Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy to come online in 2011 and 2012
CELEBRATION, Fla. (March 10, 2009) — Today at the 2009 Annual
Meeting of Shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, Disney announced
the names of the company's two new cruise ships.
"Last week, steel cutting began on our next two Disney cruise ships.
Today I'm pleased to announce their names," said Robert A. Iger,
Disney president and CEO. "The Disney Dream will set sail in 2011,
while the Disney Fantasy will hit the high seas in 2012."
Similar to the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the names were chosen
to celebrate Disney's unique heritage of creating enchanting places
and stories where dreams really do come true.
"The names are very telling of our brand and are part of our
history," said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and New
Vacation Operations. "Disney is known for making dreams come true,
and for creating worlds of fantasy that go beyond the imagination.
The names are a natural choice for our ships."
As noted, Disney Cruise Line began construction on the new ships
with a steel cutting ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in
Papenburg, Germany. The first piece of steel cut was part of the art
deco inspired scrollwork that will grace the bow of the ships.
Similar to the scrollwork on the existing Disney Cruise Line ships,
Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the intricate pattern is reminiscent
of the classic ocean liners of the 1930s, with added touches of
Since finalizing a contract with the Meyer Werft shipyard to build
the two new ships, Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney Imagineering
have created a truly distinctive design. Over the next few years,
construction will continue, bringing the design to reality, with the
Disney Dream scheduled for delivery in 2011 and the Disney Fantasy
The new ships will be purpose built with families in mind, and
specially designed areas and activities for each member of the
family to allow for both quality time together and wonderful
individual experiences. The focus is to provide a setting where
families can reconnect, adults can recharge and kids can immerse
themselves in worlds only Disney can create.
The expansion will more than double the passenger capacity for
Disney Cruise Line. Each ship will have 1,250 staterooms and will
each be 128,000 tons.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation,
contact Academy Travel at 609-978-0740.