By Janelle Woodyard
“I’ve always wanted to take a Disney Cruise.” Have you ever said that? Or have you heard someone else state that desire? I had the opportunity to tour the Disney Dream and I have to say, if it is your dream to take a Disney cruise, take the steps to make it happen. If you’ve ever been to a Disney theme park, you know Walt Disney World does things first class. From the moment you drive onto the Disney property, the magic infiltrates your vehicle. The same thing happens when you cruise with Disney, from the moment you enter the cruise terminal, magic fills the air.
While dining on the Disney Dream, each night you rotate between 3 dining rooms (Animator’s Palate, Enchanted Garden, and the Royal Palace.) The staff rotates with you and as a result, they are able to cater to your every need.
For adult only dining consider the Palo ($20) or Remy ($75) for a romantic and luxury experience.
I toured a number of the staterooms including the Concierge’s staterooms, Oceanviews, and inside cabins.
Concierge Guests have access to a sundeck that is only available to other Concierge Guests. Rooms also come with a queen-size bed, a full bath and a half, refrigerator, iPod docking station, and a privacy curtain. Concierge suites (Royal Suites-approximately 1,781 sq ft or 1-bedroom suites-approximately 622 sq ft) are also available with the finest, most luxurious accommodations. Call for additional details.
Oceanview staterooms come with a queen size bed, one porthole-some have obstructed views. The most common stateroom is the Deluxe Oceanview with the Verandah, which sleeps 3-4.
One of my favorite features about the inside cabins is the porthole with live video footage of what you would actually see if you had an oceanview. These rooms also come with queen size bed, and an iPod Docking station.
When I walked into the little people’s section, Oceaneer Club, I felt like I was sprinkled with Tinker Bell’s pixie dust. This area has a plethora of hands on activities including: Andy’s Room, Monsters Academy, Pixie Hollow, and Explorer Pod. Then this area breaks off into Disney’s Oceaneer Lab which includes themed spaces: Media Room, Animator’s Studio, The Wheelhouse, Sound Studio, and Craft Studio. Too bad I’m not young enough to stay in the area.
Disney makes everything fun…even washing hands. When the children enter the Oceaneer Club there is a hand washing station that is like a dish washer for your hands. Simply put your hands in the tunnels and the warm water starts swirling around. Yes. I actually tried it and it was incredible. I wonder what it would take to get that into classrooms.
Pre-teens will want to stop by the Edge. The Edge is filled with activities and entertainment that rock!
Teens love the Vibe. It comes complete with a SunDeck, a dance floor, and a coffee shop. Some activities include Zombiefied and Ghost Voyagers.
Disney Dream has several nightclubs and lounges in the District including Pink (a chic cocktail bar) The District Lounge, Evolution (a dance club), 687 (sports lounge, where they brew their own beer), and my favorite Skyline Lounge (every 20 minutes the skyline changes to another destination, along with the music and lights to accommodate the new scene.) The District reminded me of Disney’s Pleasure Island but on a cruise ship.
Did You Know:
-When you sign in online, you receive a boarding time. This is the time you are to board the ship and having a specific boarding time cuts down on the wait time to board.
-You can also schedule your spa appointment online prior to your cruise.
-When you board the ship, you feel more Disney magic as they announce your family’s name as if you were a princess entering the Ball.
-The Buena Vista Theatre is a movie theatre where they show first run movies.
-Disney holds a 5k at Castaway Cay, their private island.
-All non-alcoholic beverages are included in the cruise fare.
-Disney voyages include deck parties and fireworks at sea.
What’s stopping you from planning your Disney Dream Cruise? I can help plan the Disney Dream cruise that you’ve always wanted to take.
As Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."