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A Mom’s Take: Top 5 Disney Alaska Cruise Tips

posted on February 21st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Whenever I plan a new trip, I always ask others who have already taken the same journey for tips and suggestions. Most of you probably do the same thing, which is why the Disney Parks Moms Panel is such a popular resource for guests.

The video I’m sharing with you today is one of my favorites in our “Mom’s Take” Alaska series since Disney Parks Moms Panelist Nancy gives super helpful tips that she developed not only from her own experience but also from the insights of other guests and crew members. Narrowing down tips to the top five wasn’t an easy feat, but I think you’ll be pleased with the advice Nancy shares. Take a look!

For more on sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.

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Sitka Port Adventures on a Disney Cruise to Alaska

posted on February 19th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Last week, we started the 100-day countdown until the first cruise of our Alaska season. This will be our fourth year sailing to Alaska, and I, like Disney Parks Blog author Jonathan Frontado, am just as excited as I was the first year about these amazing voyages.

New to the 2014 season, and a first for Disney Cruise Line, is a special 9-night cruise that calls on Sitka, Alaska. Like the other destinations we visit in Alaska, Sitka is a beautiful and charming seaside town filled with rich history and thriving culture. Today I want to tell you about some of the Port Adventures your family can do if you’re joining us on our very first cruise of the season departing May 24.

Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure With Disney Cruise Line in Alaska Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure With Disney Cruise Line in Alaska

Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure – This active adventure is a fantastic way for your family to experience the breathtaking beauty of Alaska up close. While sea kayaking amidst a gorgeous wilderness backdrop, you’re likely to spot wildlife like bald eagles and herons and possibly even porpoises and humpback whales that occasionally surface for air. I can’t even imagine how incredible of an experience that would be to see those animals so close in the wild!

Jet-Cat Wildlife Quest and Beach Exploration With Disney Cruise Line in Alaska Jet-Cat Wildlife Quest and Beach Exploration With Disney Cruise Line in Alaska

Jet-Cat Wildlife Quest and Beach Exploration – Another great option for spotting wildlife is on a catamaran adventure. Your family can search for whales, sea otters, puffins, bald eagles and brown bears from either inside a warm, spacious cabin or out on the open deck guided by an expert naturalist. Next, you’ll visit a remote island where you can explore the shore’s colorful tide pools, look for wildlife tracks and simply enjoy the pristine beauty around you.

Sitka Culture, National Park & Raptor Center With Disney Cruise Line in Alaska Sitka Culture, National Park & Raptor Center With Disney Cruise Line in Alaska

Sitka Culture, National Park & Raptor Center – For families wanting a cultural experience with their wilderness adventures, this Port Adventure combines three popular destinations in Sitka. The first stop is the Alaska Raptor Center where you’ll see exhibits with bald eagles, owls, falcons and other birds of prey. Next up at the Sitka National Historical Park you can explore the natural Alaskan rainforest through a guided walk, see totem poles and learn about the ancient Tlingit people at the park museum. Lastly, you’ll visit a Tlingit Clan house for an educational and entertaining heritage experience of storytelling through dance, songs and native clothing.

For more on sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line, check out the “Mom’s Take” video series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.

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A Mom’s Take: Making the Most of Your Time in European Ports

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


One of the things I learned from my cruise in Europe last summer is that a little extra planning goes a long way for your days in port. Since the destinations we visit are rich in history and there is so much to experience, you’ll want to have a game plan ahead of time.

If you’re like me and want to make the most of your days in port, then check out our next “Mom’s Take” video with Disney Parks Moms Panelist Marcy for her valuable advice on how to do that. I know firsthand the suggestions she gives are good ones!

For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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Discover a Disney Cruise to Alaska in One Minute

posted on February 14th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope all of you are celebrating the love of family and friends in your lives today. It’s also a special day for Disney Cruise Line as today marks 100 days until the start of our Alaska season.

In preparation for our voyages in Alaska this summer, we’ve been sharing the “Mom’s Take” videos to give you insider tips and information about these awe-inspiring cruises. Today, we take a short break from that series to give you a look at a Disney cruise to Alaska from a different perspective … mine!

I’ve sailed to Alaska with Disney three times, and each year I am still blown away by the experience. Summing up a Disney cruise to Alaska in just one minute wasn’t easy, but I think this short montage of our guests’ magical moments (hand-picked by me) gives you a good taste of what to expect in America’s Last Frontier. Check it out!

For more on sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.

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A Mom’s Take: Sailing the Mediterranean Without Kids on Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 10th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Last week, I shared a video giving you a mom’s take on navigating Europe with kids on a Disney cruise. As a company geared toward families, it’s no surprise that our cruises keep kids in mind, no matter where we are in the world. But what may come as a surprise to some is that we cater to both adults traveling with and without children.

Not only do we have spaces and experiences dedicated to adults onboard, we also offer departures of our most popular shore excursions just for them. In our next “Mom’s Take” video, Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel shows you some of what you can expect when sailing the Mediterranean without kids. If you weren’t already dreaming about that romantic European getaway for you and your significant other, you will be after watching this video!

For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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A Mom’s Take: Immersing Your Family in the Culture and Cuisine of Alaska

posted on February 7th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


So many parents tell us that learning is an important aspect of their family travel. No matter where you go, there are opportunities for both you and your kids to expand your knowledge and understanding. Disney is always looking for more ways to give you those opportunities, and our cruises to Alaska are just one example.

If you’re curious about how you can immerse your family in the culture of Alaska, you’ll definitely want to check out the next video in our “Mom’s Take” series with Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Not only does she show you ways to discover the heritage of natives and the history of the gold rush era, she gives tips for celebrating important Alaska industries like timber and fishing…and of course recommendations on where to taste the freshly caught seafood for yourself!

For more on sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: February 2011

posted on February 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Love was in the air and changes were underway three years ago this month at Disney Parks. Here at Disneyland Resort, we were getting ready for a Soundsational Summer! Let’s take a look back at some of the stories we featured here on the Disney Parks Blog in February 2011.

George Lucas visits Star Tours at Disneyland Park

George Lucas Visits Star Tours at Disneyland Park
As we were preparing to venture once again to a galaxy far, far away with the 2011 opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, George Lucas paid a special visit to check on the attraction’s development at Disneyland park.

President of Disney Cruise Line, Karl Holz, Minnie Mouse and Meyer Werft Shipyard Managing Partner, Bernard Meyer celebrate at the Disney Fantasy keel laying ceremony.

Keel Laying Ceremony Marks a Milestone for the Disney Fantasy Today
On February 11, 2011, the Disney Fantasy marked a milestone in its construction as it celebrated the keel laying during a special ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard.

Who's Your Favorite Disney Couple?

Your Favorite Disney Character Couple is…
On Valentine’s Day 2011, we asked Disney Parks Blog readers who their favorite Disney Character couples were. See their answers in the comments!

Tangaroa Terrace, Trader Sam’s to Join Disneyland Hotel This Spring
On February 24, 2011, we announced the addition of two of my favorite locations at the Disneyland Resort – Tangaroa Terrace and (of course) Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park

More Than Meets the Eye at Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World Resort photographer Kent Phillips shared these amazingly surreal photos from Magic Kingdom Park.

From Under the Sea to Galaxies Far, Far Away…Opening Dates Are Set For A Soundsational Summer at Disneyland Resort
Three years ago this month, we were getting ready for a Soundsational Summer here at the Disneyland Resort, with the openings of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.

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A Mom’s Take: Navigating Europe with Kids with Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It’s no secret that Disney goes above and beyond to add magic to your family vacation, and our cruises in Europe are no exception. When sailing the Mediterranean, you’ll find several ways that we make traveling overseas a more enjoyable experience for you and your little ones.

In the next video of our “Mom’s Take” series, Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel gives helpful tips for navigating Europe with kids and shows how our European voyages cater to both them and you. Take a look, and let us know in the comments if you have any additional insight from your own travels.

For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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A Mom’s Take: Making the Most of Your Days in Alaskan Ports With Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 31st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


In our “Mom’s Take” video series about cruising to Alaska, Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel has been showing you all kinds of awesome adventures you can have in America’s Last Frontier. But with so many options for things to do and see ashore, the question begs to be asked…

“How can I make the most of my days in port?”

Of course you won’t be able to do it all, but there are ways that you can maximize your time and see as much as possible without feeling stressed. Take a look at this video for a few tips, and if you’ve already cruised with us to Alaska, leave us your own tips in the comments.

For more on sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.

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A Mom’s Take: Choosing the Right European Itinerary for Your Family with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 27th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Now that we’ve given you a glimpse at some of the destinations in Europe you can visit with us this summer, like Venice, the Greek Isles and Dubrovnik, Croatia, you’re probably facing the tough decision that every Disney cruiser must make…

“Which itinerary is right for my family?”

While there’s no magical formula, there are certain things to consider when finding the best fit. To help you in your decision making process, Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel provides more details about the options available.

Check out the next video of our “Mom’s Take” series, and let me know in the comments which Mediterranean voyage you’re leaning toward taking this summer.

For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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