported in South Florida.

Disney Cruise Line's inaugural Miami season will start with a 7-night Eastern Caribbean Christmas cruise and then ring in the New Year with a 6-night Western Caribbean voyage. These two holiday cruises set the stage for a very happy 2013 with three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.

The Disney cruises from Miami will stop at multiple ports in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, including Nassau, Key West, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Can you guess the port the South Florida families I talked to today are most excited about visiting? Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, of course! Miami is the newest addition to the list of Disney Cruise Line homeports from which guests can escape to this exclusive tropical paradise.

November 5, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Sails to Jamaica for the First Time Departing from Galveston, Texas

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2012) " Disney Cruise Line will visit Jamaica for the first time with new itineraries departing from Galveston, Texas in late 2013. The new seven-night Western Caribbean sailings will call on Falmouth, Jamaica, as well as Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.

While in Falmouth, one of the Caribbean's best-preserved Georgian towns, guests can sample the city's history and culture, take a trip through time on a horse-and-buggy ride, shop for arts and crafts and taste Jamaica's signature jerk recipes. Bamboo raft rides along the Martha Brae River offer exceptional views of the island's lush tropical scenery and nearby Ocho Rios is known for its spectacular Dunn's River Falls.

Also in late 2013, Disney Cruise Line will sail seven-night Bahamas cruises from Galveston, calling on Key West, Nassau, and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. A tropical paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay is the ultimate escape, with powdery white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters and swaying palm trees. Always a favorite port of call for guests, Castaway Cay is the place for those seeking adventure, relaxation or quality time with the family.


Fall 2013 Galveston Schedule

NEW: Western Caribbean, including Jamaica. The Disney Wonder will sail from the Port of Galveston on seven-night Western Caribbean cruises, including a stop at Falmouth, Jamaica. Plus, three days at sea allow guests to experience the world-class entertainment, impeccable guest service and one-of-a-kind shipboard experience found only on Disney Cruise Line.

Ports: Galveston; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico

Departure dates: Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16, 30

NEW: Bahamas, including Castaway Cay. Seven-night Bahamas cruises, include a stop at Disney's private island paradise, Castaway Cay.

Ports: Galveston; Key West; Castaway Cay; Nassau

Departure dates: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, 26, Nov. 9, 23, Dec. 7, 14

Rates start at $840 per person for these seven-night cruises departing from Galveston, for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom. Government taxes and fees and Port Adventures are not included.

October 9, 2012

Kids Sail Free with Disney Cruise Line in Texas

Disney Cruise Line Arrives in Texas

Disney Cruise Line announced that kids 17 and under sail free on select voyages from Galveston, Texas, with two full-fare guests in the same stateroom. It's time to don your cowboy hat and saddle up for some family fun with Mickey!

The offer is for most Disney Magic sailings from January 4 to March 1, 2013, making this the perfect holiday gift for your little cowboys and cowgirls! The offer is available for stateroom categories 4A-11B (government taxes and fees not included).

The hardest choice you'll have to make is which cruise to take… Bahamas or Western Caribbean?

On the eight-night Bahamas voyage, you'll stop at Castaway Cay, Key West and Port Canaveral (with the option to visit Walt Disney World Resort!). You can also explore the beautiful Western Caribbean for six nights (Grand Cayman, Cozumel) or eight nights (Key West, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel).

September 24, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Arrives in Galveston with Texas-sized Fanfare

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Disney Cruise Line Arrives in Galveston with Texas-sized Fanfare

The Disney Magic arrived in Galveston, kicking off the Disney Cruise Line inaugural season sailing from the Port of Galveston.

Disney Cruise Line Arrives in Texas

To salute its arrival to the Lone Star State, the Disney Magic donned a Texas-sized cowboy hat on the ship's funnel as crew members and Disney characters waved from the upper decks of the ship. In 2012 and 2013, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Galveston on a variety of itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas, with some cruises taking guests to Walt Disney World Resort and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Disney Cruise Line Arrives in Texas

This hat is an astonishing 19-feet tall and 14-feet wide. To put it in perspective for you, if a real cowboy was to wear this hat he would need to be about 43 feet tall! Amazingly, the hat was installed while the ship was at sea, just one mile out from the Port of Galveston.

Disney Cruise Line Arrives in Texas
Disney Cruise Line Arrives in Texas

The larger-than-life cowboy hat was actually printed on a polypoplene cover, and engineers created a frame for the hat that includes the shape of the funnel's Mickey ears. Check out this behind-the-scenes shot as the riggers bolted the frame in place.


Disney Cruise Line Arrives in Texas

September 8, 2012

2013 Itineraries Departing from Galveston, Texas

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In early 2013, Disney Cruise Line will offer a variety of new itineraries departing from Galveston, Texas, providing even more cruise options for guests. In addition to six-night Western Caribbean sailings, new choices include four-night Caribbean getaway cruises and eight-night itineraries that take guests to Walt Disney World Resort and Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

“We are excited to add even more variety to our offering of itineraries from the Port of Galveston,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. “The addition of shorter getaway cruises and voyages that call on our most popular port of call, Disney's Castaway Cay, rounds out an impressive array of itinerary options from Galveston.”

Highlights of the 2013 Galveston itineraries include…

In the early part of 2013, the Disney Magic will sail from the Port of Galveston to the Western Caribbean and Bahamas with four-, six- and eight-night itineraries.

NEW: Four-night Caribbean sailings are perfect for guests looking for a quick getaway and include two days at sea to sample the one-of-a-kind Disney Cruise Line shipboard experience.Ports: Galveston, Cozumel
Departure dates: Feb. 1, 5, March 15, 19, April 12, 16
Rates start at $400 per person for four-night cruises departing from Galveston for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Six-night Western Caribbean cruises offer a tropical vacation with world-class entertainment and impeccable guest service found only on Disney Cruise Line.
Ports: Galveston, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Departure dates: Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20. May 4
Rates start at $750 per person for six-night cruises departing from Galveston for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

NEW: Eight-night Bahamas sailings include a day at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay; and a stop at Port Canaveral, Fla., giving guests an opportunity to visit the nearby Walt Disney World Resort. As part of this itinerary, each guest will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and roundtrip transportation between their Disney ship and the resort.
Ports: Galveston, Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral, Key West
Departure dates: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 1, 29, April 26, May 10
Rates start at $960 per person for eight-night cruises to Castaway Cay and Florida departing from Galveston for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Eight-night Western Caribbean cruises include stops in Mexico and Key West Fla.
Ports: Galveston, Key West, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel
Departure dates: Jan. 4
Rates start at $920 per person for eight-night Caribbean cruises departing from Galveston for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Later in 2013, the Disney Wonder is scheduled to sail seven-night cruises from Galveston to Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel.

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom. Government taxes and fees and Port Adventures are not included. The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited. See Disney Cruise Line website for details and applicable terms and conditions.

August 25, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Monitoring Weather Conditions in Bahamas and Caribbean

UPDATE August 25, 2012 3:00pm

At this time, we have not made any changes to the following itineraries:

Disney Fantasy  August 25th, 7-night sailing to the Eastern Caribbean
Disney Magic  August 25th, 8-night sailing to the Bahamas
Disney Dream  August 29th, 4-night sailing to the Bahamas

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The safety of our Guests and Crew is always our first priority at Disney Cruise Line.

We are closely monitoring the current weather conditions and path of Tropical Storm Isaac in the Caribbean and Tropical Storm Joyce in the Atlantic through the National Weather Service.
At this time, we have not made any changes to the following itineraries:

Disney Dream  August 24th, 5-night sailing to the Bahamas
Disney Fantasy  August 25th, 7-night sailing to the Eastern Caribbean
Disney Magic  August 25th, 8-night sailing to the Bahamas
Disney Dream  August 29th, 4-night sailing to the Bahamas

Should weather conditions change, our Captains can alter the ship's course or itinerary for the safety and well being of our Guests.

August 24, 2012

Celebrate Halloween with Disney Cruise Line – 25% Off!

Disney Cruise Line has announced a special sale of 25% off prevailing rates for the October 27 Western Caribbean Disney cruise from Galveston, Texas!

Disney Cruise Halloween

During late October, all Disney ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland filled with hair-raising activities. There are special decorations, unique menu items in the restaurants, and themed dance parties on deck.

Check out the details of the deal at this link, and read on for a glimpse at the treats awaiting your family aboard a Disney ship this Halloween:

Haunted Parties: Your favorite Disney characters, wearing special Halloween costumes just for the occasion, will join you for a fun-filled Halloween costume party " Disney Cruise Line style, complete with live music, dancing and lots of candy! For adults, the nighttime entertainment district on the Disney ships becomes the ghoulish setting for a costume
contest and party sure to bring chills to everyone.

Spooky Movies: Halloween-themed movies will be shown on Funnel Vision by the family pool and in guest staterooms.

Ghoulish Delights: Disney Cruise Line chefs have conjured some very special treats for Halloween, including chocolate cake with pumpkin filling, spider cakes and “Witch's Brew.”

The current itinerary for this cruise is:

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise on Disney Magic

October 27 to November 3
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Day 1 Embarkation in Galveston, TX
Day 2 and 3 Sea Days
Day 4 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Day 5 Costa Maya, Mexico
Day 6 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Disembarkation Galveston, Texas

Guest ashore times and onboard times are subject to change without notice.

June 26, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Unveils New Itineraries and Ports for 2013

First-Ever Miami Departures and New European Destinations Provide More Options for Disney Cruise Line Guests

CELEBRATION, Fla. (June 26, 2012) " In 2013, Disney Cruise Line will offer new itineraries, including an expanded portfolio of European cruises with new destinations such as Venice, Italy, and the Greek Isles. In addition, Disney Cruise Line will utilize a second homeport in Florida, with Caribbean sailings departing from the Port of Miami for the first time.

With the addition of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy to the fleet of cruise ships, Disney Cruise Line is able to take more families to more destinations around the world. Disney Cruise Line has always catered to the unique vacation needs of families, and next year will be enhancing the cruise options for guests " whether it's sun and sand in the Caribbean, outdoor adventures in Alaska or experiencing the wonders of Europe.

Highlights of the Disney Cruise Line 2013 schedule include…

Mediterranean from Barcelona

Beginning June 1, 2013, the Disney Magic returns to Europe with plenty of new twists to the Mediterranean itineraries, including a four-night option and special 12-night sailings in addition to seven-night itineraries that treat guests to the best of Europe during the three-month season.

The new 12-night sailings visit destinations such as Venice, Italy, and Croatia's Dalmatian Coast on one itinerary and Ephesus, Turkey and the Greek Isles including Athens, on another. Each itinerary will offer a sailing departing in June and another departing in July.

All itineraries depart from Barcelona, Spain, as the Disney Magic takes guests on an exciting journey of richly diverse cities, cultures and people. With romantic boulevards, bustling bazaars, iconic locations, mild climates, sun-drenched islands and the brilliant blue Mediterranean Sea, guests will enjoy a world-class family vacation with legendary Disney guest service.

Rates start at $796 per person for four-night cruises, $1,015 per person for seven-night cruises and $2,244 for 12-night cruises departing from Barcelona for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.


Four-night Mediterranean Getaway

Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Departure dates: July 9, Aug. 6

Seven-night Mediterranean Cruise

Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples, Italy

Departure dates: June 1, 8, Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31

12-night Mediterranean with Greece

Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Mykonos, Greece; Valetta, Malta

Departure dates: June 15, July 13

12-night Mediterranean with Venice

Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples, Italy; Venice, Italy (overnight); Dubrovnik, Croatia; Valetta, Malta

Departure dates: June 27, July 25

Bahamas and Western Caribbean from Miami

Disney Cruise Line will sail from Miami for the first time on Dec. 23, 2012. One six- and one seven-night Caribbean sailing set the stage for a schedule of three-, four- and five-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean. Ports of call include Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West; Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

The itineraries offer families magical days at sea to explore all of the fun aboard the Disney Wonder or Disney Magic and days in port to lounge on warm, golden beaches, to swim and snorkel in azure waters or to shop to their heart's content in exotic marketplaces.

Rates start at $609 per person for three-night cruises, $500 per person for four-night cruises and $575 for five-night cruises from Miami for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Five-night Caribbean

Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Jan. 5, 19, Feb, 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, 24, Dec. 8, 22

Five-night Caribbean

Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

Departure dates: Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22, Nov. 1, 15, 29, Dec. 13

Four-night Bahamas

Ports: Miami, Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 2

Four-night Bahamas

Ports: Miami, Key West, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Nov. 6, 20, Dec. 4, 18

Three-night Bahamas

Ports: Miami, Nassau, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Dec. 27, 30

Western Caribbean from Galveston

Disney Cruise Line will begin sailing from Texas in 2012, from the Port of Galveston to the Western Caribbean. Six-, seven- and eight-night cruises from Galveston will continue through 2013.

Rates start at $750 per person for six-night cruises, $840 per person for seven-night cruises and $920 per person for eight-night cruises departing from Galveston for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Six-night Caribbean:

Ports: Galveston, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

Departure dates: Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20. May 4

Seven-night Caribbean:

Ports: Galveston, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel

Departure dates: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28

Eight-night Caribbean:

Ports: Galveston, Key West, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel

Departure dates: Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 1, 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26, May 10

Alaska from Vancouver

Beginning May 27, 2013, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska.

These cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience found on a Disney Cruise Line ship. Disney Cruise Line worked closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to best experience Alaska's natural beauty and rich history.

Rates for seven-night Alaska cruises departing from Vancouver start at $1,015 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Seven-night Alaska:

Ports: Vancouver, Tracy Arm (scenic cruising through fjord), Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

Departure dates: May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2

Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral

The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue to sail a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries departing from Port Canaveral.

The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries " alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Special Eastern Caribbean sailings, January through April 2013, stop at San Juan, Puerto Rico. All Disney Fantasy itineraries include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Rates for seven-night Caribbean cruises on the Disney Fantasy start at $1,085 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

The Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Rates for three- and four-night Bahamian cruises on the Disney Dream start at $450 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Adventures By Disney

Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney will offer families unique land and sea experiences in the Mediterranean. Available on select departures, guests can maximize the magic with three-night or four-night pre-cruise Adventures by Disney vacation itineraries in Barcelona and Madrid. These immersive add-ons allow families to envelop themselves in the culture of the region with VIP access in the most-sought-after tourist destinations " such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona and the El Prado museum in Madrid " as well as hands-on lessons in archeology, flamenco dancing, local cuisine and stained glass crafting. Each Adventures by Disney departure is led by knowledgeable Adventure Guides who handle all the planning logistics so parents can relax and enjoy quality time with their family.

Families can also enhance seven-night and 12-night Mediterranean sailings with Adventures by Disney Onboard Experience packages. Throughout the voyage, guests will have access to exclusive Adventures by Disney activities and concierge service from dedicated Adventure Guides. These guides will also lead travelers at each port, helping them unlock the wonders of each destination through exclusive excursions and off-the-beaten-path adventures. Specific itinerary and pricing information for the 2013 Adventures by Disney experiences will be available in March 2012.

All Disney Cruise Line pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom, Government Taxes and Fees not included.

May 30, 2012

Disney Wonder Offering Special Pixar Cruises This Fall


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CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 30, 2012) " A new cast of characters will stroll the decks and visit with guests aboard the Disney Wonder as Mr. Incredible, Remy, Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and other memorable characters from Pixar Animation Studios' award-winning films make their shipboard debut during four special Pixar-inspired seven-night California Coastal cruises Sept. 16 through Oct. 14, 2012.

During these voyages, Disney Cruise Line guests will be able to interact with and explore the world of Pixar and their beloved films while the Disney Wonder sails to popular port cities along the coast of California. Special entertainment and offerings designed for both children and adults include:

Pixar Presentations and Sneak Peeks: Artists and filmmakers from Pixar Animation Studios will provide guests with an inside look at the creative process used in the development of an animated feature or short. Guests will go behind the scenes and explore the making of Pixar's newest release “Brave” and get a look at footage of future Pixar films.

The Art of Pixar: Storyboards, character sketches, environment paintings, maquettes and other inspiring concept art used to design Pixar films will be on display in a special art exhibition at sea. This collection of art has only been seen outside of Pixar Animation Studios when it has been displayed at leading art museums around the world. This time the art will truly be a “traveling” exhibition as the Disney Wonder sails up and down the California coast.

Pixar Film Fest: Guests will be able to enjoy the entire Pixar library of films while onboard, including a selection of delightful animated shorts. Viewing opportunities will take place in the Buena Vista Theatre, Walt Disney Theatre, at the jumbo LED screen on deck or on in-stateroom televisions. The voyages coincide with the theatrical premiere of “Finding Nemo 3D,” which guests can enjoy at either of the two theatres equipped with state-of-the-art Dolby 3D projection systems.

Pixar Character Encounters: More than a dozen Pixar characters will meet with and greet guests throughout the cruise. There will be a special Pixar-themed dance parties in the Atrium Lobby and a host of other opportunities for guests to reconnect with their favorite Pixar pals.

Guests sailing on the Pixar-themed voyages will also receive a commemorative lithograph created by Pixar artist and “Brave” co-director/screenwriter, Steve Purcell.

The Disney Wonder will sail out of Los Angeles and visit San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico during the four Pixar-themed voyages. Rates for the seven-night voyages start at $799 per person for a deluxe inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

May 27, 2012

Disney Cruise Line First-Ever Disney Voyages from Manhattan

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NEW YORK, New York (May 25, 2012) This morning, Disney Cruise Line's flagship vessel, the Disney Magic, arrived in New York Harbor donning the world's largest bumper sticker. Usually found on the back of family minivans, the 50-foot-long by 11-foot-wide super-sized sticker is larger than a city bus. The ship will depart this afternoon, marking the beginning of Disney's first-ever consumer sailings out of Manhattan " allowing local residents to experience a Disney vacation in their own backyard.

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The Disney Magic will sail a total of 20 cruises from New York " including eight-night cruises to the Bahamas and five-night cruises up the New England coast to Canada plus two-night cruises that will give a sampling of the Disney Cruise Line experience over a weekend:

The eight Bahamas cruises will include a day at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay; Nassau, Bahamas; and a stop at Port Canaveral, Fla., giving guests an opportunity to visit the nearby Walt Disney World Resort. As part of this itinerary, each guest will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and roundtrip transportation between their Disney ship and the resort. Departure Dates: May 25, June 2, 22, 30, July 20, 28, Aug. 17, 25

The nine five-night cruises up the New England coast will call at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick. In these popular Canadian ports, guests can soak in splendid natural vistas, explore historic sites, visit quaint cafes and charming shops, and browse Canada's oldest farmer's market. Departure Dates: June 10, 17, July 8, 15, Aug. 5, 12, Sept. 2, 7, 12

Three two-night cruises out of New York are perfect for families looking for a quick getaway with a day at sea over a weekend. Rates for the two-night cruises start at $996 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. Departure Dates: June 15, July 13 and Aug. 10

May 8, 2012

Disney Wonder Calls on Hawaii for the First Time

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HONOLULU, Hawaii, On May 6, 2012, the Disney Wonder called on Honolulu, Hawaii for the first-time, sailing past iconic Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. The Disney Wonder is in the middle of a special 15-night Hawaiian cruise with stops in Hilo, Hawaii; Kahului, Maui; Honolulu, Oahu; Nawiliwili, Kauai and Ensenada, Mexico. Disney Cruise Line is offering a second 14-night Hawaiian voyage that will depart from the Port of Los Angeles on October 14, 2012. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

March 26, 2012

Water Features on the Disney Fantasy

Disney Fantasy Upper Decks a Splashing Delight for Kids
and Comfortable Retreat for Adults

CELEBRATION, Fla. " An array of wet and wonderful new surprises help guests cool off as they
enjoy soaking up the sun aboard the Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line's newest ship.


AquaLab Debuts on the Disney Fantasy

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On the Disney Fantasy, guests can splash and play in the AquaLab " a brand-new water play
area on Deck 12, near the entrance to the AquaDuck water coaster. Families can frolic among
pop jets, geysers and bubblers in this fun and fanciful 1,800-square-foot space. As the story
goes, AquaLab was created by Donald Duck's nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, and features
a variety of water “experiments” designed to drench the whole family.

Children entering the AquaLab will see that the nephews are away for the time being, leaving
the young cruise guests in charge of the AquaLab. Through hand-painted notes left by the
nephews, kids are put in charge of the AquaDuck water coaster. By turning wheels and moving
levers at three wacky aqua stations, kids “control” the speed and temperature of AquaDuck.

At a leaky wall, the water fun is all hands on deck as kids try to keep the water circulating by
covering holes in squirting and spurting pipes with their hands. In another area, kids scramble to
stop leaky pipes from filling Uncle Donald's row boat with water. Water leaks and sprays from
the Ducky Dinghy, suspended overhead, and as the boat fills a fish pops his head out of a
bucket while everyone gets delightfully drenched.

In addition to AquaLab, the Disney Fantasy features another new area for guests of all ages to
cool off. On Deck 12 forward, a wading pool with a fountain water feature, ample seating and
lounge chairs under canopy offer a respite in the shade.

Exclusively for Adults

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In addition to Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar on the Disney Fantasy, a new adult-exclusive area
offers a retreat on the upper decks for guests 18 and older.

At Satellite Sun Deck on Deck 13 forward, a brand-new water feature called Satellite Falls is a
circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides cool comfort.
Around this upper deck, adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or relax in the shade
under a canopy.


More Fun on Deck

Like her sister ship the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy offers many options for sun and fun
on deck with a shipboard water coaster, fresh water swimming pools, a whimsical water play
area for little ones, a relaxing poolside oasis for adults and an interactive sports deck:

• The world's only shipboard water coaster " AquaDuck " sweeps guests away on an
exhilarating flume ride featuring twists, turns, drops, uphill acceleration and river rapids " all
while traversing the upper decks of the ship.

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• Donald's Pool is a place where families gather to enjoy all of the activities up on deck.
Overlooking Donald's Pool, the giant Funnel Vision LED screen " more than 30 feet wide
and 18 feet high " shows Disney films, television shows and live broadcast events.

• Mickey's Pool for children continues a Disney Cruise Line favorite feature. An oversized
version of Mickey's hand supports a yellow winding slide that splashes down near the pool.

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• Children discover oceans of fun at Nemo's Reef, a water-play area featuring colorful,
interactive figures that move and spray water, including Nemo, Dory, Marlin and a pint-sized
water slide shaped like Mr. Ray.

• Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar is a retreat exclusively for adults to sunbathe and swim,
indulge in a cool drink or enjoy a relaxing dip in a nearby hot tub overlooking the ocean.

• The fun tees off with Goofy's Golf " a nine-hole miniature golf course where “lessons”
featuring Goofy and his son, Max, lead guests through nine themed holes of wacky fun.

• Goofy's Sports Deck features full-court basketball, table tennis and foosball tables.

• Two digital sports simulators offer virtual game experiences where guests participate in
high-action sports, such as golf, hockey, soccer, basketball, rugby, baseball and football.

Disney Fantasy Technological Innovations

Technological Innovations Bring Stories and Characters to Life on the Disney Fantasy

CELEBRATION, Fla. " Throughout the Disney Fantasy, guests will discover creative and
whimsical technical innovations " whether it's mealtime, playtime or bedtime.

The Muppets make their debut in a new adventure game. Guests' own drawings dance with
Disney characters. “Paintings” spring to life. Interior staterooms have a porthole view of the sea
outside. Animated characters chat with guests.

Among the highlights:

“Animation Magic” at Animator's Palate

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Animator's Palate on the Disney Fantasy brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining
room with a new show called “Animation Magic.” The dinner show celebrates the magic of
Disney animation and allows families to create and participate in a whole new way.

As guests are seated at their tables, they are invited to draw a character of their own using a
simple template on their placemat. Then, just before dinner, house lights dim and a sprinkling of
pixie dust illuminates the room.

During dinner, Mickey invites guests to sit back, relax and enjoy a taste of animation as a
montage of memorable food-themed moments from Disney and Disney•Pixar films is displayed,
set to the show tune “Be Our Guest.” After dinner, Mickey returns for the exciting finale. With a
musical crescendo, he works his magic and conjures the guests' drawings " now fully animated
and brought to life " into the onscreen action.

A parade starts as Mickey leads the guests' drawings in a march across the screens around the dining room. The animation of the drawings becomes increasingly more elaborate, and then the drawings step into scenes from beloved Disney movies and skip, skate and dance side-by-side with characters such as, Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella and Snow White.

At the conclusion of the show, Mickey returns to say “so long” while credits roll on screen
showing each guest's name listed as a guest animator. To commemorate the experience,
guests' drawings are returned to them … with an added touch: a golden seal proclaiming them
an Official Disney Animator.

The Themed Entertainment Association awarded Disney Cruise Line the “Ingenious Use of
Technology” award for the “Animation Magic” show at Animator's Palate on the Disney Fantasy.


Muppets Adventure Game

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The Muppets are coming to the Disney Fantasy! While playing “The Case of the Stolen Show,”
guests take an interactive adventure quest around the ship, uncovering clues via more than a
dozen pieces of Enchanted Art and physical “evidence.”

The adventure begins with the cast of Muppets preparing to stage a big performance. But
there's a problem: Kermit's banjo is missing, Fozzie's squirting flower has vanished, Gonzo's
crash helmet has gone astray, Animal's drum sticks have disappeared and the Swedish Chef
can't find his cleaver! All of the props for the big show have been stolen by a cunning thief (or
more likely, another Muppet).

Guided by a map and holding a unique game card in front of select pieces of Enchanted Art,
guests unveil clues and find missing props. Elsewhere on the ship, guests may check a
Muppets message board and find a Muppet-sized stateroom door to discover clues. Their
mission is to solve the crime before it's time to raise the curtain and light the lights on the
Muppets' big show.

“The Case of the Stolen Show” is one of a trio of self-paced, Midship Detective Agency games
that may be played through the ship's Enchanted Art. Each game features several possible
endings and multiple randomized events " so each time a guest plays, they have a different
adventure.

Enchanted Art

Throughout the Disney Fantasy, more than 20 pieces of Enchanted Art, inspired by classic
Disney characters and animations, immerse guests in Disney storytelling in a completely new
way. As guests pause to admire an individual piece of Enchanted Art, it magically comes alive.

Some examples of Enchanted Art new to the Disney Fantasy…

• Dual circus art posters featuring Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse flying from one frame
into the other - a nod to the Disney Fantasy stern characters.

• Walt Disney animating three new clips that spring from his sketch pad featuring the “Fab
Five” (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto).

• Fanciful animations of “Alice in Wonderland” inspired by Disney Legend Mary Blair's art.

• “Pinkie Daisy” inspired by Thomas Lawrence's painting “Sarah Barrett Moulton: Pinkie.”

While Enchanted Art looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship, it is actually a framed
LCD screen that utilizes technology to create special effects. Enchanted Art “recognizes” a
guest is present and activates several seconds of animation. Guests may see new and different
animation when they visit the Enchanted Art another time.

Living Characters

In Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab youth areas, Disney characters come to life and interact with children in one-of-a-kind experiences…

• Crush, the animated sea turtle from the Disney•Pixar motion picture “Finding Nemo,” and
Stitch, the mischievous animated alien from the motion picture “Lilo & Stitch,” appear on
a 103-inch plasma screen.

• The characters chat, play and joke with kids in live, unrehearsed, personalized
conversations, using sophisticated, voice-activated animation.

Magical Porthole

The Disney Fantasy carries on the spirit of innovation with a cruise industry first for all 150
inside staterooms " a “window” to the world with a real-time view outside the ship…

• High-definition cameras on the exterior of the ship feed video to each Magical Porthole.
The view corresponds stateroom location " port or starboard…forward, midship or aft.

• Animated Disney characters may pop by the Magical Porthole, including Peach the
starfish from the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo,” Dumbo the flying elephant or even
Mickey Mouse.

• All new Magical Porthole animations include a swinging Rapunzel from “Tangled,” a
waving Mr. Potato Head from “Toy Story,” and Scuttle and Flounder from “The Little
Mermaid” peeking in as they fly by.

Magic PlayFloor

Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab feature a Magic PlayFloor, a cruise industry first that blends the latest in gaming technology with Disney's panache for storytelling…

• Located in the main gathering space in both venues, the interactive floor allows children
to engage in group activities where their movements control the action.

• The PlayFloor is designed with 16 light pads on the perimeter that detect motion and
location and trigger actions. There are 28 monitors integrated with one another to create
a grid display 15 feet by 15 feet on the center of the PlayFloor.

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• The games are thematically tied to Disney stories and characters " from “Cars” and
“Tron” to “Peter Pan” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

• Youth counselors use the Magic PlayFloor during storytelling activities where children fly
over the streets of London with Peter Pan, help a frog feast on a bug banquet, leap over
lasers with Stitch, race a car like Lightning McQueen and step into the world of Tron.

Skyline

On the Disney Fantasy, adult guests step into a world that's all their own at Europa " a
nighttime entertainment district exclusively for guests 18 and older that features sophisticated
bars and lounges inspired by the very best in European travel.

Skyline is a chic bar that provides ever-changing birds-eye views of stunning city skylines. The
venue's nine “windows to the world” are actually 65-inch LCD screens that depict different
locales in panorama. Guests glimpse ever-changing views of spectacular cities, such as Paris,
London, Barcelona, Florence, Athens, Budapest and St. Petersburg.

Disney Fantasy Design

Disney Cruise Line Designs the Disney Fantasy
As a Modern Classic Vessel with Distinctive Touches

CELEBRATION, Fla. " The new Disney Fantasy joins a sisterhood of Disney Cruise Line ships
celebrating the golden age of ocean liners. Like the Disney Magic, the Disney Wonder and the
Disney Dream before her, the Disney Fantasy blends the elegant grace of early 20th century
transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create a stylish and spectacular cruise
ship.

“The 1930s time of travel was the most romantic, so that is where we started with our design,”
said Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering. “We want our guests
to get excited just seeing the ship " evoking a beautiful, classic 1930s ocean liner.”

Signature Design

Distinguished by gracefully sweeping lines and meticulous details, the Disney Fantasy, like her
fleet siblings, celebrates sea travel with unmistakable Disney touches.

The ship's exterior color scheme matches the iconic Mickey Mouse with a black hull, bold red
funnels and vivid yellow striping and lifeboats. Small touches, such as silhouettes of Disney
characters scrolled into the cruise line's signature yellow filigree ornamentation that stretches
from bow to stern, are subtle reminders that this is one of the most magical ships at sea.

Carrying the modern classic design inside, the elegant interior décor on the Disney Fantasy is
influenced by the Art Nouveau style " but with what Vaughn calls “a dash of Disney whimsy.”
“At our heart, we are storytellers,” he said. “We take families on vacation and immerse them in
stories. We want to transport them out of everyday reality to a different reality.”

Atrium Lobby

For guests sailing on the Disney Fantasy, that “different reality” begins in the three-deck atrium
lobby. Reminiscent of splendid ocean liners from the 1920s and 1930s, the stylish sophistication of the atrium is highlighted by a sweeping grand staircase, oversized portholes and three-story columns.

The entire three-deck expanse is graced with flowing Art Nouveau-inspired details. The stunning fluted columns “bloom” into golden-petal capitals. Balustrades overlooking the lobby are laced with whimsical golden designs. There are patterns in hues of vibrant blue, green, pink and gold.

From the ceiling hangs a cascading chandelier, grand-yet-delicate, that flows downward from a
massive stained-glass flourish on the ceiling in peacock hues of greens and blues. An exquisite
marble and stone inlay floor and the rich carpeting underfoot continue the effect.

Opulent furnishings complement the atrium design, with a grand piano providing atmosphere.
Original art work in bronze, bas relief and tile mosaics add elegance.

Blending with the ethereal effects " sometimes in ways so seamless that their discovery is
reserved for the very “keen eye” " are those dashes of Disney whimsy. Decorative bronze
friezes featuring Disney characters line the balconies, and a keen eye may notice Disney
characters in the balustrade rising up the grand staircase. Panoramic elevator columns that face into the atrium feature elaborate metalwork crafted in an Art Nouveau pattern with a hint of a familiar Mickey Mouse outline.

One touch of “Disney whimsy” truly stands out. As with each Disney Cruise Line ship that
launched before it, the Disney Fantasy has an atrium lobby statue celebrating a classic Disney
character. The pièce de résistance of the Disney Fantasy lobby is Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse,
cast in bronze and dressed in vintage fashion with a parasol and steamer luggage at her side "
“a big photo op,” Vaughn says.


Enchanted Art

Vaughn says the Disney Fantasy was designed so that “it reveals itself gradually.” Around the
atrium lobby and throughout the Disney Fantasy, there's an innovative example of that in
Enchanted Art, which magically comes alive as guests pause to admire individual art pieces.
For instance, a piece of art that appears to be an animation cel from the Disney classic film
“Bambi” springs to life as Bambi's friends Thumper and Flower scamper and a butterfly flits
through the scene. Another piece, featuring a vintage photo of Walt Disney at his drawing
board, creates a magical moment for guests as the character Walt is creating becomes
animated.

Enchanted Art looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship but is actually a framed LCD
screen with technology that recognizes a guest is present. As a guest stops to view a piece of
Enchanted Art, several seconds of animation in the picture are activated. Guests may see new
and different animation as they come back and visit the Enchanted Art another time.

The gradual reveal uncovers something else about Disney Fantasy, Vaughn says.
“Complementing its classic elegance, this is one of the most innovative, modern ships at sea.”

Disney Fantasy Fun Facts

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The Disney Fantasy's horn, a prominent element of the “Sailing Away” deck party at the start of the cruise, is quite the musical talent. It's able to perform not just the first musical line of “When You Wish Upon a Star” but also the second line of the song (“makes no difference who you are”) plus, several measures of “Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me),” “It's a Small World,” “Be Our Guest,” “Hi Diddle Dee Dee (An Actor's Life for Me)” and “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”

The characters Dumbo and Timothy on the Disney Fantasy's stern weigh in at more than 2,300 pounds. Dumbo is a little over eight feet long from head to tail with an “ear span” of seven feet. Timothy sits 2'6” tall on Dumbo's hat and is holding a paint brush that's about 3'10” long. Dumbo was sculpted from large foam blocks by Walt Disney Imagineering artists in Glendale, Calif. The sculpted pieces were then shipped to Florida where Disney craftsmen and artists created him in fiberglass and paint over a frame of marine-grade stainless steel. The duo was installed in Papenburg, Germany.

Looking upward in the ship's atrium lobby brings guests eye-to-crystal with a glowing piece of “Art Nouveau-inspired jewelry” " a cascading chandelier flowing downward from a massive, illuminated stained-glass flourish on the ceiling in peacock hues of greens and blues. The chandelier itself is more than 10 feet in diameter, a one-of-a-kind work of art evoking a peacock in stained glass and more than 60,000 clear Swarovski crystal beads.


Every Disney Cruise Line ship has an atrium lobby statue celebrating a classic Disney character. The Disney Fantasy's bronze-cast pièce de résistance is Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse, dressed in vintage fashion with a parasol and steamer luggage at her side " inspired by travel of the 1920s and 1930s. She will be the subject of as many memorable vacation photos as her counterparts: Mickey at the helm (Disney Magic), Ariel sitting pretty (Disney Wonder) and Admiral Donald striking a pose (Disney Dream).

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Walt Disney Imagineers elevated the AquaDuck water coaster in order to maximize space on the deck. And with the AquaDuck in place, they had room for their imaginations to concoct yet another “ducky” family activity " AquaLab! This 1,800-square-foot get-wet area on Deck 12 is filled with pop jets, geysers and bubblers … and ultimately a lot of silly laughter!

Sips, sights and sounds of the diverse cities, countries and cultures of Europe " that's what's in store all in one evening and all in one place aboard the Disney Fantasy. The adult nightlife district Europa features five clubs and lounges that treat the senses to a taste of Ireland, England, France and Italy plus stunning skylines and signature cocktails inspired by Russia, Greece, Hungary and Spain.

Two huge mosaic walls based on the Disney•Pixar animated film “Finding Nemo” are showcased in Cabanas casual-dining restaurant. Created for the Disney Fantasy by Italian artists, each wall is more than 25 feet wide and more than 8 feet high and contains approximately 194,500 tiles in 200 colors of hand-crafted Venetian enamel. A team of nine artists created the mosaics based on Pixar designs depicting the underwater world of Australia's Great Barrier Reef and characters featured in the motion picture. While similar scenes also appear on the Disney Dream, Walt Disney Imagineers note that each wall is a hand-crafted, unique work of art.

Guests can settle into luxurious comfort in staterooms and suites featuring plush bath towels and deluxe bed linens by Frette. Founded in 1860 in France and now based in Milan, Italy, Frette created custom-design bath towels and bed linens for the Disney Fantasy with what is regarded as the world's finest cotton, from El Amria in Egypt. Elsewhere on Disney Fantasy, the two adult-exclusive restaurants, Palo and Remy, use all Frette dining linens.

A “light point” is shipbuilders' lingo for “anything that's a light.” There are approximately 80,000 light points on Disney Fantasy " “double the normal number for a ship this size,” according to Meyer Werft, the shipyard in Germany where Disney Fantasy was built. The large number is the result of Disney's flare for theatrical experiences " accomplished primarily with LEDs and other environmentally friendly lighting.

The Disney Fantasy was worth the wait! From cutting the first piece of steel on March 16, 2010, until the Maiden Voyage on March 31, 2012, it was just over two years in the making. That's 747 days, and to get technical, that's 17,928 hours.

When the Disney Fantasy sailed into New York for her christening on March 1, 2012, the ship made the Statue of Liberty look slender. At 130,000 gross tons the Disney Fantasy is more than 500 times heavier than Lady Liberty. While the baby elephant Dumbo serves as the ship's stern character, in real life he would have to gather 24,266 adult male African elephants to match the weight of the Disney Fantasy.

At 1,115 feet, the Disney Fantasy is longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (1,063 feet) and longer than the height of New York City's famous Chrysler Building (1,047 feet).

March 16, 2012

Disney Fantasy Will Generate 500+ Jobs in Central Florida

New ship is expected to generate more than 500 jobs in Central Florida.

With the addition of the Disney Fantasy, Port Canaveral and the region is experiencing sizeable economic benefits. The Disney Fantasy is expected to generate more than 500 direct, indirect and induced jobs in the area and attract thousands of additional cruise guests to the port, according to an economic impact study by Martin Associates.

“Not only is the arrival of the Disney Fantasy an important milestone for our business, it will also have a positive impact on the Central Florida community,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “With our fourth ship, we are able to generate more jobs and economic activity for the region while delivering even more cruising options for families to share unforgettable cruise experiences with us.”

To accommodate the expanded operation, new ships and increase in guest capacity, Disney Cruise Line worked with Port Canaveral to expand the dock area and terminal facility in early 2011. Along with the construction of a new parking structure and a sky bridge walkway, guests experience a state-of-the-art facility, making the transition from land to sea relatively seamless.

“We are excited to welcome the Disney Fantasy home,” said Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer Stan Payne. “The arrival of the Disney Dream last year made a significant economic impact on Central Florida and we know the Disney Fantasy will add to that dramatically. We have seen our local businesses benefit when a ship of this magnitude and special Disney magic becomes part of our community.”

Beginning with its maiden voyage on March 31, the Disney Fantasy will embark on seven-night sailings, alternating between Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, with a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney's own private island in The Bahamas.

With a tonnage of 130,000 and a guest capacity of up to 4,000, the Disney Fantasy is the second of two new, and significantly larger, ships that are being added to the Disney fleet. The Disney Dream arrived in early 2011 and is currently sailing three-, four- and five-night itineraries to the Bahamas, also from Port Canaveral.

Disney Cruise Line established the blue-print for family cruising when the business launched in 1998. The first two ships, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, which were launched in 1998 and 1999, respectively, were purposely built for families to reconnect, adults to recharge and kids to immerse themselves in worlds of fantasy only Disney can create.

With the addition of the two new ships, Disney Cruise Line will celebrate 2012 with its most diverse sailing itineraries to date. New in 2012, the Disney Magic will offer eight-night cruises to the Bahamas and five-night cruises up the New England coast sailing from New York, and seven-night western Caribbean itineraries departing from Galveston, Texas. The Disney Wonder will continue sailing seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles, while spending its second summer sailing Alaskan itineraries from Seattle.

Most recently, the Disney Dream won the top spot for “Best Bahamas Cruises” and “Best Cabins” in the 2012 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards. Disney Cruise Line was recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine as the top “Cruise Ships of the World,” with the Disney Magic being voted No. 1 and the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder tying for No. 2. Travel + Leisure magazine also ranked Disney Cruise Line the No. 1 Large-Ship Cruise Line for Families.

March 6, 2012

Disney Fantasy Arrival at Port Canaveral

Here are the official photos and video of the Disney Fantasy's arrival today at Port Canaveral!

Disney Fantasy Arrives at Port Canaveral

Disney Fantasy Arrives at Port Canaveral

Disney Fantasy Arrives at Port Canaveral

Disney Fantasy Arrives at Port Canaveral

Disney Fantasy Arrives at Port Canaveral


Disney Fantasy Arrives at Port Canaveral after Castaway Cay Visit

Port Canaveral March 6, 2012


Disney Fantasy Arrives Port Canaveral

Disney Fantasy Arrives Port Canaveral


Disney Fantasy Arrives Port Canaveral


Disney Fantasy Arrives Port Canaveral

Disney Fantasy Arrives Port Canaveral


Disney Fantasy Arrives Port Canaveral


Disney Fantasy Arrives Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral photos thanks to http://portcanaveralwebcam.com/

Castaway Cay March 5, 2012

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March 2, 2012

Mariah Carey Christens Disney Cruise Ship During Star-Studded New York City Ceremony

NEW YORK (March 1, 2012) " The Disney Fantasy, the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, was christened today during a star-studded christening celebration at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

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On a night filled with celebrity performances from the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Cannon and Heather Headley, it was Disney Fantasy godmother, Mariah Carey, who took center stage for the christening moment. Similar to the famed New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square, Carey led the audience in a countdown that triggered a 6-foot tall bottle of champagne in the Atrium Lobby to erupt and shower onlookers with confetti and streamers as a traditional bottle of champagne broke against the ship's hull.

“The Disney Fantasy is a spectacular addition to our fleet and builds on the creativity, innovation and artistry that are hallmarks of the Disney Cruise Line,” said Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger. “Like her sister ship, the Dream, the Fantasy will connect guests to iconic Disney characters and storytelling, creating unforgettable, one-of-a-kind vacation experiences for the entire family.”

“At Disney Parks and Resorts, we strive to be the most trusted and highest quality provider of shared travel and leisure experiences in the world,” said Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs. “From stem to stern, the Disney Fantasy was designed and built with the singular purpose of surprising and delighting our guests, helping them make memories to last a lifetime.”

When the Disney Fantasy begins sailing on March 31, 2012, it will continue the innovative approach Disney Cruise line brought to family cruise vacations with a collection of new guest experiences specifically developed for the ship's seven-night itinerary.

Highlights include:

Technological Wizardry. . .

Animator's Palate on the Disney Fantasy brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room with a new show called “Animation Magic.” At dinner, families are encouraged to draw a character of their own on a specially designed placemat. Once the placemats are collected, the magic begins as Mickey takes to the screens and brings the guests' characters to life as they march across screens around the dining room and even step into scenes from beloved Disney movies side-by-side with characters such as Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella and Snow White.
The Muppets are coming to the Disney Fantasy! Guests can join the world-famous Muppets for interactive adventure quest to find missing show props by uncovering clues via more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art around the ship. Guided by a map and holding a unique game card in front of select pieces of Enchanted Art, guests unveil games and clues to find the missing items. “The Case of the Stolen Show” is a self-paced adventure game that features several possible endings and multiple randomized events " so each time a guest plays, they have a different game experience.

Splashtacular Family Fun. . .

Soaring above the upper decks of the Disney Fantasy, guests will find the AquaDuck a 765-foot long, twisting-and-turning water coaster that has been a huge hit with guests sailing on the Disney Dream. Several new water surprises are set to debut on the Disney Fantasy including AquaLab " a water play area on the upper deck filled with a variety of water “experiments,” created by Donald Duck's nephews, designed to drench, soak and saturate guests. This fanciful 1,800-square-foot space features pop jets, geysers, bubblers, falling water, squirting walls and more.
On Deck 13 forward, guests 18-years of age and older will find a new relaxing respite. Satellite Falls is a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides cool comfort and is surrounded by ample deck space where adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or relax in the shade under a canopy.

World-Class Entertainment. . .

The launch of a new Disney ship includes the premiere of two new Broadway-style stage spectaculars in the lavish Walt Disney Theatre. The signature show “Wishes” is a 45-minute musical journey about three best friends who discover the secret to being a grown-up is staying connected to their inner child. “Disney's Aladdin " A Musical Spectacular” is a fast-paced musical comedy where Aladdin, the “street rat” of Agrabah, meets a Genie who grants him three wishes, battles the evil Jafar and falls in love with Princess Jasmine.

Club Hopping Across Europe. . .

Nightlife takes a European twist with Europa " an entertainment district of high-energy, sophisticated clubs and lounges inspired by the night spots of Italy, France, Ireland and London. Europa is a continent of adult nighttime fun without borders. La Piazza is a lounge that draws inspiration from stylish Italian plazas. Skyline is a chic bar that provides ever-changing birds-eye views of European cityscapes. O'Gills Pub is a rollicking Irish bar and Ooh La La is an elegant French champagne bar. The Tube transports guests to a vibrant metropolitan club reminiscent of swinging London.

The Disney Fantasy will sail from Port Canaveral, Fla. on seven-night Caribbean itineraries that alternate eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). All itineraries will include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

March 1, 2012

Last Minute Preparations for Disney Fantasy Christening March 1, 2012

Later today, the Disney Fantasy becomes a cruise ship reality with a star-studded christening ceremony in New York City. But before that magic moment, thousands of crew members, chefs, dancers, deckhands and technicians are working to make everything perfect for the Fantasy's debut. Oh, and let's not forget Minnie Mouse, since it's her statue that guests see when they first walk into the Fantasy's art nouveau atrium. Here's a video look at the last minute preparations.

Live Twitter coverage of the ceremony begins at 7:45 p.m. EST on the @DisneyCruise account.


February 28, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Makes Inaugural Visit to New York

Disney Fantasy in New York City


In a photo taken Feb. 28, 2012, the Disney Fantasy, newest ship of Disney Cruise Line, sails past the Statue of Liberty Tuesday after traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany.

Disney Fantasy in New York City


The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will be christened in New York on March 1, then sail to her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. With a maiden voyage on March 31, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Disney Fantasy in New York City


February 9, 2012

Disney Fantasy Delivery Ceremony Holds Special Meaning

from the Disney Parks Blog

Delivery is the final milestone in the ship's construction journey and is particularly meaningful to everyone who has worked to bring the ship to life " no matter how long we have been on the project " and to the crew members who now call the Disney Fantasy their home.

Disney Fantasy crew members from all over the world, some who are new to Disney Cruise Line and some who have sailed with our other ships, joined the delivery celebration.

Fantasy Delivery Ceremony


Their enthusiasm could only be matched by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who celebrated the occasion with (from left to right) Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft, Captain Wolfgang Thos, also from Meyer Werft, Captain Tom Forberg, and Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line.

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After 18 months of construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, Disney took possession of its newest ship as we watched the Meyer Werft flag lower to the German national anthem and the Disney Cruise Line flag rise, transferring ownership from the shipbuilder to Disney.

Lowering the Meyer Werft Flag and Watching the Disney Cruise Line Flag Rise, Transferring Ownership from the Shipbuilder to Disney

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Captain Tom will take the helm of the Disney Fantasy for its voyage home, which begins February 16 and culminates in a March 6 arrival in Port Canaveral, Florida. As part of the Disney Cruise Line ship construction team, Captain Tom was responsible for launching Disney's first three ships, the Disney Magic, the Disney Wonder and the Disney Dream.

Soon the Disney Fantasy will be ready to welcome guests on her maiden voyage on March 31.

January 28, 2012

Disney Fantasy AquaLab

At AquaLab on the Disney Fantasy, families can frolic among pop jets, geysers and bubblers in this fun and fanciful water play area. Located near the entrance to the AquaDuck water coaster on deck 12, AquaLab features a variety of water "experiments" designed to drench the whole family. By turning wheels and moving levers at three wacky aqua stations guests "control" the speed and temperature of AquaDuck. At a leaky wall, kids cover holes in squirting and spurting pipes with their hands. In another area, water leaks and sprays from the Ducky Dinghy, suspended overhead.

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January 24, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Unveils New Itineraries and Ports for 2013

First-Ever Miami Departures and New European Destinations Provide More Options for Disney Cruise Line Guests

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2012) " In 2013, Disney Cruise Line will offer new itineraries, including an expanded portfolio of European cruises with new destinations such as Venice, Italy, and the Greek Isles. In addition, Disney Cruise Line will utilize a second homeport in Florida, with Caribbean sailings departing from the Port of Miami for the first time.

With the addition of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy to the fleet of cruise ships, Disney Cruise Line is able to take more families to more destinations around the world. Disney Cruise Line has always catered to the unique vacation needs of families, and next year will be enhancing the cruise options for guests " whether it's sun and sand in the Caribbean, outdoor adventures in Alaska or experiencing the wonders of Europe.

Highlights of the Disney Cruise Line 2013 schedule (which can be booked beginning Jan. 26, 2012) include…

Mediterranean from Barcelona

Beginning June 1, 2013, the Disney Magic returns to Europe with plenty of new twists to the Mediterranean itineraries, including a four-night option and special 12-night sailings in addition to seven-night itineraries that treat guests to the best of Europe during the three-month season.

The new 12-night sailings visit destinations such as Venice, Italy, and Croatia's Dalmatian Coast on one itinerary and Ephesus, Turkey and the Greek Isles including Athens, on another. Each itinerary will offer a sailing departing in June and another departing in July.

All itineraries depart from Barcelona, Spain, as the Disney Magic takes guests on an exciting journey of richly diverse cities, cultures and people. With romantic boulevards, bustling bazaars, iconic locations, mild climates, sun-drenched islands and the brilliant blue Mediterranean Sea, guests will enjoy a world-class family vacation with legendary Disney guest service.

Rates start at $796 per person for four-night cruises, $1,015 per person for seven-night cruises and $2,244 for 12-night cruises departing from Barcelona for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Four-night Mediterranean Getaway

Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Departure dates: July 9, Aug. 6

Seven-night Mediterranean Cruise

Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples, Italy

Departure dates: June 1, 8, Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31

12-night Mediterranean with Greece

Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Mykonos, Greece; Valetta, Malta

Departure dates: June 15, July 13

12-night Mediterranean with Venice

Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples, Italy; Venice, Italy (overnight); Dubrovnik, Croatia; Valetta, Malta

Departure dates: June 27, July 25

Bahamas and Western Caribbean from Miami

Disney Cruise Line will sail from Miami for the first time on Dec. 23, 2012. One six- and one seven-night Caribbean sailing aboard the Disney Wonder will set the stage for a schedule of four- and five-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean between Jan. 5, 2013, and May 2, 2013. The four- and five-night cruises have a variety of itineraries. Ports of call may include Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West; Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

The itineraries offer families magical days at sea to explore all of the fun aboard the Disney Wonder and days in port to lounge on warm, golden beaches, to swim and snorkel in azure waters or to shop to their heart's content in exotic marketplaces.

Rates for four- and five-night cruises departing from Miami start at $440 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Five-night Caribbean

Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Jan. 5, 19, Feb, 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27

Five-night Caribbean

Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

Departure dates: Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22

Four-night Bahamas

Ports: Miami, Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 2


Western Caribbean from Galveston

The Disney Magic, which will begin sailing from Texas in 2012, will continue to sail from the Port of Galveston through May 2013, to the Western Caribbean.

Rates start at $750 per person for six-night cruises and $920 per person for eight-night cruises departing from Galveston for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Six-night Caribbean:

Ports: Galveston, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

Departure dates: Dec. 15 and 29, 2012, Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20. May 4

Eight-night Caribbean:

Ports: Galveston, Key West, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel

Departure dates: Dec. 21, 2012, Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 1, 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26, May 10

Alaska from Vancouver

Beginning May 27, 2013, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska.

These cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience found on a Disney Cruise Line ship. Disney Cruise Line worked closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to best experience Alaska's natural beauty and rich history.

Rates for seven-night Alaska cruises departing from Vancouver start at $1,015 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Seven-night Alaska:

Ports: Vancouver, Tracy Arm (scenic cruising through fjord), Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

Departure dates: May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2

Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral

The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue to sail a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries departing from Port Canaveral.

The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries " alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Special Eastern Caribbean sailings, January through April 2013, stop at San Juan, Puerto Rico. All Disney Fantasy itineraries include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Rates for seven-night Caribbean cruises on the Disney Fantasy start at $1,085 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

The Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Rates for three- and four-night Bahamian cruises on the Disney Dream start at $450 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Adventures By Disney

Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney will offer families unique land and sea experiences in the Mediterranean. Available on select departures, guests can maximize the magic with three-night or four-night pre-cruise Adventures by Disney vacation itineraries in Barcelona and Madrid. These immersive add-ons allow families to envelop themselves in the culture of the region with VIP access in the most-sought-after tourist destinations " such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona and the El Prado museum in Madrid " as well as hands-on lessons in archeology, flamenco dancing, local cuisine and stained glass crafting. Each Adventures by Disney departure is led by knowledgeable Adventure Guides who handle all the planning logistics so parents can relax and enjoy quality time with their family.

Families can also enhance seven-night and 12-night Mediterranean sailings with Adventures by Disney Onboard Experience packages. Throughout the voyage, guests will have access to exclusive Adventures by Disney activities and concierge service from dedicated Adventure Guides. These guides will also lead travelers at each port, helping them unlock the wonders of each destination through exclusive excursions and off-the-beaten-path adventures. Specific itinerary and pricing information for the 2013 Adventures by Disney experiences will be available in March 2012.

All Disney Cruise Line pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom, Government Taxes and Fees not included. Bookings for the 2013 schedule open Jan. 26, 2012.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.

January 14, 2012

First Look at the Disney Fantasy After Float Out

Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line, takes us on the first inside look at the Fantasy after it floated out of Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany earlier this week.

Let's start in the Art Nouveau-inspired atrium lobby, which expands three decks and includes a sweeping grand staircase, towering fluted columns, an exquisite marble and stone inlay floor and a cascading chandelier of stained glass and crystal beads.

Disney Fantasy Art Nouveau-inspired atrium lobby

Next stop: the whimsically designed Animator's Palate restaurant, home to the brand new “Animation Magic” show that brings guests' cartoon creativity alive during dinner.

Animator's Palate Restaurant Disney Fantasy

Animator's Palate Restaurant Disney Fantasy

Up on deck, the pools near completion, almost ready for the first guests take a refreshing dip.

Water Activities Aboard the Disney Fantasy

Water Activities Aboard the Disney Fantasy

And we'll finish the tour at one of the water features brand new to the Disney Fantasy, Satellite Falls. Imagine yourself on a warm day sitting on the bench of the circular pool as the cascading rain curtain falls gently on you. It's a great thought isn't it?

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From the Disney Parks Blog

December 27, 2011

Dumbo Adorns the Disney Fantasy Stern

It's not every day that you see a flying elephant! But that's exactly the scene that played out at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany the other week when the beloved Disney character Dumbo was placed on the stern of the Disney Fantasy.


Dumbo Adorns the Disney Fantasy Stern

This is another construction milestone in preparation of the Disney Fantasy's maiden voyage on March 31, 2012.

Dumbo Adorns the Disney Fantasy Stern


And Dumbo isn't the only Disney character who will adorn the stern. He'll be joined by Timothy Q. Mouse, who will sail the high seas from atop the hat of his flying pal Dumbo.

Timothy Mouse Adorns the Disney Fantasy Stern

In case you missed it, take a look back at the video in which Walt Disney Imagineers offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the Disney Fantasy's icon came to life.

December 22, 2011

Behind the Curtain - Wishes on the Disney Fantasy

Wishes - Disney Fantasy

“Wishes” is Disney Cruise Line's newest original stage show, presented exclusively aboard the Disney Fantasy. The stage spectacular combines a heartfelt story, an enchanting score and lavish production numbers. “Wishes” is a musical journey about three best friends who discover the secret to being a grown-up is staying connected to their inner child.


More information on WISHES:

Disney Cruise Line Press Release

Wishes Fact Sheet with Artist Renderings

December 19, 2011

Behind the Scenes of the Muppets Adventure Game on the Disney Fantasy

The Muppets will make their debut on the Disney Fantasy as part of the latest interactive adventure game!

Muppets Adventure Game

The Muppets are coming to the Disney Fantasy! While playing “The Case of the Stolen Show,” guests take an interactive adventure quest around the ship, uncovering clues via more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art and physical “evidence.”

The adventure begins with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal and a cast of more than 20 Muppets preparing to stage a big performance. But there's a problem: Kermit's banjo is missing, Fozzie's squirting flower has vanished, Gonzo's crash helmet has gone astray, Animal's drum sticks have disappeared and the Swedish Chef can't find his cleaver! All of the props for the big show have been stolen by a cunning thief (or more likely, another Muppet).

Pepe the King Prawn offers to take on detective duties to help Kermit and the rest of the Muppets find their missing props. Kermit, worried about Pepe's lack of detective skills, turns to the guests for help.

Guided by a map and holding a unique game card in front of select pieces of Enchanted Art, guests unveil clues and find missing props. Elsewhere on the ship, guests may check a Muppets message board and find a Muppet-sized stateroom door to discover clues. Their mission is to identify the culprit and solve the crime before it's time to raise the curtain and light the lights on the Muppets' big show.

“The Case of the Stolen Show” is a self-paced adventure game designed for guests ages nine and older. It features several possible endings and multiple randomized events " so each time a guest plays, they have a different gaming experience.

Click HERE for more Disney Fantasy News

December 5, 2011

Enchanted Art on the Disney Fantasy

Throughout the Disney Fantasy, guests are immersed in an element of storytelling only Disney could dream up. Through the use of LCD screens and technology that recognizes when a guest is present, Enchanted Art literally brings framed artwork to life by magically transforming still photos into animated scenes as guests marvel at the compelling compositions. "Pinkie Daisy" is Enchanted Art featuring Daisy Duck inspired by Thomas Lawrence's famous painting "Sarah Barrett Moulton: Pinkie."


December 4, 2011

Decorating the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

For the first holiday season on the Disney Dream, Santa's elves created more than 300 custom designed décor pieces, making this ship festive and decked to the "raft-ers" with holiday cheer! Get a glimpse of the décor, including the atrium lobby's 20-foot-tall tree, in this video.


October 18, 2011

Disney Cruise Line Releases 2013 Itineraries for Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

Disney Cruise Line has just released their 2013 itineraries for the Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy:

Disney Dream

2012-2013 itineraries & sail dates*: Bahamian cruises

3-Night Bahamian Cruise

2012 Sail Dates: 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3,
5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8,
11/15, 11/18*, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/16*

*11/18, 12/16 = Sunday departure

2013 Sail Dates: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14,
3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13,
6/20, 6/27, 7/4, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12,
9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/24*
12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 12/26

*11/24 = Sunday departure

Thursday Port Canaveral, FL

Friday Nassau

Saturday Disney's Castaway Cay

Sunday Port Canaveral, FL

4-Night Bahamian Cruise

2012 Sail Dates: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/9*, 3/18**,
4/1, 4/15**, 4/22**, 4/29, 5/6**, 5/13, 5/20**, 9/2, 9/9**, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30,
10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9

*3/9 = Friday departure

**3/18,4/15, 4/22, 5/6, 5/20, 9/9 = day at sea before Disney's Castaway Cay

2013 Sail Dates: 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10,
3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9,
6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8,
9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1,
12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29

Sunday Port Canaveral, FL

Monday Nassau

Tuesday Disney's Castaway Cay

Wednesday At Sea

Thursday Port Canaveral, FL


2012 Sail Dates: 6/6, 6/20, 7/4, 7/18, 8/1, 8/15, 8/29, 11/21, 12/19*

*12/19 = day at sea before Nassau


2013 Sail Dates: 1/2*, 11/27*

*1/2, 11/27 = day at sea before Nassau

Wednesday Port Canaveral, FL

Thursday Nassau

Friday At Sea

Saturday Disney's Castaway Cay

Sunday Port Canaveral, FL

5-Night Bahamian Cruise

2012 Sail Dates: 3/4*, 5/27, 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5, 8/19, 12/23**

*3/4 = Nassau before Disney's Castaway Cay

**12/23 = Wednesday: Disney's Castaway Cay, Thursday: At Sea

Sunday Port Canaveral, FL

Monday Disney's Castaway Cay

Tuesday Nassau

Wednesday At Sea

Thursday Disney's Castaway Cay

Friday Port Canaveral, FL


2012 Sail Dates: 1/3, 3/13*, 3/27, 4/10

*3/13 = Nassau before Disney's Castaway Cay

Tuesday Port Canaveral, FL

Wednesday Disney's Castaway Cay

Thursday Nassau

Friday At Sea

Saturday Disney's Castaway Cay

Sunday Port Canaveral, FL

2012 Sail Dates: 3/22, 4/5*
*4/5 = Friday: At Sea, Sunday: Nassau

Thursday Port Canaveral, FL

Friday Nassau

Saturday Disney's Castaway Cay

Sunday At Sea

Monday Disney's Castaway Cay

Tuesday Port Canaveral, FL

2012 Sail Dates: 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 12/28*

*12/28 = Monday: Disney's Castaway Cay, Tuesday: At Sea

Friday Port Canaveral, FL

Saturday Disney's Castaway Cay

Sunday Nassau

Monday At Sea

Tuesday Disney's Castaway Cay

Wednesday Port Canaveral, FL


Disney Fantasy

2012-2013 itineraries & sail dates*: Caribbean cruises

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise

2012 Sail Dates: 3/31*, 4/7, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26, 6/9, 6/23, 7/7, 7/21,

8/4, 8/18, 9/1, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/22

*3/31 = Maiden Voyage: Cozumel before Costa Maya

2013 Sail Dates: 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11,
5/25, 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26,
11/9, 11/23, 12/7, 12/21

Saturday Port Canaveral, FL

Sunday At Sea

Monday Grand Cayman

Tuesday Costa Maya, Mexico

Wednesday Cozumel, Mexico

Thursday At Sea

Friday Disney's Castaway Cay

Saturday Port Canaveral, FL

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

2012 Sail Dates: 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16, 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25, 9/8,
9/22, 10/6, 10/20

2013 Sail Dates: 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21,
10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14, 12/28

Saturday Port Canaveral, FL

Sunday At Sea

Monday At Sea

Tuesday St. Maarten

Wednesday St. Thomas with excursions to St. John

Thursday At Sea

Friday Disney's Castaway Cay

Saturday Port Canaveral, FL

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

2012 Sail Dates: 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15, 12/29

2013 Sail Dates: 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20

Saturday Port Canaveral, FL

Sunday At Sea

Monday At Sea

Tuesday St. Thomas with excursions to St. John

Wednesday San Juan, Puerto Rico

Thursday At Sea

Friday Disney's Castaway Cay

Saturday Port Canaveral, FL

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October 14, 2011

New Water Feature to Help Guests Cool Off Aboard the Disney Fantasy

Today I have more brand-new Disney Fantasy features to tell you about that are simply splashtacular!

AquaLab, a new addition to deck 12, is a fanciful wet play area filled with pop jets, geysers and bubblers " designed to drench the entire family.

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As the story goes, AquaLab was created by Donald Duck's nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie. But now they're away " leaving young cruise guests to operate AquaLab and keep AquaDuck running! By turning wheels and moving levers at three wacky aqua stations, guests “control” the speed and temperature of AquaDuck. At a leaky wall, kids cover holes in squirting and spurting pipes with their hands. In another area, water leaks and sprays from the Ducky Dinghy, suspended overhead.

Also new to deck 12 is another area for families to cool off " a wading pool with a fountain. This area has ample seating and lounge chairs under a canopy, offering a respite in the shade.


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And, there's even a brand-new water feature exclusively for adults. Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain, provides cool comfort on deck 13 forward.

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Read more about the Disney Fantasy!

October 12, 2011

Disney Fantasy vs Disney Dream

Frank de Heer, VP of New Ship Development for Disney Cruise Line, and Philip Gennotte at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, share their thoughts during construction of the new ship, the Disney Fantasy.


September 26, 2011

Walt Disney Imagineers Develop Dumbo for the Disney Fantasy

“What's more ‘Fantasy' than a flying elephant?”

That's the thought that inspired Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) to select Dumbo and his pal, Timothy Q. Mouse, as the characters who will represent the new Disney Fantasy cruise ship.

Check out the video below (shared by WDI), in which Imagineers Joe Lanzisero, Bob Zalk and Jason Abruzzese offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the new Disney Cruise Line ship's icon came to life.

September 23, 2011

Disney Cruise Line Doubles the “Aloha” with Second Hawaiian Cruise – Disney Wonder Bound for the West Coast in 2012

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2011) " Based on an overwhelming response to its first Hawaiian itinerary, Disney Cruise Line is adding a second Hawaii cruise to its 2012 schedule. The addition of a second Hawaiian voyage complements a diverse array of Disney Cruise Line itineraries departing from the West Coast, including cruises to the Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coast and Alaska.

With a majority of its West Coast sailings originating from the Port of Los Angeles or the Port of Seattle, a Disney family cruise vacation is more accessible to guests from the western United States.

“We listen to our guests, and shortly after we announced our first Hawaiian voyage it was clear our guests wanted more options to visit Hawaii,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. “This second sailing to Hawaii is part of a wide variety of Disney Cruise Line vacation options for families in 2012 including new itineraries, regional homeports and the debut of our newest ship, the Disney Fantasy.”

2012 Los Angeles Schedule

Two Hawaiian Sailings…

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line will offer two special voyages to Hawaii from Los Angeles, calling on Kahului, Maui; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Honolulu, Oahu; and Hilo plus Ensenada, Mexico.

The 15-night Hawaiian itinerary, which includes nine days at sea, departs April 29, 2012. The newly added 14-night Hawaiian itinerary, with eight days at sea, departs Oct. 14, 2012.

The Disney Wonder will sail through the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, where guests can experience the famous beaches of Waikiki on Oahu, see the views from high atop the summit of Haleakala Crater on Maui, take in the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of Kauai and, on the Big Island, explore the natural wonders of the world's most active volcano.

Rates for the Hawaiian cruises start at $1,800 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Mexican Riviera…

The Disney Wonder is scheduled to sail seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles for the majority of the year " throughout winter, spring and fall.

Rates for the seven-night Mexican Riviera itinerary departing from Los Angeles start at $707 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

The Disney Wonder will also sail four seven-night Pacific Coast cruises from Los Angeles (on Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7), calling on San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico.

Rates for the seven-night Pacific Coast itinerary departing from Los Angeles start at $770 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

2012 Seattle Schedule

Beginning May 28, 2012, the Disney Wonder will sail a total of 14 seven-night cruises from the Port of Seattle to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia.

These cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience found on a Disney Cruise Line ship. Disney Cruise Line works closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to best experience Alaska's natural beauty and rich history.

On their Alaskan adventure, guests can explore magnificent glaciers and fjords in Juneau. In Ketchikan, they can fish for salmon and learn about local culture through hand-carved totem poles. In Skagway, Disney Cruise Line guests can traverse panoramic landscapes by railway, or pan for gold like miners from the famous Klondike gold rush.

Rates for the seven-night Alaska cruise itinerary departing from Seattle start at $917 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. Sailings depart May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27.

2012 Galveston Schedule

Beginning Sept. 22, 2012, the Disney Magic will sail 12 seven-night cruises from the Port of Galveston to the Western Caribbean, calling on Grand Cayman and Mexico's Costa Maya and Cozumel.

A Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic offers families a tropical getaway with world-class entertainment and impeccable guest service found only on a Disney Cruise Line vacation. Guests will enjoy three magical days at sea to explore all of the fun aboard the Disney Magic and three days in port to lounge on warm, golden beaches, to swim and snorkel in azure waters or to shop in exotic marketplaces.

Rates for the seven-night Western Caribbean cruise itinerary departing from Galveston start at $840 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. Sailings depart Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8.

2012 East Coast Schedule

Sailing from New York …

Beginning May 25, 2012, the Disney Magic will sail a total of 20 cruises from New York " including eight-night cruises to the Bahamas and five-night cruises up the New England coast to Canada plus two-night cruises that will give a sampling of the Disney Cruise Line experience over a weekend:

Eight eight-night Bahamas cruises will include a day at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay; Nassau, Bahamas; and Port Canaveral, Fla., with an opportunity to visit the nearby Walt Disney World Resort.

Nine five-night cruises up the New England coast will call at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick.

Three two-night cruises (June 15, July 13, Aug. 10) are perfect for a quick weekend getaway.

Sailing from Port Canaveral…

The Disney Fantasy will depart on her maiden voyage March 31, 2012, and will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries, with a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

The Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Pricing reflects category 11C standard inside stateroom, Government Taxes and Fees not included.

September 5, 2011

Final Building Block add to Disney Fantasy

This weekend we celebrated a major milestone in the construction of the Disney Fantasy. The final building block for our newest ship was placed at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. What does this mean? It means the exterior portion of the ship is now complete and work will now focus on the interior portions of the ship. Check it out.

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And the interior of this ship is going to be incredible with a new nightclub district, a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and an unbelievable new show for Animator's Palate called Animation Magic. Click here for my blog post detailing the differences between the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

While the cranes at Meyer Werft put the final block into place we captured this fun time-lapse video.

August 2, 2011

Chiquita and Walt Disney World Resort Announce Multi-Year Alliance to Offer Fresh, Healthy Chiquita and Fresh Express Products to Disney Guests

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (July 29, 2011) " Chiquita Brands International (NYSE: CQB) and Walt Disney World Resort announced an agreement today that will bring premium, healthy fresh Chiquita® and Fresh Express® products to a number of retail points at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. and Disney Cruise Line. This new strategic alliance represents the commitment of both companies to provide consumers with healthy food options.

“We are pleased to work with Disney to offer healthy, nutritious Chiquita and Fresh Express products to the millions of guests who visit Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line each year,” said Fernando Aguirre, Chiquita chairman and chief executive officer. “This alliance joins two companies with the shared commitment of providing quality experiences to consumers. This is yet another step in Chiquita's efforts to improve world nutrition by extending distribution of our healthy fresh products, now to include the world's favorite vacation destinations.”

Throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line, Chiquita and Fresh Express products will receive brand exclusivity within their respective categories and enjoy significant exposure to important consumer segments. The new agreement continues Chiquita's expansion into distribution points beyond traditional channels as well as providing an opportunity for Chiquita to educate consumers about the benefits of proper nutrition.

“This alliance complements our company's commitment to providing guests with high-quality, healthy food options,” said George Aguel, senior vice president, Corporate Alliances for The Walt Disney Company.

As part of the agreement, Chiquita will serve as the sponsor of both the “Crush ‘n' Gusher” at Typhoon Lagoon, themed around a tropical fruit processing center, and the “Living with the Land” attraction, where Chiquita will join forces with Disney to help teach guests about nutrition. In another joint effort, Chiquita will also participate in the “runDisney” marathon series to help promote healthy living and active lifestyles. Beginning with the upcoming Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend in September, Chiquita will share with guests and participants how its fresh and convenient products can help improve personal nutrition.

Chiquita and Fresh Express products add to Disney's existing portfolio of nutritious snack items as well as its ongoing effort to promote healthy lifestyles and nutrition for kids and families. Chiquita bananas and Fresh Express salad items will be featured throughout Walt Disney Resort and offer visitors convenient low calorie snacks.

The Walt Disney Company first pioneered groundbreaking nutritional guidelines in 2006 aimed at giving parents and children healthier eating options. Disney Magic of Healthy Living, a comprehensive initiative launched in 2010, builds on that commitment by inspiring kids and families to explore simple and fun ways to eat right and be active. Today, more than 85 percent of Disney's licensed food portfolio consists of healthier options, including produce and low-fat dairy.

June 13, 2011

Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Takes Shape

From the DisneyParksBlog....

You can watch the incredible progress in action on this special time lapse video " you aren't going to believe how much of the ship is completed already!

May 20, 2011

Disney Cruise Line Unveils New Disney Fantasy Guest Experiences

CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 19, 2011) " The Disney Fantasy, the new Disney Cruise Line ship set to debut next spring, will bring to life many of the innovative features guests love on the recently launched Disney Dream including AquaDuck -- the world's first shipboard water coaster. But new design elements and guest experiences will give the Fantasy an identity all its own.

The Disney Fantasy is the second of two newly designed Disney Cruise Line ships that take the family cruise experience to new heights. Sister ship to the Disney Dream, which entered service in January 2011, the 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will sail week-long Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla., with its maiden voyage scheduled for March 31, 2012.

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“Animation Magic” at Animator's Palate

Animator's Palate on the Disney Fantasy brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room with a new show called “Animation Magic.” The dinner show celebrates the magic of Disney animation and allows families to create and participate in a whole new way.


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Like Animator's Palate on the Disney Dream, the venue is wall-to-wall whimsy inspired by a classic animation studio. Throughout the restaurant, pillars are fashioned like huge pencils and brushes. Character sketches, maquettes (three-dimensional character models), film strips and other tools of the animation trade adorn the room. As a special nod to Mickey Mouse, the dining room chairs feature red and yellow colors and a trademark design " Mickey Mouse pants with two bright yellow buttons.

Upon entering Animator's Palate, guests are surrounded by artwork featuring their favorite Disney characters. Guests get a sneak peek into the origins of these beloved characters through concept art, storyboards and character studies.

As guests are seated at their tables, they are invited to draw a character of their own using a simple template on their placemat. Then, just before dinner, house lights dim and a sprinkling of pixie dust illuminates the room.

Imagery is revealed on several large monitors showing animated, black and white drawings of Mickey Mouse. Mickey then places the Sorcerer's hat upon his head which transforms him, as well as all of the other pencil drawings shown throughout the room, from black and white to color.

Mickey then invites guests to sit back, relax and enjoy a taste of animation as a montage of memorable food-themed moments from Disney and Pixar films set to “Be Our Guest” begins to delight guests. After the “Be Our Guest” number is complete, animated curtains are drawn on the monitors for a brief intermission. During this time, guests are encouraged to complete their own drawings, if they have not already done so, so they may be whisked off to Mickey Mouse who is conjuring a magical final act.

While guests enjoy dinner, the restaurant's walls fill with classic Disney and Pixar characters gathering food, eating and drinking together, and celebrating over meals.

After dinner, the animated curtains are opened on the screens and Sorcerer Mickey returns for the exciting finale. With a flourish and musical crescendo, Mickey works magic as only Disney can do. Mickey conjures the guests' drawings " now fully animated and brought to life " into the onscreen action.

A parade starts as Mickey leads the guests' drawings in a march across the screens around the dining room. The animation of the drawings becomes increasingly more elaborate, and then the drawings step into scenes from beloved Disney movies and skip, skate and dance side-by-side with characters such as Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella and Snow White.

At the conclusion of the show, Mickey returns to say “so long” to the guests and, as he does, credits roll on screen showing each guest's name listed as a guest animator. To commemorate the experience, each guest will have their character drawing returned to them, with an added touch… a golden seal proclaiming them an Official Disney Animator.

Europa Nighttime Entertainment District

On the Disney Fantasy, adult guests step into a world that's all their own at Europa " a nighttime entertainment district exclusively for guests 18 and older that features sophisticated bars and trendy lounges inspired by the very best in European travel.

■La Piazza is a lounge that draws inspiration from Italian cities and their decorative outdoor plazas. The bar is modeled after a colorful vintage carousel. Venetian masks, romantic couples' booths and a classic Vespa with a sidecar add Italian flair.

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■Skyline is a chic bar that provides ever-changing birds-eye views of stunning European city skylines that transform from day to night. Skyline's “windows to the world” give guests a glimpse of spectacular locales in panorama such as Paris, London, Barcelona, Athens and St. Petersburg.

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■O'Gill's Pub is a rollicking Irish bar with modern-day twists. Dark woods, brass accents and a selection of Irish beers create the perfect pub atmosphere where guests can sip a pint while watching live sporting events on one of several high-definition televisions.

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■Ooh La La is inspired by an elegant French boudoir adorned with velvet tufted walls, Victorian furniture and Louis XIV-style chaise lounges. A sensuous color palette is accented with ornate framed mirrors, gold details and a “jewel box” feature bar backed with sparkling diamond-like facets.

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■The Tube transports guests to a vibrant metropolitan club via the London Underground. Guests “mind the gap” as they walk across a Tube route map, lounge among mod furniture, pose by a red English phone booth, dance atop an illuminated Union Jack dance floor and enjoy cocktails at a bar inspired by Big Ben and London's many train stations.

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“Disney's Aladdin " A Musical Spectacular”

A new ship means new main stage entertainment at the 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre. New to Disney Cruise Line, “Disney's Aladdin " A Musical Spectacular” takes the stage on the Disney Fantasy. During this Broadway-style production, guests laugh along with the wise-cracking Genie and the cast from the classic animated Disney film, “Aladdin.”

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In this fast-paced musical comedy, Aladdin is back as the “street rat” of Agrabah meeting up with a Genie who grants him three wishes, battling the evil Jafar, and falling in love with Princess Jasmine.

Many of the classic scenes and songs from the movie are re-created on stage and some of the action even spills out into the aisles, like Prince Ali's jubilant arrival in Agrabah on the back of a stallion. Magic lamps, wise-cracking genies, princesses and evil wizards are all part of this musical production. And of course, an Aladdin production would not be complete without a magic flying carpet scene, which combines mechanical wizardry with state-of-the-art projections, allowing Jasmine and Aladdin to soar as they perform a heartfelt duet of “Whole New World.”

Many of the songs from the movie are featured in the 45-minute musical production, including “Friend Like Me,” which is performed as a lively, Las Vegas-style production number featuring special effects, illusions and more than a dozen dancing genies. Composer Alan Menken, who created the original soundtrack with songwriters Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, composed an original song for the stage production entitled "To Be Free."


Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

At Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the Disney Fantasy, aspiring young princesses and pirates receive the full fairy tale treatment with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers at this very special salon.

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When young princesses-to-be make their royal entrance at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, they are greeted by their very own Fairy Godmother-in-training who transform them with magical makeovers such as the Disney Diva, the Pop Princess or the Fairy Tale Princess. A variety of royal treatment packages include combinations of hairstyle, shimmering makeup and nails. Princess costumes, complete with crown, wand and shoes also are available.

Exclusive to Disney Cruise Line, Captain Mickey Mouse, Princess Minnie Mouse and First Mate Minnie Mouse makeovers plus special Under the Sea packages will be offered.

On pirate party nights aboard the Disney Fantasy, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique transforms into the Pirate's League, where swashbuckling boys, girls and grownups can get ready for the pirate life.

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Each guest checking in at the plunder-filled pirate's lair gets an official pirate name. Then it's off to Muster Station for applications of beards and bandanas, swords and scars, earrings and eye patches " all done with the savvy skill of a pirate master who shares his own tales of sea-sailing adventures.

After the new buccaneers recite a sacred pirate oath, they are officially part of Captain Jack's motley crew, leaving their old identities behind. The shipmates and scoundrels are then turned loose on their pirate vessel.

Guests can choose from two pirate packages " First Mate (includes bandana, facial scars tattoos, fake teeth, earring, eye patch, sword and sheath) or Empress (includes bandana, shimmering makeup, face gem, tattoos, nail polish, earring, eye patch, sword and sheath).


Atrium Lobby " Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse

The magnificent three-deck atrium lobby on the Disney Fantasy is reminiscent of grand ocean liners of the Golden Age. Art Nouveau-inspired details and patterns in hues of vibrant blue, green, pink and gold lend to the sophistication. Glamorous and graceful design elements include a sweeping grand staircase, towering fluted columns, grand piano and an exquisite marble and stone inlay floor. A focal point is a cascading chandelier of stained glass and crystal beads.

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The pièce de résistance of the magnificent space is the atrium lobby statue " Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse. Inspired by travel of the 1920s and 1930s, Minnie, cast in bronze and dressed in vintage fashion with a parasol and steamer luggage at her side, serves to welcome all guests who board the ship.


Royal Court Restaurant

At Royal Court restaurant, guests are immersed in the lavish surroundings of an elegant dining room fit for a grand palace. Royal Court takes design inspiration from the classic Disney films “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty.” Décor features ornate details and custom furnishings and fixtures that incorporate iconic symbols from the films " glass slippers, apples, roses and tiaras.

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An Austrian glass chandelier is a focal point, while eight custom brass and glass lighting fixtures modeled after Cinderella's coach adorn the room. Hand-crafted mosaic tile murals of the princesses " Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Jasmine, Ariel and Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) " and their princes grace the walls. Inspired by the mosaic tile murals in Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, the Disney Fantasy mosaics are being meticulously created by skilled Italian craftspeople using more than 200,000 individual tiles, with 23 mosaic panels depicting six different vignettes.

With careful attention to detail, many of the restaurant's features are modeled precisely from the inspirational films. The Royal Court's chandeliers, chair backs and columns with marble bases and fluted tops are fashioned after those seen in “Beauty and the Beast.” Wall sconces, decorative patterns, throne-style chairs and the circular floor plan are recreated from “Cinderella.”

The Disney Fantasy will depart on her maiden voyage March 31, 2012, and will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries " alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Special Eastern Caribbean sailings in November and December 2012 stop at St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. All Disney Fantasy itineraries include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Rates for the seven-night Caribbean cruise itineraries on the Disney Fantasy start at $959 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom, Government Taxes and Fees not included.

May 19, 2011

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Fantasy - New Details Revealed!

(From the Disney Parks Blog)

With the Disney Fantasy, guests will have a full seven days to explore every nook and cranny of the ship. The Fantasy will bring to life many of the same innovative features and guest favorites from the Disney Dream, including the AquaDuck water coaster, Magical Portholes inside the staterooms and Enchanted Art throughout the ship. In addition, I want to share some new design elements and experiences that will give the Fantasy an identity all its own.

One of my favorite new highlights is “Animation Magic” at Animator's Palate. This is a dinner show that celebrates the magic of Disney animation and allows families to participate in a unique new way. Everyone will be a “guest animator,” as they will be invited to draw a character of their own using a simple template on their placemat. Later, these sketches will be revealed on several large screens along the walls to join in an animated sequence with beloved Disney characters. Check out this photo that illustrates some of the magic that will dazzle guests during their dining experience.

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Adults " another new element aboard the Disney Fantasy is just for you…it's a nighttime entertainment district called Europa. Guests 18 and older can escape and enjoy a collection of sophisticated bars and trendy lounges inspired by European travel. La Piazza is themed after Italian cities and their decorative outdoor plazas. Skyline is a chic bar that provides birds-eye views of stunning European city skylines that transform from day to night. O'Gill's Pub is a rollicking Irish bar with modern day twists. Ooh La La is inspired by an elegant French boudoir adorned with velvet tufted walls. And finally, The Tube transports guests to a vibrant metropolitan club via the London Underground. Here's a sneak peek…

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We also have a new surprise that will delight our younger cruisers " Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! At this very special salon, aspiring young princesses and pirates receive the full fairy tale treatment with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers. After making their royal entrance, young princesses-to-be are greeted by their very own Fairy Godmother-in-training, who will transform them with the most magical makeovers you can imagine.


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And on pirate party nights aboard the Disney Fantasy, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique becomes a buccaneer's dream " Pirate's League, where we can help guests of all ages prepare for a swashbuckling evening with beards and bandanas, swords and scars, earrings and eye patches and more. If you like dressing up for the occasion, you arrrr going to love this place!

This is only a small sampling of what you can look forward to on the Disney Fantasy " there's so much more that I can't wait to share with you. Stay tuned as we continue to unveil additional details!

April 6, 2011

Disney Cruise Line Unveils New Itineraries and Ports for 2012 – Disney Ships Bound for New York, Galveston and Seattle

CELEBRATION, Fla. (April 6, 2011) " For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will set sail from three new ports in 2012 " New York, Seattle and Galveston, Texas " making the Disney family cruise vacation more accessible to guests around the country. Additionally, the cruise line will offer more choices than ever before with several new itineraries planned.

“In 2012, we're making it easier than ever for families to enjoy a Disney Cruise Line vacation by offering cruises from a variety of regional homeports,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. “Guests can now enjoy a magical, one-of-a-kind Disney cruise experience with the convenience of departures from their own backyard.”

2012 New York Schedule

Beginning May 25, 2012, the Disney Magic will sail a total of 20 cruises from New York " including eight-night cruises to the Bahamas and five-night cruises up the New England coast to Canada plus two-night cruises that will give a sampling of the Disney Cruise Line experience over a weekend.

* The eight Bahamas cruises will include a day at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay; Nassau, Bahamas; and a stop at Port Canaveral, Fla., giving guests an opportunity to visit the nearby Walt Disney World Resort. As part of this itinerary, each guest will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and roundtrip transportation between their Disney ship and the resort.

Rates for the new eight-night Bahamian cruise itinerary departing from New York start at $1,240 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

* The nine five-night cruises up the New England coast will call at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick. In these popular Canadian ports, guests can soak in splendid natural vistas, explore historic sites, visit quaint cafes and charming shops, and browse Canada's oldest farmer's market.

Rates for the new five-night Canadian cruise itinerary departing from New York start at $715 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

* Three two-night cruises (June 15, July 13 and Aug. 10) out of New York are perfect for families looking for a quick getaway with a day at sea over a weekend. Rates for the new two-night cruises start at $370 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Disney Magic 2012 " New York

Eight-Night Bahamas
Departure Dates: 5/25, 6/2, 6/22, 6/30, 7/20, 7/28, 8/17, 8/25

Itinerary:
New York
At Sea
At Sea
Nassau
Castaway Cay
At Sea
At Sea
New York

Five-Night Canada
Departure Dates: 6/10, 6/17, 7/8, 7/15, 8/5, 8/12, 9/2, 9/7, 9/12

Itinerary:
New York
At Sea
Halifax
Saint John
At Sea
New York

2012 Galveston Schedule
Beginning September 22, 2012, the Disney Magic will sail 12 seven-night cruises from the Port of Galveston to the Western Caribbean. Ports of call include Grand Cayman and Mexico's Costa Maya and Cozumel.

A Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic offers families a tropical getaway with world-class entertainment and impeccable guest service found only on a Disney Cruise Line vacation. Guests will enjoy three magical days at sea to explore all of the fun aboard the Disney Magic and three days in port to lounge on warm, golden beaches, to swim and snorkel in azure waters or to shop to their heart's content in exotic marketplaces.

Rates for the seven-night Western Caribbean cruise itinerary departing from Galveston start at $840 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancY.

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Seven-Night Western Caribbean
Departure Dates: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8

Itinerary:
Galveston
At Sea
At Sea
Grand Cayman
Costa Maya
Cozumel
At Sea
Galveston

2012 Seattle Schedule
Beginning May 28, 2012, the Disney Wonder will sail a total of 14 seven-night cruises from the Port of Seattle to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as Victoria, British Columbia.

These cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience found on a Disney Cruise Line ship. Disney Cruise Line works closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to best experience Alaska's natural beauty and rich history.

On their Alaskan adventure, guests may catch a glimpse of a brown bear, bald eagle or humpback whale. They can explore magnificent glaciers and fjords in Juneau. In Ketchikan, guests can fish for some of the largest wild salmon in the world and learn about local culture through hand-carved totem poles. In Skagway, Disney Cruise Line guests can traverse panoramic landscapes by railway, or pan for gold like miners from the famous Klondike gold rush.

Rates for the seven-night Alaska cruise itinerary departing from Seattle start at $917 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Disney Wonder 2012 " Seattle

Seven-Night Alaska
Departure Dates: 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27

Itinerary:
Seattle
At Sea
Tracy Arm
Skagway
Juneau
Ketchikan
Victoria
Seattle

2012 Los Angeles Schedule
The Disney Wonder is scheduled to continue sailing seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles for the majority of the year " throughout winter, spring and fall.

Rates for the seven-night Mexican Riviera itinerary departing from Los Angeles start at $707 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Additionally, the Disney Wonder will sail four seven-night Pacific Coast cruises from Los Angeles (on Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7), calling on San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico.

Rates for the new seven-night Pacific Coast itinerary departing from Los Angeles start at $770 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

For the first time, the Disney Wonder will offer a special 15-night voyage to Hawaii from Los Angeles, calling on Hilo; Kahului, Maui; Honolulu, Oahu; Nawiliwili, Kauai and Ensenada, Mexico.

Rates for the 15-night Hawaiian itinerary (departing April 29, 2012) start at $1,800 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

2012 Port Canaveral Schedule
The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue to sail a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries departing from Port Canaveral.

The Disney Fantasy will depart on her maiden voyage March 31, 2012, and will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries " alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Special Eastern Caribbean sailings in November and December 2012 stop at St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. All Disney Fantasy itineraries include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Rates for the seven-night Caribbean cruise itineraries on the Disney Fantasy start at $959 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

The Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Five-night itineraries include two stops at Castaway Cay.

Rates for three- and four-night Bahamian cruises on the Disney Dream start at $471 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Until she is repositioned to New York, the Disney Magic will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries and four- and five-night Bahamian cruises.

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom, Government Taxes and Fees not included. Bookings for the entire 2012 schedule open April 8, 2011.

April 5, 2011

New 2012 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

Disney Cruise Line will be making an announcement on Wednesday, April 6th, regarding new itineraries and ports of call for 2012.

On April 4th, the Houston Chronicle reported: Disney to start sailing out of Galveston in 2012:

" More cruise magic is coming to Galveston. Disney Cruise Line will announce Wednesday morning that the Disney Magic will sail 12 seven-night cruises from the Port of Galveston to the Western Caribbean beginning Sept. 22, 2012. Ports of call include Grand Cayman and Mexico's Costa Maya and Cozumel."

Keep in mind this is not officially from Disney Cruise Line. Stay tune for more information!

March 21, 2011

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Celebrates Platinum Milestone of ‘Happily-Ever-Afters’ at Walt Disney World Resort

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- To mark the 20th anniversary of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, Disney has announced special wedding packages plus a unique campaign showcasing the happily-ever-after stories of real life couples who have tied the knot at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland and aboard Disney Cruise Line.

"The 'Bringing the Fairy Tale to Life' campaign is a tribute to all the brides and grooms who have shared their special day with us," said Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing Director of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. "We are honored to have our guests recall cherished memories during Disney's 'Let the Memories Begin' campaign, where Disney is sharing real home videos and photos submitted by guests."

Couples will be highlighted in print and online advertisements as well as at Behindthefairytale.com.

In honor of the platinum year, Disney has also created a specially priced wedding package perfect for vow renewals: the Memories Collection. Throughout the 20-month celebration, couples are invited to create new memories through intimate ceremonies at Walt Disney World Resort. The Memories Collection includes up to six guests, including the couple, a floral bouquet for the bride, solo violinist, transportation (three-hour limousine charter) and a professional photographer for one hour.

Ceremony locations include: Conch Key Marina at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Narcoossee's Landing at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Luau Beach at Disney's Polynesian Resort.

Disney has been making memories come true for couples and their families for two decades with a variety of wedding offerings. Traditionally recognized as a top-ranked wedding and honeymoon destination, Walt Disney World Resort currently hosts more than 1,000 couples tying the knot each year. Beyond Disney's Wedding Pavilion, nuptials at Walt Disney World Resort also take place in outdoor garden settings, gazebos and courtyards, as well as indoor resort locations. All told, more than 40,000 couples have married at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland and aboard Disney Cruise Line.

To celebrate 20 years of happily-ever-afters, Disney has partnered with Alfred Angelo to create a Platinum Anniversary wedding gown so that brides everywhere may be a part of the celebration.

The Memories Collection is priced at $1,991 in honor of the 1991 opening year of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, and will take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. More information: DisneyWeddings.com or 321/939-4610.


January 4, 2011

Disney Dream Arrives in Port Canaveral

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PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2011) " The newest Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Dream, sailed into its home port of Port Canaveral, Fla., this morning after a 16-night trans-Atlantic voyage from Germany, where it has been under construction for nearly two years. Beginning with a maiden voyage on January 26, the Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas, calling Port Canaveral home.

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The launch of the Disney Dream brings sizable economic benefits to Port Canaveral and the region, given the increased capacity of the new ship over the current Disney ships. According to an economic impact study by Martin Associates, the new ship is expected to generate nearly 450 direct, indirect and induced jobs in the area, and attract thousands of additional cruise guests to the port.

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“We are delighted to welcome the Disney Dream to its new home port,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “As we grow the Disney Cruise Line business, not only does this mean a positive economic impact for the region, but this allows us the flexibility to provide even more options to our guests. With new innovations onboard and new destinations to explore, ultimately we're providing even more ways for guests to enjoy a family cruise vacation.”

Disney Dream Arrives in Port Canaveral

The recent construction project for Disney's cruise terminal and dock area in Port Canaveral has also delivered economic benefits. Enhancements include an expanded dock area and terminal facility, along with the construction of a new parking garage connected to the terminal by a sky-bridge walkway.

Disney Dream Arrives in Port Canaveral

“This is a special time for us,” says Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer J. Stanley “Stan” Payne. “We're thrilled to welcome the Disney Dream home to her expanded terminal facility. We continue to have a great relationship with Disney Cruise Line and we look forward to continuing that for many years to come.”

Disney Dream Arrives in Port Canaveral

In addition to the expansion at Port Canaveral, Disney Cruise Line has also made enhancements to its private island Castaway Cay in the Bahamas, to further accommodate the new ship and more guests. From extended beaches and more dining locations, to the addition of private beach cabanas and Pelican Plunge, a new floating water play structure with water slides, the island boasts even more offerings and activities for families to enjoy.

Disney Dream Arrives in Port Canaveral

With the arrival of the Disney Dream to its home port in Florida, preparations are underway for its inaugural cruises and events, including the traditional christening of the vessel. Other Disney Dream inaugural events include a Benefit Preview Cruise in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, sailing Jan. 21-23.

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Accommodating up to 4,000 guests, the 130,000-ton Disney Dream takes Disney's special brand of family cruising to a whole new level with industry firsts such as the AquaDuck water coaster and Magical Portholes that transform inside staterooms into rooms with magnificent views. All of the ship's new features " combined with Disney quality entertainment, unique dining experiences and age-specific areas for children, teens and adults " create an unforgettable cruise experience for the entire family. A sister ship, the Disney Fantasy, is under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and will arrive in early 2012. It will sail seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, also from Port Canaveral.

Disney Dream Arrives in Port Canaveral

With the addition of two new ships, Disney Cruise Line is offering a wider variety of itineraries and will sail to more destinations around the world, including a repositioning of the Disney Wonder to the West Coast of the United States, sailing Mexican Riviera and first-ever Alaskan itineraries in 2011. Meanwhile, the Disney Magic will spend another summer sailing European itineraries in 2011.

Disney Dream Arrives in Port Canaveral

Disney Cruise Line established the blueprint for family cruising when the business launched in 1998. The first two ships, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, which set sail in 1998 and 1999, respectively, were purpose built for families to reconnect, adults to recharge and kids to immerse themselves in worlds of fantasy only Disney can create.

December 27, 2010

Imagineers Hard at Work on Disney Dream

A new phase of construction in underway on the Disney Dream. Now that the ship has been turned over to the Disney Cruise Line, the Imagineers are hard at work. Here's a glimpse:


December 15, 2010

Evolution Nightclub on the Disney Dream

The club is one of five stylish spaces that make up The District, a nighttime playground for Disney Cruise Line guests 18 and older at the aft end of Deck 4. The interconnected areas continue to, well, evolve, as workers make final preparations for the first passengers to board the brand new ship in Florida next month.

Want an even closer look? Here's Michael Davie of Walt Disney Imagineering with a recent tour of three of the adults-only venues in The District " Evolution, Pink and Skyline.

Elsewhere in The District are 687, a modern interpretation of a traditional pub, and District Lounge, which will feature live entertainment nightly.

In just a few days, the Disney Dream starts the transatlantic voyage that will finally bring her to Florida early next month. I'll be aboard and will continue sharing exclusive sneak peeks as the ship draws closer to her inaugural cruise from Port Canaveral on January 26.

November 5, 2010

Sorcerer Mickey Now Adorns the Stern of the Disney Dream

The Disney Dream continues to take full form....


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October 31, 2010

Disney Dream "Floats Out" in Germany

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PAPENBURG, GERMANY, (Oct. 30, 2010) " After 20 months of construction, the Disney Dream cruise ship floated out of the enclosed building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard today, completing a major construction milestone. The ship was greeted by thousands of visitors lining the shore to see the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, which features the first water coaster at sea and other cruise industry firsts designed to build upon Disney's commitment to delivering unparalleled family cruises.

The “Float Out” is a special maritime event that celebrates the ship's final stages of construction, where exteriors become complete and final touches are assigned to interiors. In true Disney-style, the celebration was punctuated with a fireworks display and the appearance of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The Disney Dream is scheduled to sail its maiden voyage on January 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Fla.


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“Today marks a monumental milestone and begins the first of the finishing touches for the Disney Dream as we prepare to welcome guests aboard our newest ship,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “Our guests are counting down to the maiden voyage, and in just 88 days, they will get to experience all that the Disney Dream has to offer.”


The Disney Dream is the first of two new ships being built by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The Disney Fantasy is also currently in production and is scheduled to set sail on its maiden voyage on April 7, 2012.


“Today is a day of great pride for all of us at the Meyer Werft shipyard,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft. “To finally see the largest ship this yard has ever built floated out and nearly complete is an inspiration within itself, and that coupled with the pixie dust Disney is known for, made this a truly magical moment for all involved.”

The Disney Dream will remain alongside Meyer Werft's outfitting pier in the shipyard harbor for about two weeks, while testing is completed on the ship's stabilizers, rudders and other functional features, and work on the ship's interior areas continues. The ship is scheduled to leave the Meyer Werft shipyard and be conveyed down the River Ems, the second weekend in November, where its destination is the North Sea at the port of Eemshaven, The Netherlands.

Disney Dream Innovations
Known for establishing the family cruise market when the Disney Magic debuted in 1998, Disney Cruise Line continues to build upon this success with a focus on the legacy and heritage of The Walt Disney Company's most known assets " master storytelling, world-class entertainment and legendary guest service. In addition to all of the features Disney Cruise Line is known for, the Disney Dream will have several new notable innovations for guests to enjoy.

■AquaDuck, a first-of-its-kind water coaster, is an exhilarating, high-speed thrill ride that combines all the ups and downs of a roller coaster with all the twists and turns of a water slide.
■Magical Portholes offer a “virtual window” to the world for inside staterooms, with a real-time view outside the ship where high-definition cameras feed live video to each stateroom.
■Enchanted Art immerses guests in Disney storytelling and looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship, but is actually a framed LCD screen with technology that recognizes a guest is present.
■Remy, an exquisite top-deck restaurant, only for adults, with incredible ocean views and French-inspired, gourmet cuisine by two award-winning chefs.

New Itineraries

With the addition of two new ships, Disney Cruise Line is able to more formally expand its itineraries to new destinations, including Alaska, while continuing to offer cruises to some of the line's most popular itineraries.

The Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Fla., while sister ship Disney Fantasy, is set to sail seven-night alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, also from Port Canaveral, beginning in 2012. The Disney Magic will continue sailing seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises, before returning to the Mediterranean for another summer of cruising in this region in 2011. The Disney Wonder will begin 2011 by repositioning to the West Coast of the U.S., sailing seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles, while spending the summer sailing first-ever Alaskan itineraries from Vancouver.

Check out this German TV Report on the Float Out - Stay til the end so you can see interior shots! Click on DAS DISNEY
http://www.ndr.de/flash/mediathek/index.html

October 27, 2010

Disney Dream - Entertainment Lineup

Disney Cruise Line has unveiled the lineup of entertainment for its newest cruise ship, the Disney Dream.

Headlining the musical repertoire is Disney's Believe, an original stage spectacular.

Other productions include fan favorite The Golden Mickeys: A Timeless Tribute, featuring new musical numbers, and Villains Tonight!

In addition to nightly stage shows, the popular "Pirates IN the Caribbean" evening will have three distinct deck events: The evening starts with Mickey's Pirates in the Caribbean, an interactive show featuring Disney characters. Later, Captain Jack Sparrow unleashes Club Pirate, a high-tech, open-air dance party.

Finally, the evening will conclude with Buccaneer Blast!, a new pyrotechnic spectacular featuring more fireworks than ever before synchronized to a dramatic musical score.

October 17, 2010

Disney Cruise Line Named Top Cruise Line by Readers of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

Classic Disney storytelling, world-class entertainment and legendary guest service create unique experiences for every family member

CELEBRATION, Fla., (Oct. 13, 2010) " Disney Cruise Line has been recognized as the No. 1 cruise experience at the Annual Readers' Choice Awards for Condé Nast Traveler magazine in New York City.

Known as the leader in family cruising, Disney Cruise Line took the top honors in the Mega-Ship category, which is part of the magazine's annual readers' survey that recognizes the best in travel for resorts, destinations, airlines, cruise lines and car rental agencies.

Samantha Brown, renowned travel expert and television host on The Travel Channel, presented the award to Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz at the awards gala in New York City.

“We are delighted to be recognized by such an esteemed travel community,” said Holz. “This award is a testament to our continued dedication toward creating an unparalleled family cruise vacation. We appreciate the support of our guests who have sailed with us time and again and who helped make it possible for us to receive this highly regarded award.”

In addition, the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine recently named Disney Cruise Line the Top Family-Friendly Large-Ship Cruise Line in the 2010 World's Best Awards poll. Disney Cruise Line offers cruises for the young and young at heart, with a wide variety of events and activities designed to provide guests with a vacation experience that every member of the family feels was created especially for them.

New Ships, New Itineraries
These awards come as Disney enters the final stages of construction for one of two new ships, and begins to more formally expand itineraries to new destinations. Known for establishing the family cruise market when the Disney Magic debuted in 1998, Disney Cruise Line continues to build upon this success with a focus on the legacy and heritage of The Walt Disney Company's most known assets " master storytelling, world-class entertainment and legendary guest service.

The newest ship, the Disney Dream, is scheduled to sail its Maiden Voyage on January 26, 2011 from Port Canaveral, Florida. Meanwhile sister ship Disney Fantasy is scheduled to set sail in 2012.

In 2011, the Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas from homeport, Port Canaveral, Fla. The Disney Magic will continue sailing seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises, before returning to the Mediterranean for another summer of itineraries in this region. The Disney Wonder will begin 2011 by repositioning to the West Coast of the U.S., sailing seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles, while spending the summer sailing first-ever Alaskan itineraries from Vancouver.

New Ship -- Disney Dream
In addition to all of the features Disney Cruise Line is known for, the Disney Dream will have several new notable innovations for guests to enjoy.

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AquaDuck, a first-of-its-kind water coaster, is an exhilarating, high-speed thrill ride that combines all the ups and downs of a roller coaster with all the twists and turns of a water slide.
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Virtual Portholes offer a “window” to the world for inside staterooms, with a real-time view outside the ship where high-definition cameras feed live video to each stateroom.
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Enchanted Art immerses guests in Disney storytelling and looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship, but is actually a framed LCD screen with technology that recognizes a guest is present.
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New dining experiences including Remy, an exquisite top-deck restaurant, only for adults, with incredible ocean views and French-inspired, gourmet cuisine by two award-winning chefs.

Based in Celebration, Fla., Disney Cruise Line has received over 50 distinguished awards and recognitions from the travel industry, since first setting sail in 1998. These awards have included all aspects of the operation from dining and entertainment, to youth activities and spa facilities. Since 2007, the line has consistently placed in top spots with Condé Nast readers' polls, however this is the first time for the company to place No. 1 overall.

September 29, 2010

Disney Dream Oceaneer Club

This giant submarine will be the centerpiece of Explorer Pod, one of four themed areas at Disney's Oceaneer Club. Disney's Oceaneer Club on the Disney Dream is a child-friendly oasis that transports kids to the magical lands of Disney fairies, friendly monsters, adventuresome toys and undersea exploration. Disney's Oceaneer Club is open to 3-to-10-year-old children.

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Inspired by Disney•Pixar's “Finding Nemo,” Explorer Pod features 16 interactive computer stations. Outside of the sub, eight computer stations provide gaming fun as the familiar flock of seagulls from “Finding Nemo” looks on.

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September 25, 2010

Disney Dream Royal Palace Dining Room

DIsney Cruise Line brings you another insider's look at the construction of our newest ship, this time we are showcasing Royal Palace restaurant inspired by classic Disney films “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

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With meticulous attention to detail, many of the restaurant's features are modeled precisely from the inspirational films. The Royal Palace's circular floor plan, fluted columns and iron railing work are all recreated from the “Cinderella” ballroom scene. Wall sconces are fashioned after those seen in “Beauty and the Beast.”

At Royal Palace, guests will feast on a world-class continental cuisine. The menu will include dishes fit for a monarch, including beef Wellington, crowned rack of lamb, king salmon and princess cake. The wine list will feature an excellent selection of Old World wines. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at this restaurant.


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September 24, 2010

Openings Grand at Sea and on Land: Disney Unwraps Magical, Memory-Making Attractions, Cruises, Resorts, Tours

NEW YORK " Nothing like a little Disney magic to make memories that last a lifetime. Just in time for “Let the Memories Begin,” Disney is embarking on exciting, all-new experiences for guests that will take them over the horizon, under the sea, beyond the solar system and on bushwalks with adventure at every turn.

Before the curtain comes down on 2010, new offerings bow at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Then during 2011, premieres will include an Adventures by Disney itinerary to the land of the pyramids, a Disney Parks virtual itinerary in stunning 3-D to the galaxy of “Star Wars” and an experience at Disney California Adventure that plunges guests into the realm of “The Little Mermaid.” Meanwhile, Disney will celebrate the opening of a resort hotel in romantic Hawaii, and Disney Cruise Line will launch the Disney Dream and expand the horizons for its existing ships.

Here are some of the details of what's new and next:

At Walt Disney World Resort

New Safari Experience at Disney's Animal Kingdom (Early 2011)" Imagine crossing a rickety footbridge above a riverbed paved in menacing crocodiles. Or trekking through a forest for an up-close encounter with a pool of hippos. Guests wanting to venture off the beaten path at Disney's Animal Kingdom will have an exciting opportunity beginning in early 2011. A new add-on experience, Wild Africa Trek, will take small groups of adventurers on personalized, guided excursions that include a bushwalk through unexplored areas of the forest, home to many species of wildlife, along with over-landing in customized vehicles across an animal-filled savanna. On these expert-led treks, extended time will be spent observing and learning about the wildlife. To complete the journey, guests will experience a taste of Africa while viewing wildlife from a specially designed observation station.

New Epcot Dining Experiences (August, September 2010)" Culinary expansions at the Italy and Mexico pavilions treat guests to delectable discoveries. In Italy, an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria called Via Napoli opened in August. Operated by Patina Restaurant Group, the same restaurateurs who run the pavilion's Tutto Italia restaurant, the 300-seat pizzeria features wood-burning ovens named for volcanoes in Italy " and uses water from a source that most resembles the water in Naples, Italy, home of some of the world's best pizza dough. The 14,000-square-foot space includes indoor and outdoor dining. Open this month (September), the Mexico pavilion welcomes guests to La Hacienda and La Cantina de San Angel " two restaurants under one roof. La Hacienda is a 250-seat restaurant serving romantic dinners beside World Showcase Lagoon while La Cantina is a 150-seat quick-service restaurant serving both lunch and dinner. South-of-the-border creations from the culinary team at San Angel Inn have been an Epcot mainstay for more than 25 years.

“Disney Channel Rocks!” (Fall 2010) " A live, rock-concert-style showthat celebrates great music and great friends through hit songs from popular Disney Channel Original Movies and Series. “Disney Channel Rocks!” will blast popular music from a variety of Disney Channel hits, including the “High School Musical” series, “Camp Rock” and “StarStruck.” The show " at Disney's Hollywood Studios " will follow a format that is similar to “High School Musical 3: Senior Year " Right Here! Right Now!”

New Star Tours Adventures Are Out of This World (2011) " Bridging that “long time ago” between the two “Star Wars” trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take voyagers at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California to Coruscant, Tatooine and other destinations in the “Star Wars” galaxy. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney will combine with the breathtaking immersion of 3-D " for the first time.

Rapunzel Debuts in Magic Kingdom (October 2010) " Rapunzel, along with Flynn Ryder from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature “Tangled,” will begin greeting guests of all ages in a new interactive “play and greet” offering in Fairytale Garden this October. The movie opens Nov. 24 in theaters nationwide.

Taking it to the Next Level (2011) " The newly relaunched ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort continues to add more athlete enhancements in 2011 with the addition of the new Hewlett-Packard Photo Creation Center inside the renamed HP Field House at the complex. The creation center will allow athletes, coaches and fans to create and design an assortment of uniquely customized posters, photo albums, and materials to commemorate their sports experience.


At Sea: Disney Dream Makes Splashy 2011 Debut

Launch of Disney Dream (January 2011) " A first-of-its kind water coaster that sends guests racing above the upper decks of the ship. An animated turtle that engages children in conversation about life in the ocean. A sophisticated lounge where the sun sets over the skyline of a different world-famous city each night. Interior staterooms with Virtual Portholes that bring the outside in using real-time views. The Disney Dream, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will bring to life these innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to the whole family. The Disney Dream, slated to set sail on
Jan. 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Fla., will follow three-, four- and five-night Bahamian itineraries. The ship has a capacity of 4,000 passengers.

New Horizons for Disney Cruise Line (beginning January 2011) " The Disney Wonder cruise ship will “go west” in early 2011. New West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver. The Alaska cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled guest experience provided by Disney Cruise Line. The Disney Wonder also is scheduled for cruises out of the Port of Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera, before and after the summer Alaska cruises. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or contact their local travel agent.

At Disneyland Resort

“World of Color”(June 2010) " The new nighttime water spectacular presented in Disney California Adventure park brings classic Disney and Disney•Pixar animation to life with nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects. The show, which debuted in June, employs stunning technical wizardry to create a breathtaking emotional experience. This one-of-a-kind spectacular will continue entertaining guests year-round at Paradise Bay. Check www.disneyland.com for show schedules and dining packages that include reserved viewing.

More Fun at Disney California Adventure (June 2010) " In addition to “World of Color,” guests at Disney California Adventure enjoy the attraction Silly Symphony Swings, a Disney-flavored version of the traditional swing ride themed to the tornado finale of the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon “The Band Concert.”

Rapunzel Debuts in Disneyland Park (October 2010) " Rapunzel, along with Flynn Ryder from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature “Tangled,” will begin greeting guests of all ages in Fantasyland this October. The movie opens Nov. 24 in theaters nationwide.

“Disney Channel Rocks!” (Fall 2010) " A live, rock-concert-style showthat celebrates great music and great friends through hit songs from popular Disney Channel Original Movies and Series. “Disney Channel Rocks!” will blast popular music from a variety of Disney Channel hits, including the “High School Musical” series, “Camp Rock” and “StarStruck.” The show " at Disney California Adventure " will follow a format that is similar to “High School Musical 3: Senior Year " Right Here! Right Now!”

New Enhancements to Disneyland Hotel (ongoing) "Renovation will continue at Disneyland Hotel, including a new pool and water play area, enhancements to the existing pool, a new restaurant and bar, and re-theming of the hotel's three guestroom towers. Two themed suites opened in 2010, the Fairy Tale and Big Thunder suites, and a third new suite is under development. They join the existing Mickey Mouse and Pirates suites.

Disney Premieres Little Mermaid attraction (2011) " Guests will be magically transported “under the sea” with the debut of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure. Guests will experience a musical retelling of the classic motion picture as the best-loved songs come alive in magnificent scenes all around them. They will sing along with Sebastian and Flounder, keep an eye out for the evil Ursula, and watch the Little Mermaid fall in love. The attraction represents the next big milestone in the ongoing expansion of Disney California Adventure.

New Star Tours Adventures Are Out of This World (2011) " Bridging that “long time ago” between the two “Star Wars” trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take voyagers at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California to Coruscant, Tatooine and other destinations in the “Star Wars” galaxy. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney will combine with the breathtaking immersion of 3-D " for the first time.

“Mickey's Soundsational Parade” (2011) " Disney characters will stomp down Main Street, U.S.A. in a new parade at Disneyland Park. “Mickey's Soundsational Parade” brings to life some of the most beloved melodies from Disney films with an explosion of thrilling rhythms and bold percussion. Live musicians will amplify the fun and colorful dancers will entertain guests to the tune of a syncopated drum line, twinkling cymbals, steel drums and more. Mickey Mouse and some favorite Disney characters will encourage members of the crowd to join the giant jam session.

Goofy's Sky School (2011) " Goofy's Sky School will join the fun along Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure. The coaster attraction is inspired by the 1940 cartoon short, “Goofy's Glider,” and the theme is a flying academy with Goofy as the instructor. Guests will enjoy all the dips, twists and thrills as Goofy tries to teach a group of novice pilots how to soar through the sky.

Adventures by Disney Adds Egypt

Egyptian Wonders Ahead for Adventures by Disney (beginning in April 2011) " Once upon a time, there were “seven wonders of the ancient world.” Today, one remains: the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Adventures by Disney guests will step off of planes, cruise ships and camels into living chapters of history during seven- and nine-night Egypt itineraries. The pyramids and the sphinx in Giza, a Nile River cruise, and days and nights in Cairo are all part of the experience. In 2011, Adventures by Disney will offer 25 itineraries, six to 13 days in duration, on six continents " experiences unique in the luxury tour market for their attention to the family in every aspect of the adventure. Guests can learn more at www.adventuresbydisney.com.


Disney Resort Sets Hawaii Opening

Disney Says ‘Aloha' (fall 2011) " Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i that includes traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas, is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property in Ko Olina, 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki. Aulani draws its inspiration from the traditions and heritage of the people of Hawaii. Walt Disney Imagineers, with the help of local architects, artisans and historians, are weaving Hawaiian stories into the buildings, interiors, art and gardens of the resort. Upon completion, Aulani will include 359 traditional hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas with views of the ocean, mountains and the lush grounds. More information about Aulani is available by visiting www.disneyaulani.com.

And Beyond…

-- Cars Land, a 12-acre expansion themed to the Disney•Pixar blockbuster “Cars,” and scheduled to open in 2012 at Disney California Adventure.

-- Disney's Art of Animation Resort, at Walt Disney World Resort, scheduled to open in late 2012 with family suites themed to Disney and Disney•Pixar animated films.

-- Disney Fantasy, the sister ship to the Disney Dream, scheduled to set sail in 2012.

-- Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, where work is underway on a multi-year expansion that is the largest in history of the flagship park at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort.

September 23, 2010

Disney Guests Become Stars of Castle Show and TV Ads As Walt Disney World and Disneyland ‘Let the Memories Begin’

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( Walt Disney Parks & Resorts chairman Tom Staggs, TV personality Tom Bergeron and Broadway star Montego Glover join Mickey Mouse Sept. 23, 2010 in New York City for the announcement of Disney Parks' "Let the Memories Begin" campaign for 2011.)

NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2010) " In 2011, Disney guests will become the stars of a nightly spectacular when photos taken in the park during the day become larger-than-life projections on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort or “it's a small world” at Disneyland Resort. This groundbreaking new experience will celebrate the family vacation memories created in Disney theme parks every day.

And this week, Disney guests will begin starring on television, too, as part of the new “Let the Memories Begin” campaign. For the first time, Disney Parks is featuring the home videos and snapshots of real guests in television ads and other marketing that will allow an audience of millions to share in true-life, heartfelt moments.

“A Disney vacation is the perfect way to create family memories that will last a lifetime,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, at a media announcement Thursday in New York. “We'll spotlight those ‘only-at-Disney' moments with family and friends during our ‘Let the Memories Begin' campaign.”

A just-released survey of U.S. and Canadian families conducted for Disney Parks by Ypartnership, a noted research firm that tracks consumer insights and trends in travel, showed that vacation memories hold a special place in family history.

Nine out of 10 parents said they planned their vacations with the express hope that they would result in a lasting family memory, the survey showed. And those memories stuck with them " nearly three-quarters said they think back “often” or “very often” on their favorite vacation experiences.

‘Memories in the Making' to be Shared on Disney Park Icons

Beginning in January 2011, some Disney parks guests will find that the memory they just made has become a larger-than-life image during a “Let the Memories Begin” nighttime experience.

At Walt Disney World Resort, the guest photos will be projected on the soaring spires of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland Resort, the iconic façade of “it's a small world” will be the canvas for the show.

In both locations, Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture guests caught up in the Disney experience " a memory in the making " and as many as 500 photos will be used in each location every day, producers estimate.

The nighttime show will use the latest in high-intensity projection technology to create vivid visuals that seem to defy the architecture of the building. A new song commissioned for the show will provide an emotional context for these images of the Disney guest experience.

For TV Ads and More, Disney Parks Issues a ‘Call for Memories'

Beyond seeing their own projected photos in lights, guests also could become the stars of Disney Parks television commercials, online campaigns and social media opportunities that will showcase to the world the power of memories.

The campaign kicks off this week with a TV commercial created from videos posted online in social media forums.

For future TV commercials and other advertising and marketing programs, Disney Parks is asking guests to share their memories by uploading photos and videos at a special “Let the Memories Begin” online hub at www.DisneyParks.com/Memories. From a first meeting with a princess to a laugh-filled watery touchdown on Splash Mountain, Disney Parks is looking for videos and photos that capture those never-to-be-forgotten experiences.

Some memories will be shared online, while others may be selected to share in print ads, brochures and other marketing " including television ads to air across the United States and Canada.

With real visitor images on iconic attractions and home video featured in commercials, the storytellers at Disney Parks are letting guests tell their own stories in 2011, Staggs said.

“We wanted to give our guests a powerful way to share the memories they create every day in our parks,” Staggs said. “Essentially, this becomes our first user-generated show and our first user-generated marketing campaign.

“A day at a Disney park is filled with magical experiences that become cherished and unforgettable memories " and now we're helping our guests share those memories with the world.
More Ways to Make Disney Vacation Memories in 2011

To help make special memories last a lifetime, in 2011 Disney Parks is adding new theme park experiences in California and Florida, new vacation opportunities on the high seas with Disney Cruise Line, a new luxury resort on a breathtaking lagoon in Hawaii, and new ways to explore the world with Adventures by Disney.

Here's a snapshot of what's in store:

* “World of Color” (Disneyland Resort): “World of Color,” the new nighttime spectacular presented in Disney California Adventure park, brings classic Disney and Disney•Pixar animation to life with nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects.

* Disney California Adventure Expansion (Disneyland Resort): Next up for the continuing expansion of the park is the first major attraction based on the modern Disney classic, “The Little Mermaid.” The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure will treat guests to a musical retelling of the classic motion picture as the best-loved songs come alive in magnificent scenes all around them.

* New Star Tours 3-D Adventure (Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort): Bridging that “long time ago” between the two “Star Wars” trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take flight in 2011 and take voyagers to thrilling destinations throughout the “Star Wars” galaxy. And it will all happen in brilliant, 3-D technology.

* Disney Cruise Line: The Disney Dream, the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, launching January 2011, will bring to life grand innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to preferences of the entire family. The Disney Wonder cruise ship will “go west” in early 2011; and new West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver.

* Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina Hawai`i: A first-of-its-kind Disney resort in Hawaii creates a perfect setting for family fun. The new resort, which includes traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas, is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property, 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki.

* Adventures by Disney: In 2011, Adventures by Disney guests will step off of planes, cruise ships and camels into living chapters of history during seven- and nine-night Egypt itineraries. These guided travel vacations allow families to visit destinations they never dreamed possible " including Italy, South Africa and China " with the assurance of the Disney name.

September 10, 2010

Disney Dream - Walt Disney Theatre

This new update from the Disney Cruise Line shows you the progress of the Walt Disney Theatre, which will host some of the most elaborate productions presented at sea. The 40-foot-wide stage will include full-flying capabilities for moveable backdrops and scenery, a projection system for animated scrims and stage lifts, and the capacity for pyrotechnics.

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Inspired by the red carpet and golden trophies of Hollywood award shows, this colossal show palace will be adorned in rich red and golden hues. Intertwined throughout this Art Deco-style theatre are subtle Disney decorative touches.

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September 5, 2010

Disney Dream - Mickey Pool

A Disney Dream photo update today shows a very iconic element of the Disney cruise ships -- the Mickey Pool. Continuing a favorite feature of the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream will also have a Mickey Pool for children. The shape of the Mickey Pool resembles the beloved Disney character and an oversized version of Mickey's hand will support a yellow winding slide that will splash down near the pool.

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Also, check out this very cool photo showing the progress being made on the ship's exterior as it enters the final phase of construction before preparing to leave the shipyard this fall.

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August 29, 2010

Disney Dream - Buena Vista Theatre

Less than 160 days away from the maiden voyage of the Disney Dream. All of the spaces on the ship are quickly transforming from cavernous steel hollows to beautiful guest areas.

Construction is moving very quickly on the Buena Vista Theatre which will span two decks and have capacity for 399 guests. As you can see, the decorative ceiling is nearly complete, the stadium seating structure is already in place and furnishings will be installed shortly.

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For cinephiles, the Buena Vista Theatre will be home to first-run-movies, including releases in stunning digital 3-D. Take a look at this rendering of the finished venue.

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August 7, 2010

Quiet Cove Pool Takes Shape on Disney Dream

Check out this construction photo; as you can see the Quiet Cove adult pool is quickly taking shape on the 11th deck of the ship.

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Exclusively for guests 18 and older,
the Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar will be a retreat for adults to sunbathe, take a dip and indulge in a cool drink.

One of three fresh-water pools on the Disney Dream, Quiet Cove Pool will feature varying depths. Luxuriate in a calming environment in this sparkling-blue pool that is a great place for adults to cool off and mingle with other grownups, while away from the kids. With its unique interlocking circular design, a series of connected circular pools includes a 4-foot-deep plunge pool and a 6-inch-deep sunbathing pool with built-in loungers. Guests also can splash up to Cove Bar, which is part of the pool.

Here's what the area will look like when complete:

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Quiet Cove Pool offers varying depths, including a 4-foot deep plunge pool and a 6-inch deep sunbathing pool with built-in loungers and a mister.

Nearby, Guests can soak in a jetted hot tub while overlooking sweeping views of the ocean. The pool area is also an ideal place to sunbathe in the plush lounge chairs that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, there are lounge chairs in the ankle-deep section of the pool where you are invited to relax and cool off.

Cove Bar - Nestled within the confines of the pool, the Cove Bar is a convenient and elegant cocktail spot allowing Guests the convenience of ordering and enjoying beverages without ever having to leave the resplendent refuge of the pool.

During the day, music adds to Quiet Cove Pool's soothing atmosphere. In the evening, mood lighting increases its sense of romance. Poolside massages performed by experienced therapists from the ship's Senses Spa & Salon can also be booked.

At various times daily, Crew Members host games and activities in the Quiet Cove Pool area. Check the Personal Navigator once onboard for the most accurate activities schedule.

Exact operating hours of Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar are to be determined. However, operating times are likely to vary, so once you're onboard check the Personal Navigator"the Disney Cruise Line daily newsletter detailing all there is to see and do"for the most accurate times.

July 31, 2010

Disney Dream - The Engine

A major milestone was achieved for the Disney Dream this week when testing began on the ship's five engines at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. Several months ago, the engines were installed on the ship, and this week the team at the yard started the engines for the first time!

Talk about powerful … The five engines combined have a total output of 103,000 horsepower, which will give the ship a top speed of 23.5 knots.

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At 128,000-tons and 14-decks tall, the magnificent Disney Dream continues to take shape. This initial test begins several months of engine testing, which will continue through the ship's sea trials. With just 180 days until the maiden voyage on January 26, 2011, the excitement of each milestone continues to build as we approach the Disney Dream becoming a reality.

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July 21, 2010

Disney Vacation Connection Desktop Widget Serves Up Planning Information in a Fun and Creative Way for Disney-bound Guests

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. " Planning that next magical Disney vacation? The newly released Disney Vacation Connection desktop widget is a free application that can be downloaded to a PC or Mac computer to view news, videos, weather, park hours, events and vacation planning tips. Also included is a Disney vacation countdown clock that will tell guests the days, hours and minutes until their next Disney vacation.

Content on the app includes Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Disney Vacation Club, Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, Disney's Vero Beach Resort, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii.

With the Disney Vacation Connection widget loaded on their desktop, Disney guests will be able to:
· Stay up-to-date on the latest news and special offers
· Plan their next magical Disney vacation
· Count down to the vacation with the countdown clock
· Check Disney theme park hours
· Learn about upcoming special events
· Find out the weather forecast for the Disney vacation destination

The widget is a free download. Guests can learn more about the Disney Vacation Connection desktop widget, and download it, by visiting www.DisneyVacationConnection.com.

June 15, 2010

MAGIC IN DOVER: Disney Cruise Line makes inaugural call to Port of Dover

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MAGIC IN DOVER: In a photo taken June 12, 2010, the "Disney Magic" cruise ship sails past the White Cliffs of Dover in England. The ship was in Dover as part of Disney Cruise Line's first Northern European Capitals sailing of 2010. This is the first time Disney Cruise Line has called on the Port of Dover. During the 12-night Northern European Capitals itinerary, the Disney Magic visits the ports of Oslo, Copenhagen, Warnemunde (gateway to Berlin), Helsinki or Tallinn, Stockholm and, in a Disney Cruise Line first, St. Petersburg, Russia.

June 12, 2010

Kids Sail Free on Seven-Night Mexican Riviera Cruises Aboard the Disney Wonder

CELEBRATION, Fla. (June 11, 2010) " Disney Cruise Line, a leader in family cruising, is making it easier to experience the magic of Disney Cruise Line on the West Coast with a special “Kids Free” offer on seven-night cruises to the Mexican Riviera starting January 2011.

Guests 17 and under can sail free on seven-night voyages aboard the Disney Wonder when accompanied by two full-fare paying guests occupying the same stateroom (government taxes and fees excluded). This offer is valid for most sailings from Jan. 23 to March 20, 2011, and covers a variety of stateroom categories, ranging from deluxe family staterooms with verandahs to standard inside staterooms (categories 4 to 11). However, there are a limited number of staterooms available for this special offer.

Guests sailing to the Mexican Riviera aboard the Disney Wonder will experience exciting ports of call combined with a family-friendly cruise only Disney can deliver. The seven-night cruises include visits to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta coupled with three fun-filled days at sea. Onboard, guests will enjoy dazzling stage spectaculars, including "Toy Story-The Musical," inspired by the Disney-Pixar films; over-the-top deck parties, featuring the only fireworks display at sea; nearly an entire deck dedicated to youth activities; sophisticated offerings for adults and fun experiences for the entire family.

Rates for the seven-night Mexican Riviera itinerary start at $639 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

To book a vacation or to get complete details on the "Kids Free" special offer, guests can visit disneycruise.com/kidsfree, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent. Guests should mention or input booking code "KFMR" when making the reservation.

June 3, 2010

Disney Dream Cruise Ship Takes Shape

In a recent blog we shared photographs of the final building block of the new Disney Dream Cruise ship being installed.

Now here is the video to go with those photos!

With the steel construction process complete, efforts now shift to connecting maintenance systems and further building out the interior of the ship. Each day the Disney Dream gets closer and closer to its Maiden Voyage!

June 1, 2010

'Disney Dream' reaches major construction milestone

Workers from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany cut free the final building block May 31, 2010, for the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, "Disney Dream."

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The final block placed was a 260-ton portion of the ship's bow.

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With all 80 building blocks for the Disney Dream now in place, the focus shifts to outfitting the interiors spaces that include the whimsical, Disney-infused children's spaces, dynamically chic adult nightclubs, spectacular restaurants and elaborate theatres.


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On January 26, 2011, the "Disney Dream" will set sail from Port Canaveral, Fla. on her maiden voyage and take family cruising to all-new heights.

May 18, 2010

Pelican Plunge at Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay, Disney's private island paradise in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, is getting an extra dose of pixie dust. Enhancements will provide guests with more water-based family-fun, additional conveniences and a slice of beach-side luxury all designed to complement the idyllic island setting. The additional island amenities are scheduled to be complete by summer 2010, in time for special five-night cruises aboard the Disney Wonder with two stops at Castaway Cay, and the Disney Dream cruise ship which starts sailing in early 2011.

Guests can slide and splash at a new water feature called Pelican Plunge. The 2,400-square-foot floating platform, located within swimming distance from shore, celebrates the island's native pelicans. Various flotsam and jetsam " such as nautical rope, cargo nets, buoys, signaling flags and starfish-like ornamentation " adorn the platform. Two exciting water slides " an enclosed corkscrew slide and a 140-foot-long open slide " take guests on a twisting ride, ending with a splash into the lagoon. A giant “bucket dump” delivers hundreds of gallons of water, soaking eagerly awaiting guests. Four water cannons provide sharp-shooting fun with floating nautical targets approximately 20 feet away.


December 16, 2009

Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line Come Together to Create the Ultimate Mediterranean Vacation for Summer 2010

Guests Booking Specific Adventures by Disney/Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Are Treated to Special Onboard Activities and Privately-Guided Shore Experiences

(Dec. 15, 2009) BURBANK, Calif. " Adventures by Disney, named the World's Best Luxury Tour Operator by the 2009 World Travel Awards, and Disney Cruise Line announced today a special add-on option for a series of Mediterranean cruises in 2010 that will combine the best of both Disney vacations to create a one-of-a-kind family vacation experience at sea and on shore. Featuring Adventures by Disney's expertise in guided travel across the world and the magic of a Disney Cruise Line voyage, guests participating in this new vacation offering can enjoy onboard activities and unique shore experiences that immerse each member of the family in the cultures and sights of this European region.

This limited-time product offering may be booked now for 10- and 11-night Disney Cruise Line Mediterranean vacations on the following departure dates: May 5, 15, 26; August 7, 18, 28 and September 8.

“This new product brings the best of both Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line to families interested in the ultimate Mediterranean experience,” said Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line & New Vacation Operations. “Visiting some of Europe's most captivating destinations, the trip is designed to ensure that the guest's only agenda is to soak up the culture, relax and have fun in the Mediterranean.”

A Mediterranean Adventure, On Land and By Sea

Adventures by Disney now brings the history and wonder of the world's best destinations to families taking a Disney Cruise Line Mediterranean voyage. The first-time add-on package combines Adventures by Disney's highly-trained Adventure Guides and incomparable itineraries designed specifically for families with the unparalleled Disney Cruise Line experience at sea.

Leveraging Adventures by Disney's signature “Disney Difference,” the Adventure Guides oversee every aspect of the itinerary, serving as VIP host and expert tour guide for each traveler throughout the vacation. Families enjoy a hassle-free vacation, while the Adventure Guides handle all the details so parents and children can spend their time having the time of their lives in each port.

While at sea, guests may participate in many special shipboard activities and programs available only as part of the Adventures by Disney/Disney Cruise Line vacation package. As part of the Mediterranean trip, families are entitled to scheduled shore experiences and meals, a night of fine dining for adults, wine tasting at Palo aboard the Disney Magic, private receptions, and onboard and onshore photos.

While in ports of call, guests step into the region's must-see cities including beautiful Barcelona and scenic Naples, are immersed in the ancient history and culture of Tunisia, Malta and Corsica, and even explore the French Riviera. Another Adventures by Disney point of difference is that itineraries are developed with the family in mind and boast an array of activities that immerse each member in the culture and history of every city, including thrills created especially for children.

Featuring Adventures by Disney's signature service, guests take pleasure in daily outings that are nearly impossible to book on their own. For example, families who take the Mediterranean vacation embark on a powerboat ride to the Island of Gozo featuring its striking scenery and serene beaches, followed by an off-road tour to uncover the island's hidden charms " one of the many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities guests experience. Other special touches include a tasty behind-the-scenes tour of a Florence gelateria, granted expedited entrance into the Vatican or travel via coach to various destinations. All said, families receive a well-rounded tour of the Mediterranean matched with specific off-the-beaten-path experiences just for them.

To learn more about this new itinerary, visit adventuresbydisney.com/DCLMed.

December 15, 2009

Disney Villains Cast a Comical Spell on New Stage Spectacular Aboard Disney Cruise Line Ships

CELEBRATION, Fla. " The malevolent world of the Disney villains takes a comical spin in “Villains Tonight!,” a musical spectacular that Disney Cruise Line is premiering in spring 2010. The revue-style show will debut during the March 27 voyage aboard the Disney Magic and will delight guests aboard the new Disney Dream cruise ship in early 2011.

“Villains Tonight!” is the first full-scale musical production dedicated to the Disney villains. The show is a family-friendly, fun-filled musical extravaganza that places these famous evil-doers in some irreverent funny moments.

“We pride ourselves in delivering exceptional entertainment and magnificent stage spectaculars aboard our ships,” said Jim Urry, Vice President of Entertainment for Disney Cruise Line. “With ‘Villains Tonight!' we are bringing the lovable and loathsome Disney villains to life in a way never seen before " as the stars of the first musical comedy devoted to the anti-heroes of our films.”

Disney Cruise Line assembled an all-star creative team headlined by the Broadway writing duo of Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen (“[title of show]”). They are joined by director Allison Narver, choreographer Karma Camp and musical director Ben Cohn.

“Villains Tonight!” begins as Hades and his faithful sidekicks, Pain and Panic (“Hercules”), welcome new souls (the audience) to the Underworld. But instead of a frightening realm, guests will discover that Hades has turned the Underworld into an upbeat and happier place. The lively fun comes to a halt when The Fates arrive and predict that Hades will lose his position as Lord of the Underworld if he doesn't ramp up the evil factor.

Worried by the news, Hades checks his Evil-O-Meter and discovers it is running dangerously low. So he comes up with a plan: He'll conjure up the very best of the worst " the most powerful Disney villains " to help him replenish the world of evil. What ensues is a comical journey as Hades, Pain and Panic embark on a quest filled with wacky antics and amusing musical numbers featuring everyone's favorite Disney villains and their sidekicks.

“Villains Tonight!” features a “Who's Who” of the Disney villains, including Disney's newest crook, Dr. Facilier from “The Princess and the Frog.” The show also features classic divas and scoundrels like Ursula (“The Little Mermaid”), the Evil Queen (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”), Captain Hook (“Peter Pan”) and Scar (“The Lion King”).

During “Villains Tonight!,” the 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre becomes a hilariously wicked world through the use of elaborate sets and special effects, extravagant costumes and a fun-filled, contemporary musical score. The show's scenery takes guests on a dazzling journey through many villainous worlds, from the deck of Captain Hook's ship to Scar's Elephant Graveyard to Ursula's Undersea Lounge.

“Villains Tonight!” features irreverent versions of classic Disney villain tunes including a dance club version of “Cruella De Vil” (“101 Dalmatians”), a Copacabana-inspired take of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” (“The Little Mermaid”) and an electrifying version of “Friends on the Other Side,” from Walt Disney Pictures' newest animated feature, “The Princess and the Frog.” In addition, Bell and Bowen developed two original songs especially for the show, “Welcome to the Underworld” and “Villains Tonight.”

The show was produced by Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, which has received acclaim for its productions around the world, including “Finding Nemo " The Musical” (Walt Disney World Resort in Florida), “Disney's Aladdin " A Musical Spectacular” (Disneyland Resort in California), “Twice Charmed” (Disney Cruise Line) and “The Golden Mickeys” (Hong Kong Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line).

“Villains Tonight!” joins the lineup of shipboard stage musicals as the Disney Magic gets ready to embark on an unprecedented five-month season of Mediterranean and Northern European cruises. Departing from Barcelona, Spain, Mediterranean cruises go from April 24 to May 26 and Aug. 7 to Sept. 8, visiting popular ports in Italy, France and North Africa. Departing out of Dover, England, the Northern European cruises will sail from June 12 to July 18, visiting St. Petersburg, Oslo, Copenhagen and other enchanting ports.

December 8, 2009

Disney Cruise Line Introduces Family-Friendly Port Adventures for 2010 Mediterranean and Northern Europe Sailings

Distinctly Disney Experiences, Exclusive Tours and Rich Storytelling

Bring One-of-a-Kind Excursions to Life

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2009) " In 2010, Disney Cruise Line will offer the most diverse itineraries in the line's history " sailing Mediterranean, Northern European, Caribbean and Bahamian routes. With a wide variety of European itineraries, Disney Cruise Line is working closely with local tour operators to create family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to best experience these culturally rich and exotic locales.

All Port Adventures will offer impeccable Disney guest service and are designed to entertain and inspire both children and adults " in true Disney fashion. Added touches such as more scheduled breaks, complimentary snacks and beverages, and fun port journals for kids are provided on all Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures.

While every port of call will offer Port Adventures for families to enjoy together, many tours integrate separate activities for children and adults. While kids are engaged in age-appropriate activities supervised by youth counselors from the ship, parents are given the opportunity to explore cultural sites and points of interest in greater depth.

For the 2010 European season, each itinerary will include at least one tour that features distinctly Disney touches, beloved characters and rich storytelling to help bring local culture and customs to life. Itineraries also will showcase authentic cultural experiences in intimate, upscale settings during Signature Collection tours.

Some of the Port Adventures exclusive to Disney Cruise Line guests include:

Distinctly Disney

At one port of call, on both Mediterranean and Northern European itineraries, a magical, one-of-a-kind experience brings local history and stories to life with the help of some Disney friends.

For example, in St. Petersburg, Russia, the majestic Catherine Palace provides the setting for an elaborate Royal Ball. The noble estate served as Russia's imperial family summer residence for more than 200 years, but on this Port Adventure it is Disney Cruise Line guests who are treated like royalty.

Catherine Palace is the stage for a grand gala hosted by Disney princesses such as Cinderella, Snow White and Belle. Arriving by horse-drawn carriages, the princesses and their princes will entertain guests in the gilded Grand Ballroom.

Live musicians and royal courtiers resplendent in period costumes and powdered wigs add to the ambiance and lead guests in song, dance and regal revelry.

Something for Everyone

At many ports of call during the 2010 European season, at least one Port Adventure will bring youth counselors from the Disney Magic ashore to join the tour and direct special activities for children. While kids are enjoying “mini adventures” designed just for them, adults on the tour continue on with a more in-depth exploration of the destination. Everyone reconnects later in the tour to share their experiences.

During a tour of Florence, families experience city highlights together then divide into separate groups for their own style of fun. Children spend about an hour honing their skills as the next Michelangelo as they create their own traditional Italian fresco painting. During this time, parents are free to explore the rest of the impressive Palazzo Vecchio and take a deeper dive into the masterpieces of this Florentine palace.

Family Adventures

Unique to Disney Cruise Line, one-of-kind family adventures will be offered at select ports of call. These immersive, interactive tours allow families to experience the sites and culture of the destination in a fun and entertaining way while spending quality time together.

In one instance, the Sidi Bou Said Treasure Hunt in Tunis guides families throughout focal points of this popular destination by following clues. This entertaining quest brings to life the culture, sites, sounds and flavors of the city.

As part of this Port Adventure, families visit a traditional Tunisian house, learn about the origin of Sidi Bou Said from a local storyteller, receive a hand-painted henna tattoo, bargain with local merchants for a keepsake water vessel, sip freshly prepared mint tea and get their name written in Arabic as a souvenir.

Signature Collection

Signature Collection tours are found on all Disney Cruise Line itineraries and will be available as part of the 2010 European season. These exclusive tours are customized for guests seeking deluxe experiences ashore in intimate, upscale settings.

In Florence, the Tuscan Cooking School and Wine Tasting takes guests on a northern Italian culinary journey. An authentic Tuscan farmhouse is the venue where guests learn how to create delectable Tuscan cuisine using fresh, local ingredients.

An Italian chef provides one-on-one instruction and guides the hands-on participation. Guests then enjoy their culinary creations such as antipasto, grilled meats, pasta, focaccia and cantucci " traditional Tuscan almond biscotti. A sampling of wines bottled onsite at the farmhouse provides the perfect pairing to the regional feast.

December 7, 2009

Happy Holidays from the Disney Cruise Line!

October 31, 2009

Disney Dream Stateroom Fact Sheet

CELEBRATION, Fla. " Disney Dream staterooms were designed with style, comfort and a dash of Disney magic. Immaculately appointed, staterooms feature a contemporary, Art Deco-inspired design and provide a welcoming environment.

Eighty-eight percent of the 1,250 staterooms on the Disney Dream are outside rooms, and of those, 90 percent have a private verandah. To accommodate larger families and groups traveling together, there are 500 connecting doors adjoining staterooms.

For groups wishing to sail in ultimate luxury, the Disney Dream provides adjacent, concierge-level accommodation for up to 25 guests with four suites and two staterooms " all joined by connecting doors.

On the Disney Dream, stateroom luxury comes in a range of categories:

(2) Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah (Category R) 887 and 898 square feet, sleeps 5.

(19) Concierge One-Bedroom Suite with Verandah (Category T) 536 square feet, sleeps 5. Queen-size bed, living area with double convertible sofa, Murphy bed, walk-in closet, whirlpool bath tub, rain shower, private verandah, concierge service.

(20) Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah (Category V) 263 square feet, sleeps 5. Queen-size bed, double convertible sofa, pull-down bed, privacy divider, split bath, round tub, private verandah, concierge service.

(317) Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah (Category 4-A,B,C,D) 256 square feet, sleeps 4-5. Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down bed, Murphy bed (in most), privacy divider, split bath, round tub, private verandah.

(543) Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah (Category 5-A,B,C,D,E, 6-A,B) 203 square feet, sleeps 3-4. Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down (in most), privacy divider, split bath, private verandah.

(108) Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom (Category 8-A,B,C,D) 241 square feet, sleeps 3-5. Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down or Murphy bed (in most), privacy divider, split bath, round tub, window view, “sit in” porthole seat.

Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms have a “sit in” porthole window seat " nearly five feet in diameter and accented with teak wood, stainless steel and a comfy cushion.

(91) Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom (Category 9-A,B) 204 square feet, sleeps 3-4. Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down bed, privacy divider, split bath, window view.

(19) Deluxe Inside Stateroom (Category 10-A) 200 square feet, sleeps 3-4. Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down bed (in most), privacy divider, split bath.

(131) Standard Inside Stateroom (Category 11-A,B,C) 169 square feet, sleeps 3-4. Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down bed (in some), privacy divider.

(25) Staterooms equipped for guests with disabilities, in a variety of categories.

Disney Dream Staterooms and Suites Offer Comfort, Convenience, Luxury and a Dash of Disney Magic

CELEBRATION, Fla. " Catering to the unique vacation needs of families, Disney Dream staterooms offer comfort and style synonymous throughout the Disney fleet. Designed specifically with families in mind, accommodations are luxurious and spacious, and most staterooms feature a split-bath " a concept that Disney introduced to the cruise industry.

Virtual Porthole

The Disney Dream carries on the spirit of innovation with a cruise industry first for all inside staterooms: Virtual Portholes that offer a “window” to the world with a real-time view outside the ship, corresponding to stateroom location " either port or starboard. High-definition cameras placed on the exterior of the ship feed live video to each Virtual Porthole.

Standard Inside Stateroom

As guests are observing the impressive outside views, they may glimpse a magical surprise. Periodically, animated Disney characters may pop by the Virtual Porthole. Characters may include Peach the starfish from the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo,” a haunted pirate ghost ship or even Mickey Mouse.

Staterooms

Nearly nine out of 10 of the 1,250 staterooms on the Disney Dream are outside rooms, and of those, 90 percent have a private verandah. To accommodate larger families and groups traveling together, there are 500 connecting doors adjoining staterooms. On connecting verandah staterooms, the partition between verandahs may be opened to create a larger shared balcony.

Deluxe Oceanview tateroom_with _Verandah

Well-planned design features allow guests to stretch out in comfort and luxury:

The Disney Cruise Line signature bath-and-a-half design is featured in nearly every stateroom on the Disney Dream. Conveniently, one bathroom includes a vanity, sink and full tub/shower, while the “half” bath has a vanity, sink and toilet.

Both luxurious and practical, a number of staterooms have round tubs with a built-in seat, a rain shower head and a hand-held shower " perfect for giving children a bath.

Recognizing that families tend to travel with more luggage, Disney Cruise Line elevated bed frames to provide generous under-bed space to store suitcases and other items.

For an added pinch of pixie dust, pull-down beds open to uncover a celestial scene overhead. Spanning the entire ceiling directly over the bed, original artwork depicts an enchanted tableau of Peter Pan, his fairy pal Tinker Bell and Wendy soaring through the night sky.

Staterooms on the Disney Dream feature a contemporary, Art Deco-inspired design. Remarkable attention to every detail is evident in the elegant nautical theme with beautiful wood finishes, custom fabrics and carpets, stylish furnishings, original artwork, crown molding and genuine teak accents.

First-class features and amenities in all staterooms include a 22-inch LCD flat screen TV on a swivel arm, iPod docking station, roomy closets, mini refrigerator, full-length mirror, mini safe, premium toiletries, plush bath towels, fine bed linens and feather duvets.

Suites

The Disney Dream has 21 suites, each lavishly appointed and designed with upscale furnishings. Most suites can connect to another stateroom, creating an exceptionally spacious living area for larger groups and families.

Each suite has two bathrooms designed with opulent granite and marble finishes. The master bathroom features a whirlpool bath tub, a rain shower, double sinks and a television built seamlessly into the mirror.

Suites have a generous private verandah, walk-in closet, living room and Blu-ray disc player. Both the living area and master bedroom have a 42-inch, high-definition LCD television.

Suite amenities include deluxe bed linens, feather duvets, plush bath towels, sublimely soft bath robes and slippers. Suite guests may choose from a selection of hypo-allergenic, goose down and therapeutic memory foam pillows.

Disney Cruise Line's signature royal suites " the Walter E. Disney Suite and the Roy O. Disney Suite " are located at Deck 12 forward of the Disney Dream. The Art Deco glamour of the 1920s and 1930s is prevalent in the décor of the suites. Extravagant details of the signature suites include a whirlpool hot tub on the private teak wood verandah, master bath with whirlpool tub, rain shower and double sinks, media library, large living area, kitchenette and sweeping ocean views through the floor-to-ceiling windows lining the main living quarters.

Concierge Service

On the Disney Dream, all suite and concierge stateroom guests enjoy the benefit of the ship's Concierge Level providing special services and exclusive access to dedicated areas.

The Concierge Lounge is located among the concierge suites on Deck 12. Guests may relax in quiet comfort, sip a cocktail, access the internet, watch news on a large screen TV and enjoy complimentary food and beverage presentations offered throughout the day. From the lounge, concierge guests have private access to Senses Spa & Salon.

The concierge team will provide guests with personalized service and assist with a variety of shipboard requests such as making reservations for spa treatments, Palo dining, shore excursions and nursery care for children.

One deck up on the private sun deck, concierge guests can soak up the sun in an exclusive area. This private oasis offers tranquil breezes, misters to keep cool, comfortable, cushioned lounge chairs and refreshments.

Disney Cruise Line Designs the Disney Dream - A Modern Classic Vessel Unlike Any Other

CELEBRATION, Fla. " Like her sister ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream continues the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create one of the most stylish and spectacular cruise ships afloat.

Attrium Lobby

Signature Design
Distinguished by beautiful sweeping lines and magnificent details, the Disney Dream celebrates sea travel with modern features and unmistakable Disney touches.

The ship's exterior color scheme matches the iconic Mickey Mouse with a black hull, bold red funnels and vivid yellow striping and lifeboats. Small touches, such as silhouettes of Disney characters scrolled into the cruise line's signature yellow filigree ornamentation that stretches from bow to stern, are subtle reminders that this is one of the most magical ships at sea.

Carrying the modern classic design inside, the elegant interior décor on the Disney Dream is influenced by the Art Deco style with a dash of Disney whimsy.

Atrium Lobby
For guests sailing on the Disney Dream, the magical voyage begins upon entering the expansive three-deck atrium lobby. Reminiscent of splendid ocean liners from 1920s and 1930s, the stylish sophistication of the atrium is highlighted by a sweeping grand staircase, oversized portholes and stunning, three-story fluted columns with glowing capitals. An exquisite marble floor inlaid with an intricate Art Deco pattern and hand-tufted custom rugs in rich blues, reds and golds span the atrium floor and staircase.

Decorative bronze friezes featuring Disney characters line the balconies, and a keen eye may notice Disney characters in the bronze balustrade rising up the grand staircase. Panoramic elevator columns that face into the atrium feature elaborate metal work crafted in an Art Deco pattern with a hint of a familiar Mickey Mouse outline.

Opulent furnishings complement the atrium design, with a grand piano providing atmosphere, Original art work in bronze, bas relief and tile mosaics add elegance. Overhead, a dazzling chandelier, more than 13-feet wide and descending more than 13 feet from the ceiling, sparkles with hundreds of hand-crafted crystal beads.

The Disney Dream atrium lobby would not be complete without an iconic Disney character statue. Cast in bronze and standing nearly 5-foot tall atop a marble pedestal, Admiral Donald Duck graces the Disney Dream atrium lobby.

Enchanted Art
Around the atrium lobby and throughout the Disney Dream, Enchanted Art immerses guests in Disney storytelling in a completely new way. A special surprise that only Disney could deliver, Enchanted Art magically comes alive as guests pause to admire individual art pieces. For instance, a piece of art that appears to be an animation cell from the Disney classic film “Bambi” springs to life as Bambi's friends Thumper and Flower scamper and a butterfly flits through the scene. Another piece, featuring a vintage photo of Walt Disney at his drawing board, creates a magical moment for guests as the character Walt is creating becomes animated.

Enchanted Art looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship but is actually a framed LCD screen with technology that recognizes a guest is present. As a guest stops to view a piece of Enchanted Art, several seconds of animation in the picture are activated. Guests may see new and different animation as they come back and visit the Enchanted Art another time.

Lobby Café & Bar
Two venues extending off the atrium provide the perfect respite for guests gathering in the atrium lobby for activities or to socialize prior to evening events. Mirroring the Art Deco style and rich wood tones of the atrium lobby, the Bon Voyage lobby bar on Deck 3 is a central gathering place for guests looking to relax and sip a refreshing beverage before heading off to various onboard activities. The Vista Café on Deck 4 overlooks the atrium and provides great views outside. It is an ideal place for families to come together, enjoy a quick snack, latte, espresso, cappuccino or cup of herbal tea. A nearby seating area features a series of portholes, providing breathtaking vistas out to the sea.

Disney Dream Offers Culinary Delights at the Exquisite Palo

CELEBRATION, Fla. " Breathtaking ocean views, rich décor and epicurean excellence create the setting for a romantic mealtime aboard the Disney Dream in a redesigned version of the Disney Cruise Line signature specialty restaurant, Palo.

Named after the colorful poles that line the canals of Venice, Palo offers a superlative dining experience in an upscale atmosphere reserved exclusively for adults. At this elegant restaurant, guests are invited to indulge in a menu of delectable Northern Italian cuisine, classic reserve wines and superior service.

Palo

Palo provides an unforgettable dinner experience at sea. Every seat offers beautiful ocean vistas. A pianist softly serenades guests. Stylish furnishings, custom art, warm wood tones and a color palate of rich red, green and gold jewel tones create a refined, Italian-inspired décor.

For an entirely new Palo experience on the Disney Dream, guests may dine al fresco on Palo's private outdoor teak deck, with picturesque views and warm ocean breezes further tantalizing the senses.

Palo's nightly culinary journey includes starters to tempt the taste buds, tantalizing antipasti, hand-made pastas, succulent seafood and prime meats. Diners saving room for a delicious finale can indulge in Palo's signature dessert, chocolate soufflé with vanilla bean and chocolate sauce.

The sommelier is pleased to recommend the perfect wine pairings to make an extra special meal extraordinary. Palo's extensive reserve wine list features award-winning selections from some of the most esteemed vineyards in the world.

In addition to romantic dinners, Palo offers an exquisite adult-only champagne brunch featuring made-to-order entrées, seafood, a selection of international cheeses, fresh breads and pastries, desserts, champagne and mimosas.

New on the Disney Dream and located next to Palo is Meridian. With décor inspired by the early days of sea travel, this adult-exclusive lounge has inside seating and an exclusive outside deck.

At Meridian, guests can enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif or an after-dinner cocktail. Meridian's outside teak deck is the perfect place to watch a romantic sunset or relax with a cigar selected from a fine assortment available at the bar.

Adult's Escape to a Fantasy World All Their Own at "The District" Aboard the Disney Dream

CELEBRATION, Fla. " Imagine a playground exclusively for adults where the sun sets over a different big city each night, champagne is sipped in chic surroundings and guests dance the night away at a dynamic night club designed to rival any on land or sea. On the Disney Dream, guests are transported to a world all their own at The District " an extraordinary adult-exclusive nighttime entertainment district that features trendy and sophisticated bars and lounges. Spectacular venues include…

Skyline
Skyline Lounge

Skyline is an ever-changing venue that celebrates some of the world's most famous cities. Tall “windows” along one wall give guests a birds-eye view of stunning city skylines such as Paris, London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

The chic setting is metropolitan sky bar-meets-luxury high-rise penthouse, complete with a digital fireplace. Lustrous woods and metal finishes are the backdrop to the seven 65-inch LCD screens that depict a different locale each day.

Skyline's “windows to the world” are ever-changing as the spectacular city skylines transform from day to night, in real time as each day progresses.

Signature cocktails, inspired by the city of the day, will be offered at the full-service bar.

Pink

Pink - Champagne Bar

Elegant and upscale, Pink is an intimate cocktail bar serving top-shelf wines and liquor as well as the bubbly beverage of choice…champagne. Inspired by French art nouveau style and characterized by flowing, fluid forms, the entire venue makes guests feel as though they are immersed in a bottle of France's finest.

As guests sip some of the world's preeminent champagnes, sparkling wines and proseccos, they are enveloped in the enchanting, playful feel of the venue. Back-lit inset glass “bubbles” covering the walls create the effect of cascading, effervescent champagne. The famous pink elephants from the Disney animated classic “Fantasia” appear to dance in the bubbles.

A feature wall behind the bar with dew-drop shaped glass in pink and gold gives the impression of champagne bottles bursting with bubbly. Light fixtures of sculpted glass are reminiscent of champagne flutes, bar chairs seem as if they are made from sparkling glass and designs along the bar fascia resemble the cage around the top of a champagne bottle.

Pink is the ideal setting for a pre-dinner apéritif or late-night toast…and all romantic moments in between.

Evolution

The premiere venue in The District and the main club for adult guests, Evolution brings a piece of big-city nightlife to the high seas. Inspired by the evolution of the butterfly, the design is contemporary with an edge.

Evolution Dance Club

Butterfly wing patterns on the walls and trails of light effects along the ceiling impart the feeling of butterflies in flight. Pulsing to the beat of the music, lights lead guests to the heart of the club " a dynamic, lighted dance floor that changes with the intensity of the music and a colorful butterfly-shaped feature light on the ceiling above.

The bar is backlit and features strata of layered acrylic and glass in vibrant, translucent tones of orange, yellow, green, pink and purple. Tiered, banquette seating wraps around the perimeter of the room, providing an excellent view of the entire club, the stage and the dance floor. This will be the primary venue for large-scale evening events such as comedy acts, cabaret shows, themed dance parties, live musical performances and other entertainment just for adults.

Metro Pub

Adjacent to The District, Metro Pub is a warm and welcoming environment " a modern interpretation of a traditional pub. Rich detail, wood finishes, a stamped-metal ceiling, modern furnishings and soft leather chairs comprise the stylish décor. Two banquette seating niches, each with its own LCD screen, are hideaways for small groups of four or five.

The casual setting is perfect for guests to kick back and watch live sports and major broadcast events on one of several flat screen televisions, including a 103-inch plasma screen with digital surround sound.

Metro Pub will be the location of choice for beer-lovers, serving a wide range of international and domestic brews along with a full selection of fine wines and cocktails. A friendly pub master will serve as host at Metro Pub and lead guests in a variety of interactive games and activities.

District Lounge

District Lounge is the first entertainment venue encountered when entering The District. Here, guests will find a stylish, relaxed atmosphere with comfortable, contoured seating and an open floor plan. The District Lounge is an ideal gathering place for guests to meet before beginning their journey into The District. Guests can unwind with their favorite cocktail from the full-service bar and enjoy live piano music and entertainment before moving further through The District.

Relaxation and Indulgences in Store Just for Adults on Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream

CELEBRATION, Fla. " On the Disney Dream, while children are having the time of their lives in the elaborately themed youth areas, adults can look forward to incomparable indulgences and relaxation with exclusive areas and offerings designed exclusively for them. With a spectacular nighttime entertainment district, exquisite dining, a deluxe spa and a tranquil private pool, the Disney Dream provides adults with endless ways to unwind, rejuvenate and pamper themselves.

Escape…

The District is an extraordinary adult-exclusive nighttime entertainment area on the Disney Dream. Featuring sophisticated bars and lounges, this playground for grownups transports adult guests to a world all their own.

Guests visiting The District will encounter an array of experiences that stimulate all the senses " with each venue presenting its own unique design, look, feel, sounds and palate-pleasing delights. All venues in The District are interconnected and convey a sense of discovery as guests move throughout the areas.

The District is located on Deck 4 aft and is open exclusively to guests age 18 and older. Sensational venues include:

District Lounge " sophisticated, yet relaxed area featuring live piano music and entertainment

Metro Pub " warm, welcoming and casual " a modern interpretation of a traditional pub

Pink " an elegant and upscale cocktail lounge serving champagne and top-shelf libations

Pink - Champagne Bar

Skyline " a chic, metropolitan “sky bar” with ever-changing views of stunning city skylines

Skyline Lounge

Evolution " inspired by the evolution of the butterfly, a dynamic, contemporary night club

Evolution Dance Club

Relax…

Senses Spa & Salon provides tranquility, pampering and relaxation in an ocean-view environment of more than 16,000 square feet. Located in the forward section of the ship and spanning two decks, the spa features a design that is soothing " using a color palate of natural green, blue and soft brown hues, organic tropical motifs and lush woods to impart a calming effect.

17 private treatment rooms " offering a menu of luxurious spa treatments and services such as massages, body wraps and facials.

Rainforest " offering the benefits of steam, heat and hydrotherapy combined with the power of aromatherapy to relax the mind and body. Specialized areas include a steam bath, steam room, tiled sauna and aromatic rain showers. Guests can relish the Rainforest's calming ocean views while reclining in heated mosaic tile relaxation chairs, or lounge outside in one of two whirlpool hot tubs on the private teak deck.

Two lavish spa villas " for the ultimate indulgence, the villas feature an indoor spa treatment suite connected to a private outdoor verandah with personal whirlpool hot tub, shower and a plush, double lounge chair.

Spa Villa

Ocean-view gym " a nearly 2,500-square-foot gym with state-of-the-art exercise equipment and complimentary group classes such as yoga, Pilates, aerobics, stretching and spinning.

Additional Senses Spa & Salon offerings include manicures, pedicures, hair salon services, a barber shop and teeth whitening at the Smile Spa.

Adults can soak up the sun and bask in warm tropical breezes at the Quiet Cove Pool, a multi-level pool with varying depths.

Also located in the adults-only area on Deck 11 is Cove Cafe. With a warm, comfortable design, Cove Café is a peaceful retreat where adults can sit back, sip a gourmet coffee, read a magazine or book, watch the national news or use the café's WiFi-enabled laptop to surf the internet.

Indulge…

Sweeping ocean views, rich décor and epicurean excellence create the setting for a romantic escape aboard the Disney Dream in a redesigned version of Disney Cruise Line's signature specialty restaurant, Palo.

Palo

Named after the colorful poles that line the canals of Venice, Disney Cruise Line's signature restaurant invites adults to indulge in a menu of delectable Northern Italian cuisine, an extensive wine list and superior service. Palo provides an unforgettable dinner experience at sea. Every seat offers a beautiful ocean vista. A pianist softly serenades guests. Stylish furnishings are accompanied by custom art, warm wood tones and a color palate of rich red, green and gold jewel tones to create an intimate, refined, Italian-inspired décor.

Disney Whimsy, Creativity and Imaginative Stories Come to Life in Magical Youth Spaces aboard the Disney Dream

CELEBRATION, Fla. " Disney Cruise Line revolutionized the cruise industry with elaborately-themed youth areas where a generous sprinkling of pixie dust and beloved Disney characters combine to immerse children in their favorite Disney stories.

Onboard Disney Dream, the newest ship in the Disney fleet, the celebration of children's creativity and dreams rises to a new level with extraordinary youth spaces designed to inspire, entertain and spark the imagination of children in nearly an entire deck created just for them.

Disney's Oceaneer Club

Oceaneer Club

Disney's Oceaneer Club on the Disney Dream is a child-friendly oasis that transports kids to the magical lands of Disney fairies, friendly monsters, adventuresome toys and undersea exploration. Disney's Oceaneer Club is open to 3-to-10-year-old children.

The central rotunda, with a whimsical Peter Pan's Never Land motif, is the main gathering place and hub of Disney's Oceaneer Club. Constellations of Disney characters created with fiber optics twinkle across the ceiling, and iridescent finishes give the room a sparkling glow. The focal point of the rotunda is a stage where children can create and star in their very own theatrical performances, participate in storytelling sessions and delight in meeting Disney characters such as Tinker Bell and Peter Pan.

The Disney's Oceaneer Club's rotunda has a 103-inch plasma screen for watching movies and for magical interactions with a "most excellent" live character: Crush, the animated sea turtle from the Disney•Pixar animated motion picture "Finding Nemo," stops mid-stream in his digital undersea environment to chat, play and joke with kids in live, unrehearsed conversations. Sometimes using silly props and joined by this "Finding Nemo" friends, Crush amazes and entertains "little surfer dudes" during real-time, personalized appearances that showcase his most-excellent personality. These one-of-a-kind experiences with Crush continuing Disney's legacy of bringing characters to life in new and incredible ways.

In Andy's Room, the world of the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” films comes to life. Inside the vibrantly-colored room, kids experience the feeling of being toy-sized as they play among larger-than-life characters from the animated film. Children can rearrange features on Mr. Potato Head, crawl through the coiled body of Slinky Dog and get behind the wheel of an oversize, remote-controlled race car.

Oceaneer Club Andy's Room

Monster's Academy is a fun, interactive space inspired by the DisneywPixar film “Monsters Inc.” The centerpiece is an elaborately-themed play structure for climbing that is fashioned after the film's scare floor, where monster pals Michael "Mike" Wazowski and James P. "Sulley" Sullivan work. Computers integrated into the walls feature unique, interactive games. For kids who want to become a monster, there is an assortment of monster costumes and props.

In Pixie Hollow, children are transported to the enchanted land inhabited by Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. A pixie tree stands in the room, its branches extending overhead with hundreds of fairy lights twinkling among the leaves and hummingbird-sized fairy houses hanging from the boughs. In this magical forest setting, children can make crafts just like a true tinker fairy while sitting on stools shaped like acorns and mushrooms, or dress up in fanciful costumes.

Oceaneer Club Pixie Hollow

Explorer Pod is inspired by the Disney•Pixar animated film “Finding Nemo.” Surrounded by a seascape and seeming to emerge from a pool of water, a bright-blue-and-yellow submarine surfaces in the center of the room. Inside, children can explore and play games at 16 interactive computer stations. Outside of the sub, eight computer stations provide gaming fun as the familiar flock of seagulls from “Finding Nemo” looks on.

Disney's Oceaneer Lab

Disney's Oceaneer Lab on the Disney Dream takes children on a journey of discovery and exploration. Disney's Oceaneer Lab is open to 3-to-10-year-old children.

Oceaneer Lab

Upon entering the main hall, children feel as though they are embarking on a great adventure. Rich woods, brass fixtures and deep blue and red tones complement the room's seafaring details such as maps, maritime instruments and nautical artifacts. An illuminated celestial map of constellations glows overhead. At the main hall stage, kids can create and star in swashbuckling performances, hear stories of great expeditions and watch movies.

Utilizing the same techno-magic that brings Crush to life in Disney's Oceaneer Club, Disney's Oceaneer Lab features special scheduled visits by Disney's mischievous animated alien Stitch. Playful pandemonium ensues as he engages with children in unrehearsed antics. From his spaceship, the cuddly but naughty alien interacts with young guests, chatting with them and using props from his spacecraft surroundings to create hilarious fits of havoc. Encounters with Stitch may include an Elvis Presley impersonation or some crafty chaos and will always entertain with extraterrestrial charm.

The Animator's Studio draws out the character inside all kids. Incorporating elements from both classic and modern animator's studios, the room is filled with maquettes (three-dimensional character models), animation books, a light box table, drawing accessories, computer stations and other tools of the animation trade. Children can use their imagination to create original, hand-drawn art or learn how to sketch their favorite Disney character. With the help of a counselor and an animation simulator, kids can bring to life computer-animated characters.

Oceaneer Club Animator's Studio

The Sound Studio is designed for children who appreciate and are inspired by music. Kids who dream of being a musical star can create their own original tunes using special song-making software. After composing their music and lyrics, they can record their hit. The Sound Studio also has listening and music download stations featuring top hits and current recording artists.

Connecting the Disney's Oceaneer Club and the Disney's Oceaneer Lab are two Workshops. In these specialized areas, kids concoct creations in an interactive science lab, conduct crazy experiments, express their creativity through art projects, stretch their culinary skills and participate in other hands-on activities.

It's a Small World Nursery

It's a Small World Nursery

In the It's a Small World Nursery, infants and toddlers ages three months to three years enter a whimsical world inspired by the classic Disney theme park attraction and original artwork by Disney Legend Mary Blair. The theme's signature fanciful style in a patchwork of pastel colors creates an inviting and comforting space for little ones.

Upon entering the nursery, parents and children can meet and interact with counselors in a welcoming environment. Parents wishing to check on their children, without disturbing them, can glimpse into the nursery's main play area through a one-way window.

In the nursery's main play area, children are welcomed by cheerful, three-dimensional façades resembling the nursery's namesake Disney attraction. Interactive, hands-on features such as horns that honk, wheels that spin and buttons to press are sure to delight curious kids. A boat in the center of the room “floats” on a river pattern along the soft-surface floor and is surrounded by colorful, kid-sized tables and chairs for toddlers to enjoy crafts, books and games.

At the back of the nursery, a separate room with a serene motif and a calm, quiet atmosphere is reserved for naptime.

Disney Cruise Line Introduces Brand-New Family-Friendly Innovation Aboard the Disney Dream

CELEBRATION, Fla. " The Disney Dream will introduce a number of cruise industry-first features and family entertainment innovations designed to make Disney Cruise Line guest experiences even more magical. Among the highlights:

AquaDuck

Disney Cruise Line debuts the first-ever shipboard water coaster, AquaDuck, an exhilarating high-speed flume ride featuring twists, turns, drops, acceleration and river rapids.

AquaDuck combines the thrill of a coaster with the splashing fun of a water slide. It begins with a rush as riders slide through a “swing out” loop over the side of the ship. In the loop cantilevered from the side of the ship, guests are surrounded only by a crystal clear acrylic flume that provides a thrilling, unobstructed view of the ocean surface…150 feet below.

Utilizing some of today's latest water coaster technology, the excitement amplifies as riders experience the up-and-down sensations of a coaster. High-powered water jets accelerate guests upward and forward at a surging speed of about 20 feet per second.

Guests whoosh through the forward funnel, then glide along a stretch of river rapids, providing a stunning panorama of the ocean and the ship's upper decks before a splashdown on Deck 12.


Enchanted Art

Around the atrium lobby and throughout the Disney Dream, Enchanted Art immerses guests in Disney storytelling in a completely new way. A special surprise that only Disney could deliver, Enchanted Art magically comes alive as guests pause to admire individual pieces. A work of art that appears to be an animation cell from the Disney classic film “Bambi” springs to life as Bambi's friends Thumper and Flower scamper and a butterfly flies through the scene. Another piece, featuring a vintage photo of Walt Disney at his drawing board, creates a magical moments for guests as the character Walt is creating becomes animated.

Enchanted Art looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship but is actually a framed LCD screen with technology that recognizes a guest is present. As a guest stops to view a piece of Enchanted Art, several seconds of animation in the picture are activated. Guests may see new and different animation as they come back and visit the Enchanted Art another time.


Virtual Porthole

The Disney Dream carries on the spirit of innovation with a cruise industry first for all inside staterooms. Virtual Portholes offer a “window” to the world with a real-time view outside the ship. High-definition cameras placed on the exterior of the ship feed live video to each Virtual Porthole. The live video feed corresponds to the stateroom location " either port or starboard and position on the ship, from bow to stern.

As guests are observing the outside views, they may glimpse a magical surprise: animated characters may pop by the Virtual Porthole. Characters may include Peach the starfish from the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo,” a haunted pirate ghost ship or even Mickey Mouse.

Living Characters

In Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab youth areas, Disney characters come to life and interact with children in one-of-a-kind experiences. On a 103-inch plasma screen, Crush, the animated sea turtle from the Disney•Pixar motion picture “Finding Nemo,” or the mischievous animated alien Stitch make scheduled appearances to chat, play and joke with kids in live, unrehearsed conversations.

Sometimes using silly props from their digital environments, Crush and Stitch amaze and entertain children during real-time, personalized appearances. These magical experiences with Crush and Stitch continue Disney's legacy of bringing characters to life in new and incredible ways.

October 30, 2009

Teens and Tweens Rule in Their Very Own Exclusive Places Aboard the Disney Dream

CELEBRATION, Fla. " Catering to the vacation needs of every member of the family, the Disney Dream provides ultra-cool plush pads exclusively for teens and tweens. These trendy and tranquil areas offer an elite getaway for teens and tweens to set their own vacation agenda " whether socializing with new friends, playing the latest video games, experiencing cutting-edge technology or just chilling out.

Teen Club - Vibe

Teens rule in their own exclusive club aboard the Disney Dream with Vibe, an extensive indoor/outdoor space on Deck 5 forward created especially for guests ages 14 to 17. A “teen-only” swipe card provides access to the nearly 9,000-square-foot teen club.

The interior space is trendy, casual and inviting. Sleek forms, vibrant colors and avant-garde designs combine to create the ideal teen crash pad. Modular, movable furniture and cushy chairs are plentiful and invite teens to kick back in style.

Vibe - Teen Club Interior

A fountain bar will offer tasty refreshments such as soda, juice, smoothies and coffee drinks.

A media room serves as the central gathering space with video gaming and movie watching on a 103-inch LCD screen with digital surround sound. Around the perimeter of the room, teens can sit in built-in, oval wall “pods” designed as individual nooks for reclining and watching personal video screens or playing video games.

Teens will have at their fingertips the technology to create and edit videos using the latest computer software. They can play games and access the onboard social media application at one of several computer stations in the lounge or via their own WiFi-enabled laptop. Via the social media application, teens can post photos and videos and leave messages and comments for each other during the cruise.

In the dance club area, aspiring DJs can try their hand at spinning and mixing tracks. A lighted, multi-color dance floor and video wall set the stage for dance parties. On a separate stage, teens can take the spotlight during talent shows, karaoke contests and dance competitions.

Outside, teens have their own private deck area " a modern space that gives them an opportunity to enjoy some fun in the sun without ever leaving the teen club. There are plenty of mod chairs and chaise lounges for sunbathing, two wading pools, fountains, pop jets and misters for cooling off. For recreation, teens can play deck games such as ping-pong, foosball and other favorites.

Vibe - Teen Club Exterior

Tween Club - Edge

Located inside the forward funnel is Edge, the lounge just for tweens (ages 11 to 13). This tween pad is a loft-style space with a multitude of hi-tech entertainment. The décor is retro with bright colors and funky finishes.

Notebook computers integrated into the design create individual computing stations for tweens to play games and access the onboard social media application exclusively for them. On this “blog spot,” tweens can communicate with each other during the cruise by leaving messages, comments and posting photos and videos.

Along one wall of the club is a massive video wall that can be used for gaming, movies or television viewing. Stretching more than 18 feet long and nearly five feet tall, the state-of-the-art video wall can be utilized as one giant screen or separated into smaller individual screens.

A lighted dance floor " and multi-colored ceiling lights above that mirror the floor " make the perfect stage for a dance party or some individual free-styling. Nearby, a nearly-10-foot cinema screen descends from the ceiling, providing videos and lighting effects.

Another hi-tech highlight that's sure to thrill tweens is the ability to create and star in their own photo postcards and video karaoke using green-screen technology.

Being in the funnel, this tween haven offers impressive views of the pool decks below…but with a catch: tweens can see out, but guests on the decks can not see in.

As an added “wow,” the ship's water coaster, AquaDuck, winds through the forward funnel of the ship. Three portholes in the tween club provide silhouetted views of AquaDuck riders as they zoom through the tunnel.

AquaDuck - Disney Cruise Line Debuts the Cruise Industry's First-Ever Onboard Water Coaster

AquaDuck Coaster

CELEBRATION, Fla. " Disney Cruise Line debuts the cruise industry's first-ever shipboard water coaster " AquaDuck "aboard the new Disney Dream. Guests will have the opportunity to get swept away on an exhilarating high-speed flume ride above the upper decks of the ship and even out over the ocean.

AquaDuck Experience

Stretching 765 feet in length and spanning four decks in height, AquaDuck combines the thrill of a coaster with the splashing fun of a water slide as powerful water blasters propel guests around the perimeter of the ship's top deck. From high atop the aft funnel, on Deck 16, guests begin their voyage by boarding a specially designed two-person inflatable raft.

AquaDuck quickly takes an exciting turn. Starting with an initial drop, guests are suspended in a “swing out” loop that extends 13 feet over the side of the ship. Surrounded only by the crystal clear acrylic flume, guests get a breathtaking, unobstructed view of the ocean surface 150 feet below.

The excitement amplifies as riders experience the up-and-down sensations of a coaster and defy gravity in a torrent of gushing water. After an initial plunge, high-powered water jets accelerate guests upwards and forwards at a surging speed of about 20 feet per second, made possible by utilizing some of today's latest water coaster technology.

The ride continues as guests are whisked into an enclosed tunnel. Specialized lighting surrounding the flume provides a magical effect as riders travel through the forward funnel where kids in the tween club can catch a shadowy glimpse of guests through special windows as they whiz by.

Emerging from the funnel, guests swiftly glide along a stretch of river rapids 335 feet in length, providing a stunning panorama of the ocean and the ship's upper decks. Then comes a whooshing splashdown on Deck 12.

When the sun sets, AquaDuck immerses guests in a unique nighttime experience combining the thrills of this one-of-a-kind water coaster with customized lighting and amazing views of the nighttime sky.

AquaDuck Fast Facts

AquaDuck is the first and only water coaster onboard a cruise ship

The length of the entire attraction is about 765 feet

The length of the river rapids is about 335 feet

The overall height of the ride is roughly 46 feet " equivalent to four and a half stories

Approximately 10,000 gallons of water per minute propel guests through the attraction

The loop that extends over the edge of the ship is about 150 feet above the ocean's surface

High-powered water jets accelerate guests upward and forward at about 20 feet per second

There are three portholes in the tween club that provide silhouetted views of AquaDuck riders as they pass through the funnel

As a convenience to guests, a conveyor system lifts rafts up from Deck 12 to the ride launch on Deck 16

The minimum rider height requirement for AquaDuck is 48 inches

Disney Dream Artist Renderings

THE DISNEY DREAM

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The Disney Dream continues the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create one of the most stylish and spectacular cruise ships afloat. The Disney Dream offers modern features, new innovations and unmistakable Disney touches

Attrium Lobby

Attrium Lobby

The expansive three-deck atrium lobby on the Disney Dream is stylish and sophisticated with a sweeping grand staircase, a dazzling chandelier and stunning, three-story fluted columns. Decorative bronze friezes featuring Disney characters line the balconies and a nearly 5-foot tall bronze statue of Admiral Donald Duck graces the atrium lobby.


STATEROOMS

Standard Inside Stateroom
Standard Inside Stateroom

Catering to the unique vacation needs of families, Disney Dream staterooms offer comfort and style. A cruise industry-first for all inside staterooms, Virtual Portholes offer a “window” to the world with a real-time view outside the ship. Entertaining, animated characters " such as Peach the starfish from the Disney-Pixar film “Finding Nemo” " may pop by the Virtual Porthole.


Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
Deluxe Oceanview  tateroom_with _Verandah

Disney Dream staterooms were designed with style, comfort and a dash of Disney magic. Immaculately appointed staterooms feature a contemporary, Art Deco-inspired design in a welcoming environment. Eighty-eight percent of the Disney Dream's 1,250 staterooms are outside rooms, and of those, 90 percent have a private verandah.

DINING

Enchanted Garden by Day

Enchanted Garden by Day

Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream is a whimsical, casual restaurant inspired by French gardens and featuring a dining environment that transforms from day to night. Custom glass “flower” light fixtures, ornamental light posts and a charming terrace fountain add enchantment to the room. At the fountain's pinnacle stands a fanciful cherub Mickey Mouse statue.


Enchanted Garden by Night

Enchanted Garden by Night

Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream is a whimsical, casual restaurant that magically transforms from day to night. During the meal, the sky overhead becomes a glorious sunset, with dazzling colors that change into a twinkling field of stars. The light fixture flowers “bloom” and become infused with color and the centerpiece fountain is basked in shimmering light.


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Animator's Palate

Animator's Palate is a signature Disney Cruise Line restaurant that brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room for a one-of-a-kind experience that will captivate the entire family. On the Disney Dream, the restaurant is inspired by classic animator's studios and filled with character sketches, paint brushes, film strips and other tools of the animation trade. “Paint brush” pillars and “pencil” columns span from floor to ceiling.


Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Royal Palace on the Disney Dream is an elegant restaurant inspired by the classic Disney films “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty.” Splendid décor includes a magnificent, hand-blown chandelier made of glass slippers, with essential elements from each fairy tale such as royal crests, roses and tiaras. With meticulous attention to detail, many of the restaurant's features are modeled precisely from the inspirational films.


KIDS CLUBS

It's a Small World Nursery

It's a Small World Nursery

In the It's a Small World Nursery on the Disney Dream, infants and toddlers ages three months to three years enter a whimsical world inspired by the classic Disney theme park attraction, with the signature fanciful style in a patchwork of pastel colors. Interactive, hands-on features such as horns that honk, wheels that spin and buttons to press will delight curious kids.

Oceaneer Lab

Oceaneer Lab

Disney's Oceaneer Lab on the Disney Dream takes children on a journey of discovery and exploration. Upon entering the main hall, children feel as though they are embarking on a great adventure. The room's seafaring details include maps, maritime instruments and nautical artifacts. At the main hall stage kids can create and star in swashbuckling performances, hear stories of great expeditions and watch movies.


Oceaneer Club

Oceaneer Club

Disney's Oceaneer Club on the Disney Dream is a child-friendly oasis that transports kids to the magical lands. The central rotunda, with a whimsical Peter Pan's Never Land motif, is the main gathering place and hub of Disney's Oceaneer Club. The focal point is a stage where children can create and star in their very own theatrical performances, participate in storytelling sessions and meet Disney characters such as Tinker Bell and Peter Pan.


Oceaneer Club Andy's Room

Oceaneer Club Andy's Room

In Andy's Room on the Disney Dream, the world of Disney-Pixar's “Toy Story” films comes to life. Kids experience the feeling of being toy-sized as they play among larger-than-life characters from the animated film " such as Mr. Potato Head, Hamm the piggy bank and Rex the dinosaur. Children can rearrange features on Mr. Potato Head, crawl though the coiled body of Slinky Dog and get behind the wheel of an oversize, remote-controlled race car


Oceaneer Club Pixie Hollow

Oceaneer Club Pixie Hollow

In Pixie Hollow on the Disney Dream, children are transported to the enchanted land of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. A pixie tree stands in the room with hundreds of fairy lights twinkling among the leaves. In this magical forest setting, children can make crafts just like a true tinker fairy, while sitting on stools shaped like acorns and mushrooms. Other activities in Pixie Hollow include dressing up in fanciful costumes and participating in storytelling.

Oceaneer Club Animator's Studio

Oceaneer Club Animator's Studio

In the Animator's Studio on the Disney Dream, children can use their imagination to create original, hand-drawn art or learn how to sketch their favorite Disney character. With the help of a counselor and an animation simulator, kids can bring to life computer-animated characters. The space is filled with animation books, a light box table, drawing accessories, computer stations and other tools of the animation trade.

Vibe - Teen Club Interior

Vibe - Teen Club Interior

In the Animator's Studio on the Disney Dream, children can use their imagination to create original, hand-drawn art or learn how to sketch their favorite Disney character. With the help of a counselor and an animation simulator, kids can bring to life computer-animated characters. The space is filled with animation books, a light box table, drawing accessories, computer stations and other tools of the animation trade

Vibe - Teen Club Exterior

Vibe - Teen Club Exterior

Teens rule in Vibe, a club created expressly and exclusively for guests ages 14 to 17 aboard the Disney Dream. A media room serves as the central gathering space with video gaming and movie watching. Teens can watch personal video screens or play video games in built-in, individual wall “pods.”

ADULTS

Pink - Champagne Bar

Pink - Champagne Bar

Pink is an elegant and upscale cocktail bar at The District on the Disney Dream, serving top-shelf wines and liquor as well as the bubbly beverage of choice…champagne. Back-lit glass “bubbles” covering the walls create the effect of cascading, effervescent champagne. A feature wall behind the bar with dew-drop shaped glass in pink and gold gives the impression of champagne bottles bursting with bubbly

Skyline Lounge

Skyline Lounge

Skyline at The District on the Disney Dream is an ever-changing venue that celebrates some of the world's most famous cities. Tall “windows” along one wall give guests a birds-eye view of stunning city skylines such as Paris, London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Skyline's “windows to the world” are ever-changing as the spectacular city skylines transform from day to night, in real time as each day progresses.


Evolution Dance Club
Evolution Dance Club

Evolution brings a piece of big city night life to the high seas at The District on the Disney Dream. Inspired by the evolution of the butterfly, wing patterns on the walls and trails of light along the ceiling impart the feeling of butterflies in flight. The heart of the club is a dynamic, lighted dance floor that changes with the intensity of the music and a colorful butterfly-shaped feature light on the ceiling above.

Senses Spa and Salon

Spa Villa
Spa Villa

Senses Spa & Salon on the Disney Dream provides tranquility, pampering and relaxation in a more than 16,000-square-foot ocean-view spa environment. For the ultimate indulgence, spa villas feature an indoor spa treatment suite connected to a private outdoor verandah with personal whirlpool hot tub, shower and a plush, double lounge chair

Palo

Palo

Breathtaking ocean views, rich décor and epicurean excellence create the setting for a romantic escape in a redesigned version of Palo, the Disney Cruise Line signature specialty restaurant, on the Disney Dream. Named after the colorful poles that line the canals of Venice, Palo offers a superlative dining experience in an upscale atmosphere reserved exclusively for adults.

October 29, 2009

Creativity and Innovation Take the Helm Aboard Disney Dream

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New Disney Cruise Ship Setting Sail in 2011

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Oct. 29, 2009) " A first-of-its kind water coaster that sends guests racing above the upper decks of the ship. An animated turtle that engages children in conversation about life in the ocean. A sophisticated lounge where the sun sets over the skyline of a different world-famous city each night. When the Disney Dream debuts in early 2011, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet will bring to life these innovations and more.

The Disney Dream will take family cruising to all-new heights, embracing the spirit of innovation, magical family entertainment and immersive experiences that have made Disney Cruise Line the preeminent cruise of choice for families since 1998.

Disney Cruise Line revolutionized the cruise industry with purpose-built ships designed just for families. With the Disney Dream setting sail on Jan. 26, 2011, preparations are underway to expand the one-of-a-kind family experience, utilizing technology to enhance the world-class entertainment and legendary guest services onboard. From stem to stern, the Disney Dream will offer a cruise experience that caters to the preferences of the whole family.


“For more than a decade, passengers have filled their passports with memories sailing around the world with Disney Cruise Line,” said Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo. “With the Disney Dream joining our fleet, we'll be able to take families to even more places they never imagined they could visit " in true Disney style.”

The Disney Dream features a remarkable interior design which provides guests with a warm and welcoming feel throughout. The ship's design offers guests a perfect blend of elegant Art Deco style and fun-filled Disney whimsy to create one of the most spectacular ships afloat. Distinctly Disney guest features aboard the Disney Dream include:

AquaDuck Water Coaster. . .

Disney Cruise Line debuts a cruise-industry first: a shipboard water coaster … AquaDuck! Guests aboard the Disney Dream will get swept away on an exhilarating high-speed flume ride featuring twists, turns, drops, uphill acceleration and river rapids " all while traversing the upper decks of the ship.

* AquaDuck stretches 765 feet in length - more than two and a half times the length of a football field - and spans four decks in height.
* Guests slide 13 feet over the side of the ship in a translucent "swing out" loop allowing them to look down on the ocean 150 feet below.
* Guests experience coaster-like thrills as high-powered water jets push them upwards and forwards at 20 feet per second.
* AquaDuck continues through the forward funnel, encounters a 335 foot stretch of river rapids and splashes down to an end on Deck 12.

A Virtual Porthole for Inside Staterooms. . .

Disney Cruise Line introduces another stateroom innovation with all inside staterooms on the Disney Dream featuring a Virtual Porthole that provides guests with a real-time view outside the ship. High-definition cameras placed on the exterior of the ship feed live video to each Virtual Porthole.

As guests observe the impressive outside views, they may glimpse a magical surprise: animated characters such as Peach the starfish from the Disney•Pixar hit film “Finding Nemo,” or Mickey Mouse may pop by the Virtual Porthole.

A Magical Oasis for Children. . .

Only on a Disney Cruise Line ship can children become immersed in their favorite Disney stories with the help of caring counselors, beloved Disney characters and a sprinkling of pixie dust. The celebration of children's creativity rises to a new level on the Disney Dream with nearly an entire deck of youth spaces designed to inspire, entertain and unlock the imagination of children. There are two main spaces for children ages three to 10:


At Disney's Oceaneer Club, children can:

* Play among larger-than-life characters from Disney•Pixar's "Toy Story" in Andy's Room
* Explore the Laugh Floor with loveable monsters Mike and Sully from "Monsters, Inc."
* Dive under the sea with Nemo and friends or visit Tinker Bell's fairy forest

At Disney's Oceaneer Lab, children feel as though they are embarking on a great seafaring adventure in a room filled with maps, maritime instruments and swashbuckling artifacts. Here, children can try their hand at animation, become a pop star or navigate ships through digital seas.


Both venues offer magical interactions with the animated characters such as Crush, the sea turtle from the Disney•Pixar motion picture “Finding Nemo” and Stitch, the mischievous alien from “Lilo and Stitch.” The characters chat, play and joke with children in live, unrehearsed conversations from their digital undersea and intergalactic environments via 103-inch plasma screens.

Chill-Out Zones for Tweens and Teens. . .

Located inside the forward funnel is Edge " the lounge just for tweens (ages 11 to 13). This tween pad is filled with a multitude of hi-tech entertainment including the ability to create and star in photo postcards and video karaoke using green-screen technology.


Teens have their own exclusive club aboard the Disney Dream with Vibe " a trendy and inviting indoor/outdoor space created especially for guests ages 14 to 17. A “teen-only” swipe card provides access to the nearly 9,000-square-foot club.


Teens can create and edit videos, play computer games, access the onboard social media application or try their hand at spinning and mixing dance tracks. Teens have their own private outdoor deck area with chaise lounges for sunbathing, two wading pools, misters and pop jets for cooling off, and deck games such as ping-pong and foosball.

Personal Touches with Rotational Dining. . .

Disney Cruise Line continues its innovative rotational dining concept onboard the Disney Dream with elaborately themed restaurants, distinctly Disney touches, and world-class cuisine to create a magical dining experience. Throughout the cruise, guests “rotate” through three different restaurants for dinner " with their servers accompanying them, providing guests with friendly, familiar, personalized service each night. The rotational dining restaurants include:

* Animator's Palate, a signature Disney Cruise Line restaurant that brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room for a unique experience that will captivate the entire family.
* Royal Palace, an elegant restaurant inspired by the classic Disney films "Cinderella," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," " Beauty and the Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty."
* Enchanged Garden, a whimsical casual restaurant inspired by the gardens of Versailles and featuring a dining environment that magically transforms from day to night.

Just for Adults. . .

On the Disney Dream, while children are having the time of their lives in the elaborately themed youth areas, adults can look forward to incomparable indulgences and relaxation with exclusive areas and offerings designed exclusively for them.

* Adults can escape in to The District, a nighttime entertainment area on the Disney Dream with five unique venues. This playground for grownups features sophisticated lounges, each with its own unique design, look, feel and palate-pleaseing delights.
* Senses Spa & Salon offers adult tranquility with 17 private treatment rooms, lavish spa villas with indoor treatment rooms and private outdoor verandahs, and Rainforest, a special section of the spa offering the benefits of steam, heat and hydrotherapy to relax the mind and body.
* At Palo, adult guests find epicurean excellence and an unforgettable dinner experience at sea. Every seat offers beautiful ocean vistas while a pianist softly serenades guests in an intimate restaurant setting.

The Disney Dream is scheduled to depart on its maiden voyage Jan. 26, 2011, and will sail alternating three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. During summer months, the ship will alternate four- and five-night itineraries with two stops at Castaway Cay. Guests can book their Disney Dream cruise beginning Nov. 9, 2009.


September 12, 2009

Disney Cruise Line Sets Sail for America’s Last Frontier: Disney Wonder Bound for Alaska in 2011

Disney Wonder Also to Sail Mexican Riviera; Disney Magic to Spend Summer in Europe

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2009) " For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will offer Alaskan cruises during a four-month season of seven-night sailings aboard the Disney Wonder in summer 2011. Combining the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience provided by Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Wonder will depart out of Vancouver, B.C., calling on popular ports such as Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.

Before and after the 2011 summer season in Alaska, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

In response to guest demand, the Disney Magic will once again return to the Mediterranean in 2011 with 10- and 11-night cruises sailing out of Barcelona. In addition to popular ports in Italy, France and Spain, the Disney Magic will visit Tunis in northern Africa and the island nation of Malta.

“We're excited to offer this incredible choice of itineraries for 2011, with cruise vacation options for every family " whether that's outdoor adventure in Alaska, the beauty and culture of Europe, folklore and pageantry of Mexico or tropical fun in the Caribbean,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. “The unique advantage of Disney Cruise Line is that we offer a customized ship experience that brings families together, while still catering to the personalized vacation needs of every guest who sails with us.”

Disney Cruise Line also will offer a number of repositioning cruises and special sailings in 2011, including a 15-night Panama Canal crossing, two 14-night transatlantic voyages, a five- and six-night cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver, and Vancouver to Los Angeles, with first-ever stops in San Francisco and Victoria, B.C., and 10- and 11-night holiday sailings to the Mexican Riviera and the eastern Caribbean.

Guests will be able to book Disney Wonder and Disney Magic itineraries for the 2011 season beginning Sept. 28, 2009.

Disney Wonder 2011 Schedule

Departing out of Vancouver, the Disney Wonder will sail a total of 18 seven-night cruises to Alaska for the 2011 summer season, calling on Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.

As part of the new Alaska itinerary, Disney Cruise Line guests will be able to experience breathtaking natural vistas, an abundance of wildlife and the rich history and customs of Alaska's native culture. On their Alaskan adventure, guests may catch a glimpse of a brown bear, bald eagle or humpback whale, and explore magnificent glaciers and fjords in Juneau. In Ketchikan, guests can fish for some of the largest wild salmon in the world and learn about local culture through hand-carved totem poles. In Skagway, Disney Cruise Line guests can traverse panoramic landscapes by railway, or pan for gold like miners from the famous Klondike gold rush.

The first-ever Disney cruise to Alaska will depart on May 3 with the last cruise of the season scheduled for Aug. 30. Rates for the seven-night Alaskan itinerary start at $939 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

To prepare for the Alaska sailings, a brand-new venue called Outlook Café will be added to the Disney Wonder during dry dock in October. Located high atop deck 10, the 2,500-square-foot Outlook Café is a stylish retreat for guests to relax and enjoy a beverage or cocktail as they peer out through floor-to-ceiling, curved glass windows at breathtaking vistas. The design of Outlook Café is sophisticated with contemporary Art Deco inspiration. An elegant spiral staircase connects Outlook Café with the existing Cove Café one deck below. The 65-seat lounge has a granite-topped cocktail bar with comfortable seating throughout the space, all providing picture-perfect views of the surrounding landscapes.

Book-ending the 2011 summer season in Alaska, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night itineraries to the Mexican Riviera. Rates for the seven-night Mexican Riviera itinerary start at $639 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Prior to repositioning to Alaska, the Disney Wonder will sail a special 10-night Mexican Riviera voyage, including a stop at Manzanillo.

Disney Magic 2011 Schedule

Departing out of Barcelona, the Disney Magic will sail 10- and 11-night Mediterranean itineraries for the 2011 summer season " a total of 10 sailings starting on May 28. Once again, guests will be able to explore the culture and beauty of Italy, France and Spain, with a family-friendly experience only Disney can deliver. This itinerary also includes visits to Tunis in northern Africa, the island nation of Malta, and Ajaccio, Corsica, an island oasis off the southern coast of France.

Rates for the 10- and 11-night Mediterranean cruises start at $1,739 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

For the majority of 2011, the Disney Magic will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries " alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Key West, Grand Cayman and Cozumel). Both itineraries include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay


A leader in the family cruise segment, Disney Cruise Line delivers a vacation experience that every member of the family feels was created especially for them.

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom, Government Taxes and Fees not included. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line, to book a vacation or for more detail on offer terms and conditions, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888/325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com.

August 31, 2009

Disney Cruise Line Creating More Magic at Castaway Cay

Pixie dusting Disney's private island to provide more family fun, interactive play areas, upscale luxury and even greater convenience for guests

Castaway Cay Expands

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2009) " Castaway Cay, Disney's private island paradise in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, is getting an extra dose of pixie dust. Enhancements will provide guests with more water-based family-fun, additional conveniences and a slice of beachside luxury all designed to complement the idyllic island setting. The additional island amenities are scheduled to be complete by summer 2010, in time for special five-night cruises aboard the Disney Wonder with two stops at Castaway Cay, and the Disney Dream cruise ship which starts sailing in early 2011.

Castaway Cay is consistently rated by Disney Cruise Line guests as their favorite port of call " the ultimate private island escape for adventure, relaxation and quality time with the family.

“The numerous enhancements and additions planned for Castaway Cay will take the already extraordinary guest experiences on our private island to the next level,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. “Whether our guests are seeking recreation or leisure " or a combination of both " they will find it at Castaway Cay, all complemented by unparalleled Disney service.”

Walt Disney Imagineers designed Castaway Cay with one-of-a-kind areas and activities for every member of the family, while celebrating the natural beauty of the 1,000-acre island. Among the crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and lush landscapes, guests soon will find the following transformations.

Expanded Family Beach

The Castaway Family Beach will be extended by more than 700 feet for families to enjoy the pristine white sand, build sand castles, relax in the shade under an umbrella and take a dip in the warm azure waters of the lagoon. As an added convenience for guests, enhancements to this area of the island will include:

New Cookies Too family lunch buffet location serving mouth-watering, all-you-care-to-eat barbeque, island spiced rotisserie chicken, burgers, grilled fish, fresh salads, flatbreads, ice cream, complimentary soda and more, in a covered pavilion just steps away from the expanded family beach.

New Sand Bar beach bar mixing up drinks like Castaway Cay's signature Konk Kooler, other tropical concoctions, cold beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

New Flippers & Floats beach rentals providing inner tubes, snorkels, masks and fins.

New Buy the Sea Shore merchandise location selling a variety of Castaway Cay-exclusive items along with towels, sunscreen and other beach essentials " a complement to the island's other merchandise location, She Sells Sea Shells & everything else.

New Water Feature and Water Play Areas

Guests can slide and splash at a new water feature called Pelican Plunge. The 2,400-square-foot floating platform, located within swimming distance from shore, celebrates the island's native pelicans. Various flotsam and jetsam " such as nautical rope, cargo nets, buoys, signaling flags and starfish-like ornamentation " adorn the platform. Two exciting water slides " an enclosed corkscrew slide and a 140-foot-long open slide " take guests on a twisting ride, ending with a splash into the lagoon. A giant “bucket dump” delivers hundreds of gallons of water, soaking eagerly awaiting guests. Four water cannons provide sharp-shooting fun with floating nautical targets approximately 20 feet away.


Pelican Plunge


On the island, a brand-new, 2,400-square-foot water play area called Spring-a-Leak helps guests cool off while immersing them in what appears to be the remnants of a washed-away beach dwelling leaning in the direction of the prevailing winds. The watery fun begins as guests enter the storm-ravaged structure, greeted by dripping pipes, broken plumbing and hissing misters, exposed and twisted by the tropical tempest that wiped out the original structure.

A “splash pad” is the focal point and gives the impression of water pooled on the ground. Water jets squirt, spray and saturate guests. Shade is provided by leftover pieces of the corrugated steel roof, aged and distressed fabric and the occasional palm tree growing up through the floor foundation. Parents can relax and have a seat " or, better yet, join in the fun " as kids frolic in the wet and whimsical setting.

The “hub” of youth activities on the island, Scuttle's Cove, will feature a new water play area for the youngest Disney Cruise Line guests to splash and enjoy as part of supervised youth activities on Castaway Cay. A 1,200-square-foot soft wet deck area provides fresh-water fun with an array of pop jets, geysers and bubblers. Overhead, shade sails circle the area like a compass and marine props " a captain's wheel, boat oars, life preservers and nautical rope " complete the castaway theme.


New Beach Cabanas

Guests can have a little piece of paradise all to themselves at one of 20 new private cabanas. The premium rental cabanas provide the privacy and luxury of a deluxe beach retreat with an option to add the personalized service of a cabana host.

Castaway Cay New Beach Cabanas

The majority of the exclusive 325-square-foot beach cabanas will dot the far side of Castaway Family Beach, giving guests more privacy along with a spectacular view of their Disney cruise ship from the cabana's large front patio deck. A handful of private cabanas will be located on Serenity Bay Beach, exclusively for adults, providing the ultimate in upscale seclusion.

Each well-appointed cabana is furnished with comfortable cushioned chairs, luxurious chaise lounge chairs, stylish side tables and a dining table. Other convenient features include a refrigerator, lockable storage unit, outside fresh water shower and sail cloth for shade on the deck.

Amenities included with a beach cabana rental include non-alcoholic beverages, suntan lotion and fluffy towels. A variety of a la carte services and packages will be offered, including special food and beverage options.


Other Enhancements and Additions

The popular Castaway Ray's Stingray Adventure will be moved to a different location in the lagoon, adjacent to the existing Gil's Fins & Boats beach rental. Once complete, guests will be able to swim and interact with stingrays in an even larger area within the private lagoon.

Teens will enjoy Hide Out, an all-new secluded area on the island just for them. Off the beaten path, but near everything, this teen retreat is a great place to hang out and soak up the sun, just steps away from the beach, activities, food, ice cream and refreshments. Multi-colored deck chairs and sail cloth shades create the ideal getaway to gather, kick back, listen to music and watch the action at the nearby beach volleyball and soccer areas.

In Da Shade Game Pavilion provides guests wanting to take a break out of the sun a place to play games such as table tennis, foosball, billiards and basketball. The new shaded structure is centrally located, near Castaway Family Beach.

To provide additional adult pampering, three new massage cabanas will be added to the adults-only Serenity Bay Beach. For unparalleled relaxation, adults will be able to enjoy a therapeutic massage, or couples massage, at one of eight private cabanas overlooking the ocean.

Guest transportation is provided to and from various points on the island via tram. For greater convenience, additional tram paths will be created and a new Pelican Point Tram Stop will be located farther down Castaway Family Beach, near most of the new additions to the island.

Marge's Barges & Sea Charters Dock will be expanded to accommodate additional excursion boats for parasailing, fishing tours and more.

The cruise ship dock at Castaway Cay eliminates the need to tender, making the ship easily accessible throughout the day. To accommodate Disney Cruise Line's new ships, additional mooring dolphins will be installed to lengthen the dock.

Disney Cruise Line sails to Castaway Cay on all itineraries originating from Port Canaveral, Fla. Disney Cruise Line offers three-, four- and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas and the Caribbean with special voyages to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe in 2010. Land/sea vacation packages that include a stay at Walt Disney World Resort provide the ultimate Disney vacation experience.

A leader in the family cruise segment, Disney Cruise Line delivers a vacation experience that every member of the family feels was created especially for them.


August 26, 2009

DISNEY DREAM BEGINS: Newest Disney ship centerpiece of ceremony in Papenburg, Germany

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DISNEY DREAM BEGINS: In a ceremony held in Papenburg, Germany on Aug. 26, 2009, Captain Tom Forberg and Donald Duck did the honors of placing a special Disney Cruise Line coin under the keel of the Disney Dream, Disney's newest cruise ship, currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. In maritime tradition, the ceremony marked a momentous occasion when the first block of the ship is lowered into the building dock and a coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. Both of Disney's new ships, the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, scheduled to debut in 2011 and 2012, respectively, are destined to expand family cruise options to more people in more places around the world. Each ship will have 1,250 staterooms and be 128,000 tons. Captain Tom has been named as Master of the Disney Dream. (Diana Zalucky, photographer)

August 17, 2009

Disney Cruise Line Guests Have More Flexibility When Booking at the Walt Disney World Resort

Guests have greater flexibility than ever when looking to combine a Disney cruise with a stay at the Walt Disney World Resort. For travel beginning in 2010, Disney Cruise Line guests will enjoy a wide selection of add-on options to complement their cruise experience, including resort stays and theme park tickets, all conveniently booked under one reservation.

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For all cruise itineraries originating from Port Canaveral, including seven-night cruises on the Disney Magic, guests have the option to purchase pre- or post-cruise stays at 18 select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, for any length of stay.

Guests will have the option to add a one- to five-day Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper Option, with a one-night minimum Walt Disney World resort stay.

Adding to the hassle-free experience of a Disney Cruise Line vacation, guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel prior to their cruise may check in for their cruise at select hotels, with a two-night minimum resort stay.

Disney Cruise Line offers a variety of itineraries to the Bahamas and the Caribbean with special voyages to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe in 2010.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent (AllEars® recommends MouseFanTravel.com), visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500.

June 4, 2009

Disney Cruise Line Summer Specials

Disney Cruise Line Offers Added Value and New Disney Channel Stars at Sea This Summer

Top stars added to "Disney Channel Summer at Sea" special sailings

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (June 2, 2009) " The most inclusive, family-friendly cruise gets even better with two more great reasons to sail with Disney Cruise Line this summer " a value-added offer and new talent for eight special “Disney Channel Summer at Sea” sailings.

Families looking for a fun-filled getaway can set sail this summer on the most magical ships at sea and receive $100 per day onboard spending credit with a verandah stateroom booking. This special offer is available on most Disney Cruise Line itineraries, including three-, four- and seven-night sailings to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

For example, a guest who selects a verandah stateroom would receive a $700 onboard spending credit when booking a seven-night cruise, a $400 credit when booking a four-night cruise, or a $300 credit when booking a three-night cruise.

Guests may use the onboard spending credit to treat themselves and their family members to special indulgences, including rejuvenating spa treatments at the Vista Spa and Salon, shore excursions at ports of call, shopping onboard the ship and at Castaway Cay, and purchasing keepsake photos at Shutters.

Offer valid on most sailings:

· Seven-night cruises: June 20 to Aug. 8, 2009

· Four-night cruises: June 28 to Aug. 9, 2009

· Three-night cruises: June 25 to Aug. 6, 2009


"Disney Channel Summer at Sea," presented by Kodak

In a Disney exclusive, Disney Channel stars will set sail this summer, joining thousands of Disney Cruise Line guests aboard the Disney Wonder for eight special sailings during the first-ever "Disney Channel Summer at Sea," presented by Kodak.

During the special sailings -- three- and four-night Bahamian cruises taking place July 9 through Aug. 2 -- Disney Channel stars will participate in onboard deck parties, join guests for Q & A and autograph sessions, preview screenings of Disney Channel programming and participate in live musical performances.

Disney Channel stars newly-added to the summer's exciting lineup of talent include Roshon Fegan from “Camp Rock” (July 9-12, July 12-16), Chelsea Staub from “Camp Rock” (July 23-26, July 26-30), Oleysa Rulin from “High School Musical” (July 16-19, July 19-23) and musical act KSM (July 30-Aug. 2).

Just some of the other top stars scheduled to participate include Mitchel Musso from “Hannah Montana” (July 19-23), Jason Earles from “Hannah Montana” (July 16-19, July 19-23), Tiffany Thornton from “Sonny With A Chance” (July 9-12, July 12-16), Alyson Stoner from “Camp Rock” (Aug. 2-6), and Debby Ryan from “The Suite Life on Deck” (July 30-Aug. 2).

Guests can visit disneycruise.com/summeratsea for up-to-date information and a complete line-up of stars sailing. (Talent is subject to change without notice.)

A leader in the family cruise segment, Disney Cruise Line delivers a vacation experience that every member of the family feels was created especially for them.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent (AllEars recommends MouseFanTravel.com) , visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500.

Onboard Credit Offer -- Onboard credit offer is available for new bookings only in categories 3 to 7. Must mention booking code RAMA. Not combinable with other offers, discounts or onboard credits. Shipboard credit is per stateroom and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Changes to the vacation date or category may result in a loss of any offer. See Disney Cruise Line brochure for cruise details and applicable Terms and Conditions

May 11, 2009

Disney Channel Stars Ahoy! Kodak and Disney Cruise Line Bring Exclusive Fan Experience to the High Seas

Disney Channel stars set sail aboard the Disney Wonder during “Disney Channel Summer at Sea”

CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 11, 2009) " In a Disney exclusive, numerous Disney Channel stars will set sail this summer, joining thousands of Disney Cruise Line guests aboard the Disney Wonder for eight special sailings during the first-ever "Disney Channel Summer at Sea," presented by Kodak.

“We're thrilled to partner with Disney Channel and offer guests on our ship a unique opportunity to sail with Disney Channel stars,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. “A cruise vacation with Disney Cruise Line is always a family-favorite and ‘Disney Channel Summer at Sea' provides families another reason to set sail and experience the Disney difference.”

Popular stars from Disney Channel shows like "Hannah Montana," "Sonny With A Chance," "Wizards of Waverly Place," "The Suite Life on Deck," “JONAS,” "Camp Rock," "High School Musical" and "Hatching Pete" will sail with guests on three- and four-night Bahamian cruises taking place July 9 through August 2. During these themed sailings, Disney Channel stars will help pump up the volume during onboard deck parties and will join guests for Q & A and autograph sessions along with preview screenings of Disney Channel programming. The onboard fun culminates with a “Party with the Stars” event, an evening where guests can join the stars for a special live musical performance. As an added treat, Radio Disney will broadcast live from the ship during two of the cruises.

Aligning with Kodak's "It's Time to Smile" campaign, all Disney fans will be able to share in the ship-to-shore fun online. Select video-blog reporters onboard the ship will capture their magical vacation memories on a ‘KODAK Zi6 Pocket Video Camera' and post video from their voyages at www.disney.com/summeratsea.

“At Kodak, we're all about relationships. We bring people together through images and are thrilled to work with the Disney Channel to help Disney fans share their magical vacation memories,” said Kodak Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President Jeffrey Hayzlett.

Each cruise during "Disney Channel Summer at Sea” will include multiple Disney Channel stars. Among those scheduled to sail include Tiffany Thornton from “Sonny With A Chance” (July 9 & 12), Nicole Anderson “JONAS” (July 9 & 12), Jason Earles from “Hannah Montana” (July 16 & 19), Mitchel Musso from “Hannah Montana” (July 19), Jason Dolley from “Hatching Pete” (July 23 & 26), Debby Ryan from “The Suite Life on Deck” (July 30) and Alyson Stoner from “ Camp Rock” (Aug. 2). More stars will be announced shortly, guests can visit www.disneycruise.com/summeratsea frequently for up-to-date information on the line-up of stars sailing. (Talent is subject to change without notice.)

"Disney Channel Summer at Sea" adds to the family-friendly fun found onboard a Disney ship. Disney Cruise Line provides a vacation experience that every member of the family feels was created just for them. Families enjoy award-winning Broadway-style entertainment at the Walt Disney Theatre, play together at high-energy deck parties featuring the only fireworks display at sea and dine in three uniquely themed restaurants. Kids delight in their own dedicated spaces and become immersed in Disney stories with their favorite characters and hosted by specially trained youth counselors. While the kids are at play, parents can slip away and relax at the spa, soak up rays at the adult-only pool, dance the night away in the clubs, or enjoy an exquisite Northern Italian meal at Palo.

A leader in the family cruise segment, Disney Cruise Line offers three-, four- and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas and the Caribbean with special voyages to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe on tap for 2010. Disney Channel Summer at Sea voyages are exclusive to three- and four-night itineraries on the Disney Wonder between July 9 and Aug. 2 with rates starting at $679 per person -- based on double occupancy for a category 12 inside stateroom, not including government taxes and fees. Land/sea vacation packages that include a stay at Walt Disney World Resort are also available.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit www.disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888/325-2500 or visit www.disneytravelagents.com.

About the Disney Channel Summer at Sea Sweepstakes

Beginning Monday, May 11 guests can visit Disney.com (www.Disney.com/SummeratSea), to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of eight (8) Grand Prize Disney Cruise Vacation packages during the "Disney Channel Summer at Sea" program. Sweepstakes winners also receive an additional special meeting aboard ship with Disney Channel stars, and Kodak prize packages including a Kodak Zi6 video camera. Ten (10) second place winners will receive the ‘KODAK Zi6 Pocket Video Camera' and Easy Share W1020 Digital Frame kit.

April 29, 2009

Western Caribbean Itinerary Update

April 29, 2009

We continue to evaluate and monitor reports regarding cases of swine influenza in Mexico and the United States, as well as other regions around the globe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recently recommended that travelers avoid non-essential travel to Mexico.

As a result of this recommendation, Disney Cruise Line has modified the May 2, 2009 Western Caribbean voyage of the Disney Magic to include a stop in Nassau, The Bahamas, instead of Cozumel, Mexico. Our itinerary will be as follows:

Saturday - Depart Port Canaveral
Sunday - Key West, Florida
Monday - Day At Sea
Tuesday - Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (tender ashore)
Wednesday - Day at Sea
Thursday - Nassau, The Bahamas
Friday - Disney's Castaway Cay, The Bahamas
Saturday - Arrive Port Canaveral

At this time, no itinerary changes have been made to future Western Caribbean voyages. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation in Mexico and make future modifications as needed.

Additional information about swine influenza can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.

March 10, 2009

Disney Announces Names for New Cruise Ships: Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

CELEBRATION, Fla. (March 10, 2009) " Today at the 2009 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, Disney announced the names of the company's two new cruise ships.

“Last week, steel cutting began on our next two Disney cruise ships. Today I'm pleased to announce their names,” said Robert A. Iger, Disney president and CEO. “The Disney Dream will set sail in 2011, while the Disney Fantasy will hit the high seas in 2012.”

Similar to the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the names were chosen to celebrate Disney's unique heritage of creating enchanting places and stories where dreams really do come true.

“The names are very telling of our brand and are part of our history,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations. “Disney is known for making dreams come true, and for creating worlds of fantasy that go beyond the imagination. The names are a natural choice for our ships.”

As noted, Disney Cruise Line began construction on the new ships with a steel cutting ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The first piece of steel cut was part of the art deco inspired scrollwork that will grace the bow of the ships. Similar to the scrollwork on the existing Disney Cruise Line ships, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the intricate pattern is reminiscent of the classic ocean liners of the 1930s, with added touches of Disney whimsy.

Since finalizing a contract with the Meyer Werft shipyard to build the two new ships, Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney Imagineering have created a truly distinctive design. Over the next few years, construction will continue, bringing the design to reality, with the Disney Dream scheduled for delivery in 2011 and the Disney Fantasy in 2012.

The new ships will be purpose built with families in mind, and specially designed areas and activities for each member of the family to allow for both quality time together and wonderful individual experiences. The focus is to provide a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and kids can immerse themselves in worlds only Disney can create.

The expansion will more than double the passenger capacity for Disney Cruise Line. Each ship will have 1,250 staterooms and will each be 128,000 tons.

March 7, 2009

Disney Cruise Line Begins New Construction


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PAPENBURG, GERMANY (March 2009) " Disney Cruise Line began construction on two new ships today with a steel cutting ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Scheduled for completion in 2011 and 2012, the new ocean liners will further advance the company's one-of-a-kind guest experience and create more family cruise options with a brand guests know and trust.

“When we launched our business in 1998, we recognized a need in the marketplace for a cruise experience created just for families,” said Karl L. Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations. “With these new ships, we are continuing to build upon that vision of providing more families with an unforgettable cruise vacation and the chance to explore new destinations with Disney.”

The first piece of steel cut for the new ships was part of the art deco inspired scrollwork that will grace the bow of the ships. Similar to the scrollwork on the Disney Cruise Line ships, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the intricate pattern is reminiscent of the classic ocean liners of the 1930s, designed to reflect the glamour of the golden age of cruising with added touches of Disney whimsy, such as the Mickey Mouse medallion in the center of the design.

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Since finalizing a contract with the Meyer Werft shipyard to build the two new ships, Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney Imagineering have created a truly distinctive design for the new ships. Over the next few years, construction will continue, bringing the design to reality. The design details will be unveiled at a later date.

Holz noted that the fleet expansion will more than double the passenger capacity for Disney Cruise Line. Each ship will have 1,250 staterooms and will weigh 128,000 tons. Similar to the existing ships, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the new ships will be purpose built with families in mind, with specially designed areas and activities for each member of the family to allow for both quality time together and wonderful individual experiences. The focus is to provide a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and kids can immerse themselves in worlds of fantasy only Disney can create.

Known for bringing family travel to the cruise market, Disney continues to be a leader in the industry and was recently named the top large cruise ship experience by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine in the 9th annual “Reader's Cruise Poll.” The Disney Wonder, which sails three- and four-night cruises to The Bahamas, was ranked as the No. 1 cruise ship in the “Large Ship” category. The Disney Magic was also ranked in the top five cruise experiences overall. The Disney Magic primarily sails seven-night cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean and, beginning in the spring of 2010, will embark on a season of limited itineraries exploring Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Kids Sail for 50% Off on Disney Cruises this Spring


CELEBRATION, Fla. " Families looking for a fun-filled getaway this spring can set sail on the most magical ships at sea with a new Disney Cruise Line “Kids Sail for 50% Off” offer. This special offer is available on all Disney Cruise Line itineraries, including three-, four- and seven-night sailings to The Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Guests 12 and under can sail for half the price of prevailing cruise rate as quoted on disneycruise.com when accompanied by two full-fare paying guests within the same stateroom. This offer is valid for most sailings from March 26 through May 14, 2009, and covers all stateroom categories. While the cruise fare with this special offer is half price for guests 12 and under, guests who book will be responsible for Government Taxes and Fees for all stateroom occupants, including those 12 and under.

This offer is available on all Disney Cruise Line itineraries, including the new seven-night eastern Caribbean itinerary featuring Tortola. The island features centuries-old ruins, botanical gardens, sugar mills, sensational bays and beaches. The itinerary also stops at St. Thomas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Guests wishing to experience a shorter Disney cruise vacation can take advantage of this special offer on Disney Cruise Line's three- and four-night Bahamian itineraries aboard the Disney Wonder. The ship recently premiered “Toy Story " The Musical,” an original stage spectacular featuring a new seven-song score, amazing costumes and larger-than-life scenery.

Guests sailing with Disney Cruise Line during this period will have the opportunity to experience Disney Digital 3-D, a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience available on both the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder. Guests will delight as first-run Disney films leap off the silver screen and take on a whole new dimension thanks to 3-D technology installed in theatres onboard the ships.

A leader in the family cruise segment, Disney Cruise Line delivers a cruise experience that every member of the family feels was created for their own individual vacation wants and needs. Departing from Port Canaveral, Fla., Disney Cruise Line offers three-, four- and seven-night itineraries to The Bahamas and the Caribbean.

To book a vacation or to obtain complete details on the “Kids Sail for 50% Off” special offer, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com/kids50 or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500. When making the reservation, guests should ask for or input booking code KHO.

January 26, 2009

Disney Cruise Line Ranked As No. 1 Cruise Experience

CELEBRATION, Fla., Jan. 21, 2009 " Disney Cruise Line was recently named the top large cruise ship experience by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine in the 9th annual “Reader's Cruise Poll.”

The Cruise Poll recognizes the best cruise ships as voted on by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Winners were determined by a survey of more than 11,000 participants who rated 400 ships. Participants were asked to rate ships based on specific criteria including: staterooms, activities, service, design and layout, dining, itineraries and shore excursions.

“We are pleased to receive this honor from the readers of such an esteemed travel publication,” said Tom McAlpin, President of Disney Cruise Line. “Winning the No. 1 spot is a testament to the beauty of our ships and the dedication our cast and crew members have in creating an unparalleled vacation for every member of the family.”

This year, Disney Cruise Line ranked No. 1 in the “Large Ship” category with its ship, the Disney Wonder, which sails three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas. The Disney Magic was also ranked in the top five cruise experiences overall. The Disney Magic primarily sails seven-night cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean and, beginning in the spring of 2010, will embark on a season of limited itineraries exploring Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

In addition to the accolades in the Large Ship category, the Condé Nast Traveler “Cruise Spa Reader's Poll” ranked the spas aboard Disney Cruise Line in the top 5 best spas at sea.

Disney Cruise Line has received more than 50 distinguished awards and honors since first setting sail in 1998. These awards have included all aspects of the operation from dining and entertainment to youth activities and spa facilities.

Known for bringing family travel to the cruise industry, Disney Cruise Line continues to raise the bar on the cruise experience, with specifically designed areas and activities for each member of the family allowing for both quality time together and wonderful individual experiences. The focus is to allow families to reconnect, adults to recharge their batteries and kids to immerse themselves in worlds of fantasy only Disney can create.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888/325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com

December 16, 2008

Dateline Disney Cruise Line – December 2008

In this Dateline Issue:

Kids Sail Free on Three-Night Disney Wonder Sailings this Winter and Spring

Disney Cruise Line Premieres First-Ever 3-D Cinematic Experience at Sea

Sail Away to a Magical Winter Holiday with Disney Cruise Line

From Toy Soldier Fun to High School Musical Excitement: Kids are having a Blast with New Youth Programs

Disney Cruise Line Guests Discover Disney's Legacy of Innovation During a New Adult Enrichment Series

Kids Sail Free on Three-Night Disney Wonder Sailings this Winter and Spring

CELEBRATION, Fla. " Disney Cruise Line, a leader in the family cruise segment, is making it easier than ever for families who have dreamt of taking a Disney cruise vacation to sail the most magical ship afloat with a “Kids Free” special offer on three-night cruises this winter and spring.

Guests 12 and under can sail free on three-night voyages aboard the Disney Wonder when accompanied by two full-fare paying guests within the same stateroom. This offer is valid for most sailings from Jan. 22 to May 28, 2009, and covers a variety of stateroom categories, ranging from deluxe family staterooms with verandahs to standard inside staterooms. However, there are a limited number of staterooms available for this special offer. While the cruise fare with this special offer is free for guests 12 and under, guests who book will be responsible for Government Taxes and Fees for all stateroom occupants, including those 12 and under.

“At Disney Cruise Line, we pride ourselves on offering a vacation that caters to the individual needs of every member of the family,” said Disney Cruise Line President Tom McAlpin. “This special offer is a great value " perfect for families that have never experienced the magic of Disney at sea, or those who want to come back to create new memories.”

Guests who sail during this time period will enjoy a whole host of new offerings on the Disney Wonder. The ship recently launched a 3-D cinematic experience in both the Walt Disney and Buena Vista Theatres where guests can enjoy first-run, full-length 3-D films such as Walt Disney Pictures' “Bolt” and the upcoming “Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience.” This past spring the Disney Wonder premiered a lavish theatrical production, “Toy Story-The Musical.” Additionally, young cruisers will delight in new activities at the Oceaneer Club and Lab featuring characters and storylines from popular Disney Channel movies, such as “High School Musical,” and Disney•Pixar films.

Departing from Port Canaveral, Fla., guests sailing on the Disney Wonder will experience a cruise vacation that every member of the family feels was created for their own individual vacation wants and needs.

To book a vacation or to get complete details on the “Kids Free” special offer, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com/kidsfree or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500. Guests should mention or input booking code “FREE” when making the reservation.

Disney Cruise Line Premieres First-Ever 3-D Cinematic Experience at Sea

CELEBRATION, Fla. -- Disney Cruise Line is revolutionizing movie entertainment at sea with the debut of Disney Digital 3-D, a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience premiering exclusively onboard the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder.

Guests will delight as first-run Disney films leap off the silver screen and take on a whole new dimension thanks to Disney Digital 3-D technology featured in both the Walt Disney Theatre and Buena Vista Theatre. Disney Cruise Line is the first cruise line to introduce full-length 3-D entertainment onboard its ships. Disney Digital 3-D premiered onboard the Disney Wonder during the Nov. 20 sailing and on the Disney Magic during the Dec. 6 sailing.

Leveraging this new technology, Disney Cruise Line will take 3-D into uncharted waters in early 2009 with the debut of an exciting new cinematic experience that combines full-length Disney Digital 3-D films with in-theatre effects. Tridimensional images will combine with lasers, fog, streamers, and special lighting effects to create an immersive movie-going experience like no other at sea. During these once-a-cruise special engagements, guests will feel the rush of being part of hottest show in town as in-theatre effects enhance 3-D films featuring popular Disney popstars in concert.

“With Disney Digital 3-D we can provide extraordinary cinematic experiences for our guests that no other cruise line can offer,” said Tom McAlpin, president of Disney Cruise Line. “Innovation and high-quality family entertainment are Disney Cruise Line hallmarks, and the addition of Disney Digital 3-D perfectly complements our industry-leading collection of entertainment options already onboard our ships.”

Disney Cruise Line celebrated the debut of Disney Digital 3-D with a special screening event for Walt Disney Animation Studios' newest animated feature, “Bolt,” onboard the Nov. 20 three-night Disney Wonder cruise. As the calendar turned from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, guests attended a special midnight screening of “Bolt” at the Walt Disney Theatre " complete with meet-and-greet opportunities with lovable walk-around characters from the film.

The film features super-dog Bolt (voice of John Travolta), whose every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue " at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet " a cross-country journey through the real world to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny (voice of Miley Cyrus). Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and the help of two unlikely traveling companions " a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voice of Susie Essman) and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino (voice of Mark Walton) " Bolt discovers he doesn't need superpowers to be a hero.

“Disney Cruise Line picked the perfect time to introduce Disney Digital 3-D to its guests,” said Mark Zoradi, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group. “ ‘Bolt' kicks off an extraordinary lineup of 3-D movies debuting over the course of the next year, including ‘Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,' Disney•Pixar's ‘Up,' ‘G-Force,' Disney•Pixar's ‘Toy Story' and ‘Disney's A Christmas Carol.' The 3-D immersive experience is better than ever.”

Disney Digital 3-D is the latest enhancement to join the robust menu of premium guest experiences and amenities included with a Disney Cruise Line vacation. Dazzling Broadway-style musical spectaculars, over-the-top deck parties with the only fireworks display at sea, a unique rotational dining concept, first-run movie releases and fantastic kids programming are just some of the advantages of cruising with Disney.


Sail Away to a Magical Winter Holiday with Disney Cruise Line

CELEBRATION, Fla. -- This holiday season, give a gift that's both nautical and nice: a cruise on the Disney Magic or the Disney Wonder, both decked to the “raft-ers” with holiday cheer.

From Thanksgiving and continuing through to the new year, Disney Cruise Line adds sparkle to both ships, from traditional “turkey day” fanfare to Christmas feasts, “snow flurries” and New Year's Eve galas. But the best part might just be relaxing on deck instead of shoveling snow.

The spirit of the season surrounds guests the moment they arrive at Port Canaveral, Fla., with Disney characters in their finest holiday attire welcoming guests to the beautifully decorated private Disney Cruise Line terminal.

Special stem-to-stern holiday events on both ships, beginning Nov. 22, include:
“King Triton's Tree Lighting” in the atrium lobby, where a young guest will help Disney characters light the glittering, three-deck-tall tree.

An afternoon Tropical Pool Party every day with fun, food, games and activities. Plenty of Disney characters join the celebration, including Lilo and Stitch, Chip ‘n Dale, Mickey and Minnie, Goofy and Pluto. Be sure not to miss the “Winter-Sunnyland” conga line around the pool.

Special family time with holiday crafts such as decorating stockings, making holiday cards and creating holiday animation cells.

Holiday storytellers sharing tales of diverse holiday traditions. Plus, an all-new story just for Disney Cruise Line guests about the magical feeling of the holidays on a ship.

Traditional holiday feasts in Disney's three themed dining rooms.

“ ‘Til We Meet Again,” a special holiday edition of Disney Cruise Line's cheerful farewell on the final night of each cruise with beloved Disney characters and the ship's crew in an engaging musical finale led by Mickey Mouse.

And when cruises during the holiday period put in at Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Bahamas, the celebration continues:

Guests will delight with “snow flurries,” decked-out Christmas trees, Disney character meet-and-greets and holiday carolers.

Youngsters will be busy with holiday-themed activities such as making candy cane reindeer, paper plate angels and snowflake mobiles.

The Disney Magic will host a 7-Night Holiday Caribbean Cruise departing Dec. 20, with visits to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and, as a special holiday treat, two stops at Castaway Cay. The Disney Wonder 4-night Christmas cruise departs Dec. 24, with visits to Nassau and Castaway Cay. On Christmas morning at the lobby tree, Santa Claus and his elves will have surprises for all the kids, along with cookies and milk. Guests can attend sunset Hanukkah services and Christmas services, including midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

To celebrate the new year, Disney Magic departs on its 7-night Western Caribbean itinerary Dec. 27; Disney Wonder departs Dec. 31 for its 4-night cruise. These voyages will feature a special New Year's Eve party to ring in 2009, complete with DJ music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes, confetti and balloon drop, and a midnight countdown.


From Toy Soldier Fun to High School Musical Excitement: Kids are having a Blast with New Youth Programs Onboard Disney Cruise Line

CELEBRATION, Fla. -- With nearly an entire deck devoted to entertaining children ages three months to 17 years, Disney Cruise Line offers a jam-packed menu of activities for young cruisers. Now the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder are adding even more kid-friendly fun with the debut of three new youth activities programs and a rockin' end-of-cruise celebration.

At Disney's Oceaneer Club, a Neverland-themed play space for 3-7 year olds, children are immersed in the world of Disney Pixar's Toy Story with a new program titled Toy Story Boot Camp. Led by Corporal Green, a green-army toy soldier, children become toy recruits and participate in a series of interactive activities and craft projects inspired by the film. They even create their very own soldier dog tag to take home as a keepsake.

Disney's Oceaneer Lab, a whacky and interactive laboratory for 8-12 year olds, is premiering a new program inspired by Disney Channel's original movie High School Musical. All for One sends children ages 8-10 on a madcap scavenger hunt throughout the entire ship. Miss Darbus, the quirky drama teacher from the popular Disney Channel movie, is organizing a talent show onboard the ship but somehow all the props and costumes have gone missing. Now it is up to the children to embark on a fun-filled, clue-solving mission to locate the missing props. The hunt concludes as the children celebrate in true Wild Cat Spirit with a High School Musical talent show performed for their parents.

The Stack (Disney Magic) and Aloft (Disney Wonder), the cool hangouts for 13-17 year olds, are launching the T.O.R.C.H. (Teen Only Resource and Communication Hub), a new social website developed exclusively for teens traveling on Disney Cruise Line. While onboard, teens will have the opportunity to post messages to a community board, check out photos and videos from their cruise and even develop a customized itinerary including activities and events tailored to their taste.

What better way cap all the excitement of a Disney cruise than with a new end-of-voyage celebration for children who attended the Oceaneer Club and the Oceaneer Lab. Friendship Rocks!, presented in the Walt Disney Theatre, brings families together for a high energy show featuring songs by Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers and other Disney Channel stars. Friends and family will cheer as children take the stage to become part of a musical celebration set against the backdrop of a multimedia presentation showcasing the children's experience during the cruise. Even Mickey and Minnie Mouse join-in the festivities and make a special appearance during the celebration.


Disney Cruise Line Guests Discover Disney's Legacy of Innovation During a New Adult Enrichment Series

CELEBRATION, Fla. -- Guests sailing on the Disney Magic can discover unique aspects of The Walt Disney Company during a new shipboard adult enrichment series titled Disney Innovations.

The new seminar features a series of multi-media presentations showcasing the greatest innovations that The Walt Disney Company has brought to animation and themed entertainment experiences.

Presented in the widely popular “countdown” format, the program features the Top Ten breakthroughs as determined by an esteemed panel of “Disney Experts” composed of Imagineers, Animators and Disney Historians. A notable member of this panel is Roy E. Disney, Director Emeritus, The Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney's nephew. Disney was instrumental in the development of the series, providing personal commentary and a unique perspective on many of the innovations featured in the program.

Guests will learn how Disney's addition of a synchronized soundtrack to Steamboat Willie led to improvements in the entire field of motion picture sound, how the creation of the world's first theme park changed the presentation of every park thereafter and how audioanimatronics technology opened the doors to a whole new way to tell stories.

At the conclusion of the program, guests will discover that they've been part of another Disney innovation: the series format is designed so participants can continue their own “innovation conversation.” As they gather in shipboard cafes and at quiet meeting spots, they can conduct their own self-guided sessions to discuss their own Top Ten selections.

Disney Innovations is the newest addition to the adult enrichment series presented onboard Disney Cruise Line. The sophisticated series also features programs like The Art of Entertaining, Disney's Behind-the-Scenes and Disney's Navigator Series.

November 17, 2008

Disney Cruise Line Premieres First-Ever 3-D Cinematic Film Experience at Sea

Disney Cruise Line Premieres First-Ever 3-D Cinematic Film Experience at Sea

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2008) " Disney Cruise Line is revolutionizing movie entertainment at sea with the debut of Disney Digital 3-D, a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience premiering exclusively onboard the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder.

Guests will delight as first-run Disney films leap off the silver screen and take on a whole new dimension thanks to Disney Digital 3-D technology being added to both the Walt Disney Theatre and Buena Vista Theatre. Disney Cruise Line is the first cruise line to introduce 3-D entertainment onboard its ships. Disney Digital 3-D will premiere onboard the Disney Wonder during the Nov. 20 sailing and on the Disney Magic during the Dec. 6 sailing.

Leveraging this new technology, Disney Cruise Line will take 3-D into uncharted waters in early 2009 with the debut of an exciting new cinematic experience that combines full length Disney Digital 3-D films with in-theatre effects. Tridimensional images will combine with lasers, fog, streamers, and special lighting effects to create an immersive movie-going experience like no other at sea. During these once-a-cruise special engagements, guests will feel the rush of being part of hottest show in town as in-theatre effects enhance 3-D films featuring popular Disney popstars in concert.

“With Disney Digital 3-D we can provide extraordinary cinematic experiences for our guests that no other cruise line can offer,” said Tom McAlpin, president of Disney Cruise Line. “Innovation and high-quality family entertainment are Disney Cruise Line hallmarks, and the addition of Disney Digital 3-D perfectly complements our industry-leading collection of entertainment options already onboard our ships.”

Disney Cruise Line will celebrate the debut of Disney Digital 3-D by hosting a special screening event for Walt Disney Animation Studios' newest animated feature, “Bolt,” onboard the Nov. 20 three-night Disney Wonder cruise. As the calendar turns from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, guests will be invited to a special midnight screening of “Bolt” at the Walt Disney Theatre " complete with meet-and-greet opportunities with lovable walk-around characters from the film.

The film features super-dog Bolt (voice of John Travolta), whose every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue " at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet " a cross-country journey through the real world to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny (voice of Miley Cyrus). Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and the help of two unlikely traveling companions " a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voice of Susie Essman) and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino (voice of Mark Walton) " Bolt discovers he doesn't need superpowers to be a hero.

“Disney Cruise Line picked the perfect time to introduce Disney Digital 3-D to its guests,” said Mark Zoradi, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group. “ ‘Bolt' kicks off an extraordinary lineup of 3-D movies debuting over the course of the next year, including ‘Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,' Disney•Pixar's ‘Up,' ‘G-Force,' Disney•Pixar's ‘Toy Story' and ‘Disney's A Christmas Carol.' The 3-D immersive experience is better than ever.”

Disney Digital 3-D is the latest enhancement to join the robust menu of premium guest experiences and amenities included with a Disney Cruise Line vacation. Dazzling Broadway-style musical spectaculars, over-the-top deck parties with the only fireworks display at sea, a unique rotational dining concept, first-run movie releases and fantastic kids programming are just some of the advantages of cruising with Disney.

November 11, 2008

Disney-Inspired Fun From Thanksgiving Through the New Year

Sail Away to a Magical Winter Holiday with Disney Cruise Line

CELEBRATION, Fla. " This holiday season, give a gift that's both nautical and nice: a cruise on the Disney Magic or the Disney Wonder, both decked to the “raft-ers” with holiday cheer.

From Thanksgiving and continuing through to the new year, Disney Cruise Line adds sparkle to both ships, from traditional “turkey day” fanfare to Christmas feasts, “snow flurries” and New Year's Eve galas. But the best part might just be relaxing on deck instead of shoveling snow.

The spirit of the season surrounds guests the moment they arrive at Port Canaveral, Fla., with Disney characters in their finest holiday attire welcoming guests to the beautifully decorated private Disney Cruise Line terminal.

Special stem-to-stern holiday events on both ships, beginning Nov. 22, include:

o Nightly “King Triton's Tree Lighting” in the atrium lobby, where a young guest will help Disney characters light the glittering, three-deck-tall tree.
o An afternoon Tropical Pool Party every day with Santa and Mrs. Claus with fun, food, games and activities. Plenty of Disney characters join the celebration, including Lilo and Stitch, Chip ‘n Dale, Mickey and Minnie, Goofy and Pluto. Be sure not to miss the “Winter-Sunnyland” conga line around the pool.
o Special family time with holiday crafts such as decorating stockings, making holiday cards and creating holiday animation cells.
o Holiday storytellers sharing tales of diverse holiday traditions, from Hanukkah and Kwaanza to the Bahamian Junkanoo. Plus, an all-new story just for Disney Cruise Line guests about the magical feeling of the holidays on a ship.
o Traditional holiday feasts in Disney's three themed dining rooms.
o “ ‘Til We Meet Again,” a special holiday edition of Disney Cruise Line's cheerful farewell on the final night of each cruise with beloved Disney characters and the ship's crew in an engaging musical finale led by Mickey Mouse.

And when cruises during the holiday period put in at Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Bahamas, the celebration continues:

o Guests will delight with “snow flurries,” decked-out Christmas trees, Disney character meet-and-greets and holiday carolers.
o Youngsters will be busy with holiday-themed activities such as making candy cane reindeer, paper plate angels and snowflake mobiles.

Disney Cruise Line will kick off the holiday cheer with special Thanksgiving voyages setting sail Nov. 22 with a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic and Nov. 26 with a 4-night Bahamian cruise onboard the Disney Wonder. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous Thanksgiving Day feast, with Mickey, Minnie and friends dressed in traditional Thanksgiving attire. Activities throughout the day include holiday crafts for youngsters and the big NFL football games broadcast live on Ariel View Television, the 24-by-14-foot screen located above the Goofy Family Pool on deck 9.

The Disney Magic will host a 7-Night Holiday Caribbean Cruise departing Dec. 20, with visits to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and, as a special holiday treat, two stops at Castaway Cay. The Disney Wonder 4-night Christmas cruise departs Dec. 24, with visits to Nassau and Castaway Cay. On Christmas morning at the lobby tree, Santa Claus and his elves will have surprises for all the kids, along with cookies and milk. Guests can attend sunset Hanukkah services and Christmas services, including midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

To celebrate the new year, Disney Magic departs on its 7-night Western Caribbean itinerary Dec. 27; Disney Wonder departs Dec. 31 for its 4-night cruise. These voyages will feature a special New Year's Eve party to ring in 2009, complete with DJ music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes, confetti and balloon drop, and a midnight countdown.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a holiday vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888/325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com.

October 9, 2008

A Frightfully Good Time Awaits Disney Cruise Line Guests this Halloween

Mickey and Mickey on Disney Cruise Line

CELEBRATION, Fla. " Disney Cruise Line will treat guests sailing over the Halloween holiday to a spook-tacular good time as the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder transform into a ghoulish wonderland filled with hair-rising events and activities.

Guests of all ages will delight with special decorations, unique menu items in the restaurants and themed dance parties on deck The Halloween happenings take place on the Disney Magic cruise departing Oct. 25 and on the Disney Wonder cruise departing Oct. 30.

Halloween on the Disney Cruise Line

Here is a glimpse at the treats awaiting guests this Halloween:

Trick-or-Treat Trail: Young guests will be invited to participate in a trick-or-treat hunt exploring multiple decks of the ship and collecting candy from various stations.

Haunted Parties: Following the trick-or-treat hunt, families will gather at the Goofy Pool for a fun-filled Halloween costume party " Disney Cruise Line style. The world-famous Disney Characters will join in the fun, wearing special Halloween costumes just for the occasion. For adults, the nighttime entertainment district on the Disney ships becomes the ghoulish setting for a costume contest and party sure to bring chills to everyone.

Spooky Movies: To get guests into the spirit of the season, the Buena Vista Theatre will host special showings of Walt Disney Pictures' The Haunted Mansion and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Ghoulish Delights: Disney Cruise Line chefs have conjured some very special treats for Halloween, including: Pumpkin Cheesecake, spider cupcakes and “Witch's Brew."

October 6, 2008

Disney Cruise Line Sets Sail For Russia, Northern Europe and Mediterranean in 2010

NEW YORK (Oct. 6, 2008) " In response to guest demand, Disney Cruise Line will reposition one of its ships, Disney Magic, to Europe for an unprecedented five-month season of Northern European and Mediterranean cruises in 2010.

Mickey in Russia

With a wide variety of European itineraries in 2010, families have the ability to explore exotic and unexpected destinations with the safety and comfort of traveling with Disney Cruise Line, the leader in family cruising.

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line will offer a 12-night Northern European Capitals cruise, where guests can experience breathtaking fjords, historic city centers and Viking lore at enchanting Scandinavian ports such as Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. The ship will also sail to Warnemunde, Germany, gateway to Berlin, and to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Disney Magic will overnight in St. Petersburg, allowing Disney Cruise Line guests time to experience the city known as the “Cultural Capital of Russia” or use the second day to book a shore excursion to Moscow.

“The Northern European Capitals itinerary provides our guests with an amazing collection of destinations to explore,” said Disney Cruise Line President Tom McAlpin. “We're excited to bring the rich history, culture and folklore these ports offer to life for our guests in a family-friendly way only Disney Cruise Line can deliver.”

Departing out of Dover, England, the Disney Magic will sail a total of four 12-night cruises to the Northern European capitals in June and July 2010. Rates for the 12-night Northern European Capitals itinerary start at $3,649 per person for a category 11 stateroom.

Book-ending the summer season in Northern Europe, the Disney Magic will once again return to the Mediterranean with 10- and 11-night cruises, but with three new ports of call not offered when Disney Cruise Line last sailed the Mediterranean. In addition to popular ports in Italy, France and Spain, the Disney Magic will visit Tunis, in Northern Africa, the island nation of Malta, and Corsica, an island oasis off the southern coast of France known as the birthplace of Napoleon.

“The response from guests who sailed on our Mediterranean voyages in 2007 was overwhelmingly positive,” said McAlpin. “We're thrilled to bring the ship back and look to make the 2010 season in the Mediterranean even better, with new destinations and more one-of-a-kind Disney experiences for our guests.”

Departing out of Barcelona, Spain, the Disney Magic will sail four 10-night and four 11-night cruises in the Mediterranean in April, May, August and September. Rates for the 10- and 11-night Mediterranean cruises start at $2,529 per person for a category 11 stateroom.

Disney Cruise Line will also offer four repositioning cruises including two 14-night transatlantic voyages, a seven-night cruise from Barcelona to Dover, England, and an eight-night cruise from Dover back to Barcelona.

Disney Wonder 2010 Schedule

The Disney Magic isn't the only Disney ship embarking on new itineraries in 2010. For the summer of 2010, the Disney Wonder will shift to four- and five-night cruises sailing to Nassau, Key West and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. The shift is designed to accommodate guests looking for slightly longer cruises with Disney Cruise Line while children are enjoying their summer break. Rates for the special five-night voyages to Key West or two stops at Castaway Cay start at $899 per person, while the four-night voyage begins at $849 per person for a category 11 stateroom.

September 3, 2008

Disney Magic Heads Into Dry Dock September 2008

A Wave of Enhancements In-Store for the Disney Magic Cruise Ship as it Heads Into Dry Dock in September 2008

CELEBRATION, Fla. " An exciting collection of enhancements awaits the Disney Magic as the ship heads into dry dock Sept. 6-24, 2008. The 2,700 passenger cruise ship will undergo a series of upgrades for guests of all ages.

Here is a glimpse at what's in store:

Indulgence and Relaxation

Quiet Cove, the serene pool retreat reserved for the enjoyment of adults, will undergo a makeover including upgrades to Cove Café, the pool and the deck area. Cove Café, the ship's sophisticated coffee lounge, will incorporate a new seating area with plush, comfortable chairs providing the perfect venue to relax while sipping a cup of gourmet coffee. Meanwhile, the adult pool will be outfitted with soothing, cascading waterfalls from the two hot tubs. Teak deck and lounge chairs with plush cushions will line the pool, creating an inviting, stylish ambiance in line with the Vista Spa and Salon.

Fun for the Little Ones

The Oceaneer Club, a Neverland-themed play space for 3-7 year olds, and the Oceaneer Lab, a whacky and interactive laboratory exclusively for 8-12 year olds, will be enhanced with new registration areas that make the check-in process more efficient and hassle-free. This sets the stage for incorporating Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in the youth activity areas later this year, which will further enhance and streamline the check-in process. The technology uses RFID tags embedded on wristbands, allowing children to simply tap a sensor to check in and out of the clubs.

Even the youngest cruisers will have a splashtacular time in “Mickey's Splash Zone,” a new toddler water playground inspired by Fantasia's Sorcerer's Apprentice. This 385-square-foot extension to the Mickey Pool on deck 9 will feature star- and moon-shaped interactive fountains, a soft play surface and whimsical splash zones; creating an inviting environment for children not yet toilet trained and in swim diapers.

New Conveniences

The guest staterooms onboard the Disney Magic are receiving an infusion of technology with the installation of flat-screen LCD television sets. The new 22-inch units will be mounted on a swivel arm to allow easy viewing from multiple locations within the stateroom.

A leader in the family cruise segment, Disney Cruise Line offers three-, four- and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Land/sea vacation packages that include a stay at the Walt Disney World Resort are also available.

August 26, 2008

It’s a “Suite Life” on the Disney Wonder with Disney Channel World-Premiere Event

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2008) " Disney Cruise Line will host a red-carpet, world-premiere event for the new Disney Channel original series “The Suite Life on Deck,” a spin-off of the Emmy-nominated “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” on the Disney Wonder cruise ship Aug. 28-31.

During this special premiere at sea, guests sailing will experience a Hollywood-style, red-carpet arrival of some of Disney Channel's hottest stars, an exclusive sneak-peek of the first episode of “The Suite Life on Deck” and an opportunity to participate in a Question & Answer session with stars of the show. Cast members from “The Suite Life on Deck” scheduled to appear include Cole Sprouse (Cody Martin), Dylan Sprouse (Zack Martin), Brenda Song (London Tipton), Phill Lewis (Mr. Moseby) and Debby Ryan (Bailey Pickett). All events will take place on decks 9 and 10 of the Disney Wonder on Friday, Aug. 29, at the family-friendly Goofy Pool.


Zac and Cody Suite Life Premiere

“The popularity of Disney Channel shows and stars are at an all-time high,” said Disney Cruise Line President Tom McAlpin. “We're pleased to partner with Disney Channel for this world-premiere event and share some of the red-carpet excitement with our guests, showcasing that Disney difference only Disney Cruise Line can offer.”

“We're thrilled to give “The Suite Life on Deck” a fabulous bon voyage celebration aboard the Disney Wonder. The cruise ship setting of the series made the Disney Wonder a great fit to host this event,” said Adam Sanderson, Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing, Disney ABC Networks Group. A day after the world-premiere, and following a day of fun-and-sun on Disney's private island Castaway Cay, another Disney Channel star will take the stage. Mitchel Musso, star of Disney Channel's “Hannah Montana” and “Phineas and Ferb” will perform a mini-concert at the Goofy Pool. At the concert's end, Musso will spend a few minutes answering questions from the audience.

This marks the first time Disney Cruise Line and Disney Channel have partnered together to develop a multi-day event. It should prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans of the Disney Channel sailing on the sold-out voyage.

A leader in the family cruise segment, Disney Cruise Line offers three-, four- and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Land/sea vacation packages that include a stay at Walt Disney World Resort are also available.

"The Suite Life on Deck" premieres on Disney Channel on Friday, September 26 at 8p.m. ET/PT. In this new live-action comedy series, "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," teenage twins Zack and Cody Martin, and spoiled hotel heiress London Tipton, go aboard a luxury passenger cruise liner, the SS Tipton, owned by London's father, as it cruises the world with tourists and students who attend classes at its Seven Seas High. To his delight, the dutiful Mr. Moseby is reassigned from the Tipton Hotel to be the cruise ship's hotel manager, but is quickly deflated when he finds out that Zack, Cody and London are onboard too. Joining in the hijinks is London's new roommate Bailey, a sweet, southern girl who has just left her small town roots to experience a whole new world.

Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 95 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on 27 Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney-ABC Television Group.

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