46 Facts About Disney’s Dream Cruise Ship (2024)

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If you’re looking for all the facts and stats about the Disney Dream cruise ship, you’ve come to the right place!

55 facts about Disney's Dream Cruise Ship

 I’ve compiled some of the most important things to know about the ship, as well as some fun trivia to impress the friends you’ll make as you set sail.

46 Facts about Disney’s Dream:

#1. It’s BIG.

The Dream is 40% bigger than Magic and Wonder, two of the cruise line’s other ships. It is 1,115 feet (340 m) long and 137 feet (42 m) wide. This enormous ship weighs 130,000 gross tons and stands 216 feet (65.8 m) tall! It’s more than a hotel on the water—it’s a whole city at sea! The Dream was manufactured by shipbuilding Meyer-Werft in Germany.

#2. All the Magic is right at your fingertips aboard the Dream.

Make sure you download the My Disney Experience app onto your phone to have instant information at your fingertips at all times! Here, you can manage dining, reservations, activities, and more.

#3. Aboard, there are 1,250 spacious cabins.

Only 10% don’t have a balcony or veranda! But even interior cabins come with a view: they have magic portholes that show real-time sea views, and every once in a while, you might notice an animated Disney character visiting.

#4. The ship can accommodate 4,000 people.

That doesn’t include the 1,500 crew members to tend to their needs. That’s about one crewperson for every two or three passengers! In addition to Captain Michele Intartaglia, there are three supporting captains aboard each cruise: Captain Mickey, Captain Hook, and, of course, Captain Jack Sparrow.

#5. More than one-third of all cabins have connecting doors so larger families can spread out.

#6. Cabins can accommodate 2-5 passengers.

They range in size from 170 square feet (16 square meters) to 900 square feet (84 square meters), or the size of a small house!

#7. Disney Dream has a 0.4 mile (640 m) track on Deck 4.

You can get in your daily steps, stay fit, or take in the ocean view while burning off some of the amazing calories you have consumed at all the restaurants.

#8. Disney Cruise Line operates a rotational dining schedule.

With three main restaurants, you won’t get bored eating dinner in the same restaurant night after night.

#9. The Animator’s Palate

This restaurant aboard the Dream focuses on famous works by Disney animators. It features screens of their characters that come to life and even converse with guests! It’s open for dinner only.

#10. The Royal Palace

The second main dining room features wait staff in royal garb, serving breakfast, dinner, and fine desserts. You’ll be surrounded by royal details such as bread baskets shaped like Cinderella’s Carriage.

#11. The Enchanted Garden

This magical garden-themed restaurant serves lunch and dinner, with delicious options like sea bass and prime rib. Depending on the time of day, the lighting effects change and transform, giving the entire space a magical feel.

#12. Room Service is always an option!

If you don’t want to have a formal meal, you can use the FREE 24-hour room service (except overnight on the last night of the cruise) or choose one of the casual eateries: Cabanas has a hot and cold buffet, and Flo’s Café, serves burgers, grilled chicken, chicken fingers, pizza, salads, wraps, and paninis.

#13. Disney Dream has you covered if you have a sweet tooth, as well.

Eye Scream has—you guessed it—ice cream, with flavors rotating on a regular basis. Nearby is Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats, with really tasty milkshakes and other fun desserts (Vanellope’s is not part of the included dining and the prices are a la carte).

#14. The Dream has 14 passenger-accessible decks.

This means that there is tons of space for entertainment venues, so your family will never lack for things to do.

#15. Buena Vista Theater

On decks four and five, the Buena Vista Theater shows several movies in permanent rotation, including first-run Disney movies that are in theaters now.

#16. Walt Disney Theater

This theater, located on Decks three and four, houses live entertainment aboard Dream. Elaborate sets, costumes, and performances of familiar and well-loved songs guarantee both popularity and a great time.

#17. Preludes

This snack bar is an a la carte spot outside the movie theater where you can buy popcorn, drinks, and other snacks. It’s convenient for showtime, but don’t be afraid to grab free pop elsewhere and bring it along.

#18. Character Experiences are everywhere aboard the Disney Dream.

Don’t let the kids miss an opportunity to get a great picture with the Disney characters. This is a memorable moment that leaves out the long lines in the Walt Disney World parks. Just go to the Atrium or D Lounge, where they’re readily available to visit and pose. You can purchase the professional photos during your voyage. Even when they’re not “on duty” in those places, Mickey and friends stroll throughout the ship and will stop for pictures anytime.

#19. Disney’s Dream has three pools and a massive water slide called the Aqua-Duck.

This “water coaster” travels 765 feet (233 m), passing right through the forward funnel and over the edge of the ship, too! It’s a fun adventure that gives you a sky-high view of the ship and the surrounding ocean!

#20. There is a dedicated water play area for young children.

Younger kids can play at Nemo’s Reef, a water-themed play area with fountains, bubblers, pop jets, and spray guns themed like Disney characters. The floor is soft rubber for safety, so even the littlest cruisers can have a good time.

#21. Disney’s Dream has itineraries all over the world.

Ports of Call include Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, Cozumel, Mexico, the Bahamas, and even different ports in Europe!

#22. The all-inclusive magic continues when you dock.

A little-known fact is that when you disembark the Dream at Castaway Cay, food, ice cream, and soda pop are free. You can also buy adult beverages if desired and shop in the souvenir stores located all over the island.

#23. If you’re more into relaxing, Castaway Cay has plenty to do.

You can get an open-air massage, catch some rays, relax in the shade, swim, snorkel, or explore to your heart’s content. Rent a bike and go for a self-directed tour, or take a kayak out into the waves. The options are endless!

#24. D Lounge is the place to be for activities both day and night.

You can find Bingo, Trivia, Family Karaoke, Animation classes, and more to keep you and your family busy.

#25. Halloween is the perfect time for a cruise!

If your family is like mine, Halloween is one of your favorite times of the year. Aboard the Dream, you can have a Halloween experience like no other! Halloween on the High Seas offers a not-so-spooky-themed experience that’s perfect for Halloween lovers of all ages.

#26. Kids-only fun is a fact of life aboard the Disney Dream.

The Oceaneer Club is a spot just for kids, with trained counselors to help them make the most of their cruise. They can also visit the Oceaneer Lab, with organized activities to keep them busy and entertained. The fact that kids can be on their own, with supervision from crew members, is a huge benefit of the Disney Dream.

#27. Star Wars: Millennium Falcon

In this area, kids can train like a Jedi, pilot the Falcon itself, or build their own Starship in the arts & crafts area.

#28. Pixie Hollow

Fans of Tinker Bell can go to Pixie Hollow and listen to stories, work on arts & crafts, use kid-safe tablets, play dress-up, or explore the fairy forest.

#29.  Infinity Game Room

This action-packed area in the Oceaneer Club hosts archery challenges, Disney Racers, and performance art with the Infinity Draw!

#30. A nightly show just for kids is the perfect end to the day.

Before the sun goes down, Mickey will lead a singalong for the kids called Mickey’s Pirates in the Caribbean. Then, Jack Sparrow makes an appearance after roping his way down from the ship’s funnel to put on a short show called Buccaneer Blast, complete with vivid special effects.

#31. As the sun sets, there is one more fun event—the fireworks show!

Disney’s famed fireworks make the sky sparkle, and you’ll have a perfect view over the open water.

#32. Even the littlest cruisers can have a magical experience aboard the Disney Dream.

For an additional fee, the “It’s a Small World Nursery” is open to little ones ages 6 months to 3 years. Trained childcare specialists will keep your kiddos happy, safe, and having fun while you enjoy the ship’s adult offerings!

#33. There’s plenty for adults to do while the kids are occupied with their own activities.

The many nightlife offerings, adults-only pool area, nightlife, and daytime workshops are a fantastic way to have some “adult time” and unwind between all the Disney-themed adventures. In particular, Quiet Cove and Satellite Falls offer an adults-only retreat with a swim-up bar. Nothing says relaxation like enjoying your cocktail without having to get out of the pool!

#34. You can enjoy a five-star dining experience at a significant bargain.

The adults-only Palo restaurant costs about $125 per plate, but that is less than half of what it would cost you on land for the same experience. Spots at these dinners fill up quickly, so make your reservations when you book your cruise.  It will be a culinary journey that will leave a lasting impression.

#35. If you want to have fun while you work up a sweat, head to Goofy’s Sports Court.

This sports center features miniature golf, a basketball court, and sports simulators. Often, Goofy himself drops by to offer advice on club selection and strategy for handling the hazards. This area offers tons of fun for the whole family.

#36. The Sports Simulators let you play sports without the need to chase the ball around.

For an extra fee, you can play basketball, baseball, football, soccer, hockey, or golf (on more than 60 famous courses). Just set the simulator to your experience and ability level, and you’re all set to go.

#37. You can catch a movie without even leaving the pool!

For a truly unique movie viewing experience, look no further than The Big Screen. It’s near the pool, mounted on the ship’s funnel, and screens movies both new and old. Your favorite is sure to appear at some point!

#38. The best way to get to know the ship is on Deck 5 at the Disney Detective Agency.

There are three mysteries to solve with clues hidden all around, and you’ll learn plenty of new facts about the Disney Dream. One of my favorite activities is finding the Enchanted Artwork—HD video screens with clues hidden in the moving pictures.

#39. Senses, the salon and spa onboard the Dream, is a perfect place to unwind.

You can get a massage, visit a hairstylist, or get a manicure here. The services are an additional cost, not included with the cruise.

#40. For kids who want a similar experience, visit the Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique.

There are packages for every price point and interest level. They can have a makeover and transform into a pirate, ship’s captain, knight, or Disney Princess!

#41. You don’t have to break your gym routine to go on a cruise.

The Deck 11 Gymnasium is fully stocked with weights, cardio equipment, and machines of all sorts. They also offer classes like yoga in the morning and spin-bike competitions.

#42. There’s a laundry facility on each deck.

When trying to locate your deck’s laundry area, you might notice it’s kind of far away. Check the deck plans because there might be one right above or below you on the next deck! Save yourself the long walk.

#43. The Dream’s foghorn is much more than meets the eye.

You won’t hear the boring W-H-A-A-A noise; instead, it plays Disney classics like “When You Wish Upon a Star”, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)”, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”, “Hi Diddle Dee Dee”, “Be Our Guest”, the infamous “It’s a Small World”, and even “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”.

#44. You can shop till you drop without even leaving the ship.

The onboard stores offer a diverse range of duty-free products, including elegant clothing, luxury watches, hats, and swimsuits. Additionally, there is exclusive Disney Cruise Line logo merchandise that you won’t find on land. Exclusive Disney collectibles and fine art are also on offer.

#45. There are no casinos aboard the Dream or any of the other Disney cruise ships.

This is a fact about the Disney Dream that some might be disappointed by. But as you can see above, there’s still plenty of fun to be had!

#46. You can see where the Fantasy is currently located!

Check out this tool, which shows the live location of the ship.

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Lindsey Dahle
Lindsey Dahle

Lindsey has been writing at Resort Rat since 2023. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for travel, especially to Disney destinations. She is passionate about helping others make the most of their travel. Lindsey's home base is a quiet neighborhood with a pond and woods, but her home is wherever her husband and two kids are.

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