What else can you expect onboard?
Golf Lessons with Goofy and his son, Max. A nine-hole miniature golf course on Goofy's Sports Deck (Deck 13) will offer special tee-off points -- one easier and one a bit more challenging -- so both novice and experienced players can participate. Each hole will have two tee boxes: Goofy's (for more experienced golfers) and Max's (for beginners). At each tee box, a "lesson" placard helps guide golfers based on their level of expertise. The examples include “Handling a dog leg," where guests avoid a fire hydrant and use Pluto's dog bone to guide them to the hole and "Stuck in the rough," where Goofy demonstrates how to avoid the tall turf -- and a pesky lawn mower. The big-eared characters themselves will often show up to play.
Goofy's Sports Deck also features two digital sports simulators -- soccer, tennis, basketball, golf and more -- where guests can kick, swing and throw, virtually (no more losing the ball!). Also, there are two mini-sized sports courts, called Max's Courts, for younger kids to engage in group sports play. Other features include a walking track, full-court basketball (that can double as a mini soccer pitch or volleyball court), table tennis and foosball.
Enhanced Quiet Cove area for adults. Disney spokesman Jason Lasecki tells us that more water features have been added to the adults-only Quiet Cove based on guest feedback. The Quiet Cove areas on Disney's current ships feature both a pool and a shallow "wading" area -- just a couple of inches of water -- for kicking back in loungers. Because the latter feature is so popular, the Quiet Cove area on Disney Dream will feature three water settings, all circular in shape -- a four-foot plunge pool; a six-inch sunbathing pool that Lasecki describes as a "cold" hot tub, with built-in benches to sit on and misters; and a Quiet Cove Pool with a "splash up" bar at the shallow end, so guests can get a beverage without having to get out and dry off.
Nemo's Reef "water park" for the tykes. Children get their own water park area, too, themed to Disney's "Finding Nemo" film. Features in this shaded 1,500-square-foot spot include moving, interactive water sprayers, such as Pearl the octopus; an undulating water "curtain" that mimics the East Australian Current; and a pint-sized water slide, shaped like Mr. Ray, a smiling stingray from the movie.
This news comes just a few weeks after Disney announced a total overhaul of its family programming, eliminating age restrictions for its onboard programming and categorizing activities by interests instead. For more information on the changes -- and a firsthand account from a family of four who just gave the program a go on Disney Wonder -- check out our brand-new Trendwatch: Disney Cruise Line's Revolutionary Changes in Kids Programming.
Stay tuned for more Disney Dream details as they're announced.
--by Melissa Paloti, Managing Editor