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About to set sail on Disney Dream

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Morning started with a christening that only Disney could pull off. A helicopter hoisted a big bottle of "champagne" and smashed it on the hull of Disney's newest ship, the Dream. It's the first ship Disney has launched in over a decade, and at first glance, it's pretty amazing.
At least Whoopi Goldberg thinks so. She just walked into the soaring lobby in a black Mickey Mouse sweatshirt, looked around and said, "Wow."

Wow is right. My niece and I have been wandering around the decks for a couple of hours before we set sail on the short inaugural cruise. Every corner we turn, there's something else that lures us in. I'll post more on that later. Getting ready to do the mandatory lifeboat drill in a few minutes.

Chicago's own Jennifer Hudson is the godmother of the ship. She sang a song at the morning christening ceremony. Hudson got her start singing on the Disney Wonder in 2003, one year before shooting to stardom on "American Idol."

Will be getting to every one of your questions at some point -- hopefully soon. Let me know if there's anything you want to know about the ship and I'll try my best to find out during my 48 hours aboard.

Bon voyage,

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