Take off to the Space Coast

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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.

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