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Bon Voyage, Disney Fantasy

posted on April 3rd, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


The Disney Fantasy sailing by approximately 4,500 spectators, who were waving Mickey hands along the shoreline.

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.

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Inside the Disney Fantasy: AquaLab

posted on March 28th, 2012 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


I got the chance to preview the brand-new play area on the Disney FantasyAquaLab – 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:

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Inside the Disney Fantasy: Top Five Experiences

posted on March 26th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


With only five days until the Disney Fantasy’s maiden voyage, Assistant Cruise Director Natalie gives us a look at her top five things to see and do on Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship. Check it out!

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Samantha Brown Explores the Disney Fantasy Ship

posted on March 26th, 2012 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


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:

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Let The Disney Fantasy Cruise To Your Desktop

posted on March 20th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


I know many of you have followed our coverage of the new Disney Fantasy cruise ship here on the blog, and a few of you have even shared excitement about an upcoming Caribbean cruise.

While the Disney Fantasy won’t officially begin sailings until March 31, our latest desktop wallpaper, created by artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett, should help tide you over until then. Enjoy

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Be sure to check out the terms of use for using the wallpapers before you download.

For more updates on the Disney Fantasy, check out the posts below:

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Disney Cruise Line Contributes $250,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

posted on March 16th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Disney Cruise Line Contributes $250,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

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.

Disney Characters Meet the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

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.

Disney Characters Meet the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

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!

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Rollicking Irish Fun at O’Gills on the Disney Fantasy

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


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I want to tell you about one of my favorite spots in Europa on the Disney FantasyO’Gills Pub.

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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.

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For a real treat, ask for the Blarney Stone Tasting flight with O’Gills Irish Cream, Kilbeggan Irish Whisky and Irish coffee!

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Where on the Disney Fantasy Can You Find…

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


As part of the countdown to the Disney Fantasy March 31 maiden voyage, we’ll be showing you mystery images from the ship, putting your Disney Fantasy knowledge to the test!

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Where on the Disney Fantasy can you find today’s mystery image?

Put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.
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Europa Adult Nighttime Fun on the Disney Fantasy

posted on March 8th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Europa is the Disney Fantasy’s passport to “nightlife” – a veritable continent of adult fun… without any borders. Here, guests age 18 and older can go “country hopping” among clubs, pubs and lounges that celebrate Europe for sipping and socializing, dancing, watching and rooting or just plain hanging out, lounging and winding down.

Check out this photo gallery:

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Ooh La La – Ooh La La on the Disney Fantasy is inspired by an elegant French boudoir adorned with velvet tufted walls, Victorian furniture and Louis XIV-style chaise lounges. A sensuous color palette is accented with ornate framed mirrors, gold details and a “jewel box” feature bar backed with sparkling diamond-like facets. Exclusively for adult guests, the lounge is part of Europa, a nighttime entertainment district that celebrates European travel.

Skyline – Skyline on the Disney Fantasy provides ever-changing birds-eye views of dynamic European city skylines. Skyline’s “windows to the world” give guests a glimpse of spectacular locales, such as Paris, London, Barcelona and Athens, in panorama. Exclusively for adult guests, the lounge is part of Europa, a nighttime entertainment district that celebrates European travel.

The Tube – The Tube on the Disney Fantasy transports guests to a vibrant metropolitan club via the London Underground. Guests “mind the gap” as they walk across a tube route map, lounge among mod furniture, dance atop an illuminated Union Jack dance floor and enjoy cocktails at a bar inspired by London. Exclusively for adult guests, the club is part of Europa, a nighttime entertainment district that celebrates European travel.

O’Gills Pub – O’Gills Pub on the Disney Fantasy is a rollicking Irish bar with modern-day twists exclusive for adult guests. Dark woods, brass accents and a selection of Irish beers create the perfect pub atmosphere where adult guests can sip a pint or sample O’Gills Irish Cream. The pub is part of Europa, a nighttime entertainment district that celebrates European travel.

La Piazza – La Piazza, inspired by Italian cities and their decorative plazas, is an exclusive lounge for adult guests on the Disney Fantasy. The centerpiece of La Piazza is a bar modeled after a colorful vintage carousel. Venetian masks and romantic couples’ booths accentuate the Italian flair. The lounge is part of Europa, a nighttime entertainment district that celebrates European travel.

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Disney Fantasy Arrives in Port Canaveral

posted on March 6th, 2012 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


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Welcome home, Disney Fantasy! Hundreds greeted the Disney Cruise Line ship this morning when she sailed into Port Canaveral, the home port for her Caribbean sailings starting March 31. Check out the photos of the long-awaited homecoming.

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Fireworks lit the sky and onlookers cheered as the ship sailed into the port after traveling nearly 4,700 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany. Here’s a video of this milestone moment:

Aerials courtesy of WESH – TV, Orlando

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