Disney Dream : A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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A Disney Cruise is such a unique vacation and a must do for any Disney fan. The beauty of a cruise is that you can unpack once and see multiple destinations. This vacation allows you to pay one price for your resort, entertainment, and food. Also, Disney Cruise Line offers free soda. This is almost unheard of on a cruise. A Disney Cruise is also a fun way to have Disney (and the characters!), but at a more relaxed pace. Also, if your family can’t decide between a Disney vacation and a beach vacation then a Disney Cruise gives you both!

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The Disney Dream and her sister ship The Fantasy are the bigger ships of the fleet. The Disney Dream took her maiden voyage in 2011. She has a passenger capacity of 4,000 and is 1,115 feet in length. The Dream has four different cabin options. There is the Concierge, Verandah, Oceanview and Inside level staterooms. The Concierge has separate bedrooms, top notch service and awesome amenities if you can swing the cost. The Verandah allows your family to have a private balcony to see breathtaking views of the sea. The Oceanview cabins have one or two portholes to view the sea. And the last one and most budget friendly option is the Inside stateroom and they have Magical Portholes for real-time sea views and surprise sightings of Disney characters.

Why Take a Disney Cruise? Here are the top ten reason to book a cruise on the Disney Dream.

10. Dining Options: There are so many dining options on the Disney Dream. There is the main dining option that has out of this world restaurants such as, The Animator’s Palate, Royal Palace, and Enchanted Garden. Guests rotate to one of the three main dining restaurants that have a unique menu each night, but your server stays with you every night of the cruise. For people with food allergies this helps because you only have to explain the allergies the first night. There is also casual dining that has breakfast, lunch, ice cream treats, and dinner options. There is Cabanas, Flo’s Cafe, Frozone Treats, Eye Scream, and there is also 24 hour complimentary in room dining! A favorite among seasoned cruisers is cookies and milk before bed. Yum! Then there are the adult exclusive dining options at Palo or Remy. These are an extra cost, but the restaurants are out of this world and such a fun way to have a night out while the kids are at the youth club.

9. Pirate Night: Pirate night is awesome. There is pirate theme dining, a fun pirate themed deck party, everyone dresses up like pirates and they top the night off with fireworks from the deck. Some itineraries do not include Pirate Night and/or the fireworks, but if they do it’s a special treat.

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Photo from Disney Cruise Line

8. Aqua Duck: I have this separate from the other recreation because it really is something special. This special Disney only water coaster is the first of its kind. It is a two person ride where you go up and down, over the side of the cruise ship, takes a four deck drop, and puts you into a lazy river at the end. There is 765 feet of water slide and it’s amazing. There are height requirements so be sure to check and see if your children are old enough and tall enough to ride the Aqua Duck.

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7. Recreation: Kids and family have the Mickey’s pool, and Donald’s pool to swim and splash in. While adults have the Quiet Cove Pool. For younger children there is Nemo’s Reef. This small children’s area is glassed in to stop small ones from escaping and has fun water activities. Then there is the fitness center, and Goofy’s sports deck which has miniature golf and basketball. You will not go bored while on a Disney cruise.

6. Deck Parties: I have already mentioned Pirate Night, but there is also the Sail Away Celebration. These celebrations have your favorite Disney Characters, music, and fun!

5. Characters: A Disney cruise is a great way to be with your favorite Disney characters, but not have to worry about walking all over the theme parks to find them. There are character meet-n-greets and special deck parties where you can rub elbows with your favorite characters, including the big cheese himself, Mickey Mouse.

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4. Live Shows and 3D Movies: The Disney Dream has live stage shows. They have an award winning musicals every night of your cruise like Disney’s Believe, Villains Tonight! and The Golden Mickeys. There are also first run movies, with some in digital 3D, inside the Buena Vista Theatre. You can also catch a Disney classic movie under the stars on the big screen.

3. Youth Clubs: There are different youth clubs for different age groups of children. The youngest of children can go to the ‘Its A Small World Nursery’. This is for ages 6 months to 3 years of age. This is the only youth club that will cost extra. Reservations are required and space is limited. Kids that are 3 years of age to 12 can enjoy the Oceaneer Lab and/or Oceaneer Club. They are connected and offer wonderful activities just for kids! In the Oceaneer Lab kids can enjoy a media room, the Animator’s Studio, The Wheelhouse, a Craft Studio and Playmation. In the Oceaneer Club they can enjoy playing in Andy’s Room (from Toy Story), Pixie Hollow (from Tinker Bell and her fairy friends), Star Wars: Millennium Falcon (you read that right!), and a Disney Infinity Game room.

Children can also eat there if you want to enjoy an adults only lunch or dinner.
Older kids 11-14 (tweens) get their own special hangout area, called The Edge, where they can enjoy flat screen TVs, computers, video games and daily guided activities. Your tweens will love being able to hang out with other tweens in a space just for them.

Then teens have their own space too called The Vibe. Kids 14 to 17 have a lounge that has everything that your teen will love. There are activities and amenities that are perfect for this age group and will keep your teen entertained and engaged with other teens.

The youth clubs have something for every age group and are guaranteed to keep your children happy and entertained while at sea.

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Photo from Disney Cruise Line

2. Adult Only: A Disney Cruise allows for adults to have some alone time while they know their kids are having fun at the youth clubs. Adults can indulge at Senses Spa and Salon and then head to area of the ship known as The District. Here adults will find a fun place to kick up their heels, have a mixed drink, or watch sporting events at Skyline, Pink, 687 Pub, and Evolution. This is on top of the adult only pool and dining options.

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1. Castaway Cay: I saved the best one for last. Castaway Cay is Disney’s privately owned island and is a Bahamian oasis. Be sure to check out the events scheduled from your own stateroom. Also, you can grab a beach towel and then use your Key to World card for retail transactions while enjoying all the island has to offer. And there is so much! There is the Castaway Family Beach, the Snorkeling Lagoon, an adults only area called Serenity Bay, the Pelican Plunge a water play area and platform with water slides, Spring a Leak a kids water play area, a Teen Hideout for kids 13 to 17 years of age, Scuttle’s Cove a youth area filled with activities with Disney counselors, Grouper Game Pavilion, Sports Beach, Character Greetings, plus shopping and restaurants. Guests can also charter a boat, rent snorkel gear, kayaks, paddle boats, or sign up for one of the many port adventures offered at Castaway Cay. This is where you can have your beach vacation and meet your favorite Disney characters all while enjoying Disney hospitality and service. This port is really a vacation all on its own!

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

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