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Disney Dream Cruise Ship Guide

If you are looking for a great cruise for your family, look no further than a Disney Dream Cruise! Disney Dream is the third ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet and is packed full of fun things to do! Those wondering what to expect can use this Disney Dream Cruise ship guide to learn about all its special features.

Disney Dream Cruise Ship Guide

Disney Dream Cruise Ship Guide

As soon as you walk onboard the Disney Dream, you will be captivated by its stunning enormous atrium and beautiful details.

Disney Dream Atrium

Disney Dream Atrium

The Disney Dream’s atrium features an Art Deco-style chandelier.

It is 24kt gold plated and has 88,680 Swarovski crystal beads and colorful glasswork

Every Disney Cruise Line ship has a Disney character statue and on the Disney Dream it is Admiral Donald.

Disney Dream Pool

Disney Dream Pool Deck

Donald’s Pool is the main family pool on the Disney Dream.

While not exactly large, the kids will enjoy being able to splash around and parents can enjoy sitting nearby.

There is also a large movie screen that plays Disney movies throughout the day (and at night) that guests can enjoy.

One of the highlights of the Disney Dream is the Aquaduck!

This 765-foot-long water coaster will even take you over the side of the ship!

Disney Dream Restaurants

Disney Cruise Line is known for its rotational dining where you change restaurants each night but keep the same waitstaff.

There are three main restaurants in the rotation: Enchanted Garden, Animator’s Palate, and Royal Palace.

Guests will either book early dining at 5:45 pm or late dining at 8:15 pm.

Enchanted Garden

Enchanted Garden is a restaurant inspired by the gardens of Versailles.

When you arrive, you will find white trellises, floral stained glass light fixtures, and a fountain in the center of the room with a Mickey Mouse statue at its pinnacle.

At breakfast and lunch, the restaurant is lit with a blue sky marking the day, but in the evening during dinner, the ceiling transitions from day to night with a constellation of twinkling stars.

Dinner at Enchanted Garden has wonderful meals like slow-roasted prime rib, pan-seared sea bass, and roasted wild boar tenderloin.

If you love soufflé, this is where you will find a Grand Marnier soufflé.

Along with that, you can enjoy a Tahitian vanilla crème brûlèe or mango cheesecake for dessert.

Animator's Palate on Disney Dream

Animator’s Palate

Animator’s Palate brings the magic of Disney animation to life.

You’ll find scenes and characters from popular Disney and Pixar movies throughout the restaurants.

Animator's Palate with Crush

As you dine, the restaurant goes through a transformation.

The screens become a fish tank where guests will get a surprise visit from Crush, the sea turtle from “Finding Nemo.”

Meals at Animator’s Palate are just as good as the entertainment! 

You will find such entrées as ginger-teriyaki tenderloin, Salmon or wild mushroom risotto. 

Royal Palace Restaurant on the Disney Dream

Royal Palace

Royal Palace is royal dining at its best!

You will feel like a princess in this elegant dining room that has such decorative details as glass slippers, roses, tiaras and painted portraits of Disney princesses.

Disney Dream Royal Palace Restaurant

The Royal Palace fluted columns and iron railing work are taken straight from the “Cinderella” ballroom scene.  

Wall sconces are designed to match those in “Beauty and the Beast.”

Dinner here is classical French cuisine with menu offerings such as Roasted rack of lamb and beef tenderloin with garlic shrimp. 

Remy on Disney Dream

Remy (Adult-exclusive fine dining)

Remy features a French menu with optional wine pairings.

Dinner Price is an additional charge per person, in addition to the cost of wine or other alcoholic beverages you might choose. 

Remy also offers an elegant Champagne brunch on days at sea and days at port. The brunch is a six-course French-inspired meal with a selection of Champagne.

Brunch at Remy is also charged per person and includes one complimentary glass of Champagne. An optional Champagne pairing is offered at an additional charge per person.

What to wear to Palo

Palo (Adult-exclusive fine dining)

Palo is a sophisticated Italian restaurant that has beautiful views.

Meals begin with cold and hot antipasti selections. Main dishes include fresh pasta and seafood and meats prepared with Italian touches.

Desserts include classic tiramisù, chocolate soufflé and panna cotta with a strawberry-basil sorbet.

Palo Brunch

Palo also offers an adult-only Champagne brunch on days at sea and while in port.

The brunch features Palo’s signature pizzas, made-to-order entrées, seafood, a selection of international cheeses, fresh bread and pastries, and desserts, served with champagne and mimosas

Reservations are required for all Palo dining experiences. There is an additional charge for dinner and brunch, plus the cost of alcoholic beverages.

Cabanas Buffet

Cabanas food court is a free-flow buffet where guests can choose from a variety of food options for breakfast & lunch.

Cabanas on the Disney Dream

Inspiration for the decor of Cabanas comes from “Finding Nemo.” guests will find two hand-crafted mosaic tile walls depicting an underwater scene from the animated movie.

For breakfast, you will find a full American buffet with an omelet station.

At lunch, there is everything from soups & salads to Indian specialties & Asian-inspired stir fry. There are even carving stations.

While most of the seating is indoors (with beautiful ocean views), there is also a seating area on the deck.

Free Ice Cream on a Disney Cruise

Quick Service Poolside Options

For those who prefer casual dining at your own time, there are several options located on the pool deck:

  • Luigi’s Pizza- serves pizza by the slice
  • Tow Mater’s Grill- chicken tenders, grilled burgers and sausages.
  • Fillmore’s Favorites- Made-to-order Grilled Sandwiches and Paninis
  • Flo’s Cafe has salads and sandwich wraps.
  • Eye Scream Ice Cream offers soft-serve ice cream
  • Frozone Treats mixes fruit smoothies (added cost)

Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats

Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats takes you straight into the whimsical candy land of the Sugar Rush race car game in “Wreck-It Ralph.”

You will find Vanellope’s race car, gas pump-style gumball dispensers and other fun details.

King Candy Statue on Disney Dream

Get your picture by the sculpture of King Candy on his winner’s pedestal or with Vanellope hanging upside down in the Candy Cane Forest.

Be sure to look for a sleeping Sour Bill who occasionally wakes from a nap inside a gumball dispenser to say something sour.

Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats Menu of Goodies

  • Candy Apples
  • Caramel Apples
  • Krispy Rice Treats
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Short Bread Cookies
  • Cookie Pops
  • Fudge
  • Cake Pops
  • Cup Cakes
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
  • Macaroons
  • Truffles
  • Brownies
  • Marshmallow Wand
Candy Bar at Vanellope's

There is also a full-on candy bar with self-serve candy by the pound, pre-bagged candy.  

Gelato Bar

There is also a full Gelato and Sundae bar with more than 20 gelato and 16 ice cream flavors. 

You will also find whipped cream, sauces and fruit compotes and many selections of toppings.

The Vanellope Sundae on Disney Dream
Courtesy Disney Cruise Line

Signature sundaes include Vanellope Von Schweetz’s Race Kart Sundae, served in Vanellope’s very own race car, and Ralph’s Family Challenge Sundae, presented in a trophy cup and made with eight heaping scoops of ice cream, meant for the family to share.

While there are plenty of things you can get for Free on a Disney Cruise, this is not one of them.

Prices at Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats are comparable to those at the bakeries in the Disney World theme parks.

Beauty & the Beast on Disney Dream
Courtesy Disney

Broadway Style Entertainment

Disney is known for phenomenal entertainment and you will get to experience a live show most nights on your Disney Cruise.

Each cruise ship has three main Broadway-caliber shows that take place at Walt Disney Theatre.

The Disney Dream has Beauty and the Beast, The Golden Mickeys and Disney’s Believe. 

Pirate Night on a Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise Pirate Night

There is even a Pirate Night that takes place only on the Disney Cruise Line.

This night is filled with pirate-themed fun… pirate meet & greets, pirate food, and a Pirate show.

Disney Cruise Line Fireworks at Sea

The night concludes with a fireworks show over the ocean. It is nothing less than spectacular.

Disney Cruise Movie Theater
Courtesy Disney

Disney Movies at Sea

Did you know you can see Disney movies when you take a Disney Cruise?

Disney Dream has a movie theater (Buena Vista Theater) and also plays movies at the Walt Disney Theatre during the course of a Disney Cruise.

You can expect 2-3 movies to be playing each day! You can find a list of the movies playing on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App or at the theater.

You can even purchase popcorn and drinks!

Star Wars Space on Disney Dream

Kids Clubs on the Disney Dream

Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Lab is built for kids 3-12 years old.

This a child-friendly oasis that transports them to magical lands filled with arts, crafts, storytelling, music, dancing and more.

Disney Dream Oceaner Club Andy's Room
Courtesy Disney

The Oceaneer Club features uniquely themed areas inspired by Disney Toy Story, Fairies and Superheroes.

Oceaneer Lab on Disney Dream
Courtesy Disney

Disney’s Oceaneer Lab has a pirate theme, taking preschoolers on a nautical journey of discovery, exploration and adventure.

Here, kids can do science experiments, meet Disney characters, and even have a dance party on a magic play floor!

Edge is the perfect place for kids 11 to 14.

This space has plenty of comfy places to hang out without the parents!

There is an illuminated dance floor, karaoke machines, a gaming room, photo booths and more!

Vibe is the teen hangout spot! This is where kids 14-17 will want to spend some time.

Vibe has the look and feel of a hip urban night spot, with multiple areas, a secret entrance.

Teens can watch movies or play video games on a 103ʺ LCD screen with digital surround sound.

Outside, teens have their own private deck area to catch some rays and there is even their very own spa area (extra cost for spa services).

Minnie Mouse Formal Night Disney Cruise

Character Meet & Greets on a Disney Dream Cruise

Just like at Walt Disney World, you will get to see your favorite Disney characters in person with daily and nightly meet & greets!

You will even find them on Castaway Cay!

Wondering which characters we’ve spotted on the Disney Dream Cruise?

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Donald Duck
  • Pluto
  • Goofy
  • Daisy Duck
  • Chip & Dale
  • Captain Hook
  • Mr. Smee
  • Peter Pan
  • Tinker Bell
  • Jack Sparrow
  • Ariel
  • Princess Tiana
  • Aurora
  • Belle
  • Snow White
  • Stitch
  • Anna
  • Elsa
  • Olaf

Types of Disney Dream Staterooms

There are four types of Disney Dream Staterooms: Concierge, Verandah, Oceanview & Inside and about 10 different categories of rooms including handicap accessible staterooms.

To keep things simple, this guide will only include the four major Disney Dream stateroom levels.

Inside Stateroom on the Disney Dream

Interior Stateroom

This is one of the smallest rooms on the ship with 169-204 square feet and has no view of the ocean.

It can sleep 3-4 with one Queen-size bed a single convertible sofa & pull-down bed.

One of the unique features for interior staterooms is the virtual porthole.

Magic Port Hole on Disney Dream & Fantasy

This porthole comes alive during the day and evening, allowing guests to catch glimpses of various Disney characters!

One of the benefits (besides price) is that interior rooms usually do not have as much sway as other rooms because of where they are located on the ship.

Oceanview room on Disney Wonder

Oceanview Stateroom

At 204-241 square feet, Oceanview Staterooms can sleep between 4-5 people.

There is a Queen-size bed, a single convertible sofa, pull-down bed.

For additional light and views of outside there will either be one large porthole window or one or two small porthole windows.

Veranda Room on Disney Wonder

Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah 

Slightly larger than the Oceanview rooms, those with verandahs have 246-299 square feet.

Each room sleeps 3-4 with a Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down bed and split bath. 

These rooms offer the added feature of outside space that features one or two chairs and a small table. 

Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

At 306 square feet, this room sleeps 5 quite comfortably.

There is a Queen-size bed, a double convertible sofa, and a pull-down bed.

The private verandah also adds some extra outdoor space.

The reason this Disney Dream Stateroom is so much more expensive is due to the concierge service that is included and the following special features:

  • Down Duvets
  • Choice of hypoallergenic, feather and therapeutic memory foam pillows
  • Personal Robe and Slippers
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet Service: Enjoy up to 100 MB at no extra charge. (Usage fees apply after 100 MB.)

All guests staying in a Concierge-level stateroom on the Disney Dream have access to the Concierge Lounge. 

This private space gives guests an optional place to relax and unwind.

They can watch TV, access the internet and enjoy complimentary food and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the day.

There is also a private sun deck for concierge members to enjoy with cushioned lounge chairs, cool water misters, and a refreshment bar.

Disney Dream Split Bath

Disney Cruise Line Split Baths

All Disney Dream staterooms feature split bathrooms.

What this means is that there are two separate bath spaces.

One side features a sink and toilet and the other features a sink and shower.

Included in All Disney Dream Staterooms

There are some items you will find in all the Disney Dream Staterooms:

  • Mini Fridge
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Post Cards & Stationary
  • Ink Pen
  • Toiletries (Soap, Shampoo, Bodywash & Lotion)
  • Blanket

These items are standard throughout all the Disney Cruise line ships.

Disney Dream Cruise Ship Tips

The Disney Dream has so many activities for guests to enjoy! If you are considering this ship, you won’t be disappointed!

We hope this Disney Dream Cruise ship guide gets you excited to take a Disney Cruise aboard the Dream.

Currently, the Disney Dream is traveling to Nassau, Bahamas; Castaway Cay, Bahamas; and the Mediterranean.

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Friday 13th of April 2018

So if you do not reserve online or get a ticket, you can't meet Mickey and friends well, ''randomly'?

Emilie Farmer

Thursday 12th of April 2018

I have a big family. When is the most reasonable time ,to cruise?

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