Cruises Aboard Disney Fantasy to be Awarded on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’

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‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ with Emmy Award-winning host Meredith Vieira is giving contestants, audience members and one lucky home viewer a chance to escape the winter blues with a trip on Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, which will launch in March, 2012. During ‘Millionaire’s’ ‘Cruise In and Win Week,’ airing January 9 – 13, the specialty prizes will be attached to a question and, if the contestant answers correctly, he/she will win the money attached to the question as well as a three-night preview cruise vacation for four aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship.

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Excursions for New York City, Walt Disney World

Captain Mickey in New York CityFor those guests planning on making the trek to New York City to board the Disney Magic as she begins to set sail on May 25, 2012, Disney Cruise Line has made available details for a few special excursions in the city, available only on debarkation day.

The Midtown Manhattan & Top of the Rock excursion will take you into the heart of midtown aboard an air-conditioned motor coach. You’ll visit the ‘Top of the Rock’ observation deck located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza which offers unparalleled views of the Big Apple. The breathtaking landscape stretches for miles in every direction and includes panoramic views of: Central Park, the Empire State Building, The Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge and much more.

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Disney Cruise Line to Offer ‘Alaskan Wonders’ Excursion by Adventures by Disney in 2012

On several 7-night sailings to Alaska in 2012 aboard the Disney Wonder, guests will be able to add-on an ‘Alaskan Wonders Family Cruise Vacation’ package provided by Adventures by Disney. The ‘Alaskan Wonders’ vacation provides guests with an exquisite selection of unique onboard activities and premium shore experiences designed to immerse families in the history and sights of Alaska. The experience includes all shore excursions and meals, onboard and onshore photos and gratuities as well as private receptions and special activities on board the Disney Wonder.

Notable activities include:

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Video: ‘The Muppets’ Disney Fantasy ‘The Case of the Stolen Show’ Interactive Game

Disney Cruise Line today debuted this video which goes behind-the-scenes at the making of the Midship Detective Agency interactive game on the Disney Fantasy. In the game, which takes advantage of the Enchanted Art displays — much like its counterpart already in place aboard sister ship Disney Dream — Pepe the King Prawn offers to take on detective duties to help Kermit and the rest of the Muppets find the missing props for their big performance. Kermit, worried about Pepe’s lack of detective skills, turns to the guests for help.

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Interactive Disney ‘AquaDuck’ Experience in Movie Theaters for Limited Time

Disney Cruise Line and Audience Entertainment today announced that an interactive, guest-driven experience has come to major movie theaters across the United States. The first crowdgame of its kind in the country, it allows large theater audiences to control on-screen action from their seats via a group arm-waving motion.

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CONFIRMED: ‘Wishes’ Musical to Debut on Disney Fantasy

Reporting from the new Disney Cruise Line facility in Toronto, Deb Wills of AllEarsNet has confirmed via Twitter something we reported several months ago, that a new musical titled ‘Wishes’ will debut on-board the Disney Fantasy when she sets sail early next year.

Although details have surely changed since we first reported the new show (which we first knew to be titled ‘Reflections’), here are some of the role descriptions we first shared:

Specific roles that appear to be tied to the new show include:

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The Muppets Climb Aboard the Disney Fantasy

The Muppets make their debut on Disney Cruise Line in a new adventure game aboard the Disney Fantasy, the new Disney ship setting sail in March 2012.

Throughout the Disney Fantasy, guests will discover creative and whimsical technical innovations – whether it’s mealtime, playtime or bedtime. “Paintings” spring to life. Guests’ own drawings dance with Disney characters. Interior staterooms have a porthole view of the sea outside. Animated characters chat with guests. The floor beneath children comes alive to movements. Among the highlights:

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Joe Rohde, Disney Parks Attractions Among TEA Industry Award Recipients

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) today named its recipients of its 18th annual Thea Awards, for which Disney Parks and Resorts received a number of accolades for its contributions ot the industry over the past year. According to TEA president (and former Walt Disney Imagineer) Rick Rothschild, the award sets out to ‘recognize and honor excellence in the creation of extraordinary visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places. As this year we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of TEA, we can reflect on how much has changed: the tools and techniques our industry employs, the use of digital media and interactivity, the sophistication of themed environments and the international expansion of the business, especially into Asia. At the same time, storytelling and teamwork remain the bedrock of the Experience Design Industry and its projects.’ He adds, ‘the Thea Awards honor teamwork at its very best — the creative handshake between the visionary project owner and the multidisciplinary collective of designers, artisans and technicians who realize the vision. TEA’s Thea Awards celebrate storytelling across the globe — educational and entertaining stories of heritage, history, fiction, fantasy, magic and even hard science — delivered with artistry and the appropriate use of technology at museums, theme parks, world expos, special events and other settings. TEA looks forward to the next 20 years of leading the visitor attractions industry.’

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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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