Anyone stepping aboard the Disney Dream will quickly notice that Disney’s famous magic touches extend into the paintings that hang throughout the cruise ship. These aren’t any ordinary paintings, but are animated pieces referred to as “enchanted art.”
We previously offered a behind-the-scenes look at this and a few other technologies on the Disney Dream, but now that we’ve been on board, here’s a video montage of some of the clever images that come to life when approached on the ship:
The paintings sense when someone is nearby and change from a still image to an animated one, complete with sound effects and often music and voices. Disney’s enchanted art features familiar characters including those from Pirates of the Caribbean (the movies and the ride!), Fantasia, and many short films. Some are scenes taken directly from the originals while others are new artwork designed specifically for the ship.
But not all artwork on the Disney Dream is the same. Disney’s designers have carefully placed enchanted pieces of art next to or nearby regular prints, so visitors never know which images will come to life. I’ll admit I was even fooled by a particular Mickey Mouse painting, which I thought for sure would animated when I approached it, only to find that it was just a regular painting. The enchanted artwork doesn’t glow like a regular computer screen or television, with covering coated in an anti-glare finish to enable it to blend in with other artwork.
Each piece of enchanted art has several different animations, so guests aboard the ship will find themselves rediscovering the artwork throughout the voyage. They’re located all over, near stairwells, in hallways, in open areas, and even tucked away.
In addition, a special activity called the Midship Detective Agency enables guests to grab a “detective badge” of sorts that prompts special interactions and animations with some of the enchanted pieces of art, during which characters will pop out from the artwork with clues.
Guests look for this symbol on the ground to find out where to interact in the game:
After two full days aboard the Disney Dream, I doubt I saw all of the enchanted art, but here are a few photos of some that I did see:
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