The biggest news from last week's "Monstrous Summer" media event was the announcement that the Disney Magic would be undergoing some significant changes when it goes into dry dock this coming September.
Changes to the ship, the oldest in Disney's fleet, include a redesigned atrium entry, the incorporation of Marvel Comics into the kids' clubs with the addition of the Avengers Academy, new dining experiences and a revamped adult nightclub area. To read more about these enhancements, see the official press release HERE.
Imagineer Joe Lanzisero walked the audience through all of these changes, but seemed most excited by what's planned for the upper deck water play area of the ship.
For kids ages 3 and up, there will be a new AquaLab, an interactive water playground with pop jets, geysers and bubblers in an 1,800-square-foot space. There will also be a new Twist n' Spout water slide with more than 250 feet of loops and turns for guests between 38 and 64 inches tall.
The littlest cruisers (up to age 3) can play in the new Nephews' Splash Zone, an interactive space with pop jets that features Donald Duck's nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie.
While Disney Cruise Line's newest ships, the Dream and the Fantasy, have the "water coaster" known as the AquaDuck, the Magic will be getting a significantly different water feature. Known as the AquaDunk, this is basically a high-speed water slide that drops its brave visitors three stories through a translucent tube that juts out about 20 feet beyond the side of the ship.
Here's Lanzisero outlining the "splastacular" water feature changes coming to the Magic, including a short video of the AquaDunk experience:
And here's Imagineer Peter Ricci giving a few more details of the AquaDunk from The Disney Parks Blog:
The Magic will go into dry dock in Cadiz, Spain, on September 7. In spite of all the enhancements planned, the ship is expected to be completely transformed by the time it is due to leave dry dock on October 10.
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