Posts Tagged ‘Disney Dream’

Get to Know Vanellope’s on the Disney Dream

by on January 18, 2016

Spending Christmas on the Disney Dream was a lot sweeter due to the recent addition of Vanellope’s Sweet Shop. During the late 2015 dry dock, the Dream lost its gaming arcade (Deck 11, near Cabanas) and gained an ice cream store.

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Before anyone gets upset, I’ll say up front that while there are charges for purchasing the items at Vanellope’s, you can still get free ice cream in many places. The soft serve dispensers on deck pour out a constant stream of sweet treats, ice creams are part of many buffet and dining room desserts, and you can still get Mickey bars as your restaurant dessert or from room service (though neither of these are advertised). Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way … here’s what you can expect to find at Vanellope’s.

The main offering here is gelato, ice cream, and sorbet, in many flavors, changed daily and seasonally. The gelato is made on the ship, not outsourced. The cast members on board the Dream were uniformly enthusiastic about Vanellope’s, all raved about the fresh taste and fun flavors.

They seemed genuinely excited about having something new and special. During my sailing, a four-nighter, the following flavors were available on various days: Candy Explosion, Egg Nog, Oreo Cookies & Cream, Amarena Cherry, Hazelnut, Red Velvet and Cookies, Cherry Chocolate Chip, Pistachio, Ginger, White Chocolate & Roasted Almond, Mixed Berry, Blueberry Lemon Zest, Cappuccino, Chocolate Orange, Mascarpone Cheese & Raspberry, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter Cup, French Vanilla, Cookie Dough, Strawberry Cheesecake Chunk, Raspberry Sorbet, Dulce de Leche, and Butterscotch Waffle Crunch, and I’m sure there were several others that I missed. No promises, but my impression was that you could ask for your favorite flavor and they might be able to make it for you in the next day or two.

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Adding to the variety, are many topping options. Of course there are chocolate and butterscotch sauces, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries. Other toppers may include: chopped Snickers, chopped Kit Kat, Toffee Crunch, chocolate rocks, sprinkles, chocolate curls, Skittles, rainbow non-pareils, brownie chunks, Oreo chunks, fudge cookie chunks, pistachios, fresh strawberries, strawberry compote, cherry compote, raspberry compote, caramel popcorn, candy corn, candy canes, gummy bears, M&Ms, mini peanut butter cups, popping Boba pearls, crispy pearls, and more. Seriously, it would take even me quite a while to work through all the combinations.

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My 10 Favorite Things on the New Disney Dream

by on November 4, 2015

I just disembarked the first sailing of the new (as Captain Henry referred to it) Disney Dream, and she looks amazing! Not that I expected any less. I’m not going to lie, I love being on the first sailings right out of dry dock, which I’m sure has nothing to do with my deep-seated desire to be the first person to be in the front of the line and the first to see everything. Disney surprised us this time — while they had announced several things we could look forward to after dry dock, there were several things they had not announced! And here are ten of my favorites:

Four_Rectangles1. The Millennium Falcon – Really what else needs to be said? Disney added Star Wars to the Disney Dream.  Okay, maybe that does take a little explaining. Disney completely removed the (cute but not a huge loss) Explorer Pod which was themed after Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo in the Oceaneer Youth Club and replaced it with the interior of the Millennium Falcon. Yep, you read that right; you can sit in the pilot seats and steer as you are blasted into hyper-drive through space and onto various planets like Tatooine and Endor, where your flight continues. The details are just amazing: There’s a life size R2D2 that moves and talks!  (I am not hyperlinking R2D2 because if you don’t know who he is, you need to skip to item number two.) There are also life size replicas of the Marksman-H combat remote, lightsabers, and video games to try. Seriously, we were sad when open house ended and the children reclaimed the club!

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What I Wish I Knew Before My Day at Castaway Cay

by on July 22, 2015

Greetings from Paradise!

Greetings from Paradise!

So I have a confession to make… I recently took my very first Disney Cruise! It was a 3-night Bahamian Cruise aboard the Disney Dream with stops at both Nassau and Castaway Cay; and yes, for those of you who are wondering, I was completely enchanted with Castaway Cay! It was the icing on the cake of my Disney Cruise experience and I’m already trying to figure out how to get back as soon as possible.

I have already shared What I Wish I Knew Before My Disney Cruise for my fellow cruising rookies; but this article is all about What I Wish I Knew Before My Day at Castaway Cay for those who have yet to experience island paradise Disney style!

Now, for those of you who don’t know about Castaway Cay, let me fill you in. Castaway Cay is Disney’s own private island in the Bahamas. This means it was designed for Disney Cruise Line guests only and a Disney Cruise is the only way you can get there. Cool, right? The island is truly paradise, the closest thing we can have to Neverland in reality, and is packed with things to do or places where you can do nothing at all. I’m also happy to report that Disney’s excellent service, detail, and sense of magic is alive and well here as well, just in case you theme park regulars were doubtful.

Now let’s get to the info, shall we?

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What I Wish I Knew Before My Disney Cruise

by on July 3, 2015

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The Disney Dream at Castaway Cay… Perfection.

Several weeks ago, I took my very first Disney Cruise! I had debated whether or not to try out the Disney Cruise Line for years, as I am one of those people who likes to go 12 hours straight at Disney World and wasn’t sure if I could handle being confined to a single ship. But after hearing so many glowing reports about the Disney Cruise Line from other Disney fans, I decided to take the plunge with a 3-Night Bahamian Cruise on the Disney Dream with stops in Nassau and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. So how was it? Let’s just say that I’m already looking at booking my next cruise! But I have to admit, as a cruising newbie, there were a few things that I had to figure out during my incredible 3 days aboard the Disney Dream; and while I have very few, if any, complaints I still couldn’t help but think on what I wish I knew before my Disney Cruise that would’ve made things a little easier.

So if you’re planning your first Disney Cruise, or it’s been awhile since you cruised with Mickey and the gang, here’s a few things that I wish I knew before my Disney Cruise on the Disney Dream. Bon Voyage!

Animator's Palate onboard the Disney Dream

Animator’s Palate onboard the Disney Dream

1. Your Dining Rotation is on Your Key to the World Card – Your Key to the World Card is the most important item you will have on your cruise. Not only is it the key to your stateroom, it’s needed to get on and off the ship and tells you which muster station to report to. What I didn’t know before my cruise was that the three capital letters printed at the bottom of the card were my restaurant schedule for the cruise. For example, my card had AER printed next to my dining time. Maybe you fellow cruisers are smarter than me, but I had no idea what that meant! As it turned out, the first letter stood for Animator’s Palette, where I was scheduled to eat the first night on board. The second stood for the Enchanted Garden and the third for the Royal Palace.

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Changes Coming for Disney Dream

by on April 21, 2015

The Disney Cruise Line Dream will come back from its 20 day dry dock in October with several new features, some of which are already on the Disney Fantasy, and some that are brand new to any Disney ship.

Bringing the Dream in line with the Fantasy, Disney is adding the ever-popular (especially on formal nights and Pirates in the Caribbean night) Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on Deck 5. Pricing should be the same as on the Fantasy. And bringing a guest favorite from the Fantasy’s adult area, Deck 13 will now add Satellite Falls, a scenic sunning and water area just for guests 18 and older.

Satellite Falls on the Fantasy. Photo - Laurel Stewart

Satellite Falls on the Fantasy. Photo – Laurel Stewart

The Oceaneer Club (the kids’ club for ages 3-12) will get a Star Wars makeover (similar to the Marvel makeover the Magic saw in 2013) and Jedi Training Academy will make its at-sea debut.  (I had to check the Star Wars Days promos to verify it won’t be offered this spring.) There will also be Disney Infinity play areas added to the current video gaming space.

Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats, themed after the Sugar Rush game in Wreck-It-Ralph, will serve handmade gelato and ice cream, and sell candy (extra charge).  This new area will be on Deck 11 with an entrance from Cabanas on the inside and outside from the pool deck. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s going in the current Arr-cade space.

Concept Art for Vanellope's Sweets - ©Disney

Concept Art for Vanellope’s Sweets – ©Disney

The dry dock is scheduled October 4 – 24, 2015. The first scheduled cruise after that is a 4-night Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral October 26. Guests may remember that the first cruise after the Magic’s dry dock in 2013 (which was more extensive than this) was canceled when work was not finished in time to sail as scheduled.

This is great news for fans of the Dream. I may just have to cruise the Dream again before my December cruise. How about you? Reason to book or wait for the reviews?