Thursday, December 24, 2020

The DCL Christmas Tree Ornament Fleet

Back in 2017, when I was on the Dream, I bought an Disney Dream Christmas tree ornament from Mickey's Mainsail.  All four ship ornaments have been available in the Disney Cruise Line section of at times, but currently, they aren't listed.  

Since that Dream cruise, I've increased my collection until last year, when I got the last one!
On the tree, the Magic is at the top, the Wonder is below it, the Dream is below the Wonder, and the Fantasy is at the bottom.  These ornaments are pretty detailed, but they aren't completely accurate.  Let's take a closer look.
The Magic
The Wonder
The Dream
The Fantasy

The Dream and Fantasy have their names on the sides, but the Magic and Wonder don't, probably since on the real ships, their names aren't in the same place that the names on the Dream and the  Fantasy are.  I really like these ornaments, but something that bothers me about them is that the Magic and Wonder ornaments are larger than the Dream and Fantasy!
The explanation I have for this is that the Magic and Wonder ornaments were designed before the Dream and Fantasy launched.  Then, when the Dream and Fantasy ornaments were designed, the Magic and Wonder ornaments weren't used as references.  
With my problem with the ornaments out of the way, let's look closely at them.  Since they're bigger, the Magic and Wonder ornaments are more detailed.  The top decks of them are more colorful and even have the decks textured.  However, these ornaments are outdated and don't show the changes made in their reimaginations, like the AquaDunk (on the Magic), the AquaLab, or the Twist n' Spout.  I don't have a problem with this, since it's not very noticeable unless you look at them super closely, like I did.

Since they aren't up to date, the Magic and Wonder ornaments still have Mickey's Slide and Mickey's Pool, in addition to Goofy's pool, the Quiet Cove Pool, and the crew pool!
The Dream and Fantasy ornaments feature the AquaDuck, Mickey's Pool (but no Mickey's Slide), Donald's Pool, and the Quiet Cove Pool.  There's no Vibe sundeck pool, but there is a silhouette of Mickey's head at the front of the ships.  Remember when it was gray?  Don't worry, I won't waste any time today speculating about an ornament.

The bows of all four ships.
The sterns of all four ships don't have the characters on them like the real ships do, but making tiny character models and painting them would be a challenge.  They do have tiny versions of the name art that the real ships have on their sterns, but they're below the gold line instead of part of the line.  This is understandable, since the ships are so small, which probably makes it nearly impossible to get everything exactly right.

If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a Very Merrytime!  If you don't, have a great December 25th!

1 comment:

  1. Merry Christmas Kieran! You are so observant and always pay such close attention to detail. I always learn something new with every blog post.