The Walt Disney suite on the Dream: A full review with UPDATED pictures and video

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports' started by disneywonderfun, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. disneywonderfun

    disneywonderfun DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Messages:
    733


    [​IMG]

    A view of our cabin (the one with the large balcony) from the ship model in the concierge lounge


    Our recent cruise on the Disney Dream was exceptional in so many ways that hopefully this review will be able to convey our experience as fully as possible. We originally decided on a Disney Dream cruise for the fall of 2011 after enjoying previous cruises on the Magic and Wonder during the previous two years.

    We opted for the Walt Disney Suite which is classified as a “Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah”. It is located on the port side of Deck 12 forward with its nearly matching Roy Disney Suite on the starboard side. Listed at 1781 square feet including the balcony, it is the largest cabin category available on the Disney fleet.

    We arrived at Port Canaveral around 1:15 pm after spending the morning visiting the Kennedy Space Center. The process of checking-in at the Port was exceptionally quick and efficient. A Disney representative escorted us from the check-in area, over to the kids club registration area, and then directly onto the ship. The entire process at the Port took less than 15-20 minutes from our arrival. The timing was almost perfect as we were allowed to immediately go to our cabin. Before checking our new home for the next five days, we stopped by the concierge lounge. The concierge staff on our cruise included Thomas, Julia, and Melanie. We had met Thomas previously on the Disney Wonder the prior year when we stayed in the Roy Disney Suite. Although I will comment more on our concierge staff throughout this review, suffice it to say that they were all outstanding. After a few minutes relaxing in the lounge, Thomas walked us over to our cabin to provide us with a tour.

    As we entered the cabin, we were first taken by the open floor plan. As opposed to the Roy Disney Suite on the Wonder, the living spaces are not compartmentalized. There are basically three major areas to the cabin: the living/dining room, the bedroom, and the balcony. Within those areas, however, there is some level of further subdivision. Immediately adjacent to the entryway is a small kitchenette which includes a sink, microwave, wine refrigerator, Jura coffeemaker, full-size refrigerator (stocked daily with cans of soda and milk), and extensive dishware/glassware. A double sliding glass window interconnects the kitchenette to the area adjacent to the dining room table. A relatively modest bathroom including a shower is located off the entry hallway. Opening into the living/dining room is a large dining room table with eight seats. Along the wall to the right of the table are two Murphy beds. One is a full size bed while the other is a twin. Both include sliding curtains which entirely surround each bed and allow for a surprising amount of privacy. Each Murphy bed has a reading light. The living room area has a semicircular style couch as well as a separate chair and two ottomans. The flat screen television is fairly large and associated with a large built-in storage until. Something new on the Dream for us were free “on demand” movies. On the Wonder we would borrow DVDs from the concierge. However, with a fairly large selection of “on demand” movies, we did not have to borrow a single DVD. Somewhat unhelpful with Disney’s setup is that you cannot watch a second “on demand” movie while the first one is playing on another television.


    [​IMG]

    The open floor plan of the living/dining room

    [​IMG]

    Nice touches throughout the cabin

    [​IMG]

    The kitchenette


    The bedroom includes a queen-size bed with several pillows. An additional pillow menu is available and provides a wide variety of choices. Four wave phones are provided on the desk of the bedroom. Another television with DVD player is included. Several large closets, a safe, slippers, and robes are also in the bedroom. The bedroom can be made private from the living room area by closing the French doors. The ceiling does have twinkle lights. The master bathroom has virtually everything you might want. A two person Jacuzzi is prominently placed in the middle. A two sink vanity with yet another television built into the mirror is directly adjacent to the Jacuzzi. A separate rain shower with an independently controlled sauna is also in the bathroom. The windows can be changed from clear to opaque by a wall switch.


    [​IMG]

    The very elegant bedroom

    [​IMG]

    The bathroom with the two person Jacuzzi & steam shower

    [​IMG]

    The mirror television in the bathroom

    [​IMG]

    The Murphy beds


    The balcony is the central area for relaxation in the Walt Disney Suite. A rough guess is that the balcony must constitute somewhere around 600 square feet. There are three areas where Disney placed furniture on the balcony. In addition, an outdoor whirlpool with underwater multicolor lights is on the balcony.


    [​IMG]

    The balcony

    [​IMG]

    Another beautiful sunset


    So, what was our favorite aspect of the cabin. I think the balcony with the whirlpool was unquestionably the most memorable. While out on the open sea, you feel like you are in your own private world despite the four thousand other passengers on board. If you cannot sleep at night, you can always go outside and sit in the 102 degree whirlpool and just let whatever concerns simply melt away. Our kids (4 and 10) basically treated the whirlpool like their own small swimming pool.

    The Royal Suites on the Dream have a few perks that otherwise are not available elsewhere. According to the concierge staff, only the Royal Suites can order Palo for room service. We had that same perk on the Wonder and did not hesitate to use it again on the Dream. A menu for Palo is available in the concierge lounge and your order is placed with any of the concierges that happen to be there. Of note, the one bedroom suites on the Dream are also allowed to order from any of the three rotational restaurants as well (but not Palo). When Palo is brought for room service, they setup your dining room table with a tablecloth and generally bring the meal in three waves: appetizers, main courses, and desserts. If you ever wanted your children to be able to dine at Palo, I think this is basically the only possible option to have it almost happen. Another nice perk of the Royal Suite is that you are provided with unlimited internet usage. The other rooms on the concierge level are provided 100 free minutes. I found the internet service to be entirely reasonable. Some websites which require large data transfer rates (i.e. Skype) are blocked from use. Nevertheless, I never had much of a problem connecting and staying online. We brought our own iPad on the trip although concierge guests are able to borrow an iPad while onboard (although those did appear to be the iPad 1 version).


    [​IMG]

    Palo delivered to the room - antipasti plate

    [​IMG]

    Palo delivered to the room - dessert


    When I thought about this review, I decided to limit my commentary about what one can expect when staying specifically in the Walt Disney Suite. So, I am not going to spend any time whatsoever discussing the general ship details, Castaway Cay, the rotational restaurants, etc. Nevertheless, there were various additional aspects that made our trip truly memorable. First and foremost, the concierge staff was absolutely great! Thomas, Julia, and Melanie each have their individual strengths but all were incredibly helpful. Basically no request was beyond their ability to resolve. More importantly, however, they were able to truly anticipate our needs as the voyage progressed. For example, our children love Mickey Bars. Well, since we have a full size refrigerator, our concierge brought us eight Mickey Bars to have in our freezer. They even brought up another supply of Mickey Bars without our asking after we had some friends over on the balcony one evening and consumed all of the ice cream! Another example of the quality of the concierge staff concerns my daughter’s hobby of collecting Disney pins. When Julia noticed our daughter’s lanyard, she took it upon herself to coordinate a “Magical Moment” where our daughter was the official passenger representative to the Officer’s Pin Trading event on the last night of the cruise. She assisted in the event and was even given a very special Disney cruise line pin for all her hard “work”. I also would hate to not mention our cabin steward, Jose. He was simply spectacular in the upkeep of our cabin.


    [​IMG]

    Entry to the concierge area

    [​IMG]

    The concierge lounge

    [​IMG]

    Food display in the concierge lounge

    [​IMG]

    The concierge sun deck


    I am certain there are more than a few things I have forgotten to mention. Nevertheless, I hope this review was helpful for anybody considering a voyage on the Dream.

    A full video of the cabin can be found on the following link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3FjccJ-Tw0

    Bill ​
     
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Guest Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  3. DVCconvert

    DVCconvert DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2004
    Messages:
    5,875
    Great report! Now I'm even more excited to experience this in Nov!!
    Thanks! :thumbsup2
     
  4. jrbdad

    jrbdad Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2008
    Messages:
    481
    Awesome review! We can only "dream" about that suite. Really appreciate you sharing your experience and pictures. Thank you.
     
  5. mouseears1

    mouseears1 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Messages:
    315
    Fantastic review with beautiful pictures! I bet your family had a wonderful time. I totally agree with you in regards to concierge, they do anticipate your every need and want even before you realize that is what you want:) We sailed in the Roy Disney suite the last time and now we are going to cruise in Sept, 2012 on the Fantasy in the Walt Disney Suite. Wow, I can't wait to be on our cruise::love: Does anyone know who the concierge staff will be on the Fantasy?
     
  6. magictheone

    magictheone Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5
    Thanks for the review!
     
  7. bitlerzx4

    bitlerzx4 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2008
    Messages:
    554
    awesome!!!!!!
     
  8. magictheone

    magictheone Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5
    How may can sleep in that room?
     
  9. Lindsay28

    Lindsay28 Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2011
    Messages:
    11
    Oh my goodness! that is so nice! may have to book that next time :p
     
  10. disneywonderfun

    disneywonderfun DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Messages:
    733
    As far as how many could sleep in the cabin, I guess two for the master, two in the full Murphy and 1 in the twin Murphy. Then, I guess you could have a crib as well. I did not check, but I do not think the couch opened up.

    DWF
     
  11. wishuponastarforever

    wishuponastarforever <font color=deeppink>I just love coming here and v

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2004
    Messages:
    1,108
    Thank you for your review. This is the only way my DH and I will experience the "Suite Experience".

    Who says you have to experience first hand to enjoy. The pictures are wonderful, and we have absolutely enjoyed.

    Thank you for sharing.
     
  12. MaleficentRN

    MaleficentRN DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,690
    That suite is gorgeous! If I had known it had it's own private sauna, I'd have saved up for a couple of more years! :cutie:
    Can you tell me about happy hour in the lounge? You can only get "adult beverages" at that time or could you get a beer at say noon there? And is it mixed drinks or beer and wine only?
    Thanks for the pictures and report! :thumbsup2
     
  13. disneywonderfun

    disneywonderfun DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Messages:
    733
    Happy hour is actually two hours split by around 30 minutes or so in the evening. It includes beer, wine, mixed drinks, and smoothies for the kids although I am sure adults could partake in a smoothie if they wanted.

    It was really nice to have the happy hour as you could relax with a drink or two before dinner or the show.

    Hope this helps,

    DWF &#57649;pirate::cheer2:
     
  14. Ajsmom22

    Ajsmom22 Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2011
    Messages:
    56
    I want to be in your family.
    lol!

    Amber
     
  15. SanDeeKath

    SanDeeKath San Diego Sunshine

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    Messages:
    826
    Beautiful pix and a great review. Is there a concierge lounge or pool area on the Wonder that you can recall?

    Can you order from Palo any night (ie no limit)? Can you do it by phone or do you have to go to the CL for the orders.

    Thanks so much!

    Katherine
     
  16. sleepydog25

    sleepydog25 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2004
    Messages:
    3,798
    Looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your wonderful pics!
     
  17. RJAYL

    RJAYL <font color=blue>WDW Since 1971<br><font color=mag

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2006
    Messages:
    3,788
    Lack of 2 bedrooms is still a dissapointment!:sad2:
    We are a family of 6 & have always cruised in a Disney Suite on the Magic & now have booked a connecting Cat T & V for our next 2 cruises on the Fantasy!:sad1:
    We will try 1 of the Royals in a couple of years when our 2 oldest will both be in college in February so we will only be 4 though my DW does not like the idea!:headache:
     
  18. disneywonderfun

    disneywonderfun DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Messages:
    733
    No, there is no pool or lounge for the concierge rooms on either the Wonder or the Magic. The rooms themselves are all over the place on those ships. On the Dream and Fantasy, they are in a specific area of the ship (all together).

    You can order Palo as well as from any of the rotational restaurants any and all nights. Also, there is no additional charge if you go with Palo. Of course, it is smart to tip the room service people well since they have to make three trips from Palo!
     
  19. MomsOf2boys

    MomsOf2boys <font color= deeppink ><marquee>Has obsessive fing

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Messages:
    3,993
    Thank you so much for sharing your review. We will be in the Roy Oct 2012 and I was wondering with the murphy beds out if the living space was still usable. You have helped greatly.

    Now I am really excited. :banana::banana::banana:
     
  20. MomsOf2boys

    MomsOf2boys <font color= deeppink ><marquee>Has obsessive fing

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Messages:
    3,993
    Was it the same server all three times? Did you tip each course to make sure?
     
  21. disneywonderfun

    disneywonderfun DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Messages:
    733
    It was one server from Palo for all three courses each time. However, I did make sure beforehand by asking after the first course if that server specifically would be bringing the remainder of the food. So, I provided the tip at the end of the meal. I think that worked fine as the same server was quite enthusiastic the second time he brought us Palo on a different evening.

    DWF
    :banana:
     

Share This Page