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Visiting Antigua with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 15th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


The first stop on our brand-new 7-night Southern Caribbean voyages is to St. John’s, Antigua. Part of the West Indies, Antigua is known for its gorgeous beaches, lush rainforest, national parks and cities filled with intriguing historic sites. There’s no shortage of fun in the sun there for your whole family! Here are just a few of the Port Adventures you can enjoy …

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Amazing Antigua – The perfect mix of history, culture and scenery, this tour takes you to Nelson’s Dockyard, the only working Georgian dockyard in the world, built in 1725. With time to explore the dockyard and its museum, along with an interesting presentation at Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre, you’ll learn about the island’s history in a fun and interactive way. What’s more, you’ll get great views of the island’s harbors and picturesque villages on your drive and have an opportunity to take photos at the island’s best viewpoint, Shirley Heights Lookout. We offer two departures of this tour – one for families and another just for adults.

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Antigua Hike And Beach – If you’re seeking a little adventure mixed with relaxation, this tour is for you. First, you’ll join a knowledgeable local guide on a 2-hour hike through the rainforest for a magnificent view of the south coast of Antigua. Then, you can cool off in the Caribbean waters and lounge on the white sand during your relaxing beach break. A similar excursion is Hiking Adventure and Beach, and for those who want more adventure, consider the Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Adventure, which combines kayaking and snorkeling with hiking and beach time.

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Catamaran And Lobster Lunch Cruise – Another relaxing way to soak up the beauty of Antigua is by sailing around it on the water. This luxury catamaran tour is the perfect way to enjoy the island’s beautiful coastline and the turquoise sea. The boat anchors at two stunning beaches where you can swim in the calm waters and lay out in the sunshine. The life of luxury continues when you’re served lobster and champagne for what’s sure to be a delicious lunch.

Next week, I’ll share my suggestions for Port Adventures in St. Lucia, home of the famous Piton volcanic mountains. When the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Heading to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World? Don’t Miss These Navigation Tips

posted on August 15th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We recently shared some exciting updates about enhancements coming to Downtown Disney as the area expands and transforms into Disney Springs, which when complete, will double the area’s number of dining and retail options. Work is already underway to widen Buena Vista Drive which will eventually make it easier to access the area. As expansion work continues through 2016, here are some of our best tips for navigating the property during this time so you can continue to enjoy all of the shopping, dining and entertainment options that Downtown Disney has to offer.

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  • Use Complimentary Resort Transportation – Disney resorts offer complimentary bus transportation to Downtown Disney, which drops guests off at the Marketplace end. Watercraft transportation is also available from Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts, Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. Once at Downtown Disney, all guests can use boat transportation to travel between the Marketplace, West Side and Pleasure Island districts.
  • Follow Parking Signs For The Best Access – If driving, follow the lighted signs to available parking lots, including those at the Casting and Team Disney buildings located across the street.
  • Take Exit 67 on I-4 – If you’re arriving via I-4, take exit 67 to approach Downtown Disney from another direction and continue to follow signs for parking.
  • Arrive Early For Scheduled Entertainment & Dining Reservations – Have a reservation or tickets to a show? Be sure to allow extra time for parking; we’d suggest arriving at least an hour early. Most ticketed experiences at Downtown Disney take place at Downtown Disney West Side, so parking in the Team Disney parking lot is your best bet for those.
  • Valet Parking Is Available – Based on guest feedback, we now have two locations for interested guests to choose from. Valet Parking is available from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. at the Marketplace (via entrance 2) and from 2:30 p.m.-2:00 a.m. on the West Side (via entrance 3). The cost is $20 per vehicle.

Be sure to keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future updates as the Disney Springs transformation continues!

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Disney Parks After Dark: A New Fantasyland Scene

posted on August 14th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was shot by photographer Tom Bricker in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

I love the interesting angle he took on this shot, which shows the intricately sculpted detail of the Fantasyland wall, plus the light and color of the carousel and Cinderella Castle in the background. Such a pretty sight!
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Seven Reasons to Take a 7-Night Disney Cruise

posted on August 14th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


If you’ve never cruised with us, our 3- and 4-night sailings are a great way for you to “test the waters.” But something I hear all of the time from first-time cruisers is how much they wish they chose a longer voyage for their family vacation. For those of you who want to persuade your loved one to spend an entire week at sea with us, be sure to share my top seven reasons to take a 7-night Disney cruise…

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Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1990s

posted on August 14th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re getting close to the end of the submission period in our search for your memories from the past 60 years of the Disneyland Resort; there are just two weeks left! This week, we’re looking for your memories from the 1990s. Share now for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

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D23 Expo 2015 — Tickets Now Available!

posted on August 14th, 2014 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


What happens when all the wonderful worlds of Disney come together under one roof for three magical days? Find out at D23 Expo 2015! Tickets are now available for the Ultimate Disney Fan Event. From August 14-16, 2015, at the Anaheim Convention Center (just across the street from Disneyland Resort!), D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is putting on the biggest Disney event in the world uniting Disney, ABC, LucasFilm, Pixar and more for a spectacular weekend.

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‘Light Painting’ Once Again Takes Art into Midair Inside Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 14th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Last month I had the pleasure of introducing our readers to two of our creative cast members, Paul Chase and Matt Stewart, and their Disney Parks version of “light painting.”

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Preview of Merchandise and Food & Beverage Coming to Villains Unleashed Event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on August 14th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


A record number of Disney Villains will be unleashed during a special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 23. This separate ticketed event will include some awesome entertainment and opportunities for up close encounters with some of the most popular Disney villains. Guests attending the event will also find event merchandise and a variety of food & beverage offerings. Here is a sneak preview at what you can expect.

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Get the Gear You Need to Complete Your Look for ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on August 13th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Howdy pardners, High Roller Harker here! As you probably saw from the recent “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” video featuring Eagle Eye Erin and Two Bit Tyler, there is a feud happening out here in the wild west, between the citizens of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge. The Frontierland folk don’t take kindly to those Rainbow Ridgers trying to take their land. If you’re going to join the story before “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” ends its test run on September 1, here are a few essentials you can pick up to help you fit in and stand out from the rest.

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MyMagic+: Video Captures Your Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Drop at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 13th, 2014 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service


Why is it that the things that scare us the most are often the experiences we are drawn to again and again? I hate creepy crawlies, but when asked if I want to hold something like a giant tarantula—I always say yes! Or, when presented with the opportunity to drop 13 stories when you are really afraid of heights…you buckle up, close your eyes, and hope that you don’t embarrass yourself in front of a group of fellow thrill seekers.

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