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.
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.
Not much is known at this time about the new production being created by Disney Creative Entertainment for the Disney Dream as she preps to set sail in early in 2011, the least of which is the title (still ‘To Be Determined’), but what we do know is some of the creative force behind it: Off-Broadway director Gordon Greenberg, Peter Pan choreographer Patti Colombo and writer Kirsten Childs of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.
We also know a couple of the roles which are actively being cast:
Dr Cornelius T. Greenaway – mid-30’s and older, male actor/principal vocalist of African-heritage. Bass/baritone with strong comic ability and warmth. The prototypical dad, he loves his daughter but is consumed by his work as a scientific botanist.
Sophia Greenaway – young 20’s, female actress/principal vocalist of African-heritage. Strong soprano/mix. Dr. Greenaway’s young daughter with a positive spirit, upbeat energy and lovely air about her. She loves her dad very much.
With a botanist named Green-away, however, we may be getting some insight into the apparently environmentalitish plot.
Adding to its impressive list of cruise industry firsts, Disney Cruise Line will combine technology-infused innovations and imagination to create a whole new level of magical experiences for families sailing on its newest ship, the Disney Dream. Throughout their cruise vacation, guests will encounter unexpected magic – such as a restaurant that transports guests under the sea, artwork that magically comes to life and youth clubs filled with immersive gaming environments and personalized character encounters.
Disney Cruise Line partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative force responsible for designing Disney theme parks and resorts world-wide, to develop new forms of family entertainment for the Disney Dream. New experiences planned for the Disney Dream include:
For the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line is re-imagining a fan favorite from the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder – Animator’s Palate restaurant. The restaurant design is that of a classic animation studio filled with character sketches, maquettes (three-dimensional character models), paint brushes, colored pencils and other tools of the animation trade. Scenes and characters from popular Disney/Pixar films adorn the walls.
Once the dinner service begins, however, the dining room begins a magical transformation as scores of wall-mounted LCD screens switch to scenes of a vivid undersea environment. It’s as if the restaurant was transported to the ocean floor and the LCD screens are windows, providing incredible views of a colorful coral reef and creatures that reside on the reef.
While dining, Crush, the surfer-dude sea turtle from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” makes a special appearance, swimming around the restaurant and engaging in live impromptu interactions with guests. Crush will ask guests about the experience onboard the ship and in turn answer questions about life under the sea. While Crush is moving throughout the restaurant, other characters from “Finding Nemo,” such as Nemo, Dory, Squirt and Bruce the shark, swim by and visit with guests.
The dining experience culminates with a surfing lesson led by Crush as the EAC (East Australian Current) swirls around the room. As Crush swims away, other characters from “Finding Nemo” make a final appearance before magically turning into pencil sketches.
An elaborately themed interactive sports deck, whimsical water play area, and relaxing poolside oasis for adults join the first-ever shipboard water coaster – AquaDuck – to provide fun in the sun for guests sailing on the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Dream.
These additions, announced today, one year from the maiden voyage of the Disney Dream, offer new experiences for guests of all ages.
The holidays are a very special time of year and the winter edition of Disney twenty-three provides an inside look at two upcoming holiday releases from the Walt Disney Studios; The Princess and the Frog and Disney’s A Christmas Carol. “The Princess and the Frog” is Disney’s stunning return to 2D animation starring Princess Tiana who graces the cover of the issue. Filmmakers Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke and actor Bob Hoskins, aka Mr. Fezziwig himself, take Disney twenty-three inside the high-tech world of Disney’s A Christmas Carol.
Additional features include:
Dream Boat – The Disney Cruise Line expands its fleet as Disney Dream is set to sail in early 2011. Disney twenty-three takes a colorful tour aboard this luxurious liner.
Zorro Rides Again – The Masked Avenger carves out his place in American TV history.
Prepping a Christmas Classic – Walt Disney Animation Studios teams up with ABC to reveal the never-before-told tale of an elite group of elves who make Santa’s job possible. It all happens in Prep & Landing, that rare holiday special that’s destined to become a small-screen classic.
Two Decades of Love at First Sight – In honor of The Little Mermaid’s 20th anniversary, Disney twenty-three turns to the film’s directors and composer to explain how this magical work of art became part of our world.
Exploring New Lands – From the Old West to a toy-lover’s paradise to a mythical jungle, Imagineer Joe Lanzisero unveils secrets of the Hong Kong Disneyland expansion.
D Society – Relive the magic and fun of the first-ever D23 Expo!
You can read these stories and much more in the winter issue of Disney twenty-three, available to D23 members and at Barnes & Noble booksellers, all domestic Disney Stores, Disneyshopping.com and at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
CELEBRATION, Fla., Oct. 29 — A first-of-its kind water coaster that sends guests racing above the upper decks of the ship. An animated turtle that engages children in conversation about life in the ocean. A sophisticated lounge where the sun sets over the skyline of a different world-famous city each night. When the Disney Dream debuts in early 2011, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet will bring to life these innovations and more.
The Disney Dream will take family cruising to all-new heights, embracing the spirit of innovation, magical family entertainment and immersive experiences that have made Disney Cruise Line the preeminent cruise of choice for families since 1998.
Disney Cruise Line revolutionized the cruise industry with purpose-built ships designed just for families. With the Disney Dream setting sail on Jan. 26, 2011, preparations are underway to expand the one-of-a-kind family experience, utilizing technology to enhance the world-class entertainment and legendary guest services onboard. From stem to stern, the Disney Dream will offer a cruise experience that caters to the preferences of the whole family.
“For more than a decade, passengers have filled their passports with memories sailing around the world with Disney Cruise Line,” said Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo. “With the Disney Dream joining our fleet, we’ll be able to take families to even more places they never imagined they could visit – in true Disney style.”
The Disney Dream features a remarkable interior design which provides guests with a warm and welcoming feel throughout. The ship’s design offers guests a perfect blend of elegant Art Deco style and fun-filled Disney whimsy to create one of the most spectacular ships afloat. Distinctly Disney guest features aboard the Disney Dream include:
Disney Cruise Line’s Dream Ship Introduces Virtual Portholes, Interactive Characters, Water Coaster & More
In tandem with the press conference Disney is holding in New York City surrounding the new Disney Dream and its innovations, USA Today has been releasing additional information, photos and (soon) videos of the individual experiences.
First up is the 765 foot long AquaDuck, billed as the world’s first water coaster. Using the same type of technology employed in the theme parks, guests will ride an inflatable raft through a clear acrylic tube that rises four stories above the top deck and even features a loop that takes guests off the ship, 150 feet above the water. At one point, the AquaDuck riders even pass through one of the children’s areas, but that may be all the kids can do as the ride is so intense, it will have a height requirement.
Check out this CG video which gives a first look at the AquaDuck and the Disney Dream itself:
Next up on the innovation list, virtual portholes for those with an inside cabin. Using a network of high-definition cameras placed around the ship, guests staying in an inside cabin will get a virtual look at the exact same view nearby outside cabins have. In addition, guests may encounter surprise visits from a Disney character such as Peach from Finding Nemo who will appear as though they are clinging on to the porthole themselves.
Other innovations include bringing the popular theme park attraction Turtle Talk with Crush to the Oceaneer Lab and Oceaneer Club as well as other interactive guests such as Stitch. The ship will also feature interactive, animated works of art by way of LCD monitors equipped with proximity sensors that can tell when a guest has approached them.
Disney Cruise Line has announced it will make further announcements this Thursday at 4:15 PM EST regarding new details surrounding the Disney Dream coming in 2011.
The evolution will be webcasted. Tune your browsers to http://www.disneycruiselineevents.com/disneydream Thursday afternoon to be one of the first to know all the juicy details. Or tune to it right now if you fancy watching Tinker Bell do her impression of a flashlight UFO from a classic episode of The Brady Bunch.
UPDATE: For all our Disney Dream coverage, click here.