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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.

Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS Build Playground in Central Florida

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.

Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS Build Playground in Central Florida

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.

Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS Build Playground in Central Florida

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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Travel + Leisure Readers Name Disney Cruise Line No. 1 for Families

posted on July 2nd, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


For the fifth consecutive year, Disney Cruise Line was named top cruise line for families in the World’s Best Awards. Winners were selected by Travel + Leisure readers, who participated in a survey and rated cruise lines on criteria including cabins, food, service, itineraries and destinations, activities and value.
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What made your last Disney Cruise Line voyage so special for your family?


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AquaDucky Derby on Disney Ships Benefits Make-A-Wish International

posted on June 6th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Duckies, duckies everywhere! Thousands of ducks decorated by Disney Cruise Line guests and crew members on all four ships swirled through the ships’ pools and water coasters recently to take part in the first “AquaDucky Derby” rubber duck races to raise nearly $14,000 for Make-A-Wish International.

Aboard the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, rubber ducks were placed at the top of the AquaDuck and with the crowd counting down and the sounds of “Wipe Out” playing over the sound system, 10,000 gallons of water rushed into the flume sending the ducks racing through the water coaster’s tunnel and around the ship’s upper decks before splashing down at the finish line.

Aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, guests and crew voted using applause for the unofficial best decorated duck while One Direction’s song, “That’s What Makes You Beautiful,” played in the background. For the official race, guests and crew splashed and kicked a current to carry the critters to the opposite side of the Goofy pool.

All funds raised from the duck sales are being donated to a very worthy cause – Make-A-Wish International, an organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions in 48 countries outside of the U.S. Since the first-ever official wish experience 32 years ago, Disney has helped grant more than 81,000 wishes globally and is involved in nearly 50 percent of the wishes granted each year.

The events saluted the 30th anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program, which provides opportunities for Disney cast and crew members to donate their time to worthy causes around the world. Events like this are just a small part of Disney’s commitment to give back to local communities through in-kind donations and the efforts of Disney VoluntEARS. In 2012, Disney Cruise Line cast and crew members completed 75 community outreach projects and donated more than 4,500 hours of personal service to nonprofit organizations, working both onboard the ships and in communities across Central Florida, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. Additionally, Disney Cruise Line provided more than $640,000 in charitable and in-kind donations to organizations supporting children, families and the environment.

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Disney Cruise Line Shares Magic in Barcelona Hospital

posted on June 4th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Last week, I had the pleasure of telling you about the “PaintFest at Sea,” a Disney VoluntEARS program held in coordination with the non-profit, Foundation for Hospital Art. The event brought crew members and guests together on the Disney Magic’s transatlantic sailing to paint a 72-panel mural featuring characters from “The Little Mermaid,” in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program.

Disney Cruise Line Shares Magic in Barcelona Hospital

Today, I am thrilled to show you the magic we shared over the weekend when Disney VoluntEARS, along with beloved Disney characters, assisted in delivering and hanging the mural at the Hospital General de Catalunya. The mural delivery and hospital visit showcases just one way Disney Cruise Line is committed to giving back to communities in ports of call around the world.

Scott Feight, executive director of the Foundation for Hospital Art, told us this was one of the largest murals they have ever created. “Seeing the reaction of the children here today showcases the true power of our mission of utilizing art to uplift the spirit and support healing in hospitals around the world,” he said.

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Disney VoluntEARS also visited with the children in the hospital, which is one of many community outreach projects taking place to deliver toys and smiles to deserving children in the port communities along Disney’s Mediterranean itineraries this summer.

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Creating More Magic at Sea on Disney Cruise Line

posted on May 30th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Nearly 300 Disney Cruise Line guests and crew members are able to showcase their artistic talents while volunteering for a great cause this week aboard the Disney Magic’s transatlantic crossing to Barcelona, Spain, in an event called PaintFest at Sea. Through a partnership with the Foundation for Hospital Art, the fun-spirited group is painting 72 canvases during that will be assembled into a 9-foot tall by 24-foot long mural.
Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Accompanied by Mickey Mouse Painting a Mural Featuring Characters from 'The Little Mermaid'
The mural, featuring characters from “The Little Mermaid” and designed by Disney artist, Don “Ducky” Williams, will take more than 500 hours to complete, and will be a fitting salute to the 30th Anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program. When the ship arrives in Barcelona on Saturday, the mural will be presented to a local children’s hospital near the port.
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See the podcast of the painting here. Look for coverage of the mural delivery and installation on my blog post next week.

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