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    Disney Cruise Line Press Release

    Disney Announces Expansion of Successful Cruise Business

    Two new ships will more than double passenger capacity

    BURBANK, Calif., (February 22, 2007) -- The Walt Disney Company plans to expand its successful cruise business by adding two new ocean liners, President and CEO Bob Iger announced today. Scheduled to launch in 2011 and 2012, the ships will more than double the passenger capacity for Disney Cruise Line to meet the sustained demand for Disney's family cruise vacations.

    The company signed a letter of intent with Meyer Werft shipyard, based in Papenburg, Germany, to negotiate a contract to build the 122,000-ton new cruise liners, which will be two decks taller than the existing 83,000-ton ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder. Each ship will have 1,250 staterooms. Specific design plans and itineraries for the yet-unnamed ships are still in development and will be unveiled at a later date.

    "Since our maiden voyage in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has been a huge success for our guests and for our shareholders alike," Iger said. "It has brought our unparalleled family vacation experience to the high seas, and has also generated high margins and double digit returns on invested capital. We're excited to announce the expansion of our fleet, which is a logical next step in what is a real growth business for us."

    Disney Cruise Line established the family market within the cruise industry when the business launched in 1998. The first two ships were purpose built for families to reconnect and recharge while creating vacation memories that will last a lifetime. From a theater featuring live musical spectaculars to a luxurious spa for adults and nearly an entire deck dedicated to children's activities, the ships offer something for every member of the family. Disney Cruise Line continues to grow by attracting passengers who say they would not have cruised if it hadn't been for the Disney brand.

    "Focusing on families has been smart business for us," said Jay Rasulo, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "More than 95 percent of Disney Cruise Line guests rate their cruise experience as excellent or very good. Families know they can trust us to provide a quality, immersive Disney experience. As a result, Disney Cruise Line continually sets sail with the highest load factors in the industry of nearly 150 percent."

    Similar to the original Disney Cruise Line ships, the new ships will be a modern interpretation of classic ocean liners of the 1930s. Disney Imagineers drew their inspiration from the original trans-Atlantic ships that featured a dramatic black hull with two funnels and porthole windows. The profile of the ships, with its gentle curves at the stern combined with sleek angles at the bow, are reminiscent of the art deco designs of the era. To add whimsy to the classic design, the Disney ships have the same exterior color palette as Mickey Mouse with black, white, red and yellow. The new ships will feature elegant, detailed Disney scrollwork at the bow and will evoke images of the glamour of the golden age of cruising.

    Tom McAlpin, the President of Disney Cruise Line, said, "This is an exciting time for Disney Cruise Line, and we are looking forward to working with Meyer Werft to blend our innovation and creativity with their fine craftsmanship. Meyer Werft has a long tradition of building magnificent ships. We are confident that the result will be ships that take the immersive Disney family-focused cruise experience to an entirely new level."

    New itineraries

    Disney Cruise Line, which traditionally offers 3-, 4- and 7-night Caribbean cruises, has also enjoyed strong demand for new itineraries. Trips to the Mediterranean and to the West Coast have recently set booking records within the company and booked 30-50 percent faster than the existing itineraries at higher prices.

    "With a larger fleet, we'll have greater flexibility to offer a variety of itineraries," Rasulo said. "This is a business that our guests love, and we're pleased to give them more options to explore the world with Disney with two new ships."

    To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at (888) DCL-2500.

    FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS


    Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of our views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the time the statements are made and we do not undertake any obligation to update these statements. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Such differences may result from actions taken by the Company as well as from developments beyond the Company's control; including adverse weather conditions or natural disasters; health concerns; international, political or military developments; and changes in domestic and global economic conditions, competitive conditions and consumer preferences. Additional factors are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2006 Item 1A, "Risk Factors."
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    Re: Disney Announces Expansion of Successful Cruise Business - 2 new ships to be buil

    all i can say its... IT"S ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope they have itineraries and models ready by next may.

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    • #3
      Re: Disney Announces Expansion of Successful Cruise Business - 2 new ships to be buil

      if you have a WDW news login, their are large images of the ships renderings:
      http://www.wdwnews.com/ViewPressRele...leaseID=106139

      This is great news...

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      • #4
        Re: Disney Announces Expansion of Successful Cruise Business - 2 new ships to be buil

        Good news. I hope they retain the same quality as before. But man, it is very cool to hear of the expansion. I can't wait to see the new itineraries. I'm sure the new ships will look almost identical to the Wonder and Magic, just longer and taller. It will be really cool to see what they do with the designs. I can hear it now..." Disney Dream and Disney Imagination."

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          Re: Disney Announces Expansion of Successful Cruise Business - 2 new ships to be buil

          Any bets on the new itineraries? My guess is that one ship will go to California for Mexico and Alaska cruises and the other ship will end up in Europe for Mediterranean cruises.
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            Re: Disney Announces Expansion of Successful Cruise Business - 2 new ships to be buil

            I think at least one ship will be west coast based doing summer Alaska crusies and Mexico cruises the rest of the time. Alaska is huge business. I hope they base out of Seattle for those.

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            • #7
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              If only they had built that Long Beach theme park. Think how perfect it would have been for a Disney Cruise Line to have a port at Long Beach Disney Sea.
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                Originally posted by DisneyMickey View Post
                ...I can hear it now..." Disney Dream and Disney Imagination."
                Come on imagination coming first...

                and let me be there when it opens

                cannot wait for the official names... but those would be great suggestions.

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                  Re: Disney Announces Expansion of Successful Cruise Business - 2 new ships to be buil

                  Originally posted by Dustysage View Post
                  If only they had built that Long Beach theme park. Think how perfect it would have been for a Disney Cruise Line to have a port at Long Beach Disney Sea.
                  So true....!

                  They could have made a huge show of the casting off and the welcome back with
                  the audience and guest "playing their parts".... *sigh*.....

                  On the otherhand, it was during the Pressler/latter Eisner period, so we might have gotten
                  "DCA by the Sea"....

                  But if they didn't skimp, it would have been truly awesome!

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                    Re: Disney Announces Expansion of Successful Cruise Business - 2 new ships to be buil

                    Maybe they won't ripoff single people now. It stinks that they want you to pay 175 % of the double fare when you travel alone. I asked them why they won't let me travel at a single rate and they said that they never go out empty which is a lie.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Disney Announces Expansion of Successful Cruise Business - 2 new ships to be buil

                      Hmmm ... wonder what Micechatter told ya'll this was going to happen recently only to be abused and derided.

                      Oh wait, yeah, that was me.

                      My info. was dead accurate. The only thing I wrote were the ships would be coming online in 2010 and 2012 ... so I was off on one ship by a year.

                      I always said I'd never be one of those 'told you so' people ... so instead I'll just say, I did see it coming!!!

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                        Re: Disney Announces Expansion of Successful Cruise Business - 2 new ships to be buil

                        Originally posted by Dustysage View Post
                        Any bets on the new itineraries? My guess is that one ship will go to California for Mexico and Alaska cruises and the other ship will end up in Europe for Mediterranean cruises.
                        The best bet right now is one permanent on the west coast for Alaskan voyages in summer and Mexico in winter (although taking on NCL in the Hawaii market has been discussed).

                        The second one will cruise longer and more varied Carribbean cruises for eight months and Europe likely for summers.

                        But that's not definite.

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                          Re: Disney Announces Expansion of Successful Cruise Business - 2 new ships to be buil

                          Originally posted by WDW1974 View Post
                          I always said I'd never be one of those 'told you so' people ...
                          Ah, but you just did.
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                            That is great news! It will be fun to try and guess the name of each of the new ships. :ap: Alaskan trip would be great with DCL. :beg:
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                              Re: Disney Announces Expansion of Successful Cruise Business - 2 new ships to be buil

                              Originally posted by TicTocDragon View Post
                              That is great news! It will be fun to try and guess the name of each of the new ships. :ap: Alaskan trip would be great with DCL. :beg:
                              I WILL be on their first Alaskan cruise!!!

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