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Disney Cruise Line Advising Chef, Arnaud Lallement, Wins Coveted Three Michelin Stars

posted on March 11th, 2014 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Bonjour, Disney Parks Blog fans! I have some very exciting Disney Cruise Line news to share with you. Chef Arnaud Lallement, advising chef to our French-inspired restaurant Remy, was recently awarded a prestigious three Michelin stars for his family-run restaurant L’Assiette Champenoise, near Reims in the Champagne region of France.
Disney Cruise Line Advising Chef, Arnaud Lallement, Wins Coveted Three Michelin Stars

Chef Lallement was the only new addition to the highest ranking in this year’s France Michelin Guide, the world’s most esteemed food guide and restaurant-reviewing institution. The guide’s 2014 France edition lists only 27 restaurants with three stars.

Those of you who have sailed with us on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy have hopefully taken advantage of your exclusive chance to taste Chef Lallement’s world-class cuisine at Remy. Chef Lallement creates and implements menus for Remy, Disney Cruise Line’s first ever premier dining option, alongside Victoria & Albert’s Chef Scott Hunnel.
Disney Cruise Line's French-Inspried Restaurant, Remy

Twice a year, Lallement personally sets sail and steps into the Remy kitchen to develop new menu items and work with the onboard culinary team. Some of his signature dishes include Maine lobster with paprika curry, salmon with coriander jus and sea bass with herbs crème and sweet vermouth. For dessert, he’s created sweet selections like the choux pastry with praline cream and a green apple tarte tatin with salty caramel sauce.

For those of you who haven’t had the chance to dine at Remy yet, let me tell you more about the fine French dining experience you can expect. Reserved exclusively for adults, Remy features exquisite cuisine, impeccable service and superior, seasonal ingredients sourced from around the world. Dinner at Remy is a lavish and leisurely affair, starting with a signature chilled Taittinger Champagne cocktail made tableside, followed by eight to nine small courses. Remy also offers an elegant brunch on sea days during four-night and longer cruises, featuring a decadent six-course French-inspired meal and a selection of Champagnes to perfectly pair with each dish.

Please join me in congratulating Chef Lallement on this prestigious accomplishment! Next time you’re dining with us in Remy, be sure to have a toast in his honor!

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A Mom’s Take: Experiencing Europe Before You Even Step off the Ship with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 10th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


One of Disney Cruise Line’s differentiators is the way we bring destinations alive on our ships. During our Mediterranean voyages this summer, you’ll get a taste of the area’s culture through various onboard offerings like entertainment and dining.

Even Disney friends get in on the fun with themed attire, which you can get a sneak peek of in this “Mom’s Take” video. Check it out to hear from Disney Parks Moms Panelist Marcy about some of the ways your family can experience Europe before you even step off the ship.

For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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A Mom’s Take: Embarking on a Disney Alaska Cruise from Vancouver

posted on March 7th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Part of the fun of a Disney cruise to Alaska is visiting our homeport of Vancouver. There’s so much to see in this vibrant Canadian city, and I highly recommend spending time here before or after your cruise.

In our next “Mom’s Take” video, Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel gives you a look at some of the things your family can experience here, including highlights of our debarkation day Port Adventure that takes you around town before dropping you off at the airport. Take a look, and let me know if you agree that time in Vancouver makes for the perfect start or end to a great Alaskan adventure!

For more on sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: March 2012

posted on March 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Two years ago this month, we were looking ahead to big expansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Let’s take a look back at March 2012 in this “Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule.”

Video: Godmother Mariah Carey Christens the Disney Fantasy in New York City
March 2012 started with a bang as Mariah Carey christened the new Disney Fantasy.

Disney President and CEO Bob Iger and Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs Behind the Construction Walls at Disney California Adventure Park for a Hard-hat Tour of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land

Taking a Tour of Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle Theatre – Opening June 15 at Disney California Adventure Park
Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, recalled his hard-hat tour of Cars Land, which was then speeding toward its summer 2012 opening at Disney California Adventure park.

First Look: Walt Disney Imagineers Offer a Taste of the Be Our Guest Restaurant
Walt Disney Imagineering gave us the first look inside Be Our Guest Restaurant, which would open later that year.

New Story Rooms Open Today at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World Resort – With a Regal Twist
Royal Guest Rooms officially opened on March 9, 2012, at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside at Walt Disney World Resort, and Michelle Baumann brought us this peek inside.

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Caption This: The Hungry Pirate at Disneyland Park
We marked the 45th anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland park with this special “Caption This!”

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Red Car Trolley Tests the Track at Disney California Adventure Park
On March 28, 2012, we brought Disney Parks Blog readers the first look at the new Red Car Trolley traveling down the track at Disney California Adventure park.

Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’-Themed Monorail to Debut This Spring at Walt Disney World Resort
Two years ago this month, we were all anticipating the upcoming release of Marvel’s “The Avengers,” and Walt Disney World Resort guests were getting ready to welcome “The Avengers”-themed Monorail.

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Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Corfu, Greece

posted on March 5th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Last week, I shared with you some of the adventures your family can have with us this summer in Sicily, Italy, and now I want to tell you about what we have planned in Greece. We are visiting several new destinations in the Greek Isles and on the mainland, so check back all this month to learn about what is offered in the different ports. Today, let’s start with Corfu, Greece, an island in the Ionian Sea.

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From the town’s medieval architecture to the countryside’s rolling hills and sweeping coastal views, we offer many Port Adventure options for families to experience the area’s charming culture and rich history. Here are just a few of your choices…

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Paleokastritsa Bay Lakones Village And Wine - This family-friendly excursion begins with a journey to the seaside village of Paleokastritsa, which is a great spot for you to take a refreshing dip in the blue waters of the bay. Next you’ll head to Lakones, a charming village on the slopes of a lush green hill with 18th and 19th century houses, beautiful churches and traditional shops. Your family will have time to explore the cobblestones streets and eat like a local at a small tavern, and you may even see women wearing the traditional Greek dress here!

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Achilleion Palace And Corfu Town Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity – This adventure is perfect for parents wanting to teach their children about Greek mythology in a fun way – and get a little time to themselves! The first destination is the Achilleion Palace, a site celebrating the mythical hero of the Trojan war, Achilles. Then, after a family tour through Corfu’s old town, parents will have chance for some free time while kids join Disney Cruise Line youth counselors in a special activity at a local art gallery painting their very own Achilles statue.

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Achilleion Palace, Paleokastritsa Bay And Corfu Town – Adult Only Departure – For those wanting some adult-only time, we offer this tour for just those guests who are 18 or older. Like the family adventure I mentioned above, you’ll explore both the Achilleion Palace and the Old Town of Corfu. In addition, you’ll have time in the village of Paleokastritsa where you can visit the historic 13th century Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin Mary and take swim in the beautiful waters of the bay.

As always, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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A Mom’s Take: Immersing Your Family in the Culture of Europe with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 3rd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


For many families, traveling is about more than just seeing different destinations. It’s a way to learn about other cultures and bring history life in a unique way. Disney shares this viewpoint, which is why we provide so many culturally rich opportunities on our cruises in Europe.

If you want to know more about how you can immerse your family in the culture of Europe when sailing the Mediterranean with us this summer, take a look at our next “Mom’s Take” video with Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel. She points out different teaching tools you can use while traveling with your kids and even highlights a few of the specific Port Adventures that incorporate learning in a fun way.

For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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A Mom’s Take: A Wild Ride in the Great Alaskan Frontier with Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 28th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Do you love rides as much as I do? Then you’re in for a treat if you’re joining us in Alaska this summer!

If you’ve been following along with our “Mom’s Take” videos about our Alaskan voyages, by now you know there’s no shortage of adventure in the destinations we visit. In today’s video, Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel shows you how your family can experience the great outdoors through unique and exhilarating rides … and I’m not talking about the kind of rides you’ll experience in one of our theme parks. I’m talking about wild rides, ones suited to the rugged terrain and wilderness of America’s Last Frontier!

For more on sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.

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Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Sicily, Italy

posted on February 26th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


With so many new destinations for Disney Cruise Line in Europe this summer, the past several months have been very busy for me as I’ve worked with my team and tour operators in each port to design shore excursions like only Disney can do. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the new Port Adventures with you, starting today with a few in Sicily.

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An autonomous region of Italy, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. Looking at a map, it’s the island that looks like it’s being kicked by the “boot” of Italy. One of the distinctive geographical features of the island is Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.

For the first time ever in 2014, Disney Cruise Line will call on Sicily’s port in Catania, the gateway to exploring the island’s ancient churches, beautiful palazzos, lush gardens, magnificent beaches and of course, Mount Etna. I know Disney cruisers will be thrilled with their Port Adventure options on this unique island!

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Mount Etna Summit – Families who enjoy active adventures will love summiting the top of Mount Etna. The journey begins with a drive through the beautiful countryside and villages built along the slopes, followed by a cable car ride further up the volcano. From there you’ll be driven by alpine guides in special motor vehicles equipped to navigate the “lunar“ landscape of black dunes to the highest point available for visitation, which is just under the summit. At approximately 8,859 feet above sea level, you’ll have the chance to walk around, observing possible steam/gases and learning about the volcanic system apparatus and lava flows.

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Cooking Lesson at a Sicilian Home – There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the culture than to go into the home of a local! There you’ll get a hands-on cooking demonstration on how to prepare delicious Sicilian dishes before indulging in your creations. This adventure, which takes place in one of the picturesque villages on the slopes of Mount Etna, is a must-do for adults and older teens who love cooking (and eating!) We also have another adventure called “Sicilian Cooking for Families” for those of you with younger children.

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Sicilian Puppets for Families – Many of our excursions in Sicily are family-friendly, but I am most excited about this one designed especially for those traveling with kids. After a visit to a Puppet Lab to see how the famous Sicilian puppets are built, your family will learn the history of this folkloric art and enjoy a portion of a show at the Puppet Museum. Adding to the cultural experience, you’ll hear the beautifully articulated, theater-style presentation in Italian while your English-speaking guide gives a synopsis of the intricate moves of the onstage scene.

I hope you enjoyed this sampling of the many unique experiences your family can have together in Sicily. As I always say, when the ship’s in port, be sure to venture ashore!

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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Disney Ships Receive Top Recognition from Cruisers

posted on February 26th, 2014 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


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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A Mom’s Take: Tips for Stress-free Adventures in Europe with Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 24th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


What’s the best way to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for a trip? Talk to someone who has been of course! Most likely they can share insights and bring up considerations you may have never even thought about.

Those of you planning on joining us in the Mediterranean this summer got great advice last week from Disney Parks Moms Panelist Marcy about how to make the most of your time in European ports. And today, her next “Mom’s Take” video gives even more helpful preparation tips and addresses one of the most common topics – what to pack!

If you know someone else sailing the Mediterranean with us this summer, you’ll definitely want to share this video with them. Take a look, and then pass it along!

For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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