CELEBRATION, Fla. – Aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, there are special times and places for all ages. Young children, tweens, teens and adults all have their own areas and activities.
In keeping with Disney heritage, the newest Disney Cruise Line ships are designed with families in mind and filled with experiences parents and children can enjoy together. Live theatrical spectaculars, dynamic deck parties, enjoyable recreation and entertaining game shows – all served up with a Disney flavor – combine with sumptuous meals to make for memorable family cruise vacations.
Here are just some of the ways families can have fun together aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream:
Dinner and a Show
Evenings are a family-fun time aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream. While the dinner venues and the menus change, guests discover their personal wait staff awaiting them each evening at restaurants which serve up a healthy portion of wonder and magic along with the meal.
Dining for the entire family to savor is a feast for the eyes, ears and palate, starting with scrumptious fare at Animator’s Palate, Enchanted Garden and Royal Court (Disney Fantasy)/Royal Palace (Disney Dream).
Then, there’s dazzling original live entertainment at The Walt Disney Theatre, a 1,340-seat show place inspired by lavish theaters of a bygone era where guests gather for family-friendly performances of original productions:
- “Disney Wishes” (Disney Fantasy) is 45-minute musical about three best friends who discover the secret to being a grown-up is staying connected to their inner child.
- “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” (Disney Fantasy) stars the wise-cracking Genie and other characters from the classic animated Disney Film “Aladdin.”
- “Disney’s Believe“ (Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream) features a cast of Disney characters and a father dedicated to his work as a botanist who discovers there is something far more important to tend to than his plants.
- “Villains Tonight!” (Disney Dream) is a musical comedy featuring a bevy of Disney “baddies.”
- “The Golden Mickeys: A Timeless Tribute” (Disney Dream) isan awards-style show celebrating the musical heritage of Disney animated films.
Bookending the theater productions during the seven-night Disney Fantasy cruise are the welcome show “A Fantasy Come True” and the farewell show “An Unforgettable Journey.” Both musical productions are perfect family fare, one storyline stirring anticipation about the adventure ahead, the other a perfect ending to a Disney fantasy.
Fun and Games
Imagine a “family room” where everyone gathers for “game night.” That’s the spirit of D Lounge, on Deck 4 midship. It’s a bright, informal place with mod-inspired modular furniture that’s cushy and comfortable, made for kicking back.
However, there are differences from the typical “family room.” For starters, this one is designed to accommodate about 350 fun-seeking guests at a time. In addition, the fun and games aren’t limited to the evening hours. Throughout the day, D Lounge hosts activities for specific ages and interests as well as whole families.
And D Lounge is just the “hub” for family fun and games aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream. Guests should check their Personal Navigator throughout the cruise to see where the action is.
Here’s a sampling of the family fun in store:
- Goofy’s Rock Stars and Guitars Family Dance Party – The whole family ‘rocks’ at this interactive dance party filled with classic rock and roll! GOOFY is the Party Master as families compete for the “Golden Rock” award.
- ESPN Monday Night Football Call It! – Disney Cruise Line and ESPN created “Call It,” which features video highlights of memorable Monday Night Football games. How memorable? That’s the gist of the game: The on-screen action stops and fans recall (or not) what happened next.
- Pirate’s Life For Me – Families participate together and enjoy swashbuckling competition with others during this game show, complete with pirate props, rollicking music and “Yo ho, yo ho” fun.
- ESPN Dream Team Draft Day – Did you ever dream of being a GM and creating your own team of all-time great players? At Dream Team Draft, guests attempt to assemble the best fantasy team ever. Beat everyone else at fantasy baseball, football or basketball without ever leaving the ship!
- Family Fusion – Guests are live, on stage, in a quest test of their knowledge of their loved ones and how well they can work together as a family in a variety of mental and physical challenges.
Let’s Go to the Movies
Ready for a family movie night? Or morning? Or afternoon? Aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, the 399-seat Buena Vista Theatre is the place. In comfortable, posh, art deco surroundings, guests can sit back and enjoy first-run motion pictures – including films in Disney Digital 3-D. Plus, films are released on the ship the same day they hit theaters on land.
For families who’d like to watch a movie in the open air, there’s Funnel Vision – a state-of-the-art, 24-by-14-foot LED screen atop the forward funnel on Deck 11 near Donald’s Pool. Families can sit back, relax and watch classic Disney animated features or live-action movies.
It’s Party Time!
The Upper Decks of the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream are a gathering place for families:
- The ship has barely left the dock before the fun begins. “Sailing Away,” a “welcome aboard” show on embarkation day, is a time of clap-along, dance-along, sing-along fun on Deck 11. A cast that includes Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and other favorite Disney characters decked out in their seafaring finest lead the fun.
- Once each cruise, there’s an evening brimming with buccaneer fun. The evening kicks off on the Donald’s Pool stage with “Mickey’s Pirates IN the Caribbean,” an interactive show during which guests become members of Mickey’s Pirate Crew. The ensuing live-action pirate showdown “Hunt Fer Jack” features no less than Jack Sparrow from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. The culmination of the showdown is “Buccaneer Blast,” the cruise industry’s first fireworks display at sea, a spectacular pyrotechnics performance like only Disney can do! As the night rolls on, guests unleash their inner pirate and dance their boots off during “Club Pirate,” a family-friendly bash featuring electrifying music, stunning visuals and special effects.
- Don’t change that channel – or location … just the time. It’s time for the Disney Channel at Sea Pool Party! The Cruise staff hosts an exciting deck party full of games and contests – all in between favorite Disney Channel shows. So sit back, relax and enjoy the sun.
Active Family Fun in the Sun
The Upper Decks are also the place for active and splash-tastic family fun. Some highlights:
- On the Disney Fantasy, AquaLab is an 1,800-square-foot water play area on Deck 12 designed to delight families with the splashing fun of pop jets, geysers and bubblers.
- On both the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream is AquaDuck, the first water coaster at sea. Aboard two-person rafts, guests go on a twisting, turning, up, down and over-the-side-of-the-ship adventure before splashing down on Deck 12.
- Donald’s Pool for families and Mickey’s Pool for smaller sailors are conveniently located nearby one another midship so that families can all enjoy some water fun.
- Goofy’s Sports Deck on Deck 13 is an all-ages, open-air activity center featuring a miniature golf course, virtual sports simulators and a basketball/volleyball court. There also are ping pong and foosball tables, while the deck is encircled by a walking track (perfect for a light – and scenic – workout).
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.