Photo: Jennifer Hudson Christens the Disney Dream

Jennifer Hudson, Robert Iger and Thomas Staggs at Disney Dream christening (Gene Duncan/Disney)Oscar-winning actress and Grammy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson (left) poses Jan. 19, 2011 at Port Canaveral, Fla. with Walt Disney Company president and CEO Robert A. Iger (middle), Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Thomas O. Staggs (right) and a ceremonial bottle of Champagne at the christening ceremony for the new “Disney Dream” cruise ship.

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Photos: ‘Disney’s Believe’ and ‘Golden Mickeys’ Additions on Disney Dream

A friend of Stitch Kingdom, who has had the blessed opportunity to sail upon the Disney Dream prior to its inaugural launch on January 26, has provided us with several photos from the ship’s entertainment offerings.

First up is cruiser favorite the ‘Golden Mickeys’ which has received enhancements that are exclusive to the new ship. A whole new segment featuring Ariel and her friends from The Little Mermaid in an under the sea aerial ballet adventure. Also added to the show is Disney’s newest princess, Rapunzel, from Disney’s Tangled, who joins beau Flynn Rider in a faithful re-creation of the romantic boat ride scene. Also promised to the lineup is a Beast who transforms from creature to prince right in front of the audience’s eyes in the Beauty and the Beast segment.

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Video: ‘Disney Dream’ Christening at Port Canaveral

Disney Dream ChristeningWith a dash of Disney magic and a surprising twist, a helicopter hoisted a 16-foot “champagne bottle” across the bow of the Disney Dream during a christening ceremony yesterday morning officially welcoming the newest ship to the Disney Cruise Line family.

Serving the traditional role of godmother for the Disney Dream christening was Jennifer Hudson, the Academy Award and Grammy Award winner whose own dreams of stardom began when she was a performer on the Disney Wonder ship in 2003. Hudson was joined onstage by Disney CEO Bob Iger and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs, as the enormous “champagne bottle” filled with dreams of adventure, romance and fun was lifted into the air and broken across the bow of the 130,000-ton ship.

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Disney Dream Official Maritime Plaque Exchange Commemorating Inaugural Call Takes Place at Port Canaveral

Captain Tom Forberg, Karl Holz, Gov. Rick Scott, J. Stanley Payne aboard the Disney DreamThe traditional plaque and key exchange for Disney’s newest ship, the Disney Dream, took place today commemorating the ship’s inaugural call on the port with an official maritime ceremony onboard.  Several elected and local officials participated in the event including Gov. Rick Scott and Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer J. Stanley “Stan” Payne, along with Captain Tom Forberg of the Disney Dream and Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz.

The launch of the Disney Dream is expected to bring sizable economic benefits to Port Canaveral and the region including nearly 450 jobs and thousands of additional cruise guests. The 130,000-ton ship will call Port Canaveral home and sail three-, four- and five-night Bahamian itineraries beginning with the ship’s maiden voyage on Jan. 26.

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Video: Disney Dream Arrives at Port Canaveral (HD)

The newest entry into the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream, arrived at her home port of Port Canaveral from her inaugural stop at Nassau early yesterday morning to great fanfare. Hundreds of Walt Disney World cast members were on hand at Jetty Park to welcome her home where she is currently being prepped for her a series of trial runs, including the christening cruise, prior to her official maiden voyage on January 26.

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Photos: Disney Dream Arrives in Port Canaveral

The Disney Dream arrives at Port Canaveral (Phelan Ebenhack/Disney)Fireworks light the morning sky as the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, arrives Jan. 4, 2011 for the first time to her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. after traveling approximately 6,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany. The 4,000-passenger Disney Dream will welcome guests on her maiden voyage on Jan. 26, 2011, and is scheduled to sail three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral. Photo by Phelan Ebenhack.

Mickey and Minnie welcome the Disney Dream to Port Canaveral (GenePhoto by Gene Duncan. Courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

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Video: Imagineering Puts Finishing Touches on Disney Dream; Hi-Res Images of Exclusive Vinylmation

Disney Dream exclusive 9" and 3" vinylmation figuresAs the newest entry into the Disney Cruise Line fleet prepares to make her on-sea debut, Walt Disney Imagineering provides us this glimpse into providing the final touches on the interior of the ship. The lengthy video gives some great imagery of nearly-finished areas including the awe-inspiring atrium and its incredible LED-lit chandelier.

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Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line Combine Forces in 2011 for Unique Vacation Experiences

Award-winning travel companies Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line have once again teamed up to offer immersive vacation opportunities for families aboard select Disney cruise vacations in 2011. The Adventures by Disney experience is available as an upgrade booked in advance of the cruise that features privately-guided tour packages in Mediterranean or Alaskan ports of call or a pre-cruise adventure at the port of embarkation.

“We have combined the best of both vacations to bring the ultimate adventure package to life,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Families can enjoy the benefits of a cruise with the ease and convenience of a shore experience series unique to the destination, all completely planned and scheduled in advance.”

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Disney Cruise Line Takes Helm of Disney Dream from Meyer Werft in Ceremony

Captain Mickey and Donald Duck join Bernard Meyer, managing partner of the Meyer Werft shipyard and Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise LineDisney Cruise Line recently took possession of its newest ship, the Disney Dream, from the Meyer Werft shipyard in a traditional maritime ceremony aboard the ship in Bremerhaven, Germany. The Meyer Werft flag was lowered, while the Disney Cruise Line flag was raised, transferring ownership from the shipbuilder to Disney.

The milestone closes the book on the ship’s construction journey, which began nearly two years ago in Papenburg, Germany, and signals its readiness to welcome guests on its maiden voyage, set for Jan. 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Florida.

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Video: AquaDuck on Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream In Action

Disney Cruise Line has shared with us this video of the innovative AquaDuck Water Slide in action aboard the Disney Dream which is now undergoing testing outside the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany where it was constructed.

An industry first of its kind, the 765 foot long AquaDuck takes the rider on a journey around up, down, around and off the side of the ship, through the Forward Funnel and — following a massive 4 deck-tall drop — into a lazy river.

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