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Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream: Recipe for Restoration

posted on January 19th, 2016 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


At our new Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream, it’s easy to keep your fitness afloat by refueling with a nutrient-packed beverage. A variety of fresh ingredients are available to satisfy your taste buds in a healthy way.

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In my final post of this series, I’m sharing a recipe to restore harmony and balance. Its delicious mixture of fruits and vegetables is sure to fill you up and leave you wanting more at the same time.

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Ingredients

  • 6 Strawberries
  • ½ Avocado
  • 4 Mint leaves
  • 6 slices Beet
  • ½ Apple
  • 4 Goji berries
  • 4 oz water

Directions

  1. Blend with or without ice based on desired consistency.

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Disney Dream Wins Second Annual Gingerbread House Competition

posted on December 30th, 2015 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


For many families, creating gingerbread houses is a favorite tradition during the holiday season. The Disney Cruise Line family is no different — but being Disney, a standard-size gingerbread house simply won’t do.

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Each year, the pastry and bakery team on each of our ships meticulously build life-size gingerbread houses that are beautifully displayed in the atrium lobby. Added to the fun of gumdrops and icing is a spoonful of competition, as each ship strives to win the coveted award for “Best Gingerbread House.” This year, during the second annual competition, the Disney Dream won the award based on its creativity, theming and finishing touches.

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Congratulations to the Disney Dream team, and great job to all of our crew who helped design winter wonderland gingerbread houses. To see the winners of last year’s inaugural competition, check out my past post.

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New Hyperlapse Video: See What’s Included on a Disney Cruise in 100 Seconds

posted on December 15th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the thousands of pictures in our new hyperlapse video say it all. This fast-paced look at a Disney cruise to the Bahamas gives you an exciting glimpse at what’s included on a Disney Dream voyage – in just 100 seconds. Check it out!

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Recipe: Oreo Cookies from Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats

posted on December 7th, 2015 by Kelly Vanarsdall, Food and Beverage Standards Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Just in time for the holidays, over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing recipes of delicious items for purchase at Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats on the Disney Dream. Today’s recipe – Oreo cookies with a twist – are perfect for holiday party favors and gift baskets.

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Oreo Cookies filled with Raspberry Chocolate Cream
Makes 15 cookies

Ingredients: Raspberry Chocolate Cream

  • 1 Cup Raspberry Puree
  • 16 Oz White Couverture Chocolate / Chopped
  • 4 Oz White Coating Chocolate / Chopped
  • 1 Pkg Oreo Cookies
  • 1 Pkg Lollipop Sticks
  • 1 Pkg Dark Coating Chocolate
  • 1 Pkg Miscellaneous Candies or Nuts for Decorating

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, bring the raspberry puree to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Pour the hot puree over the two different white chocolates in a bowl and mix until combined and smooth. Set aside to cool.
  3. Take 15 Oreo cookies and separate each to form two portions, with frosting on one end of each. Place the cookie half with the frosting on a tray, frosting side up.
  4. When the raspberry cream is firm, spoon the mixture into a pastry bag with a plain piping tip on the end.
  5. Pipe the filling on top of the frosting on the Oreo Cookie, and then place a lollipop stick in the middle, leaving one end of the stick out of the cookie.
  6. Firmly place the plain half of the Oreo on top of the raspberry cream, forming a sandwich again.
  7. Clean the sides to make a perfect cookie with the lollipop stick coming out. Set in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  8. Melt the dark coating chocolate in a bowl over a double boiler saucepan on a low heat. Dip the Oreo in the chocolate to coat. As you remove the cookie, scrape the excess chocolate before placing on baking paper.
  9. Decorate dipped cookies as desired.

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7 Fun Facts about Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats on the Disney Dream

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Kelly Vanarsdall, Food and Beverage Standards Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Last week I gave you the inside scoop on Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats, the sweetest addition to the recently enhanced Disney Dream. The design of this sweet shop is based on the arcade game of Sugar Rush in “Wreck-It-Ralph,” blending the world of video game racing with candy.

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As promised, here are seven fun facts about Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats …

1. When you first enter the space from the outside deck, there is a mural of the Starting Line from the game, a sculpture of Vanellope’s racing kart and a sculpture of King Candy waving the checkered flag from the winner’s podium. The racetrack circles the entire space.

2. The mural behind the sculpture of Vanellope is called the Candy Cane Forest. That is where Wreck-It Ralph first met Vanellope in the film.

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3. Keeping with the video game, racing and candy theme, the background music in the shop is a combination of music from the film, 8-bit video game music, and J-pop.

4. The animated leaderboard is a replica from the film.

5. The grandstands on top of the candy dispenser are exact replicas from the ones in the film. Each grandstand represents a racer in the game.

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6. Sour Bill is an animated figure and appears in the center gas pump-style gumball dispenser. He sleeps in there and occasionally wakes up to say something sour.

7. Rich Moore, the director of the film and the voice of Sour Bill, recorded new lines of dialogue for Sour Bill exclusively for Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats.

Our chefs are preparing a few of their favorite recipes from Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats to share with you. Stay tuned for my upcoming series so you can try your hand at making these delectable desserts at home.

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The Inside Scoop on Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats aboard the Disney Dream

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Kelly Vanarsdall, Food and Beverage Standards Manager, Disney Cruise Line


It’s no secret that one of everyone’s favorite Disney cruise activities is enjoying the wonderful food onboard. We’ve created an entirely new culinary experience with the all-new Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats aboard the Disney Dream. It’s your one-stop for delicious ice cream, gelato and candy shop.

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As you walk through the door of this enchanting shop themed to “Wreck-it Ralph,” you’re immediately immersed in the sweet aroma of waffle cones being prepared. The festive shop offers 20 flavors of gelato and 16 flavors of ice cream, all handcrafted.

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The six artisan sundaes on the menu include two signature sundaes served in souvenir cups. Vanellope Von Schweetz’s Race Kart Sundae features three scoops of ice cream and five toppings, while Ralph’s Family Challenge is meant for sharing, and includes eight scoops of ice cream and eight toppings. If you prefer to put your creativity to work, you’re sure to enjoy the selection of 28 toppings, a multitude of sauces and fresh fruit compotes, and the whipped cream made in the shop daily.

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What’s more, delectable desserts are sure to speak to anyone’s sweet tooth. Eclairs, designer cookies, cupcakes, candy apples, tarts and specialty brownies on a stick are just some of the delicious treats offered. A colorful candy assortment is available, along with signature lollipops atop King Candy’s lollipop tree.

Here’s a fun fact: The shop’s animated leaderboard showcases the day’s trending sundaes. All six start the day on the board, and as they’re purchased, the leading sundaes move up the board to highlight the guest favorites that day.

Thanks for reading my first post on the Disney Parks Blog. Check back next week for more fun facts about the sweetest addition to the Disney Dream. I’ll also share recipes for the delicious treats we serve there.

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New Experiences for the Whole Family Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Aboard the recently enhanced Disney Dream, there’s new fun in store for cruisers of all ages with elaborately themed play areas in the kids’ club, a whimsical sweet shop specializing in handmade gelato and ice cream, a relaxing water feature just for adults, and more. Take a look at this video to hear more about these exciting new experiences from Cruise Director Christiaan, and stay tuned for more inside looks at the ship’s enhancements.

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Disney Dream Launches First-ever Disney Infinity Gameplay at Sea

posted on November 5th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


For the first time ever, cruisers are enjoying Disney Infinity gameplay on the high seas. The new Disney Infinity game room opened in Disney’s Oceaneer Club aboard the Disney Dream last week, bringing characters and stories to life in a whole new way for children.

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The signature experience in this play area is a life-sized Disney Infinity base that transports players into the Toy Box. Standing on the base, you become a virtual Disney character controlling actions on the giant video screen.

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Gaming stations around the room offer children more opportunities for individual and group adventures in the Toy Box. One of the coolest parts about playing Disney Infinity on the Disney Dream is the virtual toys and environments exclusive to Disney Cruise Line. Here’s a look at some of the special toys and environments Disney Infinity created just for Disney cruisers …

After the cruise, you can use your child’s Oceaneer band to download this content for play on Disney Infinity at home. Gaming as Mickey in his race-car-style cruise ship is sure to be a great memento of your fun on the Disney Dream! And while onboard, don’t forget to take your child’s photo in front of the sculptures of Mickey and his pals on display in the Oceaneer Club.

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Top Five New Spaces on the Disney Dream

posted on November 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Just last week we debuted brand-new spaces on the Disney Dream, including the first-ever play area on a Disney ship themed to Star Wars. I was lucky enough to be on the cruise and see the many smiling faces as guests enjoyed all of the new experiences. Guests who have sailed on the Disney Dream before will notice transformed details all around ship; here are five spaces that stand out to me:

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Star Wars: Millennium Falcon – May the Force be with you in this super cool spacecraft! The fun here is an out-of-this-galaxy experience for young Jedi hopefuls.

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Disney Infinity – Exciting virtual experiences and immersive group activities make this high-tech gaming room unlike any other. There’s even a chance to become one of your favorite Disney characters on the big screen.

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Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats – New flavors of handmade gelato and ice cream are offered every day at this sweet shop. Plus, the sundae served in a trophy cup, made with eight heaping scoops of ice cream, is perfect for the family to share.

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Calling all princesses! Your magical makeover awaits in this very special salon, which also transforms cruisers of all ages into swashbuckling pirates on Pirate Night.

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Satellite Falls – Exclusive to adults. Peace and quiet. Need I say more? This new water feature is the perfect hangout for those wanting a little rest and relaxation away from the kids.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sharing more details about the fun taking place in these new spaces. Stay tuned!

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11 Insider Tips for Disney Cruise Line Dining

posted on October 15th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


We had a recent cruise on the delightful Disney Dream and returned with a new appreciation for the talented Disney Cruise Line chefs – and some of our own tips worth a share for making the most of culinary opportunities on board.

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  1. Petites Assiettes de Remy. Petites Assiettes means “small plates,” and this little gem is offered during the early evening hours of the first day of each cruise on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Sign up as you board for a taste of the haute cuisine and a peek at the stylish Remy dining room. Six dishes in all, each perfectly paired with wine. $50 per person. What an elegant way to start your vacation!
  2. Brunch at Palo or Remy. This is fine dining with exquisite service for a nominal charge. Take your pick: Remy offers an elegant Champagne brunch on sea days and select port days with a six-course, French-inspired repast. In Palo, a gorgeous spread of small bites, from caviar to croissants, starts the meal, followed by made-to-order dishes (freshly made pasta, anyone?).

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  1. Speaking of Palo, order the chocolate soufflé for dinner Enough said.
  2. We forget that you can skip the dining rooms and nosh in Pub 687 on Deck 4 on the Disney Dream. Watch the game and indulge in Wagyu beef sliders, tempura shrimp, bangers and mash for a nominal charge.
  3. Dine and Play. Parents, you can check the kids in for evening youth activities without leaving the dinner table. Families can enjoy dinner together, then counselors show up to whisk the kids away while adults finish dinner, take a post-prandial stroll on the deck or dance the night away. Offered for ages three to 12 during the second seating in all main dining rooms.

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  1. Pompidou’s Patisseries Dessert Experience. On both the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream, this is an indulgent, fun way to wile away an afternoon at Remy. The chefs greet you with stories and a tasting of six to-die-for desserts. $50 and includes a wine, Champagne or cocktail. Calories don’t count on vacation.
  2. We are in awe of the seemingly endless food stations at Cabanas on the Disney Dream. Take a few minutes to walk the entire buffet, and you’ll find all sorts of wonderful tastes not to be overlooked. For instance, for breakfast we discovered build-your-own granola and a surprisingly delicious seaweed and tofu soup. Be adventurous!

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  1. The best classic gin martini on board, hands down, at Meridian on Deck 12 on the Disney Dream. A fabulous escape with an outdoor terrace.
  2. More fun with spirits: sign up for a tequila, rum, cognac or Champagne tasting – whatever is being offered. Disney Cruise Line has some serious experts who will teach you how to navigate the world of craft cocktails. We promise you’ll learn something you didn’t already know.
  3. If you’re feeling lazy, order room service. It’s free! And the bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich is a good bet.
  4. Walk or run the deck! It’s a pleasant way to burn some calories — three laps equals one mile. You could head to the fitness center, but ocean air is a bonus.
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