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Our Fantastical Guide to the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship

by Mommy Frog on January 9, 2024
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Today, we're setting sail into the extraordinary world of the Disney Fantasy cruise ship. We compare this majestic ship to a floating Disney theme park, where your dreams come to life, and every day feels like a fairy tale. From delicious dining to Broadway-style shows and character meet-and-greets, Disney Fantasy is an unparalleled experience for Disney fans, families and couples alike. If you've ever wished upon a star for the perfect getaway, then prepare to grab the helm as we navigate the seas of fun aboard the Fantasy. And surprise! The Frog Family is pleased to announce that we now offer exclusive Disney Cruise Line savings on the Disney Fantasy and on all the other ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet! Knot too shabby, right?

Disney Fantasy

Overview of the Disney Fantasy

The Disney Fantasy is one of five gems in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. As the sister ship to the Disney Dream, the Fantasy seamlessly combines luxury with classic Disney magic. This ship belongs to the Disney Dream Class and was constructed at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. The Disney Fantasy embarked on its maiden voyage from Port Canaveral, FL on March 31, 2012.

Measuring an impressive 1,115 feet in length and towering 14 decks high, the Disney Fantasy's capacity is 4,000 passengers and features 1,250 staterooms. Its home port remains Port Canaveral, FL. She typically serves as the gateway to 7-night cruises, whisking passengers away to the stunning locales of the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

As you step aboard the ship, you'll be welcomed by the breathtaking three-level atrium lobby adorned with a stunning cascading chandelier and a graceful sweeping staircase. A bronze statue of Minnie Mouse in 1920s vintage fashion, holding a parasol and standing beside steamer luggage graces the lobby just next to the staircase.

All of the Disney cruise ships feature a beloved Disney character on their stern. The Disney Fantasy proudly showcases Dumbo! With his adorable ears and a can of paint in his trunk, it appears as if he's painting the ship's distinctive yellow decorative swirls. For the best view of Dumbo, make sure to take a peek when the ship is docked.

Disney Fantasy Accommodations

The Disney Fantasy offers 10 different stateroom options that cater to the preferences and budgets of every guest. There are the Inside Staterooms that are both an affordable yet comfortable option. These rooms feature a classic nautical design with an innovative "Magical Porthole" that offers virtual views of the sea. Surprise Disney characters even make an appearance. Moving up the scale, Oceanview Staterooms provide picturesque vistas of the ocean through a large, non-opening porthole or one or two windows.

If you're seeking more space and luxury, Disney Fantasy offers Verandah Staterooms. These staterooms come in several subcategories, including Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah and Concierge Royal Suites. These staterooms feature private verandahs, allowing breathtaking views and fresh sea air from the comfort of your own space.

The Concierge Royal Suites, which include the Royal Suite and the two-bedroom suite, are the crown jewels of the Fantasy. These opulent suites come with an array of privileges, such as access to the Concierge Lounge, priority boarding and personalized service. Having trouble deciding which stateroom is right for you? Check out our Room Decision Matrix!

Recreation and Entertainment Aboard the Disney Fantasy

When it comes to family fun, the Disney Fantasy cruise ship truly has it all. From splashing in the pools to catching a movie under the stars, there's something for every froggy in your crew.

Character Interactions

Disney Fantasy - Minnie & Minnie Character Meet

On the Disney Fantasy, you'll have the chance to meet your favorite Disney characters up close and personal. Keep an eye on the schedule in the Disney Navigator app for meet-and-greet times and locations. Whether it's Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella or Elsa, a family Disney cruise vacation just wouldn't be complete without a photo with our favorite pals!

Family Pool Areas

You'll want to spend a lot of your time on the upper decks enjoying the pool areas. The Disney Fantasy boasts not one but two family pool areas — Donald's Family Pool and Mickey's Pool. There's also a small quiet pool if you or your kiddos need a more relaxed swim.

Disney Cruise - Aquaduck

Tadpoles will have a blast at Nemo's Reef, a lively water play area where characters from "Finding Nemo" come to life. And for the thrill-seekers, there's even a waterslide that features exciting twists and turns. Enter the AquaDuck — a water coaster that takes you on a high-speed ride around the entire ship. The views are incredible and talk about an adrenaline rush! For more water fun, the AquaLab on Deck 12 is a play area designed for all ages, where kids can splash and play with water features such as pop jets, geysers and bubblers.

Love watching Disney films? Well, how about watching them poolside out in the big blue sea? On the Disney Fantasy, you can watch your favorite Disney movies and shows on a massive outdoor screen by the pool — introducing Funnel Vision! Movies play several times throughout the day and evening.

Also hoppenin' on deck is the lively deck parties such as the Sail-A-Way party and Pirates in the Caribbean. The deck parties feature music, dancing and our frog-favorite, fireworks at sea! The high-energy dance parties that follow are the perfect way to end your night on the Disney Fantasy.

Disney Dream - Deck Party

Recreation & Sports

Sports enthusiasts, are you ready for a little competition? At Goofy's Sports Deck, you can leap into lots of different sports activities, whether that's basketball, soccer or even ping pong. Goofy's Mini Golf is a family activity with a fun and challenging course. When you're ready for a jog or even to just get in a few extra steps, head to Deck 4 — the Outside Promenade Deck. Here, you can take a leisurely stroll, breathe in the fresh sea air and soak in the ocean views.

On Deck 4 is where you'll find the D Lounge, a vibrant family hangout where the fun never seems to stop. This venue hosts interactive activities perfect for families. From trivia challenges and game nights that test your Disney knowledge to crafting sessions, it's impossible to be bored. At select times, you can even catch live entertainment. You'll find the schedule of events in your Disney Cruise Line Navigator app.

Shopping and Speciality Merchandise

The Disney Fantasy has some great shopping opportunities for guests to explore. You'll find the shops mainly on Deck 3, near the atrium lobby. Here, you can browse Disney merchandise including Disney-themed clothing, accessories, toys and collectibles at Mickey's Mainsail. Additionally, White Caps offers designer apparel and luxury accessories. If you're interested in capturing the memories of your cruise, make sure to visit Shutters photography studio. You can schedule a family portrait session with professional photographers and purchase photo packages to take home all the photos from your trip.

Theaters and Stage Shows

The Disney Fantasy offers a world-class entertainment experience that will leave you in awe. The Walt Disney Theatre is the place to be for Broadway-style stage shows such as "Frozen," "Aladdin" and "Disney's Believe." These productions are not to be missed, and the talent and special effects will transport you to another world. For those who love movies, the Buena Vista Theatre showcases Disney and Marvel films on a big screen. And if you need a snack or a refreshing drink before the show, stop by Preludes, where you can grab drinks and popcorn for an extra charge.

Midship Detective Agency

Located on the Disney Fantasy, the Midship Detective Agency is an engaging and interactive activity for families and tadpoles. Using a special card called a "casebook," you'll embark on a scavenger hunt-style adventure to solve mysteries throughout the ship. To play, you'll visit various magical artwork pieces found on different decks, interact with them by holding up your casebook, and watch as they come to life with clues and animations. Both Tad and Lily love this activity!

Experience for Tadpoles, Tween & Teens

The Disney Fantasy takes kids' entertainment to a whole new level with its exceptional kids' clubs and services. For the littlest cruisers (ages 6 months to 3 years), there's "It's a Small World" Nursery, where specially trained counselors provide loving care in a colorful and whimsy environment. We recommend making reservations in advance or during the first open house of your sailing. Reservations can fill up quickly. Also, note that there is an hourly fee for this service.

Older kids (ages 3 to 12) can explore the wonders of Disney's Oceaneer Club and Lab, where themed play zones and interactive adventures await. Whether they're stepping into Andy's Room from Toy Story or exploring the sea in the Explorer Pod, there's no shortage of fun and imagination. Our daughter Lily loves playing here. On our last sailing, she couldn't stop talking about the crafts and games! She also met a new friend and she would bump into them throughout our trip. It was really special to watch this new friendship blossom.

Tweens (ages 11 to 14) can hang out at Edge, while teens (ages 14 to 17) have their own space at Vibe. These cool hangouts offer age-appropriate activities, games and chances to make new friends while enjoying some independence. Our resident teenager, Tad, practically lives in Vibe while aboard the ship. I have a hunch that it was the new video game consoles and giant flat-screen TVs that sucked him in. But what do I know? ;)

And for those little princes and princesses who dream of becoming royalty or swashbuckling pirates, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a magical salon experience. With costumes, makeovers and a royal photo shoot, it's a dream come true for young Disney enthusiasts.

Experiences for Adults

The Disney Fantasy is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere but also hosts a multitude of adult-only spaces tailored to adults. Depending on what you're looking for — a serene retreat or hoppin' nightly entertainment, you'll find plenty of options designed exclusively for the grown-up frogs.

Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the family pools, the Quiet Cove Pool is an oasis of calm. Here, you can lounge by the poolside, take a refreshing dip or simply bask in the sun with your favorite book in hand. Don't froget to visit the adjacent Quiet Cove Bar for a selection of refreshing beverages.

Disney Dream - Quiet Cove

Just steps from the Quiet Cove Pool, Cove Café is a haven for lovers of specialty coffees, teas and treats. It's a calm spot to unwind and savor a moment of tranquility. I like to wake up before the family and enjoy a foamy latte in quiet before the day begins. Pure bliss!

For the ultimate relaxation experience, visit the Senses Spa and Fitness Center. Indulge in rejuvenating treatments such as massages, facials or salon services. If you're looking to stay ship-shape, be sure to work up a sweat in the state-of-the-art fitness center or join a group fitness class. A frog-favorite is to relax in the therapeutic rainforest-themed showers.

In addition to adult-only spaces and activities, would you believe that there's adult only dining? Look no further than Palo or Remy . Palo offers mouthwatering Italian cuisine for both brunch and dinner. Remy is a French restaurant that offer exquisite cuisine complete with a romantic ambiance for a special evening dinner.

We highly recommend making reservations in advance to ensure your spot at one of these highly sought-after dining locals. They are very popular and for good reason! Our Palo dinner was the highlight of our last cruise. If you're not able to find a reservation prior to sailing, then be sure to check with Guest Services upon boarding. Reservations do open up and you can also placed on a wait list.

Dining Aboard the Disney Fantasy

Dining aboard the Disney Fantasy is a truly special experience, where culinary delights can be found just around every corner. One of the biggest highlights is the rotational dining system, where you'll visit three distinct restaurants, each with its own unique atmosphere and menu. The coolest part is that your serving team follows you to each restaurant. You'll really get to know them throughout your voyage, but they work even harder to become familiar with your travel party.

That basically translates to you experiencing some of the best service of your life! Your servers make it a point to learn your names, food preferences, special dietary requests and drink orders. Our servers interacted with Tad and Lily (who can also be picky eaters) and ensured that they would have more than enough options to enjoy.

Disney Fantasy - Dinner plate with steak, baked potato, veggies and scallops

Animator's Palate: Step into a world of animation at Animator's Palate, where the restaurant itself comes to life as you dine. Watch your favorite Disney characters appear in colorful sketches on the walls. The menu offers a mix of international and Pacific Rim cuisine.

Enchanted Garden: Enchanted Garden is a whimsical restaurant inspired by the gardens of Versailles. During the course of your meal, you'll witness a magical transformation as the restaurant transitions from day to night. The menu features fresh, contemporary dishes with a touch of Disney flair.

Royal Court: Royal Court transports you to the grandeur of classic Disney tales. With a lavish setting reminiscent of Disney princesses' royal courts, you'll savor French-inspired cuisine with a touch of Mediterranean influence.

When you're in the mood for a quick bite on the deck of the Disney Fantasy, the Disney Fantasy definitely has your bases covered. Frozone Treats is the go-to spot for frozen refreshments. There's a selection of smoothies and frozen yogurt to choose from. Nearby, Flo's V-8 Cafe serves up classic American fare, including burgers, hot dogs and those iconic chicken tenders. And if you're craving something sweet, don't miss Eye Scream Treats, where you can cool off with unlimited soft-serve ice cream. You read that right ... UNLIMITED!

For breakfast and lunch, we usually head to Cabanas buffet. The breakfast buffet offers a spread of eggs, bacon, sausage, steak, pancakes, Mickey waffles, made-to-order omelets, fresh fruits and dessert. And for lunch, you'll discover crips salads, sandwiches, wraps, seafood and even international cuisine. In the evening, Cabanas transforms into a table-service dinner venue, where you can enjoy a delectable four-course meal.

You can find the Vista Cafe on Deck 4. It's a tranquil spot to unwind with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, tea or a refreshing cocktail. The cafe also serves a selection of pastries and light snacks.

Bars and Lounges

In addition to the above dining locations, there's a plethora of bars and lounges to be found throughout the ship.

  • O'Gills Pub: An Irish pub-inspired spot with a cozy atmosphere, offering a selection of beers, whiskeys and pub-style snacks.
  • Skyline Bar: A chic lounge that features a changing cityscape view, serving up cocktails inspired by famous cities around the world.
  • Bon Voyage Bar: Located on Deck 3 in the atrium, this elegant bar is perfect for pre-dinner drinks or cocktails any time of day.
  • Meridian: An adult-only lounge with a sophisticated ambiance, ideal for quiet conversations and signature cocktails.
  • Currents Bar: Situated by the family pool, this bar offers tropical drinks and beverages with a lively, poolside vibe.
  • A series of adult-exclusive venues that come alive at night: The Tube, an English nightclub; La Piazza, an Italian-inspired lounge; and Ooh La La, a romantic French-inspired lounge.

If you've got a sweet tooth, you won't want to miss Sweet on You on Deck 11. Inspired by the movie "Wreck-It Ralph," this candy wonderland is for anyone with a love for treats. You can indulge in gelato, handmade candies and yummy cupcakes.

And for those late-night cravings or a little extra indulgence, remember that 24-hour room service is available. You can order a variety of treats, including Mickey Ice Cream bars, right to your stateroom.

Things to Know Before You Go

Here are a few more tips that will help you make the most of your Disney Fantasy cruise a memorable and enjoyable voyage:

  • Download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App: Before you set sail, download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app. It's your onboard guide, providing schedules, deck plans and the ability to message fellow passengers.
  • Internet Services: Internet connectivity at sea can be limited and expensive. Consider purchasing a service plan if you need to stay connected, but be prepared for slower speeds compared to what you're used to on land.
  • Cash-Free System: The ship operates on a cash-free system, where all expenses are charged to your room key. Be sure to monitor your onboard account regularly to keep track of your spending.
  • Character Meet-and-Greets: If your heart is set on meeting Disney characters, check the daily schedule for meet-and-greet times and locations. Arrive a bit early to get a good spot in line. Each character typically only meets for 10-15 minutes.
  • AquaDuck Timing: Try the AquaDuck waterslide early in the morning or during port days for shorter lines.
  • Plan Your Excursions: If you're planning to go on shore excursions, book them in advance to secure your spots. Popular excursions can fill up quickly.

Castaway Cay - Floats

  • Dress Code for Adult-Only Restaurants: If you plan to dine at adult-only restaurants such as Palo or Remy, make sure to check and adhere to the specific dress code. These venues have a more formal atmosphere. Shorts or open-toe shoes are not permitted.

Until your Disney Fantasy cruise adventure, may your days be filled with wonder and magic! Are you planning a Disney cruise vacation soon? Let us know in the comments! And don't froget to save on your next cruise and book your next Disney cruise adventure with Undercover Tourist!

Related: Overview of the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 17, 2024 at 3:44 p.m.
Kim Nikolaus Says...

Is marvel or star wars on the fantasy? Any character dinning. Thx

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May 17, 2024 at 1:15 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

There's a small Star Wars & Marvel presence on the Disney Fantasy — the Disney's Oceaneer Club for kids has the Star Wars: Command Post and Marvel Super Hero Academy areas, and adults can check it out during the open houses. For character dining, the Royal Court Royal Tea is a two-course character meal available for children ages 3-12 (with parents and guardians for an additional cost).

For more of a Marvel or Star Wars presence, we'd highly recommend the Disney Wish, Disney Treasure (for cruises in 2025) or a Marvel Day at Sea cruise on the Disney Dream in early 2025.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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