'Tis officially the season when the happiest place on Earth overflows with everything related to the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, it's Christmas in July at Disney, and everywhere else, so if you aren't celebrating, what are you waiting for? I mean, really?
If you're one to say "bah humbug" to summer Christmas excitement, I can't relate any less. In fact, my countdown began at precisely 12 a.m. on December 26, 2017, so now that there are less than 5 months until the big day, under 4 months until Thanksgiving, and about 3 months until Halloween, I. Am. Ready.
Disney, of course, is right there with me. Aside from the usual festive prep at the parks (like introducing the 2018 holiday merchandise), they're also showcasing this year's Very Merrytime plans aboard Disney Cruise Lines.
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Beginning in early November, Disney ships Magic, Wonder, Dream, and Fantasy will all get a little extra magic onboard with "a jolly fusion of holiday-themed entertainment, activities and décor." Highlights include a Santa Claus meet and greet, storytime with Mrs. Claus, a life-sized gingerbread house (yes, it's edible, but don't eat it!), and a 24-foot-tall Christmas tree, as well as endless garland, poinsettias, and lights.
The cruise's magic continues once guests arrive at Disney's private island Castaway Cay, the holiday cheer continues "with 'snow flurries,' a decked-out Christmas tree, Disney character meet-and-greets and holiday island music."
Cruise dates for 2018:
Disney Wonder — November 2 - December 21
Disney Dream — November 9 - December 24
Disney Fantasy — November 10 - December 22
Disney Magic — November 10 - December 23
Or if you want to plan ahead for next year, here are cruise dates for 2019:
Disney Wonder — November 8 - December 20
Disney Dream — November 8 - December 23
Disney Fantasy — November 9 - December 21
Disney Magic — November 10 - December 21
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If you do book a trip, be sure to prep accordingly with these helpful pre-cruise tips.
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