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Disney Fantasy vs. Disney Dream, What’s Different

Via a new video we catch up with Frank de Heer, VP of New Ship Development for Disney Cruise Line, and Philip Gennotte at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany who discuss the difference between building the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. Keep… Read More »Disney Fantasy vs. Disney Dream, What’s Different

Disney Cruise Line Ship – The Disney Fantasy – Moves Final Piece Into Place

The Disney Fantasy may not be an exact duplicate of the Disney Dream, but it’s very close. Construction started on the Fantasy while construction on The Dream was still under way. So it may seem like work has been proceeding fast, but really, it is right on target for its March 2012 debut cruise.

This weekend the final building block for the Disney Fantasy, was placed at the Meyer Werft shipyard signaling completion of a major milestone in the ship’s overall construction.  The final block placed was a 265-ton portion of the ship’s bow, complete with the signature Disney Cruise Line golden filigree.

Like its sister ship, the Disney Fantasy will bring to life many of the innovative features guests love including AquaDuck — the world’s first shipboard water coaster.  But new design elements and guest experiences will give the Fantasy an identity all its own.

Some of the new highlights found on the Disney Fantasy include:

  • Europa – a nighttime entertainment district exclusively for guests 18 and older that features sophisticated bars and trendy lounges inspired by the very best in European travel.
  • A new, innovative show for the Animator’s Palate restaurant where diners will serve as guest animators.  During the “Animation Magic” show guests are asked to hand-draw a character of their own at the start of dinner.  After an entertaining show featuring montages from Disney animated films and shorts, guests prepare for a whimsical finale moment where the guest-drawn characters spring to life and interact with characters from beloved Disney animated classics.
  • At Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the Disney Fantasy, aspiring young princesses and pirates receive the full fairy tale treatment with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers at this very special salon.
  • “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” will take the stage on the Disney Fantasy.  During this Broadway-style production, guests laugh along with the wise-cracking Genie and the cast from the classic animated Disney film, “Aladdin.”

Video of them moving the final piece into place below the jump:

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Disney Dream Sails To The Sea

Disney Cruise Line just released this 1 minute video showing the highlights of the conveyance from Meyer Werft shipyards to the sea, where the Disney Dream will be undergoing engine testing and the addition of final details.

Disney Dream sails under own power for first time.

Click for larger version I guess technically there aren’t any sails (although wouldn’t that be cool) however, The Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, was photographed sailing under her own power in open water Nov. 13, 2010 on the edge of the North Sea… Read More »Disney Dream sails under own power for first time.

Rare video of Disney Magic and Disney Wonder in port together

On February 14th bad weather kept the Disney Magic at Castaway cay. That resulted in a rare moment when both ships of the Disney Cruise Line were in port at the same time. A couple of videos are below.

Kinda like when the Train passes the Mark Twain at Disneyland, eh? A video taken from the shore is below the jump:

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Disney Dream Cruise Ship Detailed

2011 seems a long time to wait for the debut cruise of Disney’s third cruise liner, the Disney Dream, but guests are already lining up to book packages on its maiden voyage. If you’re not convinced to book your own trip, the Disney Cruise Line… Read More »Disney Dream Cruise Ship Detailed

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship Rescues Passenger and it’s Twittered

It was high drama on the high seas last night as the Disney Wonder rescued a guest who fell off the Carnival Cruise Line ship the Sensation. At the completion of its trip, the Carnival Sensation was heading into Port Canaveral when the man fell off the ship somehow. He treaded water for about an hour until the Disney Wonder, also heading into the port, found and rescued him. His condition is reported to be okay.

How do we know this? A Disney Wonder guest twittered the whole thing. I’ve included a jpg of the tweets below from user BigHeadDennis.

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I wonder if this is the first time a rescue like this has been twittered.

Transcript is below the jump:

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DCL’s “Disney Dream” Celebrates Keel Laying

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The Disney Cruise Line has celebrated the keel laying of the Disney Dream, the first of two larger ships destined to expand the Walt Disney Company’s family cruise options to more people in more places around the world. The ceremony, including Donald Duck of course, took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

“Since our inception, families have come to know and love Disney Cruise Line, and they are looking for additional ways to enjoy all that we have to offer,” Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz said. “Our fleet expansion will allow us to satisfy demand on both the East and West coasts of the United States while also giving us the flexibility to explore additional global destinations for our Guests.”

The keel laying ceremony is the first time the Disney Dream will begin to take shape after many years of design work. In the maritime industry, the ceremony marks a momentous occasion when the first block – or section – of the ship is lowered into the building dock and a coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. While you can’t yet see the Disney Dream on the Meyer Weft webcams, they are a fascinating window into the process.

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Doing the honors of placing the coin was Captain Tom Forberg. With a distinguished maritime career aboard Disney Cruise Line, Forberg was the first crew member hired and the captain who launched the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder. Recently, Forberg was named as the future Master of the Disney Dream.

The ship will continue to take its form through a block construction process in which pre-fabricated complete hull sections are joined together in block units and are then brought together to form the ship. The Disney Dream will be made up of 80 blocks, with the first block weighing in at approximately 380 tons.

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