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Disney Cruise Line to Award Dream Vacation via Virtual Board Game

Disney Cruise Line Cruise Adventure SweepstakesBeginning at 12 pm EST today, Disney Cruise Line is inviting online guests to enter in the The Magical Cruise Adventure Sweepstakes at DisneyCruiseAdventure.com. At stakes is one grand prize consisting of a seven night Mexican Riviera Cruise aboard the Disney Wonder for four, including roundtrip airfare (must be taken on April 15, 2012, April 22, 2012 or October 28, 2012). The winner will also receive a selection of upgrades achieved during the virtual gameplay.

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AquaLab to Join AquaDuck, Other Features on Upper Deck of Disney Fantasy

AquaLab Concept ArtAn array of wet and wonderful new surprises help guests cool off as they enjoy soaking up the sun aboard the Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship scheduled to set sail in March 2012.

On the Disney Fantasy, guests can splash and play in the AquaLab – a brand-new water play area on deck 12, near the entrance to the AquaDuck water coaster. Families can frolic among pop jets, geysers and bubblers in this fun and fanciful 1,800-square-foot space. As the story goes, AquaLab was created by Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, and features a variety of water “experiments” designed to drench the whole family.

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Spring 2012 to Feature New Fantasyland Expansion, ‘Sorcerers of The Magic Kingdom,’ Disney Fantasy and More

Casey Jr. Roundhouse, Dumbo and Great Goofini in Magic Kingdom's New FantasylandIn spring 2012, Disney guests can fly like no elephant (or Disney guest) has ever flown, subdue villains with magic spells, sail the azure waters of the Caribbean aboard a brand-new luxury ship, and settle down for the night in rooms celebrating Disney royalty.

January-May 2012 at Walt Disney World Resort also is a time when road runners take to the streets and byways of the Vacation Kingdom in marquee runDisney events, Major League Baseball returns to Champion Stadium, Epcot blooms and Disney celebrates the possibilities of youth.

Here’s a look at what’s in store …

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Disney Cruise Line Adds Second Hawaiian Cruise in 2012; Bookings Open Today

Based on an overwhelming response to its first Hawaiian itinerary, Disney Cruise Line® is adding a second Hawaiian cruise to its 2012 schedule.

The new 14-night itinerary departs Oct. 14, 2012, from Los Angeles. It includes stops at Kahului, Maui; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Honolulu, O’ahu; and Hilo, Hawai‘i; plus Ensenada, Mexico. In addition, there are eight relaxing days at sea.

Bookings open today, September 23, at 8 am ET for guests who are Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Members. Silver Castaway Club Members and first-time Guests can book beginning Monday, September 26. At this time, bookings are only available by phone at (800) 951-3532 or through a Disney Cruise Line travel agent.

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Photo/Video: Disney Fantasy Receives Final Building Block

Disney Fantasy receives final building blockThe final building block for the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Fantasy, was placed today at the Meyer Werft shipyard signaling completion of a major milestone in the ship’s overall construction. The final block placed was a 265-ton portion of the ship’s bow, complete with the signature Disney Cruise Line golden filigree.

The Disney Fantasy will bring to life many of the innovative features guests love on the recently launched Disney Dream including AquaDuck — the world’s first shipboard water coaster. But new design elements and guest experiences will give the Fantasy an identity all its own. Some of the new highlights found on the Disney Fantasy include:

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‘Reflections/Wishes’ to Join ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Believe’ Aboard Disney Fantasy

With casting calls for the Disney Fantasy (maiden voyage March 31, 2012) beginning soon, we have learned that the new production being created exclusively for the Disney Fantasy will be titled ‘Reflections.’ This news comes via the resume page of choreographer Darren Lee on his agents’ website. Interestingly enough, Lee’s resume also lists ‘Toy Story’ at the Hyperion Theatre at Disney California Adventure, the show once announced to replace ‘Aladdin,’ before Disney Parks abruptly announcing an indefinite extension of ‘Aladdin,’ a move we used to feed our inane assumption that the staged musical version of ‘Newsies’ would be moving into the park.

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Disney Cruise Line Offers 25% Discount for Southern CA Residents

Southern California residents now have the opportunity to save 25% off prevailing rates as quoted on disneycruise.com on most Mexican Riviera sailings on the Disney Wonder from October 23 to December 18, 2011.

Whether you wish to embark on an energizing adventure or simply relax amid spectacular seaside scenery, Southern California residents can expect an extraordinary vacation at a very special price on the Disney Wonder.

Book online, call (800) 951-3532 or contact your Travel Agent. Guests under 18 years of age must have their parent or guardian call this number. Be sure to indicate booking code “SCR” at time of booking.

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What’s Next: Disneyland Talks Cars Land, Carthay Circle Entrance, Aulani and More

As Disney Soundsational Summer gets underway, even more excitement is coming to Disneyland Resort, where the premiere of the all-new The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is just the latest milestone in the ongoing expansion of Disney California Adventure park. The distinctive peaks of the Cadillac Range are already visible on the horizon beyond Pacific Wharf, signaling the creation of Cars Land, the all-new 12-acre land set to open in 2012. And work on the newly themed Disney California Adventure entry gate into Buena Vista Street, complete with Red Car Trolleys and the distinctive Carthay Circle Theatre, will continue through 2011 for a 2012 opening.

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Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Details and New Experiences Announced; HiRes Concept Art Released

The Tube in the Europa District Aboard Disney Fantasy

The Disney Fantasy, the new Disney Cruise Line ship set to debut next spring, will bring to life many of the innovative features guests love on the recently launched Disney Dream including AquaDuck — the world’s first shipboard water coaster. But new design elements and guest experiences will give the Fantasy an identity all its own.

The Disney Fantasy is the second of two newly designed Disney Cruise Line ships that take the family cruise experience to new heights. Sister ship to the Disney Dream, which entered service in January 2011, the 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will sail week-long Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla., with its maiden voyage scheduled for March 31, 2012.

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