The Muppets to star in interactive game aboard Disney Fantasy
One of the new interactive features on the Disney Fantasy will be an adventure game starring the Muppets. Kermit, Miss Piggie, Fozzie, Gonzo and Animal headline a Muppet cast in "The Case of the Stolen Show." The game takes cruises around the Fantasy looking for clues in more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art. (Disney Cruise Line)
Kermit, Miss Piggie, Fozzie, Gonzo and Animal headline a Muppet cast in "The Case of the Stolen Show." The game takes cruisers around the Fantasy looking for clues in more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art.
Enchanted Art is artwork actually on LCD screens around the ship that magically come alive as guests stop to look at them.
The "Stolen Show" storyline has the Muppets preparing for a big show, but all sorts of items have gone missing: Kermit's banjo, Fozzie's squirting flower, Gonzo's crash helmet, Animal's drum sticks and the Swedish Chef's cleaver.
Designed for guests 9 and older, the game is a self-paced hunt to find the missing items and discover the culprit. The game features alternate endings and other random events, so you can play it more than once.
The Muppets game is just one of the interactive features that will be on the new Fantasy, many of which are also featured on its sister ship, the Disney Dream.
Enchanted Art is aboard both ships, but the more than 20 pieces aboard the Fantasy will be new including art featuring Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, scenes from "Fantasia" and Walt Disney himself animating Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto.
Fine art fans may appreciated "Pinkie Daisy," a take on the 1794 painting by Thomas Lawrence, "Sarah Barrett Moulton: Pinkie." Check out video of Pinkie Daisy here.
Other interactive features aboard the Fantasy include "Animation Magic" at the Animator's Palate restaurant, Living Characters, Magical Portholes, the Magic PlayFloor and the Skyline adults-only bar.
Animation Magic allows diners to draw a character on a special template that is then taken and actually added to an animated storyline at the conclusion of dinner.
Living Characters are a popular feature in which animated characters actually converse with the people watching them. Aboard the Fantasy, as it is on the Dream, kids in the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab can interact with Crush, the sea turtle from "Finding Nemo" and Stitch, the alien from "Lilo & Stitch" as they appear on a 103-inch plasma screen. Crush also does his interactive duties at the Animator's Palate restaurant.
The restaurant itself undergoes a transformation as diners are brought to the ocean floor through the use of more than 100 wall-mounted LCD screens to make the transition. The same technology is used at Skyline to transform the view from the bar to nine "windows to the world" with panoramas to places such as Paris, London, Barcelona, Florence, Athens, Budapest and St. Petersburg.
Another technological feature on board both the Dream and Fantasy is the inside stateroom portholes, which display a real-time video view from outside the ship, but enhanced with the occassional animated visitor doing a "fly-by."
Also on board both vessels is the Magic PlayFloor at the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab. The PlayFloor is 15-foot-square grid with motion detectors that allow the children interacting with the floor to play a variety of games.
The Disney Fantasy, currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany is set for its debut voyage on March 31, 2011. The Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral, offering alternating seven-night cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean with stops at Castaway Cay, the line's private island in the Bahamas. The 4,000-passenger ship is a sister to the Disney Dream, also based at Port Canaveral, that debuted in January 2010 and will up the Disney Cruise Line fleet to four, with the line's two original vessels, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
The Wonder is currently based on the Pacific Coast and the Magic will continue to sail out of Port Canavearl until Fantasy's arrival, when it will migrate to New York.