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Have a Halloween with Disney Cruise Line

11th October 2018

If you’ve seen Disneyland® Paris or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida at Halloween, you’ll have a pretty good idea about what you can expect onboard a Disney Cruise at this time of year. Those of you who haven’t, however, are in for a real treat. Little kids and big kids alike will adore the festivities onboard, from the Disney characters in costume to the scary story time, not forgetting the adults’ costume party. Read on for a window into Halloween with Disney Cruise Line.


What's Onboard?


At every turn, you’ll be well aware that it’s Halloween season, with the ship being fully decorated complete with plenty of pumpkins, and a bare, eerie tree in the atrium.



Get engrossed in a scary story all about an old sunken ship, told by an authentic captain out on the top deck. Listen to the tales of this wise old captain as the sea air around you helps you to transport you to another world.

Most guests tend to get involved in the fun by bringing along their own Halloween costumes or accessories to wear, whether this be a glamourous Disney princess dress, or an all-out zombie outfit!


Disney Characters Onboard


As with any Disney Cruise Line holiday, plenty of your favourite movie Characters will be making an appearance, but this time with a difference! Not wanting to miss out on the fun, Disney characters will also be donning their Halloween costumes, ready for the Mickey's Mouse-querade Party. You can expect to see the likes of Mickey and Minnie, Chip and Dale, and Donald Duck out and about meeting cruisers and posing for photos. The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Sally and Jack will also be there to say hello to guests, after telling their tale at Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream interactive event.



Halloween for Adults


Whilst the daytime and kids activities are fun for all the family, of course, adults are likely to want a bit of time to play themselves. Well aware of this, Disney Cruise Line host a Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids adults-only party, where you can dance, drink a cocktail or two, and show off your own elaborate costume – or not if you prefer! Find out more about Disney Cruise Line fun for adults.

If Halloween with Disney Cruise Line sounds like the perfect holiday fun for you and yours, take a look at our range of October cruise itineraries with Disney.

Disney Cruise Line Announce 2020 Itineraries

28th September 2018

Family-focussed cruise line, Disney Cruise Line, has recently announced what’s in store with them in 2020. There will be some fantastic opportunities on offer, making it even easier to find the perfect cruise holiday for the whole family. Read on to discover more about your options.



Two Amazing Hawaii Cruises


It’s been five years since Disney Cruise Line ventured to Hawaii, and the idyllic North American state is now sorely missed by cruisers and crew alike. So, in 2020 Disney Wonder will be hosting two very exciting cruises to the region – one departing from Vancouver and ending in Honolulu, and the other on the return trip back to Vancouver. The itineraries will offer guests the opportunity to visit Oahu Island and its gorgeous Waikiki beach, see the stunning waterfalls and greenery on Kauai island, and gaze out at the extensive tropical views from the summit of Maui’s Haleakala Crater.


More Cruise Departures from Florida


The folks at Disney Cruise Line know that the sunshine state is a brilliant holiday destination in itself, and so with this in mind, in 2020 they will be offering more cruises departing from both Miami and Port Canaveral. Itineraries starting here mean that guests can spend a few days at the start of their holiday exploring Florida and all it has to offer, whether this be the theme parks, the beaches, or the shopping! All cruises from Florida will include a stop in Disney’s exclusive Castaway Cay island in the Bahamas, as well as a number of fabulous sunny Caribbean destinations.



New Homeport of New Orleans


Perhaps the most exciting announcement for 2020 is Disney Wonder’s new homeport of New Orleans. This world-famous city of jazz, food, and festivals was the setting of the beautiful Disney film, The Princess and the Frog. So Disney film lovers can start their holiday off right by exploring the colourful streets, listening to soulful music, and eating local treats such as soft beignets and punchy gumbo just like Tiana and Naveen. There will be six different cruises to choose from, each departing from New Orleans in early 2020.



Have a browse through our latest Disney Cruise Line deals, and start planning your family’s next big adventure.

Ten facts you didn't know about Mickey Mouse

20th April 2017

Updated: 30th March 2021

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Disney Magic At Sea

Whether you have little ones who love the latest Disney big screen hits, or an adult who still enjoys one of their classics from time to time, The Walt Disney Company has a special place in hearts all over the world. And it all started back in the 1920s, really taking off with the creation of Mickey Mouse in 1928. Possibly the most famous mouse in the world, find out more about Mickey with our ten facts you didn't know.

1. Mickey Mouse's Voice

Walt Disney, from 1929 to 1946, provided the original voices for both Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Since then, only two others have had the honour; Jim MacDonald (1946 to 1983) and Wayne Allwine (1983 -).



2. Oscars

The only Mickey Mouse short to receive an Academy Award was Lend a Paw, in 1941. The irony being that Mickey Mouse wasn't even really the lead role, since the main star was Pluto. Despite that, Walt Disney had already picked up an Oscar in 1932 for the creation of Mickey Mouse. Throughout his career he managed to amass a total 22 of these prestigious trophies - more than anybody else ever has.

3. What's the Password?

During World War II, when the Allied forces invaded Normandy on D-Day in 1944, "Mickey Mouse" was used as a secret password between intelligence officers.

4. The Naming

Walt Disney originally called his creation Mortimer. It was his wife, Lillian, who persuaded him to change it to Mickey Mouse. American actor, Mickey Rooney, has claimed that Mickey Mouse was in fact named after himself, following meeting Walt Disney in the 1920s as a child.



5. Hot Dogs!

Mickey Mouse was the first ever cartoon character to talk. In the 1929 episode, Disney's The Karnival Kid, Mickey Mouse's first words were "Hot dogs!"

6. Easter Eggs

To mark Disneyland's(California) 50th anniversary, 50 versions of Mickey Mouse's ears were hidden throughout the park. Hidden Mickeys are elsewhere too, such as within feature films like Disney's Dumbo and within the other Disney Parks.

7. Thirty Year Wait

Due to commitments with other Disney projects, Walt Disney stopped making Mickey Mouse shorts following Disney's The Simple Things in 1953. This would prove to be his last ever Mickey Mouse short, following his death to cancer in 1966. Mickey Mouse wouldn't be in a cartoon feature next until 1983 with Mickey's Christmas Carol, some 30 years after his last. Yet, his next proper short wouldn't come until 1995 with Runaway Brain, after an incredible 42 years of waiting.



8. Attire

Mickey Mouse has a huge wardrobe, packed with no less than 175 different costumes. Minnie Mouse goes one better, having been dressed in over 200 outfits throughout her career.

9. Yoo Hoo!

The first song to feature in any Disney film was "Minnie's Yoo Hoo" in the short, Mickey’s Follies.

10. Fear

The irony of Mickey Mouse's creation is that Walt Disney was in fact scared of mice. However, he pictured mice as sympathetic creatures, despite people being scared of them.

See more from Mickey Mouse and friends on a Disney Cruise Line cruise, or find out more about their extra-special cruise ships with our blogs: Claire Experiences Disney Wonder, The Disney Magic, and Fanos Gets His Disney Dream.

Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay

23rd September 2016

Updated July 2018

Reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay is a private island retreat of swaying palm trees, sugar-white sandy beaches and calm turquoise waters, laden with paradise offerings and ample amenities. Enjoy the paradisiacal surroundings of your own Bahamian Island, with signature Disney Cruise Line hospitality. From the moment you step off your ship, everything you need for a perfect beach getaway is catered for; plenty of sun loungers and parasols, tasty snacks and refreshments, family-friendly entertainment, beach towels, and so much more.



What You Can See & Do

You’re spoilt for choice at Castaway Cay; there really is so much to see and do! Take advantage of open air BBQ dining with complimentary meals, Disney Character Greetings, complimentary childcare for children aged three through to 12, shops featuring unique Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, great supervised kids clubs, free tram transportation around the island, and hiking trails and biking routes. But that’s just the start of it…

Castaway Family Beach – the main beach on Castaway Cay is the perfect place for family fun. There’s always an activity of some sort going on, plus lively music and dancing. Head out into the blue lagoon and have a great time sailing, kayaking, swimming or snorkelling. At Cookie’s BBQ, tuck in to a delicious feast.

Pelican Plunge – swim from the shores to this 2,400 square-foot floating platform. Take a ride down one of the two splash-tastic slides and get soaked by the huge bucket dump that sprays you with hundreds of gallons of water.

Spring-a-Leak – explore the ‘storm-ravaged’ remnants of this fun-filled water play area, spread out over 2,400 square-feet.

Gil’s Fins and Boats – don’t worry about lugging along heavy snorkelling gear with you; rent it instead. Not only that, you can also hire kayaks, paddleboats and aqua trikes.

Snorkelling Lagoon – be mesmerised by the underwater marine life just off of Castaway Family Beach. There are trails you can follow, including the Discover Trail for novices and the Explorer Trail for the more experienced snorkelers. Remember to look out for the hidden Mickey Mouse.

Scuttle’s Cove – the younger Disney guests can enjoy activities a plenty at Scuttle’s cove. Supervised by Disney counsellors, the huge 1,200 square-foot wet play area provides plenty of fun for the kids, with pop jets, geysers and bubblers only adding to the thrills.

In Da Shade Pavilion – if the sun is getting too much, retreat to this indoor haven of games and activities, such as table tennis, football table and basketball.

Serenity Bay – this adult-only oasis is reserved exclusively to those over 18 years of age. Totally unwind in a serene and tranquil environment, where open-air cabana massages, Air Bar BBQ food and frozen speciality drinks are just waiting for you.

Teen Hideout – it does exactly what it says on the tin; a place where teens can hideout and chill in their very own area of paradise. Teens 13 – 17 can lounge about carefree – without a nagging parent in sight!


Shore Excursions

To make the most of your time on Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line have specially selected a great selection of shore excursions to provide you and your family with some unforgettable experiences. Top tip - to avoid any disappointment, you can pre-book any port adventure 120 days before your departure. Here’s just a snippet of what you can do…

Extreme Getaway Package – recline on an inner tube, snorkel and meet stingrays in the blue lagoon, and go biking along the offshore trails.

Parasailing – take part in a thrilling aerial adventure and fly high above Castaway Cay.

Watercraft Ski adventure – be in control of your own WaveRunner watercraft on this intense guided tour, whilst learning all about the marine life and history of the area.

Abaco Backcountry Fishing Adventure – head out to South Abaco for a special fishing trip, where you’ll enjoy some catch-and-release fun catching bonefish, tarpon, permit and barracuda.

Glass Bottom Boat Scenic Voyage – hop in to the glass-bottom boat for a crystal-clear view of Castaway Cay’s underwater marine life.



Know Before You Go

Be prepared before you go to Castaway Cay. The language spoken here is English, with many of the English-speaking Disney Crew Members living on the island.

When paying for things on Castaway Cay, you can use US dollars, but you're more likely to use your stateroom keys as a form of payment, just like you would use a credit card.

You’ll even find a Post Office on the island, operated by the Bahamian authorities. It isn’t open every day, but guests can still mail their letters to loved ones back home by using the drop box outside the Post Office.

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