Natalie H. (NDM#268) (56 Posts)

Natalie grew up in Nashville, TN. Married with one son, she lives on a farm. As if this weren't enough to keep her on her toes, Natalie also works around the clock due to being self-employed . Natalie often travels to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, giving her a vast knowledge of the Disney Resorts which she shares in her posts on The Disney Driven Life. She loves the research on the resorts and appreciates input for these articles as well. In recent trips, Natalie has begun making a habit of meeting people while in the parks. This habit inspired her personal website, Meet the Magic, This site helps her connect to others as well as hold space for Disney fans to post information about their Disney related sites. Her goal with this venture is to help people to "Meet the Magic" of their choice.

Aboard the Disney Dream, my family stayed in an inside state room.  We were very excited to see our room aboard the Disney Dream!  I had reviewed the information carefully, including the blue prints of the room and available photos.  I was so ready to see it in person!  Of course, the Dream was only a bit over a month old, meaning the room would be extremely clean!

When we walked in the room, I was greatly pleased with all of the furnishings.  The walls were wood paneling, making the space feel warm and inviting.  The bed was white with a blue throw draped over the side.  The throw and the red pillow atop the bed were adorned with the Disney cruise emblems.  The bed was a queen-sized bed and included side tables and overhead lamps.  Beside each side of the bed were  light switches for the bedside lamps.  Also on one side of the bed was a switch for the virtual porthole.  I flipped on the switch and impatiently waited to see the virtual porthole appear.  We saw a view of Port Canaveral from a camera located along the outside of the Dream.  We kept the porthole “on” during the day and “off” when going to sleep.  The visual helped us to see when we were at port or away at sea.  We only saw a few characters, as they appear only a few times an hour.

The bed had plenty of room under the bed for luggage.  In addition to this space, we also had shelves and a closet for clothes we wanted to store, rather than keep in our suitcases.  Our son slept on the couch turned double bed.  He enjoyed his own space there!  We enjoyed the curtain that could seperate the queen-sized bed from the couch side of the state room so naps could be taken on the bed in peace while others watched the on demand movies and television shows.

On past non-Disney cruises, my state room seemed small and uncomfortable; however, aboard the Disney dream our room was extremely nice and comfortable.  I found that I wanted to return to our room to relax!  Even better, every time we left our room, we would return to an entire refreshed room.  We would have clean (deluxe grade) towels, made up beds and tidied room space.  It was really wonderful!  And until the next time I am aboard the ship, I will continue to Dream about our state room!

Contributed by: Natalie Henley (NDM#268) Natalie is the DDL Resort Blogger. She is also the creator of Meet the Magic.

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