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Disney Cruise Line's 128,000-ton, 2,500-passenger Disney Dream will debut on January 26, 2011. A sister ship, Disney Fantasy, will launch in April 2012. The vessels, both products of Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard, are the first new cruise ships to debut from the line since Disney Wonder entered service back in 1999.

The ships will be considerably larger than the 83,000-ton, 1,760-passenger Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. They'll be two decks higher and will carry 2,500 passengers, double occupancy. Remember, however that Disney's load factor is the highest in the industry at about 150 percent (due to the abundance of kids). The ship can carry up to 4,000 at full capacity; currently, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder can carry a full capacity of 2,400.

Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will be similar in theme and ambience to the existing vessels, with a design evocative of classic 1930's ocean liners, and featuring multiple places where families can spend time together and apart (adult-only facilities, expansive kids' areas). They'll have the same color palette as Mickey Mouse, and the hull of both ships will feature Art Deco-inspired scroll work.

On January 4, Disney Dream pulled into its Port Canaveral homeport.
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Here's what you can expect to find on Disney first new cruise ship in over a decade:

Outdoor Fun: The AquaDuck Watercoaster

The AquaDuck (yes, as in Donald) will be the industry's first "watercoaster." The combination roller coaster-water slide is a see-through acrylic tube -- the length of 2-1/2 football fields -- that winds around the top deck from funnel to funnel, up and down, at one point cantilevering off the port side 150 feet above the ocean! Riders start in the aft funnel, sitting in a two-person inflatable raft. Water pressure technology accelerates the raft upward and forward at 20 feet per second. After a whoosh through the forward funnel, a stretch of river rapids takes you back around.
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The ride is free -- you just need to be 48 inches or taller. (Shorter tykes can still ride the regular, kids-only slide.)


The Walt Disney Theatre is a 1,340-seat Art Deco-styled theatre that spans three decks and offers orchestra and balcony seating. Among its novelties is an infrared camera with motion tracking, which allows actors' movements to be blended with projected digital animated effects.

"Disney's Believe" is an original stage show, directed by Broadway veteran Gordon Greenberg and written by award-winning librettist Kirsten Childs. After meeting such characters as Cinderella, Peter Pan and Mary Poppins, a workaholic dad reconnects with his daughter on her 13th birthday and sorts out his priorities.

A musical comedy about Disney's most malevolent characters, "Villains Tonight" premiered on Disney Magic's European itinerary and will run as-is on Disney Dream.

DCL favorite "The Golden Mickeys" -- a Hollywood-style awards tribute to classic Disney characters -- gets new digital animation effects and musical numbers, including a duet by characters Flynn Ryder and Rapunzel, who will star in "Tangled," an animated feature film set for release over Thanksgiving.

Based on feedback from families, the popular "Pirates IN the Caribbean" costume party has been split into two events separated by a fireworks show. An earlier sing-along for kids is called "Mickey's Pirates IN the Caribbean"; later that evening, "Club Pirate," a special-effects-laden dance party for adults, takes place on the upper decks.

The only cruise line to feature fireworks at sea, Disney is ramping up its "Buccaneer Blast" -- which, for the first time, will be its own stand-alone show set to music -- with even more pyrotechnics.

The ship's horn featured prominently in "Sail Away," the line's popular bon-voyage deck party, is getting a makeover. It'll toot not just the first line of "When You Wish Upon a Star," but it'll be able to answer with the song's second line: "Makes no difference who you are." The result? Disney Dream will be able to answer a passing DCL ship's call.


The innovative rotational dining concept will stay in place on the new ship, but newly designed restaurants are on the horizon. In addition to the main dining room, Animator's Palate, diners can choose Royal Palace, inspired by Disney's princess films (with hand-painted portraits of "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty"), or the conservatory-like Enchanted Garden, a whimsical casual restaurant that takes the place of Parrot Cay from earlier ships. Enchanted Garden will magically transform from day into night, with light-fixture flowers that actually bloom and paintings that become illuminated with nighttime scenes (you'll also find a grand chocolate buffet here nightly). Breakfast and lunch will be buffet-style, while dinner is full-service. Palo, Disney Cruise Line's adults-only restaurant ($20 per person), will return.

A new specialty French restaurant, called Remy, will debut on Disney Dream. The concept -- which the line is terming its "first-ever premier dining option" -- is sophisticated and exclusively for adults, but not without Disney flair. After all, its namesake is the animated rat-turned-chef from the movie "Ratatouille." The menu showcases a contemporary approach to French cuisine; the focus is on quality in-season ingredients sourced from around the world, prepared simply to allow the true flavors of the food to shine. Diners can choose a menu of seven to nine small courses, sticking with one chef or combining dishes from both. Decor-wise, Remy will feature Frette table linens, Riedel glassware, Christofle silverware and china made exclusively for the space, plus photos of Paris gracing the walls and lavish chandeliers dangling overhead. The fee to eat here will be $75 per person, making it the most expensive alternative restaurant in cruising.

Cabanas is Disney Dream's answer to the lido buffet, a free-flow food court with food and beverage stations (the same system that lines like Norwegian Cruise Line and Celebrity have moved toward). Indoor and outdoor seating will be available amid seaside décor like surfboards and beach umbrellas. Each of 16 food stations will be designed like a colorful beach cabana.

A poolside snack option, Flo's Cafe, will feature burgers, chicken tenders, pizza, fresh fruit, salads and sandwich wraps.

Other menus are still under wraps, but we'll publish more details as we get them!

Public Spaces

Some of the artwork on Disney Dream will magically come to life. Some of the art pieces onboard, termed Enchanted Art, will actually be framed LCD screens that recognize when a guest is present, activating several seconds of animation in the picture. For example, an animation cell from "Bambi" might show a butterfly flitting across the scene. A vintage photo of Walt Disney will show him hard at work at his drawing board.


This industry first is so simple -- and so fantastic -- we have to wonder why it wasn't thought of sooner. Inside cabins will now have a window to the outside world via virtual portholes. High-definition cameras placed outside the ship feed actual footage of the seascape to the flat-screen "portholes" inside. Four cameras positioned on the exterior of the ship (two port and two starboard) will stream live video footage onto high-definition "windows," synchronized to the ship's movement (you can turn it off if you'd prefer not to see the sea!). Special "guests" will swim by, including Peach the starfish from "Finding Nemo," Mickey Mouse and a haunted pirate ghost ship.

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There will be 1,250 staterooms onboard, nearly nine out of 10 of which will be outsides. Of those, 90 percent feature verandahs. For larger families and groups, 500 connecting doors adjoin staterooms (and balcony partitions can be opened for shared space). Cabins will feature 22-inch LCD TV's and iPod docking stations.

The bath-and-a-half concept is back, and a number of tubs will also feature round tubs with a built-in seat and hand-held shower head so moms and dads can easily bathe their young ones. Another small but important tweak: the beds have been raised so that luggage can easily fit underneath. Also, in cabins with pull-down beds, a starry night scene will grace the ceiling directly overhead -- a nice touch for kids bunking up there!

There are 21 suites onboard, most of which can connect to another stateroom to create an extra-large living space for big groups and families. Each suite features two bathrooms (with marble fixtures), a generous verandah and walk-in closet, a Blu-ray disc player, and varied pillow menu. Both the living room and master bedroom each feature 42-inch LCD TV's. The master bathroom features a whirlpool tub, rain shower feature, double sinks and television built into the mirror. Two signature royal suites add a hot tub to the teak verandah, a media library and a kitchenette.

Those booked in suites and Concierge level cabins have access to a Concierge Lounge on Deck 12, with complimentary food and beverages throughout the day. Concierge guests also have private access to the spa, a Concierge team to help with requests, and an exclusive sun deck area.

Kid Stuff

The Oceaneer Club for 3- to 10-year-olds has been totally revamped. "Toy Story" comes to life in Andy's Room; kids will experience being "toy sized" in this space with its gigantic features, from larger-than-life characters to an oversized, remote-control racecar). There will also be a play area called Monsters Academy, visited regularly by Mike, the lovable green guy from "Monsters Inc." The Explorer Pod, a "Finding Nemo" themed submarine, encompasses 16 interactive computer stations for gaming. Boys and girls can dress up like fairies in Tinkerbell's Pixie Hollow.

Animator's Studio, part of the discovery- and exploration-focused Oceaneer Lab, offers kids a chance to try their own hand at animation -- with the help of an animation simulator and on-hand counselors. Children can also take drawing lessons. At the Sound Studio, also in the lab, future stars can compose music and lyrics and then record their own hits.

Disney Magic will introduce living characters to the cruise line, a technology that is already available at Disney theme parks. At the Magic Theater in the Oceaneer Club, Crush -- an animated sea turtle from "Finding Nemo" -- will interact with kids via a 103-inch plasma screen. The mischievous animated alien, Stitch, might also make appearances. Kids will be able to use a microphone to speak to the characters, which will answer questions, crack jokes and play with silly props from their digital environments.

It's a Small World Nursery accommodates infants and toddlers three months to three years. A one way window allows parents to look in on their children without interrupting their play or nap time.

A 9,000-square-foot club for teens -- Vibe -- will feature an outdoor deck for sunning, with water features (like misters) and a giant chess board; video games; comfy chairs, each with its own iPod station; and a dance floor. Entry is swipe-card-only -- very exclusive. There's also a club for tweens (ages 11 to 13) called Edge; the AquaDuck actually winds through this area and tweens can spy on riders as they glide by via three porthole windows! It will also feature video karaoke and other high-tech amusements.

Disney Dream will feature the teen-only Chill Spa, an area inside the ship's Senses Spa & Salon that will offer spa services to teens between the ages of 13 and 17. The area has two designated treatment rooms, and parents will be able to send their kids off for teen-friendly facials, massages, body treatments, manicures, pedicures and more.

Adult Stuff

Disney Dream will feature an area called The District on Deck 4, aft, a playground for grownups with bars and clubs: Pink, an upscale Champagne bar featuring back-lit glass bubbles; Metro Pub, with wood-and-leather seating nooks and multiple screens for catching sporting events; the District Lounge, where you'll find live piano music; Evolution, the ship's contemporary, colorful nightclub and secondary show lounge for comedy, cabaret and other adult diversions; and Skyline, a chic "sky bar" with faux windows (seven 65-inch LCD screens) showcasing changing cityscapes from London to Tokyo. A different locale will be depicted each day, transitioning from day to night in real time (signature daily cocktails will be offered, themed to each day's city). The space will also feature a digital fireplace.

Senses Spa & Salon is an oceanview facility measuring 16,000+ square feet, spanning two decks in the forward section of the ship. Pictured is one of two lavish spa villas, which each feature an indoor spa treatment suite connected to a private outdoor verandah (there, you'll find a hot tub, shower and double lounger).


Disney Dream will homeport in Orlando's Port Canaveral, and sail three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.