California, Here We Come!

Disney Cruise Line Sets Sail for the West Coast to Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of Disneyland

CELEBRATION, Fla., May 14 /PRNewswire/ — Today, for the first time ever, the Disney Magic is packing its pixie dust and setting sail on a 14-night cruise that will take guests through the Panama Canal to Southern California, where Disney Cruise Line will offer 12 seven-night voyages this summer in honor of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland.

The ship will depart on Saturdays from the Port of Los Angeles on seven- night Mexican Riviera voyages to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. A special waterfront celebration is planned as part of the inaugural voyage of the Disney Magic out of San Pedro on Saturday, May 28.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate Disneyland’s 50th anniversary by taking the Disney Magic to the West Coast for the first time,” said Disney Cruise Line President Tom McAlpin. “Not only does it allow us the opportunity to provide a special and memorable experience for our guests as part of the 50th celebration, but we’re also able to showcase Disney Cruise Line to a whole new audience on the West Coast.”

The Disney Magic will travel 4,997 nautical miles on its 14-night repositioning voyage and will visit Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, as well as Curacao, Acapulco, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas before arriving at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro. More than 50 percent of guests aboard this first-ever Trans-Canal voyage are repeat guests who have sailed with Disney Cruise Line before.

“Once people have experienced a Disney cruise, they often can’t wait to return,” McAlpin said. “We offer a vacation that truly provides something for every member of the family, from incredible onboard children’s activities to an adults-only pool to Broadway-style stage shows featuring the beloved Disney characters, which our guests love.”

As part of the Trans-Canal voyage, Disney Cruise Line is premiering a brand new theatrical show aboard the Disney Magic. “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story” immerses audiences in a new rendition of the fairytale classic and features a rich musical score with six original compositions and two classic Disney songs. With an accomplished cast, lavish costumes, elaborate set designs and clever special effects, the story brings some of the most beloved Disney characters to life in a stage show sure to please the entire family.

Disney Cruise Line specifically designed its ships with areas and activities that appeal to the unique vacation needs of every member of the family. As a result, its vacations offer guests an unbelievable cruise experience not found anywhere else.

Stretching nearly an entire deck of the ship, children’s programming spaces feature supervised activities for five age-specific groups of children and teens. Additionally, infants and toddlers are cared for at Flounder’s Reef Nursery, allowing parents the opportunity to explore adult areas on their own.

The Walt Disney Theatre provides a magnificent 977-seat showplace of state-of-the-art sound, lighting, staging and set design. The curtain is lifted after the sun drops and original Disney musicals, family-friendly variety acts and first-run films entertain all ages. Adults have more late- night entertainment to choose from than ever before along Beat Street, a nighttime entertainment district — featuring a high-energy dance club, stylish jazz piano bar and traditional sports pub — reserved exclusively for them.

Novel in its approach and inventive in its execution, the dining experience rotates guests through three different themed restaurants throughout the cruise. Accompanied by their familiar wait staff and tablemates, guests travel from the casual elegance of Lumiere’s to the colorful, island-inspired Parrot Cay and Animator’s Palate, where Disney animation springs to life throughout their meal. Adults may also opt to dine at Palo, an exquisite restaurant featuring sweeping views and northern Italian cuisine. Unique new dining experiences created specifically for sea days aboard Disney’s seven-night cruise vacations include champagne brunch and afternoon high tea for adults, a Disney character breakfast and tea with Wendy for families, plus a casual evening dining alternative at Topsider Buffet. The 877 family-friendly staterooms aboard each Disney ship were designed to offer maximum comfort. Most feature an industry first — a bath-and-a-half with two separate areas; one offering a shower and sink, the other a sink and toilet.

The ship is scheduled to return to Florida Sept. 3, 2005. Sister-ship Disney Wonder will continue sailing three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas out of Port Canaveral, Fla., and offering land/sea packages with the Walt Disney World Resort.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a Disney Cruise Line vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit or call Disney Cruise Line at (888) DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at (888) 325-2500 or visit .

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