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Decorating the Disney Dream for the Holidays

posted on December 5th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

If you think decorating your home for the holidays is a big task, imagine decorating a 1,115-foot-long ship.

For the first time ever, that was the task this year for the Holiday Services department at Walt Disney World Resort. They worked hard to prepare and install more than 300 custom designed décor pieces to adorn the Disney Dream for its very first holiday season.

Check out this video for an inside peek:

Since the first holiday season of the Disney Magic, it has been a tradition to transform Disney Cruise Line ships into a winter wonderland for the holidays. But with a ship three decks taller and more than 150 feet longer, the task this year of decorating the Disney Dream was much larger than years past. Here’s a look at some of the décor by the numbers:

  • 1,016 feet of garland, which is more than three football fields and nearly enough to stretch the entire length of the ship
  • 66 holiday sprays ranging from 15 inches to six feet
  • 29 wreaths ranging from 24 inches to five feet in diameter
  • 41 Christmas trees ranging from two feet to 30 feet
  • One 20-foot-tall tree takes center stage in the atrium lobby weighing more than one ton and featuring 300 branches and more than 20,000 white LED lights

What’s more, the holiday décor is designed uniquely for specific locations around the ship, with themes and customized ornaments for certain spaces like the youth clubs and dining rooms.

Do you have themed décor for different rooms of your home?

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Bobbi on December 5th, 2011 at 10:46 am

I want the hidden mickey tree-topper star! Is that available for purchase?


Jason from IN on December 5th, 2011 at 11:43 am

How long will the decorations be up? We are scheduled to be aboard on Dec 29th for the 5 day New Years sailing. We hope the are still up.


Bridget on December 5th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I agree with Comment #1 Bobbi; I would LOVE the Hidden Mickey Tree Star too! ~ The Disney Dream looks amazing! Your holiday decor is so magical!


Keith from CT on December 5th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Where is the 30-foot tree located?

The post says that the 20-foot tree is in the lobby (where I would have guessed that the tallest tree would go), but also says that there are trees ranging from 2 feet to 30 feet.


Samantha on December 5th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Love this post and the video! The Ship looks so amazing. I would love to learn more about Lisa and her job as being the Manager of Holiday Services.


Jeffrey on December 5th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

We just got back yesterday morning from our first Christmas time cruise on DCL. The Dream is awesome decorated up for Christmas. Every space is decorated from the D lounge to the Oceaneers Club and Lab. They do a tree lighting ceremony as well the first night of the cruise. The tree was dark till 7:30pm then stays on the rest of the cruise. Mickey & Minnie even take photos in their Victorian Christmas clothes in front of the tree. There’s also a giant Ginger Bread house in the atrium as well. Castaway Cay looks great as well all decorated up. The DCL ships are my new favorite Christmas spot instead of the parks.


Barbara from NY on December 6th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

We were on the Dream on November 10th and they were just finishing putting up the tree in lobby as we boarded, the rest of the ship was decorated as well. It was beautiful. Christmas and Disney are my two favorite things,and it is the best when they are together! Keep up the great work and Merry Christmas to everyone at DisneyParksBlog!


Kevin on December 6th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Dream job. No pun