After dinner, we had a little time before the evening’s theater presentation and we decided to explore the shops on deck 3, located near the Walt Disney Theater. There are actually three shops in that area. Mickey’s Mainsail is the main source for typical Disney souvenirs, including t-shirts, hats, plush, etc. The selection includes a lot of merchandise with the Disney Dream logo as well as some more generic Disney Cruise Line items. At least on our cruise, much of the Disney Dream specific merchandise still was identified as being for the inaugural voyages. We bought t-shirts and hats here and I was also able to get a model of the Disney Dream to match one that I bought on our earlier cruise on the Magic (the one sold on the Wonder was identical to the one on the Magic).
Across the way from Mickey’s Mainsail is Sea Treasures. This store features some more upscale clothing as well as some higher-end merchandise like watches and jewelry. This store also has a fairly large toy section. Most of the toys are not cruise-specific, although they do have some Disney Cruise Line plush here. My son found and purchased (with some of his saved up allowance) a plush cruise ship containing plush figures of Mickey and friends dressed in nautical outfits. It is very cute, although he was a bit disappointed to discover that the characters are sewn in.
The third store in the area is Whitecaps, which is primarily a duty-free liquor store, although they do also stock a number of sundries, such as common over-the-counter medications, sunscreen and other similar essentials.
All of the shops on the Dream are only opened while the ship is at sea, which allows them to sell all merchandise duty-free (tax-free). Guests do have to declare all purchases at the end of the cruise and will be charged taxes if you exceed the $800/person duty-free limit.
"The Golden Mickeys"
Note: I didn’t get any photos in the theater or The District, which is why there aren’t any more pictures in this post.
Disney’s ships employ a full theatrical troupe that perform in elaborate productions in the Walt Disney Theater. While this is not unique to Disney’s cruise line, the shows benefit quite a bit from Disney’s experience with live productions, including those for Broadway and the theme parks. The result is a pretty consistently high quality to the shows presented on the Disney ships. The shows also benefit greatly from Disney’s extensive library of stories, characters and songs, which provides strong source material for the shows to use.
On both of our previous cruises, the first night featured a "Welcome Aboard" variety show instead of a full-blown theatrical production. On those previous cruises, we skipped that opening night show in favor of more general exploration of the ship’s features. The schedule was different on the Dream, though. The first night featured one of the major productions, "The Golden Mickeys", which we didn’t want to miss.