Disney Cruise Line Opens New Home at Port Everglades
Ahead of the Disney Dreams’s November 20th cruise, the Disney Cruise Line has officially opened its second home at Port Everglades.
The cruise line gave the port’s vacant Cruise Terminal 4 a complete makeover, with new floors and a ceiling with 600 bubble carvings in it. According to Disney Cruise Line senior vice president and general manager Sharon Siskie, the company wanted to give the terminal an “under the sea” feeling.
“When we stand here today, and we look at the space and we think back to when we initially did our walkthrough, and we leverage the imagination of the teams to envision what it would be able to become, we had that discussion of how do you really elevate the brand presence and really make this a Disney experience,” she said.
A Disney Experience
With a week to go until the Disney Dream arrives, executives from the port, Boward County, and Disney dedicated the new space. It will be the first time the terminal is used since the port reacquired it from Carnival Corp.
“This is a complete reimagining and rebranding,” said Port Everglades CEO and port director Jonathan Daniels. “It’s a different agreement than any agreement that we’ve had with any of the any of the lines in the past. Because of all the intellectual property that they have in here. the branding that has occurred. This is Disney’s terminal.”
The new Disney touches include a black-and-white homage to Steamboat Willie on the walkway from the parking garage, to the terminal which is adorned with characters from Finding Nemo.
A New Way To Cater To Guets
For Disney, the new port will give them the opportunity to cater to guests who want the Disney experience.
“We’re bringing the product closer to home right on the back door of guests here who, you know may not get all the way to Orlando as often as they might like,” she said. “This is a great opportunity for them to have a little Disney fix.”
With Fort Lauderdale nearby, Disney is thrilled with their new home.
Starting next summer, Port Everglades will be the first port with regular visits to the line’s new private Bahamas destination- Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point.
“We did like the location,” she said. “Port Everglades in general, there are things that we really did like a lot about it. … Fabulous beaches … restaurants, just a great overall place for guests to come to take a Disney cruise. So we started there and we said, Can this be a really good fit for our guests? And we said, ‘Yeah, we think it can.’”
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