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Disney Wish: Everything You Need to Know About DCL’s Newest Cruise Ship

Disney Wish: Everything You Need to Know About DCL’s Newest Cruise Ship

A highly-anticipated cruise ship launching in 2022, Disney Wish will be 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.

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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 almost over! Disney is launching a brand new ship, Disney Wish, 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.

An artist’s rendering of the new Disney Wish cruise ship, launching in July 2022 (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

An artist’s rendering of the Grand Hall (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

AquaMouse

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.

An artist’s rendering of AquaMouse (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

Quiet Cove

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.

An artist’s rendering of Quiet Cove (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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 his 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 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.

An artist’s rendering of Walt Disney Theatre (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

Luna

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 evening, when Luna transforms into an adults-only entertainment venue.

Hero Zone

An artist’s rendering of Hero Zone on Disney Wish (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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 in Hero Zone’s game show-style competitions.

Movie theaters

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.

An artist’s rendering of Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

An artist’s rendering of Worlds of Marvel (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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 the company’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.

An artist’s rendering of 1923 (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

An artist’s rendering of Marceline Market (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

An artist’s rendering of Palo Steakhouse (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

An artist’s rendering of Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

The Rose

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.

An artist’s rendering of The Rose bar (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

An artist’s rendering of Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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!

An artist’s rendering of Keg & Compass on Disney Wish (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

Nightingale’s

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.

The Bayou

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

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.

An artist’s rendering of the Rainforest experience at Senses Spa (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

For the first time aboard a Disney ship, Senses Spa will feature a dedicated outdoor space, with loungers and comfy relaxation beds.

An artist’s rendering of the outdoor space at Senses Spa (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

Untangled Salon

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.

An artist’s rendering of Untangled Salon on Disney Wish (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

Hook’s Barbery

DCL’s first standalone barbershop experience, Hook’s Barbery is styled after a traditional European men’s salon, offering haircuts, shaves, and nail and skincare 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.

Kids clubs

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

Fairytale Hall

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.

An artist’s rendering of Fairytale Hall on Disney Wish (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

An artist’s rendering of Marvel Super Hero Academy (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

An artist’s rendering of Walt Disney Imagineering Lab (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini in-room safe(s)
  • Hair dryer
  • Phone with voicemail messaging
  • Individual climate control
An artist’s rendering of a verandah stateroom on Disney Wish (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

An artist’s rendering of the bath in the Princess Aurora Royal Suite on Disney Wish (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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.

An artist’s rendering of an interior stateroom on Disney Wish (image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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

ShipyardMeyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany
Maiden voyage (scheduled)July 14, 2022
Home portPort Canaveral, Florida
Ship’s registryBahamas
Tonnage144,000 GT
MeasurementsLength: 1,119 feet 
Beam: 128 feet
Draft: 27.2 feet
Height: 221 feet
SpeedCruising speed 19.5 knots
Maximum speed 23 knots
FuelLiquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
Capacity4,000 passengers
Staterooms1,254 staterooms
(1,133 outside staterooms and 121 inside staterooms)
Crew1,555

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Disney Wish FAQ

When will Disney Wish have her maiden voyage?

Disney Wish’s maiden voyage is scheduled for July 14, 2022.

Where is the home port for Disney Wish?

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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Renee

Thursday 14th of April 2022

I can see how this might be a sought after cruise for families and Disney lovers. Looks fantastic and a lot of fun.

Carrie Ann

Thursday 14th of April 2022

Hi Renee, doesn't the Disney Wish look like so much fun? I love how many activities they have for kids and adults alike.

Elyse

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

This ship seriously looks amazing! It seems to have everything, definitely adding this to the list of family holiday ideas

Carrie Ann

Thursday 14th of April 2022

Hi Elyse, I agree! I can't wait to sail on the Wish. Disney cruises are incredible during the holidays.

Erin

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

I’m planning a cruise and this one looks great! I love that it has so many kids club activities, and a spa for Mom!

Carrie Ann

Thursday 14th of April 2022

Hi Erin, the Wish could be a great option for you and your family! I love everything I'm seeing about that spa :)

magdalena

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Wow! This must be great experience. It really looks like from a Disney movie!

Carrie Ann

Thursday 14th of April 2022

Hi Magdalena, doesn't the Disney Wish look incredible? I'm so excited for this new Disney ship.