It’s no big secret that I’m a fan of Joe Lanzisero’s work with Walt Disney Imagineering, so when I heard he was heading up the re-do of the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic, my worries disappeared, and my hopes that he’ll take on MY ship, the Disney Wonder, took off.
Let’s talk, for a moment, about the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Yes, like the Adventurers’ Club, but with less wackiness and stories that run a little deeper, especially in Asia (for now).
Here we see Harrison Hightower, who looks suspiciously like Joe Rohde. Anyone who’s been to (or read up on, like me) Tokyo DisneySEA’s Tower of Terror has heard of him. Suffice it to say, he’s a collector of antiquities and exotica, and, unlike his facial inspiration, is not the nicest guy around. Seated, with his adorable companion Albert the Monkey, is Lord Henry Mystic, of Mystic Manor, also a collector of antiquities and exotica. Mystic Manor is the incredible new attraction in Hong Kong Disneyland. I totally geeked out over all of the gorgeous classic Imagineering in Mystic Manor. Can’t wait to see it in person someday. Here’s to high-quality storytelling and good show!
The others all have their stories, but I only know a little part of a couple of them. Actually, I suspect that not even the show writers know the entire backstory of all of these familiar-looking members of the Society of Adventurers and Explorers, or SEA. You know, like DisneySEA. Ahem.
There is one that I can talk about a little, as her new home will be aboard the Disney Magic itself! Behold, Captain Oceaneer:
At her club, (get it? OCEANEER CLUB?) Young adventurers (and me on Open House day, you’d better believe it) wander into her library of giant books and find adventure in each one:
Mickey Mouse Club, Andy’s Room (you can climb up on the bed, but you can’t jump on it – I asked):
and of course, Avengers Academy:
Oceaneer Lab itself is pirate themed:
…and the nursery will get a cool Mary Blair-ish touch:
The concept art above is just that: concept art. Things can change. But I just think it’s so great that there’s a story and a character behind these things at Disney. I hope we’ll be seeing a lot more of Captain Oceaneer and her cohorts from the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.