Disney has unveiled new details about its upcoming fifth cruise liner, Disney Wish, which will house the first ever Disney attraction at sea. The AquaMouse ride will be joined onboard by six pools, new fine dining options, an Aladdin musical, a fully enclosed sports arena, a Marvel superhero academy for kids and a Star Wars lounge for adults, Disney said during a virtual press event Thursday.
Here’s everything we now know about the Disney Wish cruise ship — which Disney is calling its “castle on the sea” — ahead of bookings opening on May 27.
Disney’s first at-sea attraction
The AquaMouse attraction will feature a new animated Mickey Mouse short called Scuba Scramble. A 760-foot water slide will take you all around the top deck and include interactive water elements, audio, video, lighting, show scenes and special effects. Disney says you’ll be on an adventure to a mermaid lagoon.
Also on the top deck:
- Toy Story Splash Zone
- Six pools
- Casual dining in the Mickey and Friends district.
Fine dining, lounges and restaurants
The new Disney cruise liner will feature three adult-exclusive dining options inspired by Beauty and the Beast: The Rose lounge; Palo Steakhouse, with a theme inspired by Cogsworth; and Enchanté, with food created by chef Arnaud Lallement and featuring design elements inspired by Lumiere.
The Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge is another adult area. Designed to look like a luxury spaceship, the lounge will serve space-themed drinks (we imagine those will be similar to the alcoholic drinks served Disneyland and Walt Disney World). It will feature views from the “windows” showing Star Wars locales like Tattooine, Batuu and Mustafar.at
Disney Wish will also have three new family restaurants:
- Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure, which will serve foods with a Nordic influence and include character performances while you eat. The restaurant invites you to attend the engagement celebration of Anna and Kristoff.
- Worlds of Marvel, an interactive dining experience where you’ll be served African foods to represent Wakanda, Eastern European cuisine as an homage to Sokovia and dining options from New York City, where the Avengers are headquartered.
- 1923, which is themed out as a 1920s Hollywood experience representing Walt Disney’s heyday and serving a California fusion menu.
Disney Wish activities for kids
As expected from a Disney vacation, there are multiple options to help keep the kids entertained. Here’s what’s new on Disney Wish as part of the Oceaneer Club for kids:
- Marvel superhero academy: An onboard Avengers headquarters
- Fairytale Hall: This area will include Belle’s Library, Anna and Elsa’s summer house and Rapunzel’s art class
- Imagineering classes, where kids can learn how to design their own roller coaster
Shows and entertainment on the cruise liner
Two brand new shows are being developed, with Disney remaining tight-lipped for now on what those will involve. Here’s what we do know:
- Fireworks at sea
- The Walt Disney Theater will showcase an Aladdin musical
- Luna: Described by Disney as day-to-night entertainment, this area will resemble an “enchanted fairytale village” with decor based on Pixar short La Luna
- Hero Zone: An active play area, it will be a fully enclosed and air conditioned sports arena.
The cruise ship rooms
The ship has capacity for 4,000 passengers, with the higher-priced options to feature storybook-inspired themes. Staterooms will be decorated after fairy tale characters like Cinderella and Ariel, with custom artwork displayed.
If you really want to splash out, you can reserve a two-story royal suite, which includes a spiral staircase and stained glass artwork.
Disney Wish details
Disney’s greenest cruise liner will be powered by liquefied natural gas. It will sail out of Port Canaveral, Florida, but Disney has not yet said where it’s sailing — including whether it will voyage to Disney’s new island in the Bahamas.
Bookings open May 27, 2021, with the maiden voyage set for June 9, 2022.