"We're very happy with the booking pace that the Disney Dream has experienced," Walt Disney Co. Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo told analysts at a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch conference in Newport Beach, Calif. "There has been a tremendous amount of interest from both new and previous cruisers with us to book."
You can count me in as one of those "new cruisers". We will be going on our first ever Disney cruise in December 2011 on the Disney Dream. And there will be a large group going from the Chicago area too! So look out! :)
I think it helps that the cost per state room is lower than the Wonder and Magic. The large capacity probably allowed them to lower such cost. This is also true for the number of DVC points needed for the cruise. It is generally lower on the Dream. This can only spur more people who were considering a Disney cruise to take finally make that plunge.