With just a little over three months before the scheduled inaugural cruise of the Disney Fantasy, final touches are being completed on the Disney Cruise Line ship. One of those touches was the addition of Dumbo the Flying Elephant as one of the stern characters to be featured on the Fantasy.
His full body likeness was added to the cruise ship earlier this week. It will be joined by another character from the Dumbo movie when Timothy Q. Mouse is lifted into place.
Both characters originally appeared in Disney’s fourth animated classic which is known by the name of the main character, Dumbo. This feature film originally opened to the public on October 23, 1941 and revolves around the story of a young elephant who is born with large ears and is ridiculed for it. He ends up befriending a small mouse (Timothy) who helps him overcome his fears leading to Dumbo realizing he can fly!
The addition of stern characters follows tradition for the Disney Cruise Lines which features likenesses of Disney animated characters on the stern of all of its ships. These characters help to easily identify each ship as well as are a focus for attention for all who see the ship.
The Disney Magic, which began operations on July 30, 1998 features a likeness of Goofy. Its sister ship, the Disney Wonder showcases Donald Duck and his nephews. Finally, the Disney Dream, the sister ship of the Disney Fantasy contains Sorcerer Mickey on the stern.
Current plans call for the Disney Fantasy to float from its manufacturer Meyer Werft in Germany on January 7, 2012. The newest of four Disney Cruise ships will then begin sea trials and provisioning leading up to a maiden voyage on March 31, 2012.
The Disney Fantasy will operate out of Port Canaveral, Florida with 7-night itineraries.
For more information or to book a cruise, contact Disney Cruise Lines or your travel agent!