The Disney Wish Cruise Is Coming Soon
Card-carrying Disney Vacation Club members received some spectacular news this week. Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has unveiled information about its next addition, and it looks stunning.
Yes, the Disney Wish is coming soon, and here’s what you need to know.
The First Triton Ship
The DCL fleet currently includes four ships in two classes, the Magic and the Dream. The Disney Wish will launch in 2022 as the first of three upcoming vessels in the Triton class. These ships will come with the same number of staterooms as those from the Dream class. They’ll host 4,000 passengers and each ship will include its own unique amenities.
The most important attraction here is what Disney bills as “the first-ever Disney attraction at sea.” I’m referencing the AquaMouse, a two-person raft ride through 760 feet of tubing. This ride will share similarities with Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in that it shows scenes from Scuba Scramble. That’s an original animated short in the vein of the modern Mickey Mouse cartoons on Disney Channel. The two-minute ride promises special effects and lighting to highlight the immersive feeling that you’re spending the day at sea with Mickey and Minnie!
Unique Dining Opportunities
Intellectual property plays a massive role in a Disney Wish cruise, especially when you’re hungry. Disney will provide three offerings that will run the gamut for Disney fans. When you’re thirsty and looking for a unique drink, you’ll head to STAR WARS: Hyperspace Lounge, which promises a mind-blowing experience. The “window” at this restaurant will display famous interstellar landscapes from the Star Wars universe. If that sounds familiar, it’s akin to what Disney has promised for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Your hotel room window will look like an outer space porthole. While you drink, you can gaze at some of the most majestic Star Wars backdrops ever! The Disney Wish cruise will provide an escape for parents, as it’s adults-only at night!
Fans of other Disney franchises won’t feel left out, though. The Disney Wish ship will also host Arendelle: A “Frozen” Dining Adventure. Artist’s renderings from this experience show Elsa singing to a crowd, with Anna interacting with guests. Disney’s description indicates that this dining presentation takes place as a celebration of the engagement of Queen Anna and Kristoff! Apparently, Olaf appears as well, and fans of Akershus will love to know that the menu features Norwegian specialties. I hope there’s Gjetost!
The other themed dining option is Worlds of MARVEL, which will allow diners to “suit up and save the day.” Disney promises “a cinematic dining experience of epic proportions.” Details remain sparse, and the illustrations were vague. However, your favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe movies will inspire the menu, and that’s enough, right?!
By the way, fans of fine dining should know that a three-star Michelin Chef provides the menu for Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement. Disney will also host Palo Steakhouse. Beauty and the Beast inspires the settings for each place.
Booking the Disney Wish
Disney knows how desperately guests want to sail on the maiden voyage of the Disney Wish. So, DCL has set up a tiered system that rewards loyal customers. Bookings start later this month. Platinum Castaway Cay members with 25+ sailings will be able to reserve rooms on May 17th. DVC members may book on May 25th, three weeks from now. The first departure occurs on July 9th.
The other two Triton-class ships aren’t scheduled to depart until July of 2024 and August of 2025. In other words, you’ll have other opportunities…but not for a couple more years after the Disney Wish sets sail. If you’re wondering when the DVC points booking window will open, the Disney Dream debuted in 2011. That ship was already booking DVC member cruises by 2012.
The Disney Wish will reflect the next decade of Disney cruises, and it’ll provide inimitable experiences from your favorite franchises, too!