Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Re-Imagining the Disney Magic

Re-Imagining the Disney Magic

The Disney Magic is in the Navantia Shipyard in Spain being Re-Imagined. The work should take about 4 weeks to complete. The Disney Magic was launched in 1998 and has been in service ever since. This is the first major refurbishment for this ship. The average lifespan of a cruise ship is 30 years. At that point the cost of maintaining the ship is not very cost effective. There are ships out there that are over 30 years old and a few as old as 50 but not many. It is the caustic sea water and air that do the damage to the ships. Rust sets in and it is a race to keep it from taking over. Given time, no matter how fastidious the cleaning is the ships begin to smell “dirty” after years of service.

The pools on the Magic will be redone and the new AquaDunk waterslide will be added. There will be other upgrades and changes around the ship such as name and theme changes to some quick service food areas on the pool deck.

The Parrot Cay restaurant will be changed into Carioca’s (named after one of Donald Duck’s friends in the 3 Amigos). It will have a South American feel instead of the Caribbean Island feel. Topsiders will become Cabanas as it is on both the Dream and Fantasy. Animators Palate will be re-drawn. Animators Palate will have the technology that is in place on the Dream and Fantasy added. On some “Show Nights” guests will be given special placemats that you can draw on at the beginning of your meal. Your drawings will be animated and shown on the walls during diner. I believe it will also have the same technology that brings Crush and others from Finding Nemo to visit while you eat. Palo’s (adult only restaurant) will get a makeover as well.

The Main Lobby Atrium will be updated to be more like those on the new ships, Dream and Fantasy. The Mickey Statue will be relocated to create a better traffic flow.

The Kids Clubs will be re-imagined bringing in more bright colors and Disney Characters. There will be a Pixie Hallow area, Andy’s Room, Marvels Avengers area and others.

It has not been announced if the Mickey Horn will be upgraded to play the same songs as the Dream and Fantasy. There will be some minor upgrades to the cabins but it has not been announced if the Magic’s inside cabins will get the virtual portholes that are on the Dream and Fantasy.

I think the most intriguing and highly announced change is the addition of the AquaDunk. In my opinion it looks like a scaled down version of the AquaDuck that is on the Dream and Fantasy. It appears to be about half the length or less of the AquaDuck and it starts out with a sharp almost strait down drop. Here is an animated “virtual ride” on the AquaDunk.

Overview of changes:

Water fun:
            AquaDunk Waterslide, Deck 13
            AquaLab interactive water playground and pool, Deck 9
            Nephews’ Splash Zone for infants and toddlers, Deck 9

New fun for Kids and Teens:
            Disney’s Oceaneer Club for kids ages 3-12 being completely re-imagined, Deck 5
Marvel’s Avengers Academy, Andy’s Room, Pixie Hallow, Mickey Mouse Club, Disney’s Oceaneer Lab for kids ages 3-12, Deck 5
It’s a Small World Nursery is replacing Flounder’s Reef, for babies 3 months to 3 years, Deck 5
Chill Spa for teens ages 13-17, Deck 9
Just for Adults:
After Hours nighttime entertainment district (replacing Beat Street), Deck 3
Fathoms nightclub (replacing Rockin’ Bar D), Deck 3
Keys piano lounge (replacing Sessions), Deck 3
O’Gills Irish pub and sports bar (replacing Diversions), Deck 3
Senses Spa and Salon (replacing Vista Spa & Salon), Deck 9
Palo adult only restaurant (dining room makeover) Deck 10
Dining changes:
Carioca’s (replacing Parrot Cay), Deck 3
Animator’s Palate (adding Drawn to the Magic and Animation Magic shows), Deck 4
Cabanas (replacing Topsider Buffet), Deck 9
Family Areas:
Atrium Lobby (reimagined), Deck 3
D Lounge Family Lounge (replacing Studio Sea), Deck 4
Staterooms and suits (redesign), Decks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8

Here is a link to the Navantia website. At this time they do not have any pictures up of the Magic or any word about her. They did on Monday but they took them off their website and Facebook page.

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