Just as we were sailing away from Port Canaveral on Friday on the Disney Fantasy Inaugural Magical Preview Cruise, I offered a quick tour of our stateroom on Deck 8, a Deluxe Veranda room. Now that our voyage has ended, we have an even closer look inside several of the staterooms available on board the newest Disney Cruise Line ship.
Interior Stateroom with Magical Porthole
We begin with the room style that was most talked about when it first debuted aboard the Disney Dream in January 2011. Interior staterooms are notoriously dull aboard most cruise ships, offering no view of the outside and cramped living quarters inside. But the opposite is the case on Disney’s Dream and Fantasy ships, for which Imagineers have created Magical Portholes, providing live HD views via video screens of the outside of the ship, plussed with some Disney magic.
Magical Portholes are enhanced by Disney character fly-bys (sometimes swim-bys) every 15 minutes or so, with even more animation added on the Disney Fantasy after guests on the Dream expressed their enjoyment of the feature. The HD video screen “opens up” the room, offering a lifelike view outside of the room that otherwise doesn’t have a window. Several cameras are mounted on each side of the ship – forward, aft, port, and starboard – allowing each interior stateroom the proper view depending on the direction it is facing.
Learn a bit more about these Magical Portholes and the Interior Staterooms from Walt Disney Imagineer Bob Zalk, on board the Disney Fantasy in the video below.
Video: Imagineer Bob Zalk talks Magical Porthole Interior Stateroom on the Disney Fantasy
On the Disney Dream last year, we toured an identical Interior Stateroom to learn more about the Magical Portholes and accommodations. Here’s a look back at the same type of room on the Fantasy’s sister ship:
Video: Magical Porthole Interior Stateroom on the Disney Dream
Video: Interior Stateroom tour on the Disney Dream
Decks housing staterooms on the Disney Fantasy almost all feature the same decor. Recognizable elements tell you you’re somewhere between decks 1 and 9 as soon as you step off the elevator.
Hallways of staterooms seem to stretch on forever, as they span nearly the entire length of the ship.
Carpets lining the halls feature graphics showing the various ports of call Disney Cruise Line visits around the world – though the United States doesn’t quite look like I remember it…