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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

The Magic of Animator’s Palate

Animator’s Palate has long been a favorite main dining restaurant on the ships of Disney Cruise Line®.  Animator’s Palate serves up something more than just fine food: an innovative dinner show celebrating the art of Disney storytelling and animation, where many of your favorite Disney characters come to life right before your eyes.

On the Disney Wonder® and the Disney Magic®, Animator’s Palate features a spacious yet stylized dining room that recalls a real life hand-drawn environment, showcasing characters and scenes from classic Disney films adorn the walls around you.  Throughout your meal, Disney character sketches located on the restaurant walls slowly transform from stark black and white to brilliant color, amid the familiar classic orchestral themes of Disney movies playing overhead.

On the Disney Dream™, Animator’s Palate is inspired by the magic of Disney animation, filled with everything you would expect to find inside an actual animator’s studio. Character sketches, maquettes, light boxes, paint brushes, colored pencils, computer work stations and other tools of the animation trade delightfully decorate the venue; and scenes and characters from popular Disney films adorn the walls—creating a one-of-a-kind experience sure to captivate the entire family.  During the meal, characters from the favorite Disney•Pixar film, Finding Nemo, magically appear swimming around the restaurant and interacting with guests.

The Animator’s Palate on the newest ship, the Disney Fantasy™ (scheduled to set sail in April 2012), the restaurant will feature a totally new experience for cruisers.  Guests are invited to draw a character of their own using a simple template on their placemat. After dinner, animated curtains are opened on screens and Sorcerer Mickey conjures their drawings, which are fully animated and brought to life side-by-side with characters such as Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella and Snow White in scenes from beloved Disney movies. At the end of the show, Mickey returns to say “so long” to the Guests while credits roll on screen showing each Guest’s name listed as a Guest animator.  Check out this sample video of what Guests may see while dining at Animator’s Palate on the Disney Fantasy™ (actual animation may vary in final product).

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The Best Ride at Sea: the AquaDuck

The Best Ride at Sea – Disney Cruise Line’s AquaDuck

by Magic Maker® Heather Straight

Disney Cruise Line AquaDuckThere’s a lot to love about the newest Disney Cruise Line® ship, the Disney Dream™.  Its beautiful décor, delicious restaurants, spectacular Broadway-style shows, spacious staterooms, and kids clubs that are beyond compare.  But if you asked my two boys, ages 7 and 4, to tell you the best thing about this wonderful ship, they’d have one thing to say: the AquaDuck.

The first of its kind at sea, the AquaDuck is a “water coaster” that takes you on a fast moving raft ride from the top of the aft funnel, through twists and turns, up and down hills, through the forward funnel and – the best part – over the side of the ship!  The journey through the acrylic tube is breathtaking and exhilarating, with two big drops and amazing view of the pool deck on one side and the expanse of the ocean on the other.

We took our first ride soon after boarding and settling in to our stateroom, and we were instantly hooked.  The ride is thrilling, but not scary, just fast enough to get your heart pumping but not so fast that you miss the spectacular scenery whizzing past you as you fly through the tube.  We had so much fun that our boys begged us to let them skip Mickey’s Pirates in the Caribbean deck party to ride the “Duck” instead!  There was no line – we literally rode over and over until it was time to go and get ready for Buccaneer Blast (because we certainly weren’t going to miss another Disney exclusive, fireworks at sea!).

To ride the AquaDuck, kids must be at least 42” tall to ride with an adult; single riders must be at least 54” tall.  The first time kids ride, they’ll be measured and then given an arm band to wear to show that they meet the height requirements.  You’ll find the stairs on Deck 11 near the Mickey Pool, and from there you climb up to the boarding area in the aft funnel.

Here are our best AquaDuck tips, perfected after our many rides:Disney Dream AquaDuck water coaster

  • For more rides with less waiting, try in the evening, either after dinner if you have Main Seating or before dinner if you have Late Seating.  Avoid mid-day (especially on a sea day!), unless you’re prepared to stand in line.
  • If you have a little one who is just at the 42” mark, make sure they don’t take off their armband!  Don’t risk having to be re-measured every time you want to ride.
  • Help little ones get off the raft at the end of the ride before you do – the raft has a tendency to flip over when grown ups exit!
  • If you get a chance, ride at night – the whole AquaDuck is lit up!  In fact, you can even ride during the fireworks, which is pretty spectacular.
  • My husband and oldest son have this tip for getting more speed – arch your back and the raft will go faster!
  • Keep your eyes open at the beginning of the ride – as soon as you’re “launched” you’ll be in the tube that goes out over the side of the ship.
  • The easiest way to get into the raft is to turn so your backside is facing the raft, sit down, and then swing your legs in.  I looked pretty comical the first time I tried boarding, and a helpful Cast Member gave me this tip.
  • Be prepared for a workout if you’re planning to ride more than once – climbing all those stairs is good exercise.  It’s a great way to get rid of some of those calories from the Grand Marnier soufflé you had at Royal Palace!
  • Make sure you read the AquaDuck story as you climb up to the entrance – the colorful cartoon frames tell you about how Donald (with some help from his nephews) gave the ride its name.
Disney Dream Water Coaster
Have you taken a spin on the AquaDuck?  What did you think about it?  Tell us in the comments below.
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Stretch out with Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line StateroomsIf you get squeamish at the idea of staying in an ultra-cramped  stateroom (with kids!), read on. Many staterooms on Disney ships are comparable  in size to standard hotel rooms, and most feature a split “bath-and-a-half”  design. This gives families the convenience of having a sink and tub/shower in  one room and a sink and toilet in a separate room.

What’s more, 88 percent of the staterooms on the Disney Dream have  ocean views, and of those, 90 percent have private verandas. To accommodate  larger families and groups traveling together, the ship has 500 connecting  doors that adjoin staterooms.

For larger groups planning a special trip together, the Disney  Dream provides adjacent, concierge-level accommodation for up to 25 guests with  four suites and two staterooms – all joined by connecting doors.

What follows is a breakdown of the Disney Dream’s suites and  staterooms and their features. As you consider what’s available, bear in mind  that a standard hotel room in the United States ranges in size from 300 to 400 square feet.

2 Concierge Royal Suites with Verandas: 1,781 square  feet. Each suite sleeps 5 and has one master bedroom with queen-size bed,  pull-down double bed, pull-down single bed, two bathrooms, rain shower,  whirlpool bath tub, living room, media library, dining salon, pantry, wet bar,  walk-in closets, private veranda with whirlpool hot tub, concierge service.

19 Concierge One-Bedroom Suites with Verandas: 622  square feet. Each suite sleeps 5 and has a queen-size bed, living area with  double convertible sofa, pull-down bed, walk-in closets, two bathrooms, rain  shower, whirlpool tub, private veranda, concierge service.

20 Concierge Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandas: 306 square feet. Each stateroom sleeps 5 and has a queen-size bed, double  convertible sofa, pull-down bed, split bath with round tub and shower, private  veranda, concierge service.

317 Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandas: 299 square feet. Each stateroom sleeps 4-5 and has a queen-size bed, single  convertible sofa, pull-down bed (in some), split bath with round tub and  shower, private veranda.

543 Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms with Verandas: 246  square feet. Each stateroom sleeps 3-4 and has a queen-size bed, single  convertible sofa, pull-down bed (in most), split bath with tub and shower,  private veranda.

108 Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms: 241 square feet.  Each stateroom sleeps 3-5 and has a queen-size bed, single convertible sofa,  pull-down bed (in some), split bath with round tub and shower, one large  porthole window with built-in seating.

91 Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms: 204 square feet.  Each stateroom sleeps 3-4 and has a queen-size bed, single convertible sofa,  pull-down bed (in some), split bath with tub and shower, one or two porthole  windows.

19 Deluxe Inside Staterooms: 204 square feet. Each stateroom  sleeps 3-4 and has a queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down bed (in  some), split bath with tub and shower, Magical Porthole.

131 Standard Inside Staterooms: 169 square feet. Each stateroom  sleeps 3-4 and has a queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down bed (in  some), bath with tub and shower, Magical Porthole.

25 staterooms equipped for guests with disabilities, in a variety of categories.

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New Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

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For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line® will set sail from three new ports in 2012 – New York, Seattle and Galveston – making the Disney family cruisevacation more accessible to everyone around the country. There are also more itinerary choices than ever before, including one special voyage to Hawai‘i.

As an exclusive benefit to Guests who are Platinum/Gold Castaway Club Members, bookings will open on Thursday, April 7, 2011. All other Guests may book starting on Friday.  Contact your Magic Maker® for more information.

New York Sailings
Beginning May 25, 2012, the Disney Magic® will sail a total of 20 cruises from New York.

  • 8-night Bahamian cruises include a day at Disney’s Castaway Cay, Nassau, and a stop at Port Canaveral, gateway to the Walt Disney World® Resort. As part of this itinerary, you will receive a one-day Park Hopper® Ticket and roundtrip transportation between the ship and resort. (5/25, 6/2, 6/22, 6/30, 7/20, 7/28, 8/17, 8/25)
  • 5-night Canadian/New England cruises will visit Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick (6/10, 6/17, 7/8, 7/15, 8/5, 8/12, 9/2, 9/7, 9/12)
  • 2-night cruises are perfect for those looking for a quick getaway at sea over a weekend. (6/15, 7/13, 8/10)

Seattle Sailings
Beginning May 28, 2012, the Disney Wonder® will sail a total of 14 cruises to Alaska from the Port of Seattle, Wash.

  • 7-night Alaskan cruises will call on Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan plus Victoria, British Columbia.
    (5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30)

Galveston Sailings
Beginning Sept. 22, 2012, the Disney Magic® will sail 12 cruises from the Port of Galveston, Texas.

  • 7-night Western Caribbean cruises will visit Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, as well as Grand Cayman. (9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8)

Los Angeles Sailings
In addition to 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises, the Disney Wonder® will set sail on Disney’s first-ever voyage to Hawai‘i on April 29, 2012.

  • 15-night Hawaiian cruise departs from the Port of Los Angeles and includes stops at Hilo; Kahului, Maui; Honolulu, Oahu; Nawiliwili, Kauai and Ensenada, Mexico (April 29, 2012)
  • 7-night Pacific Coast cruises will call on San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico (5/14 sailing with stops in San Francisco, Vancouver, BC; Victoria, BC and 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7 sailings with stops in San Francisco, San Diego, Ensenada, Mexico)

The Disney Dream™ will continue to sail 3-, 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises. The new Disney Fantasy™ will offer Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, beginning with the maiden voyage on March 31, 2012. Sail dates for both ships are now available through December 2012.

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*All dates listed above are for sailings in 2012.

New Height Requirements for AquaDuck

AquaDuck Water CoasterAs of yesterday, the height requirements to ride the Aquaduck, the water coaster onboard the Disney Dream™ have changed allowing more kids to ride.  A Disney Cruise Line® spokesperson confirmed Wednesday the new restrictions.

Minimum Height to Ride:     42 inches

Min. Height to Ride Alone:   54 inches

Kids also must be seven years old to ride alone.  Those under the 54 inch height and under seven must ride with someone fourteen or older.

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The Disney Dream is in Florida!

The Disney Dream Pulls into Port CanaveralThe newest Disney Cruise Line® ship, the Disney Dream™, sailed into its homeport of Port Canaveral, Fla., this morning after a 16-night trans-Atlantic voyage from Germany, where it has been under construction for nearly two years. Beginning with a maiden voyage on January 26, the Disney Dream™ will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas, calling Port Canaveral home.

“We are delighted to welcome the Disney Dream™ to its new homeport,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line®. “As we grow the Disney Cruise Line business, not only does this mean a positive economic impact for the region, but this allows us the flexibility to provide even more options to our guests. With new innovations onboard and new destinations to explore, ultimately we’re providing even more ways for guests to enjoy a family cruise vacation.”

The recent construction project for Disney’s cruise terminal and dock area in Port Canaveral include an expanded dock area and terminal facility, along with the construction of a new parking garage connected to the terminal by a sky-bridge walkway.

In addition to the expansion at Port Canaveral, Disney Cruise Line has also made enhancements to its private island Castaway Cay in the Bahamas, to further accommodate the new ship and more guests. From extended beaches and more dining locations, to the addition of private beach cabanas and Pelican Plunge, a new floating water play structure with water slides, the island boasts even more offerings and activities for families to enjoy.

With the arrival of the Disney Dream to its homeport in Florida, preparations are underway for its inaugural cruises and events, including the traditional christening of the vessel. Other Disney Dream inaugural events include a Benefit Preview Cruise in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, sailing Jan. 21-23.

Accommodating up to 4,000 guests, the 130,000-ton Disney Dream takes Disney’s special brand of family cruising to a whole new level with industry firsts such as the AquaDuck water coaster and Magical Portholes that transform inside staterooms into rooms with magnificent views. All of the ship’s new features – combined with Disney quality entertainment, unique dining experiences and age-specific areas for children, teens and adults – create an unforgettable cruise experience for the entire family. A sister ship, the Disney Fantasy, is under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and will arrive in early 2012. It will sail seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, also from Port Canaveral.

With the addition of two new ships, Disney Cruise Line is offering a wider variety of itineraries and will sail to more destinations around the world, including a repositioning of the Disney Wonder to the West Coast of the United States, sailing Mexican Riviera and first-ever Alaskan itineraries in 2011. Meanwhile, the Disney Magic will spend another summer sailing European itineraries in 2011.

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Disney Dream Sails to Sea

Disney Dream

Late last week, Disney Cruise Line®’s newest ship, the Disney Dream™, said farewell to the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and made a 26-mile journey down the winding Ems River on her way to the North Sea. It’s a process known as “conveyance” and it’s unique to the ships built by Meyer Werft since the shipyard is so far inland. The delicate maneuver involved guiding the 1,115-foot vessel by tugboats as she traveled backward down the river to Eemshaven, a seaport in The Netherlands.

Fireworks lit up the sky as she passed through the first sea lock to leave the Papenburg shipyard, and again as she passed the town of Leer several hours later. Thousands of residents turned out all along the river’s shores to cheer her on during the overnight journey.

The crew is currently conducting sea trials to test the ship’s engines and other control systems out on the North Sea. Meanwhile, work on her interior areas continues at a steady pace in order to get ready for the maiden cruise from Port Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. 26.

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Take a ride on the AquaDuck Water Coaster!

Disney Cruise Line® introduces a cruise industry innovation on the Disney Dream™ with the debut of AquaDuck, the first-ever shipboard water coaster. Guests aboard the new Disney Dream™ can get swept away on the exhilarating high-speed flume ride which features twists, turns, drops, acceleration and river rapids. Stretching 765 feet in length and spanning four decks in height, AquaDuck uses powerful water blasters to propel guests around the perimeter of the ship’s top deck.

Computer Rendering:

Actual Footage of the AquaDuck on board the Disney Dream™:

The Disney Fantasy to set sail April 2012

Disney Cruise Line® is pleased to announce selected itineraries* for 2012, including the maiden voyage of its fourth ship.

The Disney Fantasy™ is scheduled to set sail on April 7, 2012, offering 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla.

A sister ship to the Disney Dream™, the Disney Fantasy will feature an AquaDuck water coaster, magical children’s areas, world-class entertainment, delightful dining, retreats for adults and immersive experiences for Guests of all ages with beloved Disney Characters and stories.

These new itineraries are available to book beginning at 8:00 am EDT on October 20, 2010.  Check back often for more information.

Disney Fantasy

Disney Dream

  • Maiden voyage: Jan. 26, 2011
  • 3-night, 4-night and 5-night Bahamian cruises
  • Sailing from Port Canaveral, Fla.
  • Itineraries and sail dates: January – August 2012

Disney Wonder®

  • 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises
  • Sailing from Port of Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Itineraries and sail dates: January – April 2012

Disney Magic®

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*Itineraries and sail dates subject to change without notice.