Geeking Out with the Disney Dream, Part 5: Stunning Disney Art

Disney artwork graces the passageways and staterooms of the Disney Dream. There's even a full-sized art gallery on board, where guests can purchase original and prints of Disney art. Photo by Flickr user Casajump, used with permission.

I couldn’t get over the beautiful Disney storyboard and concept art throughout the Disney Dream. If you sail on a Disney Cruise Line ship, make sure you take the time to stroll around the enjoy the art.

And if you want to take some of the art home with you, pay a visit to the Vista Gallery. This is where guests can browse original Disney art and pieces related to the Disney Dream and Castaway Cay. Many of the pieces are for sale, and several are featured in a silent auction. In addition, popular prints are sold for a nominal cost and make very elegant cruise souvenirs.

In the staterooms, there were two prints hanging on the walls.  It appears that the same prints are in most rooms on the Disney Dream, and Dave and I were disappointed that we couldn’t buy a print of the art deco design of the four Disney Cruise Line ships.

My husband and I have nautical art and photography in our bedroom at home. This print, which is featured in most Disney Dream staterooms, would be the perfect compliment to our design, but alas it wasn't for sale. Note the names of the four ships below each hull. Photo by Flickr user Insidethemagic.

I really loved looking at the storyboard art and rough sketches along the stairwells and passageways — designs that we knew would later become the films and cartoons that make Walt Disney famous. They had prints of basic Steamboat Willie ideas, Pixar storyboards and celluoid prints. And now I share some of my favorites with you!

The long passageway leading towards the Animator's Palete restaurant is lined with rough sketches of over 20 Disney heroines, from Snow White to Rapunzel and everyone in between. I found my favorite among them! Photo: Patricia Vollmer
This is one of the "Enchanted Art" pieces, the poster converts into a Silly Symphony with a Russian theme. Photo: Patricia Vollmer
From Snow White. Photo: Patricia Vollmer
This is between Deck 4 and Deck 5 "midship" meaning it's in a very prominent location on the ship (Decks 4 and 5 are mostly common areas, such as shopping, the concierge,etc.) Photo: Patricia Vollmer
I *think* these are storyboards from Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. I'm not completely certain. Photo: Patricia Vollmer
The Animator's Palete showed storyboards from Finding Nemo before the dinner show started. Photo: Patricia Vollmer
These next three pictures are probably my favorites on the entire ship. They were tucked away on either Deck 1 or 2 towards the back of the ship (the "aft" stairwell). Three 4-panel pieces in a row showing a scene from a Pixar movie from storyboard to completed CGI! This is from The Incredibles. Photo: Patricia Vollmer
From Finding Nemo. Photo: Patricia Vollmer
From Cars. Photo: Patricia Vollmer

Patricia Vollmer is the proud mother of two emerging geek sons, ages 12 & 15. She is a meteorologist with the Air Force Reserve and is currently assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Patricia blogs about her family's nomadic military life at Ground Control to Major Mom. Home is always where the Air Force sends her family, which is currently in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hobbies include running, despite no one chasing her, sharing her love for Disney and Star Wars, and exploring the world with her boys. Ask her why the sky is blue at your own risk.