If you love Disney cruises, you’re going to love the newest, biggest and boldest ship yet – Disney Wish. Setting sail in July 2022, this magnificent vessel will please everyone in your family. With plenty of activities and accommodations for all ages, plus exciting new features never before seen on a Disney cruise ship, Wish is sure to be a wish come true for all who experience her.
The Disney Wish is the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, infused with more storytelling than ever. Disney imagineers took family vacations adding one-of-a-kind entertainment and innovative “firsts” from bow to stern.
The Disney Wish will have AquaMouse, the first Disney attraction at sea aboard the Disney Wish. There will also be “Swim”-finity and beyond in a new Toy Story-themed waterplay district for the little ones. And for the foodies in the family, there are three brand-new family restaurants on board Disney Cruise Line. The Disney Wish sails its maiden voyage on July 14, followed by three- and four-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral, Florida.
AquaMouse – First Disney attraction at sea aboard the Disney Wish
Disney Cruise Line takes fun in the sun to the next level on the Disney Wish with the debut of AquaMouse, a brand-new family water attraction that will bring to life the adventures of “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” animated shorts like never before. Additionally, three themed districts offer fun water features, quick and casual dining options, and dedicated space for families, children and adults to relax and soak up the sun.
Complete with show scenes, lighting, special effects, and splashtacular surprises, this first-of-its-kind water ride sends guests on a fun family adventure through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended high above the upper decks.
“Swim”-finity and beyond in a new Toy Story-themed waterplay district
Children can have a tub-full of fun in the Toy Story Splash Zone, a fantastic water playground where Woody, Buzz and friends are adorably reimagined as larger-than-life rubber bath toys, moving and spraying water at kids’ whim. Inspired by the Disney and Pixar short “Partysaurus Rex,” this bathtub-themed splash zone combines the Old West of Woody’s Roundup with the intergalactic world of Buzz Lightyear, featuring two toddler-sized slides and pop jets, geysers and bubblers galore.
Three Brand-New Family Restaurants on the Disney Wish
With a debut of three brand-new family restaurants, the Disney Wish will take guests on a remarkable culinary journey to an enchanted “Frozen” kingdom, an Avengers technology showcase and the golden age of Hollywood.
Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is Disney’s first “Frozen”-themed theatrical dining experience, bringing the kingdom of Arendelle to life through immersive live entertainment — featuring favourite characters like Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf — and world-class cuisine infused with Nordic influences. Families are invited to attend a royal engagement party for Queen Anna and Kristoff, picking up the story where Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” left off.
Worlds of Marvel is the first Marvel cinematic dining adventure, where guests play an interactive role in an action-packed Avengers mission unfolding around them, complete with a worldly menu inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Avengers: Quantum Encounter” follows Ant-Man and The Wasp as they embark on their first public speaking engagement on behalf of the Avengers. Every table at Worlds of Marvel features an interactive Quantum Core, a brand-new device that can cause objects to shrink and grow remotely. Guests assist Ant-Man and The Wasp as they attempt some small-scale trials, perhaps shrinking oversized luggage for easy stateroom storage.
Named for the year The Walt Disney Company was founded, 1923 is an elegant celebration of the company’s legacy, paying homage to the golden age of animation and offering a tasteful tribute to its Californian heritage.
Combining classic Hollywood glamour with a dash of Disney whimsy, 1923 features two lavishly appointed dining rooms, aptly named for the men behind the magic of the original film studio — Walt and Roy Disney. The rooms are adorned with more than 1,000 drawings, props and other tools of the trade, providing an inside look at the evolution of Disney animation from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to “Frozen 2.”
The Disney Wish also features new food and beverage options on the upper decks, including Mickey and Friends Festival of Foods — the perfect place for families to grab a quick bite for lunch, dinner or anytime in between. This open-air eatery features five themed food stalls: Mickey’s Smokestack Barbecue, Donald’s Cantina, Daisy’s Pizza Pies, Goofy’s Grill and Sweet Minnie’s Ice Cream.
Season themed cruises on board Disney Cruise Line
Halloween on the High Seas returns to Disney Cruise Line from mid-September through October 2022. On select sailings across the fleet, guests can dress up and join Disney characters in their Halloween costumes at Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party; enjoy themed food, beverages and crafts; and immerse themselves in a ghostly ship takeover with elaborate decor and a magical Pumpkin Tree.
From early November through December, the Disney Cruise Line fleet is decked from bow-to-stern with holiday cheer and entertainment during Very Merrytime Cruises. Holiday magic is unwrapped for the whole family with festive holiday decor, favourite characters in their finest holiday attire and a special visit from Santa Claus.
The green credentials of Disney Wish
From bow to stern, Walt Disney Imagineers designed the Disney Wish to be among the most fuel and energy-efficient cruise ships on the water. Through a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and numerous advances in ship design, Disney Cruise Line’s (DCL) newest ship is estimated to be nearly 30 percent more fuel efficient and emit approximately 20 percent less greenhouse gases.
© This article was first published online in Jul 2022 – World Travel Magazine.