Today the Disney Cruise Line revealed the next ship in its fleet, the Disney Wish. The reveal was done virtually and allowed Disney fans around the globe to experience this magical moment together. The name of the reveal was Once Upon a Disney Wish and can be seen below.
During the half-hour event, Laura Cabo from Walt Disney Imagineering welcomed viewers and introduced the program. The program then moved forward as she opened a book and Tinker Bell took guests on an adventure that showcased the different ships currently that are a part of the Disney Cruise Line. The last ship she arrived at was the Disney Wish. There, she met with Ashley Long, the Cruise Director and Captain Minnie. Both of them welcomed everyone to the show. It was also assured that health and safety protocols were taken for the program.
The virtual voyage began with a look at the Grand Hall. It is being billed as a “castle on the seas.” There is a giant wishing star that will be part of the chandelier and a beautiful statue of Cinderella.
World Wish Day
Bob Chapek then joined the program. He shared how the Disney Wish is a great example of the “Disney difference.” As he spoke, digital renderings, models, and progress shots were shown. Chapek shared how storytelling is at the heart of everything they do and Disney Wish will be no difference. The ship will include the stories of Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, and all of their properties, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse. And on this “World Wish Day,”
Chapek also highlighted the work that Disney and Make-A-Wish have done together as they joined forces to make magic happen. He announced also that The Walt Disney Company is donating $1 million to Make-A-Wish.
Disney Cruise Line and Beyond
Josh D’Amaro, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experience and Products appeared next. He shared about the magic going on around the globe as parks reopen. Walt Disney World Resort is preparing to celebrate its 50th and the transformation of EPCOT. Disneyland Resort Parks will soon be reopening and a month later Avengers Campus will be opening at Disney California Adventure.
D’Amaro then shared how the Disney Magic will be sailing from the UK for guests of the UK that will stay at sea and experience the magic. He shared that he is confident that the rest of the ships will soon be sailing with guests as well. He shared how Cast Members really make the magic and how they are excited to make magic again.
A progress report was made on the Disney Wish next. On April 8th, the Keel Laying Ceremony took place with a special Disney Wish coin layed in the keel. D’Amaro also shared how Captain Minnie’s likeness will be found on the bow. The new ship, and all future ships, will run on liquified natural gas as well to continue with Disney’s contribution to the environment.
When the Disney Wish sets sail in 2022, Cruise Director Ashley and Captain Minnie unlocked the “enchantment of the Disney wish.” This was done with the help of the Fairy God Mother. She led everyone in unlocking the wish with the magic words and song “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.” This was followed by everyone saying “wishes do come true!” This led to a magical tour of the ship.
The upper deck of the Disney Wish was the next generation. Captain Mickey and Danny Handke, Senior Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering. They shared that AquaMouse, the first-ever Disney attraction at sea will be found on the upper deck. It will include a “rich storyline” with show scenes and an original story called “scuba scramble.” Their excursion company is called Port Misadventure. It will include 760 of winding tubes. The whole upper deck will be themed to Mickey and Minnie Mouse. There will be a family area that is themed to Toy Story and also an area dedicated to adults.
Sachi Handke, Disney Imagineer, then shared about what is going to be available for kids, the Disney’s Oceaneer Club. This includes a secret entrance to the club that is a slide from the Grand Hall. There will also be a door. Kids 3-12 will get to explore Imagineer, be a part of their favorite Disney stories, and also get to meet Marvel Superheroes. Marvel Super Hero Academy will also be on the Disney Wish. Spider-Man will definitely be on hand to make an appearance. So will Black Panther, Ant-Man, and The Wasp. Kids will also be able to choose their own hero suits and then “put them to the test” Handke shared. Kids will also be able to spend time with princesses at Fairytale Hall with options to immerse themselves in multiple princess stories. There will also be an area where kids can learn about Imagineering in an interactive lab. There they will find out what it takes to make the magic and even design their own roller coaster.
Carlos Jimenez, Managing Producer for the Disney Cruise Line, then shared how Disney Wish’s entertainment. The Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Wish will be offering multiple shows on the ship. One of the shows will be Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular will be on board. There are also will be two original shows that are being developed for the Disney Wish and will be announced at a later date.
The Disney Wish will also have three new concepts for entertainment, including the Grand Hall Stage. In Luna, the entertainment will evolve from day to night. In Hero Zone, guests will get to experience their favorite heroes.
Adults or Big Kids
For adults or big kids, Pam Rawlins from Walt Disney Imagineering arrived to share what could be experienced. Star Wars fans will love the Disney Wish. They will be able to visit Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge. This will allow adults to enjoy adult beverages in a galaxy far far away. There will also be several adult dining experiences inspired by Beauty and the Beast. The Rose will be a cocktail lounge. Palo Steakhouse will be reimagined with decor inspired by Cogsworth. Enchante will be the most “elegant dining experience” inspired by Lumiere with food from three Michelin star chef.
Elsewhere on the ship, the Quiet Cove is an adult retreat on the upper deck, there is also a spa to be enjoyed by guests as well.
For the whole family, it’s often all about the stateroom. Shelley Gold-Witiak of Imagineering shared how the rooms are inspired by Disney characters and stories… and dreams. The rooms are luxurious and most offer beautiful views. There are also plenty of storage options in the rooms. The concierge experience has also been expanded for the Disney Wish. Suites are also being expanded with the first ever two story suites introduced. This includes a grand spiral staircase and beautiful rooms with beautiful views.
The dining venues all tell a story. Denise Case from the Disney Cruise Line shared about three new restaurant concepts for the whole family. The first one is an Arendelle themed restaurant. Guests will dine at this Frozen-themed restaurant with their favorite characters from the film while they eat. This will be a theatrical dining experience. It will include Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf during the musical celebration. Olaf then showed up for the presentation briefly. The cuisine will be infused with Nordic influences. A Hollywood-themed restaurant called 1923 is next. It will be like traveling back to Hollywood during its most glamorous era. The third restaurant is Worlds of Marvel. It will take place at an Avengers Technology Showcase. The dining experience will be a Marvel Cinematic Dining Adventure that will be interactive.
The presentation wrapped up with Ashley and Captain Minnie promising that more details about the Disney Wish will be coming soon. The program ended with Syndee Winters singing When You Wish Upon a Star. Following the song, Ashley shared that more updates will be coming before she threw it to the Fairy Godmother who ended the program by saying “wishes do come true” and Tinker Bell flew the viewer out of the ship and out of the book that now showed when bookings will begin.
Bookings for the Disney Wish will be opening on May 27, 2021.
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Expertly designed staterooms and suites will be lavishly appointed and infused with Disney fairytales
CELEBRATION, Fla. (April 29, 2021) – With an all-new look and feel steeped in enchantment and inspired by dreamy Disney stories, every stateroom on the Disney Wish will be a luxurious, peaceful retreat designed with families in mind. Each will feature beautiful, custom-made artwork depicting beloved Disney fairytales created especially for the Disney Wish.
“With our signature attention to detail, Disney Cruise Line staterooms have always set the standard for family cruise travel,” said Claire Weiss, creative director, Walt Disney Imagineering. “All of our ships offer spacious, comfortable and functional rooms that uniquely meet the needs of families. On the Disney Wish, we are elevating this approach with a new level of storytelling and artful design infused with the theme of enchantment that brings to life cherished Disney fairytales.”
A New Twist on Bedtime Stories
New for the Disney Wish, Walt Disney Imagineers have imbued every stateroom with the soft, dreamlike worlds and restful imagery of enchanted Disney fairytales through glittering gold-leafed headboard murals and framed pieces commissioned exclusively for the Disney Wish.
In line with the ship’s overall design motif of enchantment, stateroom artwork will represent classic and contemporary Disney stories that capture the essence of wish fulfillment and dreams come true, such as Cinderella (whose maxim “a dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep” is particularly fitting).
Beyond the artwork, every detail has been designed to tell a story, from pixie-dusted furnishings to delicate linen embroidery inspired by the fleet’s signature golden filigree. This even extends into the corridors, where exquisite decoration serves the greater purpose of wayfinding: Richly themed carpeting, softly colored accent walls, magical lighting and unique adornments will provide guests with an intuitive yet artful cue to know they’ve arrived at their home away from home.
Dreamy Details and Wished-For Features
Every stateroom aboard the Disney Wish has been designed with ample room for families, plenty of storage space and upscale amenities. Most of the ship’s 1,254 staterooms will offer an ocean view — including 877 (70%) with a spacious verandah — and there will be 451 connecting doors that adjoin rooms to accommodate larger families. Some connecting staterooms will have a partition between verandahs that may be opened to create a bigger, shared balcony.
- Most staterooms will feature Disney Cruise Line’s signature split-bathroom concept, with a sink and shower in one room and a sink and toilet in a separate room. All will include a bathtub – perfect for giving children a bath.
- Enhanced storage options, roomy closets and elevated bed frames with generous under-bed space will provide plenty of places to store suitcases and other bulky items essential to family travel.
- Little ones will delight in a secret starfield hidden above pull-down beds, with original artwork revealing a constellation of Fairy Godmother overhead.
- Other exceptional amenities and highlights will include a 43-inch TV, USB and USB-C ports, large vanity, mini drawer refrigerator, full-length mirror, mini safe, hair dryer, privacy divider, queen and pull-out sofa beds, deluxe toiletries, plush robes, and lavish bed linens and duvets.
Concierge Staterooms, Suites and Service
The Disney Wish will elevate the concierge experience with 76 concierge staterooms and suites – more than double the number available on other Disney ships.
- Accommodating up to five guests, these rooms will feature spacious living areas, king beds, luxurious finishes and premium amenities. Most will include a generous private verandah, and most have been designed with the rich color palette and distinctive iconography of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Tangled.”
- One-bedroom concierge suites will have a separate living room, walk-in closets, two 43-inch TVs and two bathrooms (including a master bathroom with rain shower, bathtub and double vanity).
- Seven exclusive oceanview rooms are Disney’s first-ever staterooms located above the bridge. These will have extended living areas with breathtaking views of the ocean through floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the bow.
The Disney Wish will also debut four royal suites that celebrate the gilded world of Disney Animation’s “Sleeping Beauty,” with two Princess Aurora Royal Suites and two Briar Rose Royal Suites. Each pair includes a single-floor option and a two-story configuration, the first of their kind for the Disney fleet.
- Royal suites will feature extravagant details, upscale furnishings and first-class amenities, including an extensive living area, open dining salon, sizeable pantry and private hot tub on the oversized verandah.
- Each suite has two master bedrooms — each with its own opulent bathroom featuring a double vanity and either a rain shower or bathtub — as well as a double sleeper sofa in the living room and a third bathroom with a shower.
- The two-story royal suites will boast floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning statement pieces, like an elegant spiral staircase and a spectacular two-deck-high bespoke stained-glass frieze.
All concierge guests will receive a premium level of dedicated service and access to exclusive areas and amenities throughout their voyage. The Concierge Lounge will be more than triple the size from previous Disney ships and will offer a full bar, delicious light bites, special kids’ area and an outdoor terrace with incredible views. From the lounge, concierge guests will have access to a private sun deckwith two whirlpools, a wading pool, a bar, lush lounge furniture and the superlative service of a pool deck host.
Maiden Voyage and Inaugural Season
The Disney Wish will sail its maiden voyage on June 9, 2022, followed by a season of three- and four-night cruises to the Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral, Florida. Bookings open to the general public on May 27, 2021.
More details about the artful accommodations on board the Disney Wish are on the horizon. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.