Port Everglades/Disney Cruise Line
Representatives from Disney Cruise Line and Port Everglades were joined by Mickey and Minnie at the terminal’s grand opening
Florida's Port Everglades has officially opened a new, dedicated Disney Cruise Line terminal
Representatives from Disney Cruise Line and Port Everglades were joined by community leaders, and Disney characters Mickey and Minnie, to celebrate the inauguration on 13 November 2023.
“Disney Cruise Line is adding a new dimension to the Port Everglades experience,” said Jonathan Daniels, CEO and port director. “Our staff is looking forward to this new journey with Disney Cruise Line and further diversifying our cruise portfolio to reach a broader audience.”
The new terminal was reimagined by Walt Disney Imagineering exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests to provide ‘a seamless embarkation experience’, according to the operator. The walls are decorated with colourful murals featuring Disney and Pixar characters.
Disney Dream will begin sailing from Port Everglades on 20 November, followed by Disney Magic in May 2024. These ships will offer guests the opportunity to sail a mix of three-, four- and five-night cruises to The Bahamas and the Caribbean. The new terminal is Disney Cruise Line’s second year-round homeport in Florida, alongside Fort Lauderdale.
“The grand opening of our new dedicated terminal is an incredible milestone as we embark on the largest expansion in our cruise line’s history,” said Sharon Siskie, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Cruise Line. “Now our guests will have even more options to experience the magic of a Disney vacation at sea and can begin creating lifelong memories with their loved ones from the moment they arrive.”
The cruise line marked its arrival at Port Everglades by unveiling new community investments in Junior Achievement South Florida and Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. These investments will support various initiatives, including programmes that “inspire career exploration, innovation, and storytelling”, according to Disney Cruise Line.
“Being a good steward in the port communities where Disney Cruise Line operates is so important to us,” said Siskie. “We’re proud to continue to invest in local youth programmes that help empower and inspire the next generation of dreamers in Broward County.”