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Disney Cruise Line industry innovations

When Disney got into the cruise line business, it didn’t want to be just another cruise. It had to have the Disney difference. Starting with the Disney Magic through the Disney Fantasy and improved upon with many ship updates over the years, the Disney Cruise Line has added many innovations to the cruise line industry.

Disney was the first to:

Have a fireworks display at sea, like only Disney can do, a stunning entertainment element for the “Pirates IN the Caribbean” celebration.

Implement an innovative rotational dining concept, featuring three themed restaurants, where guests dine in a different venue each evening, accompanied by their same serving team.

Have a dock at the line’s private island (Castaway Cay), allowing guests the ease of walking on and off the ship at their leisure, thus eliminating the need to use tender boats.

Have a shipboard water coaster – AquaDuck!

Give inside staterooms a “window” on the outside with a Magical Porthole, a wall-mounted monitor that displays real-time video views from high-definition cameras outside of the ship.

Bring The Muppets to a cruise ship in an interactive adventure game played through the ship’s Enchanted Art.

Allow guests to become animators and see their own drawings magically come to life and dance on screen.

Make the princess and pirate fantasies of young guests a reality, giving them full pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers at the first Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Pirates League at sea.

Offer movie premieres at sea on the same day a film debuts in theaters – including films in Disney Digital 3-D.

Feature nearly an entire deck dedicated to children’s activities. From Flounder’s Reef and It’s a Small World Nursery to the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab, kids from 12 weeks to 12 years have plenty of places to take their imaginations to new levels.

Offer exclusive spaces just for tweens and teens. 11-13 year olds can hang out at Edge, while 14-17 year olds have their own club, Vibe.

Offer free soft drinks any time of day or night, with a free 24/7 beverage station offering sodas, coffee, tea and water.

Design staterooms with a family-friendly bath-and-a-half.

Provide guests with complimentary use of Wave Phones for onboard communications.

Have an animated character as the godmother of a ship. Tinker Bell is the godmother of the Disney Wonder.

Apply a hull coating that is non-toxic and innovative in reducing surface resistance in the water, allowing the ship to be more fuel efficient and eco-friendly.

Have yellow-colored lifeboats, rather than the traditional regulation color of orange. Disney was granted special permission by the U.S. Coast Guard to paint the lifeboats yellow, in order to keep with the special color theming of the ship – the colors of Mickey Mouse himself.

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