We may not be able to physically be ON a Disney Cruise Line ship right now, but we have been buying all kinds of awesome Disney Cruise Line merchandise, and checking out virtual performances of shows from the ships.
For some time, the Disney Cruise Line terminal at Port Canaveral has also been undergoing some refurbishment, and now we’ve got a peek at how those updates are going!
Port Canaveral recently held their 2020 State of the Port, giving everyone some updates about certain projections going on around the Port and other cruising information. One area that they provided quite a few updates about is the ongoing refurbishment of the Disney Cruise Line terminal!
The terminal was built back in 1998 and the most recent refurbishment started in early 2020. According to the Port Canaveral representative in the video, the project started with a $47 million budget, but $11 million worth of projects have since been deferred (although those could come back later). With the existing budget, the team at Port Canaveral, and the contractors working on the project, have made all kinds of renovations.
Lets start on the inside! In the main terminal area, some of the ticket/check-in counters have actually been cut back.
Much of that area has actually now been made available for seating.
The team has also performed thousands of dollars worth of work on the beautiful floor inside this space to refurbish it and make sure it looks beautiful for when guests are able to visit again.
Here’s a view of more of the space inside this main area.
The renovations at the Disney Cruise Line terminal also include some installation of new carpeted floors and charging stations, as well as…
…the creation of an 11,000 square foot expanded arrival hall.
Take a look at the twisted rope design on the building’s exterior — very nautical! The tall rotunda in the back was part of the existing structure, but it’s still really neat. Notice anything special about the working clock on the rotunda? If you take a closer look you’ll see…
…the clock actually has Mickey hands! What a fun little detail.
As part of the renovations, there’s also a great outdoor plaza now with beautiful landscaping, palm trees, planter beds, and just a nice, big space for guests to gather together before they go inside the terminal itself.
There is also some marine work going on at the terminal, including the creation of a new passenger bridge. The new bridge is set to be completed by the end of this year or early next year, at which point both gangways will operate simultaneously until the old gangway is eventually demolished.
Here’s some concept art of what the whole project is meant to look like.
The Port Canaveral representative said substantial progress had been made with this renovation, so it looks like things are really moving along!
We’re excited to see all of these renovations once they’re fully completed.
The CDC’s no-sail order has expired, and cruise lines now have a new list of requirements which they must meet in order to begin sailing again. Disney Cruise Line has canceled all sailings through the end of 2020, but we will definitely be on the lookout for more updates regarding future departures.
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