The newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream, is full of surprises and industry innovations. From exploring the ship myself from bow to stern, I discovered one of the coolest highlights aboard and want to tell you all about Enchanted Art.
Close your eyes, and picture yourself on the Disney Dream. You walk up to a still photo that seems to simply be Disney artwork hanging on the wall. All of a sudden, the image comes alive to display an animated scene featuring characters from classic Disney films. You wonder…is it magic?
Of course it’s magic! (And a little dash of technology.) This technologically advanced, magically enhanced artwork recognizes when a guest pauses to admire it and activates several seconds of animation on the LCD screen to immerse the spectator in a unique element of storytelling that’s distinctly Disney.
For example, one piece of Enchanted Art appears to be an animation cel from the Disney classic film “Bambi.” Before you know it, the work of art springs to life and Bambi’s friends Thumper and Flower scamper about before a butterfly flutters through the scene.
Another compelling composition illustrates a vintage photo of Walt Disney at his drawing board. When it senses that a guest is present, the still image transforms and the character that Walt is creating becomes animated. Can you picture it?
Nearly two dozen pieces of visually engaging Enchanted Art are sprinkled throughout the Disney Dream, from the atrium lobby to staircases on various decks. And, just because you’ve walked by one specific piece of art before, doesn’t mean you will see the same animation again. Enchanted Art may dazzle you with a different animation sequence the next time you pass by it.
Enchanted Art is also involved in an interactive detective adventure game. Using a map and a game card that you hold up in front of select pieces of art, you can unveil clues and find missing objects to ultimately determine the villain and save the day. That’s right – you get to play the hero!
I bet you are wondering how this works. I will tell you, as long as it’s our secret. Each card has a unique 2D barcode pattern, and the progress of each player is tracked by the game software. There are six potential villains and an array of randomized events – so, you can investigate more than once and have a new outcome each time.
Now, let me tell you – this game is not only for kids. I spent an afternoon searching high and low for villains, and had an absolute blast! I also witnessed families gallivanting around the ship together with their game cards in hand, to discover different villains and explore the marvels of Enchanted Art!
Watch the video to see Enchanted Art in action and to hear from our Walt Disney Imagineers – the creative minds who came up with this brilliant concept.
Are you wondering who the villains of Enchanted Art are? You’ll just have to sail with us to see for yourself!
Magical Works of Art Come Alive with Animation to Amaze Disney Dream Guests by Jonathan Frontado: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog