Disney Cruise Line to Expand with a Seventh New Ship

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At the D23 Expo in Anaheim on Saturday, Disney announced a laundry list of additions coming to its Walt Disney World parks, including a series of upgrades to help Epcot live up to its name as the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

The Disney Riviera Resort in Orlando is slated to open in fall 2019 as part of the growing Disney Vacation Club portfolio. Last year, Disney Cruise Line had announced it will build two other ships at Meyer Werft.

Toy Story Land has been in construction for some time at Disney's Hollywood Studios and hopes to offer a toy's-eye view of Andy's back yard filled with everyone's favourite Toy Story characters.

The ships will be 135,000 tons with 1,250 staterooms each. "By the time all three new ships are sailing, we'll have almost doubled the size of our existing fleet".

With a legacy of revolutionary design, Disney Cruise Line's new ships will usher in the next generation of innovative cruise experiences designed especially for families that will transform the art-of-cruising and take guests on adventures in a way never dreamed of before.

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And with Disney joining the LNG-powered lineup, this means 14 newbuilds created to use liquefied natural gas at sea as well as in port.

Michelle Fee, co-founder and CEO, Cruise Planners, Coral Springs, FL, said: "It's always good for the cruise industry when a new ship is announced. We know [that] once they have, they will sail again and again".

Disney jumped into the cruise business in 1998.

With those vessels, the line introduced such features as AquaDuck, an water ride in clear tubing around the top deck, as well as virtual portholes in interior staterooms.

The prices have not been disclosed but Seatrade Cruise News estimates approximately $900m per ship.

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