After waiting 10 years the expectations were high for the Wish, the newest ship in the Disney fleet! And let’s just say, it doesn’t disappoint. The bar has officially been raised!
The Wish is jam-packed with so many new and exciting features including the first-ever attraction at sea, Aqua Mouse, multiple (and incredible) concierge tower suites, a Frozen theatrical dinner show that will keep you laughing and singing, an action-packed Marvel adventure where you get to be the hero, an Imagineering Lab for kids where they can create and dream big, and an adults-only Star Wars Lounge where you hyperdrive into the galaxy! What more could one ask for all packed into one incredible vacation. These are just some of the highlights you’ll find on Disney’s newest ship!
First Class Entertainment
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Disney is in a league of its own when it comes to experiences and entertainment. The stakes are often high and they never disappoint! And what is offered on the cruise is no exception, there is something for everyone. Movies, sports, games, theater-style performances and the all-new, first of its kind water attraction that will keep you busy all day long!
The AquaMouse is the first of its kind, a combined water ride and attraction all in one. The animation on the attraction is very similar to what you see on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. The video below will give you an idea of what is in store when you ride the AquaMouse on the Wish.
There are also several movie theaters aboard the ship (Wonderland Cinema and Neverland Cinema) that showcase the latest Disney movies (all free for all to enjoy – popcorn included!) and the Walt Disney Theater that houses live performances that rival broadway. Two shows will be performed in the theater on the Wish: Disney Seas the Adventure and The Little Mermaid. Experience these and so much more!
For Kids Only
If you are cruising with little ones, this ship has the coolest spaces created specifically for kids, ages 3 and up. Even better adults are not allowed. Literally. This is a kids only space. And to be honest, I’m a little bit jealous and wish I was still a kid!The Oceaneer Club has five different, highly interactive themed spaces your kids will adore. Leave the kids to play and spend some quality time alone. Trust me, once they see what is in front of them, they won’t miss their parents while they wine and dine on the ship!
Star Wars, Fairy Tales, Imagineering, Marvel, and Mickey and Minnie’s Captain’s Deck are the areas created for the little ones to create their own adventures! Let’s take a deep dive into each of these areas.
Marvel Super Hero Academy
Helps young “recruits” train to be the next generation of super heroes with engaging activities like “Avengers: Mission Training,” a gesture-based game where kids design their own super suits and virtually battle bad guys. Plus, there are lots of opportunities to have fun with favorite characters including Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Star Wars: Cargo Bay
First-of-its-kind interactive experience, “Star Wars: Creature Challenge,” where kids become creature handlers and learn to manage some mischievous, exotic beings from across the galaxy, before joining an important mission to help Rey and Chewbacca channel the force and rescue the ship from destruction.
A royal trio of activity rooms where kids join favorite Disney Princesses and Frozen Queens to let their creativity shine at Rapunzel’s Art Studio, read and act out stories at Belle’s Library, and put newfound icy powers to the test at Anna and Elsa’s Sommerhus.
Walt Disney Imagineering Lab
Brand-new location where kids will discover the secrets of our world-renowned Disney Imagineers with hands-on activities and inventive experiments. Kids will even have the chance to create their own roller coaster and then climb into a capsule where they virtually ride their imaginative masterpiece at the Ride Studio.
Mickey and Minnie Captain’s Deck
Nautical playground for kids that is home to the signature experience “Minnie’s Captain Academy.” During this high-energy training session, kids will play games, dance and participate in maritime “drills” that test their imagination during fun challenges tied to STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).
There is no shortage of things to do and imaginations to be explored. They will have a blast! And the best part… The Oceaneer Club is included in your cruise fare!
If you have babies 6 months to 3 years old, you may consider using the “it’s a small world” nursery. They will be in very safe hands with the specially trained Disney Youth Counselors to care for them. Hourly rates do apply, and are not included in cruise fare.
Got teens? They need their own space too! The Hideaway, Edge, and Vibe are their hot spots aboard the ship. These spaces are specifically for teens where they can hang out, make friends and play games. They’ll love the freedom to be able to do their own thing!
Rotational Table Service Dining
There are 3 entirely NEW and incredible dining experiences included with your cruise. During your cruise, you will dine at each one and your servers even rotate with you so they get to know your group and dining preferences! The crew will bring you absolutely anything you need or request. They are extremely accommodating and are there to make your dining experience the best it can be!
On the Disney Wish, you’ll dine at 1923, Arendelle and Worlds of Marvel. Each one of these incredible restaurants offer such unique dining, every night will be completely new and different.
You can dress up for the evening and theme your outfit with the dining experience, but you don’t have to. Cruise casual is the dress code – anything from jeans, dress shorts, sandals, sundresses, etc. is acceptable.
Take a walk back in time as you enter 1923. Named for the year the Walt Disney Company was founded, this restaurant honors both Walt and Roy. There are two dining rooms – one named for each. In each room you’ll find hundreds of sketches, drawings and props celebrating animation throughout the years. The cuisine is inspired by Disney’s California heritage, highlighting the region’s unique blend of Asian, European and South American cuisine.
This dining experience is elegant and refined, but not over the top. It reminded me a lot of the Hollywood Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios or Carthay Circle in California Adventure. It’s old world Hollywood at its finest!
Get ready to be blown away! This was by far my favorite of all three. If you are a lover of all things Frozen, then this is 100% for you. It’s time to celebrate Anna and Kristoff’s Royal Engagement, and we’ve all been invited to the party hosted by none other than Elsa and Olaf! Even Oaken is there, making his royal debut! And he is absolutely HILARIOUS! Yoo hoo!
As you enjoy a delicious Norwegian-inspired dinner, you are magically transported to the Kingdom of Arendelle for the Royal Celebration. Dance and sing along to all of your favorite Frozen songs. There is even an epic sing-along of Let It Go led by Kristoff and Oaken. It’s the duet you didn’t know you always wanted!
World of Marvel
Enter the world of Marvel – the ultimate superhero adventure! I don’t think you need to be a huge fan of Marvel to enjoy this show/dinner. But if you are, it will make it all the more awesome, and you will love this! Everything about this dining experience is immersive and interactive. Surrounded by PYM Tech, YOU play a role in the newest action-packed Avengers mission!! And you will even get a special surprise at the end – a visit from one of your favorite Marvel heroes!
The menu is inspired by a mix of real and fictional settings, such as African Wakanda, Eastern European Sokovia and NYC!
World Class Accommodations
You will feel like home aboard the Disney Wish. The staterooms and concierge rooms are spectacular. They are extremely spacious and comfortable. And everything of course is brand new!
There are 1244 staterooms aboard the Wish, with a maximum total capacity of 4000 passengers on the ship.
Here is the breakdown of the rooms:
- 121 Inside Staterooms (10% of rooms)
- 877 Verandah Staterooms (70% of rooms)
- 170 Oceanview Staterooms (14% of rooms)
- 76 Concierge Staterooms (6% of rooms)
And here is what’s included within those rooms:
- Queen beds in all non-Concierge staterooms
- Staterooms sleep up to 5 Guests (this includes a Queen bed, a Murphy bed, and a pull out couch that turns into bunk beds)
- Split bathroom in most staterooms (toilet/sink in one room and sink/shower in the other)
- Elevated bed frame for luggage storage (plenty of storage space underneath the bed)
- 902 connecting staterooms
- 43-inch flat-screen TV, USB-A and USB-C charging ports, full-length mirror, mini safe
- Privacy dividers in each stateroom
If you are staying in one of the 76 Concierge Staterooms, here is what’s included:
- Most staterooms feature king beds
- Royal Suites sleep up to 6 Guests
- Wish Tower Suite sleeps up to 8 Guests
- Access to dedicated lounge on Deck 12
- Private sun deck on Deck 13
There are several super deluxe concierge suites aboard the Wish (one pictured below). These rooms can run upwards of 20K for your 3-4 night stay on the cruise. They are magnificent, with a hefty price to go with it!
Theming on the Wish Decks
There are 15 decks on the Wish. Each deck represents two Princess themes. If you have two rooms with a connecting door, you will have one of each Princess represented on that floor.
Here are the theming details for each floor of the ship:
- Cinderella and Frozen: deck 2, 6 and 7
- Aurora and Tiana: deck 8, 9
- Ariel and Moana: deck 10, 11
- Rapunzel: Concierge decks
For Adults Only
Setting sail on the Wish with your family doesn’t mean you can’t escape for an adult only night. And there are so many options onboard the Wish to choose from.
There are two adult dining options aboard the Wish – Palo Steakhouse and Enchante by Chef Arnaud Lallement. Both exclusive restaurants are absolutely beautiful, with spectacular ocean views. Each themed after Beauty and the Beast; Palo is inspired by Cogsworth and Enchante by Lumiere. But, they are also extremely pricey. Be prepared to spend a premium dollar to dine at either of these options.
However, it is nice to have the option to dine without the littles. While the kiddies are enjoying themselves in the Oceaneer Club (included in your cruise fare), the adults can be wined and dined.
Ready to sit back and relax? There are quite a few options on the Wish to do just that.
Looking for a great cocktail? Visit Nightingale’s just off the Grand Hall, the ship’s sophisticated piano bar, inspired by Cinderella singing “Sing Sweet Nightingale” from the classic animation. This lounge has the most incredible and different cocktails, unlike anything you’ve ever had. You can’t go wrong with anything you choose.
Looking for something a little more upbeat? I suggest The Bayou or Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge! Each with their own unique vibe, they offer amazing themed cocktails and a great, fun (and louder) atmosphere. Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge is extremely popular, it’s probably one of the biggest highlights on the ship. It all comes together with the music, the drinks, the environment – you literally feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet. Be sure to pay attention to the views behind the bar – you will hyperdrive into space and hang out in the galaxy for a while. It’s pretty cool! And after 9pm, this bar turns into an adults only lounge. Send the kids to bed and stay for another drink!
If you want a cold beer and a bit more of the pub feel, Keg & Compass is the place for you! Inspired by the sea, look for the nautical and hidden mickey details once inside the bar.
And finally, if an adult only experience is what you are seeking, visit The Rose. An elegant lounge dipped in the beautiful fairytale of Beauty and the Beast. It’s pure sophistication and grace.
Health & Wellness
But it’s not all about food and cocktails. Sometimes you just need to unwind and allow yourself to be pampered. You deserve it! There are some amazing spaces on the ship that are geared toward health and wellness.
The incredible Senses Spa and Fitness Center offers state of the art equipment and spa treatments, complete with a rainforest room and ice room. It’s pretty spectacular, the ultimate zen!
Need a haircut or pedicure while on board? The Untangled Salon and Hook’s Barbery will fit the bill. These two very uniquely themed spaces will make you feel like a Prince and Princess!
And if you are looking for some quiet time by the pool, Quiet Cove and Cove Cafe offer adults only spaces to get away and enjoy some peace of mind for a bit. Visit the cafe for specialty drinks, coffee, teas and desserts or the poolside lounge/bar while enjoying the luxurious infinity pool.