Last week, we learned more about Disney Cruise Line’s (DCL) upcoming addition: the Disney Wish. With magical enhancements and improvements to DCL favorite experiences, the Disney Wish promises incredible vacations for both new and veteran cruisers.
As a pro cruiser (I’ve almost made Platinum status – crossing my fingers I make it before they take away free Palo!), I am SUPER excited to see this new ship. There’s so much to see and do, but if I had to pick–
Here are the top 3 Experiences I Can’t Wait to See on the Disney Wish!
AquaMouse – The First Disney Attraction at Sea
I am super excited to experience the AquaMouse, a water coaster spanning 760 feet around the Wish’s upper deck. On this attraction, Mickey and Minnie welcome guests to their new excursion company for a trip to Mermaid Lagoon. The slide will feature show scenes and special effects as well visits from familiar Disney characters.
As a huge fan of both the AquaDuck and AquaDunk, I can’t wait for the AquaMouse! We’ve never seen a Disney water slide with so many story elements. PLUS, between show scenes we will get to enjoy beautiful ocean views right from the raft!
Worlds of Marvel
A brand new dining experience for Disney Cruise Line, guests will be transported to a Marvel technology showcase where they will play an interactive role in the fun! The menu will feature items inspired by favorite Marvel superheroes and their films.
This is literally all that we know about this restaurant. We have no others clues as to what this interactive experience might look like or what kind of role we will play. But as someone who’s not even into the Marvel movies, I cannot wait to find out what this innovative dining adventure will entail!
Disney Wish Oceaneer Club Slide
For the first time, kids will have a secret entrance into the famous Oceaneer Club. Through a disguised door in the grand hall, kids will literally slide into the club while their parents continue to enjoy the ship’s activities.
I have two kids. If you don’t think I’ll be using that darn slide every single time I need to go to the Kids’ Club, you don’t understand me at all.
Elsewhere on the Disney Wish…
Listen, I respect Disney products. Pretty much everything they produce is high quality and accessible to everyone – even if they aren’t familiar with the IP. As someone who appreciates stories, there is no better storyteller than the Disney brand.
HOWEVER, there are two experiences that I’m just not sure will ultimately live up to the massive hype surrounding them.
Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure
A Frozen-themed dining experience, this show will combine live entertainment and a Nordic-inspired menu to bring the fan favorite film to life.
Assuming this dinner will follow the same format as Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic (and according to the concept art – it looks like it will), I just don’t think this movie lends itself to this kind of format. Let me explain.
The walk around characters. In the Tangled version of this dining experience, the beloved Snuggly Ducking thugs are consistently walking around the restaurant and interacting with guests. This provides entertainment between musical numbers and comedic relief throughout the meal. I don’t see a similar group of characters from Frozen that are able to fill the same purpose.
The music. Some of you will disagree with me, but overall – I think Tangled has catchier and more enjoyable tunes that the first Frozen film. Of course “Let It Go” is the notable exception. But let’s be honest – you can’t make an entire show out of one song – and Elsa’s big number is bound to be the finale. The rest of the dinner will be filled with the less impressive numbers from the movie. If you give me the choice between three courses of “Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?” or “I’ve Got a Dream,” I think it’s clear what I’d pick.
The finale. At Rapunzel’s Royal Table, the meal closes with all the kids creating their own lantern and parading around the dining room to “I See The Light.” It’s a visually stunning and memorable experience for the whole family. While I love “Let It Go,” I’m not sure it organically lends itself to a similar effect. Yes, the kids could make their own snowflakes and parade around the room. Assuming everyone’s done with their meals – maybe it’ll snoap? Either way, I just don’t think this finale will have the same impact as its predecessor.
Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge
In this upscale and futuristic lounge, guests will taste innovative cocktails while enjoying breathtaking views of Batuu, Tatooine, and Mustafar.
Yes, I know. You all disagree with me. But regular Disney cruisers will recognize the Hyperspace Lounge as a rethemed Skyline (a lounge where the “windows” and music periodically change to reflect different famous cities). While I’m sure sipping cocktails while watching the galaxy fly by outside your window will be pretty cool – I think the aerial planetary views will get old pretty quick. Plus, I’ll miss the Skyline Martini Passport.
The Disney Wish Sails in 2022!
The Disney Wish will start sailing in Summer 2022 offering Bahamas and Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida!
What about you? What are you most excited to see on the Disney Wish? Let us know in the comments!