I have been waiting for this announcement for months now and it has finally arrived! Details, renderings and exciting features of the Disney Fantasy cruise ship are here!!

Set to debut Spring 2012, the Disney Fantasy, sister ship to the Dream and brand new addition to the Disney Cruise fleet will include many of the features launched on the Disney Dream, as well as some new and exciting additions that will make the Fantasy all her own.

The atrium lobby will be designed in a beautiful Art Nouveau style in hues of vibrant blue, green, pink and gold. A sweeping grand staircase, fluted columns, grand piano and marble inlay flooring will just add to the ambiance, in addition to the focal point – a cascading chandelier made of crystal beads and stained glass.

Cast in bronze, and inspired by travel of the ‘20’s and ‘30‘s Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse will be there to greet you.

“Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” will be added to the show line-up. This musical comedy is a Broadway-style production featuring the hilarious wise-cracking Genie we love. Some of the classic scenes and songs from the movie Aladdin will be re-created on stage as well as some new surprises, like the magic flying carpet scene, which combines mechanical wizardry with state-of-the-art projections, allowing Jasmine and Aladdin to soar as they perform a heartfelt duet of “Whole New World.”

“Animation Magic” at Animator’s Palate will bring the magic of Disney animation into the dining room. This dinner show  brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room with a new show called “Animation Magic.”  The dinner show celebrates the magic of Disney animation and allows families to create and participate in a whole new way.

Disney Cruise Line explains:

As guests are seated at their tables, they are invited to draw a character of their own using a simple template on their placemat.  Then, just before dinner, house lights dim and a sprinkling of pixie dust illuminates the room.

Imagery is revealed on several large monitors showing animated, black and white drawings of Mickey Mouse.  Mickey then places the Sorcerer’s hat upon his head which transforms him, as well as all of the other pencil drawings shown throughout the room, from black and white to color.

Mickey then invites guests to sit back, relax and enjoy a taste of animation as a montage of memorable food-themed moments from Disney and Pixar films set to “Be Our Guest” begins to delight guests.  After the “Be Our Guest” number is complete, animated curtains are drawn on the monitors for a brief intermission. During this time, guests are encouraged to complete their own drawings, if they have not already done so, so they may be whisked off to Mickey Mouse who is conjuring a magical final act.

While guests enjoy dinner, the restaurant’s walls fill with classic Disney and Pixar characters gathering food, eating and drinking together, and celebrating over meals.

After dinner, the animated curtains are opened on the screens and Sorcerer Mickey returns for the exciting finale.  With a flourish and musical crescendo, Mickey works magic as only Disney can do.  Mickey conjures the guests’ drawings – now fully animated and brought to life – into the onscreen action.

A parade starts as Mickey leads the guests’ drawings in a march across the screens around the dining room.  The animation of the drawings becomes increasingly more elaborate, and then the drawings step into scenes from beloved Disney movies and skip, skate and dance side-by-side with characters such as Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella and Snow White.

At the conclusion of the show, Mickey returns to say “so long” to the guests and, as he does, credits roll on screen showing each guest’s name listed as a guest animator. To commemorate the experience, each guest will have their character drawing returned to them, with an added touch… a golden seal proclaiming them an Official Disney Animator.”

Sounds amazing!

Adult guests will have a couple of new bars to look forward to. Europa Nighttime Entertainment district will feature trendy lounges and sophisticated bars all inspired by European travel: La Piazza, Skyline, O’Gill’s Pub, Ooh La La and The Tube.

Walt Disney World’s infamous Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is heading to sea! Young Princesses AND pirates will be able to experience the full fairy tale treatment with these fun makeovers.

The princess packages are always popular, but what’s really exciting are the new pirate packages (perfect for pirate night!). Guests can choose from two – First Mate (includes bandana, facial scars tattoos, fake teeth, earring, eye patch, sword and sheath) or Empress (includes bandana, shimmering makeup, face gem, tattoos, nail polish, earring, eye patch, sword and sheath).

The Royal Court Restaurant is a new dining room fit for royalty. The design inspiration is taken from classic films“Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

The Disney Fantasy will depart on her maiden voyage March 31, 2012, and will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries – alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Special Eastern Caribbean sailings in November and December 2012 stop at St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  All Disney Fantasy itineraries include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

For more info, visit Disney Cruise Line.

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