Welcome back to dry land, sailors! After
four days of Member magic and some truly special surprises, the S.S.
Member Cruise 2006 drew to a close—but the memories are sure to last
forever. In this final edition of S.S. Member Cruise 2006 Cruise
News, we'll recap the highlights of this year's voyage and
announce the dates and itinerary of next year's journey, the S.S.
Member Cruise 2007.
Never a dull
>From the harbor of Port Canaveral to the
sands of Castaway Cay, our cruise was filled with amazing memories.
We celebrated the 15th anniversary of Disney Vacation Club with a
boatload of special events. We soaked up the sun together during a
fun-filled day at sea. And we got along famously with this year's
roster of Disney insiders, Guest Speakers, and Broadway stars. Here
are just a few of the incredible moments we experienced while
"Celebrating Disney Milestones."
• Roy E. Disney entertained Members with stories of his
childhood and his Uncle Walt during two live appearances. As a
special surprise, Roy premiered an animated short, The Little
Matchgirl, never before seen by the general public. Roy also
talked about his role as Director Emeritus of The Walt Disney
Company and shared his vision for the future of Disney.
Disney Imagineer and author Jason Surrell told some swashbuckling
tales about the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and films. Also
appearing was 2006 Walt Disney World® Ambassador Michael
Collier, who let cruisers in on a Disney service presentation
usually reserved for Cast Members.
In celebration of Disney Animation, motivational speaker and athlete
Bonnie St. John shared inspiring thoughts about animated Disney
movies like Mulan and The Lion King. Meanwhile, Disney
animator Dominic Carola displayed sketches from the development of
Pocahontas and talked about how his Disney career took shape.
Dominic also drew on a wealth of experience to host a "Family
Animation" event, where he showed Members how some classic
characters were created.
• On Day 2, the Disney Wonder® docked at
Castaway Cay alongside the ghostly pirate ship, The Flying Dutchman,
after walking the (gang) plank onto the island, Members captured
plenty of rays on the Bahamian beaches. On our second visit to the
island, cruisers kicked off a picture-perfect Day 4 with a Group
Photo opportunity and put on a smile for another day in paradise.
Actress Jennifer Hudson and vocalist Jodi Benson joined forces for
two spectacular shows in the Walt Disney Theatre. Jennifer debuted
music from her upcoming film Dreamgirls, and Jodi made
Members "part of her world" with her signature song from The
Surrounded by Disney characters and Cast Members at our Farewell
Celebration, Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis shared some
special last words with cruisers, providing a celebratory end to
four days of memorable milestones.
As we made our way off the Disney Wonder
on Thursday, we asked Members to share their thoughts with us on the
S.S. Member Cruise 2006 Survey. Thanks to everyone who completed a
survey—your comments will help us make future Member events even
Setting a course for
Moments after returning to Port Canaveral, we
began plans for next year's Disney Vacation Club journey, the S.S.
Member Cruise 2007. We'll set sail October 21-25, 2007, for a 4-day
adventure through the blue waters of the Caribbean to Castaway Cay.
And because this year's unique itinerary was such a hit with
Members, you'll be happy to hear that the S.S. Member Cruise 2007
will once again include two tropical stops at Disney's private
island paradise. To learn about the Reservation Selection Process
for next year's cruise, look for an announcement in the mail and
Thanks for a fantastic
While our celebration of Disney milestones has
ended, we still have plenty of energy for celebrating Members—after
all, you're the reason our journey was so unforgettable. On behalf
of our entire Disney Vacation Club Family, thank you for joining us
aboard the S.S. Member Cruise 2006. Whether we set sail with you
again next year or see you at "home," we can't wait to make more of
your vacation dreams come true.
Thanks for the memories,