Mickey and Donald will have some competition on Disney's Cruises next cruise ship - The Muppets.
Disney today announced that Kermit and the gang will be the subjects of a new adventure game aboard the 2,500-passenger Disney Fantasy, which debuts in March. This is the first time the Jim Henson-created characters have had a permanent presence on a Disney ship.
The Muppets will star in The Case of the Stolen Show, a treasure hunt-like game in which passengers use clues found in animated "enchanted art" around the ship to solve a mystery. It's a variation on the Enchanted Art Detective Game found on the eight-month-old Disney Dream, a sister ship.
The announcement comes after the debut of Disney movie The Muppets in theatres last week. Disney has owned The Muppets franchise since 2004.
The Disney Fantasy's maiden voyage is scheduled for March 31 out of Port Canaveral, Florida. The ship will sail seven-night Caribbean itineraries, alternating between an Eastern Caribbean route (with stops in St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and a Western Caribbean route (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel).
Special Eastern Caribbean sailings in November and December 2012 will stop in St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. All the itineraries will include a stop at Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.