Before & After: Oceaneer Lab
The Oceaneer Lab is one of two symbiotic spaces for the 3-to-12 set. Buzz Lightyear is out, sent off on some new mission. (Please don't tell him he's actually just being shipped back to Disney's enormous prop warehouse.) The room will adopt the pirate-themed look of the version found on Disney Dream and Fantasy. It will also feature a navigation simulator, an animator's studio and myriad games.
Before & After: Oceaneer Club Becomes Andy's Room
The adjoining Oceaneer Club, a low-ceilinged, dimly lit area that's also used by the 3-to-12's, will be partitioned into three exuberantly themed rooms: Pixie Hollow, where novelty-sized set design suggests you've taken the pill that makes you small; Andy's Room, a "Toy Story"-themed space where novelty-sized toys suggest you've taken the same pill; and the Avenger Academy, which, thanks to Disney's 2009 acquisition of Marvel, can train small people in the art of becoming a super hero.
Before & After: Oceaneer Club Becomes the Avengers Academy
"The family of Disney friends has grown," Lanzisero said of the Pixar and Marvel acquisitions. "So the guest expectations have grown." The Marvel's Avengers Academy, which isn't found on Disney's three other ships, will showcase props like Iron Man's suit and Thor's hammer.
Before & After: StudioSea Becomes the D Lounge
"We gutted this one," Lanzisero said of StudioSea, the family-friendly activity space -- think all-ages dances, game shows, cooking demos -- that will become D Lounge. Lanzisero said they are dramatically opening up the design to make the space less "cave-like."
--Image appears courtesy of PeterPanFan and Character Central.
Before After Shot 5: Parrot's Key Becomes Carioca's
Like a bad perm, some looks become painfully identifiable with their epoch of popularity. Case in point: Parrot's Key, one of three themed main dining rooms, features an ersatz tropicality that Lanzisero said was unfortunately gaining steam in the 90's. "Does dated mean tacky?" I asked. "Well..." Lanzisero said with a chuckle. "The best Disney spaces are timeless," he said. "In redesigning this space in a classic Art Deco motif, we're trying to make sure this," he said waving, "doesn't happen again."Jose Carioca is Donald Duck's parrot buddy in “The Three Caballeros." The ship's other restaurants are getting more modest refreshes, and Animator's Palate will launch the dinner show “Animation Magic,” which lets diners create a character that becomes part of the action through animation. The show debuted on Disney Fantasy.
After: Rockin' Bar D Becomes Fathoms
Each of Disney's four ships is distinguished by a bar-filled zone absent of people who'd rather spend their time careening down a slide shaped like a slinky dog. But the difference between said spaces on Fantasy/Dream and Magic is like a Ketel One martini vs. a jug of moonshine. Within Magic's Beat Street, Rockin' Bar D "kind of lost its identity," Lanzisero said. It began as kind of a country and western bar and evolved into an homage to rock 'n' roll, complete with musical props lining the walls and littered atop the bar. Come October, it'll just be the gimmick-free Fathoms nightclub, where technology -- the color of the cool jelly fish lighting, sound -- can shape the feel. All those goofy props will be returned to Disney's prop warehouse. Also on tap for Beat Street are an Irish Pub found on Fantasy/Dream and a remodeled piano lounge.
Before & After: Cabins
All of the ship's 877 cabins will be refreshed to look more like the modern accommodations found on Disney Dream and Fantasy. The "virtual portholes," circular screens that provide a digital view for inside cabin occupants, won't be coming to Magic. They were cost prohibitive, Lanzisero said.
Before & After: Mickey Pool
Bustling, water feature-heavy sun decks have become a new ship mandate for every major line. No surprise, Magic's Mickey Pool area is about to get wetter and busier. The AquaLab, a version of which debuted on Fantasy, will feature pop jets, geysers and bubblers, as well as a twister slide for passengers who tower from 3-foot-2-inches to 5-foot-4'.
Before & After: AquaDump
The marquee top-ship addition will be the AquaDunk, a three-story slide that begins courtesy of a "trap door" platform. (Similar concepts are found on Carnival Spirit and the soon-to-launch Norwegian Breakaway.) The slide juts 20 feet beyond the side of the ship. Adding this element was an example of finding a sliver of space to work in a new amenity. The team went through a number of iterations before the final version was determined, Lanzisero said. (You can't get in the way of the Disney insignia on the funnel.)
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