Disney Cruise Line introduced the world to its new 4,000-passenger ship, the Disney Wish, at a virtual event on Thursday (April 29), showcasing a line-up of reimagined spaces and new attractions at sea that celebrate Disney’s legacy of magical storytelling.
The Disney Wish will sail its maiden voyage — a five-night cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay — on June 9, 2022, followed by an inaugural season of three and four-night cruises to the same destinations from Port Canaveral, Florida.
Hosted by Cruise Director Ashley Long and Captain Minnie Mouse, Thursday’s unveiling offered fresh details about the new ship, including Disney’s first-ever attraction at sea “AquaMouse.”
A “wild water ride,” AquaMouse promises to immerse guests into "The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse" through show scenes, lighting and special effects, and “splashtacular surprises” for the entire family as they zig, zag and zoom through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended high above the upper decks.
Families on board will have more pools, deck space and dining in an expansive district themed to Mickey and friends.
In addition to AquaMouse, the area will feature six pools — spaciously staggered among tiered decks and surrounded by lounge chairs — and a fresh take on quick and casual fare with a festive character twist.
Guests can travel to a galaxy far, far away in a first-of-its-kind Star Wars experience on board.
There’s also a Toy Story-themed district for toddlers and young children that features a splash zone, wading pool, family waterslide and smoothie bar.
Parents can also take their own time out in Quiet Cove, an adults-only refuge, set away from the bustle of family activities, that includes an infinity pool, poolside bar and chic cafe.
“With the Disney Wish, we're continuing our tradition of delivering the most magical and relaxing vacations at sea, combining legendary service and entertainment with imaginative storytelling and all the care you expect from a Disney vacation," said Josh D'Amaro, chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. "Our newest ship will celebrate everything that families love about sailing with us, from the incredible dining experiences and character interactions, to dazzling shows and the crew's thoughtful attention to detail."
"We can't wait to welcome our guests aboard the Disney Wish as we expand the reach of our world-class fleet."
Designs of enchantment
The Disney Wish will feature a distinctly-Disney design concept inspired by timeless tales of wishes come true.
A motif of enchantment will manifest in several ways, from the magical forest setting of the Walt Disney Theatre to storybook-inspired staterooms to the fairytale castle-inspired Grand Hall, where a dazzling wishing star descends from the shimmering chandelier above.
"Daring to dream even bigger, our Imagineers are creating a breathtaking new world of enchantment aboard the Disney Wish," said Laura Cabo, portfolio creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. "This motif provides the perfect platform to infuse Disney storytelling into every aspect of the design, giving the Disney Wish its own unique personality and a completely new look unlike anything else at sea.”
A “culinary cabaret”
Disney Wish will debut three new family dining concepts, ranging from theatrical entertainment to cinematic adventure to sophisticated elegance.
Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is Disney's first "Frozen"-themed theatrical dining experience that will bring the world of Arendelle to life through immersive live entertainment — featuring favorite characters like Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf — and cuisine infused with Nordic influences.
Worlds of Marvel is the first-ever Marvel cinematic dining adventure, where guests will play an interactive role in an action-packed Avengers mission that unfolds around them, complete with a worldly menu inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
1923, named for the year The Walt Disney Company was founded, is an elegant celebration of the company's legacy, paying homage to the golden age of animation and offering a tasteful tribute to its Californian heritage with dishes inspired by the state's unique fusion of cultural flavors.
A whole new world of entertainment
And it wouldn’t be a Disney cruise without a large spoon-full of live entertainment.
The Grand Hall will evolve from a fairytale gathering space into an environmental theatre through the magic of built-in special effects and the first-ever atrium stage on a Disney ship.
Luna is a new entertainment hub that will transition from a daytime setting into an elegant evening venue for adult-exclusive entertainment, offering a variety of live shows and interactive programming.
Hero Zone is a futuristic sports arena where physical activity will blend with imagination during action-packed challenges and game show-style competitions for families to take on together.
The Walt Disney Theatre is an opulent show palace that will come alive with original Broadway-style stage productions developed exclusively for Disney Cruise Line.
The Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas are intimate screening rooms that will provide guests more options than ever to watch classic and first-run films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and more.
Clubs for all ages
Disney Wish will also include dedicated clubs for every age group with imaginative programming.
Children ages three to 12 can enter captivating worlds of favourite Disney stories in the reimagined Disney's Oceaneer Club, a real-life wonderland featuring more spaces and stories than ever before.
Marvel Super Hero Academy is a high-tech “Avengers headquarters” where young "recruits" will train to be the next generation of Super Heroes with the help of experts like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Fairytale Hall is a royal trio of activity rooms where princesses and princes will let their creativity shine at Rapunzel's Art Studio, read and act out stories at Belle's Library, and test newfound icy powers at Anna and Elsa's Sommerhus.
Walt Disney Imagineering Lab is a first-of-its-kind opportunity for kids to discover the secrets of world-renowned Disney Imagineers.
For the littlest cruisers ages six months to three years, there’s It's a Small World Nursery, as well as Edge (ages 11 to 14) and Vibe (ages 14 to 17) for tweens and teens.
Most of the ship's 1,254 staterooms will offer an ocean view — including 877 (70 per cent) with a spacious verandah — and there will be 451 connecting doors that adjoin rooms to accommodate larger families.
Disney Wish will elevate the concierge experience with more than double the number of premium concierge staterooms and suites, including Disney's first-ever staterooms located above the bridge, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal ocean views overlooking the bow of the ship.
The Disney Wish will also debut four royal suites – richly adorned, lavishly appointed suites that accommodate up to six guests and feature extravagant details and first-class amenities.
Tips for travel advisors
Bookings for Disney Wish open to the public on May 27, 2021.
A detailed Disney Wish webinar for travel professionals is also available here. (Once you log into your Disney Agent account, you will automatically be directed to the webinar).
The Disney team is highly recommending advisors watch the magical reveal, first, before the webinar. Click here to watch.
More details about the Disney Wish can be found here.
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