Disney Cruise Line Plans Seventh Ship, New Phase to Nearly Double Fleet

Danny Woods
July 17, 2017

Alongside a whole host of movie news, Disney's D23 Expo announced some big changes for its theme parks, and in particular, Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort Florida. To start with opened in 1982, Epcot was initially outlined as a world's reasonable fascination, however has been reprimanded for looking worn out in later years. A Ratatouille attraction, modeled after the same ride at Disneyland Paris, will be added to the World Showcase's France pavilion. The Orange "spinning" side of the attraction will still feature a mission to Mars, but with improved visuals.

A new live entertainment theater, inspired by the 1920s Willis Wood Theater in Kansas City, is coming to Main Street, U.S.A. Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced the news about the rides, and he hopes that some new brand-named attractions will help Epcot compete with more popular parks like Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Animal Kingdom.

Chapek also announced Paradise Pier in California's Disneyland will transform into Pixar Pier, a place for all Pixar-related characters.

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"We know our guests love dining at Epcot - and the restaurants really are out of this world", Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald said at the expo.

Disney Cruise Line is to almost double the size of its current fleet by ordering a seventh ship for its family-friendly brand at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The Riviera will have approximately 300 units divided across a variety of room categories.

The Disney Skyliner will connect the new Riviera resort to Disney's Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts, and with Disney's Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot.

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