Disney Cruises has surprised fans with an announcement of a seventh new cruise ship to be built.
The new delivery is scheduled for 2022 and will join two ships announced last year that are due in 2021 and 2023- all of which will be powered by LNG.
The three new-builds will be larger than Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy with 1,250 passenger staterooms and a weight of approximately 135,000gt.
The news came as a surprise during an announcement in California, U.S. in which it was revealed that the seventh ship in the fleet will bring new features and enhancements which both adults and kids are going to enjoy.
Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Bob Chapek, said: ‘We decided two ships wouldn’t be enough to hold all of the exciting new experiences we have been dreaming up to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level with immersive Disney storytelling, world-class family entertainment, and imaginative innovations that are fantastically fun and uniquely Disney. By the time all three new ships are sailing, we’ll have nearly doubled the size of our existing fleet.’
The ship will be identical to the two previously ordered ships, and all three will be the largest ever built for Disney Cruise Line.
These new class ships have yet to be named and Disney will be revealing further details on features and itineraries in the future as the design and refinements are still under development.
In other news, Disney’s third-old theme park Epcot is undergoing a major makeover after an announcement revealing ambitious plans.
The theme park that sprawls across 300 acres as part of the four-park Disney World complex near Orlando will be undergoing major changes.
At an event for Disney fans, Chapek said the 35-year-old Epcot, best known for the giant golf ball-looking sphere at its entrance, would one day become ‘more Disney, timeless, relevant, family-friendly.’
Plans for Epcot include a biennial convention for Disney fans that attracts an estimated 100,000 people to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, over three days.
A major new ride — themed to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the hit Marvel movie series — is planned for Epcot’s front section, where a simulator attraction, Mission: Space, will be updated and expanded.
A ride based on the Pixar film “Ratatouille” will be added to the park’s World Showcase area. Epcot will also serve as stop for a new gondola system called Disney Skyliner connecting various hotels and parks.
‘This is not going to be a small attraction,’ Kevin Rafferty, a Disney ride designer, told the crowd of the Mickey Mouse offering. ‘It’s going to be game-changing.’
But what are your thoughts on today’s news? Are you a big Disney fan? Are you more excited for the themepark’s makeover or the next three ships added to the fleet? What is your favourite Disney ship? Leave us your comments!
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