Earlier this year, Disney Cruise Line unveiled its newest ship, the Disney Wish, with a maiden voyage in July 2022.
While the Disney Wish is the largest Disney ship by gross tonnage (at 144,000 gross tons), it can accommodate the same number of passengers as the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy (approximately 4,000 passengers, depending on the occupancy of the cabin).
The Disney Wish was built with storytelling in mind, and as you navigate the ship you’ll be transported to many popular tales from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel. The experience begins when you enter the magnificent three-story atrium with a magnificent chandelier and a statue of Cinderella near the spiral staircase. It makes a big impression right away.
Currently, the Disney Wish operates out of Port Canaveral, Florida, year-round, with three- and four-day itineraries. Ports of call include Nassau and Castaway Cay, while four-day itineraries also include a day at sea. Special cruises on Disney Wish include Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime cruises.
Stateroom options on the Disney Wish
The Disney Wish offers 1,254 staterooms, including 53 concierge staterooms and 23 concierge suites. That’s many more concierge rooms than previous ships have offered. This does, however, make it more difficult to book things like Castaway Cay cabins and adult meals on the ship.
A big highlight of the Disney Wish is the 1,966 square foot funnel suite, offering two floors in the forward funnel – an all-new concept for the Disney Cruise Line.
For those looking for a more standard cruising experience, there are 1,133 outside cabins (948 with verandas) and 121 inside cabins. Staterooms are decorated in various Disney themes, including fairytale castles, forest, and sea animals and spirits.
Our two connecting cabins were themed Sleeping Beauty and The Princess and the Frog – with a large piece of artwork above the bed featuring the characters from these popular films.
Most staterooms have the popular shared bathroom configuration that Disney Cruise Line families love. One bedroom has a shower and toilet, while another bedroom has a toilet and shower, allowing families to get ready in the morning simultaneously.
Eat on the Disney Wish
The Disney Wish features an entirely new set of dining concepts for the three main dining rooms, with immersive and interactive experiences. These include Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure, 1923, and Worlds of Marvel.
Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is both a restaurant and a dinner theater. As you attend Anna and Kristoff’s engagement party, you’ll be treated to an entertaining threesome as well as character sightings. Anna, Kristoff, Elsa and Oaken entertain guests and also walk from table to table waving.
Located on the 3rd floor of the atrium, 1923 is a restaurant celebrating the founding year of the Walt Disney Company. It’s the most stylish of the restaurants, and some patrons choose to dress in 1920s attire (entirely unofficial and optional!).
The third restaurant is Worlds of Marvel, with a video dinner show hosted by Ant-Man and the Wasp. Between the segments, the video screens display segments from the various recent Marvel movies and shows. At the end of the meal, Ant-Man and the Wasp greet the guests as they walk through the restaurant.
The Disney Wish also features new quick-service food locations. The Marceline Market replaces the Cabana buffet on the other ships. Waiters stand behind the buffet stations, which are no longer self-service. Marceline Market is open for breakfast and lunch.
There is also the Mickey and Friends Festival of Foods. Filled with several food stalls, the Festival of Foods is a great option for a quick lunch. Options include Mickey’s Smokestack Barbeque, Daisy’s Pizza Pies, Goofy’s Grill, Donald’s Cantina, and Sweet Minnie’s Ice Cream. During our navigations, these all closed at 6 p.m. with the exception of ice cream and grilled meats.
There are also several lounges and bars on the Disney Wish. Two of my favorites are Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge and the Bayou. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you should definitely stop by the Hyperspace Lounge, which really makes you feel like a Star Wars character.
24-hour room service, specialty coffees, and the Joyful Sweets dessert shop are also offered. Room service is generally included with your cruise (excluding gratuities and beverages), but you will incur additional charges for purchases of Joyful Sweets and specialty coffee, as well as alcohol.
Things to do on the Disney Wish
With two movie theaters, multiple lounges, multiple pools, and a large air-conditioned sports complex, there’s so much to do on Disney Wish. Activities are all listed on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app, and most do not require prior registration.
Every day you’ll find a variety of activities, including bingo, quizzes, arts and crafts, first-run movies, a quiet DJ, karaoke, and more. Some activities, such as the various drink-tasting seminars, must be booked in advance and incur an additional cost.
One of the most exciting things to do on the Disney Wish is the new AquaMouse.
This water coaster is located on the pool deck, with minimal stairs to access it (unlike the AquaDuck on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy).
It starts with a treadmill while you watch video screens showing cartoons, then ends with a thrilling water ride. You will get wet, but not submerged.
Shops and Services on the Disney Wish
Like other Disney Cruise Line ships, Disney Wish offers a Senses Spa, with facials, massages, and other treatments. There is also a Rainforest room, with indoor and outdoor spaces.
I found that the Disney Wish had more high-end retailers than other ships, offering designer watches, high-end jewelry, and handbags. There’s also Mickey’s mainsail with Disney Cruise Line themed memorabilia as well as toiletries and other essentials you may have forgotten.
New to the Disney Wish are two salons – Hook’s Barbery (which also hosts whiskey tasting seminars) and the Untangled Salon (offering nail care as well as hair services). There is also a Bibbidi Bobbidi shop on board, where your child can be transformed into a pirate, princess or ship’s captain.
Kids Clubs on Disney Wish
Are you traveling with children? They will definitely want to check out the new kids’ clubs. Besides Edge (11-14 years old) and Vibe (14-17 years old), there is the Oceaneer Lab, for children from 3 to 12 years old.
This area features incredibly themed play areas, including Fairytale Hall, Star Wars Cargo Bay, Marvel Superhero Academy, and Walt Disney Imagineering Lab. There’s even a slide that can take kids from the third-floor atrium to the second-floor youth club.
Shows on Disney Wish
The Disney Wish features three Broadway-style shows at the Walt Disney Theater. Disney Seas the Adventure is an all-new show featuring Captain Minnie and Goofy, along with some of your favorite Disney characters.
The Little Mermaid is also new to the Disney Cruise Line and is based on the popular animated film. Disney’s Aladdin, also based on the animated film, also plays on the Disney Fantasy.
These shows feature the talented entertainment team and last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. They play twice a night, so guests at each dinner have the option of going to a show opposite their dinner time.
Amenities on the Disney Wish
The Disney Wish offers plenty of amenities to make your travels comfortable. A huge laundry room on the 8th floor – Fairytale Fresh Laundry, includes numerous washers and dryers (at an additional cost) and irons. Washers and dryers work with the Disney Cruise Line app, so you’ll be alerted when it’s time to get back to the laundry room.
Disney Wish also features Disney Cruise Line’s latest Wi-Fi offering. Instead of pay-as-you-go, there are now daily charges with varying tiers depending on the type of access you’ll need. Guests can register directly on the app, and guest service cast members can help with any issues.
Other amenities include a Harbor Adventures desk, a Disney Vacation desk where you can sign up for further sailing, and guest services.
To learn more about Disney Wish, visit the Disney Cruise Line website.