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Who Will You Become on a Disney Cruise?

posted on June 5th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


On a Disney Cruise Line vacation, you can definitely expect to visit beautiful destinations, make friends with Captain Mickey and spend quality time with your whole family. But one thing you may not expect is that you’re likely to pick up some new skills, too! While you’re enjoying all there is to do on and off the ship, don’t be surprised if you and your family find yourselves becoming…

Food Connoisseurs

Food Connoisseurs
After savoring world-class cuisine at our family and adult restaurants, you’re sure to return home with a refined palate and a new appreciation for gourmet food… and, of course, a full belly!

Underwater Explorers
With the chance to explore 22 acres of crystal-clear waters in Snorkel Lagoon at our private island, Castaway Cay, you’ll become an expert in finding Caribbean marine life and hidden underwater treasures.

Superheroes
Becoming Iron Man and getting superhero training from Captain America can now be a reality for your kids on the Disney Magic in Marvel’s Avengers Academy. For you parents wanting to unleash your own inner superhero, you can join the fun during Open House in Disney’s Oceaneer Club.

Broadway Enthusiasts
When you sit back to enjoy some of the most elaborate, Broadway-caliber musicals presented at sea, your enthusiasm for extraordinary singing, dancing, costumes, special effects will most certainly be heightened!

Ice Cream Specialists
With unlimited soft-serve ice cream served on deck throughout the day, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice crafting that perfect cone.

Dance Masters
Whether you join the fun during our celebrations up on deck, at our family dance parties or in the adult night club, you’ll be able to perfect your signature dance move… and maybe even learn a few more from your Disney friends!

Detectives
After joining the Midship Detective Agency and finding clues to catch a villain on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, there’s no mystery you won’t be able to solve.

Swashbuckling Pirates
Pirate Night, complete with music, dancing, tasty grub and a spectacular fireworks finale, gives you the chance to bring out that swashbuckling pirate side you never get to show… or may not even know you have!

Royalty
Following high tea with Disney princesses at Royal Court Royal Tea on the Disney Fantasy, you may start requesting people address you as “Your Majesty,” given the royal treatment you’ll experience during this magical affair.

Mad Scientists
Once your kids put on their science goggles and join the wacky experiments at Disney’s Oceaneer Lab, you’ll likely find you have a mad scientist on your hands, eager to concoct more crazy creations!

Who did you and your family become on your last Disney cruise?

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Vegetarian Isn’t an Afterthought on Disney Cruise Line Menus

posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


So exciting to be back on the Disney Magic – we took a three-night family girls’ cruise with four generations: my mom, three sisters, my daughter and her sweet almost-2-year-old daughter. We’re all foodies, so mealtime was lots of fun as we swapped plates and compared notes on favorite dishes.

One of our nicest surprises was the choice of vegetarian in all the restaurants. Our first evening at Animator’s Palate, I ordered the potato, celeriac and onion gratin with buttered collard greens, a warm, delicious stack of veggies with cream and a touch of nutmeg, and the fresh greens beneath. (Plentiful vegetarian choices included a tomato tart with goat cheese, butternut squash soup, a salad of roasted red peppers, zucchini and red onions and black bean chipotle cakes.) We tried the snapper and grilled sirloin too, both delicious.

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Of course, the food at Animator’s Palate almost (almost) takes a back seat to the restaurant’s fantastic new “Drawn to Magic” show, the next generation of the original, starring both new and iconic Disney characters in a colorful, emotional finale with an appearance by Sorcerer Mickey. It was pure magic for every generation as we watched the stories from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to the new hit, “Frozen.” Magical!

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Night No. 2 was Cariocas, the new Brazilian-inspired restaurant named after the parrot José Carioca in “The Three Caballeros” animated film. For a starter, the favorite vegetarian dish was the Cuban Salad with watercress, avocado, pineapple, toasted Cuban bread and a vinegar dressing. Our vegetarian main course was small corn tortillas with refried beans, green tomatillo chile and a shredded white cabbage slaw made with white wine vinegar. Pile it all on the warm tortillas for a real treat. Other vegetarian options include yellow, blue and white potatoes with cucumber and olive-tomato salsa with a spicy cream sauce; tomato soup with a hint of jalapeño; Havana-style black bean soup with olive oil, and fried plaintain and malanga pancakes with crème fraiche.

Of course, meat lovers also enjoy the menu here, with a garlic-rubbed slab of prime rib and a skewer with Brazilian sausage, lamb, beef tenderloin and shrimp. We all voted the prime rib as the winner.

Our final night we opted for Palo, where I tried the new wine pairing which I’ll share in an upcoming post.

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A Family Affair on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on May 30th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Over the last few weeks, we’ve been giving you a look at the all-new spaces and experiences on the re-imagined Disney Magic. There’s no question that the changes to our flagship vessel are beyond spectacular!

What hasn’t changed is the numerous ways families are entertained onboard, and in fact, Disney Magic cruisers are discovering even more fun together since the ship’s transformation.

In the final video of our Re-imagined Disney Magic series, see all the ways cruisers are making memories on our transformed ship, and name your top picks for family fun.

For more on the Re-imagined Disney Magic, take a look back at these posts:

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Sophisticated Keys Takes Cocktails to New Level on Disney Magic

posted on May 27th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Ahhhh, what a peaceful retreat after a boisterous day of kayaking, snorkeling, and a long bike ride on beautiful Castaway Cay: softly lit Keys piano bar on the Disney Magic. The talented pianist entertained us with Disney tunes (by request) on a beautiful baby grand piano as we settled back in an armchair to peruse a remarkable menu of after-dinner cocktails. Reserved after 9 p.m. for guests 18 and older, the Deck 3 lounge was bliss.

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And no ordinary cocktails on this menu, but the classics combined with trendy new drinks designed by the Disney mixologists, from the bartender’s version of a Manhattan made with Jack Daniel’s “Sinatra Select,” Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth and Cointreau to a Diamonds Martini with Three Olives Strawberry Vodka and Aviation (gin) and Cocci Vermouth di Torrino. This isn’t your dad’s after-dinner cocktail.

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Trendy ingredients are mixed tableside, like the Coco Royale with 1800 Coconut Tequila, Moët Ice Champagne and coconut flakes – a divine concoction that we all agreed was our favorite. The Moji-Do is Keys’ take on a mojito, this version with Kraken Black Spiced Rum, yuzu juice, slice orange, corn shoots and fresh mint leaves, again beautifully mixed tableside. And you wouldn’t recognize the Bloody Mi-Re, a trendy take on a Bloody Mary with Belvedere Bloody Mary, yellow tomato juice, fresh lime juice and Whiskey Worcestershire Sauce.

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Wine is decanted and serve tableside is exquisite Riedel “Black Tie” glassware – gorgeous mouth-blown stemware from Austria, all accented with a beautiful black stem. There’s also a selection of beer, Scotch, Single Malt Tequila, Cognac, Port, Madeira and specialty coffees.

If you feel like dancing post-cocktails, Fathoms is next door, or settle in for a quiet game of backgammon or checkers at O’Gills Pub – all part of the ships’ new After Hours section that caters to grown-ups after dark.

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Just for Adults on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on May 22nd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


One of the greatest things about the Disney Magic’s transformation is that our Imagineers thought of everyone in the family when redesigning spaces on the ship. We shared last week a video showing you new ways kids are being entertained, but they aren’t the only ones having fun on this pixie-dusted ship!

Now, check out the re-imagined spaces just for grown-ups!

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Fun for Kids on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on May 15th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Curious to know more about the fun your kids are having while you’re enjoying “me” time on a Disney ship? There’s no doubt little cruisers are having a blast on all of our ships, but today you’ll get to see some of the extra special things they’re enjoying specifically on the Disney Magic.

Like much of the ship, Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Lab were re-imagined with brand-new experiences. You can get a glimpse at the new enchanted lands for ages three to 12 when you check out this video about the fun for kids on the re-imagined Disney Magic!

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First Look at New Disney Cruise Line Merchandise for Summer 2014 Itineraries

posted on May 13th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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My fellow author Jonathan Frontado recently shared an update about the special Disney Cruise Line itineraries for summer 2014. His article had me daydreaming of taking an Alaskan cruise (as a travel photographer by hobby, I’m sure my camera would love it). Since I’m no closer to such a cruise, I stopped by the Disney Cruise Line merchandise showroom at my office to survey new merchandise created for these upcoming sailings.

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Disney Design Group artist Dave Keefer created the Alaskan cruise artwork for the Disney Wonder. I love how he incorporated native tribal artwork along with a splash of Disney characters (the colors are incredible!). He told me he was inspired after seeing some tribal artwork and the giant carved totem pole in Canada Pavilion at Epcot (Alaska’s neighbor, of course). This artwork will be utilized on a variety of items such as a pin, a D-Tech on Demand case, a scrapbook, drinkware and more.

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The artwork will also be used on apparel such as the main logo T-shirt. Guests should also look for a hooded sweatshirt, graphic shirts and other long sleeved options.

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The Disney Magic will be sailing in the Mediterranean this summer, and there is a completely different merchandise assortment for those cruises. The main logo artwork was created by Disney Design Group character artist Casey Jones and senior graphic designer Tim Whalen. Casey drew Mickey Mouse sporting some awesome cruising attire that I would wear.

Guests should look for a variety of apparel items and other goods such as a keychain, a photo album and more.

If you are sailing this summer, please take me with you … I mean, bon voyage!

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First Impressions of the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on May 9th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The re-imagined Disney Magic has made quite the splash since her relaunch! Last week, Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel shared her favorite experiences, and this week, she lets us hear what others are saying about the ship’s transformation.

Check out this video featuring guests sailing onboard the Disney Magic for the very first time, and chime in with your own first impressions in the “Comments” section below!

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Five Types of Cruisers You Meet on Every Disney Ship

posted on May 6th, 2014 by Natalie Bailey, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


Greetings from the Disney Magic! As a Cruise Director, my job is to make sure every Disney cruise is exciting, entertaining and enjoyable for all of our guests. One of my favorite parts of cruising is that every sailing is totally different, no matter what ship or itinerary. New guests, new experiences and new memories make each one special.

But after nine years on the high seas, I’ve noticed there are a lot of similarities among our cruisers. When you embark on your own Disney cruise vacation, you’re always sure to spot these people …

1. The New Best Friends
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They may have met only a few hours ago, but they’re already inseparable.

2. The Big “Kids”
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Whether they came with children of their own or they’re sailing solo, these party animals know how to have a good time.

3. The First-Time Cruisers
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These first-timers are taking everything in, from the Broadway-style shows and first-run movies, to the splashtacular upper decks and delectable dining.

4. The Timeless Lovebirds
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What better place to celebrate a lifetime of love than on the most magical ships at sea?

5. The Lifelong Friends
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Nothing compares to the fabulous company of these old pals. They like to pop in on the fun everywhere!

Who would you add to the list of cruisers you meet on every Disney ship? Add your own ideas in the “Comments” below.

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Top Five Experiences on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on May 2nd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Since our flagship vessel, the Disney Magic, set sail after one of the largest transformations in the cruise ship industry, her magical makeover continues to wow guests of all ages!

Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel recently sailed to check out the enhancements for herself. For those of you who haven’t had the chance to do the same, you’ll definitely want to take a look at this video to see her top five can’t-miss experiences on this re-imagined ship!

If you have sailed on the re-imagined Disney Magic, which enhancement is number one for you?

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