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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.

For more “A Mom’s Take” stories, read the Disney Parks Blog posts below:

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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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Moms Panel Monday: Go Team!

posted on March 18th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


For the first time in Disney Parks Mom Panel history, we have added two very special moms who can help you plan sporting event vacations at Disney Parks. It is my pleasure to introduce ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex panelists Audra Anders and Angie Gregg.

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I’m originally from Alabama but have lived in Atlanta for over half of my life. I’m the only female in a house of two boys, a wonderful husband of 17 years and our dog George. We have crazy sports schedules that include baseball, football, cross country, basketball, golf and fishing. Baseball is our favorite and my husband and I have been Atlanta Braves fans since the 1980’s! I’ve been a team mom for years and I am very excited about helping other parents and coaches plan trips to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for tournaments!
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Panelist Audra Anders Has Been Added to our Disney Parks Mom Panel

Team Mom Angie
I work part-time as a certified dermatology coder and also volunteer at my children’s school as a room parent. I served the role of team manager for my oldest daughter’s soccer team for the past 3 years. That meant that I was responsible for registration, tournaments, financials, hotels, and group dining. I am ecstatic to be one of the first sports specialist for the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I can’t wait to share my experience with those families who mix sports and vacation!
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If you are the team coach in your community, now there are two moms who know how to put the ‘planning’ in team! Go meet them before your team’s season starts.

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Moms Panel Monday: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words at Disney Parks

posted on March 11th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


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Ever thought of a different way to capture magical moments at Disney Parks? If you already have pictures with the Fab 5, your loved ones in front of the castle, and other iconic areas at the parks, why not get pictures you’ve never taken before? For Disney Parks Mom Panelist Mandy Milhoan, taking pictures becomes a game for the whole family and a new adventure each time she visits the parks. “I love Disney Parks, but I know that sometimes subtle magical details are overlooked. There are layers of stories in the streets of the Disney theme parks that you have probably passed by a million times.”
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Mandy and her family have scavenger hunts that open their eyes to the very smallest details. “The wonderful thing about scavenger hunts is that you can tailor them for your age group. I prefer a photo scavenger hunt because you will have some hilarious memories,” she says.
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What are some of the unique and little known details you have found on your journeys through Disney Parks? You can tell me. I can keep a secret.

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Moms Panel Monday: Start Your Engines at Disney California Adventure Park!

posted on March 4th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


It’s hard to believe that less than a year ago, Disney Parks Moms Panelist Amanda Ficili and I were at Disneyland Resort filming a commercial in the not-yet-opened Cars Land. As we walked down the vacant Route 66 that morning, we were beyond giddy with excitement. In just a few days, the grand opening was planned and we were running on all pistons. Not far from that spot, Courtney Bautista was also giddy in anticipation for the park that would thrill her then 2-year-old moto-tot Mason.
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What a difference a year makes! Courtney’s dreams came true and she became our third Disney Parks Moms Panelist representing the Disneyland Resort. Now that Mason is turning three this summer, Courtney and her family have made it a must to visit Cars Land whenever they can.
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“From the moment we entered Cars Land, it was like stepping into the town of Radiator Springs. The look on Mason’s star-struck face when he spotted his favorite characters, Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater, was one I’ll never forget.”

Cars Land has become one of Courtney and Mason’s favorite places to visit at the Disneyland Resort, but for Courtney, it’s the snack fare that gets her motor revving.

“Every time we are there, the Disney foodie in me has to grab one of the tasty ‘cone-coctions‘ from the Cozy Cone Motel. My favorite? The dill pickle flavored popcorn.”

Courtney says the evenings are a great time to visit. “Cars Land is especially stunning at night. The countless colorful neon lights and the Cadillac Mountain Range in Ornament Valley truly look like the skyline of a bygone era. If you look carefully, you’ll notice that the six peaks of the mountain range represent Cadillac tail fins from 1957-1962!”

What is your favorite blast from the past at Cars Land?

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