Rarely do dreams come this big. With a gross tonnage of 130,000, over 1,000 feet and 1,250 staterooms, the Disney Dream ranks among the biggest cruise ships sailing the waters of the world’s oceans. The ship and all its trappings of luxury can comfortably provide enough room for 4,000 travelers looking to have a lovely cruise trip at any one time. Its 1,400 crewmembers will ensure every passenger enjoys nothing but the fine treatment that has come to describe a Disney cruise.
1. Meet your favorite Disney heroes at Character Greetings
Kids of all ages are excited to meet the famous Disney characters on-board the Disney Dream! Make amazing memories and snap lots of pics as your kids come face-to-face with their beloved Disney princesses and iconic heroes. This event is among the most popular Disney Dream cruise tips for family enjoyment. Your children will feel like they’re living in a dream as they join their Disney idols for a character breakfast or get their autographs at a fun-filled meet-and-greet.
2. ARRRRRR…you and your family for a jolly time? Join for Pirate Night
You and your family will be thrilled when you step into the exciting world of the colorful characters who rule the high seas! Then you’ll love Pirate Night! Fill your bellies like buccaneers at a pirate-themed dinner, then take part in a party and enjoy a “Pirates in the Caribbean” live-action show. Join the characters for games, trivia, and meet-and-greets where you can take photos and sail the seas with your new pirate pals!
3. Be drawn into the enchanting live-action story of Beauty and the Beast
The whole family will fall under the spell of this live show featuring Belle, the Beast, and all the charming and funny characters who bring this timeless tale to life. Watch your children’s eyes light up as they take in the spectacular story on an elaborate stage setting. Sing along to the beloved musical numbers and feel your heart warm as you are enchanted by this “tale as old as time.”
4. Enjoy a cool drink and relax at Satellite Falls
When you’re ready to enjoy some exclusive grown-up time, head to Satellite Falls for a chill, relaxing time in this wading pool that’s just for adults. Close your eyes and let the luxurious rain curtain take you to a whole new level of tranquility. Bask in the comfort of the Satellite Sun Deck, a shady, glass-enclosed area that surrounds the wading pool. Unwind on a lounge chair as you look forward to the activities ahead.
(The lounge chairs on the Satellite Sun Deck are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be aware of less busy times of the day if you would like to take advantage of this amenity.)
5. Indulge everyone’s sweet tooth at Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats
A Disney Dream cruise wouldn’t be complete without a visit (or two, or three) to Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats dessert shop. Just like its delicious inspiration from Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph”, Vanellope’s will have the whole family’s sweet tooth in high gear as they choose from a variety of candies, gelato, waffle cones, fresh-baked confections, and more!
6. Find something for everyone at Sea Treasures
While you and your family enjoy an amazing time aboard the ship, you can all dress the part and score some sensational wearable souvenirs at Sea Treasures. In this charming shop, found exclusively on board our ships, you’ll discover treasures of the sea including nautical-themed apparel and Disney Cruise Line collectibles. Treat everyone to some signature memorabilia that they will always treasure.
7. Get your game on at Goofy’s Sports Deck
If you’re looking for some fun recreational sports activities the whole family can enjoy, then Goofy’s Sports Deck is the place for you! Disney dream cruise tips list this as one of the most popular on-board activities for teens. Along with fan favorites like miniature golf and a basketball court, Goofy’s Sports Deck features state-of-the-art digital sports simulators for virtual game enjoyment. Enjoy super-realistic audio and graphics as you choose your ability level and test your virtual skills at football, hockey, baseball, and much more! And who will your opponent be? None other than Goofy himself!
(Children aged 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age to play the virtual simulator games; teens ages 14-17 must be accompanied by another guest of their same age or older.
8. Let the kids learn & explore at Disney’s Oceaneer Lab
An on-board Utopia for family members ages 3 – 12, your kids will have a blast while they learn by playing games and taking part in themed activities. The kids will perform fun and interesting experiments and hands-on interactive activities while you enjoy some grown-up time. They can also hang out and have lunch and dinner together at the Oceaneer Lab. Parents listed this activity among Disney Dream cruise tips as one of their kids’ favorites.
(All children must be toilet trained to take part in Oceaneer Lab activities during regular hours. They must also meet the age requirements listed. Children who are not toilet trained or who are under three years of age can come with an adult during the Youth Activities Open House event.)
9. Enjoy a cold drink and take in the gorgeous view at Skyline sky bar
Adults are welcome to mingle and unwind in the Skyline sky bar. Considered to be among the most popular adult attractions on the cruise, this stylish lounge/bar provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the skyline that transforms each day and night. You will also have your choice of a wide variety of the most enjoyable handcrafted libations from around the world.
10. Treat your teens to some awesome pampering at Chill Spa
Your teens will love the Chill Spot, a relaxing and rejuvenating spot just for them. Featuring services designed to pamper teens between the ages of 13 – 17, your younger family members can enjoy massages (either alone or as part of a mother/ daughter or father/ son package), facials, hair care, and Beauty & Wellness experiences including manicures/ pedicures, body bronzing, even boot camp workout classes.
(All Chill Spa experiences require reservations. Once you’ve boarded the ship, you may visit the spa for a full list of services, pricing, and to make reservations.)
11. Treat yourselves to the ultimate dining experience at Palo
For an exquisite, adults-only dining experience, enjoy brunch or dinner at Palo, featuring classic Northern Italian cuisine with a nouveau twist. The ambiance will satisfy you as much as the food! Guests include dining at Palo as one of their main Disney Dream cruise tips for memorable experiences. Breathtaking ocean views combined with sublime live music and beautiful Italian – inspired decor create an experience you will always remember as one of the highlights of your voyage.
12. Bring the whole crew for some cool fun at Funnel Puddle
Kick back and relax as the entire family enjoys this wading pool for all ages. The Funnel Puddle is the perfect alternative to a full-sized pool which might be a bit overwhelming for some younger family members. Lounge chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and hours of operation vary.
13. Visit Currents Bar for a cool drink in the fresh ocean air
Come take in the fresh air and a cold drink at this open-air bar and marvel at the expansive view of the sea and shoreline. This adults-only area is designed for the ultimate relaxation experience to remind you of how good life is aboard ship!
14. Let “It’s a Small World” Nursery enchant your little ones
Among the most often listed Disney Dream cruise tips is the child care center of your dreams! Have some you-time and let your little ones experience everything this internationally-themed feature has to offer. Fully-trained, responsible Disney counselors care for your children and engage them in fun activities, arts and crafts, storytime, and a relaxing nap time while you enjoy some adult leisure time of your own. Reservations are required with as much advance notice as possible.
15. Bring the kids to Nemo’s Reef for a day of interactive water fun
Your little ones aged 8 and under won’t believe their eyes when they get a look at Nemo’s Reef. Their own aquatic play area allows them to splash around with new friends and interact with all their favorite characters from the beloved Disney-Pixar film Finding Nemo. The interactive characters animatedly spray water, a cool curtain of water moves around to simulate the East Australian Current, everyone’s favorite little octopus Pearl “inks” herself with a colorful spray of water, and many more awesome and safe water-themed activities and features await your youngsters.
Know Your Dream
All the 1,250 staterooms on Disney Dream have contemporary amenities, offer ample space, and compete favorably with the standards of elegance that yacht decors can afford. A good number of them have split bathrooms; a first for a cruise ship and an indication of Disney Cruise Line’s constant efforts to make family cruises memorably wonderful.
Take a Disney Dream Cruise
The cruise ship has diverse accommodations all geared towards giving you ample room. Any Disney Dream cruise offers everyone a good opportunity to unwind and take in the wonderful experience. The ship also features interesting youth clubs that fulfill all the recreational needs of all youngsters on board. This makes it great for families because parents can spend great time with their children as well as sneak in some time while the youngsters are engaged in fun interactive activities.
Dining and entertainment aboard Disney Dream is created to offer not only diversity but also pleasant tastes deeply thought out to offer everyone a delightful experience. The nightclubs and lounges strive to provide the best as well, while the pools offer a nice way to while away the day.
The waters of the Caribbean and the Bahamas will see a lot of the Disney Dream in the future. There are many 3, 4, 5 and 7 night cruises destined for these pristine clear blue waters including everyone’s favorite port of call: Castaway Cay. Such will be perfect for vacationers considering their first cruise trips.