We have learned many more details about the Disney Wish! On April 29, a 30 minute presentation and reveal took place on Disney Parks Blog. Following that, I was part of a virtual media event that gave additional details on Disney Cruise Line’s latest vessel. Here are some of the highlights of what we’ve learned.
I’ll start with what is arguably the most important information first. The Maiden Voyage of the Disney Wish will take place on June 9, 2022! Guests will be able to start booking on May 27 of this year. Both three and four night itineraries will be available. The Maiden Voyage will be five nights. The ship will sail out of Port Canaveral, with stops in The Bahamas and Castaway Cay. And yes, there will be fireworks at sea.
The theme of the Disney Wish is enchantment. That is how the name came about. It is Cinderella who you will find as the statue in the Grand Hall.
The upper deck of the Disney Wish will feature three themed districts. Quiet Cove will be located in the aft section. Like the other Disney Cruise Line Vessels, Quiet Cove will be for adults. Mid-ship will be themed Mickey & Friends. This is where you will find a quick service restaurant, as well as the AquaMouse (more on that in a moment). In the back you’ll find Toy Story Zone. This will feature Toy Story Splash Zone, a kids’ slide called Slidasaurus Rex, and Wheezy’s Freezies, which will be a smoothie bar.
Now onto the AquaMouse. This will be the first ever attraction on a Disney Cruise Line ship. Expect to glide through special scenes, lightings, special effects, and “splashtacular surprises”. The original story is called “Scuba Scramble”. The water coaster will take you on a journey of 760 feet, and it will last around two minutes! There will be a 42 inch height requirement to ride.
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Rotational Dining is an important part of any Disney Cruise Line vacation, and the Disney Wish will have three new and unique options. (There was no mention on Animator’s Palate.) The first will be Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure. It sounds like it will be an interactive dinner theater option. The food will be Nordic-inspired. The second Rotational Dining restaurant will be Worlds of Marvel. You will take on a role as an adventure plays out during your meal. The menu will feature things that fit into the Marvel Universe, so you could enjoy a delicacy of Wakanda or maybe a favorite from New York City. The third restaurant will be 1923. That’s the year that the Walt Disney Company was founded, and the restaurant will celebrate the golden age of animation. The menus will be released at a later date.
Adults will still have their own dining opportunities. There will be three “Beauty and the Beast” themed options that are strictly for the 18 and up crowd. Palo returns, but with a slightly different twist. It will be Palo Steakhouse. It will feature both Italian dishes and steak, and Cogsworth will be the “Beauty and the Beast” tie-in. Enchanté will feature the creations of award winning chef Arnaud Lallement. This will be the most luxurious dining experience onboard, and the theme will be reminiscent of Lumiere. Finally, The Rose will be a lounge that is located between the entrances to the two restaurants.
There is one other lounge that I need to mention. Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge will be open to families during the day, but adult-only in the evenings. You’ll be able to enjoy the tastes of Tatooine, Mustafar, and Batuu, all while seeing the planets in the window behind the bar! Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite “Star Wars” character when they visit.
Details have been released about one live show that will take place. With the word “Wish” in the ship’s name, it is only fitting that there is a show that features one who grants wishes. Disney’s Aladdin—A Musical Spectacular will take place in the Walt Disney Theater. There will be two other live shows, but the details will be released at a later date. In the Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas you will be able to enjoy movies, including some that are first run. Luna will be an entertainment hub that is for families during the day and offers adult entertainment at night. One thing that will be brand new for the Disney Wish is that there will be a stage in the Grand Hall! One last entertainment note, your whole family will want to check out Hero Zone, which will be an interactive sports arena.
For many parents, the Kids’ Clubs are one of the reasons why they pick Disney Cruise Line. Your children will not be disappointed on the Disney Wish! Disney’s Oceaneer Club is for ages 3 through 12, and it will be a blast! There is a secret entrance, and they can experience Marvel Superhero Academy, Walt Disney Imagineering Lab, and Fairytale Hall. The Edge will be reworked for Tweens, and teens 14 through 14 will be able to hang out in Vibe. As always, the Kids’ Clubs are included in the price. It’s a Small World Nursery is for younger children at an additional charge.
The Disney Wish will have 1,254 staterooms, all with storybook-inspired themes. Most of the staterooms will offer ocean views, and 70 percent of them will have verandahs. If you need to book two staterooms, don’t worry; 451 of them will be connecting. There will be four Royal Suites, two of which will be two-story! Concierge will be expanded. Some of the rooms will be located over the bridge, ad have floor to ceiling windows for an unforgettable view. There will also be a private sundeck for concierge guests.
Finally, the Disney Wish will have the soft serve ice cream machines that so many guests love. There will be plenty of other details released about all of the dining options, including quick service, in the coming months.
The Disney Wish is the first of three new ships that are joining the Disney Cruise Line fleet. It won’t be long until the first guests are experiencing the vacation of a lifetime. I look forward to hearing more details in the coming months.