Today I am so excited to share my Disney Dream ship review! This cruise was amazing and I can't recommend it enough!
The Disney Dream is one of the largest of the Disney cruise ships which includes 14 decks and 1250 staterooms (You can read my review of our stateroom, stateroom 6192, HERE!). The Disney Dream "lives" in the "sun ports" and is known for its Art Deco opulence that is sweetly blended with Disney magic.
The Disney Dream first sailed in 2011 and like its sister ship, the Disney Fantasy, represented the Disney corporation stepping into a season of bolder and bigger ships. While Disney kept the same classic inspired design of the ocean liners of the 1920s and 1930s there were tons of new features and spaces.
One of the most innovative parts of this new technology was the way that the ship includes virtual portholes for the inside cabins. This allows those in the inside cabins to still get a "real time" look at what those with outside windows and balconies are seeing!
From the moment you step on board the Disney you will be able to clearly see the influence of Mickey Mouse everywhere you look.
To be truthful I didn't find it overwhelming at all but instead it brought a smile to my face. "Hidden" Mickeys (and really not so hidden Mickeys *smiles*) can be found just about everywhere that you step foot on the ship.
You will see the influence of Mickey (and Walt Disney) throughout the entire ship in your cabin, in artwork, on picture windows, on lamps, on statues, in the design of the pools, the decorations, and even on the dinnerware.
In addition to this the music that is played in the hallways, dining areas, elevators and common areas is a sweet mixture of a variety of different Disney songs in all different forms. While the original versions are interspersed throughout your time there are classical and instrumental pieces, hip hop, dance, a slow techno, and even newer vocals of the classic Disney songs. What is also nice is that these songs include music from the very beginning so there is a wide range of music that is played for the newbie Disney lover to those of us who can still hum along to Fantasia.
The ship itself was incredibly easy to navigate and I loved the way that it was laid out. Unfortunately on some cruise ships it can take a bit to orient yourself (especially if on some floors you can't walk the entire length due to a variety of different reasons) but Disney was a dream- literally. And if you are on a short cruise this is a gift because you don't want to spend your time trying to figure out where to go.
The Walt Disney Theater provides Broadway caliber live shows each night on the Disney Dream. You will appreciate not only the amazing costumes, the talent of the performers and technology but the humor, the fun, and the inspiration of believing in dreams. These shows are simply amazing and you can read more of my review of them HERE!
In addition to a mini-golf course, climbing wall, and basketball court there is also the famous Aquaduck that is so fun.
The Aquaduck is a "water coaster" and the first of its kind at sea and is available on the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. The Aquaduck is located on the 12th deck and is an exhilarating water slide that takes you on an exciting 4-deck drop and up and down and around - even off the side of the ship!
As you ride you will see breathtaking views of not only the ship, but the ocean. It was so fun and definitely something that I recommend to go on! You won't regret it!
One of the things that was an absolute treat was the way that the staff interacted with people. We were incredibly impressed with not only the friendly nature of the staff, but the joy that they obviously had for working for Disney. The overall service was the best that I had ever experienced so far on a cruise. The staff truly went above and behind to accommodate different requests that we and others had. It was exceptional.
In my opinion Disney has accomplished the somewhat impossible. They have kept the charm of the iconic Disney while moving into the future with a talented brilliance. One of the examples of this is that Disney uses "enhanced art" with digital paintings throughout the Disney Dream that come to life as you look at them. Kids and Adults can also pick up a Midship Detective Agency packet and use these digital works to solve a mystery on board. (One of the families on board shared with me that the mystery changes every year!)
Character meet and greets are widely available throughout your cruise. Our cruise was one of the shorter ones (3 nights) and there was still ample amounts of time to see the characters and have pictures taken. Before the cruise you also can have the opportunity to sign up for a variety of character meet and greets (for free) or you can consult your the navigator guide daily to see what times and where characters will be.
And if you love Disney like many of the passengers, including myself, you will find it all completely endearing. I said several times to my sister and to those we met, it is literally like they placed Disneyworld on the water. Completely wonderful.
I want to highlight to for a second how much fun this was as an adult on this cruise. It wasn't just the Mickey Mouse affects, but the adult only spaces (where you couldn't even hear the other parts of the ship!), the spa opportunities, the classes and fun events for adults only - each of these things was amazing. Walt Disney once said, "You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up anyway." Absolutely perfectly stated.
If you are a huge Disney fan (or members of your family are) than a Disney cruise is an obvious choice to consider. But if you are hesitating due to the cost or wondering if it is really worth all of the hype, I can't say often enough that it is. Whether you are a family with young kiddos, have teenagers, or are just adults that want to go on a wonderful and first class service cruise you will not regret this choice at all. It has honestly been my favorite cruise to date and the service and the extras were a beautiful gift. There were numerous times that I would turn to my sister and say- Disney has this down to perfection in every way.
I hope that this review has been helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions! I would be happy to answer them!