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October 1, 2009

Teri Hatcher, and James Denton, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy Help Kick Off New Program

A DISNEY DAY: Walt Disney Company President and CEO, Robert Iger, Teri Hatcher, and James Denton, joined Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy Sept. 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, Calif., for the Disney Parks' announcement of the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program for 2010.

Read more about this new program HERE.

October 8, 2009

Princess Tiana Debuts at Magic Kingdom October 26, 2009


The lovely Princess Tiana, star of the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film "The Princess and the Frog," greets young fans at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The newest Disney princess will make her Disney Parks debut on Oct. 26 with meet and greets as well as in "Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!," a jazzy cavalcade and lively musical production aboard the Liberty Belle Riverboat.

Princess Tiana

Princess Tia

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October 10, 2009

Christmas by the Numbers at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Miles of garland, ribbon, twinkling lights and glitter transform Walt Disney World Resort into a winter wonderland during the holiday season.

Here's a sample of what guests will experience throughout the Vacation Kingdom:

737 decorated trees throughout property

A wreath 25 feet in diameter adorning the Cirque du Soleil building at Downtown Disney West Side

10 miles of twinkling rope lights in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios

150 tractor-trailer truckloads of decorations for 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney and other locations

15 miles of garland strung and 1,314 wreaths hung throughout the Vacation Kingdom

300,000 yards of ribbon and bows draping over Christmas trees across property

8.5 million lights strung throughout Walt Disney World Resort

98 percent of the lighting used for holiday décor is LED

11 countries dressed for Holidays Around the World at Epcot World Showcase

A Christmas tree in Magic Kingdom with a base 26 feet wide

One 70-foot-tall tree takes center stage in Disney's Contemporary Resort entrance lobby featuring nearly 35,800 white LED lights

6 life-sized creations cooked up by Walt Disney World pastry chefs, including:

· One 16-foot-tall gingerbread house at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa baked with 1,050 pounds of honey and involving more than 160 hours of decorating

·Onelife-size gingerbread carousel at Disney's Beach Club Resort featuring ponies made of chocolate and fondant, giant candy cane poles, handcrafted poinsettias and hand-paintedportraits of famous Disney characters

100 percent chance of snow flurries during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, taking place on select holiday evenings in Magic Kingdom

365 days of the year that guests can shop for holiday merchandise at the Disney's Days of Christmas shop in Downtown Disney Marketplace

October 13, 2009

Children’s Miracle Network Classic Creates Innovative Wine & Dine Walk Along Walt Disney World Fairways

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2009) - This year's Children's Miracle Network Classic at Walt Disney World Resort is sure to leave fans with a good taste in their mouths.

Literally.

The 2009 Classic, taking place Nov. 12-15, will feature a culinary twist distinctive among PGA TOUR events. In addition to watching exciting golf action, spectators can sip, sample and savor elaborate dishes, unique wines and select beers along the fairways of Disney's Magnolia Golf Course.

The Wine & Dine Walk runs Friday through Sunday of tournament week, with food, beer and wine stations positioned on key holes along the back nine of the Magnolia course offering fans the best flavors of New England, Africa and India. Cuisine from some of Disney's newest and most popular restaurants will be featured, including The Wave (Disney's ContemporaryResort), Sanaa (Kidani Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge) and The Turf Club Bar & Grill (Disney's Saratoga SpringsResort & Spa). The wine, beer and cuisine offerings will range from $3.25 to $7.50. For more information, visit www.childrensmiraclenetworkclassic.com.

"The Wine & Dine Walk will offer fans an enhanced golf experience that makes enjoying the tournament as easy as a 'walk in the park,'" tournament director Kevin Weickel said. "We are bringing together the culinary expertise of our various Disney resorts to create a potpourri of cultural experiences intertwined with the drama of the final PGA TOUR Fall Series event."

The 2009 Children's Miracle Network Classic, the season finale of the PGA Tour Fall Series, will mark the 39th year of the PGA TOUR at Walt Disney World Resort. Davis Love III is expected to battle a marquee Fall Series field in an effort to defend his title from 2008 when he joined the likes of Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart and Raymond Floyd as winners of the prestigious Disney tournament.

Pre-event ticket sales are available exclusively through www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket booths will be located onsite during the tournament where weekly badges ($20) or daily tickets ($10) can be purchased.

Golf Channel will provide its signature wrap-around news coverage of the Children's Miracle Network Classic live and in high definition from Nov. 12-15. Coverage kicks off Thursday, from 1-4 p.m. ET.


Wine & Dine Walk Menu on the Magnolia Course
Nov.13-15, 2009
Hole No. 11
Disney's Yacht Club Resort: Captain's Grille
Offers the best flavors of New England

* Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce - $6.25
* Lobster Roll - $7.50
* Wine Pairing: Fess Parker Chardonnay - $3.25
* Beer Pairing: Samuel Adams (16oz Draft) - $6
* Bud Light (16oz) - $5.50
* Bud Light Lime (16oz) and Michelob Ultra (16oz) - $6.50


Hole No. 13
Disney's Contemporary Resort: The Wave
Features tasty and healthy American cooking with a dash of world flavoring

* 5 Spice Chicken Wrap - $4.25
* Avocado and Citrus Salad - $3.25
* Wine Pairing: Trimbach Gewurztraminer - $3.75
* Beer Pairing: Wolover's Organic Pale Ale - $6.75
* Bud Light (16oz) - $5.50
* Bud Light Lime (16oz) and Michelob Ultra (16oz) - $6.50


Hole No.15
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: The Turf Club Bar & Grill
Presents simple preparations with flavorful and tasty results

* Chicken and Artichoke Flatbread - $4.25
* Lamb Chops - $5.75
* Mickey Ravioli - $3.75
* Wine Pairing: Schweiger Cabernet Sauvignon - $3.50
* Beer Pairing: Saratoga Lager - $6.75
* Bud Light (16oz) - $5.50
* Bud Light Lime (16oz) and Michelob Ultra (16oz) - $6.50


Hole No.17
Kidani Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge: Sanaa
Provides a blend of African cooking with Indian flavoring

* Chicken with Red Curry Sauce served with Basmati Rice and Naan Bread - $4.25
* Shrimp with Green Curry Sauce served with Basmati Rice and Naan Bread - $4.25
* Wine Pairing: Conundrum White Blend - $4.25
* Beer Pairing: Kingfisher Premium Lager (from India) - $6.75
* Bud Light (16oz) - $5.50
* Bud Light Lime (16oz) and Michelob Ultra (16oz) - -$6.50



Hole No. 17
Disney's Wide World of Sports Café
Offers rich and creamy desserts sure to please

* Gelato Cookie Sandwich - $2.50
* Wine Pairing: Magicale Sparkling Blush WinE - $3.50
* Bud Light (16oz) - $5.50
* Bud Light Lime (16oz) and Michelob Ultra (16oz) - $6.50



Putting Green
Disney's Wide World of Sports Café
Serves classic American Cuisine with a twist

* BLT - $3.50
* Chicken Kabob - $4.50
* Wine Pairing: King Estate Pinot Gris - $3.50
* Beer Pairing: Blue Moon Belgian Wheat - $5.50
* Bud Light (16oz) - $5.50
* Bud Light Lime (16oz) and Michelob Ultra (16oz) - $6.50

Disney Executive George Kalogridis Named President of the Disneyland Resort

ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- George Kalogridis, a 38-year Disney veteran and former Disneyland executive, has been named president of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Kalogridis most recently served as chief operating officer for Disneyland Resort Paris, where he was responsible for leading the operations team and overseeing the highly successful 15th anniversary celebration of the resort.

Kalogridis, 55, will report to Al Weiss, president of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He replaces Ed Grier, who is retiring from the company.

"George is a proven strategic thinker whose operational expertise and strong leadership skills will serve him well in leading the Disneyland Resort," said Weiss. "We are excited to welcome him back to California and look forward to his leadership as we continue to expand and grow this beloved place."

From 2000 to 2002, Kalogridis served as senior vice president of Resort Operations for the Disneyland Resort, where he played a significant role in the first expansion of the resort - the opening of Disney's California Adventure park and Downtown Disney. In addition, he was responsible for the daily operations of both theme parks and three hotels, as well as Downtown Disney.

"I am thrilled to be returning to Disneyland, particularly during this exciting time of significant expansion," said Kalogridis. "I look forward to working with the Cast who make the magic for our Guests everyday and partnering with the Orange County community to ensure the Anaheim Resort Area continues to thrive."

During Kalogridis' tenure with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, he has held numerous executive positions, gaining a breadth of experience beyond operations and sales. In addition to his leadership roles in both Paris and Anaheim, Kalogridis served as vice president of Travel Operations at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Kalogridis also served as vice president of Walt Disney World's EPCOT park, where, in addition to overseeing park operations, he led the Millennium Celebration for The Walt Disney Company.

Kalogridis started his career with the company in 1971 as a busboy at the opening of the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. For more than five years, he served as general manager of the Grand Floridian Beach Resort. He has held executive roles in Human Resources at Walt Disney World and served as one of the original Cast Members on the Disneyland Resort Paris development team in 1988.

October 15, 2009

Inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Set to Satisfy a Runner’s Palette in 2010

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2009) - Disney's Endurance series is adding a mouth-watering half marathon to its list of already popular race weekends. The inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is set to take place Oct. 1-2, 2010, culminating with a 13.1-mile nighttime race and after-hours party inside the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Combining characteristics of some of the most popular races, the half marathon is sure to please runners of all types. Participants will brave the night on a never-before-trekked course through multiple Disney theme parks, with the finish line inside the Epcot Food & Wine Festival for an exclusive after-hours party. Spectators can purchase tickets to the party and help kick off the 15th annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

"Teaming up with the 15th Epcot Food & Wine Festival is the perfect way to showcase the wonderful and unique events we seek to offer with our endurance races," said Disney's sports event director Paul Lambert. "From food and wine, to theme parks and sports, Disney adds a touch you can't experience anywhere else."

Events are planned for the entire weekend, starting with a Health and Fitness Expo hosted at Jostens Center at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex Oct. 1-2. All members of the family can join in on some hauntingly good fun with Disney Kids' Races and Mickey's Halloween Family Fun Run 5k. Kids' Races will take place at the complex while the Family Fun Run 5k takes participants through Magic Kingdom. Both races are during the morning on Oct.2, with staggered starting times to invite participation in all events. The weekend culminates with the half marathon on the evening of Oct.2.

The half marathon will be open to ages 14 and older and offers a relay option for two-person teams. Half marathon registration will open Nov. 16, 2009. To reserve your spot and find out more information on the race, visit disneywinedinerun.com.

October 17, 2009

High-Tech Lab Provides Opportunity to Develop Progressive On-Air Elements for Fans

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 16, 2009) -- The ESPN Innovation Lab officially opened today at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The Innovation Lab provides ESPN a real-world testing ground to continue developing new ground-breaking on-air products.

"The ESPN Innovation Lab is an extension of ESPN's commitment to being a leader in technology," said Chuck Pagano, executive vice president, technology, ESPN. "This cutting-edge production house will foster creativity and the development of new tools to provide fans the best on-air coverage of sporting events."

The mission of ESPN's state-of-the-art facility is to enhance the viewer's experience by utilizing the world-class playing fields and the 250,000 youth and pro athletes who use them annually to develop new products during actual game conditions. This working research facility will also be open at certain times of the year for visitors to view the company's emerging-technology staff at work and get a sneak peak at upcoming technological advancements.

This past summer, the lab produced two innovative production elements, Ball Track and ESPN Snap Zoom. Ball Track is a Doppler radar hit-tracking system that has the ability to track home runs showing the distance and height of the ball in-flight, updating continuously during the ball's flight. It debuted on the 2009 "MLB Home Run Derby" telecast on July 13. ESPN Snap Zoom debuted on "Monday Night Football" on Sept. 28 and is a freeze-frame technology that brings the fan closer to the play by zooming in an area of interest and providing insight to a current action on the field, thus giving the viewer a different view on a particular focus of play.

The ESPN Innovation Lab is the first major piece of a re-imagining project involving ESPN and the Disney sports complex, which is already the leading multi-sport venue in the nation. The project aims to create an immersive and entertaining sports experience for athletes, coaches and fans by incorporating the signature elements of ESPN in ways that will connect athletes and coaches with their favorite ESPN programs, personalities and elements. The project is expected to be completed early next year and will provide a one-of-a-kind experience that athletes, coaches and fans can't get anywhere else except Walt Disney World Resort.

"The versatility of the complex and the enormous diversity of sports events we have there make it the perfect place for ESPN or any company to develop and test their latest product innovations," said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises. "We are thrilled to provide our athletes and coaches with the opportunity to potentially be a part of the development of ESPN's newest and most exciting on-air products. It's just one of the many ways this ESPN re-imagining project will help take our youth sports experience to a new level."

The Disney sports complex has hosted more than 200 annual events in 60 different sports involving athletes from more than 70 countries since opening in 1997. Among those events are the Atlanta Braves spring training season, Chelsea Football Club events, the Pop Warner Super Bowl, AAU National Championships, Varsity All-Star Cheerleading competitions, USSSA events, ESPN RISE Games, Old Spice Classic and the Walt Disney World Marathon, one of the top marathons in the nation. ESPN televised 20 sporting events from the complex in the last year. Walt Disney World Resort and ESPN also annually work together to host the popular ESPN The Weekend event at Disney's Hollywood Studios. To download photos of Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, please visit http://photos.wdwnews.com/espn/

Did you know?

· ESPN's Active Player Tracking for the Arena Football League was first tested at the Wide World of Sports. The technology debuted during the 2007 Arena Football season but has also been implemented at the Summer X Games enabling ESPN to capture heights achieved by athletes in the BMX and Big Air event which are then displayed on the ESPN "Huck-o-Meter."

· The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex was the testing bed for ESPN's Ball Track technology that debuted at the 2009 MLB Home Run Derby. This was the first time that radar had been utilized to track a baseball in real-time in a broadcast environment.

· At ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, ESPN has access to 16 baseball fields, 25 football/soccer fields, two indoor basketball arenas, one baseball stadium and four tennis courts for real-world testing. Just a short distance from the facility there are lakes and golf courses also used in testing scenarios. Over the past three years, ESPN has taken full advantage of these facilities testing technologies for tennis, golf, baseball, basketball, football and even BASS fishing.

· The Emmy-winning EA Virtual Playbook was first tested at ESPN Wide World of Sports during the summer of 2008 in preparation of the 2008-09 NFL season. Its overwhelming success led the team to develop an NBA version utilized during the 2009 NBA playoffs.

About ESPN Technology:
ESPN Technology develops the ideas and applications that bring the fan closer to the game with new, innovative production enhancements. ESPN's technology team designed and supports two of the most technologically advanced production centers in the world, the Digital Center in Bristol, Conn., and the Los Angeles Production Center which is the first 1080p capable production facility. In addition, the Emerging Technology Group has developed many on-air advancements over the past 30 years, including virtual graphics applications, "Huck-O-Meter," and the Emmy-winning EA Virtual Playbook.

October 19, 2009

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Two Baby Giraffes

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 19, 2009 -- Walt Disney World Resort recently welcomed two male calves to the giraffe herd at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Weighing 153 pounds, Bolo was born Oct. 12 to second-time mother Big Girl, who first birthed a female calf in November 2005. On Oct. 5, the Disney's Animal Programs team helped to deliver 166-pound calf Bruehler from third-time mother Aibuni. As newborns, both male calves stand nearly six feet tall and could grow to be as tall as 15 - 18 feet as adults.

Both calves and mothers appear to be doing well according to veterinarians and animal care managers. The young males, who began nursing successfully soon after birth, are already feisty and very active.

"The next important milestone is for the calves to continue the bonding process with their mothers who will teach them important lessons and guide them as they are introduced to the herd in the coming weeks," said Matt Hohne, Animal Operations Director at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

These two latest bundles of joy represent the 13th and 14th giraffes born at Disney's Animal Kingdom since opening in 1998. Giraffes at Walt Disney World Resort are bred through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Population Management Plan, which is a consortium of zoos and wildlife parks working together to conserve and breed animals.

Other Fun Facts about Giraffes
· The typical gestation period for a giraffe is approximately 15 months.
· An adult giraffe's neck alone can measure up to 7-feet, and their tongues can be as long as 18 inches.
· Each giraffe has a unique set of skin markings, similar to a human fingerprint.
· Same as people, giraffes have seven neck vertebrae bones.

New Exhibit at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot Showcases Math in Action as Students Design and Experience Their Own Ride Using Math Fundamentals

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 14, 2009 - Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) today unveiled the Sum of all Thrills™ at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. This new ride is a unique experience that lets park guests custom-design their own thrill ride using mathematical tools, an innovative touch-screen table and a robotic simulator. As the first ride to be located within INNOVENTIONS at Epcot, Sum of all Thrills™ is the latest example of Raytheon's innovative approach to help educate and inspire young students about the power of math and math-related activities.

"Sum of all Thrills™ is an example of how Raytheon is using innovation to encourage students to develop and sustain an interest in math and science," said William H. Swanson, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company. "By experiencing the "thrill" of math in this environment, students have the opportunity first hand to feel the excitement and possibilities of careers that are possible with math and science. We hope young people and adults alike will enjoy this innovative experience."

Interactive and customizable, Sum of all Thrills™ lets guests of all ages create their own experience by first choosing a ride theme, including a roller coaster, bobsled or jet plane. Using multi-touch, object recognition tables with instructions available in six languages, guests use math and engineering based tools, such as rulers and speed dials, to design and customize their ride by adding corkscrews, inversions or steep hills. Guests learn and apply mathematical and engineering principles to determine how much energy is needed for a jet to take off or for a roller coaster or bobsled to make it up its first climb.

When the design of the ride is complete, it is saved on a personal card with a unique bar code. The card is then utilized to allow each guest to experience their custom ride from beginning to end on the robotic KUKA RoboSim 4-D simulator. Inside the simulator, guests experience their ride on immersive high definition video combined with stereo sound and controlled air motion for a complete sensory experience. The KUKA RoboSim 4-D simulator creates a four-dimensional experience through 3-D robotic motion and "wind" that controls air movement to stimulate the senses, providing a more realistic simulation experience.

"Disney parks are well known for their creativity and innovation. Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills™ is a perfect addition to INNOVENTIONS, which was built in part to showcase cutting-edge technology," said Dan Cockerell, vice president of Epcot. "This immersive experience, our first-ever INNOVENTIONS ride, will inspire young guests to embrace math and science and the important role these subjects play in our lives."

In addition to the experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot, today, Raytheon unveiled a virtual Sum of all Thrills™ experience on-line at MathMovesU.com. The Sum of all Thrills™ world, aimed at middle school students, combines the three ride elements of the theme park experience into one multidimensional ride. Students answer math-related questions to unlock elements that enable them build their own ride on-line.

Sum of all Thrills™ is the latest initiative in Raytheon's MathMovesU program which is committed to increasing students' interest in math and engineering by engaging them with activities they enjoy most, such as sports, fashion and music. Sum of all Thrills™ joins Raytheon's other MathMovesU programs including the "In the Numbers" game, partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, the company's three year sponsorship of the National MATHCOUNTS competition and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program, which provides over $1 million in funding to students and teachers each year.

Raytheon also announced today the findings from a study of U.S. middle school students revealing their feelings about math and the need for more innovative approaches to help motivate them around the subject. An executive summary of the survey findings is available at www.raytheon.com/responsibility/stem.

More information on Sum of all Thrills™ can be found at www.raytheon.com.

Disney Vacation Club Opens "Doorway" to Dreams!

Disney Doorway to Dreams, located at Roosevelt Field on Long Island, features a full-scale, two-bedroom vacation home model, interactive zones, children's play area and more

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GARDEN CITY, NY and CELEBRATION, Fla. (October 17, 2009) - The recently opened Disney Doorway to Dreams offers Roosevelt Field shoppers and New York-area residents a convenient and interactive way to discover the excitement of Disney Vacation Club, an innovative vacation-ownership program that allows families to enjoy flexibility and savings on decades of future vacations.

Disney Doorway to Dreams showcases the spacious, family-friendly accommodations featured at Disney Vacation Club resorts. Through Disney Vacation Club, families can relax and spend quality time together, either at Disney destinations worldwide or at more than 500 other popular vacation locations around the world. Disney Doorway to Dreams' convenient mall location gives visitors a chance to explore the many vacation choices they have through Disney Vacation Club, including magical stays at the Walt Disney World Resort, relaxing cruises aboard Disney Cruise Line and family-friendly, interactive Adventures by Disney trips where families can choose to travel to one of six different continents.

"Disney Doorway to Dreams gives us a chance to reach one of the top markets for our rapidly growing membership base and help Roosevelt Field visitors discover the many benefits of becoming a Disney Vacation Club member family," said Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis. "We aim to duplicate the popularity of our original Disney Doorway to Dreams location in Chicago with our new location on Long Island, sharing the vacation-ownership experience with a whole new group of people."

To help families envision the ways Disney Vacation Club Membership can enhance the way they vacation, Disney Doorway to Dreams features a full-scale, two-bedroom model of a vacation villa at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Central Florida, one of Disney Vacation Club's newest resorts.

Located on the second floor near Nordstrom, Disney Doorway to Dreams presents a variety of interactive features, including a wall lined with doors that open to display videos, photos and even touch-screen activities. There's even a kid-sized door that allows children to look through a portal into the kid's clubhouse, where they will discover a dry-erase mural they can color.


Once visitors have spent time in the interactive entryway, they will have the opportunity to view a brief video about Disney Vacation Club in a twelve-seat theater. Guests then have the opportunity to meet with a vacation guide to learn about the options available to Disney Vacation Club members.

"Disney Vacation Club has always been both a leader and an innovator in the timeshare industry," said Howard C. Nusbaum, president and CEO of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). "Offering full-scale model vacation villas in a mall setting is uniquely Disney and this new Disney Doorway to Dreams location makes it fun and exciting for families to learn about new and memorable ways to vacation."

About Roosevelt Field
Celebrating more than 50 years of offering more choices, Roosevelt Field is located at the intersection of Old Country Road and the Meadowbrook Parkway in Garden City and is managed by Simon Property Group, Inc., headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The mall offers unparalleled customer service with amenities including Simon Giftcards, good everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted; Ticketmaster at Simon Guest Services; valet parking; complimentary wheelchairs; strollers; and a post office. It is anchored by Nordstrom, Macy's, JC Penney, Bloomingdale's and Dick's Sporting Goods and has more than 270 specialty stores.

Adventures by Disney, HarperCollins Announce 'The Search for Flat Stanley's Next BIG Adventure'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the most adventurous characters in
children's literature, Flat Stanley, traveled to the prestigious Library of
Congress today where he, along with the first three books in Flat Stanley's
Worldwide Adventures series, were inducted into the Library to help Adventures
by Disney and HarperCollins Children's Books celebrate an exciting new project
called "The Search for Flat Stanley's Next BIG Adventure."


Due to his peculiar ability to be mailed to different locations, Stanley is
the most well-traveled character in children's literature, traveling around
the world thousands of times annually in an educational project that has
become a classic of the American classroom. Now budding writers and artists
are invited to create their own Flat Stanley story in "The Search for Flat
Stanley's Next BIG Adventure." In this nationwide contest, children ages 7 to
12 can win an Adventures by Disney vacation by creating a specially themed
Flat Stanley and a 150-word story about his "Next BIG Adventure."


Entries will be judged in three age groups - one for 7 to 8-year-olds, one for
9 to 10-year-olds and one for 11 to 12-year-olds. One winner will be chosen in
each age group and each of the three winners can choose one of Adventures by
Disney's 19 worldwide vacations for their prize.


Parents, kids and educators can check out
www.FlatStanleyBooks.com/AdventuresbyDisney for Official Rules and complete
information on the Contest; fun, interactive games; and fascinating
informational resources. The Contest runs through November 30, 2009 and no
purchase is necessary to enter or win.


The Search
At today's launch, more than 20 local third-graders from Washington, D.C.'s
Sheridan School took part in a special reading with the author of the upcoming
Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #5: The Amazing Mexican Secret, Josh
Greenhut, who colored in his own Flat Stanley with the students. Stephanie
Sprow, from the U.S. Department of Education and Historian John Y. Cole, from
the Library, also joined representatives from Adventures by Disney and
HarperCollins for the special induction.


The ceremony also featured the unveiling of
www.FlatStanleyBooks.com/AdventuresbyDisney, a specially-created Web site
featuring Flat Stanley; backgrounds, clothing, accessories and information
from Adventures by Disney destinations to help kids prepare their Flat Stanley
and stories; complete "Contest Official Rules" and entry information;
interactive, educational games based on Adventures by Disney's destinations;
and a special section for educators with resources explaining how to
incorporate Flat Stanley's adventures into their classrooms.


"Flat Stanley has traveled the globe and experienced much of what the world
has to offer. HarperCollins is thrilled to be teaming up with Adventures by
Disney to give Flat Stanley readers a chance to experience that world
themselves," said Diane Naughton, vice president of marketing, HarperCollins
Children's Books. "We can't wait to see the imaginative adventures readers
come up with for Stanley."


"This promotion encompasses our joint mission - to bring history, culture and
adventure from countries around the world to children, parents and educators
in a creative and engaging way," said Don Gross, vice president, Adventures by
Disney. "We hope to encourage children and families' passion for reading,
travel and knowledge of the world."


Flat Stanley and Adventures by Disney
Flat Stanley was introduced by author Jeff Brown more than 45 years ago and
has inspired a worldwide phenomenon. In what's become a popular tradition,
parents and kids take Flat Stanley with them on vacation or send him to
friends and family in different cities. Flat Stanley's picture is taken in
various locations, and the children report back to their classes on Flat
Stanley's adventures. In Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures, Flat Stanley
continues to inspire creativity in classrooms across America with his
entertaining adventures that are also lessons in geography.


Adventures by Disney introduces families to diverse cultures and exciting
activities with 19 immersive, authentic, fun and educational trips to
destinations throughout the United States and around the world, including
South Africa, China, Australia, Europe and the Americas. Every aspect of each
trip - from excursions to accommodations to dining - is specifically designed
for families traveling together. Immersive activities created just for kids
allow young travelers to learn and have fun in places like museums that aren't
always as entertaining for the younger set. For example, at the Louvre in
Paris, the Junior Adventurers play an Art Detective game throughout the museum
with their Adventure Guides, while adults take a privately guided tour with an
art historian.

October 21, 2009

Travel Channel and Samantha Brown Casting Call

TRAVEL CHANNEL CASTING - SAMANTHA BROWN'S 10th ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT DISNEY WORLD!

Currently casting a special for Travel Channel with Samantha Brown! We are looking for the following:

A) fun, out-going, energetic Disney World family that lives in the Orlando, FL area to be filmed with Samantha Brown

B) fun group(s) of 5-12 women to have sit-down lunch shoot with Samantha Brown

Candidates should live in or near the Orlando, FL area. We will be shooting November 3rd & 4th, 2009. Families will ONLY be needed on ONE of those 2 dates however we require that you have flexibility with both dates for scheduling purposes.

For immediately consideration, please email your name, names of friends &/or co-workers and/or family that you believe would be interested and great on TV for our Samantha Brown special.

Please submit the following by Friday AM, October 23rd to disneycasting@ymail.com:

1) Recent photo of the entire family &/or photo of woman friends (no sunglasses, please)

2) A brief description of who you are (& include your family if you are submitting as family &/or group of friends)

3) A brief description about why you're fond of Disney World & would be interested in being part of Samantha Brown's 10th Anniversary TV show

4) Your contact information so we can reach you right away (include phone number, address and email address)

We look forward to hearing from you!

Friday AM, October 23rd to disneycasting@ymail.com

October 22, 2009

Mickey Mouse and Friends Cheered on Thousands of CHOC Walkers at Disneyland

MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS CHEERED ON THOUSANDS OF WALKERS IN
THE CHOC WALK IN THE PARK, PRESENTED BY THE DISNEYLAND RESORT

19th Annual Event was a colorful, unique celebration of children

Anaheim, Calif. (October 18, 2009) - Thousands of participants, including community members, corporate teams, and current and former patients and families of CHOC Children's, walked a 5K route through Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks before they officially opened for the day in the 19th Annual CHOC Walk in the Park, presented by The Disneyland Resort. Walkers enthusiastically held banners and signs, and donned colorful t-shirts to celebrate the health and well being of children, and to memorialize those children who bravely lost their battle against serious disease or illness.

Along the route, participants were encouraged by Disney friends, and celebrated the event's conclusion in the Downtown Disney District with a variety of live entertainment, food and fun. Proceeds from the annual event will support research and education at CHOC Children's, and will also support the Kids Care Fund, which helps provide medical care for all children regardless of their family's ability to pay.

AllEars® blogger Lisa Berton particpated in the CHOC Walk!

About CHOC Children's

CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to our patients. CHOC's regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several community clinics, a residency program that trains tomorrow's pediatricians, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children's Heart, Cancer, Neuroscience, and Orthopaedic Institutes.

CHOC earned the Silver Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence - the only children's hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation - the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC is the first children's hospital in the nation to earn the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

For more information about CHOC Children's, visit www.choc.org.

October 26, 2009

'Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!' at Walt Disney World

'Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!' celebrates newest Walt Disney Pictures animated film in the Magic Kingdom
'Tiana's Showboat Jubilee

A vibrant and festive atmosphere abounds with the spirited sounds of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou in "Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!" -- a new, live musical production that takes place on board the "Liberty Belle" riverboat in the Magic Kingdom. The 15-minute performance features an energetic cast of musicians and singers, as well as characters from the Walt Disney Pictures' animated film, "The Princess and the Frog." The limited-engagement show will be presented in the Magic Kingdom from Oct. 26, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010.

Princess Tiana and Donald Duck

Led by Donald Duck, a host of Disney and Disney-Pixar characters welcomed Princess Tiana Oct. 26, 2009 after her horse-drawn carriage ride to Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Boys II Men and Princess Tiana

The R&B group "Boys II Men" (L-R): Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Nathan Morris, poses with Princess Tiana Oct. 26, 2009

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Starting Oct. 26, Walt Disney World guests will be treated to first-ever appearances by Princess Tiana, star of the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film "The Princess and the Frog."

Besides meet-and-greets with guests, Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and other characters from the motion picture will star in "Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!," a rousing, colorful procession with a jazz-filled Mardi Gras theme. The good times will roll as festively dressed, bead-tossing revelers lead Magic Kingdom guests to the Liberty Belle Riverboat dock.

The party moves onboard and the Liberty Belle paddlewheels her way along the river with singing and dancing to the sounds of a six-member jazz band. Nearly two dozen Disney dancers join 30 randomly chosen park guests to be part of each show. Original songs composed by Randy Newman for the film liven the production, which will be performed three times daily. Daytime pyrotechnics and whimsical puppetry round out the spirited, 15-minute production.

The 10-week experience at Walt Disney World Resort will run through Jan. 3, 2010. "Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!" also will dazzle guests at Disneyland Park in California, beginning Nov. 6.

A hilarious movie adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana, "The Princess and the Frog" will open in limited release in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 25, 2009, before expanding nationwide on Dec. 11, 2009.

Beginning Oct. 15, little princesses can enjoy a new Princess Tiana makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at both the World of Disney store and Magic Kingdom locations at Walt Disney World Resort.

Fairy Godmothers-in-Training sprinkle their pixie dust on aspiring princesses with three makeover packages ranging from a combination of hair, nails and makeup to the royal transformation complete with Princess Tiana costume, tiara, wand and more. All children must be at least three years or older to receive the regal treatments.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Magic Kingdom is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; theme park admission is required. The Downtown Disney Marketplace salon is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. There is no admission or self-parking fee required at Downtown Disney.

Advance reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling 407/WDW-STYLE (407/939-7895).

When guests age 10 or older enter a Disneyland theme park or Walt Disney World theme park from Oct. 5 through Nov. 22 and present their valid theme park ticket at select merchandise locations, they will receive a special card with details on how to get an admission voucher good for up to $8 toward the purchase of one child's movie ticket when they purchase an adult movie ticket to see "The Princess and the Frog" at participating theaters from Dec. 11 through Dec. 31, 2009, or until "The Princess and the Frog" is no longer in theaters, whichever comes first.

Card quantities for this promotion are limited. Limit one card per adult ticket or annual pass. Admission voucher toward the purchase of a child's movie ticket to "The Princess and the Frog" is valid for use from Dec. 11 through Dec. 31, 2009, at participating theaters in the fifty United States and District of Columbia. Guests must activate the code printed on the card by registering at www.activaterewards.com/frog to obtain an admission voucher. Only persons 18 or older may activate the code. Parent or legal guardian must activate certificate held by persons ages 10-17. Card, code and admission voucher may not be sold, traded, copied or replaced, or redeemed for cash. Admission voucher may not be transferred. The promotion is not valid for complimentary cast member theme park tickets. Offersubject to restrictions and change without notice. Visit www.hollywoodmoviemoney.com for a list of participating theaters and further conditions and details.

October 27, 2009

Exciting New Adventures by Disney Offer Gives Families More Vacation Time Together

Guests Purchasing Select Adventures by Disney Departures in 2010, Receive a FREE* Three-Night Cruise to the Bahamas on Disney Cruise Line

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Adventures by Disney announced an exciting new offer designed to help parents and children spend more quality time with each other through family vacations. Consumers purchasing select Adventures by Disney vacations between October 26, 2009 and January 15, 2010 will receive a free three-night Disney Cruise to the Bahamas (www.AdventuresbyDisney.com/freecruise).

Realizing vacations are the perfect time to bond as a family, Adventures by Disney developed a unique offer allowing parents and children to embark on two great Disney vacations, providing another opportunity to spend quality time together. Guests traveling to some of Adventures by Disney's most popular destinations, ranging from Europe, China, Australia, Costa Rica and the American Southwest will receive a second vacation - a three-night Disney Cruise to the Bahamas - free*. Families have the opportunity to book the cruise through 2011.

Just as Disney Cruise Line revolutionized - and in some ways defined - the family cruise vacation, Adventures by Disney is recreating the way families think about vacationing together. Adventures by Disney invites travelers to experience the world with guided group vacations created especially for families. Guests meet local experts, receive VIP treatment, enjoy exclusive experiences and discover incredible adventures - including special thrills just for kids.

Each of the 19 Adventures by Disney itineraries are led by two Disney-trained Adventure Guides who handle all the details so families can focus on having the time of their lives. Local experts are also an integral part of every vacation and join guests to share their stories and provide an "insider's" perspective to each destination. Adventures by Disney's "Disney Difference" includes VIP touches, providing special entry to otherwise crowded sites and unique accommodations, such as castles in Ireland and Germany, an authentic Yellowstone dude ranch and lodging at the base of an active volcano in Costa Rica, as well as backstage access in to spectacles such as Disney Theatrical's "The Lion King" in London. Each trip is designed so that families get the most out of their limited vacation time together.

"Each Adventures by Disney vacation offers families experiences that connect them with the world and each other," said Don Gross, Vice President, Adventures By Disney. "And now, families can make the most of their time together with this special offer from Adventures by Disney - literally getting two amazing family vacations for the price of one."

Guests wanting more information about this offer or Adventures by Disney can visit www.AdventuresbyDisney.com/freecruise, call 877/728-7282, or contact their Travel Agent.

*Government Taxes and fees not included. Guests who purchase a qualifying Adventures by Disney land package will receive a free Disney Cruise Line® 3-Night Bahamian cruise. Offer applies to new purchases between 10/26/09 and 1/15/10 of select Adventures by Disney land packages at the non-discounted regular rate departing before 10/2/10. Offer valid on the majority of 2010 Adventures by Disney season departures; please visit www.adventuresbydisney.com/freecruise for a complete list of eligible departures or call 877-728-7282 for more details; Canadian guests please contact your local travel agent. A certificate good for a 3-night Bahamian cruise will be mailed out 25 days prior to the land package departure date. A completed cruise certificate must be submitted to Disney Cruise Line® before 12/31/10 and sailing must occur between 2/1/10 and 12/15/11. The guests in the free cruise party may not exceed the number of guests in the eligible Adventures by Disney land package. Offer valid on ocean view staterooms in the following categories only: 9A, 9B, 9C, and 9D and the number of staterooms available for this offer is limited. Block-out dates apply; see certificate for details. Transportation to and from Port Canaveral not included. Cruise is non-transferable and may not be sold, traded, refunded or redeemed for cash value. Subject to terms, conditions and restrictions of Disney Cruise Line®. One (1) certificate issued per reservation. Certificate not redeemable for cash in whole or in part and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Advance reservations required. Subject to conditions, restrictions and change without notice. Land package and Cruise fulfillment is subject to availability and restrictions. Void where prohibited. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.

Terence, star of 'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure,' at Pixie Hallow

Terence, star of 'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure,' becomes the newest resident of Pixie Hollow

Terence appears at PixieHallow with Tinker Bell


The world's most beloved fairy, Tinker Bell, poses with her friend Terence inside Pixie Hollow at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The pair star in the new motion picture "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure." Terence is the newest character that Disney Parks guests can greet in Pixie Hollow at the Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland park in California.

October 28, 2009

The Holiday Season Makes Spirits Brighter for Celebrations with Family and Friends at Disneyland Resort

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New Entertainment, Cherished Favorites Bring Holidays to Life

ANAHEIM, Calif. - When it comes to celebrating the magic and sparkle of the holidays with friends and loved ones, there's no place like the Disneyland Resort where, from Nov. 13 through Jan. 3, 2010, the holidays will shine more brightly than ever.

Guests will enjoy the return of the Disneyland Resort's most popular offerings, including special holiday versions of "it's a small world" and Haunted Mansion, along with colorful holiday décor and a nightly snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

Other holiday highlights at Disneyland will include the traditional snowdrifts and icicles adorning Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle. After dark a sensational holiday lighting and special effects show will carry the magic of the holidays from the castle all the way to the Christmas tree in Town Square. The Disneyland Christmas tree is specially designed to present a nightly holiday light show like no other with more than 62,000 energy-efficient LED lights.

The Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle presentation unfolds throughout the evening in three acts, each of them featuring a touch of winter snow on Main Street, U.S.A. The finale of the show includes the legendary "Believe " in Holiday Magic" fireworks show, which takes guests on a journey of sights and sounds of the season and ends with a touching rendition of "White Christmas" along with a climactic snowfall swirling down on Main Street, U.S.A., "it's a small world" Mall and New Orleans Square.

Themed entertainment, sparkling decorations and tasty treats add festive warmth to holiday fun at both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. Guests will also be able to book guided holiday tours that provide entry into the "it's a small world" holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday, reserved seating for the Disneyland "A Christmas Fantasy" parade, a keepsake remembrance, and entertaining information about the history behind Disneyland holiday traditions. For information and reservations guests can visit Disneyland City Hall or call 714/781-4400.

Other returning holiday favorites at Disneyland park include:

  • "it's a small world" holiday transforms "it's a small world" into a worldwide celebration of the season, boasting more than 300,000 glittering lights on its facade.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday presents a madcap celebration as the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide. The ghoulish but well-meaning Jack Skellington from the film "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" has come to the Haunted Mansion to transform it with his skewed vision of the holidays.
  • "A Christmas Fantasy" parade will be presented daily, Nov. 13 through Jan. 3, on Main Street, U.S.A. This ever-popular procession depicts an enchanting collection of holiday scenes, music and a cast of Disney characters and performers in yuletide vignettes.
  • Santa Claus and his reindeer will return to greet Disneyland guests in Frontierland at Big Thunder Ranch. Kids and their families will chat with St. Nick and see real reindeer grazing in a corral
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Disney's California Adventure celebrates the season with fanciful park-wide decorations and lively entertainment.

  • Guests approaching the park will immediately get in the holiday mood as they encounter the iconic "CALIFORNIA" letters transformed to appear as swirling red and white peppermint sticks.
  • "a bug's land" transforms as Flik and his bug buddies spread giant Christmas lights and oversized ornaments throughout their realm.
  • The holiday scene along the Paradise Bay boardwalk includes a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and lampposts decorated with seasonal wreaths.
  • The ever-popular "Disney's Electrical Parade" will be presented nightly at the height of the holiday season, Dec. 18 through Jan. 3, 2010.
Additional new and continuing shows and attractions at Disneyland Resort:
  • "Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!," which begins daily performances Nov. 6 in New Orleans Square in Disneyland, will be a rousing, colorful show with a jazz-filled holiday celebration vibe. It will begin as guests are invited to join a Mardi Gras-style cavalcade in New Orleans Square. The cavalcade will lead guests to the waterfront where Princess Tiana and other "Princess and the Frog" characters will board the Mark Twain Riverboat. The boat will then take to the river where Tiana and company will entertain guests on shore with a musical show including songs from the motion picture.
  • In Disney's California Adventure, the "Pixar Play Parade" is complemented by performances of the energetic, traveling rock and dance concert show, "High School Musical 3: Senior Year-Right Here! Right Now!"
  • In Blue Sky Cellar at Golden Vine Winery, the Imagineers' workshop offers guests a preview of new attractions coming to Disney's California Adventure over the next few years.
  • Guests along Paradise Pier in Disney's California Adventure will also enjoy such new and refreshed attractions as Toy Story Mania!, Mickey's Fun Wheel and the Games of the Boardwalk.
  • At Disneyland in December, guests will explore the newly relocated Disney Gallery on Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. Next door, The Disneyland Story featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is scheduled to reopen in late December with new technology and an enhanced presentation.

The Downtown Disney district and the Disneyland Resort hotels will join in the merriment with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining. Expanded hours at both Disneyland Resort theme parks will extend the holiday fun. For more information about holidays at the Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com/holidays.

October 29, 2009

Creativity and Innovation Take the Helm Aboard Disney Dream

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New Disney Cruise Ship Setting Sail in 2011

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Oct. 29, 2009) - 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:

AquaDuck Water Coaster. . .

Disney Cruise Line debuts a cruise-industry first: a shipboard water coaster "� AquaDuck! Guests aboard the Disney Dream will get swept away on an exhilarating high-speed flume ride featuring twists, turns, drops, uphill acceleration and river rapids - all while traversing the upper decks of the ship.

* AquaDuck stretches 765 feet in length - more than two and a half times the length of a football field - and spans four decks in height.
* Guests slide 13 feet over the side of the ship in a translucent "swing out" loop allowing them to look down on the ocean 150 feet below.
* Guests experience coaster-like thrills as high-powered water jets push them upwards and forwards at 20 feet per second.
* AquaDuck continues through the forward funnel, encounters a 335 foot stretch of river rapids and splashes down to an end on Deck 12.

A Virtual Porthole for Inside Staterooms. . .

Disney Cruise Line introduces another stateroom innovation with all inside staterooms on the Disney Dream featuring a Virtual Porthole that provides guests with a real-time view outside the ship. High-definition cameras placed on the exterior of the ship feed live video to each Virtual Porthole.

As guests observe the impressive outside views, they may glimpse a magical surprise: animated characters such as Peach the starfish from the Disney-Pixar hit film "Finding Nemo," or Mickey Mouse may pop by the Virtual Porthole.

A Magical Oasis for Children. . .

Only on a Disney Cruise Line ship can children become immersed in their favorite Disney stories with the help of caring counselors, beloved Disney characters and a sprinkling of pixie dust. The celebration of children's creativity rises to a new level on the Disney Dream with nearly an entire deck of youth spaces designed to inspire, entertain and unlock the imagination of children. There are two main spaces for children ages three to 10:


At Disney's Oceaneer Club, children can:

* Play among larger-than-life characters from Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story" in Andy's Room
* Explore the Laugh Floor with loveable monsters Mike and Sully from "Monsters, Inc."
* Dive under the sea with Nemo and friends or visit Tinker Bell's fairy forest

At Disney's Oceaneer Lab, children feel as though they are embarking on a great seafaring adventure in a room filled with maps, maritime instruments and swashbuckling artifacts. Here, children can try their hand at animation, become a pop star or navigate ships through digital seas.


Both venues offer magical interactions with the animated characters such as Crush, the sea turtle from the Disney-Pixar motion picture "Finding Nemo" and Stitch, the mischievous alien from "Lilo and Stitch." The characters chat, play and joke with children in live, unrehearsed conversations from their digital undersea and intergalactic environments via 103-inch plasma screens.

Chill-Out Zones for Tweens and Teens. . .

Located inside the forward funnel is Edge - the lounge just for tweens (ages 11 to 13). This tween pad is filled with a multitude of hi-tech entertainment including the ability to create and star in photo postcards and video karaoke using green-screen technology.


Teens have their own exclusive club aboard the Disney Dream with Vibe - a trendy and inviting indoor/outdoor space created especially for guests ages 14 to 17. A "teen-only" swipe card provides access to the nearly 9,000-square-foot club.


Teens can create and edit videos, play computer games, access the onboard social media application or try their hand at spinning and mixing dance tracks. Teens have their own private outdoor deck area with chaise lounges for sunbathing, two wading pools, misters and pop jets for cooling off, and deck games such as ping-pong and foosball.

Personal Touches with Rotational Dining. . .

Disney Cruise Line continues its innovative rotational dining concept onboard the Disney Dream with elaborately themed restaurants, distinctly Disney touches, and world-class cuisine to create a magical dining experience. Throughout the cruise, guests "rotate" through three different restaurants for dinner - with their servers accompanying them, providing guests with friendly, familiar, personalized service each night. The rotational dining restaurants include:

* Animator's Palate, a signature Disney Cruise Line restaurant that brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room for a unique experience that will captivate the entire family.
* Royal Palace, an elegant restaurant inspired by the classic Disney films "Cinderella," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," " Beauty and the Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty."
* Enchanged Garden, a whimsical casual restaurant inspired by the gardens of Versailles and featuring a dining environment that magically transforms from day to night.

Just for Adults. . .

On the Disney Dream, while children are having the time of their lives in the elaborately themed youth areas, adults can look forward to incomparable indulgences and relaxation with exclusive areas and offerings designed exclusively for them.

* Adults can escape in to The District, a nighttime entertainment area on the Disney Dream with five unique venues. This playground for grownups features sophisticated lounges, each with its own unique design, look, feel and palate-pleaseing delights.
* Senses Spa & Salon offers adult tranquility with 17 private treatment rooms, lavish spa villas with indoor treatment rooms and private outdoor verandahs, and Rainforest, a special section of the spa offering the benefits of steam, heat and hydrotherapy to relax the mind and body.
* At Palo, adult guests find epicurean excellence and an unforgettable dinner experience at sea. Every seat offers beautiful ocean vistas while a pianist softly serenades guests in an intimate restaurant setting.

The Disney Dream is scheduled to depart on its maiden voyage Jan. 26, 2011, and will sail alternating three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. During summer months, the ship will alternate four- and five-night itineraries with two stops at Castaway Cay. Guests can book their Disney Dream cruise beginning Nov. 9, 2009.


October 30, 2009

Disney Dream Artist Renderings

THE DISNEY DREAM

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The Disney Dream continues the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create one of the most stylish and spectacular cruise ships afloat. The Disney Dream offers modern features, new innovations and unmistakable Disney touches

Attrium Lobby

Attrium Lobby

The expansive three-deck atrium lobby on the Disney Dream is stylish and sophisticated with a sweeping grand staircase, a dazzling chandelier and stunning, three-story fluted columns. Decorative bronze friezes featuring Disney characters line the balconies and a nearly 5-foot tall bronze statue of Admiral Donald Duck graces the atrium lobby.


STATEROOMS

Standard Inside Stateroom
Standard Inside Stateroom

Catering to the unique vacation needs of families, Disney Dream staterooms offer comfort and style. A cruise industry-first for all inside staterooms, Virtual Portholes offer a "window" to the world with a real-time view outside the ship. Entertaining, animated characters - such as Peach the starfish from the Disney-Pixar film "Finding Nemo" - may pop by the Virtual Porthole.


Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
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Disney Dream staterooms were designed with style, comfort and a dash of Disney magic. Immaculately appointed staterooms feature a contemporary, Art Deco-inspired design in a welcoming environment. Eighty-eight percent of the Disney Dream's 1,250 staterooms are outside rooms, and of those, 90 percent have a private verandah.

DINING

Enchanted Garden by Day

Enchanted Garden by Day

Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream is a whimsical, casual restaurant inspired by French gardens and featuring a dining environment that transforms from day to night. Custom glass "flower" light fixtures, ornamental light posts and a charming terrace fountain add enchantment to the room. At the fountain's pinnacle stands a fanciful cherub Mickey Mouse statue.


Enchanted Garden by Night

Enchanted Garden by Night

Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream is a whimsical, casual restaurant that magically transforms from day to night. During the meal, the sky overhead becomes a glorious sunset, with dazzling colors that change into a twinkling field of stars. The light fixture flowers "bloom" and become infused with color and the centerpiece fountain is basked in shimmering light.


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Animator's Palate

Animator's Palate is a signature Disney Cruise Line restaurant that brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room for a one-of-a-kind experience that will captivate the entire family. On the Disney Dream, the restaurant is inspired by classic animator's studios and filled with character sketches, paint brushes, film strips and other tools of the animation trade. "Paint brush" pillars and "pencil" columns span from floor to ceiling.


Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Royal Palace on the Disney Dream is an elegant restaurant inspired by the classic Disney films "Cinderella," "Snow White," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty." Splendid décor includes a magnificent, hand-blown chandelier made of glass slippers, with essential elements from each fairy tale such as royal crests, roses and tiaras. With meticulous attention to detail, many of the restaurant's features are modeled precisely from the inspirational films.


KIDS CLUBS

It's a Small World Nursery

It's a Small World Nursery

In the It's a Small World Nursery on the Disney Dream, infants and toddlers ages three months to three years enter a whimsical world inspired by the classic Disney theme park attraction, with the signature fanciful style in a patchwork of pastel colors. Interactive, hands-on features such as horns that honk, wheels that spin and buttons to press will delight curious kids.

Oceaneer Lab

Oceaneer Lab

Disney's Oceaneer Lab on the Disney Dream takes children on a journey of discovery and exploration. Upon entering the main hall, children feel as though they are embarking on a great adventure. The room's seafaring details include maps, maritime instruments and nautical artifacts. At the main hall stage kids can create and star in swashbuckling performances, hear stories of great expeditions and watch movies.


Oceaneer Club

Oceaneer Club

Disney's Oceaneer Club on the Disney Dream is a child-friendly oasis that transports kids to the magical lands. The central rotunda, with a whimsical Peter Pan's Never Land motif, is the main gathering place and hub of Disney's Oceaneer Club. The focal point is a stage where children can create and star in their very own theatrical performances, participate in storytelling sessions and meet Disney characters such as Tinker Bell and Peter Pan.


Oceaneer Club Andy's Room

Oceaneer Club Andy's Room

In Andy's Room on the Disney Dream, the world of Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story" films comes to life. Kids experience the feeling of being toy-sized as they play among larger-than-life characters from the animated film - such as Mr. Potato Head, Hamm the piggy bank and Rex the dinosaur. Children can rearrange features on Mr. Potato Head, crawl though the coiled body of Slinky Dog and get behind the wheel of an oversize, remote-controlled race car


Oceaneer Club Pixie Hollow

Oceaneer Club Pixie Hollow

In Pixie Hollow on the Disney Dream, children are transported to the enchanted land of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. A pixie tree stands in the room with hundreds of fairy lights twinkling among the leaves. In this magical forest setting, children can make crafts just like a true tinker fairy, while sitting on stools shaped like acorns and mushrooms. Other activities in Pixie Hollow include dressing up in fanciful costumes and participating in storytelling.

Oceaneer Club Animator's Studio

Oceaneer Club Animator's Studio

In the Animator's Studio on the Disney Dream, children can use their imagination to create original, hand-drawn art or learn how to sketch their favorite Disney character. With the help of a counselor and an animation simulator, kids can bring to life computer-animated characters. The space is filled with animation books, a light box table, drawing accessories, computer stations and other tools of the animation trade.

Vibe - Teen Club Interior

Vibe - Teen Club Interior

In the Animator's Studio on the Disney Dream, children can use their imagination to create original, hand-drawn art or learn how to sketch their favorite Disney character. With the help of a counselor and an animation simulator, kids can bring to life computer-animated characters. The space is filled with animation books, a light box table, drawing accessories, computer stations and other tools of the animation trade

Vibe - Teen Club Exterior

Vibe - Teen Club Exterior

Teens rule in Vibe, a club created expressly and exclusively for guests ages 14 to 17 aboard the Disney Dream. A media room serves as the central gathering space with video gaming and movie watching. Teens can watch personal video screens or play video games in built-in, individual wall "pods."

ADULTS

Pink - Champagne Bar

Pink - Champagne Bar

Pink is an elegant and upscale cocktail bar at The District on the Disney Dream, serving top-shelf wines and liquor as well as the bubbly beverage of choice - champagne. Back-lit glass "bubbles" covering the walls create the effect of cascading, effervescent champagne. A feature wall behind the bar with dew-drop shaped glass in pink and gold gives the impression of champagne bottles bursting with bubbly

Skyline Lounge

Skyline Lounge

Skyline at The District on the Disney Dream is an ever-changing venue that celebrates some of the world's most famous cities. Tall "windows" along one wall give guests a birds-eye view of stunning city skylines such as Paris, London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Skyline's "windows to the world" are ever-changing as the spectacular city skylines transform from day to night, in real time as each day progresses.


Evolution Dance Club
Evolution Dance Club

Evolution brings a piece of big city night life to the high seas at The District on the Disney Dream. Inspired by the evolution of the butterfly, wing patterns on the walls and trails of light along the ceiling impart the feeling of butterflies in flight. The heart of the club is a dynamic, lighted dance floor that changes with the intensity of the music and a colorful butterfly-shaped feature light on the ceiling above.

Senses Spa and Salon

Spa Villa
Spa Villa

Senses Spa & Salon on the Disney Dream provides tranquility, pampering and relaxation in a more than 16,000-square-foot ocean-view spa environment. For the ultimate indulgence, spa villas feature an indoor spa treatment suite connected to a private outdoor verandah with personal whirlpool hot tub, shower and a plush, double lounge chair

Palo

Palo

Breathtaking ocean views, rich décor and epicurean excellence create the setting for a romantic escape in a redesigned version of Palo, the Disney Cruise Line signature specialty restaurant, on the Disney Dream. Named after the colorful poles that line the canals of Venice, Palo offers a superlative dining experience in an upscale atmosphere reserved exclusively for adults.

AquaDuck - Disney Cruise Line Debuts the Cruise Industry's First-Ever Onboard Water Coaster

AquaDuck Coaster

CELEBRATION, Fla. - Disney Cruise Line debuts the cruise industry's first-ever shipboard water coaster - AquaDuck -aboard the new Disney Dream. Guests will have the opportunity to get swept away on an exhilarating high-speed flume ride above the upper decks of the ship and even out over the ocean.

AquaDuck Experience

Stretching 765 feet in length and spanning four decks in height, AquaDuck combines the thrill of a coaster with the splashing fun of a water slide as powerful water blasters propel guests around the perimeter of the ship's top deck. From high atop the aft funnel, on Deck 16, guests begin their voyage by boarding a specially designed two-person inflatable raft.

AquaDuck quickly takes an exciting turn. Starting with an initial drop, guests are suspended in a "swing out" loop that extends 13 feet over the side of the ship. Surrounded only by the crystal clear acrylic flume, guests get a breathtaking, unobstructed view of the ocean surface 150 feet below.

The excitement amplifies as riders experience the up-and-down sensations of a coaster and defy gravity in a torrent of gushing water. After an initial plunge, high-powered water jets accelerate guests upwards and forwards at a surging speed of about 20 feet per second, made possible by utilizing some of today's latest water coaster technology.

The ride continues as guests are whisked into an enclosed tunnel. Specialized lighting surrounding the flume provides a magical effect as riders travel through the forward funnel where kids in the tween club can catch a shadowy glimpse of guests through special windows as they whiz by.

Emerging from the funnel, guests swiftly glide along a stretch of river rapids 335 feet in length, providing a stunning panorama of the ocean and the ship's upper decks. Then comes a whooshing splashdown on Deck 12.

When the sun sets, AquaDuck immerses guests in a unique nighttime experience combining the thrills of this one-of-a-kind water coaster with customized lighting and amazing views of the nighttime sky.

AquaDuck Fast Facts

AquaDuck is the first and only water coaster onboard a cruise ship

The length of the entire attraction is about 765 feet

The length of the river rapids is about 335 feet

The overall height of the ride is roughly 46 feet - equivalent to four and a half stories

Approximately 10,000 gallons of water per minute propel guests through the attraction

The loop that extends over the edge of the ship is about 150 feet above the ocean's surface

High-powered water jets accelerate guests upward and forward at about 20 feet per second

There are three portholes in the tween club that provide silhouetted views of AquaDuck riders as they pass through the funnel

As a convenience to guests, a conveyor system lifts rafts up from Deck 12 to the ride launch on Deck 16

The minimum rider height requirement for AquaDuck is 48 inches

Teens and Tweens Rule in Their Very Own Exclusive Places Aboard the Disney Dream

CELEBRATION, Fla. - Catering to the vacation needs of every member of the family, the Disney Dream provides ultra-cool plush pads exclusively for teens and tweens. These trendy and tranquil areas offer an elite getaway for teens and tweens to set their own vacation agenda - whether socializing with new friends, playing the latest video games, experiencing cutting-edge technology or just chilling out.

Teen Club - Vibe

Teens rule in their own exclusive club aboard the Disney Dream with Vibe, an extensive indoor/outdoor space on Deck 5 forward created especially for guests ages 14 to 17. A "teen-only" swipe card provides access to the nearly 9,000-square-foot teen club.

The interior space is trendy, casual and inviting. Sleek forms, vibrant colors and avant-garde designs combine to create the ideal teen crash pad. Modular, movable furniture and cushy chairs are plentiful and invite teens to kick back in style.

Vibe - Teen Club Interior

A fountain bar will offer tasty refreshments such as soda, juice, smoothies and coffee drinks.

A media room serves as the central gathering space with video gaming and movie watching on a 103-inch LCD screen with digital surround sound. Around the perimeter of the room, teens can sit in built-in, oval wall "pods" designed as individual nooks for reclining and watching personal video screens or playing video games.

Teens will have at their fingertips the technology to create and edit videos using the latest computer software. They can play games and access the onboard social media application at one of several computer stations in the lounge or via their own WiFi-enabled laptop. Via the social media application, teens can post photos and videos and leave messages and comments for each other during the cruise.

In the dance club area, aspiring DJs can try their hand at spinning and mixing tracks. A lighted, multi-color dance floor and video wall set the stage for dance parties. On a separate stage, teens can take the spotlight during talent shows, karaoke contests and dance competitions.

Outside, teens have their own private deck area - a modern space that gives them an opportunity to enjoy some fun in the sun without ever leaving the teen club. There are plenty of mod chairs and chaise lounges for sunbathing, two wading pools, fountains, pop jets and misters for cooling off. For recreation, teens can play deck games such as ping-pong, foosball and other favorites.

Vibe - Teen Club Exterior

Tween Club - Edge

Located inside the forward funnel is Edge, the lounge just for tweens (ages 11 to 13). This tween pad is a loft-style space with a multitude of hi-tech entertainment. The décor is retro with bright colors and funky finishes.

Notebook computers integrated into the design create individual computing stations for tweens to play games and access the onboard social media application exclusively for them. On this "blog spot," tweens can communicate with each other during the cruise by leaving messages, comments and posting photos and videos.

Along one wall of the club is a massive video wall that can be used for gaming, movies or television viewing. Stretching more than 18 feet long and nearly five feet tall, the state-of-the-art video wall can be utilized as one giant screen or separated into smaller individual screens.

A lighted dance floor - and multi-colored ceiling lights above that mirror the floor - make the perfect stage for a dance party or some individual free-styling. Nearby, a nearly-10-foot cinema screen descends from the ceiling, providing videos and lighting effects.

Another hi-tech highlight that's sure to thrill tweens is the ability to create and star in their own photo postcards and video karaoke using green-screen technology.

Being in the funnel, this tween haven offers impressive views of the pool decks below"�but with a catch: tweens can see out, but guests on the decks can not see in.

As an added "wow," the ship's water coaster, AquaDuck, winds through the forward funnel of the ship. Three portholes in the tween club provide silhouetted views of AquaDuck riders as they zoom through the tunnel.

October 31, 2009

Disney Cruise Line Introduces Brand-New Family-Friendly Innovation Aboard the Disney Dream

CELEBRATION, Fla. - The Disney Dream will introduce a number of cruise industry-first features and family entertainment innovations designed to make Disney Cruise Line guest experiences even more magical. Among the highlights:

AquaDuck

Disney Cruise Line debuts the first-ever shipboard water coaster, AquaDuck, an exhilarating high-speed flume ride featuring twists, turns, drops, acceleration and river rapids.

AquaDuck combines the thrill of a coaster with the splashing fun of a water slide. It begins with a rush as riders slide through a "swing out" loop over the side of the ship. In the loop cantilevered from the side of the ship, guests are surrounded only by a crystal clear acrylic flume that provides a thrilling, unobstructed view of the ocean surface 150 feet below.

Utilizing some of today's latest water coaster technology, the excitement amplifies as riders experience the up-and-down sensations of a coaster. High-powered water jets accelerate guests upward and forward at a surging speed of about 20 feet per second.

Guests whoosh through the forward funnel, then glide along a stretch of river rapids, providing a stunning panorama of the ocean and the ship's upper decks before a splashdown on Deck 12.


Enchanted Art

Around the atrium lobby and throughout the Disney Dream, Enchanted Art immerses guests in Disney storytelling in a completely new way. A special surprise that only Disney could deliver, Enchanted Art magically comes alive as guests pause to admire individual pieces. A work of art that appears to be an animation cell from the Disney classic film "Bambi" springs to life as Bambi's friends Thumper and Flower scamper and a butterfly flies through the scene. Another piece, featuring a vintage photo of Walt Disney at his drawing board, creates a magical moments for guests as the character Walt is creating becomes animated.

Enchanted Art looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship but is actually a framed LCD screen with technology that recognizes a guest is present. As a guest stops to view a piece of Enchanted Art, several seconds of animation in the picture are activated. Guests may see new and different animation as they come back and visit the Enchanted Art another time.


Virtual Porthole

The Disney Dream carries on the spirit of innovation with a cruise industry first for all inside staterooms. Virtual Portholes offer a "window" to the world with a real-time view outside the ship. High-definition cameras placed on the exterior of the ship feed live video to each Virtual Porthole. The live video feed corresponds to the stateroom location - either port or starboard and position on the ship, from bow to stern.

As guests are observing the outside views, they may glimpse a magical surprise: animated characters may pop by the Virtual Porthole. Characters may include Peach the starfish from the Disney-Pixar film "Finding Nemo," a haunted pirate ghost ship or even Mickey Mouse.

Living Characters

In Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab youth areas, Disney characters come to life and interact with children in one-of-a-kind experiences. On a 103-inch plasma screen, Crush, the animated sea turtle from the Disney-Pixar motion picture "Finding Nemo," or the mischievous animated alien Stitch make scheduled appearances to chat, play and joke with kids in live, unrehearsed conversations.

Sometimes using silly props from their digital environments, Crush and Stitch amaze and entertain children during real-time, personalized appearances. These magical experiences with Crush and Stitch continue Disney's legacy of bringing characters to life in new and incredible ways.

Disney Whimsy, Creativity and Imaginative Stories Come to Life in Magical Youth Spaces aboard the Disney Dream

CELEBRATION, Fla. - Disney Cruise Line revolutionized the cruise industry with elaborately-themed youth areas where a generous sprinkling of pixie dust and beloved Disney characters combine to immerse children in their favorite Disney stories.

Onboard Disney Dream, the newest ship in the Disney fleet, the celebration of children's creativity and dreams rises to a new level with extraordinary youth spaces designed to inspire, entertain and spark the imagination of children in nearly an entire deck created just for them.

Disney's Oceaneer Club

Oceaneer Club

Disney's Oceaneer Club on the Disney Dream is a child-friendly oasis that transports kids to the magical lands of Disney fairies, friendly monsters, adventuresome toys and undersea exploration. Disney's Oceaneer Club is open to 3-to-10-year-old children.

The central rotunda, with a whimsical Peter Pan's Never Land motif, is the main gathering place and hub of Disney's Oceaneer Club. Constellations of Disney characters created with fiber optics twinkle across the ceiling, and iridescent finishes give the room a sparkling glow. The focal point of the rotunda is a stage where children can create and star in their very own theatrical performances, participate in storytelling sessions and delight in meeting Disney characters such as Tinker Bell and Peter Pan.

The Disney's Oceaneer Club's rotunda has a 103-inch plasma screen for watching movies and for magical interactions with a "most excellent" live character: Crush, the animated sea turtle from the Disney-Pixar animated motion picture "Finding Nemo," stops mid-stream in his digital undersea environment to chat, play and joke with kids in live, unrehearsed conversations. Sometimes using silly props and joined by this "Finding Nemo" friends, Crush amazes and entertains "little surfer dudes" during real-time, personalized appearances that showcase his most-excellent personality. These one-of-a-kind experiences with Crush continuing Disney's legacy of bringing characters to life in new and incredible ways.

In Andy's Room, the world of the Disney-Pixar "Toy Story" films comes to life. Inside the vibrantly-colored room, kids experience the feeling of being toy-sized as they play among larger-than-life characters from the animated film. Children can rearrange features on Mr. Potato Head, crawl through the coiled body of Slinky Dog and get behind the wheel of an oversize, remote-controlled race car.

Oceaneer Club Andy's Room

Monster's Academy is a fun, interactive space inspired by the DisneywPixar film "Monsters Inc." The centerpiece is an elaborately-themed play structure for climbing that is fashioned after the film's scare floor, where monster pals Michael "Mike" Wazowski and James P. "Sulley" Sullivan work. Computers integrated into the walls feature unique, interactive games. For kids who want to become a monster, there is an assortment of monster costumes and props.

In Pixie Hollow, children are transported to the enchanted land inhabited by Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. A pixie tree stands in the room, its branches extending overhead with hundreds of fairy lights twinkling among the leaves and hummingbird-sized fairy houses hanging from the boughs. In this magical forest setting, children can make crafts just like a true tinker fairy while sitting on stools shaped like acorns and mushrooms, or dress up in fanciful costumes.

Oceaneer Club Pixie Hollow

Explorer Pod is inspired by the Disney-Pixar animated film "Finding Nemo." Surrounded by a seascape and seeming to emerge from a pool of water, a bright-blue-and-yellow submarine surfaces in the center of the room. Inside, children can explore and play games at 16 interactive computer stations. Outside of the sub, eight computer stations provide gaming fun as the familiar flock of seagulls from "Finding Nemo" looks on.

Disney's Oceaneer Lab

Disney's Oceaneer Lab on the Disney Dream takes children on a journey of discovery and exploration. Disney's Oceaneer Lab is open to 3-to-10-year-old children.

Oceaneer Lab

Upon entering the main hall, children feel as though they are embarking on a great adventure. Rich woods, brass fixtures and deep blue and red tones complement the room's seafaring details such as maps, maritime instruments and nautical artifacts. An illuminated celestial map of constellations glows overhead. At the main hall stage, kids can create and star in swashbuckling performances, hear stories of great expeditions and watch movies.

Utilizing the same techno-magic that brings Crush to life in Disney's Oceaneer Club, Disney's Oceaneer Lab features special scheduled visits by Disney's mischievous animated alien Stitch. Playful pandemonium ensues as he engages with children in unrehearsed antics. From his spaceship, the cuddly but naughty alien interacts with young guests, chatting with them and using props from his spacecraft surroundings to create hilarious fits of havoc. Encounters with Stitch may include an Elvis Presley impersonation or some crafty chaos and will always entertain with extraterrestrial charm.

The Animator's Studio draws out the character inside all kids. Incorporating elements from both classic and modern animator's studios, the room is filled with maquettes (three-dimensional character models), animation books, a light box table, drawing accessories, computer stations and other tools of the animation trade. Children can use their imagination to create original, hand-drawn art or learn how to sketch their favorite Disney character. With the help of a counselor and an animation simulator, kids can bring to life computer-animated characters.

Oceaneer Club Animator's Studio

The Sound Studio is designed for children who appreciate and are inspired by music. Kids who dream of being a musical star can create their own original tunes using special song-making software. After composing their music and lyrics, they can record their hit. The Sound Studio also has listening and music download stations featuring top hits and current recording artists.

Connecting the Disney's Oceaneer Club and the Disney's Oceaneer Lab are two Workshops. In these specialized areas, kids concoct creations in an interactive science lab, conduct crazy experiments, express their creativity through art projects, stretch their culinary skills and participate in other hands-on activities.

It's a Small World Nursery

It's a Small World Nursery

In the It's a Small World Nursery, infants and toddlers ages three months to three years enter a whimsical world inspired by the classic Disney theme park attraction and original artwork by Disney Legend Mary Blair. The theme's signature fanciful style in a patchwork of pastel colors creates an inviting and comforting space for little ones.

Upon entering the nursery, parents and children can meet and interact with counselors in a welcoming environment. Parents wishing to check on their children, without disturbing them, can glimpse into the nursery's main play area through a one-way window.

In the nursery's main play area, children are welcomed by cheerful, three-dimensional façades resembling the nursery's namesake Disney attraction. Interactive, hands-on features such as horns that honk, wheels that spin and buttons to press are sure to delight curious kids. A boat in the center of the room "floats" on a river pattern along the soft-surface floor and is surrounded by colorful, kid-sized tables and chairs for toddlers to enjoy crafts, books and games.

At the back of the nursery, a separate room with a serene motif and a calm, quiet atmosphere is reserved for naptime.

Dining on the Disney Dream is Delightful and Delicious for Guests of All Ages

CELEBRATION, Fla. - Elaborately themed restaurants, distinctly Disney touches, and world-class cuisine will please the palate and satisfy all of the senses - making dining aboard the Disney Dream a memorable entertainment experience for families and guests of all ages.

Main Dining

With Disney, guests expect the unexpected, so Disney Cruise Line developed an innovative rotational dining concept that remains exclusive to the Disney fleet. While guests "rotate" through different restaurants for dinner, their servers accompany them. Thus, guests enjoy a variety of dining experiences with friendly, familiar, personalized service.

Animator's Palate

Animator's Palate

On the Disney Dream, Animator's Palate is a re-imagined version of the signature Disney Cruise Line restaurant that brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room for a one-of-a-kind experience that will captivate the entire family.

Inspired by classic animator's studios, the venue is filled with character sketches, maquettes (three dimensional character models), paint brushes, colored pencils, computer work stations, film strips and other tools of the animation trade. Scenes and characters from popular Disney and Disney-Pixar films adorn the walls.

Spanning from floor to ceiling are "paint brush" pillars and "pencil" columns. Depicted in relief on the ceiling are abstract, oversize artist's palettes and light boxes. During dinner, sparkling lights travel up the columns, through fiber optic brushes to "paint" the artist's palettes with vibrant colors.

The cuisine will match the character of the restaurant, creatively combining fresh flavors with culinary flair to please guests' palates. Wines from California and the Pacific Rim will complement the menu.

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Royal Palace is an elegant restaurant inspired by the classic Disney films "Cinderella," "Snow White," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty." Disney Dream guests feel like royalty as they are immersed in the lavish surroundings of this venue.

Splendid décor includes ornate marble floors and luxurious carpets plus a magnificent, hand-blown chandelier made of glass slippers, with essential elements from each fairy tale such as royal crests, roses and tiaras. Chair backs are embellished with gilded emblems in the same motifs. The custom carpet is a pattern of flourishing roses in regal tones.

Grand, hand-painted portraits of the princesses - Cinderella, Snow White, Belle and Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) - and their princes grace the far wall. Portholes providing spectacular views of the ocean are framed with majestic, tiara-topped window valances.

With meticulous attention to detail, many of the restaurant's features are modeled precisely from the inspirational films. The Royal Palace's circular floor plan, fluted columns and iron railing work are all recreated from the "Cinderella" ballroom scene. Wall sconces are fashioned after those seen in "Beauty and the Beast."

At Royal Palace, guests will feast on a world-class continental cuisine. The menu will include dishes fit for a monarch, including beef Wellington, crowned rack of lamb, king salmon and princess cake. The wine list will feature an excellent selection of Old World wines. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at this restaurant.

Enchanted Garden

Enchanted Garden by Day

Enchanted Garden is a whimsical, casual restaurant inspired by the gardens of Versailles. It features a dining environment that magically transforms from day to night.

Upon entering Enchanted Garden, guests will feel as though they've arrived at a lovely conservatory, with white trellises, original artwork depicting lush greenery, and the image of a beautiful blue sky on the ceiling above.

Abundant, custom glass "flower" light fixtures suspend from the canopy overhead, ornamental light posts line the restaurant's center promenade and a charming terrace fountain is the focal point of the room. The cascading fountain rises seven feet tall and at its pinnacle stands a fanciful cherub Mickey Mouse statue.

During the meal, the restaurant transforms into an enchanting evening scene. The sky overhead becomes a glorious sunset, with dazzling colors and shades of light that change into a twinkling field of stars. The light fixture flowers "bloom" and become infused with color, wall sconces open to become beautiful folding fans, paintings are illuminated in a nighttime perspective and the centerpiece fountain is basked in shimmering light.

Enchanted Garden by Night

The cuisine will match the crisp and airy feel of the restaurant with a seasonal menu featuring market-fresh ingredients. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style and dinner is a full-service, plated affair. A scrumptious selection of desserts includes a selection of gelatos during the day and a grand finale chocolate display with infused truffles and hand-made confections at night.

Casual Dining

Cabanas

Disney Cruise Line will introduce a new concept in casual dining with Cabanas food court, a free-flow restaurant featuring a variety of food and beverage stations.

Inspired by California beaches with uniquely Disney touches, Cabanas offers indoor and outdoor dining on Deck 11 aft with incredible ocean views. Across the beach-themed dining room, tables are sheltered under palm trees and beach umbrellas. Surf boards, sun umbrellas, kites, teak Adirondack chairs and clam shell table tops add to the sunny seaside décor.

Disney details also decorate the area, including a familiar flock of seagulls from the Disney-Pixar animated film "Finding Nemo." A 30-foot-long, hand-crafted mosaic tile wall depicts a whimsical underwater scene from "Finding Nemo."

Guests can partake in an eclectic array of cuisine served from 16 specialized food stations, each designed like a beach cabana with colorful awnings and providing delicious offerings.

Dishes freshly-prepared include American classics, comfort foods such as pizza and pasta, grilled specialties, stir-fry, savory soups and fresh salads. One cabana will feature a skilled sushi chef preparing bite-sized sushi delicacies. To satisfy a sweet tooth, another station will showcase an artful display of decadent desserts. Each morning, Cabanas will feature numerous flavorful ways to start the day with assorted breakfast foods and made-to-order omelets.

In the evenings, the restaurant transforms into a table-service casual dining experience, where dinner entrees are cooked to order.

Flo's Café

Guests looking for a quick bite to eat can visit Flo's Café, located near the Donald Family Pool on Deck 11. Themed to popular characters from the Disney-Pixar film "Cars" - Luigi's Pizza, Doc's Grill and Fillmore's Favorites - this quick-service option serves snacks such as burgers, chicken tenders, pizza, fresh fruit, salads and sandwich wraps.

Eye Scream, Frozone Treats

Frozen sweet treats are available from two quick-service venues conveniently located near the Donald Family Pool on Deck 11. Frozone Treats - named after the ice-creating superhero in the DisneywPixar movie "The Incredibles" - mixes delicious fruit smoothies. Eye Scream - inspired by the friendly, one-eyed monster Mike Wazowski from the Disney-Pixar animated feature "Monsters, Inc." - offers soft-serve ice cream with plenty of favorite sundae toppings.

Relaxation and Indulgences in Store Just for Adults on Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream

CELEBRATION, Fla. - On the Disney Dream, while children are having the time of their lives in the elaborately themed youth areas, adults can look forward to incomparable indulgences and relaxation with exclusive areas and offerings designed exclusively for them. With a spectacular nighttime entertainment district, exquisite dining, a deluxe spa and a tranquil private pool, the Disney Dream provides adults with endless ways to unwind, rejuvenate and pamper themselves.

Escape

The District is an extraordinary adult-exclusive nighttime entertainment area on the Disney Dream. Featuring sophisticated bars and lounges, this playground for grownups transports adult guests to a world all their own.

Guests visiting The District will encounter an array of experiences that stimulate all the senses - with each venue presenting its own unique design, look, feel, sounds and palate-pleasing delights. All venues in The District are interconnected and convey a sense of discovery as guests move throughout the areas.

The District is located on Deck 4 aft and is open exclusively to guests age 18 and older. Sensational venues include:

District Lounge - sophisticated, yet relaxed area featuring live piano music and entertainment

Metro Pub - warm, welcoming and casual - a modern interpretation of a traditional pub

Pink - an elegant and upscale cocktail lounge serving champagne and top-shelf libations

Pink - Champagne Bar

Skyline - a chic, metropolitan "sky bar" with ever-changing views of stunning city skylines

Skyline Lounge

Evolution - inspired by the evolution of the butterfly, a dynamic, contemporary night club

Evolution Dance Club

Relax"

Senses Spa & Salon provides tranquility, pampering and relaxation in an ocean-view environment of more than 16,000 square feet. Located in the forward section of the ship and spanning two decks, the spa features a design that is soothing - using a color palate of natural green, blue and soft brown hues, organic tropical motifs and lush woods to impart a calming effect.

17 private treatment rooms - offering a menu of luxurious spa treatments and services such as massages, body wraps and facials.

Rainforest - offering the benefits of steam, heat and hydrotherapy combined with the power of aromatherapy to relax the mind and body. Specialized areas include a steam bath, steam room, tiled sauna and aromatic rain showers. Guests can relish the Rainforest's calming ocean views while reclining in heated mosaic tile relaxation chairs, or lounge outside in one of two whirlpool hot tubs on the private teak deck.

Two lavish spa villas - for the ultimate indulgence, the villas feature an indoor spa treatment suite connected to a private outdoor verandah with personal whirlpool hot tub, shower and a plush, double lounge chair.

Spa Villa

Ocean-view gym - a nearly 2,500-square-foot gym with state-of-the-art exercise equipment and complimentary group classes such as yoga, Pilates, aerobics, stretching and spinning.

Additional Senses Spa & Salon offerings include manicures, pedicures, hair salon services, a barber shop and teeth whitening at the Smile Spa.

Adults can soak up the sun and bask in warm tropical breezes at the Quiet Cove Pool, a multi-level pool with varying depths.

Also located in the adults-only area on Deck 11 is Cove Cafe. With a warm, comfortable design, Cove Café is a peaceful retreat where adults can sit back, sip a gourmet coffee, read a magazine or book, watch the national news or use the café's WiFi-enabled laptop to surf the internet.

Indulge"

Sweeping ocean views, rich décor and epicurean excellence create the setting for a romantic escape aboard the Disney Dream in a redesigned version of Disney Cruise Line's signature specialty restaurant, Palo.

Palo

Named after the colorful poles that line the canals of Venice, Disney Cruise Line's signature restaurant invites adults to indulge in a menu of delectable Northern Italian cuisine, an extensive wine list and superior service. Palo provides an unforgettable dinner experience at sea. Every seat offers a beautiful ocean vista. A pianist softly serenades guests. Stylish furnishings are accompanied by custom art, warm wood tones and a color palate of rich red, green and gold jewel tones to create an intimate, refined, Italian-inspired décor.

Adult's Escape to a Fantasy World All Their Own at "The District" Aboard the Disney Dream

CELEBRATION, Fla. - Imagine a playground exclusively for adults where the sun sets over a different big city each night, champagne is sipped in chic surroundings and guests dance the night away at a dynamic night club designed to rival any on land or sea. On the Disney Dream, guests are transported to a world all their own at The District - an extraordinary adult-exclusive nighttime entertainment district that features trendy and sophisticated bars and lounges. Spectacular venues include:

Skyline
Skyline Lounge

Skyline is an ever-changing venue that celebrates some of the world's most famous cities. Tall "windows" along one wall give guests a birds-eye view of stunning city skylines such as Paris, London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

The chic setting is metropolitan sky bar-meets-luxury high-rise penthouse, complete with a digital fireplace. Lustrous woods and metal finishes are the backdrop to the seven 65-inch LCD screens that depict a different locale each day.

Skyline's "windows to the world" are ever-changing as the spectacular city skylines transform from day to night, in real time as each day progresses.

Signature cocktails, inspired by the city of the day, will be offered at the full-service bar.

Pink

Pink - Champagne Bar

Elegant and upscale, Pink is an intimate cocktail bar serving top-shelf wines and liquor as well as the bubbly beverage of choice - champagne. Inspired by French art nouveau style and characterized by flowing, fluid forms, the entire venue makes guests feel as though they are immersed in a bottle of France's finest.

As guests sip some of the world's preeminent champagnes, sparkling wines and proseccos, they are enveloped in the enchanting, playful feel of the venue. Back-lit inset glass "bubbles" covering the walls create the effect of cascading, effervescent champagne. The famous pink elephants from the Disney animated classic "Fantasia" appear to dance in the bubbles.

A feature wall behind the bar with dew-drop shaped glass in pink and gold gives the impression of champagne bottles bursting with bubbly. Light fixtures of sculpted glass are reminiscent of champagne flutes, bar chairs seem as if they are made from sparkling glass and designs along the bar fascia resemble the cage around the top of a champagne bottle.

Pink is the ideal setting for a pre-dinner apéritif or late-night toast - and all romantic moments in between.

Evolution

The premiere venue in The District and the main club for adult guests, Evolution brings a piece of big-city nightlife to the high seas. Inspired by the evolution of the butterfly, the design is contemporary with an edge.

Evolution Dance Club

Butterfly wing patterns on the walls and trails of light effects along the ceiling impart the feeling of butterflies in flight. Pulsing to the beat of the music, lights lead guests to the heart of the club - a dynamic, lighted dance floor that changes with the intensity of the music and a colorful butterfly-shaped feature light on the ceiling above.

The bar is backlit and features strata of layered acrylic and glass in vibrant, translucent tones of orange, yellow, green, pink and purple. Tiered, banquette seating wraps around the perimeter of the room, providing an excellent view of the entire club, the stage and the dance floor. This will be the primary venue for large-scale evening events such as comedy acts, cabaret shows, themed dance parties, live musical performances and other entertainment just for adults.

Metro Pub

Adjacent to The District, Metro Pub is a warm and welcoming environment - a modern interpretation of a traditional pub. Rich detail, wood finishes, a stamped-metal ceiling, modern furnishings and soft leather chairs comprise the stylish décor. Two banquette seating niches, each with its own LCD screen, are hideaways for small groups of four or five.

The casual setting is perfect for guests to kick back and watch live sports and major broadcast events on one of several flat screen televisions, including a 103-inch plasma screen with digital surround sound.

Metro Pub will be the location of choice for beer-lovers, serving a wide range of international and domestic brews along with a full selection of fine wines and cocktails. A friendly pub master will serve as host at Metro Pub and lead guests in a variety of interactive games and activities.

District Lounge

District Lounge is the first entertainment venue encountered when entering The District. Here, guests will find a stylish, relaxed atmosphere with comfortable, contoured seating and an open floor plan. The District Lounge is an ideal gathering place for guests to meet before beginning their journey into The District. Guests can unwind with their favorite cocktail from the full-service bar and enjoy live piano music and entertainment before moving further through The District.

Disney Dream Offers Culinary Delights at the Exquisite Palo

CELEBRATION, Fla. - Breathtaking ocean views, rich décor and epicurean excellence create the setting for a romantic mealtime aboard the Disney Dream in a redesigned version of the Disney Cruise Line signature specialty restaurant, Palo.

Named after the colorful poles that line the canals of Venice, Palo offers a superlative dining experience in an upscale atmosphere reserved exclusively for adults. At this elegant restaurant, guests are invited to indulge in a menu of delectable Northern Italian cuisine, classic reserve wines and superior service.

Palo

Palo provides an unforgettable dinner experience at sea. Every seat offers beautiful ocean vistas. A pianist softly serenades guests. Stylish furnishings, custom art, warm wood tones and a color palate of rich red, green and gold jewel tones create a refined, Italian-inspired décor.

For an entirely new Palo experience on the Disney Dream, guests may dine al fresco on Palo's private outdoor teak deck, with picturesque views and warm ocean breezes further tantalizing the senses.

Palo's nightly culinary journey includes starters to tempt the taste buds, tantalizing antipasti, hand-made pastas, succulent seafood and prime meats. Diners saving room for a delicious finale can indulge in Palo's signature dessert, chocolate soufflé with vanilla bean and chocolate sauce.

The sommelier is pleased to recommend the perfect wine pairings to make an extra special meal extraordinary. Palo's extensive reserve wine list features award-winning selections from some of the most esteemed vineyards in the world.

In addition to romantic dinners, Palo offers an exquisite adult-only champagne brunch featuring made-to-order entrées, seafood, a selection of international cheeses, fresh breads and pastries, desserts, champagne and mimosas.

New on the Disney Dream and located next to Palo is Meridian. With décor inspired by the early days of sea travel, this adult-exclusive lounge has inside seating and an exclusive outside deck.

At Meridian, guests can enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif or an after-dinner cocktail. Meridian's outside teak deck is the perfect place to watch a romantic sunset or relax with a cigar selected from a fine assortment available at the bar.

Disney Cruise Line Designs the Disney Dream - A Modern Classic Vessel Unlike Any Other

CELEBRATION, Fla. - Like her sister ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream continues the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create one of the most stylish and spectacular cruise ships afloat.

Attrium Lobby

Signature Design
Distinguished by beautiful sweeping lines and magnificent details, the Disney Dream celebrates sea travel with modern features and unmistakable Disney touches.

The ship's exterior color scheme matches the iconic Mickey Mouse with a black hull, bold red funnels and vivid yellow striping and lifeboats. Small touches, such as silhouettes of Disney characters scrolled into the cruise line's signature yellow filigree ornamentation that stretches from bow to stern, are subtle reminders that this is one of the most magical ships at sea.

Carrying the modern classic design inside, the elegant interior décor on the Disney Dream is influenced by the Art Deco style with a dash of Disney whimsy.

Atrium Lobby
For guests sailing on the Disney Dream, the magical voyage begins upon entering the expansive three-deck atrium lobby. Reminiscent of splendid ocean liners from 1920s and 1930s, the stylish sophistication of the atrium is highlighted by a sweeping grand staircase, oversized portholes and stunning, three-story fluted columns with glowing capitals. An exquisite marble floor inlaid with an intricate Art Deco pattern and hand-tufted custom rugs in rich blues, reds and golds span the atrium floor and staircase.

Decorative bronze friezes featuring Disney characters line the balconies, and a keen eye may notice Disney characters in the bronze balustrade rising up the grand staircase. Panoramic elevator columns that face into the atrium feature elaborate metal work crafted in an Art Deco pattern with a hint of a familiar Mickey Mouse outline.

Opulent furnishings complement the atrium design, with a grand piano providing atmosphere, Original art work in bronze, bas relief and tile mosaics add elegance. Overhead, a dazzling chandelier, more than 13-feet wide and descending more than 13 feet from the ceiling, sparkles with hundreds of hand-crafted crystal beads.

The Disney Dream atrium lobby would not be complete without an iconic Disney character statue. Cast in bronze and standing nearly 5-foot tall atop a marble pedestal, Admiral Donald Duck graces the Disney Dream atrium lobby.

Enchanted Art
Around the atrium lobby and throughout the Disney Dream, Enchanted Art immerses guests in Disney storytelling in a completely new way. A special surprise that only Disney could deliver, Enchanted Art magically comes alive as guests pause to admire individual art pieces. For instance, a piece of art that appears to be an animation cell from the Disney classic film "Bambi" springs to life as Bambi's friends Thumper and Flower scamper and a butterfly flits through the scene. Another piece, featuring a vintage photo of Walt Disney at his drawing board, creates a magical moment for guests as the character Walt is creating becomes animated.

Enchanted Art looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship but is actually a framed LCD screen with technology that recognizes a guest is present. As a guest stops to view a piece of Enchanted Art, several seconds of animation in the picture are activated. Guests may see new and different animation as they come back and visit the Enchanted Art another time.

Lobby Café & Bar
Two venues extending off the atrium provide the perfect respite for guests gathering in the atrium lobby for activities or to socialize prior to evening events. Mirroring the Art Deco style and rich wood tones of the atrium lobby, the Bon Voyage lobby bar on Deck 3 is a central gathering place for guests looking to relax and sip a refreshing beverage before heading off to various onboard activities. The Vista Café on Deck 4 overlooks the atrium and provides great views outside. It is an ideal place for families to come together, enjoy a quick snack, latte, espresso, cappuccino or cup of herbal tea. A nearby seating area features a series of portholes, providing breathtaking vistas out to the sea.

Disney Dream Staterooms and Suites Offer Comfort, Convenience, Luxury and a Dash of Disney Magic

CELEBRATION, Fla. - Catering to the unique vacation needs of families, Disney Dream staterooms offer comfort and style synonymous throughout the Disney fleet. Designed specifically with families in mind, accommodations are luxurious and spacious, and most staterooms feature a split-bath - a concept that Disney introduced to the cruise industry.

Virtual Porthole

The Disney Dream carries on the spirit of innovation with a cruise industry first for all inside staterooms: Virtual Portholes that offer a "window" to the world with a real-time view outside the ship, corresponding to stateroom location - either port or starboard. High-definition cameras placed on the exterior of the ship feed live video to each Virtual Porthole.

Standard Inside Stateroom

As guests are observing the impressive outside views, they may glimpse a magical surprise. Periodically, animated Disney characters may pop by the Virtual Porthole. Characters may include Peach the starfish from the Disney-Pixar film "Finding Nemo," a haunted pirate ghost ship or even Mickey Mouse.

Staterooms

Nearly nine out of 10 of the 1,250 staterooms on the Disney Dream are outside rooms, and of those, 90 percent have a private verandah. To accommodate larger families and groups traveling together, there are 500 connecting doors adjoining staterooms. On connecting verandah staterooms, the partition between verandahs may be opened to create a larger shared balcony.

Deluxe Oceanview tateroom_with _Verandah

Well-planned design features allow guests to stretch out in comfort and luxury:

The Disney Cruise Line signature bath-and-a-half design is featured in nearly every stateroom on the Disney Dream. Conveniently, one bathroom includes a vanity, sink and full tub/shower, while the "half" bath has a vanity, sink and toilet.

Both luxurious and practical, a number of staterooms have round tubs with a built-in seat, a rain shower head and a hand-held shower - perfect for giving children a bath.

Recognizing that families tend to travel with more luggage, Disney Cruise Line elevated bed frames to provide generous under-bed space to store suitcases and other items.

For an added pinch of pixie dust, pull-down beds open to uncover a celestial scene overhead. Spanning the entire ceiling directly over the bed, original artwork depicts an enchanted tableau of Peter Pan, his fairy pal Tinker Bell and Wendy soaring through the night sky.

Staterooms on the Disney Dream feature a contemporary, Art Deco-inspired design. Remarkable attention to every detail is evident in the elegant nautical theme with beautiful wood finishes, custom fabrics and carpets, stylish furnishings, original artwork, crown molding and genuine teak accents.

First-class features and amenities in all staterooms include a 22-inch LCD flat screen TV on a swivel arm, iPod docking station, roomy closets, mini refrigerator, full-length mirror, mini safe, premium toiletries, plush bath towels, fine bed linens and feather duvets.

Suites

The Disney Dream has 21 suites, each lavishly appointed and designed with upscale furnishings. Most suites can connect to another stateroom, creating an exceptionally spacious living area for larger groups and families.

Each suite has two bathrooms designed with opulent granite and marble finishes. The master bathroom features a whirlpool bath tub, a rain shower, double sinks and a television built seamlessly into the mirror.

Suites have a generous private verandah, walk-in closet, living room and Blu-ray disc player. Both the living area and master bedroom have a 42-inch, high-definition LCD television.

Suite amenities include deluxe bed linens, feather duvets, plush bath towels, sublimely soft bath robes and slippers. Suite guests may choose from a selection of hypo-allergenic, goose down and therapeutic memory foam pillows.

Disney Cruise Line's signature royal suites - the Walter E. Disney Suite and the Roy O. Disney Suite - are located at Deck 12 forward of the Disney Dream. The Art Deco glamour of the 1920s and 1930s is prevalent in the décor of the suites. Extravagant details of the signature suites include a whirlpool hot tub on the private teak wood verandah, master bath with whirlpool tub, rain shower and double sinks, media library, large living area, kitchenette and sweeping ocean views through the floor-to-ceiling windows lining the main living quarters.

Concierge Service

On the Disney Dream, all suite and concierge stateroom guests enjoy the benefit of the ship's Concierge Level providing special services and exclusive access to dedicated areas.

The Concierge Lounge is located among the concierge suites on Deck 12. Guests may relax in quiet comfort, sip a cocktail, access the internet, watch news on a large screen TV and enjoy complimentary food and beverage presentations offered throughout the day. From the lounge, concierge guests have private access to Senses Spa & Salon.

The concierge team will provide guests with personalized service and assist with a variety of shipboard requests such as making reservations for spa treatments, Palo dining, shore excursions and nursery care for children.

One deck up on the private sun deck, concierge guests can soak up the sun in an exclusive area. This private oasis offers tranquil breezes, misters to keep cool, comfortable, cushioned lounge chairs and refreshments.

Disney Dream Stateroom Fact Sheet

CELEBRATION, Fla. - Disney Dream staterooms were designed with style, comfort and a dash of Disney magic. Immaculately appointed, staterooms feature a contemporary, Art Deco-inspired design and provide a welcoming environment.

Eighty-eight percent of the 1,250 staterooms on the Disney Dream are outside rooms, and of those, 90 percent have a private verandah. To accommodate larger families and groups traveling together, there are 500 connecting doors adjoining staterooms.

For groups wishing to sail in ultimate luxury, the Disney Dream provides adjacent, concierge-level accommodation for up to 25 guests with four suites and two staterooms - all joined by connecting doors.

On the Disney Dream, stateroom luxury comes in a range of categories:

(2) Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah (Category R) 887 and 898 square feet, sleeps 5.

(19) Concierge One-Bedroom Suite with Verandah (Category T) 536 square feet, sleeps 5. Queen-size bed, living area with double convertible sofa, Murphy bed, walk-in closet, whirlpool bath tub, rain shower, private verandah, concierge service.

(20) Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah (Category V) 263 square feet, sleeps 5. Queen-size bed, double convertible sofa, pull-down bed, privacy divider, split bath, round tub, private verandah, concierge service.

(317) Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah (Category 4-A,B,C,D) 256 square feet, sleeps 4-5. Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down bed, Murphy bed (in most), privacy divider, split bath, round tub, private verandah.

(543) Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah (Category 5-A,B,C,D,E, 6-A,B) 203 square feet, sleeps 3-4. Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down (in most), privacy divider, split bath, private verandah.

(108) Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom (Category 8-A,B,C,D) 241 square feet, sleeps 3-5. Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down or Murphy bed (in most), privacy divider, split bath, round tub, window view, "sit in" porthole seat.

Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms have a "sit in" porthole window seat - nearly five feet in diameter and accented with teak wood, stainless steel and a comfy cushion.

(91) Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom (Category 9-A,B) 204 square feet, sleeps 3-4. Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down bed, privacy divider, split bath, window view.

(19) Deluxe Inside Stateroom (Category 10-A) 200 square feet, sleeps 3-4. Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down bed (in most), privacy divider, split bath.

(131) Standard Inside Stateroom (Category 11-A,B,C) 169 square feet, sleeps 3-4. Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, pull-down bed (in some), privacy divider.

(25) Staterooms equipped for guests with disabilities, in a variety of categories.

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