The New Disney Dream


Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Dream, is slated to launch in January 2011. It will be about 50% larger than Disney’s other two ships, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. It is the first new Disney ship since the Wonder debuted in 1999.

The Dream is scheduled to embark on its maiden voyage on 26 January 2011, from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas. The liner-like vessel features two squat, black-topped red funnels.

Art-deco stylings include a 1.5-deck-tall, 24-karat gold-plated Swarovski crystal chandelier centerpiece, hand-carved stone inlays, plaster friezes and hand-tufted carpets.

The Dream will feature about two dozen pieces of framed artwork placed throughout the ship’s 13 decks that will come to life when a passenger stands in front of the frame, some of which will include historic photographs of Walt Disney. The Enchanted Art feature will also include a detective game where clues are digitally hidden in some of the art.

For dining, the Dream will offer Disney Cruise Line’s first French eatery, an upscale restaurant called Remy. Arnaud Lallement, the French chef from l’Assiette Champenoise, a Michelin two-star restaurant just outside of Reims, France, will collaborate with Scott Hunnel, executive chef of Victoria & Albert’s in Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort, to create Remy’s concept and menu.

Disney is calling the adults-only Remy its first premier dining option, but the eatery is still very much Disney. It is named for the star of Ratatouille, the movie Disney released in 2007 about a rat who dreams of becoming a chef. The dining room will have a similar look to the one in the film’s restaurant. There will be a separate price and menu for a private chef’s table for 16 in a separate room off Remy’s main dining room.

Adjacent to the Atrium, the Royal Palace restaurant will feature “lazy susan” revolving-booth seating and opulent decor inspired by four Disney princesses: Cinderella, Snow White, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. Cuisine will further the theme with dishes such as king salmon and princess cakes.

SuiteThe Dream’s Animator’s Palate restaurant will seat about 700 passengers, up from the approximately 450-guest capacity on Disney’s other cruises. About 130 wall-mounted flat-screen monitors will help transform the restaurant with a Finding Nemo-inspired undersea theme, and there will be live dialogue between diners and an on-screen version of Crush, the surfer-turtle character from the movie.

Additionally, the ship’s Oceaneer Club and Lab children’s play areas will have what Disney says will be the first interactive, floor-based videogame on a cruise ship. The 250-sq-ft play-floors, which look like dance floors and enable players to control the action with their feet from the periphery, will allow as many as 32 kids to play at once.

In the Enchanted Garden, which is fashioned after the gardens of Versailles, the setting gradually transforms from day to night and the offerings will be fresh, seasonal and organic.

The restaurant and play areas are some of the features Walt Disney Imagineering is developing for the 4,000-passenger Dream in an effort to broaden family activities.

The ship also will feature Nemo’s Reef water-play area and Goofy’s Sports Deck.

Nemo’s Reef takes its name from the Pixar film Finding Nemo and incorporates a number of characters from that movie in its features, including a small slide that is shaped like Mr. Ray. It also includes a water curtain that moves back and forth.

The water-play area is surrounded by a glass enclosure, with a main guest entrance and a wheelchair-accessible entrance. The Dream also will feature the cruise industry’s first onboard water coaster, AquaDuck, a 765-ft, acrylic-tube “water coaster” suspended above the football-field-size deck area. One of the ship’s most anticipated features, it is capable of handling up to 250 people per hour.

The minute-long ride employs “master blaster” water jet technology that whooshes guests at speeds of up to 14 feet per second through both funnels and, at one precipitous loop, 160 ft above the sea.

On Goofy’s Sports Deck, passengers can play a nine-hole minigolf course. SpaEach hole offers special instructions with a “goofy twist.”

Also on Goofy’s Sports Deck, two digital sports simulators provide virtual game experiences for soccer, tennis, basketball and golf. Max’s Courts, two small sports courts, offer soccer and basketball for kids. Table tennis and foosball tables are available, too.

A walking track rings Goofy’s Sports Deck.

Adults desiring a break from the kids can head for the Quiet Cove Pool, an area exclusively for passengers age 18 and older. The area features a swim-up bar, sunbathing pool with built-in loungers, a 4-ft-deep plunge pool and a hot tub.

Also for the adults is an exclusive nighttime entertainment area called the District, with themed lounges, bars and nightclubs. The Skyline Bar will feature a high-definition projection of a different cityscape (Paris, New York, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago) each night with matching music, drinks and food.

The main nightclub, Evolution, boasts fog screens, butterfly-shaped banquettes and backlit ceilings emulating deep-orange Monarch and brilliant-blue Morpho butterfly wings.

Pink, a champagne bar named for the pink elephant in Dumbo, will sport bubble-shaped Italian light fixtures and offer its own exclusive brand of Taittinger champagne.

Of the ship’s 1,250 cabins (1,000 of which interconnect), 150 are inside cabins that feature “virtual portholes” fed by real-time LED projections from four outside positions around the ship. Disney characters, such as the starfish from Finding Nemo, randomly make cameo appearances in the video view.

Cabin sizes range from 169 sq feet to 1,781 sq ft. Nineteen concierge-level suites on Decks 11 and 12 have gated access and balconies partially enclosed by glass canopies.

All cabins feature new “scan key” technology and yacht-inspired decor with a soothing deep blue, red and white palette.


Review Updated:   November 2010

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