My family and I did a short 3-night cruise on the Disney Dream from (9/8 to 9/11). Our flight from Philadelphia was delayed, but we arrived at MCO about one hour after original arrival time. Once arriving at MCO, we headed over to the DCL check-in station. This was wonderful because Disney now checks all US Citizens completely in at the airport. Sweet!!! Once we were all checked-in (party of 6), we proceeded to the DCL bus that shuttled us to Port Canaveral (approximately 50 minutes).
Upon boarding, the Castaway Crew members announce the name of each family to welcome you onto the ship. I thought this was really cool. It made us feel welcome! After about a 10 minute wait for an elevator (there are 6), we arrived at staterooms 9078 and 9076. We requested adjoining staterooms that had an inside door. The staterooms were beautiful. Each stateroom was about 300 sq. feet; equipped with a 2-piece bathroom (including a shower/tube combo); a queen bed; a berth, a sleeper sofa, AND a wall bed. It was enough room for five people. Each stateroom was also equipped with an Ipod alarm clock and a 22-inch LCD television (that had great Disney movies). The roomy verandah had enough room for three adults to sit comfortably. Since we had adjoining staterooms, we had our stateroom host remove the partition that separated the verandahs, so we could have one big space.
It actually took us an entire day to explore the entire ship. It’s a busy place with lots to do for kids and adults. We particularly enjoyed the dining rotation that allowed for us to keep our servers at every location. The pool deck was awesome. The Aquaduck was a great ride, but it is not disability friendly considering the only way up to the ride is by climbing close to 5 flights of stairs. We have an 11-year old with mild cerebral palsy, and although she is mobile, she cannot climb that many stairs. Unfortunately, she was unable to ride the Aquaduck because there was no other way to get up there.
Despite the small hiccup with the Aquaduck, we really loved our cruise. In addition to the dining, we enjoyed several character interactions; first-run movies (The Help; Fright Night; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and fantastic interactive live shows. The kids were particularly fond of “Villains.” They also offer a tween room that provided tweens with fun activities and entertainment; including a dance party on the last night of the cruise.
Leaving the ship was really a breeze. We had breakfast at 8:00am and we were on the bus to the airport by 10am for our trip back to Philadelphia. I have already recommended The Disney Dream to anyone that will listen. Disney offers an outstanding cruise with exceptional service. Ten Thumps Up!!!!