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A Grandparents’ Guide to Cruising with Disney in 2016

posted on October 13th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Grandparents often tell us that the best part of a Disney Cruise Line vacation is seeing their grandchildren’s joy throughout the voyage. I recently shared the top five ways to spoil your grandkids on a Disney cruise – things you can do to make any getaway with us extra special.

Today, I have suggestions for specific cruises to take with grandkids for the ultimate grand-travel vacation. All are jam-packed with memorable experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Grandparents, here’s your guide to cruising with us in 2016…


Dream a little bigger aboard the Disney Dream. New experiences are coming to the Disney Dream in late 2015, including super-cool play areas in the kids club, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity. Your grandkids may not want to leave once they enter these new worlds of fun, but grandparents can join the play during Open House. Another brand-new space both you and your grandchildren will love is Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats, a shop serving handmade gelato and ice cream, novelty sundaes, and more candy than you can imagine. The made-to-share signature sundaes are a fun way to satisfy the sweet tooth of the young and young at heart.

Disney Fantasy at Sea

Experience the Force in the Western Caribbean. On eight special sailings from January through April, the Force will be strong! For the first time ever, we are offering Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy, perfect for a new out-of-this-galaxy experience with your grandchildren. The day-long celebration features a deck party, meet-and-greets with favorite characters, Star Wars-themed youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise. There will also be exclusive at-sea screenings of the Star Wars films and the new Disney XD animated series, “Star Wars Rebels.” Have the time of your life with your grandkids, you will.


Explore the magic of Disney on land and sea. Three of our ships will be sailing from Florida in early 2016, giving you the chance to extend precious time with your grandkids through a combined Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line vacation. Our home ports in Port Canaveral and Miami are driving distance from Orlando where you can experience Disney’s world-class resorts and four incredible theme parks. Pre- and post-cruise add-on options give you flexibility to enjoy Walt Disney World Resort before or after your magical voyage. A trip to Walt Disney World and a Disney cruise? You’re getting the Best Grandparent of the Year award!


Discover the grandeur and culture of Europe and Alaska. In the summer of 2016, we’re returning to exotic locales around the world and, once again, offering Port Adventures designed to entertain and inspire both children and adults. On the Disney Magic, you’ll have the chance to visit destinations in the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, British Isles, Greek Isles and the Mediterranean. Cruises to Alaska on the Disney Wonder offer family-friendly adventures like whale watching, gold mining, dog sledding and more. There’s no better way to share your love of traveling the world with your grandkids than in true Disney fashion, with an extra dash of pixie dust for both grandchildren and grandparents.


Seek thrills and chills during Halloween on the High Seas. Who says Halloween can only be celebrated on October 31? Weeks before the big day, you’ll enjoy Halloween-themed parties, lively entertainment and elaborate décor onboard all four ships. One of the best celebrations for grandparents and grandkids to enjoy together is Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, a costume party with Disney friends, games, dancing and lots of candy. Make sure you get into the fun by bringing a costume of your own! For this one, you’ll receive the Coolest Grandparent of the Year award!


Join Santa and his elves on Very Merrytime Cruises. Starting in November, our ships transform with a 24-foot Christmas tree, a life-sized gingerbread house, garlands, poinsettias, shimmering lights and more. Each voyage has festive events like a spectacular tree lighting ceremony, Santa Claus meet-and-greets and a tropical holiday deck party. Especially for grandparents who can’t be with their grandkids on Christmas morning, our holiday cruises are the perfect way to enjoy together the traditions of this special time of year.

Which of our special cruises in 2016 will your grandkids enjoy most?

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Villain’s Gallery: The Wicked Queen from ‘Snow White’

posted on October 13th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week in “Villain’s Gallery,” we’re taking an up-close look at the Wicked Queen from the 1937 film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” When it comes to Disney history, the Wicked Queen is incredibly important! She was the first Disney villain to appear in a full-length feature film and therefore set the bar for all Disney villains who would follow in the years to come.


Incredibly vain and envious of Snow White from the start, the Wicked Queen’s jealousy spirals out of control when the Magic Mirror declares Snow White to be “the fairest in the land.” The Wicked Queen first has her henchman chase Snow White into the woods, and then when realizing the plan failed, pursues her on her own to hand deliver a poisoned apple. Luckily for Snow White, she made enough friends (and met a handsome prince) that helped her win out in the end.

Thanks to Mariah Wild for the images.

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New Menu Debuts Tomorrow at Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 13th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Avast adventurers! If it be barbecue you’re after, head to Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park. Keep a weather eye open, a brand-new menu debuts tomorrow, October 14, at the seasonal Adventureland eatery.

Grilled Chicken Breast at Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park Roasted Corn and Vegetable Salad at Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park
New Pulled Pork Sandwich at Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park Sliced Beef Brisket at Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park

New menu items include barbecue sandwiches with either pulled pork, sliced beef brisket or grilled chicken breast, all served on Texas toast with beans and cole slaw. Vegetarians, or anyone looking for a lighter meal will enjoy the roasted corn and vegetable salad, served with vinaigrette dressing. Barbecue beef brisket or chicken can also be added to the salad.

Which new menu item are you looking forward to trying?

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New Oswald the Lucky Rabbit ‘Tough Luck’ Hand-Painted Cel Debuts at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Disney fans, you’re in luck! A new Ink & Paint Cel recently debuted at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park, featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. This particular piece might be titled “Tough Luck,” but I’m pretty sure anyone who chooses to add it to their collection would consider themselves pretty lucky. See for yourself.

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Disney Doodles: Headless Horseman Rides (Yet) Again

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

If you’ve ever attended a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’re probably familiar with the Headless Horseman, who makes his way down Main Street, U.S.A., prior to the step-off of Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade.

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Five Ways to Have Fun this Fall at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Fall is in full swing, and we have so many ways to celebrate the season here at theDisneyland Resort, especially at Disney California Adventure park. This is one of my favorite times of year to spend a day at the park!

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Discover America with Adventures by Disney

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. And in 2015, unused vacation time in the United States is at a 40-year high. I can’t think of a better time than Columbus Day to encourage each and every one of you to go explore and use up the 429 million vacation days that go unused in America each year. My suggestion? Book a trip with Adventures by Disney!

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Shows Air This Week for ABC’s ‘The Chew’ at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

For the first time ever, ABC’s “The Chew” left their studios last week in New York City and took their daily “party in the kitchen” to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort to tape five shows airing this week (Oct. 12-16) on ABC.

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The Sun Rises on Beast’s Castle at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Bonjour from Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park!

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Duffy the Disney Bear’s Best Friend ShellieMay Coming to Disney Parks This Fall

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

I’m excited to announce that ShellieMay, Duffy the Disney Bear’s best friend, will be coming to Disney Parks this fall.

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