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Book now for your Disney “Land and Sea” Vacation

Set sail for the perfect balance of high-seas adventure and theme park magic—all in one Disney vacation!

With close proximity to Walt Disney World Resort, it’s easy to combine the best of Disney by land and sea if you’re departing from or arriving in Port Canaveral, Florida on a Disney cruise. From relaxing adult time to unforgettable family activities, our itineraries offer something for everyone! Choose from a variety of departure days to set sail on a tropical voyage aboard the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy or Disney Magic.

Next, extend your vacation by visiting Walt Disney World Resort—experience your favorite attractions, entertainment and non-stop fun at the parks you love! Convenient transfers can be arranged to take you to and from Port Canaveral, Walt Disney World Resort and Orlando International Airport. With a big blue ocean to explore and four amazing theme parks, your enchanted vacation awaits!

Example of a 7 night Land and Sea vacation for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children):

Sail on a 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
Stay 4 nights at a Walt Disney World Resort
Includes 5, 1 day-1 park tickets for everyone
TOTAL: approximately $4300

Contact me for a free quote or to book now for best selection.

Disney Land and Sea vacation
Disney Land and Sea vacation




A color photo of Animator’s Palate on the Disney Wonder

The Animator's Pallette restaurant aboard the Disney Wonder
The Animator’s Palate restaurant aboard the Disney Wonder

After our last post of the new Colortopia exhibit about color at Epcot, I thought it would be fun to post this photo I took of the creative Animator’s Palate aboard the Disney Wonder. It may look like a black and white photo, but it’s not! Completely colorless, this fun restaurant is sure to chase your blues away! It’s representative of the initial artwork of Disney animation, but before your dinner is finished, you just might see some color!

Wanna sail on the Disney Wonder? Contact Shani!

Sneek peak Disney Cruise Line ‘Tangled: The Musical’ and new Alan Menken song

Video starts at 6:47

Be among the first to experience this incredible show on the Disney Magic, which features brand-new music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken, stunning costumes by a Tony Award-winning designer, storybook set designs and more. You’ll even get to hear one of three songs developed exclusively for this show, “When She Returns.”

Click here for more videos and all you need to know about ‘Tangled: The Musical.”

Click here for our exclusive audio interviews with Mandy Moore (Rapunzel) and Zachary Levi (Flynn Rider) by Disney historian, Scott Wolf. 

A scene from Tangled: The Musical aboard the Disney Magic

Everything about ‘Tangled: The Musical’ debuting this month on the Disney Cruise Line

Don’t miss the debut of the live stage show adapted for Disney Cruise Line, exclusively on the Disney Magic – beginning this month.
Don’t miss the debut of the live stage show adapted for Disney Cruise Line, exclusively on the Disney Magic – beginning this month.

I’m really excited for the new Tangled: The Musical show premiering on the Disney Magic this month. Below are some behind-the-scenes secrets and fun facts I think you’ll enjoy!

Tangled: The Musical is a masterpiece of dazzling production numbers and captivating music based on the hit Disney film. Be transported to Rapunzel’s fairytale world as the animated characters from the screen come to life on stage. Sing along with favorite tunes from the film, and delight in brand-new songs created just for this show.

The Characters
The story remains true to the Disney movie with just enough of a twist for a live stage production, reuniting such characters as the spirited yet sweet Rapunzel, handsome bandit Flynn Rider, evil villainess Mother Gothel, and of course, the palace horse Maximus—a steed bent on a personal mission.

The Story
Follow Rapunzel’s journey as she escapes the confines of her tower and the clutches of her evil sham of a mother who conceals the truth about Rapunzel’s royal roots. Rapunzel and Flynn strike up an unlikely friendship and, when an unexpected romance blossoms between the adventurous pair, together they face down ruffians and thugs. But dare they defy Mother Gothel?

Disney Cruise Line assembled an all-star creative team to develop this live stage adaptation of the popular animated film.

Sneak Peak Video by Alan Menken

Three New and Original Songs

Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater—the talented twosome behind the soundtrack for Tangled the Disney feature film—team up again to adapt the score and story for the stage, creating 3 new sure-to-be-hit songs: “Flower of Gold,” “Wanted Man” and “When the Princess Returns.”

If you like the music of Tangled and Beauty and the Beast, check out our exclusive interview with Alan Menken by my husband, Disney historian, Scott Wolf.
And learn about the beginnings of Disney’s Tangled in our exclusive interviews with the movie’s voice stars Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.

New Songs for Tangled: The Musical

Costumes, Set Design and Puppetry

Pioneering puppetry, intricate costuming and superb set designs transform the stage into a fanciful Bavarian kingdom, immersing audiences in Rapunzel’s magical world!

Master puppet designer Michael Curry elevates the art of puppetry to a whole new level in Maximus the palace horse. Tony Award-winning designer Paloma Young creates a stunning assemblage of costumes in a brilliant use of colors, patterns and textures. And, the sets are a delight—from Rapunzel’s tower and the Snuggly Duckling tavern, to the vibrant village kingdom and a breathtaking night-sky scene lit up with floating lanterns.

Bringing Maximus to Life

New Costumes for Tangled: The Musical

What to look for during the show:

  • Bavarian inspiration: Everything from set designs to costumes to choreography was inspired in some way by the sights, sounds and heritage of early German culture.
  • Flowers: Rapunzel’s story begins with a magical flower, but many more have been “planted” in the show’s design. Look for more than 200 physical flowers—plus dozens of others that have been drawn, painted, carved and sewn—in scenic elements, costumes and even Rapunzel’s hair!
  • Immersive moments: The creative team designed the show to totally immerse you in the story as characters interact with the audience; scenes spill over the stage and lanterns float overhead.
  • The guitar: Legendary composer Alan Menken’s score was inspired by folk rock music, so listen closely to hear undertones of the guitar thread throughout the show. You may even see a character strumming away!
  • Glowing scenic elements: A magical flower, Rapunzel’s hair, floating lanterns, burning candles and glowing murals … There are definitely a lot of bright spots to see in this show!
  • Organic choreography: Choreographer Connor Gallagher developed each dance number to feel natural and folksy, focusing on loose movements, lower centers of gravity and personal touches by each character.
  • Nods to the movie: Of course, this is still the story of Rapunzel’s grand adventure, so you’ll see and hear many of your favorite characters, scenes, songs and quotes

Rehearsals for Tangled: The Musical

Recreating Rapunzel’s World

Click here to view 2016-2017 Itineraries and remember, this musical is only aboard Disney Magic. To book or to get a free quote for your Disney cruise, contact me and I’ll help make your vacation dreams come true!

6 fun ways to surprise your kids with a Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise Line 2016-early 2017 Itineraries
Click for current itineraries

Here are 6 fun ways to surprise your kids with a Disney cruise.The holidays will be here before you know it, so I’m sure the topic of gift-giving is already on many of your minds. One of the best parts about giving a gift is watching the recipient open it joyfully.

When you surprise your kids with the gift of a Disney cruise, there are many things you can do to make it a memorable family moment. Whether it’s tomorrow or on Christmas morning, here are six fun ways to announce your upcoming Disney cruise.


This is the best time to make a reservation to get the best price and selection. I’m happy to discuss the details of these cruises and help you plan the best cruise for you. Contact me for a free quote or to put a deposit down for your cruise and pay installments throughout the year. Click here for a complete list of sail dates and itineraries.

Halloween on the High Seas, Disney-style

Halloween on the High Seas aboard the Disney Wonder
Halloween on the High Seas aboard the Disney Wonder

Did you know that the Disney Cruise Line incorporates many themes into their Disney vacations? Scott took this photo last week during our excursion on the Disney Wonder. As part of Halloween on the High Seas, the lobby atrium was adorned with spooky spectacles, and as pictured above, on one evening we experienced this spooky storyteller. Other eerie events included trick or treating, a Halloween party and a Nightmare Before Christmas sing-along in the gorgeous Buena Vista Theatre, followed by a meet-and-greet treat with the film’s characters Jack Skellington and Sally. Below, alarming apparitions appeared on the giant Funnel Vision during “Haunted Stories of the Sea” on the deck.

Spooky storytelling on the deck of the Disney Wonder
Spooky storytelling on the deck of the Disney Wonder

Disney Vacation Tips #15

Shani's Disney Vacation Tips #15


Disney Cruise Line stateroom number
Disney Cruise Line stateroom number

When you get to your stateroom on a Disney Cruise, don’t forget your room number! Here are some easy ways to keep it with you!

When sailing on a Disney Cruise Line vacation, you receive a Key to the World card to wear on a lanyard. This acts as your room key and credit card while onboard as well as your dining information. For safety, it doesn’t have your stateroom number, because if you lost it, the person who finds it would know to which room it belongs.

Photos are a great way to keep visual reminders of things, such as which section you parked your car in a parking lot. But on a Disney Cruise, why not take a photo of your stateroom number so you have it with you during your cruise.

For kids or passengers without a mobile phone, you can write down the room number on a piece of paper, but it wouldn’t be a good practice to keep it with the Key to the World card. That is, unless you encrypt it! For example, if your room number is 8030, you can write a note like “Mom’s phone 555-8030” or simply something like “Password: 19558030.”
Of course, you can always just go to the friendly Disney cast members for assistance, but with these simple ideas, you won’t have to take any time away from your vacation if your mind is still on the buffet and not the number of your stateroom!

Disney Cruise Line unveils ports and itineraries for 2017

Disney Cruise Line 2016-early 2017 Itineraries
Click above picture for details of dates and
locations for each ship.

Ahoy, reader!

In 2017, the Disney Wonder will sail only one time from San Diego, California to Ensenada, Mexico for a 3-Night Baja Cruise. Sail date is May 15, 2017. There are two California Coast cruises available, also.

In early 2017, the Disney Cruise Line will return to favorite destinations in the Caribbean and Bahamas on a variety of itineraries, most from popular Florida ports. Limited-time engagements in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Galveston, Texas, complete the line-up for the first part of the year.

Timeless tropical locales, charming island cultures, golden beaches and local marketplaces are some of destinations you can experience. And most east coast cruises feature a stop at Disney Castaway Cay, a private island paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line Guests.

This is the best time to make a reservation to get the best price and selection. I’m happy to discuss the details of these cruises and help you plan the best cruise for you. Contact me for a free quote or to put a deposit down for your cruise and pay installments throughout the year.

Bookings are open today to Gold and Platinum Castaway Club Members and to the public tomorrow, Thursday, October 8, 2015.

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Disney Cruise Line has announced itinerary dates for 2016-early 2017