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May 3

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May 3, 1994 – Disney Announces Intention to Start a Cruise Line

“Operating our own cruise line will allow us to bring a new dimension of entertainment to our guests.” – Michael Eisner, then-Disney CEO

On May 3, 1994, the Walt Disney Company publicly announced their intention to create a cruise line, with their first ship estimated to be ready to sail in 1998. This announcement came on the heels of some recent announcements of expansions of the Disney brand, including the renovation of the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City, plans to build a historical theme park in Virginia, and the first professional season of the Mighty Ducks hockey team. Disney had licensed its characters to be a part of the Florida-based Premiere Cruise Lines, but had recently ceased the eight-year agreement with the company. The first ship in the Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Magic, sailed out on its maiden voyage on July 30, 1998.

March 19

March 19, 2008 – Disney Cruise Line Announces Agreement with Port Canaveral

“We’re thrilled that Disney has committed to stay here long-term and are looking forward to the two new ships home porting here.”- Port Canaveral CEO Stan Payne

On March 19, 2008, Disney Cruise Line officially announced that they reached an agreement with Port Canaveral in Florida, which extended their home port contract for fifteen more years. This agreement was officially ratified by the Port Authority Commissioners. The agreement included an expansion and modification of the existing port facility, including a parking structure scheduled to be completed in 2011. Disney stated in the press release that they were going to work with Port Canaveral staff to add the special Disney touch to the planned “state of the art facility.”

March 6

March 6, 2012 – The Disney Fantasy Arrives at Port Canaveral

“Welcome home, Disney Fantasy!”

On March 6, 2012, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line Fleet, the Disney Fantasy, pulled into its home port of Port Canaveral to prepare for its maiden voyage to the Caribbean at the end of the month. The ship sailed almost 5,000 miles from Bremerhaven, Germany, and was greeted with fireworks and a parade of guests.

January 26

January 26, 2011 – The Disney Dream Sets Off on Maiden Voyage

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“Let your imagination set sail.”

On January 26, 2011, the third ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream, set off on its maiden voyage, a week after its christening. The ship, at the time, was the biggest in the fleet, with 1,250 staterooms, 14 decks, and a ship length of 1,115 feet. The maiden voyage had the Disney Dream traveling to Nassau, the Bahamas, and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island.

August 6

August 6, 2010 – The Disney Magic Cruise Ship Saves 18 People Lost at Sea

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“The shipboard team heard crew members from two other vessels talking on the radio…the Disney Magic then joined the search and quickly spotted the small boat, which had lost power.”

On August 6, 2010, the crew aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship made the news for saving 18 Algerians who had been considered lost at sea almost five days prior. The Algerians had been voyaging in the Mediterranean, when their ship had lost power. The Disney Magic had heard the situation over the radio as they were sailing between Gibraltar and Barcelona, and spotted the ship. The crew managed to take the survivors onboard and give them meals and cabins, taking them to the final destination of Barcelona.

May 24

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May 24, 2007 – The Disney Magic Arrives in Barcelona, Spain

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“It was important to add new surprises for our guests during out first-ever European adventure.” – Jim Urry, Vice President of Entertainment and Shore Excursions

On May 24, 2007, the new cruise liner, the Disney Magic, pulled into the Port of Barcelona, which was to become the ship’s home port during its Mediterranean cruises. The ship, which had been operating since 1998, had already had lines to Castaway Cay and the Caribbean, and was now making its European debut. The ship was greeted in the port by over 2,000 fireworks and thousands of anxious greeters waiting to join in on the celebration. The first cruise in the area featured a carnival-style deck party called Party Paradiso, complete with special effects and special characters.

April 28

April 28, 2012 – Mickey Mouse Makes Special Appearance at Yankee Stadium

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“On April 28, Mickey Mouse appeared at Yankee Stadium in time to catch a baseball game.”

On April 28, 2012, as a way to promote the arrival of the cruise ship Disney Magic in New York City, Mickey Mouse, dressed as a Disney Cruise Line captain, made a special appearance in Yankee Stadium. Along with the Disney Cruise Line sponsoring the game that day, Disney also donated 100 tickets to the Boys and Girls Club. In addition, Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson took some time to pose with Mickey on the mound of the field.