Grace Amsden, Editor-in-Chief
One of the most inspiring quotes from Walt Disney is as follows: “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
Well, the good news is that there is still imagination in the world, and Disneyland continues to grow. It remains a tremendously loved destination by Disney geeks and many, many others. The fond memories of flying next to the stars in Space Mountain, being subject to that delicious “water smell” inside The Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the suspense before plummeting down the final drop of Splash Mountain will always remain in the heart. It gets to the point where it becomes a desire to go back again and again.
Walt’s vision expanded past the theme parks, quite obviously, and spread to the extent of cruise ships. The Disney Co. announced the beginning of March, 2016 that two additional cruise ships are in the process of being planned to add to the Disney cruises already offered.
At this time, there aren’t direct details for plans of the ship’s regarding their names and designs, according to Public Relations Manager Jonathan Frontado in an article on disneyparks.disney.go.com.
However, according to Frontado, “Each new ship will be approximately 135,000 gross tons – slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy – and each is currently planned to include about 1,250 guest staterooms.”
Currently, there are four Disney cruise ships, each of them transferring guests to see spots in the world while experiencing a bit of magic. There’s the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
The other ship is the Disney Wonder. I went on this cruise in 2012 with my family, the destination to Alaska like Ketchikan and Skagway.
Aside from the one period of choppy sea that made my stomach and head spin around, which meant having to purchase motion sickness arm bands and rest for a bit, the experience was grand.
Character meet and greets were held on the ship, one of the key activities. For those who go on a Disney cruise, they must be ready to take many photos with characters. There are designated times for characters to make appearances. For example, there’s Pirate Night featuring Peter Pan, pirate Stitch and pirate Minnie. Yet, there were a few occasions to meet the characters randomly, such as by catching Peter Pan come out from the children’s center or Daisy Duck in front of the gift shop.
The decorations are quite impressive inside the Disney Wonder. Take, for example, the Animator’s Palate restaurant. For those who don’t know what this dining room looks like, imagine stepping into a black and white sketchbook by a talented Disney animator. Disney designs are doodled all over the walls, some of them placed in fine arts frames. In the center of the restaurant are giant paint brushes that support an artist’s palette.
Though the decor is already interesting, it gets better. Timed to appear about halfway through the meals, colors light up the whole place. Green is added to the hat of the Mad Hatter, Peter Pan’s hair turns a flaming orange and all the walls shift to swirls of yellow, orange and purple.
It’s cool to think about what these new ships will look like. Disney fans, or ultimately anyone, can look forward to the next details regarding the possibilities for the ships. Eventually, they can look forward to the new memories that will be made upon traveling on one.
According to the article, the ships won’t be complete until about 2021 and 2023. But throughout the whole process of designing and planning, these new cruises will mark a new segment of Disney history.
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