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Starting the Disney Dream Engines

Christi Erwin Donnan

by , Director of External Communications

Starting the Engines on the Disney Dream
A major milestone was achieved for the Disney Dream this week when testing began on the ship’s five engines at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. Several months ago, the engines were installed on the ship, and this week the team at the yard started the engines for the first time!

Talk about powerful … The five engines combined have a total output of 103,000 horsepower, which will give the ship a top speed of 23.5 knots.
Starting the Engines on the Disney Dream
At 128,000-tons and 14-decks tall, the magnificent Disney Dream continues to take shape. This initial test begins several months of engine testing, which will continue through the ship’s sea trials. With just 180 days until the maiden voyage on January 26, 2011, the excitement of each milestone continues to build as we approach the Disney Dream becoming a reality.


  • I’m getting married on the Dream in May!

  • Oh My Gosh!!! Mother and Daughter are coming from Down Under… South Australia!! First time ever in America and boarding the Dream on Feb 6 after an 8 day stay at Disney World…..I’m just BURSTING..can’t wait. See you soon Mickey xx

  • What type of engines are they?

  • does anyone have any information on Diseny Land and Sea options? I see it’s not available on their webpage any longer? I want to stay at their resort a couple of days prior to my cruise on the Dream…

  • My family cant wait for maiden Cruise we will be the first to sleep in a dream!

  • This is great news I can’t wait! has already booked lots of passengers on the Dream. They can book you too!

  • We will be taking our twelth and thirteen cruise with disney doing back to back cruises on the disney dream leaving May 19th can’t wait to see the new ship it sounds so exciting. disney does know how to do it best.

  • We will be sailing with a bunch of families from church on September 4th, This will be my second Disney Cruise and we will be bringing our Grand daughter she will be five.

  • We’ll be on the Dream on February 3! My first Disney cruise-very excited!

  • I love watching the Dream take shape. We’re booked for the April 17th cruise. Can’t wait to ride the Aquaduck!!! This will be our second Disney Cruise. The first was on the Wonder, which was our first cruise ever, and Disney NEVER disappoints. I am soooooooo excited!!! Probably more than my 7 year old son & nephew!!!!

  • We board Disney Dream March 6!!! This will be our second disney cruise and am soooo… excited to sail again. Disney knows how to treat their guests to an awesome time.

  • We will be there in February!! We taking the 4G’s cruise – – grandmother, mom, me and my daughter! Four girls – four generations!! Can’t wait!!

  • We will be on the maiden voyage….and I KNOW I’m more excited than any of the kids!! Can’t wait!!

  • This will be our second Disney Cruise and I can’t even hardly wait!! I am so excited. My husband, children, and I will be going on the cruise in September!!!

  • Can’t wait to go on the Dream or Fantasy. Just waiting for the 7+ day itineraries. However, we are taking the Wonder from Florida to California on the Panama Canal Cruise departing Jan. 6. So excited!!!

  • Taking our kids and grandkids (13 plus us) on their 3rd Disney Cruise June 12th for 5 nights. Can hardly wait to see the new ship.

  • We are so very excited to be going on our first cruise on May 5th aboard the Disney Dream. Booked it yesterday. I cannot wait!!!

  • Can’t wait for the maiden voyage. We are so excited to be on the maiden voyage of the Disney Dream. What a dream come true!

  • SO EXCITED!!!! Can’t wait for February 17, 2011. Can’t wait to see and experience this BEAUTIFUL new ship!

  • Can’t wait for January 26th!!! It will be our 12th Disney cruise! Can’t wait to see the new ship!

  • Yes!! so excited too- can’t wait for spring break’s cruise on apr. 7!! just booked it yesterday, first ever cruise too! now i have 2 disney trips booked to look forward to (food & wine festival in october & the cruise in april!) 8:o)

  • These are VERY old pictures of the ship, when the engines were only first going in.

    The current construction of the ship can seen directly from the shipyards weekly updates.

    Looking forward to going ourselves in a year from now! : )

  • Mary, we’re on the maiden voyage too! Love getting all these updates. Can’t wait!

  • This ship appears 2B so cool… Still trying to convince my wife that we don’t need kids to cruise the dream (R kids aren’t kids anymore 🙂

  • We are booked on the Inaugural cruise in January!! I CAN”T WAIT!!! 8;-)

  • Yea!! We’ll be on the maiden voyage, January 26!!

  • Yahoo!! My wife, parents and I will all be doing a back to back cruise on the DREAM May 15-22 and cannot be more excited!

  • We are so excited – cannot wait for the April 3rd voyage!! Not only celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary bur our first cruise ever as well and on the Disney Dream!! It will be us our kids and my sister and Brother-in-law!! I cannot wait 🙂

  • Can’t wait to go on the Dream.. It will be our first cruise! Hurry Hurry June 17th, 2011, get here soon !

  • Seeing the ship get closer and closer to completion, makes me realize how fast approaching April really is! I can’t wait for April 10, 2010 when my husband, my parents and I go on our first ever cruise – lucky enough to have it on the Magic!!!!!!

  • I am so excited I booked a cruise on this ship for my husband 60th birthday June 4, 2011!

  • July 10th 2011 can’t come soon enough!!!!

  • Hard to believe from what it looks like now that it will be ready in 180 days. My family will be boarding on March 31st, 2011 for our first ever cruise.

    • We too are excited about the upcoming launch of the Disney Dream and cannot wait to start welcoming all of you onboard!

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