Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship sets sail on her maiden voyage on July 14, 2022 and with it, families will embark on the vacation of a lifetime. I don’t know about you, but when I think about cruises, children’s activities aren’t typically my first thought. Disney Wish aims to change that!
Aboard the Wish, children of all ages will find an absolute wonderland waiting for them. With areas from the littlest sailor in your crew to the saltiest sea dog, the possibilities are endless! Ever wondered what it’s like to be an Imagineer? On Wish you can be! Have you wanted to train to be a superhero? Wish has got you covered. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of exploring “a galaxy far far away”? Dream no more because your Wish is granted!
Disney Wish prides itself on its storytelling. At the ship’s christening, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said, “[Disney Wish] celebrates nearly 100 years of Disney storytelling excellence, bringing fantastic worlds and beloved characters to life like never before through innovative technology and new approaches…”
The theme of storytelling continues into the children’s areas. Brad Yared, manager of youth activities for Disney Cruise Line explains “There is literally storytelling and immersive entertainment around every single corner here”.
Like all other ships in the fleet, Wish sports areas exclusive to children, but does it just a bit differently. Kids ages 3-12 wanting to spend a parent-free day can check in with a Cast Member from the Grand Hall before being sent down the rabbit hole slide into a variable wonderland of activities! From there the sky’s the limit and imagination is encouraged to be set free!
Mickey and Minnie Captain’s Deck
For the youngest crewmates, Mickey and Minnie Captain’s Deck awaits!! This nautical playground is chock full of sensory activities to engage the smallest sailors. Little Kid friendly Disney movies will also be shown as well as guided hands-on activities throughout the day! STEAM activities take center stage in this area with a “learning is fun” approach. Kids will become honorary Captains at “Minnie’s Sea Captain Academy”! Here little captains in training will enjoy games, exercises, and imaginative play with an energetic pace that matches an age group that never seems to slow down. This area will be for toddlers beginning at age 3.
Those brand new to your crew, ages 6 months-3 years, can enjoy the “it’s a small world nursery”. While other kids’ areas are complimentary this service does come with a fee of $4.50 for a half hour or $9/hour for the first child with a .50 discount for additional children.
Older sea-faring scallywags will find a treasuretrove of fun waiting once they enter the Oceaneers Club. Each buccaneer will embark on the adventure of a lifetime in themed areas that will appeal to everyone!
Star Wars Cargo Bay
Grab your lightsaber and prepare to explore “a galaxy far far away” at Star Wars Cargo Bay. Kids will find themselves right in the middle of their own galactic adventure as they embark on a first of its kind interactive adventure! Daniel Gallego, guest experience manager of entertainment with Disney Cruise Line explains, “Kids will have a data pad and they will scan these tags and it will give them all the information they need to learn about the creature, how to feed it and how to take care of it, and they learn about all of them. Of course, there is always a challenge with Star Wars, and something is going to happen, and that’s when Chewbacca and Rey will come.” Um, can I be a kid again? That sounds awesome!
Walt Disney Imagineering Lab
Your creative crew will let their imaginations come alive at the Walt Disney Imagineering Lab! Here Kids will learn the secrets of Disney Imagineering and what it takes to bring a theme park ride to life! They’ll even get the chance to design their own Rollercoaster and then experience it virtually in the Ride Studio!
Around the room familiar characters and ride sketches provide inspiration to budding imagineers. Who knows, maybe one of Disney’s brightest imagineers of the future will get their inspiration right here!
Marvel Super Hero Academy
Calling all super heroes! This is the place to be for young crime fighters! This brand new area makes its debut aboard Wish and brings the Avengers to life in an amazing way! At “Avengers: Mission Training” kids will be recruited to join the elite squad of superheroes alongside well know heros like Spiderman, Black Panther, and Ant Man!
What super hero is complete without a super suit? Heroes in training will be able to use their magic bands to create their very own!
Storytelling truly comes alive here with activities like “Challenge of the Taskmaster” with Black Panther, “The Power of Pym” featuring Antman, and in what’s sure to be a fan favorite, a demonstration with Spiderman!
Princesses and Princesses-in-training alike will adore this area full of royal activities. With three rooms devoted to some of Disney’s most popular princesses, your little royal can put themselves directly into their favorite story.
They’ll be able to create floating lanterns in Rapunzel’s Art Studio, interact with their favorite stories in Belle’s Library, and visit Anna and Elsa’s Sommarhaus to create ice magic!
For those who have aged out of the Oceaneers Club, Wish has a spot just for them! With chill vibes and action packed activities, kids 12-14 will find their very own areas– Edge, Vibe and The Hideaway. Video games and other tech will be offered as well as a chance to just relax and hang out with their peers.
Hero Zone Sports Area
Parents aren’t left out of all the fun! Wish boasts a sports arena where families are encouraged to play together and solve new challenges! Basketball, volleyball, and even giant chess will be available for families so make sure you bring your game face! The highlight of this action packed area will absolutely be the “Incredi-games” where families work together to overcome a blow up Incredibles themed obstacle course.
Are you as excited about these fantastic areas as we are? With so many options for kids aboard Disney Wish, you may wonder if you’ll ever actually see your kids during your cruise (pssst! The answer is no, probably not)! You know what that means right? More time in the spa and Quiet Cove adult only pool for you! When you board the Wish you can let your kids “EEEEEEEK!” while you let yourself “AHHHH”! Will you be setting sail on Disney Wish? Let us know what your cruise countdown is in the comments!