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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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Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS Lend a Hand to Build a Boardwalk at the Pine Island Conservation Area

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs

It’s no secret that our cast and crew members are amazing. Not only do they work to create magical moments for our guests each and every day at sea, but they donate thousands of hours of their personal time each year to benefit worthwhile causes in port communities around the world.

This past Saturday is a perfect example. Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS from the Disney Fantasy – in port for less than a day – gave back to their home port community of Brevard County. On their day off, they picked up hammers and nails to help build an ADA accessible boardwalk that leads to a brand new park pavilion.

The Pine Island Conservation Area boasts nearly 900-acres and is a great place for guests to observe and connect with nature. The new pavilion will provide shade and mosquito protection for park guests year round, even in Florida’s hottest months. Because of the hard work of our VoluntEARS, all guests will now have access to the pavilion and park experiences, ensuring that the conservation area can serve as a place for education for everyone.

Here’s a look at the team in action.

In collaboration with Disney, ESPN and ABC, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) supported this project through the NRPA’s Parks Build Community program, which provided 16 communities with resources to improve local parks, connect kids with nature, help kids and families live healthier, and increase kids’ access to sports. The Pine Island Conservation Area received a $20,000 grant for improvements.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Tangled: The Musical’

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Last week, we tested your “Tangled: The Musical” knowledge, and it looks like you’re just as excited as we are about the first-ever stage adaptation of “Tangled!” Before it debuts aboard the Disney Magic during her November 11 Bahamian cruise, we have a few more secrets to share with you about the musical’s production …

1. Legendary composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater have always wanted to write more songs for “Tangled.” Alan and Glenn wished they had written more music for the animated film, so they were thrilled with the opportunity to come back to “Tangled” and write a new opening number, a song for Flynn Rider and lyrics for the festival scene.

2. The mural in Rapunzel’s tower set piece was designed by Claire Keane, who created the original mural design for the “Tangled” film. Claire Keane, daughter of legendary Disney animator Glen Keane, re-imagined her animated mural design into a life-sized painting for the set of “Tangled: The Musical.”


3. Every set piece for “Tangled: The Musical” was sculpted and painted by hand. Rapunzel would approve, don’t you think?

4. Rapunzel’s royal dress that appears in the show’s final scene is made of custom fabric developed especially for this show. Our Tony Award-winning costume designer, Paloma Young, wanted this piece to make a statement like only a Disney princess dress could.


5. Speaking of costume designer Paloma Young … Her ancestors were real-life Bavarian royalty! Paloma is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Hoegerman of Bavarian nobility. Talk about inspiration!

For more inside looks at the creation of “Tangled: The Musical,” check out our behind-the-scenes series:

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11 Insider Tips for Disney Cruise Line Dining

posted on October 15th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

We had a recent cruise on the delightful Disney Dream and returned with a new appreciation for the talented Disney Cruise Line chefs – and some of our own tips worth a share for making the most of culinary opportunities on board.


  1. Petites Assiettes de Remy. Petites Assiettes means “small plates,” and this little gem is offered during the early evening hours of the first day of each cruise on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Sign up as you board for a taste of the haute cuisine and a peek at the stylish Remy dining room. Six dishes in all, each perfectly paired with wine. $50 per person. What an elegant way to start your vacation!
  2. Brunch at Palo or Remy. This is fine dining with exquisite service for a nominal charge. Take your pick: Remy offers an elegant Champagne brunch on sea days and select port days with a six-course, French-inspired repast. In Palo, a gorgeous spread of small bites, from caviar to croissants, starts the meal, followed by made-to-order dishes (freshly made pasta, anyone?).


  1. Speaking of Palo, order the chocolate soufflé for dinner Enough said.
  2. We forget that you can skip the dining rooms and nosh in Pub 687 on Deck 4 on the Disney Dream. Watch the game and indulge in Wagyu beef sliders, tempura shrimp, bangers and mash for a nominal charge.
  3. Dine and Play. Parents, you can check the kids in for evening youth activities without leaving the dinner table. Families can enjoy dinner together, then counselors show up to whisk the kids away while adults finish dinner, take a post-prandial stroll on the deck or dance the night away. Offered for ages three to 12 during the second seating in all main dining rooms.


  1. Pompidou’s Patisseries Dessert Experience. On both the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream, this is an indulgent, fun way to wile away an afternoon at Remy. The chefs greet you with stories and a tasting of six to-die-for desserts. $50 and includes a wine, Champagne or cocktail. Calories don’t count on vacation.
  2. We are in awe of the seemingly endless food stations at Cabanas on the Disney Dream. Take a few minutes to walk the entire buffet, and you’ll find all sorts of wonderful tastes not to be overlooked. For instance, for breakfast we discovered build-your-own granola and a surprisingly delicious seaweed and tofu soup. Be adventurous!


  1. The best classic gin martini on board, hands down, at Meridian on Deck 12 on the Disney Dream. A fabulous escape with an outdoor terrace.
  2. More fun with spirits: sign up for a tequila, rum, cognac or Champagne tasting – whatever is being offered. Disney Cruise Line has some serious experts who will teach you how to navigate the world of craft cocktails. We promise you’ll learn something you didn’t already know.
  3. If you’re feeling lazy, order room service. It’s free! And the bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich is a good bet.
  4. Walk or run the deck! It’s a pleasant way to burn some calories — three laps equals one mile. You could head to the fitness center, but ocean air is a bonus.
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A Grandparents’ Guide to Cruising with Disney in 2016

posted on October 13th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Grandparents often tell us that the best part of a Disney Cruise Line vacation is seeing their grandchildren’s joy throughout the voyage. I recently shared the top five ways to spoil your grandkids on a Disney cruise – things you can do to make any getaway with us extra special.

Today, I have suggestions for specific cruises to take with grandkids for the ultimate grand-travel vacation. All are jam-packed with memorable experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Grandparents, here’s your guide to cruising with us in 2016…


Dream a little bigger aboard the Disney Dream. New experiences are coming to the Disney Dream in late 2015, including super-cool play areas in the kids club, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity. Your grandkids may not want to leave once they enter these new worlds of fun, but grandparents can join the play during Open House. Another brand-new space both you and your grandchildren will love is Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats, a shop serving handmade gelato and ice cream, novelty sundaes, and more candy than you can imagine. The made-to-share signature sundaes are a fun way to satisfy the sweet tooth of the young and young at heart.

Disney Fantasy at Sea

Experience the Force in the Western Caribbean. On eight special sailings from January through April, the Force will be strong! For the first time ever, we are offering Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy, perfect for a new out-of-this-galaxy experience with your grandchildren. The day-long celebration features a deck party, meet-and-greets with favorite characters, Star Wars-themed youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise. There will also be exclusive at-sea screenings of the Star Wars films and the new Disney XD animated series, “Star Wars Rebels.” Have the time of your life with your grandkids, you will.


Explore the magic of Disney on land and sea. Three of our ships will be sailing from Florida in early 2016, giving you the chance to extend precious time with your grandkids through a combined Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line vacation. Our home ports in Port Canaveral and Miami are driving distance from Orlando where you can experience Disney’s world-class resorts and four incredible theme parks. Pre- and post-cruise add-on options give you flexibility to enjoy Walt Disney World Resort before or after your magical voyage. A trip to Walt Disney World and a Disney cruise? You’re getting the Best Grandparent of the Year award!


Discover the grandeur and culture of Europe and Alaska. In the summer of 2016, we’re returning to exotic locales around the world and, once again, offering Port Adventures designed to entertain and inspire both children and adults. On the Disney Magic, you’ll have the chance to visit destinations in the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, British Isles, Greek Isles and the Mediterranean. Cruises to Alaska on the Disney Wonder offer family-friendly adventures like whale watching, gold mining, dog sledding and more. There’s no better way to share your love of traveling the world with your grandkids than in true Disney fashion, with an extra dash of pixie dust for both grandchildren and grandparents.


Seek thrills and chills during Halloween on the High Seas. Who says Halloween can only be celebrated on October 31? Weeks before the big day, you’ll enjoy Halloween-themed parties, lively entertainment and elaborate décor onboard all four ships. One of the best celebrations for grandparents and grandkids to enjoy together is Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, a costume party with Disney friends, games, dancing and lots of candy. Make sure you get into the fun by bringing a costume of your own! For this one, you’ll receive the Coolest Grandparent of the Year award!


Join Santa and his elves on Very Merrytime Cruises. Starting in November, our ships transform with a 24-foot Christmas tree, a life-sized gingerbread house, garlands, poinsettias, shimmering lights and more. Each voyage has festive events like a spectacular tree lighting ceremony, Santa Claus meet-and-greets and a tropical holiday deck party. Especially for grandparents who can’t be with their grandkids on Christmas morning, our holiday cruises are the perfect way to enjoy together the traditions of this special time of year.

Which of our special cruises in 2016 will your grandkids enjoy most?

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘Tangled: The Musical’?

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Since April, we shared behind-the-scenes looks at the development of “Tangled: The Musical,” the first-ever stage adaptation of the beloved animated film “Tangled.” Before it premieres aboard the Disney Magic next month, we want to test your knowledge about the show. Only the most dedicated fans will have what it takes to ace this one …


How Well Do You Know ‘Tangled: The Musical’?

Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater wrote three brand-new songs for “Tangled: The Musical.” Which of these is NOT a description of one of the new songs?
According to set designer Brad Kaye, which of the following was a fun challenge in bringing the world of “Tangled” to the stage?
When designing a rustic new look for Rapunzel, Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma Young was inspired by _____.
True or False: Michael Curry, the puppet designer for “Tangled: The Musical,” also designed the iconic puppetry for Disney’s “The Lion King” on Broadway.
Choreographer Connor Gallagher was most influenced by the _____ when developing the choreography of “Tangled: The Musical.”

Need help? Check out our behind-the-scenes video series for answers:

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Behind the Scenes: Decorating Disney Ships for Halloween on the High Seas

posted on October 8th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


In true Disney fashion, we go all out to celebrate Halloween on the High Seas. Every ship gets a holiday overlay with special décor, tasty treats, themed parties and loads of spooky activities for the whole family. I love walking onto the ships for the first time each fall to see the festive details from bow to stern.

Behind the Scenes: Decorating Disney Ships for Halloween on the High Seas Behind the Scenes: Decorating Disney Ships for Halloween on the High Seas

Disney’s Holiday Services plays a special role in decorating the ships, from months of planning and prepping to setting it all up onboard in a matter of hours. When the team decorated the Disney Fantasy last month, my pal John was there at Port Canaveral. This video gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to transform a Disney ship into a ghoulish wonderland. Check it out:

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Disney Cruise Line Unveils Ports and Itineraries for Early 2017

posted on October 6th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Today we revealed that in early 2017 we will return to popular destinations in the Caribbean and Bahamas. Most cruises will feature a stop at Castaway Cay, our private island paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.

For the first part of the year, we’ll continue sailing from Port Canaveral and Miami, in addition to cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico and Galveston, Texas. Bookings open to the public on October 8, 2015. Keep reading for more details, and check out the Itineraries and Ports for 2017 page of

Port Canaveral

With three Disney ships in port and cruises spanning three, four and seven nights, you have a full menu of options from Port Canaveral in early 2017. The best part? Every sailing includes a day at Castaway Cay!

The Disney Fantasy will continue to sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages, while the Disney Dream continues on three- and four-night cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay. Beginning January 29, the Disney Wonder will alternate similar three- and four-night itineraries.


To kick off 2017, the Disney Magic continues sailing from Miami with three-, four- and five-night voyages to the Bahamas, plus select five-night Western Caribbean cruises, through March 31.

Again, Castaway Cay awaits guests aboard every one of these Disney Magic sailings! Other Bahamian ports of call include Nassau and Key West, while a stop in Grand Cayman or Cozumel headlines the Western Caribbean itineraries.

San Juan and Galveston

From San Juan, the Disney Magic sets sail on four seven-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean. Departing April 9, 16, 23 and 30, this limited-time engagement includes calls on Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Antigua and St. Kitts.

The Disney Wonder completes a season in Galveston with two seven-night Bahamian voyages to Key West, Castaway Cay and Nassau on January 6 and 13. From there, the ship embarks on a six-night journey to San Juan on January 20 with stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Falmouth, Jamaica.

On January 26, a three-night cruise aboard the Disney Wonder takes guests from San Juan to Port Canaveral, just an hour away from Walt Disney World Resort – the perfect stop for a fairytale land-and-sea adventure.

As always, we’ll keep you posted on the Disney Parks Blog when new itineraries and destinations are unveiled. Stay tuned for more on where we’re headed in 2017!

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Eight Dining Indulgences Just for Adults on a Disney Cruise

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

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing tips about dining on a Disney cruise. Today I’m turning the focus to adults, giving you a look at not-to-miss dining indulgences just for you. With two adult-exclusive restaurants on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, Remy and Palo, there are at least eight ways aboard these ships to send your taste buds into overload …


1. Petites Assiettes de Remy: This culinary journey is offered on embarkation day at Remy to sample small plates of gourmet cuisine and fine wine. It is hosted by the Executive Chef who provides insight into the culinary creations and the Sommelier who presents specially selected wine to pair with each dish.


2. Brunch at Palo: During sea days and select port days, a spectacular Champagne brunch at Palo offers you a sumptuous buffet of international cheeses, fresh pastries, made-to-order entrées, desserts and champagne. It’s the perfect set-up for second (and third!) helpings of incredible cuisine.


3. Brunch at Remy: You can also enjoy an elegant Champagne brunch on sea days and select port days at Remy. The brunch features a decadent six-course French-inspired meal and a selection of Champagnes to perfectly pair with each dish.


4. Snacks at Cove Cafe: Cove Cafe is an exclusive area for adults to enjoy gourmet coffees, specialty drinks and lighter fare cuisine. Muffins, pastries and desserts are offered throughout the day, and a selection of antipasto is served before dinner.


5. Pompidou’s Dessert Experience at Remy: Offered on sea days at Remy, this six-course dessert tasting is hosted by Remy’s Executive Chef. As each course is served, the chef shares fun facts about the dessert, allowing for an intimate and in-depth culinary dialogue.


6. Dinner at Palo: Palo provides an unforgettable dinner experience at sea with a menu of delectable modern Italian cuisine, classic reserve wines and superior service. Palo’s nightly culinary journey starts with both cold and hot antipasti selections, followed by a main course of pasta, seafood or meat, and a sweet indulgence for dessert.


7. Dinner at Remy: With gourmet cuisine by two award-winning chefs, Remy melds classic and contemporary styles for a fine French dining experience. Dinner is a lavish and leisurely affair, starting with a signature cocktail made tableside, followed by eight to nine small courses complemented by a stellar wine list.


8. Late-night buffet: Even in the midnight hour, you can satisfy your hunger with snacks in the adult nighttime entertainment district. Those who work up an appetite dancing in the night club or want something savory to accompany their beer in the sports pub don’t have to go far.

Who’s hungry now? For all of your questions about dining on a Disney cruise, take a look back at the series, and then let me know if there’s anything else I can answer with regards to dining in my future posts:

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Behind the Scenes: Bringing Maximus to Life for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Over the past few months, we’ve taken you behind-the-scenes during the development of “Tangled: The Musical,” premiering aboard the Disney Magic in November. Eagle-eyed viewers may have caught a few glimpses of their favorite palace horse in this series, but today’s video is an in-depth look at how our creative team is bringing Maximus to life for the stage.

Master puppet designer Michael Curry, whose extraordinary creations are featured in Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King” on Broadway, has taken puppetry to a brand-new level with his incredibly lifelike interpretation of the rambunctious Maximus. In the video below, Jeff Conover from Walt Disney Imagineering joins Michael to tell us all about the role puppetry plays in this production.

What do you think—will Maximus be the “mane” attraction of every scene he’s in during “Tangled: The Musical”?

Check out the rest of this video series for more sneak peeks of the show:

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