'Disney Magic' cruise ship adds Marvel's Avengers Academy

Although a licensing deal with Universal Studios prevents Marvel's superheroes from appearing at Walt Disney World, there's apparently nothing stopping them from taking to the water.

Disney Cruise Line announced this morning that as part of a "reimagineering” of the 15-year-old Disney Magic, the flagship will introduce Marvel's Avengers Academy, "a chance for young 'recruits' to unleash their inner super heroes."

Part of Disney's Oceaneer Club, the children's activity center, the Marvel theme area (below) is designed to resemble the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from The Avengers film -- or, in the words of Disney, "a high-tech command post used by The Avengers for special missions and operations training."

"Throughout the base, displays featuring some of the equipment that helps to make The Avengers the earth’s mightiest heroes – Iron Man’s suit of armor, Captain America’s shield and Thor’s hammer — inspire super hero 'recruits' through their academy missions," the Disney press release states. "Avengers Academy is a multi-day, immersive entertainment experience where children interact with Marvel characters and unleash their inner super heroes."

Based in Galveston, Texas, the 964-foot Disney Magic will be in dry dock from Sept. 10 through Oct. 10 for the overhaul.

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