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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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  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.

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  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!

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  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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Six Fun Ways to Surprise Your Kids with a Disney Cruise

posted on October 20th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The holidays will be here before you know it, so I’m sure the topic of gift-giving is already on many of your minds. One of the best parts about giving a gift is watching the recipient open it joyfully. When you surprise your kids with the gift of a Disney cruise, there are many things you can do to make it a memorable family moment. Whether it’s tomorrow or on Christmas morning, here are six fun ways to announce your upcoming Disney Cruise Line voyage…

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What are some of the ways you’ve given the gift of a Disney cruise to your family?

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Tangled: The Musical’

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Last week, we tested your “Tangled: The Musical” knowledge, and it looks like you’re just as excited as we are about the first-ever stage adaptation of “Tangled!” Before it debuts aboard the Disney Magic during her November 11 Bahamian cruise, we have a few more secrets to share with you about the musical’s production …

1. Legendary composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater have always wanted to write more songs for “Tangled.” Alan and Glenn wished they had written more music for the animated film, so they were thrilled with the opportunity to come back to “Tangled” and write a new opening number, a song for Flynn Rider and lyrics for the festival scene.

2. The mural in Rapunzel’s tower set piece was designed by Claire Keane, who created the original mural design for the “Tangled” film. Claire Keane, daughter of legendary Disney animator Glen Keane, re-imagined her animated mural design into a life-sized painting for the set of “Tangled: The Musical.”

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3. Every set piece for “Tangled: The Musical” was sculpted and painted by hand. Rapunzel would approve, don’t you think?

4. Rapunzel’s royal dress that appears in the show’s final scene is made of custom fabric developed especially for this show. Our Tony Award-winning costume designer, Paloma Young, wanted this piece to make a statement like only a Disney princess dress could.

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5. Speaking of costume designer Paloma Young … Her ancestors were real-life Bavarian royalty! Paloma is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Hoegerman of Bavarian nobility. Talk about inspiration!

For more inside looks at the creation of “Tangled: The Musical,” check out our behind-the-scenes series:

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘Tangled: The Musical’?

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


Since April, we shared behind-the-scenes looks at the development of “Tangled: The Musical,” the first-ever stage adaptation of the beloved animated film “Tangled.” Before it premieres aboard the Disney Magic next month, we want to test your knowledge about the show. Only the most dedicated fans will have what it takes to ace this one …



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How Well Do You Know ‘Tangled: The Musical’?

Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater wrote three brand-new songs for “Tangled: The Musical.” Which of these is NOT a description of one of the new songs?
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According to set designer Brad Kaye, which of the following was a fun challenge in bringing the world of “Tangled” to the stage?
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When designing a rustic new look for Rapunzel, Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma Young was inspired by _____.
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True or False: Michael Curry, the puppet designer for “Tangled: The Musical,” also designed the iconic puppetry for Disney’s “The Lion King” on Broadway.
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Choreographer Connor Gallagher was most influenced by the _____ when developing the choreography of “Tangled: The Musical.”
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Need help? Check out our behind-the-scenes video series for answers:

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Behind the Scenes: Decorating Disney Ships for Halloween on the High Seas

posted on October 8th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


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In true Disney fashion, we go all out to celebrate Halloween on the High Seas. Every ship gets a holiday overlay with special décor, tasty treats, themed parties and loads of spooky activities for the whole family. I love walking onto the ships for the first time each fall to see the festive details from bow to stern.

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Disney’s Holiday Services plays a special role in decorating the ships, from months of planning and prepping to setting it all up onboard in a matter of hours. When the team decorated the Disney Fantasy last month, my pal John was there at Port Canaveral. This video gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to transform a Disney ship into a ghoulish wonderland. Check it out:

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Disney Cruise Line Unveils Ports and Itineraries for Early 2017

posted on October 6th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Today we revealed that in early 2017 we will return to popular destinations in the Caribbean and Bahamas. Most cruises will feature a stop at Castaway Cay, our private island paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.

For the first part of the year, we’ll continue sailing from Port Canaveral and Miami, in addition to cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico and Galveston, Texas. Bookings open to the public on October 8, 2015. Keep reading for more details, and check out the Itineraries and Ports for 2017 page of disneycruise.com.

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With three Disney ships in port and cruises spanning three, four and seven nights, you have a full menu of options from Port Canaveral in early 2017. The best part? Every sailing includes a day at Castaway Cay!

The Disney Fantasy will continue to sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages, while the Disney Dream continues on three- and four-night cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay. Beginning January 29, the Disney Wonder will alternate similar three- and four-night itineraries.

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To kick off 2017, the Disney Magic continues sailing from Miami with three-, four- and five-night voyages to the Bahamas, plus select five-night Western Caribbean cruises, through March 31.

Again, Castaway Cay awaits guests aboard every one of these Disney Magic sailings! Other Bahamian ports of call include Nassau and Key West, while a stop in Grand Cayman or Cozumel headlines the Western Caribbean itineraries.

San Juan and Galveston

From San Juan, the Disney Magic sets sail on four seven-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean. Departing April 9, 16, 23 and 30, this limited-time engagement includes calls on Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Antigua and St. Kitts.

The Disney Wonder completes a season in Galveston with two seven-night Bahamian voyages to Key West, Castaway Cay and Nassau on January 6 and 13. From there, the ship embarks on a six-night journey to San Juan on January 20 with stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Falmouth, Jamaica.

On January 26, a three-night cruise aboard the Disney Wonder takes guests from San Juan to Port Canaveral, just an hour away from Walt Disney World Resort – the perfect stop for a fairytale land-and-sea adventure.

As always, we’ll keep you posted on the Disney Parks Blog when new itineraries and destinations are unveiled. Stay tuned for more on where we’re headed in 2017!

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