Disney Dream Cruise: 8 Things You Need to Know

by | Sep 13, 2021 | Disney Cruise Line, Disney Dream

Ready for your maiden voyage? Here are eight things you need to know about the Disney Dream cruise ship. 

Ahhh, cruises. A time for relaxation, sunshine, and sea air. Who doesn’t love the idea of setting sail on a cruise, where servers attend to your every need and you can relax in the privacy of your own cabin—or sun lounger.

Perhaps you’ve wondered if Disney Cruise Line could combine all those things with the Most Magical Place on Earth. Spoiler alert: Yes, Disney can, and the Disney Dream, bedazzled in Mickey colors, has more on offer than you may imagine.

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Here are eight things you might not know about the Disney Dream cruise ship and experience.

1. It’s not just for kids


Photo by Bill Ryan

Although Disney designed the Dream with families in mind, a Disney Dream cruise has plenty of only-for-grown-ups offerings in the area of the ship called The District.

Here you’ll find the Skyline and Pink lounges, Evolution dance club, Senses Spa & Salon, and—for sports fans—the 687 Pub. Remy and Palo offer adults-only dining, too.

Up for a care-free dip? The Cove has an adults-only pool/outdoor area/bar

2. The Disney Dream has five captains—and an admiral


Photo by Bill Ryan

That’d be the ship’s captain, of course, along with Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook, Captain Mickey, and Captain Minnie.

As for the Admiral? That’d be Donald (Duck, natch!).

We’re pretty sure the ship’s captain is the one in charge (at least, that’s what Mickey lets him think!) so no worries about pirates of the Caribbean here.

And we’re pretty sure you won’t have to save the Lost Boys of Neverland from Captain Hook.

3. So many Hidden Mickeys


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The biggest one is the not-so-hidden Mickey-shaped pool, but you can hunt for others, too.

The Disney Dream just doesn’t have hidden Mickeys; designers built Easter egg surprises throughout the ship that make even a walk down the hallway to your cabin exciting (hint: look down!).

4. You really get to know your server


Photo by Jimmy Taylor

The Disney Dream has rotational dining, which means that you will rotate through the restaurants for dinner every nightand so does your wait staff. If you have food allergies or a picky eater or simply enjoy exceptional service, this is, well, a dream.

No need to tell a new waiter every night that your two-year-old will only eat hot dogs or explain that you’re allergic to eggs on repeat!

5. Every other cruise line has something the Disney Dream cruise ship (and other Disney Cruise ships) do not


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That would be casinos. In keeping with the family-friendly Disney magic, Disney ships don’t have casinos. There’s so much to do on the Dream that cruisers don’t seem to miss them! 

And if you just have to gamble? Try out bingo!

6. You can talk to Crush—and he talks to you!


Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

If you love the laid-back turtle from Finding Nemo, you’ll get a kick out of interacting with Crush while you dine at Animator’s Palate. Righteous!

7. You can watch Disney’s latest movies on board


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You can watch the latest releases and 3D movies on the Disney Dream—but the decor’s anything but modern. Instead, you escape into an Art Deco movie palace reminiscent of the 1930s and ’40s. The Disney Dream even has balcony and orchestra seating!

8. The Art Deco decor is an homage to Walt Disney’s own love of cruising


Photo by Jimmy Taylor

Walt Disney and his wife loved to cruise, and the ship’s Art Deco theme appears to be a big ol’ nod to their cruising days of the 1930s. 

As you can see, the Disney Dream has plenty for kids and adults alike to discover. Let us know what neat things you discovered on your Disney Dream cruise in the article comments on our Facebook page!

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Written by Cathy Salustri

Written by Cathy Salustri

Cathy Salustri's formative years—by which she means her teens and twenties—revolve around Walt Disney World, whether it was having an OG annual pass (four months out of the year only!), wearing acid-washed denim to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party with her hard-rock wannabe sort-of boyfriend, or working as a walking tour guide at the now-defunct Inside the Magic attraction at the then-Disney-MGM Studios. She loves all of Florida, too, not just Disney—her Florida travel narrative, "Backroads of Paradise", earned her an interview in the New York Times, and she freelances for all sorts of Florida publications. Look for her and her husband at EPCOT, usually feasting on food at Morocco, or at Animal Kingdom Lodge, sharing a post-Disney scotch at Victoria Falls. Follow her travels on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, listen to her Florida Spectacular podcast, and sign up for her monthly feel-good Florida newsletter.