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An Amazing Disney Dream Christening Ceremony

posted on January 19th, 2011 by Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts


Since becoming chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts over a year ago, I’ve had many amazing experiences but today may have topped them all – after all, it’s not every day you get to christen a cruise ship.

Disney Dream Christening Ceremony in Port Canaveral, Florida

Today, with an enormous crowd of well-wishers looking on, we welcomed the stunning Disney Dream to the Disney Cruise Line fleet at Port Canaveral in Florida. In a manner befitting a ship of its size and grandeur, we pulled out all of the stops for this maritime tradition with a spectacular show at the Disney Cruise Line Terminal with classic Disney music, dancers, fireworks and, of course, a host of our beloved Disney characters.

Disney Dream Christening Ceremony in Port Canaveral, Florida

Disney president and CEO Bob Iger and Disney’s “dream girl” Jennifer Hudson, the ship’s fairy godmother, were on hand to do the honors and christen the Disney Dream. Jennifer began her phenomenal career on the Disney Wonder back in 2003, so it was only fitting that this award-winning artist be selected as godmother of the Disney Dream.

With the addition of the Disney Dream to the Disney Cruise Line family, we’ll now be able to help more guests create even more unforgettable Disney memories on the high seas. Both the Disney Dream and her sister ship, the Disney Fantasy, coming in 2012, boast a gross tonnage of 130,000 and will be able to carry up to 4,000 passengers. Our two new ships combine the very best in innovation, technology, artistry and the legendary attention to detail that makes a Disney experience so unique.

The christening of the Disney Dream is the culmination of a journey that began years ago. The journey then took us to Germany where the ship was built, across the Atlantic where it was tested and finally to Port Canaveral, where it will live and delight guests of all ages for decades to come. Congratulations to the thousands of Imagineers, craftsmen, designers, artists and crew who have worked so hard to make this Dream a reality.

As importantly, the Disney Dream is yet another great example of what is possible when our people set out with one objective in mind: to create something of the highest quality, something designed to surprise and delight our guests, something special in every sense of the word… in short, something truly Disney.

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Diana from NY on January 19th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Looking forward to finally taking a Disney Cruise – great post, Tom. Oh, and great job retooling the Fantasyland Expansion, I know I’m really excited for this new addition to the Magic Kingdom!

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Michael on January 19th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

How fantastic! I never had the desire to take a cruise UNTIL I checked out this new ship on Disney’s website. It would be a DREAM indeed!

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Julie from TX on January 19th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

We sail on the Dream in mid-March and we can’t wait!!!

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Fred from CA on January 19th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Very cool Tom. :)
It must have been awesome to be there.

And there are still so many more exciting things coming up. Not to get too off topic, but I am really looking forward to the rest of the California Adventure expansion!

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Travis on January 19th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I watched today’s festivities on the live webcast and you looked really excited to be out there Tom! I have enjoyed watching the progress the Disney Dream has made and was excited to finally see the ship set sail. The show was really great today! Great job. :) ~Travis

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jordan from GA on January 20th, 2011 at 1:16 am

you guys did a great and outstanding job with that entire ceremony i see, and the disney dream is amazing,and who else perfect but to pick jennifer hudson to be the ships fairy godmother!! great job everybody!!

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Lisa on January 20th, 2011 at 4:21 am

In such a snowing day of Shanghai, China, this little video made me feel that the spring is coming soon.
What a sunny day!

I noticed that there is a flag of China among the flags.
Wish sooner or later, Disney Dream will sail to my hometown, Shanghai, China. Like its name, my Disney dream will come true I believe.

Bon Voyage!

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Theresa on January 20th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I finially got to watch it and I loved it. My family and I just booked the second week cruise for the Fantasy, so if the Dream looks this great then I can not wait for the Fantasy. See you in 2012!!!!!!!

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john from FL on January 20th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

John of Spring Hil Fla. I watched the webcast of the Christening of the Dream [aprox.45minutes long] it was Great.We will be on the Dream for our 5thAnn.in April 17 cant wait once again fantastic job Disney you are like Family..

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Melanie on January 21st, 2011 at 12:00 am

We had the privledge of being on the shakedown cruise from Germany to Port Canaveral in late Dec. & January. For those of you who have not yet sailed on the Dream you are in for real treat. First Class all the way. The AquaDuck is a gas. As we kept saying on all 16 days of the crossing “We’re living the Dream”.

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Christina on January 24th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

We sail on the Disney Dream June 12th! It is our first time on a Disney Cruise and we are so excited! We can’t wait!

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Jo on January 25th, 2011 at 11:57 am

We are sailing in July….it will be our fourth Disney cruise. Can’t wait. :-) Next summer….Alaska.

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Margaret on January 25th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Only 45 days and we sail on the Disney Dream. Can’t wait!!!!!! It will be our fifth Disney Cruise and each has been excellent.
Margaret

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