At the ‘Monstrous Summer’ media event being held at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line today confirmed a Stitch Kingdom report that it will be bringing some of the more popular attractions and amenities of its Disney Dream and Fantasy cruise ships to the Disney Magic, the first of its four ships, when it goes into dry dock later in the year.
Included in the exciting additions are an abbreviated form of the industry-first AquaDuck waterslide, called the AquaDunk, which takes guests over the edge of the ship. The AquaDuck will be joined by the Fantasy’s water play area, the AquaLab, as well as a new waterslide dubbed the Twist N’ Spout. Additionally, a new infant/toddler water play area referred to as the Nephew’s Splash Zone.
Children at sea will also be amongst the first to benefit from the Marvel acquisition, as Disney Cruise Line introduces four immersive experiences in its Oceaneer’s Club as on the newer ships. New play areas will be themed to: Marvel’s Avengers Academy (inspired by an upcoming animated television series on Disney XD); Mickey Mouse Club, inspired by the new shorts; and the already familiar Andy’s Room from Pixar’s Toy Story and Pixie Hollow.
Dining changes are also scheduled to take place such as a long anticipated conversion of Parrot Cay to Carioca’s, named after Donald Duck’s Brazilian Saludos Amigos co-star, Jose. The restaurant will be will be Brazilian-influenced, themed to an outdoor marketplace during festival. Animator’s Palette will also be receiving the Animation Magic treatment, as experienced aboard the Disney Fantasy.
The ship’s adults-only district, Beat Street, will be re-themed and now titled After Hours. It will feature O’Gills as found on the Disney Fantasy, along with an undersea-themed club called Fathoms and a piano bar named Keys.
Below is a gallery of all the hi-res concept art recently released for the re-imagined Disney Magic:
Concept video for Disney Cruise Line AquaDunk:
Walt Disney World has also already confirmed our previous report for all of the events surrounding it ‘Monstrous Summer’ event which includes an ‘all-nighter’ 24 hour party at the Magic Kingdom on May 24 (as well as at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure), a re-themed Monsters University student union meet and greet at Disney’s’ Hollywood Studios and new Monsters University-inspired jokes introduced to Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor.
Ahead of this week’s ‘Monstrous Summer’ press event being held at the Walt Disney World Resort, we have learned of some exciting upcoming additions to Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic cruise liner. The new features include a mix of adapting enhancement from fleet ships Disney Dream and Fantasy’s own pluses as well as brand new experiences, amongst which may be the very first (permanent) foray into the Marvel universe by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the business unit that manages Disney Cruise Line. From children to adults, the Disney Magic promises to offer brand new experiences not available anywhere else on the high seas.
The additions begin with the Oceaneer’s Club which currently hosts four immersive experiences from Disney’s Pixie Hollow, Andy’s room from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, a submarine experience inspired by Finding Nemo and the scream floor of Monsters Inc aboard the Dream and Fantasy. It appears the latter two will be going away in favor of the Marvel’s Avengers Academy (promised to be based on an upcoming animated Disney XD series of the same name) and a Mickey Mouse Club, inspired by the series of brand new animated shorts now being produced.
The Magic will also receive the AquaDuck waterslide along with some enhancements in way of the AquaLab as found on the Disney Fantasy. In addition, a new water play area for infants and toddlers will be re-themed to the Nephews’ Splash Zone. A brand new water slide called the Twist N’ Spout will also be introduced to the ship, which ‘splashes off in one direction, then loop-de-loops the opposite way.’
Donald Duck’s presence will also be felt elsewhere onboard as the Disney Magic introduces a new restaurant based on his Saludos Amigos co-star, Jose. The restaurant will be called Carioca’s and will be Brazilian-influenced, themed to an outdoor marketplace during festival.
The adults-only district will be re-themed to After Hours and, in addition to featuring O’Gills from the Disney Fantasy, will also feature an undersea themed club called Fathoms and a piano bar named Keys.
CORRECTION: The article was incorrectly initially written from the perspective of the Disney Dream. Changes have been made to reflect that these additions will be completely new to the Disney Magic.
Disney Cruise Line and Audience Entertainment today announced that an interactive, guest-driven experience has come to major movie theaters across the United States. The first crowdgame of its kind in the country, it allows large theater audiences to control on-screen action from their seats via a group arm-waving motion.
In the virtual game, moviegoers will join a classic animated character in a 90-second interactive, big screen version of the AquaDuck as found on Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream and Fantasy ships. The 765 foot experience propels guests with powerful water blasters on an exhilarating flume ride unlike any other. By moving their arms and acting together like a virtual ‘human joystick’ the audience controls game action as they take a virtual video ride along with the classic character while he gathers surprises on his way down the flume. Surprises gathered along the way will be counted at the end of the game and results posted on the screen.
The 6 week Christmas campaign will play in select theatres in major cities across America in the FirstLook Pre-Show Program offered by AE partner NCM Media Networks prior to screenings of Twilight: Breaking Dawn and Happy Feet 2. NCM is the largest screen advertising company in the world, and is a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. It represents over 18,000 screens owned by the three largest global theatre owners, AMC Theatres, Cinemark and Regal Cinemas. Other such campaigns are planned for the future.
Just moments ago, the Disney Dream held a formal christening ceremony for its AquaDuck water coaster and we were there beside gal pal Daisy to help bring the event to you. Before he took his own maiden voyage on the AquaDuck, Donald Duck christened the first-of-its-kind attraction by adding in water collected from Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach waterparks located at Walt Disney World.
Then it was go for launch as Daisy cheered on her man — er, duck.
Here are some first look photos from the event. Unfortunately due to the eagerness to share these photos with you, they are raw and unedited as initially shared so there’s a fair amount of sensor dust on the camera (shame on us). Hopefully cleaned up images will be available in the upcoming days.
Also please look forward to an equally poor quality gallery of photos as the Disney Dream encountered the Disney Magic as she was docked at Castaway Cay.
Disney Cruise Line has shared with us this video of the innovative AquaDuck Water Slide in action aboard the Disney Dream which is now undergoing testing outside the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany where it was constructed.
An industry first of its kind, the 765 foot long AquaDuck takes the rider on a journey around up, down, around and off the side of the ship, through the Forward Funnel and — following a massive 4 deck-tall drop — into a lazy river.
Disney Cruise Line’s Dream Ship Introduces Virtual Portholes, Interactive Characters, Water Coaster & More
In tandem with the press conference Disney is holding in New York City surrounding the new Disney Dream and its innovations, USA Today has been releasing additional information, photos and (soon) videos of the individual experiences.
First up is the 765 foot long AquaDuck, billed as the world’s first water coaster. Using the same type of technology employed in the theme parks, guests will ride an inflatable raft through a clear acrylic tube that rises four stories above the top deck and even features a loop that takes guests off the ship, 150 feet above the water. At one point, the AquaDuck riders even pass through one of the children’s areas, but that may be all the kids can do as the ride is so intense, it will have a height requirement.
Check out this CG video which gives a first look at the AquaDuck and the Disney Dream itself:
Next up on the innovation list, virtual portholes for those with an inside cabin. Using a network of high-definition cameras placed around the ship, guests staying in an inside cabin will get a virtual look at the exact same view nearby outside cabins have. In addition, guests may encounter surprise visits from a Disney character such as Peach from Finding Nemo who will appear as though they are clinging on to the porthole themselves.
Other innovations include bringing the popular theme park attraction Turtle Talk with Crush to the Oceaneer Lab and Oceaneer Club as well as other interactive guests such as Stitch. The ship will also feature interactive, animated works of art by way of LCD monitors equipped with proximity sensors that can tell when a guest has approached them.