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Disney Cruise Line Brings Guests from Texas to Walt Disney World Resort

Darren McBurney

by , Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line

Hello, I’m Cruise Director Darren, writing to you from onboard the Disney Magic. I am brand new to the Disney Parks Blog, but not to Disney! In fact, this month I will celebrate my 15-year anniversary with the company. I am proud to say that I was part of Disney Cruise Line’s opening team and the launch of the Disney Magic in 1998.

Most of my years with Disney Cruise Line were spent sailing out of the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder’s first home port, Port Canaveral, Florida. But with the expansion of the fleet, I’ve had the opportunity to sail from several new home ports the last few years, including Los Angeles, New York City and Barcelona, Spain.

Currently I am sailing out of one of Disney Cruise Line’s newest home ports, Galveston, Texas. This 8-night Bahamas voyage is particularly exciting because it is the first of six special cruises that take guests from the Lonestar State to Walt Disney World Resort!
Disney Cruise Line Brings Guests from Texas to Walt Disney World Resort

Yesterday, guests eagerly debarked in Port Canaveral, Florida, where they were whisked off to the resort with a Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket in hand. And with a late evening “all aboard” time, guests even had the opportunity to experience the famous evening fireworks display over the parks.
Disney Cruise Line Brings Guests from Texas to Walt Disney World Resort

On Monday, we spent the day at Castaway Cay, marking the first time many guests had ever set foot on Disney’s private island. Visiting this tropical paradise is truly an indescribable experience, and if you haven’t been there yet, take my word for it, it’s a must for your bucket list!
Disney Cruise Line Visits Castaway Cay, Disney's Private Island

Needless to say, this has been one magical week. And we still have one more destination: Key West! As we near the end of the voyage, I must tell you, this cruise has been one of the many highlights of my 15-year career with Disney because of the joy I’ve seen in the eyes of so many guests. Can you recall how you felt the first time you visited a Disney park or Castaway Cay?

Check out these posts for more about Disney Cruise Line’s sailings from Galveston, Texas:


  • Welcome to the blog Mr. Darren!

  • Hi Darren –
    We will be sailing with you on the 1st as well for our first Disney Cruise! I did not realize that there were only 6 of the WDW cruises, how exciting!! Any special tips or tricks you can give us??

  • Hi Darren, the secret Scotsman

    Hope you had a chance to get off at CC, we were there a few weeks ago and it was nice to see some sun again. Enjoy, we shall see you again in Europe in a few months.

  • I am excited to be joining you, Darren, on March 1st! It will be a blast to say that I had “sailed to Walt Disney World”! But, Darren…Texas is the Lone Star State (not Lonestar State). I tell you this because we can be a funny bunch about our Texas heritage! Don’t want you to get caught up in some wild texas cattleman’s broohaha. Haha!

    Anyway, this Texan is excited to see the Disney Magic again after a few years. It’s gonna be a real shindig!

  • Hi, Darren! My family and I were just on the January 4th sailing of the Magic, and had a fabulous time! As a part of the Glass Slipper Concierge team (Authorized Disney Travel Planner), I’m know my future clients will be well taken care of aboard the Magic. Thanks for the hospitality, and Bon Voyage!

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