Family Fun Abounds Aboard Disney Dream
Aboard Disney Dream, there are times and places for all ages. Young children have their special area and activities. So do tweens, teens and adults.
But in keeping with a Disney heritage as time-honored as Disneyland, the newest Disney Cruise Line ship also is a family place, filled with experiences that parents and children can enjoy together. Live theatrical spectaculars, dynamic deck parties, enjoyable recreation and entertaining game shows – all served up with a Disney flavor – combine with sumptuous meals to make for memorable family cruise vacations.
Here are some of the “hotspots” for family fun aboard Disney Dream:
The Walt Disney Theatre
In a 1,340-seat show place inspired by richly adorned Art Deco theaters of a bygone era, guests gather in the evening for family-friendly live performances of original Disney productions.
The playbill is topped by “Disney’s Believe,” an original musical premiering on Disney Dream. More than 20 Disney characters have roles in a story about a father dedicated to his work as a botanist who discovers there is something far more important to tend to than his plants.
On other evenings, the schedule features a bevy of Disney “baddies” in the musical comedy “Villains Tonight!” and an awards-style show celebrating the musical heritage of Disney animated films entitled “The Golden Mickeys: A Timeless Tribute.”
Each Night, a New Themed Dining Experience
Dinnertime is family fun time aboard Disney Dream. While the venues and the menus change, guests discover their personal wait staff awaiting them each evening at restaurants which serve up a healthy portion of wonder and magic along with a four-course meal.
Depending upon dinner seating, families can have an evening of memory making featuring “dinner and a show” or “a show and dinner” as they combine the scrumptious fare of Animator’s Palate, Enchanted Garden and Royal Palace with dazzling original live productions at the Walt Disney Theatre.
Imagine a “family room” were everyone gathers for “game night” togethering. That’s the spirit of D Lounge, on Deck 4 midship. It’s a bright, informal place with mod-inspired modular furniture that’s cushy and comfortable, made for kicking back.
However, there are differences from the typical “family room.” For starters, this one is designed to accommodate about 350 fun-seeking guests at a time. In addition, the fun and games at D Lounge aren’t limited to the evening hours. Throughout the day, D Lounge hosts about 20 activities for specific ages and interests as well as whole families.
Here’s just some of the family fun in store:
• Pirate’s Life For Me – Families participate together and enjoy swashbuckling competition with others during this game show, complete with pirate props, rollicking music and “Yo ho, yo ho” fun.
• Family Fusion – Guests are live, on stage, in a quest test of their knowledge of their loved ones and how well they can work together as a family in a variety of mental and physical challenges.
• Anyone Can Cook – An interactive cooking program that serves up culinary confidence and flair. Families learn how to make favorite entrées from the ship’s dining rooms.
• Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life – Guests go behind the scenes of Walt Disney Animation Studios for an entertaining and enlightening overview of animation principles and techniques.
• Towel Folding – Guests are delighted and sometimes amazed by the critters crafted from bath towels in their staterooms. Now they can learn how to amaze friends and neighbors back home.
Buena Vista Theatre
Want to take the family to a movie tonight? Or this morning? Or this afternoon? Aboard Disney Dream, the 399-seat Buena Vista Theatre is THE place! In comfortable, posh, Art Deco surroundings, guests can sit back and enjoy first-run motion pictures – including films in Disney Digital 3-D… morning, afternoon and night.
The Upper Decks
Disney Dream has barely left the dock before the fun begins. “Sailing Away,” a “welcome aboard” show on embarkation day, is a time of clap-along, dance-along, sing-along fun for the family on Deck 11. The party is 45 minutes long and smiles wide as a cast that includes Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and other Disney characters decked out in their seafaring finest lead the fun.
It’s also a familiarization for guests that the upper decks are the place for active outdoor family fun and parties. Here are some of the highlights:
- Donald’s Pool for families and Mickey’s Pool for smaller sailors are conveniently located nearby one another midship so that families can all enjoy some water fun.
- Daytime deck parties focus on sunshine and the splashing-good fun of the Dream’s family fresh-water pool. For nighttime family dance parties, rollaway decking covers the family and children’s pools with a spacious dance floor.
- The only cruise line to feature fireworks at sea, Disney has added more pyrotechnics with Buccaneer Blast!, a show where the bursts of color are set to music. It’s presented on pirate-party night, between a kid-centric sing-along party, Mickey’s Pirates IN the Caribbean, and a special-effects-laden dance party, Club Pirate.
- Goofy’s Sports Deck on Deck 13 is an all ages, open-air activity center featuring a miniature golf course, virtual sports simulators and a basketball/volleyball court. There also are ping pong and foosball tables, while the deck is encircled by a walking track (perfect for a light – and scenic – cardiovascular workout).
- Next to the aft funnel at a level equivalent to a Deck 16 is the entry for AquaDuck, the first water coaster at sea. Aboard two-person rafts, guest go on a twisting, turning, up, down and over the side of the ship adventure before splashing down on Deck 12.
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