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New Disney Fantasy Offers Innovative Features

Disney Cruise Line recently raised the curtain for a quick peek at its newest ship, the Disney Fantasy. The sister ship to the Disney Dream, the 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will offer guests new experiences and attractions when she debuts in late March, 2012. While the Fantasy will still offer the much-loved AquaDuck water coaster found on the Dream, the new ship will have alluring design elements and features that will set her apart from the rest of the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Here are just a few of my favorites:

Europa Nighttime Entertainment District

Exclusively for cruise passengers ages 18 and older, the Europa Nighttime Entertainment District on the Disney Fantasy will showcase bars and lounges with a European theme. For example, the La Piazza lounge will be feature romantic couples' booths, Venetian masks, and a classic Vespa. The Skyline bar will provide views of beautiful European panoramas from cities such as Paris, London, Athens, and Barcelona. The Tube is an exciting metropolitan club inspired by the London Underground. Ooh La La will provide adult guests with a sensuous French lounge experience and O'Gill's Pub is an Irish bar and sports lounge featuring a wide selection of Irish beers.

Animation Magic Dinner Show

The Animator's Palate dining room on the Disney Fantasy will have its own audience participation dinner show called "Animation Magic." This new dinner program will showcase Disney's animation skills and will allow guests to participate by creating their own characters with a template on their placemat. With the help of Mickey Mouse in his "Sorcerer Mickey" role, audience sketches will come to life during the dinner theater program.

At the start of dinner, large monitors will show animated, black and white drawings of Mickey Mouse. Mickey then comes to life and places a Sorcerer’s hat upon his head, transforming him, as well as all of the guest's pencil drawings shown throughout the room, from black and white to color.

Mickey will then invite guests to sit back, relax and enjoy the show as food-themed segments from Disney and Pixar films set to “Be Our Guest” are displayed on the large monitors. After the “Be Our Guest” number is complete, animated curtains will be drawn over the monitors for a brief intermission. During this time, dinner guests can complete their own drawings so they can be given to Mickey Mouse for use in his final act.

While guests enjoy the remainder of their dinner, the restaurant’s walls will be covered with Disney and Pixar characters getting food, eating together, and having fun during meals. After dinner, the animated curtains will be opened on the screens and Sorcerer Mickey returns for the show's finale. Mickey is then able to bring the guests’ drawings – now fully animated and brought to life – into a parade throughout the dining room. The animation of the drawings becomes increasingly more detailed. Finally, the drawings step into scenes from Disney movies and interact with characters such as Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and Snow White.

At the end of the show, Mickey returns to say “so long” to the guests and credits roll on screen showing each guest’s name listed as a guest animator. As a memento of their experience, each guest will have their character drawing returned to them along with a golden seal naming them as an Official Disney Animator.

Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular

The Disney Fantasy will have its own unique Broadway-style production based on the Disney animated film, "Aladdin." The 45-minute musical show called "Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular" will feature some of the film’s most popular songs along with special effects, illusions, more than a dozen dancing genies, a magic flying carpet scene, and lots of on stage (and aisle) action sequences. In addition, a new original song for the stage production will debut in March, 2012, when the ship sails.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a popular shop at the Disney theme parks. Now, young guests will be able to receive full pirate and princess makeovers on the new Disney Fantasy. Young princesses entering the boutique will be met by their own Fairy-Godmother-in-training who will help transform them with makeovers such as the Disney Diva, the Pop Princess or the Fairy Tale Princess.

Available only on Disney Cruise Line, guests can also be made into Captain Mickey Mouse, Princess Minnie Mouse and First Mate Minnie Mouse. Special Under the Sea packages will also be offered.

On the Disney Fantasy's pirate party nights, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique turns into the Pirate's League. Here, each guest checking in gets an official pirate name and will be transformed into a buccaneer with beards, bandanas, swords, scars, earrings, eye patches, nail polish, shimmering makeup and more. Guests - boys, girls and grownups - can choose from the First Mate or Empress pirate packages.

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