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First Impressions of ‘Tangled: The Musical’ Aboard the Disney Magic

posted on January 14th, 2016 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Just a few weeks ago, “Tangled: The Musical” joined the incredible line-up of original, Broadway-style stage entertainment aboard the Disney Magic, and audiences are raving about this spectacular new production.

With enchanting music, adventure, romance, humor and that special Disney touch, this show really does have something to delight everyone in the family. But don’t take it from me … Watch the video below to hear what some of our guests had to say after seeing the show for the first time.

Have you seen “Tangled: The Musical” aboard the Disney Magic? Did you watch our exclusive live stream featuring one of the new songs? Tell us your first impressions in the comments section below.

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Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream: Recipe for Rejuvenation

posted on January 12th, 2016 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line

In my latest recipe series, I’m sharing how to make delicious beverages served at the new Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream. With an ocean view in an area reserved for adults, enjoying a juice or smoothie here is the perfect way to refuel and replenish after a visit to the spa or fitness center.


Last week I gave you a recipe that’s perfect for athletes after a workout in the fitness center, and today I’m turning my focus to spa-goers. Following a rejuvenating massage or facial, this antioxidant-rich drink will be calling your name.



  • 1 Banana
  • 10 Blueberries
  • 8 Strawberries
  • 3 oz Almond milk
  • 2 tbsp Sunflower seeds
  • Sprinkle of Turmeric powder


  1. Blend with or without ice based on desired consistency.

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New Year – New Disney Parks Moms Panel

posted on January 11th, 2016 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks

The beginning of 2016 not only brings new hopes and dreams for many of us, it also brings new members to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

We’re excited to introduce the 10 new moms and dads who join the Moms Panel this month to help you plan the details of your Disney vacation.

Please welcome: Brandy, Erin, Jackie, Jen, Kiki, Korliss, Nancy, Priscila, Ricardo and Sally.


These 10 new panelists were selected from a near record number of thousands of applicants last fall, by sharing their extensive Disney Parks knowledge through storytelling, videos and interviews.

The new panelists have very different and diverse backgrounds, families and careers. Among the 2016 class are a doctor, lawyer, nurse, teacher, realtor, professor, event planner, IT tech, and digital marketing consultant.

Their multiple years of vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Disney Cruise Line gives them the experiences necessary to answer the very detailed and specific questions about planning a Disney vacation on the Moms Panel site.

Three of our new panelists also speak Spanish and will be able to assist our Spanish-language guests with questions, too. The Disney Parks Moms Panel is available in 4 languages: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

These 10 new panelists join more than 2-dozen returning panelists for 2016. They’re all eager to assist you to plan your next magical and unforgettable Disney Parks vacation. Go check them out and ask them a question – they’re here to help you!

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Watch ‘Disney: Beyond the Parks’ Tonight on Destination America

posted on January 6th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Many Disney Parks Blog readers know that the magic of Disney extends beyond our theme parks to places like Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai’i; aboard magnificent Disney Cruise Line ships; and at locations around the world with Adventures by Disney.

Tonight on Destination America, viewers can check out “Disney: Beyond the Parks,” a special that explores the fun Disney guests can have in places like Alaska, Wyoming, San Francisco and Hawai’i.

Check your local listings for times and channels – but in the meantime, check out a sneak peek above!

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Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream: Recipe for Replenishment

posted on January 5th, 2016 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line

One of the newest additions to the Disney Dream, Senses Juice Bar, is serving up juices and smoothies made-to-order from fresh fruits, vegetables and other nutritious ingredients. Its ocean-view sitting area is an exclusive retreat for adults, located steps from the spa and fitness center.


The menu is fully customizable, but I highly recommend you try out our unique, nutrient-rich combinations. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing recipes from the menu, starting today with one that is perfect for athletes to replenish after a vigorous workout.

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  • 6 Spinach leaves
  • ¼ Carrot
  • ½ Avocado
  • ¼ Fresh ginger
  • 6 Basil leaves
  • 2 tbs Manuka honey
  • 5 oz Water


  1. Blend with or without ice based on desired consistency.
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Disney Doodle: ‘it’s a small world’ Children Aboard Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 4th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

In our first Disney Doodle of 2016, the children of the world from one of our classic theme park attractions – “it’s a small world” – decided to take their own cruise around the world…aboard one of our beautiful Disney Cruise Line ships.


Is a journey aboard Disney Cruise Line on your wish list for 2016?

Thanks to artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett for the image.

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Disney Dream Wins Second Annual Gingerbread House Competition

posted on December 30th, 2015 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line

For many families, creating gingerbread houses is a favorite tradition during the holiday season. The Disney Cruise Line family is no different — but being Disney, a standard-size gingerbread house simply won’t do.


Each year, the pastry and bakery team on each of our ships meticulously build life-size gingerbread houses that are beautifully displayed in the atrium lobby. Added to the fun of gumdrops and icing is a spoonful of competition, as each ship strives to win the coveted award for “Best Gingerbread House.” This year, during the second annual competition, the Disney Dream won the award based on its creativity, theming and finishing touches.


Congratulations to the Disney Dream team, and great job to all of our crew who helped design winter wonderland gingerbread houses. To see the winners of last year’s inaugural competition, check out my past post.

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Disney by Land and Sea: Top Ways for Adults to Relax and Have Fun

posted on December 29th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Adding a Disney cruise to the end of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is the perfect way to extend your family’s fun-filled adventures. We know the kids won’t run out of energy, but after all the fun you have in the parks, it’s likely the grownups will appreciate the many opportunities to recharge at sea.

Here are the top ways you can unwind and keep the fun alive during your cruise …


Check out my past posts about a land-and-sea vacation with Disney:

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Top 10 Entertainment Experiences at Disney Parks in 2015

posted on December 29th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

It’s been another unforgettable year at Disney Parks, and our Creative Entertainment team has had a blast producing amazing new entertainment experiences for you to enjoy. In fact, the team has been so busy, this year’s Top 5 had to be expanded to a Top 10!

  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original Disneyland park was far and away the biggest event of the year, bringing with it the debut of three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “World of Color – Celebrate!” and the award-winning “Paint the Night” parade.
  1. Tangled: The Musical – This terrific stage adaptation of the tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, a Disney Cruise Line exclusive complete with three new songs from Composer Alan Menken, premiered on the Disney Magic in November.


  1. Inside Out – Riley’s Emotions from the Disney•Pixar hit “Inside Out” made their Disney Parks debut last summer at Disney California Adventure park, arriving on a pre-parade float designed to look like Headquarters from the film. Later in the year, Joy and Sadness made their way to Hong Kong Disneyland, where they appeared in a limited-time character greeting experience.


  1. More “Frozen” FunAnna, Elsa and Olaf were as popular as ever in 2015, traveling the world to bring a bit of Arendelle to Disney’s kingdoms on three continents. Unique “Frozen” entertainment experiences included sing-along celebrations, playgrounds with real snow, processionals through the parks and deck parties on Disney Cruise Line.

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade ‘Dreamlights’

  1. Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade “Dreamlights – This popular nighttime parade at Tokyo Disney Resort received an upgrade last summer, with an all-new “Tangled” float and seven other floats that were enhanced with dazzling new technological features.
  1. King Triton’s Concert – In the spring, Mermaid Lagoon Theater at Tokyo DisneySea saw the debut of this award-winning musical show that combines dynamic performances with puppetry, projections, Audio-Animatronics and special effects.


  1. Halloween – The Halloween season was bigger than ever at Disney Parks in 2015, with new shows opening around the world. The headliner was “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” at Magic Kingdom Park, starring the inimitable Sanderson Sisters. Other shows included “It’s Good to be Bad” with the Disney Villains at Disneyland Paris, “The Villains’ World” on Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea and several “Lost in Ghost Town” experiences as part of Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland.

  1. Hong Kong Disneyland 10th Anniversary – Hong Kong Disneyland also marked their 10th anniversary this year, kicking off a year-long “Happily Ever After” celebration with the newly enhanced “Disney in the Stars” fireworks spectacular and the delightful new stage show, “Mickey and the Wondrous Book.”


  1. Sunset Showcase – An all-new entertainment venue opened this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, designed to host a variety of different experiences over time. The premier engagement at Sunset Showcase is Club Disney, a super fun hangout filled with music, dancing, Disney characters and more. A special evening event, Club Villain, comes to the Sunset Showcase starting January 16, and more plans are in the works for the future.


  1. Star Wars – The Force has awakened at Disney Parks with the openings of Star Wars Launch Bay and “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are now also thrilling to nightly performances of “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular,” an epic fireworks show featuring some of the most iconic music and audio clips from the entire “Star Wars” saga.

There’s been quite a lot happening in the world of Creative Entertainment this year, and 2016 promises to be greater still with additions like “Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an incredible new stage production of “Frozen” at Disney California Adventure park, the opening of Shanghai Disneyland and so much more.

Keep reading Disney Parks Blog all year long, and we’ll keep you up to speed on all the excitement to come. Happy new year!

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Disney Cruise Line Donates Used Cooking Oil to Help Power Fleet of Vehicles in Bahamas

posted on December 28th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs

Think that cooking oil is only good for making your favorite recipe? Think again! Cooking oil is actually a key ingredient for biodiesel fuel – a nontoxic biodegradable fuel that drastically reduces engine emissions in comparison to traditional petroleum diesel.

Disney Cruise Line Donates Used Cooking Oil

As part of our commitment to minimize waste whenever possible, Disney Cruise Line has donated more than 60,000 gallons of used cooking oil to Bahamas Waste Management since 2011 to help power their fleet of vehicles in Nassau.

Take a look at this video to learn more about this process.

Bahamas Waste collects the used cooking oil directly from Disney Cruise Line ships in Nassau and converts it into biodiesel fuel. Today, approximately 25 Bahamas Waste vehicles are fueled by biodiesel and the organization has future plans to expand to its entire fleet.

On a weekly basis, more than 1,000 gallons of used cooking oil are offloaded Disney Cruise Line ships and recycled in ports of call around the world.

Disney Cruise Line Donates Used Cooking Oil

The recycled oil program is just one of many environmental initiatives at Disney Cruise Line focused on utilizing new technologies, increasing fuel efficiency, minimizing waste and promoting conservation worldwide. We strive to instill positive environmental stewardship in our cast and crew members and seek to inspire others through programs that engage guests and the communities in our ports of call.

You can learn more about our environmental efforts here:

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