October 30, 2009
Disney Dream to feature water coaster
When the 124,000 grt, 339.8 m Disney Dream debuts in early 2011, it promises to take the Disney style of family cruising to new heights. Innovations will include a first-of-its kind water coaster that sends guests racing above the upper decks of the ship. An animated turtle will engage children in conversation about life in the ocean. And it will have a sophisticated lounge where the sun sets over the skyline of a different world-famous city each night.
Disney Dream is the first of two post-panamax cruise liners building for Disney Cruise Line at Meyer Werft, Germany. Distinctly Disney guest features aboard the Disney Dream include:
AquaDuck Water Coaster
Described as an exhilarating high-speed flume ride featuring twists, turns, drops, uphill acceleration and river rapids--all while traversing the upper decks of the ship it is 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 stack, encounters a 335 foot stretch of river rapids and splashes down to an end on Deck 12.
All inside staterooms on the Disney Dream feature a Virtual Porthole that provides a real-time view outside the ship via live video feed from high-definition cameras on the exterior of the ship feed live video. And animated characters such as Peach the starfish from the Disney Pixar film "Finding Nemo," or Mickey Mouse may pop by the Virtual Porthole.