Beginning May 28, Disney Cruise Line hopefuls will have the opportunity to win a seven day voyage aboard the Disney Fantasy with the ‘Catch Stitch Sweepstakes’ available at CatchStitchSweepstakes.com. At stake is a single grand prize of either a western- or eastern-Caribbean vacation aboard Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy.
At the ‘Monstrous Summer’ media event being held at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line today confirmed a Stitch Kingdom report that it will be bringing some of the more popular attractions and amenities of its Disney Dream and Fantasy cruise ships to the Disney Magic, the first of its four ships, when it goes into dry dock later in the year.
Included in the exciting additions are an abbreviated form of the industry-first AquaDuck waterslide, called the AquaDunk, which takes guests over the edge of the ship. The AquaDuck will be joined by the Fantasy’s water play area, the AquaLab, as well as a new waterslide dubbed the Twist N’ Spout. Additionally, a new infant/toddler water play area referred to as the Nephew’s Splash Zone.
Ahead of this week’s ‘Monstrous Summer’ press event being held at the Walt Disney World Resort, we have learned of some exciting upcoming additions to Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic cruise liner. The new features include a mix of adapting enhancement from fleet ships Disney Dream and Fantasy’s own pluses as well as brand new experiences, amongst which may be the very first (permanent) foray into the Marvel universe by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the business unit that manages Disney Cruise Line. From children to adults, the Disney Magic promises to offer brand new experiences not available anywhere else on the high seas.
The white sand beaches and azure waters of Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, take center stage in the early half of 2014 voyages for Disney Cruise Line. With all four Disney ships sailing from Florida ports, not only will guests have more options to visit Castaway Cay, but they may combine their cruise with a visit to Walt Disney World Resort and experience the expanded Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom.
In recognition for making notable contributions to advance the environmental aspects of cruising, Disney Cruise Line was presented with the Environmental Initiative Award at the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards 2012. Disney Cruise Line is dedicated to minimizing its impact on the environment through efforts focused on utilizing new technologies, increasing fuel efficiency, minimizing waste and supporting conservation worldwide.
“Our persistent focus on innovative environmental initiatives starts with developing leading-edge fuel and energy efficiencies on our ships, but it doesn’t stop there,” said Bert Swets, vice president, marine and technical operations at Disney Cruise Line. “Our approach on shore extends to conservation and animal research efforts on our private island, Castaway Cay, inspiring and educating children and families to care about the environment, and engaging the communities in our ports of call.”
Disney Cruise Line will visit Jamaica for the first time with new itineraries departing from Galveston, Texas in late 2013. The new seven-night Western Caribbean sailings will call on Falmouth, Jamaica, as well as Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.
While in Falmouth, one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns, guests can sample the city’s history and culture, take a trip through time on a horse-and-buggy ride, shop for arts and crafts and taste Jamaica’s signature jerk recipes. Bamboo raft rides along the Martha Brae River offer exceptional views of the island’s lush tropical scenery and nearby Ocho Rios is known for its spectacular Dunn’s River Falls.
New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for September 3, 2012
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|Halloween Town Mayor Ornament– $14.95|
Vote for a sparkling winter season with our merry Mayor Ornament. The twin-faced politician from Halloween Town will provide happy nightmares throughout the holidays while soliciting decorative contributions to your family tree.
|Walt Disney World Best of Minnie Mouse Mini Glass– $9.95|
Our leading lady will gladly serve your guests a smile or two in this souvenir Best of Minnie Mouse Mini Glass, direct from the Walt Disney World Resort. Minnie’s heels keep spirits high with this sculptured novelty that makes a great toothpick holder!
|Walt Disney World Best of Mickey Mouse Mini Glass– $9.95|
Our happy host will gladly serve your guests a smile or two in this souvenir Best of Mickey Mouse Mini Glass, direct from the Walt Disney World Resort. Mickey’s shoes keep spirits high with this sculptured novelty that makes a great toothpick holder!
|Disney Resorts H2O+ Grapefruit Bergamot Shower Gel– $11.95|
Let delicious memories of your trip to a Disney Resort wash over you every time you use this H2O+ Grapefruit Bergamot Shower Gel. Tinker Bell waves her magic wand to add a sprinkling of pixie dust to this Disney branded bath gel.
|Thanksgiving Minnie and Mickey Mouse Salt and Pepper Shakers — 2-Pc.– $14.95|
Serve-up a cornucopia of smiles and bountiful goodwill with our Minnie and Mickey Mouse Salt and Pepper Shakers on your Thanksgiving table. In their period costumes, our Pilgrim pair will a provide the perfect holiday centerpiece.
|Disney Parks Mickey Mouse Wood Blocks Stacking Train Set — 18-Pc.– $24.95|
Pull into the play station of imagination with our Mickey Mouse Stacking Train Set, direct from the Disney Parks. Sturdy wood blocks with Mickey and friends decoration stack on rolling train cars to teach recognition, sorting, counting, and motor skills.
|Mickey’s Toontown Minnie Mouse Micro Play Set– $21.95|
Take a trip to Mickey’s Toontown to visit Minnie Mouse in her lavender house! Minnie’s Micro Play Set looks just like the Disneyland attraction, and opens for 2 floors of play. Comes with Minnie and her friends, plus car, furniture and accessories!
|Limited Edition Jeweled Cheshire Cat Figurine by Arribas– $375.00|
With a dazzling 648 Swarovski® crystals, the fading feline from Alice in Wonderland is anything but invisible. Crafted in enameled metal by the Arribas Brothers, this collectible Jeweled Cheshire Cat Figurine will bring nothing but smiles.
|Disney Cruise Line Ship Miniature — Disney Magic– $32.95|
Sail away on a ship of dreams and memories with a sculptured souvenir of your Disney Cruise Line voyage. Our Disney Magic ship miniature is a highly detailed replica of the famed cruise liner mounted on a high gloss finish base.
|Bohemian Jeweled Mickey Mouse Teardrop Ornament — Green– $18.95|
Celebrate the holidays with festive folk art flair when hanging our Bohemian Jeweled Mickey Mouse Teardrop Ornament on the tree. Glittering gems in a mouse icon pattern highlight this handcrafted snowdrop bauble, topped with a corded tassel.
Those sailing aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder west coast cruises with stops in San Francisco now have a rare opportunity to visit the Sonoma Valley winery owned by John and Nancy Lasseter.
While taking the 75 minute ride from port to the winery, the guide will present a brief history on Sonoma Valley’s wine region and surrounding areas. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by Nancy Lasseter directly. Guests will be granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the heart of the winery to observe different stages of the harvest process.
As the Disney Fantasy makes its Transatlantic voyage to Pier 88 in Manhattan, where it will be christened on March 1, Disney Cruise Line has been releasing a series of video blogs with Cruise Directors Brent Davies and Ray Smale. Until now, the reality has been that the videos have all been apparently produced before the ship set sail (and who can blame them with such poor internet connectivity in the middle of the Atlantic?) and haven’t really contained any new information. That all changed, however, with yesterday’s entry which not only looks at some of the new Enchanted Art exclusive to the Disney Fantasy, but a decent first look at the Muppet Midship Detective Agency, also exclusive to the ship.
Disney Cruise Line, the leader in family cruising, is once again reinventing onboard children’s experiences. Through an entirely new approach to youth activities, kids can let their imaginations set sail by customizing their cruise vacation. More youth activities than ever before are available and children choose experiences based on interest, not age.
Exciting new youth activities and dedicated children’s spaces are available now on the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder and are coming to the Disney Dream beginning with the ship’s maiden voyage in January 2011.
“The changes within Disney Cruise Line youth activities will allow children freedom to create a customized experience onboard our ships,” said Disney Cruise Line Vice President of Entertainment Jim Urry. “Children can select their own adventures and immersive experiences for a truly personalized, memorable cruise vacation.”
On Disney Cruise Line, children can personalize their cruise vacation by selecting activities and events, regardless of age. Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab are open to children age 3 to 12 on the Disney Wonder and age 3 to 10 on the Disney Magic.
While Disney Cruise Line will continue to recommend activities that appeal to specific maturity levels and ages, the entire menu of offerings is open to every child. With this evolutionary approach to shipboard youth activities, children and parents select programs based on the specific interests of each child to create a customized and very personalized experience. Best of all, children of different ages — siblings, extended family and friends — can participate in youth activities together throughout their cruise.
The majority of children’s events and free-time activities occur within dedicated youth spaces on the ship and on Castaway Cay. As always, Disney Cruise Line youth activities are supervised by specially trained, experienced counselors.
Specific program information is available to guests on the day of check-in at the Youth Activities registration desk located in the Disney cruise ship terminal building prior to boarding, or onboard in the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab.