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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Holiday Scenes from Our Parks

posted on December 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared many great photos of the different holiday celebrations that are taking place now at our parks around the globe.

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For example, “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” is underway during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Disney Parks Blog author Jonathan Frontado gave us a look at the holiday fun guests are having aboard Disney Cruise Line this month during their Very Merrytime Cruises.

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Erin Glover also shared a look at the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! celebration that’s taking place at Disney California Adventure park, which features live music, appearances by the Three Caballeros, the “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party,” folk dancing, food and fun.

Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort

And who can take their eyes off of this gingerbread masterpiece at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa? Read all the details about this 7 ½ feet-tall sweet structure in Erin’s original post.

Which holiday celebration interests you the most? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Disney Cruise Line Recipe: Poinse-tini

posted on December 12th, 2014 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


If you’re looking for a festive signature cocktail to serve at your holiday party, our Poinse-tini is the perfect choice! Offered during our Very Merrytime Cruises, along with the Christmas Cookie cocktail I shared last week, the sweetness of this easy-to-make concoction makes it a favorite among many. Give it a taste this weekend, and let me know in the comments what you think!

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  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz Chambord
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz cinnamon syrup
  • Black cherry syrup
  • Bitters
  • Sugar
  1. Shake and strain gin, Chambord, fresh lemon juice and cinnamon syrup.
  2. Moisten the rim of a martini glass and dip it in sugar.
  3. Layer bottom of martini glass with black cherry syrup.
  4. Pour drink into martini glass and top with a dash of bitters.
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Disney Cruisers Celebrate Santa’s Arrival with Frozen Flurries

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


In the video I shared this week, you got a first look at our brand-new Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball. Today, I want to share even more details about this spectacular event during our Very Merrytime Cruises.

Created especially for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus to the ship, Disney cruisers are invited for a celebration in the atrium lobby hosted by the Cruise Director. From time-to-time, special guests like the captain of the ship, or two royal sisters from a far away frozen land, join the winter wonderland fun!

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The festivities begin with a performance by our holiday dancers, the Snowbelles, dressed in their holiday finest and kicking up their heels to your favorite holiday tunes. Next to show up to the party are Mickey and the gang, who raise the energy in the room even more, just in time for the guests of honor to magically appear. As you can imagine, once jolly old Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus are in the room, our littlest cruisers can hardly contain their excitement!

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And right when you think the celebration can’t get any better, a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium. That’s right, a flurry of frozen fractals will make you feel like you’ve been transported from the Caribbean right to Arendelle!

If you’ve been on one of our Very Merrytime Cruises this year, tell us, what was your favorite part of the celebration?

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Video: A First Look at the New Events on Very Merrytime Cruises

posted on December 9th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


This year’s Very Merrytime Cruises have been sailing for a month now, and from the #DCLHolidays photos you’ve been posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, it’s clear you’re having a magical time on these special holiday voyages!

Last week, we caught up with Cruise Director Clayton on the Disney Fantasy, so he could tell us all about what to expect when sailing with Disney during the holidays. Take a look at the video, and let us know in the comments your favorite part of celebrating the holiday season on a Disney cruise.

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Disney Cruise Line Recipe: Christmas Cookie Cocktail

posted on December 5th, 2014 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


During our Very Merrytime Cruises, we are serving very special cocktails to get you into the festive spirit. I’ll share recipes for some of them over the next few weeks, starting today with one that’s perfect for an after-dinner treat – our Christmas Cookie cocktail. Check back next week for our holiday twist on a martini, the Poinse-tini!

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  • 1 ounce Baileys
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Whipped cream
  • Cookie shavings
  1. Blend Baileys, Kahlua, peppermint schnapps and ice cream.
  2. Layer bottom of catalina glass with chocolate sauce.
  3. Pour drink and top with whipped cream and cookie shavings.
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Disney Cruise Line Premieres Messaging Through Onboard Mobile App

posted on November 25th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Our mobile Navigator app is now premiering messaging capabilities so you can stay connected with your family and friends onboard. This new chat function joins a long list of great features in the app, including maps of the ship and Castaway Cay and information about dining, entertainment, ports of call, shopping, youth clubs, character experiences and more.

Any Disney cruiser will tell you that our daily Personal Navigator, a quick glance at all of the fun things you can do onboard, is the key to planning your perfect cruise agenda. Our mobile app is the electronic version of the Navigator, and it allows you to see activities for the whole cruise all at once. Plus, you can save your favorites to one convenient list and get notifications when the activity is about to begin. The app is available for Apple and Andriod smartphones and is free to download and use.

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To find out more details about the app and see some of its coolest features, go to this page on disneycruise.com and check out the video. If you’ve used the app, let us know in the comments your favorite part about it.

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15 Things You’re Thankful for on a Disney Cruise

posted on November 24th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


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  1. Relaxing is each day’s priority.
  2. You only have to unpack once.
  3. Your bed is made for you every morning.

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  1. There’s a never-ending supply of ice cream.
  2. What to order for dinner is the biggest decision you have to make all day.
  3. Your menu options change nightly, but your serving team stays the same.

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  1. The dining servers take over the task of cutting up your kids’ food and refilling their drinks.
  2. The live musicals are replayed on your stateroom television so you can belt out the songs even louder when watching them again.
  3. Your kids talk about the youth counselors, stateroom hosts and dining servers as if they are their lifelong friends.

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  1. Date night is something you actually have instead of just dream about.
  2. The kids clubs stay open late (which your kids are even more thankful for than you).
  3. The options for fruity drinks are endless.

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  1. Chocolate and a really cool towel animal are waiting on your bed each night.
  2. You wake up in a new destination every day.
  3. On the last day you don’t feel like you need a vacation after your vacation.
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New ‘Frozen’ Disney Trading Pins Come with the Purchase of a Holiday Pin Series Disney Gift Card

posted on November 20th, 2014 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services


Be on the lookout for this year’s Disney Gift Card Holiday Pin Series throughout Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort. These cards come in four different designs featuring your favorite characters from Disney Animation’s hit movie “Frozen”.

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Each of these Disney Gift Card designs are available with a starting balance of $75 and also comes with a Disney Trading Pin. Complete your Disney Trading Pin collection with these four new pins, which feature “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf. These pins can only be found with this year’s Disney Gift Card Holiday Pin Series.

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Giving a Disney Gift Card is simple for you, and perfect for friends and family! The Disney Gift Card can be used for practically all things Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Club Penguin, Disney PhotoPass, DisneyMusicOnline.com, Disney Store locations in the U.S. and online and at DisneyStore.com. For more information or to shop for more holiday designs, please visit DisneyGiftCard.com.

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Planning for a Day at Castaway Cay

posted on November 18th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


As the weather cools down and winter approaches, do you find yourself dreaming about Castaway Cay more and more, too? I thought so.

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For those of you who haven’t had the chance to sail to our private island yet, let me sum it up for you in one word: paradise. Since it’s our most popular destination, we get tons of questions about it as guests anticipate their first visit. We checked in with Dolly from the Disney Parks Moms Panel during her recent family vacation to get answers to your questions about planning for a day here. Find out what she had to say…

What tips do you have for first-timers visiting Castaway Cay?


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How to Have the Perfect Day at Sea on a Disney Cruise

posted on November 17th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


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As much as I love adventures in our beautiful ports of call, I equally love the days we spend at sea. Not only is it relaxing to feel the warm ocean breeze and see blue water in every direction, sea days are a great chance to take advantage of everything our ships have to offer. Here are some tips for how to have the perfect day when sailing the seas from sunrise to sundown.

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Explore the ship on the first day of the cruise. Doing so allows you to maximize your time on the day at sea since you already know where everything is located. You can move from the sports deck to the sun lounge to the movie theater to the family lounge in no time!

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Spend time in and out of the sun. Sea days are known for water fun, and you won’t want to miss your chance to lounge poolside with a cold beverage. But also schedule time for the many unique activities you aren’t likely to do back home, like cheer on babies at Jack Jack’s Diaper Dash and solve a mystery with a virtual detective agency.

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Plan out your day the night before. With the evening turn down service, you’ll get a hard copy of the next day’s Navigator, a complete guide to the activities happening around the ship. Bring different colored highlighters for each member of your family so everyone can choose what they want to do throughout the day. Or create a favorite activities list on our new mobile Navigator App.

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Try out a different place to eat for each meal. If you enjoy a-la-cart table service for breakfast, go to the buffet or grab quick service for lunch. Take advantage of the many different dining options, including room service for those of you who want to sleep in and enjoy breakfast on your verandah.

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Splurge on at least one treat for each member of the family. When else can mom get a seaweed body wrap while dad taste tests tequilas and the kids have tea with Disney friends? Whatever your interests, there’s something special for everyone to add to your day at sea to make it even more unforgettable.

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