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5 Cool New Attractions on Disney Fantasy



Launched in 2012, Disney Fantasy is the newest of Disney Cruise Line’s family of four ships. Sailing on this ship has always been a memorable experience. Recently, the newly reimagined Disney Fantasy emerged from dry dock with some wonderful upgrades. These new additions top off an already superb ship, with exciting activities and amenities that have become guest favorites.

Check out these five features and attractions that will make your Disney Fantasy cruise extra special.

1. Marvel Super Hero Academy

Disney Fantasy’s Marvel Super Hero Academy has a unique set of heroes including the mighty Thor.

Disney Fantasy’s Oceaneer Club for kids ages 3-12 now has its own Marvel Super Hero Academy with a unique set of heroes. This space is designed to resemble Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum. Kids on Disney Fantasy can learn the mystic arts with Doctor Strange, opening portals to places all around the Marvel universe. The Disney Fantasy Marvel Super Hero Academy marks Doctor Strange’s first in-person appearance on a Disney Cruise Line ship. At the Oceaneer Club, kids also have the chance to meet the mighty Thor and learn what it takes to be a real hero. From Marvel’s Super Heroes, the kids learn about the importance of values like loyalty, enlightenment, and worthiness. Disney Fantasy’s Oceaneer Club also has exclusive super hero courses, video games, and immersive experiences that aren’t available on other Disney ships.

2. Star Wars: Command Post

BB-8 visits Star Wars: Command Post in Disney Fantasy’s Oceaneer Club.

In Disney Fantasy’s Oceaneer Club’s new Star Wars: Command Post area, kids can train with their heroes from the Star Wars saga and help with missions against the First Order. They’ll meet members of the Resistance and learn to channel the Force. Kids will be thrilled when BB-8, First Order Stormtroopers, and other figures from the Star Wars saga come to visit as well. One of the coolest features is interacting with holographic models at Disney Fantasy‘s one-of-a-kind Star Wars holotable, which projects 3-D images of the Millennium Falcon, the Death Star, and other Star Wars ships. The Star Wars: Command Post area also has individual flight training simulators, allowing kids to choose their mission and test their skills. Meeting heroes and other cool activities are scheduled during specific times, so make sure to check your daily Navigator to see what’s going on. If your kids want to meet a specific hero or do a certain activity, talk with the Oceaneer Club Youth Counselors and they can tell you exactly when it’s scheduled so you won’t miss it.

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3. Sweet on You

Sweet on You features hand-crafted ice cream, gelato and other treats.

If sweet treats are an important part of your family’s cruise experience, you’ll be thrilled with this new addition on Disney Fantasy. This cool specialty ice cream shop offers hand-crafted ice cream and gelato, specialty sundaes, homemade chocolates, truffles, and all types of candy for purchase. Themed after cartoon shorts starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Sweet on You features 20 different flavors of gelato and 16 different flavors of ice cream which change throughout the cruise. Thirty-two different toppings are available to help make your frozen treat even more unique. Oreo is the most popular flavor of gelato, but Sweet on You has a number of unique varieties like caramel popcorn, oatmeal cookie, and red velvet cake. Strawberry and mint chocolate chip are the most popular flavors of ice cream. Sweet on You is conveniently located on Deck 11 near the family pool.

4. Tiffany & Co.

Disney Fantasy guests can now enjoy shopping at Tiffany & Co.

Disney Fantasy’s exclusive Tiffany & Co. store will delight guests seeking a special luxury shopping experience. This upscale specialty store is a great place for celebrating and commemorating special moments made on a Disney cruise. Guests can browse Tiffany’s iconic collections of jewelry and luxury accessories, including the Tiffany T collection and pieces featuring Tiffany diamonds. All purchased items come in one of Tiffany’s coveted blue boxes topped with a white ribbon bow. There’s even a collection of Tiffany diamond engagement rings for those who may want to pop the question on their cruise. Tiffany & Co. merchandise prices start at $125 on Disney Fantasy. If you’ve found the perfect gift while shopping and want to leave a hint for someone, Tiffany’s staff can help make that dream come true. Just ask about their special “Drop a Hint” service.

5. Senses Juice Bar

This quick-serve juice bar is another awesome spot right next to Disney Fantasy‘s Senses Spa & Salon. Senses Juice Bar features a wide variety of freshly squeezed juices and smoothies made from fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s the perfect place for adults to go after a workout or a massage at the spa. Guests can choose their made-to-order juice tonic from the Senses Juice Bar menu or create their own from a wide selection of fresh berries, fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious ingredients.

Nancy Schretter is the Managing Editor of the Family Travel Network.

Photos: Nancy Schretter

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Disney Magic Debuts Rapunzel-Themed Restaurant



photo: Matt Stroshane/Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic has emerged from dry dock, and is full of exciting renovations and new features.

Highlights include:

Rapunzel’s Royal Table

Here, families will enjoy an all-new dining experience inspired by the story of “Tangled.” The table service restaurant is part of the ship’s main dining rotation, where guests visit three restaurants – one each evening – on a rotational basis throughout the cruise.

Guests are invited on a delicious trip to the faraway kingdom of Corona, where King Frederic and Queen Arianna are celebrating Rapunzel’s birthday and the anniversary of her return home. Inside the royal ballroom, glowing lanterns illuminate your path and the walls are decorated with colorful drawings reflecting Rapunzel’s artistic endeavors.

Throughout dinner, patrons are treated to live entertainment, including spirited singing and dancing led by the maître d’, a merry band of musicians, the Snuggly Duckling Thugs, and Princess Rapunzel herself.

Photo: Matt Stroshane/Disney Cruise Line

The fun is complete with special activities, a lively parade, and themed menus. The enchantment of “Tangled” in Rapunzel’s Royal Table is the perfect pairing to “Tangled: The Musical,” an original production that guests can enjoy on each Disney Magic sailing.

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Teen Retreat

Vibe, the space for teens ages 14-17, has been transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. There, teens will enjoy a new coffee and smoothie bar, play video and virtual reality games, and enjoy other activities like a DJ spin-off and movie making.

Adults-Only Cove Café

Adults can relax at ad adult-exclusive retreat that’s been redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style – Cove Café. It’s the perfect place to sip a specialty iced tea or coffee during the day, and enjoy cocktails and light bites in the evening hours.

In this peaceful setting by the Quiet Cove Pool, alcoholic beverage tastings are also available at select times for a fee. Nearby, the Signals Bar has been transformed with a similar look.

Other Enhancements

Club Disney Junior has been added to Disney’s Oceaneer Club for kids, and a redesigned Rainforest Room with steam and hydrotherapy has been added in the Senses Spa for adults.

The renovations debuted on March 9, when the ship returned from dry dock to resume its schedule of sailings from Miami. The four and five-night voyages visit Key West, Nassau, and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.

Beginning on May 14, 2018, Disney Magic will reposition to Europe for the summer season.

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Disney Reveals New Cruise Ship Rendering



Disney Cruise Line will be expanding their fleet by three ships, set to debut in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Today, they’ve released an early rendering depicting the exterior of the new ships.

In keeping with the distinct Disney cruise style, the new vessels will embody the elegance and romance of the golden age of ocean cruising with unique touches all their own. The ships will offer more innovation, new technologies, extravagant entertainment, and more Disney stories and characters than ever before.

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Each new ship will be approximately 140,000 gross tons and each is currently planned to include about 1,250 staterooms.

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Disney Cruise Line Adds New European Ports



In summer 2019, Disney Cruise Line will set sail on new itineraries and to seven new ports in Europe. The line will take travelers on a grand tour of Europe with visits to the Mediterranean in early summer and northern Europe in late summer. Plus, the adventure continues with sailings in Alaska, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas – including new cruise lengths on Disney Fantasy. 

Round-Trip From Rome

The Roman Forum – photo: David Roark/Disney Cruise Line

For the first time, Disney guests can experience Rome as a bookend experience in a single cruise. In Rome, families can explore the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican, and sample authentic local cuisine.

On June 14, 2019, Disney Magic will sail an eight-night cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome). Ports of call include Salerno and La Spezia, Italy; Villefranche and Marseilles, France; and Barcelona, Spain.

Seven New Ports

Disney Cruise Line will call on seven new ports in Europe for the first time in 2019, including Gothenburg and Nynashamn (Stockholm), Sweden; Toulon (Provence) and Brest, France; Cartagena, Spain; Fredericia, Denmark; and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Belfast is a new destination on the seven-night British Isles cruise departing from Dover, England on September 8, 2019. There guests can explore the stunning Giant’s Causeway and enjoy gorgeous vistas along the Antrim Coast, including the cliffside ruins of the medieval Dunluce Castle.

Throughout the summer, Disney Magic‘s tour of Europe includes engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, British Isles, and the Mediterranean.

Return to Alaska

photo: Kent Phillips/Disney Cruise Line

In 2019, Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season. A variety of five, seven, and nine-night voyages will depart from Vancouver, Canada with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Victoria.

Caribbean and Bahamas

In addition to seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Disney Fantasy will embark on a variety of special itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas throughout summer 2019.  The special itineraries include a three-night Bahamian cruise departing August 7, a six-night western Caribbean cruise departing June 30, an eight-night southern Caribbean cruise departing June 22, and an 11-night southern Caribbean cruise departing July 27.

All cruises on Fantasy in summer 2019 will include a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, as well as other tropical destinations.

Double Dipping in Castaway Cay

Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay

In 2019, Disney Dream will operate a series of cruises that include two stops at Castaway Cay, so guests can have twice the fun in the sun there. On June 19, July 3, and July 17, Disney Dream will sail from Port Canaveral on four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau, plus two stops at Castaway Cay.

On June 14, 23, 28, and July 7, 12, and 21, the ship will sail from Port Canaveral on five-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau with two stops at Castaway Cay. These special itineraries are in addition to three and four-night Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral that visit Nassau and Castaway Cay (once).

Pre-Cruise Experiences and Guided Group Packages

New in 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer pre-cruise guided experiences in Rome and Vancouver. These three-night Short Escapes, also offered in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Barcelona, allow families to experience memorable icons in ways that few can, such as a private, after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome. Other activities include zip lining, flamenco dancing, and preparing local cuisine.

Families can also enhance select European sailings with an Adventures by Disney package during the cruise. Adventure Guides lead travelers in experiencing the best of each port, guiding immersive excursions and off-the-beaten-path adventures. Additionally, guests will enjoy exclusive receptions onboard and have access to concierge service from these guides throughout the voyage.

These Adventures by Disney offerings open for booking beginning March 8, 2018 with the exception of the Vancouver Short Escape, which will open for booking later this year. To learn more, visit

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