Back in 2003, the world famous Disney Company created “Operation Tribute to Freedom” to pay special tribute to the U.S. troops on the Fourth of July holiday. In addition to the company’s theme parks, Disney Cruise Lines was also a part of the special tribute. Disney Cruise Lines tribute included discounts for active U.S. military personnel aboard Disney Cruise Lines ships. The tribute also included discounts at Walt Disney Resorts, complimentary multi-day admission into Disney’s U.S. theme parks, and several initiatives through ABC, ESPN, The Disney Channel, Disney Consumer Products, and the Walt Disney Studios.
In addition to providing more than $1 million in financial aid, in-kind support, outreach and marketing efforts on behalf of the USO and its programs, the Walt Disney Company and ESPN (as USO world sponsors) also presented “Armed Forces Sneak Peek PremEARS” at numerous military bases around the country. The Disney tribute is also responsible for donating more than 200,000 videos and DVDs to families and personnel on U.S. military bases around the globe.
This isn’t the first Disney Cruise Lines tribute. The company has been a part of numerous events and tributes to America’s troops and today the Walt Disney Company continues to run Disney’s “Operation Uplift.” Through this program, Walt Disney Company employees send messages of thanks and support to U.S. troops around the world.
About Disney Cruise Lines
Disney Cruise Lines is the number one family cruise line in the world. Disney Cruise Lines has been in the cruise business for more than a decade and well over half a million people sail on a Disney Cruise Lines ship each year. Owned by the Walt Disney Company and headquartered in Port Canaveral, Florida, Disney Cruise Lines ships were the first in the cruise industry to be designed specifically for families, parents and children.
Disney Cruise Lines operates the popular Disney Magic and Disney Wonder cruise ships, each offering a wide variety of accommodations, itineraries and activities to choose from. Disney Magic and Disney Wonder call Cruise Terminal 8, the Disney Cruise Line Terminal, home. The $27 million, 70,000-square-foot facility terminal was completed and dedicated on November 17, 1997. Disney Cruise Line Terminal is Port Canaveral’s third ultra-modern mega-ship terminal and it is the exclusive home of Magic and Wonder.
Nearly identical in design and space, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder feature spacious staterooms (875 – Magic, 874- Wonder), themed dining rooms and unique areas of the ship that cater to each age group including: toddlers, young children, tweens, teens and adults. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a small child or an adult, Disney Cruise Line has something for everyone.
Disney Cruise Lines offers a wide variety of cruises to choose from for the passenger seeking a few days at sea or the family on an extended vacation. Disney Wonder sails to Nassau in the Bahamas. Passengers have the option to choose from 3-day and 4-day cruises and packages that include either a 3-4 day stay at the Walt Disney World Resort prior to voyage. There are currently two special 10 and 11-day voyages.
Disney Magic offers several varied itineraries. Vacationers may choose the Eastern Caribbean or Western Caribbean and special cruises that sail to Disney’s private island paradise Castaway Cay. In March, 2006, Disney announced that Disney magic will offer a special European itinerary summer 2007. 10 and 11-night Mediterranean cruises will depart from Barcelona, Spain and stop at numerous ports in Italy and France. Traditional Disney cruises depart from Disney’s Art Deco-themed terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida.
One of the biggest attractions aboard Disney cruise ships is the Walt Disney Theater. Broadway caliber shows are offered nightly as well as blockbuster Disney movies, variety shows and surprise appearances by some of the most popular Disney characters today. In addition, Disney cruises feature the Buena Vista movie-theater, themed deck parties, shopping galore, ping pong, shuffleboard, lounges, basketball courts, Studio Sea and even Internet service!
Pricing and Reservations
Prices for Disney cruises tend to fluctuate, so it is nearly impossible to predict exactly how much a Disney cruise will cost. One of the most important things to consider first is the time of year as this will affect how much or how little passengers will spend. The busiest time of the year is of course, summer. During the summer months expect to pay more and during spring and fall, expect to find killer deals on Disney Cruise Line.
Disney cruise prices are typically based on 2 adults, shared room. If passengers are traveling with a child, they will still pay the same price for two adults. After the initial two-adult price, 3rd and 4th passengers are offered a lower rate. If passengers over the initial two are under 13, the rate may range from $229 – $429 for a 3-day cruise, $329-$529 for a 4-day cruise and $349 – $749 for a 7-day cruise. This price includes land/sea vacations and varies greatly based on season.
If you’re considering booking a cruise on Disney Cruise Lines, it’s best to book as far in advance as possible. Several months in advance is your best bet as the full amount for a Disney cruise is due 90 days prior to sailing. In addition, the farther in advance you book, the better your chances are to lock in significant savings or take advantage of great deals and discounts.