Top 10 Reasons to Take a Disney Cruise – Episode 19

In this week’s episode, for January 15, 2017, Jon will be discussing the Top 10 Reasons to Take a Disney Cruise as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

Please send any questions about the show to host@mousedreamsblog.com and visit our website, www.MouseDreamsBlog.com for more information. Also, like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MouseDreamsblog and follow us on Twitter @MouseDreamsBlog.

Finally, thanks to our sponsors and friends at Big Dreams Travel, an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. Visit them at www.bigdreamstravelusa.com to help with your next vacation.

You can submit Disney trip planning questions for us to answer on the show by e-mailing us at podcast@MouseDreamsBlog.com, by tweeting your question to @MouseDreamsBlog on Twitter, or by visiting the listener questions page on our website at www.MouseDreamsBlog.com/podcastquestions. We would love to answer your questions on travel including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. Have a great week everyone and thanks for listening!

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Disney News & Listener Questions from 1/1/2017 – Episode 18

In this week’s episode, for January 1, 2017, Jon will be discussing news and current events at Disney Destinations around the world as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

Please send any questions about the show to host@mousedreamsblog.com and visit our website, www.MouseDreamsBlog.com for more information. Also, like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MouseDreamsblog and follow us on Twitter @MouseDreamsBlog.

Finally, thanks to our sponsors and friends at Big Dreams Travel, an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. Visit them at www.bigdreamstravelusa.com to help with your next vacation.

You can submit Disney trip planning questions for us to answer on the show by e-mailing us at podcast@MouseDreamsBlog.com, by tweeting your question to @MouseDreamsBlog on Twitter, or by visiting the listener questions page on our website at www.MouseDreamsBlog.com/podcastquestions. We would love to answer your questions on travel including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. Have a great week everyone and thanks for listening!

Show Notes
New Discounts for Spring and Summer Released at Disney World
New Quick Service Breakfast Opens at Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village
Disney After Hours Event Returning at Lower Price Point

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Disney News & Listener Questions from 12/4/2016 – Episode 16

In this week’s episode, for December 4, 2016, Jon and Lysa will be discussing news and current events at Disney Destinations around the world as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

Show Notes
Disney Debuts Holiday Light Show at Disney Springs
New Enhancements Arrive on the Disney Wonder
Disney Announced New “4 Park Magic Ticket”
Pandora – World of Avatar Confirmed Opening in Summer 2017
Disney Offers Private Cabanas for Rent in Magic Kingdom
Rivers of Light Opens for Cast Member Previews
Main Street Electrical Parade Returning to Disneyland on January 2

Please send any questions about the show to host@mousedreamsblog.com and visit our website, www.MouseDreamsBlog.com for more information. Also, like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MouseDreamsblog and follow us on Twitter @MouseDreamsBlog.

Finally, thanks to our sponsors and friends at Big Dreams Travel, an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. Visit them at www.bigdreamstravelusa.com to help with your next vacation.

You can submit Disney trip planning questions for us to answer on the show by e-mailing us at podcast@MouseDreamsBlog.com, by tweeting your question to @MouseDreamsBlog on Twitter, or by visiting the listener questions page on our website at www.MouseDreamsBlog.com/podcastquestions. We would love to answer your questions on travel including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. Have a great week everyone and thanks for listening!

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New Enhancements Soon to Be Rolled Out Aboard the Disney Wonder

The Disney Wonder embodies the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create a stylish and spectacular cruise ship. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

The Disney Wonder, one of the classic Disney Cruise Line ships, is fresh out of its latest dry dock and will very soon be setting sail from Galveston, TX. Here are a few of the new enhancements that were recently released by the Disney Parks Blog.

Super hero sightings, a New Orleans-style street party celebration and “Frozen” fractals all around are just a few of the things that will wow your family aboard the transformed Disney Wonder. This week we are debuting an incredible lineup of enhancements, with something exciting for every member of the family.

Tiana's PlaceOne of the biggest enhancements came in the kids area of the ship as they have added the Marvel Super Hero Academy similar to the Disney Magic after its renovation. Here kids can meet Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and other super heroes from Marvel. We will also seeing the opening of a new restaurant on board, Tiana’s Place. Here you will get to enjoy dinner in the charm of the Louisiana bayou itself. The southern-style cuisine will lead the way for the great atmosphere and your dinner will even include a live jazz band, a parade, and performances by Tiana herself.

Frozen Adventures - OlafGuests will also get to enjoy a new stage musical, “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular”. In this new show guests will feel as if they’ve stepped in to the middle of snowy Arendelle and will get to hear all of their favorite songs and see all of their favorite characters from the Frozen movie. Another first of its kind addition to Disney Cruise Line will be the ability for kids to be dropped off at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post for a special show featuring their “Frozen” friends. After watching the show the kids can play in the Frozen Adventures area in the youth club including hands-on activities as well as interactions with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. A final new addition for the adults aboard is the Crown and Fin Pub. This authentic British tavern will gives adults time to grab a drink and relax after the long and busy day onboard.

These are not the only enhancements aboard the re-designed Disney Wonder. Once the ship officially opens we will outline any other changes, additions, or modifications. Let us know your thoughts on the new Disney Wonder below by commenting here or on Facebook.

Disney Cruise Line Releases Ports & Itineraries for Early 2018

Disney Dream from Castaway CayDisney Cruise Line has revealed the itineraries and ports that will be available on their fleet in early 2018. These ports and itineraries can be booked starting on October 27, 2016.

Disney will continue their presence in the places they have become ever more popular like the Caribbean and they will service a new port there for the first time, Bonaire. Bonaire is known for beautiful Caribbean water and is a great spot for people interested in water sports including scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and kiteboarding.

Bonaire will be included on the Disney Wonder’s itineraries as she will return to San Juan, Puerto Rico for seven night Southern Caribbean sailings in January of 2018. The other ports included on this itinerary area Curacao, Aruba, St. Lucia, Martinique, Antigua, and St. Kitts.

The Disney Wonder will also return to San Diego in April and May of 2018 to sail to the Mexican Riviera and Baja. The itineraries include five night sailings that visit Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico along with two and three night sailings that visit only Ensenada. The two night cruises depart on Friday’s from San Diego which means those sailings will provide the perfect weekend getaway.

From February through April Disney will have four ships stationed in Port Canaveral offering from three to seven night Caribbean cruises as well as a stop at Castaway Cay on every cruise. The Disney Dream will continue offering three and four night cruises to the Bahamas and Castaway Cay while the Disney Fantasy will continue its run of seven night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages. The Disney Wonder, which will be stationed in Florida from February 8 through April 8 will sail a variety of three, four, and seven night sailings.

With all of this talk about the other ships you’re probably wondering where the Disney Magic is heading during this time period, and now we know the Magic will be headed back to Miami. In early 2018 the Disney Magic will be sailing four and five night Bahamas cruises along with five night Western Caribbean sailings. Each and every one of these sailings will also visit Castaway Cay.

If you need helping booking the perfect Disney Cruise Line vacation contact the great agents at Big Dreams Travel and they will help you find the perfect itinerary.

Disney Cruise Line Brings Home Readers’ Choice Award as Top Cruise Line

Disney Dream from Castaway CayConde Nast Traveler, one of the leading travel magazines and blogs in the world, has announced the results of their annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Conde Nast announced that over 300,000 readers participated in the award voting as they named the top airlines, hotels, cities, resorts, cruise lines, and other travel theme destinations around the world. Disney Cruise Line, who has been in the top spot in the Conde Nast voting for quite some time, has once again been voted the top cruise line in the world according to readers in the large cruise ship category.

Karl Holz, the president of Disney Cruise Line said this:

“These kinds of awards are among my favorite. “The input is unfiltered and genuine, and comes directly from readers and our guests. It speaks volumes about our Cast and Crew Members who deliver the most amazing cruise vacations.”

The large cruise ship category, where Disney won, was due to the Disney Dream and Fantasy ships. Disney also placed second in the medium ship category behind Crystal Cruises based on the Disney Wonder and Magic ships. The awards will be officially announced when the November edition of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine comes out on October 25, 2016.

Be sure and visit our friends at Big Dreams Travel if you are interested in traveling on the fantastic Disney Cruise Line. They can advise you and help you plan the best cruise vacation for your family.

Disney News & Listener Questions from 8/7/2016 – Episode 12

In this week’s episode, for August 7, 2016, Jon and Lysa will be discussing news and current events at Disney Destinations around the world as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

Please send any questions about the show to host@mousedreamsblog.com and visit our website, www.MouseDreamsBlog.com for more information. Also, like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MouseDreamsblog and follow us on Twitter @MouseDreamsBlog.

Finally, thanks to our sponsors and friends at Big Dreams Travel, an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. Visit them at www.bigdreamstravelusa.com to help with your next vacation.

You can submit Disney trip planning questions for us to answer on the show by e-mailing us at podcast@MouseDreamsBlog.com, by tweeting your question to @MouseDreamsBlog on Twitter, or by visiting the listener questions page on our website at www.MouseDreamsBlog.com/podcastquestions. We would love to answer your questions on travel including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. Have a great week everyone and thanks for listening!

Show Notes
PizzeRizzo Opening This Fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
My Disney Experience App Getting a Navigation Feature
Disney World Announced New Water Ride “Miss Fortune Falls”
“Frozen: A Musical Spectacular” Coming to Disney Cruise Line
Disneyland Confirms All Three Nighttime Spectaculars Are Closing…Even Paint the Night
New Details of Star Wars Land at Disneyland
Disneyland Announced Week Long Photopass Services
Guardians of the Galaxy Themed Ride to Replace Tower of Terror at Disneyland

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“Frozen: A Musical Spectacular” Coming to Disney Cruise Line

Disney Dream from Castaway CayDisney has announced today that a new musical is coming to the Disney Wonder, which will be sailing from Galveston starting in November. This will be a great new addition to Disney Cruise Line, specifically this classic ship, and the Disney Parks Blog wrote about the show this morning:

Exciting news from the high seas today! For the “first time in forever,” the beloved animated hit “Frozen” is getting the Disney Cruise Line theatrical treatment as a new stage show exclusively aboard the Disney Wonder. “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” debuts, along with a wave of new enhancements to the ship, on cruises starting Nov. 10, 2016, from Galveston, Texas.

The story of royal sisters Anna and Elsa will be presented like never before, with an innovative combination of traditional theatrical techniques, modern technology and classic Disney whimsy, completely unique to the Disney Wonder production. The show features dynamic costumes and sets, remarkable special effects, and spectacular production numbers that expand upon the most imaginative elements of the film.

To adapt this blockbuster animated feature into a quintessential stage production, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Executive Kevin Eld assembled a team of distinguished creative talent with Broadway credits and theatrical accolades. The production is led by Tony Award-nominated director Sheryl Kaller (“Next Fall,” “Mothers and Sons”). Joining the creative team are Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma Young (“Peter and the Starcatcher”), choreographer Josh Prince (“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”), scenic designer Jason Sherwood (“Paint Your Wagon”), and writer Sara Wordsworth (“In Transit”).

“Frozen, a Musical Spectacular” will feature music direction by Marco Paguia, projection design by Aaron Rhyne and lighting design by Rui Rita. Dynamic puppetry by Michael Curry, whose designs are featured in Disney’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “The Lion King,” will bring exciting physicality to characters like Sven and Olaf.

Leave a comment below with your thoughts on this new addition to the Wonder.

Disney News & Listener Questions from 7/10/2016 – Episode 10

cropped-NEW-Icon-Edit-A.jpgIn this week’s episode, for July 10, 2016, Jon and Lysa will be discussing news and current events at Disney Destinations around the world as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

Please send any questions about the show to host@mousedreamsblog.com and visit our website, www.MouseDreamsBlog.com for more information. Also, like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MouseDreamsblog and follow us on Twitter @MouseDreamsBlog.

Finally, thanks to our sponsors and friends at Big Dreams Travel, an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. Visit them at www.bigdreamstravelusa.com to help with your next vacation.

You can submit Disney trip planning questions for us to answer on the show by e-mailing us at podcast@MouseDreamsBlog.com, by tweeting your question to @MouseDreamsBlog on Twitter, or by visiting the listener questions page on our website at www.MouseDreamsBlog.com/podcastquestions. We would love to answer your questions on travel including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. Have a great week everyone and thanks for listening!

Show Notes
Candlelight Processional Tickets on Sale and Narrator’s Announced
New Resort Experiences for Epcot Food & Wine Festival
Disney’s Holiday Wishes Dessert Party Available for Booking
Major Changes to the 2017 Disney Dining Plan
The Plaza Moving to Walk up Only Reservations
New Water Slide Reportedly Coming to Typhoon Lagoon
Guests Can Now Pre-Book Meet & Greets on Disney Cruise Line

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Guests Can Now Book Meet & Greets on Disney Cruise Line

DSCN0812Disney Cruise Line guests who like to pre-book some of their experiences while on board are in luck. Disney is now offering guests the ability to book character meet & greets prior to their cruise setting sail. This includes pre-reserving tickets to the popular Princess Gathering and Frozen Meet and Greet. Guests can do this through the www.DisneyCruise.com website or they can contact their travel agent. In addition to this perk guests who are traveling on a 7 night or longer itinerary that has two or more sea days can also pre-reserve Character Breakfasts.