Everything that you need to know about cruising on the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream, including food, activities, shows, and more.
I love all three of the Disney Cruise Line ships that I’ve been on, but I seem to spend the most time on the Disney Dream. It’s a beautiful ship with so many things for kids and adults to do. If you plan to go on the Disney Dream, here is everything that you need to know.
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The Disney Dream is the third ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet – and the first of the larger ships (the other being the Disney Fantasy). It was brought into service in 2011 after a christening by Jennifer Hudson (who was one an entertainer aboard the Disney Wonder).
It offers 1,250 staterooms, and can accommodate up to 4,000 passengers. It definitely feels like a large ship – it takes a while to completely explore it. After four different sailings on the Disney Dream, I feel like there are still areas that I haven’t explored.
Staterooms on the Disney Dream
Our family usually books an oceanview stateroom with verandah. Those offer a king bed as well as a set of bunk beds. There are a variety of room types on the Disney Dream, including concierge rooms, verandah rooms, oceanview staterooms (with one or two porthole windows but no verandah), and inside rooms (that offer a “magical” porthole). Connecting staterooms are also available for larger groups.
Every stateroom has a split bathroom (one room with sink and toilet and one room with shower/tub), a refrigerator, a closet, a safe, a hairdryer, and a television. Irons are not available in the room, but there are laundry rooms on the ship with iron facilities. The beds on the ship are very comfortable – I find that I sleep so well on a cruise ship because of the light sway.
See our in-depth review of the staterooms on the Disney Dream here.
Restaurants on the Disney Dream
The Disney Dream offers the same unique rotational dining experience that the other Disney Cruise Line ships offer. There are three main restaurants – Animator’s Palate, Royal Palace, and Enchanted Garden. You’ll be assigned a specific rotation when you arrive at the port, and will have the same dining staff during your entire cruise. If you are on a four-day or five-day cruise, you’ll get assigned one or two restaurants twice.
At Animator’s Palate, you’ll see a fun show featuring Finding Nemo’s crush. Royal Palace is the more upscale restaurant, featuring delicious French food (try the escargot appetizer), and Enchanted Garden is absolutely beautiful.
In addition to the three main restaurants, there are some quick serve options. Cabanas is the buffet restaurant that offers breakfast and lunch, in addition to the delicious evening buffet on Pirate Night. There is seating both indoors and outdoors. In addition, you can forgo your usual dining rotation and go to Cabanas on select nights.
There are other quick service locations that serve pizza, salads, and sandwiches. For coffee lovers, you’ll want to check out the Cove cafe, which serves premium coffees. You can also order room service 24-hours a day, except for disembarkation day. At Castaway Cay, you’ll find two delicious BBQ restaurants on the family beach, as well as an adult-only BBQ restaurant at Serenity Bay. Servers from the ship travel out to the island to serve at these three locations.
For an additional fee, adults can choose to dine at Palo, the upscale Italian restaurant on board, or Remy, the upscale French restaurant. In addition, Palo’s often offers a brunch buffet on one day of the cruise. The brunch is absolutely delicious – I definitely recommend checking it out. If you want to eat at Palo, book it in advance so you’ll have your choice of times.
Between Palo and Remy, you’ll find the Meridian bar, which offers alcoholic beverages in a bar with gorgeous views.
Adult Areas on the Disney Dream
The kids clubs are so fantastic on the Disney Dream, so you’ll probably have some opportunity to explore the ship without kids. My kids always love checking out the kids’ clubs, and we even have to convince them to leave. There are several adult-only areas and activities on the ship. The bars and clubs in the District section are adult-only in the evenings, and offer entertainment and game shows.
My favorite adult-only area of the ship is Satellite Falls, which has a small waterfall/pool, as well as many lounge chairs. When my kids are in the kids’ clubs, I always enjoy grabbing a book and reading in the quiet area. The Disney Dream also has a Senses Spa, which is a full-service spa offering lots of different services. For a treat, book a day pass for the Rainforest Room, where you can enjoy heated lounge chairs, two jacuzzis, a steam room, and much more.
Activities on the Disney Dream
There are so many things to do on board the Disney Dream. You’ll even find that many guests don’t disembark at the Nassau port because they are having so much fun on the ship. My kids especially love the kids’ clubs. There are several options, depending on your kids’ ages, including a nursery, Oceaneer Club, Edge, and Vibe.
There are also pools, the Aqualab splash area, and the famous AquaDuck – a watercoaster where you can travel in a tube around the ship. At the pool deck you’ll find the FunnelVision TV, which offers movies and shows throughout the day. You can also see first-run Disney movies in the theater. We usually skip the movies, however, because there is so much more to do.
Families will enjoy the various game shows and activities offered in D Lounge throughout the day. For adults, there are some alcohol tasting classes that you can sign up for (additional fees apply). I’ve done a few of these and have always enjoyed them – my favorite is the wine tasting.
There are also a variety of character greetings throughout the day – check the daily navigator or the app for a full schedule. In addition, make sure that you check the navigator on the first day (it will be given to you at the port), because there are sometimes character greetings that require tickets (Anna and Elsa, for instance). These tickets are complimentary, but you have to get them (follow the directions listed in the navigator).
For those kids who love to dress up, there’s a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on board, which shifts to a Pirates League on Pirate Night.
Shows on the Disney Dream
There are three Broadway-style shows that you can see on the Disney Dream. Currently, these are the Golden Mickey’s, Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s Believe. Read our review of Beauty and the Beast here.
Itineraries on the Disney Dream
Currently, the Disney Dream has three and four-day itineraries, with the occasional five-day itinerary. The ship stops at Nassau and Castaway Cay, and leaves from Port Canaveral (for the night before sailing, we recommend a stay at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport – Check prices and reviews here). A three-day Disney Dream cruise is a great first cruise, because you can really get a feel for whether or not cruising is for your family.
Check out this video for a quick tour of the Disney Dream.
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