What is the Disney Dream Like?

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If you have children, and time to fit in a Disney cruise during your Orlando stay in a wonderful villa, then the Disney Dream could be just up your street. Disney already has two ships sailing out of Port Canaveral on the Atlantic coast, about an hour from the Orlando area, but this ship is really innovative.

This new ship, which made its inaugural voyage in January 2011, looks absolutely fantastic. Larger than her two sister ships, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the new Disney Dream can accommodate nearly 4, 000 passengers.

Of course, with it being a Disney ship it has been designed with children in mind. But don’t let that put you off if you don’t have any – it is also a paradise for adults, too. Its décor has a number of art deco features – the fabulous art deco chandelier in the Atrium is a case in point. It is simply stunning, dripping with crystals, and with blue accents. The ship is elegant and stylish but with a few whimsical touches which will make you smile. Take, for instance, the rear of Donald Duck which protrudes from the wall of a smokestack, or Sorcerer Mickey hanging off the back of the Dream. The ships horn even plays ‘When You Wish Upon a Star, ’ amongst other famous and favourite Disney tunes.

Inside, the Dream is equally magical and elegant, with lots of those famous Mickey Mouse ears used in the decoration of the ship. Some of the artwork even comes alive!

You won’t find a casino on board (which we certainly won’t miss! ) but there are designated adult only areas if you want to get as far away as possible from children for a while. But with its fantastic new Aquaduck, the first water roller coaster at sea, and dozens of activities for children to join in, you probably won’t see too much of them anyway! Those brave enough to try the Aquaduck will ride on a small raft through a clear tube, which is over two and a half times the length of two football pitches. You can even stand on a deck below and watch riders zoom through the tube, high above you.

If you have children then they will love the bunk beds which fold up into the ceiling. There is special lighting and a glowing sky with Peter Pan and Wendy illuminated – ideal as a nightlight for those who are nervous of sleeping in the dark. Disney has even come up with a great idea to make those inside cabins more attractive – animated portholes. They are not real portholes but have a screen which shows a live feed from cameras outside the ship, so you actually feel as if you are in an outside cabin. To add a little whimsy Disney characters and even the Cat in the Hat float by now and again!

And if all that is not enough then there are fireworks – the first at sea – choreographed to music.

Who could resist such delights?

Rita Fraser

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