Friday, April 2, 2010

New Disney Dream Innovations Revealed.

(March 30, 2010) – Adding to its impressive list of
cruise industry firsts, Disney Cruise Line will combine
technology-infused innovations and imagination to create a whole new
level of magical experiences for families sailing on its newest ship,
the Disney Dream. Throughout their cruise vacation, guests will
encounter unexpected magic – such as a restaurant that transports guests
under the sea, artwork that magically comes to life and youth clubs
filled with immersive gaming environments and personalized character

Disney Cruise Line partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative
force responsible for designing Disney theme parks and resorts
world-wide, to develop new forms of family entertainment for the Disney
Dream. New experiences planned for the Disney Dream include:

Animator’s Palate
For the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line is re-imagining a fan favorite
from the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder – Animator’s Palate restaurant.
The restaurant design is that of a classic animation studio filled with
character sketches, maquettes (three-dimensional character models),
paint brushes, colored pencils and other tools of the animation trade.
Scenes and characters from popular Disney•Pixar films adorn the walls.

Once the dinner service begins, however, the dining room begins a
magical transformation as scores of wall-mounted LCD screens switch to
scenes of a vivid undersea environment. It’s as if the restaurant was
transported to the ocean floor and the LCD screens are windows,
providing incredible views of a colorful coral reef and creatures that
reside on the reef.

While dining, Crush, the surfer-dude sea turtle from Disney•Pixar’s
“Finding Nemo,” makes a special appearance, swimming around the
restaurant and engaging in live impromptu interactions with guests.
Crush will ask guests about the experience onboard the ship and in turn
answer questions about life under the sea. 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.

Interactive Play-floor
For young cruisers, Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab
will feature an interactive play-floor, 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 play-floor allows children to engage in team play exercises
where their movements control the action on the interactive floor. For
example, one activity has children scrambling around the perimeter of
the interactive play-floor with their movements controlling the pitch of
a virtual tilt maze.

On the interactive play-floor, children will be able to explore a wide
variety of gaming options with varying levels of difficulty. Disney
Cruise Line youth counselors will use the interactive play-floor during
storytelling activities where children will be able to fly over the
streets of London with Peter Pan or ride the ocean waves with Crush.

Living Characters
Also 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. On a 103-inch screen, Crush, the animated sea
turtle from the Disney•Pixar motion picture “Finding Nemo,” or the
mischievous animated alien Stitch make scheduled appearances to chat,
play and joke with kids in live, unrehearsed conversations.

Sometimes using silly props from their digital environments, Crush and
Stitch amaze and entertain children during real-time, personalized
appearances. These magical experiences with Crush and Stitch continue
Disney’s legacy of bringing characters to life in new and incredible ways.

Enchanted Art
Throughout the Disney Dream, guests will encounter Enchanted Art that
immerses guests in Disney storytelling in a completely new way.
Appearing as traditional framed art, Enchanted Art magically comes alive
when guests pause to admire the artwork. Enchanted Art will carry the
appearance of popular art mediums – photography, oil paintings, paper
sculpture, travel posters and animation cells. In reality though, they
are framed LCD screens made to look like artwork through special effects
and recognizes when a guest is present…which triggers the animated
sequence. Guests may see new and different animations each time they
come back and visit the Enchanted Art pieces.

In addition, the Enchanted Art is used as part of a one-of-a-kind
detective themed adventure where guests of all ages join a ship-wide
quest to find either stolen artwork or missing puppies. By using a
simple card that serves as a high-tech detective device, guests can peer
behind virtual canvases and discover clues that will lead them to solve
the mystery and capture the villain responsible. A self-paced adventure,
the game offers six potential villains and features randomized events so
each time a guest plays they will encounter a different and unique
gaming experience.

Virtual Porthole
The Disney Dream carries on the spirit of innovation with a cruise
industry first for all inside staterooms. Virtual Portholes offer a
“window” to the world with a real-time view outside the ship.
High-definition cameras placed on the exterior of the ship feed live
video to each Virtual Porthole. The live video feed corresponds to the
stateroom location – with a view to port, starboard, forward or aft.

As guests are observing the outside views, they may glimpse a magical
surprise: animated characters may pop by the Virtual Porthole.
Characters may include Peach the starfish from the Disney•Pixar film
“Finding Nemo,” the flying balloon house from “UP” or even Mickey Mouse.

The Disney Dream is scheduled to depart on its maiden voyage Jan. 26,
2011, and will sail alternating three- and four-night cruises to the
Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. During summer months,
the ship will alternate four- and five-night itineraries with two stops
at Castaway Cay.



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