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

posted on December 19th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Since we first announced that the Muppets are starring in a new interactive Enchanted Art adventure game aboard the Disney Fantasy, excitement has been spreading!

In this Midship Detective Agency game, Pepe the King Prawn offers to take on detective duties to help Kermit and the rest of the Muppets find the missing props for their big performance. Kermit, worried about Pepe’s lack of detective skills, turns to the guests for help.

Let’s go behind the scenes of filming to get a sneak peek at the game and hear what Pepe the King Prawn has to say about his role:

Which Muppet character would you most like to play this game with? You heard Pepe the King Prawn’s answer…now tell us yours!

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Actress Elizabeth Mitchell Sails with Disney Cruise Line to Alaska

posted on December 9th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


This past summer actress Elizabeth Mitchell, most known for her role as Dr. Juliet Burke on ABC’s television series “Lost,” sailed on Disney Cruise Line’s very first voyage to Alaska.

Joined by her husband and son, Elizabeth shared with us the highlights of her family’s experience.

Watch this video to see an Alaskan cruise with Disney through her eyes:

If you could ask Elizabeth one question about her Disney cruise vacation, what would it be?

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New Show ‘Wishes’ Debuting on Disney Fantasy

posted on December 6th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Today we announced the exciting addition of “Wishes,” Disney Cruise Line’s newest original show, presented exclusively on the Disney Fantasy. I want to give you a first look at some of the concept art for this spectacular production.

“Wishes” takes guests on a musical journey with three best friends visiting Disneyland Resort to celebrate their high school graduation.

Concept Art for New Show ‘Wishes’ Debuting on Disney Fantasy

Each is unsure of what the future holds for them, so they make a wish to go on the “Ride of Our Lives” – the show’s opening musical number. Next they’re taken to an enchanted world where Disney characters materialize to guide them on their journey.

Some of the familiar tunes you’ll hear and faces you’ll see include…

…“I’ve Got No Strings” from “Pinocchio” featuring Pinocchio and marionettes…

Concept Art for New Show ‘Wishes’ Debuting on Disney Fantasy

…“Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King” featuring Timon and Pumbaa…

Concept Art for New Show ‘Wishes’ Debuting on Disney Fantasy

…and “Reflection” from “Mulan” featuring Mulan…

Concept Art for New Show ‘Wishes’ Debuting on Disney Fantasy

Disney Parks Blog author Jonathan Frontado is visiting Disney Cruise Line’s rehearsal facility to get a glimpse of this new show. Stay tuned for a “behind-the-curtain” video from his visit coming soon.

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New Enchanted Art Will Magically Come Alive on the Disney Fantasy

posted on December 2nd, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Earlier this week I told you about the new Muppets Adventure Game using Enchanted Art on the Disney Fantasy. Today I want to give you the first-ever look at some of the other Enchanted Art guests will enjoy.

One of my favorite new pieces is “Pinkie Daisy” featuring Daisy Duck inspired by Thomas Lawrence’s famous painting “Sarah Barrett Moulton: Pinkie.” Play the video below to see how the artwork magically comes alive.

This magical art appears like other hanging art pieces around the ship, but it is actually a framed LCD screen that utilizes technology to create special effects, “recognizing” a guest is present and activating several seconds of animation.

Some examples of other Enchanted Art new to the Disney Fantasy include:

  • 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.
  • Scenes from Disney’s classic animated film “Fantasia” depicting dancing fairies set to “Nutcracker Suite” and a frolicking unicorn and satyr set to “The Pastoral Symphony”.
  • Fanciful animations of “Alice in Wonderland” inspired by Disney Legend Mary Blair’s artwork.

Which of these new masterpieces on the Disney Fantasy matches your art taste most?

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Introducing New Stars on the Disney Fantasy: The Muppets

posted on November 29th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Fresh off their starring role in Disney’s “The Muppets,” Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and Animal are getting ready for their next great adventure, taking place on the Disney Fantasy!

Introducing News Stars on the Disney Fantasy: The Muppets

The Muppets are the stars of a new adventure game, “The Case of the Stolen Show,” which takes guests on an interactive quest around the ship via more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art and physical clues.

The goal of the game is to help the Muppets find their missing props so they can take the stage for a big performance. Guided by a map and using a unique game card that is held up in front of select pieces of Enchanted Art, guests unveil clues that help find the missing props.

Take a look at these behind-the-scenes shots of Kermit and the some of the other Muppets on set as they begin filming for this game.

Introducing News Stars on the Disney Fantasy: The Muppets Introducing News Stars on the Disney Fantasy: The Muppets

The Muppets Adventure Game isn’t the only new element associated with our Enchanted Art collection on the Disney Fantasy. Check back on the Disney Parks Blog Thursday for a sneak peek at some of the magical pieces that will make their debut on this ship’s maiden voyage in March!



Take a look at more guest experiences that will be available on the Disney Fantasy:

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Disney Cruise Line Earns Several Accolades

posted on November 18th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


It’s been a great week for Disney Cruise Line. Over the past few days we have been recognized with several reputable awards. We know our crew delivers an outstanding experience at sea, and we’re equally proud of those behind the scenes whose hard work has brought forth many “firsts” and innovations in the cruise industry.

Cruise Critic honored Disney Dream as “Best New Ship” and for “Best Inside Cabins” in its Editors’ Picks Awards. It also awarded “Best Standard Cabins” to the entire Disney Cruise Line fleet.

Porthole Cruise Magazine bestowed three awards on Disney Cruise Line in its 13th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards – “Most Family-Oriented Line,” “Best Children’s Programs” and “Best Entertainment.”

And finally, in its 18th annual Thea Awards, the Themed Entertainment Association honored the new Animation Magic show at Animator’s Palate on the Disney Fantasy with the “Ingenious Use of Technology” award.

Animation Magic showcases guests’ drawings during their dining experience on a big screen in an animated sequence with beloved Disney characters. Watch this video for a sneak peek.

The Thea awards committee noted the show’s “amazing animation” and called it “a refreshing take” on interactive technology. How would you describe it?

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

posted on October 13th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


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.

AquaLab, A New Addition to Deck 12 on the Disney Fantasy

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.

New Wading Pool on Deck 12 of the Disney Fantasy

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.

New Circular Splash Pool, Satellite Falls, on Deck 13 of the Disney Fantasy

Which of these new refreshing water features are you most excited about aboard the Disney Fantasy?

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From the Shipyard: Disney Fantasy vs. Disney Dream

posted on October 4th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


What’s the difference between building the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream?

I caught up with Frank de Heer, VP of New Ship Development for Disney Cruise Line, and Philip Gennotte at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, to get their thoughts during construction of the new ship.

Check out this video to hear what they had to say and get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Disney Fantasy is coming along.

Look for more updates in the coming weeks and months. So tell me, who’s planning on sailing with us on the Disney Fantasy next year?



Check out additional updates we’ve shared on the Disney Parks Blog about the Disney Fantasy:

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Behind the Scenes: Walt Disney Imagineers Develop Dumbo for the Disney Fantasy

posted on September 26th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


“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.



For more on the construction progress of the Disney Fantasy, see these posts:

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Disney Cruise Line Doubles the ‘Aloha’ with Second Hawaiian Cruise

posted on September 23rd, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Pack your bags, don your lei and get ready to say “aloha” to Hawai’i. Today we announced the addition of a second Hawai’i cruise to our 2012 Disney Cruise Line schedule!

Disney Cruise Line Doubles the 'Aloha' with Second Hawaiian Cruise

Earlier this year we told you about our first-ever cruise to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands sailing April 29, 2012. With such an overwhelming response, it was clear our guests wanted more options to visit “The Aloha State.”

Departing Oct. 14, 2012, from Los Angeles, the Disney Wonder will sail through the breathtaking Hawaiian Islands, calling on Kahului, Maui; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Honolulu, Oahu; and Hilo. Plus, this special 14-night voyage includes a stop in Ensenada, Mexico, and eight fun-filled days at sea.

Guests will 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.

With so many West Coast sailing options in 2012, including cruises to Hawai’i, the Mexican Riviera, the Pacific Coast and Alaska – which destination will you choose?

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