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Adventures in Geiranger, Norway and More Helpful Norwegian Phrases for Your Disney Cruise

posted on February 12th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


It’s time to learn more helpful Norwegian phrases for your Disney cruise! I hope you enjoyed the first video I shared last week. Today I want you to meet Maja, a young woman in Geiranger, Norway, where goats may actually sleep on top of houses! Watch her video and then read on to find out more about the Port Adventure you can join to visit this picturesque mountain farm.

If you would like to taste some brown cheese, this Port Adventure is for you! Our journey to the charming Herdalsetra Mountain Farm is a unique cultural experience for the entire family where you’ll celebrate agricultural traditions dating back to the Viking age. Not only will you learn about the process of making rich cheese from goat’s milk, you’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the delicious food produced on the farm, including Norway’s famous brown cheese, similar to sweet fudge. Take a look at these photos for a glimpse at some of the fun your family will have at this quaint farm set amid the breathtaking Norwegian mountains!

Be sure to check back next week for another Norway video and Port Adventure feature!

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Disney Cruise Line Introduces Star Wars Day at Sea on Select Disney Fantasy Sailings

posted on February 11th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Whether you’re a Jedi-in-training or the Jedi Master of the family, you’re in for an out-of-galaxy experience when you sail on the Disney Fantasy in early 2016! Today we announced a brand-new, day-long celebration aboard eight special sailings on the Disney Fantasy: Star Wars Day at Sea.

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Occurring one day during each of eight Disney Fantasy sailings, Star Wars Day at Sea will transport guests to a galaxy far, far away — in the Western Caribbean. The event features a full day of Star Wars celebrations, including a deck party, meet-and-greets with favorite characters, Star Wars-themed youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise. Also featured will be exclusive at-sea screenings of the Star Wars films and the new Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels.

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Star Wars Day at Sea will be on Disney Fantasy cruises sailing on January 9, 23; February 6, 20; March 5, 19; April 2 and 16, 2016. Departing from Port Canaveral, the seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and our private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

This event marks the first official appearance of the heroes and villains of Star Wars aboard our ships. Next week, I’ll share even more details about the intergalactic fun we have planned for Star Wars Younglings, Padawans and Jedi Masters alike!

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New Video Series: Helpful Norwegian Phrases for Your Disney Cruise

posted on February 6th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


We’re just a few months away from our first-ever cruises in Norway! Our team has been busy developing some pretty awesome shore excursions so that you can have the adventure of a lifetime on your trip to the land of “Frozen.” I’ll be telling you all about our Port Adventures in Norway, starting today, but first I want to share with you a video from a really fun series we created, “Helpful Norwegian Phrases for Your Disney Cruise.”

While we were exploring all there is to see and do in the ports we’re visiting in Norway, we spoke with some of the locals about what phrases will be helpful for Disney cruisers to learn. In this first video, we caught up with Arne during our Viking Village Experience from the port of Alesund, Norway. Check out his video, and then keep reading for details about this Port Adventure.

This video was filmed on the island of Giske, an area known for its rich Viking history. One of our Port Adventures, designed exclusively for our guests, includes a quest there to a Viking village where you’ll meet the chieftan and his family. On this unique and interactive adventure, you’ll head back in time to experience the Viking world and be a part of their daily life, mingling with members of the Norse families and experiencing first-hand the traditions, authentic food and games that come with being a Viking. Check out this photo gallery of some of the fun your entire family will have while being immersed in this intriguing culture!

Next week, stay tuned for another Norway video and Port Adventure sneak peek. Farvell!

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A Mouthwatering Glimpse at Remy’s Dessert Experience on the Disney Fantasy

posted on February 5th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Bonjour! I’m back to tell you more about our newest premium culinary offerings at Remy, our French-inspired fine dining restaurant. Dessert lovers, this one is for you!

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Now offered on the Disney Fantasy, Pompidou’s Patisseries Dessert Experience is your chance to indulge in decadent desserts handcrafted by Remy’s award-wining chefs. It is offered in the afternoon once each cruise during a day at sea, providing a unique alternative for our adult guests.

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One of the exclusive aspects of this event is that it is hosted by Remy’s Executive Chef and Executive Pastry Chef. Throughout the six-course tasting, these culinary masters provide insight into the history of desserts, including the artistry of crafting sweet masterpieces. Like our dinner menu, the desserts vary by season. One of our featured items on the menu now is an orange crème pâtissière inside an orange-flavored tuile wafer. Another is our raspberry sorbet paired with vanilla ice cream, French vanilla meringues and fresh raspberries, topped with a raspberry sauce.

A Mouthwatering Glimpse at Remy’s Dessert Experience on the Disney Fantasy A Mouthwatering Glimpse at Remy’s Dessert Experience on the Disney Fantasy

In addition to tasting these delicious desserts, it is the opportunity for the intimate and in-depth culinary dialogue with the chefs at Remy that makes Pompidou’s Patisseries Dessert Experience a must-do for every Disney cruise. Now tell me, of the new Remy offerings I’ve told you about recently – this dessert experience, the Petites Assiettes progressive tasting event, the truffle menu and the caviar selections – which are you most excited to try?

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Newest Disney Cookbook Features Best Recipes from Disney Parks & Resorts, Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 3rd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Oh, how Disney kitchens have changed since Disneyland park opened in 1955. Today, we feed guests from around the globe, and our award-winning chefs and sommeliers wow diners with seasonal produce, often sourced locally, and with finds from around the world. More than ever, food is an important part of any vacation experience.

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What a delight it was to work with the Disney chefs to create Kitchen Magic With Mickey, featuring 100 oft-requested recipes (many shared on the Disney Parks Blog). I sipped an elegant Colette Champagne Cocktail at Remy on the Disney Cruise Line, and tried smoked buffalo at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. But equally delicious (and a little more messy) was the Boo-Ya Chili at ESPN Club and cheesy enchilada soup at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café at Disney’s California Adventure park. From high end to family favorites, this cookbook includes a little bit of everything.

The book is divided into traditional chapters, with each recipe tested in a home kitchen. You’ll find classics such as banana bread French toast, scones, and Southern shrimp and grits, and new taste sensations like haupia from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, and spiced tandoori tofu from Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

We hope you’ll re-create a vacation memory in your own kitchen. Kitchen Magic With Mickey is available now at Disney Parks, but here’s a recipe to get you started:

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Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
Haupia with Mango Compote

Serves 4

If you love coconut, this is the perfect dessert. Chefs at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on beautiful Ko Olina in Hawaii offer guests true tastes of the islands, and haupia, a traditional sweet often served at Hawaiian luaus, is a favorite sweet ending for guests at the Disney Vacation Club resort.

Haupia

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons shredded coconut, toasted

Mango Compote

  • 1 mango, peeled, cut away from pit, and diced small
  • 1 small lime, washed
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom honey, heated until thin

For haupia:

  1. Combine 1/2 cup coconut milk and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Combine remaining coconut milk, water, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Drizzle cornstarch mixture slowly into saucepan, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking vigorously (do not let boil), until mixture is very thick and no longer tastes floury, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Pour into 4 (1/2-cup-capacity) ramekins; cover with plastic wrap, pressing plastic wrap directly onto surface of coconut milk mixture.
  4. Refrigerate 2 hours. Garnish with toasted coconut.

For mango compote:

  1. Place mango in a medium bowl. Zest lime into bowl; stir to combine.
  2. Stir in honey. Serve with haupia.

Cook’s note: Mangoes have a hard, oblong pit that runs through the narrow center. To easily cube the fruit, cut each round “cheek” away from pit, score with a paring knife, and cut fruit away from peel.

This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens.
The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version.

All recipes are the property of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc.,
and may not be reproduced without express permission.

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Ways to Stay Fit on a Disney Cruise

posted on February 2nd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It’s hard to believe we’re already one month into the New Year! Just after the start of the year, I shared with you some of the ways a Disney cruise vacation is a solution to your New Year’s resolutions. Whether your goals are for more family time, to get fit, to try something new or simply to have more fun, we’ve got you covered with activities that help you do just that.

Over the past month, we’ve posted infographics on Pinterest with more ideas for you. Today I want to share the one that’s at the top of my list because I think it will inspire you, just as much as it did me, to stay active on your next Disney cruise vacation.

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To check out the other infographics in this series, head on over to our Pinterest page:

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The Ultimate Disney Cruise Line Packing Checklist

posted on January 30th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


First-time Disney cruisers often ask what to pack when planning their vacation with us. Packing for a Disney cruise isn’t the same as packing for any other vacation since there’s so much fun you may not even expect, like our swashbuckling Pirate Night! We put together this ultimate packing checklist for first-time Disney cruisers, and my guess is that even some of you who have already sailed with us will find it helpful! Let me know in the comments what other items are on your ultimate Disney cruise packing list.

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Disney Days of Past: A Snowball Fight with Donald Duck

posted on January 29th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


All that snowfall from Winter Storm Juno this week makes me want to have a snowball fight. If I were picking teams, I’d want Donald on my side. Here’s Donald perfecting his throw in Juneau, Alaska from 2009. See what I did there?

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Don’t be fooled, I don’t miss a snowball fight enough to move back up to the North.

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Land of ‘Frozen’ Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Summer

posted on January 22nd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Anna and Elsa’s royal tour of our ships is soon to be filled with even more excitement! Not only is Olaf joining them on all four ships, we’re adding brand-new experiences for the whole family, starting this summer.

Land of “Frozen” Coming to Disney Cruise Line in Summer 2015

Highlights include a spectacular deck party, a new production number in “Disney Dreams,” new character meet and greets, storybook adventures ashore and another way to cool down on Castaway Cay. I’ll share some details on these exciting offerings today, and over the next several weeks, tell you more about what you can expect in summer.

A Day of Frozen Fun, Including New Deck Party

Debuting this summer, on select Disney Magic and Disney Wonder sailings to Europe and Alaska, Disney Cruise Line guests are transported to the land of “Frozen” when the ship is transformed into a winter wonderland and a day of frozen fun culminates with an extravagant celebration with friends from the Kingdom of Arendelle. The deck party, “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends,” is a family-friendly interactive celebration featuring the famous royal sisters and their fun-loving Nordic companions.

New Production Number in “Disney Dreams”

Our friends from “Frozen” are making their stage show debut at sea in the Walt Disney Theatre aboard the Disney Magic. In our original production, “Disney Dreams … An Enchanted Classic,” Anna, Elsa and Olaf join the line up of beloved Disney characters who together teach a young girl the power of her dreams. Brand-new scenes featuring “Frozen” characters include renditions of three popular songs: “Let it Go,” “For the First Time in Forever” and “In Summer.”

Land of “Frozen” Coming to Disney Cruise Line in Summer 2015

Magical Meet and Greets

In addition to warm hugs, Olaf will be giving autographs and taking photographs with children and families while he is cruising with us. He is joining Anna and Elsa on the Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, Disney Wonder and Disney Magic for some fun in the sun!

Adventures Ashore in Norway

This summer in Norway, the land that inspired Arendelle from “Frozen,” Disney Magic cruisers will have the opportunity to join exciting new Port Adventures that bring this fairytale setting to life. One signature adventure ashore in Ålesund, Norway, created exclusively for Disney Cruise Line, will immerse guests in the splendor and charm of Norway, with the help of Anna and Elsa, in an enchanting storybook village.

Olaf-Inspired Summertime Freeze Bar on Castaway Cay

We’re cooling down Castaway Cay with the addition of the Olaf-inspired Summertime Freeze bar! Serving non-alcoholic specialty frozen drinks in souvenir cups, the creative menu features refreshing beverages such as “Olaf’s Flurry Freeze,” “Sven’s Carrot Delight” and “Warm Hugs.” Summertime Freeze will be near the Pelican Point tram stop by Castaway Cay Family Beach.

With this news, I have a feeling some of you are saying, “Hands down, this is the best day of my life!” Am I right?

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A Magical Sight Before the Sun Rose at the Inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge

posted on January 21st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Last week’s inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge was the first of its kind for many reasons, and today I want to share photos of one of my favorites … seeing the ship lit up under the stars at Castaway Cay!

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The day of the race, the ship docked early at Castaway Cay and Disney cruisers competing in the challenge had the unique opportunity to go onto the island in the early hours of the morning before the sun came up. The reflection of the ship on the water is a sight runners I spoke with said they will never forget.

You may remember from a previous post of mine that I had the unique opportunity to spend the night on Castaway Cay, and the photos we took then are just a glimpse at the magnificent sky you see from an island in paradise. It was exciting to see the reaction of other cruisers as they experienced the island’s night sky for the first time.

Congrats again to all of the Castaway Cay Challenge runners! If you competed the challenge, be sure to share your photos with us using #CastawayChallenge.

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