The Disney Dream was the third in the Disney Cruise Line Fleet. Her sister ship is the Disney Fantasy. Tip: Have a Star Wars Fan? The oceaneer lab on this ship has a Millennium Falcon Themed area where kids can “ride” in the ship!
The Dream has 14 passenger decks and can accommodate approximately 4,000 in 1,250 staterooms. There are 1,458 crew members aboard.
Once you choose a stateroom, there are categories within each stateroom type to consider. There are 4 types of staterooms:
If you plan on staying in an inside stateroom, I would do it on the Dream or the Fantasy. They have virtual portholes that accurately reflect the time of day along with a few other surprises! These rooms sleep 3-4 utilizing a sleeper sofa & pull-down bed.
The Oceanview staterooms are larger than an inside stateroom and they have a large porthole (or 2 smaller ones) to see out of. They will accommodate 3-4 utilizing a sleeper sofa & pull-down bed. The Dream & Fantasy do offer an additional “Family” category that will sleep 5 with a murphy bed.
The Verandah staterooms are my favorite. I think the large sliding door with the view makes your room feel much larger and you have the added space of the balcony. These rooms are larger and sleep 3-4 utilizing a sleeper sofa & pull down bed. There is a “Family” category in the verandah staterooms that will accommodate 5 utilizing a murphy bed. A family of 5 will need this stateroom or will need to look into adjoining staterooms.
Concierge staterooms are the largest. They have suites that have a separate bedroom as well. These rooms can sleep up to 5 utilizing a full sized sleeper sofa and a pull-down bed. Guests in this class will have access to concierge services, upgraded amenities, and dedicated areas on the ship for their enjoyment including a private lounge and sundeck.
Cabanas is the ship’s buffet and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It has typical buffet fare that is mostly the same each day with a few things varying. They do theme the room for special nights on the ship like the Pirate Deck Party.
There are several options for lunch, dinner, or a snacks offered by one of our favorite Pixar Cars – Flo! Flo’s cafe is comprised of three eateries –
- Filmore’s Favorites
- Luigi’s Pizza
- Tow Mater’s Grill
Between these three eateries they serve pizza, burgers, sandwiches, fruits, and more.
Eye Scream Ice Cream & Frozone Treats and Smoothies are serving up something chilly to keep you cool up on deck. There is an additional charge at Frozone’s.
The Vista & Cove Cafe are adult-only cafes offering complimentary pastries. Specialty coffees & teas are available for an additional fee.
If you are looking for a snack, a-la-carte items are offered at preludes for an additional fee.
Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats offers yummy candies, cupcakes and more, also at an additional fee.
Disney uses a dining concept called rotational dining for dinners. This means that your table number, time, and waitstaff team will remain the same but you will go to a different restaurant each night rotating through 3 restaurants:
The Enchanted Garden is dinner & a show. At this dining room, lights make the ceiling appear that it is changing from day into night. Look out for other magic around you as other parts of the room add to the transformation.
The Royal Palace is a ballroom style restaurant and would be the closest thing that you would find to a traditional Dining Room on another cruise line. This Cinderella Inspired ballroom is elegantly decorated down to the bread baskets.
Animator’s Palate is a staple on all four cruise ships. I don’t want to spoil what happens while you dine here, but let’s just say this is the most magical dining venue onboard. This dinner has a diverse menu.
Palo is an adult-only specialty restaurant. It does have an additional fee to eat there. It is an Italian menu and reservations are recommended.
In addition to Palo, the Disney Dream also offers another adult-only option – Remy. This french inspired cuisine could possibly be one of the most romantic restaurants to dine in at sea. On the Dream & Fantasy, the Champagne Brunch is served here instead of Palo. Reservations highly recommended.
Room Service is available and has general fare – soup/salad, burgers, hot dogs, wings, sandwiches, cookies, & more.
Pools & Water Recreation
The Dream has quite a few pool/water play areas. Nemo’s Reef Splash Zone is a splash area for kids 3 and under. Here they can splash and play with all the silliness that Dory has swam up for them.
Mickey’s Pool is the kid’s pool area. This pool is about 2 feet deep and perfect for the youngest travelers. There is also a short yellow twisty slide supported by a big Mickey Hand.
Donald’s pool is in the family area. Here, guests of all ages can soak and splash in the 5ft. pool. There are also hot tubs located in this pool area for all ages. It is right in front of the Funnel Vision – Disney’s large movie screen. Disney movies are shown here throughout the day.
The Aquaduck – The first water coaster at sea can be found on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. It takes you on a wild ride around the boat and down 4 decks. You must be 42″ to ride.
Quiet Cove pool is an adults only area that has a pool and spas where adults can relax in the quiet.
The Goofy’s Sports Deck has a lot going on! Here guests can play basketball, volleyball, ping pong, soccer & shuffleboard. They have organized games as well as “free play”.
While you are up at the Goofy’s Sports deck, you can play a round of mini golf! There is also a virtual sports simulator.
There is a fitness center & spa for adults use. Spa reservations in advance are suggested.
Indoor recreation includes bingo, trivia, and crafting scheduled throughout your cruise.
The Arr-cade is a great spot for families to play a little air hockey or challenge each other at one of the many video games.
Characters do meet-and-greet throughout your stay on the Magic. Keep an eye out for meeting times.
The Disney Cruise Line has amazing stage shows in the Walt Disney Theater. Beautiful, family friendly, live performances take place here nightly. I highly recommend checking them out, they are pretty spectacular. Be sure to catch Disney’s Villains Tonight!
The Buena Vista Theater is a smaller cinema venue where movies are shown throughout the cruise.
The Pirates of the Caribbean Deck Party occurs once a cruise on select itineraries. It is a party up on the pool deck and weather permitting, they will have fireworks as well. Other deck parties take place and will be posted for you during your trip. The Bon Voyage party is one of my favorites!
It’s A Small World Nursery is a club for the youngest cruisers. Here, guests 3 months – 3 years are supervised and cared for by Disney staff. Because of the ages of the children, there is an hourly fee to have them here. It is a great opportunity when the grownups want to have dinner on their own or go catch one of the great shows.
Disney’s Oceaneer Club & Disney’s Oceaneer Lab are for the 3-12 year age group. In these two clubs, kids can play in one of the themed play areas (Andy’s Room & The Millennium Falcon complete with cockpit) or go enjoy one of the many opportunities of crafting, dress up or technology. There are supervised activities planned throughout the day as well.
Edge is the “Tween” Club for ages 11-14. Here, kids can hangout, play on computers, watch movies, and play video games. There are organized activities that have these children performing in talent shows, karaoke, sports challenges, special parties, and more.
Vibe is the Teen Club for ages 14-17. They have their own designated spot to hang out with friends. In this teen club, they serve beverages free of charge and smoothies for a small fee. There is a separate pool deck for this age group with their own hot tub & lounge chairs. Teens in this age group also have access to their own area in the Spa.
All Kids clubs have their own dedicated space on Castaway Cay as well.
There is a section of the ship referred to as “The District”. This is an adult section of the ship that has bars, clubs, & lounges for adults only. Here you will find a sports bar, wine/champagne bar, several lounges and a nightclub. In addition to “The District” there is also a bar by the adult pool serving adults only.