Your Guide to the Disney Dream: Everything You’ll Find Onboard This Cruise Ship

by | Dec 27, 2023 | Disney Cruise Line, Disney Dream

Learn about the Disney Dream, including what it’s like to take a cruise on this Disney Cruise Line ship, where you can travel, and what you’ll find onboard.

For over a decade now, the Disney Dream has been sailing guests throughout the Bahamas and Western Caribbean, visiting destinations from Grand Cayman to Cozumel to Disney’s own Castaway Cay. A staple in the Disney Cruise Line fleet since its very first sailing back in 2011, it’s a ship many cruise enthusiasts have come to love.

What’s in store when you board the Disney Dream for a Disney Cruise Line vacation? We’ve got your guide to the ship’s theming, stateroom options, dining venues, entertainment, and more so you can plan the perfect cruise.

About the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

The Disney Dream joined the Disney Cruise Line as the third ship in the fleet. It followed the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, and it was the very first of its kind and class. Back in 2007, Disney Cruise Line revealed two new ships were coming, which would be part of the new-at-the-time Dream class.

Construction got underway for the first Dream class ship – the Disney Dream – back in 2009. The ship’s maiden voyage took place on January 26, 2011, marking a grand milestone for Disney Cruise Line. The following year, the Dream’s sister ship, the Disney Fantasy, also set sail.

For its first years out at sea, the Disney Dream sailed to Nassau and Castaway Cay. 40 percent larger than the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the Dream weighs 129,690 gross tons, stretches 1,114.7 feet long, and has room for 2,500 passengers across 1,250 staterooms (though it can technically fit up to 4,000 passengers!). For some time, the Dream and its sister ship, the Fantasy, were the largest in the Disney Cruise Line fleet.

Where Does the Disney Dream Sail?

Since its very first sailing back in 2011, the Disney Dream has stuck with its route throughout the Atlantic Ocean. It sails three- and four-night itineraries to Castaway Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. 

However, in 2023, the Disney Dream embarked on new routes: Itineraries debuted for European destinations for the very first time. These summer sailings took the Dream to destinations like the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Greece, and Italy.

Since those European sailings wrapped, the Dream has moved back to the Bahamas. In November 2023, the ship moved into a new home port at Port Everglades in Florida, where it’ll continue offering sailings to Castaway Cay and Nassau. 

Theming on the Disney Dream

Disney Dream atrium, staircase, and chandelier

Photo by Jimmy Taylor

The Disney Dream, like every Disney Cruise Line ship, has its own unique theming, with specific stern characters, a special atrium design with character statue and chandelier, and Disney characters and stories that are represented on board. 

When you step onto the ship for your sailing, you’ll be welcomed into the atrium – where you’ll spot the bronze sculpture of Admiral Donald Duck. Overhead, an Art Deco inspired chandelier hangs, embellished with countless glittering crystals (or, to get specific, 88,680 Swarovski crystal beads!). 

Throughout the interior of the Dream, you’ll find Art Deco design cues and touches of magic alongside state-of-the-art technology. For example, the interior cabins feature Magical Portholes, which offer a virtual look “outside” with appearances from animated Disney characters.

Want to find out where everything is located? Check out a deck-by-deck map so you know exactly what’s on board! 

Staterooms Aboard the Disney Dream

The staterooms you can book on the Disney Dream cover a wide range of different options. You can choose from 10 different stateroom types:

  • Standard Inside Staterooms, which measure 169 sq. ft. and fit two to four guests
  • Deluxe Inside Staterooms, which measure 204 sq. ft. and sleep three to four guests
  • Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms, which measure 204 sq. ft. and offer room for two to four guests
  • Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms, which measure 241 sq. ft. with room for up to five guests
  • Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms with Navigator’s Verandah, which measure 246 sq. ft. and offer room for up to four guests
  • Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah, which measure 299 sq. ft. (with verandah) and sleep up to five guests
  • Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah, which measure 246 sq. ft. (with verandah) and fit up to four guests
  • Concierge Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah, which measure 306 sq. ft. and sleep up to five guests
  • Concierge 1-Bedroom Suites with Verandah, which measure 622 sq. ft. and offer different room layouts for guest parties of different sizes
  • Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah, which measures 1,781 sq. ft. and sleeps five guests (but offers an impressive amount of space inside!)

Every type of stateroom was designed to meet the needs of families of various sizes. While the layouts and square footage may differ, the theming is actually pretty consistent – most staterooms feature touches inspired by Peter Pan, a classic Disney animated film that captures the magic of dreaming. 

Dining on the Disney Dream

Like the other Disney Cruise Line ships, the Dream features rotational dining – which means you’ll get a chance to dine at a different table service restaurant each night. On this ship, your rotational dining experience includes:

Additionally, you’ll also find a number of casual dining options on board – like Cabanas, the buffet-style restaurant – as well as lounges, bars, and adults-only sit-down restaurants like Palo and Remy.

For a complete look at all of the dining options you’ll find onboard, check out our restaurant guide here.

Entertainment on the Disney Dream

AquaDuck on the Disney Dream

Photo by Bill Ryan

Lastly, you won’t want to skip all of the entertainment found onboard the Disney Dream. While your cruise will undoubtedly offer the opportunity to join excursions at your various ports of call, you’ll also find plenty to do and explore on board. 

For example, one of the highlights in entertainment is found inside the Walt Disney Theatre: a musical production of Beauty and the Beast on stage. You can also watch Disney’s Believe, the heartwarming family story about the power of Disney magic, or check out “The Golden Mickeys,” a Hollywood-style award show with dazzling performances.

For adults, Senses Spa & Salon and Rejuvenation Spa both offer relaxing experiences and services that’ll make your sailing a total treat. Plus, there are adults-only bars and lounges to check out (complete with dancing, drinks, and live sports). 

There’s also plenty of entertainment themed for kids of all ages. The Oceaneer Club features themed play spaces (like Andy’s Room from Toy Story, Pixie Hollow, Star Wars: Millennium Falcon, and the Disney Infinity Game Room). Plus, there are Disney character experiences on board that’ll bring beloved stories to life via Disney’s Once Upon a Time, Puzzle Playtime with Mickey and Friends, and Jedi Training: Experience the Force.

Of course traditional character meet and greets are also offered on board! Depending on your sailing, you may be able to catch Mickey Mouse and friends, Disney Princesses, or other characters onboard meeting with guests regularly throughout the day.

If the whole family is looking for some fun, Goofy’s Sports Deck offers mini golf and basketball.

Lastly, no guest will want to miss the pool deck on the Disney Dream! There are two family-friendly pools, plus a small Mickey waterslide, a Finding Nemo splash pad for little kids, and the AquaDuck, an incredible water coaster at sea (the first of its kind!) that takes guests over 765 feet of distance and a four-deck-tall drop. 

Posts by Heather Adams

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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