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Old January 12th, 2012, 09:55 AM
Jason Leppert
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Yesterday we were treated to a first look onboard the new Disney Fantasy. We boarded the ship at the finishing dock at Meyer Werft just feet away from the massive warehouse where it was primarily assembled. The ship is still very much under construction, and the photos below are not entirely indicative of what the final product will look like.

Our tour began by walking up an industrial gangway and then climbing up a flight of stairs within the ship itself. Our first reveal of any of the ship's public interiors was the nearly completed gallery of shops that lead towards the Walt Disney Theatre.


We reversed, however, for the time being towards the main atrium of the ship. On the Fantasy, this space has been enlarged by removing some offices that were here on the Dream.

Here details like this beautiful mosaic are already in place.


Artisans are hard at work to finalize stairwell treatments.


Plus, whimsical character friezes.


It's the overall view that most impresses with the art nouveau colors and architectural flourishes.



The ceiling colors in these photos are particularly more vibrant than they will appear once the crystal chandelier is fully lit. Once illuminated, softer pastel colors consistent with the art nouveau styling will be revealed.


The colors will be truer in appearance to these on the exquisite floor.


We also took a peek at the Royal Court restaurant with its Disney princess inspired details.


The beginnings of the detailed scroll work in the flooring are very well crafted.


Wallpaper is more prevalent than the painted walls on Dream's restaurant counterpart.


The captain's table in the center of the dining venue has a raised ceiling with improved sight lines across the restaurant.


The room exudes a gentle chromatic purity.


While we were not given permission to photograph the installation of the high-tech Animator's Palate, the venue with its new Animation Magic show is sure to please. We were given a brief demonstration onsite that was very impressive. One of our Imagineer guides, Bob Zalk, posed with an example of the placemats where guests will draw their own character before seeing it come to life on screen later in the evening.


The adults-only area of the ship, Europa, is the farthest away from completion of any of the spaces we were shown.


The French champagne bar, Ooh La La, has some ceiling details that are coming along. In this photo the Disney Cruise Line president, Karl Holz, very proud of the new ship, can be seen taking it all in just as we are.


It's very difficult to imagine it now, but this will soon be the site of La Piazza carousel bar in the heart of Europa.


O'Gill's Pub is currently receiving it's faux finish ceiling paint.


Here you find the Skyline Bar with a frame in the background that will eventually receive a relief map.


And the currently very dark space with its bar equipment already in place. Skyline Bar is larger on this ship than on the Dream, having expanded into previously outdoor areas found on the sister ship.


The Union Jack inspired ceiling is about all that has made its way into The Tube nightclub thus far, but the space does appear nice and roomy.


Some of the signage has been installed too.


The most complete portion of Europa is actually the bathrooms featuring truly stunning Spanish-inspired mosaic work.

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