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Magic Play Floor on the Disney Dream and Fantasy

One of the more interesting features of the two newer Disney Cruise Line ships is the inclusion of the Magic Play Floor in the Oceaneer Lab and Oceaneer Club. During our first cruise in 2012 – on the Disney Dream – my then 3 year old son has a blast playing on the Magic Play Floor and enjoying the numerous games and activities that were available through guided time slots with Disney Cruise Line Cast Members. When doing research for my upcoming trip on the Disney Dream in September, I was surprised to see that there were now 2 of these floors onboard the ship, as opposed to one.

Magic Play Floor

For young cruisers, Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab features a Magic Play Floor, a cruise industry first that blends the latest in gaming technology with Disney’s panache for storytelling. The interactive floor allows children to engage in group activities where their movements control the action, such as a virtual tilt maze. They can also experience virtual trips into their favorite Disney films, by flying over the streets of London with Peter Pan or riding ocean waves with Crush. (Diana Zalucky, photographer)

The Magic Play Floors are just one of the many activities within the Oceaneer Lab and Oceaneer Club that set these kids areas apart from other cruise lines. At specific times of the day – which are often noted in your Personal Navigator which is delivered to your room each evening detailing the next days events – Disney Cruise Line Cast Members will power up the floor and engage children in a variety of games during a 30 to 60 minute period. With lots of space around the board, the Magic Play Floor can accommodate numerous kids, all at once.

My son was able to play a variety of games on the play floor and had a blast no matter how successful or how poorly he ultimately performed. In one game, he was able to tap two specific areas directly in front of him to accelerate or break characters from the Cars universe as they travelled around a dirt track. In an other game, as many kids as allowed all stood on the magic floor while Goofy attempted to turn off sprinklers. As the water moved around the Magic Play Floor, the kids were required to jump to avoid the flowing water.

Magic Play Floor

For young cruisers, Disney’’s Oceaneer Club on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy feature a Magic Play Floor. The interactive floor allows children to engage in group activities led by youth councelors, where their movements control the action, such as a virtual tilt maze. They can also experience virtual trips into their favorite Disney films, by flying over the streets of London with Peter Pan or riding ocean waves with Crush. (Disney)

Many of these predetermined, scheduled events were during open hours, a time of day when anyone on the Disney Cruise ship could enter the kids areas to see what types of activities go on daily. Even kids to young to attend the Oceaneer Club or Oceaneer Lab were welcomed at this time. We had a great time playing some of these games as a family, and were able to create some magical Disney moments.

The Magic Play Floors are only one of the many unique features of the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab. We’ve already explored the numerous iPad stations on board the ships, as well as the life size – and regular sized – Disney Infinity gaming area. We will have more on other great entertainment options for your kids aboard Disney Cruise Line soon, and some of our own, updated experiences when we cruise on the Disney Dream in September!

 

 

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Adam Roffel has only been writing about video games for a short time, but has honed his skills completing a Master's Degree. He loves Nintendo, and almost anything they have released...even Tomodachi Life.

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