After years of construction, setbacks, and sea trials, the Disney Wish finally arrives home to Port Canaveral

disney wish arrives at port canaveral
Credit: The Orlando Sentinel

It really is like a “wish” come true: Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship arrived home at Port Canaveral for the first time early Monday morning.

arrival of disney wish ship

Credit: The Orlando Sentinel

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Crowds of eager fans gathered at Jetty Park before 5:00 a.m. local time at Port Canaveral’s Jetty Park to witness the arrival of the long-awaited Disney Cruise ship for themselves.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the massive new Disney Cruise ship–the first new cruise ship in the fleet in nearly a decade–arrived at her home port at around 5:00 a.m. Monday morning with hundreds of fans gathered to welcome her.

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arrival of disney wish ship

Credit: The Orlando Sentinel

It was a beautiful sight as the sky was moonlit and cloudy, and lightning flashed in the background. Fans could hear the sound of waves crashing against the pier, and those sounds were temporarily interrupted by a drone flying overhead, presumably waiting for the perfect photo op of the incoming ship.

And then, as is more than fitting, the Disney Wish blew her horn, which makes the melody of “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Disney’s 1950 Cinderella. And of course, the crowd went wild.

The ship is the first in the Disney Cruise Line fleet’s Titan Class of ships, and she’s also the first to be LNG-powered (liquefied natural gas). After a series of delays and setbacks, the ship has finally made it home to Port Canaveral, where she’ll stay until her maiden voyage on July 14.



About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!