Yesterday I told you more about the Disney Dream pools and recreation, entertainment and AquaDuck. Today I will talk more about............
The Character outside the ship.
Current models of the Disney Dream do not show any characters outside the ship. Disney Cruise Line guests are used to seeing a 15-foot statue of Goofy hanging from a boatswain's chair on the aft of the Magic.
Who will adorn the Disney Dream? The announcement will come today (Friday, 11/13/09)!
Senses Spa & Salon
The Senses Spa and Salon expands to more than 16,000 square feet with 2 spa villas, 17 private treatment rooms and the popular Rainforest. Two enhancements in the Disney Dream Spa are the Rainforest and the "waiting room".
The Rainforest will now feature a glass enclosed section that looks out over the ship. On the Magic and Wonder when you check into the spa, you sit back down in the main check-in area to await your therapist and begin your spa treatment. The new spa on the Dream will feature a special reception room further into the spa which will be much more conducive (soft music and lighting) to relaxing while you wait for your therapist.
The three rotational restaurants were announced at the press event -- Royal Palace, Enchanted Gardens and Animator's Palate.
The Royal Palace will follow along lines of Tritons and Lumiere's (Magic and Wonder), home of the Disney Princesses - the most elegant of the 3 restaurants.
Enchanted Gardens - Themed after the Gardens of Versailles
For breakfast and lunch expect a casual buffet experience. The dining room will be very airy with a translucent ceiling, bringing the outdoors inside. The booths are open and the flower buds closed up.
At night, the Enchanted Garden transforms to a more elegant dining experience with full sit-down service. The sky will become filled with stars, the flower buds open into chandeliers, chairs get slip covers, panels cover the buffet and there is a view of the Versailles Gardens at night. The booths turn inward for a more intimate feel. The most theatrical transformation will be for dinner. Details are still being worked out as to how the restaurant will transform. There will be subtle changes that guests won't notice and in fact, you may look around and think this place is different but I'm not sure why.
The majority of the room consists of tables, not booths. The booths will offer a different more intimate dining experience for those wishing it. The booths can be rotated and connect to tables or the tables can be rearranged so that the dining room can accommodate most groups!
The one restaurant which carries over from the current ships, Animator's Palate, is being re-imagineered for a more magical evening.
At this time, the adult only restaurant will be Palo. If you're like me, you wondered why a second adult only restaurant was not announced. Disney Cruise Line's response: "Some surprises are still left in the dining story." We can only hope :)
On the Magic and Wonder Palo is a modern Italian experience. On the Disney Dream it will be more Northern Italian, more quintessential Italian, more elegance, more classical and sophisticated. Instead of the art glass decor found on the Magic and Wonder there will be more "gold leaf".
Palo on the Disney Dream will seat approximately 160 chairs; the 40-45% proportional difference in size. At this time, Palo on the Dream will have a small outdoor terrace that seats 12-16 guests for an outdoor dining experience. Adjacent to Palo is an ocean view bar where one can have a before or after drink (and you won't need a Palo reservation to enjoy the bar). The bar area may have a special outside section for cigar smokers.
Cabanas - is the new option to sit down dining. Cabanas is similar to a food court environment and will have a number of "kitchen" stations. It is free flow dining; you decide the type of food you want and then go to that kitchen to order. The seating area will surround the cooking stations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served daily. Dinner (this is still under discussion) may become table service with cook to order food.
For those of you wondering, there will be a 24 hour beverage station on the Disney Dream, as there is on the Magic and Wonder.
That's it for today! There will be one more blog post from my conversation with Gary and Jason tomorrow!