The iconic Disney ships aren’t hard to miss. The cruise ships are painted in Mickey Mouse-inspired colors – black hull, white superstructure, yellow trim and two giant red funnels, each with the Disney Cruise Line Mickey Mouse logo. There is more about Disney Cruise Lines that make the ships stand apart form other cruise ships – find out what they are with the following Disney Cruise Line fun facts.
Different Colored Life Boats
Disney Cruise Line was the first cruise line to have yellow lifeboats, instead of the traditional regulation orange. Disney was granted special permission from the U.S. Coast Guard to paint the lifeboats yellow, to keep with the special color theming of the ship.
Construction of Disney Magic Ship
The Disney Magic was built in two halves… one hundred miles apart! Part of the ship was constructed in Ancona, Italy then towed 100 miles to meet the stern in Marghera (just outside Venice) to be perfectly joined and welded together.
Disney Cruise Line ships use the iconic first seven notes of the “When You Wish Upon a Star” song melody as their horn signals.
More Than One Captain
Disney ships are the only cruise ships to have four captains – the ship’s captain, Captain Mickey, Captain Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow.
Measuring 964 feet in length, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are each longer than Main Street U.S.A at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
The anchor on the Disney Magic weighs 28,200 pounds – about the same as three full-grown elephants. Each ship weighs 90 million pounds. Disney Magic and Disney Wonder cruise ships are 83,000 tons, 964 feet long and each as long as the Eiffel Tower is high. Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships are 128,000 tons and have 1,250 staterooms each, which more than doubles the passenger capacity of Disney Cruise Line.
Fireworks st Sea
Taking place every cruise onboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the “Pirates IN the Caribbean” deck party features the only fireworks display at sea.
Disney’s Private Island
Castaway Cay, Disney’s private Bahamian island, is the only private island in the cruise industry where the ship docks alongside so guests do not have to tender to land.
Disney Cruise Line continues to gain top honors in the cruise industry and has recently been awarded:
- The no. 1 cruise experience by readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine in the 9th Annual “Reader’s Cruise Poll”
- The no. 3 spot on Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” list for the Large Ship category
- Finalist in the Conde Nast Traveler magazine “World Savers Awards” receiving honorable mentions in the Poverty Alleviation, Education and Preservation categories
If you have any questions about the Disney Cruise Line experience, just ask in the comments section – we at TravelingMom are veteran cruisers, especially Disney Cruises! Can you think of any Disney Cruise Line fun facts we may have left out? Be sure to let us know!