Disney Wish: Cruise line gives first look at new ship

Maiden voyage set for summer 2022

Disney Cruise Line (Disney Parks Blog)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Disney Cruise Line lifted the curtain Thursday on its fifth cruise ship, the Disney Wish.

During a 30-minute virtual presentation, Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney Company officials, alongside Captain Minnie Mouse, gave guests a sneak peek at all of the magic that awaits on the ship.

DIsney Wish grand hall (Disney Cruise Line)

Onboard the ship, guests will be able to explore Disney’s immersive worlds including Frozen, Star Wars, Marvel Superheroes and of course, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals.

“Our virtual voyage begins right here in the Grand Hall. This fairy-tale-inspired, three-story atrium will be Disney Cruise Lines castle on the high seas,” Ashley Long, Cruise Director at Disney Cruise Line said.

The ship is currently under construction in a shipyard in Germany.

On April 8, Disney Cruise Line reached a significant construction milestone marked by the traditional keel-laying ceremony of the Disney Wish. During that time, Disney Cruise Line also announced that the magic of Captain Minnie Mouse will come to life for the first time through whimsical artwork on the bow of the Disney Wish, a hallmark of Disney’s vessels.

Disney Cruise Line reached a significant construction milestone marked by the traditional keel laying ceremony of the Disney Wish, the first of three new ships in the line’s fleet expansion. The coin created for the Disney Wish features Captain Minnie, who made her debut aboard Disney Cruise Line ships in 2019 as part of a collection of initiatives aiming to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the cruise industry. (Disney Cruise Line)

The Disney Wish will be powered by liquified natural gas, or LNG, one of the cleanest-burning fuels available, officials said in a news release.

At approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, the ship will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

“These milestones are just the beginning. We can’t wait for the Disney Wish to join the Disney Cruise Line family, to deliver on our legacy of extraordinary service, and deliver an experience that’s unmatched in the cruises,” Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products said.

The upper deck of the Disney Wish will feature the AquaMouse water ride.

AquaMouse on Disney Wish (Disney Parks Blog)

The ride will span 760 feet around the upper deck.

“You see a ride on the AquaMouse will take you into the animated world of the Mickey Mouse shorts with an original story called ‘Scuba Scramble.’ Mickey and Minnie have started their very own excursion company and they want you to be among their first guests on an exciting adventure into Mermaid Lagoon,” Danny Handke, Senior Creative Director with Walt Disney Imagineering said.

The upper deck of the ship is also designed with families in mind, with plenty of space to relax.

Disney said there will be a special retreat for adults and an all-new Toy Story splash zone.

Toy Story splash zone on Disney Wish (Disney Parks Blog)

For children and young teens, the Disney Wish has a number of activities planned, including a completely reimagined Disney’s Oceaneer Club that will have a secret entrance directly from the Grand Hall.

The ship will also have the Marvel Superhero Academy where young recruits will train alongside some of their favorite superheroes.

Marvel Super Hero Academy on the Disney Wish (Disney Parks Blog)

Kids can also step inside the Disney Imagineering lab where they will learn about how Imagineers design some of Disney’s popular attractions.

“Kids will get an inside look at what it takes to make the magic. They’ll even be able to design their own roller coaster, and virtually ride it,” Sachi Handke, Show Coordinator with Walt Disney Imagineering said.

Disney Imagineering Lab (Disney)

In terms of entertainment, the Disney Wish will have a reimagined musical production of Aladdin that will play nightly.

Disney Cruise Line officials also said two original shows are currently being developed and more details will be shared in the future.

Disney Cruise Line is also rolling out three brand new entertainment concepts, including the Grand Hall stage. Disney said the venues will offer even more ways for families to play together and connect.

A Whole New World of Family Entertainment on the Disney Wish (Disney Parks Blog)

For adults, the Disney Wish will have a number of new offerings including an all-new Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge.

“This first of its kind lounge, you will board a luxury spaceship, where you will sip, otherworldly concoctions and enjoy Galaxy wide panoramic views,” Pam Rawlins, Executive Producer with Walt Disney Imagineering said.

Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge (Disney Parks Blog)

Adults will also be able to visit other classy dining experiences inspired by the hit Disney film Beauty and the Beast. The dining experiences are called The Rose, Palo steakhouse and a dining area called Enchanté.

The Rose on Disney Wish (Disney)

“We are drawing inspiration from our favorite Disney stories to create sophisticated spaces, just for adults. In fact, we’re developing several adult-exclusive dining experiences, inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” Rawlins said.

Disney officials said staterooms onboard the ship will have an “enchanting new look that is brought to life through beautiful custom artwork and elegant details inspired by some of our favorite Disney characters and stories, such as Cinderella.”

Disney Wish room (Disney Cruise Line)

Staterooms will also offer amazing ocean views, plenty of storage options, upscale amenities and great features for families.

The Disney Wish will also be the first ship to offer two-story royal suites.

Disney Wish room (Disney Cruise Line)

The Disney Wish will offer new family dining experiences including Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure, Worlds of Marvel and 1923.

Take a look at the descriptions below from Disney’s blog.

  • 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 fan-favorite characters like Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf — and world-class cuisine infused with Nordic influences.
Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure (Disney Cruise Line)
  • Worlds of Marvel is the first-ever Marvel cinematic dining adventure, where you’ll play an interactive role in an action-packed Avengers mission that unfolds around you, complete with a worldly menu inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Worlds of Marvel (Disney Cruise Line)
  • 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.

The Disney Wish will sail its maiden voyage a five-night cruise to Nassau, the Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay on July 14, 2022 from Port Canaveral.

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