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Adventures by Disney Introduces New Ways to Explore Europe in 2016

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


In 2016, Adventures by Disney is offering adventure-seeking travelers new and exciting ways to experience Europe, including a newly reimagined England and France vacation, as well as additional departure dates for the recently announced all-new Danube river cruise itineraries.

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Starting today, book a newly enhanced 8-day, 7-night England and France itinerary for 2016 that now includes even more immersive activities and discoveries such as scone making, a dragon “hunt,” a speedboat journey down the River Thames and more. Explore the Eiffel Tower, tour Windsor Castle, marvel at masterpieces in the Louvre Museum and so much more on this breathtaking adventure.

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This newly reimagined England and France itinerary joins the recently announced lineup of European river cruise vacations planned for 2016, which have proved so successful that additional sail dates have now been added. On these exciting new adventures, you can sail down the famed Danube River to experience iconic locations and hidden gems in eight destinations across four countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

Looking to take a Disney Cruise Line vacation to Europe in 2016? You can also add an Adventures by Disney pre-package in Copenhagen, Barcelona or London on select cruise departures. Or, for even deeper immersion, add an Adventures by Disney embedded experience to select 7- or 12-night European cruises to the Baltic or Mediterranean.

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Norway Cruise Director Voyage Report: Fun with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff in Ålesund

posted on June 9th, 2015 by Brent Davies, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


Our destination today was Ålesund, a charming seaport situated at the entrance of Geirangerfjord, stretching across multiple islands. The backdrop of mountains and smooth waterways are a picturesque complement to the town’s Art Nouveau architecture.

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The Sunnmøre Museum is one of the must-visit spots in Ålesund, and many Disney cruisers did just that today. Several of our Port Adventures visit this open-air folk museum, but only one incredibly special group was greeted by friends from the neighboring Kingdom of Arendelle. Anna, Elsa and Kristoff did not want to miss this unique countryside village on their first visit to Norway! They eagerly joined Disney cruisers in the festivities, complete with live music, old-fashioned games and Norwegian sweets.

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Another popular Port Adventure gave our guests a look at life in the Middle Ages with the families of Vikings. From the port, they drove through one of the world’s longest undersea tunnels to the Saga island of Giske where they were greeted by a Viking chieftain. Their time in the medieval village was spent learning about traditions, playing games and tasting Viking meals, a fun way for families to connect while being immersed in Scandinavian history.

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To see more of the fun Disney cruisers had today in Ålesund, check out this gallery.

Our next stop is Geiranger, said to be one of the most enchanting places in all of Norway. Check back tomorrow to see if Disney cruisers agree this destination lives up to the hype. (Spoiler alert: Frozen’s Arendelle is inspired by Geirangerfjord, so it seems we all know what the answer will be!)

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Norway Cruise Director Voyage Report: Striking Views and a Magical Proposal in Stavanger

posted on June 8th, 2015 by Brent Davies, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


Greetings from majestic Norway! It’s day three of our first-ever Norwegian fjords voyage, and I think I speak for all Disney Magic cruisers when I say it is even more magical than expected. After departing from the vibrant city of Copenhagen, Denmark, we enjoyed a beautiful day at sea. Today was our first stop – in Stavanger, gateway to the famed Pulpit Rock.

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Adventure seekers journeyed to see this flat mountain plateau, sitting 2000-feet above Lysefjord. Some Port Adventures took our guests on a cruise through the fjord to see this magnificent cliff from below, and the super adventurous hiked to the top, taking in the awe-inspiring views from above. Many got an adrenaline rush by stepping close to the edge, and one man went the extra mile for that rush by getting down on one knee to pop the question (she said yes!)… A big congratulations to the couple, Kyle and Ashley, who are both former Disney Cruise Line crew members!

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Disney cruisers who stayed in town chose to walk the cobblestone streets of Old Stavanger and visit Norway’s oldest cathedral – Stavanger Domkirke – dating back to the early 12th century. One of our Port Adventures combines a visit to the cathedral with time at the Iron Age Farm, an authentic farmstead where you can learn about life there 1,500 years ago.

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Tomorrow we arrive to Ålesund where, for the first time in forever, only Disney cruisers will have the chance to celebrate our time in Norway with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff. I look forward to sharing reactions from our guests to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Until then!

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Disney Magic Sets Sail for First-Ever Norwegian Fjords Voyage

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


Yoo-hoo! Big summer blowout! Disney Magic cruisers are rejoicing today as we set sail for our first-ever Norwegian fjords cruise to the land that served as the inspiration and backdrop for “Frozen”.

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Their journey will include sailing through the not-so-frozen waters of Norway’s majestic fjords, along with the chance for adventure in the charming ports of Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen. Some of the sights Disney cruisers can expect to see include magnificent mountain ranges, massive glaciers, steaming geysers, stunning architecture, historic city centers and storybook villages.

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Your favorite royal sisters, Anna and Elsa, are joining us on our tour of the Norwegian fjords, along with their lovable friend, Olaf. They’ll be posing for photos around the ship, singing and dancing on stage and hosting a lively party up on deck – the perfect celebration in summer!

Cruise Director Brent will be posting a live voyage report on the Disney Parks Blog, so check back throughout the week to see some of our brand-new “Frozen”-inspired experiences, both onboard and on land. Farvel, Disney Magic cruisers!

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An Adult’s Guide to Castaway Cay with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 4th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It’s not just our ships that are a playground for adults. Our private island offers plenty of ways for adults to enjoy themselves, with or without the kids. For those of you looking to do just that, check out this adult’s guide to Castaway Cay.

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

posted on June 2nd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


What to wear on a Disney cruise is one of the biggest topics addressed on the Disney Parks Moms Panel. For tropical destinations, we all know that swimwear is a must for daytime fun. But what is appropriate for nighttime?

I reached out to the Disney Cruise Line specialists on the Disney Parks Moms Panel to find out what their family wears on nights designated as cruise casual, formal and semi-formal, and here’s what they had to say …

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“For cruise casual nights, our family dresses in clothing that would be appropriate for a nice dinner out at a casual dining restaurant. That usually consists of khakis and a golf shirt for my husband and capris and a cute top for me. Since our kids are older, we choose the late seating for dinner. Our girls go directly to the Youth Clubs after the meal, so they prefer to wear something comfy and casual that they can wear straight to Edge and Vibe. You’ll probably find them in a cute tunic, leggings and sandals, or capri pants and a fun top.” –Diane W.

“For my husband and teenage son, collared shirts are always easy to pack and go well with his khaki pants or jeans. Boat shoes are a staple in my boys’ closets, since it pairs nicely for evenings out and practically goes with everything. My daughter will usually be comfortable wearing a sundress for cruise casual evenings, paired with dressy ballet flat shoes. I’m usually comfortable with my capri pants and a nice bright colored blouse. Comfy wedge heels are a must for me in the evenings, since we like to stroll along the deck after dinner before heading over to one of the lounges for a cocktail or a nightcap.” –Dolly M.

Formal and Semi-Formal

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“On formal and semi-formal nights, you’ll see everything from tuxedos and formal gowns to sundresses. We like to find a happy medium. My husband will wear a jacket and dress shirt (sometimes a tie), and I will wear a nice (but not formal) dress. I do enjoy seeing those who bring ball gowns and tuxedos, and that makes for a precious photo op with the Disney characters in their formal best.” –Diane W.

“For formal night or an evening at Remy or Palo, I like to wear a dress with heels, and my teenage daughter wears a nicer sundress with the same ballet flat she wears on the cruise casual nights. We both bring a shawl or a light sweater to drape over just in case it gets breezy. My husband always packs a pair of dress pants and a jacket if we know we are dining at Palo or Remy, and he’ll bring an extra shirt and tie for formal or semi-formal night. My teenage son packs his Oxford shoes to match his dress pants and long-sleeved shirt. We never run out of collared shirts, since it’s our go-to outfits for the boys in the family.” –Dolly M.


For other tips on what to pack for your Disney cruise, check out my previous posts:

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Disney Vacation Club Explores Disney’s Wild West

posted on May 31st, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


Greetings from somewhere between Ketchikan and Vancouver!

Today marks the final day of our first Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise to Alaska, where our adventures through the Wild West have included a bit of time travel.

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Two of my very favorite people – Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline and Disney author and historian Tim O’Day – are taking members on an irreverent journey through “Disney’s Wild West,” one of several unique entertainment experiences created for this special charter voyage. Their fast-paced presentation uses filmed treasures and rare artifacts from the Walt Disney Archives to illustrate “8 Simple Rules for Enjoying Life in Disney’s Wild West.” If history class had been this entertaining, I would’ve paid far closer attention.

Becky and Tim asked if they could share some artifacts with all of you, and I always do what historians tell me.

I’ll leave them to show off their treasures while I go grab seats for “Broadway and Beyond: Songs We’re Wild About,” a new finale concert created by our friends from Disney Theatrical Productions. Man I’m going to hate seeing this voyage come to an end. By this time tomorrow, the artifacts will be back in their vault, the celebrities will be back doing whatever celebrities do, and my bed will be in the same zip code every night. Good thing there’s another Member Cruise in August!

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Disney Vacation Club Goes Wild About Goofy

posted on May 29th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


Greetings from Skagway, Alaska, gateway to the Klondike!

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Today marks Day 4 of our first Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise to Alaska, and things are starting to get really Goofy here on the Disney Wonder. I’m joined by Disney Legend Bill Farmer, the longtime voice of Goofy and one of the many special performers and presenters who are helping make this voyage unlike any other.

Bill recently earned a prestigious Annie Award from the International Animated Film Association for Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting for a Television Production – one of several Annie Awards garnered by the contemporary animated shorts that have returned Mickey Mouse, Goofy and other familiar characters to their squashing, stretching, comedic roots. We’re screening some of Bill’s favorite shorts during our voyage, including “Goofy’s Grandma,” the title that earned Bill his Annie.

I asked Bill to share a few insights with our friends here on the Disney Parks Blog, and he does just that in the video below. I’ve also included the “Goofy’s Grandma” short in its entirety so you can hear Bill’s award-winning performance for yourself.

I’ll be back in touch again before our voyage ends, but I need to run to get Bill back to the buffet. You wouldn’t like him when he’s hungry.

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The Ultimate Land and Sea Family Vacation with Disney Cruise Line

posted on May 28th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Sailing with us to a tropical destination before or after a stay at Walt Disney World Resort is the ultimate family vacation. I could spend all day telling you why you should add a Disney cruise to your next parks and resort trip, but I’ll keep it short with these top five reasons . . .

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  1. It’s a hassle-free vacation with the thrills and frills of Disney. You’ll quickly discover the convenience of cruising, especially as you only unpack once during your journey to multiple exotic destinations. What’s more, you’ll stay in world-class accommodations, eat food prepared by first-rate chefs and be entertained morning until night like only Disney can do.
  2. It’s the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. One day you can zip line from tree top to tree top on a Port Adventure in the rainforest, and the next day you can stay put in a hammock on Castaway Cay. There’s no shortage of fun onboard or in port, but with so many options to recharge, you won’t need a vacation from your vacation when you return home.
  3. A 3- or 4-night cruise is a great way to test the waters. For those of you who are new to cruising, our shorter sailings allow you to see if cruising is the right fit for your family. And since most onboard activities, entertainment and dining options are included in the price of your cruise, you’ll know just what to budget.
  4. You’ll have magical experiences you can’t get anywhere else. From regal gatherings with princesses to dance parties with Mickey and the gang on our private island, Castaway Cay, a Disney cruise gives you the chance to interact with characters in a whole new way. And speaking of Castaway Cay, most of our cruises from Florida stop at this tropical paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.
  5. With two Disney Cruise Line homeports in Florida, it’s never been easier to make both a cruise and resort stay part of your Disney vacation. Port Canaveral and Miami are within driving distance of Walt Disney World, making it convenient to stay at one of our resorts and enjoy all four theme parks before or after visiting tropical destinations on a cruise to the Bahamas or Caribbean.

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If you have questions about planning a Disney getaway that includes both a Disney Cruise Line voyage and a Walt Disney World Resort stay, head on over to DisneyParksMomsPanel.com. The knowledgeable panelists will help make it your family’s most magical vacation yet.

Those of you who’ve already enjoyed a Disney land and sea vacation, tell us, what are your best tips?

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Disney Vacation Club Sails Onward to Alaska

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


My workplace looks a little different today. There are pine trees on the horizon instead of palms, I’m surrounded by water that appears oddly void of reptiles, and a curious number of people have cloaked themselves in some kind of woven, long-sleeved alternative to shirts called “sweaters.” Weird, but fun.

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Clearly, I’m not in Florida anymore. I’m in Canada. Or at least I was yesterday. I’m not sure exactly where I am today, but I know I’m somewhere between the port of Vancouver and the Tracy Arm Fjord, sailing with Disney Vacation Club Members aboard the Disney Wonder on our first Member Cruise to Alaska!

Always my favorite business trip and long a highlight on many Members’ vacation calendars, a Member Cruise is a Disney Vacation Club charter voyage that enhances the already extraordinary Disney Cruise Line experience with custom décor, unique in-room gifts and a diverse lineup of special shows and experiences for Members and their guests. This year’s entertainment lineup is as wild as our Alaskan itinerary (a dramatic departure from our traditional Bahamian Member Cruise itineraries), featuring everyone from contemporary filmmakers to dynamic stage and screen stars to insightful authors and historians.

Part of the fun of the Member Cruise experience is the surprise reveal of our lineup as we sail out of port. For this year’s epic voyage, we introduced our entertainment lineup with an epic movie trailer. I actually voiced the trailer’s “scratch track” before we hired a professional actor, and I now understand why those temporary recordings are called “scratch” tracks. Listening to my voice describe the lineup made me want to scratch my ears off. Fortunately, the final cut I now share with you kept me safely away from the microphone. You’re welcome.

I’ll check back later in the voyage to introduce you to some of our special guests. In the meantime, I’m off to see a presentation about bears. Maybe I’ll meet Kenai. Or Koda. Or Ditka!

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