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First Pictures inside the Disney Dream

Even though the Disney Dream has floated out of its dock at Meyer Werft in Germany, that doesn’t mean the work is all done on the floating theme park. In fact, a lot of interior finishing work is still under way. Disney sent their photographer… Read More »First Pictures inside the Disney Dream

Disney Dream floats out of Meyer Werft dock

Early this morning near Papenburg, Germany, the third ship in the Disney Cruise Line stable, The Disney Dream, floated out of the dry dock of Meyer Werft in a special ceremony. I’ll miss my weekly peek at construction via the web cam, but look forward to seeing it in person when it reaches its home at Port Canaveral, FL.

USA Today’s Cruise Log was there and has the dramatic photos and here’s a video from the other side of the fireworks:

The full press release is below the cut:

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Disney Dream nears completion

Hard to believe that the next ship in the Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Dream, is just 6 months away from completion and its maiden voyage. Here’s a short video showing the progress and some concept art of what things will look like when they’re… Read More »Disney Dream nears completion

Disney Dream Construction Photos

In a rare bit of behind the scenes preview, the Disney Cruise Line has released a few photos of the Disney Dream, scheduled for completion in 2011. Also, you can now see a “web cam” of the Disney Dream under construction at the Meyer Werft… Read More »Disney Dream Construction Photos

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

DCL’s “Disney Dream” Celebrates Keel Laying


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.


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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