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May 7

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May 7, 2012 – The Disney Wonder Stops in Hawaii for the First Time

“Let us know…if you wish you were saying ‘aloha’ to these gorgeous islands today or if you’re saying on our next Hawaiian cruise in October.”

On May 7, 2012, the Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Wonder, was the first Disney Cruise Line ship to sail to the Hawaiian Islands. The 15-night voyage took guests through Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. Soon after, a 14-night voyage was also offered, departing from the Port of Los Angeles.

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February 28

February 28, 2012 – The Disney Fantasy Pulls Into New York City

“Welcome to America, Disney Fantasy”

On February 28, 2012, Disney’s newest cruise ship, the Disney Fantasy, pulled into port in New York City. The ship, built in Germany, sailed to New York to prepare for its christening ceremony before sailing to Port Canaveral, Florida; from Florida, the ship would then take its maiden voyage. The Disney Magic was the first Disney Cruise Ship to sail to New York City, and was scheduled to return in May for a summer celebration.

January 29

January 29, 2011 – The Disney Dream Makes First Visit to Castaway Cay

“Disney Dream visits Castaway Cay for fun in the sun during ship’s maiden voyage.”

On January 29, 2011, the Disney Dream’s maiden voyage made its way to Castaway Cay, the Disney-owned island in the Bahamas. The area was bought in 1996, and was created to serve as a stop-over point for Disney Cruise Line ships. During the visit, guests were able to lounge on the beach, or stop at the newest addition to the island: Pelican Plunge, a 2,400-square-foot platform that contains two water slides.

September 3

September 3, 2009 – The Disney Wonder Rescues a Man Overboard

“guess that disney magic is real.”

On September 3, 2009, the Disney Wonder rescued a man from the Atlantic Ocean near Florida at around 12:45 am. The 34-year-old man had jumped overboard from a Carnival Cruise Line ship after allegedly arguing with a woman, and the nearby Disney Wonder diverted its course to rescue him. A Disney rescue boat was then sent to retrieve the man, who had been treading water for about an hour, and brought him back to the Disney Wonder. The cruise ship brought him back to Port Canaveral, where he was taken to a hospital for a physical and mental evaluation.

August 28

August 28, 2003 – The Live Show The Golden Mickeys Premieres on the Disney Cruise Line

“The Golden Mickeys are tonight!”

On August 28, 2003, the live show The Golden Mickeys began performances on the Disney Cruise Line ship Disney Wonder. The show’s premise is that of an awards show, where the titular award is handed out to various Disney characters in specialized categories, including Heroism and Romance. Characters come from such films as Tarzan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Tangled. The show is hosted by a reluctant crew member, who has to take over the duties when the real master of ceremonies surprisingly doesn’t show. The show has been performed on the Disney Magic (from 2003 until 2010) and the Disney Dream (beginning in 2011); a version of the show was also performed in Hong Kong Disneyland starting in 2005.

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.”