One of the biggest new features for the new ship will be longest water-slide ride at sea. Not just a slide, the AquaDuck will propel two-person rafts through a 765-foot long clear acrylic tube with a water jet propulsion system that will lift riders up over rises so gravity can take over as the main means of propulsion for the ride. AquaDuck begins inside one of the (vanity-only) smokestacks and then jettisons riders out over and above the side of the ship so they are looking down over 12 decks to nothing but open sea below the enclosing acrylic tube.
AquaDuck will encircle the two-pool top sports deck with one pool for adults and another pool for all ages right next to one another. In fact, Disney Dream has a number of new features meant to appeal to cruisers of all ages. First is the series of nightclubs known as "The District" where grownups can enjoy adult beverages in a number of settings designed to appeal to different moods. First there is "Pinks," with a bubbly champagne theme. Tall, crystalline bar stools emulate champagne glasses while blown-glass "bubbles" with iridescent pink LED lighting glow in the wall behind the bar.
Next is a nightspot called "Skyline" where large video screens emulate windows in a "top-of-the-world" urban night club that just happens to be located in a different world-class city every night of the cruise. One night the revelers may be watching the sun set and the night lights breathe too life in New York City, while the next night the same thing could be happening in Paris or possibly Tokyo.
Next is the sports bar, with large-screen televisions featuring different sports events every night broadcast live from the ESPN network (also owned by Disney). All ages are invited into this club until 9:00 when it becomes a real full-blown adults only sports bar.
But that time - many of the adults should be ready to rock on the depths of the District, the nightclub called Chrysalis. Where giant butterfly wings envelope the entire bar and urge each denizens to chrysalis into a newly metamorphosed self ready to spread your won wings and fly away over the ocean.
Dining Venues Abound
We have already told you about the number of dining spots onboard starting with the Enchanted Garden and Animator's Pallet. But we not yet mentioned two of the premier dining spots especially meant o appeal to adults.
The first is Palo's, a similar restaurant as to what is presented aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. There will also be a Palo's on Disney Dream, but it will be much larger to accommodate more patrons at once. The price will remain at $25 per person to serve up special steaks and seafood.
But brand new to Disney Dream - and a dining attraction many of the Disney designers are especially looking forward to is "Remy's" based on the name of the culinary rodent from the recent Disney motion picture film hit, "Ratatouille." This very small, French themed bistro will feature exclusive French dishes designed by a chef with two Michelin stars. The room is tiny and will only hold about 50 total diners every night. The cover charge to dine there is a dear $75 per person.
Those are two of the finest dining establishments onboard. Regular dining rooms, included in the cruise fare, are equally enticing although the focus may be just bit more on the fun rather than the food.
The first is "The Enchanted Garden." In this room diners will feel as if the meal is starting as something like an outdoor picnic is one of the more exquisite portions of the gardens of Versailles, the royal palace once home to Marie Antoinette near Paris. But as the meal progresses this seemingly outdoor garden house magically transforms into nighttime as the twinkling stars come out all around, lamps suddenly open up, blossoming like flowers, and fireflies and tiny Tinkerbelle-like fairies start to dart through the night-time skies.
Next is an updated version of Animator's Pallet. This restaurant is also on the first two Disney ships, but it has a significant twist on the Disney Dream. On the first two ships this room first appears to be a typical cartoonist's studio where he might engage in sketching out a quick animation on a flip pad, or perhaps just sketch and color in a concept for a brand new character. As the meal progresses each of these basic sketches would come to life and soon the diners would be fully surrounded in a thriving animation studio with cartoon characters acting everywhere, in full color, doing and saying funny thing.
On Disney Dream this goes several dimensions further. Animator's Pallet begins with a simple sketching studio, as we described, but this time there is an underwater theme to all the sketches. As dinner progresses these water creatures not only start to move, the come to life in a real sense, where they are looking at you, watching you and soon asking you questions about what you may be having for dinner.
Crush, the cool surfer-turtle dude from the movie "Finding Nemo" becomes the star of the show as he finds a way to swim up to every table in the room (each has a window nearby) so he can find someone to interact with. Surprisingly, he already knows someone at each table by name, so he is ready to have a full conversation when he arrives. How an animated movie character could every get to be on first-name basis with anyone on the ship remains a mystery for the rest of the cruise.
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|Enchanted Garden Banquette||Enchanted Art||Animator's Palate|
Disney Dream will be followed up with Disney Fantasy in April of 2012. These two new ships are each substantially larger than the current ships in the Disney fleet, although neither one is as big as even the Freedom-sized ships from Royal Caribbean, and they don't come even close to the Oasis-class.
But the movie theaters and production show theaters onboard these new Disney ships will be second to none, and we are looking forward to seeing some first-class Disney style original entertainment there. Furthermore, the kid's facilities will be state-of-the-art in terms of video-gaming technology and lots of other technologies such as Karaoke, video-taping (for creating custom music videos) and video-gaming to make the Disney experience kids can enjoy to the fullest.
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