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July 3

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July 3, 2013 – The Disney Magic Returns to Venice, Italy

“…the Mediterranean continues to be an extremely popular destination with incredible history, culture and beauty of these ports-of-call.” – Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz

On July 3, 2013, the original Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Magic, returned to Venice, Italy, for the first time in 15 years. Half of the ship was built in Marghera, Italy, located just outside of Venice. The occasion of its return was met with a first-call ceremony, a special call that signifies the relationship between a ship and its destination port.

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November 10

November 10, 2016 – Frozen: A Musical Spectacular Kicks Off on Disney Cruise Line

“You’ll go home wishing you had a happy snowman as your best friend.”

On November 10, 2016, the live-action stage show Frozen: A Musical Spectacular began performances on the Disney Cruise Line ship the Disney Wonder. Adapted from the hit animated feature Frozen, the stage show was a Broadway-caliber production that featured most of the songs from the film, as well as dynamic puppetry, special effects, and transformative scenery. This production fed into the idea that Frozen would work as a Broadway musical; however, as of 2018, this production is still running on the Disney Wonder.

August 26

August 26, 2009 – Keel Laying Ceremony is Held for the Disney Dream

“Our fleet expansion will allow us to satisfy demand on both the East and West coasts of the United States while also giving us the flexibility to explore additional global destinations for our Guests.” – Karl Holz, President, Disney Cruise Line

On August 26, 2009, the keel laying ceremony for the third Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Dream, was held at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. This ship is the sister ship to the Disney Fantasy, which was also built at the German shipyard. The keel laying ceremony featured several special guests, including Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz, ship’s captain Tom Forberg, and Donald Duck. The ship was finally completed in June, 2010.

August 12

August 12, 2000 – The Disney Magic Sets Sail on First Seven-Day Cruise

“Magic at sea.”

On August 12, 2000, the Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Magic, set sail on its first seven-day cruise, traveling from Port Canaveral, Florida, to the Caribbean, highlighting stops at St. Maarten, St. John, and St. Thomas. Originally, the Disney Magic did three- to four-day cruises to the Caribbean and Disney’s Castaway Cay island. Since then, the number of places where the ship docks has grown significantly, including stops in Mexico and the Mediterranean, as well as the length of time, as cruises last as long as 13 days.

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.

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.