Disney unveils major features of its new Disney Dream
November 1, 2009 – Disney Cruise Line has officially unveiled major features of its 4,000-passenger Disney Dream cruise ship, which will sail on its first cruise Jan. 26, 2011. The 128,000 gross-registered-ton, 14-deck ship is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenberg, Germany, but cruises will go on sale on Nov. 9.
To underscore the importance Disney is putting on the new vessel, the event featured Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of Walt Disney Company; Jay Rasulo, chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts; Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line; and Randy Garfield, president of Walt Disney Travel Co. and executive vice president-worldwide sales and travel operations for Disney Destinations, among other top Disney executives.
Disney Dream, like the other two ships in the Disney fleet, will feature an interior design that blends elegant Art Deco style and Disney decor in a ship that will very much cater to families. The ship have a first-of-its kind water coaster, called appropriately the AquaDuck, which will send guests careening around the twin stacks on the upper decks of the ship and out over the ocean. The AquaDuck will stretch 765 feet in length and spans four decks of the ship. Guests slide 13 feet over the side of the ship in a translucent “swing out” loop allowing them to look down on the ocean 150 feet below. They will experience coaster-like thrills as high-powered water jets push them upwards and forwards at 20 feet per second.
Disney Dream will have another stateroom innovation with all inside staterooms on the Disney Dream featuring a Virtual Porthole that provides guests with a real-time view outside the ship. High-definition cameras placed on the exterior of the ship feed live video to each Virtual Porthole. As guests observe the outside views, they also can glimpse animated characters such as Peach the starfish from the Disney Pixar hit film “Finding Nemo,” or Mickey Mouse.
Like other ships in the Disney Cruise fleet, Disney Dream will feature large spaces for children. The ship will have nearly an entire deck of youth spaces designed to inspire, entertain and unlock the imagination of children. There are two main spaces for children ages three to 10: At Disney’s Oceaneer Club, children can play among larger-than-life characters from Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story” in Andy’s Room; explore the Laugh Floor with lovable monsters Mike and Sully from “Monsters, Inc.”; or dive under the sea with Nemo and friends or visit Tinker Bell’s fairy forest.
At Disney’s Oceaneer Lab, children will feel as though they are embarking on a great seafaring adventure in a room filled with maps, maritime instruments and swashbuckling artifacts. They can try their hand at animation, become a pop star or navigate ships through digital seas. Both venues offer interactions with the animated characters such as Crush, the sea turtle from the Disney Pixar motion picture “Finding Nemo,” and Stitch, the mischievous alien from “Lilo and Stitch.” The characters chat, play and joke with children via 103-inch plasma screens.
Located inside the forward funnel will be Edge, a lounge just for tweens (ages 11 to 13). This tween area will be filled with a multitude of hi-tech entertainment, including the ability to create and star in photo postcards and video karaoke using green-screen technology.
Teens have their own exclusive club aboard the Disney Dream with Vibe, an indoor/outdoor space created especially for guests ages 14 to 17. A “teen-only” swipe card provides access to the nearly 9,000-square-foot club. Teens can create and edit videos, play computer games, access the onboard social media application or try their hand at spinning and mixing dance tracks. Teens have their own private outdoor deck area with chaise lounges for sunbathing, two wading pools, misters and pop jets for cooling off, and deck games such as ping-pong and foosball.
Like other ships in the Disney Cruise fleet, Disney Dream will offer rotational dining among three themed restaurants. Throughout the cruise, guests will “rotate” to Animator’s Palate, a signature Disney Cruise Line restaurant that brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room; Royal Palace, an elegant restaurant inspired by the classic Disney films “Cinderella,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty”; and Enchanted Garden, a whimsical, casual restaurant inspired by the gardens of Versailles and featuring a dining environment that magically transforms from day to night.
Disney Dream’s specialty restaurant will be a larger version of Palo, which is on both Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. Palo will also have an outdoor dining area.
On the Disney Dream, adults can escape into The District, a nighttime entertainment area with five unique venues. This playground for grownups features sophisticated lounges, each with its own unique design, look and feel. The District is located on Deck 4 aft and is open exclusively to guests age 18 and older.
Sensational venues include: District Lounge, a sophisticated, yet relaxed area featuring live piano music and entertainment; Metro Pub a modern interpretation of a traditional pub; Pink, an elegant and upscale cocktail lounge serving champagne and top-shelf libations; Skyline, a chic, metropolitan “sky bar” with ever-changing views of stunning city skylines; and Evolution, a contemporary nightclub.
Senses Spa & Salon, a 16,000-square-foot facility, will have 17 private treatment rooms, two spa villas with indoor treatment rooms and private outdoor verandahs, and Rainforest, a special section of the spa offering steam, heat and hydrotherapy. Located in the forward section of the ship and spanning two decks, the spa features a design that is soothing – using a color palate of natural green, blue and soft brown hues, organic tropical motifs and lush woods to impart a calming effect.
An ocean-view gym, a 2,500-square-foot facility, will have state-of-the-art exercise equipment and complimentary group classes such as yoga, Pilates, aerobics, stretching and spinning. Adults also can use a Quiet Cove Pool, a multi-level pool with varying depths.
For entertainment, Disney Dream will feature two theaters – the Walt Disney Theater and Buena Vista Theater. The Walt Disney Theater will feature three major rotating productions, one of which will be a show focusing on “Disney Villains.” Buena Vista Theater will offer first-run Disney movies, among other entertainment.
In public areas, Disney Dream will feature “Enchanted Art,” which looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship but is actually a framed LCD screen with technology that recognizes a guest is present. As a guest stops to view a piece of Enchanted Art, several seconds of animation in the picture are activated.
Nearly nine out of 10 of the 1,250 staterooms on the Disney Dream are outside rooms, and of those, 90 percent have a private verandah. To accommodate larger families and groups traveling together, there are 500 connecting doors adjoining staterooms. On connecting verandah staterooms, the partition between verandahs may be opened to create a larger shared balcony.
The Disney Dream will have 21 suites, each lavishly appointed and designed with upscale furnishings. Most suites can connect to another stateroom, creating an exceptionally spacious living area for larger groups and families. Each suite has two bathrooms designed with opulent granite and marble finishes. The master bathroom features a whirlpool bathtub, a rain shower, double sinks and a television built seamlessly into the mirror. Suites also have a large private verandah, walk-in closet, living room and Blu-ray disc player. Both the living area and master bedroom have a 42-inch, high-definition LCD television.
Disney Dream is scheduled to sail alternating three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. During summer months, the ship will alternate four- and five-night itineraries with two stops at Castaway Cay. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line, visit www.disneycruise.com or contact your travel agent.