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Winter Holidays with Disney Cruise Line

posted on December 23rd, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Earlier this month we gave you an inside look at decorating the Disney Dream for her very first holiday season. Now that the trees are up, the garland is hung and holiday spirit is in the air, we checked in with Mickey Mouse and his friends to see how they are celebrating this special time of year on the ship.

Along with Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale, Mickey Mouse flashed his smile in front of the 20-foot-tall tree in the atrium lobby of the Disney Dream.

Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale, and Mickey Mouse Celebrate the Holidays on the Disney Dream

He told us about some of the special onboard holiday events including:

  • Nightly tree lighting in the atrium lobby, where a young guest helps Disney characters light the glittering, three-deck-tall tree
  • Family holiday crafts such as decorating stockings, building gingerbread houses and making holiday cards
  • Holiday storytellers sharing tales of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa
  • Traditional holiday feasts in the themed dining rooms

At Castaway Cay, Santa Goofy snuck off to do some decorating of his own…

Santa Goofy Decorates at Castaway Cay

…while Pluto started playing in the “snow flurries” amidst the island’s special decorations.
Pluto Plays in Snow Flurries at a Disney Cruise Line Stop

There’s no doubt about it, holidays with Disney Cruise Line are magical. But even if you aren’t celebrating this year on a Disney ship, the crew sends this special message:

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New Tropical Delectable Dessert at Remy on the Disney Dream

posted on December 16th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Now that I’ve shared with you two of the newest menu items at Remy aboard the Disney Dream, Jamon Wrapped Shrimp and Tomato Ratatouille, it’s time to talk about my favorite – dessert!

Also new to the Remy menu is Tropical Fruit Mousse on Almond Cake. Coupled with apricot sorbet, this colorful and artsy sweet tastes as good as it looks and is the perfect ending to your gourmet meal.

In this video, Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek of Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort gives us a look at the new delectable dessert.

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New Gourmet Dish at Remy on the Disney Dream

posted on December 15th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


What are your favorite parts of a Disney Cruise? If you follow my Disney Parks Blog posts, you’re probably aware that dining is high on the list for me.

Especially when it comes to dining at Remy on the Disney Dream.

Remy’s French-inspired gourmet menu was created by Chef Arnaud Lallement from l’Assiette Champenoise—a Michelin 2-star restaurant just outside Reims, France—and Chef Scott Hunnel from award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort.

By continually adding touches of seasonal ingredients from around the world, these renowned chefs keep the menu fresh and ever changing. In this video, Chef Scott Hunnel shows us one of their latest creations — Jamon Wrapped Shrimp, a mouthwatering Italian-concept dish that is both salty and sweet.

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Decorating the Disney Dream for the Holidays

posted on December 5th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


If you think decorating your home for the holidays is a big task, imagine decorating a 1,115-foot-long ship.

For the first time ever, that was the task this year for the Holiday Services department at Walt Disney World Resort. They worked hard to prepare and install more than 300 custom designed décor pieces to adorn the Disney Dream for its very first holiday season.

Check out this video for an inside peek:

Since the first holiday season of the Disney Magic, it has been a tradition to transform Disney Cruise Line ships into a winter wonderland for the holidays. But with a ship three decks taller and more than 150 feet longer, the task this year of decorating the Disney Dream was much larger than years past. Here’s a look at some of the décor by the numbers:

  • 1,016 feet of garland, which is more than three football fields and nearly enough to stretch the entire length of the ship
  • 66 holiday sprays ranging from 15 inches to six feet
  • 29 wreaths ranging from 24 inches to five feet in diameter
  • 41 Christmas trees ranging from two feet to 30 feet
  • One 20-foot-tall tree takes center stage in the atrium lobby weighing more than one ton and featuring 300 branches and more than 20,000 white LED lights

What’s more, the holiday décor is designed uniquely for specific locations around the ship, with themes and customized ornaments for certain spaces like the youth clubs and dining rooms.

Do you have themed décor for different rooms of your home?

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Disney Cruise Line Earns Several Accolades

posted on November 18th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


It’s been a great week for Disney Cruise Line. Over the past few days we have been recognized with several reputable awards. We know our crew delivers an outstanding experience at sea, and we’re equally proud of those behind the scenes whose hard work has brought forth many “firsts” and innovations in the cruise industry.

Cruise Critic honored Disney Dream as “Best New Ship” and for “Best Inside Cabins” in its Editors’ Picks Awards. It also awarded “Best Standard Cabins” to the entire Disney Cruise Line fleet.

Porthole Cruise Magazine bestowed three awards on Disney Cruise Line in its 13th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards – “Most Family-Oriented Line,” “Best Children’s Programs” and “Best Entertainment.”

And finally, in its 18th annual Thea Awards, the Themed Entertainment Association honored the new Animation Magic show at Animator’s Palate on the Disney Fantasy with the “Ingenious Use of Technology” award.

Animation Magic showcases guests’ drawings during their dining experience on a big screen in an animated sequence with beloved Disney characters. Watch this video for a sneak peek.

The Thea awards committee noted the show’s “amazing animation” and called it “a refreshing take” on interactive technology. How would you describe it?

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From the Galley: A Look at Remy’s Newest Gourmet Dish Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on October 25th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


What happens when you add a touch of Spanish flare to a French-inspired gourmet cuisine? You a get a unique and flavorful dish that is simply is out of this world!

My mouth hasn’t stopped watering since I first heard about some of the new menu items at Remy on the Disney Dream. If you aren’t hungry now, you will be after hearing Chef Scott Hunnel talk about the savory Tomato Ratatouille appetizer in this video.

Stayed tuned for more videos featuring Remy’s delicious menu filled with seasonal ingredients from around the globe.

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Teens Rule Aboard the Disney Cruise Line Ships

posted on August 10th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


There comes a time in every family vacation when teenagers want to get some time to hang out with other teens.

On the Disney Cruise Line ships teens have access to exclusive hangouts designed specially for them. These trendy areas offer an elite getaway for them to create their own vacation agenda – whether socializing with new friends, playing the latest video games, experiencing cutting-edge technology or just chilling out.

On the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder the teen club sits in a primo location, right inside the forward funnel of the ship. The space is decorated like an upscale New York loft filled with technology gadgets and fun activities.

Vibe Aboard Disney Cruise Line Ships

On the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy (premiering March 31, 2012), the teen club is located in the forward-most section of the ship. The chic space features indoor and outdoor areas filled with every must-haves for every teen.

We recently sent Andi, from the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, on a mission to bring us a report of Vibe aboard the Disney Dream. Check it out.

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A Mom’s Point of View: Dining Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on July 26th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Dining on the Disney Dream is a one-of-a-kind experience. Where else can you eat in a whimsical garden inspired by Versailles, a magical animator’s studio or a lavish banquet hall fit for royalty? Each of the dining rooms serves a magical dining experience filled with unique themes, tantalizing cuisine and legendary Disney service.

Check out this video and take a peek at the many dining options on the Disney Dream.

For more from information about the Disney Dream, see these posts:

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A Mom’s Point of View: Youth Activities Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on July 19th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It’s no secret the Disney Cruise Line ships feature some of the most unique kid’s spaces at sea. Where else can children dance with Princess Tiana, fly over the streets of London with Peter Pan or get shrunk to the size of a toy and play alongside Slinky Dog and Rex the Dinosaur?

Check out this video and see the fun awaiting little sailors aboard the Disney Dream.

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A Mom’s Point of View: Entertainment Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on June 21st, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


What’s Disney best known for? Our unparalleled entertainment. Aboard Disney Cruise Line, you’ll find exciting entertainment offerings throughout our ships every single day. From energetic deck parties to spectacular Broadway-style stage shows to fireworks at sea, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the magic during your vacation – this is my favorite aspect of Disney cruises!

Andi, our Disney Cruise Line specialist from the Walt Disney World Moms Panel talks to one of our Cruise Directors about some of the new entertainment features aboard the Disney Dream. You may even see a surprise visit from a Disney character…watch to find out who it is!

Glad you’ve been following along. Next up, Andi will sneak into the Disney Dream teen club Vibe to get the scoop on Youth Activities.



For more from Andi aboard the Disney Dream, see these posts:

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