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Where on the Disney Fantasy Can You Find…

posted on May 9th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Now that our newest ship has been sailing for more than a year, we want to test your knowledge and find out which of you have become Disney Fantasy experts!

Take a look at the up-close shots below and let us know where on the Disney Fantasy you can find them. Then check back later today to see the zoomed out versions of these photos and find out if you guessed correctly!

The AquaLab on the Disney Fantasy The AquaLab on the Disney Fantasy
The Atrium Statue on the Disney Fantasy The Atrium Statue on the Disney Fantasy
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the Disney Fantasy The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the Disney Fantasy
La Piazza on the Disney Fantasy La Piazza on the Disney Fantasy
Ooh La La on the Disney Fantasy Ooh La La on the Disney Fantasy
The Tube on the Disney Fantasy The Tube on the Disney Fantasy
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Disney Fantasy Earns Top Honor in the Cruise Critic 2013 Cruisers’ Choice Awards

posted on February 28th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


We’re thrilled that the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Fantasy, earned the top honor – Best Large Ship – in the Cruise Critic 2013 Cruisers’ Choice Awards this week.
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The Disney Fantasy also received the top spots in four other categories – Large Ship Best Cabins, Best Entertainment, Best Public Rooms and Best Service. Winners were selected based on reviews submitted by cruisers for sailings taken in 2012. Thank you, fans!

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A Disney Fantasy Family Vacation with Disney Channel Star Jason Dolley

posted on January 17th, 2013 by Holly Lail, Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Hi there! I’m Holly Lail, the newest Disney Parks Blog author, here to tell you about some of the fun stuff happening with a few of your favorite Disney vacation options – Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club. First up today, Disney Cruise Line!
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Just last week Disney Channel star Jason Dolley, who plays PJ on the TV show “Good Luck Charlie,” sailed on the Disney Fantasy with his entire family. He brought a video camera along, and lucky for us, he was nice enough to share some of the footage. Take a look at this clip of highlights from his family vacation:

If you had to choose one highlight of your last family vacation with Disney, what would it be?

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An Up-Close Look at the Disney Fantasy’s Holiday Décor

posted on December 11th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It’s the Disney Fantasy’s first holiday season at sea, and you can be sure the ship is dressed to impress! Guests and crew alike, along with your favorite Disney friends, were all pretty excited when they saw the 20-foot tree in the lobby for the first time. Check out how happy Minnie looks…
Minnie in Front of the 20-Foot Holiday Tree on the Disney Fantasy

With more than 300 pieces of custom décor, I thought it would be fun to show you some close-up shots and let you name where they are located on the ship. We’ll start with the décor in one venue I’m pretty sure you’ll guess right away…

Holiday Décor on the Disney Fantasy Holiday Décor on the Disney Fantasy

 
Did you get it right? These princess-themed ornaments are part of the beautiful fairy tale embellishments in Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the Disney Fantasy Decorated for the Holidays

Now for the tougher ones. Which spaces on the Disney Fantasy are adorned with these themed details? Put your thoughts in the comments and then check the Disney Cruise Line Facebook page for the answers!

Holiday Décor on the Disney Fantasy Holiday Décor on the Disney Fantasy
Holiday Décor on the Disney Fantasy Holiday Décor on the Disney Fantasy
Holiday Décor on the Disney Fantasy Holiday Décor on the Disney Fantasy

 
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Disney Fantasy Decorated for First Holiday Season

posted on November 23rd, 2012 by Ray Smale, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


Hi Disney Parks Blog fans, I’m Ray, cruise director on the Disney Fantasy, writing to you from the warm waters of Castaway Cay. I’ve been with Disney Cruise Line for 11 years, and I was lucky enough to join the crew of the Disney Fantasy for the ship’s inaugural year. (You may recognize me from the Disney Fantasy video journals as the ship crossed the Atlantic Ocean after being built in Germany!)

It’s the Disney Fantasy’s first holiday season, and guests and crew alike are excited about all of the holiday festivities taking place this month and next. When guests arrived to the ship this week, they were welcomed with a very special surprise – the ship decked to the “raft-ers” with holiday cheer!

Check out this fun video as Santa’s elves worked quickly to put up the 20-foot-tall Christmas tree in the Disney Fantasy’s atrium lobby:

 
You’ll get to see other décor throughout the ship in upcoming posts from Disney Parks Blog author Jonathan Frontado, who will be sharing more about the Disney Fantasy’s first holiday season.

I imagine there’s a good amount of relaxing going on at Castaway Cay today after our extravagant Thanksgiving feast last night. But I also imagine there’s a good bit of joy being spread since guests were greeted on the island with a beautiful Christmas tree, “snow flurries,” holiday island music and their favorite Disney friends in holiday attire!
Guests Were Greeted at Castaway Cay With Their Favorite Disney Friends in Holiday Attire

The Disney Dream also got her holiday makeover this week, and the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic are ready to be decorated this weekend. Do you share the Disney cruise tradition of decorating for the holidays this week?

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New Champagne Brunch at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

posted on October 25th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Do you love Remy as much as me? Well then I have some great news for you! In addition to dinner at this elegant restaurant aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, you now have a second gourmet culinary option with the recently introduced Champagne brunch.

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In this video, Disney Cruise Line Food and Beverage Manager Salah Chetbi takes us inside Remy to give us a look at the popular Champagne brunch experience, which falls into the same must-do category as dinner at Remy…

Offered on sea days during cruises four nights or longer, the Champagne brunch is $50 and begins with a complimentary glass of French bubbly. An optional pairing with three additional Champagnes (Taittinger Prestige Cuvée Rosé, Pommery Gold and Moët & Chandon Ice) is an additional $25.

While dinner at Remy is a lengthy experience, brunch is enjoyed in about an hour and a half, still with an unparalleled experience. And while the atmosphere is unquestionably elegant, brunch is a bit more relaxed. Dressy attire is required, but men do not have to wear a jacket as they do at dinner.

Let’s take a closer look at what the six-course meal includes…

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Brunch starts in the private wine room with Champagne and pata negra – the finest Spanish ham in the world.

Champagne Brunch at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy Champagne Brunch at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

Once you’re seated, the first course is a fluffy gnocchi paired with a light-as-air chili foam. That’s followed by lobster cannelloni, topped with a dollop of caviar and baby vegetables.

Champagne Brunch at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy Champagne Brunch at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy Champagne Brunch at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

Next up, sea bass atop a bed of soft-cooked scrambled eggs, garnished with corn, and veal tenderloin with herb sauce accompanied by a potato croquette. A decadent chocolate duo dessert wraps up the extravaganza.

Is anyone else as hungry as I am now? Tell us in the comments which course you expect will become your favorite!

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Disney Fantasy Prepares for Inaugural Call to San Juan, Puerto Rico

posted on October 11th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


At Disney Cruise Line, we are always looking to add new and exciting destinations to create the variety of itineraries our guests love.

Starting on the November 3rd sailing, the Disney Fantasy will, for the first time, visit the historic capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, during its 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruises. With so many places to explore, San Juan boasts history with its iconic “Old San Juan,” a World Heritage Site, and adventure with “El Yunque,” the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Parks Service.

Here are some great Port Adventures for your entire family to enjoy from San Juan:
Visit Castillo San Cristobal with Disney Cruise Line

Castillo San Cristobal, a World Heritage Site – featuring Youth Activity – Families will explore San Cristobal Castle together before kids get a chance to be Little Masons and learn about the materials used to construct old fortifications. The kids are joined by Disney Cruise Line Youth Counselors, giving parents free time to explore nearby sites.
Visit El Yunque National Forest with Disney Cruise Line

Rainforest Nature Walk and Waterfall Adventure – Follow expert nature interpreter guides on a nature walk through El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest system. Discover its beautiful flora and fauna before relaxing at a majestic waterfall.
Participate in a Hands-On Criollo Cooking Demonstration with Disney Cruise Line

Hands-On Criollo Cooking Demonstration – Learn about traditional Puerto Rican foods, including popular dishes like plantains, meats and local spices. You’ll savor the homemade meal you prepare during this hands-on cooking experience!

Whatever you choose to do in San Juan, the city will delight you with its historic charm, hospitality, adventure and delicious cuisine. Make sure to allow time for a stroll through the beautiful streets and taste some of the local dishes – like plantains. My favorite is the “mofongo!”

As always, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!


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Which is Which? Disney Fantasy vs. Disney Dream: Adult Spaces

posted on August 16th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We played a fun game last week finding the little design differences between the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream.

I want to put you to the test again today to see if you can spot which is which in the adult nightlife spaces, Europa (Disney Fantasy) and The District (Disney Dream).

Is it the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? Bonus points if you can name the exact location! Gives us your answers in the comments and check back later today to see how well you know Disney Cruise Line’s two newest ships.

1. Is This Adult Space Located on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
2. Is This Adult Space Located on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
3. Is This Adult Space Located on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
4. Is This Adult Space Located on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
5. Is This Adult Space Located on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
6. Is This Adult Space Located on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?

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‘My Yard Goes Disney’: Aboard the Disney Fantasy with Executive Producer Jay Shatz

posted on August 12th, 2012 by Tony Shepherd, Producer, Broadcast Marketing


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I can hardly believe it … but we’ve come to the end of our second season of HGTV’s “My Yard Goes Disney”!

Over the last two years, I’ve tried to share with you a bit of the magic behind the camera, as we’ve helped the HGTV Designers create these unique backyards. So, for my last Disney Parks Blog post for the season, I wanted to do something a bit different.

Television is a hugely collaborative medium. It takes hundreds of people countless hours to create what you see in each of these half-hour programs. That said, I’m sure it’s not a secret to anyone that somebody has to take command. In other words, there needs to be a “Master of the Vessel.” (Hey – tonight’s show is about Disney Cruise Line, so I should use a maritime expression, right?) On HGTV’s “My Yard Goes Disney,” that job belongs to Jay Shatz, the head of JayTV, and the series’ Executive Producer.

As you can imagine, we’ve worked very closely with Jay and his team, and we’ve had an incredible amount of fun making the series. I thought you might like to hear a bit of his perspective about how these shows are created. So, I asked him to share. Jay writes:

Our casting team looks at hundreds of wonderful videos from families, but every once in awhile I hear a scream from their office, “JAY. YOU’VE GOT TO SEE THIS!!” That’s exactly what happened when we looked at the entry video from the Galloway Family following their vacation on the Disney Fantasy. We’ve included their amazing entry video in this episode of HGTV’s “My Yard Goes Disney” – you’ll be blown away at the crafting magic done by Marcy Galloway. She’s a passionate and very talented crafter who not only sews Disney-inspired outfits for the whole family, she also creates some of the coolest Halloween costumes you’ve ever seen.

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Tonight’s episode will take you aboard the newest vessel, the Disney Fantasy, as a Disney Cruise Line-inspired backyard sails its way to the home of a very special family. Marcy was our inspiration to create a backyard makeover that encourages Harlie (6) and Grayden (4) to use their imaginations as they remember their voyage onboard the Disney Fantasy. The kids LOVED the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, went crazy in the Aqua Lab, and most of all, loved the experience of cruising at sea with mom and dad.

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Plus, watch this episode and you’ll see one of my favorite memories of the series: riding shotgun in a follow-up car as a newly restored pirate ship cruised at 45 miles an hour down I-75 towards the Galloways’ backyard!!

This episode is bittersweet for me because it’s our season finale. Over the past 8 months, I’ve had a chance to meet a dozen amazing families and transform their backyards into magical and unique spaces. Each yard and each family is different, but every project is built around the theme of sharing Disney memories with family and friends. Whether it was a cool cabana and pool inspired by Castaway Cay, or a fast moving zip-line capturing the speed of Expedition Everest, each family we worked with wanted (and got!!) a backyard that would become a gathering place to share their Disney memories with the most important people in their lives. As we wrapped up the Galloway shoot and I looked around the yard packed with happy kids and their parents, I felt blessed to share all this wonderful energy with these great families.

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And to top it off…..I got to meet Jake the Never Land Pirate!!!! (That’s me in the picture with host Brandon Johnson, and Jake — I’m the one on the right). What an amazing way to cap off an incredible year of “My Yard Goes Disney”!! Thanks to everyone for watching and sharing in these magical experiences. Join us on HGTV tonight at 5:30 pm.

Perhaps my favorite thing about working on this show has been talking with you here each week. And I look forward to sharing more stories on lots of other things we’re working on. Meantime, I’m excited to tell you that our friends at HGTV have decided to continue airing encore broadcasts of “My Yard Goes Disney,” Sundays at 5:30 pm, so keep watching for your favorite families, yards, and Disney memories.

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Which is Which? Disney Fantasy vs. Disney Dream

posted on August 9th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Before her Maiden Voyage on March 31, we told you about several of the differences between the Disney Fantasy and her sister ship, the Disney Dream. And if you’ve had the chance to sail on both ships, I’m sure you’ve been able to discover some yourself.

But what about the magical touches not as easy to spot? There are plenty, and we want to put you to the test to see who can tell us which design details are from which ship.

Is it the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? The answers are posted below:

1. A. Disney Fantasy / B. Disney Dream
2. A. Disney Dream / B. Disney Fantasy
3. A. Disney Dream / B. Disney Fantasy
4. A. Disney Fantasy / B. Disney Dream
5. A. Disney Fantasy / B. Disney Dream
6. A. Disney Fantasy / B. Disney Dream

1. Atrium chandelier
A.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? B.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
2. Lobby statue
A.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? B.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
3. Lobby mosaic
A.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? B.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
4. Royal dining room
A.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? B.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
5. Stern character
A.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? B.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
6. Bow design
A.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? B.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
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