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

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.


  • What a great program! I love that guests and crew members all participated. I hope there is an opportunity for us to do something fun like this to volunteer when I am on the Disney Fantasy in November!

  • This is a fantastic way to fundraise for a great cause while having fun too. I really hope you will consider doing this on more/all of your cruises. We were on the Dream in April and will be on the Fantasy in January after the Dopey race. All the comments on the DCL FB page and I’m sure the ones here will echo my thoughts for Duck Derby being a regular installment on every cruise. Bravo.

  • Hi Rebecca,

    Thank you for all that you do for people and the environment. Disney Cruise Line, in my opinion, is the leader of innovation, service to patrons and guests, and a major contributor to giving back to the community and the environment. Other organizations should take heed.

    Sailing on our eighth cruise with Disney Cruise Line this August will have afforded us the opportunity to have experienced all four ships in your fleet. Most importantly of all, Disney Cruise Line has allowed our family to heal, bond and strengthen through our challenges with our son’s autism. While cruising, our son always has developmental and social improvements making disembarkation very poignant because we always wonder what other improvements our son could have experienced. Finally, the staff always treats us with the utmost respect and caters to our unique needs enabling us to feel ‘typical’ and comfortable during our sailings.

    Needless to say, I am one of the first people at the Future Cruise Bookings Desk ready to re-book our next voyage. We will only sail with Disney Cruise Line, and I have hooked my friends and family into DCL to the extent where they too, have sailed multiple times with future cruises on the horizon.

    Ahoy, and keep up the fantastic efforts!

    Best regards,
    Jacqueline (Jackie)

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