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Disney Dream
Where Dreams Come True If Only You Believe

Disney Cruise Line ships are the only ones authorized to present fireworks extravaganzas at sea

Part Two

by Linda Coffman

Like their land-based Disney counterparts, Disney Cruise Line is all about entertainment and not just the kind that's performed on a stage. While the productions shows presented in the Walt Disney Theater are superb and not to be missed, there are elements of entertainment throughout Disney Dream designed for guests of all ages.

Like her smaller fleetmates, Disney Dream has areas devoted exclusively to children, tweens, teens, and adults. Three pool areas are designated for small children (Mickey Pool), families (Donald Pool), and adults (Quiet Cove). In addition, teens have an outside area adjacent to their club that features sunning space and hot tubs exclusively for their use. Children up to 8-years of age can enjoy Nemo's Reef, a fanciful water-play area featuring a soft wet-deck surface, with pop jets, bubblers and interactive figures that move and spray water.

Just For Kids
Oceaneer Club is a child-friendly oasis open to 3-to-10-year-old children. The central rotunda is the main gathering place where, constellations of Disney characters created with fiber optics twinkle across the ceiling. The focal point of the rotunda is a stage where children can create and star in their very own theatrical performances, participate in storytelling sessions, and meet Disney characters. The rotunda has a 103-inch plasma screen for watching movies and for magical interactions with Crush, the sea turtle from the Disney•Pixar animated motion picture “Finding Nemo.” Also located in the rotunda is a Magic PlayFloor, an interactive floor that allows children to engage in group activities where their movements control the action.

Oceaneer Lab takes 3-to-10-year-old children on a journey of discovery and exploration. At the main hall stage, kids can create and star in swashbuckling performances, hear stories of great expeditions and watch movies. Located in the main gathering space is another Magic PlayFloor, featuring the latest in interactive gaming technology where, kids’ movements control the action.

Connecting the Disney’s Oceaneer Club and the Disney’s Oceaneer Lab are two Workshops. In these specialized areas, kids concoct creations in an interactive science lab, conduct crazy experiments, express their creativity through art projects, stretch their culinary skills and participate in other hands-on activities.

In the It’s a Small World Nursery, infants and toddlers ages three months to three years
are welcomed main play area by cheerful, three-dimensional façades resembling the nursery’s namesake Disney attraction. A boat in the center of the room “floats” on a river pattern along the soft-surface floor and is surrounded by colorful, kid-sized tables and chairs for toddlers to enjoy crafts, books and games. At the back of the nursery, a separate room with a serene motif and a calm, quiet atmosphere is reserved for naptime.

Inside the forward funnel on Deck 13 is Edge, a lounge just for tweens (ages 11 to 13). A loft-style space with a multitude of high-tech entertainment, notebook computers integrated into the design create individual computing stations for tweens to play games and access the onboard social media application exclusively for them. Along one wall of the club is a massive video wall for gaming, movies, and television viewing. Stretching more than 18 feet long and nearly five feet tall, the state-of-the-art video wall can be utilized as one giant screen or separated into smaller individual screens. A lighted dance floor and multi-colored ceiling lights sets the stage for a dance parties.

Teens have their own club Vibe, an extensive indoor/outdoor space on Deck 5 forward created especially for guests ages 14 to 17. A “teen-only” swipe card provides access to the nearly 9,000-square-foot teen club where a fountain bar offers tasty refreshments such as soda, juice, smoothies, and coffee drinks. A media room features video gaming and movie watching on a 103-inch LCD screen with digital surround sound. Around the perimeter of the room are built-in, oval wall “pods” designed as individual nooks for reclining and watching personal video screens or playing video games. Teens can create and edit videos using the latest computer software, play games, and access the onboard social media application at computer stations in the lounge or on their own WiFi-enabled devices. In the dance club area a colorful, lighted dance floor and video wall set the scene for dance parties. A separate stage is set for talent shows, karaoke contests, and dance competitions. Outside is their own private deck area with chaise lounges for sunbathing, two hot tubs, and misters for cooling off. Deck games such as ping-pong and foosball are also located there.

Family fun
D Lounge is Disney Dream's bright and informal “family room” were everyone gathers for fun and games in the evening hours. Throughout the day, D Lounge also hosts activities for specific ages and interests as well as entire families. And for movie buffs, the Buena Vista Theater screens wholesome films almost non-stop.

Goofy’s Sports Deck on Deck 13 is an all-ages, open-air activity center featuring miniature golf, virtual sports simulators, and a basketball/volleyball court. There also are ping pong and foosball tables and the deck is encircled by a walking track.

Next to the aft funnel at a level equivalent to a Deck 16 is the entry for AquaDuck, the first water coaster at sea. Aboard two-person rafts, you can go on a twisting, turning, up, down and over the side of the ship adventure ride before splashing down on Deck 12.

Believe it or not, not everyone aboard Disney Dream has children! For adults-only there is Quiet Cove, the pool area with bar, coffee shop, an infinity hot tub, and seating areas to enjoy the sun or shade. Plus there's an entire District that comes alive at night and features District Lounge, a sophisticated, yet relaxed piano bar style lounge; 687, the warm and inviting interpretation of a traditional pub/sports bar; Pink, an elegant and upscale cocktail lounge serving champagne and top-shelf spirits; Skyline, a chic, metropolitan “sky bar” with ever-changing views of city skylines; and Evolution, inspired by the evolution of the butterfly, a contemporary lounge/dance club. Not to be overlooked is Meridian, a cozy spot for before-or-after dinner drinks tucked away on Deck 12 between adults-only restaurants Remy and Palo. With a décor inspired by the early days of sea travel, Meridian features a sextant navigational tool embedded in the floor Outside on the aft-facing teak deck are a cigar bar and views overlooking the wake.

Senses Spa & Salon
Covering more than 16,000 square feet in the forward section of Disney Dream, even the Senses Spa color palate of natural green, blue, and soft brown, with organic tropical motifs, and rich, dark woods was designed to impart a tranquil, calming feeling. A menu of spa treatments and services such as massages, body wraps, and facials are offered in the 17 private treatment rooms, but it's the Rainforest that is a show-stopper. Offering the benefits of steam, heat, and hydrotherapy combined with the power of aromatherapy to relax the mind and body, the specialized areas include a steam bath, steam room, tiled sauna, and aromatic showers that simulate everything from a waterfall to tropical rain to a refreshing mist. Heated mosaic tile relaxation chairs and two whirlpool hot tubs on the adjacent private teak deck offer calming sea views.

Two lavish couple’s spa villas afford the ultimate indulgence, featuring an indoor spa treatment suite connected to a private outdoor verandah with personal whirlpool hot tub, shower, and a plush, double lounge chair.

Located inside Senses Spa & Salon on Deck 11, Chill Spa for guests ages 13 to 17 occupies its own space with two dedicated treatment rooms with showers and a separate seating area exclusively for teens.

Additional Senses Spa & Salon offerings include manicures, pedicures, hair salon services, a barber shop, and teeth whitening at the Smile Spa. The gym-with-an-oceanview, a nearly 2,500-square-foot fitness center, features state-of-the-art exercise equipment and complimentary group classes such as yoga, Pilates, aerobics, stretching, and spinning.

Disney Dream Fast Facts

  • 128,000 gross tons
  • 1,115 feet long
  • 121 feet wide
  • 14 passenger decks
  • 1,250 staterooms
  • 4,000 passengers
  • 1,458 crew

Back --> Dream Preview - Part One

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