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Disney Cruise Line
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Resort Disney Cruise Line
Opened July 30, 1998
Theme Cruise ships
Operator The Walt Disney Company
Website Disney Cruise Line homepage

Disney Cruise Line is an American cruise line company owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a division of The Walt Disney Company and is headquartered in Celebration, Florida.[1] The business is run by President Karl Holz as part of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division.[2] Disney Cruise Line operates the Disney Cruise Line Terminal, which homeports both ships.



Disney Magic in port at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Disney Cruise Line currently operates two ships, the Disney Magic, and the Disney Wonder. They are scheduled to receive a third ship, the Disney Dream, which is scheduled to set sail in January 2011. A fourth ship, the Disney Fantasy is scheduled to sail in 2012. "[1]]" Disney also owns Castaway Cay, a private island in the Bahamas designed as an exclusive port of call for Disney's ships.[3]

The Disney Magic began operation July 30, 1998.[4] The Disney Wonder began operation August 15, 1999. The ships each contain 900 staterooms [5] and are not identical in their design, with a lot of variations in interior design, restaurants and entertainment venues. Both contain areas designed exclusively for various age groups, including children, teenagers, and adults. Current routes are to the Bahamas, and the Carribean. New routes are scheduled to start in April 2010 which includes the Transatlantic, and parts of Europe. Future routes scheduled for 2011 are to the Mexicana Riviera, Panama Canal, Alaska and Hawaii but are still in the process. "[2]"

Disney recently bought 2 more ships. The two ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are currently under construction, and were ordered to help to expand their fleet to now include the Pacific ocean. Sometime in the future, they hope to sail worldwide. "[3]"

They are the first in the industry to be designed and built from the keel up as family cruise liners, with the goal of accommodating parents and children. Unlike most ships of their type, they do not include casinos. Disney ships also feature trumpets which play the opening nine-note theme When You Wish Upon a Star from Disney's Pinocchio, in addition to the traditional horn.[6]

Disney Cruise Line was created in 1995 when the company commissioned its two ships at Fincantieri in Italy, ending an arrangement with Premier Cruise Line for the maritime segment of its vacation packages.[7] Disney had contracted Premier Cruise Line to provide cruise vacations in the 1980s, also sailing from Port Canaveral. The ships were similarly marketed as family vacations and featured costumed Disney Characters.[8]




Ship Year built Entered service Homeport Gross Tonnage Notes
Disney Magic 1998 1998 Port Canaveral 83,000 GT The Disney Magic and its stern were built in two different countries and were then welded together.
Disney Wonder 1999 1999 Port Canaveral 83,000 GT The Disney Wonder will be moved from its home port in Florida to the Port of Los Angeles in 2011.


Disney Cruise Lines announced on February 22, 2007 that two new ships are to be added in 2011 and 2012.[9] The ships are being built by Meyer Werft shipyard, based in Papenburg, Germany; the first steel cut, made in March 2009, was for a portion of the scrollwork that will decorate the exterior of the vessels.[10] Later that same month, the ships were officially named: Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.[11] They will be 330 m (1,080 ft) long and 37 m (121 ft) wide. These newest 128,000-ton ships will be 2 decks taller than the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder and will have 1,250 staterooms each.[12]

Disney Cruise Line has negotiated with the Port Canaveral port authority and has extended their contract for 15 more years, through 2022.[13] As part of this contract, the port authority will expand and upgrade the dock in order to accommodate the new ships (both of which will be home-ported there), the terminal will be enlarged to accommodate more passengers and luggage, and finally a parking garage will be built by 2011.[14]

Both new ships are planned to depart from Port Canaveral until at least 2014.[15] With the arrival of the Disney Dream in 2011, the Disney Wonder will be relocated to Los Angeles.[16] The arrangement will be for two years, with a potential extension for three additional years.[16]

Ship Passenger capacity Projected to enter service To Be Homeported Gross Tonnage Notes
Disney Dream 4,000 2011 Port Canaveral 128,000 GT 1st Sailing Jan. 26, 2011
Disney Fantasy 4,000 2012 Port Canaveral 128,000 GT 1st Sailing 2012

Executive Management


Position Name Notes
President of Disney Cruise Line Karl Holz
Senior Vice President of Operations Tom Wolber
Vice President of Hotel Operations Ozer Balli
Manager of Island Recreation & Shore Excursions Larry Stauffer
Director of Marine & Security Operations Russel Daya
Vice President of Marine & Technical Operations Bert Swets
Director of Purchasing & Logistics Tony Wills


Position Name Notes
Former President of Disney Cruise Line 2004-2009 Tom McAlpin
Former President of Disney Cruise Line 2003-2004 Karl Holz
Former President of Disney Cruise Line 1999-2003 Matt Ouimet
Former President of Disney Cruise Line 1994-1999 Arthur Rodney
Former Senior Vice President of Operations Tom McAlpin


  1. ^ Disney Cruise Line will open overseas office in London Orlando Sentinel Retrieved 2010-2-2
  2. ^ http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/orl-dizcruise1409feb14,0,2526063.story
  3. ^ Corliss, Richard. "The Kingdom on the Sea." TIME. Monday August 10, 1998. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,988878-2,00.html 2]. Retrieved on November 1, 2009.
  4. ^ Alesandro, Jody. "FALL AND WINTER CRUISES; A Family-Size Mouseboat." The New York Times. Sunday October 4, 1998. Retrieved on November 1, 2009.
  5. ^ Disney Cruise Line FAQ
  6. ^ Aronson, Tara. "Disney Magic grows up." Christian Science Monitor. September 25, 2002. Retrieved on November 1, 2009.
  7. ^ Harrington, Jeff. "Passengers sort through Premier Cruise's demise." St. Petersburg Times. September 16, 2000. Retrieved on November 1, 2009.
  8. ^ "Compromising With Mickey". Washington Post. October 29, 1995. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-863720.html. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  9. ^ Disney Cruise Line Press Release
  10. ^ Jason Garcia (2009-03-02). "Construction begins on new Disney cruise ships". Orlando Sentinel. http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/business_tourism_aviation/2009/03/construction-begins-on-new-disney-cruise-ships.html. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  11. ^ Jason Garcia (2009-03-10). "Disney names new cruise ships: Dream and Fantasy". Orlando Sentinel. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/destinations/cruises/orl-bk-disney-cruise-names-031009,0,762379.story. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  12. ^ Niemelä, Teijo (2009-03-10). "Disney names its new ships". Cruise Business Online. Cruise Media Oy Ltd. http://cruisebusiness.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=278:disney-names-its-new-ships&catid=43:latest-news-catecory&Itemid=115. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  13. ^ http://cruisediva.blogspot.com/2008/03/disney-cruise-line-extend-its-agreement.html
  14. ^ Disney Cruise Line to Extend Agreement with Port Canaveral
  15. ^ Garcia, Jason (March 10, 2009). "Disney names new cruise ships: Dream and Fantasy". Orlando Sentinel. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/destinations/cruises/orl-bk-disney-cruise-names-031009,0,762379.story. 
  16. ^ a b Jason Garcia (2009-03-30). "Disney will homeport a ship in Los Angeles". Orlando Sentinel. http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/business_tourism_aviation/2009/03/disney-will-homeport-a-ship-in-los-angeles.html. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 

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