Friday, January 20, 2017

What’s New with Disney Cruise Line in 2017?

A few weeks ago, I discussed some of the new things for 2017 in the Disney parks and resorts. This week I'm going over some new things for Disney Cruise Line!

Disney is always working to make their ships better, so often there are little changes made throughout the year. However, there are some pretty big new changes for 2017!

5. Marvel Day at Sea—Enjoy a day-long celebration with the Super Heroes (and some villains) from the Marvel Universe on select sailings on the Disney Magic. These cruises will have a special deck party,  dancing and fireworks! You’ll have an opportunity to meet some of your favorite characters like Spiderman, Thor, Iron Man and Captain America. These characters from Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy will also make appearances in the Oceaneers’ Club. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

More Adults-Only Areas on Disney Cruise Line!

Following up with last week’s blog, this week I wanted to talk about the other adult areas on the Disney ships!

First, the adults-only deck areas are great. There are actually two separate adults-only decks on the Fantasy and Dream, but I actually like the pool decks on the Magic and the Wonder more. The Quiet Cove pool is a great area to hang out with side areas for sitting in the water and great loungers around the pool with thick cushions.

Bar servers will come by your chairs and take your drink order, or you can walk over to the bar nearby. There are also two hot tubs here which are great for evenings or cooler days onboard. The coffee shop, Cove Café, has specialty coffees (fee) and other drinks (fee) as well as some quiet places to read. A display holds yummy treats that are free—just grab a small plate and take your tasty treats to your table or back outside.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Having Fun Adult-Style on a Disney Cruise

One of the questions I am often asked is what there is to do for adults on a Disney cruise. People think it’s all characters, all the time and only for kids! But there’s so much more! How about adult-only nightclub areas? Restaurants only for adults? An adults-only pool and deck area and even a coffee shop! Don’t forget the beautiful spa, too!

The spa is a great place to splurge on a massage or mani/pedi or even some service you don’t have time to do every day! 

Teeth whitening or sea kelp wrap? Try a massage for two for some great couples time or just book a Rainforest pass for some relaxation in the Rainforest Room.

Friday, December 30, 2016

What's new for Disney in 2017!

2017 is sure to be an exciting year at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Disneyland Resort in California and Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa in Honolulu Hawaii. Check out our Top 10 things to know as you plan for 2017!

It seems like just yesterday that I was writing this blog for 2016 --the top 5 reasons to visit Disney World in 2016 and here we are talking about 2017! 

What is new for 2017 for Disney parks and resorts?

10.  Changes to the Disney Dining Plan in Walt Disney World:  Disney has answered the call and will now be adding a snack credits (2 total per night) and removing dessert from the quick service meal. This means we are no longer stuck eating the same chocolate cake dessert in the little cup each day for lunch! Now you can choose to save your dessert for later (Mickey bar, Dole Whip, funnel cake) or use it for something healthy like fruit or a cup of soup. It can also help you stretch those snacks into breakfast pretty easily!

New Magic Bands arriving now! This one is a Limited Edition

9.  Magic Band 2 Coming to Walt Disney World:  Newly designed to be more versatile and customizable with the same great functions of the original Magic Bands. For those who don't want to wear yet another band on your wrist, there will even be options to wear these on a lanyard!

8.  KA WA'A, a Luau at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa: Experience an authentic Hawaiian luau without leaving Disney property! It promises to be a beautiful addition to this property in Hawaii.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas from the Wishdrawals Travel Team!

If you're reading our blog, you know we have a passion for all things Disney. Heck, if you're reading our blog, YOU probably have a passion for all things Disney! As we enter into this holiday season, many of us are traveling and celebrating, spending time with loved ones, friends, and family...maybe even making plans to visit a Disney park or take a Disney cruise in 2017!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Celebrating Very Merrytime Cruises!

While celebrating any holiday on a Disney cruise is fun, the Very Merrytime cruises that celebrate the Christmas holidays are fantastic! From a huge gingerbread house and beautifully decorated tree to Mickey and Minnie and friends in their holiday wear, the sounds and smells of the holidays will surround you!

Friday, December 9, 2016

More Great Spaces for Kids on the Disney Wonder!

On the Disney Wonder, one of the biggest updates on the ship was the kids' spaces--Oceaneer's Club, Oceaneer's Lab, It's a Small World Nursery and the Edge. I focused on the Club and Lab last week, so we're looking at the nursery, the Edge and some photos from the Vibe.

It's a Small World Nursery is for the littlest cruisers ages 6 months to 3. They have a beautiful space with bright colors in the play area and soothing cool colors in the sleeping/napping space. With a limited number of babies and toddlers allowed in this area and reservations required, the nursery uses its space well.

While the nursery does have a fee (currently $9/hour), the ratio of adult to child is very low and gives little ones a chance to play or nap while parents enjoy dinner at Palo or a massage!