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Disney Decorations on the Disney Cruise Line Fleet

Disney Cruise Line goes the extra ten miles with detail, like no one else on Earth. If you've ever cruised with DCL then you'll know what I mean. For those sitting on the fence about cruising, here is just a little glimpse of the glory and splendour that awaits.

Disney Cruise Line has four ships in the far :)  In chronological order they began with the Disney Magic (1998) the Disney Wonder (1999), the Disney Dream (2011) and the Disney Fantasy (2012). The ships are elegantly appointed and resemble the early ocean liners of the 1920's, and are touched with Disney influences throughout.

For the most part, the accommodations and amenities are similar, with the entertainment differing just slightly. All ships are staffed by the friendliest Cast Members, providing exemplary service and guess what? The guestrooms are twenty-five percent larger than the cruise industry standard and Disney Cruise Line is the first in the industry to offer the split bath configuration.

Throughout this post my intent is to merely scratch the surface with the most obvious Disney touches. I will begin with something very special, however, and that is that Disney Cruise Line received special permission from the U.S. Coast Guard regarding the colors of the lifeboats. Disney Cruise Line sports the only Mickey yellow lifeboats in the cruise industry. Afterall, we can't disappoint Mickey Mouse, can we?

The stern section of all the ships is decorated with the most adorable three dimensional characters all busy with their special tasks. Here is a little discription of each of the four sterns and bows.

Beginning with the Disney Magic, adorning the aft section of the ship, you'll find Goofy painting the stern.


On the bow of the Disney Magic you will find Sorcerer Mickey with graceful splendour.


On the Disney Wonder, on the aft section of the ship you'll find Donald Duck and his nephew Huey painting the stern.

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The bow of the Disney Wonder you'll find Steamboat Willie on the bow, all majestic and grand.
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The aft section of the Disney Dream will charm you with Sorcerer Mickey and the Magic Brooms painting away, while featuring Captain Mickey on the bow.
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The newest ship in the fleet, the Disney Fantasy has Dumbo and Timothy Mouse painting the sweet. Do you see Timothy Mouse?
The bow of the Disney Fantasy sports Sorcerer Mickey in the lead.
Subtle and tasteful character decorations adorn the lobby reminiscent of the relief technique or Rilievo rilievo an ancient sculptural technique.
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The artistic form of the mosaic depicting Cinderella and Prince Charming, allows guests to step into the story.
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Dining at Royal Palace on the Disney Dream, transports you to a world of fantasy, with such detail as the central chandelier encircled by many Glass Slippers.
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Even on the banister, you'll find Cinderella's Glass Coach.
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The lobbies of the four ships are majestic, on the Disney Magic you'll find authentic Art Deco influences and you'll be captivated by the statue of Helmsman Mickey.

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The Disney Wonder, replicates the decor of Art Nouveau and finds the statue of Ariel in the main lobby.
There we are :)
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The Disney Dream picks up from the Magic's Art Deco design with added flourishes and a lovely statue of Admiral Donald in the main lobby.

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My daughter...

We're so looking forward to the Disney Fantasy next August for a belated celebration of my 49th birthday and my children's actual birthdays on August 27 and 28th.  I cannot wait to see the elegant, Mademoiselle Minnie in the main lobby.

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Look at this mosaic at Cabanas (Disney Dream and Fantasy) depicting beautiful scenes from the seas.
I see Nemo, do you?
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Look at these castle sand reliefs also found in Cabanas photographed on the Disney Dream.
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Who could forget Mickey Mouse while swimming or sliding?
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Who else but Disney, could rouse the senses and stir the mind of an autistic child?

Sliding with his father on the Aquaduck, a moment of pure bliss.
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Themes and details at Port Canaveral.

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They even took the time to re-create the Barrel of Monkeys from the movie Toy Story.
Who else would do that?


 Walt Disney really meant it when he wanted children of all ages to play and have fun. I did, when they let me go behind the Guest Services desk briefly to play with the magnetic ships.

Here they are. Which other company would take the time and effort to create that type of magic!

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  1. Jackie your photos are stunning as always! Hard to pick which ship would be a favorite. The attention to detail is incredible! I just love the glass slippers on the humongous chandelier! They think of everything! It we ever do get to do a DCL cruise, you will be the first person I call :-)


  2. I didn't know there was a Cinderella mosaic on board. Where on the ship is that?

    I love that statue of Mademoiselle Minnie.

    Once again, your passion for DCL shines through in your post! :)

  3. Fairytale Journeys by Max S.2 September 2014 at 14:34

    Just found this article ... I thought I knew a lot about the Disney ships, but I never knew that that gold metallic wall mural behind the Guest Services desk is magnetic with movable ships! How cool is that :D? We've been on the Magic, the Wonder, and the Dream ... about to hit the Fantasy for the first time next month!


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