Dash around the world: What’s new with Disney

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By: Joel Dash Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
The world’s No. 1 entertainment company always leaves us guessing, what’s next? Disney over the past few months has debuted an overabundance of news- with new neighborhoods and attractions in the theme parks, new cruise destinations and ships, new land vacations- coming to virtually every business in the Disney stable.
Disney Cruise Line is expanding its feels to create even more magical moments for families at sea and in incredible cruise destinations around the world. Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany will be building two new ships that will debut in 2021 and 2023. They will be 135,000 gross tons and will have 1,250 staterooms that will hold 2,500 plus people. The unnamed ships will join the Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. The current ships feature water coasters at seas, as well as high tech virtual windows in windowless inside cabins. The unique dining experience at sea, includes nightly dining where the passengers eat in a different themed dining room each night where they, together with the waiter, change dining rooms each night. Disney also owns Disney Cay, a private island in the Bahamas, where Disney passengers make a stop on their Caribbean and Bahamas cruises. It should be noted that Disney doesn’t have a casino on board.
Disney division, “Adventures by Disney” announced they will have an eight-day, family-oriented Rhine cruise that will sail down the river in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland on a brand new AMAWaterways ship carrying 160 passengers and eight adventure guides. The ship is being customized by Disney designers to accommodate families, with some larger and some connecting staterooms.
Walt Disney World itself will be a featured excursion on one of the three new Adventure by Disney programs as part of the “Backstage Magic” Central Florida trip that will include horseback riding at a local ranch and a visit to NASA. Two other U.S. trips will focus on Washington and Philadelphia to the east and Yellowstone and Montana to the west.
Disney’s newest attractions “Soaring Around the World” features video taken from hang gliders of the Great Wall of China, Australia’s Sydney Opera House, U.S. destinations, in an IMAX Theater at Disney World Orlando, Disneyland California, and the new Disneyland Shanghai. If you are headed to Orlando, the long awaited “Star Wars” attraction awaits and Disney Springs replaces Downtown Disney. Disney World is constantly updating with new hotels and condos coming.
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