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Old January 12th, 2012, 09:56 AM
Jason Leppert
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The Walt Disney Theatre is the most finished space on the ship thus far as the production team has already begun preparing the venue for its repertoire of shows.

The technical wizards at Disney are well on their way to programming and rehearsing the new productions.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, the new princess and pirate makeover retail area, is just barely emerging from the rough space once used as meeting rooms on the Dream.

Hamm has a good eye on inspecting the construction in Andy's Room, just part of the massive kids area known as the Oceaneer Club.

And although dimly lit and full of boxes currently, Monster's Academy is really far along already.

The floral lighting fixtures in the Enchanted Garden restaurant, unlike the manual ones on the Dream, are now fully and automatically mechanized to open...

And close...

We also were presented some finished staterooms onboard that are mostly unchanged from the Dream's but will this time include an expanded list of Magical Porthole character animations on the longer 7-night voyages.

The bulk of the changes between the Dream and the Fantasy are apparent on the upper decks. Here, a space once only home to a bare stage is now home to a wading pool soon to include a unique water and fog feature as well as new canopy shade structures.

The most inventive use of space I have ever seen on a cruise ship is found on the forward portion of the upper deck where the usable amount of deck space was better outfitted with additional canopies and Satellite Falls the brand new adult-only wading pool that architecturally features and effectively disguises one of the bulbous television receivers. From the rim of the satellite drops a current of water that falls into a relaxing reclining pool.

The jovial Imagineer, Peter Ricci, demonstrates in the 'tropical' temperatures of Papenburg, Germany.

Small but very helpful changes like relocating the beverage and condiment station more centrally around the pool have also been made since the Dream.

While there is unfortunately nothing much to be seen of it yet, the Aqua Lab interactive water play area will be a major addition from the Dream that will further tell the backstory of the Aqua Duck in a fun new wet zone that has since displaced an underused bar found on the sister ship.

Finishing up, we were taken by the alternative restaurants onboard. Again, not much has changed, but the banquettes in Palo have been enlarged to facilitate more people.

The same modifications have been made to the banquettes at Remy.

Where the titular character greets those in crystal form adorning the light fixture.

Otherwise, the restaurant is the same with the only further addition being dividers added to the banquettes to better delineate dining parties.

Dividers have also been extended at the casual food court to better emphasize individual food stations and to avoid buffet style lines.

That's all for now folks. I hope you've enjoyed this tour of the Disney Fantasy under final construction.

Until next time...
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