Aboard the Disney Wish: What Disney’s New Cruise Ship Looks Like, Answers to the Biggest Questions | Wender Mind Kids

What does Disney’s sparkling new cruise ship offer that others don’t? That Disney wish tries different things to attract holidaymakers of all ages and types.

The ship features Disney’s first-ever onboard ride for the adventurous; Avengers fights for the Marvel diehards at dinner; STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities at its Kids Club for educated parents; an immersive Star Wars lounge for galactic travelers; and personalized adventures on passengers’ phones for those who want to be entertained as soon as they board the ship.

As people plan their first big vacation after years of pandemic lockdowns, they’re looking for the best way to spend their money.

Disney invited me to take an early look at their newest cruise ship before it sets sail on July 14 with passengers on board. Check out all the information and first photos below with advice on whether to spend your precious holiday time and money on this experience – and it is an experience.

The first ride at sea: is it different from a regular water slide?

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The AquaMouse encloses the upper deck and goes through the forward tower.

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The AquaMouse will be billed as Disney’s first ride aboard a cruise ship. At first glance it looks like any old water slide you’d find on any cruise ship in the world, so what’s the difference here?

For starters, don’t just jump on the slide. You’ll board a driving vehicle—a raft that seats up to two people—on a conveyor belt that will take you to the first part of the ride.

The slide preshow features two original Mickey Mouse shorts. One called Scuba Scramble is a diving adventure and Swiss Meltdown is a skiing adventure in the Alps.

This 760 foot water slide also has light, audio and water effects before turning into a water slide.

The AquaMouse weaves around the upper deck and through one of the towers, taking nearly two minutes to complete the journey. It has a height requirement of 42 inches or 48 to ride the raft alone.

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Rafts on Disney’s AquaMouse Ride accommodate up to two guests.

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Immersive Dining in Arendelle and Wakanda: How Does Disney Deliver Unique Experiences?

A Disney vacation isn’t just about character visits anymore. It’s also about drawing you into the action with these characters.

Disney Wish travelers will experience two unique dining experiences. Arendelle is a Frozen-themed banquet hall and Worlds of Marvel is an Avengers-themed restaurant.

Featuring scenes featuring real-life actors from Marvel movies and TV shows, guests at Worlds of Marvel will experience a performance by Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) as they guide you through Pym’s latest technology, Stark Industries lead and more.

There will be a live feed from Avengers Academy at the Kids Club, where Black Panther and Spider-Man will perform as part of the show.

Ultron will appear, leading to a final battle taking place on the deck of the ship being “live streamed” to the restaurant while Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani), Captain America (Anthony Mackie) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) fight back. Guests must use the quantum core devices on their tables to defeat Ultron.

The Worlds of Marvel Dining Experience serves African food that represents Wakanda and Eastern European cuisine in homage to Sokovia, as well as food from New York City, where the Avengers are headquartered.

Over in Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure, a more fairytale-like story unfolds in the design of the palace. The story begins right after the end of Frozen 2 and there is a theatrical performance during the meal while Olaf and Elsa throw an engagement party for Anna and Kristoff.

The restaurant serves Nordic-influenced food, and a band will perform Nordic versions of Frozen songs between acts.

Both Arendelle and Marvel are included as two of your three allotted nights (the third restaurant is 1923, themed as a 1920s Hollywood experience filled with concept art from Disney films).

If you want to dine in privacy without interaction or show, you can also make reservations at three exclusive adult-only dining options inspired by Beauty and the Beast: The Rose Lounge; Palo Steakhouse, with a Cogsworth-inspired theme; and Enchanté, with a décor inspired by Lumiere.

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Arendelle: A Frozen Adventure is one of the immersive dining experiences on Disney Wish.

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STEAM Activities: What sets Disney’s Kids Club apart?

Disney’s Oceaneer Club isn’t just an arts and crafts club or a swim class for bored kids whose parents need a break. It has a Superhero Academy, Star Wars Adventure, Story Hall, Mickey Playground, and a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) mini-course with imagineering activities like designing your own roller coaster and learning the secrets behind famous Disney rides and special effects.

On the Star Wars journey, kids will learn how to feed, track and care for creatures from the movies like Porg, Loth Cat and Worrt using AR on tablets. It also becomes a full adventure as kids help Rey and Chewbacca escape as stowaways and fight villains to help the resistance.

At Marvel Super Hero Academy, kids take part in a training session with Ant-Man and the Wasp, where they learn how to create and test Pym Particles to enlarge and shrink objects and people. Black Panther will help you defeat a villain trying to hack into the academy’s system to steal Wakanda technology.

Anna and Elsa will play with children, Belle will create new stories with them, Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder will take them on a scavenger hunt and Captain Minnie will guide children in the playground through games, dances, exercises and mental stimulation based on STEAM principles.

Children aged 3 to 12 are welcome (toddlers can attend It’s A Small World nursery for an additional fee, and there are also lounge areas for teens and tweens).

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Marvel Super Hero Academy helps kids become Avengers.

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Personalized experiences: how connected do you need to be with your phone?

After starting from Disney World’s new Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Resortan immersive three-day adventure that is more like living in a video game Unlike staying in a hotel, Disney doesn’t shy away from personalized, device-driven adventure storytelling. It doubles on it.

Disney Uncharted Adventure is an interactive story on Disney Wish using augmented reality through guests’ phones. The plot follows the disappearance of Disney’s wishing star as guests are asked to help track him across the ship and through the worlds of Peter Pan, Moiana, Princess and the Frog and Finding Nemo – all films with water, be it the mermaid lagoon, the oceans or the bayou. It’s a customizable quest that lets you choose your own adventure, allowing you to choose which world you visit first and how you deal with obstacles.

While it’s not quite as intense as the Galactic Starcruiser, which offers missions and Star Wars-style moments nearly every hour of the day, it draws guests in dependent on their screens.

It only takes a few hours to play through from start to finish, but the idea is to fit it in between activities and meals so it lasts the entire cruise. Adventure lives throughout the ship – your phone interacts with screens, paintings and objects. Onboard props will light up or react in various ways as you complete nearby tasks on your phone.

The adventure involves solving puzzles, completing side quests, and then fighting Ursula as the conclusion of the cruise. You can connect up to six devices for cooperative play or play alone.

Aside from Uncharted Adventure, Disney’s Navigator app is essential for sailing the Disney Wish. Much like apps are used to book rides, shows, and Lightning Lane entry to attractions at Disneyland and Disney World, you need the app to view your personal schedule, set reminders for activities you want to do, and when to make reservations.

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The Great Hall of Disney Wish.

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What is the cost and how do you reserve?

Costs for a three-night cruise on Disney Wish start at $1,751 for two guests sharing an interior space. An ocean view room starts at $1,925, a verandah room starts at $2,153, and a concierge room starts at $4,313.

A four-night cruise starts at $2,243 for an interior room for two adults, $2,507 for an ocean view room, $2,803 for a patio room, and $5,843 for a concierge room.

You can book Disney cruises online. Wish will sail to Disney’s Castaway Cay in the Bahamas as well as Nassau.