Disney Wish is poised to make its maiden voyage on July 14, 2022, followed by a season of three- and four-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral, Florida. The long-awaited ship features Marvel-themed dining, Broadway-style shows, the first-ever Disney attraction at sea, and a whirl of adults-only spaces. Here’s everything you need to know about Disney Cruise Line’s fifth ship.
AquaMouse on Disney Wish
The first-ever Disney attraction at sea, AquaMouse water ride brings to life the adventures of The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse animated shorts. Guests will glide down 760 feet of winding tubes suspended high above the upper decks, while soaking up show scenes and 60 water effects.
In addition to AquaMouse, families will find six pools on decks 11 and 12, along with poolside entertainment on Funnel Vision, an LED display that screens Disney movies, TV shows and live sporting events.
Little ones will favour the Toy Story Splash Zone water playground designed for toddlers and young children, while the double-looping waterslide Slide-a-saurus Rex provides fun for the whole family.
Strictly adults-only is the Quiet Cove Pool District, a peaceful refuge with an infinity pool affording ocean views, alongside a whirlpool spa, a bar and poolside café.
The Wish Tower Suite on Disney Wish
Hyped as a “penthouse in the sky”, the Moana-inspired Wish Tower Suite is set high in the forward funnel of Disney Wish. The 1,966-square-foot penthouse sleeps up to eight guests with two bedrooms, a children’s room, a library that converts into a bedroom, and four-and-a-half bathrooms with bathtubs and rain showers. The suite’s major selling point is its two-storey window wall offering epic views across the upper decks to the horizon.
A whopping 90-per-cent of the ship’s 1,254 storybook-inspired staterooms offer ocean views, and more than 900 rooms connect for larger families.
The spa on Disney Wish
It’s not all about the kids on Disney Wish; there are plenty of adult-friendly activities to keep grown-ups entertained. The new ship will debut the fleet’s first outdoor spa retreat, salon and barbershop, along with a slew of upscale bars and lounges.
“With the Disney Wish, we wanted to design an experience that allows our grown-up guests to relax, recharge and reconnect in unique ways that only Disney Cruise Line can create,” said Laura Cabo, portfolio creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering.
With relaxation in mind, the Senses Spa features an outdoor chill-out zone with whirlpool baths, loungers and yoga sessions. Reimagined for Disney Wish, the cruise line’s signature Rainforest experience homes the fleet’s first ice lounge, as well as snuggly heated loungers; sensory spa showers; and sauna, steam and dry chambers.
On the menu are massage, facial and acupuncture therapies, as well as a choice of treatments for pain management and sleep improvement. Couples can enjoy treatments side-by-side in lavish spa villas. Alongside the spa is Senses Fitness where guests will find exercise equipment, a cycle studio and aerobics room.
Inspired by the long-haired Rapunzel, the chic Untangled Salon offers haircuts, manicures, pedicures, teeth whitening and skin treatments. The purple and gold salon is awash with floating lanterns and privacy screens showing Rapunzel paintings.
For men, Hook’s Barbery offers cuts, shaves, nail and skin care. With a nod to its namesake Captain Hook, the barbershop is decked out with leather chairs, golden mirrors and dark woods. There’s also a wooden map of Never Land, a pocket watch and a hook. Perfect for date nights is the barbershop’s hidden bar, which serves up bourbons, vintage whisky and port, and aged rum.
Pubs and bars on Disney Wish
Disney Wish is abuzz with sophisticated bars and pubs. The perfect spot for watching live sports while supping beer is the Keg & Compass pub. Furnished in the style of a late 1800s Norwegian sailor’s map room, the pub is decorated with compasses, period-style oil paintings, and a map that spans the entire ceiling and pays homage to Disney characters related to the sea.
With its glittering chandelier and fairytale theme, Nightingale’s bills itself as a refined piano bar inspired by Cinderella’s rendition of Sing Sweet Nightingale in the 1950 movie. The tome-length menu includes fine wines, bubblies and cocktails.
Other drinking holes include The Bayou, an informal New Orleans-inspired live music venue that pays homage to The Princess and the Frog with its magnolia blossoms, lily pads and canopy of twinkling fireflies. On the menu here are cocktails, coffee and beignets, New Orleans’ famous deep-fried fritters.
Family restaurants on Disney Wish
Three new family restaurants are making their debut on Disney Wish. Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is a theatrical dining experience that brings the kingdom of Arendelle to life through immersive entertainment and Nordic-influence food.
World of Marvel is a cinematic dining experience where guests play an interactive role in an Avengers mission. Dishes are inspired by African Wakanda, Eastern European Sokovia, and the Avengers’ home base of New York City.
Named after the year The Walt Disney Company was founded, 1923 restaurant combines Hollywood glamour with Disney fun to pay homage to the golden age of animation. Dining rooms are adorned with more than 1,000 drawings and movie props.
Disney Wish also offers a slew of other dining options, from quick bites to 24-hour room service.
Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge on Disney Wish
Another first for a Disney ship is a space-jumping tour of the Star Wars galaxy at Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge, a high-end bar styled as a sumptuous yacht-class spaceship. This immersive experience is reserved for adults every evening, offering interactive tasting experiences and signature beverages inspired by the films.
Adults-only restaurants on Disney Wish
The ship’s three speciality dining restaurants all take inspiration from Beauty and the Beast. The popular Palo Steakhouse is inspired by Cogsworth, and combines gourmet Italian fare with hearty steaks. Enchanté offers the most luxurious dining experience on board, featuring a gourmet menu created by three-Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Lallement. Chic lounge The Rose is ideal for a pre-dinner aperitif or after-dinner cocktail.
Entertainment onboard Disney Wish
Designed to resemble an enchanted forest, Disney Wish’s magical 1,274-seat Walt Disney Theatre will show Broadway-style stage show, including The Little Mermaid.
New entertainment hub Luna – which features a two-storey LED screen wall and stage – offers live game shows, sing-a-longs and interactive experiences.