Rapunzel is 9 feet tall as she paints the stern of Disney’s newest cruise ship, the Disney Wish

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Each of the luxurious ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet is unique from her sisters, and that’s evident from the first glimpse you get of the ship on which you’ll be sailing.

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Though each of Disney’s ships looks similar to her sisters in shape and color scheme, each one offers a different variety of choices to Guests when it comes to dining experiences, world-class entertainment, accommodations, children’s activities, and more. And each one is uniquely named using a word that might be used by Guests to describe the entire Disney experience: the Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic, and the fleet’s newest sister, scheduled to make her maiden voyage this summer, the Disney Wish.

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Each ship has its very unique name on her stern, but what’s even more unique is that each name looks like it’s being “painted” on the stern by a different Disney character. Goofy puts the finishing touches on the stern of the Disney Magic, Donald Duck and his nephews are doing their best on the stern of the Disney Wonder, Sorcerer Mickey and his enchanted mops magically finish the stern of the Disney Dream, and Dumbo sweetly adorns the stern of the Disney Fantasy.

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The stern of Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Wish, has seen a lot of progress, and Walt Disney Imagineering has just revealed that progress and the finishing touches in an Instagram post.

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Rapunzel’s long golden locks allow her to lower herself down as she “paints” the Disney Wish name onto the stern of the ship. Her sidekick Pascal is there too, holding the palette for Rapunzel. Disney first announced that Rapunzel would adorn the new ship in 2019. An artist’s rendering showed her long hair being featured on the stern as well, and the finished product looks very close to the rendering.

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“Recently, our WDI team in Germany completed a very exciting milestone: the installation of Rapunzel onto the stern of the #DisneyWish!” the Instagram post reads. “The entire figure is over 30 feet wide, with Rapunzel herself being 9 feet tall – big enough to wear a US women’s sized 22 shoe! After two years of design and fabrication work with a team spread across 3 different time zones, we are all so thrilled to see Rapunzel adorning the stern of the ship where she and her sidekick, Pascal, will welcome our Guests for many years to come! We can’t wait for the world to see her!”

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“My job at Imagineering is to make sure that our creative and show teams are successful to bring an amazing product to life for our Guests,” said Alyssa Markfort in a video within the Instagram post.

It’s been more than 10 years since Disney Cruise Line welcomed a new member to its family. The Disney Wish will make her maiden voyage in July 2022, many months later than originally planned, due in part to delays brought on by the pandemic. She’s the first ship of three new ships set to join the fleet. Each is a Triton-class vessel. She boasts 1,254 staterooms and weighs 144,000 gross tons.

Though she won’t set sail until July 14, she will arrive in Port Canaveral in June 2022.

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!