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All Four Disney Cruise Ships Recognized by USA Today Readers

posted on May 4th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


The Disney Cruise Line fleet was named among the top 10 “Best Cruise Ships for Families” in the USA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice poll, with the Disney Dream taking the top honor. A panel of USA Today editors and industry experts selected the 20 top nominees, and families like you voted the top 10 ships from the list.

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It’s no secret that Disney Parks destinations cater to kids and kids at heart. But it’s the touches like rotational dining, roomy staterooms, family-friendly entertainment, half a deck dedicated to youth activities on each ship – the list could go on – that make sailing with Disney Cruise Line a memorable and hassle-free experience for all.

Why do you think Disney has the best ships for families?

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Mickey Check Makes its Way to Disney Ships

posted on February 25th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Just because you take a vacation with your family doesn’t mean you have to take a vacation from healthy eating.

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Mickey Check meals are now offered on children’s menus aboard all four Disney Cruise Line ships.

The Mickey Check is a tool that makes it easier for parents and kids to identify nutritious choices. Mickey Check meals meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines and feature three or more nutritious food groups such as vegetables, whole grains or lean protein.

Disney chefs are experts in both taste and presentation, especially when it comes to taking healthy food and making it fun and delicious for our youngest guests.

Immersive dining experiences at Disney Parks and on Disney cruise ships blend cuisine with storytelling in a way that only Disney can. Whether it’s a quick meal on the go, a character dining experience or an exquisite adults-only dinner at Remy, cruise guests will find a range of food and beverage options to satisfy their exotic, health conscious and even comfort-food tastes.

Why not kick-start healthy living in your own kitchen? Here’s a recipe for a Mickey Check meal featured at sea that you can prepare as a family at home:

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Grilled Chicken Skewer with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Florets and Fruit Salad
Portions: 5
Skill Level: Easy
Time: 40 minutes

Chicken Skewer

  • 15 oz. boneless skinless breast cut into 1 oz. cubes
  • 10 ea. zucchini squares cut 1 ½” square (just the outer skin)
  • 10 ea. red bell pepper squares cut 1 ½” square (just the outside of the pepper)
  • 1 tbsp. Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 oz. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/16 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 5 each 6” bamboo skewers soaked in water

In a stainless steel mixing bowl combine the chicken breast, chopped parsley, half of the olive oil and half of the salt and black pepper. Toss the chicken to coat evenly. In a separate bowl combine the red bell pepper squares, zucchini squares and remainder of the oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly. Each skewer will have 2 pieces of the zucchini, 2 pieces of the red bell pepper and 3 each of the chicken cubes assembled in the following order; red bell pepper, chicken cube, zucchini, chicken cube, red bell pepper, chicken cube, zucchini. Place the chicken on a pre-heated grill and cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. One portion is one cooked chicken skewer.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 20 ea. sweet potato battonet sticks (cut 1/2”high x 1/2” wide x 2 ½” long)
  • 1 oz. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

In a stainless steel mixing bowl toss the sweet potato battonets together with the salt, black pepper and olive oil and toss to coat evenly. Lay the sweet potato battonets on a baking sheet and cook in a 375oF oven for 12-15 minutes until tender. One portion is 4 pieces of the roasted sweet potato battonet.

Steamed Broccoli

  • 20 oz. trimmed broccoli florets

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the broccoli in the boiling water and cook until slightly tender. Remove from the water. One portion is 4 oz. of the cooked broccoli.

Fruit Salad

  • 5 oz. honeydew cut 1” cubes
  • 5 oz. cantaloupe cut 1” cubes
  • 5 oz. pineapple cut 1” cubes

In 5 individual bowls, place 1 oz. of each of the cubed honeydew, cantaloupe and pineapple. Each individual bowl is one portion.

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Disney Ships are ‘Choice’ for Cruisers

posted on February 23rd, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


We believe when it comes to deciding what cruise vacation is right for you, guests know best.

The Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards were announced today, and Disney Cruise Line received 12 first-place awards based on the personal experiences of cruisers who sailed in 2014. All four Disney ships received recognition in categories such as Best Overall, Best for Families, Best Service and Best Entertainment.

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We consider awards like these as the ultimate guest compliment on Disney Cruise Line. What are some of your “best” experiences on a Disney ship?

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Sales Begin Soon for Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on January 7th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


We recently shared details about the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, and based on your comments and enthusiasm, it looks like you’re just as excited as we are for this breathtaking new addition to the Disney family! Today, we are excited to share some additional photos and to announce that sales for this beautiful resort will begin on January 12 for current Disney Vacation Club Members and on February 9 for all guests. When the first phase opens, scheduled for April 1, the resort will introduce unique Disney accommodations, including Bora Bora Bungalows and the first connecting Deluxe Studios.

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The 20 Bora Bora Bungalows on the Seven Seas Lagoon will sleep up to eight guests each in a two-bedroom, home-like setting reminiscent of the South Pacific.

The 360 Deluxe Studios will be the largest at Walt Disney World Resort and sleep up to five guests each.

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And of course we can’t forget all of the other incredible additions at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, including Lilo’s Playhouse and Pineapple Lanai, as well as an enhanced feature pool and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, slated to open in 2015.

What are you most looking forward to seeing on your next visit to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort?

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New Details Announced for Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


You’ve probably heard about the exciting re-imagining taking place at one of the original Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and today we have more news to share about Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows.

Check out this just-released rendering of the new Disney Vacation Club Bungalows, the first of their kind on any Disney property. The 20 Bungalows will sleep up to eight guests each in a home-like setting reminiscent of the South Pacific. My favorite feature though has to be the plunge pool overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon, and the view of the fireworks over Magic Kingdom Park.

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Adding to the excitement, we are opening the largest Deluxe Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The 360 Deluxe Studios will sleep up to five guests each and have the ability to connect to another Deluxe Studio, the first time we have done this at a Disney Vacation Club Resort. Similar to Disney Cruise Line ships and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the rooms will each have a bathroom separated into two areas, one with a shower and sink and the other with a sink and tub/shower. Plus, they also will have kitchenettes and enhanced storage space for convenience and comfort.

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Another great part? Like all Disney Vacation Club Resorts, all rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows are available for rent by guests when not in use by Disney Vacation Club Members!

The addition of Disney Vacation Club to this beloved resort is part of an overall renovation. A re-imagined Great Ceremonial House will welcome guests to a tropical destination where Disney magic meets South Seas hospitality. Also included is an enhanced feature pool and new food and beverage offerings, including Pineapple Lanai where Members and guests can get their favorite Dole Whip treats and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, which will feature exotic cocktails and Polynesian-themed small plates. Earlier this year, the resort opened a brand-new children’s activity center called Lilo’s Playhouse.

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The first phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is scheduled to open in 2015. Stay tuned as we continue to share more news in the coming months!

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Adventures by Disney Recognized in Annual World Travel Awards

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


The 21st Annual World Travel Awards just came out, and we’re proud to say that Adventures by Disney has been named “North America’s Leading Tour Operator” by travel and tourism professionals worldwide! It’s an honor to receive such an accolade, and I think you’ll agree that no matter how exotic the destination, it’s our Adventure Guides who deserve a round of applause for delivering the difference only Disney can create. Our guides take guests to some of the most beautiful places on the planet including China, Australia, South Africa, Peru, England and France, as well as North American adventures in Alaska and the Rockies.

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Where in the world would you go with Adventures by Disney?

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Disney Ships Receive Top Recognition from Cruisers

posted on February 26th, 2014 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Are we blushing? The Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice awards were announced today, and Disney ships received 29 awards, including 13 number one awards such as Best Overall, Best for Families, Best Service, Best Dining and Entertainment, Best Cabins and Public Rooms for the Disney Fantasy in the Large Ship category. These are the most awards we have ever received at a single time.

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In addition, all four Disney ships were recently ranked among the top cruise ships in the world on the Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers’ Choice list, claiming four of the top five spots in the Best Large Cruise Ships category. The recently re-imagined Disney Magic was also awarded Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2014 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Makeover.

Everyone here at Disney Cruise Line is thrilled that families enjoy our crew, our ships and overall cruise experience so much. What’s your favorite “best thing” about a Disney cruise?

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Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS Build Playground in Central Florida

posted on November 18th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Children in Cocoa, Fla., have a great new place to play, thanks to the efforts of nearly 250 volunteers from Disney Cruise Line, KABOOM! and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, who over the weekend joined forces to build a fully assembled playground in just six hours. The playground is open to the public and located on the site of a brand new Boys & Girls Clubs facility scheduled to open next month to serve the needs of children in the area.

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All day Saturday, Disney VoluntEARS, which included crew members from the Disney Fantasy cruise ship in port for the day and shoreside cast members, took part in everything from bolting together and hoisting brightly colored play pieces to mixing cement and hauling mulch.

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Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in August. Local children and community leaders met with organizers from Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Disney and KaBOOM! to design their dream playground. The children’s drawings were then used to create the final playground design.

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This is the second playground Disney Cruise Line has helped build near its homeport in Port Canaveral and one of the many ways we give back in our port communities around the world throughout the year.

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It’s Official! Disney Cruise Line’s Captain Tom is Now Commodore Tom

posted on August 15th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Captain Tom Forberg has been with Disney Cruise Line since the very beginning. He is the first and longest-serving captain, oversaw the construction of all four Disney ships and served as the inaugural captain on each ship. So it is only fitting that he is named the first Commodore in the history of the company.

Officers and Crew Aboard the Disney Fantasy Join Senior Vice President Anthony Connelly, Captain Mickey and Vice President Bert Swets in Naming Captain Tom Forberg First Commodore in History of Disney Cruise Line

Yesterday, the officers and crew aboard the Disney Fantasy joined President Karl Holz (not pictured), Senior Vice President Anthony Connelly, Captain Mickey and Vice President Bert Swets in surprising Captain Tom with the honor and presenting him with his new hat.

Commodore is an honorary appointment bestowed upon accomplished and distinguished leaders of military, commercial and cruise fleets. With this honor, Commodore Tom will serve as the highest-ranking Disney captain and will continue to share the duty of commanding the ships rotationally along with the other captains. In the cruise industry, only one other cruise line is actively using the Commodore title.

Help us congratulate Commodore Tom!

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Disney Cruise Line Named a Finalist in Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s 2013 World Savers Awards

posted on July 24th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Disney Cruise Line has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as a finalist in the 2013 World Savers Awards, which honor travel companies for exceptional achievements in environmental and social responsibility in education, environmental and cultural preservation, health, poverty relief and wildlife conservation. Our cast and crew members are passionate about having a positive impact in our port communities around the world.
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Thank you to all of our guests for participating in and supporting these efforts, from our “Walks for Wildlife” to our “PaintFests at Sea” and so much more.


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