Karl Holz, Joe Lanzisero, and Bob Zalk on the Disney Fantasy

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MouseStation 445 - Karl Holz, Joe Lanzisero, and Bob Zalk on the Disney Fantasy

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On today's show, Mark talks with DCL President Karl Holz and Imagineers Joe Lanzisero and Bob Zalk from on board the Disney Fantasy's media preview cruise.

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Feature: Karl Holz, Joe Lanzisero, and Bob Zalk on the Disney Fantasy

We missed a planned show for two weeks ago due to the Disney Fantasy media preview, some technical issues, and a couple of family illnesses. We're back now, though, and we've got some great cruise-related audio for you, today and on the next show.

Mark shared three interviews from the media preview cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy:

Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations

Mark asked Karl about what's upcoming for Disney Cruise Line now that the Disney Fantasy is finally sailing. Karl talked about the three itineraries this summer from New York City, as well as the fall and winter sailings from Galveston and winter sailings from Miami. He also talked about going back to Europe in 2013.

Conversation then turned to modifications made to the Fantasy as opposed to the Disney Dream to prepare for the longer itineraries. Karl mentioned the AquaLab wet play area, the Animation Magic dinner show, the Muppets interactive adventure game, the Europa nightclub district. Karl also shared his thoughts on his first Alaska cruise and his pleasure at having his family aboard the ship.

Joe Lanzisero, Senior Vice President of Creative for Walt Disney Imagineering

Mark asked Joe about moving up from a team member for the design of the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder to the project lead on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. They discussed the need to be able to see the whole project at the 30,000-foot-level and still dive down into the little details and other issues of project management, especially as related to Imagineering.

The discussion turned to some of the technology aboard the ship and some of the improvements since the Dream, including the technology work behind the Animation Magic show and the shrinking of the technology. They also talked about some of the story behind the creation of the AquaLab, Joe's most personally meaningful feature aboard the ship, and some of Joe's history as an animator.

Bob Zalk, Show Producer and Director for Walt Disney Imagineering

Bob shared his thoughts that the biggest technical leap between the Dream and the Fantasy was the technology behind the Animation Magic show, and discussed in depth some of the work that went into creating the show. He also discussed how the Muppets interactive adventure game came together.

Bob also discussed some of the emotions in play for him aboard the ship, and noted that—as with the Dream—the Goofy Golf is still the ship's most emotionally meaningful feature to him due to his memories of playing mini golf with his father.

Listen to the interview that we did with Bob last year aboard the Disney Dream's Christening Voyage.

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Justin in Los Angeles wrote in to say that he skipped the report from the Michelle Obama/Let's Move/Disney's Magic Healthy Living event because he prefers to listen to our conversation more than the events themselves.

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Sharla Manglass wrote in to address our questions on her voicemail about whether they used the nursery on board the Disney Dream and Mike's comment about Sharla and Lou naming their child Nora.

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