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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney Cruise Line Terminal Opens at Port Canaveral

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

The dedication ceremony for the Disney Cruise Line Terminal at Port Canaveral was held Nov. 17, 1997. This art-deco inspired building welcomes guests setting sail aboard Disney Cruise Line ships with whimsical Disney touches throughout.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney Cruise Line Terminal Opens at Port Canaveral

When the terminal was built, it was 344 feet in length – slightly longer than a football field. The wave ceiling on the second floor is 270 ft. x 50 ft., which is 2 & ½-times the size of an Olympic swimming pool. The building has more than 30 ocean-inspired colors, including nine different shades of blue. With more than 50 Mickey Mouse images throughout the terminal building, both inside and out, it’s no wonder that the Big Cheese himself showed up for the dedication ceremony.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney Cruise Line Terminal Opens at Port Canaveral

The terminal building recently underwent renovations to accommodate the arrival of the Disney Dream and the upcoming Disney Fantasy cruise ships. My favorite part of the terminal building? The 16-foot high Mickey Mouse silhouette guests past through as the get ready to board their magical cruise – genius.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney Cruise Line Terminal Opens at Port Canaveral