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A Mom’s Take: Experiencing the Magic of Venice with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 20th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


This summer, not only are we giving Disney cruisers the chance to sail from Barcelona again, we’re also homeporting in Venice for the very first time! What’s more, some of our cruises stay overnight in Venice, giving you time to explore this spectacular city in the evening.

Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel has been showing you some of the destinations you’ll enjoy on our Mediterranean cruises, like the Greek Isles and Dubrovnik, Croatia. Now, take a look at how you can explore Venice with us, and let us know how your family would like to spend your time in this floating city.

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.

For more “A Mom’s Take” stories, read the Disney Parks Blog posts below:

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Exclusive Look at Disney Magic Renovation Tonight on Destination America

posted on January 18th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


I just got off the Disney Magic this morning after taking one of her first cruises from Port Canaveral since the ship’s massive transformation. I still cannot believe all of the incredible updates and enhanced experiences, and I had such a great time exploring and discovering what’s new and improved.
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I’m fascinated by what it took to complete a makeover of that magnitude in such a short period of time, and I know many of you must be, too. So I wanted to make sure you all know about tonight’s premiere of “Disney Cruise Line: ReImagined Magic” on the Destination America channel. The show will give an exclusive look at the redesign and renovation process with behind-the-scenes footage from the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, and interviews with our Imagineers, cast and crew.

This hour-long special starts at 9 p.m. EST, so be sure to check your local listings for the specific channel number. After the show, let me know in the comments what you found most interesting about the Disney Magic’s transformation, one of the largest renovations ever performed in the cruise industry.

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A Mom’s Take: Wilderness and Wildlife Adventures in Alaska with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 17th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Alaska is surely one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. There is nothing quite like seeing the breathtaking, untouched terrain where the mountains and glaciers meet the sea. What makes it even more special are the vast opportunities to spot wildlife, everything from birds and seals, to bears and whales.

In the next video of our “Mom’s Take” video series, Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel shows you some of the wilderness and wildlife you’ll experience on a Disney cruise to Alaska. Of course, no photos and videos will ever compare to seeing it in person, but I hope it will whet your appetite for joining us to experience it yourself this summer!

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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A Mom’s Take: Exploring the Wonders of Dubrovnik with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 13th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


I hope you’re excited about our new video series, based on your questions to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, featuring this summer’s Mediterranean voyages. Last week I gave you a first glimpse at some of the destinations in the Greek Isles, and today you’ll get to see another exciting destination for us — Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Marcy, a Disney Cruise Line specialist on the panel, gives you travel tips for visiting this beautiful city and walks you through some of the Port Adventures your family may want to choose. Watch this video, and tell me, what interests you most about visiting the “Pearl of the Adriatic?”

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: Cruising with Disney to Alaska

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


If you read my post this past Monday, you know we created a video series about cruising with Disney in Europe based on questions you asked to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. What I didn’t mention then is that we did the same for our cruises to Alaska!

The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska in May for our fourth summer season in America’s Last Frontier, and we want you to be prepared with all of your questions answered. In our Alaska video series, another Disney Cruise Line specialist from the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Nancy, gives great advice to make your family’s vacation extra special. While experiencing her own adventures in Alaska, she gives you insider tips from crew members and other guests and shows you some of the exciting Port Adventures you can do based on your interests.

As you plan your Alaskan voyage, check back each Friday for another video. We’ll start today by showing you what sets a Disney cruise apart from other cruises to Alaska. Take a look, and let us know your questions if you’re considering joining us this summer.

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: January 2011

posted on January 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Back in January 2011, we were kicking off the new year with a look at exciting things to come. Between the arrival of the Disney Dream and first looks at New Fantasyland and the expansion of Disney California Adventure park, we had a lot to look forward to in 2011!
The Disney Dream Arrives at Florida's Port Canaveral

Welcome Home, Disney Dream!
Early the morning of January 4, 2011, the Disney Dream arrived at its new home in Florida’s Port Canaveral.

Vinylmation – Star Wars Series #1

The Force is Strong with Vinylmation
On January 12, 2011, Steven Miller gave us the first peak at the highly anticipated Vinylmation – Star Wars Series #1; including the two little guys above, who are still sitting right here on my desk.

Update on New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park
The largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history was underway in early 2011, and Tom Smith gave us this exciting update on what was to come when New Fantasyland would open the following year.

Exclusive First Look Behind the Scenes of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
Over at the Disneyland Resort, we were counting down the days the opening of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure park. Valarie Sukovaty gave us this exclusive behind-the-scenes look in late January 2011.

Your Favorite Disney Character is…
We asked Walt Disney World Resort guests who their favorite characters were in this popular post and video. Who is yours?

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A Mom’s Take: Cruising with Disney Cruise Line to Europe

posted on January 6th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


This May, the Disney Magic is returning to Europe for yet another fantastic summer in the Mediterranean! In preparation for these voyages, I touched base with Marcy, one of the Disney Cruise Line specialists on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, to find out what questions she answers the most about our European cruises. With that information, we created a series of videos where Marcy answers your questions directly, giving destination overviews, Port Adventure recommendations and some great travel tips from her own experiences.

We’ll be sharing these videos at the start of each week over the next couple of months, and I’m sure you’ll find them helpful if you’re planning a European cruise with us, or even just thinking about one. First up, Marcy tells us about destinations in the Greek Isles, which you can experience on both 9- and 12-night voyages this summer. Check it out, and let us know what types of adventures your family would love to have with us in Greece.

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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Happy New Year from Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 1st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


I have a special message to share from your Disney Cruise Line friends!

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To celebrate the new year, we hosted a special New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2014 on all four ships. The night was complete with music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes, a midnight countdown with balloon drops and even some kissing.

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I hope you enjoyed ringing in 2014 as much as these sweethearts! From all of the cast and crew at Disney Cruise Line, we’re wishing you a safe and happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you onboard this year!

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13 Disney Cruise Line Highlights of 2013

posted on December 30th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


I love the lists that start popping up at the end of each year sharing highlights of the past 12 months, don’t you? It got me thinking how Disney Cruise Line had yet another big year, so I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of our biggest moments in 2013.

I narrowed my list to 13 highlights, but I’d love to know what you’d add. Check it out and keep the list going in the comments!

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Inaugural Miami Season
The Disney Wonder kicked off this year with our inaugural season from Miami, the newest US homeport for a Disney ship, marking our first time cruising from southern Florida. Voyages to the Bahamas and Caribbean from this iconic city will continue on the Disney Wonder or Disney Magic in 2014 and 2015.

New 2014 itineraries Unveiled
WIth the expansion of our fleet the past two years, this year we announced even more itinerary options, including voyages from Puerto Rico to the Southern Caribbean in 2014. We also unveiled Venice as a brand-new homeport and cruises that visit destinations in the Greek Isles and Sicily for the very first time.

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First Calls on New European Ports
Our return to Europe this year was enhanced with exciting new destinations in the Mediterranean. During our summer season, we made first calls to Mykonos in the Greek Isles, Athens, Venice and Dubrovnik, Croatia. The Disney Magic’s call on Venice marked the ship’s first return to her birthplace since construction.

Captain Tom Named First Commodore
Captain Tom Forberg, our first and longest-serving captain, was named the first Commodore in the history of the company. With this honor, given to accomplished and distinguished leaders of military, commercial and cruise fleets, Commodore Tom now serves as the highest-ranking Disney captain.

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Royal Court Royal Tea Introduced on the Disney Fantasy
We rolled out one of our newest family-friendly experiences, Royal Court Royal Tea, an exclusive event that gives Disney Fantasy cruisers the chance to interact with Disney princesses like never before. At this whimsical royal tea party, families are personally greeted by the princesses and entertained by lively hosts with stories, dancing and singing.

First Call on Jamaica
As part of our cruises from Galveston, Texas, this year, for the first time ever we called on Jamaica, home to beautiful beaches, lush green forests and mountain vistas. Stops at Falmouth, one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns, will continue in 2014 on 7-Night Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida.

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Halloween on the High Seas Celebrated on the Disney Dream
Halloween festivities are always fun on our ships, but this year we took it to a whole new level on the Disney Dream. Our extra-spooky celebration, Halloween on the High Seas, treated cruisers to special experiences like Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, A Nightmare Before Christmas—Sing and Scream, Haunted Stories of the Sea and much more.

Disney Magic Received Magical Transformation
Our flagship vessel got a massive makeover this fall, one of the largest transformations ever performed in the cruise industry. The majority of this project took place in dry dock at the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, with work happening in shifts around the clock to bring to life a host of magical enhancements.

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Re-imagined Disney Magic Set Sail
The re-imagined Disney Magic set sail from Miami with an extra dose of magic onboard, including brand-new spaces and experiences for kids, adults and families. Some of the highlights include the AquaDunk thrill slide, transformed Oceaneer Club and Lab, new fun just for adults, Carioca’s dining room and “Drawn to Magic” dinner show.

Kids Enter the Marvel Universe on a Disney Ship
The relaunch of the Disney Magic marked the first time the super hero icons of Marvel have been introduced on a Disney ship. Inside Marvel’s Avengers Academy, kids can be part of a multi-day training experience, which includes virtually putting on Iron Man’s suit and learning the “Avengers Assemble” call sign from Captain America himself.

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Very Merrytime Cruises Brought Holiday Cheer Earlier Than Ever
More guests had the chance to celebrate the winter holidays onboard this year with our Very Merrytime Cruises kicking off in early November. All four ships were transformed with sparkling decor, families came together for special holiday events and Disney characters put on their best Christmas attire – for almost two full months!

Fans Award Disney Cruise Line with Prestigious Honors
We received several prestigious honors this year, thanks to our fans, including Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards for Families, making it the fifth consecutive year to be ranked in the number one spot. Plus, Condé Nast Traveler readers named all four of our ships among the top large cruise ships in the world, with the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Dream highest on the list.

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New Disney Friends Sailing
Several new Disney friends joined our fun this year, including our newest visitor, Princess Anna, who’s been visiting all four ships as a special holiday treat. Jack Skellington and Sally added to the spookiness of the Disney Dream’s festivities this Halloween, and Captain America is now sailing on the Disney Magic, making special appearances in Marvel’s Avengers Academy for the kids and around the ship for cruisers of all ages.

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Top Five Entertainment at Disney Parks in 2013

posted on December 26th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


There’s nothing our Creative Entertainment team enjoys more than producing amazing live entertainment for our guests. Here are just a few of the new experiences that debuted in Disney Parks around the world in 2013:
'Limited Time Magic' 'Monsters U' Homecoming

  1. Limited Time Magic – It was a year full of surprises, as each week brought something new to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. From celebratory pre-parades and visits with Long-Lost Friends to a Monstrous Summer All-Nighter and “Original Boy Band” the Dapper Dans, there were new experiences popping up everywhere. Among the highlights: “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue” at Disneyland park, “Mickey’s America Streetbeat” at Epcot, True Love Week, Pirates Week, and of course … May the 4th (be with you) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Tokyo Disneyland 30th Anniversary Parade

  1. Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary – In April, 300 characters and cast helped launch the “Happiness Year” at Tokyo Disneyland, celebrating that resort’s 30th anniversary with live entertainment events and the premiere of a stunning new daytime parade, “Happiness Is Here.”

Mickey and the Magical Map at Disneyland Park

  1. Mickey and the Magical Map – This dazzling musical extravaganza opened in May at Disneyland park, in the newly-refurbished Fantasyland Theatre. It took nearly two years to bring Mickey Mouse’s “Journey to Imagination” to the stage, and the show just keeps getting better! Mickey is sporting a new costume design in the show’s finale, and that lovable rascal Stitch was recently added to the cast.

Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park

  1. New Homes for Disney Royalty – Springtime brought the opening of Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park, where you can meet favorite Disney Princesses in the Royal Hall and enjoy delightful storytelling shows, such as the Brass Ring Award-winning “Tangled” at the Royal Theatre. In the fall, New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park unveiled Princess Fairytale Hall, a gorgeous new home for Cinderella to welcome her guests and visiting Disney Royalty from around the world.

'World of Color' - Winter Dreams at Disney California Adventure Park

  1. Holiday Spectaculars – The year was wrapped up with a beautiful bow in the form of a pair of fun and festive holiday nighttime spectaculars, “World of Color – Winter Dreams” at Disney California Adventure park and “Disney Dreams! of Christmas” at Disneyland Paris, each featuring characters and music from Disney’s new instant classic, “Frozen.”

All this, plus the arrivals of Thor and Captain America, Avengers Academy on the Disney Magic, new atmosphere and Halloween entertainment at Hong Kong Disneyland, the new tricks Magician Mickey has up his sleeve at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure park, and more!

Once again this year, I’ve had a hard time keeping my list to just five. What can I say? There’s so much happening in the world of Creative Entertainment, with even more to come in 2014, so keep checking the Disney Parks Blog. We’ll have the scoop for you, all year long.

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