A Wonder-ful itinerary
part of the Happiest Celebration On Earth—Disney's biggest
bash ever—the S.S. Member Cruise 2005 promises to be an adventure to
remember. We'll celebrate 50 years of Disney Theme Parks and Resorts
by highlighting a different Disney theme each day. You can expect
exciting activities, giveaways and events during our special
• Sunday: We'll begin our voyage by looking back. The
theme for our first day together is Nostalgia. Join your Disney
Vacation Club neighbors and Cast Members for fun and excitement
during the Sail Away Celebration.
• Monday: The Disney
Wonder arrives in Key West, Florida, for a day of Adventure, our
theme for the day. Discover the inspiration for Disney's Old Key West Resort as you
experience the area's natural beauty, colorful Victorian
architecture and unique history. And during the Sunset Celebration
at Mallory Square (weather permitting), you can experience a
legendary Key West sunset.
• Tuesday: During our day at
sea, we'll celebrate the Disney tradition of Fantasy. Read more
about this magical day below!
• Wednesday: Our theme is
The Future as the Disney Wonder drops anchor at Castaway Cay, Disney's private
Bahamian oasis, for a full day of tropical relaxation. Since our
voyage ends the following day, we'll celebrate a special "Welcome
Home" event aboard ship in the evening.
• Thursday: We'll
bid adieu to friends both old and new as our magical journey comes
to a close and we return to shore.
Steer straight for fun with a Digital Souven-Ear!
reading below about the boatload of thrills in store for you and
your Disney Vacation Club neighbors, download our exclusive
S.S. Member Cruise 2005 Magic Globe.
Featuring Steamboat Willie, this Digital Souven-Ear was
created especially for Members sailing with us this September, and
celebrates our first day's theme: Nostalgia.
To download it, log in to dvcmember.com and click on "Just For
Members." Then select "Member Special Events" and choose "S.S.
Member Cruise 2005." (If your computer prompts you to "Open" or
"Save" the Digital Souven-Ear, clicking "Open" will launch the file
without saving it to your computer. Clicking "Save" will save the
file to your computer, so you can launch it later.)
You'll have a "Ducky" time at sea!
This year, during
the S.S. Member Cruise 2005, we'll make waves with guest speakers
and guest performances as part of the Happiest Celebration On
Earth. Discover more about Disney history and heritage during
these engaging events and activities. Plus, you'll want to
participate in the return of our popular Member Challenge for a
chance to win a magical prize.
Joining us as one of the Guest Speakers will be Walt Disney Parks
and Resorts Marketing Senior Character Artist, Don "Ducky" Williams.
A longtime Member favorite, Ducky has been creating magical Disney
artwork for Disney Theme Parks, books, print ads, television and
more since 1980. Select pieces of Ducky's work have generated
thousands of dollars at auction. One example: a limited-edition 2000
Official Disneyana Convention piece depicting Sorcerer Mickey
sleeping on the job sold for $7,500!
Ducky is a popular Guest Speaker at Disneyana Conventions and on
Disney Cruise Line cruises. During his appearance aboard the
S.S. Member Cruise 2005, Ducky will draw Disney Characters to be
given away, so you could have a rare opportunity to own one of his
A Disney dream come true
For Ducky, creating Disney
artwork is a dream come true. A dream that began when, at the age of
ten, he saw Song of the South. "The art, the music, the
characters—all of it made such an impression on me," he said. "I
wrote a letter to Walt Disney and asked for a job!"
As Ducky was still in grade school, he would just have to wait
awhile. So he served in the U.S. Navy for four years and became a
Branch Manager of a bank in Springfield, Massachusetts, his
hometown. But he never lost sight of his dream.
"Every Christmas, I would paint murals of Disney Characters all
over the bank for the kids," he recalled. The elaborate artwork
became a local attraction.
It wasn't long before Ducky decided to follow his dream all the
way to Orlando. He took any job he could, submitting thousands of
character sketches to Disney Marketing for years until his dream
came true and he was hired. "It was hard work and a lot of good
luck," he said. "I never take it for granted. I'm grateful for every
day I get to do this stuff."