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Onboard the Wish, passengers can ride the first Disney attraction at sea — the AquaMouse.
Many cruise ships have water slides, but most don’t have music, characters, and special effects.
According to Disney, when passengers board the 760-foot-long AquaMouse, a water attraction on the Disney Cruise Line Wish ship, they’ll get to experience one of two original storylines.
“Scuba Scramble” will take riders on an underwater adventure with Mickey and Minnie, and on “Swiss Meltdown,” passengers are on a race against the sun to make it to the top of the Matterhorn mountain before the snow melts.
The action plays out on a series of video screens in the conveyor belt area that takes the raft up before passengers come splashing down, according to Disney.
The Wish will also have Disney Cruise Line’s first two-story guest suites.
Disney resorts offer a range of luxurious accommodations, such as Disney World’s Cinderella Castle, and it appears that the exclusive two-story suites on the Wish ship will be no exception.
The Princess Aurora Royal Suites and Briar Rose Royal Suites, which are both themed to Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty,” each have two master bedrooms, living and dining areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, stained-glass artwork, a private hot tub on the veranda, according to Disney.
The Wish’s third two-story suite, called the Wish Tower Suite, is also Disney Cruise Line’s first suite located inside the ship’s funnel. The Wish Suite has nearly 2,000 feet of living space and is themed around the 2016 Disney movie “Moana.”
The ship’s club for kids will let them design their own roller coaster and go for a virtual ride on their creation.
Disney states that its Oceaneer Club — what Disney Cruise Line calls its onboard club for kids ages 3 to 12 — has been completely reimagined for the Disney Wish.
It will be the first on the cruise line to include the Walt Disney Imagineering Lab, where kids can learn what it takes to create attractions for Disney parks.
“It’s really taking our young cruisers behind the scenes and looking at how we create the magic and how we use our imaginations,” Claire Weiss, a creative director with Walt Disney Imagineering, said during a Disney panel about the ship.
After designing a mockup of their own attraction, kids can virtually test out the rides, Weiss said.
The Disney Wish’s Grand Hall will have an unexpected addition: a slide.
According to Disney, the Wish ship’s fairytale castle-inspired Grand Hall will not only include a balcony dedicated to character meet-and-greets, but it will also have a slide for kids to access the Oceaneer Club directly from the ballroom.
The ship will have a “Frozen”-themed dining experience where passengers can see a re-creation of the Northern Lights.
The ship’s dining experience, Arendelle: A “Frozen” Dining Adventure, is set to give a whole new meaning to “dinner and a show.”
Rather than watching a stage show while eating dinner, guests get to be part of the fun.
Jimmy Lynett, a Disney Cruise Line cruise director, said during a media panel about the Wish ship that the attraction is Disney’s first “Frozen” dining experience.
“We’re going to be bringing to life the engagement celebration that our guests are invited to between Anna and Kristoff,” Lynett said.
Guests can expect sing-alongs, table-side activities, and light effects that are designed to mimic the aurora borealis.
The Wish will include another new restaurant called 1923, where guests can enjoy a meal surrounded by hundreds of Disney artifacts.
Named for the year that The Walt Disney Company was founded, the 1923 restaurant celebrates the golden age of Hollywood and the magic of Disney animation.
Weiss said that the restaurant will house 900 props, maquettes, film cells, hand sketches, models, and other relics from Disney’s history.
“Guests will reside in this high-style Hollywood grand environment, but they will be surrounded by the instruments, the tools, and the history of The Walt Disney Studio,” Weiss said.
According to Disney, the 1923 menu will include Asian, European, and South American-inspired flavors.
Guests can also take part in an “Avengers”-themed mission while dining.
Worlds of Marvel will be Disney’s first Marvel-themed dining experience at sea.
While helping out their favorite heroes with table-side activities, guests can dine on dishes inspired by locations relevant to characters and storylines in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Weiss said.
Adults can sip a drink in a futuristic “Star Wars”-themed area on the ship with windows that give the illusion of flying through space.
The “Star Wars”: Hyperspace Lounge transports 21-and-over passengers to a spaceship-themed bar.
According to Disney, the lounge will have a panoramic “viewport” displaying familiar “Star Wars” planets, including Tatooine, Mustafar, Coruscant, and Batuu. The views will change every seven to 10 minutes, giving guests an otherworldly experience.
The Wish will have theater shows that are exclusive to the ship.
Disney says that it is developing two new original stage shows for the Wish cruise ship but has not yet announced the themes or storylines.
The new shows will play along with a reimagined version of “Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ — A Musical Spectacular.”
The performances will take place in an enchanted forest-themed theater inspired by the film “Fantasia.”
The Disney Wish will debut a brand-new interactive scavenger hunt that families can complete together.
The Disney Wish will debut Uncharted Adventure, which Disney describes as an immersive, interactive scavenger hunt that will send families on a magical adventure all over the ship.
Passengers are tasked with helping Mickey and Minnie Mouse find a missing star to save the Disney universe, exploring characters and landscapes from films like “Finding Nemo,” “Moana,” and more along the way.
Guests can go at their own pace, and even if they don’t complete every mission, all participants are invited to work as a team in a final challenge round.
The Wish will also have a family-friendly sports arena, “Toy Story” water play area for toddlers, and other activities that it says it will release as its planned maiden voyage in 2022 approaches.
Disney Cruise Line’s recent unveiling of renderings and designs of its newest ship is only a preview.
Ahead of its maiden voyage in summer 2022, Disney will continue releasing updates about the Disney Wish on its website.