Technological Innovations Bring Stories and Characters to Life on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream

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CELEBRATION, Fla. – Throughout the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, guests discover creative and whimsical technical innovations—whether it’s mealtime, playtime or bedtime.

Guests’ own drawings dance with Disney characters. “Paintings” spring to life. Interior staterooms have a porthole view of the sea outside. Animated characters chat with guests. Among the highlights:

‘Animation Magic’ at Animator’s Palate

Animator’s Palate on the Disney Fantasy brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room with a 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.

  • 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.
  • During dinner, Mickey invites guests to sit back, relax and enjoy a taste of animation as a montage of memorable food-themed moments from Disney and Disney•Pixar films is displayed, set to the show tune “Be Our Guest.” After dinner, Mickey returns for the exciting finale. With a musical crescendo, he works his magic and 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” while credits roll on screen showing each guest’s name listed as a guest animator. To commemorate the experience, guests’ drawings are returned to them … with an added touch: a golden seal proclaiming them an Official Disney Animator.
  • The Themed Entertainment Association awarded Disney Cruise Line the “Ingenious Use of Technology” award for the “Animation Magic” show at Animator’s Palate on the Disney Fantasy.

“Undersea Magic” at Animator’s Palate

The fun continues at Animator’s Palate on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream…

  • After guests are seated, the entire restaurant goes through a transformation as dinnertime is also show time for “Undersea Magic.”
  • The transformation involves more than 100 wall-mounted LCD screens that switch to scenes of a vivid undersea environment—as if the restaurant was transported to the ocean floor and the LCD screens are windows providing views of a colorful coral reef and creatures that reside on the reef.
  • Crush, the surfer-dude sea turtle from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” swims around the restaurant from “window” to “window,” engaging in live impromptu interactions with guests.
  • While Crush is moving throughout the restaurant, other characters from “Finding Nemo,” such as Nemo, Dory, Squirt and Bruce the shark, swim by and visit with guests.
  • The dining experience culminates with a surfing lesson led by Crush as the EAC (East Australian Current) swirls around the room.
  • As Crush swims away, other characters from “Finding Nemo” make a final appearance before magically turning into pencil sketches.

Enchanted Art

Throughout the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, more than 20 pieces of Enchanted Art, inspired by classic Disney characters and animations, immerse guests in Disney storytelling in a completely new way. As guests pause to admire an individual piece of Enchanted Art, it magically comes alive.

While Enchanted Art looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship, it is actually a framed LCD screen that utilizes technology to create special effects. Enchanted Art “recognizes” a guest is present and activates several seconds of animation. Guests may see new and different animation when they visit the Enchanted Art another time.

Examples of Enchanted Art on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream…

  • A work 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 flies through the scene.
  • A vintage photo of Walt Disney at his drawing board creates a magical moment for guests when the character Walt is creating becomes animated.
  • A “painting” of Peter Pan’s Neverland Cove is fronted by a prop of a ship’s wheel. When a guest moves the wheel, the painting comes to life and the guest navigates Captain Hook’s ship around Neverland Cove.
  • Dual circus art posters featuring Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse flying from one frame into the other – a nod to the Disney Fantasy stern characters.
  • Walt Disney animating three clips that spring from his sketch pad featuring the “Fab Five” (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto).
  • Fanciful animations of “Alice in Wonderland” inspired by Disney Legend Mary Blair’s art.
  • “Pinkie Daisy” inspired by Thomas Lawrence’s painting “Sarah Barrett Moulton: Pinkie.”

Midship Detective Agency

Enchanted Art also is involved in an interactive game…

  • Using a game card that they hold up in front of select pieces of Enchanted Art, guests unveil clues and find missing objects, ultimately determining the villain and saving the day in an interactive detective adventure game.
  • Guests obtain game cards at a self-sign-in “detective desk” kiosk where they also receive a map of the Enchanted Art pieces that are part of the game for them to explore.
  • The game card has a 2D barcode—a square marker pattern that is read by a camera, causing something to happen. Since each game card has a unique barcode pattern, the progress of each player can be tracked by the game software.
  • Each game features several possible endings and multiple randomized events – so each time a guest plays, they have a different adventure.
  • The Muppets star in “The Case of the Stolen Show.” The adventure begins as they are preparing to stage a big performance. But there’s a problem: all of the props for the big show have been stolen by a cunning thief (or more likely, another Muppet).

Magical Porthole

The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream carry on the spirit of innovation with a cruise industry first for all 150 inside staterooms – a “window” to the world with a real-time view outside the ship …

  • High-definition cameras on the exterior of the ship feed video to each Magical Porthole. The view corresponds stateroom location—port or starboard … forward, midship or aft.
  • Animated Disney characters may pop by the Magical Porthole, including Peach the starfish from the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo,” Mr. Potato Head from “Toy Story,” Dumbo the flying elephant or even Mickey Mouse.

Magic PlayFloor

Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab feature a Magic PlayFloor, a cruise-industry first that blends the latest in gaming technology with Disney’s panache for storytelling…

  • Located in the main gathering space in both venues, the interactive floor allows children to engage in group activities where their movements control the action.
  • The PlayFloor is designed with 16 light pads on the perimeter that detect motion and location and trigger actions. There are 28 monitors integrated with one another to create a grid display 15 feet by 15 feet on the center of the PlayFloor.
  • The games are thematically tied to Disney stories and characters—from “Cars” and “Tron” to “Peter Pan” and “The Princess and the Frog.”
  • Youth counselors use the Magic PlayFloor during storytelling activities where children fly over the streets of London with Peter Pan, help a frog feast on a bug banquet, leap over lasers with Stitch, race a car like Lightning McQueen and step into the world of Tron.

Living Characters

In Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab youth areas, Disney characters come to life and interact with children in one-of-a-kind experiences …

  • Crush, the animated sea turtle from the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo,” and Stitch, the mischievous animated alien from the motion picture “Lilo & Stitch,” appear on screen to chat, play and joke with kids in live, unrehearsed, personalized conversations.
  • In the Star Wars: Command Post inside Disney’s Oceaneer Club aboard the Disney Fantasy, kids can meet members of the Resistance and interact with holographic models at a one of-a-kind Star Wars holotable that projects 3-D images of the Millennium Falcon, Death Star and other famous Star Wars ships.

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