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Moms Panel Monday: Our Most Interesting Questions

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks

Each week, the Disney Parks Moms Panel receives hundreds of questions from people planning their upcoming Disney vacations. Sometimes these questions can get very specific but nothing our 50 panelists can’t handle!


For this week’s Moms Panel Monday, we asked our panelists to reflect back on some of their favorite or most interesting questions from this year.

Moms Panelist Diane, who specializes in answering Disney Cruise Line questions, loved helping a guest getting ready to sail on the Disney Magic learn whether or not she’d be able to find her favorite food – chicken wings – on the ship. Diane knew exactly how to help her. Find out here.

Jason, one of our dads on the Panel, did a lot of research to help answer a question about the countries in the “it’s a small world” attraction. Read his fun answer here.

And finally, Faith, our runDisney specialist, absolutely enjoyed answering a wardrobe question for an upcoming runDisney event. To tiara or not to tiara? Find out here.

If you’ve got a question about planning your upcoming Disney vacation, be sure to visit the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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7 Fun Facts about Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats on the Disney Dream

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Kelly Vanarsdall, Food and Beverage Standards Manager, Disney Cruise Line

Last week I gave you the inside scoop on Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats, the sweetest addition to the recently enhanced Disney Dream. The design of this sweet shop is based on the arcade game of Sugar Rush in “Wreck-It-Ralph,” blending the world of video game racing with candy.


As promised, here are seven fun facts about Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats …

1. When you first enter the space from the outside deck, there is a mural of the Starting Line from the game, a sculpture of Vanellope’s racing kart and a sculpture of King Candy waving the checkered flag from the winner’s podium. The racetrack circles the entire space.

2. The mural behind the sculpture of Vanellope is called the Candy Cane Forest. That is where Wreck-It Ralph first met Vanellope in the film.


3. Keeping with the video game, racing and candy theme, the background music in the shop is a combination of music from the film, 8-bit video game music, and J-pop.

4. The animated leaderboard is a replica from the film.

5. The grandstands on top of the candy dispenser are exact replicas from the ones in the film. Each grandstand represents a racer in the game.


6. Sour Bill is an animated figure and appears in the center gas pump-style gumball dispenser. He sleeps in there and occasionally wakes up to say something sour.

7. Rich Moore, the director of the film and the voice of Sour Bill, recorded new lines of dialogue for Sour Bill exclusively for Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats.

Our chefs are preparing a few of their favorite recipes from Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats to share with you. Stay tuned for my upcoming series so you can try your hand at making these delectable desserts at home.

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Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Give Back at Local Food Pantries

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, Disney Cruise Line crew members volunteered at local food pantries to help with Thanksgiving preparations in communities near our Florida homeports in Port Canaveral and Miami, and in Galveston, Texas.

Last Saturday, Disney VoluntEARS from the Disney Fantasy cruise ship in town for the day in Port Canaveral sorted and stocked more than 9,000 pounds of food at the Sharing Center of Central Brevard, an organization that provides emergency assistance to those in need.

Take a look at those crew members in action and hear why they wanted to support this great cause.

Over Thanksgiving, the Sharing Center is serving dinner and assisting 250 local families with meal baskets. Donated food is also distributed at the Sharing Center’s Emergency Food Pantry year round, which provides an estimated 8 tons of food monthly to residents living within Central Brevard County.

Crew members from both the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic also volunteered at local food banks in port communities surrounding Galveston, Texas and Miami, Florida last week. Throughout the year, our Disney Cruise Line cast and crew members contribute thousands of hours of their personal time to support great causes.

How do you and your family give back this time year?

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Disney by Land and Sea: The Perfect Balance of Adventure and Magic

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Over the summer I gave you my top five reasons why you should add a Disney cruise to your next Walt Disney World Resort stay. Based on your response, it seems you agree Disney by land and sea is the ultimate family vacation!

Now, check out this video to see how a Disney Cruise out of Port Canaveral, Florida, combined with a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, is the perfect balance of adventure at sea and theme park magic.

What would you add to the list from your last land and sea experience?

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The Inside Scoop on Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats aboard the Disney Dream

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Kelly Vanarsdall, Food and Beverage Standards Manager, Disney Cruise Line

It’s no secret that one of everyone’s favorite Disney cruise activities is enjoying the wonderful food onboard. We’ve created an entirely new culinary experience with the all-new Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats aboard the Disney Dream. It’s your one-stop for delicious ice cream, gelato and candy shop.


As you walk through the door of this enchanting shop themed to “Wreck-it Ralph,” you’re immediately immersed in the sweet aroma of waffle cones being prepared. The festive shop offers 20 flavors of gelato and 16 flavors of ice cream, all handcrafted.

The Inside Scoop on Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats aboard the Disney Dream The Inside Scoop on Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats aboard the Disney Dream

The six artisan sundaes on the menu include two signature sundaes served in souvenir cups. Vanellope Von Schweetz’s Race Kart Sundae features three scoops of ice cream and five toppings, while Ralph’s Family Challenge is meant for sharing, and includes eight scoops of ice cream and eight toppings. If you prefer to put your creativity to work, you’re sure to enjoy the selection of 28 toppings, a multitude of sauces and fresh fruit compotes, and the whipped cream made in the shop daily.


What’s more, delectable desserts are sure to speak to anyone’s sweet tooth. Eclairs, designer cookies, cupcakes, candy apples, tarts and specialty brownies on a stick are just some of the delicious treats offered. A colorful candy assortment is available, along with signature lollipops atop King Candy’s lollipop tree.

Here’s a fun fact: The shop’s animated leaderboard showcases the day’s trending sundaes. All six start the day on the board, and as they’re purchased, the leading sundaes move up the board to highlight the guest favorites that day.

Thanks for reading my first post on the Disney Parks Blog. Check back next week for more fun facts about the sweetest addition to the Disney Dream. I’ll also share recipes for the delicious treats we serve there.

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Give the Gift of Disney With New Holiday Disney Gift Cards

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services

Have a joyous celebration with our new holiday-themed Disney Gift Card designs throughout Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, or online at It’s the gift that is simple for you, and perfect for everyone on your shopping list. Select your favorite design and load your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15!

Join Mickey & Minnie on a skate through a wintery wonderland with this new holiday design.


Celebrating at Walt Disney World Resort or the Disneyland Resort this year? Be sure to grab one of two festive designs featuring Santa Mickey Mouse spreading the holiday cheer at both Cinderella Castle and Sleeping Beauty Castle.


And due to the popularity of our Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Disney Gift Card, check out this new online exclusive Nightmare Before Christmas holiday Disney Gift Card featuring Sandy Claws on his way to take over Christmas Town!


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,, and Disney Store locations in the U.S. Shop for hundreds of designs online at

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New Experiences for the Whole Family Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Aboard the recently enhanced Disney Dream, there’s new fun in store for cruisers of all ages with elaborately themed play areas in the kids’ club, a whimsical sweet shop specializing in handmade gelato and ice cream, a relaxing water feature just for adults, and more. Take a look at this video to hear more about these exciting new experiences from Cruise Director Christiaan, and stay tuned for more inside looks at the ship’s enhancements.

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Celebrating a Captain’s Adventures on the High Seas: Happy Birthday, Mickey!

posted on November 18th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

As we celebrate the birthday of Mickey Mouse today, we’re reminded of how much magic he brings to Disney cruisers all year long.

Wishing one of our favorite captains on the high seas the happiest of birthdays!

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How to Have the Perfect Girlfriends Getaway on a Disney Cruise

posted on November 17th, 2015 by Natalie Bailey, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line

In need of an escape for you and your gal pals before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season sets in? Here’s a 10-step guide to ensure the perfect girlfriends getaway on a Disney cruise

Making Waves

Step 1: Make yourself at home. Our family-sized staterooms are also ideal for a group of friends. Connecting doors adjoin some staterooms, and the partition between the verandahs can be opened to create a larger shared balcony. Plus, getting ready for a night out is made easy with our signature bath-and-a-half design. Conveniently, one bathroom includes a vanity, sink and full tub or shower, while the “half” bath has a vanity, sink and commode.

Step 2: Sit back and relax. Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to unwind. At the adults-only Quiet Cove Pool, you and the girls can soak up the sun, cool off in the refreshing pool and enjoy a beverage at the poolside bar. Or kick back behind a gently falling rain curtain at the adult-exclusive Satellite Falls on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream. For the ultimate relaxation, head over to our indulgent spa and the Rainforest room where you can unwind with tropical aromatherapy and melt your stress away on heated chaise lounges.

Step 3: Sleep in and sip up. When the morning sun peeks in, roll over and smile … you’re on vacation! You deserve some extra time spent wrapped in luxurious Egyptian cotton bed linens with your head on a plush queen-sized pillow. And when you’re ready to venture out, meet the girls at Cove Café, a peaceful adult-exclusive retreat where you can sip a gourmet coffee and chat about yesterday’s adventures.


Step 4: Pamper your senses. The spa is your go-to for a beautiful ocean-view environment where you can let your worries set sail. With a number of luxurious treatments and services such as massage, body wraps and facials, you and your girlfriends may just want to spend the entire day in this peaceful escape. On Castaway Cay, getting a therapeutic massage in a private, ocean-view cabana is a must-do.

Step 5: Sharpen your skills. What’s better girlfriend bonding than taking a skill-sharpening class together? During “Anyone Can Cook,” you can learn the secrets of great cooking and get tips for creating everything from dazzling desserts to delectable entrées. Or, for you wine connoisseurs, try the “From Stem to Stern” wine tasting, where you can learn to sip like a pro by meeting with a sommelier and sampling wines from around the world.

Yoga on Deck on the Disney Dream

Step 6: Keep your fitness afloat. If you and the girls are in the habit of staying fit – even while on vacation – you can team-up to work out in the fitness center, take a jog on the track, or attend a group class like yoga or spinning. On land, a morning 5K run around Castaway Cay is a great way to explore the island together while burning some calories! Later, fine-tune your vinyasa on the beach during a yoga class just steps away from the crystal clear water.

Step 7: Have fun in the sun. Get your adrenaline pumping with a giant twisting, turning water slide up on deck, or challenge one another to a game of miniature golf, foosball or basketball. If your group is particularly adventurous, try parasailing, paddleboarding, kayaking or sailing at Castaway Cay, and be sure to take the plunge down the island’s Pelican Plunge water slide.

Step 8: Dine like a queen. Foodies, rejoice! Top-notch cuisine and treats are never far away on your Disney cruise. At Palo, one of our adult-exclusive restaurants, you and your girlfriends are invited for brunch or dinner to indulge in a menu of delectable Northern Italian cuisine, classic reserve wines and superior service. And be sure to try Palo’s signature Chocolate Soufflé, served with decadent vanilla bean and chocolate sauces. Need I say more?

Step 9: Shop ‘til you drop. For those ladies who love to shop, our onboard stores do not disappoint. Everyone in your group can pick up souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, perfume and other specialty items, including Dooney & Bourke’s exclusive Disney collection. On Castaway Cay, you’ll find exclusive beachwear, hats, pins and more at She Sells Sea Shells … and Everything Else!

Europa – Ooh La La

Step 10: Toast to a night to remember. After a full day at the spa or sunbathing on deck, gather the girls for a fun night out at the adult-exclusive lounges. Inspired by an elegant French boudoir, Ooh La La on the Disney Fantasy is the perfect venue for a glass of wine before a night of dancing. Or on the Disney Dream, try Pink, an elegant and upscale cocktail bar, serving top-shelf wines and liquor, as well as the bubbly beverage of choice … Champagne. Cheers to an amazing getaway, girls!

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New Disney Trading Pins Come with the Purchase of a Holiday Pin Series Disney Gift Card

posted on November 17th, 2015 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 Disneyland Resort. These cards come in four different designs featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Pluto, all celebrating the season.


All four of these Disney Gift Card designs, which can be purchased for $75 each, come with a Disney Trading Pin. This year’s Disney Trading Pins are shaped like gift boxes and are designed to reflect iconic elements of each character. These pins can only be found on these new Disney Gift Card designs.

Give the gift of Disney with a Disney Gift Card that is simple for you and perfect for them. It can be used for practically all things Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Club Penguin, Disney PhotoPass, Disney Store locations in the US and online at For more information on the Disney Gift Card and for more holiday designs, please visit

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