A Look Inside The Disney Dream: Restaurants, Kids Clubs, Oceanview Staterooms and More!
Disney has done something exquisite with their new ship Disney Dream. Not only have they incorporated the best in materials, details, fabrics, ambiance, service, they have done so with such grace and magic, that the only way to describe it perfectly would be… a Dream.
As soon as you step aboard the ship, you are greeted with the ushers welcoming and announcing your family. The atrium (lobby of the ship) is a masterpiece in itself. From the 22 feet wide and a story and a half long hand-crafted crystal bead chandelier to the marble floor inlay and bronze Disney artifacts worked into the balconies, Disney has seamlessly blended the beauty of a classic 1930s ocean liner and mixed in contemporary design, making this easily one of the most stylish and awe evoking cruise ships afloat.
With out Key to the World cards in hand, we checked in to our Category 6 Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah, which was located on the 9th deck directly behind the ship. Walking in, we had two bathrooms on our right and 2 large closets on our left. The queen size bed was high enough off the ground, so that you could store your suitcases underneath. There is a bunk bed as well. The sofa converts, while the top bunk comes from inside the ceiling. You can view the video for a better visual.
Our verandah was huge and felt very private. The only way to see your neighbor is if you literally put your head out, bending your body around to peek over. No rinky dink balconies here – at all! Tip: If you can swing it, I highly recommend getting a room with a balcony. While the kids are sleeping in the evening, it is a great place to escape to!
Disney has introduced a new innovation to their Inside Staterooms, that is definitely worth a mention. A magical porthole, provides guests with a real-time view outside the ship, thanks to the high-definition cameras that are placed on the exterior to each magical porthole. From time to time, animated characters from the film “Finding Nemo”, “UP”, or even Mickey Mouse may make an appearance! I tried to take a tour of these rooms, but unfortunately, due to time constraints, I was unable to do so.
Animator’s Palate – Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Animator’s Palate is more than just a restaurant, its an experience. During your meal, the room turns into an undersea environment and Crush, the surfer sea turtle from “Finding Nemo” makes an appearance, swims around the restaurant and engages interactively with guests. Other characters like Dory, Nemo, Squirt and Bruce also swim by, visiting with guests. I can’t review the food as I didn’t dine in Animator’s Palate, but taking a look at the interior was pretty cool!
Royal Palace – Every detail in this restaurant is inspired by classic films such as Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. As you eat, depending on where you are sitting you can see the ocean through portholes that have been framed with tiara-topped valances. Dark wood, luxurious carpets and intricate carvings, make you feel as if you are in fact eating at the Royal Palace. Menu items are more ‘regal’ with Double cut rack of lamb, baked farm-raised organic chicken breast, steak and other delicacies. Of course the children get their own menu with tried-and-true kiddy favorites. If you are vegetarian, there is usually an item on the menu suitable.
Enchanted Garden is an interesting restaurant that is inspired by the gardens of Versailles, France. It magically transforms from day to night, depending on when you dine. Using lights, technology and a little magic, this restaurant is quite enchanted and a must-experience! Foods are very fresh, you’ll find many nods to French cousine with a few American favorites. Again, the kids get their own menu, so everyone’s happy in the end.
If you’ve had a long day at the beach and you don’t feel like getting dolled up, or making your way to one of the fancy restaurants, Cabanas is your best bet. The food is fantastic and the interior is inspired by the beaches. Crushed mother of pearl is inlaid in all the tabletops and there are stunning mosaic art pieces hand-laid on the walls. Located on the 11th deck, you have the choice to eat inside or out, overlooking the ocean. There is a huge array of food for breakfast and lunch, you can pick from over 16 food stations, and they offer pretty much everything! Whoopi Goldberg was in front of me picking up some breakfast on Thursday morning (for the record, she is incredibly down to earth LOVE her!).
We visited Flo’s Cafe a few times as well, they are located on Deck 11 by the pool and offer many quick service options, snacks and healthy food choices for those looking for a quick lunch.
Specialty Adults Only Dining:
All dining on the Disney Dream is included in your fare, meaning you can eat as much as you want and as often as you want and you won’t pay an extra cent. There are 2 restaurants however that are an exception to this rule. Palo and Remy.
Both restaurants are culinary experiences that should be divulged in if possible. Palo can also be found on both the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic. The restaurant offers Italian fare for brunch and dinner as well as a special Champagne brunch and High Tea on select days, There is an extra fee of $20 for dinner and brunch or $10 for High Tee and a dress code is enforced at this restaurant.
Remy is brand new and has a menu that was designed by Chef Arnaud Lallement from l’Assiette Champenoise, a Michelin two-star restaurant just outside Reims, France, and Chef Scott Hunnel from award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort (AAA Five Diamonds). The ambiance offers nods to the movie Ratatouille and its star Remy. Everything is high class and chic, chic here. The additional charge is $75.00 per person and everyone I know who has tried it, came back speechless. Apparently the food is that good!
The Kids Clubs:
My girls LOVED the kids clubs on this ship! Unlike many cruise ships that basically offer ‘playrooms’ for your children, these are interactive, fully staffed kids clubs that offer activities, games and a ton of fun!
It’s a Small World Nursery is for children ages 3 months to three years. There are a ton of ineractive three-dimensional activities and toys, crafts, books, games and a separate room reserved for naptime. There is an additional fee for babysitting (I believe it was $8 per hour) and I opted to leave my youngest there after she ran out of my arms and asked if she could stay. The staff is EXCELLENT and they will call you (or you can call them) with your Wave phones – every room gets two Wave phones during their stay, a great way to keep in touch with your hubby or kids if you are at either areas of the ship.
The Oceaneer Club offers a ton for kids ages 3-10. There is Andy’s Room, where the toys from Toy Story have been made larger than life, making kids feel ‘toy-sized’. The Monster’s Academy has a play structure inspired by Monsters Inc. and computers are bulit into the walls, programmed with interactive games. Pixie Hollow brings you into the magical forest land of Tinker Bell and her friends. There is a wardrobe willed with fancy costumes for boys and girls and a craft area. Explorer Pod is inspired by Finding Nemo and offers 16 computer stations that provide lots of gaming fun. Cupcake decorating, board games, structured activities and other planned programs are also included.
The Oceaneer Lab is also for ages 3-10, but I found it appealed to the older kids more. Here children can ‘play’ on the Magic Playfloor, create their own music with the special song-making software at the Sound Studio or create original hand-drawn art and with the help of a counselor bring their graphics to life, animatedly.
Teens and Tweens aren’t left out and get their own clubs, the 9,000 square foot Vibe, suitable for ages 14-17 offers computers, a lounge, media room, video gaming dance club, private deck and recreational games.
Edge is for tweens ages 11-13 it was pretty busy when I stopped by, so I couldn’t take any photos of my own. The Notebook computers, video wall, dance floor and loft area complete a tween’s paradise.
*Disclosure: Disney Cruise Lines invited me and my family to Florida for this event. All of my expenses and accommodations were paid by them. All thoughts and opinions voiced here are 100% my own. *