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    Evolution on Disney Dream

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Disney Dream, Deck 4 Aft


Evolution is the Dream’s dance club, and is designed as “an artistic interpretation of the transformation of a butterfly … emerging from a chrysalis” according to Disney. What this entails is a lot of yellow, orange and red lights arranged in the shape of butterfly wings and hung around the club. Pairs of them hang above the dance floor, and we’ll forgive you for comparing the slightly tipsy, dancing tourists to wriggling pupae. A couple of the walls are wing-patterned, too, bathing guests seated at the leather couches alongside in ginger and crimson hues.

Fortunately, most of the butterfly theming is concentrated around the dance floor and along a couple of back walls. Between the two it’s not as noticeable; plastic-shell chairs sit in the dimly-lit sections, occasionally alongside high-backed couches. Short barstools line the outside edge of the room, surrounding small round drinks tables.

All those seats are used on evenings when Evolution hosts live entertainment besides dancing. These adults-only acts include magicians, comedians, live singers and more. In addition to live acts, Evolution’s DJs will sometimes dedicate an entire night’s music to a specific kind of music. Common themes include classic rock, disco, and something called “urban country.” Evolution also hosts get-togethers for adults aged 18 to 21, in an event helpfully titled Club 18*21.

Evolution’s circular bar has gold leather seats on one side, allowing guests a view of the dance floor while they drink; the other half of the bar is for walk-up traffic. Evolution’s drink menu is similar to The District Lounge, offering draft and bottled beer, cocktails, spirits, wine and champagne by the glass and bottle.

Because it’s one of the largest venues on the Dream, Evolution is the site of family activities throughout the day, holding everything from hands-on craft-making seminars, to tequila tastings, to timeshare presentations. Evolution’s adults-only entertainment usually opens later than other bars in The District, around 10 or 10:30 p.m. Check your Personal Navigator for times.

Comparing the Ships

Evolution is most similar to The Tube dance club on Disney’s Fantasy, Fathoms on the Magic, and WaveBands on the Wonder. We rate Evolution as the second-best dance club on the Disney Cruise Line, behind The Tube. Theming, lighting effects and seating are better than on the Magic and Wonder, with The Tube’s “London Underground” style done a bit better than Evolution’s more conceptual “caterpillar to butterfly” idea.

Photo and masthead courtesy of Scott Sanders.