Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Fantasy is on it's way to the United States!

The newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line® fleet is on its way home! Disney Fantasy set sail from Germany on Feb. 16, beginning a historic voyage across the Atlantic and stopping in New York and then down the Eastern Seaboard before reaching its homeport in Florida.  The Fantasy will be christened in New York on March 1st.  Magical Travel will be there for all the Christening festivities. 

Check out ome of the new highlights found on the Disney Fantasy which include:
  • Europa - a nighttime entertainment district exclusively for guests 18 and older that features sophisticated bars and trendy lounges inspired by the very best in European travel.
  • A new, innovative show for the Animator's Palate restaurant where diners will serve as guest animators. During the "Animation Magic" show guests are asked to hand-draw a character of their own at the start of dinner. After an entertaining show featuring montages from Disney animated films and shorts, guests prepare for a whimsical finale moment where the guest-drawn characters spring to life and interact with characters from beloved Disney animated classics.
  • At Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique aspiring young princesses and pirates receive the full fairy tale treatment with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers at this very special salon.
  • A new ship means new main stage entertainment at the Walt Disney Theatre:
    • "Wishes" is a spectacular production debuting on the Disney Fantasy. This signature show is a 45-minute musical journey about three best friends who discover that the secret to being a grown up is staying connected to their inner child. Full-scale production numbers and special effects bring excitement to the stage as the cast of "Wishes" performs original songs and classic Disney tunes with a contemporary twist.
    • New to Disney Cruise Line®, "Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular" takes the stage on the Disney Fantasy. During this Broadway-style production, guests laugh along with the wise-cracking Genie and the cast from the classic animated Disney film, "Aladdin."
    • "A Fantasy Come True" is a 45-minute high energy, multimedia, musical production that follows one family's journey as they discover the amazing experiences and enchanting surprises that await them aboard the Disney Fantasy. Ultimately, they learn that the greatest experience the ship has to offer is the opportunity to make memories together as a family that will last a lifetime.
    • "An Unforgettable Journey," is a 45-minute musical production that celebrates the extraordinary journey guests experienced onboard the Disney Fantasy. This farewell show highlights the memorable moments and distinctly Disney touches through the words and wisdom of the man himself - Walt Disney. Walt Disney quotes, audio and video clips connect the guests' experiences to the man who started it all.
  • 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.
  • The Disney Fantasy features another new area for guests of all ages to cool off. On deck 12 forward, a wading pool with a fountain water feature, ample seating and lounge chairs under canopy offer a respite in the shade.
  • In addition to Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar on the Disney Fantasy, a new adult-exclusive area offers a retreat on the upper decks for guests 18 and older. At Satellite Sun Deck on deck 13 forward a brand-new water feature called Satellite Falls is a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides cool comfort. Around this upper deck, adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or relax in the shade under a canopy.
  • The Muppets make their debut on Disney Cruise Line in a brand-new adventure game aboard the ship. In "The Case of the Stolen Show," Guests set out on an interactive quest to help a cast of more than 20 Muppets find their missing show prop.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Ships Ranked No. 1 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers


The Disney Magic recently earned the distinction of being ranked the No.1 Large Cruise Ship by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. The Disney Dream and Disney Wonder also were honored, tying for second place in this category.

These results are based on thousands of votes received in the magazine’s annual “Top 100 Cruise Ships in the World” reader’s survey. The Disney Magic also earned top honors for the “shore excursions” and “crew/service” categories of the survey, and the Disney Dream earned accolades for having the best “activities/facilities.”

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Epcot International Flower and Garden Fesitval

Epcot® International Flower &
Garden Festival

Amid a colorful tableau of flowers, plants and topiaries, Walt Disney World® guests of all ages can explore myriad exhibits and activities geared toward gardening and outdoor fun. Weekend Flower Power concerts will pump up the volume and spread a groovy vibe at America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase.

Event Dates: March 7 - May 20, 2012
Event Tickets: Admission to Epcot® required.

Festival Highlights
Toy Story 3 Topiary
- Presented by Disney·Pixar - Main Entrance
Don't miss Buzz, Woody and Lotso as they come out of the Toy Story 3 toy box as topiaries. The newest living sculptures at the Festival and the newest Disney·Pixar movie take you to infinity and beyond.

Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden - Presented by Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games - Test Track Walkway
Take flight into the garden world of Pixie Hollow and see some of your favorite fairies presented in topiary. Play structures designed for ages 2 -5.

Bambi's Butterfly House - Presented by HGTV - Imagination Walkway
Experience a Festival favorite, now, more than double the size! Wander among hundreds of native butterflies and see some of your favorite characters from Bambi, presented in topiary. Join us as we celebrate the release of Bambi Diamond Edition, the timeless classic now for the very first time on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def.

Healthy Living Garden - Presented by Syngenta - Imagination Walkway
Experience fun activities that can help lead to improved health and well-being.

Winnie the Pooh Topiary - Presented by The Pooh Movie - Coming to Theaters this Summer
Between Future World & World Showcase
Take a glimpse into the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger and Friends in a stunning display of topiary show gardens. Vibrant varieties of striking wild flower combinations make this a "must see" of the Festival.

Beauty and the Beast Topiary Gardens - Presented by Beauty & The Beast Diamond Edition
France Pavilion
Be our guest and see some of your favorite characters from Beauty & The Beast come to spectacular life in this stunning floral garden of topiaries and colorful arrays of flowers and foliage. Join the beloved Belle and Beast in a dance of manicured landscape and magical gardens.

The Art of Green Living - Adjacent to the Morocco Pavilion - Presented by FNGLA
Discover how you can create an environmentally friendly, low-input garden of your own as you explore this unique garden.

Flower Power Concert Series* - The America Gardens Theatre
Friday, Saturday & Sunday - 5:15, 6:30 & 7:45 pm
Jose Feliciano
Starship starring Mickey Thomas
The Guess Who
The Spinners
Chubby Checker & the Wildcats
Paul Revere & the Raiders
The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie
Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night
The Orchestra Starring Former Members of ELO
Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone
Davy Jones
Mar. 9 - 11
Mar. 16 - 18
Mar. 23 - 25
Mar. 30 - Apr. 1
Apr. 6 - 8
Apr. 13 - 15
Apr. 20 - 22
Apr. 27 - 29
May 4 - 6
May 11 - 13
May 18 – 20

*Entertainment is subject to change without notice.