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A Mom’s Take: Immersing Your Family in the Culture and Cuisine of Alaska

posted on February 7th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


So many parents tell us that learning is an important aspect of their family travel. No matter where you go, there are opportunities for both you and your kids to expand your knowledge and understanding. Disney is always looking for more ways to give you those opportunities, and our cruises to Alaska are just one example.

If you’re curious about how you can immerse your family in the culture of Alaska, you’ll definitely want to check out the next video in our “Mom’s Take” series with Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Not only does she show you ways to discover the heritage of natives and the history of the gold rush era, she gives tips for celebrating important Alaska industries like timber and fishing…and of course recommendations on where to taste the freshly caught seafood for yourself!

For more on sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.

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A Mom’s Take: Navigating Europe with Kids with Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It’s no secret that Disney goes above and beyond to add magic to your family vacation, and our cruises in Europe are no exception. When sailing the Mediterranean, you’ll find several ways that we make traveling overseas a more enjoyable experience for you and your little ones.

In the next video of our “Mom’s Take” series, Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel gives helpful tips for navigating Europe with kids and shows how our European voyages cater to both them and you. Take a look, and let us know in the comments if you have any additional insight from your own travels.

For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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A Mom’s Take: Making the Most of Your Days in Alaskan Ports With Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 31st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


In our “Mom’s Take” video series about cruising to Alaska, Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel has been showing you all kinds of awesome adventures you can have in America’s Last Frontier. But with so many options for things to do and see ashore, the question begs to be asked…

“How can I make the most of my days in port?”

Of course you won’t be able to do it all, but there are ways that you can maximize your time and see as much as possible without feeling stressed. Take a look at this video for a few tips, and if you’ve already cruised with us to Alaska, leave us your own tips in the comments.

For more on sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.

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A Mom’s Take: Choosing the Right European Itinerary for Your Family with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 27th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Now that we’ve given you a glimpse at some of the destinations in Europe you can visit with us this summer, like Venice, the Greek Isles and Dubrovnik, Croatia, you’re probably facing the tough decision that every Disney cruiser must make…

“Which itinerary is right for my family?”

While there’s no magical formula, there are certain things to consider when finding the best fit. To help you in your decision making process, Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel provides more details about the options available.

Check out the next video of our “Mom’s Take” series, and let me know in the comments which Mediterranean voyage you’re leaning toward taking this summer.

For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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A Mom’s Take: Adrenaline Pumping Alaskan Adventures with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 24th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


If you’re an adrenaline junkie like me, Alaska is the place for you! There are countless ways for you to get your heart racing, and even Port Adventures where your entire family can join the fun.

Take a look at this video with Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel as she shows you firsthand how excitement can be found when you join us in Alaska this summer. Which adrenaline-filled adventures would you choose?

For more on sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line, check out these other videos:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.

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A Mom’s Take: Experiencing the Magic of Venice with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 20th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


This summer, not only are we giving Disney cruisers the chance to sail from Barcelona again, we’re also homeporting in Venice for the very first time! What’s more, some of our cruises stay overnight in Venice, giving you time to explore this spectacular city in the evening.

Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel has been showing you some of the destinations you’ll enjoy on our Mediterranean cruises, like the Greek Isles and Dubrovnik, Croatia. Now, take a look at how you can explore Venice with us, and let us know how your family would like to spend your time in this floating city.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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A Mom’s Take: Wilderness and Wildlife Adventures in Alaska with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 17th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Alaska is surely one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. There is nothing quite like seeing the breathtaking, untouched terrain where the mountains and glaciers meet the sea. What makes it even more special are the vast opportunities to spot wildlife, everything from birds and seals, to bears and whales.

In the next video of our “Mom’s Take” video series, Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel shows you some of the wilderness and wildlife you’ll experience on a Disney cruise to Alaska. Of course, no photos and videos will ever compare to seeing it in person, but I hope it will whet your appetite for joining us to experience it yourself this summer!

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.

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A Mom’s Take: Exploring the Wonders of Dubrovnik with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 13th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


I hope you’re excited about our new video series, based on your questions to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, featuring this summer’s Mediterranean voyages. Last week I gave you a first glimpse at some of the destinations in the Greek Isles, and today you’ll get to see another exciting destination for us — Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Marcy, a Disney Cruise Line specialist on the panel, gives you travel tips for visiting this beautiful city and walks you through some of the Port Adventures your family may want to choose. Watch this video, and tell me, what interests you most about visiting the “Pearl of the Adriatic?”

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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A Mom’s Take: Cruising with Disney to Alaska

posted on January 10th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


If you read my post this past Monday, you know we created a video series about cruising with Disney in Europe based on questions you asked to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. What I didn’t mention then is that we did the same for our cruises to Alaska!

The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska in May for our fourth summer season in America’s Last Frontier, and we want you to be prepared with all of your questions answered. In our Alaska video series, another Disney Cruise Line specialist from the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Nancy, gives great advice to make your family’s vacation extra special. While experiencing her own adventures in Alaska, she gives you insider tips from crew members and other guests and shows you some of the exciting Port Adventures you can do based on your interests.

As you plan your Alaskan voyage, check back each Friday for another video. We’ll start today by showing you what sets a Disney cruise apart from other cruises to Alaska. Take a look, and let us know your questions if you’re considering joining us this summer.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.

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Eat-Shop-Play Guide to Holidays at the Disneyland Resort: Tips from a Disney Parks Moms Panelist

posted on December 18th, 2013 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


For the past two years, Amanda Ficili has been the Disneyland Resort panelist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, answering all kinds of questions from people who are planning a visit. She offers a mom’s keen insights, tips on where to eat, fun ideas for all ages and lots more. I caught up with Amanda to get some holiday recommendations for Disney Parks Blog readers.

She loves the soundtrack in the new “World of Color – Winter Dreams” and the silly snowman Olaf. She also recommends the food and festivities at “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

From her long list of tips, I narrowed it down to an Eat-Shop-Play Holiday Guide, with “must-dos” to experience before the end of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort on January 6.

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Eat: Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge is a beautiful place to sit down for a holiday meal, and there’s a special holiday menu the week before Christmas. You can you reserve a table online. If you’re looking for more of a pit stop, swing by Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land, where holiday tunes are rocking from the juke box and lights are twinkling from the record-clad Christmas trees. Flo’s V8 Cafe serves delicious comfort food and a holiday version of the “Ugly Crust Pie” – Pear and Cream Cheese. Meals for the little ones arrive in a winter-themed Lightning McQueen car lunchbox.

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Shop: From a holiday Duffy the Disney Bear to Disney-themed ornaments, there are plenty of gift ideas at the Disneyland Resort. Two favorites are the glass ornaments that can be personalized, and any item from Beautifully Disney, the new line of cosmetics that includes blush, eye shadow, nail polish and lip gloss. If you can’t decide, Disney Gift Cards are always a hit with the Disney fan on your list.
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Play: Along with the fun attractions, be sure to see the amazing shows, stunning Christmas trees and holiday décor, too.

    • Celebrate holidays around the world with a cruise through “it’s a small world” Holiday in Disneyland park. Plan your voyage in the evening and you’ll see the exterior shining with thousands of dazzling lights, plus a charming animated show that’s projected onto the façade of the attraction.

 

 

    • Take the little ones to Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland. It’s a great place to relax and let them play in the middle of a busy day, with games, crafts, cookie decorating and holiday cheer.

 

    • Don’t miss “Believe … in Holiday Magic,” the fireworks spectacular that sets the skies ablaze over Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and concludes with snow falling over the park! Amanda’s favorite viewing location is from Main Street, U.S.A., looking at the castle. The snowfall is beautiful in New Orleans Square, too.

 

    • As you’re speeding into Cars Land over at Disney California Adventure park, stop at the entrance and snap your holiday photo with the Snow Car. You can also take photos throughout the parks with characters in holiday attire.

 

    • Step back in time to 1920s Los Angeles on Buena Vista Street, where every lamp post and shop window is adorned with elegant, vintage decorations. Look for Santa at his post in the Elias & Co. department store, and the Red Car Trolley News Boys, who woo you with familiar Christmas tunes.

Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your tips about the Merriest Place on Earth and for all your tips that help families plan their vacations to the Disneyland Resort.

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