It’s hard to believe the Disney Fantasy maiden voyage has already come and gone! But the good thing is that the fun has just begun for Disney Cruise Line guests coming onboard to experience the ship for themselves.
I’ve told you about some of my favorite features of the Disney Fantasy and Assistant Cruise Director Natalie has told you hers. Now it’s time to hear from our guests!
Take a look at this video to find out what some of the guests are saying after sailing aboard the Disney Fantasy for the first time.
For more looks “Inside the Disney Fantasy,” check out these posts:
Members of the community gathered together at Jetty Park in Port Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday to wish the Disney Fantasy “Bon Voyage.” There was excitement in the air that erupted into cheers when the Disney Fantasy played “When You Wish Upon a Star” on its horn and began its way down the channel for its Maiden Voyage to the Western Caribbean.
Our new ship sailed by approximately 4,500 spectators, who were waving Mickey hands along the shoreline and at nearby restaurants, on its way out to sea. Disney Fantasy guests and beloved Disney characters onboard waved back.
Port Canaveral also hosted a similar event to welcome the Disney Dream last year, and many local families were able to attend both events and wave to both ships. Radio Disney and WLRQ FM 99.3 played music and hosted trivia contests.
We were even treated to a visit from Disney fan favorite Bonnie Voyage, who entertained the audience.
Nothing could dampen the spirits of our fans who were there to help us celebrate the newest addition to our fleet, not even a little rain.
I got the chance to preview the brand-new play area on the Disney Fantasy – AquaLab – and it is just as fantastic as I imagined! Kids were splashing and squealing with delight, plugging leaky pipes and geysers, and enjoying the thrill of not knowing where the water would come from next!
In this video, Walt Disney Imagineer Peter Ricci shows us the ins and outs of this fanciful new water play area, including some of the hidden ways your kids might get soaked.
Take a look at more of the fun you can expect when sailing on the Disney Fantasy:
If my calculations are correct (which my childhood math teachers would find remarkable), this is my tenth post on the Disney Parks Blog, and my third involving travel-television personality Samantha Brown.
The first two posts on my unofficial “Samantha Beat” spoke of her role in Disney Vacation Club online broadcasts filmed on the island of O‘ahu, and they included some offhanded quips (one bitter, one gleefully smug) about whether or not I was in Hawai‘i during the shoots. While I can report in this third Samantha-centric post that I was not on set for the latest shoot aboard the Disney Fantasy, my feelings on the subject are decidedly less bitter – and this show is fantastic!
Viewers can get a sneak peek at the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet and learn more about the wide range of experiences available through Disney Vacation Club by visiting www.dvcwebevent.com and registering for an available on-demand viewing date.
For more posts with Samantha Brown, check out these below:
What better way to celebrate the arrival of our newest ship than to mark the occasion with a donation of $250,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida?
The Disney Fantasy is a place where imagination comes alive. I saw this for myself this morning when some children from Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida joined us on the ship for a very special check presentation from Disney Cruise Line to this youth development organization. As the children laughed and played in the specially designed youth spaces onboard and discovered some of the hidden wonders of our new ship, there was a feeling that anything is possible.
The donation will assist in the development of a new Boys & Girls Clubs facility close to our homeport in Port Canaveral, Florida, which will allow our crew members to further support these children through Disney VoluntEAR efforts in the future. Last year, Disney hosted a one-of-a-kind benefit cruise on the Disney Dream, the sister ship of the Disney Fantasy, raising $750,000 for the organization.
You may not know that the relationship between Boys & Girls Clubs and The Walt Disney Company started more than 50 years ago when Walt Disney was made an honorary member of the organization’s national board of directors. Disney has been an active supporter ever since, and as the Disney Cruise Line fleet has expanded and the business has grown, it is our pleasure to help the clubs grow as well.
This was also a special day for another reason. In keeping with maritime tradition, Disney Cruise Line hosted a plaque exchange ceremony with key members of the port and community leaders commemorating the inaugural call of the Disney Fantasy on Port Canaveral. Welcome home, Disney Fantasy!
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I want to tell you about one of my favorite spots in Europa on the Disney Fantasy – O’Gills Pub.
At this rollicking Irish bar “pint-size” means big-time fun! O’Gills features dark woods and brass accents reminiscent of the friendly neighborhood pubs throughout Ireland, but includes a modern twist: flat-screen televisions that are all the better for watching live sporting events.
And, of course, there are those pints to celebrate with, including a red lager draft made especially for the pub. O’Gills also has its own private label Irish Cream and vintage Irish whisky.
For a real treat, ask for the Blarney Stone Tasting flight with O’Gills Irish Cream, Kilbeggan Irish Whisky and Irish coffee!