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Disney Dedicates Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney Dedicates Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

As you may have seen during Disney’s LIVE coverage, Disney’s Animal Kingdom hosted a special dedication ceremony for Pandora – The World of Avatar to celebrate this new spectacular world opening to the public on May 27.

At today’s ceremony, held under the magnificent floating mountains of Pandora – The World of Avatar, drummers performed traditional Pandoran rhythms and colorfully-dressed performers led a procession full of pageantry and artful banners to celebrate the occasion.

Disney Dedicates Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was joined by AVATAR Creator/Director James (Jim) Cameron and members of the film’s cast and crew (pictured, above) after thanking the visionaries and innovators who collaborated to make Pandora just as great in person as it is on the screen.

During the dedication, Iger also praised Cameron for doing “the impossible” again and again – merging wonderful storytelling with mind-blowing technology to create experiences no one has encountered before.

 

“Working with Jim and his team was a dream come true for us, as we pushed the limits of creativity and innovation to bring the digital world of Pandora to the real world of Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” Iger said. “And now everyone, including me, who has ever dreamed of visiting this extraordinary world can explore the astonishing landscape and ecosystem, see the Na’vi, soar on the back of a banshee and become part of the AVATAR adventure.”

Beginning on May 27, guests visiting Pandora – The World of Avatar will be able to explore a new world of rainforests pulsing light and experience breathtaking flights soaring above an alien moon on the backs of winged banshees. Let us know what you’re looking forward to in the comments below.

See What Awaits You At Universal’s Volcano Bay

See What Awaits You At Universal’s Volcano Bay

It’s almost here. The grand opening of Universal’s Volcano Bay is only two days away!

Before Volcano Bay officially opens on Thursday, I invite you to take a look inside to see what awaits you.

 

Throughout the past year, Universal has taken us on a journey through Volcano Bay. We’ve learned the story of the Waturi and the discovery of the mighty Krakatau. Discovered the thrills and relaxation of the park’s many attractions. Seen a first look at the mouth-watering food and beverages. And even introduced you to TapuTapu – the wearable that makes your visit hassle-free so you can be carefree.

All of these make Volcano Bay a water theme park unlike any other.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Relive the romance of Spanish Colonial Mexico at this enchanting Resort hotel. Find your mythical city of gold in a Southwestern-themed haven—from brightly colored casitas to rustic ranchos. Each unique accommodation provides its own unforgettable escape… and a welcoming home away from home.

Recreation:
The Dig Site at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a sprawling pool complex with plenty to do for all ages. It features the largest hot tub at Walt Disney World, seasonal pool activities, a volleyball court, the Iguana Arcade, a kiddie pool, and Siesta’s pool bar. Not to mention the Lost City of Cibola Pool that has a 123-foot-long waterslide and is centered around a 50-foot pyramid.

There are also three leisure pools located at each settlement – the Casitas, Ranchos, and Cabanas where you can enjoy a tranquil pool day.

Campfires and movies under the stars poolside are a great way to spend some quality family time after a day at the parks. There are bike rentals available as well as a jogging trail, a playground for little ones, and the Iguana Arcade has video games, air hockey, and more.

Dining:
There are three quick-service restaurants at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Cafe Rix, Pepper Market, and Siesta’s Cantina. Cafe Rix and Pepper Market are open early in the morning through the late night where you can grab pastries, fruit, salads, traditional Mexican fare, and much more! Siesta’s Cantina has all the snacks and drinks you’ll want to enjoy poolside.

Las Ventanas is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving classic American food such as mahi mahi sandwiches, their signature crab cakes, and slow-roasted prime rib for dinner.

You won’t want to miss Maya Grill where there’s something savory or sweet for every palate. This restaurant is only open for dinner and serves traditional Mexican and American creations. Finish your dinner off with their coconut flan, mango sorbet, or a sampling of their dessert shots.

Both the Laguna Bar and Rix Lounge serve specialty cocktails until the late evening. Laguna Bar is a breezy lakeside spot, while the Rix Lounge offers a more upscale, vibrant nightlife atmosphere.

Transportation:
Disney’s complimentary bus system is available to take you from the resort to all the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs.

This resort is a wonderful escape to Spanish Colonial Mexico – Disney style. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Springs Street Eats Food Truck Rally Coming to Disney Springs

Springs Street Eats Food Truck Rally Coming to Disney Springs

A fun dining event is “rolling” into Disney Springs June 2 and 3! Springs Street Eats will highlight eight food trucks – featuring some Central Florida favorites, including the Fantasy Fare and World Showcase of Flavors usually found in Exposition Park! You’ll find the trucks in the West Side neighborhood outside of Cirque du Soleil Friday, June 2 from 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, June 3 from noon until 11 p.m.

With live entertainment, this food truck rally is sure to be a tasty event that’s fun for the whole family. Check out the visiting food trucks below!

  • Fantasy Fare – Treat your senses to fan favorites found at Disney theme parks around the world – like the famous Hand-dipped Corn Dog!
  • World Showcase of Flavors – Try signature sandwiches inspired by the cuisine featured at the Global Marketplaces during the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
  • Caketeer – Offers high quality gourmet cupcake and custom cake products throughout the Downtown Orlando and Central Florida area, made using the finest culinary-grade ingredients.
  • Philly’s Best Cheesesteaks – The best cheesesteaks in or out of Philly are on the prowl on the streets of Florida! Philly’s Best Cheesesteaks are serving up hot and fresh cheesesteak sandwiches just for you! Real Philly Cheesesteaks, you just can’t get any better than that!
  • 900 Degreez Pizza – This converted container food truck features a bespoke imported Italian wood-fired oven that can cook a pizza in an unbelievable 90 seconds. The food truck façade features an all-glass panel that allows customers to view the chefs at work.
  • Magic 4 UR Palate – Maintaining a high standard and quality to creativity, our dishes are appealing to the eye and at the same time arouse the taste buds, leading you to crave more.
  • The London Fish and Chippy – Homemade beer batter is the perfect dip for preparing specialty haddock fish and chips. Bringing seafood lovers a vast selection of fresh fried seafood you will enjoy.
  • Tikiz Shaved Ice – Bringing sweets to the streets, Tikiz Shaved Ice is the ice cream truck of the future! Offering Ice Cream as well as refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice where Guests can dispense their own custom shaved ice syrup creations.

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Nestled on 750 acres of pine and cypress forest, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground evokes the timeless beauty of the American frontier. Teeming with such wildlife as deer, ducks, armadillos and rabbits, the Resort welcomes you to delight in scenic woodland trails, exciting pool areas, rootin’ tootin’ entertainment and hearty country eats.

Recreation
At the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, there are two pools to enjoy: Meadow Swimmin’ Pool and Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool. The Meadow pool features a 67-foot-long corkscrew waterslide, a whirlpool spa, and a nearby water play area for young ones. The Wilderness pool is a quiet retreat where all ages to enjoy a relaxing swim.

If you and your family are looking for fun outdoor activities everyone will enjoy, this place has it all! A 90-minute archery experience is offered where you train like an archer and learn everything you need to know before taking your aim with your bow and arrows!

Tri-Circle-D Ranch
Animal lovers of all kind will love spending time at this ranch where you can stroll through the stables, meet the horses of Main Street, U.S.A., and watch the blacksmith make horseshoes and affix them onto horses’ hooves. Pony rides, horseback trail rides, wagon rides, and carriage rides are all available!

Motorized boat rentals, canoe & kayak rentals, fishing, basketball, and volleyball are just a few of the other activities available at the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

Dining
This Resort has two quick-services dining options: P & J’s Southern Takeout and Meadow Snack Bar, making grabbing a quick bite before hitting the parks or enjoying a snack by the pool as easy as it gets.

Trail’s End Restaurant is a casual dining restaurant serving breakfast and dinner buffets daily.

There are two dinner shows at this Resort: Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. Whichever you choose to dine at (or both!) you and your family will be laughing, singing, and dancing while enjoying a finger-lickin’ good feast!

Transportation
Disney’s complimentary bus system is available to take you from the cabins and campsites to the Settlement for dinner shows, groceries, swimming, and all the activities available. The buses will also take you to all the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs.

Experience the enchanting rustic beauty and southern hospitality of the bayou at this picturesque Disney Resort hotel. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Mobile Order Available at Pandora – The World of Avatar beginning May 27

Mobile Order Available at Pandora – The World of Avatar beginning May 27

As many of you know, a new food ordering service, Mobile Order, is debuting in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Today, Disney is thrilled to let you know that Mobile Order will be available at the park’s Satu’li Canteen restaurant on opening day – May 27 – and then expanding to Pizzafari, Flame Tree Barbecue and Restaurantosaurus during the summer. And better yet, more Mobile Order fast casual and quick service locations across Walt Disney World Resort are on the way.

Mobile Order, which can be found in the My Disney Experience app, offers the added convenience of being able to place orders and purchase meals on-the-go. You select menu items, customize orders and pre-pay for meals during park visits – all within the app.

It’s easy to do. After you’ve placed your order and pre-pay in the app, and arrive at Satu’li Canteen, you’ll just tap the “I’m here” button. That will notify the kitchen to prepare your meal. When ready, you will be alerted through the app to pick up your meal at the designated window with the Mobile Order pick up sign.

You should know that during the initial launch period of Mobile Order, the only form of payment accepted will be by credit card. Anyone with special dietary restrictions, or those who want to use discounts or redeem dining plan entitlements must place their order with a cashier.

Here’s a look at Mobile Order in action:

California Grill

Savory Pacific Coast cooking with a view of Cinderella’s Castle? That’s what you get after taking the private elevator up to the 15th floor at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! California Grill is an award-winning restaurant that combines fresh, seasonal ingredients with the melting-pot culture of California.

The menu at California Grill changes seasonally and may include specialties such as handmade Sonoma goat cheese ravioli, Florida swordfish, and oak-fired filet of beef. Famous for their mouthwatering sushi and brick oven-fired flatbreads, you can’t possibly make a bad decision with whatever you order.

Brunch at the Top
Although dinner is the only meal served at California Grill, the restaurant is open for brunch on Sundays. Enjoy live musical entertainment and complimentary mimosas throughout brunch. Treat yourself to a menu of charcuterie, sushi, and seasonal brunch dishes that are made from the freshest ingredients. To pair perfectly with your meal is a Bloody Mary bar, cocktails, craft brews, and an extensive list of wines.

California Grill Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy pre and post-dinner drinks in this first-come, first-served style seating. Stay a little longer for one of the best views of the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from the lounge or the outside observation deck!

You can get to Disney’s Contemporary Resort by the complimentary monorail and bus system, or you can valet your car. There is a recommended dress code and reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Opening the Music Box of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Aboard the Disney Dream

Opening the Music Box of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Aboard the Disney Dream

Disney Cruise Line‘s all-star creative team is hard at work on the new production of “Beauty and the Beast” coming to the Disney Dream this November.

In the new film, Belle’s father, Maurice, is an artist who creates intricate music boxes. His musical masterpieces are unique with special meaning behind them, particularly one that is a re-creation of where Belle was born in Paris. This same music box propels Maurice to sing “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” the new heartfelt song about holding onto memories by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice.

In Disney’s stage musical, the theme of the music box will guide the audience through the story. A combination of high-definition projections, dynamic scenery and a little bit of Disney magic will open the music box to reveal the captivating details of Belle’s journey. To learn more about how Disney Cruise Line’s new interpretation of “Beauty and the Beast” will create this outstanding visual panorama, one that reaches beyond the stage, check out this behind-the-scenes video.

 

There’s much more to share about this incredible new production before it debuts in the Walt Disney Theatre aboard the Disney Dream.

Iceland Joins Lineup of Adventures by Disney Vacations in 2018

Iceland Joins Lineup of Adventures by Disney Vacations in 2018

Adventures by Disney announced its newest destination – Iceland! In 2018, you can navigate the diverse landscapes of this country and explore the natural powers of majestic waterfalls, massive glaciers and stunning volcanos. This new 8-day, 7-night, action-packed vacation takes you from Reykjavik and the Golden Circle in the South to Akureyri and Lake Mývatn in the North. Prepare to be immersed in rich Icelandic culture and unparalleled natural beauty that join forces through this land of fire and ice.

Visit the iconic Thingvellir National Park, breathtaking Goðafoss waterfall and massive Kerið crater. Prepare to unwind and relax at the soothing Blue Lagoon and Mývatn Nature Baths. Explore the high seas with a spectacular humpback whale-watching expedition.

Iceland Joins Lineup of Adventures by Disney Vacations in 2018

Even more thrilling, you’ll come face-to-face with magnificent glaciers on a scenic cruise, and even hike on the massive ice caps themselves. Embark on a whitewater rafting adventure through the glacial river of Skagafjörður and trot through the scenic countryside on an Icelandic horse. Hike along, and even behind, some of the region’s most awe-inspiring waterfalls, including Seljalandsfoss and Goðafoss.

Iceland Joins Lineup of Adventures by Disney Vacations in 2018

Unique culinary stories are also a large part of this vacation, as you learn to make bread baked using geothermal heat. You can also discover the secret to Iceland’s traditional smoking process.

Also in 2018, Adventures by Disney vacations to Germany, Costa Rica and Ireland have been reimagined, expanding upon the already rich authentic experiences and local storytelling of these destinations. In all, Adventures by Disney will offer trips to more than three dozen destinations in 2018.

Bookings for all 2018 vacations open May 19, 2017!

Disney’s Night of Joy 2017: Ticket Price, On Sale Date Update

Disney’s Night of Joy 2017: Ticket Price, On Sale Date Update

A little Night of Joy update for this week.  Disney has a new ticketing structure for this event being held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and I wanted to share it with you.

This year, Disney’s really tried to create a ticketing structure that meets the needs of a variety of different types of guests including Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.

Event guests will be able to buy a concert only OR a concert plus theme park combination ticket for either evening – or even a two-night concert ticket.

  • Single-night concert only tickets will be $45 plus tax in advance
  • Two-night concert only tickets will be $69 plus tax in advance
  • Add-on a (1) day Walt Disney World theme park ticket for only $62 plus tax*.

There also will be premium seating packages available for an extra charge; and groups of 10 or more will be able to get discounted tickets, as with past events.

Tickets will go on sale in early June.

A little reminder about this year’s talent: (Entertainment subject to change.)

  • Friday, Sept. 8 – MercyMe, TobyMac, Zach Williams, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Matt Maher, Colton Dixon, Rend Collective.
  • Saturday, Sept. 9 – Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk Franklin, Jordan Feliz, Crowder, Jeremy Camp, Tye Tribbett.

Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter

Revel in the romance and pageantry of New Orleans’s historic French Quarter at this Resort hotel, where cobblestone streets, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies and fragrant magnolia blossoms evoke the Antebellum era and colorful Mardi Gras characters and jazz keep things lively. Then stroll along the Sassagoula River to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, home to Cajun and Creole specialties.

Recreation:
At Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter, Doubloon Lagoon is home to Scales: the 51-foot-long sea serpent slide whose tongue splashes you into the lagoon. It’s Mardi Gras every day with the water play area, a whirlpool spa, and the Mardi Grogs pool bar.

Take your family on a horse-drawn carriage ride as you take in the rustic beauty along the pathways and banks of the Sassagoula River. Each ride is 25 minutes and reservations are recommended.

There are plenty of more activities you and your family can enjoy such as movies under the stars, campfires complete with smores, bike rentals, fishing, and an arcade too!

Dining:
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is a quick-service restaurant at Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter where you can enjoy traditional Cajun and Creole cuisine such as beignets, jamalaya with sausage and cornbread, and create-your-own rice bowls.

Scat Cat’s Club is a Southern-style jazz lounge with a full bar serving specialty cocktails, draft beer, and mouth-watering appetizers all while you enjoy live music.

Transportation:
Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Disney Springs on the complimentary water taxi. Disney’s bus transportation is available to and from all Disney’s theme and water parks.

Experience the enchanting rustic beauty and southern hospitality of the bayou at this picturesque Disney Resort hotel. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Flying Fish

At Flying Fish, you’re welcomed with a stylish and sophisticated ambiance that makes you feel like you’re dining on a classic Atlantic boardwalk. From all over the restaurant, you have a view of the open kitchen where chefs use the freshest and premium sustainable seafood.

Dinner is the only meal served at Flying Fish – taking reservations from 5:00pm – 9:30pm

The chefs at Flying Fish create specialties nightly that you’ll be sure to enjoy. Blue crab bisque, plancha-seared Hokkaido scallops, and wagyu filet mignon are just a few options you’ll have a tough time choosing between. Peruse the handpicked wine and cocktail list designed to complement every meal. Be sure to save room for dessert to end your meal with a seasonal sweet treat!

Chef’s Tasting Wine Dinner
A flavorful and exciting 5-course prix fixe menu is available with this dining option. Sit right at the chef’s counter with a front row view of the open kitchen. Your dishes are prepared in front of you with a perfectly paired wine to complement each course. While enjoying your dinner, you have an exclusive chance to talk to – and learn from – the chef!

Flying Fish is located on Disney’s BoardWalk and you can get there by bus or boat. After your dinner, head to Atlantic Dance Hall where you can dance the night away at this nightclub that plays songs from the ’80s, ’90s, and today. If dancing all night isn’t your thing, maybe a dueling piano bar is! Head to Jellyrolls to enjoy sing-alongs and give the two piano maestros your requests! To enjoy Atlantic Dance Hall and Jellyrolls, guests have to be 21 and older.

Disney Cruise Line Featured Ports & Itineraries for Fall 2018

Disney Cruise Line Sails to Bermuda and Quebec City for the First Time in Fall 2018

In fall 2018, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to Bermuda and Quebec City, Canada—both with multiple days to experience these destinations. In addition to the new itineraries, three special sailings from New York will take you to Walt Disney World® Resort and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Sailings from California, Texas and Florida round out the 2018 fall season.

New sailings to Bermuda from New York
For the first time, Disney Cruise Line Guests can sail to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Each of the five-night sailings includes two full days in Bermuda, while one special six-night sailing includes three days there.

Bermuda offers its famous pink sand beaches, lush forests, and a range of water activities. Shopping and sightseeing are plentiful and, at only 21 square miles, the island is easy to navigate and explore. With its own distinctive blend of British and Caribbean culture, Bermuda boasts a rich history in sailing, a passion for cricket and a truly unique national attire—Bermuda shorts.

Disney Magic cruises to Bermuda from New York set sail in October 2018.

Just announced! Fall 2018 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries – including first-ever sailings to Bermuda and Quebec City!

Posted by Disney Travel Professionals on Thursday, May 11, 2017

New cruises between New York and Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City, Canada, a new port for Disney Cruise Line, will be featured on two new itineraries sailing from New York. Both of these sailings include two full days in Quebec City as well as stops at other Canadian ports new to Disney Cruise Line—Saguenay and Baie-Comeau.

Quebec City offers a taste of European charm. Must-see sights include the historic and grand Chateau Frontenac hotel and the impressive Montmorency Falls, which measure 30 meters taller than Niagara Falls. Both Saguenay and Baie-Comeau offer natural beauty, picturesque ports and local cuisine featuring plentiful seafood, wild game and the indigenous and delectable cloudberries.

Two seven-night Disney Magic cruises between New York and Quebec City depart in September 2018.

More magic from New York on sailings to Walt Disney World and Castaway Cay
Fall 2018 Disney Magic sailings from New York also include three seven-night voyages to Walt Disney World. Each cruise includes a stop in Port Canaveral, Florida, located near the Walt Disney World Resort, and a day at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Adding to the magic on these special sailings, every guest will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper® ticket and round-trip transportation between the ship and the theme parks.

Back by Popular Demand: Cruises from New York, California and Florida

  • In September and October 2018, the Disney Wonder will sail from San Diego, California, to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. Baja sailings visit Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico, both famous for stunning beaches and exciting water activities. Mexican Riviera itineraries feature the snorkeling and scuba diving hot spots Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.
  • In November and December 2018, the Disney Wonder returns to Galveston, Texas, with a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries. All cruises to the Bahamas include a stop at Disney Castaway Cay.
  • In December 2018, the Disney Magic will return to Miami with voyages to the Western Caribbean and Bahamas, including stops at Key West and Disney Castaway Cay.
  • During late 2018, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue to sail a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida, with every sailing including a day at Disney Castaway Cay.

Are you and your family ready for the cruise vacation you’ll always remember? Phone and online reservations open mid-May! Call your travel agent today!

Tickets Now Available For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Visits

Tickets Now Available For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Visits

Heading to Magic Kingdom Park this fall? Don’t miss out on our guest-favorite Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will start earlier than ever this year, with parties running on Aug. 25 & 29; Sept. 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 & 29; Oct. 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 & 31; and Nov. 1. The event will feature trick-or-treating, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show, Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade and “Happy HalloWishes.” Guests of all ages are also welcome to dress up for the party (check the park costuming guidelines here).

Tickets Now Available For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Visits

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be held Nov. 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 & 28; and Dec. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 & 22. The party will feature Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, “Holiday Wishes,” “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” and much more.*

  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Advance ticket prices starting at $74 for adults and $69 for children (3-9).
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Advance ticket prices starting at $89 for adults and $84 for children (3-9).

For more information and to order tickets, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner. You’ll want to get these tickets early, because certain popular dates may sell out fast. Reservations for event-night dining and dessert parties will open later this summer.

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

In just a couple weeks, Disney Cruise Line will be debuting new spaces on the Disney Fantasy, including two immersive areas for kids – Star Wars: Command Post and Marvel Super Hero Academy. More to come on that, but for now, I want to share with you my tips for how to have the perfect weeklong vacation on the Disney Fantasy.

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

1. Choose the right itinerary for your family. With 7-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Florida all throughout the year, your options for a weeklong vacation on the Disney Fantasy are endless. The only tough decision you’ll need to make is whether to go on an Eastern or Western Caribbean cruise. I love both, so that choice is entirely up to you!

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

2. When the ship’s in port, venture ashore. I  Immerse yourselves in Mayan culture in Cozumel, snorkel with stingrays in Grand Cayman and sail around the beautiful Virgin Islands from St. Thomas. Whatever you choose, make the most of your family’s time in these tropical destinations.

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

3. Take time to recharge during your days at sea. There’s nothing more relaxing than soaking up the sun by the pool or getting pampered in our ocean-view spa. Your days at port will be packed with adventure, and enjoying downtime while the ship is cruising through the deep blue will give you the energy you need for your next day of excitement.

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

4. Don’t miss the fun each night in the Walt Disney Theatre. Disney Cruise Line shows and entertainment are the perfect opportunity for quality family time that everyone will enjoy. From Broadway-caliber musicals to magicians, comedians and 3D new-release films, you and the kids will consider this time together a highlight of the cruise.

How to Have the Perfect Weeklong Vacation on the Disney Fantasy

5. Give everyone time for themselves each day. The opportunities for family time on a Disney cruise are plenty, and so are the chances for “me time.” When your kids beg you to stay longer in the youth club so they can sling webs with Spider-Man or play Jedi mind tricks on Stormtroopers, don’t feel guilty about indulging in brunch at Palo or a Champagne tasting at Ooh La La.

Those of you who have cruised on the Disney Fantasy, what tips do you have to add?

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