This past summer, the Disney Cruise Line introduced its latest ship, the Disney Wish. This brand-new class of ship, the Triton Class, is slightly larger than the Dream class ships in gross tons (GT).
The new ship offers 1,254 staterooms (including 53 concierge staterooms and 23 concierge suites) and can accommodate up to 4,000 passengers (depending on stateroom occupancy) and 1,555 crew members. While it’s the same number of passengers as the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, there are more concierge rooms in total.
Unlike the previous Disney ships, this newest ship from Disney doesn’t have a singular godmother. Instead, all of the Make a Wish foundation children (past, present, and future) were named godchildren of the Wish.
This fall, I had the opportunity to sail on the Disney Wish. Although we’d booked a four-day itinerary, our sailing was extended due to Hurricane Ian. Therefore, I had quite a bit of time to explore the ship and felt really familiar with the layout by the end of my trip.
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Complete Guide to the Disney Wish
Staterooms on the Disney Wish
Of the 1,254 staterooms on the Disney Wish, 1,133 are outside staterooms (948 with verandahs, the rest are oceanview). There are also 121 inside staterooms. I generally recommend getting a verandah stateroom if at all possible, because it is so nice to sit on the balcony in the mornings.
We had a Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah, a room that includes a queen bed, a set of bunk beds, and a Murphy pulldown bed. Because there were six of us in our group, we had two of these rooms with a connecting door. Our stateroom host also opened the small wall separating the verandahs, so we’d also have connecting verandahs.
Like most of the other staterooms on the Disney Cruise Line, our Disney Wish stateroom had a split bathroom. One room contains a shower and a sink, while the other room has a sink and toilet. This format makes it so much easier to share a room because two people can get ready at the same time.
The room also had a mini-fridge, a television, several closets for hanging items, a hairdryer, a safe, and toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion). WiFi is offered on the ship, and is available for a daily rate, at three different levels.
Like most cruise ships, staterooms on the Disney Wish are maintained twice daily by stateroom attendants. Every evening, we’d come back to a fun towel animal or figure created by our attendant.
Restaurants on the Disney Wish
The Disney Wish cruise ships offer a variety of dining experiences, including three brand-new restaurant concepts as part of their rotational dining. You’ll be assigned a different stateroom each evening, at your chosen seating (main or second seating). If you are on a four-night sailing, one of the restaurants will be repeated, but the menu will be the pirate night menu.
The restaurants include:
Arendelle is a Frozen-themed restaurant where you’ll get to celebrate the engagement of Kristoff and Anna. This restaurant features a Frozen-themed music show where you’ll get to see Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Oaken. While the characters do walk around saying hi to everyone, there isn’t a meet and greet and they don’t sign autographs or pose for pictures with guests.
The food at Arendelle is Nordic-inspired, with Swedish meatballs, rib eye, baked scallops (in puff pastry), and sea bass as some of the more popular items. The show was cute, and I can imagine young Frozen fans would especially enjoy it.
1923 is an elegant restaurant located off of the atrium of the Disney Wish. It’s split into two separate sides – the Roy Disney side and the Walt Disney side. This feels like the most upscale of the restaurants, and many guests often unofficially view it as an opportunity to dress up in 20s attire. The 1923 restaurant offers one of my favorite dishes on the Wish – the Burrata Mozzarella Cheese & Prosciutto di Parma appetizer.
1923 also offers a sit down breakfast and lunch. We went to each, and really enjoyed the slower, relaxing pace of the sit down meal, rather than the buffet.
Worlds of Marvel is the third restaurant on the Disney Wish, and the one most likely to appeal to superhero fans. The main characters of the meal are Ant Man and the Wasp, who appear on video screens throughout the dining room. At the end of the meal, they walk through the dining room waving at guests.
My favorite dessert on the ship was the Pym Doughnut Sundae, featuring delicious dulce de leche ice cream. While I found the doughnut to be a bit much, the ice cream was absolutely delicious.
There are two adult-only upscale restaurants on the Disney Wish, both located adjacent to each other in a Beauty and the Beast-themed area of the ship. Palo Steakhouse, similar to Palo on the other Disney ships, is inspired by Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast. It offers brunch and dinner and is extremely popular. Book early for the best availability, or go in person when you board the ship to get on the waitlist.
Enchante, inspired by Lumiere, is a new concept for the Disney Cruise Line. It’s an upscale French restaurant by chef Arnaud Lallement, and it’s open for brunch, dessert tasting, and dinner. Because we wanted to try all of the main dining rooms, we did not visit Enchante on this sailing.
There are also some quick service options available for breakfast and lunch. Marceline Market replaces the popular Cabanas buffet. However, it isn’t self-serve – servers help plate your items as you walk through the line. Currently, it’s only open for breakfast and lunch, not dinner.
The Disney Wish has a must-improved quick service experience. Mickey’s Festival of Foods is a food court-style area with several options – Mickey’s Smokehouse Barbeque, Daisy’s Pizza Pies, Goofy’s Grill, and Donald’s Cantina. I really enjoyed these – although, with the exception of the grill, they weren’t open for dinner, unfortunately.
There are also a few premium coffee shops throughout the ship. These include one of my favorites – the Cove Cafe, which is located in the adult-only section.
Activities on the Disney Wish
The Disney Wish offers lots of activities to keep you busy while you are at sea.
The Hero Zone is an indoor, climate-controlled, sports complex offering basketball courts, table tennis, and other games. There were also some events that took place during the days. The original plans that I saw for the ship included some Incredibles-themed activities in this area, but they were nowhere to be seen on our sailing.
There’s also a new augmented reality experience on the Disney Wish. This game, called Disney’s Uncharted Adventure, utilizes the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app as well as some of the screens and artwork around the ship. It culminates in a finale that is an in-person scheduled activity on the ship.
It was in the pilot phase during our sailing, but I had fun testing it out. I think it would be especially fun on a day at sea. There are several storylines to follow, so you could play it on multiple sailings.
One of the more unique items on the Disney Wish is the new AquaMouse. This water coaster is part attraction, part coaster. After sitting on an inflatable raft, a conveyor belt takes you through some screens showing a Mickey short. Then, you’ll speed off into the coaster, getting soaked in the process.
I really enjoyed the AquaMouse and appreciated the lack of stairs (unlike the AquaDuck). We found that it was busy at some points during the day, but was quieter in the evenings.
Of course, there are several pools around the ship. There’s also the Toy Story Splash Zone, a splash area for younger kids. Adjacent to that is the Slide-a-Saurus Rex, a traditional water slide.
The Youth Clubs on the Disney Wish were especially impressive. In addition to the Edge and Vibe clubs for tweens and teens, there are some fantastic kids clubs. These include the Marvel Super Hero Academy, Star Wars Cargo Bay, Walt Disney Imagineering Lab, and Fairytale Hall.
Once registered and checked in, kids can slide right into the kids’ clubs from the story above. During the open house hours, adults can check out the kids’ clubs, even if they don’t have children.
Three unique salon experiences are offered on board the ship. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, also offered on the other Disney Cruise Line ships, can transform kids into princesses, pirates, or captains. There’s also Hook’s Barbery and the Untangled Salon, which are new to this fifth ship.
Adult Areas on the Disney Wish
With such great kids’ clubs, even adults traveling with their children will find themselves with some free time. Although the Disney Wish caters to families, there are some adult-only sections on the ship.
The largest of these areas is the Cove, which offers the Cove Cafe (coffee shop), and the Cove Pool, an infinity pool surrounded by two smaller pools. I loved this area, but wish it were larger because it was frequently crowded.
There’s also the Senses Spa. Guests can choose to purchase a length of cruise pass to the Rainforest Room, which includes several special showers, a steam room, an ice room, heated lounge chairs, hot tubs, and a gorgeous outdoor space with swinging chairs.
Throughout the ship, you’ll find some bar areas, including a sports bar. Our favorites, however, were the Bayou (with a Princess and the Frog theme) and the Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge.
Shows and Entertainment on the Disney Wish
The Disney Wish offers three Broadway-style stage shows, including two that are brand-new. Disney Seas the Adventure and the Little Mermaid are the two new shows, while Disney’s Aladdin has been seen on the Disney Fantasy. Like on the other ships, the shows typically play twice – once for each dining group. We were so impressed with the caliber of talent on the ship – all of the entertainers were excellent.
Popular Disney characters (like the Disney Princesses, Minnie Mouse, and Mickey Mouse) can be seen throughout the ship. A schedule can be found on the app, and lines typically form early, especially for popular characters. The atrium features a third-story balcony where some characters, like Cinderella and Prince Charming, wave to guests.
The Disney Wish offers two movie theaters, which offer first-run, family-friendly Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar Movies, as well as Disney+ movies. There’s also FunnelVision, located on the funnel high above the pool deck, which typically plays the most popular Disney movies.
Live entertainment is also offered throughout the ships. There are typically musicians playing in various venues and bars. There’s also a full schedule of events planned by the cruise staff, including game shows, trivia, silent DJ parties, and karaoke. You can find the times and events schedule on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app.
Itineraries on the Disney Wish
Currently, during its inaugural season, the Disney Wish sails out of Port Canaveral, Florida. It offers three and four-night cruises in the Bahamas, traveling to Nassau and Disney’s Castaway Cay. This was the original itinerary of the Disney Dream, which has moved to a new home port of Miami.
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