Holiday season is fast approaching! Are you still looking for that perfect gift? Here are 12 things that come along with the gift of a Disney cruise …
posted on October 22nd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
posted on October 21st, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
Today, I’m thrilled to share a new image featuring PANDORA Jewelry created especially for Disney Parks. Coming this November, PANDORA’s Disney jewelry collection features hand-finished .925 sterling silver and 14K gold charms inspired by some of Disney’s most beloved characters.
The image above showcases the new sterling silver Disney Parks “Wonderful World” bracelet, which features PANDORA’s unique threading system and a ball clasp engraved with our castle logo.
The bracelets are styled with some of the previously discussed charms, including the sterling silver Walt Disney World Resort destination charm, which is hand-finished with flush-set cubic zirconia star detail. You can also see the “Mickey Mania” charm, a sterling silver openwork Mickey charm with red, light yellow, black and white enamel.
Newly pictured charms include the aptly named “Mickey Swirls,” which is an openwork sterling silver charm with a Disney Mickey icon swirl design. There is also a beautiful dated sterling silver and blue enamel 2015 Edition charm (blue is my favorite color!), with 18 cubic zirconia stones bead-set in star and Mickey details.
I particularly like the Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat dangle in sterling silver with blue enamel, as it reminds me of one of my favorite Disney films, “Fantasia.” You may also notice a specially designed sterling silver charm featuring a Disney Cruise Line ship (I really need to take another Disney cruise).
Select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts will release the 16 Disney Parks-specific PANDORA Jewelry items beginning November 3. You will also find select items on our Disney Parks online store on that day at DisneyStore.com/Pandora.
Guests can also find an additional 25 charm designs from the Disney jewelry collection at PANDORA stores throughout North America, starting October 31.
posted on October 14th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line
One meal on our ships and you’ll find why everyone raves about the food on a Disney cruise. But it’s more than just the high quality of our dishes that cruisers are talking about. It’s also our level of service and the variety of options we offer that set our dining apart.
Eating on a Disney cruise is amazing no matter what, but there are some tips you should follow to have the best dining experience possible …
Don’t be shy with your servers. Your serving team travels with you to a different restaurant each night, and to serve you best, they need to know you well. Share with them your likes and dislikes so they can make recommendations suited to your personal tastes.
Order outside the box. Our chefs travel the world to develop new menu items so you can taste cuisines you may have never tried before. Unlike your servers, the menus change nightly, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to “test the waters,” so to speak, and tastes dishes you don’t typically eat at home.
Spoil yourself with an adult-only fine dining night at Palo or Remy. Trust me, your taste buds will never be the same after you dine at either of these upscale restaurants. The modern Italian cuisine at Palo and the French-inspired cuisine at Remy are truly unforgettable.
Take advantage of “Dine and Play.” It’s a parent’s dream come true. Offered during the second seating, your kids’ meals will be served first and then our youth counselors will come pick them up so you can enjoy a peaceful and leisurely meal with just the grownups.
Satisfy your cravings at any time of the day with room service. Available 24/7, there’s no up-charge to have food delivered to your stateroom. One of my favorite midnight snacks is a Mickey ice cream bar with a cold glass of milk.
Indulge in a one-of-a-kind themed buffet. Join the party at our special buffets, like the late-night one after the Pirates IN the Caribbean party where you can re-energize after a swashbuckling night of dancing and partying. In Alaska, don’t miss the midday barbecue feast of wild Alaskan salmon and other special seafood dishes out on the open-air deck while the ship sails through the breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord.
posted on October 9th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
Pirate Night is one of the most talked about parts of a Disney cruise and a great way to show your Disney Side out at sea. During most voyages, we give landlubbers of all ages the chance to act like true seafaring “scoundrels” for an entire evening (without the possibility of having to walk the plank, of course!)
Here are my tips for how you can embrace the pirate lifestyle and make the most of the night’s swashbuckling festivities on your next Disney cruise:
- Brush up on your pirate speak before the cruise. Practicing the delivery of your “ahoy matey” and “yo ho, yo ho” is the best way to ensure the respect of your fellow sailors.
- Pack the garb that best reveals your pirate style. Are you a sophisticated pirate? Consider a suede vest and a satin sash to tie your outfit together. A rambunctious pirate? An eye patch and a plastic sword are essential accessories for your evening attire.
- Spoil your little ones with a trip to The Pirate’s League when sailing on the Disney Fantasy. This ship’s exclusive Bibiddi Bobbidi Boutique transforms on Pirate Night to a place where children can be done up with beards and bandanas, swords and scars and earrings and eye patches. Mini pirate makeovers are also available on our other ships.
- Get a family photo with Jack Sparrow, Pirate Mickey or one of their best mates. How cool would that photo be for this year’s holiday card? And for those of you tweeters, you may even be retweeted by @DisneyCruise if you tag us and include #DCLPhotos.
- Party like a pirate as Mickey’s Pirate Crew leads you in swashbuckling line dances. Kick up your heels and rock out to pirate-themed tunes with the coolest gang of pirates you’ll ever encounter!
- Fill your belly with delicious pirate grub. As tempting as it will be to snack on ice cream and chicken fingers all afternoon, be sure to save room for tasty eats off our special dinner menu, like Captain Hook’s Macadamia Nut Dusted Mahi Mahi and Pirates Golden “Pot Stickers.”
- Do not, I repeat, DO NOT miss the night’s famous buccaneer bash up on deck. A live-action pirate showdown between the good guys and villains culminates with a spectacular display of piratical pyrotechnics – fireworks at sea like only Disney can do!
- Show off the skills you learned earlier in the night at “Club Pirate,” an open-air dance party for the whole family. It’s your final chance to unleash your inner pirate and dance your boots off!
- End your evening with a full plate at the late-night pirate buffet. All that dancing is sure to work up your appetite for a mouthwatering jumbo turkey leg!
Disney cruisers, what other tips do you have for making the most of Pirate Night?
posted on October 7th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
Disney cruisers are no strangers to showing their Disney Side out at sea (arrgh mateys!) And this fall, Pirate Night isn’t the only excuse you have to put on a costume, let loose and bring out the fun in your family during vacation.
Our Halloween on the High Seas voyages are jam packed with fun for the whole family (Mom and Dad … that means you, too!) And the best part? All of it is included in your cruise fare! In this video, hear from Cruise Director Christiaan about the fun you and your family can expect when celebrating Halloween on a Disney cruise.
posted on October 3rd, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
It’s a special treat to see what innovative additions the Disneyland Resort Entertainment team will add to Haunted Mansion Holiday in Disneyland park each season. This year I spoke with Senior Art Director Brian Sandahl, got a sneak peek at the spruced-up singing pumpkins and gained some insight into “little” Sally’s makeover before the attraction reopened for its 14th season of frightful fun.
Have you seen these animated updates at Haunted Mansion Holiday?
posted on October 2nd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
- You can’t concentrate at work because you’re too busy dreaming of Castaway Cay.
- You find yourself whistling “when you wish upon a star” at 5pm and imagining yourself at the Sail Away celebration.
- Your Throwback Thursday posts are all photos from your last Disney cruise.
- You can’t eat a meal without dessert, especially since every night you dream about Palo’s chocolate soufflé.
- You are considering replacing your home’s windows with portholes and redecorating with a nautical motif.
- Your friends wonder why you keep talking like a pirate and looking for excuses to wear your pantaloons and eye patch.
- You make towel animals and leave chocolates on your kids’ pillows each night.
- You hope every knock on your door is your stateroom host arriving to make your bed and tidy up your house.
Disney cruisers, what else can you add to this list?
posted on September 30th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
We know how much you love to see our exclusive tilt-shift videos, a “miniature scale” of the fun you can have at our parks and on our cruises.
Our first tilt-shift video gave you a glimpse at a journey on the Disney Wonder, and to this day, it is one of our most popular videos. Now, we want to show you some of what you’ll experience over four nights on the Disney Dream sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas. From Broadway-style stage shows and meet and greets with Disney friends, to fun in the sun at Castaway Cay and a relaxing day at sea, every member of your family will find something just for them.
Check it out … the magic of tilt-shift photography combined with the magic of a Disney cruise!
posted on September 30th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney
We hear it all the time, “It’s all about the bling!” Well today, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend runners who registered for the Disney Cruise Line Castaway Cay Challenge will not be disappointed as we reveal the treasure waiting for them at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.
The inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge takes place in January 2015. Hundreds of runners are combining the excitement of participating in a marathon weekend event with a four-night cruise aboard the Disney Dream. After running their event at Walt Disney World Resort, challenge participants set sail on a four-night cruise and run the Castaway Cay 5K to earn the inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge finisher medal. They will also enjoy exclusive runDisney activities throughout the cruise, including featured menu items, guest speaker session and special merchandise.
Now some of you might be wondering how can I get one of these amazing medals?
If you are registered for the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon you still have the opportunity to claim your treasure. Registered runners can book the four-night cruise aboard the Disney Dream departing Feb. 23 from Port Canaveral, and participate in the Castaway Cay Challenge.
It’s the perfect way to extend your family trip or your ultimate girls weekend and keep the celebration going for four more nights. In addition to the Castaway Cay 5K and the Castaway Cay Challenge finisher medal, runners can purchase a trip to Senses Spa for a post-race massage, a steam bath or sauna in the Rainforest room. Continue to relax by the fresh water pools, jetted hot tubs or take an exciting ride on The AquaDuck, a thrilling transparent tube water coaster that actually goes off the side of the ship. End your days with the girls enjoying a Broadway-style show, or dancing and celebrating the night away in one of several nightclubs.
For more information and to register for the Disney Princess Weekend Castaway Cay Challenge, visit runDisney.com.
posted on September 25th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
It may only be September, but I know all of you creative gift-givers are already scheming up some pretty wonderful holiday present ideas for your loved ones. A Disney cruise is always a popular gift, and I’ve heard stories from so many people about the special ways they’ve unwrapped this present for their family.
Whether you’re brainstorming ideas for Christmas morning, or for when you give the gift “just because,” I thought you may be inspired by how some of our current and former Disney Parks Moms Panelists have surprised their families with a Disney cruise …
“Once we surprised our kids with a scavenger hunt on Christmas morning with clues placed all around the house. Each clue was wrapped in a package with items needed for our vacation like bathing suits, sunglasses and even pirate costumes! With every clue found, the kids grew closer to the final package which was waiting for them on the front porch. When they opened it, they found “tickets” for a magical voyage on the high seas with Captain Mickey and a Disney Cruise Line Planning DVD!”
“One Christmas morning, after we exchanged gifts and ate breakfast, I suddenly “remembered” another present that we’d “forgotten.” I told the girls to look on the back porch, and when they opened the door, there were two suitcases with big Mickeys hand sewn on the front, mouse ears and giant Mickey and Minnie plush to greet them. I think my neighbors two blocks away could hear them screaming. “We’re going to Disney!” What they didn’t know (until they opened the suitcases) was that we were going on a Disney cruise! The suitcases were packed with new swimsuits, outfits and pillowcases monogrammed with our sail dates and the name of the ship.”
“We wanted to announce our surprise Disney Cruise Line vacation to the kids in a unique way, so we sent them on a scavenger hunt throughout the house and yard for clues. Each clue they found related to the trip, such as “Do you like warm weather?” and “Did you SEA that your bags are packed?”. The final clues were our itinerary for our Disney Magic cruise and their Magic Bands for our stay at Walt Disney World Resort. They couldn’t stop screaming to know we were leaving right then for a land and sea vacation with Captain Mickey!”
Have you ever given the gift of a Disney cruise? Tell us how you did it in the comments!