Getting Nerdy with the Disney Dream

Written by George Taylor. Posted in Features, Imaginerding, Walt Disney World

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Published on November 19, 2012 at 5:01 am with 8 Comments

I had the opportunity to tour the Disney Dream last week and I was blown away by the amazing details and tributes to Disney theme parks and animated films. It seemed like there was a gorgeous piece of artwork made specifically for the dream or a reproduction from animated film on every deck and down every hall.

One of the first tributes I ran into was a mural that seemed very familiar. Haven’t we seen something like this inside a castle in Florida somewhere?

Another great details was located in Cabanas, the buffet-style restaurant. They had a few sand castles on permanent display.

Disneyland, of course


The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.


Tokyo Disneyland


Hong Kong Disneyland


Disneyland Paris

A complete collection of Disney sand castles.

Ever need to know what time it is around the world? Or the only important time zones to us Disney enthusiasts?

Believe it or not, but there is a gentleman that touches up the sand castles.


Another display that really excited me was on an upper deck and it was a few pieces that looked like bronze-type castings. They featured some pretty famous Disney ships.

My favorite was Steamboat Willie.

I was surprised at the amount of animation-related art and tributes. Not only were they executed in some amazing ways, but they all had a wonder tie-in

As can be expected, a majority of the artwork was nautically-themed!

Queen Minnie!


Cruella de Ville


Casey, Jr.


Plane Crazy.


Who doesn’t love Jose Carioca?


There are plenty of nods to classic Disney features and they offer a much more serious look at Disney art.

There were several background layouts for Pinocchio. They were stunning in their beauty.

A large format reproduction from Mickey’s Gala Premiere.

There were also some wonderful images from Alice In Wonderland.

Some concept pieces by Mary Blair.

There were also some great pieces from Peter Pan. 

The following piece was created specifically for the Disney Dream.

And here’s the unforgettable Walt Disney Theatre.

Have you been on a Disney Cruise? How do you think they compare to a vacation in the parks?

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George has been obsessed with Disney theme parks since the first time he saw a photo of the Haunted Mansion in the early 70s. He started writing about Disney in 2007 and has amassed one of the world's largest Disney-related libraries.

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  • Atomobile

    Wonderful stuff! It makes me want to go on this ship just to see all of this. You know, it occurs to me that one could OD on Disney if the Dream were to ever do a cruise from Port Canaveral to San Francisco via Los Angeles. One could visit WDW, then go on the cruise, seeing Disneyland in LA and end at the Disney Museum!

    • George Taylor

      Thanks for the comment!

      Wouldn’t that be an amazing trip?

      I know they did a cruise the Panama Canal that was 14 days. But getting to visit all of the continental parks and the Walt Disney Family Museum would be incredible.

  • junglero_cruiser

    Those 4 pictures of h Queen Minnie, Cruella De Ville, Casey, Jr. and Plane Crazy are based on Herman Sachs’ “Spirit of Transportation” mural for the porte cochere of the former Bullock’s Wilshire (now the Southwesern Law School) (See picture at this site: or here as it was being restored:

    • George Taylor

      What a great find! Thank you so much for sharing this.


      • junglero_cruiser

        You’re quite welcome! Glad you like the pictures! I tried to post them here.

  • Dusty Sage

    The Deam really lives up to its name. We sailed on the Dream a year ago and absolutely loved it.

    We’ll be sailing on the Dream’s sister ship, the Fantasy mid October 2013 with a large group of MiceChatters. Contact George if you are interested in sailing with us. The more the merrier!

  • RSZero1

    I love the famous sailing ships, I can identify Hook’s and the Dutchman, but what are the others? The Black Pearl? The Lusty Wench?

  • IndyFan1

    I’ve sailed on the Disney Magic twice now and it’s amazing!