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Disney by Land and Sea: The Perfect Balance of Adventure and Magic

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Over the summer I gave you my top five reasons why you should add a Disney cruise to your next Walt Disney World Resort stay. Based on your response, it seems you agree Disney by land and sea is the ultimate family vacation!

Now, check out this video to see how a Disney Cruise out of Port Canaveral, Florida, combined with a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, is the perfect balance of adventure at sea and theme park magic.

What would you add to the list from your last land and sea experience?

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New Experiences for the Whole Family Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Aboard the recently enhanced Disney Dream, there’s new fun in store for cruisers of all ages with elaborately themed play areas in the kids’ club, a whimsical sweet shop specializing in handmade gelato and ice cream, a relaxing water feature just for adults, and more. Take a look at this video to hear more about these exciting new experiences from Cruise Director Christiaan, and stay tuned for more inside looks at the ship’s enhancements.

For more on what’s new aboard the Disney Dream, check out these posts:

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Celebrating a Captain’s Adventures on the High Seas: Happy Birthday, Mickey!

posted on November 18th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

As we celebrate the birthday of Mickey Mouse today, we’re reminded of how much magic he brings to Disney cruisers all year long.

Wishing one of our favorite captains on the high seas the happiest of birthdays!

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VIDEO: Watch A Sneak Peek Of ‘Tangled: The Musical’

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

UPDATE: This live event has concluded, but feel free to enjoy the replay below. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future live event opportunities.

"Tangled: The Musical" Aboard the Disney Magic

It’s nearly time for the exclusive sneak peek of “Tangled: The Musical!”. We’re live streaming an original number from the show right here at 11:50 a.m. EST from the Disney Magic.

Tune in to be among the first to experience this incredible show, which features brand-new music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken, stunning costumes by a Tony Award-winning designer, storybook set designs and more. You’ll even get to hear one of three songs developed exclusively for this show, “When She Returns.”

Join us at 11:50 a.m. EST, then tell us about your favorite part in the comments section!

Want more? Check out the series below:

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Watch a Scene from ‘Tangled: The Musical’ LIVE on Nov. 11 at 11:50 a.m. EST

posted on November 9th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Mark your calendars! We’re gearing up for the premiere of “Tangled: The Musical” aboard the Disney Magic, and today we’re excited to announce that Disney Parks Blog readers will get an exclusive sneak peek of the show in real time.

This Wednesday, Nov. 11, we’ll be live streaming a scene from “Tangled: The Musical” at 11:50 a.m. EST right here on the Disney Parks Blog! Tune in to be part of the first audience to experience this incredible new stage production and hear one of three brand-new songs developed exclusively for this show by legendary composer Alan Menken.

To join us, visit the Disney Parks Blog main page on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11:50 a.m. EST. The live stream will appear in a fresh post at the top of the site.

Best. Day. Ever!


See the posts below for more details on the making of ‘Tangled: The Musical':

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Disney Dream Launches First-ever Disney Infinity Gameplay at Sea

posted on November 5th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

For the first time ever, cruisers are enjoying Disney Infinity gameplay on the high seas. The new Disney Infinity game room opened in Disney’s Oceaneer Club aboard the Disney Dream last week, bringing characters and stories to life in a whole new way for children.


The signature experience in this play area is a life-sized Disney Infinity base that transports players into the Toy Box. Standing on the base, you become a virtual Disney character controlling actions on the giant video screen.


Gaming stations around the room offer children more opportunities for individual and group adventures in the Toy Box. One of the coolest parts about playing Disney Infinity on the Disney Dream is the virtual toys and environments exclusive to Disney Cruise Line. Here’s a look at some of the special toys and environments Disney Infinity created just for Disney cruisers …

After the cruise, you can use your child’s Oceaneer band to download this content for play on Disney Infinity at home. Gaming as Mickey in his race-car-style cruise ship is sure to be a great memento of your fun on the Disney Dream! And while onboard, don’t forget to take your child’s photo in front of the sculptures of Mickey and his pals on display in the Oceaneer Club.


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Top Five New Spaces on the Disney Dream

posted on November 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Just last week we debuted brand-new spaces on the Disney Dream, including the first-ever play area on a Disney ship themed to Star Wars. I was lucky enough to be on the cruise and see the many smiling faces as guests enjoyed all of the new experiences. Guests who have sailed on the Disney Dream before will notice transformed details all around ship; here are five spaces that stand out to me:


Star Wars: Millennium Falcon – May the Force be with you in this super cool spacecraft! The fun here is an out-of-this-galaxy experience for young Jedi hopefuls.


Disney Infinity – Exciting virtual experiences and immersive group activities make this high-tech gaming room unlike any other. There’s even a chance to become one of your favorite Disney characters on the big screen.


Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats – New flavors of handmade gelato and ice cream are offered every day at this sweet shop. Plus, the sundae served in a trophy cup, made with eight heaping scoops of ice cream, is perfect for the family to share.


Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Calling all princesses! Your magical makeover awaits in this very special salon, which also transforms cruisers of all ages into swashbuckling pirates on Pirate Night.


Satellite Falls – Exclusive to adults. Peace and quiet. Need I say more? This new water feature is the perfect hangout for those wanting a little rest and relaxation away from the kids.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sharing more details about the fun taking place in these new spaces. Stay tuned!

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Countdown to Showtime with ‘Tangled: The Musical': By the Numbers

posted on October 30th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

The premiere of “Tangled: The Musical” is drawing near, and I am so excited to finally see the show after years and years of asking and asking and asking … (Do you quote the movie as much as I do?)

If you’re anything like me, it may feel like you’ve been waiting 18 years for Rapunzel to return in the first-ever stage adaptation of her adventure story, so I thought I’d share some “by the numbers” trivia to hold you over until the show debuts.

So grab your frying pan, put on your best smolder and impress your friends with some fun facts about this spectacular stage production … And keep your eyes on the Disney Parks Blog for a first look at the show on November 11.


During the “I See the Light” lake scene, audiences will be fully immersed in the moment as magical projections animate countless floating lanterns and 17 physical lanterns float above the aisles for added effect.

Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma Young developed 125 costumes using more than 200 different types of fabrics, including one custom fabric created just for this show. The dazzling costumes are made complete with 85 pairs of shoes and 60 wigs.

Audiences will be swept up in the adventure through 15 scenes and seven locations. These include the 15-foot-tall tower, which features more than 20 glowing flowers hidden in a mural design, and the Snuggly Duckling pub, where nine lovable thugs await. More than 40 scenic elements bring these fairytale locales to life.

It takes 47 talented performers and technicians to put on this elaborate production.

And it wouldn’t be Rapunzel’s story without plenty of long, blond hair—nearly 200 feet of it!

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7 Things to Look for When You See ‘Tangled: The Musical’

posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Over the past several months, we’ve give you an all-access pass to the making of “Tangled: The Musical,” with behind-the-scenes looks into the creation of music, costumes, sets, choreography and puppetry. There is so much to look forward to when the show debuts aboard the Disney Magic, so we’ve rounded up our top seven details to look (and listen!) for when you see it for the first time:


  1. Bavarian inspiration: Everything from set designs to costumes to choreography was inspired in some way by the sights, sounds and heritage of early German culture.
  2. Flowers: Rapunzel’s story begins with a magical flower, but many more have been “planted” in the show’s design. Look for more than 200 physical flowers—plus dozens of others that have been drawn, painted, carved and sewn—in scenic elements, costumes and even Rapunzel’s hair!
  3. Immersive moments: The creative team designed the show to totally immerse you in the story as characters interact with the audience; scenes spill over the stage and lanterns float overhead.


  1. The guitar: Legendary composer Alan Menken’s score was inspired by folk rock music, so listen closely to hear undertones of the guitar thread throughout the show. You may even see a character strumming away!
  2. Glowing scenic elements: A magical flower, Rapunzel’s hair, floating lanterns, burning candles and glowing murals … There are definitely a lot of bright spots to see in this show!


  1. Organic choreography: Choreographer Connor Gallagher developed each dance number to feel natural and folksy, focusing on loose movements, lower centers of gravity and personal touches by each character.
  2. Nods to the movie: Of course, this is still the story of Rapunzel’s grand adventure, so you’ll see and hear many of your favorite characters, scenes, songs and quotes.
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First Look at Disney Infinity Fun Coming to the Disney Dream

posted on October 22nd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Soon your kids will be able to immerse themselves in Disney Infinity gameplay aboard the Disney Dream. The new Toy Box-themed space in Disney’s Oceaneer Club premieres next week and brings this awesome virtual experience to life in a whole new way.

Our entertainment team is developing some cool activities that involve real-life gameplay to complement the fun children have in the Disney Infinity world. One I’m most excited to see in action lets kids transform into some of their favorite Disney characters like Olaf, Donald Duck and Maleficent. While standing on a life-sized Disney Infinity base, they’ll control the actions of the character that appears on a giant video screen display and compete in special challenges in the Toy Box.

Another experience gives children the chance to test their archery skills with some help from Merida and other great archers. Kids can also join youth counselors in group activities like building a racetrack around the room and learning how to draw Disney Infinity characters.

As part of the new high-tech gaming experience on the Disney Dream, Disney Infinity created virtual toys and environments exclusive to Disney Cruise Line. Friends like Mickey in a race-car-style cruise ship and Chip and Dale in sailor attire act as sidekicks to the characters in the Toy Box Mode, where kids can also virtually play in some of their favorite Disney Cruise Line destinations, including our private island, Castaway Cay! After they cruise, you can download this exclusive content, including all custom Toy Boxes your kids created on the Disney Dream, to use with Disney Infinity back at home.

We’re days away from the new spaces on the Disney Dream becoming a reality. What are you most excited to see?

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