Think you’ll be bored on a Disney cruise? If you’re like me (first-time cruiser), then you might wonder what there is to do onboard. Let me tell you, there are so many activities and entertainment, you won’t have time to do them all and definitely won’t have time to be bored!
There is fun and entertainment for everyone in your family on board the Disney Dream and most of it is free! I’ll go over all of the activities and point out any that may cost extra:
The deck parties can vary depending on your cruise ship and length of your itinerary. We were on the Disney Dream for a 4 night cruise. We had the Sailing Away deck party on embarkation day and the Pirates in the Caribbean show and deck party on Pirate Night. The Pirate Night party included an amazing fireworks display.
Need some alone time with your partner? Kids tired of hanging out with the adults all day? There are some great youth clubs on the Disney Dream! For kids ages 3-12 there’s the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab. They can play in Andy’s room, train to be a Jedi, do crafts, and play Disney Infinity on Xbox. The crew members in charge of those clubs also play games and do other interactive activities with the kids.
If you have older youth traveling with you, there are clubs for them as well! Edge is a “tween” club for ages 11-14. It’s full of technology! Computer stations and notebook computers are available to use for playing games and accessing a special onboard social media application. A whole wall of the club is a video wall that is perfect for playing games or watching videos. There’s also a lighted dance floor with colored lights in the ceiling, perfect for dance parties! Vibe is the final youth club and is for ages 14-17. Very similar to Edge in regards to technology but Vibe also has its own private deck area with two wading pools. It also offers a fountain bar serving non-alcoholic drinks.
Character Meet & Greets
Characters are out on the ship throughout the day! You’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet the classics like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, etc. But there are also princesses on board and some other special characters! You can schedule a princess meet & greet ahead of time and meet Belle, Rapunzel, Cindrella, and Tiana. Or just check your navigator for their daily schedule. On our itinerary you could also meet Elsa & Anna but that one is only available if you book it ahead of time. Other fun characters we saw on our cruise were: Chip & Dale, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and Captain Jack Sparrow. Try to meet characters on Pirate Night since they are all decked out in their Pirate costumes!
Each Disney ship has its own live shows that are performed nightly. Generally there are two times for a show each night. Having two showtimes allows everyone to see the show, either before or after their dinner. We had 3 live shows and a performance by a magician on our itinerary. The night of embarkation there’s The Golden Mickey’s show which kicks off the cruise entertainment. There’s also a Broadway style version of the Beauty and the Beast. The final live show is called Disney’s Believe which features over 20 popular characters and was probably my children’s favorite show on board. You can also find live music in the lobby atrium most evenings.
There is a full movie theater on board the Disney Dream called the Buena Vista Theater. They show first run movies there, generally the 3 newest released Disney movies along with some Disney classics. If you are on board a Disney ship when a new Disney movie is released, you’ll get to watch it while on your cruise! They also play Disney movies on the video screen by the pools so you can enjoy a film while you swim.
Midship Detective Agency
The Midship Detective Agency is run by Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, but they need your help to solve a case. A Disney villain has committed a crime and you have to figure out which villain is guilty! You can choose from 3 different cases with varying difficulty. Once you register your badge (which has a QR code on the back) you use a map to find the special interactive paintings around the ship (there were quite a few!). Each painting will have a different video or sometimes a task you need to complete with your badge.
Once you have gathered enough clues you execute a search warrant based on your guess of the villain responsible for the crime. You watch as the villain’s room is searched, and then if you are right the case is solved. If you guess wrong you can guess again! Definitely wear comfortable shoes for this activity as it has you walking all over the ship! I also felt like this activity was overlooked/underrated. While we did see mostly families with younger children playing, my husband and I also enjoyed this detective game.
There are 3 main pools on the Disney Dream; Donald’s Pool is a family pool and is approximately 5-feet deep, Mickey’s Pool is a children’s pool and is 2-feet deep at its deepest, and there’s the Quite Cove pool which is an adults-only pool with a connecting bar. Nemo’s Reef is a fun water play/splash pad area for children ages 8 and under. For a little more exciting water fun, check out the AquaDuck-a 765-foot-long water coaster. There’s also a smaller winding water slide next to Mickey’s pool.
*Tip: pack a swimsuit in your carry on bags or wear it under your clothes on embarkation day so you can swim or play on the slides while you wait for your room to be ready.
Goofy’s Sports Deck
Goofy’s Sports Deck is found on Deck 13. There are ping pong tables, foosball tables, a basketball court, Goofy’s Golf and Goofy’s Sports Simulators. Goofy’s Golf is a 9-hole mini golf course. You just find the first hole, help yourself to a club and ball then play as many rounds of miniature golf as you please. Not surprisingly, Goofy’s Golf holes were pretty silly and increased in difficulty as you went along the course. This was a great activity for our day at sea. The sports simulators allow you to play your favorite sports at sea without having to chase a ball, but they do cost extra. You can also schedule your simulator time in advance.
Spa & Salon
Senses Spa & Salon is for adults only and offers so many services and treatments like massages, manicures, body wraps, and more! All of which are an extra cost. So if you want some pampering while on your cruise, make sure to budget for it. There’s also a spa for ages 13-17 called Chill Spa which has similar offerings to Senses. Also in the spa area of the ship is a fitness center equipped with treadmills, ellipticals, weight machines, etc.
Night Clubs & Lounges
There are multiple night clubs and lounges aboard the Disney Dream. Currents is an adult exclusive, open-air bar on deck 13. Cove Cafe is an adult only lounge where you can get specialty drinks and coffees during the day and cocktails at night. Vista Cafe is open to everyone during the day offering coffee and pastries, but at night it is adult exclusive and offers cocktails. Meridian is an adult only lounge located between the adult only restaurants, Palo & Remy and offers cocktails. Bon Voyage is a full-service bar that serves cocktails, coffee, sodas, and juices and located in the grand atrium.
D Lounge is perfect for families! There are so many different games and activities they do at the D Lounge throughout the cruise. One we saw while on the ship, but didn’t participate in, was learning how to make towel animals. They also do trivia games and dance parties for the whole family at night.
There’s also a section of the ship called The District that houses 5 night clubs/lounges and is adult exclusive. At Skyline Lounge you can sip a drink and sight-see from your seat. District Lounge is a relaxed piano bar that features live music and entertainment nightly. Pink: Wine & Champagne Bar is exactly as its name sounds-a sparkly wine and champagne bar. Evolution is a trendy dance club that offers dancing, games, karaoke, comedy, and cabaret. Last, but not least, is Pub 687-a sports-fan’s paradise. The lounge is outfitted with huge flat-screen TVs to view live broadcasts.
All drinks at the night clubs and lounges are an extra cost and there are some activities like BINGO and special beverage tastings or classes that are also an extra cost.
I know this is quite a long list, and I didn’t even cover all of the possible activities, but don’t be overwhelmed! There are activities for all ages, but if all you want to do is hang out on your stateroom veranda, or relax in a beach chair, that’s perfectly fine! Some of the activities I mentioned are specific to the Disney Dream, but all Disney Cruise Line ships have special offerings.
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