First Look at Mickey’s Sail-A-Wave Party

First Look at Mickey’s Sail-A-Wave Party

By: Disney Destinations

Guests can get ready for a new way to “wave” goodbye to work and school and say hello to their Disney cruise vacation with Mickey’s Sail-a-Wave Party on the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic! This high-energy countdown event on embarkation day features characters, dancing and a show-stopping performance – giving guests an unforgettable way to start their cruise.

On a Disney cruise, your guests don’t even have to wait until the horn blows to get the party started! They can join Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald on the top decks for this fun-filled celebration. They can dance alongside the crew and characters, and participate in the biggest “wave” on the high seas before the official sail-away countdown signifies the start of their vacation!

And here is how you can get in on the action of Mickey’s Sail-a-Wave Party before they ever leave home. Be sure to order you own Mickey mitts ahead of time and plan the perfect sail-away outfit inspired by your favorite Disney character, because there is a moment in the show where cruisers get to walk the runWAVE to show off the best themed outfits!

Mickey’s Sail-a-Wave Party is already making waves aboard the Disney Wonder and will premiere on the Disney Magic on Feb. 22, 2019.

Contact your Castle Vacations Advisor today to help plan your next Disney Cruise.

Disney Cruise Line Takes Guests on Epic Adventures in 2020 with the Return of Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea

Disney Cruise Line Takes Guests on Epic Adventures in 2020 with the Return of Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea

Photo by Disney Destinations

In 2020, epic adventures at sea return to Disney Cruise Line with limited engagements of two popular experiences – Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea. Setting sail on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic to the Caribbean and Bahamas, these seven and five-night sailings combine the splendor of a Disney Cruise Line vacation with a special day at sea filled with unique character encounters, live shows and action-packed entertainment. 

Star Wars Day at Sea

You can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga on special seven-night Disney Fantasy sailings from January to March 2020, taking them to the Caribbean and a galaxy far, far away.
In addition to encounters with the galaxy’s most formidable and heroic characters, including Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2, this cruise features a full day of Star Wars activities including live shows, Star Wars-themed family and kids’ activities, unique food and beverage and special merchandise offerings. The day ends with “Summon the Force,” a deck party that celebrates the Star Wars universe and caps off the night with a fireworks show of galactic proportions.  
Star Wars Day at Sea will only be offered on nine Disney Fantasy seven-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida.
Departing Jan. 11, Jan. 25 and Feb. 22, 2020, the eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola, St. Thomas and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.
Departing Feb. 8, 2020, the eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Castaway Cay.
Departing Jan. 4, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15 and Feb. 29, 2020, the western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica and Castaway Cay.
Marvel Day at Sea
From January to early March 2020, special five-night Disney Magic sailings will combine the excitement of a Disney cruise to the Caribbean and Bahamas with the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series for an action-packed, day-long celebration of the Marvel Universe.
The largest assembly of Marvel Super Heroes and Villains, including the recent addition of Captain Marvel, along with Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man and more, highlight an all-day entertainment lineup that includes live shows for the whole family, an extraordinary deck show, Marvel-themed activities for kids and families, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.
Marvel Day at Sea will only be offered on nine Disney Magic Caribbean and Bahamian cruises sailing from Miami, Florida.
Departing Jan. 9, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24 and March 9, 2020, the Bahamian itinerary includes Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.
Departing Feb. 1, Feb. 15 and Feb. 29, 2020, the western Caribbean itinerary includes George Town, Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay.
Departing Jan. 18, 2020, the western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico and Castaway Cay.
Contact Castle Vacations for your  On Board Credit Exclusively available for these sailings.
7 Things to Buy Before You Reach Disney

7 Things to Buy Before You Reach Disney

7 Things to Buy Before You Reach Disney 
By Dawn Allcot

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Disney is expensive. Between park tickets and lodging, you can spend a fortune before you even pass through the magical gates. 
Once inside, that’s when the temptation starts. Mickey ice cream. Sweet beverages. T-shirts. Toys. It doesn’t end. 
Carrying a well-stocked bag can help you avoid having to make impulse purchases at the park so you have money to spend on the things that really matter.  
Here are 7 things you should buy before you reach Disney property, because you’ll save a bundle. 
  1. Refillable Water Bottles
In spite of Disney’s high prices, the parks are accommodating to guests and do allow you to bring in water bottles, as long as they are plastic or metal. Glass bottles will be confiscated. 
Since you don’t want to weigh yourself down with water, however, pack one bottle per person and plan to refill it at Disney’s water fountains. Since the water doesn’t exactly taste like Poland Spring, you may want to bring packets of flavor enhancers, and even Emergen-C for when the grown-ups start lagging later in the day. (Disney’s iced coffee is also delicious for a mid-day pick-me-up.) 
  1. Spray Bottles with Fans
These devices that let you spritz water while enjoying the cooling comfort of a handheld fan are a great investment. But you can get them a lot cheaper off Disney property. Stop in to the local Walgreens or Dollar General before you reach the parks for a bargain bottle and batteries to power it. 
  1. Snacks
Some Disney treats can’t be beat, especially in Epcot’s World Pavilion. It’s worth springing for caramel corn inside Epcot’s German Pavilion, Churro bites from Mexico or, well, virtually anything in France. 
But for those times when hunger strikes and the kiddos aren’t up for traveling the world (so to speak) pack a bag full of easy-to-eat, non-perishable snacks. My kids like dehydrated apples, goldfish, granola bars, Pringles, cereal, and trail mix, so I’m stocking up before our trip with a quick stop at Publix. 
If you don’t mind carrying a small cooler or lunchbox (Disney allows soft coolers up to 24-by-18-by-15 inches), the possibilities expand to things like yogurt, smoothies, string cheese, fruits, and vegetables. 
  1. Disney Clothing
There is just so much shopping at Disney, it’s hard to resist the cute character t-shirts, hats, bags, and outfits. Of course, certain items can only be found on Disney property and you’ll have to decide if they are worth the splurge. 
For everything else, try Kohl’s or Target, which offer a wide selection of Disney clothing. 
For our upcoming trip, I picked up Stitch and Groot shirts for myself and my daughter, and a ton of Marvel tank tops for my son. 
I love that Marvel is now part of Disney and very prominent in the parks, because it alleviates the princess overload and offers something my son loves. He will get lots of wear out of those shirts even after vacation.  
  1. Rain Poncho or Umbrella
It’s Florida. 
It rains. 
Although we snagged a great deal on a panda umbrella once in Japan at Epcot, for the most part raingear is not cheap inside the parks. You’ll spend less virtually anyplace else. 
  1. Sunscreen
It’s also very sunny. 
True story: I went to Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs), with a close friend and our one-year-old daughters, years ago. First-time moms, both of us. And we forgot to pack sunscreen. I think we spent something like $25 for a small bottle, which we shared and treated like gold. 
  1. Glowsticks or Light-up Toys 
The sun goes down, the carts come out …. Carts carrying all manner of light-up toys and glow items at Disney prices. Hit Family Dollar, Dollar General or Party City before the parks so when your child asks for a glowing princess wand, you can pull one out of your bag and save the money for Mickey Mouse ears, which are tough to find outside the parks, and are reasonably priced anywhere on the property. 
Does It Ever Pay to Pack Light? 
If you’re not on a budget, are the spontaneous type, or don’t have kids, you can probably get by with your park passes, cash and credit cards, smartphones, and ID. 
You really can buy almost everything you need on Disney grounds. 
But most of the items listed don’t take up a lot of room in a backpack or slingbag. 
The convenience and cost-savings make it worthwhile to spend some time preparing for your days at the parks, so you can splurge without guilt on things like a meal with your favorite characters, a princess makeover, and the all-important Disney PhotoPass. 

Dawn Allcot is a full-time freelance writer and content marketing specialist, frequent Disney vacationer, and mom-of-two. She lives on Long Island with her husband, two kids, two cats, and two lizards. To learn more, visit

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