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!
Until then, 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 open to the general public May 27, 2021, which is right around the corner!
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 rider’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 a zany undersea adventure to Mermaid Lagoon ... where things don’t go as planned.
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. 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. Catch Broadway-style stage productions at the Walt Disney Theatre, or classic Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm movies at the Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas.
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.
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. More adult-only dining experiences will be shared later in our guide!
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 three 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.
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. Photo walls 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 will participate in activities designed just for them. The stylish space takes after a Parisian artists’ loft with an electric retro twist (think neon signs and funky pop art!).
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!