Disney Cruise Early 2023 Itineraries

Disney Cruise Early 2023 Itineraries

In early 2023, Disney Cruise Line will return to top tropical destinations in the Bahamas – including Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay – as well as the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera, delighting Guests of all ages with one-of-a-kind vacations at sea. A variety of enchanting itineraries will set sail coast-to-coast from U.S. home ports including Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida; New Orleans; Galveston, Texas; and San Diego.

Castaway Club Members and select Disney Guests can take advantage of the opportunity to book early 2023 itineraries before they go on sale to the general public on October 21, 2021.

The booking cadence is as follows:

  • 14 – Bookings open for Disney Cruise Line Platinum Members, Golden Oak Club Members and Club 33 Members.
  • 15 – Bookings open for Disney Cruise Line Gold Members.
  • 18 – Bookings open for Disney Cruise Line Silver Members, Disney Vacation Club Members and Adventures by Disney Insiders.
  • 21 – Bookings open for all Guests.

Vacations to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida
Disney Cruise Line will create even more fun in the sun like never before with an array of departures from the Sunshine State in early 2023, visiting tropical destinations throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean. Two ships will sail from Port Canaveral near Orlando, Florida, and a third ship will depart from Miami. Every cruise from Florida includes a visit to Disney’s private island oasis, Castaway Cay.

The Disney Dream docks at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. In a setting of crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white-sand beaches and lush landscapes, the 1,000-acre island offers one-of-a-kind areas and activities for every member of the family. (David Roark, photographer)

Departing from Port Canaveral, the Disney Wish will sail into 2023 with three- and four-night voyages to Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay. Cruises aboard Disney’s newest ship combine enchanting new entertainment and storytelling, with the unparalleled service and magical moments that guests love when sailing with Disney.

Also from Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will begin the year with seven-night sailings to several favorite destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Plus, one unique eight-night sailing includes two days in beautiful Bermuda, where Guests can sunbathe on the island’s pristine pink sand beaches, enjoy exhilarating water sports or explore the island’s spectacular underground Crystal Caves.

From Miami, the Disney Dream will embark on an assortment of four- and five-night cruises to locales including Grand Cayman, Nassau, Castaway Cay and Cozumel, Mexico. Even more private island enjoyment is on deck with one special five-night cruise that includes two stops at Castaway Cay.

On all Florida departures, Guests can delight in a voyage that provides something for every member of the family, combining the adventure and relaxation of tropical destinations, the ease and indulgence of an ocean cruise, and the world-class entertainment and service of a Disney vacation.

Tropical Escapes from Texas and New Orleans
In January and February, the Disney Magic will sail from Galveston, Texas, on a variety of four-, five-, six- and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean. Tropical ports of call on these sailings include Grand Cayman as well as Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.

In February and March, the Disney Magic is “going down the bayou” for the first time during a debut season in New Orleans. Departing from the heart of The Big Easy, along the mighty Mississippi River, the four-, five- and six-night sailings will call on the tropical destinations of Grand Cayman and Cozumel. 

Before or after their Disney cruise, Guests can venture into the Crescent City to savor the distinct flavors of famous New Orleans cuisine, revel in the sweet melodies of world-renowned jazz music and recognize the iconic sights and sounds that inspired the beloved animated film “The Princess and the Frog.”

All early 2023 Disney Magic voyages include two or three days at sea to enjoy the unlimited fun, entertainment, relaxation and memories onboard.

Baja Peninsula Getaways from San Diego
The Disney Wonder will return to the West Coast, sailing from San Diego in April and May. Cruises to Baja, Mexico and the Mexican Riviera will transport Guests to sunny shores filled with vibrant culture, glittering sand beaches, active outdoor adventures and exciting water activities.

Sailings from San Diego will range in length from three to seven nights. Some sailings to the Baja peninsula will call on the charming coastal city of Ensenada, known for its turquoise blue water and rugged mountainous terrain. Many departures will include a visit to Cabo San Lucas, a favorite destination with dramatic rock formations and white sand beaches.

A seven-night itinerary will sail to Mazatlan, the “Pearl of the Pacific,” filled with breathtaking natural wonders, thriving culture and colorful history, and to Puerto Vallarta, the beautiful seaside escape nestled along the curve of the Banderas Bay and bordered by the stunning Sierra Madre mountains.

Disney’s Castaway Cay – 2021

Disney’s Castaway Cay – 2021

Did you know that Disney owns a piece of paradise in the Bahamas?  Castaway Cay is the highlight of any Disney cruise.  Here, you have Disney Cast Members and their magical service to help you enjoy all this beautiful island has to offer.  There is something for everyone, from those who want to relax to those who want to explore.

Children have a variety of activities to keep them entertained.  The family beach has most of the fun activities that are included in your cruise.  Here, you will find Pelican Plunge: a water-play area with two water slides, as well as a wooden play structure to explore.  There is also a swimming area at the family beach which has plenty of life jackets available to keep the little ones safe.  Floats and tubes are available for rent on the island.  Children ages 3 to 12 can enjoy some time at Scuttle’s Cove, a drop-in center run by Disney so parents can relax and explore the island on their own.  No reservations are needed but there is a limit to how many children can be accommodated at a time.  Behind the family beach between the two restaurants available for families are some other fun options.  In-Da-Shade is a great place to get out of the sun and play some games, and the Teen Hideout provides children ages 14-17 a space to hang out with friends their own age in paradise.

Adults who are on their own will enjoy their own side of the island, only a tram ride away from the family beach.  Serenity Bay is the perfect adults-only oasis reserved exclusively for adults 18 years of age and over. There, you can unwind with an open-air cabana massage under the swaying palm trees or frozen specialty drinks at the Castaway Air Bar. Air Bar BBQ has hearty fare and savory dishes to satisfy your appetite when hunger strikes. Rentals are available for bikes, floats, and tubes.

If you’re looking to stay active, there is a wide variety of activities available.  While the 5K group race on Disney Castaway Cay has been temporarily suspended, guests may run the race on their own (no registration required) while practicing physical distancing.  All participants who complete the 5K run will receive a finishing medallion. Information on where and when Guests can pick up their medals will be made available via the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app.  The sports beach with volleyball and tetherball is located next to the bike rental shop. Explore the whole island with a bike rental on the nature trails.  Along the trails, you’ll find the observation tower, offering an eagle-eye view of the island and many other landmarks you won’t see from the beach.  

Port Adventures are a great way to explore while on Castaway Cay.  We experienced a few of the options during our visit.  Our favorite Port Adventure was the Extreme Getaway Package which included Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure, snorkel rental, float or tube rental, and one hour of bicycle rental.   We fed the stingrays and snorkeled with them.  When that was done, we received snorkeling gear for the day that we used in the snorkeling lagoon where we found some hidden treasures.  Glass Bottom Boat Scenic Voyage was our second Port Adventure.  It was fun feeding the fish and seeing them swim beneath the boat, but I enjoyed interacting with the stingrays more.  There is a wide variety of Port Adventures available on each cruise so make sure to check out your options! 

If you want to splurge while at Castaway Cay, rent a cabana for your own personal space and shade. For the Family Beach Cabanas, the cost includes 6 guests but can hold up to 10 guests. For the Grand Family Cabana, the cost includes 6 guests but can hold up to 16 guests.  The price for a daily cabana rental varies based on the season, but each additional guest is $56. Each cabana is furnished with comfortable seating, a beverage refrigerator, a safe, towels, and sunscreen. Outside on the patio are luxurious chaise lounge chairs, a freshwater shower, hammock, and sailcloth shade. Fresh fruit and snacks (granola bars and chips) are included and dedicated beverage service is provided, though bottled water is included with the cost.  Each cabana also includes the use of snorkeling equipment, float or tube rental, sand toys, and one hour of bike rental. Pack n Plays are available on Castaway Cay for Cabana Guests with an infant in the party.

As you can see, there is an endless amount of activities to choose from on Castaway Cay, you won’t get bored! Cruises are booking until the end of 2022, including Disney’s newest ship the Wish, which begins sailing June 2022!  Contact me for a quote.

Halloween on the High Seas

Halloween on the High Seas

Halloween is a fun time to celebrate with kids (both young and old), especially those who like to dress up. Disney Cruise Line offers a fun and safe way for everyone to celebrate. From the moment you step onboard, you are immersed in the stunning fall decorations. The lobby has fun (not scary) decorations that guests of all ages will enjoy! 

Everyone on board gets into the Halloween spirit; even the characters dress up in costumes on the 2 nights that Halloween festivities are offered. 

There is a Mouse-Querade Party for kids to sing and dance with their favorite characters. When you arrive at the party you’re assigned a spot to stand to ensure everyone is socially distanced, so arrive early if you want to be close.  Standing on Deck 12 is also a great option to be able to see the whole stage. 

Each night of the Halloween days, dinner has something special. Whether it’s a spooky treat or celebrating with some pirates, your whole family will love it!  Make sure to pack your own costume to join in the fun!  

To end the fun nights, they have fireworks over the ocean. The first night, the early dinner seating group watched them, and the second night was the late dinner’s turn. We watched them from deck 13 by the adult-only bar. It was the perfect spot to watch them! 

It’s not too late to book your fall getaway, there are plenty of cruises left for 2021.  If you’re not ready to sail this year, Disney has released dates for Halloween on the High Seas in 2022.  Contact me for a personalized quote.

Cruising in 2021

Cruising in 2021

In March 2020, we sailed for the first time as a family. We did not know we would be some of the last guests on the Disney Dream for over a year. When the opportunity arose to cruise again, we decided to go as a couple for some time away. From the moment we arrived at the port to board the Disney Fantasy, any worries about cruising during this time were put at ease. 

When we arrived at Port Canaveral, we were brought to the health tents to be tested for COVID. We were given a testing kit that included a pen, bag, test tube, and label. Once we were in our testing booth, we were given a swab to complete the test ourselves while the medical official watched. After we completed the test, we were given “Group A” and we went into the corresponding tent. The 45 minutes that followed seemed like forever but we were then given the green light to proceed.

After we made it through security, we were given a boarding group and boarded the ship. They had about 10 families board at a time where Mickey and Minnie welcomed you onto the ship with a brief show;  We were spaced out in the lobby to maintain social distancing.  

When the show was over, we were told to check into the emergency assembly station so we knew where to go in case of an emergency. They did not have us all meet at the same time like they used to. Prior to sailing, all services stopped on the ship and they had a safety information announcement. The instructions also played on the television in your room.  Keys were left at your stateroom to prevent backups from getting on the ship. 

Some other safety measures that Disney Cruise Line has  in place are: 

* Guests 12 and over are required to be vaccinated. Guests under the age of 12 must test 3 days prior to arrival.  

* Staggered fireworks for the guests. The first dining group watches them one night and the second dining group watches them a different time. 

* When watching shows on the deck, you are asked to stay on dots so they can ensure social distancing.  

* High traffic areas are constantly being cleaned. 

* Masks are required indoors on the ship and indoors on Castaway Cay. 

* One family or 2 individuals only are asked to be in the elevator at a time. 

* As it was before COVID, they have you wash your hands before entering food venues. 

* Soda, coffee, and ice cream are served for you. You no longer get your own. You can bring your own cup for drinks still, they will just fill it up using disposable cups. 

* Encouraged the use of the app for guest services, booking tours, etc to help prevent lines forming around the ship. 

I do believe that Disney has the best possible protocols in place to make the return to sailing as safe as possible. I was super impressed and we hope to sail with Disney Cruise Line again in the very near future!  

Disney Cruise Line 2022 Fall Itineraries

Disney Cruise Line 2022 Fall Itineraries

The magic of the holidays returns to Disney Cruise Line in the fall of 2022 with Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime Cruises across the fleet, including the first fall season on the all-new Disney Wish. With cruises departing from Florida, New York, Texas and California, guests will have many opportunities to experience holidays at sea with Disney Cruise Line.

  • Platinum Castaway Club Members & Golden Oak: Bookings open June 21, 2021
  • Gold Castaway Club Members: Bookings open June 22, 2021
  • Silver Castaway Club Members, Disney Vacation Club Members and Adventures by Disney Adventure Insiders: Bookings open June 23, 2021
  • Bookings open to all Guests on June 24, 2021.

Halloween on the High Seas returns to Disney Cruise Line in mid-September through October 2022. On select sailings across the fleet, guests can dress up and join Disney characters in their Halloween costumes at Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party; enjoy themed food, beverages and crafts; and immerse themselves in a ghostly ship takeover with elaborate decor and a magical Pumpkin Tree. 

From early November through December, the Disney Cruise Line fleet is decked from bow-to-stern with holiday cheer and entertainment during Very Merrytime Cruises. Holiday magic is unwrapped for the whole family with festive holiday decor, favorite characters in their finest holiday attire and a special visit from none other than Santa Claus.

Tropical Escapes from Florida

In fall 2022, the Disney Wish and Disney Fantasy will embark on guest-favorite itineraries out of Port Canaveral, Florida, while the Disney Dream continues to sail from Miami. 

The Disney Wish will continue its inaugural season with its first-ever fall and holiday sailings, offering a series of three- and four-night voyages to the Bahamas, while the Disney Fantasy will offer six-, seven- and eight-night vacations to the eastern and western Caribbean.

The Disney Dream will take guests on four- and five-night Bahamian itineraries and five-night Caribbean cruises to either Grand Cayman or Cozumel, Mexico.

All sailings from Port Canaveral and Miami will include a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise outfitted for family fun and relaxation and brimming with special Disney touches.

‘Caribbean Cruises from San Juan

The Disney Magic will sail out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, for two special itineraries in early November. A seven-night southern Caribbean sailing will visit Antigua, St. Lucia, Aruba and Bonaire, while a following six-night voyage will feature stops in St. Thomas and Falmouth, Jamaica.

Baja Peninsula Voyages from California

Spooktacular sailings return to California in late September with Halloween on the High Seas cruises to the Baja Peninsula from San Diego. The Disney Wonder will host three-, four-, five- and seven-night vacations from southern California, allowing guests to celebrate the Halloween season at sea while taking in the mesmerizing beauty of Mexico. 

Sailings to Bermuda and Canada from New York

The Disney Magic returns to New York in late September for a series of Halloween on the High Seas sailings to Bermuda and Canada. Guests can visit Bermuda’s pink sand beaches and colorful coral reefs on five-night vacations or set their sights for a special six-night cruise to the Canadian ports of New Brunswick and Halifax that includes a stop in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Vacations to Bahamas and Caribbean from Texas

The Disney Magic will visit Galveston, Texas, in late November for a variety of five- and seven-night Very Merrytime Cruises. Guests can experience the magic of the holidays on western Caribbean itineraries with ports of call that include Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Grand Cayman.

Whether it’s a Halloween on the High Seas or Very Merrytime Cruise, we can’t wait to spread some holiday cheer and help famiilies create lifelong memories in the fall of 2022!

Grand Reveal: Disney Wish Coming Summer 2022!

Grand Reveal: Disney Wish Coming Summer 2022!

Today was a special day for Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney Imagineering, as we unveiled a first look at the incredible spaces and experiences coming to the Disney Wish. I could not be more proud of our teams for the hard work and dedication they’re putting into making Disney’s newest ship unlike anything on the seas. 

If you saw the video we released last week — the first in our “Designing the Disney Wish series” — you already know what a special passion project this has been for me. Leading the creative team for Disney’s fleet expansion truly is a dream come true, and I am so excited to share the details of our grand reveal with you.

When the Disney Wish sets sail in summer 2022, you’ll be immersed in Disney’s rich legacy of enchanting storytelling. We’re bringing to life the stories and characters of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars adventures like never before. While I won’t be able to share every ounce of magic we’re putting on this ship (we’re saving some to reveal over the coming months!), I hope the details I do share get you every bit as excited as I am to cruise on the Disney Wish.

Disney Wish:

To “Swim”-finity and Beyond

We’re taking fun in the sun to the next level on board the Disney Wish with a brand-new family water attraction and three themed districts that offer dedicated space for families, children and adults alike.

You’ll be immersed in “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” animated shorts aboard the first-ever Disney attraction at sea, AquaMouse. Complete with show scenes, lighting and special effects, and splashtacular surprises, this wild water ride is sure to delight everyone in the family as they zig, zag and zoom through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended high above the upper decks.

Families will have more pools, more deck space and more dining than ever before in an expansive district themed to Mickey and friends. In addition to AquaMouse, the area will feature six pools — spaciously staggered among tiered decks and surrounded by lounge chairs — and a fresh take on quick and casual fare with a festive character twist. 

Little ones will delight in an all-new Toy Story-themed district designed especially for families with toddlers and young children. This whimsical water wonderland will include a splash zone, wading pool, family waterslide and smoothie bar. 

Adults will indulge in sun-drenched serenity at Quiet Cove, a peaceful refuge dedicated to lounging, sipping and soaking. Set away from the bustle of family activities, this secluded adults-only district will feature a luxurious infinity pool, poolside bar and chic cafe. 

Disney Wish:

Prepared and Served with Flair – A Culinary Cabaret

With the debut of three brand-new family dining concepts ranging from theatrical entertainment to cinematic adventure to sophisticated elegance, dinner on board the Disney Wish will be so much more than a meal – it will be a chance to interact with favorite Disney stories in exciting new ways. 

Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is Disney’s first “Frozen”-themed theatrical dining experience that will bring the world of Arendelle to life through immersive live entertainment — featuring favorite characters like Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf — and world-class cuisine infused with Nordic influences.

Worlds of Marvel is the first-ever Marvel cinematic dining adventure, where you’ll play an interactive role in an action-packed Avengers mission that unfolds around you, complete with a worldly menu inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

1923, named for the year The Walt Disney Company was founded, is an elegant celebration of the company’s legacy, paying homage to the golden age of animation and offering a tasteful tribute to its Californian heritage with dishes inspired by the state’s unique fusion of cultural flavors. 

Disney Wish: Walt Disney Theatre

A Whole New World of Family Entertainment

We’re combining innovative design, technology and storytelling to create immersive entertainment environments that will surround guests in Disney stories in new and unexpected ways on board the Disney Wish.

The Grand Hall will evolve from a fairytale gathering space into an environmental theater through the magic of built-in special effects and the first-ever atrium stage on a Disney ship. Dedicated shows and interactive entertainment will come to life all around the hall, putting you front and center as you play a special role in the magic. 

Luna is a brand-new entertainment hub that will transition from a daytime setting for family fun into an elegant evening venue for adult-exclusive entertainment, offering a variety of live shows and interactive programming throughout the day.

Hero Zone is a futuristic sports arena where physical activity will blend with imagination during action-packed challenges and game show-style competitions for families to take on together.

The Walt Disney Theatre is an opulent show palace that will come alive with original Broadway-style stage productions developed exclusively for Disney Cruise Line. 

The Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas are intimate screening rooms that will provide you more options than ever to watch classic and first-run films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and more. 

In true Disney Cruise Line fashion, the Disney Wish will offer a robust menu of world-class entertainment throughout every voyage, including spectacular stage shows, exhilarating deck parties, one-of-a-kind character experiences, fun family activities, contemporary cabarets and more.

Disney Wish:

Imaginations, Assemble! Cool Clubs for Kids of All Ages

Children ages 3 to 12 will enter the captivating worlds of favorite Disney stories in the reimagined Disney’s Oceaneer Club, a real-life wonderland featuring more spaces and stories than ever before. 

  • Marvel Super Hero Academy is a high-tech Avengers headquarters where young “recruits” will train to be the next generation of Super Heroes with the help of their own heroes, like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
  • Fairytale Hall is a royal trio of activity rooms where princesses and princes will let their creativity shine at Rapunzel’s Art Studio, read and act out stories at Belle’s Library, and test newfound icy powers at Anna and Elsa’s Sommerhus. 
  • Walt Disney Imagineering Lab is a first-of-its-kind opportunity for kids to discover the secrets of Disney Imagineers with hands-on activities and inventive experiments.

For the littlest cruisers ages 6 months to 3 years, It’s a Small World Nursery will offer babysitting services in a whimsical environment inspired by the beloved Disney attraction of the same name.

Edge (ages 11 to 14) and Vibe (ages 14 to 17) are trendy hangouts where tweens and teens will chill and play in their own way, with dedicated programming designed to engage the unique interests of these age groups.

Disney Wish:

A Trove of Untold Treasures Exclusively for Adults

For the first time on a Disney ship, you will embark on a space-jumping tour of the Star Wars galaxy at Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge, a high-end bar styled as a luxurious yacht-class spaceship. This richly themed, immersive experience will be reserved for adults every evening, offering interactive tasting experiences and signature beverages inspired by destinations such as Batuu, Tatooine and Mustafar.

You’ll savor gourmet meals and exceptional beverages at an upscale suite of epicurean excellence exclusively for adults, inspired by the elegant icons of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Beauty and the Beast.”

  • Palo Steakhouse is an evolution of the Palo restaurant that Disney cruisers know and love, now combining the relaxed sophistication of authentic Italian dining with the classic refinement of a modern steakhouse in a genteel setting inspired by Cogsworth, the tale’s majordomo-turned-enchanted-clock.
  • Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement will offer the most luxurious dining experience on board, featuring a gourmet menu crafted by the three-Michelin-starred chef. This romantic and intimate venue evokes the dazzling spirit of the film’s candelabra maitre d’, Lumiere.  
  • The Rose is a chic lounge at the entrance of Palo Steakhouse and Enchanté. Inspired by the fateful flower at the heart of the story, The Rose will be an idyllic setting for a pre-dinner aperitif or after-dinner cocktail. 

Senses Spa is a tranquil oasis offering indulgent spa and beauty treatments, drawing on the serenity of natural elements to promote pampering and relaxation. The spa will feature private treatment rooms, lavish spa villas, and steam and aromatherapy rooms, while the reimagined Senses Fitness will offer state-of-the-art exercise and wellness facilities.  

Other adult-exclusive spaces on board the Disney Wish will include the Quiet Cove pool district; a variety of gourmet cafes, relaxed bars and upscale lounges; and more. 

Disney Wish: Staterooms - Verandah

Artful Accommodations Where Dreams Do Come True

With an all-new look and feel steeped in enchantment and inspired by dreamy Disney stories, every stateroom on board the Disney Wish will be a luxurious, peaceful retreat designed with ample room for families, plenty of storage and upscale amenities. Most will feature Disney Cruise Line’s signature split-bathroom concept for utmost comfort and function. 

Most of the ship’s 1,254 staterooms will offer an ocean view — including 877 (70%) with a spacious verandah — and there will be 451 connecting doors that adjoin rooms to accommodate larger families. 

The Disney Wish will elevate the concierge experience with more than double the number of premium concierge staterooms and suites, including Disney’s first-ever staterooms located above the bridge, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal breathtaking ocean views overlooking the bow of the ship. An exclusive lounge with private sun deck will be the perfect place for concierge guests to relax, sip a cocktail, and enjoy a premium level of dedicated service throughout the voyage.

The Disney Wish will also debut four royal suites – richly adorned, lavishly appointed suites that accommodate up to six guests and feature extravagant details and first-class amenities. These include a pair of two-story suites, the first of their kind within the Disney fleet, which will feature stunning statement pieces like an elegant spiral staircase and a spectacular two-deck-high stained-glass frieze.

Disney Wish: Exterior

Setting Sail Summer 2022

The Disney Wish will sail its maiden voyage — a five-night cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay — on June 9, 2022, followed by an inaugural season of three- and four-night cruises to the same destinations from Port Canaveral, Fla. Bookings open to the general public on May 27, 2021.

More details about the Disney Wish are on the horizon. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog to be among the first to see our exciting updates!