Disney Dream is a cruise ship operated by Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company. She currently sails three-day, four-day, and occasional five-day cruises to the Bahamas. She entered service in 2011; her sister ship, Disney Fantasy, was deployed in 2012.

History and construction

In February 2007, Disney Cruise Line announced that it had commissioned two new ships.[5] The first steel cut, for scrollwork on the ship's hull, was in March 2009 at the Meyer Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany.[6] Later that month, the two ships were named, with the Disney Dream set to enter service first, followed by its sister vessel, the Disney Fantasy. [7] The design of the Disney Dream was unveiled at a press conference in New York City, on October 29, 2009.

The keel of Disney Dream was laid on August 19, 2009.[8] On June 1, 2010, the final section of the ship, the bow, was put into its place, completing the exterior, with work continuing on the interior of the ship. Float-out took place on October 30, 2010, and Disney Dream had her maiden voyage on January 26, 2011.[9]

Disney Cruise Line took possession of Disney Dream on December 8, 2010. She arrived in Port Canaveral, Florida on January 4, 2011. Disney Dream was christened on January 19, 2011, by Jennifer Hudson[10], who began her career as an entertainer on Disney Wonder. Disney Dream's maiden voyage began on January 26, 2011, calling on Nassau, The Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.


Disney Dream is 40% larger than the two older ships in the Disney Cruise Line family, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, with a gross tonnage of 129,690 GT,[11] a length of 1,114.7 ft (339.8 m) and a width of 137 ft (42 m). The Disney Dream has 1,250 staterooms, carries 2,500 passengers (double occupancy) or a maximum of 4,000 passengers, and a crew of 1,458.[12]

Disney Dream's horn plays songs from Disney movies and parks, specifically: "When You Wish Upon a Star" (Pinocchio), "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (Cinderella), "Be Our Guest" (Beauty and the Beast), "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" (Pirates of the Caribbean), "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me)" (Pinocchio), "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" (Frozen), and "It's a Small World".[13]


Activities aboard Disney Dream include a 9-hole mini-golf course, a walking track, digital sports simulators, a full-sized basketball court that can be converted for use as a soccer pitch, a volleyball court, and a table tennis area. There are also two smaller sport courts and two lounges for younger children.

The ship features the first "water roller coaster" at sea, called the "AquaDuck". The AquaDuck is a 765-foot long winding waterslide with a four-deck drop and a course that winds 13 feet over the edge of the ship and through the ship's forward funnel.[14] Other water activities include a Mickey's Slide and 3 pools. All pools contain fresh water. The adult-only Quiet Cove Pool includes a series of connecting pools with a bar at the end. There are also glass-walled hot tubs for adults & families. The ship also features two theatres: the Walt Disney Theatre, which shows live Broadway-style performances and variety acts, and the Buena Vista Theatre, which shows first-run Disney movies. The current Broadway-style shows being performed on the ship are the Golden Mickeys, Disney's Believe, and Beauty and the Beast, which debuted in November 2017[15]. There is a 24 × 14 ft LED screen attached to the forward funnel facing rearward called "Funnel Vision".[16]

Areas for children and teenagers

The Disney Dream includes dedicated activity areas designed for younger passengers, such as the it's a small world nursery, Oceaneer Club, Oceaneer Lab, Edge, and Vibe.[17]


  • On August 5, 2012, a Disney Cruise Line employee was observed via security camera molesting an 11-year-old guest in an elevator while the ship was still in port in Florida. The child reported the incident immediately to ship authorities, but the incident was not reported to Port Canaveral police in a timely manner. The suspect was removed from the ship at the next port of call in the Bahamas and was subsequently sent to his home country after he confessed. The victim's family did not request further investigation.[18]
  • On September 30, 2017, the stern of Disney Dream was damaged docking into Nassau.



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  4. ^ "Disney Cruise Line Announces Two New Ships". PassPorter.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Disney Cruise Line Press Release" (Press release). Web.archive.org. September 28, 2007. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jason Garcia (March 2, 2009). "Construction begins on new Disney cruise ships". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on March 6, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2009. 
  7. ^ Jason Garcia (March 10, 2009). "Disney names new cruise ships: Dream and Fantasy". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 10, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Disney Dream begins to take shape". Meyerwerft website. August 26, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Disney Dream nearing completion". Meyerwerft Website. October 1, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/01/godmother-jennifer-hudson-christens-new-cruise-ship-with-disney-dreams-in-spectacular-ceremony/
  11. ^ Niemelä, Teijo (March 10, 2009). "Disney names its new ships". Cruise Business Online. Cruise Media Oy Ltd. Archived from the original on August 30, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Disney Cruise Line official website". Disneycruiseline.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Disney Dream Horn Playlist – 6 Songs in Total". Laughingplace.com. January 20, 2011. Archived from the original on September 25, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  14. ^ "AquaDuck Water Slide Disney Dream Pools Disney Cruise Line". Disneycruise.disney.go.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  15. ^ https://www.familytravelmagazine.com/new-beauty-and-beast-stage-show-on-the-disney-dream/
  16. ^ "Disney Cruise Line News". Disney Cruise Line News. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  17. ^ Disney Cruise Line. "Disney Dream". disneycruise.disney.com. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  18. ^ Tony Pipitone, Lauren Sweeney (May 20, 2013). "Disney Cruise Line fails to promptly report molestation of 11-year-old girl in port". WKMG Local 6. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 


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