Final Building Block in Place on the New Disney Dream
Excitement builds for Disney Cruise Line’s new ship, the Disney Dream, as new construction photos were released from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The final piece installed was a 260 ton portion of the ship's bow, which includes the signature golden filigree of Mickey Mouse. With all 80 building blocks in place, the focus is now on the inside of the vessel.
For those of you that have yet to see pictures or diagrams of the Disney Dream, allow me to be the first to tell you about all the hoopla!
Here are just some of the highlights:
The vessel will include the most anticipated ride – The AQUA DUCK! a “First of It’s Kind” water Coaster that will send guests racing above and around the upper decks of the ship, not to mention featuring amazing twists, turns, drops, and uphill acceleration.
There is even a moment where you will find yourself overlooking the ocean as the tubing is extended over the side of the ship! I mean, imagine being 14-decks high and looking down at that for a split-second – Man o Man!
The technology on-board the Disney Dream is like nothing you’ve ever seen, anywhere.
For those that wanted to experience what Ben Stiller’s character experienced in Night at the Museum, the Disney Dream is for you. Travelers will be able to see all of the enchanted art throughout the ship come to life before their very eyes. The art will also be part of a couple detective games on-board the vessel, similar to “Kim’s Possible Adventure” in EPCOT.
Finally for those of us that choose to stay in an Inside Cabin, the Imagineers at Disney have come with an unbelievable feature — Virtual Portholes, which are 24-inch flat screen LCD screens that are made to look like portholes.
Cameras mounted on the outside of the ship will broadcast a 24-hour feed onto these screens. One of the coolest features is that select Disney characters will make an appearance. For example, Steamboat Willie will float by on his boat. Other characters we will see are Peach from Finding Nemo, Mickey & Minnie and the characters from UP.
The Disney Dream is scheduled to set sail on January 26th, 2011. It’s planning to alternate three and four night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, “Castaway Cay."
During the summer of 2011, the vessel will sail four and five night itineraries with two stops at Castaway Cay!