A highly-anticipated cruise ship for 2022, Disney Wish is the first new ship for Disney Cruise Line in ten years. Here’s everything you need to know about this exciting new DCL cruise ship.
Disney Cruise Line fans have been waiting a decade for a new cruise ship—the last new DCL ship, Disney Fantasy, had her maiden voyage in 2012. But the wait is finally over! Disney’s brand new ship, Disney Wish, will have her inaugural sailing in July 2022.
Disney Wish is the first of three Triton-Class DCL ships to be built at Meyer Werft in Germany through 2025. All three ships will be slightly larger than Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, and will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), one of the cleanest-burning fuels in the marine industry.
Here’s a sneak peek at the new Disney Wish before her July 14 inaugural sailing from her home port at Port Canaveral, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.
Theme and décor on Disney Wish
Inspired by tales of wishes come true, the new ship’s design concept is enchantment, the theme of countless cherished Disney tales.
According to Laura Cabo with Walt Disney Imagineering, “Imagineers are creating a breathtaking new world of enchantment aboard the Disney Wish. This motif provides the perfect platform to infuse Disney storytelling into every aspect of the design, giving the Disney Wish its own unique personality and a completely new look unlike anything else at sea.”
Disney Wish‘s enchantment motif is evident throughout the ship, with storybook-inspired guest staterooms, a magical-forest-themed theater, and the breathtaking Grand Hall with its wishing star chandelier.
Each evening, the fairytale Grand Hall will come to life with shimmering pixie dust and lighting effects. This enchanted atrium is the starting point for all your magical adventures on board.
Attractions on Disney Wish
From thrilling waterslides to peaceful escapes, Disney Wish features attractions for every kind of cruiser, whether you’re young or just young-at-heart.
The 760-foot AquaMouse waterslide will send you on thrilling twists and turns high above the upper decks. This multimedia water ride experience—the first Disney attraction at sea—begins with the animated short collection The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.
With theme park-level special effects, AquaMouse will immerse riders in the worlds and characters of everyone’s favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars adventures.
Adults can enjoy the kid-free tranquility of Quiet Cove, where you can relax, sip cocktails, enjoy a swim, or soak in the hot tub. This isolated adults-only refuge features a luxe infinity pool and poolside bar, as well as an elegant café.
Pools and water features
Disney Wish is home to more pools and water play areas than any DCL ship yet! On the upper decks, you’ll find a whopping ten pools and water play areas, all inspired by Mickey and friends.
Entertainment on Disney Wish
Like all DCL cruise ships, Wish offers a broad menu of entertainment options on every sailing: stage shows and cabarets, festive deck parties, fun family activities, and more.
Walt Disney Theatre
Inspired by Disney’s legendary animated film Fantasia, this opulent, 1274-seat theater hosts original Broadway-style productions. Its magical décor evokes an enchanted forest, keeping with the ship’s theme.
Shows planned for the theater include Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, along with other new shows currently in development.
This new entertainment hub offers interactive programming and live shows during the day and into the night. Family-friendly entertainment will be the priority until the evening, when Luna transforms into an adults-only entertainment venue.
Competitive cruisers will want to check out Hero Zone, a futuristic sports arena. Guests will need to use their imagination as well as physical skill to beat other cruisers in action-packed challenges. Family groups can get in on the action with Hero Zone’s game show-style competitions.
Movie buffs will love that Disney Wish features two intimate screening rooms on board. The Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas will show first-run films as well as the classics from Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and more.
Dining aboard Disney Wish
Disney Wish will feature a variety of dining venues—you’ll find quick bites, casual dining, and gourmet cafés, along with three elaborately themed main dining rooms and two for-a-fee specialty restaurants.
The ship will feature three brand-new family dining concepts, offering diners live character performances, interactive fun, or simply tasteful elegance.
Of course, all Disney ships also offer 24/7 complimentary room service from a limited menu.
DCL tip: If you’re new to cruising with Disney, you’ll want to read my How Does Dining on Disney Cruise Line Work? It’s a bit different than on most other cruise lines!
Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure (rotational dining)
Fans of the animated films will love experiencing Disney’s first Frozen-themed theatrical dining venue aboard the Disney Wish. Favorite characters, including Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff, will bring the world of Arendelle to life with live performances and table visits during your meal.
The menu at Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure will feature a fusion of traditional Nordic flavors and ingredients with modern, world-class cuisine. Sample entrées include free-range chicken with estragon wild mushrooms and a potato fried in duck fat, or seared Chilean sea bass with a mélange of fresh vegetables.
Worlds of Marvel (rotational dining)
The new Worlds of Marvel restaurant on Disney Wish, the first-ever Marvel cinematic dining experience, lets guests play a role in an Avengers mission. While assisting Ant-Man and The Wasp, diners can interact with a tabletop Quantum Core to super-charge the venue with pulsating energy.
The Worlds of Marvel menu is inspired by both the real and fictional settings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Sokovia, Wakanda, and New York City.
1923 (rotational dining)
The elegant 1923 restaurant, named for the year The Walt Disney Company was founded, is a celebration of Disney’s legacy and the golden age of animation.
The venue’s two rooms—one named for Walt Disney and the other for Roy O. Disney—will feature nearly 800 pieces of artwork, illustrating the evolution of Disney animation over the past century.
1923’s dinner offerings showcase the company’s California roots, mixing South American, Asian, and European cuisine in an elegant fusion.
Think tatsoi salad with Bartlett pear, manchego cheese, and walnuts, or an ahi tuna starter with porcini mushrooms.
Marceline Market (complimentary)
Disney Wish will be the first DCL ship without a Cabanas buffet—but don’t worry, they’re replacing it with a new buffet concept, Marceline Market.
Named after Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri, the buffet will offer ten food stations, each themed around a Disney animated film. Rumor has it that the food hall’s proprietors will be the characters themselves!
DCL plans to offer an ever-changing menu for the whole family at the buffet, including American classics and international specialties. Here you’ll find hearty comfort food, seafood, soups and salads, baked goods, and desserts.
Marceline Market will also feature a bar area, as well as plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.
Mickey and Friends Festival of Foods (complimentary)
Reminiscent of the seaside boardwalk setting in classic Mickey Mouse animated shorts, Mickey and Friends Festival of Foods will be located on the upper decks.
This open-air dining venue will have five food stalls: Mickey’s Smokestack Barbecue, Donald’s Cantina, Daisy’s Pizza Pies, Goofy’s Grill, and Sweet Minnie’s Ice Cream.
With DCL’s first quick-service BBQ and Mexican-inspired options as well as American classics and soft-serve ice cream, the Festival of Foods will be the perfect spot to grab a quick lunch, dinner, or anytime snack.
Palo Steakhouse (fee-based)
The new Palo Steakhouse is an evolution of the fan-favorite Palo restaurant aboard the other DCL ships. This adults-only venue combines authentic Italian dining with modern steakhouse classics.
In an elegant setting inspired by the enchanted clock Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast, the dining spaces feature rich wood accents and artistic details evoking gears and pendulums.
Guests will choose from a selection of Italian specialties and prime steaks, including Australian Wagyu, and Japanese Kobe or Miyazaki. Of course, Palo’s beloved chocolate soufflé is on the menu, served hot with chocolate and vanilla bean sauces.
Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement (fee-based)
Foodies looking for an elegant evening will want to check out Enchanté, the most luxurious dining experience on the ship.
With a gourmet menu crafted by chef Arnaud Lallement (owner of the three-Michelin-star L’Assiette Champenoise in France) and romantic décor inspired by Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast, this adults-only venue is just right for a special dinner.
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Bars and lounges on Disney Wish
Adult guests looking to unwind with a drink will have plenty of options on Disney Wish! You’ll find upscale lounges as well as casual bars, each with a unique theme and ambiance.
Inspired by the enchanted rose from the animated classic Beauty and the Beast, The Rose lounge will be an ideal spot to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail—it’s located just at the entrance to both Palo Steakhouse and Enchanté.
Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge
This luxurious bar, styled as a yacht-class spaceship, brings guests on a tour of the Star Wars galaxy. Hyperspace Lounge will offer interactive tasting experiences as well as signature drinks inspired by Mustafar, Batuu, and Tatooine.
Keg & Compass
The sports bar on Disney Wish, Keg & Compass, draws on Norse seafaring folklore as its inspiration. Designed after a 19th-century Norwegian sailor’s map room, you’ll feel like an old salt as you enjoy a brew while watching your favorite sporting events.
Consider tasting one of the three craft beers designed especially for the ship!
Located adjacent to the Grand Hall, Nightingale’s is a refined piano bar serving fine wines, Champagne, and hand-crafted cocktails.
Guests can enjoy listening to piano bar favorites in the elegant space, decorated in a soft metallic palette with a glittering chandelier adorned with pearlescent bubbles and rose gold musical notes.
Princess and the Frog‘s New Orleans is the inspiration for the lovely Bayou lounge, serving unique cocktails and specialty coffees, as well as their signature beignets.
Soak up the bayou atmosphere featuring lily pads, magnolia blossoms, and twinkling fireflies while you enjoy live entertainment and musical performances hosted in the venue.
Pampering options on Disney Wish
Guests looking for a little self-care during their cruise vacation have a wealth of choices at Disney Wish‘s luxe spa, fairytale salon, and premium barbershop.
Senses Spa offers DCL’s signature Rainforest experience, expanded for Disney Wish to provide cruisers with more ways to relax and rejuvenate.
The Spa offers heated ergonomic loungers, sensory spa showers, and sauna, steam, and dry chambers. It’s also home to the fleet’s first ice lounge which lets guests combine thermal therapies.
For the first time aboard a Disney ship, Senses Spa will feature a dedicated outdoor space, with loungers and comfy relaxation beds.
Want to look your best for your cruise photos or have a special hairstyle for formal night? Untangled Salon‘s menu includes haircuts and styling, manicures, pedicures, teeth whitening, and skin treatments.
Inspired by Tangled, the salon’s airy purple-and-gold décor is accented with floating light fixtures and a glowing chandelier, evoking the sundrop flower that gave Rapunzel’s hair magical qualities.
DCL’s first standalone barbershop experience, Hook’s Barbery is styled after a traditional European men’s salon, offering haircuts, shaves, and nail and skin care services.
In a unique twist, the Barbery also features a hidden bar, offering bourbon, vintage whisky and port, aged rum, and premium spirits to enjoy during your service—or anytime!
Kids-only fun on Disney Wish
If you’re cruising with kids, DCL offers tons of attractions and dedicated programming to keep everyone from babies to teens engaged and entertained. Disney Wish takes kids’ activities to a whole new level with expanded youth clubs and play areas.
Disney Wish has kids clubs for every age group from 6 months through age 17, offering programs facilitated by trained counselors.
- It’s a Small World Nursery (6 months to 3 years): babysitting services in a whimsical environment inspired by the beloved Disney ride
- Oceaneer Club (ages 3 to 12): featuring enriching activities and playtime with Disney characters
- Edge (ages 11 to 14): a trendy hangout where tweens and younger teens can chill or engage with age-appropriate programming
- Vibe (ages 14 to 17): a hangout space for older teens to meet new friends and enjoy activities designed to engage the unique interests of this age group
A creative space for ages 3 to 12 where kids can unleash their inner artist at Rapunzel’s Art Studio, read and reenact favorite stories at Belle’s Library, or play games with Olaf at Anna and Elsa’s Sommerhus.
Marvel Super Hero Academy
A high-tech Avengers HQ for kids ages 3 to 12, Marvel Super Hero Academy trains budding superheroes with the help of Spider-Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man, and the Wasp.
Walt Disney Imagineering Lab
This first-of-its-kind opportunity for kids ages 3 to 12 lets them in on the secrets of the famed Disney Imagineers with hands-on activities and inventive experiments.
Toy Story Splash Zone
Especially for families with toddlers and young children, the all-new Toy Story-themed district features a wading pool, splash zone, family waterslide, and a smoothie bar.
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Staterooms and suites on Disney Wish
Disney Wish‘s 1254 staterooms and suites come in a variety of sizes and configurations to suit families of every size (as well as your budget).
From the 169-square-foot inside stateroom to a luxurious concierge suite (the largest is a palatial 1,966 square feet with three bedrooms and a grand spiral staircase), all rooms include:
- Plush Euro-top mattresses
- 100% cotton Frette linens
- Premium bath towels
- 43″ LCD flat-screen TV(s) with remote control
- USB and USB-C ports
- Full-length mirror
- Ample closet space
- Mini in-room safe(s)
- Hair dryer
- Phone with voicemail messaging
- Individual climate control
Note: Just like on Disney Dream, queen beds in the staterooms can’t be pulled apart to make two twins.
Disney Wish is debuting four luxurious suites celebrating Sleeping Beauty: two Princess Aurora Royal Suites and two Briar Rose Royal Suites. Each pair of suites offers a single-floor option as well as a two-story option, a first for DCL.
Disney Wish Fun Fact: Most of the ship’s 1,254 staterooms will have an ocean view, and 70% have a verandah. Only 121 cabins on Disney Wish are inside staterooms!
How much does a cruise on Disney Wish cost?
Thinking of booking a cruise on Disney Wish?
For a family of four (two adults and two kids age 3-17), the most affordable staterooms start at about $3000 for a three-night sailing including taxes and port fees. A four-night cruise on Disney Wish for the same family group will start at about $3800.
If you’d like to cruise during school vacation or over certain holidays, cruise fares will be a bit more expensive. A Halloween on the High Seas or Very Merrytime cruise starts at around $4600 for a family of four in the cheapest cabin.
Need more luxurious accommodations? Prices start at around $6200 for two adults and two kids in a Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom.
Or you could always book the best rooms on the ship—the Concierge Wish Tower Suite—starting at a cool $24k for your three-day cruise.
Disney Wish fast facts
|Shipyard||Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany|
|Maiden voyage (scheduled)||July 14, 2022|
|Home port||Port Canaveral, Florida|
|Measurements||Length: 1,119 feet |
Beam: 128 feet
Draft: 27.2 feet
Height: 221 feet
|Speed||Cruising speed 19.5 knots|
Maximum speed 23 knots
|Fuel||Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)|
|Staterooms||1,254 staterooms |
(1,133 outside staterooms and 121 inside staterooms)
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Disney Wish FAQ
Disney Wish’s maiden voyage is scheduled for July 14, 2022.
The home port for Disney Wish is Port Canaveral, on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.
What features of the new Disney Wish are you most excited about? Are you planning to book a cruise on Wish in 2022 or beyond? Let me know in the comments below!
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