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Building the Disney Dream: A Look Back

The Disney Dream will arrive at Florida’s Port Canaveral tomorrow, completing a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean that stretched approximately 6,500 miles.

With great partnership between Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney Imagineering and built by skilled craftsmen at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet is a marvelous realization of many dreams. Let’s take a look back:

Construction began in March 2009 with the first piece of steel cut for the scrollwork on her bow, a pattern that evokes the classic ocean liners of the 1930s.

Steel is Cut for the Bow of the Disney Dream

She celebrated her keel laying in August 2009 and in June 2010 the ship’s final building block was attached, including the golden scrollwork.

The Final Building Block is Attached to the Disney Dream

In October, the ship finally left dry dock and floated out into the shipyard harbor to the delight of the many spectators who came out to witness her public debut.

The Disney Dream Floats Out in Papenburg, Germany

From keel laying to float out, 430 days elapsed to bring the Disney Dream to life. Here they are in 30 seconds!

If only her sister ship, the Disney Fantasy, could be built in 30 seconds…


  • Very cool to watch the video. My family is really looking forward to our cruise in March.

  • We are so looking foward to being one of the first to sail on the “Champagne Voyage” of the “Disney Dream” that I won in a contest. Sails on January 19th. Thank you Disney.

  • So exciting!!! we are counting down the days to the mayden voyage! Arriving at WDW on 1/22 and planning to have a wonderful time. We will be celebrating our daughter’s 8th birthday on the Dream!

  • My daughter & I saved the webcam shots of the Dream being built (one per week). This is a much better slide show. Looking forward to the 26th. Arriving at WDW on the 22nd.

  • Saw the Disney Parks Christmas Parade special on Christmas Day and fell in love with the sneak peek. Didn’t think that less than two weeks later I would have booked a stateroom!! STOKED!!

  • Wooohoooo!! I’m looking forward to my B2B cruise in Sept. This ship is beautiful!

  • looking Forward to April Cruise can’t wait 🙂

  • 23 days until we’re sailing….can’t wait!

  • Will it be open for tours?

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