Take off to the Space Coast
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is one of Florida’s most-popular destinations and a perfect complement to any Orlando vacation. Just 60 miles east of Orlando in Cape Canaveral on the Atlantic Ocean, this exciting attraction commemorates the birthplace of the U.S. space program and takes visitors on a journey that’s entertaining, educational, interactive and inspirational. Stand nose-to-nose with Space Shuttle Atlantis, meet veteran astronauts, see Saturn V moon rockets, view 3-D IMAX films, and, on select dates, witness an actual rocket launch in person.
Built in 2010, the Disney Dream is 1,115 feet long and holds 4,000 passengers and 1,500 crew. Thanks to Disney’s famous logistics, guests rarely feel crowded or rushed, making embarking and disembarking the ship far easier than navigating an airport. As guests enter the ship, the crew personally welcomes them by name in the fabulous lobby complete with an art-deco Swarovski crystal chandelier and a winding staircase, evoking the golden era of sailing. “It’s elegant—I think guests are surprised by that,” says Disney Dream Cruise Director Jimmy Lynett. “Our goal is to get first-time cruisers aboard the ship. We hit them with great entertainment, the excellent service and great ambience and get them to come back.”
The Disney Dream presents newrelease movies and Broadway-style shows several times each day. The Walt Disney Theatre plays an original show each night of the cruise, including “Disney’s Believe,” “Villains Tonight!” and “The Golden Mickeys.” Audiences are wowed by the amazing music, dancing and acrobatics of their favorite characters, along with constantly- changing sets and dynamic costumes. The Disney Dream has nearly a dozen dining options from three sitdown, family-friendly restaurants to casual, poolside eateries to two upscale dining options at adultsonly Remy and Palo. The staff is eager to accommodate special wishes and is especially attentive to children. “We really cater for all generations,” says Disney Dream Hotel Director Ugo Vaccalluzzo, who oversees all food and beverage operations. Capt. Hook. While adults hide away at the spa or their own pool deck, families enjoy two pools, a water slide, Aqua Duck tube coaster and a Nemo-themed splash pad. Disney movies play throughout the day on the outdoor screen, and deck parties are hosted in the afternoon and evening. Free youth programs give parents a break while children ages 3 to 17 are entertained with state- of-the-art toys and games and creative activities.
Kennedy Space Center