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Disney Cruise Line’s Summertime Freeze Recipe: Warm Hugs

posted on July 10th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Disney cruisers are in for a cool treat on their next visit to Castaway Cay! Adding to our new “Frozen” fun, we recently opened Summertime Freeze, themed in honor of our lovable friend, Olaf.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing recipes for some of the drinks we’re serving here, starting today with one of my favorites, Warm Hugs. Try it out at home, and then check back next week for another refreshing drink recipe.

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Warm Hugs

  • 2 scoops ice cream
  • 4 strawberries
  • 1.5 oz. coconut cream
  • 4.5 oz. Illy Issimo Mochaccino

Blend ingredients and top with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and chocolate syrup.

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Top Activities for Little Ones Aboard a Disney Cruise

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


Last week I introduced a new series to tell you all there is to know about cruising with young children. As promised, today I’m sharing the top activities for little ones aboard a Disney cruise. Of course this list is just the beginning, so help me finish it by adding in the comments your child’s favorite things to do on board.

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Kids Clubs
While parents enjoy some time to themselves, children can enjoy activities supervised by specially-trained Disney counselors at our way cool children’s activity centers. The youngest cruisers up to three years old can be looked after at the fancifully-themed, interactive nursery.

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Disney Junior Characters and Activities
Kiddos receive hugs and autographs from favorite Disney Junior characters, like Jake and Sofia the First. In addition, the Disney Junior Dance Party will get little ones dancing and singing together!

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Mini Golf
A goofy time will be had by all at this Disney-themed miniature golf course featuring quirky golf clubs and 9 interactive holes.

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Slides and Splash Zones
From whimsically themed splash zones and water play areas to a children’s pool with a twisting slide, there are so many ways little ones can safely make a splash!

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Movies by the Pool
Little ones will love watching some of their favorite classic Disney animated or live-action movies poolside on a state-of-the-art jumbo LED screen.

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Deck Parties
The entire family will have fun together at our deck parties like the Sail-Away Celebration and Pirate IN the Caribbean. These open-air celebrations will have little ones meeting some of their favorite Disney characters and dancing to catchy tunes.

Up next, find out the top reasons why it’s smooth sailing on a Disney cruise with a little one!

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Travel + Leisure Readers Rank Disney Cruise Line #1

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


The votes are in and Travel + Leisure readers have spoken. We’re excited to share that for the seventh consecutive year, readers have recognized Disney Cruise Line as the #1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line for Families in the 2015 World’s Best Awards. We’re also overjoyed that they ranked Disney Cruise Line as the Top Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line overall for the second time in a row!

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Readers who participated in this year’s survey rated cruise ships on the quality of cabins, food, itineraries and excursions — in addition to value.

It’s always an honor to be named the best of the best by our guests and fans. Why is Disney Cruise Line #1 in your book?

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The Sights of Iceland with Disney Cruise Line

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


Disney Cruise Line is in stunning Iceland, the land of fire and ice! The Disney Magic arrived to Akureyri today, after an overnight stop in Reykjavik this weekend.

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Iceland is shaped by its dramatic volcanic landscape, and it is home to a rugged coastline, volcanic craters and geothermal areas, including the famous Blue Lagoon in the middle of a lava field. Check out this photo gallery to see some of them magnificent sights Disney cruisers are enjoying here …

To learn more about the exciting excursions we offer in Iceland, take a look back at Arnaldo’s post about Port Adventures in Reykjavik and Akureyri.

Our time in Iceland is part of the Disney Magic’s 11-night voyage from Copenhagen to Dover, England that includes three destinations in Norway and another in Scotland. It’s been an amazing summer in Europe so far! If you missed Cruise Director Brent’s live report of our first-ever Norwegian fjords voyage, take a look back at his posts:

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Cruising with Little Ones: Tips from the Disney Parks Moms Panel

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


If you’re considering taking your little one on their first Disney cruise, chances are you have several questions about what to expect. What activities are onboard for young children? What supplies do I need to bring with me? Will there be opportunities for “me time”?

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I’ve been chatting with parents who have already cruised with little ones to get their insights. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be giving you answers to these questions, plus many more. If there are specific things you want to know, tell me in the comments and I’ll do my best to find the answer for you.

For now, I’ll leave you with some great tips from one of our Disney Parks Moms Panelists, Tracy. Along with the other Disney Cruise Line specialists on the panel, she is always happy to answer your questions on DisneyParksMomsPanel.com. Stay tuned next week to find out the top activities for little ones aboard a Disney cruise.

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1. Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet characters.
“Have your little one pose with ANY character you encounter! And be sure to pack your child’s princess gown for the Princess Gathering. The photos will be precious!”

2. Take your own baby supplies.
“Bring a small umbrella stroller or a baby carrier, as those hallways are especially long for little legs! Also, pack more diapers than you need, and after you empty them out of your suitcase, you will have plenty of room for souvenirs!”

3. Take naps.
“You are never very far from your room. Do NOT hesitate to go there and have your little ones (or yourself) take a nap. Before Pirate Night, have your little ones nap in the afternoon so that they can make it to the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, complete with fireworks.”

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4. Take time out for yourself.
“Be sure to schedule nursery time so that you can enjoy “me time” in the adult-exclusive spaces. My favorite is brunch at Palo, followed by an afternoon at the spa!”

5.Take lots of photos.
“Always have your camera handy, as you’ll want to capture your child’s excitement all throughout the cruise! Pirate Night is my favorite night, and it usually is for little ones, too. Be sure to pack your best pirate-y outfits and take LOTS of pictures.”

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Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Give Back to Port Communities

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Disney VoluntEARS Month at Disney Cruise Line is a unique opportunity for shipboard crew members to give back to communities in different ports of call around the world. More than 150 crew members across all four Disney ships participated in Disney VoluntEARS Month in May, demonstrating that we all have the ability to make a positive impact.

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This May, 10 organizations from five communities in Central Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean benefitted from more than 450 volunteer hours. Crew efforts impacted charitable causes focused on areas including education, health/wellness and animal care/rescue.

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Each year, the cast and crew at Disney Cruise Line provide thousands of hours of community service – from raising funds for disaster relief to spreading Disney cheer in children’s hospitals around the world.

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Behind the Scenes: Designing the Costumes for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Our all-star creative team is preparing “Tangled: The Musical” for its premiere aboard the Disney Magic in November, and they’ve given us another sneak peek at the production. This time it’s a first look at the stunning costume designs.

We caught up with Paloma Young, our Tony Award-winning costume designer, while she was fabric shopping for the perfect materials to bring your favorite “Tangled” characters to life onstage. Paloma talked about her inspiration and creative process, and gave some details about her designs for Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Watch the video below closely and you may even catch a glimpse of some of the other characters’ new looks!



For more behind-the-scenes videos, see the rest of this series:

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Ahoy, Mateys! Prepare for Pirate Night on a Disney Cruise

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


One of the most important questions you should ask yourself before setting sail on your Disney cruise is, “How can I transform my family into the most swashbucklin’ pirates on the high seas?”

Pirate Night is a tradition Disney cruisers young and old look forward to on our tropical voyages. There’s no better place to become a pirate than actually IN the Caribbean! We put together this fun infographic to help you get started on your quest to turn your family into a band of savvy scallywags during your next adventure with us. Check it out!

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Planning for a Disney Cruise: Tips from the Disney Parks Moms Panel

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


When planning for a Disney cruise, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is an excellent resource. Each of the Disney Cruise Line specialists have sailed with us numerous times and have so much knowledge to share. Here are their answers to some of the most asked questions to the panel.

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Q1: How do you pre-book excursions once your cruise is paid for?

A1: Marcy G: If this is your first cruise, book all those fun extras at 75 days prior to sailing when your online check-in begins. For guests who have cruised with Disney before, book at 90 or more days prior to sail date.

Q2: What documents do we need to bring with us to board the ship/check-in at the port?

A2: Diane W: When you check in at the cruise terminal, you’ll need to bring along:

  • Completed and signed cruise documents from the Disney Cruise Line Guest Ticket Booklet or a printed and signed Online Cruise Contract
  • Signed Payment Authorization Form
  • Passport/proof of citizenship

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Q3: What is the most affordable time of the year to cruise?

A3: Diane W.: Disney offers cruises at significantly reduced rates during the off-season. If you’re looking to save some money, fall and early spring are your best bets.

Q4: We found out on our first cruise that you can bring liquor with you. Is it one carry on per person per family?

A4: Marcy G: Guests may bring their own drinks onboard, including alcohol. However, it must be placed in carry-on bags as you board the ship, and may not be placed in checked luggage. Disney allows one carry-on bag per person.

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Q5: When in port for souvenirs, is it better to take cash or traveler’s checks?

A5: Dolly M.: Souvenir shops and merchants are pretty accustomed to accepting credit cards. It’s the most convenient and widely accepted (next to cash) method of payment for goods & services.

Q6: Should I pre-order a photo package or do I just get it on board?

A6: Diane W.: You can now order photo packages and prints before you sail at a discounted price. If you choose not to pre-order, you can always stop by Shutters, the Onboard Photography Shop, to view and purchase your photos.

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Q7: Are there places on the ship to buy pirate attire or should we bring with us?

A7: Marcy G.: Many guests bring their own pirate costumes from home, but you may purchase new Pirate attire and accessories at Mickey’s Mainsail gift shop onboard.

Q8: Is Wi-Fi service available and how much does it cost?

A8: Marcy G.: Disney Cruise Line offers Wi-Fi service for an additional fee. If you’d like to purchase a package, just stop by Guest Services and they’ll set you up.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Disney Cruise Line?

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We’re so excited to bring you the very first quiz on the Disney Parks Blog to test your knowledge about all things Disney Cruise Line! How well do you know us?

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How well do you know Disney Cruise Line?

Who is the highest-ranking character at Disney Cruise Line?
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Disney was granted permission from the U.S. Coast Guard to paint what feature of its ships a special color?
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Each Disney Cruise Line ship has a godmother, but only the Disney Wonder’s godmother is a Disney character. Who is it?
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Which iconic Disney song is the main horn signal for the entire Disney Cruise Line fleet?
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Who is featured in the large mural outside of the Walt Disney Theatre on all Disney Cruise Line ships?
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Stay tuned for more quizzes about our ships and private island Castaway Cay.

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