Friday, October 14, 2011

Disney Fantasy’s Watery Delights

When Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship Disney Fantasy sets sail in March 2012 guests can splash and play in a brand new feature, the AquaLab. Pictured here, the water play area on deck 12 near the entrance to the AquaDuck water coaster is a fun and fanciful 1,800-square-foot space designed for families to frolic among pop jets, geysers, and bubblers.

This is Disney, so the story behind AquaLab is that it was created by Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, and includes a variety of water “experiments” designed to drench the whole family. Children entering the AquaLab will see that the nephews are away for the time being, leaving the young cruisers in charge of the AquaLab. Through hand-painted notes left by the nephews, kids are put in charge of the AquaDuck water coaster. By turning wheels and moving levers at three wacky aqua stations kids “control” the speed and temperature of AquaDuck.

At a leaky wall, the water fun is all hands on deck as kids try to keep the water circulating by covering holes in squirting and spurting pipes with their hands. In another area, kids scramble to stop leaky pipes from filling Uncle Donald’s row boat with water. Water leaks and sprays from the Ducky Dinghy, suspended overhead, and as the boat fills a fish pops his head out of a bucket while everyone gets thoroughly drenched.

In addition to AquaLab, the Disney Fantasy features another new area for guests of all ages to cool off. On deck 12 forward, a wading pool with a fountain water feature and ample seating and lounge chairs under a canopy offer a respite from the sun.

Like her fleetmates, the Disney Fantasy isn’t just for kids. In addition to Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar, a new adult-exclusive area offers a retreat on the upper decks for guests 18 and older. At Satellite Sun Deck on deck 13 forward a brand-new water feature called Satellite Falls is a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides cool comfort. Around this upper deck, adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or relax in the shade under a canopy. That’s where you’ll find me.

Images Courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

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