Exclusive: Disney Cruise Line Reveals Newest Ship and Ports

While aboard the Disney Fantasy preview cruise I sat down for an exclusive, but confidential, dinner with three Imagineers who were set to embark in their next big project for Disney Cruise Line the minute we put into port. In order to help conceal their identities, I agreed not to post details of the dinner until today.

With the success of the Dream and Fantasy, the company sat and looked at its compliment of four ships and the number of destinations that could be served at any one time and found that no matter how they sliced it, there were really five year round markets, East Coast has the Caribbean & Bahamas (2 markets), There’s the Western Caribbean and Mexico (1 market), and then there’s northern US combined with Mediterranean (1 market). But the fifth untapped market is South East Asia.

Serving Australia, New Zealand & Malaysia, Disney’s fifth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet will not only bring Disney to this under-served market, but will bring a floating theme park as well. Based on an old Imagineering concept code named SS Disney, the fifth ship will be the largest Disney ship yet. It will hold over 6000 passengers and crew. Plus the top 4 decks will be dedicated to attractions and theme park rides as only Disney can conceive of them.

April Fools!

“This new ship will really blow all the others out of the water,” said one Imagineer. “We made the Aquaduck work on the Dream and Fantasy, now we’re moving onto Pirates of the Caribbean on the Caribbean.”

As even the largest existing facility for cruise ships is too small to handle the construction of the fifth ship in the fleet, the construction is being done in parts and assembled in a port normally reserved for super tankers. Contractors who believe they’re working on attractions for Shanghai Disneyland are actually building parts for this new ship. Even furniture builders and fabric fabricators have been told the nautical themed products are for a ‘themed’ hotel being planned for Disneyland in California.

“We’re keeping a tight lid on this project,” said one of the Imagineers. “Tighter than even the AVATAR technology. We have to because of our partnership with the Soviet Space Simulation Academy. Our joint project “AVATAR Project Research Institute Level One” is not even located in Glendale. Instead we’re housed in an abandoned warehouse on Disney Institute facility.”

The imagineers showed me a few more pieces of concept art on their iPad and I have to say I’m impressed. It’s just what Disney Cruise Line needs to take it into the future and set a new high bar for all cruise lines.

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17 Responses to Exclusive: Disney Cruise Line Reveals Newest Ship and Ports

  1. Connor says:

    You don’t even know how much you just got me.

  2. Sara says:

    I got about 2/3 through that before I remembered what day it was.

  3. Andrew says:

    I got to the picture – which was familiar from the SS Disney concept – and then remembered the date!

  4. Karenan54837083 says:

    Thats not nice!! I was getting really excited:(

  5. chris says:

    You stinker! I was thinking to myself, “Now who did I see him sitting with on the ship!”

    Doh!

  6. Tim says:

    Our joint project “AVATAR Project Research Institute Level One”…

    A.P.R.I.L.1.

    *Very* clever!!!

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  9. Jeffrey says:

    I HATE you!!! That’s two yrs in a row you duped me grrrrrrr!! Lol well played. P.s. that Disney Dreams is amazeballs!!!

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  11. MWeyer says:

    The fact the tags at the bottom say “April Fools” and “joke” did sort of give it away.

  12. Whit says:

    I know it’s a joke, but I’m not against it.

  13. Aly says:

    You SO got me. Damn. I even sent this to my dad….

  14. Mark Hickson says:

    Aloha John,
    I got an e-mail from Alain today saying my SS Disney project was not lost… so I checked the link and found your great April fools joke with my FTP photo. Too Funny!
    A Hui Ho,
    Mark

  15. Rachel R says:

    Hey you made me call 10 people not on my carrier and i love disney cruise ships NOT FUNNY!!!! :(

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