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Disney’s Oldest Cruise Ship ‘Magic’ to Get Makeover

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Disney Cruise Line’s oldest ship, the Magic, is getting a makeover, including the addition of a children’s area themed on Marvel Comics superheroes and a three-story water slide, the company announced Friday.

The Magic launched in 1998. Other updates when the ship goes into drydock in Spain for a month this fall include updating audio technology and lighting, and retheming decor, motifs and layout in cabins, dining rooms, play spaces, and adult areas like bars and clubs.

The new Magic ride, called AquaDunk, is a waterslide three decks high that sends riders on a near-vertical drop through a translucent tube extending 20 feet over the side of the ship. The ship will also get a water playground and pool called AquaLab, as well as a splash zone for infants and toddlers, using Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews as a character theme.

The Magic’s new Marvel’s Avengers Academy will use characters from the Marvel brand, which Disney acquired in 2009. It will feature games, programming, and equipment consisting of reproductions of props from superhero films. It’s designed to appeal to both boys and girls, inspiring them to become superhero “recruits” for missions from the academy.

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