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

‘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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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

'Wishes' Concept Art

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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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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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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Disney Cruise Line Merchandise Now Available on DisneyStore.com

Disney Cruise Line plush, Disney Dream hat available at DisneyStore.comPresumably as part of its recent warehouse expansion, for which we were told to watch out for literally hundreds of new items, DisneyStore.com today added a couple of dozen items to its theme park merchandise, representing Disney Cruise Line. Although the merchandise was previously available to some extent via the Walt Disney World Merchandise line (407-363-6200), this represents the first time that the merchandise is advertised directly to the public outside of selling directly to passengers on the Disney Wonder, Magic and Dream.

With the exception to the childrens’ Admiral Donald hat (pictured), however, all of the available merchandise is non-ship specific and/or represents Disney’s private island destination, Castaway Cay. A good percentage of it also appears to be 2011 dated items, so presumably stock levels have influenced whether an item is available through DisneyStore.com.

There is an official URL for the online shop at http://disneycruise.com/store, but at this time, it appears there are several items missing from the page’s index, so at this time, it’s best to simply visit DisneyStore.com and type ‘cruise’ in the ‘what are you searching for?’ box.

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