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Disney Dream Arrives in Port
||Building on the
classic style of the previous 2 ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney
Wonder, the Disney Dream is a valiant vessel distinguished for its
classic early 20th-century design—which harkens back to the golden age
of cruising—and state-of-the-art technology. As can be expected from
Disney, the cruise liner was specially designed with families in mind,
combining sleek style and convenient facilities with splashes of magic
and cruise-industry firsts—like the splashtacular AquaDuck, the very
first water coaster at sea.
Aboard the Disney Dream
Discover what awaits you and your family onboard the ship:
Staterooms on board the Disney Dream feature contemporary
amenities, ample space and elegant yacht-style decor. Most boast split
bathrooms—a feature perfect for families and a cruise line industry
Youth Clubs fulfill the recreational needs of younger Guests. Kids
clubs, activity centers for tweens and teens, and a plethora of unique
interactive programs and wondrously themed immersive spaces can be found
throughout the ship.
Dining options aboard the Disney Dream include elegant adults-only
dining, gourmet Main Dining delights and mouthwatering made-to-order
casual fare—in magically themed restaurants.
Entertainment aboard the Disney Dream, including musical live shows,
first-run films, Digital 3-D movies and fun-filled family deck parties,
is available at lavish onboard venues each cruise day—and is unlike
anything else offered on the high seas.
Pools aboard the Disney Dream are terrific places to cool down and relax
on sun-kissed afternoons. On Deck 11, you'll find 3 sparkling pools—one
for kids, one for families, and one just for adults.
Nightclubs & Lounges
Nightclubs & Lounges on the Disney Dream fill the nights at sea with
live music, dancing and socializing. Explore The District—the ship's
adults-only entertainment area, home to 5 distinct lounges and
Construction of the Disney Dream
Disney Cruise Line began construction on the Disney Dream in March 2009
with a steel-cutting ceremony at the world-renowned Meyer Werft shipyard
in Papenburg, Germany. Constructed as a thematic extension of the Disney
Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream was designed to reflect the glamour
of the golden age of cruising during the 1930's. Scheduled for
completion in early 2011, the new ocean liner will feature the same
attention to detail Disney is known for, while introducing new and
immersive, one-of-a-kind venues and experiences for everyone in the
family—be they young or simply young-at-heart.
Interior Design of the Disney Dream
To step aboard the Disney Dream is to be instantly transported to an age
of adventure and wonder, where elegance and sophistication mingle with
Disney storytelling and whimsy. Inside is an attention to detail one
would only expect from Disney. Lavish decorative murals mingle with
sparkling fixtures and furnishings. Original paintings, statues and
woodwork envelop Guests in a radiant Art Deco ambiance that is both rich
and distinctive. And wondrously themed venues—including charming youth
activity clubs, resplendent restaurants, intimate lounges and stunning
theatre spaces—transport Guests of all ages to faraway places where
memory and magic come together.
Stroll through the radiant lobby atrium and behold a bronze statue of
Admiral Donald—an installment designed by Walt Disney Imagineers to
evoke the feeling of fun, adventure and sophistication that can be found
throughout the ship.
From Stem To Stern
By Anne Kalosh
Dream is not just 45 percent bigger than what
Disney is now calling its "classic ships," but it's better
in all areas. The line has had more than a decade to hone
what was already a great product in
so count on the new ship to impress.
The AquaDuck coaster is one "Wow" factor, looping high above
the pool deck, through both
funnels, and out over the sea, jaw-dropping just to look at.
Water gushes continuously through a clear acrylic
tube, where the one- or two- rider
rafts are propelled by Master Blaster hydro jets. At night
it will be lighted. Unfortunately,
AquaDuck wasn't available for media to try--look for the
ride to premiere Friday in a "Good
Morning America" exclusive.
Even prior to its launch, much has been made of all the
technology and animation, from the digital "Finding Nemo"
characters who joke with kids in real
time to the virtual portholes in the inside
staterooms to the Enchanted Art that
springs to life in its frames.
Not everything was running yet, but an Animated Art piece
off the atrium was ingenious and
fun, something to catch the eyes of adults along with the
There's also much more variety, a more differentiated
experience for adults, more
upscale dining, and more sophistication overall. The
materials throughout are lush and
beautiful--inlaid marbles, Murano glass, handcrafted
mosaics, hand-tufted carpets.
Rotational Dining Returns
Disney invented the concept of rotating diners and
their servers through three
different restaurants on different nights. On the
they take it to another level,
with a transformation during one meal. Animator's Palate
changes from a classic animation studio into Nemo's undersea
world, where Crush, the talking
turtle, works the room by moving from window to window, with
real-time conversation, greeting kids by name.
How does he do it? Disney won't tell. "Technology serves
magic for us," says Bruce Vaughn,
chief creative engineer for Walt Disney Imagineering. "We go
to extremes to offer an
When the Animator's Palate dinner ends, a terrazzo walkway
lights up with fiber optic
Dalmatian puppies "leading" diners to the exits.
Of the other main restaurants, Royal Palace is an opulent
room inspired by Disney
princesses, with details like roses, tiaras, slippers, and
apples throughout. Enchanted Garden is meant to convey the
gardens of Versailles and sports a Disney ship's first
indoor fountain. The look and amenities transform from
daytime to evening, with flowers that open, trellises
changing to wrought-iron gates, and the addition of a
chocolatier making truffles at night.
The menus are different in each restaurant, too. It's fresh,
seasonal, and organic (organic
chicken, sea bass) in Enchanted Garden, California/Pacific
Rim cuisine in Animator's Palate,
and continental (beef Wellington, rack of lamb) in Royal
Palace--a far cry from the original mac & cheese and
hamburgers of the line's early
The Dream's casual buffet dining area was improved into a
space called Cabanas, with nine
specialized food stations (sushi, pizza, salad bar, Italian,
desserts) and indoor-outdoor seating. Here is a
fabulous mosaic tile wall with an underwater scene designed
by Pixar artists working with Italian mosaic tile
Remy is in Art Nouveau, the perfect style for a
fancy French restaurant. And this one is really fancy, with
a menu by two-star Michelin Chef Arnaud Lallement
of l'Assiette Champenoise in Reims, France, and AAA
Five Diamonds Chef Scott Hunnel from Victoria & Albert's at
Walt Disney World Resort.
At $75 a pop, it's priced the same as the Chef's Table on
of the Seas and
Oasis of the
Seas but doesn't include wine. Even so, Disney
predicts hot demand; Remy sold out
on the maiden voyage in 16 minutes.
Palo, Disney's signature Northern Italian specialty
restaurant, was enlarged to 170 seats, with outdoor seating
for 26, and has Hungarian crystal and Murano
glass chandeliers. "We're kicking it up a notch,"
says Ozer Balli, vp hotel operations. The menu has Colorado
rack of lamb and handmade pastas. The
cover is $20.
All staterooms have a classic, yacht-like feel, very
upscale. And the design was tweaked in countless ways during
the 1.5 years in mock-up testing,
according to Kevin Cummins, one of the ship's project
For example, although the
inside staterooms are 161 square feet, as on the classic
ships, they feel roomier. The 147 insides with Magical
Portholes are selling first, and the passengers who've been
offered free upgrades from these rooms are turning them
The oversized "portholes" get live video from five
high-definition cameras positioned outside the ship. The
view corresponds to the stateroom location, port
or starboard, forward or aft. Every 15 minutes or so,
a different animated Disney character may swim or fly by.
In another change, the closet doors now swing, instead of
sliding, to alleviate rattling. Pull-down beds are topped
with a faintly-lighted sky scene. Linens are
Frette, 300 threat count, and every room has an iPod
docking station and 22-inch flat-screen television on a
swivel arm. Also, this time around, the bedframes are
elevated to give more space under for suitcase
Disney's signature bath and a half design is found in nearly
all the 1,250 staterooms (not the 121 inside rooms). A
whopping 1,000 staterooms are
There are 21 suites, with a living area and master bedroom,
a solarium-style glassed-in balcony with a window that
opens, a walk-in closet, two bathrooms
including a whirlpool tub and separate shower stall
in the master bath. These sleep five, including a fold-down
Murphy bed and a sofabed. A pair of royal suites
are on Deck 12 forward with a whirlpool tub on the
veranda among the features.
Children, Tweens & Teens
Oceaneer Club is for three to 10 year olds. Disney
has moved away from specific age groupings to interest
areas, and the choices on the
are vast. For example, there's a
"Finding Nemo" space with a submarine. Andy's Room is
stocked with larger-than-life "Toy Story" characters, while
Pixie Hollow is Tinker Bell's
realm with a pixie tree, craft stools, and dress-up
Oceaneer Lab focuses on discovery and exploration, with
workshops and an Animator's Studio. In the Sound Studio,
kids can create music by moving their
hands across laser beams.
Among the coolest elements are two Magic PlayFloors. They
have light sensors activated by movement, such as foot
stomping. Games here include
pizza-making with funny ingredients or a contest of
fly-catching with a frog's tongue.
There's a nursery, too, for infants and toddlers ages 3
months to 3 years. Childcare is $6 an hour.
On the pool deck, the Donald Pool for families, and Mickey's
Pool with its slide, are adjacent on the Dream. Ages 8 and
younger get Nemo's Reef, a water-play area with pop jets,
bubblers, and a mini slide.
Moving up in age, Tweens (11-13) get Edge, housed inside the
forward funnel. The AquaDuck even zips riders through this
Senses Spa contains a separate Chill Spa for ages 13-17
with two treatment rooms. Vibe is the key-card teen area
(ages 14-17), with a media room, dance
club, technology for creating and editing videos, and
more. It opens to an outdoor space in the ship's bow, with a
big game board, two dipping pools, chaise
lounges, and banquette seating with loose cushions.
The company tapped a cutting-edge nightclub
designer, Manhattan's ICrave, to create The District, a
nighttime playground for adults. There are five venues.
Pink, for instance, is themed on Champagne bubbles
and pours a special pink cuvee created for Disney by
Taittinger, while the Skyline Lounge has themed
cocktails and virtual cityscapes that change every
"What we learned from our classic ships is that some of our
spaces were too big," says Jim Urry, vp of entertainment.
"This has more intimate, cozy spaces."
It's hipper too, with an edgy nightclub called
Senses Spa & Salon is one of most elegant shipboard spas. It
spans two decks in the forward section of the ship and has a
rainforest theme in natural greens, blues, and soft browns,
with luscious materials. There are 17 treatment rooms and
two enormous Villas for couples, each with a balcony
whirlpool tub and shower.
Adjacent to the spa on Deck 11 is the adult pool area and
the Cove Cafe with Internet terminals (the ship also has
Wifi throughout). Two large whirlpool tubs for
adults have glass bottoms for views all the way down
to the ocean. (Two more of
these are for families.)
The 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre is a huge,
stunning space. It stages three shows; the all-new "Disney's
Believe" joins "Villains Tonight!" and an
updated "The Golden Mickeys" awards show. Boxes for
concierge-level passengers offer
The separate Buena Vista Theatre for movies has a 3-D screen
with Dolby sound. New are continuous movie showings and a
real concession stand with
popcorn, candy, and drinks for sale.
Disney's pirate deck party, a once-per-cruise extravaganza
that culminates with fireworks, has been crafted into three
parts. It will kick off in the early
evening with "Mickey's Pirates" for children, capped
by "Buccaneer Blast," with an enhanced pyrotechnic show,
and, starting later, Club Pirate will be a more
Even the atrium, with its grand staircase and massive
one-and-a-half-deck-tall chandelier, will double as an
entertainment space for special events with
elaborate concealed sound and lighting systems.
first debuted in 1998, many expected something phenomenal
because of the Disney name. At the time reviews noted
the differences such as the
rotational dining. But overall the tone was seen as fairly
derivative beyond Disneyesque
elements. However, with
Disney has produced a ship worthy
of the name that will stand out, not only among 2011's crop
of newbuilds but for years to come.