Aboard the Dream: Movies at Sea

One of the most fun things about Disney Cruise Line ships: There’s a movie theatre. Yes! On the ship!

At the Buena Vista Theatre, you can catch Disney classics and recently-released (and sometimes even soon-to-be-released) films. They run four or five films each day, typically starting at about 9 a.m. with the last show starting around 11 p.m.

It’s absolutely beautiful, as you can see below. The Art Deco design is so on point that it almost feels like stepping into the past … with comfy seats, booming sound and 3D! (Disney was the first cruise line to introduce 3D on the ships.) I seriously, seriously love the sun-burst lighting fixture. All these little details, for a movie theatre that’s dark most of the time? Yes, please!!

And, yes, there is a concession stand right outside for all of your snacking needs–but there is an up-charge for snacks, and the stand isn’t always open. But! They don’t mind if you bring in “outside” food, so feel free to grab a snack from Flo’s Cafe and carry it in. (Like an AMC Fork & Screen at sea!)

On our sailing, Cinderella (live action), Avengers: Age of Ultron, Big Hero Six, Tomorrowland, Monkey Kingdom (a nature doc) and Inside Out played throughout the cruise—Ultron and Inside Out were even shown in 3D during select showtimes. We’d actually seen all of these films already (!!) so we didn’t partake, but during our upcoming cruise (with two at-sea days) we definitely will! We still haven’t seen The Jungle Book (live action), and I’ve got my fingers crossed for an advance screening of Doctor Strange or Moana.

All of the films and start times for the entirety of the cruise will be listed in your Navigator and in the DLC app on Embarkation Day, and the day’s shows will be listed in each day’s Navigator. I am already getting excited about checking the list on our upcoming cruise …

The other movie theatre on the ship …

Cruise Overview 18Yea, it’s your bed.

On the Dream and Fantasy, you can access to virtually every single Disney movie ever and a few other family-friendly titles on-demand for no additional fee from the comfort of your own bed. They also play recordings of that night’s big theatre performances each evening. (On the Wonder and Magic, there are channels featuring Disney movies and shorts but nothing is available on-demand.)

You better believe we took advantage of this amazing perk. We fell asleep each night to a different classic movie and typically had one playing in the morning to get the day started with a twinkle of magic as we enjoyed room service brekkies (on the veranda, of course).

If you’re more of a “sing-along in public” type, FunnelVision, located on Deck 11, Midship, overlooking the Mickey pool, may be more your speed. They play a variety of movies, mostly animated classics, on the big screen throughout the day. These are subject to change from day to day and are listed in the daily Navigator, but the films typically start at 8:45 a.m. with the last film ending by midnight (except on Pirate Night). There’s no concessions, per se, but you can’t beat the proximity to Flo’s and Cabanas!


On our cruise, Frozen, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Teen Beach 2, Tarzan, The Jungle Book, Brave, Cinderella (animated), The Princess and the Frog, Enchanted, The Emperors New Groove, Hercules, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean (all three of them!), 101 Dalmatians, Beauty & the Beast, Monsters Inc., Mulan, Wreck-It Ralph, The Avengers and a variety of Pixar short films played on the big screen. So … they basically tear through the catalog!

I’m more of an “in-bed” movie fan, personally, but even I’ll admit to becoming mesmerized by my favorite movies playing on the big (huge!) screen as I walked around the ship throughout the week. I imagine FunnelVision is basically crack for kids. And I don’t blame them!! Who doesn’t get sucked in to a good ole Disney classic?

Have you ever seen a movie aboard a Disney cruise ship? Let us know in the comments! 

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