Black Meetings and Tourism

Sep/Oct 2011

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DISNEYMAGIC CHARTSAN BY MICHAEL BENNETT today the largest aggregator of information in the world – Google. Melissa Ward became the first African-American female commercial aviation pilot in history, flying for United Airlines. Seventy-seven-year-old Astronaut John Glenn blasted off onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery becoming the oldest person in space. That year alsomarked the launch of two iconic brands within TheWalt Disney Company that further solidified Disney as the world's largest and best- known brand of family entertainment. In April 1998, Disney's Animal Kingdom opened atWalt 1998 Disney World Resort in Orlando. It is the single largest Disney theme park in the world. Just two months later the 2,400-passenger Disney Magic set sail on her maiden voyage introducing the world to cruis- ingDisney style. And a year later cameDisneyMagic's sister ship,DisneyWonder. That colorfulDisney stylemakes these two ships easily the most recognizable sailing vessels in the world. There are a few stylistic differences between the two ships. The bow of Disney Magic has the Sorcerer Mickey and the bow of the Disney Wonder has SteamboatWillie. The stern of Disney Magic hasGoofy painting and the stern ofDisneyWonder has Donald Duck and his nephew Huey painting. The interior of DisneyMagic is more art deco with a stat- ue of HelmsmanMickey. The DisneyWonder is art nouveau featuring a statue ofAriel fromDisney'sThe LittleMermaid. January 26,2011 launched anothermilestone atDisney the inaugural journey of the 4,000-passengerDisneyDream. This dream ship (pun intended) will be joined next spring by the Disney Fantasy. Both ships promise to continue the Disney tradition of innovation and family fun. These new ships also come with expanded itineraries that include Alaska, Europe, the Mexican Riviera and multiple stops at Castaway Cay – Disney's private island that allows passengers on and off the ship at their leisure as opposed to waiting for tenders to ferry themback and forth. These newer itineraries add toDisney's current stops in theCaribbean and The Bahamas. Disney offers you the luxury of choice with three-, four- or seven-night itineraries to theBahamas and theCaribbean out of Port Canaveral, Fl., and seven-night trips to the Mexican 38 Riviera out of the Port of LosAngeleswith special voyages in 2011 to theMediterranean andAlaska. Of the 1,250 staterooms on the Disney Dream, 88 percent are outside rooms and of those 90 percent have private veran- dahs. For larger families and groups traveling together there are 500 connecting doors that adjoin staterooms. And for those truly looking for the ultimate in luxury trav- el, the Disney Dream provides adjacent, concierge-level accommodation for up to 25 guests with four suites and two staterooms all joined by connecting doors. Disney can also accommodate cruise/land packages for anyone wanting to extend their Disney vacation near one of the ports. Or try a land/sea package that includes at stay at Walt DisneyWorld Resort. Disney has been and will continue to be at the forefront of innovation in the cruise industry. Disney staterooms are fam- ily-friendly in size and include a bath-and-a-half. Disney ships have an innovative rotating dining concept featuring three themed restaurants where guests rotate to a different restaurant each evening, all while keeping the same servers and table mates. Animator's Palate has a Pacific Rim feel with both its culture and culinary influences on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. On the Disney Dream the restaurant transforms into a shimmering undersea adventure featur- Black Meetings & Tourism September/October 2011: was a time of tremendous growth and achievement. It's the year two college students founded, what is

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