CELEBRATION, Fla. – The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream join a sisterhood of Disney Cruise Line ships celebrating the golden age of ocean liners. Like the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream blend the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ships with contemporary design to create stylish and spectacular cruise vessels.
“The 1930s time of travel was the most romantic, so that is where we started with our design,” said Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering. “We want our guests to get excited just seeing the ship – evoking a beautiful, classic 1930s ocean liner.”
Distinguished by gracefully sweeping lines and meticulous details, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, like their fleet siblings, celebrate sea travel with unmistakable Disney touches.
The ships’ exterior color scheme matches the iconic Mickey Mouse with a black hull, bold red funnels and vivid yellow striping and lifeboats. Small touches, such as silhouettes of Disney characters scrolled into the cruise line’s signature yellow filigree ornamentation that stretches from bow to stern, are subtle reminders that this is one of the most magical ships at sea.
Carrying the modern classic design inside, the elegant interior décor is influenced by Art Nouveau (Disney Fantasy) and Art Deco (Disney Dream) styles – but with what Vaughn calls “a dash of Disney whimsy.”
“At our heart, we are storytellers,” he said. “We take families on vacation and immerse them in stories. We want to transport them out of everyday reality to a different reality.”
For guests sailing on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, that “different reality” begins in the three-deck atrium lobby. Reminiscent of splendid ocean liners from the 1920s and 1930s, the stylish sophistication of the atrium is highlighted by a sweeping grand staircase, oversized portholes and a grand piano.
The Art Nouveau-inspired chandelier on the Disney Fantasy cascades delicately downward from a massive stained-glass flourish on the ceiling in peacock hues of greens and blues. The Disney Dream’s Art Deco-style chandelier sparkles with thousands of hand-crafted crystal beads and glows with colorful glasswork.
The entire three-deck expanse is graced with opulent furnishings, stunning fluted columns and golden capitals. Patterns in hues of vibrant blue, green, pink and gold grace the Disney Fantasy and rich blues, reds and golds adorn the Disney Dream.
Blending with the ethereal effects – in ways so seamless that their discovery is reserved for the “keen eye” – are dashes of Disney whimsy. Decorative bronze friezes featuring Disney characters line the balconies. Balustrades rising up the grand staircase are laced with whimsical designs. Panoramic elevator columns that face into the atrium showcase elaborate metalwork crafted with a hint of a familiar Mickey Mouse outline. Hand-crafted tile mosaics elegantly depict romantic moments from classic Disney films.
One touch of “Disney whimsy” truly stands out. As with each Disney Cruise Line ship that launched before it, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream have an atrium lobby statue celebrating a classic Disney character. The pièce de résistance of the Disney Fantasy lobby is Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse, cast in bronze and dressed in vintage fashion with a parasol and steamer luggage at her side. On the Disney Dream, Admiral Donald Duck cast in bronze stands nearly five feet tall atop a marble pedestal.
Around the atrium lobby and throughout the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, there’s an innovative example of that in Enchanted Art, which magically comes alive as guests pause to admire individual art pieces.
For instance, a piece of art that appears to be an animation cel from the Disney classic film “Bambi” springs to life as Bambi’s friends Thumper and Flower scamper and a butterfly flits through the scene. Another piece, featuring a vintage photo of Walt Disney at his drawing board, creates a magical moment for guests as the character Walt is creating becomes animated.
Enchanted Art looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship but is actually a framed LCD screen with technology that recognizes a guest is present. As a guest stops to view a piece of Enchanted Art, several seconds of animation in the picture are activated. Guests may see new and different animation as they come back and visit the Enchanted Art another time.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.