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Behind the Scenes: Recreating Rapunzel’s World for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


When “Tangled: The Musical” debuts on stage aboard the Disney Magic this November, audiences can expect to be immersed in a vibrant, Bavarian world featuring the storybook locales we know and love from the film.

The show’s set designer, Brad Kaye, is no stranger to the challenge of re-imagining an animated world for the stage; he also developed the scenery for “Disney’s Aladdin—A Musical Spectacular” aboard the Disney Fantasy. In the video below, Brad tells us all about the scenic elements he is designing for this new show . . . including a first look at the forest and Snuggly Duckling scenes!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Disney Cruise Line Ships?

posted on July 21st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It’s time to see how well you know the Disney Cruise Line fleet – the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy! From stem to stern, there are tons of cool details that make each ship unique. Take the quiz below to test your knowledge …

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How Well Do You Know the Disney Cruise Line Ships?

All of these movies inspired spaces aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship except:
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The anchor on the Disney Magic weighs nearly the same as how many full-grown elephants?
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Combined, the chandeliers on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy have nearly how many Swarovski crystal beads?
A dazzling chandelier glistens overhead in the expansive, three-deck atrium lobby on the Disney Dream. Descending more than 13 feet from the ceiling, and spanning more than 22 feet in width, the illuminated masterpiece sparkles with thousands of hand-crafted crystal beads. Reminiscent of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners, contemporary design and Art Deco style grace the grand lobby to exude splendor and sophistication throughout. (Kent Phillips, photographer)
Nautical flags on the carpet of the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream spell out what?
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Pepe the King Prawn, the Muppet who stars in the Midship Detective Agency game, has his very own stateroom on the Disney Fantasy. What is his stateroom number?
Pepe the King Prawn and a cast of Muppets make their debut on the Disney Fantasy in “The Case of the Stolen Show,” a new Midship Detective Agency game. In the game, guests help the Muppets find their missing props for a big performance. Guided by a map and a unique game card, guests take an interactive adventure quest around the ship, uncovering clues via more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art and physical “evidence,” such as Pepe the King Prawn’s Muppet-sized stateroom door.
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Behind the Scenes: Designing the Costumes for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Our all-star creative team is preparing “Tangled: The Musical” for its premiere aboard the Disney Magic in November, and they’ve given us another sneak peek at the production. This time it’s a first look at the stunning costume designs.

We caught up with Paloma Young, our Tony Award-winning costume designer, while she was fabric shopping for the perfect materials to bring your favorite “Tangled” characters to life onstage. Paloma talked about her inspiration and creative process, and gave some details about her designs for Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Watch the video below closely and you may even catch a glimpse of some of the other characters’ new looks!



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Norway Cruise Director Voyage Report: The Sights of Bergen and a Night of ‘Frozen’ Fun with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Brent Davies, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


What a day! We started it by exploring a city rich in art, medieval history and natural beauty, and we ended it by “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends!” First let’s look at some of the places Disney cruisers experienced in Bergen, our last port of call on this fantastic Norwegian fjords voyage.

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Bryggen – the Hanseatic wharf in Bergen – was a starting point for many of our guests. It is home to colorful wooden architecture, cobblestone alleyways, unique shops and al fresco dining. A few of our Port Adventures combined a visit here with another popular destination, such as the Fantoft stave church or the Mount Fløien lookout point.

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Back onboard, we celebrated the end of our time in Norway with this summer’s newest “Frozen” fun. Little cruisers and families joined us for “Anna’s Chocolate Chase,” an exciting scavenger hunt around the ship, and for “Oaken’s Maypole Swirl and Twirl” to learn a traditional Scandinavian dance, spinning and braiding giant ribbons. Even the dining team got into the fun with a menu inspired by traditional Nordic fare and special dishes and beverages inspired by the film.

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As sunset approached (at 10:15 p.m.!) we kicked off our celebration up on deck. The party started with high-energy line dances with Kristoff and Anna, followed by games virtually led by Sven, the trolls and Olaf. Then Elsa arrived with a snowy gust of wind, and in true Disney fashion, unleashed her magic as the sounds of everyone singing “Let it Go” along with her echoed from the ship. I still have chill bumps thinking about it!

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I hope you’ve been enjoying my live voyage report on our first-ever Norwegian fjords sailing. Stay tuned for my last post tomorrow when I’ll give you a glimpse of Anna, Elsa and Olaf on the big stage in our new “Disney Dreams…An Enchanted Classic” production number.

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Norway Cruise Director Voyage Report: Fjord Exploration In Geiranger with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Brent Davies, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


From Jonathan’s post this morning, you’re already aware of how beautiful it is where we anchored today. Tucked away at the end of a fjord, it truly felt like we were in a fairytale world. It’s no wonder the “Frozen” filmmakers chose Geiranger as the inspiration for Arendelle.

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Disney cruisers didn’t have to go far for a taste of local culture. The tiny village’s cafes and shops are the perfect place to take in the views while enjoying a traditional Norwegian meal. Nearby, Geiranger’s Fjord Center and octagonal wooden church were also popular spots for more gorgeous views and cultural immersion.

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Those wanting adventure joined us for kayaking, hiking and biking tours for an up close view of the area’s stunning landscape. On one awesome Port Adventure, guests paddled through the fjord, gliding along the mountain walls in front of thundering waterfalls.

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To see more of the breathtaking scenery and amazing adventures Disney cruisers experienced in Geiranger, take a look at this gallery …

It’s been an incredible voyage so far, and we still have two days left. Not only is tomorrow one last chance to explore the land of Norway during our call on Bergen, it’s also the night “Frozen” fans have been anticipating. Check back to see sights from our newest deck party, “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends!

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Disney Cruise Line Sails Through the Norwegian Fjord that Inspired Frozen’s Arendelle

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Today the Disney Magic sailed through Norway’s breathtaking fjord that inspired Arendelle in “Frozen,” arriving to the charming village of Geiranger.

GEIRANGER, Norway (June 10, 2015) – Today, the Disney Magic arrived in Geiranger, Norway, for the first time in forever, sailing into the majestic fjord that inspired the fairytale kingdom of Arendelle in the animated hit “Frozen.” The Disney Magic called on Geiranger as part of the inaugural Norwegian Fjords itinerary that kicks off the 2015 European season. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

After thrilling Port Adventures in Geiranger, like kayaking through the fjord, hiking to waterfalls and flightseeing over mountains, Disney Magic cruisers will be gearing up for our special day of “Frozen” fun tomorrow. In this video, Cruise Director Brent tells you more about the exciting activities taking place this week with your friends Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf!

If you haven’t been following Brent’s voyage report, take a look back at his posts this week, and stay tuned for more!

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Disney Magic Sets Sail for First-Ever Norwegian Fjords Voyage

posted on June 6th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Yoo-hoo! Big summer blowout! Disney Magic cruisers are rejoicing today as we set sail for our first-ever Norwegian fjords cruise to the land that served as the inspiration and backdrop for “Frozen”.

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Their journey will include sailing through the not-so-frozen waters of Norway’s majestic fjords, along with the chance for adventure in the charming ports of Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen. Some of the sights Disney cruisers can expect to see include magnificent mountain ranges, massive glaciers, steaming geysers, stunning architecture, historic city centers and storybook villages.

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Your favorite royal sisters, Anna and Elsa, are joining us on our tour of the Norwegian fjords, along with their lovable friend, Olaf. They’ll be posing for photos around the ship, singing and dancing on stage and hosting a lively party up on deck – the perfect celebration in summer!

Cruise Director Brent will be posting a live voyage report on the Disney Parks Blog, so check back throughout the week to see some of our brand-new “Frozen”-inspired experiences, both onboard and on land. Farvel, Disney Magic cruisers!

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Behind the Scenes: Creating the Music for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on May 21st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Last month, we gave you a first look at the production of “Tangled: The Musical,” coming to the Disney Magic this November. Today we continue our all-access pass with an exclusive video all about the development of the spectacular music for this show—which will include three new songs that weren’t in the movie!

In the video below, you’ll hear from some of the musical masterminds behind this production, starting with Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken, whose work includes classic Disney films like “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Also featured are Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater and Tim Williams. What a team!

Stay tuned for more exclusive videos from behind the scenes of “Tangled: The Musical” over the next several months.

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Top-Five Enchanting Princess Encounters on a Disney Cruise

posted on May 6th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


On a Disney cruise, you’ll not only feel like royalty yourself with our legendary service and first-class accommodations, you’ll actually be in the company of true royalty with several Disney princesses sailing the high seas. Throughout your voyage you’ll have plenty of opportunities to be graced by their presence, but here’s what I’ve selected as the top-five enchanting princess encounters on a Disney cruise.

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Princess Gatherings: The magnificent three-deck atrium lobby on each of our ships is the perfect setting to meet with Disney royalty. A dazzling chandelier and a grand staircase set the stage for an elegant experience as you have the unique chance to greet and take photographs with three or more princesses.

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Royal Court Royal Tea: Royal Court Royal Tea on the Disney Fantasy is truly a one-of-a-kind affair that celebrates the “royal” in everyone. During this afternoon tea event, you and your children are transported to a fairytale world where storytelling meets reality as classic Disney princesses dance and visit around the room.

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Magical Port Adventure: When the Disney Magic sails to Ålesund, Norway, Anna and Elsa accompany Disney cruisers for a traditional Norwegian summer celebration on a Port Adventure like only Disney can do.The festivities culminate with the grand arrival of the beloved sisters and their ice-loving companion, Kristoff, who join in the lively revelry.

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Story Time for Kids: Just for little cruisers, Once Upon a Time is a musical story time where a beloved princess shares tales of her adventures in a faraway kingdom. This special youth activity takes places in Disney’s Oceaneer Club on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

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Live Stage Shows: With some of the most elaborate musicals presented at sea, it’s no wonder Disney princesses take center stage in the Walt Disney Theatre. Whether she is the star of the show or a leading role in one of the production numbers, there’s a good chance you’ll spot your favorite heroine singing and dancing in her fairytale world.

Tell us, what’s your most magical memory of a Disney princess onboard one of our ships?

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‘Frozen’ Friends to Take the Stage Aboard the Disney Magic

posted on April 22nd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We’re just weeks away from our “Frozen” friends making their stage show debut at sea in the Walt Disney Theatre aboard the Disney Magic! Our creative team is hard at work preparing for Anna, Elsa and Olaf to join the line up of beloved Disney characters in our guest-favorite musical, “Disney Dreams … An Enchanted Classic.”

The new production number is a heartfelt, humorous and memorable tribute to the “Frozen” film. As with all of our shows, expect magical special effects. Where Elsa goes, there’s likely to be snow! Also, tune up your voices because you’re sure to be singing aloud to your favorite “Frozen” songs.

While you wait in anticipation to see Anna, Elsa and Olaf on the big stage at sea, hear more from the show’s producer about these brand-new scenes debuting on our European sailings this summer!

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