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Aloha Spirit Fills the Disney Wonder

posted on May 8th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


From a greeting with a local children’s choir to an orchid shower and lei presentation, the aloha spirit was alive in each of the Hawaiian ports of call that welcomed the Disney Wonder for the first time last weekend.

Celebrating the ship’s arrival gave us a unique opportunity to collaborate with our friends from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i.

Cast members from Aulani welcomed the crew of the Disney Wonder and presented a traditional Hawaiian paddle to the captain so that the ship could always carry a part of Aulani with it. Disney Cruise Line bestowed a piece of mooring line to Aulani, representing Disney magic that ties the ship to the resort.

Captain Fabian, Captain Mickey Mouse, and Elliot Mills, Vice President & General Manager of Aulani

Captain Fabian, Captain Mickey Mouse, and Elliot Mills, Vice President & General Manager of Aulani.

The Disney Wonder Captain and His Team in Maui

The Captain and his team in Maui.

A Rainbow Shone Overhead to Bless the Ship’s Arrival Ceremony

In Honolulu, a beautiful rainbow shone overhead – a symbol of good luck – to bless the ship’s arrival ceremony, which included local port officials and community leaders including Governor Neil Abercrombie and Mayor Peter Carlisle.

Guests participated in unique port adventures in each destination, ranging from a hike past a scenic waterfall to a special visit to Aulani, where Hawaiian culture, history and traditions are celebrated.

In addition, crew members and Disney characters visited a local hospital for senior citizens in Kahului and an immersion school in Maui to spread the Disney magic across the islands.

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Dustin on May 9th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

What a fantastic journey! Mahalo Disney, for taking the Disney Wonder to visit Hawaii. This does so much– for Disney cruise guests, for Disney’s image, and for the people of Hawaii. May this be the first of many trips to come… you are always welcome here!

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Michelle on May 10th, 2012 at 12:34 am

This is so nice! Nice to see Capt. Fabian and Christian again. We miss them (and the rest of the crew)! We were with them during the Mexican Riviera cruise last Easter. Aloha everybody!

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