FORT LAUDERDALE — Disney Cruise Line has updated several of its ships recently, noted Karl Holz, president of the line and of new vacation operations at Disney.

The Disney Dream underwent its first major renovation, and last month came out with two new interactive youth areas, including the Star Wars experience that lets passengers pilot the Millennium Falcon. 

“Adults like driving the Millenium Falcon,” Holz confided. “Trying to get adults out of the Oceaneers Club was particularly difficult.”

Holz spoke to an audience of travel agents in Fort Lauderdale at CruiseWorld.

The Disney Magic, like the Dream, got a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique during drydock, and the Edge club for tweens was relocated. The Magic also got a concierge lounge like on the Disney Fantasy and Dream.

The Magic just returned from a Disney’s deployment to Europe where it visited Norway, the location of the characters in Disney’s Frozen franchise. The Magic got a new main theater show this week, “Tangled: The Musical,” based on Disney’s animated adaptation of the Rapunzel fairy tale. 

Adventures by Disney is also supervised by Holz. Next July it will start river cruises on the Danube in partnership with Ama Waterways. He said demand is already evident for the Dec. 15 and 22 holiday cruises.

He also said demand has been strong for Adventures by Disney weekend getaway to such cities as New York, San Francisco and Nashville. Adventures by Disney has grown from two trips to Wyoming and Hawaii in 2005 to 39 itineraries in 30 countries over six continents, Holz said.


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