Outside of the Frog Pond, we spend a good chunk of our vacation time at theme parks and ski resorts. It’s been a while since we’ve hopped on a cruise ship (our last trip was with toddler Tad). Lately, we’ve missed being out on the wide-open sea, while experiencing all of the amazing benefits that come with a Disney cruise (but that's a post for another day!). We were toadally leaping with excitement when Disney Cruise Line recently revealed the first look at its new ship, the Disney Wish. It certainly got us wishing for a tropical getaway so we can finally take Lily on her first cruise! More and more details are being magically released — and a Disney Wish float, "Magic Meets the Sea," will even make an appearance in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Jordan Fisher will perform an original song for the Disney Cruise Line called, "Together We Set Sail" from aboard the float. Keep an eye out for Captain Minnie Mouse, too!
Until the Wish's maiden voyage, we wanted to get more familiar with the Disney Wish and take a deeper dive into all of its enchanting details. Passengers will be immersed in the stories from Disney and Pixar films and the Marvel and Star Wars universes. From entertainment to dining, and everywhere in between, the Disney Wish promises to pack in plenty of magical experiences for every member of the family.
When Will Disney Wish Set Sail?
Setting sail in summer 2022, the Disney Wish will be the fifth ship to join the Disney Cruise Line. It is the first of three ships on the horizon, with two more ships joining the fleet through 2025. This new generation of ships, known as the Triton class, will be powered by liquefied natural gas, a more environmentally friendly fuel (we frogs love green efforts!). At approximately 140,000 gross tons with around 1,250 guest staterooms, these ships will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
Disney Wish will make its maiden voyage June 9, 2022, on a five-night cruise to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. The inaugural season will have three- and four-night cruises to the same destinations from Port Canaveral, Florida. Bookings are open now!
The Enchanting Theming of Disney Wish
Inspired by Disney’s timeless tales of wishes come true, the main theme of the Disney Wish is enchantment. Guests will get a glimpse of the magic before they even step onto the ship. As a classic trademark of Disney Cruise Line, two character art pieces adorn the hull of each ship. The bow will feature Captain Minnie Mouse for the very first time, while the stern will feature Rapunzel “decorating” the exterior with the help of her friend, Pascal.
The spellbinding Grand Hall is fit for a fairy tale! Already nicknamed as Disney Cruise Line’s castle of the seas, the atrium welcomes guests with a grand staircase, majestic three-story columns, a shimmering chandelier and a bronze statue of Cinderella herself, who perfectly embodies the idea behind wishes turning into dreams and dreams becoming reality.
Disney Wish will also take inspiration from "Frozen," "Toy Story," "Aladdin," Marvel, "Star Wars," "The Little Mermaid" and more. Whether guests have the chance to meet the characters themselves or the characters’ stories come to life through the experiences on the ship, we can already tell that the Disney Wish’s strength will be its storytelling.
Disney Wish Accommodations
With an all-new look, every storybook-inspired stateroom on the Disney Wish will be luxurious and peaceful, yet family-friendly, with upscale amenities and ample room for storage. Most of the 1,254 rooms will feature a split-bathroom concept and an ocean view. There will be 877 rooms with a spacious verandah and 451 connecting doors to accommodate larger parties. Tadpoles will LOVE the secret starfield artwork, revealing a constellation of the Fairy Godmother hidden above the pull-down beds.
If you’re feeling extra fancy, the Disney Wish will boast more than double the number of premium concierge staterooms and suites —a total of 76 — as the other Disney ships. The ship will also offer seven premium staterooms located above the bridge. The guests in those rooms will enjoy extended living areas and breathtaking views out of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bow of the ship.
Disney Wish will debut four royal suites, the Princess Aurora Royal Suites and Briar Rose Royal Suites, that accommodate up to six guests and include first-class amenities. Each pair has a single-floor option and a two-story setup (the first of its kind!), which has a spiral staircase and stained-glass artwork.
All concierge guests will have access to an exclusive lounge with a private sun deck. The Concierge Lounge will offer a full bar, light bites, a special kids’ area and an outdoor terrace. From the lounge, the sun deck will have two whirlpools, a wading pool, a bar, lush lounge furniture and pool deck service.
Recreation and Entertainment Aboard Disney Wish
Something caught our eye during the grand reveal of Disney Wish, and it’s none other than AquaMouse, the first-ever Disney attraction at sea! Complete with show scenes, lighting, special effects and surprises, everyone in the family will love this new water ride inspired by “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” animated shorts. Zigzag through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended above the upper decks. As part of the ride’s backstory, Mickey and Minnie have started their own seaside excursion company called “Port Misadventures” on board the ship, and riders will join them on either a zany undersea adventure to Mermaid Lagoon where things don’t go as planned or on a mountain sledding excursion that will inevitably (and hilarious) go awry depending on the day.
Aside from AquaMouse, families can enjoy more pools, deck space and dining in an expansive pool district themed to Mickey and friends. Located on decks 11 and 12, the area will have a whopping six pools of different sizes and depths, spread out among tiered decks. There will be poolside entertainment and a new casual dining option with a character twist.
Go to “swim”-finity and beyond at the new Toy Story-themed waterplay district, made for families with toddlers and young children. The Toy Story Splash Zone is themed after a bathtub inspired by the short “Partysaurus Rex,” combining Woody’s Roundup with Buzz Lightyear’s intergalactic world. It will also have a family water slide (Slide-a-saurus-Rex), a wading pool (Trixie’s Falls) and a smoothie bar (Wheezy’s Freezies).
For indoor entertainment, there will be numerous stage shows, deck parties, character experiences, family activities, cabarets and more onboard. The Grand Hall itself will evolve into the first-ever atrium stage with built-in special effects for shows and interactive entertainment. Luna is an entertainment hub that transitions from a daytime, family-friendly environment into a nighttime, adult-exclusive venue for shows and live programming. Catch classic Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm movies at the Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas, the movie theaters first in the cruise industry to offer Dolby Atmos 3D audio technology.
Of course, it's not a Disney cruise ship without a Walt Disney Theater. The Disney Wish has three Broadway-style stage productions that it will be bringing to the high seas:
- Based on the classic animated film, "Disney's Aladdin — A Musical Spectacular" will feature iconic scenes and songs for the movie, including a lively rendition of "Friend Like Me", a breathtaking performance of "A Whole New World" and even a brand new solo for Jasmine, "To Be Free", written for Disney Cruise Line by Grammy-winning composer Alan Menken.
- A modern-day retelling of the renowned 1989 film, "Disney The Little Mermaid" will bring to life the timeless story of a young woman's search for independence, love and a place in the world with a reimagined script and score, state-of-the-art video projections, contemporary, interpretive costuming and cutting-edge puppetry.
- An original musical spectacular, "Disney Seas the Adventure" will take the stage during the first night of every cruise. When Captain Minnie hands over the helm to Goofy, he'll set sail into uncharted waters on a journey to discover his own inner captain, encountering a bevy of bold, brave and brilliant Disney and Pixar friends along the way.
If you’re a sports or game show fan, you’ll want to check out Hero Zone, a futuristic sports arena that will host physical challenges and game show-style competitions. This space houses a free-play sports hub where guests can enjoy some friendly competition with basketball, soccer and a variety of table-top games, including Ping-Pong, air hockey, foosball and shuffleboard. It's also where you'll find the Incredi-Games, a highly interactive, imaginatively produced game show that will dare families to take on an incredible obstacle course with over-the-top physical challenges themed to the powers of the Parr family heroes and fellow hero Frozone! This game show-style experience will feature high-energy hosts, adrenaline-pumping music, special effects and more. Here are the missions that await you — should you choose to accept them:
- Test your strength by busting through a “brick” wall during Mr. Incredible’s Power Punch
- Take on Rocky and his raccoon friends at Jack-Jack’s Whack-A Rac
- Conquer the twists and turns of Elastigirl’s Stretch-O-Rama
- Race for your life in Dash’s Mad Dash Mayhem
- Soar across a "lava" field in Violet’s Force Field Swing
- Ascend to the highest peak and slide down the icy slope to victory on Frozone’s Ice Slide
The Incredi-Games also heralds the return of Jack-Jack’s Incredible Diaper Dash, a beloved competition that offers terrific tots the chance to compete for the coveted title of Diaper Dash Champion as they speed-crawl across a 20-foot track.
Disney Cruise Line has also conjured up a brand new interactive mobile game called Disney Uncharted Adventure. Using a combination of augmented reality and physical effects, guests will venture with Captain Minnie into far-off lands like Motunui, New Orleans, Never Land and Sydney to find the missing pieces of the shattered wishing star. Whether you team up with Moana to navigate their canoes beyond the reef, help Tiana cook up the perfect pot of her father’s favorite gumbo, summon Tinker Bell to give the Disney Wish an extra dash of pixie dust or dive into the East Australian Current (EAC) with Nemo and friends, each quest will take you on an expansive journey throughout the Disney Wish. During your voyage, you'll be prompted to seek out artwork, signs and props that will magically transform to bring these story worlds to life all around you.
On one special night of every voyage, frogs of all ages can don their most swashbuckling pirate garb and head to the upper decks for Pirate's Rockin' Parlay Party, a rollicking rock-and-roll extravaganza unlike anything on the high seas. Hosted by Captain Redd, this nighttime celebration will feature live music, remarkable stunts, special effects and plenty of surprises. Throughout the party, Redd and her band of head-banging buccaneers will perform famous radio hits from the genre, plus a rockin’ rendition of the classic pirate tune “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)." At the end of the night, Redd will assemble a fearsome council of captains, including the notorious scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow, to unlock a sparkling treasure that lights the night sky: a fantastic fireworks display underscored by an original arrangement of the sensational soundtrack from the Walt Disney Studios “Pirates in the Caribbean” films.
Dining Aboard Disney Wish
Disney Wish will introduce three brand-new family dining concepts, ranging from a live theatrical experience to an interactive adventure, to an elegant celebration of Disney. Dinner will be so much more than a meal, as guests can interact with Disney stories in new, creative ways!
Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is Disney’s first immersive, “Frozen”-themed theatrical dining experience. The live entertainment, accompanied by magical special effects, will bring the kingdom of Arendelle and its royalty to life. Guests are invited to attend the royal engagement party for Queen Anna and Kristoff, hosted by Elsa and Olaf! Enjoy live performances by the characters and join in the celebration with table crafts, sing-alongs and a grand finale. As for dinner, the menu will include world-class cuisine infused with Nordic influences. Who doesn’t want some “Frozen” fun while you feast?
Worlds of Marvel is the first Marvel cinematic dining adventure in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Guests will be immersed in an action-packed Avengers mission that unfolds around them. It features an original storyline starring fan-favorite Avengers and an infamous foe. The menu is inspired by the real and fictional locations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Wakanda, Sokovia and New York City.
This adventure includes Disney Cruise Line's most ambitious dining experience ever. "Avengers: Quantum Encounter" is a larger-than-life showcase of revolutionary quantum technology and world-class cuisine. Follow Ant-Man and The Wasp as they embark on their first public speaking engagement on behalf of the Avengers. They're hosting a special presentation of the most powerful Super Hero technologies — such as Captain America’s shield, Iron Man’s arc reactor and Ant-Man’s Pym Particles — giving the audience an up-close look at holographic models, field reports and iconic scenes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe displayed on the screens surrounding the room.
The highlight of this special event is a hands-on demonstration of the latest and greatest Pym Tech, the Quantum Core, which uses cutting-edge (and highly unstable) technology to shrink and grow targets at the push of a button. A few “misfires” will result in hilarious Ant-Man-style hijinks, but the real trouble begins when an unexpected villain shows up with a fearsome army in tow, eager to get their hands on this powerful quantum technology. Ant-Man and The Wasp will need all the help they can get to save the day, calling on Captain America, Captain Marvel and the brave diners of the Disney Wish for backup. Returning to their roles for this first-of-its-kind adventure are Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp, Anthony Mackie as Captain America and Brie Larson as Captain Marvel! Kerry Condon will also reprise her role as the voice of F.R.I.D.A.Y. and actor Ross Marquand will lend his villainous vocal skills to Ultron.
Every table at Worlds of Marvel will feature its own Quantum Core. During dinner, you will assist Ant-Man and The Wasp as they attempt some small-scale trials. When enough of the Quantum Cores are activated at the same time, the entire venue will become supercharged as energy pulses through the power channels in the walls and ceiling.
1923 is named after the year The Walt Disney Company was founded, and the elegant dining experience celebrates its lasting legacy. It will pay homage to the golden age of animation and offer a tribute to its Californian heritage with a unique fusion of flavors from the state. With a combination of classic Hollywood glamour and Disney whimsy, 1923 will feature two dining rooms named after Walt and Roy Disney, decorated with more than 1,000 drawings and props.
Aside from the three themed restaurants, Disney Wish will offer a variety of options, including quick bites, gourmet cafes, casual dining and 24-hour room service. We're hoppy to announce that we now have the details on two different quick-and-casual options you'll find on the ship!
Named for Walt Disney’s early childhood hometown in Missouri, Marceline Market is a free-flow food hall inspired by popular marketplaces around the world. Here, you will find an ever-changing menu of specialized offerings that the whole family can enjoy, including American classics, international specialties, comfort foods, seafood, soups and salads, vegetarian and plant-based fare, baked goods and desserts.
Featuring 10 food stalls and a café-style beverage bar in the center, Marceline Market will be styled as an old industrial loft converted into a bustling marketplace, but with a distinctly Disney design twist: At this food hall, the local proprietors are Disney characters themselves! Each station is themed to beloved animated films such as "Tangled," "Ratatouille," "Alice in Wonderland," "Zootopia" and more.
Right in the middle of the fun on the upper decks is where you'll find Mickey and Friends Festival of Foods — the perfect place to grab a quick bite for lunch, dinner or any time in between. If you’re an avid Disney cruiser, you’re going to love the mix of fan-favorite treats — like Disney Cruise Line’s signature soft-serve ice cream — with two brand-new selections: the fleet’s first dedicated quick-service venues for barbeque and Mexican-inspired fare. ¡Delicioso!
Also offering delectable American classics and other snackable goodies, this open-air eatery comprises five uniquely themed food stalls: Mickey’s Smokestack Barbecue, Donald’s Cantina, Daisy’s Pizza Pies, Goofy’s Grill and Sweet Minnie’s Ice Cream. The entire area is inspired by the seaside boardwalk setting featured in popular "Mickey Mouse" animated shorts
Disney Wish Experiences for Tadpoles, Tweens & Teens
Aboard the Disney Wish, kids of all ages will have their own place to explore the worlds of heroes, princesses and Imagineers, or hang out in trendy spaces and meet new friends.
The reimagined Disney’s Oceaneer Club will have more themed spaces than ever for children 3 to 12 years old. This club is filled with endless entertainment and opportunities not only to meet their favorite characters, but also to play with them! Upon check-in time in the Great Hall on deck 3, the tadpoles can slide down a twisting slide that lands directly into the club’s central hub on deck 2. Aside from the central hub (which has a stage and its own programming of special shows, activities and character appearances), there are five distinct themed spaces:
- Marvel Super Hero Academy: At this high-tech Avengers headquarters, young “recruits” can train to become the next Super Heroes. To kick off the experience, kids will suit up before they play a high-tech virtual game to put their suits and skills to the test. Spider-Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp will be on-site to help!
- Fairytale Hall: In a royal trio of activity rooms, kids will pursue creative art projects at Rapunzel’s Art Studio, read and act out stories in Belle’s Library and test out ice powers in a series of games at Anna and Elsa’s summer cabin.
- Walt Disney Imagineering Lab: This first-of-its-kind opportunity will allow kids to step into the shoes of a Disney Imagineer. At the Ride Studio, kids will design their own roller coasters and then virtually ride their own creations! Sorcerer Mickey, the ambassador of Disney Imagineering, will stop by to visit the mini magic-makers.
- Star Wars: Cargo Bay: This brand new immersive experience will place tadpoles in the important role of creature handlers as they learn to manage a mischievous menagerie of exotic beings from across the galaxy, including a porg, Loth-cat, worrt and more — all the while helping to deliver Rey and Chewbacca back to the Resistance and even channeling the Force to secure the ship from destruction.
- Mickey and Minnie Captain's Deck: At this nautical playground specially designed for the youngest sailors aboard the Disney Wish, tadpoles can play with an array of maritime-themed physical and sensory-style games and activities and will even get to enjoy quality playtime with Mickey and Minnie themselves!
Meanwhile, It’s a Small World Nursery will offer babysitting services for the littlest of tadpoles ages 6 months to 3 years in a whimsical space inspired by the beloved Disney attraction of the same name. Under the care of Disney-trained counselors, little ones will play games, make crafts, watch movies, read books and spend time with Disney characters. Each section of the space is dedicated to different areas of the world. The playroom will be decorated with magical murals designed with interactive special effects.
The older crowd of tweens and teens can chill out in their own trendy hangouts:
- At Edge, tweens ages 11 to 14 can make friends in this bright and colorful space inspired by a New York City loft. They can also watch movies and play video games on comfortable furniture and grab a beverage at the soda bar. This space even features photo walls which will provide plenty of Insta-worthy inspo. No parents allowed — you can only access it through a hidden entrance.
- At Vibe, teens ages 14 to 17 can watch movies, play games, meet new friends and participate in activities designed just for them. This stylish space takes after a Parisian artists’ loft with an electric retro twist (think neon signs and funky pop art!). With a traditional French Morris column plastered with Disney-inspired travel posters, a larger-than-life, brightly painted Mickey Mouse statue and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean, this retro lounge is a surefire spot for some epic selfies.
- At The Hideaway, both tweens and teens sip a smoothie, listen to music, bust a move on the dance floor or sing their heart out. This first-of-its-kind hybrid club features a vibrant color palette, retro-inspired design details and disco ball lights and can be opened to the teen club, closed off for tween activities and even reserved especially for guests ages 18 to 20.
No matter which club they choose to chill in, tweens and teens can participate in customized, counselor-lead programming designed to engage their unique interests and enjoy dedicated activities throughout the ship during special events hosted in Hero Zone, Luna and more.
Disney Wish Experiences for Grown-Up Frogs
Adults aboard the Disney Wish will have a number of venues and entertainment designated just for them! You can relax and unwind at Quiet Cove, indulge at Palo Steakhouse, immerse yourself in the storytelling at the “Star Wars”-themed lounge as a kid at heart (it’s a no-judgment zone here!) and much more.
I don’t know about you, but Leap and I were SUPER excited to hear about the Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge. It’s a high-end bar styled as a luxurious yacht-class spaceship, reserved for adults every evening. The immersive experience will offer interactive tasting menus and signature beverages inspired by intergalactic destinations such as Batuu, Tatooine and Mustafar. As guests enjoy their space journey, the ship will transport them to iconic locations, while using hyperspace to jump from planet to planet. Guests can look out the panoramic viewport and see famous spaceships from the films. The experience will use surround-sound audio and a holotube that presents models of those nearby ships. Toadally cool!
If you’re looking to indulge, you’re in luck! Adults have several more dining venues to choose from, including Palo Steakhouse, Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement and The Rose. Each is inspired by icons from “Beauty and the Beast.”
Palo Steakhouse combines authentic Italian dining with a modern steakhouse in a refined setting inspired by Cogsworth. The menu features a selection of the world’s best steaks, such as American prime cuts, Australian wagyu, Japanese Kobe and Miyazaki beef. Of course, dinner will be paired with the finest Italian wines and craft beers and finished off with the signature Palo chocolate soufflé.
At this romantic venue, Enchanté offers the most luxurious dining experience onboard. The three-Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Lallement himself crafted the gourmet menu, which features seasonal ingredients sourced from around the world. Lumiere inspires the restaurant’s cozy, intimate atmosphere with shimmering candlelight and stunning ocean views.
To round out the trio, The Rose is a chic lounge at the entrance of Palo Steakhouse and Enchanté. Inspired by the iconic rose at the heart of “Beauty and the Beast,” guests will enter The Rose through a corridor with artwork commissioned exclusively for the Disney Wish. It’s the perfect spot for either a pre- or post-dinner drink. In addition to a selection of fine wines and liquors, The Rose has a special menu of amuse-bouche and small plates from the Enchanté galley.
The secluded Quiet Cove pool district will cater to frogs ages 18 and older. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Disney Wish, guests can take a dip in the infinity pool with panoramic ocean views. Enjoy an alcoholic drink from the open-air Cove Bar, or grab a coffee and a treat from Cove Cafe, which has an all-new look inspired by “Moana.”
Senses Spa has indulgent spa and beauty treatments needed for ultimate relaxation. The spa will have private treatment rooms, spa villas for couples and steam and aromatherapy rooms to help guests decompress and recharge. Guests can also choose from specialized treatments customized to their needs, such as pain management and sleep improvement. The reimagined Senses Fitness will boast state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a cycle studio and an aerobics room, along with complimentary group fitness classes. New spa and salon experiences will be announced at a later date.
So far, that's everything we know about the Disney Wish, and more announcements will follow! What are you most looking forward to about the Disney Wish? Share in the comments below!