In true Disney style, new ship Disney Dream was floated out to a fireworks spectacular at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, marking a major milestone in the fairytale ship’s construction when the exteriors are completed.

Thousands of spectators lined the shore to watch the float out celebration, which involved a fireworks display and a special appearance by Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

From now until her maiden voyage on January 26, 2011, workers will be putting the finishing touches on Disney Dream’s interior, which includes the first ‘water coaster’ at sea. Meanwhile, other workers will be working on Dream’s sister ship, Disney Fantasy, which is set to sail her maiden voyage on April 7, 2012.

One prevailing question is who will be the new ship’s godmother? Any ideas?