The Disney Fantasy will have a new interactive dinner show in the Animator's Palate restaurant, two new theater productions, re-imagined adult nightclubs and its own princess-and-pirate salon.
Animation Magic, the new dinner show, invites passengers to participate in the entertainment on a different scale than when Crush talks to them during Undersea Magic on the Disney Dream, the Fantasy's sister ship.
The restaurant looks the same -- like a classic animation studio -- when diners enter. Once seated, however, they are asked to draw their own characters on simple templates. After a few minutes, servers collect the placemats, and Sorcerer Mickey appears on screens throughout the room to introduce a montage of food-themed animated scenes.
After dinner, Mickey returns with the guests' drawings, which are brought to life on the screens. The animation becomes more elaborate as the figures march, skip, skate and dance before joining Disney characters in their antics. Artists' names are posted at the end of the show, and placemats are returned to diners with a special animator stamp.
Joe Lanzisero, senior vice president for creative at Walt Disney Imagineering, said each of the nine zones in the 700-seat dining room will feature drawings from passengers seated there. "Everyone is guaranteed that moment of seeing their art come to life," he said.
Animation Magic uses software Disney created, a musical score designed for the show, and even never-before-seen scenes from Disney movies, such as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
Animator's Palate is configured to also show Undersea Magic on another night. Because the Fantasy's initial itinerary is all week-long sailings, guests will visit each of the main dining rooms more than once.
New theater productions
Like each of the ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Fantasy will have its own signature Broadway-style stage show. "Disney's Aladdin -- A Musical Spectacular" is being developed and will be cast shortly, said Jim Urry, vice president of entertainment and port adventures.
The musical comedy includes many classic scenes and songs from the movie, plus action that spills out into the aisles, such as Prince Ali's arrival in Agrabah on the back of a stallion. The magic carpet scene uses updated mechanical technology and state-of-the-art projections to allow Jasmine and Aladdin to fly during the duet, "A Whole New World."
Composer Alan Menken, who created the original score, contributed a new song for the 45-minute production called "To Be Free."
"It's going to appeal to the whole family," Urry said. "Our guests want to see Broadway-style Disney shows."
The Fantasy will give passengers a second new theater production, as well, although details have not yet been released. The lineup will include a Welcome Aboard show, Disney's Believe, Disney's Aladdin, the new production and a Farewell show.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique sets sail
Just like in the Disney theme parks, girls and boys will be able to get royal makeovers at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. The salon will have treatments for hair, makeup, nails and costumes similar to what is offered on land. Plus, there will be exclusive Captain Mickey Mouse, Princess Minnie Mouse and First Mate Minnie Mouse makeovers and Under The Sea packages.
On pirate party nights, the salon transforms into Pirate's League, where adults and kids can get ready with beards, bandanas, makeup, swords, earrings and eye patches. Guests can choose from two packages -- First Mate and Empress.
Europa Nighttime Entertainment District
The collection of trendy bars and lounges for those ages 18 and older on the Fantasy have been planned as an upscale tour through Europe. (Their counterparts on the Dream are in parentheses.)
-- La Piazza, a lounge designed to reflect Italian cities and their outdoor plazas. (District Lounge)
-- Skyline, a bar with panoramic views of European cities, including Paris, London, Barcelona, Athens and St. Petersburg. (Also called Skyline but features U.S. cities)
-- O'Gill's Pub, a sports bar with an Irish pub atmosphere. (687)
-- Ooh La La, a champagne bar inspired by a French boudoir. (Pink)
-- The Tube, a metropolitan dance club in a London subway. (Evolution)
"Immersive environments have proven to be popular and very well-received," said Lanzisero. In fact, Skyline is so crowded on the Dream that the designers increased its space by a third on the Fantasy.
Just who is going to represent the Disney Fantasy in its grand atrium and beyond? That would be Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse. Inspired by travel of the 1920s and 1930s, Minnie's statue is cast in bronze and dressed in vintage fashion with a parasol and steamer luggage at her side.
The other signature characters for Disney Cruise Line are Mickey Mouse (Disney Magic), Ariel (Disney Wonder) and Donald Duck (Disney Dream).
The maiden voyage of the Disney Fantasy is March 31, 2012. It will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
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