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Planning Next Summer’s Disney Cruise Vacation

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

Now that your family is back into the school and work routine, do you find yourself already daydreaming about next summer’s vacation? It’s never too early to start planning your next Disney cruise! Once again, we’re heading to incredible destinations around the globe in the summer of 2016. Here’s a look at just some of your options for exploring the world with Disney Cruise Line…


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Top Five Ways to Spoil Your Grandkids on a Disney Cruise

posted on September 14th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

A big shout out to all of you grandparents who add so much happiness to your family’s lives! Yesterday we celebrated a very special holiday – National Grandparents Day – and to keep the fun going, today’s post is dedicated to you.


Most grandparents will tell you that part of the joy of having grandkids is loving on them with special treats and experiences. We see that all the time with grandparents who bring their families on vacation with us. If you’re the grandparent (or great-grandparent) of little cruisers, here are five ways to spoil them on your next Disney cruise

Disney's Oceaneer Club - Andy's Room on the Disney Dream

1. Join them for playtime: Quality time is the number one gift you can give your loved ones, and if you’re already on vacation with them, chances are you know that! Look for ways you can spend time together doing things your grandkids will enjoy, like playing in our elaborately themed youth clubs. Open House is the perfect opportunity for you to join their world, whether they’re into superheroes, fanciful fairies, intergalactic spaceships or seafaring treasure hunts.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

2. Give them a magical makeover. Both little girls and boys love to play dress up, especially when it transforms them into royalty or a swashbuckling pirate. At Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, you can give your grandkids the full fairytale treatment with pixie-dusted new looks. Even you can get into the fun at this very special salon on Pirate Night when it becomes The Pirates League. What a great bonding opportunity… A young and young-at-heart pirate duo ready to “argh” the evening away!


3. Treat them like a prince or princess. Living in a fairytale world is easy on a Disney cruise, especially with special experiences that celebrate the “royal” in everyone. Give your grandkids the royal treatment by escorting them to the princess gathering in the atrium lobby or taking their photo while they pose with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna during our exclusive Frozen meet-and-greet. On the Disney Fantasy, hosting them at the Royal Court Royal Tea is an unforgettable way to show your first-class affection.


4. Teach them how to explore the world. Port Adventures make it easy for families to have fun together in the destinations we visit. You’re already setting a good example by showing them the importance of exploring the world; now let us show you the best ways to experience other lands and cultures through immersive Port Adventures. Give your grandkids a voice in choosing which excursions the family will do together in port to spark their interest in learning about the places you’re visiting.


5. Leave them with a memento. It’s fun for cruisers of any age to look back at a keepsake and remember all the fun had on vacation. Browse the merchandise stores onboard and at Castaway Cay for that perfect gift you can give your grandkids after the cruise. Better yet, let them pick out a favorite item that will remind them of the things you did together. And be sure to get something for yourself, as it will no doubt be a vacation you’ll never want to forget!

Grandparents, I want to hear from you! What are the things you like to do with your grandkids on a Disney cruise? Or what are you looking forward to most on your first voyage with them?

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Six Tips for Dining With Kids on a Disney Cruise

posted on September 10th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Since dining is one of my favorite parts of a Disney cruise, I have a quite a few tips I like to share with family and friends to make their experience the best it can be. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing those dining tips with you, starting today with suggestions specifically for those of you traveling with children.

Mealtime on a Disney cruise vacation is a great opportunity for families to connect, and there are things you can do onboard to enhance that quality time together. Here are my top six tips for dining with kids on a Disney cruise …

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1. Let your servers serve you. All you need to do is sit back and relax. Do the kids need their food cut up? Your servers are happy to do that! Do you need a wine-pairing recommendation? Your dining team is at your service! The beauty of having them stay with you as you visit different restaurants and enjoy new menus each night is that they can provide personalized service and hospitality tailored to your every desire and need.


2. Say “yes” to your kids playing at dinnertime. Mealtimes are meant to be memorable entertainment experiences on a Disney cruise, which is why we include a full course of fun with dinner shows at Animator’s Palate. When else can you talk to a sea turtle with your mouth full or draw your imaginary friend to dance on screen beside Disney characters? Even your servers get in on the fun with magic tricks that are sure to stump the whole family.

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3. Use your electronics at the dinner table. Gadgets and gizmos might typically be a “no-no” during family dinner, but some rules should be broken on vacation. Dinner is an opportune time, while you have your family’s attention, to plan out your schedule for the next day using the mobile Navigator app. Plus, with surprise appearances from Disney pals like Mickey and Crush at Animator’s Palate, bringing your camera to dinner is a must.

Champagne Brunch at Remy

4. Reserve an adult-only brunch or dinner at Palo. Our signature restaurant at sea is known for its exquisite modern Italian specialties during brunch and dinner. Set aside time to experience one (or both!) while the kids eat in the youth club. Chances are you’ll have more energy for your family after you’ve been able to recharge with your significant other over outstanding cuisine, first-class wine and sweeping ocean views.


5. Dress for the occasion. Themed dining provides a one-of-a-kind experience every night. The Pirates IN the Caribbean menu celebrates “a pirate’s life for me” with Caribbean cuisine, and wearing a bandana and eye patch during your meal is highly encouraged! On 7-night or longer cruises, the Captain’s Gala menu gives you a great excuse to dress to the nines for a family photo opp before savoring world-class cuisine such as baked lobster tail and oysters Rockefeller.


6. Take lessons from your kids. Dinner is often an opportunity for parents to teach children manners at the table. But on a Disney cruise, it’s your chance to learn from the kids. Notice how they’re carefree and energetic and can’t stop smiling? See how they never say no to dessert? That right there is the “proper way” to behave when you vacation with us!

Next week, I’ll share with you a day-by-day dining guide for four nights on the Disney Dream. Until then, let me know if you have tips to add for dining with kids on a Disney cruise.

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‘Descendants’ Star Sofia Carson on the Disney Fantasy

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

Actress Sofia Carson, star of Disney’s “Descendants,” had the chance to meet Captain Mickey when she was on the Disney Fantasy. Starting this week, Disney cruisers can watch Descendants on Funnel Vision (the jumbo screen by the family pool) aboard all four ships to see Sofia in her role as Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen.


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A Peek at This Year’s First Halloween on the High Seas Cruise

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Darren McBurney, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line

Ready, set, boo!

We’re off on our very first Halloween cruise of the season! It’s day four of Halloween on the High Seas aboard the Disney Fantasy, and it’s no surprise cruisers are having a wickedly good time. It’s always fun to see the creative outfits guests of all ages wear throughout the voyage, especially at yesterday’s costume parties.


In the afternoon, families joined Disney friends at Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party for dancing, and, of course, lots of candy. Then later that night, adults had their own fun at a costume party just for them. As always, it was highly entertaining and a great way to end the night!


On the first night of the cruise, we kicked off the fun with an interactive movie experience in the Walt Disney Theatre, A Nightmare Before Christmas—Sing and Scream, inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Cruisers watched this classic holiday film like never before with 3-D and 4-D effects. A special sing-along was even part of the action. Plus, at the end of the movie, families were treated to a surprise meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally.


We’re only halfway through this cruise, so there’s a lot more fun to come! Halloween on the High Seas began yesterday on the Disney Dream and starts early October on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. To see more of the excitement that will take place on all of our Halloween voyages, check out Jonathan’s post, Top Five: Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line. We hope to see you onboard!

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Adventures in Martinique with Disney Cruise Line

posted on September 4th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Manager, Port Adventures Research & Development

The Disney Wonder’s first call on the French island of Martinique is just around the corner. As part of our return to the Southern Caribbean in January, Disney cruisers will have the chance to experience the “Flower of the Caribbean” on exciting Port Adventures that showcase the island’s natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture of French and Creole influence. If you’re joining us in Fort de France, Martinique, here are some of the excursions your family is sure to enjoy:


Saint Pierre and Rum Distillery with Lunch – The seaside town of Saint Pierre, once demolished by a volcano eruption in 1902, is one of the most popular destinations today in Martinique. During your visit, you’ll learn about this historic event at the fascinating Volcanological Museum. Another highlight of this tour is the Saint James Rum Distillery, one of the most famous distilleries on the island, where adults have the opportunity to taste the Agricol rum of Martinique and explore the local museum. This full-day excursion includes a delicious Creole lunch and countless photo opportunities of the island’s charming fishing villages.


Beach and Snorkel at Bat Cave – Nature lovers won’t want to miss this chance to snorkel Martinique’s crystalline waters! Your adventure begins with a boat ride across the bay of Fort de France to the beach of Anse-Dufour for swimming and snorkeling. Next, you’ll visit the famous Bat Cave, a premiere snorkeling destination only accessible by boat, to discover tropical marine life such as parrot fish and angel fish at the coral reef. This Port Adventure combines fun and relaxation, giving you plenty of time to soak up the Caribbean sun and enjoy views of the island’s stunning coastline.


Historic Plantation and Tropical Garden – For a taste of Martinique’s history and nature, this excursion includes visits to an authentic plantation house and one of the island’s best gardens. First, you’ll tour the exceptionally well-maintained Clement Plantation House and remnants of its sugar cane and rum distillery. Then, your countryside journey takes you to a banana plantation field, followed by the Church of Balata, a small-size replica of Sacré-Coeur Basilica in France with views over the city and surrounding country. Lastly, you’ll explore the Botanical Garden of Balata where you can enjoy a bird’s-eye-view of the gardens from a tree-top footbridge.

Departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Disney Wonder will sail four seven-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean. In addition to Martinique, these cruises call on the exotic islands of Antigua, Grenada, Barbados and St. Kitts. For more Port Adventure recommendations, check out my previous posts:

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Behind the Scenes: Backstage at Rehearsals for ‘Tangled: The Musical’

posted on September 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

As development is in full swing to produce brand-new music, stunning costumes, storybook sets and more for “Tangled: The Musical,” the incredible Disney Magic cast is putting the finishing touches on the show to get it ready for audiences this November.

We asked two of the key creative players to “take 5” during rehearsals and tell us more about the production. Show director, Gordon Greenberg, and choreographer, Connor Gallagher, told us all about the immersive and interactive environment they’re creating for the stage. Check out the video below for more details and never-before-seen footage from cast rehearsals!

For more inside looks at the development of this production, see the rest of this series:

Can’t get enough “Tangled”? Check out the recently released “Tangled as told by Emoji” video for another cool new way to experience this hair-raising adventure story. Best. Emojis. Ever!

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Animation Artist Dazzles Disney Vacation Club Members

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine

To see artwork materialize right before your eyes is to appreciate a craft like never before.

That’s the experience Disney Vacation Club Members just enjoyed during their Member Cruise charter voyage aboard the Disney Dream ship. As part of an exclusive show titled “Artists at Work,” Walt Disney Animation Studios Visual Development Artist, Lorelay Bové, swiftly created (and later gave away) a character painting while sharing stories of her blossoming career live on stage.

Lorelay interned at Pixar Animation Studios before transitioning to the Visual Development Department at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where her credits now include work on the theatrical features “The Princess and the Frog,” “Tangled,” “Winnie the Pooh,” Wreck-It Ralph” and “Big Hero 6“; the shorts “The Ballad of Nessie,” “Tangled Ever After” and “Frozen Fever”; and the hit holiday series “Prep and Landing.” Up next for Lorelay is “Gigantic”, the recently announced 2018 Walt Disney Animation Studios feature set in Spain, where Lorelay was born.

The painting Lorelay created for Disney Vacation Club Members on stage reflects the distinctive style she employed in her classically conceived cover art for Walt Disney Records’ The Legacy Collection, an ongoing series of 12 albums celebrating milestone anniversaries of some of Disney’s most cherished creations. Lorelay’s illustrations honor Disney’s rich heritage while creating a unified look for the entire collection, which features beloved original soundtracks along with insightful documentary content that tells the story behind the music.

As Variety magazine recently named Lorelay one of the “10 Animators to Watch” – and as we at Disney Vacation Club always do what industry magazines tell us – we focused our camera on Lorelay’s on-stage work to give you this unique, time-lapse view of an extraordinary artist at work. Enjoy!

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Creative Forces Set Sail With Disney Vacation Club

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine

Greetings from beautiful Castaway Cay, where Disney Vacation Club Members have taken over the island! (Not by force, mind you. They were invited.)

Only months removed from our recent charter voyage to Alaska, Disney Vacation Club has traded white glaciers for white sands, going from the Klondike to the Caribbean and returning to the friendly confines of Disney’s private paradise for a rare second Member Cruise of the year. This typically once-a-year event has long been a highlight on many Members’ calendars, enhancing the already extraordinary Disney Cruise Line experience with custom décor, in-room gifts, and a diverse lineup of special shows and experiences created just for Members and their guests.

Our special-entertainment lineup of more than a dozen unique experiences is the first in Member Cruise history to feature presentations from each of the three creative forces most requested by our Member community: Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios.

Continuing a Member Cruise tradition, we kicked off our voyage with the dramatic reveal of our lineup through a mock movie trailer that debuted on the Disney Dream ship’s giant Funnel Vision screen as we sailed out of Port Canaveral.

I’ll leave you to enjoy the trailer while I get to the next important item on my agenda. As a movie-trailer narrator would say, “In a world where ‘work’ is a relative term, one magazine editor boldly searches for an open hammock!”

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Follow Disney Parks on Tumblr

posted on August 25th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Have you discovered the new official home for Disney Parks on Tumblr? Check it out at! You’ll find fun and shareable posts from Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club – each with its own dedicated space, making it easy to find posts from the places you love!

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In addition to photos, animated GIFs & fun graphics you can only find on our Disney Parks Tumblr site, we are also re-blogging our favorite posts created by Disney Parks fans!

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