PAPENBURG, GERMANY, (Oct. 31, 2010) – After 20 months of construction, the Disney Dream cruise ship floated out of the enclosed building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard, completing a major construction milestone. The ship was greeted by thousands of visitors lining the shore to see the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, which features the first water coaster at sea and other cruise industry firsts designed to build upon Disney’s commitment to delivering unparalleled family cruises.
Continuing the Float Out celebration, Disney VoluntEARS hosted more than 400 children and families from the local communities for an exclusive showing of the Disney film, “Beauty & the Beast” at two local theaters in Papenburg and Leer. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck were on hand to welcome the children and introduce the show, while VoluntEARS helped serve movie snacks and popcorn.
Dedicated to giving back to the communities in which they live, work and play, Disney Cruise Line cast and crew members took this unique opportunity to share the Disney magic with children in the region known as the birthplace of Disney’s newest ship — Disney Dream. For an area that is steeped in ship building tradition, it is no surprise that Meyer Werft is one of the main employers of the area.
Local school children attending Pestalozzischule and Johannesburg schools, both in Papenburg, and Greta-Schoon-Schule and Pestalozzischule in Leer, received commemorative tickets to attend the special events on Sunday.
Disney VoluntEARS continue to be a positive force in over 20 communities that Disney Cruise Line frequents, offering opportunities for cast and crew members to give back and volunteer for worthwhile and meaningful causes.