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A Mom’s Take: Adrenaline Pumping Alaskan Adventures with Disney Cruise Line

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


If you’re an adrenaline junkie like me, Alaska is the place for you! There are countless ways for you to get your heart racing, and even Port Adventures where your entire family can join the fun.

Take a look at this video with Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel as she shows you firsthand how excitement can be found when you join us in Alaska this summer. Which adrenaline-filled adventures would you choose?

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

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: Experiencing the Magic of Venice with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 20th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


This summer, not only are we giving Disney cruisers the chance to sail from Barcelona again, we’re also homeporting in Venice for the very first time! What’s more, some of our cruises stay overnight in Venice, giving you time to explore this spectacular city in the evening.

Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel has been showing you some of the destinations you’ll enjoy on our Mediterranean cruises, like the Greek Isles and Dubrovnik, Croatia. Now, take a look at how you can explore Venice with us, and let us know how your family would like to spend your time in this floating city.

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.

For more “A Mom’s Take” stories, read the Disney Parks Blog posts below:

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Exclusive Look at Disney Magic Renovation Tonight on Destination America

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


I just got off the Disney Magic this morning after taking one of her first cruises from Port Canaveral since the ship’s massive transformation. I still cannot believe all of the incredible updates and enhanced experiences, and I had such a great time exploring and discovering what’s new and improved.
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I’m fascinated by what it took to complete a makeover of that magnitude in such a short period of time, and I know many of you must be, too. So I wanted to make sure you all know about tonight’s premiere of “Disney Cruise Line: ReImagined Magic” on the Destination America channel. The show will give an exclusive look at the redesign and renovation process with behind-the-scenes footage from the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, and interviews with our Imagineers, cast and crew.

This hour-long special starts at 9 p.m. EST, so be sure to check your local listings for the specific channel number. After the show, let me know in the comments what you found most interesting about the Disney Magic’s transformation, one of the largest renovations ever performed in the cruise industry.

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A Mom’s Take: Wilderness and Wildlife Adventures in Alaska with Disney Cruise Line

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


Alaska is surely one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. There is nothing quite like seeing the breathtaking, untouched terrain where the mountains and glaciers meet the sea. What makes it even more special are the vast opportunities to spot wildlife, everything from birds and seals, to bears and whales.

In the next video of our “Mom’s Take” video series, Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel shows you some of the wilderness and wildlife you’ll experience on a Disney cruise to Alaska. Of course, no photos and videos will ever compare to seeing it in person, but I hope it will whet your appetite for joining us to experience it yourself this summer!

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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Happy Lunar New Year Celebration Returns to Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 16th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Come celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Horse during the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, January 31 – February 2, at Disney California Adventure park! Each day, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Paradise Gardens comes to life with this joyous tribute to the traditions and family celebrations of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures.

Throughout the celebration, a Chinese dragon dance troupe, lion dancers and Vietnamese and Korean dance groups will join Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Mulan and Mushu in Paradise Garden for the celebration. Guests will also have the chance to make their own paper lanterns, discover their Zodiac animals and more. And new this year will be the opportunity to take part in the tradition of writing wishes of good fortune and happiness to friends and family.

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Available this year is a new, commemorative Happy Lunar New Year Celebration t-shirt, featuring the artwork above. Guests may also purchase red envelopes featuring this artwork, that can be used for the Lunar New Year gift-giving tradition.

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A Mom’s Take: Exploring the Wonders of Dubrovnik with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 13th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


I hope you’re excited about our new video series, based on your questions to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, featuring this summer’s Mediterranean voyages. Last week I gave you a first glimpse at some of the destinations in the Greek Isles, and today you’ll get to see another exciting destination for us — Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Marcy, a Disney Cruise Line specialist on the panel, gives you travel tips for visiting this beautiful city and walks you through some of the Port Adventures your family may want to choose. Watch this video, and tell me, what interests you most about visiting the “Pearl of the Adriatic?”

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: Cruising with Disney to Alaska

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


If you read my post this past Monday, you know we created a video series about cruising with Disney in Europe based on questions you asked to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. What I didn’t mention then is that we did the same for our cruises to Alaska!

The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska in May for our fourth summer season in America’s Last Frontier, and we want you to be prepared with all of your questions answered. In our Alaska video series, another Disney Cruise Line specialist from the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Nancy, gives great advice to make your family’s vacation extra special. While experiencing her own adventures in Alaska, she gives you insider tips from crew members and other guests and shows you some of the exciting Port Adventures you can do based on your interests.

As you plan your Alaskan voyage, check back each Friday for another video. We’ll start today by showing you what sets a Disney cruise apart from other cruises to Alaska. Take a look, and let us know your questions if you’re considering joining us this summer.

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: January 2011

posted on January 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Back in January 2011, we were kicking off the new year with a look at exciting things to come. Between the arrival of the Disney Dream and first looks at New Fantasyland and the expansion of Disney California Adventure park, we had a lot to look forward to in 2011!
The Disney Dream Arrives at Florida's Port Canaveral

Welcome Home, Disney Dream!
Early the morning of January 4, 2011, the Disney Dream arrived at its new home in Florida’s Port Canaveral.

Vinylmation – Star Wars Series #1

The Force is Strong with Vinylmation
On January 12, 2011, Steven Miller gave us the first peak at the highly anticipated Vinylmation – Star Wars Series #1; including the two little guys above, who are still sitting right here on my desk.

Update on New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park
The largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history was underway in early 2011, and Tom Smith gave us this exciting update on what was to come when New Fantasyland would open the following year.

Exclusive First Look Behind the Scenes of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
Over at the Disneyland Resort, we were counting down the days the opening of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure park. Valarie Sukovaty gave us this exclusive behind-the-scenes look in late January 2011.

Your Favorite Disney Character is…
We asked Walt Disney World Resort guests who their favorite characters were in this popular post and video. Who is yours?

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A Mom’s Take: Cruising with Disney Cruise Line to Europe

posted on January 6th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


This May, the Disney Magic is returning to Europe for yet another fantastic summer in the Mediterranean! In preparation for these voyages, I touched base with Marcy, one of the Disney Cruise Line specialists on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, to find out what questions she answers the most about our European cruises. With that information, we created a series of videos where Marcy answers your questions directly, giving destination overviews, Port Adventure recommendations and some great travel tips from her own experiences.

We’ll be sharing these videos at the start of each week over the next couple of months, and I’m sure you’ll find them helpful if you’re planning a European cruise with us, or even just thinking about one. First up, Marcy tells us about destinations in the Greek Isles, which you can experience on both 9- and 12-night voyages this summer. Check it out, and let us know what types of adventures your family would love to have with us in Greece.

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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Happy New Year from Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 1st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


I have a special message to share from your Disney Cruise Line friends!

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To celebrate the new year, we hosted a special New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2014 on all four ships. The night was complete with music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes, a midnight countdown with balloon drops and even some kissing.

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I hope you enjoyed ringing in 2014 as much as these sweethearts! From all of the cast and crew at Disney Cruise Line, we’re wishing you a safe and happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you onboard this year!

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