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Disney Dream Cruise Ship - The Ultimate Guide

Disney Dream Cruise Ship

Considering a Disney Cruise on the Dream?

This is the most comprehensive guide to Disney Dream Cruise Ship information on the Internet.

Real information to make your voyage on Disney Dream as magical as it can be!

About the Disney Dream

Disney Dream History

After the success of the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, Disney Cruise Line decided to add to their fleet.

On January 26, 2011, the Disney Dream made her maiden voyage as the third Disney Cruise Line ship.

How Big is the Disney Dream?

Disney Dream weighs over 130,000 tons and it is 1115 feet in length. The ship is the same size as the Disney Fantasy, which was introduced to the Disney Cruise Line fleet at the same time as the Dream.

Passengers: 4000
Staterooms: 1250
Crew (aka "Cast Members"): 1400

The Crew-to-Passenger ratio equals out to one Cast Member for every 2.8 guests!

Disney Dream Facts & Trivia

  • The Disney Dream is 1,115 feet which is longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and longer than the height of New York City’s famous Chrysler Building
  • The interior is decorated in art deco style, characterized by geometric designs and bold, solid colors
  • Each of the 4 DCL ships has a unique statue in their atrium lobby. Disney Dream’s Statue is Donald Duck
  • Jennifer Hudson is the Godmother of the Disney Dream
  • The ship horn whistles the first line of 7 different Disney tunes
  • The Dream was the first ship to have a water roller coaster at sea, known as the Aquaduck!
  • The Disney Dream’s atrium lobby chandelier is 24kt gold plated and sparkles with 88,680 Swarovski crystal beads. The chandelier is 22 feet in diameter and hangs down 13 feet from the ceiling
  • The stern (back end of the ship) features Sorcerer Mickey
  • The bow (front end of the ship) features Captain Mickey

Disney Dream Deck Plan

As you read this page, refer back to this map of Disney Dream deck plan often to familiarize yourself with the different locations of Disney Dream's attractions.
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Disney Dream Map & Deck Plan

Source: Disney Cruise Line

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All services / experiences mentioned in this Disney Dream guide are included in the price of your cruise unless otherwise noted.
For more info, read What's Included in a Disney Cruise?


Main Dining

About Disney Dream Restaurants

Like the other ships in the DCL fleet, the Disney Dream features "Rotational Dining."

To mix up your dinner dining enjoyment, guests rotate between three main restaurants, offering a unique dining experience every night. Your server, assistant server and rest of dinner staff will move with you.

Here are the Disney Dream restaurants that are part of the rotational dining.

Enchanted Garden

Deck 2

As you enjoy dinner in a setting that evokes a French conservatory, the ceiling will change colors, beginning with a bright blue color to represent day time, progressing to a golden red hue to mimic the setting sun, finally culminating in a sparkling starlight. 

The light fixtures near your table actually "bloom" during your meal. It's the subtle effects of this dining room that make it charming.

Royal Palace

Deck 3

Disney's imagineers have designed the Royal Palace to feel like you're playing an important part of a Disney fairytale.

The design is a reflection of settings from movies like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast.

The wall murals are classically gorgeous. Spend a moment to gaze at each one.

Animator's Palate

Deck 3

Disney animations come to life in our favorite of the main dining rooms. Heck, everyone loves it. We won't give away too much here, but check out my Animator's Palate tips here - make sure to read tips #43-46.

Casual Dining

Disney Dream Cruise Ship Cabanas Buffet

Deck 11

You'll probably become very familiar with Cabanas on your cruise, because it is the main buffet restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (for those who prefer to skip their rotational dining or are late to their Main Dining seating).

So much variety here, they serve snacks, appetizers, desserts and entrees of every kind. Various selections will change from meal to meal, while others are constant fixtures on the menu. If you find a favorite dish, (Mickey Mouse pancakes anyone?) this can be comforting for finicky eaters, especially your little ones.


Deck 3

You'll find this snack bar outside the Walt Disney Theatre. They serve soda, popcorn and other snacks. All items sold here are an additional charge.


Deck 4

Grab a coffee or pastry in the morning or a post-dinner cocktail at night. Some items incur an additional charge.


Deck 11

Every kid's dream come true: all the ice cream you can eat. And it's FREE! Hey, it's vacation, so I say go ahead and indulge your craving while on your Disney Cruise.

Along with soft-serve ice cream, you'll find plenty of toppings. My kids may have gone just a little overboard with the all-you-can-eat (okay me too) but hey...it's vacation!


Deck 11

Specialty smoothies (frozen fruit with yogurt) are available to purchase here. Conveniently located near the pools.


Deck 11

There are three food stations as part of Flo's walk-up eatery: Luigi's Pizza, Fillmore's Favorites, Tow Mater's Grill.

Here you will find chicken, burgers, and pizza. It's a nice spot to grab a quick bite if you don't want to wander too far from the pool.


Deck 11

Just like its name implies, purchase fruit & vegetable juice combinations. Found next to Senses Spa and Salon. Additional fees apply.


Deck 11

If the free soft-serve of Eye Scream or ice cream & desserts from Cabanas aren't decadent enough for you, check out the goodies at Vanellope's.

Candy, waffle cones and gelato, and plenty of baked treats are available for additional fees.

Disney Dream Beverage Station

Deck 11

The beverage station on Deck 11 is a popular place!

Why? Because the drinks here are FREE. Drink options include water, soda, juices, coffee, tea, milk, fruit punch, lemonade, and hot cocoa.

The bars and lounges on board will charge you extra for sodas, but it is free here. Check out tip #48 on my Disney Cruise Tips to enjoy more free soda.

Disney Dream Room Service Menu

Brought to your stateroom

Disney Dream's room service menu is surprisingly large. The options are available at any time of the night or day.

To get more advice about Disney Dream room service, read tips 54-59 of my 101 Disney Cruise Tips.

Exclusive Dining

Looking for an adult only meal? Or something that will make your little one beam for days on end? The Disney Dream offers exclusive dining opportunities to fulfill those wishes.


Deck 10

This is a signature Disney dining  experience and it is available only for adults.

In our opinion, the Northern Italian menu is worth the premium fee you pay for it. When you top off the delicious kids-free meal with gorgeous seascapes, you have a brunch or dinner to remember.

Reservations are required and there's a dress code as well, please refer to our Disney Cruise packing list for suggestions on what to wear.


Deck 12

This is the Disney Dream's finest dining experience and it is available only for adults.

Dinner at this Parisian themed restaurant is made up of multiple tasting courses. Remy also offers a champagne brunch, a 5-course dessert menu, and Petites Assiettes de Remy featuring small plates and fine wine (only available on the first night of your cruise).

As with Palo, reservations are required and the dress code is mandatory. Refer to our Disney Cruise packing list for clothing suggestions.

Royal Court Royal Tea

Deck 3 at Royal Palace

Little princes or princesses (3 to 12) can join their favorite Disney characters for a tea party. While this tea party has an additional fee, it includes a chance to meet one-on-one with the princesses and take home a few royal gifts.



Every evening on the Disney Dream, an exciting entertainment event will be put on in the Walt Disney Theatre.

Guests get to witness performances that are truly Broadway-level in quality. Also frequenting the stage are musicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, hypnotists, or comedians. Sometimes they put up a feature movie on a massive screen. The movie is usually a Disney-owned film that is new or due to theaters.

The Walt Disney Theatre is located on Decks 3 and 4 Forward.

Beauty & the Beast

It's a tale as old as time, but we love watching it over and over. Especially when it is set as an enticing musical production.

In this musical, the characters from the live-action Beauty and the Beast film are portrayed by real-life actors on stage. If you know the movie, you'll get to sing along with the familiar songs.  This show is only shown on Disney Dream and nowhere else in the DCL fleet.

The Golden Mickeys

Celebrate classic Disney movies. It's a Hollywood-worthy award show.

Disney's Believe

A hardworking father finds himself in desperate need of some Disney "magic" to reconnect with his little girl.

Deck Parties

Sail-Away Celebration

Start your Disney Dream vacation with the Fab Five (Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto) and their friends. The whole ship comes to the top deck for some fun as you pull away from your home port.

Disney Dream: Pirate Night! See the shows and fireworks!

Pirate Night

Put on your eye patch, peg-leg and a swashbuckling pirate outfit to prepare for a full day of pirate activities, character meet and greets, and DCL's best deck party.

The night will finish with a bang, as Disney Dream's crew sends fireworks into the night sky.

Note: some sailings (like some Alaska) don't have fireworks displays.

Seasonal Celebrations

Halloween and Christmas are special times onboard. The crew adorns the ship with festive decorations and guests experience a fun set of seasonal activities and parties.

Character Greetings

Meet and Greet Characters on Disney Magic

Meet and Greets

I guess we're just big kids, because some of our favorite moments on a Disney Cruise is meeting our favorite characters.

Pack an autograph book (see our packing list) and see how many signatures you can collect.

They mix up the times and characters to meet each day, so keep your eye on the DCL app each day.

Frozen Meet and Greet on Disney Magic Cruise Ship

Free Ticketed Events

These events require tickets (they're free at online checkin):

  • Frozen Meet and Greet
  • Princess Gathering
  • Heroic Encounters
  • Star Wars Character Experience

Tickets are limited so reserve them during online checkin. If they are sold out, visit Guest Services as soon as you get on the ship; there are often tickets available there.

Disney Magic: Disney Character Breakfast

Character Breakfast

On select 7+ night cruises, you can eat breakfast with Disney and Disney Junior Characters. They go from table to table, posing for photos, giving high fives, and saying hi.

Tickets are FREE, but they are limited. Again, you'll want to jump on these during online check-in.

Just For Kids

Disney Magic: It's a Small World Nursery

Deck 5

Childcare for your wee ones. You can leave kids ages 6 months to 3 years old at the nursery.

The Cast Members at the nursery are well-trained Disney counselors who will feed your child at the proper time, change diapers, and lead the kids in crafts, activities and games.

Additional charge and reservations suggested.


Deck 5

Children ages 3-12 will love hanging out with Disney Characters each day. Each room in the club has a fun theme, completely developed by the best Disney imagineers, such as Andy’s Room, Marvels Super Hero Academy, Disney Junior or Frozen Adventures.

Don’t be surprised if you barely see your kids during the cruise!


Deck 13

This hangout is perfect for the tweens and offers a space for them to watch movies, craft, play games and hang out with other kids their age (ages 11-14).


Deck 5

Teens 14-17 will have a blast at Vibe, whether it’s listening to music, dancing or competing with other teens to get the highest video game score. Did I mention you might not see your kids that much?


Deck 11

A spa for teens 13 to 17 years old. Enjoy a Bath Ice Cream Pedicure, a Hot Chocolate Wrap, an Acne Attack Facial, or much more at this soothing teen spa. Teens get stressed out too! Additional charge applies.


Deck 5

Disney Magic's very own salon where boys are transformed into knights or pirates, and girls become beautiful princesses. For ages 3-12. Additional charges apply, but at least stop by and get the FREE pixie dust.

Adults Only (18 and up)


Deck 4

It's a fun hotspot for adults. Enjoy drinks, karaoke, live music, and dancing.


Deck 3

For a relaxing time, grab a seat and enjoy the live piano music and a drink.


Deck 4

A relaxed piano bar with an upscale futuristic design.


Deck 12

Sandwiched between the Palo & Remy restaurants, this is the Dream's martini bar. There is both outdoor and indoor seating. Note: there is a dress code, so check the details before heading in.

PUB 687

Deck 4

Yep, the Disney Dream has a sports bar! With many big TVs, this is a good place to watch a big game at night. Cooked to order appetizers are available at an extra charge.


Deck 4

A personal favorite. Every 15 minutes, the "windows" (huge digital displays) change to a different international hotspot, such as London, Barcelona, or Hong Kong. It's fun to watch the characters on the street, in the apartments, etc, but best of all is when you can spot a cameo from Mickey Mouse.


Deck 4

This wine and champagne bar is designed to look like the inside of a champagne bottle.

See if you can find the pink elephant from Dumbo inside the wall lights.


Deck 13

Soak in the views of the whole ship and the sea from Deck 13. You won't find a bar with better views on the ship. Drinks are open-air, so order a favorite cocktail and watch the sunset.


Deck 11

We love to tell people about this serene, out-of-the-way spot on Deck 11 that overlooks Quiet Cove Pool. It's adults only and you can get your hands on some gourmet coffee, enjoy a pastry or surf the internet.


Deck 9

High end salon treatments in a gorgeous spa setting with incredible ocean views.

More Family Fun

Midship Detective Agency

Deck 5

This interactive game will take you all over the ship trying to solve a fun mystery.

On Deck 5, pick up a badge at the kiosk. You'll get clues that lead you to artwork around the ship that comes to life when you wave your badge at it.

There are various stories and randomized possible endings.

D Lounge

Deck 4

The whole family is welcome to party the night away at the D Lounge. We have had some legendary Karaoke moments here as a family. Music, games and live entertainment are just a few of the attractions you’ll find here.

Disney Magic: Buena Vista Theatre

Buena Vista Theatre

Deck 4

Watch classic movies (usually Disney) or blockbuster new releases (also usually Disney). If you have a couple of hours to kill and you want to escape the sun, this art deco styled movie theater is a fine place to do it.

Funnel Vision

Deck 11

Funnel Vision is a giant screen that shows Disney movies while you chill on Deck 9 or swim in Goofy’s Pool.

Called “Funnel Vision” because it’s mounted onto the forward funnel of the ship.

It's a huge LED screen, totally state of the art.


Mickey's Pool & Slide

Deck 11

Shaped like a Mickey head, this freshwater kids pool is just 2 feet deep, making it a safe place for little ones (ages 3 and up) to splash.

Close by is spiraling Mickey's slide. The slide is approximately "one deck tall" and is available to kids 4-14 years old and in the range of 38"-64" tall.

Donald's Pool

Deck 11

Rectangular in shape, Donald's pool sits directly in front of the big Funnel Vision screen. It will be a busy hub on days at sea, with deck chairs surrounding it.


Deck 12

Truly a Disney innovation, the AquaDuck was the first "roller coaster at sea".

To ride, start at Deck 12, climb a flight of stairs to Deck 16 (the highest point you can reach on the ship.)

Sit down in an inflatable plastic raft and get launched for a wet ride through a 765-foot-long clear tube track that will have you circle the ship.

Single riders must be at least 54" tall, but children that are 42" tall can ride with someone ages 14 and up.

Nemo's Reef

Deck 11

Splash pad with a fun Finding Nemo theme for kids ages 3 and under. Water spurts all over; coming up from the floor and jetting from replicas of characters from the movie.

Funnel Puddle Pool

Deck 12

Just a quiet little wading pool. Another enjoyable spot that's a little out of the way.

Quiet Cove Pool

Deck 9

This adult-only area is reserved to be a quiet sanctuary for grownups to escape the kids...err, relax and unwind. It's much quieter and they serve cocktails. Must be age 18+.

Satellite Falls

Deck 13

My escape literally every day at sea. I took a book and loved just gazing out at the endless horizon of sea. A shallow pool surrounded by comfortable deck chairs - with your choice of sun or shade. Must be age 18+.


Running Track

Deck 4

Deck 4 has a 1/3 mile track that allows you to run the length of the ship in a full circle. Enjoy a dazzling view of the open ocean while you run.


Deck 4

I don't think my family knows the REAL rules of shuffleboard, but that doesn't stop us from having a good time on the shuffleboard court.

Goofy's Sports Deck

Deck 13

Play miniature golf, ping-pong, basketball or foosball -- all in the open-air. For an additional charge, enjoy a variety of virtual sports simulators.

Fitness Center

Deck 11

Eat a little too much last night? Work it off at the Fitness Center. I don't normally enjoy working out on vacation, but with the ocean view here...why not?

Gym is free but they have classes for an additional fee. Must be 18 or older to use the Disney Dream fitness center.


Sea Treasures

Deck 3

Nautical apparel and official DCL collectibles. These signature items are only available on Disney Cruise Line ships.

White Caps

Deck 4

The one-stop shop onboard. Jewelry, duty-free liquor and cigars, as well as sundries and fragrances.

Tiffany & Co.

Deck 4

Timeless jewelry and luxury accessories, including collections made exclusively for Disney Cruise Line.

Tiffany & Co. on Disney Dream

Mickey's Mainsail

Deck 4

Costumes and accessories go with other DCL merchandise.

Vista Gallery

Deck 4

Even if you're not an art aficionado, any Disney-phile will appreciate the artwork of legendary Disney artists featuring your favorite Disney scenes and characters.

Vista Gallery on Disney Dream

Shutters: The Onboard Photography Shop

Deck 4

This is where you can view all of your cruise photos or arrange private photo sessions with Disney Dream's traveling photographers.


The most luxury and premium stateroom experience you can purchase on Disney Cruise Line is called Concierge.

Concierge Guests have exclusive access to special, Concierge-only areas on the ship, including the Concierge Lounge and Concierge Sundeck.

Concierge Lounge

Deck 12

Concierge guests will enjoy this luxurious, chic escape from the rest of the ship.

The Concierge Level Lounge allows guests to access the internet, drink a cocktail, watch news or sports on a huge TV, and partake of complimentary beverages and food served throughout the day.

Concierge Sundeck

Deck 13

Connected to the Concierge Lounge, you'll find a sundeck available only to Concierge level guests.

Head up a short flight of stairs from the Lounge and you'll find a premium sunbathing location unavailable to the rest of your shipmates. Perched above the Quiet Cove Pool, it's a quiet area for sunning and relaxing.

It has plenty of shade if you want or sun if you prefer in comfortable chairs. You can also step out onto Satellite Falls if desired, and simply pop back into the private area. If you want a quick snack, just walk the steps down to the Lounge.

Towels and sunscreen are provided.


Health Center

Deck 1

The Health Center is available when you're feeling sick, need first aid or have a medical emergency.

The clinic keeps regular daily hours to offer care for non-emergencies. If you have an emergency, the ship has a doctor and nurse on call 24/7.

Tender Lobbies

Deck 1

When arriving at most destinations, the ship will dock at a pier, allowing guests to walk off the ship using a gangway.

There are ports, however, where the ship is required to anchor offshore and take a "tender" -- a small boat -- from the ship to the dock.

Guest Services

Deck 3

Got a question or request? This is your place. I have found the crew that manages Guest Services to be very responsive and caring. 

They can help you make spa appointments or dining reservations, plan your vacation by explaining activities, ship amenities, and the ship schedule.

Questions with your bill are handled here. You may also request a free crib or diaper genie here. Book these when you first arrive to make sure you get one.

Port Adventures Desk

Deck 5

Port Adventures Desk will help you plan or book excursions through Disney Cruise Line.

Onboard Sales Desk

Deck 4

Plan and book future Disney Cruises. Why would you book a Disney cruise while on a Disney cruise, you ask? You’d be surprised by how many people do!

It’s all about the perks. It’s pretty much the only way to get a Disney cruise for a discounted price.

Here’s the low down:

  • 10% discount on prevailing rates on your next cruise (concierge-level excluded)
  • Stateroom credit of $100 (3-6 nights) or $200 (7-night cruises or longer)
  • Reduced Deposit on 7-night sailings or longer

You don’t have to decide on a date while on the ship. Just put a $250 deposit down as a placeholder for a future cruise and sail within the next 24 months.

Laundry Facilities

Decks 2,5,6,7,8

The Dream’s self-serve laundry facilities are located on the following decks:

  • Deck 2 Forward
  • Deck 5 Aft
  • Deck 6 Forward
  • Deck 7 Forward
  • Deck 8 Aft
  • Deck 9 Forward
  • Deck 10 Mid

Or if you prefer, full-service laundry and dry cleaning is available as well. Just contact Guest Services for pickup.


Want to know where the Disney Dream will be sailing in 2018, 2019 and 2020?

Disney Dream Ports of Call 2018

Disney Dream is scheduled to visit the following destinations in 2018:

  • Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Castaway Cay (Disney's Private Island)

Disney Dream Ports of Call 2019

Disney Dream is scheduled to visit the following destinations in 2019:

  • Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Castaway Cay (Disney's Private Island)

Disney Dream Ports of Call 2020

Disney Dream is scheduled to visit the following destinations in 2020:

  • Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Miami, Florida
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Castaway Cay (Disney's Private Island)