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Details released about the Disney Fantasy cruise ship

by Leah Zanolla
May 19, 2011

Disney Cruise Line released information today about their newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, set to sail for the first time on March 31, 2012.

The popular Animator's Palate restaurant will be on this ship as well, but a new twist will be added. An interactive dinner show called Animation Magic will involve the guests in the animation shown during the meal. Guests are invited to draw Disney characters on placemats when they first come into the restaurant; servers will collect the completed drawings, which later show up as animation on screens around the room. The guests' names will be shown and will later receive their drawings back with a special animator's stamp added. The show uses special Disney-created software to bring the drawings to life, along with a brand-new musical score and never-before-scenes from Disney films.

In addition to Animation Magic, Undersea Magic will also be shown during one of the other nights. Undersea Magic was new on the Disney Dream and features Crush from "Finding Nemo" who interacts with diners all around the room.

Like the other ships in the fleet, the Disney Fantasy will also offer Broadway-style stage shows at night. There will be two new shows performed. Details of one show have come out - "Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular" is a musical comedy with many of the classic scenes and songs from the film that can also be seen at Disney California Adventure. At times, performers will be in the aisles of the theater, making guests feel like they're a part of the show. A new song, "To Be Free," will be included and was written for the show by Alan Menken, who composed the original score. In addition to the two new shows, other productions offered will be a Welcome Aboard show, Disney's Believe and a Farewell show.

Themed "dress-up nights" have always been popular on the Disney ships, so Disney Cruise Line is making things a little easier for guests on the Fantasy. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will be available for makeovers, including hair, makeup, nails and costumes. Exclusive Disney Cruise Line packages will be available, allowing guests to transform into Captain Mickey Mouse, Princess Minnie Mouse, and First Mate Minnie Mouse. An Under The Sea package is available as well. For the pirate nights, the Boutique will become the Pirate's League, offering such pirate garb as makeup, swords, earrings and eye patches. Just like in the theme parks, the First Mate and Empress packages will be available.

As Disney fans know, Disney Cruise Line isn't just for kids. The Europa Nighttime Entertainment District is reminiscent of a tour through Europe and is just the place for adults to hang out and relax.

- La Piazza is a lounge inspired by Italy and their famous outdoor plazas.
- Skyline is a bar that offers panoramic views of European skylines as they transform from day to night. This bar has a counterpart on the Disney Dream featuring American cities. Because of its popularity on the Dream, Skyline on the Fantasy is one third bigger than its predecessor.
- O'Gill's Pub features classic Irish pub decor as well as HD TVs broadcasting live sporting events.
- Ooh La La, the ship's champagne bar, will remind guests of a French boudoir, complete with velvet walls, mirrors and a bar designed to look like a sparking jewel box.
- The Tube dance club is like stepping into the London transportation system. Floors are covered with route maps, the bar is inspired by Big Ben, and there's even a photo op with a red English phone booth.

Every Disney Cruise Line ship has a signature character; the Fantasy is no different. The ship's atrium will be home to a bronze statue of Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse. Keeping in line with the vintage travel theme seen around the ship, Minnie will be dressed in fashions from the 1920s and 30s, complete with a parasol and steamer trunk.

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