Monday, December 14, 2020

The Disney Dream in Disney Infinity

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Disney Infinity room in the Dream's Oceaneer Club.  In that post, I mentioned that the game has Disney Cruise Line content in it that can only be unlocked by scanning an Oceaneer Band on the Disney Infinity base, where the figures go.  I can't imagine the DCL content in the game is very well known, so I decided to explore it to show you what it has to offer.  Much like on an actual Disney cruise, I took a ton of pictures to make this as detailed as possible.
This is the thumbnail of the world, and it shows Mickey Mouse in the (game) Dream's atrium.
I played as Anakin Skywalker for this post.  Once the world loads, you start out in the Dream's atrium.  The DCL content unlocked with the Oceaneer Band includes special Disney Dream-themed items like the chandelier, portholes, the Donald Duck statue, and the flooring.
The doors in this area lead to places you'd go on a cruise on the Dream.  One goes to the DCL terminal, one goes to the Dream's pool deck, one goes to Nassau, and the last one goes to Castaway Cay.
Let's start at the Disney Cruise Line terminal in Port Canaveral.  The DCL cruise terminal was renovated earlier this year, so this version of it is outdated.  
Right inside the front entrance is the security area.  Conveniently, you can just go right through it and up the stairs into the main area.
This is the main area of the DCL terminal.  I'm not sure why there's a hole in the floor.  For some reason, there are a few missing pieces throughout the entire world.  I think they might have been loading errors.  They're strange, but not a huge problem.  Anyway, right behind the missing square is the model of the Magic.  The "model" is actually a rideable mini DCL ship.  Beyond that is the large Mickey ears guests walk through to board their ship.  If you get close to it in the game, it'll ask you if you want to get onto the ship, which is a nice touch.
Here's the check-in counter where you get your Key to the World card, lanyard (if you're a Castaway Club member), and Voyage Navigator.  The Voyage Navigators are still printed and passed out, and they're fun to look through to get an overview of your cruise while you wait for your boarding group to be called.  I think these will continue to be printed out, even though Disney has been encouraging guests to use the DCL Navigator app instead of the paper Personal Navigators recently.  If you try to connect to the DCL-Guest Wi-Fi network in the terminal, the app will tell you that it's being prepared for your cruise and to check it again when you're on the ship.  This means that the cruise's activities are not visible through the app in the terminal, so the paper Voyage Navigators will probably live on.
I really like how the creator of this area included minor details like the bathrooms.
Well, the bathroom doors at least.
Here's the seating area on the right side of the building.  It's nice to see that whoever made this didn't forget about the old TVs.  I'm guessing they were replaced with modern TVs in the recent renovations.
Next, let's take a look at the parking garage.  Looking at the parking garage, you may notice a few things.  For one, the garage isn't directly across the street from the terminal in real life.  Also, as of January 2020, there is only one walkway from the parking garage to the terminal in real life.  I doubt many kids playing in this area would care about those minor details, so I'll let them go.
Here's the view of the imaginary walkway from inside the parking garage.
The walkways aren't connected to the actual parking garage.  Despite what the name suggests, Disney Infinity has limitations, and it was probably difficult or impossible to connect the parking garage with the walkways.
Here's the view of the street from the walkway that really exists.
This is the roof of the terminal.  A few years ago, the roof on the real was repaired and renovated, so these holes must have been fixed. 
Every area in this world has some sort of game to play.  There's no reward for winning these games, but they're fun ways to explore the areas.  In this section, players were tasked with finding the crew as fast as possible.  
The crew, Mickey and friends, were scattered inside and outside the terminal building.  The crew is all ready for the cruise, so let's go to the first port of call, Nassau!
If I'm on a cruise that goes to Nassau, I usually just stay on the ship, but I'll make an exception here, since there's not a ton to do on this Dream.
You can jetpack up to the top to get a better view of Nassau, though, which you can't do on the real Dream.  I love how this world's creator made the buildings here colorful, much like the buildings in the real Nassau.  They also included the Nassau Container Port, the area with the crane on the right side.  In real life, the Nassau Container Port is on Arawak Cay, an island pretty close to the cruise piers.
Near the town is a castle.  I think this is Fort Charlotte, a fort built by the British in 1788, when the Bahamas were still British colonies.  According to Wikipedia, they never used it in battle.
That would explain why it's still in such good condition today.  Maybe those cannons are still loaded.
This lighthouse is probably the Hog Island Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in the Bahamas.  I've seen this lighthouse quite a lot, especially on the Nassau port camera.
This area's game, or Port Adventure, is a race around Nassau.  Did you see the water running around the island?  That's the race track.  Players have to carefully drive around the island through every ring.  This isn't a race against others, unless you have someone to play with.
Fittingly, the race uses the mini DCL ship I mentioned earlier.  It's actually one of the faster vehicles in the game!  The first part of the race is pretty straightforward, until you get to this cave.  
Inside the cave, the track goes down and you get here.  This adds variety to the course so it's not just sand and trees for the entire thing.
Speaking of variety, after the cave, you get to the colorful town.  Similar to what happened at the terminal, there's a hole in the ground.
After going by the town, there's a giant Bahamian flag, but part of it is missing.
After going by the flag, the course goes under a bridge, through the Nassau Container Port, and past the Dream to the finish line.  I enjoyed this race, it was more fun than waiting an hour for an inner tube at Atlantis, something I've done in Nassau.
Before I get back on the ship, here's the view of the town and Fort Charlotte from the Nassau Container Port.
Next, let's explore the Dream's pool deck.  This is the most detailed area on the ship itself, and there's a lot to find and do.
This is Mickey's Pool.  This doesn't really look like Mickey, but as I said earlier, Disney Infinity is limited.  I'm sure it was the best the creator could do.
This is Donald's Pool, the deeper family pool on the Dream.   This pool is the best pool to watch movies on Funnel Vision from.
Speaking of Funnel Vision, it was playing a very interesting map of the world, minus Antarctica.  The ability to record your gameplay and put that on a screen in the game would've been an awesome feature, and it might have been added if Disney Infinity hadn't been discontinued.
The pool deck features a rideable Mickey's Slide, and the best part was that there was no line!
On the real Dream, Nemo's Reef is near Mickey's Slide, and that's no different on the Disney Infinity Dream.  Is it just me or does Nemo look a little more green than on the real Dream?
Off to the side, under Deck 12, are the tables and deck chairs.  It's too bad Disney Infinity doesn't have any chairs that look more like the blue DCL pool chairs, but you can't actually make your character sit down in the game, so chairs aren't a very important feature in the game.
Cabanas, the door with the blue awning over it, is on the starboard side of the ship, close to the Aft, much like where it is in reality.  The other door, with a pirate sign over it, is the Arr-Cade!  I told you this was outdated.  Unfortunately, both Cabanas and the Arr-Cade are not accessible.
The windows here really nail the DCL look, and they aren't even part of the DCL content!  Even though they're not transparent, it's like they were designed to look like the windows on the pool decks of the DCL ships.
Let's go to Midship to Flo's Café, the Cars-themed poolside restaurant.  This section was detailed, even the "road" on the floor was included!  I liked how there were the different foods in their respective locations.  The pizza slice is Luigi's Pizza, the hamburger is Tow Mater's Grill, and the apple is Fillmore's Favorites.
On the other side of the ship are Frozone Treats and Eye Scream.  Like at Flo's Café, the details of the ice on the floor is a nice touch.  It's tempting, but don't touch the right ice cream cone.  I touched it and it crashed my Wii U, what I was playing Disney Infinity on.  This is what happens when you eat too much ice cream, kids!
After loading back into the pool deck, I decided to go to the port side and I found this staircase.  The worst thing that could happen is that the game could crash, so let's go up it.
This is the AquaDuck!  It doesn't go quite up to the top of the funnel, but it is rideable, which is always a good thing.
There aren't any inflatable rafts in Disney Infinity, but there's no point in complaining.  Disney's an imaginative company, so I can imagine that I'm on the real AquaDuck.
This area has two games.  This one is a hunt for ten fireworks hidden across the area I explored earlier.
The other game is a bit more exciting.  It's Pirate Night!  This game has you find and defeat the pirates that have taken over the ship.
It definitely wasn't as fun as the real Pirate Night, but I did like how the sky around the ship changed to a darker theme.

That's it for the pool deck!  Unfortunately, there was only the area between the funnels in the Disney Infinity version, so there was no Goofy's Sports Deck or Quiet Cove.  Let's move on to the final port of call on the Disney Infinity Dream, Castaway Cay!
Before I explore the island, here's what the ship looks like on Castaway Cay.  At some point between Nassau and here, it must have gotten much bigger and more detailed.
Here's the side of it.  This is the best version of the entire ship, not just a section like the pool deck.
Welcome to Castaway Cay!  This image makes me remember what looking up at the ship from on the island feels like, like in the picture below:
It feels somewhat similar, doesn't it?  If I had to choose between the two, I'd pick the real Castaway Cay,
Let's start out at the Post Office.  Here, two Olafs welcome players to the island.  As you may have noticed, Disney Infinity has some glitches that'll never get fixed.  When I came back into this area later, there was only one Olaf.  Anyway, here's what he had to say:
The game on Castaway Cay is to find the collectibles hidden at various points of interest.  Every collectible comes with a fact about Castaway Cay.  These facts range from very obvious to little-known, and to make this as complete as possible, I found all of them!
The first one was next to the post office.  Mailing a postcard from here takes a long time, but hey, there's a special postmark!
This is one of the very obvious facts.  If someone's been on a Disney cruise, they probably would know that Castaway Cay is Disney's private island, and only DCL ships dock here.  Something less people know is that Castaway Cay was the first private island owned by a cruise line where ships are able to dock and don't have to tender.
I've sailed around the island's clear blue waters twice on the Wild Side excursion for Vibe members.  It's a lot of fun!
I've never been on a glass bottom boat, but from photos I've seen online, they look really cool, especially at a place with clear water like Castaway Cay.
If you've been to Castaway Cay, you've probably gone across this bridge on a tram or on foot.  In real life, this side of the sign has the Castaway Cay logo on it.
This side says "SEE YA LATER, MON!"
This is the Marge's Barges tram stop.  Every Disney Infinity world a player creates has limits on how much can be placed in the world.  It's not a definite limit, but the game will just refuse to place any more when you reach the limit.  To bypass this limit, Castaway Cay is divided into four sections, cleverly based on the tram system.
Let's go to Tram Stop 2: Scuttle's Cove.
Scuttle's Cove is right after the bridge I mentioned earlier.  In the real island, this wooden board is the map of Castaway Cay.
To the left of the map is Mount Rustmore, which, here,  is a few of the air conditioning vents you see on buildings.
Mickey was at Mount Rustmore, let's see what he has to say.
There are seven collectibles hidden around the Scuttle's Cove area, and of course, I found them all.
The Mount Rustmore collectible was the one Mickey was referring to.  If this collectible wasn't here, I probably wouldn't have realized what the air conditioning vents really were.  The elevation it has listed is probably accurate, though I'm not sure about the population.
I've never been on Castaway Ray's Stingray Adventure.  There's so much to do on Castaway Cay, it's hard to do everything it has to offer.
Scuttle's Cove is the equivalent of the Oceaneer Club and Lab on Castaway Cay.  I came here a few times when I was younger, it was fun.
I've always wanted to try riding one of those water tricycles.  If I go to Castaway Cay again, I hope to finally try it out.
In Da Shade has a variety of fun activities.  Notably, it has billiards, which none of the ships have.  I guess you can say there's a pool on Castaway Cay, just not the kind you'd expect.
Contrary to what this image suggests, In Da Shade has more than just basketball.  
In Da Shade is near Cookie's, which brings us to the next collectible.  Next time you go to Cookie's or Cookie's Too, you should try the spicy chicken sandwich.  Maybe it was because I was hungry from snorkeling, but the one I had in January was awesome.
One of the shops on Castaway Cay is She Sells Sea Shells...and Everything Else.  I rarely go shopping on Castaway Cay, since there is so many other things I could be doing to make the most of the day.
It's a good thing I decided to go shopping, because there was a collectible inside!  If you buy a magnet here, try sticking it to your stateroom wall and see what happens.
Surprisingly, the water playground did not have a collectible at it.  Maybe whoever created this area forgot about the water playground, put in all of the collectibles, then remembered to add it but never put a collectible at it.  That's too bad, I would've liked to learn something about it.

That's everything I did in the Scuttle's Cove tram stop area.  Next, let's go to Tram Stop 3:  Pelican Point.
There wasn't anyone telling me about collectibles at the Pelican Point Tram Stop which was pretty disappointing.  I still found them though.
Here's a better look at the buildings around the tram stop.  I remember looking at these buildings while I waited for the tram once.
This is Summertime Freeze, a Frozen-themed restaurant where you can get various cold refreshments.  I've actually never gotten anything here, I've just stuck to the soft-serve ice cream by Cookie's and Cookie's Too.
On my first cruise, there was no Summertime Freeze, since Frozen had not released yet.
This is the other main store, Buy the Sea Shore.  I'm pretty sure it sells the same items that She Sells Sea Shells...and Everything Else sells, so the biggest difference is the location.
This building did not have a collectible at it, but I believe it's Flippers and Floats.  Last time I went to Castaway Cay, I got snorkeling equipment here to swim in the cold January water.
I somehow got inside the roof.
Like Flippers and Floats, this did not have a collectible at it.  I'm pretty sure this is the Heads Up Bar.  There isn't much for a kid to do at a bar, so it's understandable why there's no collectible here.
This is the bike rental area.  Disney Infinity doesn't have bikes, but it does have bike racks, because that makes sense.
This is the beach sports area behind the bike rental lot.  Last time I came here in real life, I got hit in the face with a tetherball.  I haven't played tetherball since.
This area doesn't have a flashy, interesting name.  The map of Castaway Cay just says, "Beach Sports".  It gets the point across, but Not In Da Shade would've been way more memorable.
I've associated the beach sports area with Hideout, even though the beach sports area isn't part of Hideout.  In real life, there's a water cooler near Hideout that is so nice on a hot day.  How does it keep the water that cold?
The next collectible, in Spring-a-Leak, isn't completely accurate anymore.  Spring-a-Leak isn't new anymore.  I remember it being there on my first cruise in 2012, and this world was made in 2015, so was this ever accurate?
There's no collectible here, but this is Cookie's Too.  Cookie's Too was added to the island after Cookie's was, around the time when the Dream launched in 2011.
This is the seating area next to Cookie's Too.  I remember it being shadier.
Did Pelican Point have a different name before Pelican Plunge was built?  Or was Pelican Plunge named after Pelican Point?
Like Spring-a-Leak, Pelican Plunge isn't new now and it wasn't incredibly new in 2015, either.  Maybe the descriptions were written when these areas were new.
Like the Heads Up Bar, Sand Bar doesn't have a collectible since bars aren't made for kids.
The Snorkeling Lagoon isn't near the cabanas.  It's actually on the other side of the Heads Up Bar.  Well, at least they put the collectible near the ocean.
I like how the cabanas are colorful and have little doors on them.  My family has never rented a cabana, partially because there are so many other things to do on the island.  To me, relaxing at a cabana seems like a waste of valuable time.

That's everything from the Pelican Point tram stop area.  Let's move on to the final area, Tram Stop 4:  Serenity Bay!
This tram stop doesn't start players off near the actual tram stop.  Instead, it allows them to explore the airstrip and its surrounding area.

Jack Sparrow was by the airstrip, and he talked about the collectibles in Serenity Bay.
The first of four collectibles was on the Bike/Nature Trail.  I'm not really sure what the trail had to do with loggerhead sea turtles, but it's good that Disney is helping them.
This is the Observation Tower.  If you haven't been in real life, I suggest you go on your next trip to the island.  Castaway Cay is flat, so you can see the entire island and your ship from the tower.
The description agrees with me!  You can see a lot from the tower.
This signboard is probably representing the Castaway Air plane.  It would've been awesome if the DCL content in Disney Infinity had a pilotable Castaway Air plane, but unfortunately, it didn't.  I love the hidden lore and story of Castaway Cay, and I hope Lighthouse Point has a fictional background like Castaway Cay does.
Further down the airstrip is Serenity Bay, the adults-only area on the island.  The only time I've been here is when I've biked through it on the Wild Side excursion.  In January, we stopped here for a few minutes because someone's bike tire was flat.
This area is the Castaway Air Bar and Cookie's Too and a Half.  There's a smaller restaurant in Serenity Bay that serves food similar to the Cookie's restaurants, but the Castaway Cay Map doesn't give it an official name.  Let's call it Cookie's Too and a Half.
I love how this section of the island embraces the old airstrip theme.  Even in Disney Infinity, it looks like a run down and weathered airport, but of course, it's just made to look that way.  Keeping with the theme, the float rental building in Serenity Bay is called The Windsock Hut.
Here's a better view of the Castaway Air Bar.
The cabanas in Serenity Bay are very similar to the normal family cabanas.  These just don't allow kids.
"plenty of other adventures to be had!"  That is so true.  Making this post has made me realize and appreciate the large amount of things to do on Castaway Cay.  Guests can eat, walk around, run, swim, play in the sand, ride a boat, ride a water tricycle, kayak, paddleboard, parasail, explore, play a sport, shop, snorkel, slide, dump water on others, and do so many other things I didn't mention!  When designing Lighthouse Point, I hope Disney keeps what makes Castaway Cay special in mind and makes an even better destination for their guests.  It'll be a challenge, but it's possible.
The final collectible in this area is an overview of the trails beyond Serenity Bay.  These trails lead to a secret, beautiful beach that isn't accessible to guests, except those on the Wild Side excursion.  Seeing the sand without any footprints in it is pretty awesome.

That's all of the Disney Dream content in Disney Infinity!  A common theme here was that the Disney Infinity version wasn't as good as the real version, but you can't beat the price of the Disney Infinity version, provided you have a copy of the game and an Oceaneer band lying around.  It's a fun, mostly realistic recreation of the Dream, Nassau, and Castaway Cay.  The Disney Dream world does not mention a creator, which is too bad.  Whoever created this knew what they were doing and spent a lot of time making the Dream and Castaway Cay as realistic as possible.  Nassau isn't too realistic, but if it was, it would be pretty boring and have a Diamonds International store.  I really enjoyed playing through the world, and it's a great hidden surprise for DCL fans that happen to own Disney Infinity!

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