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Out of the Loop: Upper decks on Disney’s new cruise ship to have something for all ages

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By Jackie Roseboom

The new Disney Fantasy cruise ship will have upper decks to please everyone in the family when it debuts in March 2012. Whether you want to relax without the kids or are looking for some splashing family fun, you’ll find it.

The Satellite Sun Deck, located on Deck 13 forward, will feature a brand-new water feature called Satellite Falls including a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides cool comfort. Around this upper deck, adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or find a relaxing shady spot under the canopy.

A fun new addition to debut on the Fantasy is the AquaLab – a brand-new water play area on Deck 12, near the entrance to the AquaDuck water coaster. Families can frolic among pop jets, geysers and bubblers in this fun and fanciful 1,800-square-foot space. As the story goes, AquaLab was created by Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, and features a variety of water “experiments” designed to drench the whole family.

Kids are put in charge of the AquaDuck water coaster with hand-painted notes left by Donald’s nephew. By turning wheels and moving levers at three wacky aqua stations, kids “control” the speed and temperature of AquaDuck. At a leaky wall, kids try to keep the water circulating by covering holes in squirting and spurting pipes with their hands. In another area, kids scramble to stop leaky pipes from filling Uncle Donald’s row boat with water.

The Disney Fantasy features another new area for all guests to cool off. On Deck 12 forward, cruisers will find a wading pool with a fountain, ample seating and lounge chairs under shade.

The Disney Fantasy also has many of the fun things that can be found on its sister ship, the Disney Dream:

• AquaDuck – a shipboard water coaster that features twists, turns, drops, uphill acceleration and river rapids while traversing the upper decks of the ship.

• Donald’s Pool –  a fun place where families gather to enjoy all of the activities, including poolside showings of Disney films, television shows and live broadcast events on a large big screen LED.

• Mickey’s Pool – An oversized version of Mickey’s hand supports a yellow winding slide that splashes down near the pool.

• Nemo’s Reef – a water-play area featuring colorful, interactive figures that move and spray water, including Nemo, Dory, Marlin and a pint-sized water slide shaped like Mr. Ray.

• Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar – a retreat exclusively for adults to sunbathe, swim, hot tub and enjoy cocktail overlooking the ocean.

• Goofy’s Golf – a nine-hole miniature golf course where “lessons” featuring Goofy and his son, Max, lead guests through nine themed holes of family fun.

• Goofy’s Sports Deck – full-court basketball, table tennis and foosball tables.

• Digital sports simulators offer virtual game experiences where guests can participate in popular sports such as golf, hockey, soccer, basketball, rugby, baseball and football.

For more information or to book a Disney cruise go to disneycruise.com or contact your favorite travel agent.

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