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A Family Affair on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on May 30th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Over the last few weeks, we’ve been giving you a look at the all-new spaces and experiences on the re-imagined Disney Magic. There’s no question that the changes to our flagship vessel are beyond spectacular!

What hasn’t changed is the numerous ways families are entertained onboard, and in fact, Disney Magic cruisers are discovering even more fun together since the ship’s transformation.

In the final video of our Re-imagined Disney Magic series, see all the ways cruisers are making memories on our transformed ship, and name your top picks for family fun.

For more on the Re-imagined Disney Magic, take a look back at these posts:

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Sophisticated Keys Takes Cocktails to New Level on Disney Magic

posted on May 27th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Ahhhh, what a peaceful retreat after a boisterous day of kayaking, snorkeling, and a long bike ride on beautiful Castaway Cay: softly lit Keys piano bar on the Disney Magic. The talented pianist entertained us with Disney tunes (by request) on a beautiful baby grand piano as we settled back in an armchair to peruse a remarkable menu of after-dinner cocktails. Reserved after 9 p.m. for guests 18 and older, the Deck 3 lounge was bliss.

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And no ordinary cocktails on this menu, but the classics combined with trendy new drinks designed by the Disney mixologists, from the bartender’s version of a Manhattan made with Jack Daniel’s “Sinatra Select,” Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth and Cointreau to a Diamonds Martini with Three Olives Strawberry Vodka and Aviation (gin) and Cocci Vermouth di Torrino. This isn’t your dad’s after-dinner cocktail.

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Trendy ingredients are mixed tableside, like the Coco Royale with 1800 Coconut Tequila, Moët Ice Champagne and coconut flakes – a divine concoction that we all agreed was our favorite. The Moji-Do is Keys’ take on a mojito, this version with Kraken Black Spiced Rum, yuzu juice, slice orange, corn shoots and fresh mint leaves, again beautifully mixed tableside. And you wouldn’t recognize the Bloody Mi-Re, a trendy take on a Bloody Mary with Belvedere Bloody Mary, yellow tomato juice, fresh lime juice and Whiskey Worcestershire Sauce.

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Wine is decanted and serve tableside is exquisite Riedel “Black Tie” glassware – gorgeous mouth-blown stemware from Austria, all accented with a beautiful black stem. There’s also a selection of beer, Scotch, Single Malt Tequila, Cognac, Port, Madeira and specialty coffees.

If you feel like dancing post-cocktails, Fathoms is next door, or settle in for a quiet game of backgammon or checkers at O’Gills Pub – all part of the ships’ new After Hours section that caters to grown-ups after dark.

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Just for Adults on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on May 22nd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


One of the greatest things about the Disney Magic’s transformation is that our Imagineers thought of everyone in the family when redesigning spaces on the ship. We shared last week a video showing you new ways kids are being entertained, but they aren’t the only ones having fun on this pixie-dusted ship!

Now, check out the re-imagined spaces just for grown-ups!

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Disney Cruise Line’s 2015 Hawaii, West Coast and Galveston Sailings Open for Booking

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


Just this week, we announced that in 2015 Disney Cruise Line is returning to Hawaii, the West Coast and Galveston, Texas! Today, you have the chance to start booking these special limited-time engagement cruises.

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Following our spectacular summer in Alaska, we’re sailing back to Hawaii in September with two 10-night sailings between Vancouver and Honolulu. Some of the breathtaking destinations include Hilo (Hawaii Island), Nawiliwili (Kauai) and Kahului (Maui).

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Staying on the West Coast through October, we’ll also be homeporting from San Diego! Our five-night Baja sailings stop at Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico, a three-night cruise stops at Ensenada and two-night getaway voyages are the perfect weekend retreat.

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Then starting in November, we’re sailing again from Galveston for the holiday season, offering a seven-night itinerary to Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay, among other itinerary options.

Of course we’ll also have plenty of options to the Bahamas and Caribbean in fall 2015, with departures from both Miami and Port Canaveral, Fla. Needless to say, we’re thrilled about these exciting voyages, and from the feedback we’ve gotten this week, you are, too!

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Fall 2015 Itineraries

posted on May 19th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The exciting news from Disney Cruise Line just keeps coming! Today we announced a whole new lineup of itineraries for fall 2015, including a return to popular destinations and home ports for limited-time engagements.

In this video, Cruise Director Natalie tells you all about it. Check it out, and let me know in the comments which of our 2015 sailings is on your bucket list!

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Fun for Kids on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on May 15th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Curious to know more about the fun your kids are having while you’re enjoying “me” time on a Disney ship? There’s no doubt little cruisers are having a blast on all of our ships, but today you’ll get to see some of the extra special things they’re enjoying specifically on the Disney Magic.

Like much of the ship, Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Lab were re-imagined with brand-new experiences. You can get a glimpse at the new enchanted lands for ages three to 12 when you check out this video about the fun for kids on the re-imagined Disney Magic!

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Inaugural Disney Castaway Cay Challenge Announced Today

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


Today runDisney announced a brand new event that I think many of you Disney cruisers will be thrilled to hear about! For the first time ever, you have the chance to complete the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, an exclusive to Disney Cruise Line guests who are participating in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

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The inaugural challenge, which takes place in January 2015, combines our Castaway Cay 5K with any Walt Disney World Marathon race with a distance of 5K or longer. Following the completion of an eligible race at Walt Disney World Resort, cruisers on the January 12 Disney Dream voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida can then take part in the second half of the challenge – the Castaway Cay 5K – when the ship stops at our private island in the Bahamas.

If you complete both races within the pacing requirements, you’ll earn the Inaugural Disney Castaway Cay Challenge Medal in addition to your Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and Castaway Cay 5K finisher medals.

What’s more, just for this cruise we’ll have exclusive activities designed for those of you participating in this challenge, plus featured menu items and special merchandise.

More details, including registration information and booking procedures, are available now on runDisney.com. On your mark, get set, go!

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First Look at New Disney Cruise Line Merchandise for Summer 2014 Itineraries

posted on May 13th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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My fellow author Jonathan Frontado recently shared an update about the special Disney Cruise Line itineraries for summer 2014. His article had me daydreaming of taking an Alaskan cruise (as a travel photographer by hobby, I’m sure my camera would love it). Since I’m no closer to such a cruise, I stopped by the Disney Cruise Line merchandise showroom at my office to survey new merchandise created for these upcoming sailings.

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Disney Design Group artist Dave Keefer created the Alaskan cruise artwork for the Disney Wonder. I love how he incorporated native tribal artwork along with a splash of Disney characters (the colors are incredible!). He told me he was inspired after seeing some tribal artwork and the giant carved totem pole in Canada Pavilion at Epcot (Alaska’s neighbor, of course). This artwork will be utilized on a variety of items such as a pin, a D-Tech on Demand case, a scrapbook, drinkware and more.

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The artwork will also be used on apparel such as the main logo T-shirt. Guests should also look for a hooded sweatshirt, graphic shirts and other long sleeved options.

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The Disney Magic will be sailing in the Mediterranean this summer, and there is a completely different merchandise assortment for those cruises. The main logo artwork was created by Disney Design Group character artist Casey Jones and senior graphic designer Tim Whalen. Casey drew Mickey Mouse sporting some awesome cruising attire that I would wear.

Guests should look for a variety of apparel items and other goods such as a keychain, a photo album and more.

If you are sailing this summer, please take me with you … I mean, bon voyage!

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First Impressions of the Re-imagined Disney Magic

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


The re-imagined Disney Magic has made quite the splash since her relaunch! Last week, Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel shared her favorite experiences, and this week, she lets us hear what others are saying about the ship’s transformation.

Check out this video featuring guests sailing onboard the Disney Magic for the very first time, and chime in with your own first impressions in the “Comments” section below!

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Five Types of Cruisers You Meet on Every Disney Ship

posted on May 6th, 2014 by Natalie Bailey, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


Greetings from the Disney Magic! As a Cruise Director, my job is to make sure every Disney cruise is exciting, entertaining and enjoyable for all of our guests. One of my favorite parts of cruising is that every sailing is totally different, no matter what ship or itinerary. New guests, new experiences and new memories make each one special.

But after nine years on the high seas, I’ve noticed there are a lot of similarities among our cruisers. When you embark on your own Disney cruise vacation, you’re always sure to spot these people …

1. The New Best Friends
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They may have met only a few hours ago, but they’re already inseparable.

2. The Big “Kids”
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Whether they came with children of their own or they’re sailing solo, these party animals know how to have a good time.

3. The First-Time Cruisers
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These first-timers are taking everything in, from the Broadway-style shows and first-run movies, to the splashtacular upper decks and delectable dining.

4. The Timeless Lovebirds
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What better place to celebrate a lifetime of love than on the most magical ships at sea?

5. The Lifelong Friends
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Nothing compares to the fabulous company of these old pals. They like to pop in on the fun everywhere!

Who would you add to the list of cruisers you meet on every Disney ship? Add your own ideas in the “Comments” below.

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