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AquaDucky Derby on Disney Ships Benefits Make-A-Wish International

posted on June 6th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Duckies, duckies everywhere! Thousands of ducks decorated by Disney Cruise Line guests and crew members on all four ships swirled through the ships’ pools and water coasters recently to take part in the first “AquaDucky Derby” rubber duck races to raise nearly $14,000 for Make-A-Wish International.

Aboard the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, rubber ducks were placed at the top of the AquaDuck and with the crowd counting down and the sounds of “Wipe Out” playing over the sound system, 10,000 gallons of water rushed into the flume sending the ducks racing through the water coaster’s tunnel and around the ship’s upper decks before splashing down at the finish line.

Aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, guests and crew voted using applause for the unofficial best decorated duck while One Direction’s song, “That’s What Makes You Beautiful,” played in the background. For the official race, guests and crew splashed and kicked a current to carry the critters to the opposite side of the Goofy pool.

All funds raised from the duck sales are being donated to a very worthy cause – Make-A-Wish International, an organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions in 48 countries outside of the U.S. Since the first-ever official wish experience 32 years ago, Disney has helped grant more than 81,000 wishes globally and is involved in nearly 50 percent of the wishes granted each year.

The events saluted the 30th anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program, which provides opportunities for Disney cast and crew members to donate their time to worthy causes around the world. Events like this are just a small part of Disney’s commitment to give back to local communities through in-kind donations and the efforts of Disney VoluntEARS. In 2012, Disney Cruise Line cast and crew members completed 75 community outreach projects and donated more than 4,500 hours of personal service to nonprofit organizations, working both onboard the ships and in communities across Central Florida, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. Additionally, Disney Cruise Line provided more than $640,000 in charitable and in-kind donations to organizations supporting children, families and the environment.

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Disney Cruise Line Kicks off Alaska Summer Season

posted on May 27th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Greetings from Vancouver! I just stepped on board the Disney Wonder and I’m anxiously awaiting the afternoon ship horn signaling we’re setting sail for Alaska!

Greetings from Vancouver - Disney Cruise Line Kicks off Alaska Summer Season

It’s the first Alaska cruise of the season, marking the start of our 7-night voyages from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. This year, we’ve added brand-new Port Adventures, like trips to Annette Island, and of course we’re continuing our guest favorites, like panning for gold with Disney friends.

Are you considering a Disney cruise to Alaska this summer or next? Here’s a look at more of what you can expect during an Alaskan cruise on Disney Cruise Line:

Let me know if you have any questions about our Alaska itinerary and I’ll do my best to answer them in my future posts.

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Family Adventures with Disney Cruise Line in Alaska

posted on March 11th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


With Disney Cruise Line’s return to Alaska just three months away, and now that we’ve announced another summer season there in 2014, I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about family-friendly Port Adventures on this popular itinerary.

Just like I did for the Disney Magic’s summer season in Europe, today I want to tell you about shore excursions that have exclusive youth activities for the Disney Wonder’s summer season in Alaska.
Family Adventures with Disney Cruise Line in Alaska
Totems, Exclusive Lumberjack Show and Potlatch Park Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity - Not only will families experience the exciting competition of the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show on this adventure from Ketchikan, they’ll also learn about the culture of Alaska’s natives, including the art form of totem carving, at a recreated settlement. Here kids have the chance to join Disney Cruise Line youth counselors and paint their very own wooden feather, which will be later added to a totem pole designed specifically for Disney Cruise Line guests.
Family Adventures with Disney Cruise Line in Alaska
White Pass Scenic Railway Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity – Since one of the family favorites from Skagway is a vintage rail car through the breathtaking White Pass summit, we dedicated a portion of this tour that allows parents to relax with a glass of champagne while kids expel energy in their own rail car. Under the supervision of local staff and joined by Disney Cruise Line youth counselors, they enjoy sing alongs, games, activities and stories of the gold rush…without anyone reminding them to use their “inside voices!”

Here’s a video to give you a better idea what this experience is all about…

As you’re planning your Alaskan adventures for this summer, which Port Adventures seem best for your family?

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Disney Cruise Line Unveils New 2014 Itineraries and Ports

posted on February 12th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The secret is out! Disney Cruise Line is returning to Europe and Alaska in 2014 – with brand new destinations – and offering Southern Caribbean cruises from Puerto Rico for the first time ever!

There are several new itinerary options for the Mediterranean sailings, so I’ll follow up with a second post tomorrow including more details. For now, I’ll cover the highlights…
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From May to August 2014, the Disney Magic will sail four-, five-, seven-, nine- and 12-night cruises in the Mediterranean, including new destinations in the Greek Isles and Sicily for the very first time.
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Also new for the 2014 European season, we will use Venice, Italy, as a homeport for select sailings. During these cruises, the Disney Magic overnights in Venice, giving guests the opportunity to experience an evening in the spectacular city.
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2014 Disney Cruise Line Itinerary and Ports, Featuring Southern Caribbean 2014 Disney Cruise Line Itinerary and Ports, Featuring the Southern Caribbean

Other big news is that for the first time ever, we will homeport in Puerto Rico. The Disney Magic will sail seven-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean, departing September 20, September 27, October 4, and October 11 from San Juan and visiting Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and St. Kitts.
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And finally, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for another summer season, sailing seven-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm fjord, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Plus, we added one special nine-night sailing that includes a stop at Sitka, departing May 24.

Whew! That was a lot of new info! We’ll be giving you more details, photos and videos over the coming weeks – so stay tuned! Which one of these new itineraries are you most excited about?

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Disney Cruise Line Prepares for 2013 Summer in Alaska

posted on January 28th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Beginning in May, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for another summer season exploring the grandeur of America’s 49th state.
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Don’t you just love this shot of the ship sailing through the Tracy Arm fjord? We’re wrapping up all the final details on the Port Adventures in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, and I’m looking forward to telling you about my favorites. Like always, Disney Cruise Line worked closely with local tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures in Alaska.

Until then, I leave you with this fun time lapse video showing some of the breathtaking vistas and exciting excursions that await Disney cruisers this summer.


Read more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages to Alaska in the posts below:

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Disney Cruise Line Itinerary Options from Miami

posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Ray Smale, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


Hi again, Disney Parks Blog fans! I just boarded the Disney Wonder this past weekend, and I am so excited to be a part of Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural season from Miami. Sailing out of this vibrant city for the first time on Saturday was such a fun experience for me!
The Disney Wonder Now Sails from Miami

One of the great things about Disney sailing from Miami, other than departing from such a bustling and iconic metropolis, is the abundance of itinerary options. Here’s a snapshot of the variety you have to choose from when planning a Disney cruise from South Florida in 2013:

Which of these voyages is the best fit for your family?

Read on for more about Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural season from Miami:

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Disney Cruise Line Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

posted on January 21st, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


My weekend getaway from Miami on the Disney Wonder took me to three of the coolest destinations south of Florida. Spending time in tropical paradise…now that’s what I’m talking about!

Sail with the Disney Wonder on a Disney Cruise Line Miami Cruise Visiting Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

First stop, Key West!

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

There’s no better view of Key West than from the deck of the Disney Wonder! This was the perfect first stop to an awesome vacation. Filled with history, shopping and unique restaurants, there’s no way you can’t have fun in this charming town.

One of the best ways to discover all of the must-see historical landmarks is on the trolley or train tour. Here are some of the highlights:

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Audubon House and Gardens

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Sloppy Joe’s

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Southernmost Point

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Hemingway House

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Fun fact: The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to about 40-50 six-toed cats. Here’s one of the
cute kities I found sleeping on a bed.

Second stop, Nassau!

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

In this Bahamian town, you can choose from a number of thrilling port adventures or hit the unique straw market and socialize with the people who know the island best.

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Searching for hand-crafted jewelry and one-of-a kind souvenirs? This is where you’ll find it! I was digging the hat selections, and I even tried out a new hairstyle!

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Or if you feel like getting the inside scoop, hang out with some new friends…

Last, but certainly not least, Castaway Cay! What can I say, Castaway Cay never disappoints.

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

If you’re looking for excitement, Disney Cruise Line offers fun activities the whole family can enjoy such as parasailing, kayaking and paddle boating. Here I am with a couple friends, just living the dream! Look at that crystal blue shoreline!

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

And if you want to have as much fun as this kid, Spring-a-Leak, with pop jets, geysers and bubblers, is the place to be on Castaway Cay.

Whether your family seeks adventure, historic enrichment or relaxation, this Disney cruise itinerary from Miami has it all.

Now, who is ready to set sail to these awesome places? I think I need to go again.

Until next time, bon voyage my friends!

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Sailing from Miami with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 10th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Today’s the day I set sail for my first-ever cruise from Miami! After arriving to the port this morning, now I fully understand the excitement of departing from this beautiful and iconic city. What a view huh?

Sailing from Miami with Disney Cruise Line

This is Disney’s fourth voyage from Miami since the Disney Wonder set sail on December 23, but it is the first four-night Bahamas cruise. Even though it’s a short trip, Miami’s close proximity to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas allows us to stop at three ports: Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay.

Sailing from Miami with Disney Cruise Line

Over the weekend, be sure to follow me via @DisneyCruise for an inside look at my experience, and join the conversation with #DCLMiami. Then check back on the Disney Parks Blog on Monday for my full voyage report.

See ya real soon!

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Adventures in Miami with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 8th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Happy New Year, Disney Parks Blog fans! It’s going to be an exciting year for Disney Cruise Line with both the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic sailing from Miami for the first time. The Disney Wonder kicked off her season just before Christmas, and the Disney Magic will call South Florida home after her summer in Europe.
Explore Miami and South Florida with Disney Cruise Line

Since this is the first time ever that Disney Cruise Line has home-ported in Miami, I want to highlight some of the fun activities you can do in this vibrant city after your voyage. Disney Cruise Line offers special Port Adventures on debarkation day that pick you up from the ship and drop you off at the airport, after you have some fun of course! It’s a hassle-free way to explore the area without having to worry about where you’ll store your luggage between the ship and the airport.

South Florida is known for the vast and dense wetlands of the Everglades with abundant wildlife and unique flora and fauna. There is no better way to see this subtropical “River of Grass” than on an airboat adventure!
Explore Miami and South Florida with Disney Cruise Line

After the airboat ride and an interesting reptile show featuring the American alligator, you can use your free time at the Everglades National Park to explore the Jungle Trail, alligator farm and crocodile exhibits.
Explore Miami and South Florida with Disney Cruise Line

Another Miami Port Adventure I’d recommend is the Best of Miami by Land & Sea. This city highlights tour takes guests on a scenic drive and boat ride past iconic Miami locations. You’ll drive through Little Havana, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, South Beach and other well-known areas and cruise on the famous Miami waters past celebrity mansions, historical buildings and the striking city skyline.
Explore Miami and South Florida with Disney Cruise Line

To reserve your spot on one of the Miami tours, just stop by the Port Adventures desk onboard. As always, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore…it’s no different on debarkation day!

Disney Parks Blogger Jonathan Frontado will be sailing on his first-ever Disney cruise from Miami this Thursday. Stay tuned for his voyage report on the Disney Parks Blog and follow him on Twitter via @DisneyCruise to get an inside look at #DCLMiami!

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Disney Cruise Line Miami Countdown: Two Days Left

posted on December 21st, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Only two days left in Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural Miami voyage countdown, which you may remember Captain Mickey Mouse officially kicked off when he visited South Florida last month in a speedboat!
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On Sunday morning, the Disney Wonder will arrive to Miami after a 4,857-mile voyage from Los Angeles through the Panama Canal. The ship will set sail the same afternoon on Disney Cruise Line’s first-ever departure from South Florida, setting the stage for a variety of Disney cruises to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean in 2013 and 2014, most with stops at Castaway Cay.
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No doubt, Christmas is coming early for Miami! Which Disney cruise would you consider the perfect holiday gift?

For more Disney Cruise Line updates, check out the posts below:

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