First Look: The Reimagined Disney Wonder
Renderings courtesy of Disney Cruise Line
Following similar improvements made to the Disney Magic in 2013 and ahead of future fleet expansions, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic is next to be reimagined with new features this fall. Exclusive highlights include Marvel Super Hero Academy and Tiana’s Place restaurant.
The kids facilities at Disney’s Oceaneer Club (ages 3-12) will be getting some “marvelous” additions, namely Marvel Super Hero Academy, where children will be able to train alongside characters like Spider-Man, making his onboard debut. Together, children will build on teamwork and make the headlines of the Daily Bugle.
Other Marvel heroes will interact with kids via a large digital display, and children will have the opportunity to skillfully control a character on screen. Props on display will also encompass Captain America’s World War II shield, Iron Man’s helmet, Spider-Man’s web shooters and Black Widow’s gauntlets.
Other new club features will include Frozen Adventures for digital gameplay with Olaf and other hands-on activities such as a coronation with Anna and Elsa in person.
Reprised from the Disney Magic improvements will be Club Disney Junior and Andy’s Room. In the former, Doc McStuffins will show up to help diagnose and treat stuffed animals, and in the latter, Woody and Jessie will arrive to participate on the multi-level play structure themed to the “Toy Story” franchise. Also as on her sister ship, Flounder’s Reef Nursery will become the new It’s a Small World Nursery.
Plus, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will be brought onboard for retail makeover experiences, the Edge tween club will be enhanced and the Senses Spa & Salon will newly include a Chill Teen Spa.
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Families will have the chance to come back together for a new dining experience at the fresh Tiana’s Place (rendered in the header above), replacing the former Parrot Cay with an exclusive restaurant inspired by the jazzy animated film “The Princess and the Frog.”
Live musical performances will be presented French Quarter-style on a main stage, and Tiana’s family photos, water lily-shaped candleholders and culinary awards will further set the scene – altogether telling the story of the restaurant owner. Southern New Orleans cuisine will be featured in the supper club straight from Tiana’s bayou recipes.
For other dining, Animator’s Palate will also be enhanced to showcase the “Drawn to Magic” and “Animation Magic” dinner shows, and Beach Blanket Buffet will be transformed into Cabanas as found on the other ships.
Also, Studio Sea will become D Lounge for family game shows, and up on deck, the AquaLab interactive water park, Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide and Dory’s Reef toddler splash area will be added. However, absent since the Disney Magic redesign is the installation of the thrilling AquaDunk water slide.
Just as kids get their exclusive ship areas, so too do adults as Route 66 will become the refined After Hours district with a refresh of the popular Cadillac Lounge and a new car model, as well as a new English pub, not themed this time as O’Gills. Instead, Disney touches will come in the form of London film artwork, props and more. Furthermore, the tavern aesthetic will feature dark woods, leather furnishings and brass details, and drinks will include British and exclusive beers.
What’s more, the Senses Spa & Salon will also be enhanced as will the adults-only Palo Italian specialty restaurant with new Venetian decor.
Disney Wonder’s dry-dock will take place between Sept. 9 and Oct. 23 in Cadiz Spain, and the refreshed ship will debut once again on Nov. 10 from Galveston, Texas. The ship will homeport there through January 2017, sailing to the Bahamas and Caribbean. After a jaunt to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico, the ship will resume cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida in the spring.
For more information or to book, visit disneycruise.com, call 888-DCL-2500 or contact a travel agent.
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