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Disney Dream Launches First-ever Disney Infinity Gameplay at Sea

posted on November 5th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

For the first time ever, cruisers are enjoying Disney Infinity gameplay on the high seas. The new Disney Infinity game room opened in Disney’s Oceaneer Club aboard the Disney Dream last week, bringing characters and stories to life in a whole new way for children.


The signature experience in this play area is a life-sized Disney Infinity base that transports players into the Toy Box. Standing on the base, you become a virtual Disney character controlling actions on the giant video screen.


Gaming stations around the room offer children more opportunities for individual and group adventures in the Toy Box. One of the coolest parts about playing Disney Infinity on the Disney Dream is the virtual toys and environments exclusive to Disney Cruise Line. Here’s a look at some of the special toys and environments Disney Infinity created just for Disney cruisers …

After the cruise, you can use your child’s Oceaneer band to download this content for play on Disney Infinity at home. Gaming as Mickey in his race-car-style cruise ship is sure to be a great memento of your fun on the Disney Dream! And while onboard, don’t forget to take your child’s photo in front of the sculptures of Mickey and his pals on display in the Oceaneer Club.


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Top Five New Spaces on the Disney Dream

posted on November 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Just last week we debuted brand-new spaces on the Disney Dream, including the first-ever play area on a Disney ship themed to Star Wars. I was lucky enough to be on the cruise and see the many smiling faces as guests enjoyed all of the new experiences. Guests who have sailed on the Disney Dream before will notice transformed details all around ship; here are five spaces that stand out to me:


Star Wars: Millennium Falcon – May the Force be with you in this super cool spacecraft! The fun here is an out-of-this-galaxy experience for young Jedi hopefuls.


Disney Infinity – Exciting virtual experiences and immersive group activities make this high-tech gaming room unlike any other. There’s even a chance to become one of your favorite Disney characters on the big screen.


Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats – New flavors of handmade gelato and ice cream are offered every day at this sweet shop. Plus, the sundae served in a trophy cup, made with eight heaping scoops of ice cream, is perfect for the family to share.


Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Calling all princesses! Your magical makeover awaits in this very special salon, which also transforms cruisers of all ages into swashbuckling pirates on Pirate Night.


Satellite Falls – Exclusive to adults. Peace and quiet. Need I say more? This new water feature is the perfect hangout for those wanting a little rest and relaxation away from the kids.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sharing more details about the fun taking place in these new spaces. Stay tuned!

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Countdown to Showtime with ‘Tangled: The Musical': By the Numbers

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

The premiere of “Tangled: The Musical” is drawing near, and I am so excited to finally see the show after years and years of asking and asking and asking … (Do you quote the movie as much as I do?)

If you’re anything like me, it may feel like you’ve been waiting 18 years for Rapunzel to return in the first-ever stage adaptation of her adventure story, so I thought I’d share some “by the numbers” trivia to hold you over until the show debuts.

So grab your frying pan, put on your best smolder and impress your friends with some fun facts about this spectacular stage production … And keep your eyes on the Disney Parks Blog for a first look at the show on November 11.


During the “I See the Light” lake scene, audiences will be fully immersed in the moment as magical projections animate countless floating lanterns and 17 physical lanterns float above the aisles for added effect.

Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma Young developed 125 costumes using more than 200 different types of fabrics, including one custom fabric created just for this show. The dazzling costumes are made complete with 85 pairs of shoes and 60 wigs.

Audiences will be swept up in the adventure through 15 scenes and seven locations. These include the 15-foot-tall tower, which features more than 20 glowing flowers hidden in a mural design, and the Snuggly Duckling pub, where nine lovable thugs await. More than 40 scenic elements bring these fairytale locales to life.

It takes 47 talented performers and technicians to put on this elaborate production.

And it wouldn’t be Rapunzel’s story without plenty of long, blond hair—nearly 200 feet of it!

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Disney Cruise Line Receives Top Honor in 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


We’re excited to share that Disney Cruise Line was once again voted the No. 1 “Large Ship Line” in this year’s Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards! It’s always a tremendous honor for our cast and crew whenever we receive awards like these that come directly from travelers. And this year, we’re humbled to know that more than 128,000 readers casted their votes in the annual survey.

Disney Cruise Line Receives Top Honor in 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards Disney Cruise Line Receives Top Honor in 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards

This marks the 13th consecutive year that Disney Cruise Line has been recognized in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.

Thank you to Condé Nast Traveler readers – our guests and fans – for the honor!

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Explore the Disneyland Dream Suite

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine

Part of the magic of a Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise (a charter voyage that enhances the already extraordinary Disney Cruise Line experience with custom décor, in-room gifts, and a diverse lineup of special shows and experiences created just for members and their guests) is its unique ability to take some of Disney’s biggest fans to places beyond those on the ship’s itinerary. Whether we’re “traveling” behind the scenes with filmmakers or into the minds of artists, back in time with historians or into the future with Imagineers, some of these voyages’ most memorable moments don’t involve a port of call.

While these unique experiences typically play out on the ship’s numerous stages, the revelations periodically extend to stateroom televisions, where exclusive content allows families to further explore a topic or place featured in an onstage presentation.

Our August 2015 voyage, for example, featured a rare look inside Walt Disney’s private apartment above the Disneyland firehouse as part of a special celebration of Walt in the ship’s Buena Vista Theatre. Upon returning to their staterooms, Members and their Guests explored another planned Walt Disney residence through an on-camera tour of the Disneyland Dream Suite, a stunning New Orleans Square hideaway once envisioned as a more spacious apartment for Walt and his family.

The 9-minute video features the perspectives of renowned Imagineer Kim Irvine, explores the suite’s uniquely themed rooms and demonstrates the charming effects that come to life in surprising fashion.

To help more Disney fans enjoy this imaginative space during the ongoing Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Disney Vacation Club is pleased to now share that video with all of you here on the Disney Parks Blog.

We leave you to enjoy the tour while we continue planning our next Member Cruise, sailing September 28 – October 2, 2016, out of a new port for the event – New York City! The Big Apple is inspiring some big ideas for this voyage, which our Members will begin booking on November 15.

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Exploring Tortola with Disney Cruise Line

posted on October 27th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Manager, Port Adventures Research & Development

Starting in late December, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands will be a new destination for cruisers on select Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic seven-night Eastern Caribbean voyages from Port Canaveral.


Whether your family is looking to swim with dolphins, explore centuries-old ruins, revel in the natural beauty of Sage Mountain National Park, or simply relax, Tortola is filled with fun for everyone. Port Adventures offer a variety of ways for you to enjoy tranquil beaches, stunning scenery and authentic Caribbean fare. Here are a few of my top picks for family-friendly excursions in Tortola …


Rib Boat Adventure – A high-speed cruise takes you across the Sir Francis Drake Channel for an up-close view of the island’s picturesque beaches, cliffs, caves, wildlife, historical shipwrecks and magnificent villas. Along the way, your captain will give great local insights, share rich British Virgin Islands pirate stories and slow down the boat for superb photo opportunities. This adventure includes one hour of free time on a beautiful sandy beach, making it the perfect mix of exhilaration and relaxation!


North Shore and Pussers Island Tour – A great overview of Tortola’s island paradise, this Port Adventure includes countless scenic vistas, stunning photo stops and a chance to relax waterside or shop for souvenirs. You’ll travel across mountain tops, through tiny hamlets and quaint coastal fishing villages, and along the island’s north shore. Highlights include stops at Mountain View – the entrance to Sage Mountain National Park – and Pusser’s Landing – an iconic shopping and dining destination. You won’t want to miss your chance to taste the famous Pusser’s Rum!


Tour to Virgin Gorda – One of the area’s must-see sights, The Baths, is a magnificent beach area with sea caves on the island of Virgin Gorda. Here you’ll discover awe-inspiring boulders, secluded beaches, hidden caves, and spectacular grottoes formed by volcanic activity and flooded with seawater. Your adventure begins with a scenic cruise to Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, followed by a journey through twisting roads and up to the stunning overlook of Savannah Bay. Once you arrive to The Baths National Park, your next few hours can be spent swimming in pristine turquoise waters or basking in the sun on the sandy beach of Devil’s Bay.

We’re developing additional Port Adventures for this gorgeous destination, so stay tuned for more suggestions. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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7 Things to Look for When You See ‘Tangled: The Musical’

posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Over the past several months, we’ve give you an all-access pass to the making of “Tangled: The Musical,” with behind-the-scenes looks into the creation of music, costumes, sets, choreography and puppetry. There is so much to look forward to when the show debuts aboard the Disney Magic, so we’ve rounded up our top seven details to look (and listen!) for when you see it for the first time:


  1. Bavarian inspiration: Everything from set designs to costumes to choreography was inspired in some way by the sights, sounds and heritage of early German culture.
  2. Flowers: Rapunzel’s story begins with a magical flower, but many more have been “planted” in the show’s design. Look for more than 200 physical flowers—plus dozens of others that have been drawn, painted, carved and sewn—in scenic elements, costumes and even Rapunzel’s hair!
  3. Immersive moments: The creative team designed the show to totally immerse you in the story as characters interact with the audience; scenes spill over the stage and lanterns float overhead.


  1. The guitar: Legendary composer Alan Menken’s score was inspired by folk rock music, so listen closely to hear undertones of the guitar thread throughout the show. You may even see a character strumming away!
  2. Glowing scenic elements: A magical flower, Rapunzel’s hair, floating lanterns, burning candles and glowing murals … There are definitely a lot of bright spots to see in this show!


  1. Organic choreography: Choreographer Connor Gallagher developed each dance number to feel natural and folksy, focusing on loose movements, lower centers of gravity and personal touches by each character.
  2. Nods to the movie: Of course, this is still the story of Rapunzel’s grand adventure, so you’ll see and hear many of your favorite characters, scenes, songs and quotes.
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First Look at Disney Infinity Fun Coming to the Disney Dream

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

Soon your kids will be able to immerse themselves in Disney Infinity gameplay aboard the Disney Dream. The new Toy Box-themed space in Disney’s Oceaneer Club premieres next week and brings this awesome virtual experience to life in a whole new way.

Our entertainment team is developing some cool activities that involve real-life gameplay to complement the fun children have in the Disney Infinity world. One I’m most excited to see in action lets kids transform into some of their favorite Disney characters like Olaf, Donald Duck and Maleficent. While standing on a life-sized Disney Infinity base, they’ll control the actions of the character that appears on a giant video screen display and compete in special challenges in the Toy Box.

Another experience gives children the chance to test their archery skills with some help from Merida and other great archers. Kids can also join youth counselors in group activities like building a racetrack around the room and learning how to draw Disney Infinity characters.

As part of the new high-tech gaming experience on the Disney Dream, Disney Infinity created virtual toys and environments exclusive to Disney Cruise Line. Friends like Mickey in a race-car-style cruise ship and Chip and Dale in sailor attire act as sidekicks to the characters in the Toy Box Mode, where kids can also virtually play in some of their favorite Disney Cruise Line destinations, including our private island, Castaway Cay! After they cruise, you can download this exclusive content, including all custom Toy Boxes your kids created on the Disney Dream, to use with Disney Infinity back at home.

We’re days away from the new spaces on the Disney Dream becoming a reality. What are you most excited to see?

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Six Fun Ways to Surprise Your Kids with a Disney Cruise

posted on October 20th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

The holidays will be here before you know it, so I’m sure the topic of gift-giving is already on many of your minds. One of the best parts about giving a gift is watching the recipient open it joyfully. When you surprise your kids with the gift of a Disney cruise, there are many things you can do to make it a memorable family moment. Whether it’s tomorrow or on Christmas morning, here are six fun ways to announce your upcoming Disney Cruise Line voyage…


What are some of the ways you’ve given the gift of a Disney cruise to your family?

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New Snacks With Character Offer Better For You Snack Options at Disney Parks

posted on October 19th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m delighted to share that guests now have new snack options at Disney Parks called Snacks with Character. This Disney-branded line of better-for-you snacks is great for guests looking for dietary alternatives related to food allergies or lifestyle choices. I recently spoke with Patrice Guy, merchandiser with Disney Theme Park Merchandise, about how these items were created.


“We listened to guests who said they wanted options when it comes to snacks at Disney Parks,” explained Patrice. “The Snacks with Character line was developed in collaboration with Merchandise Product Development, Food and Beverage Health and Wellness, Disney Design Group, and various suppliers in this field. We hope guests will enjoy these new tasty treats that are fun to share.”


To create these treats, Disney Theme Park Merchandise teamed up with well-known specialty suppliers such as Ocean Spray, Enjoy Life Foods, Way Better Snacks and WOW Baking Company. Several of the dietary needs addressed in the new assortment products include gluten-free, nut-free, and other allergy-friendly products.


The Snacks with Character line will launch with 11 new items. Look for the snack option from Ocean Spray later this year at Disney Parks.

Guests should look for these select items in merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, on Disney Cruise Line ships, and at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

Select food and beverage locations at Walt Disney World Resort will also carry Snacks with Characters.

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