Disney Cruise Line is definitely planning some big changes for the Disney Magic and most likely the Disney Wonder during their respective dry docks. So far, much of what is floating around has all been rumor and hearsay from the reports that the staterooms are being gutted and the top decks being ripped off and re-imagined.
Recently, concept renderings by Puccini Group for the California Grill at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort surfaced online under the label, Restaurant (Confidential). The same San Francisco based design firm that specializes in the concept, creation and management of successful restaurants had another interesting project, Cruise Ship (Confidential) on their Current Projects page. (UPDATE: That was quick, both references have been removed from the list of Current projects.)
It is not unheard of for company to collaborate on more than one project at a time, especially if they do quality work. Disney and Disney Aulani are both listed on Puccini’s client list. Oh, and Puccini also did the design work for Remy!
Cruise Ship (Confidential)
Just like Restaurant (Confidential), Cruise Ship (Confidential) is not a clickable link. However, the page is online if you know the URL. As with many websites, there is a pattern used by the web team and Puccini is no different. There are 3 groups of concept renderings on this page – two restaurants and a spa. If you have every sailed with Disney Cruise Line, you will instantly see the connections. Based on the image urls, the concept images have been online since June 2012.
Topsider Buffett (Beach Blanket Buffet) – Cabanas
The most obvious of the renderings look like a revised version of Cabanas found on the Dream and Fantasy. The buffets on the Magic and Wonder are in dire need of a refresh after the seeing how well the setup of Cabanas works on the new ships.
The most telltale sign that this is tied to the Magic overhaul are the wet Goofy and duck feet prints on the floor.
Based on the image names and the overall design, I would say it may even be renamed to Cabanas to create uniformity across the fleet. From these renderings, it also looks like we could be losing most, if not all, of the outside aft seating area.
Parrot Cay – Carioca’s
Another restaurant that appears to be getting a refresh is Parrot Cay. From the looks of things it will be going from a dark island themed to a Brazilian inspired restaurant.
The the tile floor looks like a Portuguese pavement and closely resembles the Copacabana promenade in Rio de Janeiro along the Copacabana beach.
The Vista Spa & Salon – Senses Spa & Salon
The last image depicts a room in the spa dedicated to pedicures, manicures, and hairstyling.
What do you think about these potential (and likely) changes to the Disney Magic during her 2013 dry dock overhaul?