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5 Reasons Why You Need to Book a Trip on the Disney Wish

September 1, 2022

The Disney Wish is the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet.  It is a bit of a departure from its predecessors in both design and feel, but don’t be mistaken; this ship still has all the magic that people have come to love and expect from a Disney Cruise Line vacation along with plenty of new features to experience.  Here’s why you should book the Disney Wish for your next cruise!  

The Gorgeous Details

Grand Hall - Disney Wish
Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog

In lieu of the nautical theming of the previous Disney cruise ships, the Disney Wish was designed to be a castle on the sea. From the Grand Hall (in place of the usual atrium on the other ships) to the beautiful artwork found throughout the ship, you’ll see lots of references to your favorite princesses.  For example, besides the Cinderella statue in the Grand Hall, you’ll find other references to her such as the glass slipper by the staircase, the motif throughout the carpeting and railings that includes the pumpkin carriage, the mural by guest services, and even the chandelier that serves as a focal point for the Grand Hall.  The design of the chandelier was inspired by Cinderella’s transformation for the ball and mimics the shape of her dress.

The Beautiful Disney Wish Staterooms

Disney Wish Stateroom
Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog

Unlike the staterooms on the previous Disney cruise ships that have lots of dark wood and shades of red and blue, the staterooms on the Disney Wish are bright and modern with light-colored walls, lighter wood, gold accents, and fairytale theming.  Staterooms on the Wish are themed to different movies, including Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Princess and the Frog, Moana, Tangled, The Little Mermaid, and Frozen.

The Dining on the Disney Wish

Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog

The restaurant options are all fantastic aboard the Disney Wish!  In place of Cabanas buffet, the Wish has Marceline Market, a food hall-style buffet that is named after Walt Disney’s hometown.  There’s a wide range of options such as Mickey waffles, eggs, sausage, and omelets for breakfast and comfort food, salads, soup, chicken fingers, seafood, curry, and prime rib for lunch.  At night, dinner is served table service style. Also on Deck 11 you’ll find Mickey & Friends Festival of Foods with quick service options from Mickey’s Smokestack Barbecue, Donald’s Cantina, Daisy’s Pizza Pies, Goofy’s Grill, and Sweet Minnie’s Ice Cream.

For rotational, or signature dining as it is referred to on the Wish, there’s Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure, which is a Nordic-inspired dinner and show as you join Elsa and Oaken in celebrating Queen Anna and Kristoff’s engagement.  In Worlds of Marvel, you will dine on globally-inspired dishes as Ant-Man and The Wasp showcase Pym-tech.  You even get a chance to activate a Quantum Core!  Finally, 1923 pays homage to the year that the Walt Disney Company was founded.  The restaurant is divided into two rooms with one named after Walt Disney and the other named after Roy Disney.  Both serve the same menu of California-inspired cuisine and are decorated with drawings and props celebrating Disney animation.

For specialty dining, the Disney Wish offers Palo Steakhouse, featuring both Italian cuisine and steaks like Australian wagyu and Japanese kobe beef, and the Beauty and the Beast-themed Enchanté, which serves French-inspired cuisine and is led by 3-Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Lallement. 

The Live Shows

Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog

The Disney Wish features 3 Broadway-style shows that are performed in the Walt Disney Theatre.  First up is Disney Seas the Adventure in which Captain Minnie lets Goofy take the helm, and you embark on a musical adventure through several Disney movies.  In a reimagined version of The Little Mermaid, there is a contemporary twist on the Disney Renaissance classic.  The Wish also has Disney’s Aladdin – a Musical Spectacular, an adaptation of the animated movie that has been performed on some of the other ships.  Each of these shows have an incredibly talented cast and beautiful sets that make use of projection mapping for some amazing effects.  

The Welcoming Cast Members

As with all of the Disney cruise ships, all the cast members, from your stateroom host to your rotational dining server, go above and beyond to ensure that your vacation is perfect.  They are all so helpful and seem just as excited as the guests to be aboard the Disney Wish.  

If you’re ready to set sail on the Disney Wish, check out the DVC Rental Store’s Cruise Swap Program.  It lets you use your DVC points to pay for a Disney cruise without blackout dates, exchange fees, or restrictions on points from contracts purchased on the resale market–all for a better value than if you were to use your DVC points to book a cruise through Disney!

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