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Disney Dream
Where Dreams Come True If Only You Believe

Disney Dream is christened with a bang by godmother Jennifer Hudson in Port Canaveral

Part One

by Linda Coffman

January 2011Imagine a cruise ship with a water coaster high above the pool deck; that houses a spectacular gourmet French restaurant; and which displays art that comes to life when you stop to examine it. That's what the Imagineers of Disney have created for Disney Cruise Line's new ship Disney Dream.

While not the world's largest ship by any stretch of the imagination these days, at 128,000 tons the new Disney Dream continues the tradition of Disney Cruise Line's signature features, as well as introduces some innovative elements that expand the on board experience to a higher level.

Deluxe ocean view stateroom with verandah
Inside stateroom with a Magical Porthole

Of the 1,250 staterooms and suites, 1,100 are outside (901 with balconies), resulting in 88% of Disney Dream's accommodations featuring an ocean view. However, those 12% of inside staterooms have a unique look at the sea as well--they feature a Magical Porthole. A video monitor with the appearance of a porthole, it offers a “window” to the world with a real-time video view outside the ship. High-definition cameras on the exterior of the ship feed live video to each Magical Porthole offering a view corresponding to stateroom location (port or starboard, bow or stern). As passengers observe the outside views, animated Disney characters or objects may pop by the Magical Porthole, including Peach the starfish from the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo,” Dumbo the flying elephant, or even Mickey Mouse.

Disney Cruise Line's signature bath-and-a-half design is featured in nearly every stateroom on the Disney Dream. One bathroom includes a vanity, sink and full tub/shower, while the half bath has a vanity, sink, and toilet. A number of staterooms have round tubs with a built-in seat, a rain shower head, and a hand-held shower, ideal for bathing children. Since families tend to travel with more luggage, the bed frames have been elevated to provide generous under-bed space to store suitcases and other items.

For an added pinch of nighttime fantasy, pull-down beds open to uncover a celestial scene overhead. Spanning the entire ceiling directly over the bed, original artwork depicts an enchanted tableau of Peter Pan, his pal Tinker Bell, and Wendy soaring through the night sky.

Accommodations feature a contemporary, art deco-inspired design with nautical themes. Amenities in all staterooms include a 22-inch LCD flat screen TV on a swivel arm, two Wave Phones for use as onboard mobile communicators, iPod docking station, mini refrigerator, mini safe, premium toiletries, queen size pillows, Frette 100% Egyptian cotton bath towels and Frette 100% Egyptian cotton 300 thread count bed linens and duvet. Closet and drawer space is ample.

To accommodate larger families and groups traveling together, there are 500 connecting doors that adjoin staterooms. On connecting verandah staterooms, the partition between verandahs may be opened to create a larger shared balcony.

More space and comforts are available to mini-suite and suite occupants, including separate sitting areas, luxury bedding and towels, a choice of pillow styles, and bathtubs in mini-suites. Suites additionally have a DVD/CD player, magnifying vanity mirror, massaging shower head, robes and slippers, and a complimentary mini-bar (one time set up).

Thirty-seven staterooms in a variety of categories are equipped for accessibility.

 A "taste" of Remy

Disney Cruise Line continues its popular rotational dining concept onboard the Disney Dream. Throughout the cruise, passengers dine in different restaurants for dinner with their servers accompanying them.

Dining options include:

  • Animator's Palate is a re-imagined version of the signature Disney Cruise Line restaurant that brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room. During meals, the room becomes immersed in a vivid undersea environment and Crush, the surfer-dude sea turtle from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” makes a special appearance, swimming around the restaurant and engaging in live impromptu interactions with guests. Other characters also swim by for a visit.
  • Royal Palace is an elegant restaurant inspired by the classic Disney films “Cinderella,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty.”
  • Enchanted Garden is a more casual restaurant inspired by the gardens of Versailles, which features a dining environment that magically transforms from day to night..
  • Cabanas is a casual food court with a California beach atmosphere and indoor and outdoor seating. Dishes offered at the food stations include American classics, comfort foods such as pizza and pasta, grilled specialties, stir-fry, savory soups, and fresh salads. One cabana features  bite-sized sushi delicacies, while another showcases desserts. Each morning, Cabanas features assorted breakfast foods and made-to-order omelets. In the evenings, the restaurant transforms into a table-service casual dining experience, where dinner entrees are cooked to order.
  • Palo is a redesigned version of Disney Cruise Line’s adults-only signature specialty restaurant serving Northern Italian cuisine. For an entirely new Palo experience on the Disney Dream, guests may dine al fresco on Palo’s private outdoor teak deck.
  • Remy is Disney Cruise Line’s first-ever premier dining option serving French-inspired gourmet cuisine by two award-winning chefs. Chef Arnaud Lallement from l’Assiette Champenoise, a Michelin two-star restaurant just outside Reims, France, and Chef Scott Hunnel from award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort collaborate to create a menu that melds classic and contemporary styles in a sophisticated adults-only dining concept featuring superior products and seasonal ingredients.

In addition to dining rooms and restaurants, a quick bite to eat can be found at Flo’s Café, located near Donald’s Pool on Deck 11 where options such as burgers, chicken tenders, pizza, fresh fruit, salads, and sandwich wraps can be found. To satisfy your ice cream craving, frozen sweet treats are available from two venues also located near Donald’s Pool on Deck 11: Frozone Treats mixes fruit smoothies and Eye Scream offers soft-serve ice cream with plenty of favorite sundae toppings. There are convenient, and complimentary fountain drink stations located in Cabanas and near the pools.

If that isn't enough choice, there's 24-hour room service.

More --> Dream Preview - Part Two

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Stateroom Images Courtesy of Disney Cruise Lines
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