The Disney FANTASY is the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, joining the Disney MAGIC (maiden voyage in 1998), the Disney WONDER (maiden voyage in 1999) and the Disney DREAM (maiden voyage in 2011), with its March 31, 2012, christening celebration and inaugural cruise. It, like its sister ship the DREAM, was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, and sails out of the shared home port of Port Canaveral, Florida.
The FANTASY is an immense 1,115 feet long, 216 feet high, and weighs in at 130,000 gross tons! Now that’s Pooh-sized! The ship can hold 4,000 passengers, in addition to its 1,458 crew members, in its 1,250 staterooms across 14 decks.
Main Public Areas include a 3-deck Atrium Lobby, the Walt Disney Theater that seats 1,340 guests, the Buena Vista Theater, concessions, and cafes. Family areas feature the ever-popular AquaDuck water coaster and AquaLab water play area and other swimming options, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, retail shops, and Goofy’s Sports Deck.
Kids of all ages can enjoy adventures geared just toward them, from the it’s a small world nursery for tots to the Oceaneer Club & Lab for bigger kids to the Edge tween club, Vibe teen club and ample adults-only lounges, salons, spas, and entertainment areas.
One of the best features of the Disney Cruise Line is the unique dining experience, and the FANTASY is not lacking in delightful fare! Rotational dining means your wait staff travels with you each time you dine in one of the main eateries, including the Enchanted Garden, Animator’s Palate, and the Royal Court. Remy and Palo are great for mom-and-dad date night, and several casual options, snacks, and frozen treats are available on the upper decks.
The Disney FANTASY celebrates the “Royal” in everyone by whisking children and their parents off to a magical affair during the Royal Court Royal Tea. Lady Chamomile hosts the stately celebration with Chef Brule, the Royal Pastry Chef, and the pair presents the young princes and princesses delightful culinary specialties and merriment. Disney Princesses enter the Royal Court by invitation from Lady Chamomile and Chef Brule, escorted by a Royal Page, and visit each table to meet guests and welcome them to the tea party.
Lady Chamomile and Chef Brule tell stories, sing classic Disney tunes, and dance along with their guests, as tea sandwiches, pastries, cupcakes, and tea are served. Young princesses receive a My Disney Girl doll dressed as their favorite princess, as well as a memory book, a jewelry box, and more special gifts. Young princes receive a knightly shield, seafaring Duffy bear, and more great surprises throughout the event. Each also receives a memorable photograph and meet and greet opportunity with the Princesses.
Today, host a royal tea of your own! Invite your child’s princess dolls and/or plush Disney pals to attend, and serve them tot-sized crumpets, cakes, and cookies. Be sure to crank up some classic Disney favorites, like “Once Upon a Dream,” “So This is Love,” or “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” and follow this tutorial and learn a simple waltz.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Character Studies, Good Citizenship, Culture
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary
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