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Disney Dream Cruise Ship - The Ultimate Guide
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!
Table of Contents
About the Disney Dream
Disney Dream History
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.
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
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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Source: Disney Cruise Line
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IS THAT INCLUDED?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?
DISNEY DREAM 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.
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.
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.
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.
EYE SCREAM TREATS
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!
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.
SENSES JUICE BAR
Just like its name implies, purchase fruit & vegetable juice combinations. Found next to Senses Spa and Salon. Additional fees apply.
VANELLOPE'S SWEETS & TREATS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DISNEY DREAM ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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.
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.
Free Ticketed Events
These events require tickets (they're free at online checkin):
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.
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
IT'S A SMALL WORLD 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.
OCEANEER CLUB & LAB
Don’t be surprised if you barely see your kids during the cruise!
BIBBIDI BOBBIDI BOUTIQUE
Adults Only (18 and up)
BON VOYAGE BAR
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.
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.
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.
SENSES SPA & SALON
More Family Fun
Midship Detective Agency
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.
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.
Buena Vista Theatre
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.
DISNEY DREAM POOLS
Mickey's Pool & Slide
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.
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.
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.
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
Quiet Cove Pool
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+.
DISNEY DREAM SPORTS & RECREATION
Goofy's Sports Deck
Gym is free but they have classes for an additional fee. Must be 18 or older to use the Disney Dream fitness center.
DISNEY DREAM SHOPPING
Tiffany & Co.
Shutters: The Onboard Photography Shop
DISNEY DREAM CONCIERGE
Concierge Guests have exclusive access to special, Concierge-only areas on the ship, including the Concierge Lounge and Concierge Sundeck.
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.
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.
OTHER ONBOARD SERVICES
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.
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.
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
Onboard Sales Desk
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.
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.
DISNEY DREAM PORTS OF CALL
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)