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

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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.

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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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Photos: Disney Dream Departs Meyer Werft Shipyard in Germany

The Disney Dream (Diana Zalucky/Disney)Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream, one of the longest ships in the world and the largest ship to be built in Germany to date, left the shipyard yesterday evening with the aid of a tugboat. The ship will remain in the Meyer Werft shipyard’s harbor where she will first undergo a series of several technical tests as internal construction is completed.

The Disney Dream (Kent Phillips/Disney)She is expected to be conveyed down the river Ems at an as-of-yet specified date in mid-November at which point she’ll begin crossing the Atlantic for her anticipated January 4 arrival at Port Canaveral.

Photos courtesy Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Cruise Line Announces ‘Disney’s Believe’ Show, Jack Sparrow and Sneak Peek of ‘Enchanted Garden’

Disney Cruise Line's 'Disney's Believe' Aboard the Disney DreamLast week, Disney Cruise Line unveiled additional details in terms of entertainment for its upcoming ship, the Disney Dream, which is scheduled to leave the shipyard this weekend and will eventually make its way to Port Canaveral on January 4 in anticipation of its official ‘maiden voyage’ on January 26, 2011.

Back in May, we first talked about the new stage production which we now know to be titled ‘Disney’s Believe.’ ‘Disney’s Believe’ will be one of the most ambitious staged projects to date for the Disney Cruise Line. At a whopping 50 minutes in length, the show will feature a total of 18 musical numbers and over 20 popular Disney characters including Genie, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Tinia, Belle and Rafiki.

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Disney Cruise Line Offers Sneak Peek of ‘Nemo’s Reef’ on Disney Dream

In the next of its series of sneak peek behind-the-scene construction videos, Disney Cruise Line offers up a brief look at the construction of the ‘Nemo’s Reef’ children’s area based on the Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo. From concept art to the (not quite) finished product, the video offers some insight on what it takes to make these special amenities exclusive to the Disney Dream possible. The ship will also feature play areas based on Toy Story and Monsters, Inc.

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Disney Cruise Line Commemorates Titanic Disaster by Launching the Disney Fantasy

DCL President Karl Holz atop the Disney DreamYesterday’s big news for Disney Cruise Line was offering up the date for the maiden voyage of their fourth ship, the Disney Fantasy. Announced to be setting sail on April 7, 2012, bookings will begin to open up to the public this week. What wasn’t widely announced, however, were the details offered during a series of webinars aimed at Disney Travel Agents to update them on the Disney Cruise Line fleet and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. It was during the pre-recorded presentation that another Disney Fantasy maiden voyage was given — that of April 14, 2012, a day that would live in infamy. Not so much for the launch of the new ship, but the fact that it would have been 100 years earlier to the day that the billed-as-unsinkable RMS Titanic met its tragic fate during its own maiden voyage. Apparently the correlation may have gone unnoticed when the date was initially set and it appears DCL has since decided to move the date up by a week. It’s unclear when the presentation was recorded, but the press release may have been issued prior to the presentation (which promised to reveal new information to the travel agents) so that the original date didn’t get any press.

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Video: Building the Disney Dream’s Oceaneer Club

Disney Cruise Line has released this teaser video which shows where I plan on spending most of my time when the Disney Dream makes its inaugural voyage in January of 2011, the children’s Oceaneers Club. After a couple of refreshing reminders of the concept art for Andy’s Playroom and the Monster’s Inc Laugh floor, we’re treated to the real deal (or at least what’s been put together of it so far).

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Photo Gallery: Construction of Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream Complete

Christopher Robin Model Sheet 2 ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. The final block, a 260-ton portion of the ship’s bow, was added to the Disney Dream yesterday at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, signaling its completion. Composed of 80 separate building blocks welded together, the next step for the Disney Dream is to have its interior completed before its inaugural voyage on January 26, 2011.

The largest in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream has a length of 1,115 feet, a maximum width of 125 feet and weighs in at 128,000 tons.

Photos by David Roark. Courtesy of Disney.

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Environmental Group Applauds Disney Cruise Line’s ‘Crappy’ Attitude

In issuing its second report on the environmentality of several cruise lines, grassroots environmental watchdog group Friends of the Earth has distinguished Disney Cruise Lines as being ‘most improved’ for its improvements in sewage treatment over the past year. Continuing to use its odd letter-slash-pass/fail system to rate large cruise lines and their ships, Disney Cruise Line rose to a C- rating from a solid F in last year’s report.

With new advanced sewage treatment systems, it’s lack of shoreside power that keeps DCL from earning a top score (at least until its excursions into Alaska begin). The inability to power the ship directly from the ports means that the ship must burn off ‘dirty fuel’ while docked in order to provide electricity to the ship.

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Disney Cruise Line Video Offers First Look at New Technology Used on Disney Dream

As a follow up to a recent press event at Walt Disney Imagineering, previewing some of the new tech-driven entertainment features to be offered on the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line has just released the following video demonstrating some of the new and exciting items.

Included in the video demo are the interactive magic play floor, the Finding Nemo experience at the Animator’s Palate, the inside staterooms’ virtual porthole (featuring the house from UP and Peach from Finding Nemo) and the enchanted art which plays home to the detective adventure game as well as other innovative interactive experiences.

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