A proposed $46.5 million overhaul to Disney’s cruise terminals got a stamp of approval from the Port Canaveral Authority Board of Commissioners Wednesday.
The bulk of the money, $39.6 million, would be used to renovate Terminal 8, which is used exclusively by Disney Cruise Line.
On tap are a renovations to both floors of the terminal, a new luggage screening building, an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramp and a redone boarding bridge.
The remaining $6.8 million would be spent improving Terminal 10, which is mainly used by Norwegian Cruise Lines, though the two companies will share it post-remodel. Plans for that terminal include a new seating and concierge area.
Renderings and technical drawings of the renovations were included in the meeting packet.
Port authority staff recommended hiring BEA Architects to design the renovation projects. The Miami-based firm designed the original Terminal 8.
As reported by Orlando Rising earlier this week, the plans also confirmed a bit of Disney Cruise Line news — the codename for next line of Disney cruise ships. The “Disney Triton” will use Terminal 10, be powered by liquefied natural gas. The project name was at one time thought to be “Trident.”
The preliminary specs for the Disney Triton list the new ship as 1,119 feet in length. By comparison, the original Disney Cruise Line ships, the Magic and Wonder, built in 1998 and 1999 respectively, are both 964 feet long, while the newer Dream and Fantasy are only slightly shorter at 1,115 feet in length. The Orlando Sentinel has reported the new ships will have the same number of staterooms (1,250) as the Dream and Fantasy despite their larger size.
The first of the three Tritons is set to hit the seas in 2021, followed by the others in 2022 and 2023.
All four existing Disney Cruise Line ships called Port Canaveral home when they first debuted. Port Canaveral CEO John Murray said at an August 2018 board meeting that at least two of the Triton ships will be coming to the port.