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Disney Cruise Line Returns to Popular Home Ports in Summer 2020

In the summer of 2020, Disney Cruise Line will return to the popular home ports of Vancouver, Barcelona, Civitavecchia, Dover, and Copenhagen in addition to their permanent home in Port Canaveral! Whether you’re wanting to set sail in the Caribbean, be awestruck by the beauty and nature of Alaska, or explore charming cities of Europe, these amazing Disney Cruise Line itineraries have you covered.

 

Click below to see what’s in store for summer 2020:

Disney Wonder sailing in Alaska

Alaskan Adventures from Vancouver

Alaskan Adventures

In late May through Early September 2020, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season. Seven-night itineraries depart from Vancouver, Canada, with visits to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Dawes Glacier. Set sail for stunning scenery and fun and adventure both in port and on the ship.

Disney Magic sailing in Europe

European Explorations

from Barcelona, Civitavecchia, Dover, and Copenhagen

Disney Cruise Line returns to Europe in summer 2020 for the Disney Magic’s grand tour of Europe! With 15 different itineraries varying from 5- to 12-nights, the Disney Magic will pay visits to the Mediterranean and Greek Isles, the Baltic, British Isles and Norwegian fjords. New ports of call throughout the 2020 season include Messina, Italy; Gdynia, Poland; Nordfjordeid, Norway; Plymouth, England; and Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Sailings from Port Canaveral, Florida

from Port Canaveral, Florida

And as always, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will continue to sail from Port Canaveral, Florida on the popular Bahamian, Eastern Caribbean, and Western Caribbean itineraries – all making a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island oasis in the Bahamas!

Bookings for summer 2020 open to the general public on Mar. 7, 2019 with advance booking opportunities for Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club Members according to the following schedule:

  • Mar. 4, 2019: Platinum Castaway Club Members
  • Mar. 5, 2019: Gold Castaway Club Members
  • Mar. 6, 2019: Silver Castaway Club Members, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Adventures by Disney® Insiders

Contact your Magic Maker® Travel Professional today for more details!

19 Reasons to Visit a Disney destination in 2019

The one constant at Disney destinations is change! In the early days of Disneyland® Park, Walt was famously quoted talking about the future of the park:

“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

Walt Disney

2019 will be no different for Disney destinations –  adding new and limited-time shows, parties, experiences, resorts, restaurants and lands across their properties! We’re excited about what’s to come in 2019 and wanted to share some of our favorites.

In no particular order, here’s our 19 Reasons to visit Disney destinations in 2019!

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8 Things We’re Excited About in 2018 at Disney Destinations

While it’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over, we are overflowing with excitement and anticipation of what’s coming in 2018 for Disney Destinations!

Here’s 8 things (in no particular order) that we can’t wait to experience!

1 Toy Story Land- In Summer 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the all-new Toy Story Land will open to guests. Shrinking guests to the size of a toy, three attractions and a new quick-service dining location will await guests in the 11-acre play space. Slinky Dog Dash (a family-style coaster) and Alien Swirling Saucers will be the new attractions joining the already existing guest favorite Toy Story Mania!®. Woody’s Lunch Box will offer several meals and old-fashioned soda floats. No exact opening date in 2018 has been announced.

2 Disney Springs™ Additions- When you’re visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Springs™ is your place to eat, drink, and shop! And in 2018, the list of options is growing! Eight new dining concepts will open in 2018! The Edison will open as a lavish “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar and nighttime destination. Adjacent to that is a trio of modern Italian restaurant and bar concepts – Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and Pizza Ponte. Terralina Crafted Italian will feature dishes inspired by “Top Chef Master” Chef Tony Mantuano ‘s adventures in Italy. Master Sommelier George Miliotes’ Wine Bar George will offer more than 100 wine selections by the bottle and glass along with shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie. Jaleo, a Spanish concept by world-renowned Chef José Andrés’ and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill are also slated to open in 2018.

3 Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Celebrates 20 Years- Opening its gates for the first time on Earth Day in 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will celebrate 20 years in 2018! As part of the celebration, the Flights of Wonder show is being retired to make room for the debut of a new show featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s film UP! The new show will feature species of birds from around the world at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur Village. We’re sure that more special events will be announced before the big day, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details!

4 Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Transformation- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is currently receiving some major enhancements that are set to be completed late Summer 2018! For our guests that have stayed at the resort before, the biggest change will be the elimination of the Customs House! Old Port Royale will act as a centralized location for check in/out as well as merchandise and dining. Other updates include an all-new Centertown Market for casual eats, waterfront dining at an all-new Shutters restaurant, a new Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge, and an refurbished Calypso Trading Post for shopping.

5 Return of Disney on Broadway Much to our delight, the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts will return from Jan. 12 – Feb. 19, 2018! Also returning is what we believe to the highlight of the festival, the Disney On Broadway performances which happen each weekend (Fridays through Mondays at 5:30p, 6:45p and 8:00p) in the America Gardens Theatre. This years performers include:

  • Jan. 12-15 and 19-22: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
  • Jan. 26-29 and Feb. 2-5: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Feb. 9-12 and 16-19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

The concerts are included with standard Epcot® admission but because of popularity, we suggest experiencing Disney on Broadway with a dining package that includes preferred seating!

6 Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier For over 20 years, the beloved characters of Pixar Animation Studios have found a special place in our hearts. And in 2018, they’ll come to life like never before with the addition of Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier at the Disneyland® Resort! Pixar Fest, the biggest theme park celebration of stories and characters from Pixar, will feature a new “Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” plus the return of ‘Paint the Night’ and ‘Pixar Play Parade.Pixar Pier will transform the area that is now Paradise Pier inside Disney California Adventure® Park with the thrilling, reimagined Incredicoaster, four new imaginative neighborhoods, plus entertainment, themed food and beverage, and more! CLICK HERE for more details on everything Pixar coming to Disneyland® Resort.

7 Downtown Disney® District Additions- There’s no doubt that the west end of the Disneyland® Resort’s Downtown Disney® District will see a lot of changes in the next 4 years with the construction of a new Disney-owned Four Diamond hotel that is set to open in 2021! But in 2018, you’ll see a few new locations open for your enjoyment. Splitsville Luxury Lanes will open in early 2018 with 20 bowling lanes, four dining areas, and much more. The New York-based Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer will open its first California location offering award-winning burgers and signature CrazyShake™ milkshakes that boast whimsical and over-the-top decorations and flavors. And in early 2018, D-Street will be re-imagined into a Disney-themed home goods store with products that change with each season.

8 Enchanting Enhancements for Disney Magic- Exciting new spaces and new experiences are coming to the Disney Magic in March 2018! An all-new enchanting dining experience will be created for families at Rapunzel’s Royal Table! Guests will be treated to live entertainment during their dinner, and maybe even an appearance by Princess Rapunzel herself. A redesign is coming for the Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, which will be transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. And Cove Café, an adult-exclusive retreat located near the Quiet Cove Pool, will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. The new enhancements debut on the Disney Magic’s Mar. 9, 2018 sailing.

What new addition at Disney Destinations are you excited about? Contact your Magic Maker® today and start planning your next getaway!

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New Experiences and Enhancements Set Sail on the Disney Wonder This Fall

Disney Cruise Line has announced some exciting new entertainment and experiences are in store for guests sailing aboard the Disney Wonder starting Nov. 10, 2016!

Changes will take place from stem to stern – providing new experiences and enhancing some existing features for guests of all ages. But one of the biggest announcements is that the Disney Wonder will debut a new exclusive stage show, “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular”, when it relaunches this fall!

Take a look at what’s in store for guests inside the Walt Disney Theater when the curtain rises for the  “first time in forever” on “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular”:

That’s just the beginning of it! Here’s a quick look at what other changes are on deck:

  • Disney’s Oceaneer Club (Ages 3-12)
    • Marvel Super Hero Academy – Young guests will train to develop the brave and adventurous heroes inside themselves. Exclusively on the Disney Wonder, Marvel Super Hero Academy will offer extraordinary adventures in which each young guest plays an integral role. With the mentorship of some of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes, young trainees will learn the value of teamwork, bravery and problem solving through hands-on play and programs.
    • Frozen Adventures – Fun takes the form of imaginative play and hands-on activities featuring characters from Frozen.
    • Club Disney Junior – features favorite Disney Junior characters, storytelling and games.
  • it’s a small world Nursery – This new nursery will delight the youngest cruisers.
  • Tiana’s Place Restaurant –  will transport guests to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations with a menu influenced by southern-style cuisine. Live music will be performed on the main stage, with rhythmic, toe-tapping notes of jazz, swing and blues setting the tone for the French Quarter supper club atmosphere.
  • Route 66 Rethemed as After Hours
    • A brand-new pub featuring a selection of British and specialty beers will invite guests to take a jaunt to an authentic English tavern. The pub will feature subtle nods to classic Disney films set in London.
    • Also making a debut is an all-new night club and a shiny new model of the popular Cadillac Lounge
  • A reimagined and relaxing Senses Spa & Salon and a new Chill Teen Spa
  • Animator’s Palate – will be updated to include the popular “Drawn to Magic” and “Animation Magic” dinner shows
  • Studio Sea will change to D Lounge for family games and entertainment
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will be added to provide magical makeovers for children ages 3-12
  • Refresh to the Edge club for tweens
  • Beach Blanket Buffet will become Cabanas
  • Palo will receive a makeover with Venetian-inspired décor
  • Deck 9 Water Enhancements
    • Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide
    • Dory’s Reef splash zone for toddlers
    • AquaLab pool and interactive water play area for kids and families

We’re so excited about this wave of new enhancements on the Disney Wonder! Let’s start planning your next Disney Cruise now – contact your Magic Maker® today!

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Disney Cruise Line Brings Frozen Fun to Sea

Disney Cruise Line has announced some exciting Frozen-inspired experiences during select sailings on all four of their ships! These activities, which vary by ship and itinerary, are slated to begin this Summer.

Aboard Disney Magic and Disney Wonder

Guests will be treated to a day of Frozen Fun on select sailings in Europe and Alaska. From a magical freeze that has overtaken the atrium lobby to a day full of icy adventures, this will be a day you won’t forget! Planned special experiences include:

  • Memorable moments with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf
  • “Anna’s Chase for the Chocolate” scavenger hunt
  • “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” activity
  • “Oaken’s Maypole Swirl and Twirl” – (traditional Scandinavian dance lessons)
  • “Frozen” themed dining experience inside that evening’s rotational dining location
  • “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends” Deck Party
  • Frozen-themed party just for the adults inside the nightclub

Exclusively on the Disney Magic,  “Disney Dreams… An Enchanted Classic” inside the Walt Disney Theatre will continue to feature friends of Frozen and their renditions of three popular songs: “Let it Go,” “For the First Time in Forever” and “In Summer.”

Also exclusively on the Disney Magic, Port Adventures on select Norway sailings bring the fairytale setting of Arendelle and Frozen to life.

Aboard All Four Disney Cruise Line Ships

Magical Meet and Greets will be even warmer when Olaf joins Anna and Elsa this Summer during select sailings on all four ships! You’ll want to be sure to check your Personal Navigator on the first day of your cruise for special Meet & Greet ticket distribution locations as availability for this goes quickly!

Contact your Magic Maker® today to book your Frozen Fun on the high seas!

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All entertainment offerings subject to change without notice.

Breaking the Myths – Disney Cruise Line®

Funnel Vision and AquaDuckSince Disney Cruise Line® first set sail in 1998, they have pioneered the family market in the cruise industry. Each of their ships have been designed to provide a unique vacation experience for all ages. Onboard, adults can relax and recharge while children experience all the magic Disney has to offer! Over the years, Disney Cruise Line® has received more than 100 awards in the travel industry!

As a continuation of our “Breaking the Myths” series, today we are focusing on our favorite vacation at sea!

  1. Myth: All four of the Disney Cruise Line® ships features the AquaDuck.
    Each of the Disney Cruise Line® ships have something different or exclusive to offer their guests. From varying shows, restaurants and onboard features, no two ships are the same. The AquaDuck, the world’s first-ever shipboard water coaster, is only available on the Disney Dream® and Disney Fantasy™. 
  2. Myth: Disney Cruise Line® sailings have nothing to offer for adults traveling without kids.
    There’s no hiding the fact that Disney Cruise Line® is the perfect vacation for the young, but they also offer a wide variery of events catered specifically for the young at heart! Onboard, adults will find endless ways to relax and enjoy themselves – from elegant dinners to backstage tours to an exclusive beach on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. And that is just the beginning, so ask your Magic Maker® for complete details.
  3. Myth: We are early eaters – the second seating for dinner won’t work for my family.
    Typically the main seating for dinner is the first to become unavailable on Disney Cruise Line®. But, some of our young families are experiencing that the later seating is more convenient while on vacation for many reasons. First, your normal routine will inevitably be put on hold while you are on vacation. You will be staying up later for shows and parties, waking up early for Port Adventures, and maybe even skipping the normal naps to spend some extra time in the pool. When you are spending the day in port, some feel the main seating cuts your day short by having you back on the ship too early to get ready for dinner. Next, there is no shortage of food on Disney Cruise Line®! If your kids (or you) are hungry before dinner, you can make a quick trip to the pool deck and grab a small snack to hold them over until dinner! Lastly, Disney Cruise Line® offers Dine and Play for second seating – a service allowing families to enjoy dinner together then ushers kids to the Kid’s Clubs to give parents time to relax at the end of the meal and spend time in the adult-exclusive areas of the ship.

Disney Cruise Line® has just released itineraries through the end of 2014! Booking early is the best way to save on a Disney Vacation at sea, so contact your Magic Maker® today and start planning!

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Miss some of our past “Breaking the Myth” articles? Click here to access them.

 

Disney Cruise Line’s® Inaugural Season From Miami Begins Sunday

Sunday morning, the Disney Wonder® Cruise Ship will finish her 14-night Panama Canal sailing in Miami, FL – the port she will call home for the next several months.

After sailing a special 7-night Eastern Caribbean Christmas cruise and a 6-night Western Caribbean New Year’s cruise, the Disney Wonder® will begin sailing 4- and 5-night cruises to the Bahamas and the Western Caribbean. These itineraries include stops at many popular and equally beautiful ports, including Nassau, Key West, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman. Select itineraries even include a stop at Disney’s exclusive tropical paradise, Castaway Cay Island!

The Disney Wonder® will sail from Miami Dec. 23 – May 6th when it departs on a 14-night Panama Canal sailing to Los Angeles. Guests can take advantage of Disney Cruise Line’s® Kids Sail FREE promotion for most Miami sailings Jan. 14 – Feb. 25, 2013. Click here for more details on that promotion.

In the Fall of 2013, the Disney Magic® will homeport in Miami offering similar itineraries. More information on Disney Cruise Line® and their upcoming sailings can be found here on our website.

Disney Cruise Line® Early 2014 Itineraries

Disney Cruise LineDisney Cruise Line® has unveiled itineraries for the early part of 2014 for the Disney Magic®, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder®.

For the first part of 2014 the Disney Magic® is returning to Port Canaveral, where it will be home with the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, giving you more opportunities than ever to unwind Disney’s private island Castaway Cay on your next tropical vacation. There are also more opportunities to pair your next cruise aboard Disney Cruise Line® with a visit to Walt Disney World® Resort to visit the New Fantasyland® expansion!

The Disney Wonder® will remain in Miami, offering itineraries with something for everyone in the family!

Be sure to contact your Magic Maker® today for more information about the newly announced 2014 Disney Cruise Line® itineraries, or to plan your next vacation!

Sailing from Port Canaveral
3- and 4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan. 2 – Aug. 31, 2014; Disney Magic departures  Jan. 6 – May 16, 2014

7-night Eastern Caribbean
• Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 11 – Aug. 23, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean 
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 4 – April 26, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures May 10 – Aug. 30, 2014

Sailing from Miami
4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 15 – April 23, 2014

5-night Caribbean
• Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 10 – April 18, 2014

5-night Caribbean, including Castaway Cay
• Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 19 – April 27, 2014

Disney Cruise Line® Offers Onboard Credit and Half-Off Deposit

This offer is no longer valid. Click here to explore all current specials.

As the holidays quickly approach, we start to feel a real “crunch” in our wallets. But Disney Cruise Line® has released a promotion that will allow you to plan your upcoming vacation at sea right now without tying up too much of your holiday funds.

Now through Dec. 16, 2012, all new Disney Cruise Line® bookings will receive a $25 onboard credit per stateroom to spend during your vacation! Spend it however you’d like – Dinner at Palo, Spa Treatment, Souvenirs, Port Adventures – the possibilities are endless. Also, you will also receive half-off deposit! Disney Cruise Line® is temporarily lowering the required deposit to allow you to book now and pay later. The best part is that both of these are combinable with other offers like Kids Sail Free on Select Cruises from Galveston!

Contact your Magic Maker and start planning today!

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Eligible for bookings Nov. 5 – Dec. 16, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Guests will receive a $25 onboard credit per stateroom. Applicable only to bookings made through electronic booking sources. Applies to all stateroom categories. This offer is combinable with other offers and is available on new bookings only. Onboard credit is nonrefundable and nontransferable. This offer is only applied to the cruise deposit amount. When a package is added to the booking (e.g. Adventures by Disney or Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding package) the full deposit for the cruise and the package is required. For cancellations made within the cancellation fee period, the cancellation fee will be the promotional deposit amount versus the full standard deposit amount. Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.

 

Disney Magic® Kicks Off Inaugural Season Sailing From Texas

Just two weeks ago today, the Disney Magic® arrived at the Port of Galveston to kick off Disney Cruise Line’s® inaugural season of sailing from the Lone Star State. From Galveston, the Disney Magic® will sail 4-, 6-, 7-, and 8-night Western Caribbean itineraries along with an 8-night Bahamian itinerary through May of 2013.

The Disney Magic® made her first appearance in Texas with a large cowboy hat on the funnel! The hat was 19-feet tall and 14-feet wide! If a real cowboy was to wear this hat, he would need to be about 43 feet tall! Along with many locals, Houston’s Ghostriders, the official rodeo drill team of Texas, were on hand to welcome Disney Cruise Line® to the neighborhood.

The cowboy hat was actually just a printed polypoplene cover that was attached to a frame that covered the existing Disney Cruise Line® emblem on the funnel!